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Mindy Cohn 00:01
Hi everyone and welcome to the final episode Christian can't believe it's the final episode of season one of Mondays with Mindy. I cannot believe it is the season finale. It's amazing. I mean chum pack kiss ourselves Yay. There is no way we could close out our first season without anyone other than my dear Starling Marjorie gulman also known as DJ mad March, only to the uninitiated, is there anything surprising about the fact that this New York Fashion and social a Lister is now also queen bee of DJs friends from London to New York and Paris to Los Angeles have always known that Marjorie is an avid music listener and lover with a background as a radio disc jockey from her boarding school days of making mixtapes to getting her broadcasting license and working as a DJ at the local station in college. Marjorie sound is irresistible and you can count on it to put a smile on your face and get you up on your feet. I can attest, she's opened for cardi B Katy Perry, Mary J Blige, Rita Ora, and Liam Payne, among others. She is DJ for fashion shows including Dolce and Gabbana, Versace and Tory Burch, as well as for events for Bergdorf Goodman, W magazine, Clinique and Saks Fifth Avenue. Wow. She's been profiled personally and for her events in the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair Town and Country Vogue, Mexico and women's wear daily. Her latest amazing gig is as the in house DJ for today with Hoda and Jenna on NBC. Wow. Impressive. The woman's going places. Yeah, to say the least. Yeah, to say the least right. Marjorie is also known as a society hostess and influential tastemaker. She served as chair or committee member for such organizations as the New York Botanical Garden Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Museum of Modern Art amfar and God's love we deliver well, among many others. Let me tell you the woman's generosity No no boundaries. She is a front row regular at fashion shows and I can say that being invited to sit around her dining room table for a Sunday brunch remains the I will say mine. They didn't bite. She and her son Cyrus live on the Upper East Side of New York City and they are as kind hearted as they are fabulous.
Christian Brescia 02:19
Shall we meet her? Are we ready?
Mindy Cohn 02:21
I don't know if anyone's ever ready but yes.
Christian Brescia 02:25
Ladies and gentlemen is our pleasure to welcome to the show. DJ Mag March Marjorie Koppelman. Welcome.
Mindy Cohn 02:34
I am so happy so so so happy joined us. So we're gonna start the episode The way we start each episode with my Jonathan Adler secrets canister and Christian and I kind of just came up with 20 questions. We just start we asked five just to get everybody excited and ready. So who is your celebrity pass? In other words, what celebrity Do you want in that bedroom? Yours is one. Oh my god, I love ya. I mean,
Marjorie Gubelman 03:07
that's so mean. So maybe one. Okay, give me choices.
Mindy Cohn 03:11
Give me your entourage syllabus. Oh my god.
Marjorie Gubelman 03:15
It just depends on the day.
Mindy Cohn 03:18
Who is it today?
Marjorie Gubelman 03:19
I mean, we are right now. I mean, do we have an age range? I mean, I go all over the map. I do it. I mean, sometimes I like George Clooney. I like Drake. I didn't like music musicians. I you know, I think rock stars are so sexy. I mean, I like Lenny Kravitz. I just said something about like tattoos and on a stage. I don't know. They just you know, naughty good bad. Yeah, that does it for me. Oh, Duran Duran still my 14 year old self. I'm in the mall.
Mindy Cohn 03:49
That's a good one too. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Next question. Yes, ma'am. What do you splurge on
Marjorie Gubelman 03:55
so many things.
experiences are As I got older, I realized that I like to spend money on experiences rather than items. When I was young, I wanted things I wanted car or clothes or jewels. And the older I got, I realized I like trips. So now I yeah, I like to I like experiences. I like vacations, but obviously given the Coronavirus that isn't really happening, but I'm not really buying it. I'm not really buying anything right now.
Mindy Cohn 04:23
It will again, and I want you to I want to go on one trip
with you. At least Yeah, I love trips, trips, trips are just there's something about them and memories are priceless. Whereas stuff you realize, as you get older, that stuff isn't really so meaningful. I would agree.
Mindy Cohn 04:39
Yeah. Who is your favorite relative? And why?
