First we had The Beatles, then we had the 80s New Wave, and now we have The 2 LADS, a couple of young expat British artists in Los Angeles, whose life mission is to advocate for mental health and the well-being of men across the world. In this episode of Before IT Happened, our host Donna Loughlin sits down with Daniel Sharman and Christian “Leggy” Langdon, creators and hosts of The 2 LADS Podcast, to talk about their upbringing and life experiences, emotional growth, spiritual wellness, and the importance of intimacy and community building for men. The world is reframing the way we approach mental health, and our society is finally understanding that it is okay, and even crucial, that we give men permission to be vulnerable. Join in!
Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.
JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:
(03:01) - Daniel, the acting bug and the consequences of a boarding school education - “I've developed absolutely no human skills, my emotions are skewed. I have no skills other than the ability to just get up and move and go.”
(11:26) - Leggy and his earliest aspirations of having a Rock n’ Roll lifestyle - “My brothers were definitely idols of mine. I looked up to them and wanted to follow in their footsteps.”
(15:41) - How the 2 LADS met - “He actually just showed up on my doorstep and was like, ‘I'm fucked. I heard you’re fucked too. Do you want to talk?’”
(21:51) - The 2 LADS Podcast: On mental health and the building safe spaces for men - “I've actually seen how much deep need there is for men to be intimate with each other and to show love, and to have that trust with other men.”
(30:09) - Unscripted & Unplugged: The importance of embracing humanity - “No one should be following anybody, the work starts with you, and I have to name it in order to be more honest, more human, and hopefully other people can do this.”
(37:12) - “We go first”: The impact of being vulnerable - “We're putting the weapons down for a moment and saying, ‘Oh God, isn't it weird being human? Isn't that a bit hard?’”
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Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and StudioPod Media with additional editing and sound design by Nodalab. The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.