Prologue Profiles (Full Episodes)

"When I think about what's made me successful it's a willingness to say 'Let's try that and see where that goes'." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

After college, Mayor Fulop worked in finance at Goldman Sachs which he then left after 9/11 to join the Marine Corps in Iraq.

In 2004 Mayor Fulop said yes to an opportunity to run for Congress, which he lost. However this sparked in him a passion for public service as he went on to serve for 8 years as a councilman and on May 14 2013 he was elected mayor of Jersey City at the age of 36.

In this interview conducted in city hall you'll hear Mayor Fulop discuss his path to winning mayoral office, the magnetic pull of passion, and that on the other side of uncertainty may just be what you're looking for.

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"Having to pay the bills but not willing to give up the need to be creative will push you harder than you can ever imagine." - Kawehi

After her first year of college in 2002, Kawehi moved to California as a signed artist in a newly formed superbandTwo months in she quit and moved back homeUnable to get any attention with her music going the traditional route and still tied to her contract, Kawehi took a 5 year break from music.

Kawehi then switched it up and with the support of her husband, Paul, created her own path in the music world, successfully supporting her career through crowdfunding on KickstarterShe recently raised over $9,000 to fund her US tour. While growing her fan base Kawehi's also grown her musical ability as she now has incorporated looping and beatboxing into her work.

You'll hear from a musician who has figured out how to be a successfully funded independent artist on how she made it happen and that those fears that you have, they never go what are you gonna do?

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"I love the momentum. It's almost like a drug for me." - Nathaniel Ru

While at college Nathaniel met his future co-founders, Jonathan Nemen and Nicolas Jammet, and the 3 of them wanted to create a destination for healthy eating. In 2007, during their senior year they did just that with their launch of sweetgreen - a healthy fast food eatery in Washington DC.

Six years later sweetgreen now has 20 locations with their most recent expansion in the NoMad hotel in New York City.  Along the way the trio have also created the sweetlife festival which this year had performances from Phoenix and Kendrick Lamar.

You'll hear Nathaniel discuss how they got sweetgreen and sweetlife off the groundhow to overcome having zero customers, and that if you're going into the unknown, that probably means you're on the right track.

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"I'm never going to do something that doesn't matter. I have to be able to reach people and make them feel great about themselves." - Tasha Ong

In lieu of college, Tasha worked for her family's barbecue restaurant in Florida where she discovered her knack for customer serviceTasha took this newfound skill to her next gig at a spa where eventually the clientele started seeking out her styling advice.

Tasha realized the value in her style opinion and in 2007 she left the spa to create her own path as a personal lifestylist with a clientele that pays her to help them look and feel their best.

You'll hear Tasha discuss the many facets to being a lifestylisthow she went from barbecue slinging to boutique shopping, and while you'll always have fears, you'll always have yourself for support.

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"I'm 27 years old and doing what I want to do every day - [it] shouldn't be like that - I should be working for the man. And that thought in the back of my head is my biggest fear and it's also what motivates me to keep being better and do what I do." - Josh Senior

After college Josh struggled to find work in his major of international relations, it was then that he decided to point his career towards his passion for video post production.

Over the next 4 years Josh went from unemployed dreamer, to company employee, to independent freelancer, to the leader of a team of freelancers, to now the founder of Senior Posta digital post production house located in Dumbo Brooklyn with clients such as Vevo, Levi's, and Nike.

You'll hear Josh discuss how he used his passion to drive his careerthe motivating effects of fear, and that success is not a one man band.

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"Nothing mattered to me anymore but what I wanted." - James Dumapit

After several false starts with college and struggling to follow his passion of screenwriting, James was living with his parents in New Jersey and was unsure about his direction in life. 

James switched up his situation when he turned his attention to his hobby - cooking - and created a whole new path for himself.

In 2009 James moved to Austin to attend the Texas Culinary Academy and soon began working at Uchi, a James Beard award-winning Japanese restaurant. Earlier this year James became a junior sous chef at their new restaurant, Uchiko and has had his own items featured on the menu.

In this interview conducted in Austin, you'll hear James discuss his path from career frustration to self-creationthe perils of perfection, and that if there's something you want to do, you should probably go do it.

