What It's Like To Be
From postal worker to film producer, what is it like to do what you do?
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 A: Stop Smoking Expert
Rocky Rosen doesn't care if you smoke; as long as you're comfortable with your cigarette addiction, more power to you. This seems a rather counterintuitive (and career-ending) approach for someone whose professional moniker is The Cigarette Whisperer, and makes a living helping people free themselves from their smoking habit. Yet it's exactly this pragmatic, sympathetic approach that has earned Rosen the reputation of being one of the foremost experts in the stop-smoking field.
What It's Like To Be A: Producer Of Play
Molly Sonsteng designs experiences that encourage adults to embrace the absurd. Armed with abundant experience in the education sphere (Sonsteng has a Masters in Educational Leadership, ran a preschool, and helped developed Carnegie Hall's curriculum) this brainy Minneapolis beauty conjured up a new endeavor, founding Brooklyn-based production house Madcap Factory. Unsurprisingly, that first word is defined as "amusingly eccentric."
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: Instagram Celebrity Noel Leon
With her Valley Girl voice, Jessica Rabbit body and doe eyed face, Noel Leon is like watching anime on Molly. The Insta model with a palindrome for a name is fast becoming one of the hottest girls on social media, mixing her unique brand of beauty, sensuality and humor for a journey that is entertaining, fun, sexy and downright weird.
What It's Like To Be: An Entrepreneur
To put it simply, I am an entrepreneur. To get a little more specific, I am a creative entrepreneur. To get even more specific than that, I am a SERIAL creative entrepreneur. I constantly have new ideas bouncing around in my head, and sometimes I need to remind myself to just sit down, take a breath, and focus on the imminent task at hand. In those moments, I always remember something a mentor of mine used to say to me: “Hillary, you have all these plates up in the air, and they’re all just spinning! One falls, but you still have something spinning! Eventually, one of those plates is going to stop spinning, and that’s going to be the idea.”
What It's Like To Be A: Mail Carrier
Jimmy Fallon has said that it was his fallback plan if he didn’t succeed as a comedian; actor John Ratzenberger famously portrayed Cliff Clavin for 273 episodes on Cheers; this is what it's been like to be an actual mail carrier for over 30 years.
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.