Shane MacKinnon

I recently had an opportunity to speak with the hard-working and handsome entrepreneur Shane MacKinnon.

By: Joshua Conner

Shane MacKinnon is a vegan athlete, founder/owner at Small Seed Bar and book cover model, from San Diego, California and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. MacKinnon inspires me because of his relentless work ethic, physique, introspective posts, and ESPN Body Issue worthy stories.

Would MacKinnon ever consider posing for ESPN Body Issue and what does he imagine the spread to look like?

“Well, yeah, I would consider posing for ESPN Body Issue, that would be amazing. What do I imagine it to look like? That’s a good question, I don’t really know what I could envision it would look like, I’m not very creative. Which is weird, because a lot of the things that I do are creative, but I’m not. I feel like it would be a lifestyle pose, and I think it would probably be the facade I give when people first see me, then it would loosen up, and I would have a more laid back look, with me half-smiling and looking more inviting,” said MacKinnon.

What are MacKinnon’s underwear preferences?

“Boxer briefs and I always wear Hanes,” said MacKinnon.

What would be the title of MacKinnon’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“I would really like, British actor, Tom Hardy to play me in a movie. The title of my life story would maybe be something like Gangster gone good,” said MacKinnon.

What was MacKinnon’s most memorable year?

“Memorable year, probably, oh that’s a tough one, probably the year I got out of prison, that would be 2012,” said MacKinnon.

If MacKinnon’s mantra was a hashtag it would be hashtag never settle.

“It, I would think, my mantra would probably be something along the lines of never settle. That’s just because you should never take what people give you, you should take what you want,” said MacKinnon.

MacKinnon has two missions, one is personal and the other is the business brand mission.

“Well, I have two missions. I have a personal mission, and then I have a business mission. My personal mission is to help free people from their own chains that they enslave themselves in. My business mission is to change the world from their current health habits,” said MacKinnon.

Although MacKinnon describes Small Seed Bar, as “impactful” which bar best matches his personality?

“Which of my bars, let’s see if I was a flavor. I would have to say espresso, even though it’s not my favorite, just because it’s caffeinated,” said MacKinnon.

If MacKinnon could produce a podcast on any topic, what would it be about and why?

Well, that’s easy, because my wife and I are making a podcast in the next 2 months. I think we are calling it Planting Seeds. I think it goes along with both of our brand missions of helping people see there are alternative ways of living,” said MacKinnon.

If MacKinnon could leave his daughter one quality, what would it be and why?

“Work hard, for the simple fact that you can achieve anything with that one piece of knowledge,” said MacKinnon.

Extra content: I ask Shane MacKinnon if he could have a conversation with anyone who would it be, and what his favorite inspirational quote is. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to see what he says.

You can learn more about Shane MacKinnon by following him on Instagram @shanemackinnon & his company pages Instagram @smallseedbar, Facebook @smallseedbar and www.smallseedbar.com/

Nathan Hainline

I recently had an opportunity to speak with handsome and charming Nathan Hainline.

By: Joshua Conner

Nathan Hainline is a health insurance agent at US Health Advisors, book cover model, and freelance photographer from in Wichita Falls, Texas. Hainline inspires me professionally and personally. Hainline’s inspires me professionally because of his work ethics, and entrepreneurial spirit. Hainline inspires me personally because of how he has served in the military for our country, physique, photography, charisma, and how he has been on the cover of several of my favorite Daryl Banner books, including the upcoming Garret’s Game.

What would be the title of Hainline’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“Throwing some tough ones, at me, huh, drawing a blank here. I’m trying to write a book, and I’m going to have to think of a title for that book. Titles are the hardest part when I think about writing books or movies. I would always choose the title last, and have the story determine the title instead of the title determine the story.  So, I guess Against the Odds, is what I would put as the title of my movie. I’m still not a success story, where you would write the movie on. I’m in the part where the main person in the story is failing and trying to climb his way out of the gutter. So, the story is still being written, hopefully, it has a happy ending.

