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How to be Your Authentic Self with Ryan Lill

How to be Your Authentic Self with Ryan Lill

September 15, 2021

Bio:

Ryan is an amazing singer/songwriter, LGBTQ activist from South Carolina that just killing it in the music scene.

He has performed alongside chart-topping artists like Meghan Trainor and Todrick Hall. “Adore Me” is Ryan’s first song to hit syndicated Radio and just debuted on 95SX Hit Music Now in North Charleston, South Carolina.

His music has taken off on Spotify, and so has his social media following, earning him a devout grassroots audience. He got his start with acoustic music before crossing over into mainstream pop. His 2014 single “Kerosene”, put him on the map in the music world and landed him an MTV Artist spot. 

In this episode: 

Ryan tell us how embracing your unique capabilities and showing the world your truest self is the best way to build trust, connect with people and rise to your highest self. 

This episode also covers:

  • Ryan's experience growing up in South Carolina as a gay man.
  • Ryan’s experience navigating the music industry while trying to remain authentic to his roots.
  • What the LGBTQ community means to Ryan.
  • The importance of being kind to yourself and others

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How Maria Ho Became One of the Top Female Poker Players in the World

How Maria Ho Became One of the Top Female Poker Players in the World

February 4, 2021

Maria Ho is one of the top-ranked poker players in the world.  Her success has inspired female players to pursue a professional career in poker. Ho strives to make the poker world more inviting for women by breaking the gender stereotype. Her motto is to focus on the things within her control and stop worrying about what is not. 

In this episode, Maria tells us about her incredible journey from a college student to a top professional poker player. She opens up about the struggles of thriving in a male-dominated environment and shares the lessons she has learned from her career setbacks. 

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How to Make Money Travelling Around the World- Meet Millionaire Travel Blogger Johnny Ward

How to Make Money Travelling Around the World- Meet Millionaire Travel Blogger Johnny Ward

January 28, 2021

Johnny Ward is a famous travel blogger known for visiting every country on the planet. After growing up on welfare in Ireland, Johnny dreamed of leaving his hometown and seeing the world. His adventures took him to many places, and he soon started to blog to document his travels. Since then, he has built an empire traveling around the world while teaching people to 'dream big, travel far, and live fully.'

In this episode, Johnny tells us about his journey from broke travel nomad to millionaire travel blogger. He opens us about the importance of living an authentic life and pursuing your dreams no matter how difficult they may seem. 

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Meet Grace Strobel-The Down Syndrome Model Elevating Empathy In the Modeling World

Meet Grace Strobel-The Down Syndrome Model Elevating Empathy In the Modeling World

January 9, 2021

 

Grace Strobel is a Down syndrome taking the modeling industry by storm.  At 24, she has signed with three modeling agencies and recently became the first American model with Down syndrome to represent a skincare line. Grace, through her career, strives to promote acceptance and the illumination of gifts and talents of all people. She is also committed to being a light for people with disabilities. 

In this episode, Grace and her mom Linda tell us about the origins of the Grace Effect, and how they are using modeling as a platform to represent and uplift people with disadvantages. They also open up about the importance of spreading empathy and kindness in a harsh world. 

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Outliving Cancer and Changing Lives Through Exploration-Meet Angelina Mangiardi

Outliving Cancer and Changing Lives Through Exploration-Meet Angelina Mangiardi

December 18, 2020

Angelina Mangiardi grew up in Western Massachusetts on a farm where she grew to love nature and thrived in the open countryside. At just nineteen, her life completely turned upside down after she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Her battle with cancer was a tough one but she never lost hope. While in the hospital, Angelina started researching cancer resources, and she stumbled upon First Descents, an outdoors program for cancer patients that completely changed her life forever. 

In this episode, Angelina opens up about outliving cancer. She tells us how her cancer diagnosis changed the trajectory of her life, and how First Descents, the organization that she joined, helped her experience healing through the power of adventure.  

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How Latin Grammy Award-Winning Artist Tony Succar Brought Unity Through his Music

How Latin Grammy Award-Winning Artist Tony Succar Brought Unity Through his Music

November 26, 2020

Tony Succar is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger, and musician based out of Miami, Florida. He was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to the United States when he was just 2-years-old. Succar has been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in four separate categories, winning Best Salsa Album and Producer of the Year in 2019. 

In this episode, Tony tells us about his humble beginnings as a musician. He opens up about growing up in a musical family and how The Unity project- a tribute salsa album to Michael Jackson which features more than 100 musicians- propelled his musical career.

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How Clarissa Ward Became One of the Few Women on Television to Document the Tragedy and Terror of War-Torn Countries

How Clarissa Ward Became One of the Few Women on Television to Document the Tragedy and Terror of War-Torn Countries

November 18, 2020

Clarissa Ward is an American television journalist who is currently the Chief International Correspondent for CNN, based in London.  For more than 15 years, Clarissa has reported from every major front line across the world from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, to Yemen. The list is endless. Where there is conflict, Clarissa is there documenting the tragedy and terror of war. Her job has taken her to some of the most dangerous places in the world. 

 

In this episode, Clarissa gets real about the hardships she has faced as a war correspondent. She tells us about the emotional toll of putting oneself in a traumatic or risky situation and the vital role her career has played in shaping her overall perspective on life. 

 

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Police Shot Her Brother. She is Now Fighting Police Brutality-Meet Human Rights Activist Shackelia Jackson

Police Shot Her Brother. She is Now Fighting Police Brutality-Meet Human Rights Activist Shackelia Jackson

November 6, 2020

Shackelia Jackson is a human rights activist fervently fighting police brutality. She advocates for equal policing and judicial reporting in Jamaica. She has been fighting for social justice since her brother, Nakiea, was shot in 2014 by police in Kingston, Jamaica

In this episode, Shackelia opens up about the tragic event that took the life of her brother. She tells us how that day changed her life forever and how her brother gave her the courage to fight for social justice. 

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Meet The Josh Speaks-The Youtube Sensation Creating a Safe Space for Young People

Meet The Josh Speaks-The Youtube Sensation Creating a Safe Space for Young People

October 29, 2020

 

Joshua Rodriguez is a motivational speaker, life coach, author, and well-known YouTuber. Rodriguez uses his social media platforms to talk about every-day issues that the majority of people struggle with.

In this episode, Josh opens up about his beginning as a Youtuber. He tells us how he became an influential life coach for young people and how he is proactively using his platform to help them be their best selves. 

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Award-Winning Author Nikki Grimes on the Power of Writing to Heal the Soul

Award-Winning Author Nikki Grimes on the Power of Writing to Heal the Soul

October 21, 2020

Nikki Grimes is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of over 75 children’s and young adult books. She is also a poet and journalist. Through her career, which expands more than five decades, she has won many accolades. Her recent recognitions are the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) Award, the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award. 

In this episode, Nikki gets brutally honest about her tough and rough upbringing. She tells us about her journey of discovering the power of words at the mere age of 6 and how writing became her tool for coping with distress and surviving adversity. 

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