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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT