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Mindy Cohn 00:02
Hi everyone, welcome back to another episode of Mondays with Mindy Christian Brescia everyone welcome to the show. Today's episode features a conversation with PR magnate marketing guru and Judy co founder and a new podcaster for Pete sakes Simon UK right Simon was born in Ottawa, Canada and after graduating Canterbury High School, specialized arts and acting programs, moved himself to New York City and began working with high profile publicist Lizzy Grubman. He then moved in 2006 to command PR and became a partner in 2010. In 2013, he bought out his partner Jonathan Sharon became its principal and enter his leadership expanded its brand into the influencer market, which was new then and develop some of the most successful celebrity campaigns for global brands Simon has been featured in numerous publications including to shore and the New York Times style while making forays into reality television with his show the spin crowd and episodes of all versions of everything Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise in 2018. Simon launched a human an immersive theatrical experience showcasing body modifications into the future the exhibition and PR for a generated worldwide publicity and according to Vogue magazine was the most talked about thing at that year's New York Fashion Week. Over the last decade, Simon has witnessed close friends and family deal with emergencies across the country from floods in Florida to storm surges along the coast to earthquakes in California noticing that the common denominator in many of these situations was the fundamental lack of preparedness. So after spending a year learning from first responders and leading preparedness experts, Simon co founded the emergency preparedness brand, Judy, he did this in January of this year to empower families like this one my family with tools and knowledge and products so they can be prepared for the unexpected most recently, and we're talking like within the last month, Simon has launched a podcast emergency contact with his own of 17 years of Alissa, Greg Washington, The show features interviews with celebrities and their emergency contact Christian you should totally be my emergency contact since you usually are just without public acknowledgement, their podcast we should get on there right there. podcasts like our very own is streaming on all platforms. Simon lives in New York City and Montauk with his fiance, Phil awesome.
Christian Brescia 02:22
I am very excited to meet and talk with Simon today. Ladies and gentlemen, it's our pleasure to welcome to the show Simon Huck. Welcome, Simon.
Simon Huck 02:31
I'm so excited to be here with you guys excited to have
Mindy Cohn 02:34
added to have Yeah, it feels
Simon Huck 02:36
good. And I love this whole contraption that we're on squad cast, and
Mindy Cohn 02:39
it's perfect for podcast. I know. Listen, only the best for only the best. So the way we start each episode is I pull five of our 20 questions out of our perfect Johnny Adler secret canister plug for john.
Simon Huck 02:55
I have the same jar. Good taste.
Mindy Cohn 02:57
Here we go. Simon, what assumption do people make about you that's wrong
Simon Huck 03:01
that I represent the Kardashians? Yeah, it's been number one assumption because still, maybe even my parents because I think started my career in PR public relations person. And I represented brands and I connected brands to celebrity. So already for a woman you're confused. You're like, what the hell is that? And then well, also, because
Mindy Cohn 03:22
you were one of the first to do it first
Simon Huck 03:24
do it. Like it was kind of a niche thing. And my business partner at the time who I was his assistant in the beginning, Jonathan cevin. Like he was really one of the first to do it. And so I was known for PR and then you know, I became really close with the girls and the family and I did a show with them in 2011. So suddenly, like I'm a publicist, I'm being written about it's like people are like,
Mindy Cohn 03:45
affiliated with them.
Simon Huck 03:47
Yeah, yeah, it's hard to shake.
Mindy Cohn 03:48
Okay, so you don't represent that I
Simon Huck 03:49
do not represent.
Mindy Cohn 03:51
I knew that. Yeah. Simon, do you have a hidden talent that you can talk about?
Simon Huck 03:56
And not embarrassed? Oh, my god. I'm trying to think like, why would say I am a rapid fire email responder. So I will respond to you within minutes. That's a really good talent.
Mindy Cohn 04:08
Okay, know what I'm understanding my deep affection for you more and more women? Oh my god, we're so alike. It hurts me sometimes.
Simon Huck 04:16
Not even because I'm proud of it. It's not like a badge of honor. It's because I have anxiety and I don't like the emulation.
Mindy Cohn 04:23
Same so I drive Christian nuts because I'm also a chronic deleter. Like I answered something I deleted so I save nothing. He has to say. I mean, the shake of the head is the nice way. I drive him insane. Oh, I'm curious among your friends. I mean, what do you best known for planning
Simon Huck 04:40
parties planning events? I'm the planner. Are you? Yeah, I mean, you know, March in the mixing, of course. Yeah, we do our mad March mix. I love to bring people together and I love to mix high level people from all different walks of life. I don't like like one type of person.
Mindy Cohn 04:55
Yeah, no, you're good at that more than good. Does that include travel? Like do you plan all your time? trips are just filled
Simon Huck 05:01
out. No Phil does all the trips PIP the rip is like But no, I was paying full dollar for every plane ticket. I didn't know how the point system work like that is all like another language to me. And he can move things from American Express to a Delta card to a thing and I'm like, everything is free. I mean, not free, but it's like feel free.
Mindy Cohn 05:20
Well, you have earned these points and he knows how to use them and manipulate excitement manipulate. You've earned them I've heard Yeah, okay. Well, your chips are fabulous. Yeah. Okay, this so I'm interested in and just in a moment, and we won't hold you to it. But who is the most fascinating person you've met?
Simon Huck 05:35
This is a good one.
Mindy Cohn 05:36
I know. Maybe I should even say like in this country, because I'm sure you've met fascinating people all over the world. Who is the most fascinating person I have met?
Simon Huck 05:45
Oh my goodness, this one's stumping me.
Mindy Cohn 05:47
We want to even put a number on it. Throw out a few of people that you went truly one of the most fascinating people I've met. Okay,
Simon Huck 05:52
this is gonna be like a cliche response. But I have to say it. I think that Kris Jenner is one of the most fascinating, compelling people I've ever met in my life. Okay, why is that? Well, maybe it was I was just, you know, going on about like, I'm not their publicist. And then like they're naming them like a minute later. No,
Mindy Cohn 06:10
you have a relationship with them. So, yeah, besides your mobile phone, what is something you never leave home without?
Simon Huck 06:17
Listerine? breath mints, the strips
Christian Brescia 06:19
Mindy Cohn 06:20
Okay, why do you have chronic halitosis or sensitive to it?
Simon Huck 06:24
You Christian God isn't what I have. It's actually like a running joke with all of my friends. And anyone that knows me. I have them constantly. And I don't know, I'm always just scared that like, my scent may offend you. I'm not known for having bad breath. I'm not even a chronic coffee drinker, but I am obsessive over these Listerine strips. I should have like stock in the company. It's,
Mindy Cohn 06:44
you buy in bulk. I
Simon Huck 06:44
buy an Amazon and I think the orders like $48. So like,
Mindy Cohn 06:50
I bought them for friends and other countries because they can't get them there. And they're like, these are amazing.
Simon Huck 06:54
I know, which scares me. I hopefully they're not like kemah. I mean, I'm sure I was
Mindy Cohn 06:58
gonna say like, how many do you ingest in a day, depending on the day?
Simon Huck 07:02
Well, we're on a podcast, and I just had to come in, like I just put through in my mouth before doing this. I don't know why I did.