My mother? That was a quick answer. And will you know why? It's because I took me to get older to appreciate her when I was young. She mortified me she was absolutely I was she's wild and naughty and very inappropriate. And she was that mother that swore tell dirty jokes. She would come home from school all my friends would be at my house. She always had horrendous boyfriends she she would do the worst thing. She would have strange jobs. She was. I was mortified. She'd moved to weird towns like I'd be living in England. She lived in Wyoming she have a cowboy as a boyfriend and I was so stuck up living in England. I'd like you driving a pickup truck. My luggage has to go on the open air. I'm so snobby. I was so insecure and I was like mom, and then we'd go into some like saloon with those like wide opening doors. And then everyone knew, and people knew her in there. And I was at that age where I was mortified. I'm like, What? Yeah, and and her boyfriend was like in a mall, Brad. He was like, hot and he was my age and I was embarrassed. Like, my mom is awesome. Oh my god, a girl. She was incredible. He taught me everything. I can cook clean, run a house. I'm brave. I can make a map. I could go anywhere in the world. I could be lost. I'm friends with every nationality I am everything because of that woman. And that woman. She had lost both her parents before she got married. She taught me how to be happy. She taught me how to be a mom. Oh, everything came from her. But I didn't realize that until I got there. Wow. And I can look back and it's her.
Mindy Cohn 06:18
Yeah. I love that. And it's like she's still with us on
Oh, and she's fun and naughty. Naughty. She's a Nadia. I love that. And you know, she's from not to be gross, but she's from a sort of fancy Washington debutante family, which is your stereotype a stereotype of mine, you would put in a that would be a certain way? No, she would like ride a moped she went to Florence. She dated like way inappropriate men. She sends the sickest jokes. She's, she's amazing. And so I love to have that because I think it burst the bubble in that stereotype which so many people have, and she also taught me to be a polite to everybody to say please and thank you to everybody that you are not better than anyone. You can eat peanut butter and jelly in the kitchen and Marjorie gulin. Get your together you know what I mean? Like, she was a great mom. Awesome.
Mindy Cohn 07:13
I love that when you've been doing your March madnesses for Instagram and then on Twitch. I love how all of your friends comment to her and she comments right back and there is this love for her. Yes,
Marjorie Gubelman 07:26
genuine love for her because she's sort of one of them. And she she's in there. I mean, she's in it. And she's 79 and she's
and I'm going to share something with you where my mom is actually in Florida right now and she's actually undergoing chemotherapy and she doesn't tell anyone that No, it's okay. You know, my mom was really brave, but she didn't tell anyone. And like the waspy way is just get on with it and you just pull up your punches and you go to the doctor and you just take it over and you just do it. And she's in there and are like i g live and like probably the next day she's also like an IV like She's like in there like, you know telling like a dirty joke like, no, she's amazing. She's amazing that I really try
Mindy Cohn 08:06
to I do treat with like, I respect that. Totally. I love that hundred percent
Chipotle years ago, she had like a double knee replacement and she did not tell my brother or me and then she sound like a put a photo of her knees on Facebook and she said, bye bye.
Marjorie Gubelman 08:23
And people thought we were the worst children. They're like, you're not with your mother, right? And I'm like, she didn't tell us.
She didn't she didn't. She didn't want a bedside vigil. She was like, What are you gonna do? stare at me check. I'm fine. I'm like, I'm on my craft. And she was like, bossing the nurses around whatever. But she doesn't. She's very like, you must live your life. Yeah. And I respect that. And that's why I think she's a great mother and launching your children I think is very important. And she taught me to do that from her her actions. And I think having being raised like that has taught me so much about how important that is.
Mindy Cohn 08:57
Okay, well, I have to say being on the periphery very periphery of your life, but in the periphery you're and I gotta go in. I have to say that I have physically and viscerally watched you do that with Cyrus for the last couple of years and it's gorgeous. Not only to watch, but your relationship with him. I mean, I do feel a book coming. I wouldn't mind martyring mothering, no, you laugh. You shake your head, but maybe not a lot suit. No. But it's translated, kiddo. It's translated from your
Well, I mean, thank you. And parenting is really hard. I mean, there's no guidebook. I mean, you don't know what the you're doing. When this thing comes in the hospital. You're like, Oh, my God, what is going on here, but you do the best that you can. But I really, you know, New York, the mothers are a little freaky. And there's an they sort of would like to put their kid back in their womb. And I don't believe in that at all. You know, I operate on that. What if I go out tomorrow and get hit by a cab? You've taught your kid nothing. You know, they need to learn about life and get out there and get
Mindy Cohn 10:02
kids like that like, like how you been raising sirot do not have what he also has, which is totally comfortable to sit with your friends manners, like yeah, it's both. He got it all. Got it both. That's just my education.
I know. Think Monday Don't worry, you should hear the things that come out of my mouth or should be my typing on my grammar. horrendous. I mean, I did read Cliff Notes. I'm not I probably haven't learned anything since eighth grade, so don't worry.
Mindy Cohn 10:31
All right, among your friends. What are you best known for?
Marjorie Gubelman 10:34
Um, loyalty? Oh, I love that.
