Why I Create

a film series by Ben Coleman
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Stories of inspiration, discovery, and creation.

John Cook

John Cook has reached some of the highest pinnacles in the volleyball world, but the experiences of working with student athletes is what drives his energy and passion.

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Chris Hughes

After stints as a musician and several jobs in the tech world, Chris Hughes finally found his stride. A fascination with military field gear, vintage aesthetic, and functional design opened the door to his company: Artifact Bag Co.

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Paul and Stephanie Jarrett

Paul and Stephanie Jarrett took a leap with their company, Bulu Box. While the journey has been filled with fear and uncertainly, it has not only strengthened their marriage but served as a conduit for their purpose in life.

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Joy O’Conner

After her marriage, Joy O’Conner experienced a particularly difficult path with their first child. With her mother-in-law sensing she needed something to help that process, the world of clay and pottery came into her life.

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Sweet As

For Courtney and Katrine, Sweet As has provided a kindred friendship, full of values and a way of life in why they create.

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Keith Williams

He’s known in football circles as the Wideout Producer, Dr. Route, and the Route Scientist, but Keith Williams’ life as both a player and coach were never handed to him on a silver platter.

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Benson Soap Mill

For Tim Maides and Ryan Cook, making soap has turned into a way of life after starting out as a weekend science experiment.

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Ted Kooser

As a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, the act of creating for Ted Kooser still involves daily practice in creating work that will endure.

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Abigail Ervin

For Abigail Ervin, art is not the final goal, yet it feeds into a bigger purpose for her life in giving to others.

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