Mindy Cohn 07:10
Yeah, I love it. And I appreciate it from both of you. Thank you so much. So I don't know if you anyway, Christian. I started this because what was missing from most heartfelt Lee from being safe at home was just talking to other creatives. And my dad's a businessman, my mom's a lawyer, and yet they're two of the most creative people that I know. And so it's obviously not just actors, writers and producers. But to me, you fall into the category of being one of the most incredible creatives that I've had the pleasure of knowing and love. But no, simply because you've had the courage. You know, you started out very young policy, Grubman and started in PR and then moved to command and it'll tip to your own success. But I would say in the last couple years, I don't know whether and I'm going to ask you whether it was confidence, boredom, excitement, whatever possessed you to finally get into creating your own things like a human and Judy, and we'll get into all of that. But I consider you a creative Do you consider yourself one,
Simon Huck 08:03
you know, especially when I was doing a human, I felt like my biggest thing that I needed to work on was the imposter syndrome. So when I first launched a human, which was this kind of forward facing Disney World experience, if you will, and people were referring to me as a creative director, and I had this imposter syndrome where I kept thinking, I'm the creative director. I'm like, the entrepreneur, like I felt really uncomfortable in that role, because it was so foreign to me, because I've never really ventured into that to put yourself out there creatively.
Mindy Cohn 08:31
But don't you think even before that putting celebrities or putting people with products, there is a creativity aspect?
Simon Huck 08:38
Yes, absolutely. And I think that's like, what we all kind of battle is our imposter syndrome. When someone assigned something you feel like you don't have like the credentials to back that up. I think we all kind of go through that. Like I can be the PR whiz the celebrity Mastro, I can be all of that. And I can own that. But when you take me out of my sweet spot, and you call me a creative director, I'm like me like the pressure.
Mindy Cohn 09:00
Well, I think you're very much of an oz, where you were behind the curtain making things happen for other people for so long. That once you're front and center. Yeah, like you get to a level of being uncomfortable. Now. I mean, come on, thank
Simon Huck 09:12
you. It's been such a crazy journey. And one thing leads to another like, you know, doing a human gave me the balls and the confidence to say, Okay, I want to start my own consumer brand. I'd never even thought of launching my own brand. And then that got me to the next stage. And then I thought, Oh, I have to raise money. I've never fundraise before I read about it. But like, I didn't know what the process was going to be like, Oh my god, we're gonna fundraise and then like now we just closed our series A Oh, we're doing a series a series. It's like you go through all these things that are out of your comfort zone along the way. You're calling your friends and your mentors to be like, my insane like, What's going on here?
Mindy Cohn 09:45
It's really hard. No, it's called courage. And it's called to me being a creative does have that like Gypsy factor of like, I'm gonna go where the wind takes me and make it something.
Simon Huck 09:54
Yeah, fake it or make it Yeah.
Mindy Cohn 09:57
What we're all doing that on some level. Yeah, totally. No, I applaud it profoundly. I mean, so what was the thing that took you to a human being your first thing that it's like, I'm going to know. So
Simon Huck 10:08
I think, you know, part of what I do for a living, working with talent and connecting talent to big major brands. And these endorsement opportunities is, obviously there's elements of that there are creative, but then there's moments where it also feels really transactional. And after 15 years of working in that industry, I felt like I needed an outlet to create something that was kind of sitting in the back of my mind, and I wanted to also be uncomfortable. So like, I reached out to like 15, creative directors, and I said, Will you do this with me, and everyone was kind of like, I'm not really sure where you're going with it. And what you realize is like, you go through 15 different iterations until you come up with the big idea. And it was honestly like one of the most gratifying kind of nine months of my life just tinkering way finding the space. And so we rented a 9000 square foot space, and so and finding all these amazing artists to collaborate on, and then of course, launching it,
Mindy Cohn 10:57
right, no, I mean, it was such a thing. And deservedly so. Thank you. Yeah. And by the way, I am still waiting for my big endorsement opportunity.
Simon Huck 11:05
Like it's happening.
Mindy Cohn 11:08
Like, let's have it early retirement is in the future. Let's have it.
