We had the good fortune of connecting with Brant Weiss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brant, what makes you happy? Why?
A lot of things make me joy, a good song, exercise, a cup of coffee when I’m tired, cookies.. I’m a pretty easy going guy when it comes to that I’d say. But I did start finding happiness In something I never would have expected last year.
In 2020, I was playing football in a league called the XFL.. you know the league “The Rock” owns now. Before that, I had been with the Chargers briefly – got hurt- and then parted ways with them. This League seemed like the best way for me to get some good tape out there for scouts and get back into the NFL. I was with a team called the New York Guardians and was living just outside of the city. The league was new, the city was new, the people were new.. but I was loving it in all aspects. I had never been to NYC before this and it was such a cool vibe..My teammates, My coworkers, Everybody I met was just so nice and I felt like I could really be myself. It was awesome. I became particularly close with the media personal for the team and we decided to launch a show called “Plane Old Questions” a few weeks into the season. It was a quick 2-3 min video where I would interview teammates asking them funny (mostly weirdish) questions, faking my best New York accent while we were flying to away games. It was a fun way for fans to get to know the players in a different light and I particularly enjoyed doing it.
I was really excited to get the show going and see what we could do with it, Then Covid hit.. our league got suspended and eventually cancelled, New York turned into a ghost town and everybody moved back to their respective homes including me. We had only shot two of the interviews and obviously I couldn’t continue the show as I don’t have a private jet to fly just fly around and interview people. (If you have one, let me know and we will resume operations lol). so, a few weeks had gone by and I’m back home driving in my car thinking about what to do with my time as I didn’t know what was going to happen in the next few months with football, with COVID with honestly everything… but I needed something to do, and I was really bummed that “Plane Old Questions” got cut short before it could really even start.
I started brainstorming things that I could do similar to the show in my newfound time which was tough because again no airplane, and no in person interviews. Then I was driving around again thinking, and realized “man, I am always in my car”. Whether it was for food, to train or to just get out of the house. I was driving a ton and I wanted to do something productive with it.
That’s when I started doing “Brant’s Blog”. I took a tripod, put it in my front seat and started filming myself driving to and from where ever I was going. It was easy to do, and it was the best thing I could think of to stay somewhat productive during that time. I would think of a topic while I was driving and then do my best to make a funny quick video before I got to my end destination. I also found it super challenging and nerve racking. Challenging to think of a topic quickly and nerve racking because I’d consider myself an Introverted extrovert, I am really shy if I don’t know you and won’t shut up If I do. And posting these to something like instagram where the world could see, made me nervous. It made me want to do it more though, because I felt like I now had to prove to myself that I could overcome the challenge. I mean before that I had never really posted anything other than football pictures on Instagram and even though “Plane Old Questions” was intended to be funny, I had another person and I was really only asking them the questions.
Needless to say, the first few episodes of “Brant’s Blog” were rough and I was scared as to what people were going to say but regardless, I hit the “post” button. Shockingly, I was getting positive feedback from my friends and followers after the first few videos and well.. other than work out, I didn’t have much else to do at the time so I kept at it. I began to really enjoy doing these over the last year, trying to think of creative ways to make people laugh and I got less nervous doing it as I went. A few months in, I guess I realized that it makes me happy . Trying to make people laugh with relatable content and doing something outside of my comfort zone. At the beginning of Covid when everything sucked worse, it was fulfilling to try and do that. It has also helped me immensely with talking to strangers and thinking on my feet.
I still have zero idea what I’m doing with it after a year (I’m not a real content creator) but I keep doing it anyway and it has continued to grow. It may turn into something more down the road or it may fizlzle out and die, I’m not sure… but in the mean time, I’ll be in my car with my phone mounted to the dash making a dumb video.. we moved on from the tripod.. it kept falling.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The last few years have been a whirl wind regarding my career. A lot of highs and some lows. I played division 1 football at The University of Toledo where I had originally walked on (no scholarship) and was fortunate enough after my college career to get a chance at the NFL. My NFL career was not as anticipated, and I bounced around for 2 1/2 years on and off teams and in between leagues.. it was a lot mentally. But an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. Most people don’t get to taste that cup of coffee, and I was fortunate to have some. After Covid, I came to the realization it was probably time to hang up the cleats. I lost over 85 pounds in 7 months and then accepted a job as a regional sales director for a company in the industrial printing industry (signage, clothing, etc.)
The road hasn’t always been the easiest but I have also realized it never really easy for anyone. I’ve met so many people who’ve over come what seemed like insurmountable odds to get where they’re at today. It’s things like that which continue to inspire me. I have a lot of goals I want to achieve on the next few years in my current job, and some entrepreneurial ventures I’ve been trying to get going now that I’m done with football. They make me a little nervous but if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last year is to continue to believe in myself and just hit the “post” button.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although I used to live here on and off in 2018/2019. A lot has changed since then, so I’m taking suggestions too! What I do know is…
Thursday- juun all you can eat sushi.. I’m a former lineman.. I eat a lot of sushi and it’s the best bang for your buck.
Friday- fate brewery. Followed by a night in old town. doesn’t matter where as long as it ends in a slice of pizza from Joes.
Saturday- hike camelback in the am. Hit the links in the pm. Somewhere nice or somewhere super cheap.. I suck anyways so it’s up to them. Night at Oldtown
Sunday- breakfast at snooze.. I’m way to obsessed with that place. But there are a ton of good brunch spots. Drive up to Sedona and hike around.
Monday,- it has to be Diego pops for their taco special. There tacos are ~chefs kiss~ and the sauces are just A1. Also a fan of there margs.
That’s all I got.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The amount of people I could give a shout out too is ridiculous. I’ve been blessed. Regarding this topic though, Shout out to my friends (Cara and Kylie mainly). I would always send my videos to them before I posted at first because I was super nervous. They helped make me realize that “no one really cares anyway, and if you like it.. Just post it..” a quote that goes far beyond social media.
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