Prologue Profiles

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Hantz / Marketing Specialist at Google (@HantzFevry) / Bryant Park, NYC.

"What's driving motivating you, what's keeping you going?"
"The fact that I want to accomplish something, that I want to move forward and be successful."
"Where does that drive come from?"
"From the inspiration I got from my mom. I grew up in Haiti, a country where you see not only poverty but misery, which is completely worse, and I saw mom working every day to make the impossible possible, so in Haiti you'll face a lot of challenges and I never saw my mom stopping and say, 'Ok it's too difficult I have to stop.' No, she always continued to work and face every challenge and continue to move forward, so I'm saying, 'Ok if she did that I can also do great.'"

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Neal / Web Marketing Product Designer (Bounce Exchange) / Bryant Park, NYC.

"I hated [working in finance]. It was the worst. Really long hours, it wasn't very fulfilling, I didn't care for it and I didn't like a good portion of the people I worked with. I was always looking for a way out."
"So how'd that play out?"
"I thought about staying in finance in a different capacity but ultimately I found that I wanted to go out there and venture on my own and do the startup thing. I think I'm more of a person that likes a little bit of an unstructured environment where I get to make a lot of decisions."
"When was the moment you decided to leave your finance job?"
"It was on a trip that I took to Africa, in 2012, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro [Laughs] and I realize that I never had spent so much effort into a singular goal as I did to climb that mountain and if I had the ability to work that hard and I wasn't doing it at my career than I should be doing something else. I quit three days after I got back."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Neal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Joka / Hip-hop Artist (@therealjoka | SoundCloud) / 28th & 6th, NYC.

"My uncles they played guitar and piano and they taught us lessons and I grew up in the hip-hop era and Jay-Z was a huge influence on me and just one day I was kidding around and me and my cousins were joking and I was like, 'You know what? I'm gonna start doing this.' Because my mother used to write and I used to write with her and so the writing just came and I was just writing and doing poetry but just putting it to a beat and since 3rd grade I've been writing ever since."
"What kind of poems were you writing back then?"
"Just love poems [Laughs]. And then it started in 4th grade where I started talking about girls and like whatever I was going through at the time."
"Heartfelt."
"Yea [Laughs]."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Joka.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Oliver / Music Media Producer (@oc325) / Gatwick Airport, London.

"I was in accounting for 5 years and then I've always had music as something I did on the side and I always wanted to make that transition and get into music somehow."
"So you left the accounting world to go to Berklee School of Music?"
"Yea I think for good because I needed some kind of segue so I chose this option a year ago and here I am now."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Oliver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Kyle / Hair Image Designer at (@dirosahaircare) / Gatwick Airport, London.

"I ended up getting left back in high school and [hair care] was pretty much the only outlet I had to really do anything and I just got really into it and I became really good at it."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Kyle2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Luke / Videographer (@lukeisomnipotent) / Gatwick Airport, London.

"It was just a breaking point where I couldn't stand my job anymore, but I had wanted to leave months and then it was like, 'What's the worst that's gonna happen? I can find another one of these jobs if it doesn't work out, and if it does work out I'm going to be way happier."
"When was this?"
"Two months ago."

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Sandra / Neurosurgical Nurse / Gatwick Airport, London.

"I wasn't thinking about any career path. I was just enjoying traveling and living a very free life. And on my travels I was ill myself and the nurses in the hospital that I had surgery they made a huge impact."
"What was going through your mind when you were experiencing the help from the nurses?"
"It just felt very safe and loving and it was just very nice, and I thought it would just be so nice to be able to pass that forward."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Sandra.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews David / Language Learning Entrepreneur (@DavidMansaray) / Gatwick Airport, London.

"I was feeling really sad and unhappy with the life I had in London, this was in 2012, and I felt as though I was sort of in a rat race in the sense that all my money was going towards bills and I didn't feel like I was living a life that actually felt fulfilling in any way shape or form so I made the decision to sell all of my belongings and give up my flat and I moved to Spain, I didn't know what my job was going to be I didn't know where I was going to stay, actually I was reading the book 'The Alchemist' and I was about to go down an escalator and I reached a point in the book that said 'The time to start following your dreams is today, not tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes.' and it really resonated with me and I got my phone out on the spot and I downloaded an application for EasyJet and I booked my ticket there and I said, 'Ok in 3 months I'm going to Spain and I'm going to figure out everything in between.' and it was really scary, really really scary, that's an understatement, but it changed my life and now it's just normal for me to just go for things."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_David_M.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Antoine / Musician (@antoinekatzbass) / Gatwick Airport, London.

"What are you up to?"
"Going home to New York. I was in Europe touring with a band called Dave Mackay, we've been out for three weeks."
"Where'd you guys go?"
"England, Germany, Switzerland, France, I think that's it."
"What's the biggest challenge you're facing right now?"
"Getting some rest."

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Todd / International Relations Student (@therealtoddwaterman) / Gatwick Airport, London.

"My biggest challenge right now is going back to the US [after studying abroad in Spain] because I really don't want to go back right now, I'm not really ready [Laughs], and then adjusting back to the real life and working over the summer's going to be a big adjustment."

 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Todd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Felix / Economics Grad Student / Gatwick Airport, London.