Without sounding too arrogant, I would say Tom Cruise, would play me in a movie. The only reason I choose Tom Cruise is that he is short. I don’t know if you know, I’m 5’6. I’m not very tall, and I weigh about 150 pounds. So, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the pictures. When people talk about being a model, I consider myself more of an artist, as opposed to being a model, because I’m a photographer, I create all of my own images,” said Hainline.

Hainline’s most memorable year was 2014 because it was when he moved back to his hometown.

“That’s a tough one, I try not to, I’m one of those people who doesn’t really think about what has already happened, at this point, it’s always the years to come. So, it’s always the year that I’m in is always the most memorable. I guess it can be the year, that I’m in is always the most memorable. I guess it can be the year that I moved here, which was back in 2014. I packed up, and just left Minnesota, for no apparent reason, and moved back to where I was from.
So my parents split up where I was from. My mom’s side is up north,  my dad’s side is down south, here in Texas. So, I was a mail carrier, up in Minnesota, with all the snow. Snow, up to the waist, sometimes. Rain, sleet, or snow, you still have to go for the mail, so give your mailroom a high five next time. That’s hard work, I just didn’t want to do that, and I didn’t like the direction my life was going, nothing was happening there. So, if I’m going to make a change for the positive, I just haven’t done. I enroll in college here, and got a business degree, in marketing. I meet a girl of course, so that’s the reason I stayed here. The year,  that I made biggest life changes would be 2014,” said Hainline.

If Hainline’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be #failforward.

“My hashtag would be #failforward. Yeah, fail forward, because that’s all I have done really over the course of the trials, and a lot of people will stop after trials. A lot of people will stop after so many fails, and you only I guess failure only comes from you stop trying so. I mean, I am going to keep failing forward, and I take my fails as a lesson learned. Your one fail closer to success,” said Hainline.

What is the story behind Hainline’s first tattoo?

“I can’t show you right now, but you can probably see from some of my pictures that I have a crown with my initials. It’s really not a meaning behind it, it’s just I got it when I was in basic training in the military and we were on leave,  it’s just the thing to do. I wanted to get a tattoo and be a badass. The only thing I could think of was, getting a crown, and just because I saw a picture on Pinterest, that looked cool and my initials.
Originally, I wanted to get it across my back, live every other guy, but then I realized that it looked kind of lame, because it looked like a jersey. Someone talked me out of that so that I was like that, I will just get something subtle with my name on it,” said Hainline.

“We offer selfless service and advice,” said Hainline about how he would describe US Health Advisors.

What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?

“Being able to create something that is not visible to the eye. When someone looks at a picture, and you saw what it looks like before like if you took a picture with a cellphone and a camera, it would be completely different things you would see. I enjoy being able to create something out of nothing,” said Hainline.

How did Hainline get involved in the book cover model industry?

“Well, I was bodybuilding at the time, but I was also an amateur photographer, doing photography for people on the side. I took a picture of myself a couple days before the show, and it was with really dark lighting on sunset. I was trying to get sponsored by a supplement company, so my post was getting shared a lot, and I was asking people to share my posts. Randomly, an author came across my post, with that picture,  and direct messaged me and said, I loved your picture and I would love to use it on on one of my books.
At the time, I was like, that’s not a real thing, that’s Fabio, that’s people from Hollywood, why would they want to use me. You can use it for free.
So the first book, I was ever on, I gave the image for free, just because I didn’t really believe it was going to be on a book. I just didn’t think it was going to be an opportunity. It ended up being legit, they used it on a book, and the book was published, they shared that. Authors were asking who’s that guy, I was tagged obviously. So other authors were asking what photographer I used, can I get some pictures of you. Actually, I’m my own photographer, so the rest is history. It made it really convenient that I was my own photographer,” said Hainline.

Extra content: I asked Nathan Hainline the age-old guy question and if he could have a conversation with anyone who would it be. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @MrJoshuaConner to find out. 

You can follow Nathan Hainline on Instagram @nate_hainline and Facebook @nate.model also check out his website https://nathanhainline.com