Prologue Profiles

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Callender / Music Agent (@callenderde) / Grove St Stop, Jersey City.

"How are you able to work with such big name artists?"
"Just being on things early, knowing what the trend will be and what people will buy in the future and getting in early and always sticking with it even if it doesn't make money then it'll eventually make money if you follow what you believe in."
"How do you find new music these days?"
"Uhh....Soundcloud."
"Period."
"Yea."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Callender.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Onterrio / Fashion Designer (@onterrio_m_sanders) / 33 Train, Jersey City.

"What's the biggest challenge you face?"
"Time. Because I actually work two jobs now, so really it's just time, just being able to dedicate a little bit of time to go to the factories and meet and do fittings and things like that, but other than that there are no obstacles in front of me because I believe I can achieve anything, I'm a very determined person so I can achieve I put my mind to."
"Where does that mindset come from?"
"I think it comes from my childhood and watching my mom work hard for us, I have brothers, and so just watching her work hard that's one of the traits I have from her."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Onterrio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Veena / Filmmaker / Newark Train, Jersey City.

"What's keeping you going?"
"In our school [New York Film Academy] they show us these really famous directors and how in the beginning they were really bad and how they're winning Academy Awards right now."
"It gives you hope."
"Yea [Laughs]."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Veena.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Eddie / College Basketball Player / The Grove St Coffee Shop, Jersey City.

"What's motivating you?"
"My family. As you get older you don't want to see your parents working as hard as you know you can work and I want to provide for my family."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Eddie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Rob / Business Development / Newark & Grove, Jersey City.

"What's the biggest challenge you face right now?"
"Just not being complacent and giving up, I feel like it's easy to find a job and just settle but the constant challenge is being motivated and continually wanting to strive and do more." 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Rob.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Matt / Drummer (Hey Anna Music | Bandcamp) / The Grove St Coffee Shop, Jersey City.

"What's the biggest challenge you face right now?"
"As a band we're dealing with this huge sea of mediocrity that's happening, not in a bad way, it's just that everyone has access to this technology right now so it's like someone can put it out there and flood this marketplace with it, but we're trying to create something that's long-lasting because if all of our influences are someone that actually thought about what they're gonna do and really put it into perspective and make the world a better place."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Matt_L.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Brian / Cook at Jean-Georges & Tech Entrepreneur (@brian.bush) / Grove & Newark, Jersey City.

"I was playing french horn for 12 years and I finished music school [at USC and when there were no jobs] I felt like I was a little closed off to new opportunities and new possibilities that I could pursue and so since then food and restaurants entered my life and I just went with that and worked at a couple of the best restaurants in Texas and now one of the best restaurants in New York and in the country, and this opportunity with [our app] Sous, DJ and I, my business partner, we're putting our full effort into that and I think for right now I'm just going with the flow and just exploring opportunities as they come up and wherever that takes me I hope it's somewhere great."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Brian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

"My dad always said, 'You have to challenge luck for it to work.' And that's inspired me." - Alex Strohl

During high school Alex (@alexstrohl) got kicked out...which turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to him as it led to his passion for photography.

Alex is now a full-time world traveling photographer with over half a million Instagram followers and collaborates with brands such as Canon and Land Rover for himself and his creative agency, Stay & Wander.

You'll hear Alex discuss his path to photographic freedom, the compass of curiosity, and that to live the life you want you just gotta design it.

Direct download: 088_Alex_Strohl_Adventure_Photographer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Hannibal / Music Producer (@hann_11) | Bandcamp / Grove & Columbus, Jersey City.

"What are your goals for 2015?"
"More releases, just send the beats out 'cuz I got them sitting on my hard drive and that's stupid."
"What's it gonna take to get those out there?"
"I just need to see them dance."
"And what's your biggest challenge right now that you face."
"They not dancin'."
"And what keeps you going, what 's motivating you?"
"Seeing them dance for everybody else."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Hannibal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Daniel / Music Producer (@generaldirt) (Soundcloud) / Grove & Columbus, Jersey City.

"Do you have a stage name?"
"I go by Uplift aka General Dirt."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Daniel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Jess / Cultural Historian (@jess_anime_face)/ Newark & Grove, Jersey City.

