What It's Like ... with Luce
By Lucy Carol Norris
Hosted by Lucy Norris, listen along as I pick the brains of our generation's trendsetters and tastemakers to discover the true meaning of success. These are the stories of those who felt the fear and did it anyway!
Reach me: www.whatitslikepodcast.com
Podcast Cover Art : @girlgazing
Intro Music: LiQWYD - Vibes
What It's Like ... with Luce Jun 20, 2022
What It's Like... to be Rimi Thapar
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with founder of plant-based chocolate brand, Love Raw. Growing up with two entrepreneurial parents, this week’s guest had no idea how much of an impact her family's businesses would have on her adult life. Taking a detour into the world of finance first, it wasn’t too long before her inner entrepreneur bubbled to the surface and she took a leap of faith into the world of health foods. Setting up shop in her in-laws' garage, she never would’ve expected Whole Foods to be the company that took a chance on her, but an initial order of 500 cases, an appearance on Dragons Den and multiple supermarket shelves later - it’s safe to say this was a risk that massively paid off! To tell her story in her own words, here’s what it’s like to be Rimi Thapar.
Shop Love Raw here
Follow them @loveraw
What It's Like... to be Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe
On today's episode, I’m chatting with the actor playing Mick in BBC Three’s upcoming comedy-drama My Left Nut. Taking classes at the local drama school in Belfast, this week’s guest never anticipated a starring role in an on-screen show. Deciding to leave acting behind him to focus on school studies, it was a random email he got whilst on holiday with his friends, that decided a new fate for him. Catching a flight home to audition, it wasn’t long before he was thrown into intensive filming and well, he can tell you what happened next. Sharing how he navigated a script set around a personal life story and the topic of men’s health, here’s what it’s like to be Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe.
My Left Nut will be airing on BBC Three tomorrow, Monday 25th April. The series will run over three episodes released weekly and you can catch up on iPlayer for anything you've missed.
What It's Like... to be Sukki Menon
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with women’s rights activist and Singapore’s first ever burlesque performer. Coming from a very conservative, traditional family, growing up this week’s guest stifled her creativity and expression to please her family - but always knew there’d come a point she needed to let it be free. When it came to career choices, she first followed a more conventional path on entering the world of IT. Starting her first job in the UK, she spotted a burlesque club down the street from her office and everything changed. From her first solo show to performing on some of the biggest stages in the world and changing legislation in her home country, she has quite the story to tell. Here’s what it’s like to be Sukki Menon, otherwise known as Sukki Singapora.
Follow Sukki on social media - @sukkimenon
Watch her on Netflix's Singapore Social
What It's Like... to be Lara Cullen
On today’s episode, I’m joined by executive coach, leadership development consultant and founder of The People Person. From an early age, this week’s guest was never afraid to rock the boat if it meant she was able to chase after what she really wanted. Driven and ambitious, she followed wherever life took her and ended up rising to the top of the corporate ladder before realising she was deeply unsatisfied. Taking a step back to evaluate things, she found herself being drawn to a new calling - and that’s how The People Person came to fruition. Now, an author and successfully transforming peoples' lives on a daily basis, she’s sharing her words of wisdom and secrets to finding true self-belief. Here’s what it's like to be Lara Cullen.
Find out more about The People Person here
Order Lara's book here
What It's Like... to be Max Fosh
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with a Youtuber and comedian, about to hit the road on tour. From as early as 11 years old, this week’s guest loved to make people laugh. Whether it was his mother on the way to school or a sold out venue, he always had a knack for entertaining and little did he know, would soon make a career out of doing just that. During his time at university, he decided to pursue his then dream of broadcasting and started a Youtube channel to get some video work under his belt. Setting up outside nightclubs, he began interviewing drunk students and StreetSmart was born. From then on, hard work and a chance encounter set the ball rolling. Filling in the gaps and sharing his insights into longevity online, why Youtube is the smart move and his upcoming Zocial Butterfly tour, here’s what it’s like to be Max Fosh.
Watch Max's channel here
Find out more about Max / book tickets to Zocial Butterfly here
What It's Like... to be Ash Jones
On today’s episode, I’m joined by founder and CEO of Great Influence - the UK’s leading personal branding agency. The expert that’s building some of the internet’s favourite entrepreneurs, it all started for this week’s guest when he met a guy named Steven Bartlett. Joining the team at Steven’s first start-up, Wallpark, it wasn’t until they began cultivating what would become the world-renowned digital marketing agency, Social Chain, that he began to notice a shift in the way things were being promoted. Realising people would more readily buy into people, rather than a whole load of adverts and campaigns, he started honing in on the art of building public profiles. After seeing massive success with Steven, he decided it was time to try make it on his own. Taking what he'd learnt so far, he set up Great Influence. Handling the personal images of Umar Kamani, founder of Pretty Little Thing, Julian Hearn, founder of Huel and Oliver Cookson of MyProtein - to name but a few - he's lifting the veil on the personal branding buzz word that's spreading like wildfire across social media. Here’s what it’s like to be Ash Jones.
For more on Ash visit his LinkedIn profile and keep up to date with him on social media @_ashleybjones
What It's Like... to be Jay Flynn
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with founder of Jay’s Virtual Pub Quiz. Doing as it says on the tin, the quiz was a lockdown success story and has since continued connecting people across the world with weekly quizzes online. Keeping the nation entertained, however, was not always this week’s guest’s day job. From acting as a child to ending up living on the streets of London for the guts of 18 months, it’s fair to say life hasn’t always been smooth sailing - but no matter what hit him, he managed to stand firm and weather the storm. Letting me in on everything from breaking a Guinness world record for the biggest quiz with over 180 thousand people, to receiving an MBE from the Queen and how he put his life back together after being homeless, here’s what it's like to be Jay Flynn.
Join Jay's Quizz and find out everything you need to know by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLcSqjJWHJeDWD_SbdorBRw
What It's Like... to be Elena Perella
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with the founder of Sentidu Life Coaching, a method that specialises in mental focus and emotional mastery. Growing up in a turbulent environment, this week’s guest knows exactly what it means to turn a bad situation on its head. Overcoming eating disorders, a period of domestic abuse and bouts of depression, she decided it was her purpose in life to share her experiences in the hopes of helping others. Giving her tips on how to live life to the fullest, here’s what it’s like to be Elena Perella.
For more information on Sentidu, visit https://www.sentidu.com/
A few words from Elena:
"We live in a troubled world where anxiety, depression, and a lack of happiness are at higher levels than ever before. We need to shift our thinking and our attitude towards life. My mission is to help you become a New Human Being through recognising your limiting conditionings and break through them. Eventually you will master your thoughts and emotions, and live with a sense of fulfilment.
I am passionate about what I do. I coached myself through a severe depression, eating disorders and domestic violence and my experience has led me on a journey of discovery of how to break out all of these challenges. As a result I created a program to help people experience their own transformation and break free in the areas they feel stuck."
What It's Like... to be Betty Lu
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with founder of Confetti, a mission led snack company that crafts award winning produce dense with nutrients and plant goodness. Beginning her career journey as a maths teacher, this Singaporean founder never imagined owning a business within the food industry. Always creative and packed full of entrepreneurial spirit, she had become tired of her 9-5 and decided to quit in search of adventure. On a trip around the world, she picked up on the amount of food waste and the problems it was causing for the health of our planet. So instead of continuing on with her travels, she decided she needed to plant her feet on the ground and get to work figuring out ways to put a stop to this. A little while and a whole lot of work later, Confetti was born. Quickly sweeping the aisles of Singaporean supermarkets and food retailers, people liked what they were tasting and she realised she was on to something great. To share her story here’s what it’s like to be Betty Lu.
Find out more about Confetti here
What It's Like... to be Shaan Mahrotri
On today’s episode, I’m joined by serial entrepreneur and founder of Cannamplify, a group of companies dedicated to making cannabis a part of everyday life. Born into entrepreneurship, this week’s guest was helping his parents with their businesses as early as nine years old. His ambitions as a teenager didn’t quite end up working out as he’d hoped following his time in the film industry being cut short, but in true entrepreneurial style, he quickly pivoted and found himself pursuing his many other side hustles. After successfully trying his hand at many industries, he became drawn to the world of cannabis and set to work creating what would become the centre of the European industry. Sharing how he overcomes challenges, rewriting the story around the drug and his definition of success, here’s what it’s like to be Shaan Mahrotri.
Find out more about Cannamplify here
Keep up to date with Shaan here
What It's Like... to be Dominic McGregor
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with one of the Social Chain co-founders, an award winning fully integrated social media agency. As a young entrepreneur, mental health activist and sobriety advocate, this week’s guest has quite the story to tell, beginning with a social media account named Student Problems, that he set up whilst at university. Realising, through this experience, the scale at which online platforms can hold influence, he jumped at the chance to become a leader in the field when approached by fellow entrepreneur Steven Bartlett. Together they managed to create a global company that would soon make them millions. Lifting the curtain on the realities of such large scale success so young, his battle with alcoholism and his next chapter, here’s what it's like to be Dominic McGregor.
Follow Dom on social media @dpjmcgregor
Find out more about Social Chain here
What It's Like... to be Tyler Clark
On today’s episode, you’ll be hearing from a champion bodybuilder and contestant on the vastest season of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Growing up an active child, this week’s guest entered her teenage years relatively healthy but a few decisions later, found herself excessively drinking, increasingly experiencing low moods and overweight. She tells me of her turning point, a visit to the doctors whilst pregnant, that changed everything for her. Being told she was at high risk of contracting diabetes, she knew she had to make drastic changes and so set off to the gym in search of a solution. Falling in love with feeling strong, she set her sights on bodybuilding and worked her way into championship after championship. Wanting to test her newfound strength and push her mental capabilities to the extreme, she signed up to be a contestant on her favourite TV show and weeks later was at the mercy of Ant Middleton and the Channel 4 producers. Filling in the gaps and sharing her advice after beating a ten year long depression, here’s what it’s like to be Tyler Clark.
Follow Tyler on social media @tylerclark_coaching
Visit her website for more information on her programmes https://www.tylerclarkcoaching.co.uk/
Watch SAS: Who Dares Wins here
What It's Like... to be Níall Ó Murchú
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with a wellness expert and one of Ireland’s first ever instructors of the Wim Hof method. As a teenager, this week’s guest had his sights set on professional basketball. Fully committed to pursuing his passion, he found himself deeply thinking about life in a way he couldn’t ignore. His questions became too loud and so he decided to hang up his trainers and go in pursuit of a different path altogether. Delving into the world of natural healing, he stumbled across Wim Hof whilst listening to a podcast. Captivated by the promise of a calmer, healthier lifestyle, he decided to research further and enrolled on the course to become an instructor. Combining powerful breathing techniques and cold water therapy, he completely changed his life around and dedicated his time thereafter to helping others. Sharing his take on the nature versus modern medicine debate, explaining the cold water phenomenon that’s taking over Ireland and the impact natural healing can have on mental health, here’s what it’s like to be Níall Ó Murchú.
Find out more about Níall by visiting his website: https://www.breathewithniall.com/
Follow Níall on social media @breathewithniall
What It's Like... to be Josh Charm
On today’s episode, you’ll be hearing from a Dutch DJ, producer and songwriter. Growing up, music ran in the family. Starting on more classical instruments such as the piano and guitar, this week’s guest slowly began experimenting with different genres until he became captivated by the world of electronic music. Playing around with sounds, he was heavily inspired by melodic house music and he wasn’t the only one that liked what they heard when they listened to his mixes. Being recognised by the likes of Tiesto and Martin Garrix, it wasn’t long before this rising artist was picked up and signed to the label, STMPD - on the very same day as his graduation from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Ahead of the upcoming release of his latest track, “U Got Me”, we chat life as a young DJ, inspiration, the impact of the pandemic on musicians and his next move. Here’s what it’s like to be Josh Charm.
