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Welcome to the I Heart Costa Mesa Show! Where a couple of neighbors with a microphone live, learn and love on Costa Mesa, California. We'll be interviewing locals, sharing stories and connecting with our community. Follow along!

May 18, 2018

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we get ghosted by our guest! With no one left to interview - and studio time already booked - we pull Producer, Danny Thompson, behind the mic for an off-the-cuff convo around the topic of "fails and what we've learned from them."

Thompson is really knowledgeable in a lot of areas, he's an all-around interesting dude. He co-owns The Music Factory School of Music, is a Podcaster and Marketing Consultant over at Music Lesson Business Academy, produces the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, and is the drummer for the band Face To Face.

In this episode, we talk about small business, haters, touring and travel, struggles, legacy, Yelp, Patreon, work ethic - and, duh, Costa Mesa!

You can follow Danny Thompson on Instagram at: @dannythompson1967

Music Factory School of Music:

Listen to the Music Lesson Business Academy Podcast:

Music Lesson Business Academy Website:

Thompson is drummer for Face To Face:

Thompson's Favorite Restaurant in Costa Mesa is a tie between Wahoo's Fish Tacos on Placentia Avenue:

...and La Canada Grill on West 19th Street:

He also talks about putting on student shows over at the Boathouse Collective:

We discuss the I Heart Costa Mesa Patreon page:

I Heart Costa Mesa is sponsored by:

Music Factory School of Music

The Orange County Market Place

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Instagram: @iheartcostamesa

Twitter: @iheartcostamesa

Big thanks to everyone who helped make this podcast possible!

Producer: Danny Thompson (

Intro / Outro Voiceover: Brian Kazarian

Music: Eddie “DJ Kaboom” Iniestra