November 10, 2010
Tell us how youve defied the odds.
Vijay Iyer , Pianist, Composer, Writer
Posted Date :November 10, 2010 | Length: 2:53
Vijay Iyer, a pianist, composer, producer, and writer talks about the American dream, jazz, and defying the odds to become an artist. A polymath whose work has spanned the sciences, arts, and humanities, Iyer holds a B.S. in Mathematics & Physics from Yale and a Masters in Physics and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Technology and the Arts from UC Berkeley. He was chosen as one of nine Revolutionary Minds in Seed Magazine , and his research in music cognition has been featured on the radio programs This Week in Science and Studio 360. (New York, New York) Interview & Camera by Danny Alpert Editing by Matt Lauterbach Produced by Erin Williams
October 26, 2010
How do you know youre making a difference?
Aura Brickler , Social Worker & CoFounder, ProjectFOCUS
Posted Date :October 26, 2010 | Length: 2:16
Aura Brickler talks about the challenge of serving others and the difficulty of knowing whether or not youre actually making a difference. Aura is a social worker as well as the CoFounder of ProjectFOCUS, a grassroots initiative of artists, writers, activists, young professionals, and students bound by a common purpose: to educate, inspire, and empower local communities in Southwestern Uganda and the United States. (Chicago, Illinois) Interview by Erin Williams Camera by Ian Kibbe Editing by Matt Lauterbach Produced by Erin Williams
October 26, 2010
Where do you come from? How does that shape your story?
Kevin Coval , Poet & CoFounder, Louder Than a Bomb
Posted Date :October 26, 2010 | Length: 3:34
Poet Kevin Coval on the importance of understanding where you come from and how it impacts your life. Kevin is the cofounder of the Chicago youth poetry festival, Louder Than a Bomb and author of the book, Everyday People. (Chicago, Illinois) Interview by Erin Williams Camera by Ian Kibbe Editing by Matt Lauterbach Produced by Erin Williams
September 27, 2010
What if everyone pursued their dreams?
Asad Jafri , Director of Arts and Culture, InnerCity Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
Posted Date :September 27, 2010 | Length: 2:25
Asad Jafri, aka DJ ManoWax, describes his decision to postpone school with just one semester left in order to to follow his passion.  Asad is the Director of Arts and Culture for the InnerCity Muslim Action Network. As a multidisciplinary artist, Asad has created, curated, and presented original productions across many genres of music, theater, visual art, and dance. His fusion of art and social change has been recognized both nationally and internationally, especially in the Hip Hop Community. He holds a position on the National Office of the Hip Hop Congress and is a member of the Universal Zulu Nation. Check out stories about Asad and his work in The Chicago Reporter and on Chicago Public Radio (Chicago, Illinois) Interview by Erin Williams Camera by Ian Kibbe Editing by Matt Lauterbach Produced by Erin Williams
September 27, 2010
What was the moment in which you found your calling?
Rachel Barton Pine , Concert Violinist
Posted Date :September 27, 2010 | Length: 2:19
Rachel Barton Pine talks about the moment she discovered she wanted to be a concert violinist and how small acts can change the course of a persons life. Rachel grew up in a financially struggling household and by age 14, she was helping her family pay for  rent, groceries, and utilities. Home schooling gave her time to devote 8 hours a day to practice. She mad her earliest appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 10 and 15. The youngest person, at 17, Rachel was the first American to win a gold medal at the prestigious 1992 J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig. She has been awarded Best Classical Entertainer three times at the Chicago Music Awards and has been named a Chicagoan of the Year by both The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. (Chicago, Illinois) Interview by Erin Williams Camera by Ian Kibbe Edited by Matt Lauterbach Produced by Erin Williams
September 26, 2010
Hi there. Welcome! Watch the Intro Video.
Whats Your Calling ,
Posted Date :September 26, 2010 | Length: 2:50
Welcome to Whats Your Calling? Whats Your Calling? explores religious and secular notions of calling through sharing the stories of what people feel most passionate about doing with their lives and why. Adding new videos each week, were looking at all of the stuff that makes us human: our values, our passions, our doubts and hopes. Profiling individuals from diverse backgrounds – professional snowboarders, jazz musicians, tug boat captains, academics, improvisers, Muay Thai fighters, religious leaders, social workers, environmental activists, toy inventors – Whats Your Calling? shares what people have been called to do with their lives and how they hope to change the world. Camera & Interviews by Danny Alpert, Erin Williams, and Ian Kibbe Editing by Carol Martori