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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Tripp Fontane

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

TF: I am a poet, rapper, and music producer from Dayton, Ohio. I have a passion for community empowerment, education reform, and human interconnectivity. I have been performing professionally for 10 years. I’ve been blessed to travel the country and most recently travel outside the country doing what I love to do.

 


TEDxColumbus
: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?

TF: My story. I don’t look like nor do I carry myself in a way that reflects the things that I’ve gone through. Because of that, most people are surprised when I tell them all that I’ve done and seen.

 


TEDxColumbus
: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

TF: Honestly, this isn’t something I imagined myself doing. At least not this soon in my career. A friend of mine who had given a talk before just told me to go for it. I took a shot in the dark and it actually hit the mark.

 


TEDxColumbus
: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker/performer?

TF: I’m most looking forward to the challenge. I’ve never spoken on such a large and well-respected platform. A platform that’s going to require a certain degree of precision. Having to format what I do is always a little uncomfortable for me. I also know growth lies on the other side of discomfort. This will be an opportunity for me to push myself in ways that other opportunities haven’t required. I know I’m going to be a better artist and speaker at the end of it so I’m most excited about that.

 


TEDxColumbus
: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

TF: The city makes a deliberate effort to support the arts. With myself and so many other friends being artists, Columbus is slowly and surely making it possible to live comfortably as a full-time artist.

 


TEDxColumbus
: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?

TF: I typically take visiting friends to the King-Lincoln district or Franklinton to talk about the affluent Black communities that used to be present there. There’s so much history in just those two neighborhoods. So much treasure to unearth.

 


TEDx
Columbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

TF: I would tell myself to stay focused and be consistent. I didn’t grow up in a stable home so there were always a lot of external factors affecting my upbringing. It became hard to stay focused and eventually it became hard to finish things. Having realized this as an adult, I think knowing and applying it would’ve completely changed my present day.


TEDxColumbus
: What is your favorite book and why?

TF: My favorite book would have to be The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. He tackles so many perplexing topics and simplifies them in such a way that I truly believe a middle-schooler could understand. That simplicity in writing and understanding shows a level of mastery that I’m working to reach.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

TF: Theater


TEDx
Columbus: Facebook or Twitter

TF: Twitter


TEDxColumbus
: Form or Function

TF: Function


TEDxColumbus
: Beach or Mountains

TF: Mountains


TEDxColumbus
: Big Party or Small Gathering

TF: Small Gathering

 

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Brian Sampsel, the Vice President of Analytics at the Columbus Collaboratory.

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

BS: I think many decisions can be made better using data, though you still need courage as well. I like helping organizations move along that path.


TEDx
Columbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?

BS: I have two young daughters, so I am just as conversant about the Descendants movies as I am about the Marvel movies.


TEDx
Columbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

BS: I’ve been a fan for a long time of TED in general. It’s a great format. Anytime I get to glean wisdom from such great thinkers I feel grateful.


TEDx
Columbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker?

BS: Getting to know the other speakers and learn more about their topics. I love getting to know what other do and the nuances of their work.


TEDx
Columbus: What previous TED or TEDxColumbus talk was most meaningful to you?

BS: This tells you something about me, but Susan Cain is great. Hans Rosling is a close 2nd.


TEDx
Columbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

BS: It’s a chance to be exposed to new ideas and areas that you might not otherwise come in contact with.


TEDx
Columbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

BS: There’s so much development. You can see construction everywhere. And there is such a diversity of organizations and industries.


TEDx
Columbus: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?

BS: Hot Chicken Takeover.


TEDx
Columbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?
BS: Inniswood Metro Gardens


TEDx
Columbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

BS: Don’t overthink your decisions. If it turns out to be a “bad” one, the cost is almost always low, and you can change directions.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

BS: It’s a combination of the things I am good at, what I enjoy doing, and what the market values.


TEDx
Columbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?

BS: As I mentioned before, Hans Rosling is someone who inspires me through his clarity of thought and presentation.


TEDx
Columbus: What is your favorite book?

BS: Picking a favorite is hard. From books I’ve read recently, Trillion Dollar Coach and Open (Andre Agassi’s autobiography) are both great.

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat?

BS: Dog.


TEDx
Columbus: Netflix or Theater?

BS: Theater.


TEDx
Columbus: Phone Call or Text?

BS: Text.


TEDx
Columbus: Beach or Mountains?

BS: Beach.


TEDx
Columbus: High Tech or Low Tech?

BS: High Tech.


TEDx
Columbus: That one we might have guessed. Big Party or Small Gathering?

BS: Small gathering.

TEDxColumbus: Thanks for sharing!

 

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