Mindy Cohn 10:37
I can attest to that and privacy. You are Yeah. Like I call myself the vault. You are the vault squared kiddo.
You're always bought for them and and you know, I really believe that your word and your reputation is everything. And then there are two things you can't get back. I agree. And I think there's so important and I don't take either of them lightly.
Mindy Cohn 10:58
Well and it serves you as a creative Because I just think that's also your currency as a creative. Yes. All right. Last question, Tony. Before we like do a deep dive. Oh, Marjorie Coleman, what scares you? being old and poor. Okay, first of all, you'll never be poor. It's not gonna happen. You have too many people who love you and won't let that happen. You also have a work ethic. like no other. Yeah, old I can't help you with except you're going to look fab.
No, but I wouldn't want to I wouldn't want to depend on anyone. I think that i think that's more more deeper than what I just said. You know, I would like to have to take care of myself. I think the scary part is to have to rely on somebody and have to ask I don't want wouldn't want to do that. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 11:37
yeah. I my pride. Yeah.
Mindy Cohn 11:40
Yeah. Yeah. All right. So the reason Christian and I started this was that during COVID, with the one thing I really, really missed more than anything else was connecting to creatives and connecting to my people. Yeah. So I wanted to talk to my favorite ones and ones that have to me are the bravest and limit Out Loud and unabashedly. And you're one of those. And so, having said that, this trajectory you have made from, I mean, you've always worked, you've always in and you've always been involved in committees of some kind and you you're a Dewar, but this phenomenal career as a DJ, what is that?
A complete joke? I mean, I don't know where you guys I didn't know. I know. But it just didn't start like this, you guys. I mean, it was really, it was kind of magical. Time. That's a fluke. Let's be honest.
Mindy Cohn 12:38
Well, I do have to say there's a level of talent involved. There's a personality that's involved. There's a work ethic, as I said, that's
evolved to me. It's not adding. I mean, I'm not a technical genius. Thank you so much for saying the talent. I mean, I think it's the sum of all parts. Yeah, I mean, I am not the youngest. I do show up in a fancy dress. I play songs that everyone wants to hear about. The people that we know or that I'm playing for, I'm not playing techno or rap or whatever I'm playing, you know, good old tracks, no remix. I mean, you know, I'm on time because I'm a business person. And you know, again, my word, my reputation mean everything. Often when I get a job, I get a repeat job, which is important. Yeah. And I wasn't trying to do this. And I wasn't trying to fit into a niche, but there was a niche for that, because it wasn't anyone really doing that. And people miss hearing the songs that they actually knew. And they didn't know that they're like, Oh, wait.
Mindy Cohn 13:32
Yes. Well, somebody famously said that, like luck is just preparation meeting opportunity. So that's, I was lucky.
Yeah. And it was the right time. You know, I'm old enough that I didn't care and I was like, let's just do it. Yeah, you were willing to try it. You did a deep dive. And I've been a DJ in my teens and college. And I think in most other awkward years when the years on I was like, embarrassed by my mother and different years when I was married, divorced. I you know, You get caught up in what you think sounds right or looks right or DJ wasn't in that sort of in the box. And in my forte is I was like, screw it let's do it. When
Mindy Cohn 14:11
I know you talk about it as me and it was serendipitous I'm gonna say I'm not gonna say fluke yeah serendipitous right place right time. But I love that your other life before DJing totally embraced this new mad March this deep yet March like they have been right behind you. It's the best. I mean, it's real. There
were right there with me the whole way, showing up and they were so supportive. I was worse. I was doubting myself worse than my my friends and my family have been such cheerleaders and I was more of a doubter of myself. And then then I just went with it. Once I realized it was really happening. I accepted it. You know, if you said at a dinner in New York, I don't know about you. California in New York. People are it's considered rude in other places, but they go, so what do you do? Yeah. And so I never said DJ for a long time because I was scared was going to end, right. So I'm like, Well, I don't know. And then now you know, now I own it. It's like a diet. I mean, believe me, I go on so many diets, and then I have a macaroni and cheese A few days later. So you don't say you're going on a diet. So I was like, the DJ thing was that I was like, Okay, well, yeah. And then once it became real, then you know it because I was having fun when you have fun. And you like it and it's your job. You it you're scared is going to end. I think that's the fear.
Mindy Cohn 15:34
It leads to the being the in house DJ of today with Hoda and Jenna, excuse me, I'm sorry. No, I literally, I literally had a vocalization scream and a little opera gig. star status.
I was so I was that was I mean, I was I was really honored. I know. Myself.
Mindy Cohn 15:58
It's so corrected. So Right you are the three of you like, it's everything about it is.
Yeah, it's amazing. Honestly, I go there and I'm sad when they're like it's over. It's time to go home. And you have to get up early. I'm an early bird anyway. I'm like, so excited when I get there. I love TV Land. It's fun. I love how other people are. I mean, there's all these people behind like the nurses in the business. I love it. I just I love it. Amazing. It's amazing. Amazing. Truly.
Mindy Cohn 16:28
Yeah. So tell me what currently who or what inspires you, besides Cyrus, unless you want to talk about Cyrus But
no, I mean, no, I don't want to be one of those parents, like my child inspires Manning up. That's just sounds a bit corny. Um, I don't really know what i mean right now. I mean, I think there's a lot of weird things going on in the world. There's a lot of different things that are inspiring me. Um, I mean, I think honestly, what's inspiring me is I'm teenagers a little bit because I thought the youth of today are making it huge impact. I'm proud of them. I mean, I'm these. I mean, when I read the other day that they had, you know, the teenagers had bought out the tickets at the rally. Yes, I was so proud that they you know, when I was a teenager, we were smoking Marlboro lights on the bushes. We were you know,
Mindy Cohn 17:18
because the teenagers, you know, we've been talking about them as being this generation that like, our go getters Aren't you know, everything to be handed to them. And here we have a full step up.
Yeah, they were engaged.
Mindy Cohn 17:31
Yeah. And I don't think I'm gonna stop I hope I don't think they're clever.
Yeah. And clever. Now, they're clever. No,
Mindy Cohn 17:37
thinking outside of the box.
And they're listening. And they're listening. Yeah, yeah, actually, and they want to do things for the better, I think. Yeah, I think they're gonna be better than us and we were better than our planet. I have faith on them. I I have a good feeling about you. estimation. I really do.
Mindy Cohn 17:56
I'm terminally optimistic. Maybe. Yeah, I do tomorrow. I do it we go makes me sort of like, I've got a bit of goosebumps. Yeah. Yeah. So I want to ask you that Looking back, I don't like to classify things as failures. But yeah. Is there a period of time that you look back and go, okay, but I came out stronger. The other side. What was that time? And what is the lesson that you learned?
Oh, my god, there's so many of those. No, no, I think that's a really good question. I mean, I do think, yeah, I don't think that that's a bad thing to ask at all. I I'm a believer that if you don't look back in your life and cringe or go, Oh, my God, what was I doing? I don't think you've grown. Agreed.
Mindy Cohn 18:37
Oh, well, wait.
I have looked further about whether it's like, What the hell was I wearing? or What did I say? I mean, I've said and looked and done some of the dumbest things. And at the time, I didn't realize it. I mean, first of all, I forgive myself, I'm not like I love you know, that's fine. You know, that's what I was doing at the time. But I mean, I first of all, Talk to like any old journalists that give some dumb quote half the time and I'm like, thinking, Man, I have a mouth on me. opinion. Yeah, no, it always ends up being like a paid quote. And Marjorie go and I'm like, oh my god. It was someone else saying and no, it was me. It's all fine. I own it. As you get older. You calm down a bit. Yeah, the nine days I look, I was living in London. I definitely I didn't really know how to blow dry my hair very well. The visualization was a little much I embraced a little too much Versace. There was a lot of Medusa is going on. I was not on the skinnier side. Not that I am now but it was definitely not meshing with the body.
Mindy Cohn 19:47
oh, that was that was a little, little much. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, you know, there's been some moments in my past.
You know, my married years. Yeah. But you know, but I had my beautiful son, you know, out of everything bad come something good. You have to look at it like that
Mindy Cohn 20:06
can't get rainbows without rain. But yeah, I do but it it but it also helps to like hear other people say it.
Yeah, absolutely. And I don't blame it. I did all those things. It was me. I mean, I hate people to blame. It's them. No, that was me, but it's okay. I look and I'm 51 and I'm okay with it. And I'm having a great time now. Yeah, maybe I was more on some of those other times. So that's okay. Right was part of how I got to where I am now.
Mindy Cohn 20:35
Well, I have to say that's also where your bravery comes in you. You talked about it as one of your traits that you have. That's most admirable and I love it too, because I it resonates with me but also you don't just talk about it. You do you do it. You live like that. You live very loud, but also with such a sense I find of taste and decorum. At the same time. You too can tell a dirty joke. And have them out like a sailor at times. But I just yeah, it's one of the reasons that I brag to everyone. It's part of you know what I said in the intro that my coveted invitation is your Sunday brunches? Because you are so you're such a sharer of things people and like you said experiences. I don't know I I really love that about you.
