People Who Do.
People Who Do.
Never settling, always doing.

Musician, Allie Moss, uses vulnerable moments to persevere. She courageously wrote her most recent EP, The Other Side, after the end of her marriage and acknowledges that her favorite lesson she's learned is talking about uncomfortable stuff. We met up in SoHo to talk about music creativity and not giving up.            

Name.

Allie Moss

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

I’m a musician, songwriter, and vocal coach. 

My latest EP is called “The Other Side;” I released it in October with the help of fans through PledgeMusic. I also have a side project with my friends Bess Rogers & Hannah Winkler that focuses on singing songs we love stripped down and in 3-part harmony; we recently put out a live EP. I’ve toured 10 years as part of Ingrid Michaelson's band. I love the role of backing another artist and bringing their songs to life on a stage. I’m super into the voice as an instrument and have a passion for working with singers to help them find their voices using technique as a tool, rather than a style in itself. 

How did you get to where you are today?

Lots of (ongoing) practice, collaboration, and the support of family & friends.

Tell me more about why it's important for you to make music?

Creativity and exercise are the same for me in that when I neglect them, I tend to get cranky. So it’s kinda for my general health & that of those around me. But also, there’s just a feeling of accomplishment I get from writing, and especially from finishing a song, from crafting lyric and melody into something that moves.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

 Allowing myself to be vulnerable in relationships. And I was vulnerable with this EP, in the writing and in asking for help from fans to put it out. It’s not easy for me to ask for help in that way. 

What is your #1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments?

 Breathe. Chin up, and breathe.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned?

 It kind of tags off of the earlier question. I guess I’d say to not make decisions based out of fear and to talk about hard things even if I’m uncomfortable. Accepting that my marriage was over was really hard. It was something I feared for so many reasons. I’d never really lived a life as a single person because I went from my parents’ home to being married. I feared talking about difficult things because I didn’t want to stir things up or lose him. In the end, I did anyway not just because of this alone but it was a contributing factor.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 Gosh, you’d think this answer would be on the tip of my tongue. I thought about this for awhile and I don’t really have a go-to feel-good song. If I’m sad, I indulge it with sad music. But there’s definitely music that motivates me. I LOVE making workout playlists. On tour in March, I made a Treadmill Hills Workout, and a favorite song off that is “Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid. Also! I’m super into John Legend’s new album “Darkness and Light.”

When do you feel the most creative?

 When I’m moving. I often get ideas when I’m walking or driving or cleaning.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party:

 5 women who’ve inspired me or changed my life in big and small ways in the last few years: Elizabeth Gilbert, Caroline Hirons, Ashley Black, Esther Perel, and Dana Shultz aka The Minimalist Baker (maybe she would cook)?

What’s the best piece of advice that you can give anyone who's working towards their goal in the music industry?

 Be kind and be on time.

What’s the next goal?

 I’m touring a bit this year; I just got back from a west coast house concert tour in May. I’m working on a home studio set-up so I can flesh out ideas. More music, live and recorded. And more fitness. I used to be a competitive athlete (pre-hip-surgery) but now my only competition is myself. I practice yoga, indoor cycling, and HIIT!

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

"She didn’t quit. She was kind."

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Equally talented as he is hilarious and kind, Isaac James continues to slay the visual game. As Senior Photographer for Peloton Cycle, his eye for the perfect movement, exceptional angles and dynamic light detail allows him to create imagery that consistently sets an impactful scene. We got to talk (and laugh, a lot) in Brooklyn recently where he opened up about hard work, life goals and ultimately going after what you want.

Name. 

Isaac James!

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

Currently working as the Senior Photographer for Peloton Cycle, where I work with a team of creatives to produce and shoot all of their in house visual content. Additionally, I work as a freelance photographer focusing on lifestyle and large scale theatrical productions.   

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?

My grandmother immigrated here illegally from Mexico because she insisted upon a better life for her 6 children. She was a single mother who worked as a waitress for years. When I think about why I “do” I think about my grandmother, and my great great grandparents who moved to this country from Scotland. They all sacrificed so much for me to be standing where I am today. I owe it to them to be honest with who I am and fight for all things beautiful; to push myself beyond comfortable and constantly grow as an artist and creative. I am here for a reason and my family has helped me to see that.   

Tell me more about why your photography is important to you?

It's challenging to describe why it's so important to me. I wasn't the guy who picked up the camera as a fall back. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It's been a large part of my life since adolescence; the camera, at times, feels like an extension of my arm. That sounds ridiculously cheesy, but it’s true. It was the first time I felt inspiration and a form of creative expression that I needed as a 13 year old growing up in Corpus Christi Texas.

At what moment did you discover that this was what you wanted to do? Can you describe this?

When I was 13 years old my brother Ben (who is also a photographer) bought me a 35mm point and shoot camera. I couldn't stop. Wouldn’t stop. Its cute for me to think back on this. I mean, we’re talking past the point of obsession. I used to set up my old science fair boards, lay my white sheets over them and make our 1 year old white Terrier, Ladybug, sit and pose in front of it. You would think with such excellent training from me she’d grow up to be a fierce poser; not the case. She was always afraid of the camera. I’ll never forget how annoyed my dad was after paying to develop 12 rolls of film and discovering what was on them: “I swear Isaac, I’m not going to keep paying for this if the only thing you take pictures of IS THE DOG!” Over the years I grew out of shooting Ladybug and finally moved onto…humans!

I went to school to study Musical Theatre. One of my instructors gave me some excellent advice. He said, “If you want a career in theatre, find something to do that is not on the stage.” He was right. Once I graduated I used the skills I had developed to charge for headshots, lifestyle shoots for actors, and finally large scale theatrical productions. WHAT?! That was a dream for me! I remember the first show I shot, chasing the actors around trying to capture the most dramatic images that helped tell the story of the piece. There are so many elements to shooting a large scale production, you have to be able to find the right moment to encompass the entire scene. Its hard, but when done appropriately, magic happens.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

My current position with Peloton as their Senior Photographer. You see, my journey with this company started back in 2014 when I started working at the front desk of the studio back when it first opened. I saw that the company was growing rapidly and there was going to be many needs for custom imagery. I don't know where these balls came from, but I eventually made a 20 page spiral bound proposal outlining the current state of the company and how the company could benefit by having someone in house shoot all of their content. Two weeks later I was offered a full time trial position working out of their headquarters and 3 months later I was offered an official salaried position.  

The two plus years I've spent with this company is one of my proudest achievements. Not only has my work improved drastically over the past year, I've learned a lot about the importance of having confidence as a creative. I've had my work on a billboard in Times Square, printed in nationally published magazines, I've learned how to work efficiently with others, get organized, and on top of all of that I've made friends who I will keep around me for the rest of my life.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

This is easy, "SIN MIEDO". Its a Spanish phrase meaning, "without fear". I’ve found myself on multiple occasions talking myself out of taking risks and when I think about my why, it's always rooted in fear; Fear of failure, fear of looking or sounding stupid, etc. It's really annoying, and I'm tired of letting it affect my life! I decided that I was going to live that life. I would fight with every ounce in my body to be the man who looks fear dead in the eyes and slays that beast.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

To cut myself some slack, space is mandatory, vacations aren't bad, inspiration is a necessity. Resetting myself as much as possible is beyond important.    

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned?

Nobody is going to fight for you the way you would fight for yourself. I felt a turn in my thinking when I realized nobody is going to just give me an opportunity. Yes, talent is important…but believing in yourself is just as important, if not more. You can be the most talented artist, but you still you have to have confidence to sell yourself. I wasn't asked randomly to work full time as a photographer for Peloton, I had to fight for it.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 Oh man, this is tricky and depends on my mood. It's between "Tell Him" (the Vonda Shepard version), "9 to 5" by D Parton (obviously), or "Love on Top" by Yoncé.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

I screenshot everything. Everything. Almost to the point that it's not effective. Haha.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

I would just like to say at this dinner party we’re all wearing very elaborate crowns but casually dressed in jeans and t-shirts.

  1. Chelsea Handler: the queen of dinner convo. I fear she could be a bit controlling of the dinner conversation but I still think we’d be best friends.

  2. BEYONCÉ: Because it's Beyoncé.

  3. Barbra Streisand: Honestly, I think I would just sit and sob if I was eating a meal with this woman. Have you ever heard the ivory microphone story when she went on Oprah? Story goes, she wanted everything on stage to be Ivory, including the microphone. The producers told her they only had black ones, so she had one of her assistants steal the mic and spray paint it outside. DIVA.

  4. Michelle Obama: I feel like she’d offer an interesting perspective.

  5. Edgar Allen Poe: Just to watch him interact with these women.

What’s the best piece of advice that you can give from what you've learned so far?

Don't compare. It's not effective, nor productive. We’re all on our own journey and looking at what other people are doing or why they are where they are is so not beneficial to accomplishing your goals. Funny enough, this was a lesson that was confirmed for me in a spin class at Peloton. See, at Peloton there is an optional leaderboard in class where you can see who is riding around you and what their output is. I started noticing a pattern. During classes where I was distracted with the people directly in front of me or behind me I’d always finish below my average. It was the classes where I focused on myself and pushing myself as hard as I could that I was the most successful. Life lessons, y’all.

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3 words that you want to be remembered by.

Funny

Strong

Passionate

What’s the next goal?

 I have two. 1) Write a cabaret. 2) Publish a coffee table book with my photography.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look?

I want to be remembered as someone who never took "no" for an answer and who constantly pushed to create work that I am proud of. This obviously does not come naturally to me, but at least it gives me something to fight for!

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At a young age, the concept behind the first amendment kind of "stuck" for Johanna Miller. Ever since, the idea that expressing yourself freely is a human right has continued to be a theme throughout the work she has done in passing impactful social justice legislation. As a Law professor and Advocacy Director for the NYCLU, Johanna is constantly "do-ing" by putting policy in motion to improve lives and taking a powerful stance for basic human rights. 

