E81: Adam Turley, Dream It. Write It.
09/18/2018 | 69 MINUTES
This week’s guest: Adam Turley – Singer-songwriter and Music Producer who’s been chasing his dreams since he didn’t impress a high school crush. He’s impressed a lot of people now, and during the episode we get a behind the scenes look, including lyrical meaning and song-writing process, into his most recently released single, “It’s Alright.”
Adam describes himself as a strong-willed person with dreams and visions for how he wants his life to run. Now he’s just chasing them by overcoming fear.
At the end of the day, Adam strives to be a good person, and share the good about himself and other people with everyone, and that’s easiest for him to do through music.
Adam mentions two dear friends that gave him that push, those who helped him realize this was a leap he could handle and needed to do.
Comparing this new passion of his to a marathon, he’s just beginning. He started this year sharing his own work on Spotify and Apple Music, releasing new music every month. But he describes hang ups and bumps along the way.
Personal Tick Offs:
There’s not enough time in the day. Can we add 20 more hours, please? Trying to balance productivity and structure with freelance work.
The rigidity of delivering projects to clients, where you can have a hunch as to the time required to produce, versus creative time which usually does not have an hour estimate.
When people shy away from a conflict and don’t want to just admit it and talk about it.
Since he was young, he’s been frustrated with his own quirk of needing to be liked by everyone.
Passionate Tick Offs:
When he puts a lot of time and effort and energy into something he’s incredibly proud of and it does not get the reception or response he was hoping for.
Being a storyteller with the music he writes.
It’s been his dream for a long time to write music that people all over the world would hear and love and social media is making the world a little smaller.
Mentions From the Recording:
Adam mentions influential artists of John Mayer, Jack Garratt – check out his song, “Weathered” a personal favorite of Ben’s.
Lib mentions a Brand New Song based on a news story.
Ben’s Top 5 Artists:
Need to Breathe
Dalton’s Top 5 Artists:
Jimmy Eat World
Third Eye Blind
Lib’s Top 5 Artists:
The Early November
Adam’s Top 5 Artists:
Connect with Adam:
Patrick Donohoe – a native of Connecticut who, you could say, “Got in with the right crowd” after moving to Utah. He now owns several businesses, hosts a financial wealth podcast, and recently wrote a book. Beyond his professional life, Pat lives with a mentality of “If you have something of value that can benefit someone else, figure out a way to give it to them,” and has graciously opened his studio doors to the Ticked Team.
The hosts take a break from our regular guest routine and pinpoint certain tick offs we individually have. Although negative, these tick off come from a good place. We dissect what normally is a negative and pesky outlook; and try to convince one another to see the glass half full.
Jason and Kelsey – serial entrepreneurs who kick-start their creative ideas through dedication, sweat, and – maybe, tears. Each of them run their own business, then started dating and decided to start a business together, Dorai Home. Eco friendly and organic, this idea mapped well to their personality traits and has become so much more than a successfully-funded kickstarter campaign. Creating happier, healthier homes through natural approaches, in two words: Diatomaceous earth.
Breea and Cody are traveling filmmakers and content creators helping people capture and remember important, emotional moments. Breea was inspired by her grandfather to pick up a camera and start shooting. Then, Cody came into the picture and helped take the business to the next level.
A college soccer player turned business owner and trainer for young girls, Rachel trains like a girl and inspires young athletes to take risks and progress, mentally and physically.
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Quinn Nelson - A YouTuber that has been creating videos for 10 years. His entrepreneur spirit has helped him sell three business in his teens while running the “Snazzy Labs” channel that helps people not only how they may fix their tech device, but come away learning how things work. Quinn is one to share his knowledge with others at no cost and only a friendly reminder to stay snazzy.
Francisco Terreros is the Chief Marketing Officer and FIFA Player Agent for SBX Group. “Cisco” represents professional footballers on and off the field, be it contracts, endorsements, and career growth. He also represents the American Dream, a son of Colombian immigrant parents experiencing true culture shock coming to Utah. He’s always thinking of the end goal, and finding ways to have fun in every single aspect of his yellow personality life.
