Dan Snyder is the Founder and Designer of Corridor, a clothing brand based in New York City. Dan has a fascinating and unique story. While working full time for Homeland Security and later the FBI, he taught himself how to make his own shirts, and then launched his own company - Corridor - working nights and weekends. He now runs the company full time selling his shirts through his own website, as well as 80 retailers throughout 16 countries. We do a deep dive into his story, how he started and built his company, and his creative process.
While in College, Alex Radelich and Dalton Lemert started and created Act of Random Kindness, a non-profit where they do random acts of kindness for people around the country. With their home and office being out of an RV, they drive from city to city helping random strangers and making people's day. These guys are a great reminder and proof that so much happiness, fulfillment, and amazing career opportunities can come from simply helping and serving other people.
Margot Leitman is a professional storyteller, comedian, writer and teacher. She's one of the top storytelling performers and coaches in Los Angeles, and is sought after by a wide range of companies, producers, and TV shows that need coaching, guidance, and consulting on how to tell better stories. I discovered Margot through reading one of her recent books, "Long Short Story", which then led me to taking one of her classes (which was awesome). She has a really inspiring story filled with pearls of wisdom and sage advice for anyone pursing a creative career.
Gillian Zoe Segal is a photographer and author of two books: Getting There: A Book of Mentors and New York Characters. In this interview, she shares how she got into photography and became a published author (when everyone told her she wasn't ready yet), and how that led to the creation of her two books. In her most recent book, Getting There, she interviewed some of the most distinguished and sought after people in the world, from Warren Buffet to Anderson Cooper, and shares personal essays about their lives.
She's a master at getting around gatekeepers and getting in front of the world's most successful people, and we talk about how she does it, the importance of being resilient, and other big lessons she's learned throughout her journey.
Matt Wigham is the Co-founder and CEO of Big Cartel, a company that enables a wide variety of artists to create their own custom online shop and sell their work. Today, Big Cartel has generated over $1 billion in store sales since it launched, and $13 is made every second from one of their artists. Ironically, Matt never intended on Big Cartel becoming the massive company that it is today. Originally, it started out as a side project and hobby, and a way to help support and work with bands. This is a great story about a guy who simply followed his interests, kept creating things, worked hard, was patient, and through that created a company and organization that has helped thousands of people.
Ondi Timoner, one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of our time, has won awards from film festivals around the world including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (twice). Some of her films include DIG!, We Live In Public, and Brand: A Second Coming to name a few. She's the Founder of Interloper Films, a full service production company, and A Total Disruption, a network for entrepreneurs and artists documenting the top-thought leaders driving the greatest revolution in the history of mankind with technology. She also hosts and produces BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc), the only documentary talk show in the world (and one of my personal favorites). On top that, she's a single mother, and raising a great family.
One of my favorite thought experiments is what Bryan Johnson calls, “The Shackleton Sniff Test.” Bryan, who is the founder of OS Fund and Braintree, exposed the world to this great idea on the Tim Ferriss Podcast back in 2015 (check out the episode).
Creating any sort of project or business often comes with the occasional wave of self-doubt and fear, especially when things don’t go as planned. At least, that’s been my experience. And whenever I’m in a funk, I’ve found this “test” to be an incredibly helpful tool that always pulls me out of it.Read More
Josh Roush is not only a long time bud of mine, but the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Movetic, a full service creative agency based in San Diego. Two years ago Josh decided he was going to start his own agency with a friend, and sure enough, the guy has pulled it off. Business is thriving. This of course, makes for a perfect episode of the BUDCAST on Story Riot. Josh and I discuss topics ranging from being on the exec board of our fraternity together in college, to what it's like running his own business, to how the idea of work-life balance seems to largely be a myth.
Jerry Rothwell is an award winning documentary filmmaker and director. He's a master storyteller and artist, who didn't make his first feature length documentary until he was 40 years old. Since then, he's made 6 films including Donor Unknown, Heavy Load, Deep Water, Town of Runners, How To Change The World, and his newest film, Sour Grapes. His films have been nominated and have won awards from major film festivals around the world, and he has an incredible story around how he made it happen. We discuss how his childhood influenced his career and films, how his brush with cancer changed his life, how making films later in his career has helped him, and the importance of getting started, taking action and being patient as you learn over time.
Zach is the Founder of Live A Great Story - a brand that creates and shares stories, hosts events, and inspires people to make life more interesting. What started as a simple sign Zach spray painted on a wall in San Diego, turned into a brand that has thousands of people all over the world following it, and sharing it's message. We discuss why he dropped out of college, the importance of taking action, and how a powerful phrase and thought can go viral around the world.