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"Being afraid is part of the job. If you're not afraid of anything then you're probably not pushing yourself all that hard." - Kathryn Minshew

After college Kathryn worked at McKinsey but she quickly knew management consulting wasn't for her and started looking for something new. Kathryn was frustrated with the available job search tools and realized she wanted to create a career resource of her own.

In September 2010 Kathryn launched her first attempt called PYP with 3 partners including Alex Cavoulacos who she had met at McKinsey. PYP didn't work out and in August 2011 Kathryn, Alex and Melissa McCreery, also from McKinsey, launched The Muse a website that gives you a look into the careers and companies you're curious about.

The Muse now reaches over 1 million users and features video profiles of companies such as Facebook, Gucci and Pinterest.

You'll hear Kathryn discuss how she turned her career confusion into a source of claritythe importance of polite persistence, and that sometimes the best opportunities come from failure.

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"If you don't take the chance you can never reap the benefits." - Justin Bridges

Originally from Atlanta Georgia, after college Justin found himself working in finance at Goldman Sachs in New York.

He soon realized he wanted to follow his passion of photography.

And so he did.

In the fall of 2010, Justin left Goldman, started up his photo blog called Tucked, and landed jobs in the fashion world.

As of this year Justin now works full-time as a photographer shooting for clients such as Giorgio Armani, Steve Madden and GQ.

You'll hear Justin discuss how he went from working behind the desk to behind the camerathe importance of practice, and that the best way to manage your fears it to drop them.

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"Telling someone to 'Follow their passion' can actually get in the way of their goal to end up passionate about what they do ." - Cal Newport

Cal is a student of success.

While in college, Cal wrote his first bookHow To Win At College. It was published by Random House.

For his 4th and latest book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, Cal sets his sights on the working world and claims that the idea of "following your passion" is bad advice.

Meanwhile Cal works full-time as an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown.

On this Skype interview you'll hear Cal discuss how he broke in the writing world, the problem with the passion mindset, and just because you don't love every single minute of what you're doing that doesn't mean you should give up on it.

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"Deep down, if you want something to happen, you can make it happen." - Tracy Weiler

For the past 7 years Tracy has been growing her career as an actress in New York City, landing national commercial gigs and movie roles.

She's now living in LA as she's co-producing her own TV pilot called 'Hot Fail' along with Episode 002 guest Tim Drucker. (Tracy actually played a cheerleader in Tim's off-broadway musical 'Fat Camp'.)

The two successfully funded the pilot on Kickstarter which allowed them to shoot it in LA last month.

You'll hear Tracy discuss her path from landing zero gigs to creating gigs of her ownhow to deal with hearing "nos" at auditions, and that if you believe in yourself, you can't even imagine what you're capable of.

Direct download: Tracy_to_use.mp3
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"Put yourself in the position to succeed. If you want to climb to the next level, put yourself in the position to do that." - Dan Teicher

Since he first picked up a guitar in the 5th grade Dan's life has been about music.

Dan now lives as a musician full out - as a composer writing scores for documentaries and commercials and as a performer in his band The Ludlow Thieves, putting on sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury lounge.

You'll hear Dan discuss his path to matching his life with his love, some beautiful creations by the producer himself and how handling risk is all in how you look at it.

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"If you can have this really weird life where you get paid to make people laugh it's like I don't need people to inspire me to do that. I just will do it on my own and be very grateful for it and then die within 60 years and I'm A-Ok with all of it." - Scotty Landes

While in college Scotty knew he wanted to become a comedy writer.

After scraping by for years in NYC he got his first gig with only $400 left to his name.

He's made the most of that opportunity and is now the co-executive producer of MTV's Money with Strangers and a writer for Comedy Central's Workaholics.

On this Skype interview you'll hear Scotty discuss his path to breaking into the comedy writing biz, his unusual way of interacting with his Twitter following, and how when the door opens, be ready to walk through it.

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"It's the creative process to bring something that never existed before to the store — and then making it successful in that store — that's been so exciting for me." - Tom Donigan

Tom was tired of his law job and wanted to start a food business somehow.

In 2010 he called together his friends and now business partners, Matt Levey and Scott Fiesinger, for a meeting where they ended up co-creating Field Trip, an all-natural beef jerky made in upstate New York.

Field Trip is already available in Wegman's, Fresh Direct and even JetBlue planes.

You'll hear Tom discuss Field Trip's journey from initital idea to significant saleshow to successfully work with friends, and that when you understand your passions you understand your life.