Well, I appreciate that and I love you but I really think it's important. I like to share and I like share my friends and I love you because you're the same not a lot of other people are like that. And the older I get, I think it's really important to own your behavior. And it's okay to screw up right? Like Yeah, I did that I said that whatever. And I think people that don't, I can't worry about them. But you know, I had a very cool grandmother my father's mother was also very naughty and abroad and abroad. She was abroad and and she but she was also very sad that sort of fan had Moxie. She was a grand lady but she was not And she used the F word and she was funny. And she would like have like a vodka on the rocks at like 1159. And
Mindy Cohn 22:07
kiss men on the lips. I mean, she was wild. And she told me when she said tell us say it about yourself before anyone else. And then there's no story.
Mindy Cohn 22:18
Yeah, very true.
So like, you know, if you were puking on the road, and I had heard that, guess what, you know, last night I was puking on the side of the road. Once you said it, you've diffused the whole thing. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. If you're like, you know what I was searching for my handkerchief and
didn't look like you know, Marjorie last night was sleeping on the side of the road, but she said she was looking for her handkerchief.
Mindy Cohn 22:43
Brilliant. Oh my god, I might have to steal that at some point in my life.
To please feel it and it's fine. Good when you see people on those interviews when they try and trick them, just say then it's gone. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 22:59
yeah. I use it. I use it. Yeah, I mean back to the friend thing for a moment only because one of the reasons that I fell madly in love with you so quickly was that I come from a small family, a white family, but you're small. And I've always I mean, since I was a teenager, like my family of friends is as important to me and I treat it I treat them like family members and vice versa and i and i and your your family friends are amazing. And I have had no
glitch of stalking your family friends and going right up to them and name dropping you immediately and seeing the reaction. So I would like you to know that I have seen how close your family friends are and I love I love that about you.
Mindy Cohn 23:44
Well, it's ditto, it's right back at you because I it's the same thing. Yeah. Okay, so as you can see Christian it's a little mutual admiration society thing. Nearly both just saying how important it is to share your friends and their family. was a very that was part of the impetus of this podcast was, you know, not just a way to express our creativity when Mindy and I were talking it was like, Well, how else do we get some of these incredible stories out to the public because they're, there's meaning for them you know, there's there's something special to be said about it. So we started with a laundry list of you know, Mindy's friends let's see if they'll if they'll do it. Here Yeah, you know, your your press. It's not been nothing the coverage of your event, but I don't think people realize what doesn't come across an
ad a person. Now the price is more grand. And I like don't get me wrong with that. Sometimes. That's nice, but it doesn't. It's not the person really. It's not the Sunday lunch. Right, right. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 24:49
but I do have to say
that the human the human doesn't come through sometimes.
Mindy Cohn 24:53
Right? And you're
more Lottie da Right. Yeah. Well, that's what that's usually what press likes. They like that side more. And they would rather write about that.
Mindy Cohn 25:03
Right well and good. A lot of your gigs are incredibly high profile. Yeah, people.
And they don't want it. They don't really care about like Thai curry in the dining room and
Mindy Cohn 25:17
chocolate cake. Thanks for playing. Yeah, I know.
Oh my gosh, somebody's saying you know what, I want three Spanx right now.
Mindy Cohn 25:26
Yes. Um, well, I like that there's a good juxtaposition. You've got the high profile press and the big jobs, but then you can still tell a dirty joke and brag about your Spanx.
Or if I ever lose that just shoot me know. I mean, I'm not being myself. You won't ever
Mindy Cohn 25:43
lose that, you know, margin to greet you if she greets you. Because usually she's like running around doing 10 different things, but you know, fully frocked gorgeous, you know, and and you walk in and it's, you know, you think oh my gosh, we're gonna I'm gonna have to find my man. And within the first five minutes, literally like spitting, they're laughing so hard. That was my entree into Marjorie. Yeah, it's kind of amazing. By the way, so we've decided that since we don't have a sponsor, I thought I would take this opportunity to say that we've decided that this episode of Monday's with Mindy is being sponsored by mad March calm. Oh, you're one click away. I'm hearing some of DJ mad marches best mixes or joining her high profile clients and making it on the exclusive list of people in companies who hire her to make their event unforgettable. Everyone needs to attend a mad March Madness in their life at least once but I assure you once will not be enough. Thank you.
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Very, very picky on who they sponsor.
