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.