Listen to Josh's music here
Follow him on social media @joshcharmmusic
What It's Like... to be Captain Paul Watson
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with the founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a non-profit marine conservation organisation that engages in direct action campaigns to defend wildlife, and conserve and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction. From as early as ten years old, conservation was somewhat of a natural instinct. After spending the summer swimming with beavers near his home, he one day woke up to find they had been driven out of their natural habitat and that’s where it all began. Fast forward, having co-founded Greenpeace, he was becoming frustrated with the lack of change despite countless amounts of protesting and campaigning. He decided to leave in pursuit of a more direct action approach and Sea Shepherd was born. Sharing the entire journey from start to finish and giving his answer to how we can save our planet, here’s what it’s like to be Captain Paul Watson.
For more information on Sea Shepherd, visit https://seashepherd.org/
Keep up to date with Paul on social media @captainpaulwatson
What It's Like... to be Sophie White
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with bestselling author of Filter This, Unfiltered and most recently, Corpsing: My Body and Other Horror Shows. Growing up in Dublin, pursuing writing was never in the plans and ambitions of this week’s guest. Always creative, however, she went down an artistic path and chose to delve deeper into the world of sculpture. During her early twenties, following a bad experience with drugs, she suffered a nervous breakdown that quickly derailed everything and set her on an entirely new trajectory. From cheffing and catering with her husband to stumbling upon the opportunity to write a food column in one of Ireland’s national newspapers, things started to look up for the budding novelist and once she got a taste for creating narratives, she couldn’t get enough. Currently working on the second draft of her fifth book, she shares with me the struggles of getting published, how she overcomes self doubt and everything in between. Here’s what it’s like to be Sophie White.
Find out more about Sophie and her work here
Follow Sophie on social media @sophiewhitewhoop
What It's Like... to be Joel Baker
On today's episode, I'm chatting with a British recording artist, songwriter and producer. Born in Nottingham, this week's guest's very first memory of music is being given a Pink Floyd CD by his Dad. Discovering and experimenting with different sounds and genres, he fell in love with the guitar in his teens as a form of escapism. Coming to the conclusion that he wouldn’t be able to make his passion his day job, he ended up taking another path in life and found himself working for Parliament in London. Surrounding himself with like-minded people in the capital, he began making music again for fun and it was then that he found his voice. From plays on BBC Radio One to tours and record deals - he shares the harsh realities of the music industry and why despite it all, he could never give it up. Here’s what it’s like to be Joel Baker.
To listen to Joel's music, visit http://joelbakermusic.com/
Follow Joel on social media @joelbakermusic
What It's Like... to be Brian Hanratty
On today’s episode, I’m joined by the co-founder of Happy Out, a cafe concept that started in two shipping containers on the shores of Dublin’s Bull Island. Entrepreneurship is something that has always come naturally to this week’s guest. Wanting to own his own business has been his ambition for as long as he can remember but never could he have guessed, that a few years down the line he’d be co-founder of two coffee shops that have taken Dublin by storm. The first brand in Ireland to adopt the shipping container as a home for their cafe, Happy Out had people eagerly queueing up from the moment it opened its doors. Sharing the realities of working in the coffee industry and how he built his business from scratch, here’s what it’s like to be Brian Hanratty.
Follow Brian on Instagram @beamishh89
Find out more about Happy Out here and follow them online @happyoutcafe
What It's Like... to be Alexandre Daillance
On today’s episode, I’m speaking with founder and creative director of French high-end streetwear brand, NASASEASONS and Prospect 100, a series of youth competitions set up to find the best in their fields. Growing up in the Tumblr era, this week’s guest has always been intrigued by the aesthetic and culture of his generation. What began as a collective of friends hosting parties in Paris, transformed into an idea of how they could capture a moment in time and eventually a streetwear brand that would end up on the heads of Hollywood and beyond. Stitching short, snappy slogans on to caps would take over his life for the next few years and little did he know he was in the process of building a concept that would attract the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West - and have his name mentioned in Vogue and Forbes to name a few. Sharing with me how he did it from start to finish alongside his other creative projects that include work with the Rolling Stones and setting up a competition series with a judging panel that boasted Steve Wozniak, here’s what it’s like to be Alexandre Daillance.
Follow Alexandre on social media - @millinksy
Read more about his story here and here
What It's Like... to be Hannah Stacpoole
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of Saluto London, a clothing brand curating vintage womenswear and up-cycling one-of-a-kind creations from textiles that would have otherwise gone to landfill. This week’s guest is a prime example of how life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect it to. Beginning her career journey chasing a job at a magazine, she worked a total of thirteen internships to get her dream role - only to discover it wasn’t quite what she’d been hoping for. At a loss as to what to do next, it was a trip to one of the biggest vintage fairs in London that made the penny drop. A sort of love at first sight, she realised she needed to be working with vintage clothing and started buying and selling unique pieces to her friends. What started as a tiny operation turned into a full scale online store and soon, a studio in the centre of the city. To share how she did it, here’s what it’s like to be Hannah Stacpoole.
For more information on Saluto London, visit https://www.salutolondon.com/
Keep up to date with Hannah on social media @hannahstacpoole
What It's Like... to be Mariya Grinina
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with founder of iDAL, a professional booking platform and community for models providing an alternative to traditional agencies by streamlining bookings. Her earliest ambitions to be a journalist, took this young entrepreneur from Kazakstan to London where she would meet the model behind her idea. Chatting to her friend about the struggles within the industry, they stumbled upon a solution to making things more flexible for young girls wanting to model and study at the same time. What began as a fun part time project, slowly transformed into a platform with the potential to change the way model booking operated forever. Talking me through the journey from accidentally meeting an angel investor to finding her perfect co-founder in lockdown, here’s what it’s like to be Mariya Grinina.
For more information on iDAL, visit https://www.idal.co / @idal.co
Girls Forward - https://www.girlsfounders.com / @girlsfwd
What It's Like... to be Laura Armada-Buch
On today’s episode, I’m joined by juice therapist, founder of The Juice Works and LAB Fitness. Growing up in Spain, this week’s guest was a foodie before she even knew what the term meant. Indulging in home cooking with a real emphasis on quality ingredients, she has always lived a healthy lifestyle. Moving to Ireland to better her English and then staying to follow her passions, it was only when her mother developed a serious illness that the potential healing powers of raw juice caught her eye. Witnessing first hand the seemingly miraculous effect drinking daily concoctions had on her mother’s health, she signed up to a course and two years later her business was born. Chatting about the benefits of supplementing with juice, the realities of the health industry and her journey to where she is today, here’s what it’s like to be Laura Armada-Buch.
Follow Laura on Instagram @thejuiceworksireland
Find out more about juicing here
Learn more about LAB Fitness here
What It's Like... to be Roger Woodall
On today’s episode, I’m speaking with lifestyle entrepreneur, founder of Bournemouth 7’s festival and podcast host. Growing up above pubs in London, this week’s guest was a born entrepreneur. From a young age he had a natural business mindset which he carried through to his adult life, resulting in him being responsible for hosting 14 festivals and 1500 events. From starting out in nightlife promotions as a final year student to setting up the world’s largest sport and music festival, this week’s guest has quite the story to tell. Sharing his insights into successful branding, taking risks and the power of keeping things simple, here’s what it’s like to be Roger Woodall.
Follow Roger on social media @dodge.woodall
Bournemouth 7's - https://bournemouth7s.com/
The Eventful Entrepreneur podcast - listen here
The Harry Redknapp Show - listen here
Event Crowd - @weareeventcrowd
What It's Like... to be Yusuf Omar
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with wearable journalist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a platform empowering mobile journalists to share stories of people positively changing their world. Growing up, journalism wasn’t on this week’s guest’s radar. Completing a marketing degree, he realised he could use his newfound storytelling skills in a more impactful way and decided to apply for fellowships in the media industry. Landing in South Africa, he was quickly immersed and found himself falling in love with the work. Challenging prejudice as his driving force, he carved a name for himself and began reporting on what was happening around him. Years later after having hitch-hiked from Durban to Damascus, reporting from active war zones and working for CNN, he decided he wanted to do things his own way. Championing selfie or mobile journalism as a more powerful way to relay news, Hashtag Our Stories was born and continues to disrupt the way we consume information. To share his journey, here’s what it’s like to be Yusuf Omar.
Follow Yusuf on social media @yusufomarsa and keep up to date with Hashtag Our Stories via their Instagram and Snapchat channels @hashtagourstories
What It's Like... to be Abbie Eaton
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with British racing driver and test driver for The Grand Tour. Growing up with a father heavily involved in the world of motorsports, she couldn't wait until it was her turn to get going on track. Sitting in a go kart at the age of 10 it was love at first sight and nineteen years later she is still pursing her passion for driving. Two time British champion and test driving cars for Amazon’s the Grand Tour, she is currently gearing up to tackle single seaters in the W Series. Sharing challenges she’s overcome, career highlights and her secret to success, here’s what it's like to be Abbie Eaton.
For more information on Abbie, visit her website https://www.abbieeaton.com and follow her on Instagram @abbieeaton44
What It's Like... to be Darren Kennedy
On today’s 100th episode, I’m chatting with tv host, stylist, entrepreneur and founder of Kennedy & Co Grooming. A life in the world of media wasn’t always on the cards for this week’s guest. Being fascinated by his surroundings as a child, the tv presenter and style entrepreneur had early ambitions to work as a vet. Realising this wasn’t the path meant for him, he enrolled to study business at university and discovered the media industry during his time there. Starting out as a runner on Ireland AM, he worked hard to build up an impressive list of credentials that would eventually led him to be a part of BBC’s new make-over show, You Are What You Wear. To share the behind the scenes of his journey thus far, here’s what it’s like to be Darren Kennedy.
Follow Darren on social media @darrenkennedyofficial and visit his website for more information here
Shop Kennedy & Co Grooming here
What It's Like... to be Kieran Miles
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with the founder of Duco, performance apparel made from ocean plastics and organics. As a young child, this week’s guest had a natural talent for entrepreneurship. Reminiscing on his first business venture at just seven years old, he held on to that creative spirit through out his school years and has never looked back. Going indoor rock climbing one day with his best friend, led him to stumble on his current entrepreneurial idea after realising the clothing worn for the sport could do with a bit of an upgrade. Starting with just £25, he could never have foreseen his sustainable clothing brand would now be valued at £2 million and be supplying the official kit of Great Britain’s Olympic climbing team. To share his experience, here’s what it’s like to be Kieran Miles.
Follow Kieran on social media @kieran_miles_ and keep up to date with Duco @officialduco
Shop Duco and find out more about the brand at https://ducolife.com
What It's Like... to be Liberty Hobbs
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with an actress who’s credentials include the likes of Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and most recently, BBC’s The Syndicate. As soon as she could talk, this week’s guest loved to perform. Taking acting more seriously as she grew up, she sought out representation and began auditioning alongside her high school studies. Appearing in small commercials and TV bits whilst living in Florida, it was a move to LA after graduation that changed everything for the British-American actress. From booking her first gig in Hollywood to working during COVID-19, she chats to me about the journey, her hopes for the future, the less glamorous side of one of the world’s most notorious industries and the challenges she’s faced along the way. Here’s what it’s like to be Liberty Hobbs.
Follow Liberty @thelibertyhobbs and read more about her work here
What It's Like... to be Thibault Relecom
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with co-owner and CEO of Unibra, a Belgian family-owned company operating in the real estate and drinks industries. Having grown up in the Congo, this week’s guest has always had ties with Africa but he hadn’t imagined, after moving back to Europe following the death of his father at age 12, he’d ever end up working back there. Dipping his toes in entrepreneurship after graduating from university, it was his mother’s suggestion he enter the family business and re-establish the company on the African drinks market, having previously owned a number of breweries. Taking up the offer he set to work and years later finds himself CEO of a successful retailer in the space alongside managing the real estate end of things as well. Sharing his secrets to entering foreign markets, balancing two different industries and overcoming challenges, here’s what it’s like to be Thibault Relecom.
