Featured Artist: Carlo Proietto

Carlo Proietto working in his studio

  Italian artist Carlo Proietto creates graphic imagery through the age-old technique of pyrography. Using a heated metallic point, the artist wields fire into clean lines and crisp forms to compose contemporary designs. His monochromatic creations, which are at times offset by solitary splashes of color, convey deep passions and forms of expressionism within figurative and surrealistic styles. Working mostly in a square format, the artist renders boxlike montages which mimics the layout of a modern graphic novel. Within these vignettes, we see glimpses of universal themes like humans struggling with the mechanisms of the outer world, such as the […]

Michael Anthony on Overcoming Trauma, Vulnerability, and Ownership

Michael Anthony

In The Interview: Episode #17, Ciara Pressler interviews Michael Anthony, International Speaker, Coach, Podcast Host, and Author of Think Unbroken. Michael and Ciara talk about… Creating a career and life free of cultural expectations How your past can be indicative of present circumstances and how to begin consciously identifying these factors Creating a personal development path that fits your values, goals, and freedom Living with intention and holding yourself accountable Giving yourself permission to start a healing journey and the importance of building a community of healing around you Michael Anthony is a trauma survivor, trauma warrior, and trauma mentor. […]

Jeffrey Madoff on Self Reflection, Creative Journeys, and Risking Failure

Jeff Madoff

In The Interview: Episode #15, Ciara Pressler interviews B. Jeffrey Madoff, filmmaker, brand strategist, and author of Creative Careers. Jeffrey and Ciara talk about… His work with legendary brands like Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret Exploring and staying curious Staying true to your brand Myths of entrepreneurship The benefits of having a team, structure, and support behind success Building and expanding a network The discoveries and themes of a successful creative career B. Jeffrey Madoff is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City. His company produces branded content for major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Radio City […]

Jelani Memory on Using Books to Have Difficult Conversations With Kids

Jelani Memory

In The Interview: Episode #13, Ciara Pressler interviews Jelani Memory, author, publisher, and startup founder with a successful exit. Jelani and Ciara talk about… His company A Kids Book About How books can help give kids permission to have difficult but necessary conversations Being a creative story teller Making mistakes in building a company Self selection in publishing How his books allow children the dignity of having complicated lives and real fears Jelani Memory is an author, publisher, and co-founder of A Kids Book About, a collection of children’s books that kickstart challenging, empowering, and important conversations for kids and […]

Petra Kolber on Detoxing From Perfection, Authenticity, and Confidence

Petra Kolber

In The Interview: Episode #10, Ciara Pressler interviews Petra Kolber, author of The Perfection Detox. Petra and Ciara talk about… What it means to be of service to others right now How being a fitness professional created unrealistic expectations and goals Shifting the message away from a need to attain perfection Using the metrics of possibility and future building to measure success Petra Kolber is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, DJ, and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a beacon of authentic happiness. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand […]

Jelani Memory on A Kids Book About, Startup Funding, and Following Your Purpose

A Kids Book About

Jelani Memory started a tech company, raised 30 million in venture capital, and left it at the height of its success to start… a publishing company. We asked Jelani about his startup successes, his new company A Kids Book About, and why going analogue in a digital world is a move worth making. What is your mission behind A Kids Book About? We are on a mission to make kids books that matter. Books that are about all the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids’ lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and […]

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela on Fitness, Wellness, and Social Change

Natalia Petrzela

In The Interview: Episode #12, Ciara Pressler interviews Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, author, historian, and fitness expert. Natalia and Ciara talk about… The idea of public and individual health Remaining cautiously optimistic about social justice and radical change Refusing to accept hollow progress The perfect conditions that had to emerge in order to lead to the current mass mobilization for social change Ethical responsibility of the fitness industry Current events in the context of American history Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is an associate professor of history at The New School in New York City, co-host of the Past Present podcast, host and […]

Karla Starr on Resilience, The Nature of Luck, and Trusting Your Abilities

Karla Starr

In The Interview: Episode #08, Ciara Pressler interviews Karla Starr, author, health and behavioral science fanatic, and freelance journalist. Karla and Ciara talk about… Redefining relationships with uncertainty and focusing what we can control Human psychology and how it applies to properties of stress and resilience How we can apply insights of human psychology to making decisions in business Her upcoming book about how we can make progress despite immense uncertainty Her extensive research on the nature of luck Trusting your own abilities Karla Starr has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles […]

Pia Silva on Building a Business, Defining Success, and Reaching Goals

Pia Silva

In The Interview: Episode #04, Ciara Pressler interviews Pia Silva, entrepreneur, speaker, Forbes contributor, and author of Badass Your Brand. Pia and Ciara talk about… Chasing freedom and what it takes to find it How to create a business that truly fits your talents and interests Exploring and honing a client basis Determining a segment or niche Evaluating priorities Why you shouldn’t be scared of the numbers Pia Silva is a brand strategist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker who helps fellow entrepreneurs badass their brand and build a lucrative lifestyle business full of freedom. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Your […]

Cathey Armillas on Optimizing Ideas and Adapting to Online Speaking

Cathey Armillas

In The Interview: Episode #02, Ciara Pressler interviews Cathey Armillas, Marketing Strategist, International Speaker, Presentation Coach, and Author. Cathey and Ciara talk about… Reimagining and reengineering practices for online speaking engagements The science of online attention The beautiful accident that led to her turning personal development into helping others become better speakers Optimizing ideas in order to make them valuable and spreadable How to approach giving brief, yet dense and informative talks Cathey Armillas is a Marketing Strategist and the author of the award-winning book, The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 ½ Ways to Get People to Love You. These […]