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I always said I didn't want to be a lawyer because I didn't want to work as hard as my Dad [Laughs] but now I realize it's not just because he's a lawyer - he works for himself - and so I'm going to be working just as hard but when you find something you love it makes it worthwhile. - Pamela Kalmus

Since she was little Pamela has wanted to do her own thing. Doing what exactly, she didn't know.

That's all changed as Pamela is the founder of Mani Diaries, a manicure management iPhone app which she launched September 2012 and now has 36,000 users!

Pamela's created Mani Diaries without any partners or any previous tech experience and while holding a full-time job.

Just a side note that I actually knew little Pamela as we were neighbors growing up in New Jersey.

You'll hear from a first-time tech entrepreneur who has funding on her mind on what it's like to be in her shoes and the courage it takes to have a dream.

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I love the faces that music gives people. You know they're smilin' and their eyebrows go up a little bit and they're cheesin' and they're just like, Yeah! That's my jam! - Ezekiel Akinyemi aka DJ Zeke

Zeke ( made a name for himself while DJ'ing as a student at St John's University. After college he became a DJ full-time, and has since toured with artists such as Rich Ross' Maybach Music Group and Nas.

Zeke was recently selected by Red Bull to host their Thr3estyle University Tour on college campuses across the country.

You'll hear Zeke discuss his path to becoming a professional crowd controllerthe doubts that come with how to best use your gifts, and that if your plan involves achieving your dreams, you'll achieve them.

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An hour from now I'll have a horrid thought about how horrible I am and how [awful] my writing is and then I'l just get back to square one. So I think it's just fighting myself, how hard will I fight myself to get things done? - The hez of Travis Tate

Travis is currently at Stage 2 on the Escalation of Actualization scale. He knows he wants to be a successful filmmaker but hasn't gotten his dreams off the ground.

The only thing in Travis' way is hez, which is hesitation as a result of being scared to take action.

Travis gives Grade A excuses like:

• I want to know my style better

• I need a mentor

• I'm not confident

• I want to change things up and move to a new city

• I don't have the right ingredients

• I hope the day comes when I'm ready

• I'm excited now but I'm going to sabotage myself later

• And the all around classic, I don't know

After our conversation Travis is now on his way to making his original web series, Black Mountain, where he's created 2 teasersa fundraising page and most importantly, has begun to film.

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If you're willing to sacrifice, nothing's impossible. - Brendan Weafer

As a kid Brendan was a blackbelt in martial arts.

Brendan's now a professional fighter who's trained with Jackson MMA, one of the top team's in the world and in 2012 was casted to compete on FX's The Ultimate Fighter show, all while developing his own personal training business

You'll hear Brendan discuss how he honed his craft as a professional fighter, including some graphic play-by-plays, the importance of being present, and that the only step to take in life is the next one.

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"You Google, you freak out, you panic, you hesitate, you don't do it, you get tired of not doing it, you sleep, you YouTube...and then you do it [Laughs]. And so there comes a point in time where you get so sick of yourself that you do it!" - Ishita Gupta

After college, Ishita got accepted into med school but becoming a doctor didn't feel right.

She decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation which lead her to working side by side with marketing expert Seth Godin.

Ishita has since launched her own online magazine called fear.less and is now a life coach building her own line of personal development products.

You'll hear Ishita discuss how she worked through her confusion and fear to create a path with potential, the joy of unexpected inspiration, and that with a strong belief in yourself there's no stopping you.

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"The only time I'm unhappy is when I don't have something interesting or valuable to work on." - Colin Wright

After college, Colin was running a successful branding studio, but he wanted out of the 120 hour work week he'd created for himself.

In 2009 Colin decided to travel the world full-time by having the readers of his blog, Exile Lifestylevote for which country he should live in every 4 months.

Along the way Colin decided to make the leap from blogger to author and now supports himself with his book sales.

On this Skype interview you'll hear Colin discuss how he matched his lifestyle up with ambitionsthe victories of leaving your comfort zone, and that life is one big experiment.

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"Perseverance and will make all the other problems go away." - Cameron Robertson

While in college, Cameron was going down the finance route but he realized he wanted to start his own business. He met his business partner Paul Gerhardt and after two failed attempts of creating a marketable product they created Lockitron, which fits over your deadbolt to turn your smartphone into your house keys.

The first production of Lockitron is slated to ship in late May 2013.