Name.

 Johanna Miller

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

Advocacy Director at New York Civil Liberties Union, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School

How did you get into your (badass) field of work?

I always wanted to work at the ACLU. My mom is an artist and I can remember her explaining the first amendment to me when I was really little. That lesson, that expressing yourself freely is a human right, always stuck. When I was deciding to go to law school, I sought out New York Law because the then-president of the ACLU (Nadine Strossen) and a NYCLU board member (Deborah Archer) were both professors there. I basically stalked both of them and it worked.

What inspires you to do the work that you do?

The "founding fathers," these white slaveholders, wrote the Bill of Rights and the Constitution to give themselves power. But the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been used in exactly the opposite way - to expand freedom and justice. The right to vote, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, the right to be free from discrimination, the right to keep the police out of your pocket or your email, all have been found in those words. I'm always awed that you can apply those "founding fathers’" words and ideas to the 21st century and actually use them to make people's lives better. We have a long way to go, but civil rights work gives me principles to measure the world by, rather than having to rely on a political party to tell me what is right or wrong.

When you pass a major piece of legislation, can you describe how it makes you feel?

Passing social justice legislation is sadly not something that we are able to do very frequently but when we have a victory, it's deeply gratifying. It gives you hope that people can take on this beast of a government and make it work better.

To date, what accomplishments are you most proud of?

 I think my proudest accomplishment is that I’ve paved my own path at every step of the way. No one in my family is a lawyer or works in policy. I often had a feeling that I was completely imagining the career I wanted, but I also weirdly believed I could make it happen...and I actually made it happen. I really like going to work every day, which is the best feeling there is.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year? 

I love learning new things—trivial facts, key information about a law or policy issue, details of people’s lives—I can’t pick a favorite!

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned?

Don't time travel. It's a phrase we use in my family to mean, "be present". Really let go of regrets, replays, and anticipation. Staying in the present moment is the antidote to anxiety.

Have you had any life-changing experiences throughout your career?

The day before my first day of law school, I had a crazy accident. It was the middle of the day on a sunny Sunday in the East Village and I was suddenly caught in the crossfire of a shootout between rival drug dealers. A bullet went through my arm, missing my face by inches. It was the first such accidental shooting in that neighborhood in decades. 

I wasn't seriously physically injured but I was in pain, I was isolated, and I was an emotional wreck. My family was terrified. I found myself at this decision point I never planned on - should I stay in New York, start law school the next day? Or should I just get the fuck out?

Something told me if I just got through the first day of classes I would be an official "law student" and then I could make it through. But if I missed that initial step, I didn't think I would ever go back. 

I don't know if getting shot changed my life, but it showed me a side of myself - brave, tough, tenacious - that I didn't know before. Taking that first step taught me a lesson about breaking down challenging things into easy bites. It's a lesson I use all the time. You don't have to finish your dreams all at once, you just have to show up the first day.

Who inspires you?

I am totally surrounded by inspiring women. My grandmother had five children when her husband left her in the 1960s, and she went back to school and got a masters degree. She always told me she wasn't brave, she was just living but she was a badass. My mom is an accomplished and incredible visual artist; she inspires me to be reflective, quiet, and creative. My best friend from childhood quit her job in tech to become a cheese monger and sommelier; she inspires me to take risks and commit to projects I care about. Another one of my best friends is a truly glamorous jet-setting businesswoman, and she inspires me to have confidence in my talents, to let go of what's holding me back, and to always ask for more money. I love picking up these lessons from people around me.

Can you remember a time when you were discouraged with your work and what you told yourself to get through it?

There are always setbacks, but November 8th, 2016 was a big one. I really had to take some time to myself after the election and find something to give me hope and energy again. The thing that snapped me out of it was actually my job. I looked around at my staff (I manage a team of about 20 people) and I realized I needed to be a leader for them. You can't win with despair.

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What’s the best piece of advice that you can give to someone who's looking to take a stand/do something about a civil issue that needs attention?

All politics is local. Everyone wants to take on Donald Trump every day, but there are things happening in your own backyard where you can really make a difference. For example, New York's abortion laws are wildly outdated and millions of New York women will be at risk if Trump's Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Find out who your state senator and Assembly member are and pay them a visit. Chuck Schumer represents 20 million New Yorkers, but your state senator represents about 300,000. You can actually meet this person and tell them what you care about. They work for you!

What’s your next goal?

I'm going to a yoga retreat this month and I want to master my handstand before then! 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. What do you want your legacy to be?

I hope I can help people feel powerful.

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Interested in getting involved? Learn more at the NYCLU here.

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For Tutti (Sara) del Monte, the connection is key. As a talented boudoir photographer, her ability to empower women transcends just (very) sexy photographs and creates important self-love conversations that sit with her and her clients long past their time together. Tutti's passion for what she does is almost tangible and her goal to allow her clients to be their most confident selves is evident throughout her work. I got to hang out with her recently in Brooklyn to talk more about why she does and her take on the purpose of empowerment.

Name.

Sara del Monte. A lot of people know me by my nickname though - Tutti :)

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

Photographer and videographer at Boudoir by Tutti and With Love Tutti, writer for the Boudoir by Tutti blog, and yoga instructor & ambassador of self-love through everything I do.

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life. Why is it important to you to “do”?

Truthfully, I "do" because I can't imagine myself pursuing a life where I'm not listening to what my heart dictates me to "do." Ever since I can remember, I've lived with my heart on my sleeve so it makes sense I'd choose a career that encourages me to do the same. Now that I've established myself as a professional along with cultivating a community of people who believe in my mission, I feel as if my artistry and the need for it have only been reinforced further.

Tell me more about why your photography is important to you.

My photography is important to me because it's a means to connect with people. Ultimately, it's this connection that I yearn for because it creates space for people to be themselves and love themselves, furthering my dream of building communities where people love themselves and spread kindness to one another.

At what moment did you discover that this was what you wanted to do? 

There wasn't a specific moment where time stopped and I realized this was my path. It was more of a slow process of looking inward that led me to see what was already within me - that my strengths and talents in relating to all kinds of people are meant to be used for a bigger purpose. I still remember my very first boudoir shoot I back in 2010. While looking through the images with my client and seeing her reaction to the beauty within herself, I remember feeling such a high degree of pleasure, satisfaction, contentment and understanding. It felt like such a natural path for me, but it still didn't "click" until I wrapped my journey of self-discovery into the mix, noticing that what comes natural to me, that is, relating to others and making them feel loved through creative projects, is where my place in the world lies.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

Living in New York for over three years is something I rarely think of as an "accomplishment," but, damn, when I think of all the ways this city tries to bring me down (costs, walking, stairs, competition, inconveniences, uneven sidewalks, costs, winter, falling - literally, those days where EVERYTHING goes wrong, etc.), I'm proud to say it hasn't had its way with me. New York 0 - Sara 3.

I'm also super thankful I've been able to incorporate my love for the human body in a lot of the things I do. I got my yoga teacher certification two years ago and have realized that what I most love about yoga and the different styles of photography I offer is that it all gives me a closer look into how absolutely beautiful our bodies are and what they're capable of doing!

As far as a truly personal accomplishment that ties in with the "yoga talk," I'm so proud I've been able to cultivate a balanced life where I can clearly differentiate the trivial from the significant. It helps in staying afloat and focused on the bigger picture of life rather than drowning within inconsequential matters.

What's your #1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

Something my dad told me the night of my first heartbreak, when I was 15: "The sun will rise tomorrow." It serves as a two-fold reminder that no matter what happens today, it's okay to feel, in fact, that it's the most human response. Also, it taught me the power of perspective - that with each new day, I have an opportunity to either dwell and stay stagnant or grow and move forward.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

Oh man, ever since I started my business, it's been a non-stop learning journey for me (to put it lightly). This year I've learned and embraced one of the most valuable lessons: that I must believe in myself and the in value I have to offer. It sounds so simple, but for the longest time I expected my career to reach new heights and opportunities on its own, but now I know it's up to me to continuously strive for bigger jobs, ideas and dreams.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

That being kind will always go further than being right. My mom has exemplified this in the most graceful and elegant way, although I'm not even sure I've ever told her! Mama - if you're reading this, you've taught me everything I know about being a compassionate and kind human being. I love you!

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

Anything by Garth Stevenson (The Southern Sea), old Shakira (Pies Descalzos album) or Fleetwood Mac (Gypsy + Everywhere). Somehow, though, my "Spotify Discover" usually knows exactly what I need.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

Paper and pen, words and doodles.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

I want to have 3 separate dinner parties!

Party #1

1. My mother

2. My maternal grandmother

3. My maternal great-grandmother

4. My paternal grandmother

5. My paternal great-grandmother

Party #2

1. Matt Damon, as Jason Bourne

2. Justin Timberlake

3. Albert Einstein

4. Jon Stewart

5. Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter - to keep things interesting

Party #3:

1. Jennifer Lawrence

2. Kate McKinnon

3. Ellen Degeneres

4. Pocahontas

5. Marie Antoinette

What’s the best piece of advice that you can give from what you've learned so far?

To care for not only your body but also, and almost more importantly, your mind. To be endlessly curious and compassionate with yourself in finding ways to find peace within. Many times when I feel stressed or confused about what my next step should be, I come back to this quiet, safe place in my heart that knows everything will be okay. Our minds can make something exponentially bigger out of something that doesn't merit a single thought, so dedicate time to finding your own happy place where you can always come to when "life happens."

3 words that you want to be remembered by

Compassionate, loving and full of life. 

What’s the next goal?

1.) Interviewing and shooting Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and Christina Hendricks for my blog. They're all influential women who use their voice to uplift and inspire other women. My kind of gals. 

2.) Shooting a campaign for lingerie brands (La Perla, Tisja Damen, Agent Provocateur, etc.).

3.) A big dream of mine is to be able to work away from New York for about 3 months of the year so I can pretend the Winter never happened. 