Mindy Cohn 26:56
And I'll piggyback off Mindy and say that to our listeners, and viewers out there, head to Monday's with Mindy calm. You can find all the ways to connect with us on every major Podcast Network. You can also check us out on YouTube if you'd like to see the show. If you like what you're seeing, leave a comment, give us a thumbs up, hit the bell to subscribe. And also we will have show notes that tell you all about Marjorie, you'll be able to get to her website that Mindy just mentioned, you'll be able to hear some of the music that she mixes and plays, connect with her on Instagram and connect with her other ways. So add to Monday's with Mindy calm after the show and check out more information about mad March. Of course, please, this is like normally what we do, but it's like my greatest pleasure. It also makes me feel like a voiceover artist again, makes me very happy to do it as
your very expensive voiceover artist. That's right, that voice is one of a kind.
Mindy Cohn 27:43
Thanks, lovely love you does where you grew up. Um, has that influenced your taste level aesthetic experience, or did you move away from it?
No. So I grew up in many different places and it definitely it definitely influenced a lot about who I am. So I was born in New York and I moved to England when I was two, until when I was 12. And I think that was a really amazing. First of all, I think living in different places and having to make different friends is important. Living in Europe, and in the seven days was great. We lived actually in the countryside of England. And I like in a field like, you know, my to school was like a three mile drive. And you know, you'd say, I'm going to see my neighbor and the neighbor was like, you know, four fields away. And I had horses and rabbits, and wow, you know, canaries and dogs and cats. And it was amazing. And I think that was really great childhood and my English roots was my father was a racecar driver then and it was, it was a great, great childhood. Then I moved to Palm Beach, Florida, which was a culture shock. I think I've been in that,
Mindy Cohn 28:52
that I know it's London proper, so you really
didn't know I was in like the sticks. Um, and then And then I went to Palm Beach where you went, every house is next to each other and there's no there's no no one has a garden. It's like a hedge house, hedge house hedge, maybe a little bit of like turf. And that was my first sort of entree into I remember a girl saying to me, Well, do you have a polo shirt? And I had no idea what it was. And I had a full English accent. I know. And I'm like, Mommy, mommy. Oh, goodness, me if I did. She's like, Oh my god, what have I brought you to me? And I didn't know because in England, back then no one knew what that was. Right. And it wasn't defined by stuff at that age. Yeah. And
Mindy Cohn 29:37
you're 13 years old. Right? Right.
But you know, in England, on the other side, I was listening to Adam in the ads. I was smoking cigarettes. I was naughty English kids or not. So I was smoking in the bushes. I rode my pony. I smoked and I listened to like wild music idols English music, so that's why I got my like English music. I'd smoke I inhaled. I was naughty, but I didn't It was like so there was pros and cons.
Mindy Cohn 30:02
Were you and naughty kid in Palm Beach did that did that follow you? Or were you Good girl for a while? Oh, oh no.
Every single one of my friends in Palm Beach I started in seventh grade they all come on the Instagram Live now my friend Suzanne Suzanne, she will tell all of you that I was Marjorie was the first person that and then it would do everything because I was the ringleader I was a nightmare the naughtiest it kept going well, I will I will leave us to your imagination. I've heard correct oh you know we don't hide them and the people will type them in you know, we we talk about them in the Instagram lives and and Twitch lives and those same friends I'm friends with to this day. Yeah, so I was still I was I was fat. It started in England. And then it continued. But what happened was I was the corruptor. Nice. All right. Great, and then I should like push my mother's car to the train. driveway. When I was in eighth grade and drive around Palm Beach was 14. I mean, I was
like I knew the whole time. I'm like, Are you having fun? I'm like, Oh my God.
You decide to escape the moment you could when you went to college? I mean, you did not want to stay in Florida. I'm no. So I went to boarding school actually for 10th 11th and 12th. Grade because in in, in places like Palm Beach, there is no like high school. Everyone goes up north. Okay, well, so like, I loved my boarding school, and I had a blast. And I don't think I learned one thing, but I'm still it was fantastic. I mean, we escaped. We went to Georgetown in New York every weekend. And we're not in the library. It was fun and how did you decide to get your license and become a DJ? I mean, how I was in college, so then I went to college. And that was a whole other thing. So when I was At that boarding school not getting the best grades. I remember the college counselor. So back then, just to give you a little context, my parents I don't know if this was normal or not, but none of my friends parents, no one went on college tours. No one we took ourselves like we decided where we were going. And I remember this college counselor, she was like, I think you need to have a backup. I was like, Oh, so she's like, Oh, this is one school that you should and it was like in New Hampshire and so I like check the list of I applied and that day in March with all the letter name and I got in nowhere except for the backup. And I was like, Oh my god, so she obviously knew that I was. I remember my friend Helen from California. We both only got in about one school. I'm we're like,
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so we were like that you had someone there. That was a miracle.
