A Chat With Mack Attack

One subculture I got into during the pandemic was the anti-MLM community, which includes people who deconstruct self-help culture. The anti-MLM community exposes all sorts of business scams and has people who make videos who make fun of popular self-help “gurus” such as Tony Robbins, Gary Vee, Rachel and Dave Hollis, etc.

Today, I’ll be featuring Mack Attack, who started out making videos exposing the shady business tactics the MLM Monat. His videos are very fun to watch if you like snark, sarcasm, and music. When he’s not making videos, Mack teaches people how to ski and he’s also making music under the name Millimeters of Mercury. What I love most about Mack is that he shares parts of his personal journey and background as his credentials for why criticizing MLMs and the self-help influencers is necessary. I think Mack shows that you don’t have to have everything all figured out, that you’re allowed to make changes in life when necessary, and those changes can lead to some fun things in the future.

So with that all out of the way, time for a chat with Mack Attack!

Tell me your story, as much as you feel comfortable sharing, anyway.

Hey, I’m Mack , I’m 31 and I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I went to the University of Southern California for my BA in Biological Sciences, and then got my Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I worked as a pharmacist for a little over 3 years, but some personal issues forced me to take a step back and regroup. While I could return to working as a pharmacist, I have little interest in doing so – I like my current job and a lot of the stressors and abusive working conditions in the retail pharmacy landscape have only intensified since my departure, and that deterioration is going to accelerate dramatically as the job market for pharmacists goes from stagnant growth to actual contraction.

Why did you get into Anti-MLM?

I’ve always had a mild fascination with cults and manipulative groups and the factors that make people vulnerable to them. I also have always had an underlying anger at the growing levels of dishonesty being perpetrated by “influencers” that is not being taken seriously by the regulatory agencies that are supposed to protect us. This is probably how I started to run across the proto-antiMLM-YouTuber wing of the larger antiMLM movement (which of course already existed long before the YouTube niche), back before Kiki Chanel, etc., when it was Cuestar and iiluminaughtii and Fresh who from time to time would read posts from r/antiMLM. (It kind of seems like that “era” of the YouTube antiMLM space has been forgotten but I would be willing to bet most of the current creators remember haha).

It was also particularly infuriating to me to hear the health claims being made by the health and nutrition and essential oil MLMs given my healthcare background, which is why my first 2 videos were about Young Living

Monat came onto my radar mostly because they were really rapidly growing and they were just an incredible source of content that was both entertaining and very useful as an example, and that just kept being true, but they also really got slimier and slimier with their practices, which also makes me rage and want to take them down.

What’s your current line of work?

Currently I am a warehouse manager for a small startup company.

Where do you see your career going in the future?

Oh boy, I have no idea, haha. Because I several years ago had to sort of regroup and get back on my feet, I’m still making sure I’m situated well, so I haven’t had as much of a forward grand vision or anything. I’m just deciding as I go.

What advice do you have for those who want to change careers or for those who just want advice for what they want to do for their future?

I would say that if you really want to then you shouldn’t let the fact that people will have questions for you about what might seem like a puzzling decision to them stop you. Life is way too short. However, be careful and be thorough in your research. What are your chances of getting this opportunity? What does it pay? How does that compare to what you are making now? Can you swing that?

Most importantly: DO NOT EVER, under ANY circumstances, quit your job for ANY reason without another job lined up. If you must stop working there and I can’t convince you to stay, then make them fire you. Then you can get unemployment, which you cannot get if you quit.

In terms of YouTube, I mean, the best advice I have on that is persistence is everything. You have like, years or longer of nothing happening until something happens. 

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You can find Mack Attack on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MackAttackReturns

Mack Attack’s music: https://www.millimetersofmercury.com/

Mack Attack on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/returnofthemackattack/

Mazarine by Cece Louise: A fantasy book review

What happens when a cursed mermaid rescues an exiled prince out at sea? You get the unlikely romance between Marilee and Darius. Readers of Desperate Forest will remember Darius as the mercenary, power-hungry prince who was exiled from Marsnovia. Darius’s time in exile has hardened his heart even more. At the start of the novel, he nurses a grudge against Jay and Roselynn.  

Meanwhile, Marilee is a prisoner of the sea, cursed to be a mermaid by day and a regular woman at night. Desperate to free herself, she strikes a bargain with Darius: return her to her home, the kingdom of Kirdsortt in exchange for a reward, as it’s reported that the Princess of Kirdsortt has gone missing.  

Before she became a mermaid, Marilee was desperate to escape an arranged marriage to the prince of Ebonwood. Tricked by a female mermaid, Marilee was introduced to the underwater kingdom of Vaitha Nera and became the prisoner of Khaled, the ruler of the sea. 

Darius and Marilee both have to deal with the consequences of their selfish ambitions and foolish actions. Darius has to forgive Jay for the accident that killed his father and the huge misunderstanding that ensued. Marilee, in turn, has to live with the guilt of abandoning her family during a time when the kingdom was in ruin due to an outbreak of a terrible fever. The arranged marriage could’ve brought Kirdsortt to prosperity, but the prince of Ebonwood had a horrible reputation. 

Similar to the romance in Desperate Forest, Darius and Marilee’s romance is a slow burn, one that spans their entire sea-faring journey. By no means is Marilee a “manic pixie dream girl.” Her lively attitude doesn’t change Darius overnight. Her trust in Darius, however, even after he shows his true colors, inspires the former prince to try and live up to Marilee’s unfounded expectations. Since Darius is the only one who knows how to navigate the vast Mazarine Sea, and Marilee can only be human for twelve hours out of the day, Marilee puts her trust in him often. Marilee, in turn, helps Darius out of some sticky situations along their journey. 

I recommend this fantasy story to fans of fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid. What makes this particular novel unique is that Darius and Marilee end up redeeming themselves and saving each other. They end up changing each other for the better.