Recap: Serial Cereal Party w/ Kyle Scheele

February 3, 2016 | Branden Schwab

Despite difficult road conditions and dropping temperatures, an intimate group of dedicated fans led by Wesley Noble gathered at the eFactory’s BKD Room to hear from Kyle Scheele, then listened to the newest episode of season two of the Serial podcast while enjoying a delightful breakfast of Hurtz Donuts, Brick & Mortar Coffee and an assortment of BYOCs (cereal!).

KYLE SCHEELE | AUTHOR, SPEAKER AND BEARD-GROWER

As a creator, Kyle Scheele has earned a reputation for coming up with wild ideas and executing outlandish plans that are often thought of as ridiculous. In fact, that’s the name of one of the companies he started to help carry out his side projects (check out a video for the Ridiculo.us “Run Free” event, “The Greatest (Marathon) Event that Never Was”). But beyond the silly antics, there’s something deep and meaningful about Kyle’s approach to life, public speaking and connecting with others.

Listening to Kyle’s talk, one of the first things you notice is his infectious enthusiasm. Though his website bills him as a motivational speaker for students and other youth groups, Kyle’s personal stories and quirky humor allow him to connect with a lot of folks. Whether it’s stories about growing up or taking risks on seemingly impossible projects, you can’t help but relate to him and feel encouraged to take the next step towards your own ideal creative endeavor.

When it comes to making, marble is to Michelangelo as cardboard is to Kyle Scheele. Inspired by the work of Wayne White (watch ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ on Hulu) and his cardboard creations, including the set design for the Smashing Pumpkins video ‘Tonight, Tonight’ from the iconic album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Kyle’s craft is impressive. Whether it’s a trap for bad guys, a 12’ Abraham Lincoln mask, a log-cabin set for a children’s show or a centaur riding a tandem bicycle, Kyle’s imagination and ability to create are seemingly limitless.

 

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