Prologue Profiles

"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.

Direct download: Dan_Teicher_to_use.mp3
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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.

 
Direct download: 039__Scotty_Landes__Comedy_Writer__Producer.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Tom_V2.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 037__Pamela_Kalmus__App_Creator.mp3
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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 (DJZeke.com) 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.

Direct download: 036__Ezekiel_Akinyemi_DJ_Zeke__DJ.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 035__Travis_Tate__Screenwriter.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 034__Brendan_Weafer__Professional_Fighter__Trainer.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 033__Ishita_Gupta__Publisher__Coach.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 032__Colin_Wright__Extreme_Lifestyle_Experimenter.mp3
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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.

 
Direct download: 031__Cameron_Robertson__Inventor.mp3
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