4.) Growing my YouTube presence to continue reaching new audiences and spreading my message of self-love.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

I don't really spend time thinking about my legacy because I like to spend my energy on things I can affect right now. When I think about the future, though, I hope for inner peace, an abundance of love and a steady stream of personal satisfaction. So if I had to choose, I want to be remembered as a woman of vision who wasn't afraid to pursue her dreams of a more loving and kind community. 

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Continue to follow Tutti's journey: 

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Emily Goglia is talented beyond words. Literally. Not only is she the writer behind her own solo cabaret show, "STAGES", but with a background in singing, acting and dancing she's equipped to consistently implement next-level performances and in this most recent show, she does just that. We got to hang out one Saturday afternoon in Chelsea where we got to talk about writing, performing, (...our favorite brand of almond milk...) and most importantly, do-ing

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

 Performer - actor, singer, dancer, writer, performance artist ; creator and performer of my solo cabaret show STAGES: Girl Meets Boy, Boy Meets Boy, Girl Meets Drink.

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?

 I like that you say "moving forward" because that is exactly what my project ended up doing for me. Art is a way for us to heal. It is a way for us to connect to one another and to ourselves. My project is a reflective look at how we as humans react to events that take place in our lives -- well it's specifically about how I reacted to a particular event, but I think it is a subject matter to which most everyone can relate.

Tell me more about why it was important for you to perform?

To me, performing is a release. It's an outlet. It is a way to connect and be honest and raw and funny and heartfelt all at the same time. When I do my show I get to feel every emotion, all within an hour. I know that I can take people on a journey and they can get in touch with their emotions. Life goes by so quickly. Sometimes we don't actually allow ourselves to truly feel. Acting and performing forces us to look within and connect with our souls. That sounds so cheesy but it's true!

At what moment did you discover that this was what you wanted to do? Can you describe this?

With regards to this show, I realized that I kept telling my story over and over, and it was starting to sound like a stand up comedy routine. And I would hear songs that described exactly what I was feeling, or how I had felt in the past, and it suddenly clicked that I should put it all together on stage. I was very careful not to exaggerate or rewrite history. I just want to tell a true account of my experience -- with music.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

 This show. STAGES is the most raw and honest thing I have ever done. And it is completely mine. I directed and wrote the piece myself (minus the songs) and it is exactly what I wanted to put onto the stage. And I'm truly proud of it. I think that's rare - to be completely behind something you've created on your own. But I am confident with this piece of work. It's a nice feeling.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

You Are Enough (ew, but real). And "trust your gut" - there were times while writing STAGES that something just didn't feel right. I would say it out loud, but I knew it didn't belong in my show. It was a gut feeling. I couldn't explain how or why, but I knew what belonged and what didn't. And when I finally found the right moments, it just felt like everything slid into place.

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What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

To Nike up and Just Do It. I had been turning this idea around in my head for so long - so finally I just picked a date, and it forced me to get 'er dun.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

 That I CAN do it. It feels like a lot of work - to put your heart and soul into a piece of art that is completely your own. And it's hard to fully believe in yourself. But you can do it.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 Right now it's Nobody Love by Tori Kelly. It's positive and fun and upbeat and gets me ready to belt for my life.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

 Haha - notes. Thanks iPhone. It's what I'm answering these questions on right now.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

 Meryl, Liza, Babs, Michelle Obama, and John Lennon

What’s the best piece of advice that you can give from what you've learned so far?

Self promotion is annoying as hell but you have to do it in this business. Also just believe in yourself. Because you can do it.

3 words that you want to be remembered by.

 Living My Best.

What’s the next goal?

 Write an indie film.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

 I want to have zero regrets. To know that I did everything to the fullest - lived a full, well-rounded life and said everything that I wanted to say. I want to be remembered as a good leader. And a good friend. And a fun person. And for my love of Nutella.

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Continue to follow Emily's journey:

http://www.emilygoglia.com

 

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Robin Arzon's forward moving energy is nothing short of incredible and her persistent notion to do is inevitably infectious. Robin is a corporate lawyer turned street athlete, a Head Coach at Peloton, a hostage survivor, Co-founder of UNDOORDINARY, and an ultramarathoner who runs over 100 miles a week all while continuing to manage a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis (...to only name a few things). Let her narrative inspire you because you'll thank yourself that you did. We're so honored to add her to the People Who Do roster and so very excited to share her story as part of our series collaboration with Create + Cultivate.

Occupations, affiliations, and projects: Street athlete, former lawyer turned ambassador of sweat, Head instructor at Peloton, Co-founder of UNDOORDINARY.

People Who Do + Create & Cultivate focus on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to do and create?: I believe that actions breed every day that we have in life. I don’t think that we can really do things if we’re static. I think moments of stasis are good if they’re temporary, but if we’re really not doing things with passion, I don’t really see the point of living. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: There are honestly so many and Im really proud to say that. I was a corporate lawyer for 7 years, I just trekked through the Serengeti with nothing but a machete, I survived being held hostage, I run over 100 miles a week. I mean, if we’re not doing things to make us proud I think we have an obligation to re-create ourselves. Thankfully my list continues to grow. 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: The mantra I use most regularly is, “I am”. I use that a lot when I’m running. 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: Probably that survival is really an innate instinct and that we’re always capable of a little bit more. 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: To take ownership of your scars. I think taking ownership of our flaws and things that have maybe dinged us throughout the way is actually a better way to approach individuality...and knowing really innately that we are one of one if something that is really powerful.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood and what are some of the ways that you relieve stress?: Hip Hop is my thing. If I had one album in general it would be Wu Tang Clan's,"36 Chambers", and as for an artist, Beyonce. The specific song would be “Upgrade You”.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration: My social media platforms, mostly Instagram.

You lead such amazingly creative and forward-thinking projects that have a great following within the digital space. What’s the biggest thrill that you get from them?: The biggest thrill I get from leading a public life as an athlete is seeing the look in other people when they realize that they can do it too. I find that there’s something really powerful about the community of athletes who have kind of arisen in the past 5 years which is really based on the regular person doing extraordinary things. That person is very apparent on social media but I think its really about the omni presence in our every day lives. I see that all the time in my riders and runners and people who train with me, and the biggest thrill of leading that life publicly is seeing people individually kind of grasp onto that narrative too. I like people putting inspiration into action because I otherwise don’t really see the point of any of these kind of "hash-taggy" social media things that, if you’re not doing in your own life and doing something to tell your own story, then I think that’s a real shame…so I think the most excitement and biggest thrill is seeing someone create themselves.

What is one thing that is so satisfying in your career that you wouldn't be able to do if you had chosen another career path?: I was a lawyer for a long time and I’m certain that I wouldnt be able to push and pull my own body weight like I do now if I hadn’t chosen to become an athlete. I believe theres something so powerful about being able to push and pull my own body weight throughout the world. Thats different from being physically fit and more about owning your space in the world.  

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and Jesus!

3 words that you want to be remembered by: Do epic shit.

What’s the next goal?: Writing my book right now which will be published next summer, and I’m really excited about my documentary, Run It Out. My next goal as an athlete…I’ll do my first triathlon and then I plan on running across the whole country soon. 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: I would hope that my legacy is really seen through the lens of strength. I think that I am someone who believes in writing really powerful stories with how we move and act and think, and I hope my legacy is one that inspires people to do that in their own life. 

Continue to follow Robin's journey:

www.robinarzon.com

www.undoordinary.com

http://www.runitout.co.uk/about/

https://www.pelotoncycle.com/coaches/robin

Instagram + Twitter

 

 

 

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Friend and incredibly talented photographer, Jacqueline Harriet, is already killing it when it comes to breaking into the competitive photo world in NYC. Even just in her early 20's she's already worked with clients like Nike, Teen Vogue, Urban Outfitters, Refinery29, NYLON and Diane von Furstenberg, allowing her to acquire some major experience in order to keep delivering stunning imagery and (for People Who Do's sake) valuable advice. We hung out one Sunday in New York City's West Village to catch up and talk more about photo goals and f-stops. 

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

 Photographer with recent clients including Teen Vogue, Urban Outfitters, Refinery29, NYLON, Nike, and Diane von Furstenberg

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?

 I feel very passionate about seeing the world and photography has been my way to do so. Whether it be literally through travel, or by putting myself in entirely new environments I might not come across had it not been for an assignment or a photographic curiosity.

Tell me more about why you chose photography. 

 I was always very interested in magazines growing up and my Dad had a bunch of free subscriptions. I think eventually it turned into an interest in fashion, and because I couldn’t draw or model…photography felt like the natural route.

You've already made your way into shooting for big clients. Who's your dream client and why?

Vanity Fair! To shoot a portrait for their print issue would be a dream. I grew up admiring Annie Leibovitz’s portraits for their issues, some which are in lavish locations with impeccable styling and then there are those which take place in what seem to be everyday environments. Either way, the images they publish always have a cinematic quality and feel very monumental.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

 Being able to support myself during and post-college with a career solely in photography. 

What's your #1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments?

 Every chain of events is meant to be—take rejection with only a grain of salt; keep moving forward.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

 Set boundaries!

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

 Kill with kindness!

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood? 

Moth to the Flame by Chairlift

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

Sending stream of consciousness emails from myself addressed right back to myself…though I hardly ever look at them afterwards! Just sometimes feels good to know it’s written down and has a sort of permanence somewhere.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

 Stevie Nicks, Joan Didion, Kate Winslet, Richard Linklater and Andrea Arnold.

What’s the best piece of advice that you can give to young photographers?

 Don’t define yourself by being “young” but also be willing to do a lot of little gigs as learning experiences and stepping stones to the bigger ones!

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3 words that you want to be remembered by.

 Hardworking, honest, and humble.

What’s the next goal?

 To make more work that creatively satisfies my own interests! And to delve further into cinematography.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

 I hope that my photographs tell a story long after I’m not around and have their own recognizable style!

