Pol and Pals

Pol and Pals

Pol and Pals is a podcast where I, Ponyboy Pol, interview my content creator pals who are creating the life they want to live. As someone who is a budding content creator themselves, I occasionally deal with imposter syndrome and laziness when it comes to creating content. After realizing that I had a lot of friends that were also creating content, I became curious about what makes them so special. And I quickly learned... they're just like me. Only thing is, they've figured out what they need to do to STAY CREATIVE. So with the help of my pals, their creative journeys, and words of advice, the goal of Pol and Pals is to inspire other content creators (but really myself) to figure out what they need to do to stay creative. Check out the Pol and Pals newsletter for additional insights from each interview. New episode every other Wednesday. 馃敆LINKS馃敆 LEAVE A REVIEW POL AND PALS NEWSLETTER FOLLOW POL AND PALS FOLLOW POL


November 17, 2021 63 min

On episode 35, I have a very special #CreativeConversation with one of my nearest and dearest OG pals, Lee Rutledge.

Lee is actually the creator of this podcast's theme music, but he's more commonly known as an up-and-coming artist/producer who actually goes by two different monikers: Kakuyon and thomTide which are both derived from his two middle names, Kakuyon and Thomas.

Raised in New Jersey and currently based in San Dieg...

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On episode 34, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Rosanna Connolly, the founder of Morena Communications.

It is a startup dedicated to delivering bespoke PR campaigns for musicians who want more than just "press". Bespoke means "custom-made", and in this episode, Rosanna details how she executes these bespoke campaigns from start to finish.


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On episode 33, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Tom Boyd, a.k.a 鈥淏oyder鈥 in a past life.

These days, Tom is a content creator who is strictly dedicated to ensuring other content creators are thriving.

He does this via his brand "Bonus Footage" where he posts short, eye-catching, insightful clips filled with how-to鈥檚, anecdotes, tips, and other resources to help creators create content that actually makes an impact.


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In episode 31, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Julie Verhage-Greenberg. She's the co-founder of Fintech Today, a community and content company focused on the Fintech startup ecosystem. She's also the host of Fintech Today's podcast, Tux Time, which some have said is one of the best, if not THE BEST-PRODUCED podcast of our time.

In this episode, Julie talks about:

鈼徛燘eing the first in her family to attend colle...

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Living a happy and successful life means not limiting yourself to what others think or what is currently happening in today's society. Going beyond expectations offers a straight path in becoming bigger than your goals. In episode 31, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Kamil McFadden, an actor who's most notably known for his role as Ernie in Disney's K.C. Undercover. His acting credits also include Tyler Perry...

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On episode 30, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal,聽Nikita Redkar, who is a stand-up comedian, actor, and screenwriter.

She has been a standup comedian for 5+ years with notable accolades such as a semifinalist for the 2019 Funniest Person in Austin. She also wrote and acted in her debut web series, "Paranormal Disruption" and is currently studying for her Master's in film at the Met Film School in London.

In t...

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On episode 29, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Benji Bear, Founder of Covidopoly: an online multiplayer card game (based off Monopoly Deal) that's been played over 1 MILLION times and in 150+ Countries!

Benji is also the founder of Benji Bear Photography, and his work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, Newsweek, and the Detroit Free Press.

In this episode, Benji talks about:

- why he'...

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On episode 28, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, JoJoe Earley, President/Founder of Earleybird TV: a production company that is re-presenting black and brown stories to the world of cinema by broadening the revelation of their humanity through their magic, power, and spirit.

In this episode, JoJoe talks about:
- why he worked in a jail (8:11)
- how he became a Vine sensation聽 (12:46)
- the reason behind Vine shutting down (20...

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On episode 27, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Kinsey Grant, Co-Founder/Host of Thinking Is Cool: a media startup dedicated to answering the question, "What if we all stopped to THINK a little harder?"

