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Everyone has a story.

Here are some that we've told.



John Drea

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He grew up sharing a bedroom with his entire family in a small Central Illinois town, but later went on to earn his Doctorate and become a renowned college professor. He joins us to dive deep into persevering when the odds are stacked against you.


Shawnaci Schroeder

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She's a full-time Social Media Influencer from small town Illinois, and she joins us to talk about finding her passion, overcoming negative stereotypes, and what it means to set healthy boundaries when your life is on display.

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Nick Tyler Smith

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As a photographer and marketer, Nick talks about his passion for photography, what he's learned in the world of marketing, and why making good friendships is so important.


Ryan Hanlon

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The owner of Route 3 Films discusses the intricacies of the filmmaking process, what it means to take chances, and his journey as a young adult living in Ireland for six months.


Ryan Cheney

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This talented musician talks in-depth about his creative process and the importance of staying true to who you are.


Wes Haertling

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One of Alan's closest friends talks about discovering his passion for photographer, traveling, and how he found his niche.


KG Lillian

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As a musician and owner of an online thrift shop, KG Lillian talks about what it takes to turn a hobby into a career.


E. Philly

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With a new EP debuting soon, this musician talks about the ups and downs of his past year as a creative.


Ash Forrest

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As a renowned abstract artist, Ash Forrest discusses her creative process and workflow, and the importance of doing what you love.

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Alan Shawgo

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As the host of a podcast that focuses on telling other people's stories, you don't get a lot of time to talk about yourself! Nick interviewed Alan about finding his passion and going from a hobbyist to a professional.


Rachael Marie

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As a full-time teacher and photographer, Rachael joins us to talk about balancing multiple projects at once and the creative burnout she's felt along the way.


Jared Haynes

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After a 2020 filled with emotional reckoning, Jared embarked on a journey of self-discovery in the form of a solo cross-country road trip, financed by DoorDashing along the way. 

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