Find out more about Thibault and Unibra here
What It's Like... to be Funs Jacobs
On today’s episode, I'm chatting with a creative strategist and co-founder of Block Party and Bare Knuckle. Growing up in a small town in the Netherlands, this week’s guest has always been a creative. Honing his skills on photoshop, he first dipped his toes into entrepreneurship by making promotional posters for his friends’ parties at school. Since then, he has gained experience in multiple industries including music and the world of sport. Chatting to me about the value of personal branding, the importance of being adaptable and how he’s navigated his life so far, here’s what it’s like to be Funs Jacobs.
Follow Funs on social media @funs.gg and visit his website to view his work here
What It's Like... to be Chris Baber
On today’s episode, I’m joined by a professional chef. With some of his earliest memories being in the kitchen, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that this week’s guest found his way back there a few years down the line. Working as a model and athlete, it was his peers that suggested he share his recipes online after sampling his cooking on shoots and at training. Beginning with a picture of scones in his parents garden, led to the growth of his platform and a DM from BBC One producers asking him to take part in Yes Chef, a cooking competition that he’d go on to win. Moving to London and immersing himself in the culinary scene opened him up to countless opportunities, one of which placed him as the face of M&S Food. To share his story, here’s what it’s like to be Chris Baber.
Follow Chris on social media @chrisbaber and visit his website for more information here
What It's Like... to be Layla Anna-Lee
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with television presenter, creator and voice of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Reminiscing on the fact that her earliest ambitions were to become a dancer, this week’s guest has always had an interest in the world of entertainment. Getting a taste of the industry through appearances in various music videos and dance gigs as a child, she stumbled upon presenting as a way to make ends meet and feel in love. Finding her break through voicing the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, her interest in sports presenting grew and with the exposure came new, well-deserved opportunities in that area. Chatting to me about the highs and lows of her career journey, her experiences with sexism in a male dominated industry and her recipe for success, here’s what it’s like to be Layla Anna-Lee.
Visit Layla's website here
Follow her on social media @laylaannalee
What It's Like... to be Boris Van Severen
On today’s episode, I’m chatting all things performing with a Belgian actor. From an early age, this week’s guest found his home on the stage. Whether it be with music or drama, he always loved entertaining people and so when it came to making decisions following high school graduation, there was no doubt in his mind about what his future career would look like. Enrolling in a conservatoire in Antwerp, he set to work honing his craft and it has been one success after another since then. Landing on our Netflix home screens after appearing in the British TV drama, Baptiste, the Belgian native has had quite the journey. To share the behind the scenes thus far, here’s what it’s like to be Boris Van Severen.
Follow Boris on Instagram @borisvanseveren
IMDb - https://m.imdb.com/name/nm2022756/
What It's Like... to be Derin Adetosoye
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with winner of Formula E’s open talent call for presenters. Growing up, this week’s guest was not one to ever be camera shy. Discovering a love for talking alongside a flair for creativity, it wasn’t long before she found the perfect outlet in setting up a Youtube channel. Expanding her online community through engaging content, led to numerous opportunities in the world of television presenting and once she got a taste there was no going back. Working with the likes of the BBC and British Council, she fell in love and decided to apply for the role at Formula E. To take us through the entire journey, here’s what it’s like to be Derin Adetosoye.
Keep up to date with Derin @derinadetosoye
Subscribe to her Youtube here
Watch Formula E: Accelerate here
What It's Like... to be Grainne Binns
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with a fashion influencer and designer. Adventurous with her style from as long as she can remember, this week’s guest definitely knows how to make a statement. Inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga in her teenage years, she feel in love with style’s ability to tell a story and began expressing herself through the clothes she was wearing. Beginning to make a name for herself in the Irish industry at just 16, she started sharing her look books online and never imagined that a few years later she would have a platform of almost 20,000 people and her very own brand. To share her story, here’s what it’s like to be Grainne Binns.
Follow Grainne @grainnebinns and shop her clothing brand here
What It's Like... to be Evan Perperis
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with a special forces soldier and record-setting professional obstacle course racer. Interested in the outdoors from his early days in the scouts, this week’s guest had always been attracted to the idea of the military. Thinking about preparing for the course by putting his body through a variety of endurance sports, he could’ve never imagined he was actually readying himself for a career as a professional athlete. During his time as a soldier he took part in an exchange programme with Under Armour and ended up competing in his very first tough mudder, a race the brand was sponsoring. Finishing in 13th place, he realised he had a hidden talent for obstacle course racing and decided to get to work researching the sport and its opportunities. Now, racing professionally with Conquer the Gauntlet, here’s what it’s like to be Evan Perperis.
Follow Evan on Instagram @ultraocrman
Read his book here
Find more information at https://www.teamstrengthspeed.com
What It's Like... to be Lorraine Keane
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with an IFTA-nominated broadcaster, journalist and entrepreneur. This week’s guest had no doubt about the path she wanted to take in life. From a young age being surrounded by music and the world of entertainment from her musician father, she found her comfort performing on stage. Following her interests, she enrolled on a one year broadcast journalism course and before graduation secured a role reading the AA Roadwatch traffic news on national radio. A job that would put her future career plans in motion, it was her determination to make it on TV with a televised traffic report that changed everything. Fast forward having stood on the world’s biggest red carpets, fronted her own entertainment programme, Xposé, travelled the globe in an effort to aid developing countries and creating products such as the Magic Hair Brush - here’s what it’s like to be Lorraine Keane.
Visit Lorraine's website here and follow her on social media @lorrainekeaneofficial
Keep up to date with her charity via her foundation, Fashion Relief
Shop the Magic Hair Brush here
What It's Like... to be Nathalie Lennon
On today’s episode, I’m joined by a nutritional coach and personal trainer. Growing up a dancer, this week’s guest was no stranger to living an active lifestyle. Exercising for fun, it wasn’t until she discovered training as a way to distract herself from a difficult course that she unearthed her passion for fitness and nutrition. Educating herself and finding a job in a gym, she decided to start uploading her journey to social media and that’s when everything began to change. Realising that her physical body changes were what kept her followers engaged, she developed an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise until a turning point came after a bikini competitor show. To share her story and her unique perspective on the fitness, health and diet industries, here’s what it’s like to be Nathalie Lennon.
Follow Nathalie on social media @nathalielennon_ and visit her website to view her guides and methods here
What It's Like... to be Charleen Murphy
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with an Irish fashion blogger and YouTuber. With ambitions of being a singer as a child, this week’s guest discovered a love for fashion through costumes she wore onstage. Realising how she dressed had an impact on how she felt during a performance, became something that translated into her every day life and she decided to take the plunge and share outfit ideas with others online. Growing a following of over eighty thousand people, she quickly found her space on the internet and figured out how to keep an audience engaged. Sharing her thoughts on the longevity of influencing, dealing with hate and how she stays relevant, here’s what it’s like to be Charleen Murphy.
Follow Charleen @charleenmurphy and watch her Youtube videos here
What It's Like... to be Mark Donnelly
On today’s episode, I’m picking the brains of the founder of HUH, an Irish clothing brand donating 10% of sales to mental health organisations. Growing up, this week’s guest was a keen entrepreneur before he even knew the meaning of the word. From commenting to his daily paper round to selling iPhone covers in school, his dedication to hard work only grew stronger as the years went on. Leaving for America, he could never have guessed that a global pandemic would lead him to create his very own clothing brand - and all for a good cause too! Chatting to me about his mission, navigating competition in a saturated online market and the small business advantage, here’s what it’s like to be Mark Donnelly.
Shop HUH now - https://huhclothing.com
Follow them on Instagram @huh_clothing
What It's Like... to be Nina Rauch
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with founder of Pink Week and social impact coordinator at Lemonade, an insurtech company driven by social good. Taking an interest in the hardships of the world around her for as long as she could remember, it wasn’t until the passing of her mother to breast cancer that she decided to dip her toes into humanitarian work by founding Pink Week. Aiming to raise awareness within the younger generation, her campaign went from strength to strength raising thousands of pounds over the years. Leaving her first project behind, after graduating university she packed her bags to continue making an impact in Tel Aviv, working for an insurtech company with giving back at its core. Sharing her thoughts on the value of campaigning within Gen Z demographics and how the pandemic has affected fundraising for charities, here’s what it’s like to be Nina Rauch.
For more information on Lemonade, visit https://www.lemonade.com/de/en
To read about Nina, visit this article
What It's Like... to be Abigail McDonnell
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with a mental health advocate and See Change ambassador. From a young age, this week’s guest has been experiencing a degree of anxiety. Growing up happy and outgoing, it didn’t impact her life until her later teenage years when she dealt with depression and anxiety at a larger scale. Making it through the tough times made her realise just how much of a stigma there was around mental health and how much she needed someone to look up to in times of need. Stumbling across an email enquiring for ambassadors, she hit reply and began sharing her story in the hope it would inspire others. Countless speaking engagements, a popular social media platform and podcast later, here’s what it’s like to be Abigail McDonnell.
Follow Abigail on social media @alittlegail and listen to her podcast See Change Sessions here
What It's Like... to be Stephanie Lange
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with professional make up artist and YouTuber. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, this week’s guest struggled with self confidence from a young age. Discovering makeup as a way to express herself and relieve her insecurities, she decided to turn her passion into her day job and went to college to study it further. Working on the Chanel counter, it wasn’t long before she took to Youtube to share her looks which ultimately changed everything for her. Seven years, 1.4 million subscribers and a move to Ireland later, she’s sharing the behind the scenes of her journey, the dark sides of the beauty industry, balancing life online with reality and how she deals with hate comments. Here’s what it’s like to be Stephanie Lange.
Watch Stephanie on Youtube here
Follow her on Instagram @_stephanielange_
What It's Like... to be Rebecca Spencer
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with fashion photographer and founder of camera strap brand, That Candid Shot. From the moment she clicked her first picture on a disposable camera, this week’s guest fell in love with the art form. Experimenting with genres during school, she decided to take things a step further and study photography more in depth. Having spent time at fashion weeks growing up and becoming friends with influencers during her college years, she realised the potential in street style photography and everything took off from there. Growing an impressive roster of clients that included the likes of Sarah Ashcroft, Pixie Lott, Rachel Stevens and Lottie Moss, it wasn’t long before she became the go to for snapping the perfect Instagram moment. Sharing her story along with how she built her very own camera accessory business, here’s what it’s like to be Rebecca Spencer.
Follow Rebecca on social media @rebeccaspencer_photography
View her work here
Shop That Candid Shot here
What It's Like... to be Michael Italiano
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with performance coach to Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and online fitness trainer. Growing up in Perth, Australia, it hasn’t always been a straight road for this week’s guest. Finishing high school he decided to follow his creative interests first and ended up working a 9-5 in civil structural engineering. A few years in, he realised something just wasn’t right. Taking a leap of faith, he gave it all up to pursue his passion and set up a personal training business. Remaining friends with the racing driver over the years, he never imagined his rapidly growing fitness career would land him a position as performance coach to one of the best competitors on the circuit. Packing his bags, he brought his business with him as he moved it online and set his sights on the checkered flag. To tell his story, here’s what it’s like to be Michael Italiano.
To find out more about Michael and his coaching services, visit https://www.michaelitaliano.com and to keep up with him on social, follow @michaelitaliano
What It's Like... to be Genecia Alluora
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with former Miss Singapore, serial entrepreneur and founder of Soul Rich Woman - the number one female entrepreneur club in Asia. From six figure debt to millionaire in one year, this week’s guest hasn’t always had it easy. Growing up she had been supporting herself and her family since the age of 14 by teaching extra curricular classes and it was applying for Miss Singapore that changed everything. Mastering the art of confidence, she took what she had learnt from pageantry and turned it into a coaching business. Finding success in that field, led to investing in a lucrative cafe chain and finally following her true passion in setting up the support group she currently runs. Expanding across Asia and taking it to number one, Soul Rich Woman has helped thousands achieve their dreams. Talking me through her entire journey here’s what it’s like to be Genecia Alluora.
