Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Today I am featuring an especially interesting Friend Encounter. My bud Joey Roth, a celebrity in his own right, met podcaster on the rise Gianna Belcastro at Wizard World Chicago 2021. Joey was a celebrity before Gianna was even born.
Still a teenager, Gianna started the Women's Sports Matter podcast during the pandemic. Despite it being a new venture, Gianna was able to land some big name guests in the world of women's sports. She also held a live podcast at Wizard World. Joey and I were very impressed with how young Gianna handled the podcast, seamlessly going from topic to topic during the course of her 45 minutes on stage. There are many veterans who couldn't pull off a 45 minute live podcast in fromt of a large audience like at Wizard World.
After her session, Joey interviewed Gianna abou her start, her goals and much more. That interview can be found at On the Beat With Gianna Belcastro at Wizard World 2021.
Gianna has a bright future and I look forward to following her as her career develops. If she is anywhere near as successful as Joey, she'll be doing great.
Joey is a master, versatile entertainer. He has been on television and in movies. He has hosted events. He is a manager on the Chicago independent wrestling scene. There are probably more entertainment ventures I am forgetting at the moment, but if it's Chicago entertainment, chances are Joey is or has been involved in in.
For more info on Gianna, check out Women's Sports Matter on Facebook. Also, check all social media for more on Joey. Look for Joey and me interviewing other interesting folks at comic cons and other events.
Gianna Belcastro and Joey Roth in Rosemont, IL-October 2021.