On this Skype interview, you'll hear Cameron discuss his obstacle-ridden path to co-creating a product that people actually want, the powerful possibilities of self-crowdfunding, and that how far you go in life, is up to you.

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"Do you want to tell your kid 'Do what you love because I gave up my dream so that you could have yours?' or 'Follow your dream in the same way that I followed mine.'?" - Jullien Gordon

Note: This is the last episode of 2012. I'm grateful for your attention and interest in what my guests and I have created together and I'm excited about what's to come in 2013! Now onto the episode!...

While in college two traumatic life experiences led Jullien to decide his purpose was to help others find theirsHe is now The Innerviewer, helping companies and professionals reach their highest potential.

I first heard of Jullien after watching one of his TEDx talks and thought he'd be great for the show, a few weeks later I was at an event organized by Jason Womack and sitting across the room from me was Jullien himself.

You'll hear Jullien discuss his path to becoming The Innerviewer, the silent danger of underemployment, and how following your dreams starts with you.

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"I love that I'm creating my dream and it feels good to be working this hard for something that I want, that I'm creating." - Fabiola Arias

In the ninth grade Fabiola decided she would become a fashion designer.

She launched her line while still a student at Parsons and at 25 years old she now sells her eveningwear collection of cocktail dresses and gowns at Neiman Marcus Couture Salons across the country.

Fabiola played a key role in Episode 025 as she helped inspire me to create Prologue Profiles. We're also a couple. (Shucks)

You'll hear Fab discuss how she got her collection off the ground and onto the racks of Neiman Marcus, how fragile our dreams can be, and how the path to success is a whole lot of hard work

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"Make it. That's it. It's not gonna happen the first time you do it and you cannot become discouraged that it didn't work because all it is is just, 'Do it again.'" - Jeff Laub

After college Jeff wanted out from his law job. Jeff took action and in 2009 co-founded the Blind Barber, a bar/barbershop in the East Village of New York City.

Earlier this year the Blind Barber opened its second location in Culver City LA.

You'll hear Jeff discuss how he took the Blind Barber from an idea on his mom's couch to opening its doors on 10th st and avenue B, the contagiousness of confidence, and how hearing 'No' just means your work isn't done.

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"Being realistic is a silly thing. You should swing for the fences and go for the bigger or better thing." - Shane Snow

Shane Snow has a really cool name. He also has a really cool story.

After college, Shane moved to New York to become a tech journalist. Without any credible experience to build on, Shane's goal was to be published in Wired within a year. By using his technique of non-traditional ladder climbing he made it happen in 8 months, and now is regularly published in Wired magazine.

Shane's also the co-founder of Contently a tech startup which has figured out how to create a marketplace to match the growing number of freelance journalists looking for work with the growing number of companies looking to hire them.

You'll hear Shane discuss his effective use of non-traditional ladder climbing, the precious role of integrity and how going for what's bigger or better is always one step away.

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"If we're always chasing the pot at the end of the rainbow, we forget we're riding rainbows all day." - Bassam Tarazi

Prologue Profiles was created to inspire you. It's no accident that I've asked Bassam (@BassamTarazi) to be on this show.

In 2007 Bassam found himself unemployed and without any direction in life. Bassam switched his perspective and became effectively diligent in finding employment.

He realized he could teach others to be accountable to themselves and earlier this year he decided to become a full-time life coach and author.

You'll hear how Bassam took control of his life and found his purpose along the waywhy we shouldn't feel guilty for the opportunities we have and how you don't know what's on the other side of the door until you walk through it.

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“I don’t want to make you feel small. I want to make you feel like you can do whatever you want to do, because people like you are doing it. - Dan Feld

People have been asking me to do an episode on my story and how Prologue Profiles came to be, but I’ve been holding off. I still felt too close to my massive failure last year of quitting my market research job in New York City to become a teacher in Mississipi. 

Six months and 024 episodes in, I’m ready and excited to share my story with you.

Leading the interview is Stuart Blake, the guest of the very first Prologue Profiles.

You’ll hear me discuss what sparked me to quit my job and move to Mississippihow I recovered from the biggest failure of my life, and how the best way to do something, is to do it.

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"Don't be the guy that sits there and goes 'Oh I have this great idea, but if, or maybe...' It doesn't matter. Just go out and try. It might take you 20 tries, but it will work as long as you're ambitious and you have that element of perseverance." - David Goldberg

David has always wanted to sell.

Out of college David worked at CNET where he honed his ad sales skills but became eager to leave corporate America.

His chance to build a company would come in 2009, when David, his brother Ari and business partner Albert co-founded StyleCaster an online fashion platform which now attracts over 5.5 million visits each month.

In this episode David hints that StyleCaster was finalizing something big. It was announced last week that StyleCaster has acquired Daily Makeover, the #1 beauty technology in digital media.

You'll hear David discuss what he thinks has been the key to StyleCaster's success, being openly motivated by money and that the hardest sale to close is the one to yourself.

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"I think I've always had the bug—Growing up wanting to do something on my own and create something." - Kriti Sehgal

After college, Kriti held a medical research job and was on the path to med school, but what she wanted to do was start a business.

In her spare time, she co-founded a frozen yogurt shop, which didn't work out and left Kriti with little to show for her efforts.

Kriti learned from her experience and is now a co-owner of Pure Fare (@PureFare), a brand of health-conscious fast casual restaurants she opened with her twin brother, Kunal, in the spring of 2011.

Pure Fare has won the award for best guilt-free lunch by Philadelphia Magazine and this summer already opened a second location.

Part of the Pure Fare brand is My Fare, a proprietary online tracking tool which allows you to keep track of what you eat throughout the day to help set and achieve personal nutrition goals.

You'll hear Kriti discuss the importance of feeling connected with your creation, how to keep your fears on the sidelines, and that sacrifice is not a dirty word.

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"If you said, 'Where do you want to be in 10 years?' I could say things that I really like to do, but I still can't tell you how I want to get there, because I'm O.K. taking a diversion." - Lucas Kavner

After college, Lucas (@LucasKavner) knew he wanted to write and perform. He moved to NYC and took random jobs to support himself as he auditioned for gigs.

Lucas'  artistic pursuits are gaining momentum: he's landing parts in commercials, was recently casted in the Stephen King/John Cougar Melloncamp musical and has received a grant to write a play of his own, all the while now working full-time as a Culture Reporter at the Huffington Post.

You'll hear Lucas' hazy yet fond relationship with his path ahead, handling rejection, and the incomparable benefits from just not stopping.

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"I operate my life like a startup. I learn a little bit and I make a new decision based on it, and I test something else out and I keep iterating until it's perfect." - Rameet Chawla

Looking for a way out of his finance job, Rameet (@rameet) decided to use his tech expertise and work for himself.

...He never looked back.

Rameet's company, Fueled (@fueled), which specializes in making mobile apps, has grown in the past year and a half from 8 to 56 employees.

I spoke with Rameet at midnight and was naturally very tired, but Rameet was on. It turns out we were in the middle of his second shift of work, which ends at 3:30am—every single night.

In this extended interview, Rameet discusses his path to 56 employees, his very a-typical typical day, and how the answer to your future is within yourself.

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"You don't know what your comedic voice is until you use it." - Molly Austin

Molly is a comedian. Last Fall Molly co-created EmotiStyle an online show about fashion with her comedic partner, Shamikah Martinez.

Less than a year later EmotiStyle's YouTube channel now has over 14,000 subscribers.

You'll hear Molly discuss how she decided to leave her job to focus on comedy, what it takes to find your voice, and how your fears can be all the drive you need.

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After college, Gillian worked as a yoga instructor and massage therapist in New York City. In 2010, she left the city and with her business partner created Radiance Yoga, their own studio located in the Berkshires which opened its doors April of last year. 
Gillian is one half of the first Prologue Profiles couple, as she's the girlfriend of Episode 009 guest Karden Rabin and they actually both share the same business partner!

You'll hear from a longtime yogi for whom yoga wasn't always her preferred method of healing, on what she thinks entrepreneurs often forget to do and how to keep going when you want to give up.

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Three years out of dental school, Dr. Mohammad Haque opened up AesthetiCare Dental his own practice in Queens.
You'll hear Mo discuss his desire to help others, his emphasis on building and maintaing trust, and how there's no better time to achieve your goal than right now.

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Yara Travieso's a multi-media artist. Follow me here: she's a Julliard-trained dancer and choreographer who combines video and music to create avant-garde pieces which she directs and produces herself.

Through her uncanny ability to fundraise, her pieces have already been presented in Lincoln Center and the new Frank Gehry building in her hometown of Miami.