Simon Huck 11:13
Mindy Cohn 11:15
All right. And so do you still dabble in that? Is that like the past and you're moving forward with not just the success of Judy, but obviously, it's still in its infancy? I would say because it's,
Simon Huck 11:25
um, yeah. So we launched Judy in January. So you know, that was, what, 910 months ago. And the genesis for Judy was my co founder and I, Josh, we have friends and family who live in Florida and California. Yes. And they all had kind of the same story. They had been involved in an emergency situation, some in domestic emergencies. So home floods, house fires, and then these larger scale emergencies, I have friends who bought homes in the wildfires. I know Mindy, you know, people who had, you know, with evacuations, and it's just this traumatizing experience. And the same thing happened over over again, when I said oh, so what did you do? Prepare? Did you have an emergency kit? They're like, What are you talking about? I did not have an emergency, right? Yeah, I did not have an evacuation plan. I don't even know where my fire extinguisher is. So it was kind of his lightbulb moment where he thought, Wait a minute, Why is no one spending time building a brand in something that we all need? And I think that's the challenge is to if you go on Amazon, you need?
Mindy Cohn 12:19
Well, I was going to say being in Los Angeles, right? We've all had, you know, our only options, at least the ones my friends and family have are from the Red Cross. And they're very big fit. Yeah. And they're ridiculous in size. Yes. And you don't know where to put them. And so they don't look good. And so to me, part of the genius idea of the Judy kits that you created, and not just I mean, these aren't just kits, you are creating a platform knowledge, yeah, and for families to make a plan their plan, but the actual physical cases that you've put together are so phenomenal. I have to and you know, I've been passing the word.
Simon Huck 12:54
You are the most supportive because the day I launched you were supporting me even in my pre launch you were supporting and posting you everyone's number one cheerleader. Just why we all love you so much. Oh, thank
Mindy Cohn 13:05
you. Well, but it's also I don't just do it deserve just kind of smoke out of my ass. I mean, I do it because it's genius thing. And I have a GED for my car and a GED for my house. And I everyone that I know is getting on board. Having said that, though, so I want to get back if you kind of divorced yourself from your whole PR kind of people. Yeah, talent. Well, yeah, I
Simon Huck 13:26
would say it's probably 7030. And, you know, part of the kind of the Venn diagram I've created is that we knew that preparedness, it's not sexy, right, which is why the name is Judy, which is why the branding is really bright. No one wants to talk about what arguably is one of the scariest moments of your life when you're in an emergency. So to get people to talk about it, there is some kind of psychological Olympics if you will, that need to be done to convince people to have that conversation with their family to purchase an emergency kit or make their own emergency care. So we knew that we needed the use and the power of influencers and celebrities to get behind this. So my marketing company and my talent company allows me to leverage those relationships towards something that is doing good that is quite literally saving lives. So when Liberty receives an emergency kit a Judy and they're talking about all the values of having an emergency kit having an evacuation plan Oh my god, what is a hand crank radio? How is it going to help me This is providing value to so many people especially I mean, the folks who are in California right now in Northern California, Southern California, it's really scary. And you know, we know that this is only going to get worse and worse each year as climate change continues to exacerbate natural disasters.
Mindy Cohn 14:33
Yes, what I found really wonderful is that especially pre fires, we really were concentrating on earthquakes and the only way to live in Southern California is to not make it a part of your daily life because you'd go insane and you never leave your house right and so I do think not only are supplying you know peace of mind but with ease
so thank you
Mindy Cohn 14:51
but you don't have to worry about you've got it you're covered should God forbid anything happen. You've got supplies, you fo numbers. I mean within these kits, Christian what's so great is It's not just stuff or water. You know, we know it's a plan Simon has developed, Judy, you know, kind of gives you this how to folder?
Simon Huck 15:06
Yeah, it's like emergency for dummies?
Mindy Cohn 15:08
I'm familiar with it.
Simon Huck 15:09
I know. I got it. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 15:11
we do. Got it. And so because of that, I mean, this new podcast Simon called emergency contact. I mean, it's so brilliant, awesome company. Yeah. Oh,
Simon Huck 15:22
no, it was like a minimum. And we were like, how do we get to care about emergency preparedness? And how can we use kind of the people that are around me and that are excited about what I'm doing to talk about emergency preparedness? And what better way than to bring on a celebrity or a familiar face and their real life ride or die? emergency contact?
Mindy Cohn 15:41
It is genius. Thank you. And so yes, great idea. But then you have to go and do it. Christian, I know where we talk from. I know, did you ever think it was so much work? There's
Simon Huck 15:51
a lot of work.
Mindy Cohn 15:52
I know. I know. And I tell everyone about it. They're like, Oh, it's so crazy. I'm like, do you understand I've not worked as hard and so long. It's so interesting.
Simon Huck 16:00
It's like you got to produce it. You got to get it together. You got to make sure your guests can plug in their phone. Like you gotta like, deal with the tech when you start. Yeah, so a lot of Yeah, yeah, it's a lot of work. But it's been just, it's really rewarding because we are hearing from a lot of customers and like brand fans who purchased a duty and that are listening to the podcast. And like I never knew that about this or I never knew that about like, it's just kind of breeding this whole circle moment for us, which is gratifying. Nice. What has
Mindy Cohn 16:25
surprised you the most that people weren't doing
Simon Huck 16:27
most out of all the people that we speak to don't even know how to use their fire extinguisher. Most people don't have any semblance of an emergency plan. So if you're living in a kind of a single family home, you've got two kids, they're under the age of 10. They've never practiced a home fire drill properly, or done it like routinely with their family, which is nice, because when you're in school, and you're nine or 10, or whatever you practice, like twice a year leases, right?
Mindy Cohn 16:55
Right is so interesting and faster. I didn't really think about it at all. I mean, what's so interesting is we've all made jokes. Well, I make jokes with my right if the big one happens is big earthquake happens. I have two people that I know if I'm able to get in my car, I'm driving. That's one person. If I have to walk, that's another person, that person's closer. And then if there's no big emergency, I'm taking the car and driving cross country to the farm. to farm that's where I'm going. Yeah. So I mean, my plans,
Simon Huck 17:23
earthquake preparedness, like most people don't really understand. You know, most people think that the actual earthquake itself is what causes the injury. But of course, we know that fires are as a result, like, once you kind of go down the tunnel. I think a lot of people I was like this before God, I just didn't want to think about it. Like I have nothing to worry about and worrying about a hurricane or a flood. Thank you very much.
Mindy Cohn 17:44
Yeah, I mean, I think my workmen are kind of the typical where we don't deal with it until it's not a problem. It's a problem. So when somebody tried to set our building on fire a few years ago, you know, for whatever reason, we suddenly had to get out of the building and right and a high rise. So suddenly, you're like, Okay, we've got a pet, there's two of us, how do we get out of it? How do we get safely like I'm getting paid? Right? That's when it became very real for us, at least for me. I mean, I'm not the spring chicken. So it was like, I've been in California for 20 years, and I've never really occurred to have a really true buttoned up process. I had the things but I didn't have the process. You know, I think that's really valuable and what you're kind of extending along. Yeah, tell me where you were during Hurricane Sandy. Were you in the city?
Simon Huck 18:22
I was in New York City. And Marjorie actually graciously, she had downtown she had power and I walked from 13th Street to 76th Street on the Upper East Side and spent three days with Marjorie
Mindy Cohn 18:35
my friends came up with me cuz I was on 57th and eighth at the time.