Yeah. So we bought we flew. I just turned 18 and we could rent a car. We flew to Boston, and we rented a car because I remember I I had my license to go be able to run from Avis. And we toured the school. And we went to the town and I remember had a flashing light, a pub, a Chinese restaurant, a bomb shop. And that was a college town. And we both went into like a bed and breakfast. I know. We ended up like the least we'll have each other like, I don't want to go here now. I mean, I were black. I was like a city slicker. I like smoked my cigarettes. I were Madonna. I was I want to go to New York to go clubs. I like you know, get my hair blown out. I was like, I don't want to be this new hampshire place. And I'm like, uh, me and Helen will least go there together. I get home and like Helen called me. She's like, I got my grandmother to get me to be you. I'm like,
Fast forward, I end up at the school by myself. It's like the summer August. I'm in Newport, Rhode Island with my mother again, like so preppy. I was pink and green luggage. I'm like, Hey, Mom. Time for college. She looks at me and she's like, well, Marjorie, you've already been in boarding school you
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get the map out, you're gonna take yourself amazing. Take me amazing,
myself five hours with my car, got the map and took myself to college. I mean, yeah,
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that is insanely unusual. Yes.
Yeah, exactly. Yes. I was like, I was like, total confidence
is good, right? Anyway,
I got there and I think that was my first taste of the real world. I've been in a bubble because nothing's clear, right? padded. Everyone's like, you know, in the padded bubble. And I get there at night my roommate had was I had like pictures of the doors on her side of the room and like we never even spoke or the we had nothing in common. I'm like, I gotta get out of this town. What am I doing here? and had a radio station. I had always been obsessed with music. Always. Yeah, it was a very deadhead school. Everyone was into the Grateful Dead. Oh, my God, they would they would answer the phone and speak Grateful Dead lingo to each other like verse. From the songs they go hey now Hey now and I'm like oh my god, they were like, but truly this Grateful Dead like some perfume and they were tied. I mean, I was in my black my daughter bracelet, and I was smoking my mom bras and other than my Audi I thought I was so cool. I did not fit them okay, let's be honest. One of us was not like the other Yanni. Yes, the other reality Kobe this radio station and I was listening to my music. I'm like, Huh, I could get on that radio. So I went marching down then like, Hello, how do you go this radio and then like, we have to pass your broadcasting test. And actually, I did it. I didn't make like a public service announcement. I did all these things. And I actually pass I
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say like, it's not nothing though.
Not easy. And you know, I wasn't Mrs. Student actually wanted it and I did it and they said, Marjorie, you have passed and we're gonna give you a show every Thursday from three to six and I was like, really good slot. And, but they're like, you need a DJ name and I'm like, okay, and I'm gonna Back then you had like a version of your name and like it's mad March, and that was 1987. And I had my show every Thursday from three to six and I played my music I did not play Grateful Dead. I played like the cure all this amazing new wave music and that's all I played and I, I talked to myself on a microphone alone in a basement. I told jokes to myself, and actually, people really listened. It was funny. I mean, I was a total nutjob and I loved it. I really love being on that radio and I played my my, my music. I didn't play there. So I told my silly stories and laughed myself. And then they had a campus in England and oh, I yes. And this was our whole everything happens for a reason, right? When people say you know it all everything turns out I was meant to be and I remember going into that little office and that weird town and I was like, Hi, I want to go to your campus in England. And they were like, what You need to have a 2.0 I knew
I was pathetic. Okay. But I Schmidt I shmoo the lady. Thank you, Marjorie got to enjoy.
And that's it. Yeah. Like Betty in the office. She's like, Okay, dear. And I get to England in the fall. And I loved it so much say the campus was 200 students, I suppose to be their semester. I stayed a graduate I ended up with like a, a minus average. I loved it.
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I was down to people and I found my people.
I stayed living there for another four years. It took me back to my childhood and then I met a whole other set of friends that I'm still friends with To this day, all my friends from the Middle East.