We hear from an artist who admits she's completely consumed by her work, her grand plans for her latest project, and how burning out is part of the process. She's 26 years old.

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Andrew Tejerina has pulled off what many dream of. In 2011, Andrew left his desk job at Foot Locker and joined his college friend to start a digital marketing company called Trip20...with Foot Locker as one of their clients. You'll hear Andrew describe what it's like to strike out on your own and how he's backed up his saying of "whatever you're handed in life, don't squander it."

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Faiyaz Amlani loves what he does - playing golf. Faiyaz is a professional golfer who already has a mini-sponsorship with Nike. You'll hear from a young professional athlete who's striving to be the best in his industry, and how presence of mind is a key to success.

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Christina Nicodema, 25, is an animator who's worked for Nickelodeon, Fox and PBS. She wants to also make her own work and has decided to direct her first ever stop motion animation short.

In Christina's episode we hear from an artist about to embark on a major project that she's never done before and talk candidly about the importance of maintaining optimism in the face of fear.

Direct download: 011__Christina_Nicodema__Animator.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Asif Khan's carved a satisfying role for himself in the corporate world as a brand strategist. He entered the marketing world at the bottom, with zero contacts and it took him 4 jobs in 6 years to get to this point.

Hear Asif's strong opinions how he navigates the corporate world and how the way to find more satisfaction in your job may be to leave it.

Direct download: 010__Asif_Khan__Corporate_World.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Karden Rabin, 27, is a man with a strong sense of confidence. He also has a passion for helping people feel their best. Karden's combining these qualities by taking on the risk to co-found the tech startup, Wellcast, which has the potential to revolutionize the health & wellness online education industry.

Hear Karden's hyper-articulate take on fear, failure and where his confidence comes from, all that and more on this episode of 'Prologue Profiles'!

Direct download: 009__Karden_Rabin__Health_and_Wellness_Entrepreneur.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Abdi Farah the Season 1 winner of Bravo TV's 'Work of Art'. 

In this in-depth interview Abdi lets us into his world. We hear about the moment he knew he had would it took to become a professional, what his typical day is like and what his frustrations are as an artist. My favorite part is when Abdi talks openly about when his faith is tested (which he says happens 'all the time').

Direct download: 008___Abdi_Farah___Artist.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Stuck in a job that you find interesting, but your heart isn't in it? Then you can relate to Jonna Davis'  story. Jonna left the corporate world to pursue a career with more meaning. She's now a project director for charity: water, traveling frequently to Africa and Asia.
Hear her story, including what she thinks are some of the biggest misconceptions in the non-profit world in this week's episode of 'Prologue Profiles'!

Direct download: 007__Jonna_Davis__Non-Profit.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Wondering if you can pursue your creative passion while having a full-time job? Meet Katie Skelly. Katie has recently had her mini-comic published into a graphic novel while holding a desk job.
How'd she get started? What's her work/comic balance? Where does her confidence come from? All that and more on this week's 'Prologue Profiles'!

Direct download: 006__Katie_Skelly__Cartoonist.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

A self-described entrepreneur at heart, Doug has always wanted to build things. In 2010 he co-founded the tech startup Hyperpublic with the hopes of building a scalable business model. He's now an employee of Groupon, as Groupon acquired Hyperpublic in early 2012. He's 28 years old.

Direct download: 005__Doug_Petkanics__Tech_Entrepreneur.mp3
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While in college, Eric decided he wanted to work for himself. He is now the founder and chief designer of Vane New York. Vane is a lifestyle brand with its own line of shoes, clothes and jewelry which can be found at its shop in the Lower East Side of NYC. He's 28 years old. 

Direct download: 003__Eric_Poon__Brand_and_Product_Designer.mp3
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Tim is the co-writer of the new musical, "Fat Camp", which is produced by the team behind "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages" and is in the midst of its Off-Broadway run through May 13th. He's 28 years old. 

Direct download: 002__Tim_Drucker__Theatre_Creator.mp3
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Stuart's a law student who doesn't want to be a lawyer. He wants to build something. Stuart's taking matters into his own hands by co-founding a tech startup called Pique while still attending law school. He's 28 years old. 

Direct download: 001__Stuart_Blake__Law_School_and_Tech_Startup.mp3
Category:Full Episodes -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT