Welcome to the 119th episode of the Give A Heck podcast!

For today’s episode, Dwight treats us to a conversation with a spy. Robert Kerbeck, a professional actor and a corporate spy, shares his story from his childhood full of secrets to his journey towards espionage.

Robert also shares his exciting story of living a fun life as an actor but also going into the gray area of digging up company secrets. Tune in to hear more of Robert’s exhilarating stories while learning how to not fall victim to manipulation.

In this episode, you’ll learn about the following:

  • Growing up in a family with a secret family.
  • How Robert got started as a corporate spy.
  • “Companies have too much pride and don’t want to admit that there is a weak spot.”
  • Writing Ruse: a true book about lying.
  • Robert’s message to giving a heck and never giving up


About Robert Kerbeck:

Robert Kerbeck is a professional actor who makes his real money lying on the phone, charming people into revealing their employers’ most valuable information. In this exhilarating memoir that will appeal to fans of Catch Me If You Can and The Wolf of Wall Street, unsuspecting receptionists, assistants, and big-shot executives all fall victim to “the Ruse.”

After college, Kerbeck rushed to New York to try to make it as an actor. But to support himself, he’d need a survival job, and before he knew it, while his pals were waiting tables, he began his apprenticeship as a corporate spy.

He is the founder of the Malibu Writers Circle and a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His first-person account of the Woolsey Fire was read by over a million people as an Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Times. Based on that essay, his debut book, Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA’s Most Devastating Wildfire, won the 2020 IPPY Award as the Silver Medalist in Creative Nonfiction, the Readers’ Favorite Award as the Silver Medalist in Nonfiction Drama and the Best of LA award. Malibu Burning was also a Finalist for Foreword Book of the Year and the National Indie Excellence Awards.

Robert’s essays and short stories have been featured in numerous magazines and literary journals, including Narratively, Cimarron Review, Los Angeles Magazine, Shondaland, and The Normal School. One of his stories was adapted into the award-winning film, Reconnected, which has appeared at film festivals worldwide. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Robert has worked extensively in theater, film, and television, appearing in lead roles in major shows and earning several awards.

You can find Robert Kerbeck on . . .

Website:            https://www.robertkerbeck.com/

LinkedIn:           https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-kerbeck-12aa7a11/

Instagram:        https://www.instagram.com/robertkerbeck/

Twitter:              https://twitter.com/robertkerbeck


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