Prologue Profiles

"This is only happening once. You've got this amount of time [on earth] and what do you want to look back and see when you're older?" - Hayden Frank, The Nepotist (bass/vocals)

Originally from Ithaca NY, Chris Frank, a guitar player, spent 10 years trying to get his band IY off the ground which broke up after college.

In 2012 Chris joined forces with his younger brother and bass player Hayden Frank to form The Nepotist...but something was missing.

They wanted to to be a real band.

With the addition of drummer Jacob Colin Cohen this past JanuaryThe Nepotist are now a trio and are releasing their first video EP this spring.

This is also the first episode of Prologue Profiles that features multiple guests at the same time. That's right, the band's all here.

You'll hear The Nepotist discuss their journey to becoming a band, the ups and downs of being a musician and that to get others to believe something about you, you first have to believe it yourself:

Direct download: 057-The_Nepotist-Alternative_Soul_Band.mp3
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Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Hye-Jeung, a student at The New School, on the WTC PATH train.

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Hye-Jeung_-_WTC_PATH_Train.mp3
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Dave (@drinkicd) just wants to make things.

And he's figured out a way to do just that.

Dave is the co-founder of The City Foundry, an R&D shop based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The City Foundry's primary focus is Industry City Distillery which has found a way to engineer their own beet sugar based vodka, Industry Standard, which is now available in over 120 locations across the country (including Astor Wines).

You'll hear Dave discuss how he engineered his life to match his engineering ambitions, the inspiration of curiosity, and that what you believe you can or cannot do is up to you:

Direct download: 056-Dave_Kyrejko-Engineer_and_Distiller.mp3
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Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Dillon Treacy, an NYU Steinhardt student, at La Colombe Coffee at West 4th Street.

"The trick always seems to be to switch from being inside your fear and finding something to do - even if it's a small step." - Tirtzah Bassel

Born and raised in Israel, going into college Tirtzah was planning on becoming a social worker.

During a heightened period of terrorism in Israel, Tirtzah took on a new perspective of how she wanted to spend her time on Earth.

Tirtzah now works as a visual artist based in Brooklyn who has developed her own form painting using duck tape and has her New York oil painting exhibit debut opening this week through May 10th at Slag Gallery in Bushwick.

You'll hear Tirtzah discuss her journey to becoming a professional artistthe importance of community, and that the time you spend waiting to be inspired is time you could use to do work you love:

Direct download: 055._Tirtzah_Bassel._Visual_Artist.mp3
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Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Nikoi, an NYU Gallatin student, on the Journal Square PATH Train.

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Nikoi_-_Journal_Square_PATH_Train.mp3
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"I just made the hard work a blur." - Monroe Martin


Monroe (@MonroeMartinIII) grew up in foster care. He wanted to work in comedy.


Monroe now works full-time as a comedian, performing at colleges across the country and writing for Charlamagne and Friends on MTV2.


You'll hear Monroe discuss his path of continuous comedic improvement, the power of authenticity, and that the way to achieve your goals is to work past them:

Direct download: 054_Monroe_Martin_Comedian.mp3
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Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Nick, who works for his family's real estate business, on the J train.

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Nick_-_J_Train.mp3
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