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The American Dream Lives...

Author of Scratch Beginnings tells your audience:

His Story

  • How his project began with $25 and the clothes on his back in a randomly chosen city with no education and no contacts.
  • About his goal to find a job, save $2500, buy a car, and furnish an apartment…in just one year.
  • About his first night alone in an unknown land.
  • All about his 70 days in Charleston’s homeless shelter.
  • About his first week working for a temporary labor agency.
  • How he finally got a job in the highly demanding, cutthroat moving industry.
  • How he was able to accomplish his initial goals.
  • How things didn’t go as planned
  • About the 18-and-a-half-hour move.
  • About breaking his toe.
  • About getting sick.
  • About the people he met along the way, people from whom he was able to draw hope.

…and more

This hot, controversial topic is engaging viewers and listeners nationwide. Beginning with only $25 and the clothes on his back, Adam Shepard worked his way out of the realities of homelessness, and into a world that offered opportunity. This is his compelling story.
Since the publication of Scratch Beginnings, Adam Shepard is garnering widespread interest for interviews. His eloquent speech and impressive command of the English language, combined with vibrant wit and energy, make him suitable for any and all audiences.

Sample Interview Questions

For Adam Shepard,
Author of

Scratch Beginnings:
Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream

His Controversy

  • Why the book Nickel and Dimed was flawed from the beginning.
  • That the American Dream is very much alive…and that it will never die.
  • Why raising the minimum wage does not stimulate the economy of the lower class.
  • That not all homeless people are the alcoholic vagrants that many of us imagine.
  • Why his story is NOT, by any means, unique.
  • Why he is prepared to stand by his proclamation that opportunity exists for everyone.
  • Conclusions he was able to draw from his experience.
  • Why immigration and job outsourcing are NOT the causes of decreasing opportunity in the American workforce.
  • Why he succeeded, while many people make the decision to steer clear of the opportunities in front of them.
  • How many people are profiting from the consumer’s fear of the death of the American Dream.

…and more

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