Pursue The Passion

Informational interviews and insights from unique career journeys.

Pursue The Passion started as a series of cross country road trips that a group of recent college grads took to interview people about their career paths. These road trips captured interviews with more than 300 people about their career journeys, and turned into a book.

Today, Pursue The Passion continues on as a home to interviews and insights from professionals about their career journeys.

Informational Interviews

Interview with Cruise America This is an interview with Randall Smalley, Executive (AVP) Global Marketing - Business Development of Cruise America Where were you…
Portable Air Interview with Portable Air This is an interview with Christopher Dunkin, General Manager of Portable Air. Where were you at 22, and how did…
Interview with Kegelbell Interview with Kegelbell This is an interview with Stephanie Schull, Inventor, and Founder of Kegelbell Where were you at 22, and how did…
raymond karam tastemaster Raymond Karam – Ice Cream Tastemaster & Chef Interview: How To Become an Ice Cream Taster My name is Raymond Karam and my job title is Senior Tastemaster…
how to open a bookstore Cindy Dach – Changing Hands Bookstore Interview: How To Open A Bookstore I have a couple lives.  I have a whole arts career in downtown Phoenix,…
SMoCA Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Susan Krane – Art Museum Director Interview: How To Become an Art Museum Director I’m Susan Krane. I’m the director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary…
Shirley Furlong – Golf Instructor Interview: How To Become a Golf Instructor I’m Shirley Furlong. I’m a golf instructor for Bird Golf Academy. We’re here…
Lisa Clinchy – Battalion Chief, Phoenix Fire Department Lisa Clinchy – Battalion Chief, Phoenix Fire Department Interview: How To Become a Firefighter Battalion Chief I’m a Battalion Chief with the Phoenix Fire Department. In the City…
baseball equipment manager Tim Meckener – Baseball Equipment Manager Interview: How To Become A Baseball Equipment Manager Tim Meckener is the Minor League Equipment Manager for the Tampa Bay…
public radio Rene Gutel – Public Radio Journalist Interview: How To Become a Freelance Journalist in Public Radio As a freelance journalist, I’m basically my own boss. I…
how to become a zookeeper Dan Subaitis – Director of Animal Management, Phoenix Zoo Interview: How To Become a Zookeeper I oversee the entire living collection. Everything that’s an animal and plants. And everyone…
how to become a trial lawyer Lonnie Williams Jr. – Lawyer Interview: How To Become a Trial Lawyer I consider myself a dispute resolver. When these people actually go to court,…
how to become a chemical engineer Joel Dickinson, Chemical Engineer Interview: How To Become a Chemical Engineer This is the story of Joel Dickinson. He’s not rich. He’s not famous.…
how to start a coffee company How To Start a Coffee Company Interview: How I started a coffee company Tommy Thwaites is the Owner of Coda Coffee, a wholesale coffee company. We…
how to become a freelance photographer Christopher Barr, Freelance Photographer Interview: How To Become a Freelance Photographer My first job was in photojournalism. In my mid twenties, I saw the…
how to become general manager of a hotel Leon Yong – W Hotel General Manager Interview: How To Become a General Manager of a Hotel I was playing ball in college for maybe six months…
Noah Kagan – Internet Entrepreneur Noah Kagan, president of software development company Kickflip, will tell you what he does for a living, but don’t make…
Nathan Kaiser Nathan Kaiser, founder of npost.com, was not sure what to do with his degree in microbiology from the University of…
how to become a screenwriter How To Become a Screenplay Writer Josh Olson is an Academy Award nominated screenplay writer for his work with the movie History of Violence. Josh just…
linda harrison fainting goat rancher Linda Harrison – Fainting Goat Rancher The last television appearance we had was on NBC-Nashville. The segment aired that Friday night, and even though I didn’t…
Jesus Delgado Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, founder and president of JNI, LLC, knows something about hard work and commitment. As the son of Cuban…
Emilee Warner – Voice of CMT Radio Some people can’t hide how much they love their job; Emilee Warner, the voice of Country Music Television’s radio network…
Alex Guarnaschelli Alex Guarnaschelli – Executive Chef, Butter Alex Guarnaschelli, executive chef of NYC’s Butter, did not, after college, have the “frame of reference” to enter the culinary…
Whitney Johnson, Co-Founder, Rose Park Advisors Whitney Johnson left a seven figure Wall Street job in an effort to help women dream. Her BLOG, Dare to…
Maura Policelli – Chief of Staff Maura Policelli, chief of staff for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ 8th), has been working on Capitol Hill for twelve…
Bob Nanna Bob Nanna, director of promotions and public relations for the Threadless t-shirt company, in Chicago, graduated from the University of…
Dan Schawbel Dan Schawbel is a product of personal branding. At 24 years old, it has helped Dan create a competitive advantage…
how to become a circus performer Jessica Hentoff – Executive Director, Circus Harmony We are in the circus ring. Kids juggle and walk the tightrope behind her. Interview: How To Become a Circus…
lower ninth ward new orleans Saundra Grayes – Disaster Volunteer We are in a brick house that survived Hurricane Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Twenty volunteers…
Barry Moltz Barry Moltz knows something about being an entrepreneur, and he’s happy to share in his experience. After more than one…
how to start a staffing agency Tom Gimbel – Staffing Agency Owner Tom Gimbel, CEO and founder of the LaSalle Network in Chicago, IL, relishes in “being an advocate for people who…
how to become a history professor John W. F. Dulles – American scholar of Brazilian history John W. F. Dulles is an American scholar of Brazilian history. He is a professor at University of Texas. He…
how to become a professional musician Chris Pandolfi – Bluegrass Musician & Banjo Player Interview: How To Become a Professional Musician I like what you guys are doing. Especially with bluegrass. The scene out…
rick welts basketball executive Rick Welts – Basketball Executive & CEO Rick Welts, president of the Phoenix Suns basketball organization, can be credited as partially responsible for making the NBA what…
child psychologist Oren Madison – Child Psychologist Oren Madison, a child psychologist working in Chicago, IL, is becoming more accustomed to working with adults, but only after…
rick barrera sales and marketing expert Rick Barrera – Sales & Marketing Expert After college, California author Rick Barrera found himself out of a job. Although he helped establish a store, under the…
nashville Jim Sherraden – Hatch Show Print Interview: How To Start a Poster Printing Business I’d like to know why Hatch Show Print is so special. What’s…
Bernhard Masterson Bernhard’s house is made of mud, and he is very proud of that fact. As a natural builder, in Portland,…
how to become the ceo of a nonprofit organization Helene Gayle – CEO of CARE Interview: How To Become the CEO of a Nonprofit Organization At 22 I was just beginning medical school. I didn’t…
Daren Freisen Daren Friesen, owner of the Moksha Yoga Studio in Chicago, IL, advises anyone to embrace their situation. “Embrace whatever you…
Robyn Williams Robyn Williams considers herself a professional coach and facilitator, but arriving at this career was not a direct path. At…
how to become a stage production manager Tom Bracklett – Production Stage Manager, Spamalot As the production stage manager for Spamalot, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Tom Bartlett has his hand in…
renee west las vegas Renee West – Hotel Executive & President Renee West is the first female president of a property on the Las Vegas strip, but she doesn’t really care…
Career advice Tracy Boyce Besides being a single mother raising four kids, Tracy Boyce’s full time job is a feng shui practitioner. Originally an…
Barbara Russell “I have been passionate about everything in my life. I have to be passionate or I just don’t do well.”…
sheila curran career center director Shelia Curran – Career Center Director How To Become a Career Counselor My name is Shelia Curran. I’m the Executive Director of the Duke University Career…
cardiovascular technologist Robbie – Cardiovascular Technologist How To Become a Cardiovascular Technologist What were you doing at our age, at like 21. I was in college.…
Ryan Barnes – Yellowstone Park Ranger “Wherever you go, there will always be a mixture of people destroying, helping and living mutually with the outdoors.” Ryan…
Keith Covart – Record Store Owner In 1968, at 22, Keith Covart and two friends founded Electric Fetus, an independent-minded record store in Minneapolis, MN. Nearly…
steve cody peppercom Steve Cody – PR Firm Founder & CEO Interview: How To Start a PR Company At 22 years old, where were you in your career situation? Where did…
Lisa Bauch – Boxing Gym Owner Lisa Bauch doesn’t like being told “no.” The owner of Uppercut Boxing Gym, in Minneapolis, MN, found other boxing gyms…
Gamal Aziz – CEO Gamal Aziz, CEO of MGM Mirage and COO of the MGM Grand, has spent his entire life in the tourism…
Sandi Serling Sandi Serling At 47, Sandi Serling decided to start riding motorcycles. She is not an action junky, nor is she crazy, but…
john powers Alliance for Sustainable Colorado John Powers John Powers, founder of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, recognizes the extent to which Earth is in danger. Fear of…
business school adjunct professor Tammy Erickson – Adjunct Business School Professor What got you interested in studying the workforce and the changing demographics? What got you going on that? Well, I…
How to become a Mechanic Mark Martino – Mechanic How To Become a Mechanic Our RV broke down in Hastings, New York in pursuit of the American Dream. Little…
Tommy Spaulding Tommy Spaulding, CEO of Up With People, almost went to trade school, because dyslexia left him at the bottom of…
brad feld Brad Feld – Venture Capitalist Brad Feld, managing director at Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capitol, has been in the technology business for a long…
Joanne Gordon – Author & Journalist Joanne Gordon is an author, journalist, wife and mother, and not necessarily in that particular order. As a child, she…
Dave Mathews Dave Mathews is an extrovert inventor that has been taking things apart and finding innovative ways to put them back…

Insights

How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur There’s no cut and dry formula that all entrepreneurs follow to reach their goals. But despite vast differences in their…
10 Pieces Of Advice To My 22 Year-Old Self 10 Pieces Of Advice To My 22 Year-Old Self   Do you ever look back and think “I wish I knew then what I know now?” Well, these thought…
what success looks like What Success Looks Like: 13 Personal Definitions of Success Consultant: What’s success to you? It’s a really good question. I think success is being able to earn a living…

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