"The world is categorized in black and white strokes and there's more people that fit into that grey area and I'm one of them, I'm one of the weirdos."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Jess_Writer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

*SHARE YOUR STORY ON PROLOGUE PROFILES*

Recording instructions:

I will edit out 'ums' and 'uhs' so don't worry about that! :]

Record your voice using a voice recorder app on your phone (in the iPhone it's called 'Voice recorder').

Record your audio outside - on the street or in the subway.

Structure of recording:

-Your name, age, city/state/(+country if outside the US)

1a. What you're up to

---If you have a business, what's your business, what does it do, who are it's customers, all the relevant details

---If you're an artist, what's your art, how would you describe it, do you perform/display it in anyway, what's coming up/

1b. If there's something you're doing part-time or full-time to pay the bills, what is that?

2. How did you get into what you're doing? What is it about the industry/art form that drew you to it? All the relevant details. How did you make things happen?

3. What is your dream? What's your vision for yourself and your career?

4. What is the biggest challenge you're facing right now? What's in your way

-How are you dealing with that challenge?

5. What's motivating you and keeping you going?

And lastly,

6. What advice would you give it the people out there who want to make their dreams happen OR what advice would you give to yourself?

Once recorded, save your file as your name. 

Take a selfie of yourself on the street.

Send your recording and selfie into an email. In this email include your social media handle (IG/Twitter) as well as your business site or artist portfolio.

Send this email to: dan@prologueprofiles.com

If I select your submission I will personally edit and produce it into an upcoming episode of Prologue On The Street.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing your story!

Let's go!

Dan

Direct download: Whats_Up_From_Dan_-_Share_Your_Story_on_Prologue_Profiles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Zach / Street Photographer (@zach_natural) | (Tumblr) / Newark & Grove, Jersey City.

"Why'd you get back into photography?"
"I felt kind of bored with my life and needed something to keep me active and sane after work, I can't work 8 hours at a desk and then come straight home and sit on my a** watching Netflix, I want to do something, I might as well do something creative and fun and something that's always spoken to me [is photography]."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Zach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Janeen / Textile Specialist at Lafayette 148 / Newark & Grove, Jersey City.

"What's your biggest challenge right now?"
"Well probably since it's 9pm on a Wednesday it's the work-life balance. [Laughs]"

 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Janeen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Yasmine / Dancer & Model / Newark & Grove, Jersey City.

"I went to a creative performing arts school in Philadelphia and I was a creative writing major, and would walk past the dance studio and I see people just going off and living with their body and I was like like, 'I want to do that.'"

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Yasmine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Ramone / Fashion Designer / Grove St Station, Jersey City.

"At 12 I made my first shirt."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Ramone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Jeremiah / Singer & Model (@j_trusty) / Journal Sq Train, NYC.

"I wanted to sing, but had to play ball, but then I  realized how good I was not during that time so that's when I actually turned my brain on and went to studying [music]."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Jeremiah.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews The Wolf / Filmmaker (@directedby_wolf)/ Journal Sq Train, NYC.

"I started getting [client] calls before I even had a camera."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_The_Wolf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Justin / Actor (@jmaze121) / 33rd St Train, Jersey City.

"My goal is to be Meryl Streep's son in a movie."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Justin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm EST

"I never left the studio. I would shower there, I would have my mail delivered there, I never left." - Onhel

Angel Aponte (@Onhel) graduated high school at the bottom of his class with no idea what to do with his life.

After realizing he could make music a career he made music his life.

Four years later Onhel found himself engineering  tracks for Swizz Beatz on Beyonce's B Day album and is now Lil Wayne's recording engineer and produces out of his studio in Union City, New Jersey.

You'll hear Onhel discuss how he made his way into the music business, the importance of extra effort and that when an opportunity presents itself, take it.

Direct download: 087_Onhel_Recording_Engineer_Producer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Steve / Welding Student / Grove & Columbus, Jersey City.

"My dad told me I should get a trade and that's what I did, but I picked something more artistic."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Steve_Welder.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Jean Claude / Material Science Engineering Student (Tumblr) (@semfti)/ Grove & Newark, Jersey City.