Genecia has kindly gifted listeners:
- Secrets of Personal Branding
- How to delegate 80% of your to-do list to your assistant so that you can focus on your zone of genius
Access them here
Follow Genecia on social media @geneciaalluora, visit her website http://www.geneciaalluora.com and listen to her podcast here
What It's Like... to be Caradh O'Donovan
On today’s episode, I’m picking the brains of former world champion kickboxer and karate Olympic hopeful. Sport has been heavily featuring in her life since she can remember. Always looking for somewhere to get moving, it was walking inside a gym in her hometown of Sligo that kickstarted everything - quite literally. Taking up kickboxing took her all the way to the top as she established herself as one of the world’s best athletes in the sport. Suffering in silence, no one knew her career and life were about to turn on their heads during a holiday where her family witnessed her pain for the first time, that had been there for years. Being diagnosed with Crohn's disease didn’t hold her down however as she returned to take home the world champion title once again. Switching lanes, the athlete traded in her gloves for a karate belt and with the Olympics in sight, set about conquering a new arena. Sharing her journey so far, touching on the dark side of sport and letting me in on the realities of life as an elite athlete, here’s what it’s like to be Caradh O’Donovan.
Follow Caradh on social media @caradhodonovan and watch her TEDx talk here
What It's Like... to be Nic Hewitt
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with founder of Westlakes Hemp, Cumbria’s first CBD company. Throughout her life, this week’s guest has been faced with adversity. Diagnosed in her teenage years with Bipolar and later in her twenties with Borderline Personality Disorder, it was out of her mental health conditions that her business was born. The turning point for her came in 2015 when Storm Desmond hit and quite literally washed away her life as she knew it before. Placed on suicide watch and struggling to cope, a doctor in America suggested trying Cannabis and from there, everything took off. Researching into the healing affects of CBD oil and trying it out for herself, she was amazed with the dramatic results and set about creating an authentic retail outlet in order to help others. Talking me through everything, here’s what it’s like to be Nic Hewitt.
For more information and to shop, visit https://www.westlakeshemp.co.uk
To follow along on social media, search @westlakeshemp
What It's Like... to be Sina Sadrzadeh
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with founder of Peppercorn - an initiative connecting businesses with excess food in order to feed those who need it most in our communities. Living in Surrey, it was his summers spent in his parents’ home of Iran that sparked an entrepreneurial flare in this week’s guest. Busy testing the waters from a young age, it was time spent at university that allowed him to really get the ball rolling with the launch of his social enterprise. Noticing the amount of food waste that came from cafes and restaurants, he wanted to change the way things worked. Racking his brain for ways to redistribute the food that would otherwise end up in the bin, he came up with a system that would eventually earn him a spot at the Undergraduate of the Year Awards. To share how he did it, here’s what it’s like to be Sina Sadrzadeh.
For more about Peppercorn, visit https://gopeppercorn.com and to follow Sina on social, visit @sina.sadrzadeh
Listen to The Millennial Entrepreneur here
What It's Like... to be Vanessa Guerra
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with pit lane reporter, tv presenter and host of Red Bull’s Inside Pass MotoGP vlog series. Growing up motorbikes weren’t always in this guest’s future. It was a visit to the track to watch her brother compete in the Stock600 European Championships that changed everything. Helping out the team that day with her managerial and language skills led to a permanent position and it was all engines go from there. Adapting to the new lifestyle of living racetrack to racetrack, she quickly fell in love. From becoming the first ever female Moto2 team manager to working as Marc Marquez’s press officer at the Honda factory team, a pit lane reporter for Eurosport and most recently a Red Bull presenter - there’s not much she hasn’t encountered in the sport. Sharing all the behind the scenes of her crazy ride so far, here’s what it’s like to be Vanessa Guerra.
Find out more about Vanessa here and follow her on social media @vanessacarlotta
What It's Like... to be Ronan Michael
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with professional rugby league player for Huddersfield Giants. Growing up, he wasn’t always a sports enthusiast. It wasn’t until a school teacher had them playing rugby on their lunch breaks that he discovered his love for the game. Taking things to the next level, it was during a period of time off whilst waiting for a club transfer that he came across rugby league and before he knew it he was representing Ireland at under 17 level. Becoming the first Irish player to sign to the league in the UK since Brian Carney ten years ago and fresh from his super league debut with Huddersfield, here’s what it’s like to be Ronan Michael.
Follow Ronan on social media @ronanmichael
What It's Like... to be Conor Waters
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Irish electronic pop artist and COVID 19 doctor. Born in County Mayo, this week’s guest has always had a deep love for music. Beginning with classical piano, he quickly developed an interest in rock and reached for the guitar and drums as soon as he could. Leaving school he decided to park his musical ambitions and started studying medicine. During his time at university, he rediscovered his talent and became the keyboard player for the popular group ‘Rofi James’ - a move that would ultimately kickstart his future solo venture, Stepping on Lego. Sharing how he balances gigging with hospital shifts and how it’s been writing music whilst being on the frontline of a global pandemic, here’s what it’s like to be Conor Waters.
Follow Conor on social media here and listen to his music here
What It's Like... to be Joe Foster
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with the founder of Reebok, the British footwear and clothing company. Growing up during WWII in Bolton, this week’s guest was no stranger to the world of athletics. Hailing from the family behind JW Foster & Sons, the company that pioneered the running track spike, shoes were in his DNA. Returning home from two years of national service to a failing company, he decided to leave the family business behind and with his brother, set up Mercury Sports Footwear which would eventually evolve into the number one sportswear brand in the world - Reebok. Beginning the journey with a pair of cycling shoes, the brothers slowly took over the market, breaking America and winning the hearts of Hollywood. To share his incredible journey, here’s what it’s like to be Joe Foster.
Find out more about Joe here and buy his book Shoemaker here
Joe is also on social media so you can keep up to date with him by following @reebokthefounder
What It's Like... to be Kevin Palmieri
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with podcast entrepreneur and professional speaker. A Massachusetts native, this week’s guest struggled to find his life’s path. After deciding college wasn’t for him despite numerous offers from baseball recruiters, he set about testing the waters with a variety of jobs until he fell into what would eventually lead him to his biggest turning point yet. Making good money working in construction, no one could’ve guest that he was on the verge of suicide and following a near attempt he realised something had to change. Quitting his job and diving head first into his passion for podcast resulted in him creating the life he’s living successfully today. Sharing how he turned his dream into his reality, here’s what it’s like to be Kevin Palmieri.
Listen to The Hyper Conscious Podcast here and follow Kevin here
What It's Like... to be Fred Duffy
On today’s episode, I’m picking the brains of a serial entrepreneur. Growing up in Monaghan, this week’s guest began his roller coaster career journey as a radio officer in the British Merchant Navy. Realising it was perhaps a job that could only take him so far he left, went on to gain some more qualifications and for the next 30 years found himself working with Shell Mex and BP. Relocating back to Ireland led him to discover his first solo business idea that appeared in the form of tomatoes and well the rest is a long and exciting history. At 87 years old, having just rewritten his memoirs in the book, Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur, here’s what it’s like to be Fred Duffy.
To read Fred's book visit https://fredduffy.org/books and to keep up with him on social media follow @fredduffybooks
What It's Like... to be Varun Balsara
On today’s episode, I’m speaking with founder of The Human Entrepreneur, a network empowering young entrepreneurs with the skills to achieve their ambitions. Born and raised in Mumbai, this week’s guest struggled to find his passion. Growing up he tried numerous roles within the corporate world until he finally decided it wasn’t for him. Stumbling across entrepreneurship, he furthered his interest in the subject by enrolling in university to complete a course based on it. Whilst there he began to battle with a new challenge - social isolation and anxiety. Already living with OCD, he found finding his feet a little more challenging than expected and so founded his next business idea to solve the problem. Talking us through the whole journey, here’s what it’s like to be Varun Balsara.
Visit The Human Human Entrepreneur here
What It's Like... to be Sapphire Bates
On today’s episode, I’m speaking with the founder of The Coven, a support network for female founders. Growing up, this week’s guest expected to take a very different path in life. Wanting to study medicine, she found herself being unable to finish her A Levels and having to pivot in life and find a new adventure. Trying out a multitude of different jobs, she fell into a weekend role at a wedding florist where she worked until she had enough money saved to head off to Thailand. Finding herself at a crossroads again whilst out there, she made the decision to set up her own florist business and came back to Essex ready to begin life as a young entrepreneur. Discovering how lonely working for yourself can really be, she came up with the idea of a subscription based online support network which would eventually find itself featured in Forbes, Huff Post, Evening Standard - to name a few. Sharing her experience, here’s what it’s like to be Sapphire Bates.
Find out more about The Coven here and follow Sapphire on Instagram @sapphirejbates
What It's Like... to be Jack O'Connor
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to Ireland’s country director of Movember - the world’s leading mens’ health charity focusing on tackling prostate and testicular cancer alongside mental health and suicide prevention. Working with the charity for seven years now, non-profits were not always in this week’s guest’s future. Familiar with the concept of Movember through taking part as a college student, he was intrigued when he came across a job opening within the organisation and went along to the interview out of curiosity. Bowled over by the passion behind the campaign, he jumped at the chance to work with them and even cancelled a trip to South East Asia to begin straight away. Chatting to me about his experiences campaigning so far, why there’s been a lack of awareness for mens’ health and most importantly why we should all take part in this month's activities and donate, here’s what it’s like to be Jack O’Connor.
A quick note just to say I’ll be running 60 km throughout the month of November in support of the charity - follow the link to donate or find out how you can get involved too! https://movember.com/m/lucynorris?mc=1
What It's Like... to be Stacey Dineen
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to model and body positivity activist who also happened to win season one of The Fashion Hero, a tv series aimed at changing beauty standards. A victim of severe bullying, growing up in Limerick doesn’t hold fond memories for this week’s guest. Attempting to take her own life fifteen times, the constant jabs from peers became too much for her and she left school before she could complete her final exams. Realising she had a love for the world of entertainment, she began filling her days looking for castings and stumbled across a call for models for a new reality tv show in Canada. Taking a leap of faith, she boarded the plane and the rest is a victorious history. Now, using her platform to continue to promote body positivity and eradicate body shaming in the media, here’s what it’s like to be Stacey Dineen.
Follow Stacey on social media @staceydineen to keep up with her journey and find out more about The Fashion Hero before it kicks off for season two, here.
What It's Like... to be Ardal O'Hanlon
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to an Irish actor and stand up comedian. Spending his childhood in Monaghan, this week’s guest didn’t grow up looking for a life in the spotlight. Quite shy and introverted, he loved to read and was extremely curious about the world. Going to college, he decided he wanted to change as a person and took up debating where he got his first taste of what stand up comedy could be like. Realising he had the ability to make his peers laugh, about six months after graduating, he set up one of Ireland’s first comedy clubs with three friends in the upstairs room of the International Bar in Dublin. Taking it as far as he could in Ireland, his next move was to London where everything changed. Being approached to audition for a new series, Father Ted, was only the beginning and a few stand up tours, further TV roles such as DI Jack Mooney in Death in Paradise - led him to make quite the name for himself on the world stage. Sharing his story thus far, here’s what it’s like to be Ardal O’Hanlon.
Follow Ardal on Twitter @ardalsfolly
What It's Like... to be Nicole Ingra
On today’s episode, I’m speaking with founder of shrtcttng, a platform aimed to help people turn their stories into skills. Growing up in Brazil, this week’s guest has been fascinated with the art of story telling from as early as she can remember. Leaving a law degree behind, she went in search of creativity abroad and landed herself in London where she first began to take an interest in human behavioural studies. Catching the travel bug, she moved across Europe to Amsterdam and then to Barcelona where shrtcttng was born. Chatting to me about life as a freelancer, making friends in new cities and the importance of human connection, here’s what it’s like to be Nicole Ingra.
Listen to shrtcttng here and follow the platform @shrtcttng on Instagram.
