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Made for That

Made for That

By Kara Byrne
An in-depth look into the lives of people that have found their purpose.
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Opening in a New York Lockdown: An interview with Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan Kaplan, Owner and Operator of Carnegie Pizza in Times Square, sits down with Kara Byrne to talk about what it's like to open in a New York lockdown.
December 28, 2020
From Grit to Great: An Interview with Fraser Smith, MBPsS
You have to fall in love with that process first. You have to invest in the dirt, you have to invest in the hard work. You have to love that hard work. Fraser Smith, MPBsS Welcome to season 2. My first guest, Fraser Smith, is a psychologist based in Glasgow and the host of a YouTube series called GetPsyched, where he does a deep dive into psychological theory and research all the ways you can apply some very useful principles to better your life.   I loved this conversation. Fraser and I actually recorded this episode in February 2019, but the topics we cover truly have no expiration date. We discuss the concept of grit and our mutual love of Angela Duckworth’s research on the subject, the idea of talent vs hard work, society's failure to embrace failure, and his own academic hurdles he had to overcome due to dyslexia. He is a very insightful and very quotable individual – some of what he had to say really stuck with me and I’m willing to bet it will with you as well. I highly encourage you to follow Fraser’s work. You can find him on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I also recommend reading Grit by Angela Duckworth.
August 25, 2020
Made to Mend: Megan Bruneau, M.A., RCC
I think we all wish heartbreak looked like it does in the movies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It isn’t reserved for private moments with a bottle of wine and a friend’s shoulder. It’s always there, threatening to surface at any moment. It shows up as a breakdown in the middle of the produce aisle at the sight of a red pepper you’ll never cook with him again. It knocks the wind out of you when you see a man put his hand on the small of a woman’s back at a crosswalk and you realize he’ll never touch you like that again. It drops your heart into the pit of your stomach when department stores start to decorate for Christmas and you're suddenly very aware that he might be bringing someone new home to his family. It’s every good song, funny moment, milestone, interesting email, fun fact, accomplishment, adversity, new jar of peanut butter, job opportunity, inside joke, wedding invitation, newborn baby, holiday, cup of coffee, sip of scotch, new outfit or Sunday morning that you’ll never share with your best friend again. And it disappears in the matter of one sentence. Heartbreak isn’t some rite of passage set to a romantic soundtrack. It isn’t a sad face on the subway or a bit of distraction at the office. It’s actually one of the most hideous things a human has to endure. It is an all-consuming, nearly fatal, seemingly never-ending grief that won't let up. Until one day it does. My next guest, Megan Bruneau, M.A., RCC, is somewhat of an expert in helping people piece back together a shattered heart. Her willingness to draw on her personal life makes her relatable and her masters in counselling psychology and over 12 years of experience make her incredibly skilled at what she does. She has written honest, hilarious and helpful articles for The Huffington Post and Forbes, and previously hosted the Forbes Failure Factor podcast. Megan and I cover a lot of ground in this episode, from heartbreak and loss, to Megan's move to New York City, to psychedelics, perfectionism and the problem with reaching our 'potential.' I hope this episode serves as reminder that we're all in this together :)
February 6, 2019
Made to Make Music: Jordan Hart
I first heard Jordan Hart sing when I moved to Toronto back in 2017. I was out exploring my new neighbourhood when the sound of his voice sent chills down my spine. I followed it all the way to a corner on Queen St where he had a crowd of people in a trance. I’ve followed his journey as an artist ever since and I am so pleased I was able to have him as a guest on the show. As promised, here are the links mentioned in this episode: Made for That social channels where you can find exclusive video content Instagram: Facebook: Follow Jordan on social media Instagram: YouTube: Jordan Hart & Emily Schultz @ Rivoli on Feb 8th The War of Art by by Steven Pressfield HIREDHIPPO PROMO Here is the link for candidates looking to sign up at HiredHippo: If you’re an employer looking for your next great hire, head to and enter promo code MADEFORTHAT for a 50% discount for a year with the option to cancel at any time. If you’d like a free trial, you can email the CEO directly at with the subject line MADEFORTHAT.
