Hey, what’s up?! Dan Feld here, creator and host of Prologue Profiles – a podcast series bringing you inspiring, in-depth interviews with today’s young entrepreneurs and artists creating their own path in life.
The purpose of Prologue Profiles is to inspire you to do the things you want to do, to get to where you want to go, to live the life you want to live. Right now.
I created Prologue Profiles after working at a desk job for 5 years in NYC, hitting a wall, failing to become a school teacher in Mississippi (yes really) and then having no idea what to do with my life and feeling confused, frustrated and depressed. (More on my story below.)
Guests span a wide range of interests including music, tech, fashion, food, entertainment, education, sports, comedy and more.
Interviews are intimate, honest and in-depth to demystify success to help us understand what it really takes to realize our dreams, today in 2015.
A typical episode uncovers: What path did the guest take to get to where they are today? What allowed them to face the unknown and create their own path? How’d they overcome challenges and find success? What’s it like to do what they do – the good and the bad? Where do they want to go in the future and what’s it going to take to get there? What fears do they have now and how do they manage them? What advice would they give to someone who wants to do what they’re doing?
What listeners are saying
Real reviews on iTunes:
[shadowbox]”I am a huge fan of Prologue Profiles and am completely hooked on the series. Everyone feels like they can be an “entrepreneur” these days and PP speakers demystify the process, revealing the hard work, creativity, perseverance, and sometimes luck that goes into big life risks. I also love that the topics, speakers and personalities are all super varied. The interviews are also really well run and laid-back. Keep ’em coming!” – alexis meisels[/shadowbox]
[shadowbox]“Prologue Profiles has ignited so many thoughts in my head about what it takes to go out and do something meaningful. The people Dan finds are doing incredible things, building truly unique brands in smart ways – and here they share some of the gritty, human, personal details in ways you don’t hear even when they’re on Fast Company or anywhere else. I can say with much love and honesty that Prologue Profiles is the one series I find hard to listen to, because every episode starts igniting ideas in my head and I can’t wait to get back to work on the things I’m building. But finish every episode – it’s worth it.” – KyleStudstill[/shadowbox]
[shadowbox]”Every Monday morning on my commute to work I look forward to popping in my headphones and getting a healthy dose of inspiration from Prologue Profiles. I am fascinated and energized by the stories which seem to get better every week. Dan’s interview was particularly heartwarming because you could really feel the passion he felt and you can see why he decided to build this beautiful podcast. A must listsen to anyone who has ever wanted to do something amazing.” – Ralph Logan[/shadowbox]
Just discovered @ProloguePros. Talk about turning my afternoon around
— Vivian (@vivnunez) November 4, 2014
@ProloguePros I’ve started off every morning this week with one of your podcasts. The best inspiration to have an amazing day.
— citrus (@Ian_CON) October 9, 2013
— Acts of Greatness (@ActsofGreatness) August 27, 2014
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How To Listen:
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How Can I Support?
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My Story & The Creation of Prologue Profiles
Click play to listen to my episode where I discuss what led me to create Prologue Profiles:
Let me first get the basics out of the way: 30 years old, grew up in Jersey (represent!).
I created Prologue Profiles because I had no idea what to do with my life.
Restlessness In the Corporate World
In 2006 I graduated from NYU with a marketing and sociology degree. I soon found myself working full-time at a market research agency in NYC where I would work for nearly 5 years. I had awesome co-workers and there were parts of the job that I enjoyed but there was something inside me saying, “There’s more out there for you”.
That voice got louder and louder. But I didn’t have an answer for it.
Finding My Muse
That all changed when in the fall of 2010 I went on my first date with Fabiola Arias (who is now my fiancé). At the time Fab was 23 years old and had launched with her own line of cocktail dresses and gowns while still a student at Parsons, and Neiman Marcus had just picked up her line. What? (Listen to Fab’s episode here)
I had never met anyone like her. She was so down to earth and talked so naturally about what she was doing and how she makes her beautiful dresses and how these women are buying and wearing her dresses. I was like, “Who are you?”
And for the first time in my life, the idea of doing what I loved seemed possible. I was like, “I want that. I want to help people.” And so the very next day I decided I would become a school teacher.
Leaving My Comfort Zone
Four months later I joined Teach For America and got assigned to the Mississippi Delta corps.
I said, “Ok. If this is what it takes for me to be teacher, let’s do it.”
I quit my job, left my apartment and drove 1,200 miles down south to Mississippi. Everyone was psyched for me.
But… Teaching in Mississippi did NOT work out.
After the summer training I knew I wasn’t prepared for my own classroom and I was getting physically sick from the pressure I was putting on myself and actually had to go to the emergency room several times. I knew I wouldn’t make it through the school year and didn’t want to meet the kids and have to leave halfway through.
So on the first day of school I quit.
And I drove back home…without a plan.
On that drive back home I was a zombie: “What do I do?” “What have I done?” “Should I still try to be a teacher closer to home?” Those questions did not stop and for the next 6 months I was confused, frustrated and depressed.
I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I couldn’t even think about the future. I would just picture a dark wall, my mind wouldn’t allow it.
Thankfully, Fab stood by me the whole time, and early on she even said to me that I was an inspiring guy and could do my own thing, but I couldn’t believe her at the time. The way I saw it, my decisions led me to living at home with my mom, what could I do on my own?
The Idea Is Born – And Acted On
Eventually I started helping Fab with her business, networking for her, meeting stylists, getting more stores to view her product and in the process building up confidence in myself.
And one night in late January 2012, Fab and I were walking to see a stylist in Brooklyn when we had a conversation that changed my life. She brought up again that I could do my own thing. And I had more confidence in myself this time and so I was willing to listen to Fab and have a conversation about it.
I said, “Well, what am I going to do? I’m not going to travel to middle schools saying ‘Don’t do what I did’ all bitter and mad at the world.”
But…I took a step back and realized that I’m not the only person in this position of “What do I do with my life?” It’s basically a symptom of Generation Y – “There are so many options, what’s the right one?”
Growing up we’re so used to following the traditional path – get good grades, go to a good college, get a good job. But then what? What if you don’t like what you’re doing and want to go the non-traditional route? There was no resource that I knew of that really showed what it’s like, in today’s world, to go after your dreams.
And at the same time, I had friends who were taking risks and making things happen and I thought, “There should be a show that shares their stories to inspire people like me to see what’s possible.”
And then I said, “I’m going to make this show.”
Two months later I had 8 episodes of Prologue Profiles ready to go, and on April 29th 2012 I launched EP 001 featuring one of my best friends in this world, Stuart Blake. And, naturally, Prologue Profiles grew. I started with interviewing my friends and then I interviewed their friends. And then I actually had a show (!) and was able to reach out to people who I had never met before doing amazing things.
The feedback’s been encouraging and I know I’m onto something here and am going to keep it moving. Take a listen. Subscribe on iTunes (leave a rating and review!), connect on social media and stay tuned for updates!
(If you have any questions about the show please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Your life is a gift to share.“