025 Growing Ideas into Things

Driving to my studio every day, I pass a restaurant with a visible rooftop farm right in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Every time I drive by it I think, “a rooftop farm, what an amazing thing!” When I finally visited Uncommon Ground, I realized there was even more.

Not only is it a successful restaurant with a rooftop farm, it’s a live music venue, an art space, and a organic brewery. There is just a lot interesting things there.

My conversation with Helen Cameron, it’s founder, quickly revealed the character traits guiding the creation of these unique business elements; visualization, eagerness to try new things, willingness to take calculated risks. All of these traits have enabled them to grow ideas, into amazing things.

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024 Thoughts, Feelings, ACTION!

It was suggested I check out Tony Rossi as a potential guest. I found out he was both an actor and a coach, a mindset coach. I was very intrigued and curious to speak with him. I found Tony to be very honest. His honesty enabled me to understand how the the job of an actor is much different than I expected. Being a struggling actor activates the thoughts and feelings many people struggle with; self doubt, not feeling enough , comparison to others. I found our conversation fun, refreshing and very inspiring.

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023 Telling Yourself Yes

Summerdale is a horror novel taking place in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, where I just so happen to live. Once reading it, I was eager speak with its author David Jay Collins. I was excited to discuss the power of words that formulate a story, characters and themes. But in speaking with David, I also learned about the power of another set of words; the ones we tell ourselves. And, how what we tell ourselves can hold us back, or move us forward David’s story as an artist and author is about creativity, hard-work and sacrifice, but I also think it’s about the impact of the story we all create in our mind about about ourselves.

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022 Sentimental Gentlemen

A few weeks back, a friend of mine invited me to be his guest at a record release party for a band I knew nothing about. I didn’t know what to expect and as these things happen, I was pleasantly surprised and immediately made a connection with the music.

It was a folk-rock duo called “They Wont Win” and that evening I was able to listen to their songs but also hear them tell the personal experiences that inspired their creation. I wanted to know more and that night they accepted my invitation to be guest on Eager to Know. I have since been listening to their first full-length album titled “Lost at Sea”

I came into our conversation thinking this was duo of talented musicians who produced a wonderful album. But after spending time with Greg and Danny, I see these men, and what they created, in an entirely different way.

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020 Golden Age

I have been listening to The Rialto Report podcast to in order to prepare for this interview. I absolutely love it - it is very interesting, well done and I could not be more excited to speak with iit’s co-founder, April hall. The Rialto report is an oral history, audio, photo, and documentary archives from the golden age of adult film in New York. We start our conversation by speaking about the variety that is found in the interviews.

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018 Seeds of Creativity

Ernesto Lopez is the owner of Chicago based Oak Leaf Garden Design. I loved learning about the origins of his interest in gardening and how he always sees the potential of things before he begins. We start our conversation with one of the unique aspects of what he does; that it combines both creativity and biology.

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016 Creativity | Technique

Ernesto Heen artinuum.com and I met at a 6 week painting and drawing workshop in Florence Italy. He is currently a painter based in Hamburg Germany and also has started teaching art technique. Ernesto’s background is very similar to mine and our creative journey has many parallels.

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015 Just Be Nice

Brian Justice’s brianjustice.com career spans the visual and written arts. He was an oil painter, transitioned to being a freelance writer and is currently working on a play. We speak about creativity across all of these roles and how he keeps things moving forward.

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014 Practical Effects

John McDaviit mcdavittdesign.com is an artist and muralist who paints large, public murals. We met at industry event and I immediate liked him. I found his energy fantastic and him very easy to talk to. John's background is different from mine and I aways like speaking with those who have had a different creative journey than me.

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005 What Will it Take?

Paul Schultz is a Chicago based tiny home and furniture designer with many many imaginative interests. He has one of the most active creative minds I have ever encountered. He has this unbounded thinking  combined with the abilities actually produce his ideas.

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