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Louis Katz: From IT Expert to Stand-Up Comic – A Journey of Boldness and Faith

Welcome to The Joy of Living Podcast, where each episode is a step towards a happier, healthier, and more purposeful life. Today, join host Barry Shore as he delves into the fascinating journey of Louis Katz, an IT expert, passionate photographer, and burgeoning comedian. Discover how Louis’s journey through photography and comedy has transformed his perspective on life and the profound lessons he’s learned along the way. Get ready to be inspired and uplifted as Louis shares his insights on living boldly, having faith, and embracing life’s gifts. Join us on this enlightening and joyful exploration of what it means to truly live life to the fullest. Here’s to your journey of living with purpose and joy!

Show Notes:

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[09:05] Introduction of Guest Louis Katz and Discussion of his Talents

  • Introduction of Louis Katz, a multi talented individual with expertise in information technology, photography, and stand-up comedy.
  • Louis Katz’s unique talents in information technology, photography, and stand-up comedy are highlighted.
  • Louis Katz’s approach to information technology, aiming to create a world where clients have access to their needs on any device, anywhere.
  • Discussion of the importance of data security and the role of cloud computing in preventing data leaks.
  • Louis Katz emphasizes the need for continuous improvement in data security, acknowledging that no system is 100% secure.
  • Transition to a discussion on Louis Katz’s photography background, starting with his early exposure to photography through his father, who taught him about F-stops and took him to the LA photography club at age 13.
  • Louis Katz’s early experience with photography, including photographing models and learning to develop black and white film.

[22.04] Louis Katz’s Journey in Photography

  • Louis Katz discusses his return to photography due to the accessibility of cameras through smartphones, particularly the iPhone.
  • Louis Katz shares a personal story about his mentor, Robert Caughron, who recognized his interest in photography and gifted him professional camera equipment.
  • Louis Katz reflects on the profound impact of receiving the gift of photography and feeling a sense of responsibility to honor it.
  • Transition to a discussion on Louis Katz’s approach to photography, including his shift from stealthy street photography to engaging with subjects and building connections.
  • Louis Katz shares a breakthrough moment in his photography journey when he started approaching people on the street and building connections before taking their photos.
  • Discussion on the joy and fulfillment Louis Katz finds in photography, particularly in making connections and having meaningful conversations with his subjects.

[34.53] Louis Katz’s Comedy Journey

  • Louis Katz discusses his entry into the world of comedy, which had been a dream for over 30 years before he took action.
  • Louis Katz shares his experience of attending an open mic night at the Joke Gym after a friend encouraged him to perform.
  • Louis Katz talks about his early struggles in comedy, including writing bits at 3 AM that he later found to be horrible.
  • Transition to Louis Katz explaining the concept of an open mic night, where comedians sign up to perform for a set period of time in front of an audience, often in a bar or club setting.
  • Louis Katz shares a humorous bit about being voted “Boise’s most Why don’t you just give up comic for the third year in a row?” and other comedic anecdotes.
  • Discussion on Louis Katz’s alter ego persona in comedy and his upcoming performance at the Ice House in Pasadena.

[45.01] Closing Thoughts and Future Endeavors

  • Barry Shore and Louis Katz reflect on the interview and Louis’s journey in comedy and photography.
  • Barry Shore highlights Louis Katz’s renaissance nature, being involved in multiple areas of interest that intersect in the journey of self-discovery.
  • Louis Katz shares his motto from his online journal, The Courage Run: “Live large, be bold, have faith, fear nothing.”
  • Barry Shore asks Louis Katz three closing questions: Will you come back on the show? What is your most fervent desire? Can I give you a hug? Louis Katz answers enthusiastically and shares his motto again.
  • Barry Shore wraps up the episode, encouraging listeners to use their time to become the best version of themselves and spread kindness in the world

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About Louis Katz

Meet Louis Katz, the multi-talented force behind the scenes, shaping the worlds of technology, photography, and comedy with a dash of fearless humor and a keen eye for the extraordinary.

By day, Louis is your go-to Managed IT Services Provider, seamlessly guiding businesses through the intricate realm of cloud migration. Armed with tech expertise and a knack for problem-solving, Louis ensures that the digital landscapes of businesses not only survive but thrive.