Ryan is a Chicago based freelance publicist and media personality - working with tech, fashion and hospitality brands to define, highlight and publicize their unique offerings.

What do you wake up thinking about?

Every morning (before the stream of things to do that day starts to swirl) I wake up with a song playing in my head - without fail. The song changes daily, or sometimes it's a repeat. 

What's your morning ritual?

Wake up, clear notifications/reply to email/social media, grab a t-shirt/pants and start with coffee from Heritage. Then back up to feed the fish before heading back to Heritage to work, or head out for whatever is in store for the day. 

How does social media play into your daily life?

If I'm awake, I'm on it - until I fall asleep. I run several accounts for my clients and I keep a very close eye on all my personal channels. I wage a daily war against those little red app notifications. 

Are we more connected or disconnected than before?

I think the answer is both - or more that we're connected in a different way than ever before. Social media does connect us, in the defined sense of the word. We have access to each other, yes - but that doesn't always result in a true connection. Social media offers us a place to find one another - but, true connection has to happen past our phones and computers. To me, it is in those real moments that we prove our ability to really connect.


What is most important to you in life?

My friends, my family, and my work - always with a focus on my personal journey to self-fulfillment and happiness. 

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