Simon Huck 18:38
Yeah, it was crazy. And I think those are the moments and obviously COVID-19 these are the moments that as we were building Judy and talking to leading preparedness experts, they said things like okay, during a huge emergency during a large scale emergency, you get panic purchasing, you get mass confusion, you have hysteria, like all these things in my mind, they felt really theoretical. I was like, Oh, that's never happening. Like when is that ever happening and then COVID hits and you see grocery stores cleaned out you can't get toilet paper or bounty paper towel for six months like you see all the things that happen because you're not you haven't been prepared and FEMA has did quite honestly like we have not prepared American families for emergencies. The task is too great for us and we need help
Mindy Cohn 19:16
and but it's what you said to I mean I so remembered those fire drills in school and yet not once did I have a conversation with my parents right about what we were going to do if the house caught on fire? Right just didn't have it. We never talked about it. So you're bringing this consciousness you know in and having these conversations Yeah, even post COVID right, I think are even gonna be more important because we know now there's many less safe places to go and
Simon Huck 19:40
it's I think you just it's like a heightened level of education. I have a friend who lives in California who received an evacuation warning on their phone about a potential fire. Yes, it alarmed her and then she was given the evacuation order but she took 30 minutes to then call her neighbor all her friend check social media Is this real? Do they actually Want me to leave. And that is something that is so common in natural emergencies in general preparedness, people call it milling. They're looking for verification that they should leave. And this is the education like this is the aha moment we all need to have, like when we're given an evacuation, warning, pay attention when you're giving an order to leave, you have to leave. And yeah, it's scary, because as you guys know, it's California. These wildfires are moving so quickly, entire towns are being wiped out. And yes, it's such a delicate balance for Judy. And just even me as the founder of how do I talk about emergencies without scaring you? How do I make it optimistic and fun, there's this balance you have to reach
Mindy Cohn 20:35
a good scare is not nothing. I do think sometimes people need to have a little bit of the fear of something right. And then I have to say, when I first received my cheating my big duffel, I didn't get the crate, because it's just me, but my big duffel, I did create a folder where I've got cash. And I then created a folder where I have my social security card, birth certificate, and this little kind of bag of you know, underwear and a set of clothes. And it helped me go well, if I'm going to have the duffel. Let me also have this area this like overnight bag of stuff. Yeah. And now I know where everything is. So it's a quick grab
Simon Huck 21:09
so smart. Yeah, it's what everyone should do. And like, you know, I encouraged my fiance to do it. And like he hasn't done it yet, but I've done it.
Mindy Cohn 21:15
Yeah, so that's no bad. Yeah, I hope you guys can share.
Simon Huck 21:22
What else is near that? Which? Okay,
Mindy Cohn 21:25
yeah. So I think the podcast will not only obviously entertain, but it will hopefully, like, you know, spurn people to action a little bit that it doesn't actually take a lot of thought to just kind of know where your emergency stuff is. And they could so that you can just grab it right,
Simon Huck 21:40
you know, exactly, exactly, yeah.
Mindy Cohn 21:42
So give me a couple of things that you talk about an emergency contact, you ask, obviously, like how the person became their emergency contact, we
Simon Huck 21:50
kind of go through the story this week, the episode that comes out this week, we have Chloe Kardashian and her emergency contact and best friend Malika. Last week, we had Benny drama, who's a junior man? Yes, funny, and his boyfriend, Terry, and you really get to know their relationship of how have they been in an emergency together before? How did they rely on each other? You know, how are they prepared? And then we quiz them at the end of every episode. Emergency Situations and what they would do and most of them don't do that. Well, like them or like or at attend. I mean, my co hosts who's my emergency contact, like zero at a time? I mean, she's so unprepared.
Mindy Cohn 22:29
Oh my gosh. Oh, wait, how did she become your emergency contact. By the way.
Simon Huck 22:32
I've been her best friends since college. I was her maid of honor in her first wedding. And wow, he you know, being Canadian moving to the states kind of living in this world. Everything was so foreign to us that we just felt this bond, this kind of lifelong bond where you're like, Oh, my worst survivors. Living in New York is super scary. mall. I grew up in Ottawa like this. All right. So you kind of develop that relationship and it never leaves you.
Mindy Cohn 22:56
Right? That's so she is not as prepared as you thought she was.
Simon Huck 22:59
She's a very bad, Judy. Oh, my gosh,
Mindy Cohn 23:01
well, I want you to know, I am an award winning, Judy. Oh, I would I would win an award. I guarantee you.
