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/

Shawn Pierce

I recently had an opportunity to speak with brawny and bold believer Shawn Pierce.

By: Joshua Conner

Shawn “The Shredded Chef” Pierce, is a precision prepping chef, menu/health/fitness coach, and humble Christian. Pierce inspires me because of his physique, delicious food posts, faith, and humor.

Pierce is as big and bold in personality, as the story of his first tattoo.

“I got my first tattoo, in high school, behind my family’s back. So, I went to a tattoo parlor, forging my parent’s signature, because at the time, back in ninety-six all you needed if you weren’t twenty-one yet, was your parent’s signature like a permission slip, basically. So, I went outside and forged it, and I pretended my parents were there in the car. The tattoo artist clearly knew that was not the case.

I forged the signature and it was a two-day event because it was one day of outlining. The first day was just two hours of just the outline, then he picked me up from high school the next day, which was odd and strange. On the way to the tattoo parlor, he was smoking all this pot. I was so nervous at the time, because I was very uptight and not exposed to any of that before, so I was really worried about someone doing a tattoo on me that was really stoned. So, I was like oh shit! He was like don’t worry, it just makes me more creative and really able to get in the zone. I heard him and I was really freaked out. Then, for four hours he did the rest of the tattoo, and I had a friend pick me up from the tattoo parlor.

I hide the tattoos from my family for two months, because it happened in the wintertime. So, I wore a long sleeve shirt every day, and I never let my family see me without a shirt on. I hide this gigantic tattoo on my arm, my shoulder and all the way down to my forearm because it was a very large tattoo for a first one.

Most people get a small tattoo, but I went for big and bold, I got a big dragon on my arm. It really didn’t have any meaning to it. I really wanted to get a big tattoo, it was black and gray. He was a great artist, I would just come to learn through getting more tattoos that all tattoo artists are very unique individuals. They have their own ways of living their lives,” said Pierce.

Pierce gave a lucid title to his life story and choose another big and bold personality to play him in a movie.

“The title, I would say Redemption, and who would play me in a movie? Oh boy, that’s an easy one, The Rock,” said Pierce.

Pierce’s most memorable year was 2000, the year that his son was born. If Pierce could leave his son one quality, it would be positivity.

What does Pierce love about being a chef?

“What do I love about being a chef, well I love food. I just love being able to work with something that I love to be around, I love to eat, I love to prepare food, I love to feed other people and I love being around food,” said Pierce.

What are Pierce’s underwear preferences?

“Boxer briefs and I like sports brands because they are really active. Under Armour makes really great boxer briefs, there stretchy and they also look very good on me, so definitely Under Armour,” said Pierce.

Pierce’s favorite inspirational quote is from a poem by Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

If Pierce could cook a meal, with anyone died or alive, who would it be and what would he serve them?

“I would say because I am religious, I would say Jesus. What would I serve him? That would be tough, I would say some sort of seafood, obviously because being a Christian man. I would want to fix him something he would like, so I would have to say seafood would be my go-to,” said Pierce.

What is Pierce’s mission in the world?

“My mission, I just want to be able to find a way to help people,” said Pierce.

Extra Content: I ask Shawn Pierce if he could remake any television show, what would it be and why? You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to find out what he says.

You can follow Shawn Pierce on Instagram @the_shredded_chef and Facebook @Precisionprepping

Jayson Glick

I recently had an opportunity to speak with charismatic and handsome artist Jayson Glick.

By: Joshua Conner

Jayson Glick is an actor and model based in Los, Angeles, California. Glick is represented by Tilmar Talent Agency in Los Angeles, California, Look Model Agency in San Francisco and Envy Models in Las Vegas, Nevada, under Altamero Management. Glick inspires me, because of his great physique, sophisticated style, delicious food posts, and he was also a father’s day meme for the M By Michael Strahan page, which was loved over a hundred times.

What is Glick’s mission in the world?

“Well, you know, I try to keep what I do in perspective as far as acting and modeling, but you know, I’m all about spreading positivity into the world. I want to have an impact on people in a positive way. I try to be that way every day with people I meet or you know just spread some sort of positive message. You know everyone is going through something, so if I could just provide like a moment or two of happiness for people or make them have a little more faith in humanity, that makes me happy, honestly,” said Glick.

If Glick’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be #positivevibes.

“If my mantra was a hashtag, you know it would be #positivevibes. I talk about that every day when I have conversations with people. It works, when you put positive vibes out in the world and it comes back to you. It’s worked for me, my whole life, believe me, I go through things like everybody else and I have my moments. I am just a huge believer in spreading positive vibes, and you know, it works. That would be my mantra,” said Glick.