What It's Like... to be Aaron Golub
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to the first ever legally blind D1 athlete. Born with no sight in his right eye and extremely limited vision in his left, this week’s guest has never let his disability get in the way of his ambitions. Discovering the game of football in seventh grade, it wasn’t until he was placed in the position of long snapper that he realised his full potential and became one of the stars of his high school team. Applying to college later on, he was offered a place at Tulane University where he made history as the first ever legally blind person to play college football. Not only did he pave the way for others with disabilities in his sport, he was exceptionally talented at his position and landed himself a stint as an NFL free agent. Leaving football behind after college to work as a motivational speaker and coach, he now spends time sharing his story in the hopes of inspiring others. Offering up his words of wisdom, here’s what it’s like to be Aaron Golub.
For more Information on Aaron and his work, visit https://www.aarongolub.com and to follow him on social media, visit @aaronjgolub
What It's Like... to be Josh White
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to co-founder of CanO Water, an infinitely recyclable alternative to single use plastic bottles in the form of a resealable can of natural spring water. From a young age, this week’s guest always knew to follow his passion. Despite initial fears and a lack of confidence, he took his love for art and music and turned it into a day job setting up a successful events company at 18 and carving a career in DJing that’s taken him across the globe. Little did he know that a trip to Thailand with two friends would soon change everything. Shocked by the plastic pollution they encountered on that holiday, the three friends returned home determined to find a solution to one of the world’s biggest threats. Coming up with the idea to put water in a can was just the beginning of their incredible journey and sharing the entire experience, here’s what it’s like to be Josh White.
Shop CanO Water here and follow them on social media @canowater
Follow Josh on Instagram @josh_white1
What It's Like... to be Lauren Tickner
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of Impact School, a platform helping businesses make a global impact by scaling online. From a young age, this ambitious Forbes top ten entrepreneur envisioned a life of success. At 18 she left school and went straight into the corporate world of asset management where she thought she’d climb her way up the ladder but quickly realised this wouldn’t be the path for her. Miserable in her job, she turned to her other love for an escape - fitness - and built up an online platform to share her journey. With a community big enough to leave her job for, she began living life as an influencer and it wasn’t until she was dropped from the Gymshark athlete programme that everything changed. Noticing a need for help when it came to scaling online businesses, she set to work devising a method that would eventually land her on the Forbes list and take her to Dubai where she lives now. Chatting to me about how it started, the pressures of being a young CEO and what it really means to be successful, here’s what it’s like to be Lauren Tickner.
For more information on Impact School, visit https://impact-school.com and follow Lauren on social media @laurentickner
What It's Like... to be Thomas Arnold
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of Fearless Media and The Go House, Ireland’s first and only Tik Tok house. From as early as fourteen years old, this week’s guest has been making videos. A big fan of Youtube, he had ambitions to make it on the platform and started out sharing information videos on cricket. Fast forward a few years, after having taken a break from content creation, he became fully focused on pursuing a career in videography and it’s safe to say his hard work paid off. Established and settled as founder of a media company, he felt it was time for a new venture and together with his co-founder came up with the idea to put ten creators in a house and document the experience. The Go House came to life after just eight weeks of planning and caused quite the stir across the country. Sharing his journey thus far, here’s what it’s like to be Thomas Arnold.
For more information on Fearless Media visit https://fearlessmedia.ie/ and to keep up with The Go House follow them on Youtube and Instagram.
Follow Thomas on Youtube and Instagram @itsthomasarnold.
What It's Like... to be Lucy Wolfe
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with sleep consultant and bestselling author. One of six children, this week’s guest was surrounded by an ethos of entrepreneurship growing up. Opening her own property auctioneering business at just 23, she quickly learnt what it took to make an idea come to life and then better yet, make a success out of it. Over the years, she established herself in her chosen space but after having her first child and experiencing difficulty finding resources and information on sleep training, she decided to delve deeper into the field and so Sleep Matters was born. Changing up careers completely, she swapped auctioneering for paediatric sleep consultancy and since then she’s become a best selling author, amassed a huge following and gained fans in quite a few celebrities. Talking me through her tried and tested method, building a powerful brand and working with Vogue Williams, here’s what it’s like to be Lucy Wolfe.
Find more information on Sleep Matters here and follow Lucy on social media here
What It's Like... to be Dragos Pascu
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with former bodybuilder and founder of Pascu Media, a growth focused online marketing agency. Not one to shy away from adversity, this week’s guest has quite the story. Growing up in Romania and enduring a lot of bullying as a child, he found solace in sport early on - a theme that would crop up time and time again for the ambitious entrepreneur. Taking part in martial arts at a high level, he searched for the same outlet a few years later when studying in the UK but instead discovered a new found love for weights and the gym. This need for an escape led him to try his hand at bodybuilding and it’s safe to say a hobby quickly turned into a dangerous obsession that nearly meant he missed out on graduation. Taking part in competitions took over his life and it wasn’t until he reached the crossroads of going pro with the help of steroids, that he decided it didn’t have a place in his life anymore. Moving to London following graduation he was faced with a challenge once again, this time involving extortionate rent prices and a cost of living in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Taking a leap of faith, he spent everything he had on a camera and well the rest is an exciting history. Sharing his story from day one, here’s what it’s like to be Dragos Pascu.
Work with Pascu Media here and follow Dragos on social media @pascudragos
Listen to his podcast, The Grateful Show, here
What It's Like... to be Katie Yara Diasti
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with founder and CEO of Viv for your V, earth friendly period care delivered straight to your door. Growing up in Tampa, Florida surrounded by a large family filled will entrepreneurial spirit, it wasn't a huge surprise that this week’s guest would go on to create something of her own. Moving to Boston to study Marketing and Managing Social Impact, it was during an assignment for an elective that her idea was born. Realising the harmful impact period pads were having on the environment, she set out to find the solution and so was the beginning of the bamboo fibre, 95 per cent biodegradable product, she is behind today. Sharing how she brought her vision to life, here’s what it’s like to be Katie Yara Diasti.
*Katie has kindly offered listeners a discount on Viv products so use WHATITSLIKE10 at the checkout for money off your order.
For more information on Viv for your V, visit https://vivforyourv.com and follow them on social media @vivforyourv
See them in Forbes here
What It's Like... to be Georgia Blizzard
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Australian actress and star of ITV’s latest six part drama series, The Singapore Grip. Coming from Tasmania, this week’s guest grew up immersed in performing from as early as she can remember. Discovering dance and music at the age of four, it wasn’t until her last few years in school she found acting and decided to head to Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art to take things further. Graduating from college she secured a feature in Australia’s most iconic show, Home and Away and from there, her career took off. Acting alongside Chris Hemsworth in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston in Emu Runner and now playing the role of Joan Blackett on ITV, she really is one to watch. Sharing her experiences thus far here’s what it’s like to be Georgia Blizzard.
Follow Georgia on social media @georgiablizzard and watch The Singapore Grip here.
What It's Like... to be Laura Belyea
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with co-founder of Talivest, a company empowering organisations to improve their employee experience through its suite of data-driven products and who, in her spare time, also happens to be a recording artist. Born in Montreal, the female entrepreneur is an absolute pro at taking leaps of faith. From setting up her own HR business in Canada to moving to Ireland, meeting her co-founder and starting what would become her next chapter in life, she certainly knows a thing or two about perseverance and embracing new adventures. Spending her time off indulging in her other passion - music - she has also managed to successfully launch herself into the Irish music scene. Chatting to me about being a woman in business, juggling two demanding day jobs and the behind the scenes of her journey so far, here’s what it’s like to be Laura Belyea.
For more information on Talivest, visit https://talivest.com and to listen to Laura's music visit https://laurabelyea.com
What It's Like... to be Tom Burden
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with founder and CEO of Grypmat, the multi purpose non-slip flexible tool tray. Coming from a small conservative farming town in Ohio, this week’s guest didn’t grow up in an area that encouraged becoming hugely successful. Struggling with imposter syndrome, he began his working life in the Airforce National Guard so he could go to college and study mechanical engineering. From his early days playing with lego, he’d always had a knack for innovation so it was no surprise that on identifying a big pain point in his job as a jet mechanic, he set about creating a solution. Tired of his tools sliding off the curved surface of the aircraft, he took inspiration from the non-slip phone mat in his mom’s car and Grypmat was born. Bringing the product to life is only the beginning of his incredible story as he quickly sold to the likes of NASA, the FBI, Disney and secured fans in the Shark Tank judges where he appeared to successfully pitch his idea. Named one of 2018’s best innovators by Time Magazine, here’s what it’s like to be Tom Burden.
Shop Grypmat here and follow them on social media here @grypmat
What It's Like... to be Max Hart
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with an Irish TCR racing driver and finalist of Motorsport Ireland/Sport Ireland Young Driver of The Year. A true family affair, this week’s guest grew up surrounded by motorsports. Taking advantage of the go-karts they had in the garage, he quickly fell in love and worked hard to take things to the next level. Being nominated for Young Driver of the Year, opened doors for him and his time in single seaters took him from Formula Vee all the way to Asia to compete with Formula 4 and test a Formula 3 car. Now trying his hand at Tour Car Racing, he is battling his way through the championship with his eyes firmly locked on the top spot. Sharing his experiences so far, here’s what it’s like to be Max Hart.
Keep up to date with Max and his racing career by following him @maxhartracing
What It's Like... to be Gabriela Hersham
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with founder and CEO of Huckletree, a company building co-working hubs and communities across the UK and Ireland. Growing up in an entrepreneurial household, this week’s guest knew from an early age what it would take to create a successful business. However, despite studying the subject at university, it was the world of film that first caught her eye for which she moved to New York to pursue. Coming to the realisation that becoming a working actress was perhaps an unrealistic career for the ambitious entrepreneur, she decided to leave it and the city behind and pick up her life back in London. She didn’t return from America with nothing though, as during her time there she discovered the concept of co-working and had an idea brewing ever since. Enlisting the help of her co-founder once settled back in the UK, she set to work drawing up plans for what would soon become Huckletree, her very own collection of co-working spaces with an emphasis on supporting innovation and cultivating communities. Sharing how she did it and everything in between, here’s what it’s like to be Gabriela Hersham.
To see what Huckletree has to offer, visit https://www.huckletree.com and keep up to date with them on social media @huckletree
Follow Gabriela on social media @gabrielahersham
What It's Like... to be Emilio Behr
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with one of Amsterdam’s rising music stars. Growing up in the home of EDM, it didn’t take long before this week’s guest had transformed his childhood bedroom into a makeshift studio. Teaching himself the ins and outs of mixing via Youtube tutorials and industry blogs, at just thirteen years old he was ready to take the stage and entertain crowds. It was during this time he secured his first gig with the help of friend Martin Garrix and from there, things only went up. Deciding to pursue the career full time, he delved into producing his own tracks and landed his first international show playing the opening slot at Ushuaïa Ibiza. Not long after, he teamed up with Martin once again and released the track that would attract eyes from some major record labels. Since that day, the Justin Mylo brand has grown from strength to strength and the 24 year old has no intentions of stopping anytime soon. Chatting to me about the early days, pressures of living such a hectic lifestyle, the effects of the virus and his new release Still Around, here’s what it’s like to be Emilio Behr.
Listen to Still Around here and follow Emilio on social media here
What It's Like... to be Clara Baldwin
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with CEO and founder of Ground Plan Studio marketing agency and Peace Over Pieces domestic abuse non profit. Coming from a multi-national family, growing up in the conservative state of Missouri was an interesting experience for this week’s guest. Being made to feel different due to the ethnicity of her parents wasn’t the only hurdle she had to overcome however, as she was also a victim of domestic abuse. At just 16, realising the severity of her family’s situation, she founded a drop shipping company in an attempt to earn money to move her mother and siblings out of home. The setting up of her online store, Soak Boutique, gave the ambitious young founder an insight into what would become her entrepreneurial future. In junior year of college, inspiration struck her again as she brainstormed ways to pay her tuition fees and so was the beginnings of Ground Plan Studio. Fast forward six months, her marketing agency now boasts over 50 clients including the likes of Lisa Vanderpump and Postmates and her non profit organisation to help domestic abuse survivors connect, is in full bloom. Sharing her journey, here’s what it’s like to be Clara Baldwin.
