Most people have role models in their life, or people who inspire them. My mom is my biggest one, but one of my other role models is Olan Rogers.
Rogers is a true "do it all" kind of person, and is an inspiration to someone like me who has several different passions. I first found Rogers in high school while watching Youtube. Rogers has a series of video logs where he tells stories, and his most popular one is "Ghost In The Stalls." I remember my stomach hurting from laughing so hard at this video, and from then on I was a fan.
Besides telling hilarious stories about his childhood and family, Rogers is also an actor, writer, director and producer for short films. Rogers never makes endorsement deals with businesses, because he doesn't want to be bought or advertise something he doesn't believe in, a truly commendable act considering the world we live in today.
Rogers has quite a large fan base and has hosted a meet up tour around the U.S. that was completely free. "Eat A Slice With Me" was a national pizza party tour in summer of 2013 where Rogers met fans in various cities across the U.S. and gave free pizza, peanut butter cups and Jones Soda to fans.
Rogers is also an entrepreneur with two businesses under his belt. He has a clothing line that donates money to a charity called Rice Bowls, and a hybrid shop that sells floats, soda, and Olan Rogers' apparel in Nashville. The Soda Parlor opened in October of 2014, and I am still trying to find a way to go to Nashville to visit the shop!
Olan Rogers is an inspiration because everything he does is out of his passion for life and giving to others. His goals aren't money, his goals are to spread happiness and enjoy his life. His enthusiasm for everything is truly contagious, and I admire that he has never become consumed by the hunger for fame. I also admire his risk taking, because I am definitely not a risk taker.
Rogers shows you don't have to settle into a job, or choose one particular path in life. You can do all the things you love, because happiness is the only thing that matters when you get to the end of your life.
"What you love to do shouldn't be defined by how much money, fame, or worldly desires you acquire but by how much fun it is doing something you love," Rogers states on his About page.
To really see Rogers' character, watch the "Eat A Slice With Me" documentary below.