Drag queen Tony Soto discusses his biggest creative failure and success.
“Everyone’s like, Tony, Why are you so confident that you’re going to succeed? And my response is…someone’s got to.”
While he never thought he'd make a living by doing drag, growing up in rural Illinois, Tony Soto always felt he had a unique voice and point of view that should be shared with the world. His creativity as a drag queen starts exactly where you would expect it. Ya gotta get dolled up baby! After some careful adjustments, he slips on the dress, puts on his makeup, and slides into heels, resulting in a supremely confident 7 foot tall alter ego that can get away with anything she wants to.
Elahe Izadi is a journalist for the Washington Post who uses curiosity to fuel her creativity and fear to catalyze her growth as a writer. Covering pop culture, she writes in an entertaining fashion continuously seeking to explore and reflect the attitudes of society within the greater context of the world.
Ever been stumped by a problem? When all of the potential solutions have been exhausted the people of North Adams, Massachusetts turn to the unique skills of Bill Greenwald. He’s a mechanical engineer, a mushroom grower, a pilot, and an airport manager, but at the heart of all of his talents, he is a problem solver. Whether he’s installing a kitchen sink, helping the local water company remain operational, designing the logistics for a dynamic piece of art, or developing a groundbreaking technique for growing Shiitake mushrooms, Bill’s creativity comes in the form of exploring pragmatic, cost effective, solutions to people’s problems.
One episode for Jeopardy! champion Andrew Lee wasn't enough! Listen to Part 2 of his winning story.
Like most people working in the current Renaissance of tech Andy Lawton's story as a developer started with his involvement in the "Tupac Mp3 Chat Forum", quickly rose to NASA, and now the dating app Tinder. Listen to how his failures in life created a chip on his shoulder that pushed him towards the perfection of his craft.
Katy Haas acts as a filter for which people, events, perspective, research and history pass through to produce relatable human stories that evoke something grander about the experiences of a time, place, and the human condition.
"Persistence and believing in yourself are the things that you have to keep going back to because if you believe in yourself other people are much more likely to believe in you too."
Brandon Wardell is a stand-up comedian who happens to also be very funny on social media. While he cringes at the term "social media personality", Brandon has triumphantly used Twitter as a lunch pad to success in Hollywood. His Comedy Central Snapchat show Hot Takes blends stand up, pop culture, and social media into one cohesive art form, but will he be on social media forever?
Camden Unglesbee isn't your "typical" stylist. Looking at him you might think he just destroyed a hotel room after a sweaty concert in a basement, but in reality he probably performed a delicate cut and color with a gentle shampoo. As fringe culture has seeped into the mainstream creatives like Camden help push us all to be a little more rock n' roll and embrace the coolest version of ourselves.
Voltaire said, "The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease", but sometimes it's also about the chicks, beer, and not taking yourself too seriously. In order to become an excellent surgeon Dr. Silverman labored over his craft for the past decade, however one of his greatest skills is understanding people. Connecting with his patients, through empathy, kindness, and humor is a crucial aspect of Silverman's approach to medicine and improving their quality of life.