For more information on Ground Plan Studio visit https://www.gpsmarketing.info and to learn more about Peace Over Pieces visit https://www.peace-over-pieces.org
Keep up with Clara on social media by following @clara.baldwin
What It's Like... to be Mark Ferris
It's the 50 TH EPISODE... and today I’m chatting to Youtube star and one of the UK’s biggest online influencers. From the start, this week’s guest knew he was heading for the world of entertainment. Interested in editing and stitching pieces of film together, he chose to study the subject at university where he fell in love with the idea of setting up a Youtube channel. Releasing fun challenge videos with his sister’s friend, it wasn’t long before he’d built up a following and made a name for himself in the online space. Going full time on the platform just six months after graduating uni, his audience now boasts numbers of over one million people and hasn’t stopped growing since the very first day he clicked upload. Sharing his thoughts on how Youtube has changed throughout the years, finding fame on the internet and his important decision to speak about mental health struggles on his channel, here’s what it’s like to be Mark Ferris.
Watch Mark's videos here and follow him on social media here
*I can’t believe we’re already at 50 episodes so a huge thank you to anyone who continues to support the show, it means the world to me! Here's to 50 more!!
What It's Like... to be Ger Redmond
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with an Irish professional triathlete, coach and founder of the #prison2pro programme. Growing up in Darndale, this week’s guest had dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Despite being faced with massive adversity, at age 15 he was scouted to play in Scotland where he was offered a youth training scholarship. Just six months into his time there, his future was shattered when he received the call from home telling him his father had been sentenced to prison for manslaughter. Returning to Ireland, he found himself in an impossible situation, being left to care for his five siblings without any parental guidance. Under threat in the community, he turned to a local criminal gang for protection and to put food on the table for his family. In 2013, this led to a two year prison sentence for drug offences. Leaving prison and witnessing the death of his close friend, he realised it was time to break the cycle and look towards creating a brighter future for himself and his family. Surrounding himself with positive people, one day he went to watch a triathlon and well, the rest is history. Now a professional Irish athlete and coach, he is hoping by telling his story he’ll inspire others to change their generation too. Here’s what it’s like to be Ger Redmond.
For more information on Ger's coaching programmes, visit https://gerredmond.com
Follow Ger on social media @gerredmond5
What It's Like... to be Seth Hills
On today’s episode, I’m joined by one of Holland’s best up and coming DJs, producers and STMPD RCRDS artist. Beginning to mix music at just fifteen years old in his bedroom, it wasn’t long before this young creative from Apeldoorn, caught people’s attention. Curating a unique sound by mixing electronic genres, his energy gained fans in the likes of Martin Garrix who eventually signed him to his record label in 2018. Since then it’s been all guns blazing for the Dutch talent, putting out fresh music and touring some of the world’s biggest stages including Tomorrowland, Ultra Singapore, Mysteryland, Amsterdam Dance Event, as well as in China, Taiwan and Japan. Taking 2020 by storm with the release of his first EP, Void - here’s what it’s like to be Seth Hills.
Visit Seth's website here
Listen to VOID here
Follow Seth on Instagram here
What It's Like... to be Torey Cassidy
On today’s episode, I’m joined by fashion assistant and founder of Torey Iola Vintage. A creative from the very start, it wasn’t long before this week’s guest decided on a career in fashion, which would ultimately take her to the heart of the industry in the city of London. Quickly realising a lack of information and entry ports into the Irish industry, she shifted her focus to a course in London College of Fashion and was accepted to study fashion journalism where she’s been for the last few years. Since then she’s set up an online community to help others navigate kickstarting their career in the space and launched her own vintage depop shop. Sharing her experiences with internships in magazines such as Marie Claire and Fabulous, the realities of moving away from home for the first time, misconceptions about the industry, using social media to boost your chances and the contrast between opportunities in the UK and Ireland - here’s what it’s like to be Torey Cassidy.
Keep up with Torey on social media - @toreycassidy
Shop Torey Iola Vintage - https://www.depop.com/toreycassidy/ & @toreyiolavinatage
Visit Tastemakers for fashion career advice - https://www.tastemakersireland.com
What It's Like... to be Peter Kozodoy
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to author, speaker and co-founder of GEM Advertising. Growing up this week’s guest had quite the different start to life than what you would expect looking at his LinkedIn today. Putting on a pair of ice skates at the age of three, he had his sights set on taking his figure skating career all the way to the Olympics. Learning the harsh realities of failure at a young age when this didn’t happen, gave him the drive he needed to pursue his other passion for business and entrepreneurship. Now, co-founder of a multi million dollar advertising agency, TEDx speaker and author of Honest to Greatness, an observation on how today’s leaders use brutal honesty to achieve massive success - I think it’s safe to say all that time learning to pivot on the ice translated pretty well into real life as he transformed a hard situation into a fully fledged corporate success story. To tell us how he did it, here’s what it’s like to be Peter Kozodoy.
Visit Peter's website here
Buy his book here
Watch his TEDx Talk here
Follow him on social media here
What It's Like... to be Diana Goodwin
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of AquaMobile and MarketBox, two companies tackling challenges within global mobile workforces. Starting her first business at just 19, the Toronto native struggles to remember a time when she wasn’t concocting new ideas and ways to solve problems in the consumer market. Juggling an online swimming lesson service with a college course, she quickly realised just how much of a spark she had for entrepreneurship and has never looked back since. Laying the foundations for AquaMobile whilst completing her MBA, she has managed to expand her service worldwide - even securing a deal with the Canadian version of Dragons' Den that she didn’t end up needing to sign onto. Operating the online swim school off of a unique SAAS software she had built in - house, she noticed the bigger opportunity was in the technology and so, her latest venture, MarketBox, was born. Chatting to me from lockdown in South America, here’s what it’s like to be Diana Goodwin.
For more information on AquaMobile, visit https://aquamobileswim.com and to see how MarketBox could help you, visit https://www.gomarketbox.com
What It's Like... to be Sartek
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to one of India’s first electronic dance music producers and DJs. Raised in a traditional New Delhi family of chartered accountants, his career path was set out for him before he was even born. One evening having celebratory drinks following the completion of an accountancy exam, the young creative spotted a poster for a Dutch DJ who was playing a gig in his area and he never looked back. Taking music production classes at an academy in secret, he quickly realised he had quite the talent for it and began uploading his tracks to social media where they quickly gained traction. Becoming the first Indian to sign with Hardwell’s record label, things were snowballing for him until right before his first international gig in 2015 when tragedy stuck with the passing of his father. A pivotal point in his career, it was from that moment he decided to really go for it and seven years later he is a pioneer in his field and one of India’s best. Opening for artists such as Justin Bieber Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki, here’s what it’s like to be Sartek.
What It's Like... to be Alexandra Ryan
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to CEO and founder of Goss.ie. Stepping on to the stage at age six, this week’s guest has been in love with the glitz and glam of the entertainment world for as long as she can remember. Religiously watching award shows, she could’ve never imagined a few years down the line she’d be hosting her very own version in Dublin’s Mansion House and sitting shoulder to shoulder with celebs and media moguls alike. Having an immediate knack for journalism, it was no surprise the ambitious young entrepreneur spent her early twenties taking the Irish industry by storm, winning Showbiz Journalist of the Year at just 22 years old. Working for the Herald, presenting a slot on Xposé and writing features at the Mail on Sunday, it was after being denied an editor position in 2014 that she took a leap of faith and launched her very own entertainment news outlet, Goss.ie. Sharing her thoughts on the harshness of the industry, the secret to her success and gender inequality in business, here’s what it’s like to be Alexandra Ryan.
Read Goss here and follow @goss.ie on Instagram for daily updates.
What It's Like... to be Daniel Cray
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to co-founder of Phizz, the 2-in-1 multivitamin hydration tablet. Moving around a lot as a child, this week’s guest always knew travel would be ingrained in his future one way or another. Originally from Australia, it was continuous long haul flying that would eventually spark the brainwave behind his company, which he founded with two other friends. Sick of having to combine energy tablets with rehydration products to combat the knock out effect of almost 24 hours in the air, the trio saw a gap in the effervescent market and jumped at it. No science background between them, they enlisted the help of their Oxford-grad friend and the rest is a short four year history. Attracting the likes of Emirates, Liverpool and even the Grammy’s goody bags, it’s safe to say they’ve got off to a flying start. Becoming the number one seller on Amazon in their field and the first effervescent tablet to appear on an airline, it’s only the beginning for this young brand. Talking me through the whole journey, here’s what it’s like to be Daniel Cray.
Learn more about Phizz here and shop them on Amazon here
Follow the story of the brand via their Instagram page @phizz
What It's Like... to be Eric Bizzarri
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to a Canadian film and artistic director. Living in the town of Vaughan just outside Toronto, this week’s guest grew up surrounded by the hustle and bustle of film sets as he started acting at just ten years old. Finding catharsis in words, the young creative turned to script writing following a sexual assault he experienced in high school and continued on to pursue his new found passion at the University of York. Penning his first short film, Cold Hands, about the incident, he got a flavour of how impactful his work could be after being invited to speak on sexual violence across numerous stages. Choosing to centre his work around toxic masculinity and male to male abuse, his current project and new release Pressure Play, was his first production out of college and a defining moment in the directors career. Alongside film making, he is also co-founder of the Future of Film showcase which screens Canadian short films and today shares with me what it really takes to make movie magic. Here’s what it’s like to be Eric Bizzarri.
IMDb - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7161413/
Eric's films - https://vimeo.com/ericbizzarri
Future of Film Showcase - https://www.ericbizzarri.com/fofs
Podcast - https://www.instagram.com/thisyearpodcast/
What It's Like... to be Lynn Hunter
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of Hunter Communications and The Collaborations Agency, the first of its kind in Ireland. Growing up in Dublin, the entrepreneur had been adventurous from the word go but it was a summer spent in Paris after graduating from school, that changed everything. Bitten by the travel bug, she landed herself a role working on airlines in London where she learnt a lot about the day to day operations of a brand and more importantly, how to publicise and manage its reputation. Returning back home a few years later, she fell into her calling as a PR manager and dove straight into the industry head first. Making a name for herself pounding the pavement, lead to an opportunity to go out on her own and well, the rest is an almost 12 year history. Chatting to me about the importance of online creators, the longevity of influencers and how she grew her company from a two women show in her upstairs bedroom to a bustling office of people in the centre of the city, here’s what it’s like to be Lynn Hunter.
For more on Hunter Communications visit https://www.huntercommunications.ie
For more on The Collaborations Agency visit https://www.thecollaborationsagency.com
What It's Like... to be DJ Makasi
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to an international DJ and Tomorrowland local. His story starts after a promising career in skateboarding didn’t work out following an injury. Losing sponsorship and any chance of getting back on the board, the young creative quickly found his other love - music. Playing in his first club at just 14 years old, he quickly dominated the Antwerp scene and made a name for himself. Securing regular club spots and festival gigs, it was a performance in Valencia that really got people talking. Making connections there, took him on an adventure to India where he found himself playing on the main stage of Sunburn Festival and ultimately touring the rest of Asia. Since 2012, he has been a local at Tomorrowland and today he joins me to share what the life of a DJ is really like, the ups and downs of one of the world’s most glamorous careers, the effects of Corona Virus on the entertainment industry and how he found his unique sound in a saturated market. From Antwerp, Belgium, here’s what it’s like to be DJ Makasi.
Listen to Makasi's tracks and find out more here
What It's Like... to be Klyn Elsbury
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to a neuroscience expert, writer and author living with Cystic Fibrosis. Born with the genetic disorder, this week’s guest had no ordinary childhood. Living in 23 different cities before the age of 18 as her family struggled to finance her illness, she became an incredibly imaginative kid, a trait that would soon become the foundation blocks to her future career success. Being fired from a job in recruitment due to multiple hospitalisations, the ambitious entrepreneur found herself on social security disability - little did she know at the time that while couch surfing off Craig’s List, she had reached the beginning of her pivotal adventure. Surviving well past her estimated life expectancy of 14, now in her thirties, she hasn’t let anything hold her down. Writing a book from the hospital bed, speaking on stages across the US and becoming an expert in the field of neurolinguistic programming, here’s what it’s like to be Klyn Elsbury.