What is the story behind Glick’s first tattoo?

“So my first tattoo was the Chinese symbol for love. I have always believed that the world needs more love, and I am just a very loving person. I like to spread that message,” said Glick.

If Glick could remake any television show, it would be Family Ties.

“You know, what comes to mind is Family Ties, I am kind of dating myself here. I like it was a family, and they spent quality time together and they were happy. It kind of goes back to a simpler time, I guess, and I love that. I love to see families like that, you know happy, enjoying each other and helping each other with their problems,” said Glick.

What are Glick’s underwear preferences?

“Boxer briefs and my favorite brand right now, it’s pretty basic, but I like Adidas,” said Glick.

What was Glick’s most memorable year?

“I would say last year, I had just a really busy year with work stuff, and some personal things,” said Glick.

What does Glick enjoy most about being an actor and model?

“I guess what I enjoy most about being an actor and model is you never know what is going to pop up, or what opportunity or who you are going to meet. It would be very hard for me to have a 9 to 5 job, where it’s kind of routine and schedule. I like the unpredictability of what I do,” said Glick.

What would be the title of Glick’s life story?

“Wow, the title of my life story, you know the first thought that comes to mind would be something like Peaks and Valleys, haha,” said Glick.

If Glick could have a conversation with anyone died or alive, who would it be and why?

“Wow, man, so many names come to mind. You know, I’m such a sports guy, I probably would go with Michael Jordan, I would love to have a conversation with him,” said Glick.

Extra Content: I asked Jayson Glick what it’s like to be an M By Michael Strahan meme. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to find out what he said.

You can find out more about Jayson by checking out his website: jaysonglick.com and follow him on Instagram @jaysonglick, Facebook @officialjaysonglick and Twitter @jaysonglick1.

Derek Newborn

I recently had an opportunity to speak with the good looking and brawny personal trainer Derek Newborn.

By: Joshua Conner

Derek Newborn is a certified personal trainer and model with Cr2 Talent_Miami, based in Fort Myers, Florida. Newborn was named “South Florida’s Top Personal Trainer by FitNation magazine and Newborn, “helps the common gym-goers take their bodies and their minds to the next level.” I am inspired by Newborn’s great physique, his prolific content creation, style, and handsome bald head.

What was Newborn’s most memorable year?

“My most memorable year was 2001 when my son was born. I had to figure out things really fast, at the age of 16, so it was a lot of memories in one year,” said Newborn.

If Newborn could leave his son one quality it would be the quality of kindness.

“One quality, it would be a quality of kindness because kindness always prevails, and kindness always wins, in the end, no matter what,” said Newborn.

What is the story behind Newborn’s first tattoo?

“My very first tattoo is my initials and my son’s initials that I got when I was 17, during my senior trip to the Bahamas. I got it at a really shady tattoo parlor. I was not sober when I got it, but it’s still there, but it’s cool,” said Newborn.

What are Newborn’s underwear preferences?

“I wear boxer briefs, and my favorite brand is probably Calvin Klein because they are comfortable and they fit good, haha,” said Newborn.

If Newborn could produce a TedTalk on any topic, it would be about mental health.

“I would do a Ted Talk on mental health because I think it’s overlooked and people are embarrassed and uncomfortable to talk about it. I would talk about mental health, how prevalent it is and how common it is, but no one really talks about it,” said Newborn.

If Newborn could have a conversation with anyone died or alive, it would be with Paulo Coelho.

“They can be dead or alive, I would want to talk to Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. He wrote a thought, that was one of the biggest factors of my life, as far as getting through many of life’s ups and downs. So I would have a conversation with him. That would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to tell him how much his book changed my life,” said Newborn.

What is Newborn’s life mission?

“My mission in the world is to help others including myself to reach their full potential, whatever that looks like for an individual. So I try to kind of shine some kind of light, so they know how to reach their full potential and believe in themselves,” said Newborn.

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

“The title of my life story would probably be called Living. I’ve lived a lot, for the number of years that I have been here. People are surprised at how many life experiences I have had in such a short amount of time. I would like to say The Rock would play me,” said Newborn.

Extra content: I asked Derek Newborn if his mantra was a hashtag, what would it be and why? You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to find out.

You can follow Derek Newborn on Facebook and Twitter @dnewborn83, and on Instagram @dnewborn.

 

Justin Schaible

I recently had an opportunity to speak with handsome fitness model with Marky Mark swagger Justin Schaible.

