Originally from California, Andrew (@ajlivingston) competed on a national level in both snowboarding and soccer when an unexpected injury forced Andrew to find a new path
Andrew chose to explore the world of mens style and in the summer of 2013, along with Daniel McRorie and Kyle Mosholder, founded Knickerbocker Manufacturing Co., a vertically integrated menswear company based in Brooklyn.
Oh and he’s 21 years old.
You’ll hear Andrew discuss how he used a setback to set him on track, the importance of doing your research, and that doing what you love means more than how you feel about it.
“I just want to know: What am I capable of?” – Andrew Livingston
After college Jess was working at an ad agency but knew that a desk job wasn’t for her.
In August 2013 Jess decided to create her own path and left her job to become the founder of For The Good, an all-natural bath and body company.
You’ll hear Jess discuss her path from trends researcher to soap maker, the unexpected benefits that come from following your dreams and that if you’re on the fence about going for it, get the heck off.
“The people that sit and follow the rules aren’t the ones that make the history books.” – Jess Vaughn
Taryn (@missladyfinger) thought she wanted to be a fashion designer, but in college realized it wasn’t for her.
While working full-time at Macy’s corporate she stumbled upon something that lit her up: Nail art.
Better known to her 525K+ Tumblr followers as Miss Ladyfinger, Taryn is now a full-time nail art entrepreneur, collaborating with brands such as Maybelline and Seven Jeans.
You’ll hear Taryn discuss how she found her fit in the fashion world, the importance of not stopping, and that if you’re wondering when to start…start.
“I was just like, ‘If not now, when?'” – Taryn Multack
After college Andrew had no plan for his career and became an IT consultant. But he had dreams of making something he was proud of.
Andrew is now the co-founder, along with partner Johan Lam, of 3Sixteen, a high end denim and clothing brand that sources its own fabrics from the Kuroki Mill in Japan and which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Andrew and Johan are also the co-owners, along with Kiya Babzani of the New York and LA outposts of Self Edge, a premium menswear boutique.
In this interview conducted at Self Edge New York in the Lower East Side, you’ll hear Andrew discuss his path to creating a custom fit career, the importance of strong support and that to get what you want in life, you gotta just go for it.
“You just want to make something and see if anybody else out there gets it.” – Andrew Chen
After college Franchesca started creating videos on YouTube. Five years later in January 2012 she uploaded a video that changed the trajectory of her career when she added to the Shit
Girls Say meme with her own contribution, Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls.
Millions of views later Franchesca, known to many as Chescaleigh, is now a full-time video blogger.
You’ll hear a YouTube celebrity discuss her journey from 0 to 10 million views, the importance of following what you love, and that with all you have going for you already, what’s there really to be afraid of?
“It’s not a competition, we can all be successful.” – Franchesca Ramsey
Vinny (@VinnyDePonto) is a magician.
I could stop right there, but he’s also a theatre creator and this past spring put on a 25 show run of latest show Charlatan, at Ars Nova in New York City.
You’ll hear Vinny discuss his path to making the most out of magic, the power of visualizing success, and the biggest trick to pull is the one on yourself.
“You are your own greatest deceiver.” – Vinny DePonto
After college Loren’s (@sweetlorens) next move was to figure out what her next move was when unexpectedly she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
During her recovery she immersed herself in her passions of health and nutrition and is now the founder of Sweet Loren’s an all natural baking company, available in Whole Foods and Fresh Direct.
You’ll hear Loren discuss her path from dealing with illness to spreading wellness the magic that happens when you align yourself with what you love and that when that voice inside you is trying to tell you something, go head and listen.
“When your life is in your hands you just look at things differently.” – Loren Brill
Since high school Frequency (@freqshowmusic) has wanted to work in music.
Twelve years later he is now the the producer of Eminem’s #1 hit single ‘The Monster’ featuring Rihanna.
In this interview conducted in his studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn, you’ll hear Frequency discuss his path from DJ’ing school dances to topping the Billboard charts, the essential element of keeping in touch and that the best way to get what you want is to keep going.
“Basically my plan was i just keep going until I really have no money and i’m really living on the street and have to go do something else.” – Frequency
Milo (@expadventures) is a professional adventurer.
Let that sink in for a sec.
Through his company, EXP Adventures, Milo’s hired to create custom travel adventure experiences. He’s most recently traveled to the Yukon Territory and the North Pole.
Oh and before all this he worked as an attorney.
You’ll hear Milo discuss how the heck he made this happen for himself, the importance of not backing down from a challenge, and that failure is just another step towards success.
“Being prepared is never when you start.” – Milo Pierwola