Rogue #14: Kaitlyn Kirby, Mini Magazine

While a junior in college, Kaitlyn Kirby was given a typical class assignment that led to the birth of an idea. Mere months later, Kaitlyn was on a flight in the early morning hours to Los Angeles for a cover shoot, and back in her bed in Wisconsin by 10:00pm. That whirlwind trip kicked off the rest of her career, and with covers featuring Courtney Kardashian, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Haylie Duff, Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez AND MORE - Katitlyn’s budding idea gave way to a remarkable career of extraordinary measures.

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Rogue #13: Justin Sievert, Rogue Lawyer

Justin Sievert could be considered a “rogue lawyer.” The firm that he owns with his business partner launched 2 years ago, and essentially functions as a startup. The practice works with small to medium-sized businesses with an emphasis in sports and fitness fields. In this conversation, we talk about setting priorities, how to balance parenting with a career, and embracing failure without embarrassment. 

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Leslie Eiler Thompson
Rogue #11: Leslie Mosier, Momager to Doug the Pug

Chances are high you follow a little dog named Doug. And he’s a Pug. He’s Doug the Pug. Doug’s mom is also named Leslie, and she invited me to her home in Nashville (and Doug actually greeted me at the door) to talk about her journey. From happenstance to insecurities, and from lucky breaks to hard work, we touched on it all. I learned a lot from Leslie Mosier, and you will too. 

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The Rogue Ones Podcast: Shaun White

My conversation with Shaun White is one of triumph over one’s past - returning to something a little bruised and battered, but with more maturity and drive to accomplish what you started, and finish it with excellence.

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Leslie Eiler Thompson
Rogue #10: Lance Mackey, 4-time Iditarod Champion

Lance is a dog sled musher and leads a team of 16 dogs through Alaskan Wilderness for miles and miles and days and days. But in addition to that, and maybe even more importantly - Lance is a throat cancer survivor, and ex-addict who spent most of his life running from what, it seems, he was born to do.

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Rogue #5: Allan Douglas, A Workplace Rogue

While Allan is a musician, he has found himself a home in the Finance Industry and is LOVING it. In fact, he's said he feels more creative in his current role than he ever did when he worked on Music Row in a fancy corner office with floor to ceiling windows. 

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Leslie Eiler Thompson
Rogue #4: Abigail Flowers, Vocalist

Abi is a vocalist in Nashville with skills in a great many areas, one of which is jazz. Abi has had a long journey with music in her short years, and we touch on the trouble and circumstances of this creative venture - especially in a world like jazz music.

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Leslie Eiler Thompson
Bonus: Just a Tip with Mike

A new segment of The Rogue Ones podcast exploring specific pain points of adopting a rogue attitude featuring the one and only, Mike Thompson. 

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Rogue #3: Michael Matti, Instagram Influencer

Michael grew up outside of the United States and used that experience to inform what he studied in school, and now what he does for a career. He gets to travel the world taking GORGEOUS photos, and he gets paid. 

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Leslie Eiler Thompson
Rogue #2: Michael Schwalbe, From screaming in a metal band to screaming on Wendy's commercials

Michael Schwalbe is one of the most fascinating people you will ever meet. This is a FACT. He's a tall guy (I call him slenderman, he calls me stump), and it's a goal of his to be sure no one leaves his presence thinking, "Boy, really wish I knew what that Schwalbe guy thinks about things."

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Leslie Eiler Thompson
Rogue #1: Jordyn Shellhart, Singer/Songwriter

Jordyn Shellhart has had her share of successes and "failures" (though, we all know that failure isn't a word that's beneficial most of the time). Multiple cuts on big records (Kelsey Ballerini ring any bells?) and a Sony record deal are Jordyn's shiny, glimmering, "successes" but if we only focused on those moments we would fail to see a much more beautiful picture of success that can't be measured by record sales or radio plays.

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What is a "Rogue One?"

Exploring the successes and failures of extraordinary rogues is what this Podcast is all about. Episode 1 invites you into the world of the Rogue Ones as I break down why a podcast, and what kinds of things we'll be exploring on this journey. Also in this blog: The origins of the podcast!

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Leslie Eiler Thompson