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Continue to follow Jacqueline's journey:

http://www.jacquelineharriet.com

Instagram + Tumblr + Facebook

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After battling body image issues and eating disorders for half of her life, Jenny Gaither decided to create her own solution. She realized it was difficult to find an organization that truly met the needs of those struggling so she decided to develop her own. The Movemeant Foundation recognizes and addresses the critical needs of our society by developing an innovative, multi-dimensional approach to promoting positive body image, and it is a seamless example of the influential result of "do-ing". Jenny is the Founder & CEO of The Movemeant Foundation and also a wildly talented Senior SoulCycle Instructor. Her story is so organic to People Who Do's mission and we're so proud to be able to feature it here.         

Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

I am a Senior SoulCycle Instructor and the Founder & CEO of Movemeant Foundation - We are a (501c3) nonprofit organization who helps young women feel confident about their bodies by empowering them with the tools to be active. We are a community-powered platform that inspires young women through positive mentorship, engaging content about health, nutrition and well-being, and grants that make fitness and physical movement a reality. 

People Who Do focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”? 

Because life is too short and precious to not do the things that make you the happiest. What's the point if you are not enjoying the ride and shining your brightest every day?

Why did you decide to create The Movemeant Foundation?

After battling body image issues and eating disorders for half of my life, at 22 years old, I went searching for an organization that could help me build self-confidence and strength again. At the time I couldn't find a community that felt genuinely approachable and relatable with the resources I was looking for; Which was a community-powered platform that inspires young women through positive mentorship, engaging content about health, nutrition and well-being, and grants that make fitness and physical movement a reality. So, I decided to create a platform where all women who are battling the daily pressures from our society to be thin and "perfect", can focus on all of the other incredible parts of themselves. It was my goal to show women another standard of beauty...one that has no standards at all.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

I am proud of Movemeant Foundation's annual charity fitness campaign called Dare to Bare. The idea stemmed from one of my deepest insecurities/fears of revealing my belly jelly" while wearing a sports bra in a group fitness class. The campaign is about getting over your own personal insecurities, similar to my belly jelly", and pushing past the things that hold us back. Our bodies should be celebrated, regardless of where we are at in our journey. Through Dare to Bare, thousands of women have been inspired and motivated to be body positive and have been given the resources to continue forward on a their journey toward self-acceptance and love. 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

"Your biggest breakdowns lead you to your biggest breakthroughs." 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

Trust where you are at in your journey. It's where you are supposed to be. 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever? 

Always listen and trust your gut. 

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood and what are some of the ways that you relieve stress? 

My go-to song changes daily. BUT, right now my song is Roses feat. Rozes by The Chainsmokers. I relieve stress through mediation, dance parties, and hanging out with my people who make me laugh and support me no matter what.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

Post-its. I write down notes of inspiration on post-its all over my apartment. The best is when you lose one and find it right when you need it most.

You lead such an amazing, positive, and forward-thinking project. What’s the biggest thrill that you get from it?

 The biggest thrill is proving to yourself that you are capable of anything you are willing to invest your heart and soul into. Taking risks and the necessary leaps to get you closer to your end goal gets easier the more you do it. But, the thrill of accomplishing something never gets old! With an incredible team and community of supporters by my side, in less than a year we've managed to raise half a million dollars for Movemeant's financial grant program. When I founded Movemeant nine months ago I never thought that was possible. 

The Movemeant Foundation/Dare to Bare focuses so much on positive self-esteem. Why would you say positive self-esteem is such a huge part of being able to “do”?

You need to be confident in yourself and in your choices to be able to "do" anything outside of your comfort zone. And at the end of our comfort zone is where a very fulfilling life begins.

What would be your advice for those struggling with body image issues?

You are not alone. Surround yourself with a community of people who value, appreciate, and respect everything about you- The good, the challenging, the real, and the raw. Sometimes it takes someone else to see something special in you before you can see it yourself. Lastly, find a physical activity and a teacher or mentor who makes you feel powerful, strong, and unstoppable. Refer back to your teacher's influential words when the negative self-talk gets louder. Prove to yourself that you are worth it and are in control by completing something that is challenging for you, like a 5 mile run, cycling for 45 minutes, or learning how to surf.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

Ellen Degeneres, Oprah, Jessica Alba, Michelle Obama, and Jimmy Fallon because I am very inspired by all of these women, I wish I could marry that man, and I want to have a lip sync battle with all of them. Cue up Jay Z's 99 problems, please.

3 words that you want to be remembered by.

Impactful. Altruistic. Courageous.

What’s the next goal? 

My next goal for MVMT is to make foundational, nationwide change and to bring awareness to our mission through a vibrant partnership with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. My personal goal is to talk about MVMT on The Ellen show. The world needs to know of the impact we are making and I also need a morning dance party with Ellen. 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

I hope to be remembered for making long-term, systemic change in our social system where girls are more revered for their brains and not their beauty. For their boldness and bravery, and not their bodies. This could manifest in a variety of different forms from our ability to re-instutite physical education programs in schools for whom budgets for these types of programming have been cut to uncovering local heroes who are thanklessly supporting young women who are suffering from the mental and physical consequences of inactivity.

Continue to follow Jenny and The Movemeant Foundation's journey:

The Movemeant Foundation

Instagram + Twitter + Facebook



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You and I both know that there is a certain soulfulness to do-ing; Raycee Jones, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, demonstrates this oh-so-well. Her immense talent as a skilled vocalist + writer, paired with her knowingness to embrace forward motion is a match made in People Who Do heaven. We're so excited to share her story, talent, and reasons for do-ing. 

Name: Raycee Jones

Occupations, affiliations, and projects: Singer-songwriter

People Who Do focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?

It's important to me in the same way that water is important to me - because I need it. Without doing, there is nothing, there is no life. And I don't know how to be nothing, I don't know how to NOT live. My whole family is like that, too. We are independent "do-ers". It's in our blood. I keep my mind in a constant state of motion. I tend to analyze everything and try to understand my surroundings. Plus, I know if I want something done, I gotta do it myself. This constant flow of thought, paired with my determination leads to something more than just talking about it. Taking the next step; doing it. Since I was raised thinking this way, actually "doing" is an after thought, it has become a reflex.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

 I am most proud of myself for creating myself. I think one of the scariest things in life is to sit with yourself and discover who you are. It can be a beautiful journey though, if you see it through. I spent the last year recording and writing a completely new sound; I discovered who I am, where my voice wants to take me and it allowed my songwriting to flow freely in ways I have never explored before. I wrote a ton just by going into the vocal booth and improvising over tracks, with the guidance of my god-sent-producer-turned-buddy, Robert Lux. It has been therapy. To bring that to an audience is very terrifying. The desire for them to enjoy it, especially when it's pop music, can be overwhelming. To essentially be like, "this is my heart, I hope it makes you feel something!" is an extremely vulnerable state to be in. I'm proud of myself for becoming that vulnerable and taking a leap of faith.

What is your #1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments?

 "What is to give light must endure burning."

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

 That I am capable. There was a point in time that I felt as though I couldn't do things on my own. For some reason, singers have to prove to other musicians that they are worthy of respect, and worthy of the title "musician"; It's a very warped concept. I want to smash that mentality into little, bitty pieces - and I am. I realized this year specifically that I am capable of achieving certain things that others tried to take away from me. Whatever I consider flaws of mine, never can, nor will, define my destiny.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

To check your ego! It's human nature to have an ego, but it's up to you to become aware of it. You have to control your ego, not let it control you. Think: How does your energy affect those around you? Does it make people feel comfortable or uncomfortable? I pride myself on being able to connect with many different types of people. I took a long hard look at myself and my ego, and I learned how to drop it at the door and come to the world with nothing to prove. Humility is freedom from your own driven ego. The closer you get to reaching that equilibrium, the closer you allow yourself to get to others by understanding them more. Therefore, the better the relationships around you become, the brighter you shine, the happier you are, the bigger your dreams become and the more positivity you attract to your being!

Can you describe the thrill you get from being on stage? 

When I'm singing, it's like an adrenaline rush. I hit certain notes and the frequency resonates through my body and at times, can literally make my heart race. Nothing else in the world can thrill me in that way. As for when I'm on stage, I enjoy the idea that it's as though I'm leading a group of people on a journey. It's like we are walking through hallways together unsure of the destination, the only thing we are sure of is the fact that we need to get somewhere. I'm saying, "This way! Follow me!" and the people are following close behind me because they have been waiting to be freed. I aim for my live shows to take people somewhere like that. 

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys. That intro always makes me feel like kicking two doors open and busting into a party like "BOOM, BABY!"

What's your favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration?

The Notepad and Voice Memo apps on my iPhone. I jot words down that I see or hear, even sentences people say to each other. Or I hum melodies into my phone while walking to the subway. Technology is amazing like that; every fleeting creative thought I have I can capture and turn into something more later on.

Who are the top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party?

 Cleopatra, Carl Sagan, Deepak Chopra, Whitney Houston, and Jimmy Fallon.

What advice would you give to those pursuing the same passion?

Two things: Your art is valid. Your purpose is valid. Not only can no one take this gift away from you, but the world needs more of it! And lastly, It's important to embrace discomfort because nothing grows in your comfort zone. People think just because I am happy that I am comfortable. When it's the opposite. Life as an artist is unstable, society doesn't nurture arts or those that dream. You must create your own path because nobody else can or will. But, I have found stability in the discomfort - it means I am still growing. 

What are 3 words that you want to be remembered by?

 Bold, Compassionate, Real. 

What’s the next goal?

To survive and to remain happy. 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

Someday I want to be an old woman that still wears red lipstick and fringe jackets, sitting in a big velvet chair, telling stories of the rich life I had. I hope to leave a legacy that truly demonstrates that life is meant to be lived, and that it should be shared with people. Laughs should be hearty, tears should flow freely, nights should last until morning, we should fall in love with ourselves every day and keep our hearts open for beautiful people to come and teach us new things. I want to carry those ideas and embody that mentality so others look back and say, "She inspired me to be free."