In this episode, Kinsey talks about:
- getting her start with Morning Brew (12:00)
- the inspiration behind Thinking Is Cool (23:18)
- building a community of Thinkers聽 (37:43)
- the 3rd thought (44:19)
- hot takes on p...

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On episode 26, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Stacey Ervin Jr., a wellness coach, elite athlete, and content creator.

In this episode, Stacey talks about:
- growing up in a single-parent household (5:58)
- his short stint in the WWE (20:18)
- what it's like to date a high-profile person (25:15)
- how he moved past the loss of his mother (36:34)
- why you should strive for wellness and not just fitness (31:40)
- his daily ...

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On episode 25, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Antwaun Stanley, a singer/songwriter from Flint, MI. Aside from peaking at 22 on the Billboard charts with his debut solo album, "I Can Do Anything", Antwaun is most notably known for his frequent collaborations with the American funk band, Vulfpeck.

In this episode, Antwaun talks about how:
- his mom found out he could sing at the age of 3
- navigating the music indus...

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On episode 24, I have a #CreativeConversation with my pal, Donovan Colquitt, Founder of The Scholar's Key, an organization dedicated to helping students go through college debt-free. He is also the author of The Scholar's Key: Unlock Your Dreams As A Teen, a book he wrote to help other teens pursue their passions in life.聽

In this episode, Donovan talks about the struggles he overcame growing up...

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On episode 23, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, Cindy Okereke, Founder of Essence of Cin: a podcast marketing agency. Her podcasting resume includes co-creating and growing the Impact Theory podcast with Tom Bilyeu, producing for the Therapy for Black Girls podcast, and talent booking for the Netflix Strong Black Lead podcast.聽

In this episode, Cindy explains how she overcame her la...

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On episode 22, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, Andy Stout, Founder of Explore Adventure Lab: a travel planning service dedicated to helping you EXPLORE MORE, FOR LE$$.

In this episode, Andy talks about how/why he created Explore Adventure Labs, how he was able to find purpose after losing his dad to brain cancer, and how he biked across the USA in 55 days!


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    On episode 21, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, Alexis Wilson, Founder/CEO of "The Menternship": a personal and professional development program for young Black and Brown women that blends the tenets of mentorship and an internship.
    She is also the founder of "Exalt Management": a management company dedicated to helping purpose-driven athletes, entertainers, and busin...

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    On episode 20, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, Foxy P, a stand-up comedian, Wedding MC, and founder of the African Princes of Comedy.

    In this episode, Foxy talks about what inspired him to become a comedian, how he founded the African Princes of Comedy group, and why he does what he does "for his people"


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    On episode 19, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, Morrisa Jenkins, the owner and co-founder of Freedom Apothecary: a holistic wellness, self-care, and community-building company "for people who have skin".

    In this episode, Morrisa talks about what inspired her to create Freedom Apothecary, how she overcame her internal fear, and what FREEDOM means to her.


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    On episode 18, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, Brian Asher a.k.a The World Hiker.
    Brian has traveled to 195/197 countries, hiked 600+ mountains, and ran 60+ marathons... all on a high school teacher's budget.

    In this episode, Brian talks about why he is so passionate about traveling the world, how he manages his budget, and why you should reevaluate the places you've ...

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    On episode 17, Ponyboy Pol has a #CreativeConversation with his pal, J.B. Armstrong.
    J.B. is a Director/Writer/Photographer from Detroit, Michigan. As the CEO of not 1 but 2 filmmaking companies, J.B. prides himself on capturing the true essence of the human spirit.

    In this episode, J.B. talks about how attending private schools influence him and his stories, how he became the CEO of EarleyBird Tv, and why...

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    On episode 16, Ponyboy Pol has a creative conversation with his pal, Jevon Alexander.
    Jevon is an up-and-coming artist/producer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. From making freestyle beats for friends at the age of 12 to producing his own songs, Jevon prides himself on creating good vibes that you can ride out to with his unique sound of R&B and Hip Hop.

    In this episode, Jevon talks about how he ended up on ...

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