"If I can't ultimately become a master at photography, I want to be the person that makes lenses for people that are actually pursuing that as a lifelong goal."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Jean_Claude.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Sylvia / Vintage Retailer (@VagabondiaVintage) / Jersey City Grand Bazaar.

"How'd you get into fashion and retail in the first place?"
"I couldn't find my ideal writing job so I figured that I'd try and explore new venues."
"Why'd you want to be a writer?"
"I loved connecting with people, I loved doing profile pieces and talking to people, but I feel like I can still get that with what I'm doing now just in a different way."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Sylvia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Dilon / Model (@dilon___eyre) / Downtown B Train, NYC.

"How'd you get into modeling in the first place?"
"Somebody discovered me on the train like you did right now."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Dilon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Manny / Web Developer / Grove St Starbucks, Jersey City.

"Why'd you leave the accounting world?"
"I had an accounting job and my boss was the controller, he was like 54 years old and the owner of the company was like 30 and the owner was so mean to him and I saw myself in his shoes and said, 'I'm not gonna do that.'"

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Manny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Jason / Pop Culture Journalist for Out & Nylon Magazine (@jasondlamphier) / Grove St Starbucks, Jersey City.

"When I was 15 I'd go to the public library and fish out these back issues of Spin and Rolling Stone and I'd read about these new musicians and in doing that I was like, 'Wow I really love to hear these people's stories I really love music and talking about music and I think I want to tell these stories!'"

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Jason.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Morrease / HS Student (@big_moe_31) / Grove St & Columbus, Jersey City.

"Why do you want to study marketing?"
"I feel like one of my strong suits is understanding how people think."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Morrease.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Julisa / HS Student / Grove St & Columbus, Jersey City.

"Are you thinking about what you want to do after high school?"
"I have a lot of ideas, last week I wanted to be a doctor, this week I want to be president so I'm not too sure [Laughs]."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Jaleesa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Simon (aka ANDRU) / Music Producer (Soundcloud) / 39th & 8th Starbucks, NYC.

"I was in school and wanted to do physics but then I just got caught up in making music and getting bad grades."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Simon_Andru.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Matt / Actor (@MattCatanzano) (SimplyUnemployable) / 39th & 8th Starbucks, NYC.

"When I first got out of school I worked at a cubicle to help pay the bills but I knew that I just wanted to do this and as soon as I was doing enough shows that it could cover the bills and I didn't have to work in a cubicle I was like, 'See you later, cubicle!' And now I wander from Starbucks to Starbucks learning lines and trying to write and trying to get ready for auditions."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Matt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Alyssa, Photojournalist (@alyssaschukar) / 39th & 8th Starbucks, NYC.

"In college I was interested in photography but I didn't really know you could apply it towards work like that, I thought of photography as something that was more fine art, and then realized through a friend that I could get a job working for a newspaper and document the community at the school and that opened doors to internships around the country and eventually a full-time job."

 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Alyssa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Aidan / Cook to become Psychology Grad Student / 8th Ave bound L Train, NYC.

"As I'm going thing will fall into place and I'll put them in place."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Aidan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Amanda / Aspiring Teacher / Canarsie-bound L Train, Brooklyn.

"Don't take an easy job when you're looking for your real job which is what I did and I regret it, so now I'm working towards what I really want to do."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Amanda.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

"When it's your baby and it's something that you've built from the ground up and it's something that you love it doesn't even feel like work." - Amanda Thomas

At 14 years old Amanda (@LuvAj) interned at a local jewelry store.

At 15 she launched her own jewelry business, Luv Aj, which is now available in retailers worldwide and worn by dozens of celebrities.

You'll hear Amanda discuss how she built a business while still in high school, the importance of continuous problem solving, and that everything you need to start is right in front of you.

Direct download: 086_Amanda_Thomas_Jewelry_Entrepreneur.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Vira / Dancer (@vira.lee) (JaniceRosarioAndCompany.com) / Canarsie Bound L Train, Brooklyn.

"Dance is a way to speak in a way that words can't really do justice."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Vira.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Ben / Folk Musician / 14th & 6th Subway Stop, NYC.

