#StrokeofGenius – moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life

#StrokeofGenius – moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Hi Guys
Do you know that kind of podcast you wish some day you would be part of? It’s the Stroke of a Genius. A real glimpse of a genius that started it and is making an impact on many lives. I am so honoured to be part of this journey and I had the chance to help a little with my story. I am sharing with you here what this project is about and a bio of it creators. They make weekly lives on Instagram its so worth taking a look.

#StrokeofGenius is about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life. When you open up and share this, it gives others the opportunity to experience that moment too. 

In 2017 we set out across America to find the #StrokeofGenius in people who have overcome life-changing, traumatic medical events. We documented the stories of 9 individuals from New York City, Nashville, Austin, Denver, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Seattle. Since the road trip, through online distribution of short clips, a live talk show on Instagram, live events, and speaking engagements, we have built an active online community. We take a unique approach to raising awareness, building community and inspiring hope for those who have lost the sense of life.

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius

 

Right now, as we shape the story into a 9 episode, broadcast ready documentary series, we are using our online momentum and strategic partnerships to create an Internet based video platform for people to share their own story to enrich the lives of others.

 

#StrokeofGenius champions the human spirit.  Ultimately, this project is about sharing stories of triumph and empowering people to share their own stories.

 

Kyle Mengelkamp

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world.

 

Liam Alexander 

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Podcast

 

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist, and Creative Director with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

For Speaking Engagements

 

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius


FINDING your  #STROKEOFGENIUS

Kyle Mengelkamp and Liam Alexander

 

Kyle and Liam are the creators of #StrokeofGenius a documentary series about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life.

 

How do you find your #StrokeofGenius? Well, over the last year Kyle and Liam have been traveling the US, and hosting a weekly Instagram Live show sitting down with people who have not only survived life altering medical events, but are now thriving.  Kyle can relate, he had a stroke at age 11, and Liam having not lived through something like this, brings a unique outside perspective. Together they explore topics of survival, thriving, what it takes to live a triumphant life, the importance of storytelling for our species, and the dramatic impact you can have on the world, just by sharing your story.

 

Kyle Speaking Bio

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-City Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world. Recently, Kyle was on The Conscious Consultant / Talk Radio NYC Podcast, Story Corp Podcast, speaker at House of Genius, CalTrans in California, and the alumni film association at his old universities all sharing his #StrokeofGenius after 21 years.

 

Liam Speaking Bio

Liam Alexander
Liam Alexander

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist and Creative Director, with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression. He has spoken at Wix.com, Projections, B&H, North Shore Art Guild, and throughout the New York area on the topics of creativity, finding your passion, redefining what’s possible in your medium and catalyzing social change through art.  Liam is a contributor to Sharpen, the online Magazine fo ASMP and has also appeared on The Conscious Consultant Rado Show & East Village Radio.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

Personal Styling for Wheelchair Users with Yvonne Phillip – Final Part

Personal Styling for Wheelchair Users with Yvonne Phillip – Final Part

Hi lovely ones.

Here is the final part of Personal Styling for Wheelchair Users with Yvonne Phillip. This series was so fun to make and we got very nice feedback with a lot of questions around clothes for wheelchair users that we think we are going to do it once a year. So if you have any questions or suggestions send them through and lets make a more complete video.

In part 5 we went shopping in charity shops to try to find clothes that are wheelchair friendly. I would like to say thanks to my niece Emily for filming everything and for being such a good friend and spending part of her holiday working as a camera girl. Also thank you  to the charity we went to, Cancer Research, Mind and Shelter.charity shop yvonne phillip samanta bullock wheelchair model fashion disabled

One of our messages here is that is possibleto be sustainable and to be fashionable at the same time and to minimise the effect we have in the world using reusable clothes. It will also make an impact on your pocket as well as helping somebody.

‘Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility’. This is the definition of sustainable fashion I found on Wikipedia. So we need to have in mind charity shop yvonne phillip samanta bullock wheelchair model fashion disabledthe impact our actions will have on the system in our world and be responsible for our choices.

Please let me know what you would like to see more on the channel. Have a great week.

