The Power of Living Your Dream - An Interview with Jon Rankin

Episode 7,   Nov 27, 2020, 04:00 PM

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In this episode, Jon discusses his road to the Olympics and his deal with Nike which led him to create his own apparel brand. This is a powerful interview about the importance of going after your dream!

On April 9, 2005, I became the 17th African American in history to run a sub 4-minute mile. After graduating from UCLA, I was sponsored by Nike and trained and raced in the US and Europe in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, eventually earning an alternate spot in the 1500 meters.
After the Olympic Games, a kidney biopsy revealed a terminal disease known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS. Following this diagnosis, I retired from the sport I love to dedicate myself to battling FSGS and taking care of my family. After receiving an experimental stem cell
surgery that reversed my kidney disease in 2011, I vowed never to take for granted what time I still have left to live my dream of inspiring others to get the most out of their life as a motivational speaker and with the help of inspirational apparel by Go Be More.

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Audra was burned at a year and a half, had six surgeries between the ages of 2 and 16, and did not look at herself in the mirror until she was 25 years old.
As a person, who has experienced trauma and was left with physical remnants of it, she was then able to do the work necessary to embrace her scars and become empowered by them. Because of her experience, Audra wrote her song “Scars”, created the I’ve Got Scars Baby! Podcast and has been performing and holding personal empowerment workshops across the country.
From Detroit native to Los Angeles artist and producer, Audra has also performed at such venues as the Disney Music Hall (LA), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The World Children’s Festival of Theatre (Copenhagen, Denmark), The House of Blues Sunset (LA) and The Comedy Store (LA), Laugh Factory (LA) and The Comedy Union (LA).
As a Producer, Audra has worked for several network TV shows including: America's Got Talent, Steve Harvey's Big Time, and The Tom Joyner Show as well as shows on Netflix, BET, and VH1. Audra has taken her creativity to the stage as the writer and producer of her first play entitled, The Cage at the Stella Adler Theatre.