Continue to follow Raycee's journey:

http://www.rayceejones.com

Instagram + Twitter + Facebook



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It's safe to say that People Who Do is all about the story. We commend ones that are uncommon and celebrate those that aren't linear. We acknowledge that the best kind include (a good amount of) failure and an attitude that's able to honor that. Minaa B of Respect Your Struggle couldn't agree more. A true do-er, Minaa took a problem and created her own solution. While battling with career choices, her father's death, and mental health issues, she felt it was necessary to start a conversation around owning who we are and the stories that we tell. We got to meet up in a quiet section of Soho to talk more and revel in respecting our own struggles.With nothing short of a personality that was like magic, she tells me her story as the next feature for People Who Do.

Name: Jessmina Archbold, better known as Minaa B 

Occupations, affiliations, and projects: Social Worker, Entrepreneur, CEO + Founder of Respect Your Struggle 

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?

I believe that evolving as a person revolves around “doing.” There is no need to over think the process. If I don’t allow myself to experience my journey- then I believe I will never see my passions and ideas come to life without initially planting that seed and tending to my desires. 

Tell me more about why it was important for you to create “Respect Your Struggle”?

 I was at a point in my life where I was struggling (no pun intended) with my career choices, my fathers death, and mental health issues. I grew up with a perfectionist mentality and I began to feel as if these issues were deteriorating my sense of self. I began feeling like a failure and I belittled myself for making the slightest mistakes no matter the situation. My imperfections made me feel like I was crazy, but I knew I couldn’t be the only person in the world going through the struggle. I had to remind myself that my struggles do not dictate the process of my evolution- and I felt it was important and necessary to start a conversation around owning who we are and our stories. So as a writer, I decided to start talking about my journey and that is how Respect Your Struggle was birthed, and it has molded and shaped me into being a better person simply by focusing on not aiming to be a perfect person. 

I love the openness that your online platform gives to a topic that society usually tries to conceal or be ashamed of. Do you see that as one of your projects’ strengths?

 I do. As a woman who works within the online publication industry I find that many companies are focused on gossip related content and highlighting irrelevant news that does not offer people insight and empowerment in their everyday life. I find it important to focus on how people can better their lives and nurture their growth- and that involves learning how to be the narrator of our stories without shame, guilt, self-condemnation or regret. And I believe that everyone makes it a priority to grow in life, which is why I see that as strength for my project. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

 Founding Respect Your Struggle- this process involved a lot of fear, worry and doubt, but I am proud of myself for overcoming my own personal struggles and I believed in myself enough to get started on my passion. I am also proud of myself for becoming the woman that I am today- I am no longer forcing myself to follow the rhythms of the world and owning my identity is thus far the greatest choice I have ever made. 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

 Your struggles don’t define you; they equip you for the journey. 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

 Don’t be afraid to fail, and if I do, failure never killed anybody- so keep going! 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

 Not to beat myself up over negative people and their negative opinions. Tune them out and continue to enjoy my journey. 

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 Right now it’s either Alessia Cara – Here, or Don’t Listen to Me by Propaganda. 

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

 Writing in my journal and using my voice recorder on my iPhone. 

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

 Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Oprah, Bradley Cooper, and Propaganda. 

What advice would you give to those struggling, at any level, right now?

 Remember not to get caught up in “feelings.” How you feel does not define who you are- nor does it determine the outcome of your situations. I’ve felt horrible about a lot of the things that I have experienced in life, but if I led my life based on how I “felt” I would be stagnant, stressed, and would have never tried to accomplish any of my dreams or overcome any of my struggles. 

3 words that you want to be remembered by.

 Loving, Fearless, and Passionate 

What’s the next goal?

 We are working on putting together events here in NYC such as workshops revolved around personal development as well as informative sessions to empower and inspire individuals. We are also growing in other avenues but this has been the main focus. 

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By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

 I want be remembered as a person who lived without shame, who made it a priority to put others first, and lived fiercely and passionately through life. I enjoy connecting with people of all levels and I want people to know me as someone who lived a courageous, risk taking, fearless life.

Continue to follow Minaa's journey:

http://respectyourstruggle.com

Instagram + Twitter + Facebook

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Lade Ademu-John is not afraid to figure it out. His solid focus on searching for what it was he wanted to do allowed him to eventually create his website, Take it Easy Tiger, which merges his love of photography with everyone's love of food. People Who Do is so happy to have him as he tells us why he does, what keeps him going, and how he's kind of the king of the two-step.  

Name. 

Lade’ Ademu-John 

Occupations, affiliations, and projects. 

Photographer, Blogger, Food Stylist, Motivator. Creative Director at Take It Easy Tiger, Food and Street Photographer. 

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?

  I believe that doing provides energy and energy is important. Without energy there wouldn’t be any life. "Do-ing" allows you to connect and spread energy with others forming relationships and experiences. This is one of reasons why we have family, close friends, and people who we associate ourselves with. "Do-ing" allows us to get involved, explore and discover ourselves. The more we do, the greater chance we have to make the world a better place. Personally, "do-ing" allows me to connect and learn from others. It’s important to me because I enjoy to help motivate, inspire and/or encourage others who may be needing a boost in their lives. It's doing something positive that can change someone’s life in a way you can’t even imagine.

Tell me more about the “do-ing” process behind the launch of Take it Easy Tiger and how it was created.

Take It Easy Tiger started by accident originating as a way to fill a void. At the time, I was lost and contemplating suicide. It was a rough time for me with my grandparents dying and simply being mad at just about everything in my life. While consulting with a good friend of mine, Roberto C. Madruga, he told me "Take It Easy Tiger" and that everything would be alright. The idea started off with photographing stylish people around New York and documenting their stories, but within a year into it I still felt lost almost as if I was trying to force something to happen. 

This lead me to research "how do you find your passion and purpose", which was a pretty interesting journey for me looking back at it. I would spend hours reading books, articles and asking family to help me with this process. One common answer was to pick a hobby you’ve been doing your whole life, one that brings you joy no matter how you felt. Another was to write ten hobbies down and cross out 9 of those answers of course being honest with yourself. Both answers lead to cooking, so I decided to switch the blog from fashion to food but keep the name and documenting format. 

I love the mesh of food with storytelling and art. It’s another level of hungry. What are your goals for the site? 

The sole purpose of the site is to document why people love food. Other goals include documenting and contributing to the cause, World Hunger. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of? 

If I had to pick one, it would be the one that taught me the most. In 2003 I started a clothing line that almost got sued by Ralph Lauren. It was my first business, my "baby" most would say. I put a lot into that business and had to shut it down towards the end of my college years. I learned a lot about trademarks, copywriting, design, business, law, websites, doing business with retail stores, marketing and more all at a young age. Yeah, the cost to set up and close might have been a lot, however the experiences was priceless. 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

For me, its always prayer! 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

How to grow, within. It’s funny how we make yearly resolutions or goals, we have all of these ideas, but then life just happens. For me I believe that being an artist will have you feeling like this from time to time. Early within this year I was figuring out my passion and how I was going to apply it to my purpose. I found this process being difficult and possibly the hardest things I’ve had to do all year. I was doing things that didn’t feel right to me, inside I wasn’t happy, some may call this process “soul searching”. I was working for companies that didn’t bring me joy and surrounding myself with people who didn't have my best interest, so it was a lot of figuring it on my own. Sitting alone, meditating, exercising, reading, worshipping was key in this process. 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

 Outside of all of your issues, problems, trials and errors...if you are alive, living, and well, then life is good. Keep it simple. 

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 Oh man, that’s a tough one! I don’t have that one go-to song however about two years ago I started listening to a DJ named Ja Big. He plays mostly House, Techno and Alternative which has helped put me in a good mood. Also, Foreign Exchange, you can’t forget about the Foreign Exchange. Outside of that the range varies from a Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Blu & Exile, Dela, Joey Badass, Logic, Oddisee, J-Dilla, to Marissa Guzman, Candy Dulfer, George Benson, Sade, Grover Washington Jr, and more. It all depends on the day. 

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

 Facebook, hands down!

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

 My grandfather Clarence - I never got the chance to meet him but I know he was great man. Maya Angelou, as she was not only was she one of the deepest people on earth but she was also a great cook. Sade, her beauty is flawless both mentally and physically. Jesus, I would love to see him turn water into wine, and Will Smith, since I admire his will and dedication so much. 

What advice would you give to those pursuing the same passion?

 Never give up! The first step to success in any shape or form is believing in yourself. Never be afraid to ask for help and try to eliminate or find the source of your fears. Fears really stop people from getting what they want. People would be amazed at how much fearing actually affects their every day life. 

3 words that you want to be remembered by.

 Driven, Caring, Passionate. 

What’s the next goal?

 There’s always a rap sheet of things to-do; Re-launch my food site and complete the 100 recipe to-do list I have. 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

 When it’s all said and done, I want my legacy to be one that's inspiring. I always want to be remembered as one who made their dreams come true but always took the time to push and inspire people to follow their own. One who never gave up no matter how hard his circumstances were, who traveled the world not only for pleasure but to help serve others, to contribute to World Hunger, and to be an overall good human. Creative, loved, food, family, and God follows suit. Oh and who was also funny and the king of the two-step.   

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Jessie Artigue is, by nature, a do-er. As she puts it, her drive to keep creating is something she proudly can't ignore. She's at the helm of several creative projects within the digital space and is continuously adding action to thought; Uh, something we tend to love here. Jessie is a Lifestyle Expert at Style + Pepper, Pod-Cast Co-Host for Marriage is Funny, and Mentor at Pepperologie. She's our next "do-er" as a part of our collaboration with Create + Cultivate - Learn her story, best advice, and goals below.  

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Occupations, affiliations, and projects.

 Lifestyle Expert at Style + Pepper, Podcast Co-host at Marriage is Funny, Mentor at Pepperologie.com.

“People Who Do + Create & Cultivate” focus on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do and create”?

