#24 – Benjamin S. Ptashinsky-Skinner: aka “Equity Ben”

In This Episode

A comedian, a theater nerd, and a coach walk into a room …

Ok, this sounds like a bad dad joke set up but it’s actually what happened when Heather and Alan welcomed Ben Ptashinsky-Skinner to the podcast. Listen close because in between jokes and hilarity is some serious content. 

Ben is a stay-at-home dad, husband, and part-time performer. Voted Orlando’s best comedian in 2021 & 2022 as well as Orlando’s Best Actor in 2018, 2019, & 2021, Ben has become a viral sensation on social media. Host of his own cooking show, “Any Schmuck Can Cook,” Ben believes that budget-friendly, healthy meals should bring families together. 

Be sure to watch Ben’s show “Any Schmuck Can Cook” on Instagram and connect on TikTok 


  • Ben fell into having a cooking show!
  • When you DO stuff, you become an expert at it.
  • What will change the world, is sitting around the table with your family.
  • If you want to be successful at something, you have to work at it and practice!
  • Advocate for equality through visibility.
  • The right people will find you if you are authentic and show up as yourself.
  • Things are special because they are not consistently readily available. Allow them to be special.
  • Allow yourself to be proud of your own work. You can KNOW you are good at something.
  • Every time you do something, it adds up! Compound effect.
  • Earning money is important. Don’t give your passion away for free! 
  • Successful people take risks.
  • Sometimes playing it safe is accepting a path of unhappiness.
  • If you want to be an influencer, put yourself out there as often as possible, build your audience and then get an agent (Yes! There are agents for influencers).

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