January 22, 2019
Behind the Music: Clayton Taylor
I had so much fun with my next guest, Clayton Taylor. He currently holds the position of Digital Content Producer at Bell Media in Toronto. He's also hilarious, animated (you'll have to take my word for it), and his brain holds more musical knowledge than anyone I know. I first met Clayton 12 years ago when I took a job at HMV ... you know, when CDs were still a thing. He was quick to take me in and show me the ropes of working in a record store, though I don't think we truly bonded until I awkwardly knocked over an entire display of chocolate oranges in the mall we worked in. In this episode, Clayton and I discuss the good and bad of social media, whether or not he believes he was made for his job, the common trait he has discovered among successful artists, what happened when he got the chance to interview his favourite band, and a lesson he learned at 17 that he'll never forget. I have to ask in advance for your forgiveness on the audio. This was one of the first in-person interviews I recorded and that came with a bit of an equipment malfunction. We had a headset that caused some noise on one of the microphones, but I wasn't about to hold back from publishing this interview because of it! I should also note that this is the last episode I'll be publishing until after New Year's Day. I hope all of you have a wonderful break. And for those of you who struggle through the Holidays, for whatever reason, I want you to know you are not alone. I will be available from 2-4pm PST on Christmas Day to talk if you need to. Send me a message on Instagram if you want to connect :) I hope you enjoy this episode! HIREDHIPPO PROMO As promised, here is the link for candidates looking to sign up at HiredHippo: If you’re an employer looking for your next great hire, head to and enter promo code MADEFORTHAT for a 50% discount for a year with the option to cancel at any time. If you’d like a free trial, you can email the CEO directly at with the subject line MADEFORTHAT.
December 15, 2018
Made to Move Us: An Interview with Stu Larsen
Stu Larsen is a talented musician, known for songs like San Francisco and Thirteen Sad Farewells. He's also no stranger to sharing the stage with other amazing artists, like Ed Sheeran, The Once and Passenger (you may have seen that little YouTube hit Passenger - Let Her Go that's been watched more than 2.5 billion times). I approached Stu Larsen about doing this interview after one of his shows in Toronto. It was the 2nd time I'd seen him perform and I was so blown away by the experience that I knew I needed to have him on the podcast to find out what makes him, him. I sat in silence after we recorded this episode and reflected on what I had learned about his life as an artist and world traveler. He truly is the sort of person that makes you stop and take a deep breath. His love of creating music and capturing the world around him is so pure, as is the joy he gets out of simply being alive. I urge you to listen to every album by Stu Larsen and every word of this conversation. There is beauty and honesty in what he has to say and his perspective on life just may change your own. HIREDHIPPO PROMO As promised, here is the link for candidates looking to sign up at HiredHippo: If you're an employer looking for your next great hire, head to Enter promo code MADEFORTHAT for a 50% discount for a year with the option to cancel at any time. If you'd like a free trial, you can email the CEO directly at with the subject line MADEFORTHAT.
December 4, 2018
The Enlightened Life: Deidre Sirianni
Meet Deidre Sirianni - Entrepreneur, Business Strategist and overall enlightened human being. Her wisdom and insight has helped so many step into their truth unapologetically, as she puts it. After going through a painful time in her own life and a period of self-discovery, she found a way to begin again and to live life on her own terms. Now she’s on a mission to help others do the same.  As it turns out, it only takes a few moments with her until that transformation, that shift, begins to happen. How do I know? Because I found myself being incredibly transparent during our conversation and in an unexpected, fearless sort of way. So much so, I said the two words I didn’t think I ever would. And as you’ll soon be able to imagine, publishing this episode wasn’t easy. But, if I expect my guests to be real, raw, or willing to share their stories, I don’t think it’s fair for me to safeguard my own where I see fit. Here's to being brave.
