Rick Schwartz's producer credits include The Departed, Black Swan and Lip Sync Battle. He is the Founder of Jerrick.
Why Being Nervous Is Good
I stood behind the curtain, waiting to go on stage. This was new territory for me. Not necessarily the going on stage part, I'd done my fair share of public speaking. Audiences don't frighten me, nor does presenting in front of crowds. But what I was actually there to present - the thing itself - was totally new for me.
What It's Like To Be: A Yogi
Kim Stetz has been practicing yoga for over 25 years; after a long and arduous journey, she opened her New York yoga studio Savasana Station in 2014. In a city that never sleeps, she explains why "yoga for tired people" is an essential part of the fabric of her life.
What It's Like To Be: An Art Adviser
Joyce Varvatos knows a lot about art. She's studied it endlessly, and been around artists, galleries and fairs for much of her adult life. Based in New York and married to famed menswear designer John Varvatos, Joyce has been at the epicenter of the art scene for many years. But that doesn't mean being a top art adviser is easy, even for her.
What It's Like To Be: An Independent Artist
Elizabeth Sutton isn't your typical artist. Whip smart, with a degree in business, the beautiful mother of two started creating art just over a year ago. Working out of a studio in Long Island City, Sutton has made a name for herself in New York with her colorful collection of butterflies, bold geometric shapes and original take on pop icons photography.
What It's Like To Be: Celebrity Chef Josh Capon
With 5 successful restaurants, a popular sandwich stand at Citi Field and a slew of loyal celebrity clients, Chef Josh Capon seems to have it all. But being a celebrity chef - especially one with such a passion for food, people and family - is not nearly as easy as it seems. Capon lets us in on his own career secret sauce.
DEED: The App That Makes Volunteering Easy
If the best inventions are indeed borne out of necessity, then DEED definitely fits the category. Volunteering in New York, like many cities across America, is a process filled with bureaucracy, tricky timing and complicated logistical issues.
What It's Like To Be A: Top Matchmaker
Brooke Wise was a rising star on Wall Street. Working at an esteemed financial institution with a degree from the prestigious Wharton School, she felt that something was missing. A kind and intuitive person, she decided to shift gears and turn a hobby into a business; Wise Matchmaking was born. With a stellar reputation, happy clients in cities ranging from Miami to Los Angeles to New York and a successful track record, the married mom of two talks about her life as a matchmaker.
What It's Like To Be A: Producer
Ostensibly, I produce movies for a living. Several movies I had a hand in producing have been nominated for Academy Awards, including a win for Best Picture. Pretty heady stuff, to be sure. The reality, though, is slightly less fulfilling.