Eric’s a beat writer for the Utah Jazz who proudly hails from Flint, Michigan. Flint is considered one of America’s poorest or most violent cities, but he believes in that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Basketball and home are some ticks that remind him to stay positive and give back daily. He loves spending time with family and friends but if you have him over, just make sure you give him a heads up if you have any pets at home, especially cats…
We take a break from our regular guest routine and talk through our ticks involving technology. Let’s face it, it’s a big part of our lives. It’s 2018 and there’s a lot of technology out there surrounding our abilities. But with great technology comes great responsibility to know when to use it, and when to put it away and connect with people.
Daniel is a social media specialist who helps companies use data and analytics to be able to help markets move. So, if you think that your tweet about a certain restaurant and tagging your friend won’t be seen by anyone, think again. Daniel helps gather all the metadata behind these posts. He believes in using technology for good and has even been able to turn a Twitter troll into a real-life friend.
Carla Swensen-Haslam – a native Utahn with dual-citizenship, Carla grew up playing soccer on the fields of the Wasatch Mountains and the pitches of Columbia’s U20 National Team. Now she provides color-commentating for Utah’s Professional Women’s Soccer Team. Be it broadcasting, literature, education, politics, or inspiring you to progress and win, Carla’s ticked.
Mark and Tyler are entrepreneur students at BYU who came across an opportunity to own a CrossFit gym. They study books and biographies of other entrepreneurs like Ray Kroc (McDonald’s) or S. Truett Cathy (Chick-fil-a) to stay creative and progress in life and business. Time is a “tick” and if you tell them that you don’t have time, they might have you take out your phone and check how many hours you spend on social media.
Morgan Jones – a journalist, blogger, story-teller, and young single woman. A native of North Carolina and foodie of all things NOT southern, Morgan manages the Faith content at Deseret News and thrives on belief. Believing in something, and holding on to that while hearing other’s stories of life helps her connect with you. She connects with herself through amateur yoga. Keep your headlines honest, and your hair out of her food!
Ben and Lib are not on the same page. Ben loves summer and Lib sees the duality of the hot season. Summer is the season to kick back, spend a little more time with loved ones and enjoy life. But it also brings crowds, maybe too much daylight and what we think are annoying pre-k graduations! Sit back and you sip on some lemonade and listen to this stoppage time episode….or Will Smith’s hit; Summer Time.
When all is said and done, Kristopher Orr is a Ticked person. He’s managed hotel bars, been a professional photographer, a barber apprentice in Whales, a nanny in Paris, a laundry deliveryman in New York…he’s a friend who we’ve coined as “The World’s Most Interesting Man.” Kristopher claims he’s just relatable and caring. We’ll let you, our listeners, decide.
Steph is a marketing coordinator and podcasting host of Notable Peeps and Utah Fan Club. Ben and Lib met Steph on a Rocky Point, Mexico trip where things started off a bit rocky, but by the end were on-point, bonding over podcasting and being ticked individuals. She is driven to accomplish things that seem impossible like marathons, creating a podcast and even water skiing!
Lib, Dalton, and Ben – we take a break from our regular routine and debrief about the musical phenomenon, Hamilton. The touring cast recently closed in Salt Lake City and the city’s all abuzz. Dalton and Ben talk our ticks and ticks offs (We’re Hamilton’s with Pride and cannot let it slide). Lib steps in to help us avoid nerding out too much, and to provide the outsider insight for one learning about #ham for the first time.
Shannon Vistisen – a mom, graphic designer, and freelancer (including non-profit work) who’s starting her own outdoor apparel company for kids. She’s driven. Driven to see results and investing in the process to make those results happen. Step aside complainers, Shannon’s creating a thread trail of success we could all get behind.
