I knew that Camille would be an interesting interview when I saw her pictures from an adventurous swim in my facebook feed. I think you will be inspired and encouraged to challenge yourself to try something new in the water after hearing her story.
I met Karen several years ago as the sponsor of a program that I’m a part of that helps encourage middle and high school students to make good choices. Over the years we have become friends, and I’ve observed her passion for health through CrossFit continue to grow. As someone who prided themselves on never trying CrossFit, I’ve always appreciated that people were really into it… from a distance.
When Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen invited me to partner with them and help recognize, share and reward goodness this year, Karen was the 1st person that came to mind. They also want you to share stories and nominate inspirational people, like Karen, to be rewarded for doing great things in your community, too!
I met Tirzah and her husband Troy in college and thanks to Facebook, I’ve been able to keep up with their adventures since then. I love their passion for adventure and connecting with nature.
Thanks to the BELONG tour for sponsoring this post.
I attended the first ever BELONG Tour in Columbus, Ohio. Several of the speakers and artists on the tour lineup have made such an impact on me personally and I was really excited to hear from them in person.
I’ve toyed around with the idea of getting a tattoo for years. I still haven’t found a design that I want to permanently commit to for the rest of my life… quite yet. I’m also a big baby when it comes to needles. I would want a tattoo that tells a story and that could be also hidden if needed. I asked my friend, tattoo artist, Austin Fields to share some insight for people who are also considering getting a tattoo.
Today I’m interviewing my close friend Michelle. We have been friends for a long time and she has been an inspiration to me with her love for people and her love in action by intentionally adopting a child with Down Syndrome. You cannot be around her special son without smiling. He has been such a joy for our family to get to know. As a person who had a sibling with a disability, I admire the sacrifice and grace she handles with each challenge that comes with raising a child with special needs.
The most awkward question a person can ask me is a simple, common question you ask someone you don’t know. “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” This can put the person I just met in an uncomfortable position because I have to say “yes, but he died toward the end of my 6th grade year, he had cerebral palsy.” It would feel disrespectful to not acknowledge that I had a brother, so even though it appears to many that I grew up like an only child- I didn’t.
Have you heard of the Broadway play “PIPPIN” before?
I haven’t seen the play before but I’m looking forward to it. Here is a little more about the play.
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED.
This unforgettable new production will lift you up and leave you smiling! Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed by audiences and critics alike this “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” PIPPIN is coming to a city near you! Experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
I had the opportunity to interview one of the youngest cast members of the play. Ben Krieger is one of the actors that plays the role of Theo.
How long have you been an actor?
How did you get started?
I wanted to be in a play with my big sister. It looked fun.
How long have you been touring with the Broadway play Pippin?
Since July 21
What’s your acting history?
I was in a couple student shows at a place called StarStruck in Stuart, Florida. One of the shows was called “The Composer Series” and featured songs by Stephen Schwartz. My first big thing I ever did was sing a solo in that show. I sang “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin! After that I did two professional shows at The Maltz Jupiter Theater in my hometown. I was in Fiddler on the Roof and then I played Gavroche in Les Miz. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this forever.
What’s been your favorite experience so far?
All of it
What’s been the most challenging experience?
Trying not to be fidgety
What’s it like to be a younger actor in the cast?
It’s awesome. The grown ups treat me like a friend. I love it.
What have been some of the most memorable cities that you’ve visited?
Seattle, Chicago, Tokyo, Portland
Do you get much free time on tour?
We did in the summer but now we are in school during the day. But we get to sleep late and I love that.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Playing minecraft, watching Friends on Netflix and Modern Family. I also love puzzles and Soduko and stuff like that.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue their dream to become a Broadway?
Make sure you love it and you have fun otherwise it’s a waste of time.
Thanks again to Ben Kreiger for sharing with us today. You can find out more about PIPPIN from their website.
PIPPIN will be in Cincinnati at the Aronoff from October 13-18. You can get your tickets here.