For more information about Kyln, visit www.sicklyconfidential.com
What It's Like... to be Joe Duffy
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to Irish broadcaster and host of RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline. Finding his passion for conversation through his early work as a social worker, radio has been a huge part of his life for as long as he can remember. Coming across a newspaper ad for a producing training scheme at Ireland’s national broadcaster, he jumped at the chance and dove straight into what would become his new world. Beginning as a producer on the Pat Kenny show, it wasn’t long before the ambitious young talent found himself being called up to work alongside Gay Byrne and well, it all kicked off from there. Landing Liveline, gaining a reputation as the man of the people, dabbling in TV work and penning three books are just some of the experiences today’s guest has encountered. Sharing his journey, here’s what it’s like to Joe Duffy.
Listen to Liveline - https://www.rte.ie/radio1/liveline/
Follow Joe on Twitter - @joeliveline
Read Children of the Troubles , Children of the Rising and Joe's Autobiography
What It's Like... to be Jinny Oh
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of WANDR, an award-winning product strategy and UX design firm with the mission of building user friendly, appealing B2B SaaS products. Born in South Korea, this ambitious entrepreneur developed a love for travel and the open-mindedness gained from such experiences, from a young age. Moving to the U.S. with her family and eventually settling in LA, she embraced the digital nomad lifestyle and never looked back. Not one to let fear get in the way of her ideas, fresh from college she took a prototype of an app all the way to Shanghai to seek investment - an adventure that would mark the beginning of what was to come, eventually. Sharing her journey from landing in huge personal debt to creating and launching an award winning tech company, here’s what it’s like to be Jinny Oh.
For more information on WANDR, visit https://wandr.studio
What It's Like... to be Dan Pfadenhauer, Matthew Hoare & Nico Lomas
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founders of the Tribus podcast, a show discussing modern life with nothing off limits! Meeting through a mutual friend, the three guys come from a range of backgrounds, with two owning their own media companies and the other a law graduate. They joined me to delve deeper into the world of podcasting, what it takes to establish that power dynamic, picking themes, topics and finding your niche in a saturated market - ultimately this episode is your how to guide to starting a podcast. With out further ado, here’s what it’s like to be Dan, Matthew and Nico of the Tribus podcast.
Listen to The Tribus Podcast here.
What It's Like... to be Niamh Tallon
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of Her Sport, a media platform focused on bringing audiences the latest Irish and international women’s sports news. Involved in sports from as early as she could remember, this week’s guest has tried her hand at pretty much everything from ballet to soccer but it was swimming that captured her attention and made her fall in love with competition. Leaving the sport behind to focus on studies at age 17, it wasn’t until university that she rediscovered her passion for the pool in an attempt to widen her social circles and opened her eyes to something she had been fortunately shielded from for most of her life - inequality for women in sports. A topic that stayed with her after college, she decided to take her digital marketing skills and use them to create an online platform that celebrated women in sport and gave them a mouthpiece like never before. Two years on, Her Sport is making waves and growing by the day. Sharing how she did it, here’s what it’s like to be Niamh Tallon.
For more information and to follow the work of Her Sport, visit https://hersport.ie
What It's Like... to be Marty Guilfoyle
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to one of Ireland’s favourite DJ’s and radio hosts. Tuning in to a show whilst studying one day, this week’s guest knew he had a love for broadcast from the moment he heard it. Calling up his local station asking for a slot soon led to numerous opportunities that would shape the stellar resume he’s created thus far. Working at stations such as Beat, Spin 1038 and Spin SouthWest, he spent many years stretching himself seven days a week between the radio booth and nightclubs and festivals where he made a real go at his other passion - DJing. Now almost ten years into his career and having managed to strike the perfect balance between performing at venues and hosting shows on Spin, here’s what it’s like to be Marty Guilfoyle.
Follow Marty on social media - @martyguilfoyle
Listen to his show on SPIN 1038 - SPIN XTRA
Listen to Marty's music - https://lnkfi.re/12Step
What It's Like... to be Alan Lazaros
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to a peak performance coach and business consultant. Growing up in Massachusetts, this week’s guest is definitely no stranger to ambition. Setting goals around making it in corporate America from a young age, it wasn’t until he experienced a life altering accident that he realised his so called six figure success was making him miserable. Surviving the near fatal car crash was just the beginning of the story for the inspiring coach as he took the terrible trauma as an opportunity to finally live the life he had always wanted deep down. Spreading his message through coaching, speaking and his podcast that he hosts with friend, Kevin, the Hyper Conscious Podcast, here’s what it’s like to be Alan Lazaros.
Visit Alan's website for more information on his services and to listen to his podcast - https://thehyperconsciouspodcast.com
Alan's Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgjOTKupZbYbWYlSpFnd5cA
Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
Tony Robbins TED Talk
Today Matters by John C Maxwell
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
What It's Like... to be Conor Leen
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder and CEO of Stampify, a social enterprise that allows users to fight world hunger by completing a loyalty card with stamps from partner businesses. Cycling home from work one day, this week’s young entrepreneur stumbled across a full loyalty card he had that resulted in a free burrito. Noticing a homeless man sitting outside the shop, it wasn’t until he was in the comfort of his home that evening enjoying the free food he could’ve easily paid for, that he had a eureka moment. Gathering together a group of college friends, he set to work on creating a non profit organisation set to change the face of our world hunger epidemic. Navigating pivotal roadblocks along the way, sharing thoughts on today’s pressures to achieve success at a young age and most importantly how he did it - here’s what it’s like to be Conor Leen.
Download Stampify here: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/stampify-charity-loyalty-card/id1483920711
What It's Like... to be Aoife McNamara
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to fashion designer and founder of AOIFE IRELAND. Noticing her love for fashion from a young age, this week’s guest wasted no time in pursuing her dream and enrolled in a university course to study fashion design the minute she left secondary school. Finding herself interning in New York for the one and only, Marc Jacobs, it was evident the up and coming designer had a bright future ahead and continued to take things further by moving to Paris following graduation, to fully immerse herself in the industry. Returning home to Ireland from the French capital, she began gifting pieces of her collection to Instagram influencers and from there, things started to take off. Focusing on using only sustainable Irish materials, her designs landed her on the runway of Paris Fashion Week last year, showcasing her Autumn Winter collection. Sharing insights into the new role of social media in the growth of the fashion industry, what it’s really like working as a designer in Ireland and how she burst onto the scene, here’s what it’s like to be Aoife McNamara.
Shop Aoife's clothing by visiting https://www.aoifeireland.com and keep up with her on social media @aoife_ireland / @aoifemcnamarax
What It's Like... to be Stuart Forsyth
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to CEO and founder of coffee company, Minor Figures. Growing up surrounded by Australia’s rich cafe culture, this week’s guest got his start in the industry when he co-founded everyone’s favourite reusable KeepCup, with his brother and sister. Responsible for the brand’s growth in Europe, he began to immerse himself in the continent’s coffee market and in 2014, stumbled upon a gap for nitro cold brew in London. Inspired by what he had seen on travels to Japan, Minor Figures was created with a focus on sustainability and sells only 100 percent plant based products. Sharing his thoughts on entrepreneurship, how he built his company and the impacts of COVID 19 on the coffee industry, here’s what it’s like to be Stuart Forsyth.
For more information on Minor Figures, visit https://minorfigures.com
What It's Like... to be Victoriah Bech
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to a former Danish reality TV star, professional dancer, recording artist and vegan activist. Beginning her entertainment career at the age of two, by twelve this ambitious performer had already signed onto her own reality TV show that would eventually lead her to make the big move to LA. Leaving behind a recording contract in Denmark, the then eighteen year old had her sights set on the City of Angels and packed her bags to follow her dreams all by herself. Settling into the crazy whirlwind of Los Angeles didn’t quite pan out the way she’d hoped and it took a near fatal facial disease to give her the wake up call she’d been searching for. Sharing her rise to fame, how she navigated the toxic nature of the notorious city and her journey with Veganism alongside founding her nonprofit organisation, Starts With One Today - here’s what it’s like to be Victoriah Bech.
Visit Starts With One Today via https://startswithonetoday.com
Victoriah's music: https://www.youtube.com/user/VictoriahBechVEVO
What It's Like... to be Niall Phelan
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of The Naked Collective, a brewing company producing a range of natural, healthy beverages, built around your daily needs. Leaving behind a successful corporate career in the drinks industry, this week’s guest felt it was time to do things his own way and began building what would soon become Rye River Brewing Company. Discovering he no longer had a vested interest in producing alcoholic drinks, he sold up and set out to create a new carbon neutral venture that centred around the philosophy to do no harm and do good where possible. Mixing up plants, vitamins and water, The Naked Collective, found its home in Kildare and aims to enhance your body to suit every occasion - whether that be work, sleep, chill, play or a much needed immuno boost. Taking me through the journey from day one, here’s what it’s like to be Niall Phelan.
The Naked Collective: https://www.thenakedcollective.com/password
What It's Like... to be Sabrina Stocker
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of My Tennis Events who also happens to be an ex-Apprentice candidate. Sitting in front of her TV at age nine, this week’s guest can remember being mesmerised by Lord Sugar’s board room from the moment she saw it. Taking her first steps into the world of business at just 14 she has since built herself up quite the career. Making it to the final five of The Apprentice season 13 wasn’t the first time she’d experienced success, as prior to becoming a household name she had escalated her tennis events company to become the leading player in its field. Solving issues with shopping during COVID via her new online ordering platform, Shopping Slot, and lending a hand to budding entrepreneurs through a new coaching scheme, there’s little this individual can’t do. Sharing her story of how she did it, here’s what it’s like to be Sabrina Stocker.
My Tennis Events: https://www.mytennisevents.com
Shopping Slot: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/17/former-apprentice-star-launches-website-shows-shopping-slots-available-near-12569501/
Business Coaching: https://www.sabrinastocker.com/mentorship
What It's Like... to be Benjamin Loh
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Asia’s youngest certified speaking professional. Following a childhood of intense bullying, this week’s guest left behind a traditional career in accountancy for a lifetime of sharing his stories to inspire others. Taking Singapore’s corporate sector by storm, this individual is no stranger to a Ted X stage and has transformed the mindsets of some of the continent’s most influential business leaders with his words alone. Author, voice of the millennial generation and self-confessed introvert, the speaker and coach knows how to make and impact and then some! Here’s what it’s like to be Benjamin Loh.
For more information on Benjamin's services and to order his book visit https://benjaminloh.sg.
Ted X talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAxLVYP_nIE
What It's Like... to be Louise Cooney
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with one of Ireland’s biggest fashion, travel and lifestyle bloggers. Born and raised in Limerick, it was clear from a very young age that this guest had a knack for spotting style. Spending time in the modelling industry as a teenager and editing a magazine at university, it was a move to New York for a job at Tourism Ireland that propelled her into the social media world. Sharing her outfits on her lunch breaks soon grew into a fully fledged influencing career and when she returned home to Ireland it was evident big changes were coming her way. Sitting shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Kris Jenner at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, jet setting off to places like the Maldives and walking the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival are just some of the crazy experiences she has encountered. Sharing her journey thus far, here’s what it’s like to be Louise Cooney.
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What It's Like... to be André Bastié
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with co-founder and CEO of Happy Scribe, a transcription tool for researchers, journalists, podcasters and media production companies. Growing up in a small French village, this week’s guest always had a love for creating new things and by the age of 15 he was already deep into his first entrepreneurial project. Moving to Dublin to further his studies, he fell in love with the international vibe of the city and it was here his life changed forever. Tasked with transcribing over 10 hours of research, he felt that in this day and age there had to be a better way to translate audio files into written word without manually listening to his own voice drone on for days. So with the help of his roommate, he set out to find the solution and such is the story behind what would soon become his fully fledged transcription technology company, just two years later. From his family home in Paris, here’s what it’s like to be André Bastié.
