Author/T-shirt DesignerNew York City, New York
I met Periel Aschenbrand at one of her book signings in New York City. She read passages from The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own
and had me laughing at her humorous, real life stories. Her book not only entertains but attempts to break down stereotypes or taboos while discussing issues such as sexuality and religion. Periel is also politically conscious as the founder of BODY AS BILLBOARD, a T-shirt company, that aims to have the messages women wear across their chests actually say something meaningful.
Events CoordinatorNew York City, New York
Charles Tuason saw a DMC event when he was younger and it introduced him to the musical movement that is DJing. Also a DJ he now works for the DMC, an organization that stages DJ battles, while promoting the beautiful music created on turntables. Charles spoke with me about the skills necessary to be an events coordinator, his favorite battle routines throughout the years, and what the future holds for himself and the DMC.
Chef/Restaurant OwnerNew York City, New York
When Don Pintabona was the chef at The Tribeca Grill my nonnina paid him a visit and left raving about the cooking. This is the biggest compliment I can give Don since my Italian grandmother doesn’t like eating out and as a great cook herself she is a harsh food critic. Throughout his esteemed career Don has enjoyed traveling the globe and experiencing various cultures in France and Japan while appreciating those countries respect for food, which he has applied to his own cooking. He is now embarking on his biggest professional challenge with the opening of his own restaurant, Dani. The Mediterranean cuisine served there will celebrate his Sicilian family heritage with the restaurant a fulfillment of a dream.
Professional Soccer GoalkeeperLos Angeles, California
Shaun Kalnasy is a professional goalkeeper for Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA. His underdog story goes to prove that with talent, lots of practice, and sheer determination you can achieve your dreams. Read along and find out how Americans are bringing their own touch to the world’s favorite game, which is still finding its footing stateside.
Children's Book Author/IllustratorBoston, Massachusetts
After reading Jarrett Krosoczka's books, I was amazed by his ability to let his paintings tell a story and amused by the unique characters he introduces. With skillful brushstrokes his artwork is fun and captures children’s emotions and imaginations. On top of all that he has spent a great part of his life working with sick children. A true source of inspiration it was a pleasure to speak with Jarrett and learn how the children’s book industry works, listen to his advice on getting a story published, and find out about the process he goes through when writing and illustrating his books.
Television ProducerLos Angeles, California
Jon Eskenas got his foot in the door at a baseball game. He landed an internship on a TV movie from a contact he made there. Since then he has ascended the ranks to Hollywood TV producer and Sr. VP of Development at Orly Adelson Productions. Jon spoke with me about the skills necessary to succeed as a producer, the differences between film and TV productions, and how motivated you have to be to make it in the industry.
B-girlBronx, New York, New Jersey and All Over
Honey Rockwell is doing what she loves as a professional b-girl. It seems as if she was predestined for this line of work growing up in the Bronx, naturally gifted as a gymnast. Schooled by the world famous Rock Steady Crew Honey continues to dance and looks forward to spreading all the positive influences of hip-hop, the culture that inspires her, to children through outreach programs and classes that she conducts.