Also known as Fell, a design and printing duo with one being the entrepreneur and the other being the artist. They create handcrafted products for the explorer inspired by Scandinavian design and Hygge lifestyle. Both inspirations are simple by nature, but both Jorrien and Tiera’s ticks and tick offs can be a little more complex.
We kick back, relax with a Maverik Coke and Red Bull, and talk about a few business items before delving into our ticks and ticks offs around restaurants. Most importantly, a huge Thank You to all of you listeners, for loving the show, providing your feedback, and allowing us to create something week in and week out that we absolutely love doing. You make us tick!
Brad's an “average Joe” Walmart employee by day and Executive Director of the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra and Principal Violist for Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus by night. He’s learned to overcome his social anxiety by seeing the 12 year old in everyone and through the help of life-changing mentors. Brad now is giving back by helping the youth and yes, he gets asked on the daily the difference between viola and violin.
Kait Vanhoff – a traveling yoga teacher and social media influencer who moves with energy, drive, purpose, and vibrations. And we’re talkin’ ‘bout…good vibrations. She teams up with brands to connect with their social media followers, and gets ticked off when her friends can’t connect with her cause they’re too busy on social media. Sound like a double-standard? It’s not, she has the purest intentions, encouraging us all to get out, feel uncomfortable, and grow.
Nick is a self-proclaimed "intrepreneur" and director of operations who shows you can succeed in life relying on McDonald's experience and gut instinct even when the odds are stacked up against you. And by staying balanced in life, he's only getting started.
James is a professional pilot based out of New York who is passionate about doing anything that involves flying…and that’s not always on an airplane. Having a “dream” job has its perks of seeing the world, but what you don’t realize is how hard it is for a pilot to have some personal space in an airport. Ticked attendants, please grab your headphones and prepare for take-off.
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Mike Schmidt, an outdoor enthusiast and advocate who markets products to those who live life on the move. He’s a “Swiss army knife” when it comes to guiding people on outdoor adventures to help eliminate the intimidating factor that outdoor marketing can sometimes place on us. A word or warning: If you do sign up for an adventure with this guide, don’t flake out on him last minute, or he’ll be left without his Cheetos –which was your assignment.
Jonny Lineman – a New Zealand native and self-proclaimed NCMO king who took a chance on friendly advice to come to the US and play rugby, and eventually football, for BYU. He started as a Rugby Fly-Half winning 3 NCAA National Championships (one of which was his game-winning dropkick), then walked-on to punting, appearing twice on the Ray Guy national watch list. He’s funny by nature, serious about his financial spreadsheets, and ticked off around flaky and dumb complainers.
Andrew Muse – A travel and adventure content creator. He has created a life full of adventures, along with his dog, Kicker, to create marketing content. He tries to make sure that he is a positive force in the world. Though he lives a life that many may envy, he makes sure to try and work harder than anyone else out there.
Stephen Nielsen – An app developer that helps businesses simplify and save money by eliminating “ghost punching”. Using a farmer’s approach to build things, he’s been able to help his wife run a better business. Make sure you hear his full list of personal tick-offs on this episode, just don’t listen to it at 1.5x speed…
Oakley's a mother living the dream, and founder of Nothing Down About It. Motherhood has made her who she is and why she shares and writes on her blog. She believes that together, we can shrug off stigmas and help people embrace the goodness of children who have Down Syndrome and most importantly “reach and teach.”
Ciera Montoya and Kenny D talk all about Lib! We invited two people very close to him to talk about what Lib does that makes us tick, and highlight those habits he has that really tick us off! From researching vicious animals, to his outstanding verbal communication, we delve into Lib’s personality traits that make us tick!
And we’re back! Welcome to season 2! Ben and Lib take a break from the standard template, sip on their Maverik drinks, and talk about our ticks and tick offs for the coming year. 2018 is going to offer amazing athletic feats, and out-of-country events that will have all single (and married) girls swooning. It’s being dubbed as “The Year of Women,” so let’s raise a Maverik Coke, and take 2018 by storm! Never Stop Starting, and Stay Ticked.