November 20, 2018
Made to Lead: Edwin Frondozo
I sat down with Edwin Frondozo, host of the award-winning Business Leadership Podcast and Chief Product Officer & co-founder at Slingshot VoIP.   It's safe to say that Edwin's a busy guy. Not only is he constantly working toward achieving his personal and professional goals, he's giving back to the entrepreneurial community by acting as an advisor at Startup Canada and facilitating the TechStars startup weekend held for 100+ participants.   In this episode we talk about everything from his morning routine, tips for launching and scaling a podcast, the most common traits among the greatest business leaders, why he runs without music, and more. Books he recommends: How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Motivational music (who doesn't love a throwback?): I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly Lose Yourself by Emine Join The Business Leadership Group on Facebook here:
November 13, 2018
Life Without Borders: Michael Graziano, Global Degree
I first met Michael Graziano at Flight Centre Canada's head office in Vancouver, BC (my former place of employment). For three years we sponsored his show, Global Degree, simply because it was one of the most inspiring and entertaining initiatives we'd seen in a long time. What is a Global Degree? The concept of the show is both simple and outrageously ambitious - Michael is on a mission to travel to every country in the world. His drive to achieve this goal is rooted in his desire to improve the post-secondary education experience, hence the name Global Degree. He has already made his way to 106 countries, capturing the excitement, and most importantly, the enlightenment that travel brings each of its pursuers. I've watched him tear down walls of ignorance, find friends in the unlikeliest of places and fearlessly cross borders some of us wouldn't even dream of approaching. If that isn't impressive enough, Global Degree has managed to build a social media community of more than 1,000,000 followers, and their videos have a collective view count of over 70 million.  More Than a Milestone He is also no stranger to public speaking, with international engagements under his belt that include the impressive Hostelworld Conference held in Dublin, Ireland in 2015. His ability to unforgivingly forgo society's standards for an acceptable career path is resulting in an upgrade that our outdated education system desperately needs. His mission is not only share-worthy, it's revolutionary for today's youth.       The Global Degree Academy  Michael Graziano's influence extends far outside the realm of social media. He bravely took on a project most would have written off as an impossible feat and built the Global Degree Academy, making it feasible for anyone to earn a post-secondary education while traveling to every country in the world. Don't believe me? I'll leave it to Michael to explain...    Michael Graziano's Book Recommendations  Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World -- and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles Want to continue following Michael's journey? Find him on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.  A
November 6, 2018
Made to Fight: Philecia La’Bounty
“An injury: We rehab and we recover.”     When I came across Philecia's story, I knew I had to talk to her. At age 29, on an ordinary day, she found a marble-sized lump in her left breast. By the time she turned 30, she went from living life as a model in Los Angeles to a woman about to take on Stage 4 breast cancer and the fight of her life.     Philecia grew up in Utah as an athletic, fun-loving girl with a big family and the big heart that comes with it. Before her diagnosis, she spent her weekends being physically active, embracing her youth, the outdoors, and a fun and adventurous lifestyle that involved riding on the back of her boyfriend's Harley.     Listen to episode #002 to be educated, humbled and incredibly inspired by someone who makes mustering up the will to fight seem nearly effortless. If you'd like to support Philecia's fight, you can donate to her Go Fund Me page here: You can also continue to follow @philecia's journey on Instagram at
October 29, 2018
Welcome to Made for That
What was that thing you dreamt of doing as a kid? That you still dream about now? That feels like it’s just a part of you? You know what I mean. The guitar strings that are simply an extension of your fingers. The code that gets written or the bug that gets fixed before you’ll eat, sleep, or even check the time. The voice that stops someone dead in their tracks, the 100 meters you refuse to let anyone run faster than you or the followers that would be lost without you to lead them. I want to introduce you to the people that have found their purpose, their calling. Or a fight inside of them they didn’t know was there. I want you to hear about their achievements and their mistakes. The inevitable failures on the path to greatness, how it feels to fall hard and what it means to stand back up… what it means to try again tomorrow. There is no story I love more than the relentless pursuit of a dream; than the story of someone who looked at something and said, “I was born for this.” This is made for that.
October 28, 2018