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Yes. Who also come on to the mat. Who I've met them through
there. Correct. So when I like Kuwait is here Doha. I love it, all of that, and they're all still there, and we're all still friends. And that was that For me was another very important and an educational piece of my life because I think that the world can be so divisive. And people can be so judgmental based on where you're from. And I learned firsthand by being friends and living in dorms for three years as one of my greatest friends from all over the world and learning about cultures firsthand and not through history books or through parents making judgmental remarks. And so I can absolutely get in, drag out fights with people being like, you don't know, you have no idea what you're talking I do the same thing because I
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there was a huge Persian, which we know how Iran Iranian contingency that Los Angeles and I, you know, I had a learning curve too. And I am the first to just say, to know these people in this culture, you would not say half the things you're saying right now. The most rich culture most well educated, beautiful, beautiful. Yeah, you know,
listen, every single culture I mean, Americans, we heard that Oh, but we are mortified. True that are absolutely that we would not want to even claim. Yes. Yeah, you know what I mean? And I and I consider myself so lucky that I have friends like one of my closest friends who's in the live all the time many she's from Yemen. We met when I was 18. And she was 17 and we're still friends to this day 30 whatever years later and I think to myself, how many people in New York even though someone and like they're on the banned list, they come to America right? It is like the most chills like a supermodel. And she's like, she's the most chic beautiful, you know, has houses that are, you know, the museum's to show I bet. Um, but like, you don't even know where that is right now. And, I mean, I met all of these amazing people through that part of my life. And I'm still friends with them to this day. Yeah. On their way to the end. I tried. I've gone to all their weddings and then some of their kids end up in Boston school. They come and stay with me and I'm like, just go out because I'm not telling you And that was a great that, for me was another great education and taught me so much. And I feel like England is very good for that. And yeah, one of the great things about England is a gentleman is a gentleman no matter where you're from, and America actually doesn't have that American is more segregated like that. And I give your kudos for that. Because they don't put you in a box. Right. They let you as people, and I really admire them for that. And religion and race and, and country doesn't come in. It's like, it's kind of a beautiful thing over there. Yeah. Now from we do need that. And so I was very grateful to have that firsthand at such a young age. I was just young and formative. So it's like it's in. Yeah. So I moved to New York when I was 25. Having spent 17 years there, really, which is a long time. Yeah, American. And so my cultural knowledge was so strong, and that was something that you can't get in any classroom.
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Yeah. Agreed agree on speed. You are truly like a gift to me. A gift to everyone that you touch. I adore you. Thank you so much for doing this episode of Monday's with Mindy.
I truly think monday tuesday was
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I truly can't wait. Thank you. What about all your movies? I'm so impressed with you, lady.
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Listen, keep going chugging away. This is what I do. It's who I am. And I think if you live it long enough people start to pick up.
Oh, are you an IRR? I can't wait to be blabbing about the latest one. I don't think I'm taking my notes down. Which we're gonna be talking about
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a sink funny and I can't wait thank you for the my value and your generosity and your spirit. And I love that you will be my friend for the rest of my life. It makes me very happy. I feel very, very
first sense. Yeah, you're stuck with me like a barnacle. I
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love it. I'll take it.
Thank you so much Christian. You are the most tech savvy person I've ever met. I'm good. I'm glad I'm glad I have your number Guess what?
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yeah for growth.
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With music it's what I love. It's like people like you like to fix computers. I Oh my god. Oh my god I know.
Thank you guys.
I can't wait to
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thank you bye bye. She's great, isn't she? She's amazing such a good energy and what a fun story like growing up I would have never expected any of that. But I'd love that you picked up on that energy because that truly is why she makes the most amazing DJ for these parties and because her energy is so contagious and you don't expect it from someone who looks like she does and when she puts her little Oscar de la Renta dress on and her you know fabulous you know earrings from Sotheby's right and turns out this music and is jamming back there. I mean, it is a site like no other It's an event it's an event Yeah. And she's gonna continuously reinvented herself with like the same idea like, Oh, this works. Let's try it again. This worked really well. Let's try it again. And it's just been the results. I also love how she identified as brave. Yeah, because I don't think a lot of people especially women kind of claim I agree and live brave bravely I agree and I really respect her for that and love her for that. Me too. Now this is a this was a great episode. I really hope that our our listeners and our viewers enjoyed it again reminding them they can check it out at Monday's with Mindy calm click to subscribe to any of the podcast networks. You can also go to YouTube you can subscribe there you can leave comments you can give us a thumbs up if you like what you're seeing and hearing hit the bell to be alerted whenever a new episode comes out. We try to release our episodes every Monday at 11am pacific standard time and we will have show notes up about Marjorie so if you guys want to connect with her want to learn a little bit more about her or would like to follow her on her journey. That information will be on the website as well and we look forward to Seeing you next time. So Christian, I want to thank you for we are officially finished with our first season. first season. Yes, I was like we'll see you next week. And like, wait, this finale right now is going to take a couple weeks break until we you know, two to three weeks before we reassemble and relaunch for season two. But I want to thank you, my friend. This has been a kick in the pants and I say mourn again. Yeah, absolutely. I'm like, Yes, please. And more great. on the same page, as we always are, as we tend to be. Well done, my friend. Thank you so much. Yeah. Same to you. Thank you very much for all your help and everything you've done. Yes, the best is yet to come kids. Bye, everybody.