Each week, we interview guests on how they took a remarkable leap either in their personal life or in their career. We dive into the fears and anxieties they felt and how they were able to overcome them in order to pursue a brighter version of themselves.
Just two years after graduating college, Deb Lee has already built up her illustration portfolio to a point where she is able to be a freelance illustrator full-time. She’s illustrated for NPR and Lyft, done UX Design for LinkedIn, and is currently working on her graphic novel memoir "In Limbo" about the intersection of Korean-American diaspora and mental health.
Connect with Deb:
Deb's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdebbiel/
Deb's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdebbiel/
Deb's Website: https://debleeart.com/
When a faith leader reached out and asked if any Muslims would like to visit a Christian Church and answer questions they had on the Muslim Faith, Freeni Raza knew she had to say yes, simply because no one else was doing it. She walked into the church in the Deep South of Texas, where they have open carry laws, with her two kids and broke the ice by letting people know they could ask any questions they want and she would not get offended. This was the start of Freeni's journey in opening up and publicly speaking about her faith in an attempt to bridge communities. She has since hosted her own radio show and started her own podcast, Musings of Modern Muslims, to talk more in depth about taboo topics.
Connect with Freeni:
Freeni's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m3freeni/
Musings of Modern Muslims Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/musings-of-a-millennial-muslim-w-freeni/id1489441261
After a life-altering photography gig in Greece, Mike Fox decided that it was time to pack his bags and move to Los Angeles from his small mid-western town in order to chase his photography dreams. While he ran into many complications at first, including issues with the DMV and getting his gear stolen, he remained steadfast in his pursuit of his dream job and is now an internationally published lifestyle photographer, a magazine founder, as well as a mentor to other young photographers.
Connect with Mike:
Mike's Instagram: www.instagram.com/thefoxicon
Photography Website: www.mikefox.photo
Magazine Website: www.thefoxmagazine.com
Leaving his 6-figure job at the most respected consulting firm to start a non-profit with his friends is not what Jason Y. Lee ever imagined he would do with his life. But two years and several videos after uploading his first video (where he raised money towards Haiti Earthquake relief), Jason followed his calling to start a non-profit and inspire empathy and goodness through digital media. 10 years later, that non-profit evolved into what Jubilee Media is today, a successful YouTube channel with over 500 videos and nearly 5 million subscribers and 1 billion views. Jason shares more about the mission behind Jubilee Media and how he was able to navigate this uncertain time in his life in order to spread empathy for human good.
Connect with Jason & Jubilee Media:
Jubilee Media on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jubileeProject
Jubilee Media's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JubileeMedia/
Jason's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasonylee_/
-Jason's TedTalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCY_k3uka1E
-Jason's Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX6wQ6_t7nM
-Bronnie Ware's 'Regrets of the Dying': https://bronnieware.com/regrets-of-the-dying/
After spending several years in industrial design, Noah King decided to switch gears and pursue a masters degree in media innovation at New York University. With this, came the daunting task of taking out a $100,000 loan to cover the cost of tuition, which he did by himself while also working a part-time job at Pratt Institute to fuel the next stage of his career. Now as the Founder and CEO of Atten-X, Noah has found that this educational investment has propelled his career trajectory exponentially.
Connect with Noah:
5 years ago, Misha Kouzeh uprooted her entire life in the Netherlands and moved to Los Angeles to pursue The American Dream. Much to the dismay of her family and her co-workers, she left a high paying job at a Fortune 500 company and a community of support in hopes of achieving greater success in the US. Originally arriving in the US as a UCLA Extension student, Misha has since become a UCLAx instructor alongside her role as a multilingual digital marketer and nutritionist, helping companies to achieve social impact. Misha reveals the zigzagging connection between your mission, networking and a solid dose of persistence to achieve a competitive advantage and become your most remarkable self.
Connect with Misha:
While attending the University of California Davis and studying applied physics, Michelle Choi (aka The Seoul Search) has also been steadily growing her YouTube channel, focused around fashion and sustainability. In this episode, Michelle shares how she sees her interests in applied physics and digital marketing intertwine and how she was able to develop her mindset that science and art are not mutually exclusive. As she wraps up her final year in school, she is excited to continue to expand her YouTube channel and her digital marketing agency.
Connect with Michelle on social!
The Seoul Search: https://www.theseoulsearch.com/
Rocket scientist by day, and musician by night, Jaclyn Yangyuen (aka JLY) decided to quit her 9-5 job in engineering and move halfway across the country to work on her music. In this episode, Jaclyn shares how heartbreak led her to take this remarkable leap and move in with her brother and his fiancée in Ohio and drive several hours each way to attend weekly songwriting sessions in Nashville, Tennessee. Within a year, she released an EP, did a celebration tour, joined an a capella group, and moved back to Los Angeles to continue her songwriting journey while working full-time in engineering.
***Content Warning*** The f word is used once and there is some talk about sex positivity towards the end!
Connect with Jaclyn aka JLY and check out her music!
Welcome to The Remarkable Leap! Every week, we will interview guests on how they took a remarkable leap of faith in their personal life or in their career. We hope that through these episodes, you will learn how to embrace your fears and take your own remarkable leap towards becoming a brighter version of who you wish to become.