Simon Huck 23:07
Yeah. You're amazing. They're Christian. Are you like 5050? Judy,
Mindy Cohn 23:11
I would probably say I'm probably 70%. Because my partner is like 100%. Judy, like he's the guy when we moved in together. He was the one I was like, What is that crazy? back? It looked like it was not very fashionable. Number one. So I was like, why don't you buy that? And number three, it's got like, 25 gallons of water. And I'm like, why would we ever. I mean, he's very regimented in that way. And when we were more than prepared with everything that we could possibly need and haven't had any issues, personally, with supplies or things like that, because he's very forward thinking in that stuff. And he's very regimented and making it happen. And while I'm tend to be the more dreamer in the go getter, he focuses on something and he like kills 20 focuses so
Simon Huck 23:49
amazing. That's amazing.
Mindy Cohn 23:51
Yeah, he carries a little bit of my weight now, but I appreciate that. I find it comforting. Yeah. So I think that's, you know, I don't come from a place of fear. Of course, it's anxiety provoking to think about it. So it's a very comforting to know, like, I'm gonna take care of myself.
Simon Huck 24:03
Yeah, yeah, my mind is the number one reason why people prepare it's for peace of mind. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 24:09
so what or who inspires you Simon with all these ideas, all these people like what is your go to inspiration
Simon Huck 24:15
people like you, Mindy and Christian, I don't know you yet. But like, I feel like we're really bonding. We're my main people who are constantly doing new things and taking risks and you know, dipping their toes into things they've never done before. I like to surround myself with people who like to be uncomfortable and try new things. I think, you know, when I first moved to New York, I've met a few friends that kind of stayed in the same role and really were kind of negative towards change and negative towards other people making moves. And I realized that like, I'm very much responsible for the energy around me. So I surround myself with people that are kind of just constantly moving and evolving and that inspires me like my peers really inspire me.
Mindy Cohn 24:55
Nice. And so what is up next for you as far as Is there anything you can tell us about? What's new and dreamy or you is this building blocks for Cutie time?
Simon Huck 25:04
So it's building blocks for Judy. We're still plugging in on the podcast you know Judy as a brand is only you know eight or nine months old so many more products that we're going to be launching and new things really that we're gonna start building generators are getting into fireproof pouches pet kits. I mean, there's just once you kind of expand into this ecosystem safety there's so much I want
Mindy Cohn 25:28
to be on the list for a generator. I wanted you to Jen Yeah.
Simon Huck 25:33
Absolutely. Yeah. Right. Like who doesn't eat lunch?
Mindy Cohn 25:35
It's a must have
Simon Huck 25:36
power goes out like that, that we're still charted. We're still podcasting.
Mindy Cohn 25:42
I'm still Graham and yes, it's happening. Yeah. Yeah, no, it happens very frequently in Southern California, especially now with all the fires and there are these rolling if not rolling blackouts. momentary. We've had them this morning, you're gonna go out and you can't get in touch with anybody. Right?
Simon Huck 25:58
Because we're all on you're all on the Yeah, you're on your phone or electronics and then all this year or you know the coming year we were supposed to get married my fiance and I
Mindy Cohn 26:07
Yes. Which is why I asked you Yes. Because I wasn't sure whether you had snuck away and gone and done.
Simon Huck 26:12
Oh, no, Mindy, you can like you're so polite. Like just ask away.
Mindy Cohn 26:17
I did I was like I knew they were supposed to get married. Did I miss? Oh, no,
Simon Huck 26:20
no, no, no, no, no, we are not pleased. He is brides Ella, you would know it would be all over. He's out of control. So we initially were like we're gonna do a small wedding. We're just gonna do friends and family and then you
Mindy Cohn 26:33
know, I don't buy it.
Simon Huck 26:34
No, cuz you meet with the wedding planner. And they're like, we could do this but we could do this. Presented Phil like got a tr on and was like I want I want like a 27 piece orchestra. I'm like, okay, like it's a recession, but we'll do it.
Mindy Cohn 26:53
Okay, but you also I mean, tell people who don't know you and our listeners who are just meeting you for the first time this mad amazing proposal.