 I’ve always been someone who had a hard time sitting still. Once I realized that I could harness that energy to pursue a career doing things that I love, it was like a lightbulb went off and I have hardly slowed down since. The drive to keep moving and keep creating is something that I just can’t ignore, and has become a part of my identity that I can’t imagine life without.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?

 I think this would have been a tough question to answer a few months ago. I used to feel like I had to list a fancy national news appearance or brand partnership, but ever since launching Marriage is Funny earlier this summer — I can honestly say that it is my absolute best work. I am so proud and honored by how well it has been received so far, and working with my husband has changed me in ways that I could never have expected. It is incredibly humbling to hear the generous feedback from listeners who tell us that the show makes them feel like a better partner — Encouraging people to love each other well is the best possible accomplishment I can think of.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments.

 I tend to skip the mantras and head straight to the prayers. Always helps me to remember that I’m not alone, and that everything belongs. (Even the rough patches.) 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?

 I’m continually learning that I’d rather be known for my warmth than my strong-will.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?

 Trust steadily, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?

 Janelle Monae, Electric Lady. 

What are some of the ways that you relieve stress?

Whipping up healthy meals in my kitchen and working out are both sure fire ways to calm me down. Running, pilates + power flow yoga are my Rx.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration.

 Give me a decent seat on an airplane and a stack of old-fashion magazines and I’m a happy gal.

You lead such amazingly creative and forward-thinking projects that focuses on the digital space. What’s the biggest thrill that you get from them?

 The brainstorming process is usually my favorite part! I love balancing client goals with our own strategic offerings, and the dynamic nature of the digital space makes for SO many exciting opportunities. 

What is one thing that is so satisfying in your career that you wouldn't be able to do if you had chosen another career path?

 The ability to have a flexible schedule is something that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up. 

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party.

 Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and my husband Gerard.

3 words that you want to be remembered by.

 Faithful. Generous. Free-spirited.

What’s the next goal?

 Carving out a new normal in Southern CA, and continuing to daydream about a TV version of our podcast!

What advice would you give to someone who's trying to follow in your career path?

 Don’t start a blog as a full-time source of income. Use it as a portfolio, embrace it as a fun side-project, and diversify your revenue streams. 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?

 I love daydreaming about the future, but I’m more a live-in-the-moment kind of gal. The three words from earlier pretty much sums this question up for me, though!

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Jaclyn Johnson is a writer turned blogger/CEO/conference creator/event planner extraordinaire. She is the creator of the digital marketing, influencer, and events agency, (NO SUBJECT), and the conference, Create + Cultivate, named as a "must attend" for women by sites such as Refinery29, The Zoe Report, and Who What Wear. She recently was named Forbes 30 under 30 for marketing and advertising and has been featured as A Woman of Note by The Wall Street Journal. People Who Do is so excited to kick off this collaboration with Create + Cultivate with Jaclyn's story where she gives us her best insight for "do-ing".

Name: Jaclyn Johnson

Occupations, affiliations, and projects: Founder of (No Subject), Creator of Create & Cultivate.

“People Who Do” & Create + Cultivate focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: I am big fan of starting by starting. I think way too many people get hung up on the details and psych themselves out of whatever it is they are looking to pursue. I say go, and do.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: Definitely being part of Forbes 30 under 30 2015 class has been amazing.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: It’s all temporary. I can get really stressed over client work or a fire we need to put out but the reality is it’s all temporary things that aren’t nearly as important as health, family and friends.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: Hard work pays off.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: Definitely the hard way but “get it in writing”.

What's your go to song to put you in a better mood?: My music tastes are always changing but right now I have the new Jamie XX on repeat.

Favorite method for logging any kind of inspiration: I absolutely love pinterest! It’s a vault of visual inspiration.

You lead such amazingly creative and forward thinking projects that focuses on the digital space. What’s the biggest thrill that you get from them?: Definitely seeing our client’s succeed. We really put our heart and soul into campaigns so when they are successful it’s truly a thrill.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: Joan Rivers, Hillary Clinton, Nicole Richie, Oprah, and Ryan Gosling because, why not?

3 words that you want to be remembered by: Successful. Humble. Loved.

What are some of the ways that you relieve stress?Exercise— it’s truly my therapy! I always try to make room for a hike or a spin class.

What is one thing that is so satisfying in your career that you wouldn't be able to do if you had chosen another career path?: I get to make my vision come to life— it’s so satisfying to dream something up and then actually see it come to life!

What advice would you give to someone who's trying to follow in your career path?: Ah! I would say foster your relationships. No one really teaches that to you in college, but your relationships are truly the key to success.

What’s the next goal?: We are really growing the Create & Cultivate brand this year so that is our focus and so far it’s been a real blast!

By " do-ing",you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: Of course with style and grace but I hope people remember me as a connector, someone who brought people together whether over a cool project or a beautiful dinner. I really enjoy bridging the gaps and bringing people closer.

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Name: Christopher Michael Beer

Occupations, affiliations and projects: Producer, Director, Editor, Godzilla Enthusiast. I typically make branded content (so, like, 'mini commercials for the internet'), music videos, and narrative shorts. I just launched a new site that has all my best work neatly presented: cmbeer.com

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?:  I am not content to simply exist - I want to live life at the top of my lungs, riding a dinosaur into the sunset, a chainsaw in one arm, and a flaming axe in the other. Metaphorically speaking. Or literally, that works too.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?:  I have some recent-ish things I'm incredibly proud of: The first music video I ever directed premiered as the #1 hot pick on MTV, and within the last year I created a soft-scripted comedy series for Refinery29 that's really taken off.  But just after I graduated college, I made a very low-budget feature centered around LGBT rights, which ended up being screened as part of Twin Cities Pride.  An audience member came up to me afterwards to tell me that the film had actually affected her so much that she was rethinking her conservative stance on the subject.  Stuff like that is the raison d'etre; to make an emotional connection with someone using my work as a bridge....I'm also pretty proud of the fact that I won a piece of dinosaur bone by answering paleontology trivia at age 4.  

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: To quote my mom, ''Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke."

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: My landlord is like one of those wise supporting characters in a coming-of-age novel. He told me, almost out of nowhere, 'when presented with an offer or opportunity you might not be sure of, don't say 'no'...say ''I'll think about it.'' ' 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: 'Turning the other cheek' is the biggest piece of bullshit ever; there is nothing wrong with cutting people out of your life if they're affecting you in a negative way. Approach the world with optimism, but if someone is actively trying to cause harm (of whatever kind) to you or others, they don't deserve your respect or your attention. Let them wilt.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: Lately, 'Dimed Out' by Titus Andronicus has been lifting me up just dandy.

What’s the next goal?: I have a 'to do list' filled with passion projects that I would like to have completed by the end of 2015 - including some feature length scripts, a youtube channel to house all the random ideas in my head, and even a novella. The big, practical goal on the horizon is to get out to LA and take a stab at working on some larger productions (my phone is on, RiRi).  

Most recent favorite daydream: Being a featured panel at Comic-Con (this could fall under 'future goal' in some way, as my best friend and I are putting a long-discussed animated series pilot into action).  

What drives you to tell your story through your creative production work?  This isn't going to blow any minds, but: it's my therapy. I've never been one to journal, meditate, or beat up pillows effectively; yet, when I start creating - writing, shooting, editing, what have you - just letting my imagination out to play for a bit, that's when I get through to myself. Whatever is going on in my brain, I let it out in what I make. Even if it's just a beauty tutorial gig I'm doing for a paycheck, there's a piece of me somewhere; it's amazing how much of myself I can work out through just little flourishes in my craft. I started a photo-a-day blog this year (yearofthe-goat.tumblr.com) in order to instill some of this creative discipline on a daily basis, and diarize in a medium more stimulating than text.  

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: John Waters, Miranda July, Gus Van Sant, the resurrected corpse of Shirley Jackson, and Guillermo Del Toro.

3 words you want to be remembered by: 'Destroy All Monsters.' 

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: I've had (and continue to have) some fantastic idols in my life who, through their work or their words, inspired me to take the first steps and push me to continue the walk uphill. If I could be that inspiration for someone else, I would consider it a life very well spent. 

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Name: Erika Shannon Hathaway

Occupations, affiliations, and projects: Co-Founder of MoreToCreate Productions, Creator of Don’t Dodge the Dance CallSoulCycle Instructor.

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: First question is a loaded one! I think “doing” became a theme really early in my life because of my mom. My dad left when I was 8 years old, and I watched her DO as a single mom - I saw her determination and strength as she forged ahead with three kids to nurture, pretty much by herself. She taught me that there is power in taking action on your own. I remember her making me call my Catholic school principal once (a hardcore nun) to request an early dismissal. I was so terrified, and mad at her for not doing it for me, but that lesson stuck with me. These days the importance of “doing” has a lot to do with my belief that what you give is what you get. You do your best, you get the best. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: Booking my dream show. I had left the musical theatre world for several years, and through a magical chain of events way too long for this site, I found myself going for it again in my early 30s. ROCK OF AGES was playing Off-Broadway, and I saw it and immediately knew I had to be in it. I auditioned so many times over the course of two years. I took feedback from the casting director, I got a new voice teacher (who later became my great friend and is now my business partner), I worked so hard, I prayed, I manifested. And one Friday I got out of the shower to a message from my agent telling me I had booked the Broadway first national tour. It was the best performing experience of my life, and I met some of my dearest friends. Booking ROA was a direct result of DOING and manifesting, for sure.

Becoming a mom. My daughter, man. She is my world. I know it sounds trite, but you cannot possibly know your capacity to love until you have a child. It is HARD and it’s very scary, and you make a lot of sacrifices. I mean a LOT. But I’m so proud to be Anna’s mom and I know I’m doing my very best to raise her to become a loving, joyful human. So far so good!