By: Joshua Conner

Justin Schaible is health partners operations specialist III at Fresenius Medical Care North America, from Winnebago, Minnesota, and based in Austin, Texas. Schaible inspires me professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired by how Schaible reinvented himself, depending on his location. Personally, I am inspired by his physique and his Mark Wahlberg style.

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

“I don’t know my life story, kind of goes all over the place. I’ve moved, I have worked several different jobs and careers. I have a tattoo, that kind of explains how I put all my trust in God, and follow the path that he has created, or outlined for me. That’s really important. The title of my life story, I don’t know just never give up really. That should be the story of everyone’s life. Never give up, I think that’s part of a good life,” said Schaible about his life story.

“My God, like what current actor would play me in a movie? I mean, I have always looked up to Mark Wahlberg, as far as actors so. I guess I would shoot for him. He looks good, he’s a great actor, and he looks like a genuine person,” said Schaible about who would play him.

Schaible also can rock a pair of Calvin Klein boxer briefs similar to Mark Wahlberg, which are his underwear preference.

2014, was Schaible’s most memorable year because it was the year that his mother beat cancer.

“Memorable year, these are the questions you really have to think about, well done. Maybe 2015 or 2014, I was living in Florida and I moved back to Minnesota, to take a position and another reason, I moved back to Minnesota was my mom was dealing with breast cancer. I wanted to be back closer to her when she was dealing with therapy. She came out on top of it, and beat it so, 2014,” said Schaible.

What does Schaible enjoy most about working for Fresenius medical care?

“I get to hear patients and their perspective on life. Some take it very positively.  For Fresenius, I work with dialysis patients, and they need dialysis in order to live their life. So, many people accept what they have to go through because it’s not going to help prolong their life. Eventually, some can get a kidney transplant and what not. Just, having their perspective on life, I guess gives me the chills sometimes, when I speak with someone.

I guess others don’t take it as well, but from the ones that do take it very positively, and have their faith, and trust that everything is going to work out. Many of them have amazing stories and have dealt with a lot. I mean dialysis, usually involves other issues as well, like high blood pressure, diabetes, all of that stuff can come with it. It usually starts it all. So, they deal with a lot of different things, just hearing their perspective on life, still seems to amaze me, on how they can still stay so positive,” said Schaible.

If Schaible were drafted to any national baseball team, it would be the Minnesota Twins.

“It would be my home team the Minnesota Twins, I’m a diehard fan. I would play, I guess towards the end of my career, I played center field, so I would take the center field position. I love the adrenaline rush,” said Schaible.

If Schaible could model for any brand it would be Nike.

“Well, Nike was always number one, Nike or GQ. I guess I would say, Nike, because I love my Nike gear, it’s my favorite workout gear. Because the only workout brand I ever purchased. I like it because it lasts a long time, it’s durable, it’s comfortable, looks good, and the name brand recognition. Michael Jordan was apart of it, and I love Michael Jordan, I loved watching him play so. Nike was just one of those ones, that I considered would be really awesome to model,” said Schaible.

In extra content, I asked Justin Schaible if he could have a conversation with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why? Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to see what he says.

You can follow Justin Schaible on Instagram @justincschaible

Élan Sorrell

I recently had an opportunity to speak with the handsome model and actor Élan Sorrell.

By: Joshua Conner

Élan Sorrell is a model, actor, and instructor at Flywheel Sports based in Los Angeles, California. Sorrell inspires me personally and professionally. Professionally, I am inspired by how Sorrell has successfully diversified his brand. Personally, I am inspired by Sorrell’s style, physique, and passion for his craft.

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

“Well, I’m an actor, so honestly I like nobody but myself to play me. The title of my story would be just a kid on his quest for greatness,” said Sorrell.

Sorrell’s most memorable year was 2013.

“Memorable year, probably 2013. I would say that’s the year, I decided to stop pursuing things that other people wanted me to do, and start pursuing what I was passionate about,” said Sorrell.

Sorell enjoys the freedom that comes from being an actor.

“What I like most, the freedom. The freedom to create, and be whatever I want to be depending on the character that I am playing. To bring my own emotions, ideas, and past experiences into that role. To be able to bring truth to something that is fiction,” said Sorrell.

Sorrell is also a flywheel sports instructor.

“My job is essentially to take a client and give them an opportunity to participate in an energized somewhat personal training structured class. So, I teach clients, high-intensity interval training, so the basis of that is strength, endurance, power, balance, stability and just overall core endurance,” said Sorrell.