"What would you say is your dream?"
"At least solve a small problem from an economist point of view and make people appreciate that outcome and use that result."
"What kind of problems do you want to focus on?"
"I'm especially interested in health and environmental issues, like air pollution and health outcomes on a population and productivity effects."
"Why is air pollution a topic you're particularly focused on?"
"Air pollution is a thing I see in my every day life. In economics I could also focus on financial markets but what I experience in Madrid in every day life is air pollution and its effects, I have friends who have asthma so I realize there are some effects."

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Raashid / Tailor (The Hooks Company) / Eastbound Bakerloo Train, London.

"What drew you to clothes in the first place?"
"My father, he's always been a fashionable guy, he loves his Italian suits and British suits and I loved it, I thought it looked cool, so I was like, 'Hey I want to be like my dad', you know? But I never anticipated that I would actually be making the garments."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Raashid_Tailor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Dan / Musician (Plastic Barricades | SoundCloud) / Furness & High St., London.

"What's the current project you're working on?"
"We're doing the album, which is quite exciting, it's a debut album with the current lineup. Every next album is a debut album if you change the lineup a lot."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Dan_Plastic2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Vincent, The Owl / Rap Artist (@vincenttheowl) / Groove on Grove, Jersey City.

"How'd you get into music in the first place?"
"The first album I ever heard was Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise' and I was like, 'Yo, I kinda wanna be Coolio.'"
"Who put that in your hands?"
"My mom! She was like, I'm a big fan of Michelle Pfeiffer.' So Michelle Pfeiffer is my auntie."

 

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Anatalie / Beauty Salon Entrepreneur (@TheHairRoomJC) / Groove on Grove, Jersey City.

"When was the moment when you decided to create The Hair Room JC?"
"Well my boyfriend had a lot to do with it - shout out to Steve - it's been on the back of my brain, I've always considered myself a better boss than an employee and I always wanted to have my own salon and I guess through me bitching about it to Steve all the time and he knew Kristina was in the same boat and they'd been friends for awhile and so he was like, 'Why don't y'all sit down and talk to each other you both want to do this?' Because I've tried it on my own and it's just impossible to do something like this on your own and so we sat down and literally every idea and path that we had for the salon was so in parallel with each other that we were like, 'This is going to be an amazing partnership.'"

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Anatalie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Myssi / Dancer & Teacher (Nimbus Dance Works) / Groove on Grove, Jersey City.

"Do you see it as a risk being a dancer?"
"It depends on the perspective that you're coming at it from because yes it is sort of an economic risk, the art form is becoming undervalued and it's getting harder and harder to get people into theaters but that's it, that's so worth it compared to the other things that are held in my life. Money is whatever you know? Who gives a ____ if you're happy?"

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

"I'm breaking rules. My company is breaking rules. Even the type of CEO I am - I break rules. I tend to walk in and I look like the intern, or something else, but I'm not, and I'm actually about to blow you away and you're going to be giving me a check or two." - Rodney Williams

Rodney (@rodneybwilliams) was born deaf and started his first business at a young age renting out kids magazines to parents at his mom's hair salon. Rodney has gained his hearing is now the co-founder of LISNR which uses in-audible sound technology to create new ways for brands to interact with  customers and has attracted clients such as Budweiser, Roc Nation and Sony and recently raised $3.5 million in funding.

You''ll hear Rodney discuss his path to building a 22 person team, the confidence that comes from being confident, and that if you're thinking about going after your dreams, stop thinking.

Direct download: 089_Rodney_Williams_Tech_Innovator.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Liz / Arts & Crafts Entrepreneur (@ShopPurpleDahlias | Etsy) / Groove on Grove, Jersey City.

"What made you say, 'I want to be an art major.'?"
"It's something I always did my whole life and it's the only thing and I ever found really challenging. I was never satisfied with anything I did in art and so I always wanted to keep on doing it to try and get better."

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Ed / Hot Sauce Entrepreneur (@OuterLimitsHotSauce) / Groove on Grove, Jersey City.

"My dad and I have been growing habenero peppers since I was a kid and a few years back Hurricane Irene knocked down a huge tree in his backyard so we went from having a little corner of sunlight for the peppers to a full yard so we started growing like 30 or 40 plants instead of like 3 and we needed something to do with the peppers so we started making sauce with them and giving them to friends and family and everybody seemed to really like them." 

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Ed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Andy / Streetwear Entrepreneur (@StichedUpClothing)/ Groove on Grove, Jersey City.

"I've just always been obsessed with clothes since I was little you know I was one of those kids that just had an insane wardrobe and I would spend all my lunch money on something every week."

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

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Marquiz / Voice Actor (@marquizmoore) / 39th & 8th Starbucks, NYC.

"My dream is to voiceovers, I want to do like the major voice actors, moreso like if you haven't seen, all the major voice actors from Bugs Bunny to Daffy Duck all those big guys, they were not done by any person of color so it would be awesome to do that."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Marquiz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Mackenson / Comedian & TV Show Creator (@comedyjoyride) / 39th & 8th Starbucks, NYC.

"My dream is to destroy reality TV."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Mackenson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05pm EST

Dan takes his mic to the streets and interviews Vanessa & Abby / Dance and Theatre HS Seniors / Erie St, Jersey City.

"I plan to major in environmental sustainability."
"Really. Why's that?"
"Because it interests me."
"Why?"
"Because I believe that the environment currently is in turmoil and we need to fix it."

Direct download: Prologue_On_The_Street_-_Vanessa_and_Abby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

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