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Hello Ricochet Community. My name is Mikayla Goetz.
I am a brand new contributor here on Ricochet who was last seen inspiring some pretty fabulous debate on my first post–”Freedom is a Tricky Thing.”
If you read my bio, you’ll see that I have labeled myself a “renegade actress turned conservative storyteller.” Allow me to explain. I am, by trade, a theater nerd. When I was young my parents began taking me to our local theater. I was dressed in a pink silk gown and took my seat in the plush velvet chair, and from that day forward I was hooked. I told my parents I would be on Broadway and then retire and become “Glenn Beck.” Glenn Beck was my way of saying political talk show host, as he and Rush Limbaugh accompanied me on every drive in my mother’s mini minivan since childhood. I was quite wise for my years and knew not to get into politics until after I was already well-liked. Young Mikayla would be surprised that I did not follow my own sage advice. Instead, I erupted from the conservative closet quite early in my artistic career.
After completing my B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Acting from Coastal Carolina University, I quickly formed a theater company with fellow graduates and began producing work for the armed services community. After spending a summer at a Shakespeare Theatre right outside NYC, I realized the Broadway scene was indeed the alcohol-laden, anxiety-ridden, narcissistic cesspool the “fuddy-duddy adults” warned it was. Broadway was, to put it mildly, not my scene. The film world seemed no better. After meeting with an agent who requested I include more “sexy monologues” in my repertoire and bragged about the women from his agency who play the “naked woman who is murdered” on every major crime show, I realized I would need to forge my own artistic path.
So I did.
Our theater company partnered with the VA to discuss the challenges of RPA (drone) warfare on mental health, as well as with veterans on college campuses to tell their stories of deployment to their fellow students. I greatly enjoyed this work as a story developer and actor. I will forever carry with me a deep respect for the armed services community, including their families.
After my time with military folks, I became deeply interested in the plight of Jewish Ukrainians–shockingly interested considering I was 22. (I am only 25 now.) I traveled to Ukraine alone to gather stories of Jewish Ukrainians working to immigrate to Israel–to make “Aliyah,” as it is called in Hebrew. In the past, I have explained my time in Ukraine as having stolen my innocence but replenished my joy. I met with survivors of Hitler, Stalin, the Holodomor, and the Holocaust, as well as many people still surviving the conditions of Crimea and the Donbass regions today. I saw people on their deathbeds who held out faith for medical care in Israel. I gathered stories in refugee camps. I was almost mugged multiple times. I had Army men from Fort Bragg working in the U.S. Embassy rescue me from my apartment. I was not short on adventure (or angels protecting me).
When I returned home, I shared the stories I had gathered via speeches, a short film, and an audio series (available on my website www.mikaylagoetz.com.) I told every young person I knew about how much communism sucks and that I had seen socialized healthcare, and we absolutely don’t want it.
I finally told the artistic world I was a Zionist. This was the cause of my first confrontation along the lines of, “Oh, my gosh. Are you conservative?”
In the 2020 election, I was struggling to keep my mouth shut in my artistic community–a bubble that is exclusively left-leaning and quite hostile to diversity of thought. All at once, the dam burst inside of me. I was seeing the cultural mechanisms of the left up close, and they were on the move and very effective. I knew it was time to speak up.
So I did.
About six months ago, I launched the SomethingBurger Podcast– a conservative podcast I affectionately describe as a “gateway drug for the emotional leftist.” The SomethingBurger Podcast reaches the “empathetic types” with the compassionate conservative argument for America’s most debated questions. (Yes, I know compassionate conservatism isn’t universally loved in our movement, but it has seemed effective for me thus far.) I know how alluring today’s far-left messages are for the emotional types because I am an emotional type myself. I noticed that it is the empaths marching us toward socialism, so I launched the SomethingBurger Podcast to demonstrate that the truly compassionate ideas lie in the conservative platform.
Since launching the show, I feel I have been shot out of the proverbial conservative cannon. I quickly became a regular on AM 950-Orlando, did live coverage of CPAC, and was taken under the wing of amazing organizations like Heritage Foundation, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and now Ricochet.
All of this to say, I suppose I am skipping Broadway and aiming straight for the metaphorical “Glenn Beck.” Since the silk dress and velvet seats, I have always been drawn to a good story, and I feel blessed to be telling the stories I believe really matter.
Thank you all for welcoming me.
I look forward to the discussions, debates, and sharing of good stories.
My Podcast–The SomethingBurger Podcast, will be available on Ricochet starting in September! I am stoked to join the Ricochet family and I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the show.Published in