Buying a house. When you live in NYC, stuffing your life into tiny overpriced rental apartments is the norm, and it takes a while to build up that nest egg. But I’m a suburban girl at heart, and I’ve always dreamed of owning my own home. When my husband and I bought our house last year I felt like I was on top of the world. I love it so much. I really feel like I’m starting to create the life I love, one step at a time.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: Everything is temporary, or (along the same theme), “The darkest hour is only 60 minutes long.” I’ve been through - and survived - being at the World Trade Center on September 11, divorce, loss, health scares, and bigtime setbacks. The idea that it HAS to get better at some point really does get me through. And helps me be okay with giving into the moment, letting it be dark, knowing it will pass.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: I’ve learned that I don’t have to be in NYC to be a major influencer, mover, and shaker. Since moving to the suburbs last summer, I’ve really found my home out here. I love teaching at the Short Hills SoulCycle, I have taken my business almost completely online, and I have more time to spend with my family. And it’s so quiet here. And I have a car. And space to create. I do go into the city once a week to teach, and I am surprised with how I’m becoming less and less attached to the city energy. I still like it, but I don’t define myself by it. 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: I have two - "If it feels good, it’s usually right. If it doesn’t feel good, there’s something better out there for you." This year my business partner and I decided to completely revamp our company. We had built a business coaching high school kids on their auditions for college musical theatre programs, but we weren’t into it. We didn’t like chasing the kids down, and we were spending way too much time coddling the parents, which was not our dream. We also didn’t like the one on one coaching model, because we’ve always wanted to help as many people as possible. When Tom and I created Don’t Dodge the Dance Call together, it excited us both because not only do we geek out creating online content, but we LOVED being in the studio together and creating programs that will help not just one person at a time, but an infinite number of people. So we trashed the college prep thing and built MoreToCreate Productions, a coaching and production house specializing in (but not limited to) digital content for the performing arts community. It’s so new, our website isn’t even up yet, but we’re already in business, and it feels SO RIGHT and is happening so FAST. We are happier and more excited now than we have been for the past two years of working together. The lesson, I suppose, is that failure isn’t necessarily failure. Our initial business just wasn’t for us. And thanks to clear communication and a solid relationship, we were able to be courageous and move on.

"It’s okay to ask for help." I have an entire team of people who help me in my life. I have a life coach, a massage therapist, a mentor, a kickass mom, an assistant, and a whole slew of freelancers who do the stuff I don’t do well. I want to spend my time doing what I know best, and leave the rest to the experts. My business partner and I know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we work together accordingly. My husband and I navigate our relationship and our home this way. You truly don’t have to do it all. You just have to know how to do YOU, and outsource the rest.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: “Conceited” by Remy Ma. The dirty version. It’s my favorite song of all time. “I’m sorry but I’m sexy, and all I want you to do is just bless me!” WORD. Basically, I love dirty hip hop. It makes me happy.

You’re a bad-a$$ SoulCycle instructor! What’s your favorite thing about teaching?: I love watching my riders grow and get stronger. I love that moment when I see a rider who has been hanging out in the back row for a few months book a bike in the second row or even front row. I love trying to find ways to get them to push themselves, and watching them have a breakthrough. Most of all, I love getting to know them. SoulCycle is a tight knit community, and I feel it so much, especially in Short Hills. It’s not just about the ride, it’s about movement, about pushing your edge, about feeling how you need to feel in a dark room and knowing you’re not alone. If people can feel a change in perspective as a result of moving their bodies, that’s my crack. I live for it.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: Sara Bareilles because she’s freaking hilarious and uber talented and just seems like an awesome person to hang out with. George RR Martin because I want to know what happens in the next Game of Thrones book and he’s taking too damn long to write it (and also, he’s from Jersey, which I find fascinating). Dan Harris because I love his book, 10% Happier. Chita Rivera because she’s Chita freaking Rivera. And Bridget Everett. Because that girl can party.

3 words you want to be remembered by: Quality. Integrity. Passion.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: I want to be remembered as the woman who helped people find confidence through movement. Whether it’s through dancing, or riding a bike, or downloading a program I produce, I just want to know that my work was a catalyst for them to achieve their dream. The union card, the Broadway gig, the golden moment of self acceptance and loving yourself right now in your current state.

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Name: Aubrie Sue Dodge

Occupations, affiliations and projects: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Advocate, Social Justice Promoter.

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: For me, “doing” is all about making every effort to create positive and lasting change. Whether that’s in another person’s life or my own, I’ve made change toward wellbeing part of my personal and professional narrative. In terms of my career in social work, helping those in need stems from a staunch belief that human beings are innately good, and that we only want what is best for ourselves and for the community of people surrounding us. Protecting, encouraging, and promoting the worth and dignity of every person is at the forefront of my work. Two years of service with AmeriCorps and countless hours spent volunteering at local food banks, homeless shelters, community centers and various nonprofit organizations have all reinforced the utter importance of values consecrated into action to encourage wellbeing and enhance quality of life. My work has taught me that the power of human relationships can be truly transformative. I have been incredibly fortunate to meet so many wonderful people on my journey so far. “Doing” is just one small part of a much bigger parallel process of growth and discovery. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: Traveling, starting my MSW, and maintaining relationships with the many amazing people in my life.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: "If you fear it a little, it’s probably good for you." The coolest stuff we do usually involves taking some kind of risk. 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: Have trust in the process. You can only know the next right move, so there’s no point in sweating the big picture. 

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: I had an amazing supervisor for my first year of Field Practicum. Whenever I sought guidance from her regarding dilemmas I was experiencing both personally and professionally, as a beginning social worker, she would remind me of this: There are two kinds of mistakes that we can make in life, those of the head and those of the heart. As long as you don’t make mistakes of the heart, you’ll be fine.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: Oh boy…so manyRight now it’s Chet Faker – “1998”. Some other mood-changers are Jay-Z – “I Just Wanna Love U”, Bob Marley – “Could You Be Loved”, Fugees – “Killing Me Softly”, Rage Against the Machine – “Killing in the Name” and Don McLean – “American Pie” because my family has a strange tradition of singing it (off-key) together every summer on the beach.

You recently returned from a Habitat for Humanity trip in Costa Rica. Tell me more about that! What was your favorite part?: I’ll be honest, this question feels nearly impossible to answer. Myself and 13 other volunteers from around the US set out to complete phase 1 of a Habitat Global Village home. The group (who hadn’t met until we landed in Costa Rica) worked so well together that we were 1.5 days ahead of the build schedule. This allowed for plenty of time to immerse ourselves in the culture and cultivate more meaningful relationships with the partner family and community there. Suffice it to say that this trip was truly incredible – from the beauty of the country to the wonderful people I was fortunate enough to meet along the way, my heart is filled with such gratitude for having experienced the entire thing. 

What is one dream project you would love to put into action?: I’ve always wanted to open an environmentally and socially responsible coffee shop. I wish I could say more about this, but I’m still working on the business plan.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: My Nana, Will Ferrell, Martin Luther King, Jr, Lena Dunham, Pope Francis.

3 words you want to be remembered by: Live for Each Other ("for" is barely a word, right?)

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: I always struggle with the gravity of this question. It came up a lot in my years with AmeriCorps and persists now, in graduate school and in other personal endeavors. What do we want to leave behind? How do we want to be remembered? What will our legacy be? At this point, I just want to be remembered for making an effort. In a world where injustices such as poverty, inequality, and oppression seem to be inevitable, so many of us end up accepting this as reality instead of fighting for what we know could be better. We have a thing in social work school where we celebrate even the smallest of victories. If we set out to change the world, we’ll all be highly disappointed by the results. But, if we stop to recognize and appreciate the progress that can be made, that’s at least a step in the right direction. I guess I want to be remembered for trying to take many small steps in the right direction.

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Steph

Name: Stephanie Somogyi Miller

Occupations, affiliations and projects: Principal of Spread and Hamilgold. Effectively I'm a connector. I spend most of my time making sure people connect with who they need to meet and focus on helping them accomplish their public relations and marketing goals. I've also assumed this role in my personal life. I love to bring people together, to see new friendships form and to be a part of it. I find I’m usually the “glue". With regards to different projects, I'm a serial entrepreneur. I’m sure Tyler would agree when I say we are ALWAYS coming up with new business ideas. There are a few ideas brewing…if only there was more time in the day!

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: I’m always thinking, my mind races. I wish my brain would take a little vacay sometimes but I've come to the conclusion that that's not my path. So for me, making sure that my clients, family and friends are in a good place makes "doing" all the time worth it. I have a passion for really knowing and understanding people; for discovering different perspectives and seeing how a change of perspective can create a shift. I love what I do for work, but if I had more time, my choice of "doing" would not revolve around working with people who already "have" rather I'd spend my time helping those who don't possess the knowledge or means they need to get where they want to go. And do it through compassion and understanding. 

 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: Man...I'm so damn proud I've kept my kids alive for 4 years! Ha! Being a mom to twin girls is hard! They are not easy little people! But I love them so much. I'm also very proud of my relationship with my husband. He is a good man, and together we have an effortlessness that I think is rare. He is kind and patient. He has a way of making me feel whole in a way no one else can. I knew I was going to marry him on our first date and I'm proud I was able to convince him to marry me. I'm also proud of my business and what we do. It's still funny to think that we've been growing this for 12 years...Holy crap I'm old! I started at 22 with a cell phone and a fax line (yep you heard me...FAX machine). 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: "Nothing great is ever achieved without great risk." This has been the foundation on which I've built my career. It serves as a constant reminder/kick in the ass that I can't allow myself to get too comfortable and to keep pushing. I also spend a lot of time reflecting on a quote I have in my office. Probably because I stare at it all day, but boy does it make me think. "The trouble is, you think you have time". I reflect on this in joy and sadness. I find so much strength in those words. I love really hard and I try to make sure that I use my time here wisely. I never want to take that time for granted. 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: I am capable of real change.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: I grew up surrounded with the philosophy that you can only really trust your family, but I think that viewpoint is flawed. The best lesson was realizing the friends you make along your journey are just as important and can influence you in ways your family never can. That's not to say my family isn't super important! (I can already see my moms face.)

