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What About Bryce? • Part 1

IMG_3405cMeet TomTod Ideas’ newest addition to the team, Lead Storyteller Bryce Schmidt.
In part one of this blog post, we get to know Bryce as he discusses his interests, pop culture, and what “Lead Storyteller” means.
So, with a job title of Lead Storyteller, what do you do?

Tell stories of course! But it’s more than that. Driving forces for TomTod Ideas include creativity, inspiration, and celebration. We have so many stories to share of our amazing middle schoolers, the ideas they create, and the feats they accomplish. My job is share those stories, on social media, on our website, to the press, in print, and elsewhere. I direct communications and media, where I write and do graphic design, and I collaborate with partners for other events and marketing and administrative tasks.

What’s a perfect day in the life of Bryce?

A perfect day would start with getting the coffee or tea just right. I’ve been delving into trying more teas lately, and I’m definitely not an expert. I’m trying to hone my skills in getting honey and steeping times right.

A perfect day would include feeling inspired to write and then actually writing. I’ve always loved telling stories (job title is accurate), and when I get in the zone I can crank out a lot of good stuff. It takes some work to get to that point though, but when I get immersed in flow, it feels great to be productive. I like writing nonfiction, where I can tell stories from my own life and reflect and remember as I go. It’s a great avenue for humor, where I focus a lot of my energy in writing (I’ll let you know when I win the Pulitzer).

If we’re talking about the Perfectest of All Perfect Days, I think I would backtrack to my summer 2015 trip to Paris and Taizé, France. The country is beautiful, the sites are breathtaking, the monastery is peaceful, and the food is beyond words. I had the wonderful opportunity to travel there with Malone University on a service learning trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat. My perfect day would close out by relaxing with friends, reading, and/or watching an intriguing movie. Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes, and has been a driving force in my hobbies, studies, and passions. I love film and consider myself a quasi-movie buff, and I love to find interesting films that delve into interesting characters’ lives.

Some of Bryce’s Favorite Movies:
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Take Shelter
  • Inception
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Kings of Summer (I’d call it my generation’s Stand By Me, plus, it was filmed in Ohio!)
Some of Bryce’s Favorite Books:
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • All the Way Home by David Giffels (people give Northeast Ohio a bad rap, but this is my mantra for why I love it here)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
In Part Two, learn more about Bryce’s fit at TomTod Ideas, middle school, and why asking “why?” can be detrimental.

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