We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Weber and Mary Kantner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael Weber and Mary Kantner, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
If you were looking for a sign to move to LA with your best friend, here it is. We grew up in Montana and when we met at summer camp, we immediately clicked over our shared excitement for life, adventure, and music. As we grew older, we stayed in contact while Michael moved to LA and Mary lived in Montana. We would talk on the phone for hours about our dreams and what we wanted to make out of our lives until it reached a point that we knew we had to make moves. Inspired by the quote, “’Oops!’ Is better than, ‘What if?’”, we both left our corporate jobs in 2020 to pursue our creative passions full time. During the pandemic, we created our morning show podcast “Michael & Mary in the Morning” (from 1,000 miles apart) to brighten people’s days and inspire others to go after their dreams. We fell in love with sharing stories and connecting with our listeners and decided we both needed to take the chance on ourselves and really go after this. Michael flew to Mary in Montana where we packed up her life in a trailer and road-tripped to Los Angeles. We moved in together and started producing our morning show full-time from our West Hollywood apartment. In the past year, we have recorded 45 episodes, gained listeners in 40 countries, and launched our segment “Live From the Coffee Table” where upcoming artists perform and share their stories. Every day we wake up excited to create and welcome the new opportunities of each day. If we both hadn’t taken the risk of leaving our comfort zones, we would never have reached our dream lives that have given us opportunities to connect with people across the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are a feel-good podcast where we share artist interviews, cheeky stories about our lives and life in LA. We are most proud of our “Live From the Coffee Table” segment where we feature up-and-coming artists who perform stripped-down versions of their songs live on our show. We really like to break down songs, lyrics, and give artists a platform to share the stories behind their music. We believe strongly in the power of storytelling and believe that by having people share the hardships and triumphs of their journeys, it will inspire our listeners in their own lives.
We both had corporate/service jobs and worked creatively on the side in photography and social media. By living our “Hannah Montana” double lives, as exhausting as it could be, it gave us the time and opportunity to grow in our creative fields and gain the confidence to make the jump to solely working for ourselves.
Whenever you are breaking a societal norm or going against the grain, you will always have fear and receive pushback or doubt. But we both knew how badly we wanted to do this and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. We knew how much we believed in ourselves and each other and that we would be successful.
A lesson we’ve learned along the way is that even through the obstacles and bad days, we say you have to “Silver line that s***.” We are always looking how to turn a situation around and find the positives in any moment. After all, if it weren’t for the pandemic we wouldn’t be where we are today. There are always opportunities to find reprieve and manifest a different, more positive outcome.
We want people to know that we are here for them and that our show’s goal is to brighten their day and give them the energy and inspiration to keep going — even if it’s just to make them laugh once a week over their morning cup of coffee. We hope that by sharing our story of going after our dreams, as well as giving a platform for others, we will inspire someone else to go after their dreams too.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is our favorite question! And one of our most asked.
If you’re seeking a classic LA day, you definitely have to start with an iced oak milk latte from Alfred’s or Coffee Coffee. Next, brunch in LA is a must. Some of our favorite spots include The Butcher’s Daughter, Rose Cafe, and Gracias Madre. The afternoons are always perfect for a drive through the hills with the windows down and turning on your favorite playlist. To end the day, Griffith Observatory is a must. It may sound cliché, but it totally encapsulates the magic of Los Angeles and being able to see everything from the city to the ocean. You can watch the sun go down on the Hollywood sign, and the glow of the Observatory shine bright as the city lights begin to illuminate. You could even pull a Michael and Mary and bring a picnic of drinks and grocery store sushi (underrated)!
If you’re looking for an LA fun-in-the-sun beach day, you can never go wrong with Malibu or the South Bay. We love going on an early morning drive into Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway and having breakfast at Malibu Farm on the pier. There are so many beautiful beaches to explore from Paradise Cove to El Matador. You can spend your whole day there and watching the sunset over the ocean never gets old. In the South Bay, we love starting our day in Palos Verdes at The Yellow Vase where you’ll feel like you were transported to a European village. Next, make your way up the coast by biking along the strand through the beach cities. The Manhattan Beach Pier is one of our favorite places for taking photographs and enjoying the day. No trip to the beach is complete without ice cream and the Manhattan Beach Creamery is something straight out of Candyland (you won’t regret it)!The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We dedicate our Shoutout to our MMITM Fam and stans who have been there since day one. Starting a project that requires you to put yourself out there and be vulnerable can be scary and discouraging. You can begin to worry whether anyone cares or is listening. But with the constant support and messages we’ve received from our community, friends who share our episodes or blast our voices in their cars, we are reminded of why we do what we do.
Other: Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/4Ip2gFbezR4ot8Gc100yKX Apple Podcast – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-mary-in-the-morning/id1525899649
Film photo of artist @caitykrone and guitarist @mauriguerrero behind the scenes of Live From the Coffee Table: By @marykantnerphoto