Join host Mark Baratto as he dives into the colorful and eclectic world of “Woolly” Willie Alsedek, a master of storytelling whose life reads like a novel. In Episode 242, we unravel the threads of Willie’s adventurous journey from aspiring filmmaker to beloved author and artist.

Willie opens up about the serendipitous rock-paper-scissors game that propelled him into the realms of digital media and how a national recession nudged him onto the boardwalks, guitar in hand, serenading the world one laugh at a time.

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From the glow of Duval Street's spotlights to breakfast preparations on the set of a B-horror flick, Willie's life has been anything but ordinary. He shares tales of his eclectic experiences, from managing projectors in movie theaters to making juice for Michael Keaton, and how these diverse paths led him back to his first love: storytelling. Willie’s transition from screenplays to novels is a testament to his fiery passion for writing, fueled by a need to explore the absurdities of life and the depth of human emotion.

As we explore the evolution of his artistic and personal journey, Willie’s insights into the creative process, the challenges of self-publishing, and the joys of storytelling illuminate the conversation. This episode is not just a look into the life of an artist, but a reflection on the resilience, humor, and creativity it takes to turn life's unpredictabilities into art.

Discover more about Woolly Willie through his works and connect with him on his website, social media, and online shops listed in the podcast description. Whether you're a fan of gripping tales, whimsical art, or the soulful strumming of a guitar, Woolly Willie's journey is sure to inspire.


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