Simon Huck 27:01
Okay, so it was glorious backstory fail even though I'm describing him as like a hyper diva. He's actually like Celt, I am the diva. I'm actually like, yeah, I'm like the capitalist. He's nicest funniest guy. And he thought we were gonna get engaged. Probably a year ago, we went to Venice, and we stayed at a fancy hotel, and I actually had the ring. And there was this like, gondola ride moment we had and I kept feeling like he was waiting for me to get
Mindy Cohn 27:31
good timing. It's the way it's like a no, you blew it.
Simon Huck 27:37
Like 14 Express martinis. And the last night we were there and I was like, I know you think I'm gonna propose but like, we're not I'm not doing it. Like I'm not doing it now. So it was like, Okay, okay, so he really forgot about it. And then montage ever place in the entire world. We have a little tiny beach house out there. It's like where he is right now. It's a sweet spot. No, on a Tuesday I called like my little handyman, and I said, Can you source like 50 big rocks and then spell out on our beach right in front of our house? Like you better say yes. And I'm going to bring Phil down there at like nine in the morning and say that I'm going for a walk, which is already suspicious because I like a beach even though I don't. And I'm always cold. I never go for beach walks like I hate the sand. I'm basically misery. I go to this, I bring him to anything. I can't believe you're doing this. I can't bring it to bring him down and he sees the rocks. And he thinks it's like I don't think that it was like kids or something. He was like, What is this say? I had to like spell it out for him. And now I understand what people get on one knee because it like cues it like the many you get one need Ben he was like, yeah, and then January 17 18th. And then I launched Judy, two weeks later, and then COVID-19 right, March March?
Mindy Cohn 28:49
Yeah. Oh, kind of. So it is. You are gonna have some post COVID we're gonna have some
Simon Huck 28:55
post COVID we don't know when it's gonna be we have not worked out a date because we're just worried about health and masks and everything else. But yeah, Phil spends his days on YouTube looking at wedding bands. And yeah, dreaming of life is excited. Yeah,
Mindy Cohn 29:11
I love to have a say it's probably possibly going to happen in 2021.
Simon Huck 29:17
It will definitely happen in 2021.
Mindy Cohn 29:19
Simon Huck 29:20
I'll take that demo when but it will like probably the later half of the year and yeah, no, it's gonna be it's who knows what it's gonna be. But he's gonna be very happy. I'm not as crazy about the wedding stuff as my fiance. He
Mindy Cohn 29:32
got wedding stuff, but aren't you? I mean, we've only had one small conversation about it. But I also had a little instability where it's just like, you're looking forward to being a star.
Simon Huck 29:43
Yeah, right. 100% and we, you know, we started not like the full process, but we started looking and investigating the surrogacy process. Like we're ready, you ready? where you're like, Okay, it's musical chairs. I found my chair. They're all ready. More and call it a day
Mindy Cohn 30:01
Simon when I meet my husband, I think I'm gonna steal that and just go oh my gosh, my chair.
Simon Huck 30:08
No, because you know the people who
Mindy Cohn 30:11
told me I'd share what?
Simon Huck 30:13
Yeah, circling the chairs. I'm like
Mindy Cohn 30:17
amazing. Fantastic. Yeah. Simon, thank you so much for coming on this Monday's with Mindy episode. It has been such a tickle to just share you with our listeners and promote a little more of Judy. Everybody needs a Judy kid and Christian will let you know we'll have all the information on our site right Christian listeners or viewers go to Monday's with many.com there'll be a section there for Simon there give a lot of information so you can follow up with him, connect with them follow his journey through marriage and everything else. But we'll also have details for Judy so that if you want to get yourself a kit, or follow the brand itself and see how it's growing and evolving, that information will be there. So my name is Mindy calm again. We'll also have links to his podcast so that you can take a listen there and follow that journey as well. I adore you. I love you guys. Thank you very much for joining us. Thank you Mr. Simon. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Simon Huck