"You do your best if you go towards what you're a little bit afraid of."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Ben.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Reid / Photographer (Tumblr) / 14th & 6th, NYC.

"Do something you want to do."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Reid.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Dominique / Pet Sitter / Grove St PATH Station, Jersey City

"There should be no excuses if you love something."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Dominique.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Karl / HS Senior & Aspiring Engineer (@karlforest)/ Grove St PATH Station, Jersey City

"Getting through that senioritis is tough."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Karl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Cebo / Dance Teacher / Grove St PATH Station, Jersey City

"What's your dream?"
"I'm living it."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Cebo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Chantel / Biology Student / Journal SQ PATH Train, NYC.

"I want to be one of those people that can find a cure for a disease."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Chantel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Meghan / Illustration Student / 33rd PATH Train, NYC.

"When I was younger I didn't think I could pursue art as a career, but my sister pursued music as a career and there was a point where I was like, 'She can do it, I can do it too! Why not?!'"

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Meghan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Keith / Video Editor at CBS (Vimeo)/ Grove St PATH Station, Jersey City.

"Try to get to work early."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Keith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Demaro / Fashion Designer (DmaroClothing.com) / 38th & 7th, NYC.

"Coming from a third world country and having been living in New York and seeing that I can do this, that keeps me going."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Demaro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Steve / Actor & Writer / 38th & 8th, NYC.

"Don't ever compromise on your dreams."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Steve.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Brandon / Education & Tech Specialist (@brandonlyfe_) / 37th & 8th, NYC.

"Be your own #1 fan."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Brandon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Paco / linguistics grad student / Culture 36, NYC.

"Don't stay in bed and pull open the curtains."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Paco.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

“I’ve always strived to look up to people that are better and smarter than me.” – Ilya Pozin

Ilya (@IlyaNeverSleeps) arrived to the US from Russia at 8 years old not knowing how to speak English.

The discovery of the world of computers set Ilya on a high velocity path of entrepreneurship where he’s now building his third tech business. The first being the web design agency, Ciplex, which he started in high school and has been featured in the Inc 500 list, the social greeting card company, Open Me, which currently has millions of users, and his latest project, Pluto TV, is the closest thing we have here on Earth of a TV version of internet video and recently raised $13 million in funding.

You’ll hear Ilya discuss his journey of non-stop business growth, the importance of surrounding yourself with the highest quality people possible and that there’s never been a better day to start a project than today.

Direct download: 085_Ilya_Pozin_Tech_Entrepreneur.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Jonathan / dancer (@jojodanzer) / 39th St and 8th Ave Starbucks, NYC.

"The ones who succeed are the ones who stick with it regardless."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Jonathan_E.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews DanDan / Senior Experience Designer at R/GA (dandan-i-design.com) / 39th St and 8th Ave Starbucks, NYC.

"And then I realized, 'Maybe I can do more than just make graphics and websites...'."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_DanDan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Kevin, fashion designer, at the 39th St and 8th Ave Starbucks, NYC.

"Don't hesitate. If you know what you want, go for it."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Kevin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Renato, photographer (RenatoDagostin.com), at 144 Spencer St, Brooklyn.

"Are you doing this full-time?
"Yea of course. If I had more time I would use that, too."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Renato.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Ricardo, architecture grad (@solaric), on the Downtown R train, Brooklyn.

"It's really hard to get to build something, you have to go through so much stuff, it's a difficult goal that drives me to get there to say, 'Huh, maybe one day I'll finally draw something up and then it gets built.'" 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Ricardo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Michelle, aspiring FBI agent, on the Journal Sq PATH Train, NYC.

"It's never too late."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Michelle.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Ashley, biology student (@ashley__ashleyy), on the Journal Sq PATH Train, NYC.

"What advice would you give to the people out there who want to make their dreams happen?"
"Just do it and hide from your parents."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Ashley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Teddy / Creative Director at Saavn / Grove St PATH Station, Jersey City.

"Stop planning and just do stuff."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Teddy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Yen, classical musician, on the Newark PATH Train, NYC.

"What's your biggest challenge right now?"
"I'm trying to understand what I can do better than other people."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Yen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

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