Much love Sam x

London Fashion Week Allowed the Industry to Make Huge Progress

London Fashion Week Allowed the Industry to Make Huge Progress

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BBC News- Samanta Bullock

For years, the fashion industry has been saturated with stigmas and stereotypes; female models were expected to look a certain type of way. The incredibly thin frame and long legs was considered the perfect appearance. But, that meant every other style of beauty was neglected, and the fashion industry started to become an unhealthy environment.

On a positive note, changes have started to be made in recent times. Those with unique physical traits, disabilities and ‘different’ appearances are now being celebrated more for their beauty. At the last London Fashion Week, diversity was rife. Lucy Todd covered the whole event and composed a wonderful article which was posted on the BBC News website.

Having witnessed the Fashion Week first-hand, it was amazing to see so many individuals having the confidence to step on the catwalk and feel like they belonged there.

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Samanta Bullock Fashions Finest Pict by @storiesbymartin

Moreover, it was refreshing to see the event capture the interest of the mainstream media, which is a huge step in the right direction.

Respected people from within the industry also acknowledged and welcomed the changes that were occurring in the industry. Kate Moss said, “There’s so many different sizes and colours and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and represent all of these people?” I completely agree with those comments, because beauty shouldn’t be restricted to one category.

Legendary designer Steven Tai was one of those that strived to have an impact by deliberately choosing models that had noticeable skin blemishes or physical disfigurements. However, like Todd’s article discussed, the UK scene is still miles behind the US. New York has been promoting diversity for a while, and actively utilize models of different shapes, sizes and appearances much more frequently than the UK.

I’m proud to say that I was included in the article, which I have to thank Caryn Franklin for. It was great to be at Fashion’s Finest once more and it was made much better being able to wear a stunning collection by Louise Clark. 

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Fashions Finest
Designer Louise Clark

From a personal standpoint, the event was magnificent, and it truly feels like major change is going to happen in the industry. Oh, and it’s crazy to be featured in the article alongside the one and only – Victoria Beckham! 

Check out the article on BBC News if you have a spare couple of minutes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45548825

“If you don’t show people in a wheelchair or disabled people in magazines, it’s like we don’t exist,” she says. “A few years ago it was the same for black people, or gay people. It’s the right thing to do to show all different types of people.  Sam

With Madelaine Stuart / Markus Clarke / Marcela at Fashions Finest
With Madelaine Stuart / Markus Clarke / Marcela at Fashions Finest
A Beautiful Rose Gold Watch by Johnny Loves Rosie

A Beautiful Rose Gold Watch by Johnny Loves Rosie

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Johnny Loves Rosie

Most people forget that watches were actually invented for a practical purpose – so that people were aware of what time it was at any given moment. Why? Because nowadays watches are mainly utilized as a fashion accessory, and not an important tool. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because there are so many watches out there that are stunning on the eye.

Of course, being a lover of fashion, I too am susceptible to falling head over heels for the perfect accessory to be strapped around my wrist. The problem was, I spent an awfully long time searching without finding anything that I’d be truly happy to wear. That was until Johnny Loves Rosie sent me a gorgeous rose gold watch to try out.

I’ve been aware of Johnny Loves Rosie for a while and am proud to say I have a strong partnership with their brand. Everything is built on love, and I firmly believe that comes across in all of their items, regardless of how unique or distinctly edgy it is.

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Johnny Loves Rosie

So, the fact I instantly fell in love with their rose gold watch was incredible, because it reinforced how elated I am to work closely with them.

In terms of the watch itself, it’s very, very elegant. Rather than being full of glitz and sparkles, it opts for natural beauty. It’s not too in your face, which is why it’s definitely one of my favourite watches that I’ve owned. Whether you need an accessory for a big night out, or something to wear on a daily basis, this certainly meets the criteria.

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Johnny Loves Rosie Pict by Piotr- Opacki

Ultimately, the underlying message here is that you should always support and advertise things that you admire and believe in. You shouldn’t represent a brand or endorse a product for the sake of it; you should choose a brand and wear an item because you genuinely like it.

If you want to check out the rose gold watch that I have, or you simply want to learn more about Johnny Loves Rosie, then you can head over to their website or Instagram page. Have fun scrolling through their awesome fashion accessories!  

Their IG: Johnnylovesrosieofficial

Much love

Sam x