Cirque Du Gras

Cirque Du Gras

ENTER THE BOLD, RAMBUNCTIOUS, DELICIOUSLY DARK AND INSPIRING WORLD OF CIRQUE DU GRAS. WHILST IN NEW ORLEANS I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING AND INTERVIEWING FOUR MEMBERS OF THE COLLECTIVE BEHIND CIRCUE DU GRAS: NICK AN OPERA SINGING CLOWN, LINDSAY A MAKEUP AND VISUAL ARTIST, AND DON & MIKE A FILMMAKER AND PHOTOGRAPHER WHO ARE DOCUMENTING THE BEHIND THE SCENES STORY OF THE BIRTH OF A CIRCUS. AMONG MANY THINGS, I LEARNT THAT HAVING A PLAN ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, IF YOU DIVE IN AND SPEND YOUR LIFE EXPERIMENTING AND CREATING NEW EXPERIENCES, NOT ONLY WILL YOU END UP CREATING SOMETHING AMAZING, YOU WILL ALSO FIND YOURSELF LIVING A LIFE THAT LIGHTS YOU UP.

Miguel Danielson

Miguel Danielson

FINDING HIMSELF LIVING BACK IN HIS HOMETOWN OF FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, (A TOWN NOT WELL KNOWN FOR ITS TECHNOLOGY SCENE), MIGUEL, A HIGHLY SKILLED IP AND TECHNOLOGY LAWYER, WANTED TO SUPPORT LOCAL TECH-FOCUSED STARTUPS ON THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS. MIGUEL DEVISED A TWO-PRONGED STRATEGY: CREATE HIS OWN STARTUP, THAT FOCUSES ON ENCOURAGING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS TO BUILD AND DEVELOP THEIR TECH STARTUPS IN FARGO. IN 2014, HE LAUNCHED THE FARGO STARTUP HOUSE; A SELF-FUNDED PROJECT THAT PROVIDES FREE HOUSING AND MENTOR SUPPORT TO APPLICANTS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED. WHILE TALKING WITH MIGUEL, I LEARNED THAT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THE PLACE YOU CURRENTLY LIVE THE COMMUNITY OF YOUR DREAMS, THEN YOU HAVE TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND HELP MAKE IT A REALITY.

Mark Weiler

Mark Weiler

MARK WEILER IS THE FOUNDER OF ECCE : ART & YOGA A TRANSFORMATIVE SPACE IN DOWNTOWN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA. ALTHOUGH IT’S NOT A LABEL MARK WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE HIMSELF I WOULD ARGUE THAT MARK IS ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE MARKETING THINKERS I HAVE MET. TALKING WITH MARK I LEARN HOW BEING A CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE YOU FIND FASCINATING CAN PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR YOUR OWN CREATIVE EXPRESSION.

Jared Hardy & Aaron Hill

Jared Hardy & Aaron Hill

WITH NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN THE BREWING INDUSTRY JARAD AND AARON SET OUT TO LAUNCH NORTH DAKOTA’S FIRST EVER CRAFT BREWERY. QUICKLY REALISING THAT FOUR HEADS CAN BE BETTER THAN TWO THEY PARTNERED WITH BROTHERS CHRIS AND JOHN ANDERSON AND TOGETHER THEY LAUNCHED THE FARGO BREWING COMPANY. INTRODUCING CRAFT BEER TO A COMMUNITY THAT HAD NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF IT WAS NO EASY TASK BUT BY INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY AND TAKING THE UNUSUAL STEP OF COLLABORATING WITH THEIR COMPETITORS THE FARGO BREWING COMPANY IS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW THINKING DIFFERENTLY CAN LEAD TO SUCCESS.

Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen

AT JUST 29 SAM HAS ALREADY FOUNDED A SUCCESSFUL DIGITAL AGENCY ONE DESIGN COMPANY; SET UP AN ART AND DESIGN COLLABORATIVE THE POST FAMILY; CREATED, MANAGED AND SOLD CHICAGO’S FIRST EVER CO-WORKING SPACE THE COOP; AND HAS DEVELOPED A NEW PRODUCT CALLED DESKTIME THAT CONNECTS OWNERS OF SPACES WITH THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO WORK. DURING OUR CONVERSATION I LEARN THE VALUE IN BRIDGING A GAP AND DISCOVER HOW SEEKING VALUE FROM ALL YOUR EXPERIENCES AND BUILDING SINCERE RELATIONSHIPS CAN HELP YOU TO CONTINUE TO CREATE THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES AND THE BAD.

Ben Skoda

Ben Skoda

BEN SKODA SET UP CHICAGO BASED CO-WORKING SPACE WORKSHOP AFTER A CAREER SPANNING ROLES AS VARIED AS A CHURCH YOUTH WORKER, A TEACHER AND MOST RECENTLY A SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER. A CONSISTENT THEME SPANNING ALL HIS ROLES HAS BEEN CONNECTING AND EMPOWERING PEOPLE. IN OUR CONVERSATION WE EXPLORE BEN’S PEOPLE FIRST APPROACH TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CO-WORKING BUSINESS THAT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A SPACE TO WORK FROM. READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW THINKING ABOUT HUMAN NEEDS FIRST CAN HELP YOU BUILD POWERFUL PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND COMMUNITIES. 

C.C. Chapman

C.C. Chapman

C.C. CHAPMAN IS A STORYTELLER, EXPLORER AND HUMANITARIAN. HE IS A MARKETER, PODCASTER, BLOGGER, SPEAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER, FAMILY MAN, AUTHOR OF AMAZING THINGS WILL HAPPEN AND CO-AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONALLY BEST SELLING CONTENT RULES. IN OUR CONVERSATION C.C. TALKS ABOUT HIS FACINATING JOURNEY AND SHARES WHAT HE’S LEARNT ALONG THE WAY INCLUDING WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO MAKE WHAT YOU DO MATTER.

Amos P Kennedy

Amos P Kennedy

When you ask Amos P Kennedy what he does he replies “I put ink on paper”. This humble statement whilst ACCURATE belies the generosity, knowledge, wisdom and expertise of a man who for the last twenty years has dedicated himself to the craft of letterpress printing.  Our conversation is filled with so many pearls of wisdom you will want to have a notepad and pen ready to capture them all. A must for all who want to build a life around doing what they love. 

Derek Flanzraich

Derek Flanzraich

AT JUST 27 DEREK FLANZRAICH IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF GREATIST, A HEALTH, FITNESS AND HAPPINESS MEDIA STARTUP. FOUNDED IN 2011 GREATIST IS ALREADY REACHING OVER 5 MILLION PEOPLE EVERY MONTH WITH THEIR FUN SOCIAL CONTENT SHARING ADVICE AND TIPS FOR LIVING A HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER LIFE.  IN OUR CONVERSATION WE DISCUSS WHAT LED DEREK TO START GREATIST AND WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL STARTUP. 

Rose Choules

Rose Choules

WHILST PURSUING A SUCCESSFUL SHOE DESIGN CAREER WHICH SAW ROSE CO-CREATING THE TRENDY POINTER FOOTWEAR BRAND AS WELL AS DESIGNING FOR MANY OTHER BIG NAME BRANDS, ROSE FELT THE PULL TO MOVE BACK TO CREATING WITH HER OWN HANDS. THIS LED HER ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY THAT RESULTED IN THE CREATION OF A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL HAND CRAFTED MOCCASIN BUSINESS.