For more information on Happy Scribe, visit http://www.happyscribe.co
What It's Like... to be Pippa Moyle
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with founder and CEO of the City Girl Network. Starting out her career in journalism as a way to entertain her passion for music, this female founder had her sights set on making a difference from the very beginning. Experiencing that all too familiar sense of graduate anxiety and fish-out-of-water syndrome, she left the world of PR and chaotic city of London for the idyllic shores of Brighton - where the lightbulb moment struck. Setting up an event in the hope to make some friends in her new city, she quickly realised the power of people in numbers and thus, the idea to create a global network of likeminded women finding their feet in new places across the globe, was born. Sharing her story, here’s what it’s like to be Pippa Moyle.
For more information on the City Girl Network, visit https://citygirlnetwork.com and find them on social media @citygirlnetwork.
What It's Like... to be Lisa Quinlan
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with owner of The Rolling Donut and Wildflower Cafe. Born with the delicious doughy baked goods running through her veins, this female entrepreneur had her sights set on growing the family business from the moment she was old enough to walk. Spending summers as a child helping her dad sell donuts from his stall at festivals, it came as no surprise that she would eventually look to carve out a career for herself in the food industry. Returning home from Australia many years later with a new found hunger for success, this week’s guest hit the ground running opening up a brand new cafe alongside a fresh location as part of The Rolling Donut rebrand. Against all odds, she persevered and now heads up one of Dublin’s most successful donut chains. With all that being said, here’s what it’s like to be Lisa Quinlan.
For more information on The Rolling Donut visit: https://www.therollingdonut.ie and for Wildflower Cafe see: http://www.wildflowercafe.ie
What It's Like... to be Ibrahim Alkurd
On today’s episode I’m chatting with founder and CEO of New Mine, a company specialising in deploying enterprise-level blockchain mining operations. What began as an interest in cryptocurrency, soon transformed into a successful company - which at just 19 years old, he brought to life, in his med-school dorm room. Now 23, I think it’s fair to say we could all learn a thing or two from the ambitious entrepreneur who has also found himself co-founding a digital asset hedge fund in Palm Beach, gaining membership to the Forbes-approved Young Entrepreneurs Council and setting up his own charity targeted at providing sustainable aid to impoverished communities. Speaking to me about his journey, here’s what it’s like to be Ibrahim Alkurd.
For more information on New Mine visit https://www.newmine.io, Lavaliere Capital see https://lavalierecapital.com and Samar Foundation go to https://samarfoundation.weebly.com.
Young Entrepreneur Council: https://yec.co
Ibrahim's words on Forbes.com: https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2020/04/29/entrepreneurial-lessons-learned-from-launching-a-company-in-medical-school/
What It's Like... to be Stephen Weinmann
On today’s episode, I’m chatting to founder of Bike, Row, Ski and Performance Therapy Ireland. Swapping an engineering degree for a full on career in the world of fitness and physical therapy, this week’s founder has never been one to shy away from risk, especially if it meant spending each day doing what he loved. Starting out by opening what would become North Dublin's first CrossFit affiliate and Ireland's first Catalyst Athletics weightlifting affiliate, things grew, quite literally, from strength to strength and it's been all go ever since! Coming up with the idea to create a brand new studio class involving all three of the Concept2 ergs, he launched his latest venture - aptly named Bike, Row, Ski - and in just a few months of business, began attracting plenty of attention from overseas. Taking me through his journey from the very beginning, here’s what it’s like to be Stephen Weinmann.
For more information on Bike, Row, Ski visit https://www.bikerowski.ie and for Performance Therapy Ireland, visit http://performancetherapy.ie.
What It's Like... to be Sophia Money-Coutts
On today’s episode, I’m chatting with an award-winning journalist and author, who just so happens to be Tatler magazine’s ex features director. Growing up, this week’s guest knew she would forge a career in journalism but how, was the million dollar question. Graduating with a degree from London School of Economics, she realised with a jolt of reality that entering the world of storytelling wasn’t going to be as straightforward as stepping on to a well paid graduate scheme in one of the city’s corporations, as many of her friends were setting out to do. A stroke of luck and a tenacious attitude rewarded her with an opportunity to assist on the features desk at the Evening Standard and well, the rest is history! Taking her across the sea to the sandy deserts of Abu Dhabi and plunging her into the notorious world of Labradors, castles and dukes - her life is quite the compelling story in itself. Currently working on her fourth book in lockdown we spoke about making it in media, dealing with online trolls and what it’s really like to release a novel. Without further ado, here’s what it’s like to be Sophia Money-Coutts.
Visit Sophia's website for more information on her writing and career and follow her on social media for updates.
Pre-order her fourth book out in August now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wish-List-Sophia-Money-Coutts/dp/0008370567
What It's Like... to be Juan Manuel Correa
On today’s episode, I'm joined by an incredibly inspiring racing driver who certainly knows how to feel the fear and do it anyway! First sitting in a Go Kart at the age of 7 in Ecuador, this guest has had quite the career to say the least. Moving to Italy alone at 14 to take part in the single-seater world of formula racing, no one would’ve ever predicted this young talent would be lying in a coma fighting for his life just a few years later. Sharing his journey to Formula 2, the near fatal crash in Spa last August, future plans and his recovery process during quarantine - here’s what it’s like to be Juan Manual Correa.
For more information on JM visit https://www.jmcorrea.com and follow his social channels @juanmanuelcorrea_
What It's Like... to be Lucinda Kelly
On today’s episode, I'm joined by founder and CEO of Popertee, the first global data platform that uses artificial intelligence to match audiences with locations - in other words, Airbnb for popup shops! From a young age, this guest knew she was entrepreneurial so when the time came to leave behind a successful career in the corporate 9-5 to pursue her dream of being her own boss, she didn’t have to think twice. Chatting everything from taking part in the Irish Apprentice to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, here’s what it’s like to be Lucinda Kelly.
For more information on Popertee visit https://popertee.ai
What It's Like... to be William Meara
For more information on Bingo Loco, visit www.bingo-loco.com and Will’s other businesses visit https://www.antisocial.ie, http://readyforroad.com, www.eventlabs.ie and watch his TED Talks on Youtube.
What It's Like... to be Mike Mahlkow
On this week’s episode, I'm joined by co-founder and CEO of Blair, a company financing college students through Income Share Agreements. Growing up in Western Germany, this young entrepreneur had his sights set on success from very early on. Following in the footsteps of companies such as Airbnb and Dropbox, after taking the plunge with his two co-founders and moving State side, this week’s guest secured backing from Y Combinator, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators - it’s been non stop for them, ever since. Beginning with an internship in San Francisco’s world famous tech valley, his career has been one crazy ride as he found himself mingling in the offices of mega corporations such as Uber and Stripe, before chasing his dream of creating his very own company. Talking me through his journey to Silicon Valley, here’s what it’s like to be Mike Mahlkow.
For more information on Blair, visit https://joinblair.com and take a listen to Mike’s own podcast Startups, Sparks and Serendipity where he and his friend Max chat all things entrepreneurship and starting up your own company.
What It's Like... to be Neil Dunne
On this week’s episode, I'm joined by co- founder of Andrson, a platform using bespoke audio artificial intelligence to directly link unsigned musicians with music industry professionals. Picking up the violin at just three years old, this week’s guest is no stranger to the world of music and has pretty much centred his life around it. From meeting his business partner in a singing group whilst at university to co-directing a music management company, this entrepreneur certainly seems to know how to hit the right note when it comes to turning a passion into a viable business. Chatting to me from his home in Dublin, here’s what it's like to be Neil Dunne.
For more information on Andrson’s up coming launch visit https://apps.apple.com/us/app/andrson/id1474364186?ls=1 and follow the brand on their social channels @andrsonmusic.
What It's Like... to be Luke Mackey
On this week’s episode, I'm joined by founder and former CEO of Bamboo. Recently renamed, UpMarket, the app is designed to eliminate the dreaded queue and allows customers to order ahead and pick up from local restaurants and cafes. What started as a WhatsApp message to his local barista, grew into a gap in the market for a service busy 9 to fivers didn’t even know they were crying out for. Sharing his experience with entrepreneurship, here’s what it’s like to be Luke Mackey.
For more information and to download the app visit https://bamboo.app and follow the brand on their social channels via https://www.instagram.com/upmarket_ie/?hl=en
What It's Like...to be Daniel Nugent
On this week’s episode, I talk to co-founder of Ambr Eyewear. After experiencing the harmful effects of blue light first hand, this digital marketer turned entrepreneur saw an opportunity and dove right in. Realizing that combatting digital eyestrain didn’t have to mean compromising on style, himself and his partner managed to combine fashionable frames with virtually clear lenses that would soon be flying off the shelves quicker than they could’ve ever imagined. Sharing his secrets to success, here’s what it’s like to be Daniel Nugent.
For more information and to shop Ambr Eyewear visit https://ambreyewear.com or follow the brand @ambr_eyewear.
What It's Like... to be Alan Bennett
What It's Like... to be Rachel Keane
On this week’s episode, I chat to founder of health food restaurant, Pog. At just 25 she opened the doors of one of Ireland’s very first health cafes and hasn’t stopped since. Famous amongst locals and tourists alike for its picture perfect menu and mouthwatering protein pancakes, the restaurant has branched out to two locations with one more coming soon. From the first shop in bachelors walk, this week’s guest chats to me about the power of social media marketing, making it through the quarter life crisis and the impact COVID 19 has had on operations moving forward. Here’s what it’s like to be Rachel Keane.
What It's Like... to be Alan Merriman
On this week's episode, I chat to founder of Elkstone, Ireland's leading multi-family office. Sharing insights into the world of investing as well as what he looks for in a pitch, this week’s guest knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it in business. From his office in Dublin City Centre, the former finance director and Price Waterhouse Cooper partner tells me how a series of serendipitous opportunities lead him to opening the doors of his current venture and the importance of being a risk taker. Here’s what it's like to be Alan Merriman.
What It's Like... to be Aisling Byrne
What It's Like... to be Conor McCarthy
This week I'm joined by founder and CEO of Flipdish. Born out of a frustration with food portal usability, the platform was developed to act as an online ordering system for restaurants. Talking me through the initial start up process to present day operations and future projects including self service kiosks and even food delivering drones, here’s what it’s like to be Conor McCarthy.
What It's Like... to be Lisa Murrin
On this week’s episode I chat with co-founder of Eathos Café and director of operations at Ireland’s premium catering company With Taste. From working her way up in the family business to opening the doors of her very own health food haven with her brother, this entrepreneur has cracked the code to having your cake and eating it too – quite literally. Here’s what its like to be Lisa Murrin.
What It's Like... to be Luke Rynne Cullen
This week I chat to founder of Applaud.live and Tune Release. A former freelance violinist, this young entrepreneur has already been listed in the Sunday Business Post’s '100 Hot StartUps' and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. From winning Trinity College’s Dragon’s Den to placing third at the National Sartup awards last year, join me as I find out what it’s really like to be Luke Rynne Cullen.
What It's Like ... to be Sheena Madden
This week I sit down with founder and managing director of Amplify Agency, an Irish PR firm specialising in music, arts and entertainment. Since opening up for business last year, her client list has already been expanded to include a range of artists and record labels to music venues and festivals. Adding award-winning documentary maker and RTE alumna to her realm of experience, we chat making the move from journalism to PR, creating a company and becoming your own boss. Here’s what it’s like to be Sheena Madden.
What It's Like... to be Brian O'Casey
What It's Like ... to be Molly Roberts
What It's Like ... with Luce Trailer
Welcome to What It's Like ... with Luce, a podcasting exploring the inner workings of our generation's successful trendsetters and tastemakers.
Join me, Lucy Norris, as I chat to the people that felt the fear and did it anyway.
Launching in January, episodes will be released every Monday just in time for your daily commute.
In the mean time, here's a snippet of what to expect from this upcoming series ....
For more, follow along on social media @whatitslikepod and please rate, review and subscribe if you like what you hear.