A lot of people have visited the White House and even met the President Obama. But how many people can say they played ball with the President? Ben Nemtin is one of those people. Ben isn’t lucky, he’s dedicated, determined, and passionate about helping people make dreams a reality. Ben is the creator and executive producer behind MTV’s The Buried Life, a fantastic reality journey show that took Ben and three friends all over the country chasing after (and conquering) an epic bucket list of “100 things to do before you die.” What made the Buried Life particularly compelling was that for every item ticked off of the foursome’s list, they helped one stranger achieve their own goal. In addition to Ben’s television and media projects, he is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? What else could possibly be on Ben’s “dream it, do it, be it” list? We have no idea, but are sure he’ll find a way to make it a reality and inspire others to do the same.
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My mom. She taught me not to take no for an answer.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
We still have some big things on the list like: make a movie, go to space, grow a mustache. The boys and I recently started a production company and I’m excited to create content that means something.
What are you most proud of?
Probably playing ball with Obama at the White House. Everyone said it couldn’t happen, but we didn’t give up. We put it on list because it was the most outrageous thing we could think of. ) There's been a few experiences over the years ( #1 NY Times Bestseller, the tv show), that it’s just made me believe that anyone can do anything.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
Humor, that’s a big one.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
We want to create a lifestyle brand that gets people inspired to do whatever it is they want to do. It’s not about us, it’s about the community. We just try to make content that moves people.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?
My cousin Jordan Banks (President of Facebook, Canada) is a model human being. He’s benevolent, smart, a good dad, humble, one of the greatest people I’ve ever met. He’s a guy who is so well rounded and solid even with the huge successes he’s had, he’s still a nice, great human being.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
We made the biggest roulette spin in history, 250K. We lost. The casino owner didn’t know we were secretly trying to raise a million dollars for charity and he gave back $100K, which is what we started with. We fail all the time, but somehow it always ends up a good experience. Being audacious, trying big things, sorta forces you to grow.
What is one stereotype about men that isn’t really true?
Guys are tougher than girls.
*Interviewed conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor
Featured images courtesy Ben Nemtin