Episode Summary

Can you imagine seeing porn stars having sex in your backyard, or watching a topless waitress breastfeeding a kitten at one of your parent’s parties?

Well, today’s guest lived that life. Romola Hodas was the eldest daughter of Marty (Martin) Hodas, aka “Times Square’s King of Porn,” the man who almost single-handedly built New York City’s pornography and adult entertainment industry from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Episode Notes

Can you imagine seeing porn stars having sex in your backyard, or watching a topless waitress breastfeeding a kitten at one of your parent’s parties?

Well, today’s guest lived that life. Romola Hodas was the eldest daughter of Marty (Martin) Hodas, aka “Times Square’s King of Porn,” the man who almost single-handedly built New York City’s pornography and adult entertainment industry from the 1960s to the 1980s.

By the time she was eighteen, she had survived two kidnapping attempts, summering in the Catskills with members of the Colombo crime family, verbal and physical abuse, and a year in reform school. Her childhood was a nightmare of violence, chaos, and severe body shaming.

Against all odds, she not only survived a childhood few people could fathom, but actually thrived, becoming a successful businesswoman who now devotes her life to helping others. In this interview we talk about:

  • Forgiveness
  • Letting go
  • How childhood trauma affects people differently
  • Overthinking and intellectualising
  • Anxiety
  • Drinking in moderation (moderation management)
  • Listening to your inner voice
  • Courage
  • Learning no matter what your age

You can find out more about Romola and order her book at www.romola.com.

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