“I’ve been rolling with Jockey for quite some time, I guess boxer briefs,” said Sorrell on his underwear preference.

One of Sorrell’s most favorite modeling gigs was doing an interactive experience for San Diego Comic Con, WestWorld Live Experience back in 2017.

If Sorrell could host a Ted Talk on any topic, it would be on fear.

“It would be on fear, and how clipping it can be and motivating it can be. Fear is something that everybody no matter what your background or upbringing encounters at some point of their life,” said Sorrell.

If Sorell could have a conversation with anyone died or alive, it would be Albert Einstein.

“Probably, Albert Einstein. I am really curious to know whether he realized the impact of his theories, philosophies and just his general intelligence when he was still alive. Everybody considers him a genius, one of the greatest minds of any generation, and I still wonder how it was to be in that position and still create so much that he did on a daily basis.

You can follow Élan Sorrell on Instagram @elansoreal

Extra Content: I asked Élan Sorrell if he could remake any show what would it be and why? Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to find out.

Shawn O’Neill

I recently had an opportunity to speak with millennial model and fighter Shawn O’Neill.

By: Joshua Conner

Shawn O’Neill is a bartender, model, and fighter with Cooper MMA. O’Neill was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, but he is based in Austin, Texas. O’Neill inspires me personally and professionally. Personally, I am inspired by how O’Neill’s dedication to the craft of his martial arts, as well as his style and physique. Professionally, I am inspired by how O’Neill has branded himself and his work ethics.

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

“The title of my life story, you know I haven’t even thought about that one. I’m going to have to go with what I’m known by, like how I use my Instagram name that would be SMO, which are my initials for Shawn Michael O’Neill, so it would be SMO life. Who would play me? I would have to say, Matt Damon. I think Matt Damon, he always puts himself in some tricky situation, and I’m always putting myself in some tricky situations, but I always end up coming out and winning at the end, because I don’t quit,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill’s most memorable year would be 2015 because he started taking jiu-jitsu lessons, and that really helped set him in the modeling world.

“I would probably have to say my second year out of high school, I think I was like 20. I made some friends, that asked me would I like to come and start taking jiu-jitsu lessons, where I started doing my MMA at. Ever since then, it’s kind of taking off, and it’s brought me a lot of great opportunities. It brought me into modeling, because it put me into splendid shape, and helped me get my career started to where I am today. So, I have to say that when I look back on some days, just because I started in my garage doing jiu-jitsu. So, I guess that was 2015,” said O’Neill.

The greatest lesson that MMA has taught O’Neill, is discipline.

“Discipline, MMA and mixed martial arts have taught me the biggest thing in life is discipline. If you get too eager, aggressive, or too nice, people tend to take advantage of that. With that being said, if you learn discipline, and you learn control, then you are always going to be in the correct mindset, where you don’t let anything get out of hand or out of control,” said O’Neill.

If O’Neill’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be #blessed.

“I don’t know, if you could put a life motto into a hashtag, I could say that one would be blessed, to be honest. I would have to say being so young, I have dealt with different trials and tribulations. When I was younger, I actually ended up almost dying, and I had someone save my life. So, I respect it as sort of a blessing. I have a lot of friends and family around me, that shows me a lot of love, support and help me out. You count your small blessings in life, not everything has to be glitz, glamorous and diamonds,” said O’Neill.

What is O’Neill’s underwear preferences?

“I would probably have to say boxer briefs, but I actually wear the athletic brand of underwear. So it’s called Spyders. They are some of the most comfortable fit that I have had or the Adidas ones that I have,” said O’Neill.

If O’Neill could model for any national brand, it would be Calvin Klein.

“Any brand, I would probably have to say, Zara or Calvin Klein. I know those are probably really basic answers, but I would choose Calvin Klein if I had to pick my number one choice. I wear a lot of their clothes, I like the way they fit and they have good materials,” said O’Neill.

What does O’Neill enjoy most about being a bartender?

“What I enjoy most about being a bartender, is probably the people I meet. You know, I go to work each day, but my job is never the same. I may deal with the same job duties, but the people that I meet, and the conversations that I have with people, I mean I’ve made friends that I have known, and I’ve made friends that I have had for a lifetime because that’s the job that I do. Even though I am making drinks for people, it’s just a connection that I can make, I think that’s the most enjoyable part,” said O’Neill.

You can follow Shawn O’Neill on Instagram @smo_life.

If Shawn O’Neill could have a conversation with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why? You can find out by following me on Facebook and Instagram @MrJoshuaConner