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: With or Without You - U2, Into the mystic - Van Morisson, Fields of Gold - Sting, Stolen Away - Dave Matthews Band, Redemption Song - Bob Marley, Alone - Heart, Cascades of Color - Ananda Project, Wicked Game -Chris Isaak, Nessun Dorma - Turandot, I love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett...and really anything from the 80's.

You're a Co-Owner at your own PR/Marketing company. What's your favorite thing about that?: There are so many cool things about being a co-owner. The many incredible people we work with, the group of people who comprise our team that simply kick ass every day and think nothing of it, but my absolute favorite is Tyler. I was given the opportunity, by some miracle, to form this most sincere partnership. I have the highest level of respect and love for Tyler. She is the truest definitions of a work wife. We are full time partners and sometimes it feels as soon as we say good night, we are greeting each other good morning. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: My grandfather I never met, Jon Stewart, Steve Martin, Charlie Hunnam (ok shoot me! Need some eye candy!), Melinda Gates.

3 words you want to be remembered by: Loyal, Compassionate, Fierce.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: I love what we do, but I'm not curing cancer here. I believe that by helping others achieve their goals we leave a lasting impression on their lives and that brings me satisfaction. But when I think about leaving a legacy, I think of my girls. Hopefully they grow up to be compassionate, smart women who set no limitations on their success. That they find joy in whatever path they choose. That they feel supported in those choices. That they pull strength from within during tough moments. And that maybe a little bit of that strength is learned from me. 

 

Tyler

Name: Tyler Hamilton

Occupations, affiliations and projects: Principal, SPREAD…I also occasionally write on my blog "Walk Far Together"…and I have several books at various stages, but who doesn't, right? :)

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: Because I believe that's why we were put here. Human beings are gifted with this amazing capacity to create, to inspire, to love. When we don't do that, we squander that gift. So I try, not always succeeding, to live into that idea. Create something, inspire someone, love unconditionally. If I'm not doing, what am I doing here? Plus, I get bored pretty easily :) Monotony and I are not friends. Doing the same thing all the time makes me crazy, some people like routine and to some extent I do too…for my kids sake if nothing else…but making my days different, experiencing new things, having a project in the works…that's what gets my juices flowing.

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: My family. It's cliché, but they are. I love full out. And that's what my family is all about.

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: Oh boy, my dad was always so good with advice, he and my mom have always been great at talking me through the tough times. We weren't so much the "this too shall pass folks" because we realized that that's not always the case. But that doesn't mean you can't get through it anyway. Which leads me to my mantra I suppose. "Everyone has their own bag of rocks. You can either look at it and describe it or pick it up and move forward." It always reminds me of two things. 1. I am a strong person, I can definitely handle my bag of rocks even if I need to shift it or set it down for a minute. I can always carry it. 2. Everyone has one. I'm not alone. Being in a tough spot is always easier to bear when you realize you aren't alone.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: Ha! How much time do you have? My kids teach me something new everyday. But I guess one of the things I've learned has to do with my health. I was feeling really unhealthy in January. Sluggish, tired, overweight, depressed. And that's not me. Or at least I didn't want it to be. So I decided to make some changes. I took some serious steps – new eating habits, new work out routine, ran in two community races (and I hate to run, or at least I did). I am in such a better place in five short months. So I guess I learned that I'm powerful and I'm an athlete. It should be noted that I am not alone in this. Everyone is powerful and everyone has an inner athlete, they just need to wake up to that reality.

What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: "It's better to be overdressed than underdressed." That's a Dad-ism. The man never wore jeans except for yard work. He was dapper and showed it in everything he did. He and my mom taught me about what real marriage is, how to live life in color, how to put family first…and every time I think of that lesson, of treating everything like an event for which it is worth getting "dressed", I smile because it embodies who my dad was.

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: Oh my gosh, depends on the day. But "Into the Mystic" always makes me dream of the Carolina beaches, which is one of my happy places. I love current stuff that I'll have on my workout mix to get me energized, but that changes with the time. Music that always gets me is often from growing up - "Dancing with Myself", "Life is a Highway", "Come on Eileen", "Livin' on a Prayer", "Just Like Heaven", "Ants Marching" and "Once in a Lifetime" for sure. That just scratches the surface because like most people of my generation, on some level my life has had a soundtrack…part "The Big Chill", part "Grosse Pointe Blank", part "The Breakfast Club", part "Jerry McGuire".

You're a Co-Owner at your own PR/Marketing company. What's your favorite thing about that?: Easy, Steph.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: My Dad, My cousin Dave (both deceased, and both hilarious), Tina Fey, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Five brilliant people who are at once thought provoking, hilarious, articulate and humble. I could just sit and listen.

3 words you want to be remembered by: "She loved unconditionally."

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: That I loved full out. Stuff doesn't matter…it may make you comfortable, but once you get to a certain point, it doesn't matter. What matters at the end of the day is how you love…that's it. So I hope if people remember me, they are reminded to love unconditionally.

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Name: Christina Pearson 

Occupations, affiliations and projects: SoulCycle Instructor, Dancer, Actress.

People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: I must "do" in order to live life fully & without regret. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?:  I am proud to say that I married my best friend and we have been together for 12 years now (married for 4). Two moments that I was so happy I almost burst into a million pieces: July 2003 - getting my Actors Equity card & February 2015 - booking a role on a TV show. On the daily? Any day a rider’s outlook is changed for the better or when they have the best class they’ve ever had. 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: There are so many mantras that lift me up in different ways it is hard to choose just one.  Something I have heard Melanie Griffith, Master Instructor at Soul Cycle, say a thousand times: WALK STRONG TO BE STRONG.  

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: This year I decided to give myself a word - Something I wanted to define who I am and how I would go about getting what I want. I chose the word “relentless.” I decided that I couldn't be as polite (Hello southern girl!) or timid as I have been in the previous 9 years that I have been in NYC. There had to be a new approach to achieving my goals. I have changed the language that I use - no "maybe" or "I hope". One of my riders and I were talking after class and he said, “Chris - don’t hope or wish for something just own it. It’s yours already. Hope is a band-aid for doubt.” It left me speechless - who can argue with that? I got myself a new agent and landed my first co-starring role on The Mysteries of Laura on NBC (which ironically was a role where I had to play a spinning instructor!) Something as simple as eliminating a few “band-aid” words has already had a profound affect on how I act and react to what this city throws at me.

What’s your biggest lesson you’ve ever learned, ever?: It’s trite and definitely not my favorite lesson but one that changed my life - Be with the ones you love AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Say I’m sorry. Say I love you. 

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: Definitely Love On Top by Beyoncé. Scott and I danced to this at our wedding and I attempted the 85 key changes in the song that come with it. 

I swear you work magic at SoulCycle! What’s your favorite thing about instructing? The metamorphosis - In my riders and in myself (since I have been with Soul). I love watching people realize they are athletes. They lose weight (actual weight and emotional) and start to make changes to live a life they don't need a vacation from. I never thought that the things I say could have such an affect on the 60 people in the room. People really listen!

You’re also a performer! What drives you to perform?: Oh man. The high. The escape from reality. It’s exhilarating to feel all eyes on you and have the audience in the palm of your hand. As a dancer - it feels good to communicate without words. 

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: I mean...If you know me…Beyoncé is definitely seated next to me at that dinner table!  My Dad - to ask him all the things I never got to. Bob Fosse -  I love his style and his amazing body of work. Billy Joel - I want to know the stories behind each song. And Prince…because…what is that man hiding behind those glossed lips? And If Prince can’t make it because he is being fabulous somewhere…then 1980’s Eddie Murphy. 

3 words you want to be remembered by: Unstoppable, Kind, and Flawless (a la Beyonce).

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?: I would want to be remembered as a force, one that accomplished my dreams while staying true to who I am and how I was raised.  Strong, Humble, and True.

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Name: Galo Alfredo Naranjo

Occupations, affiliations and projects: Crossfit Coach and creator of The Movement Project.

“People Who Do” focuses on those who excel at moving forward throughout their passions in life, why is it important to you to “do”?: Once I finally gave myself permission to start following my inclinations and start doing (no matter how small the act), I had a vision of what my life could look like. Once I got that glimpse, there was no turning back for me. 

To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?: Looking back, I'm particularly proud that I had the courage to quit my corporate job. Little did I know, quitting was going to be the easy part. It's everything that came after, the inner turmoil that I had to fight through. Formal education never taught me how to develop a sense of emotional intelligence (nor movement intelligence). 

#1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments: "It's all part of the process."

What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far this year?: These past two years have been about unravelling everything I've learned, the previous 25 years, that no longer serves a purpose. It takes a LONG time to remove beliefs that have been implanted in your psyche. Needless to say, this is a constant battle.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever learned, ever?: Piggybacking off of the last question -Taking the time figure out who you are and following your inclinations is definitely a worthwhile and necessary pursuit. 

What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?: A Sky Full Of Stars. Coldplay's my favorite. 

What’s your favorite thing about coaching?: I love the people and being able to deliver different perspectives. I especially like the trust-building process that takes place when working with someone, I realize people are more what they hide than what they show. The more of me I show, the less of them they hide. 

When did you first have the idea for The Movement Project?: Four years ago, while I was still working at my corporate job. I wanted to start something I was passionate about. It has morphed and evolved into many shapes and forms and will continue to. A big lesson I've learned is to never waste time in front of the computer conjuring ideas of what 'this' will look like and what I want my brand to be. That's the reason why I "started" this four years ago, but only in the past year and half I've given myself the permission to go with what feels right and let it evolve.

Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party: Bruce Lee, Leonardo Da Vinci, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Seth Godin, Ido Portal.

What book are you reading currently?: Why Zebra's Don't Get Ulcers, and The Artist's Way.

By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered? I just want to be me and inspire people. That's all.   

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