Known as the Celebrity Shots, these guest authors want to share their life discoveries with you as much as I do. Celebrity Shots help expand the content on Mindfire and also challenge my editing skills to keep their writing sound funny, sober, and real. Contact me if you want to take a celeb shot on Mindfire.

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(From L to R)

Alex Ernst | @BigOleFudge

Alex is always my go-to guy when I need a drink after a long day at work. (He introduced me to a magical place called El Bait Shop in Des Moines, whose tap selection is second only to what I’m assuming is heaven.) After graduating from Iowa State in May 2013, Alex now works as an inside sales representative for a rental company in Des Moines. He’s great at being a Chris Pratt lookalike and even better at looking like himself. He’s secretly a cat person and unsecretly a fan of all affluent white male things, like playing golf, smoking cigars, and emulating Frank Underwood.

Colin Grace | @GracialFacial

After deciding that his B.A. from Iowa State was beneath him, Colin trekked to Iowa City where he now attends University of Iowa’s College of Law. Traitor. But we can look past it due to his hilarious and insightful way with words and the ability to make any joke sound like a dirty one. Colin is a great guy to have around if you’re looking to lose a case of Busch Light, or if you want to get absolutely owned in a game of Cards Against Humanity. Mostly I’m friends with him because I’m assuming I’ll need a lawyer to defend me at some point in my life.

Taylor VerMeer | @tayvermeer

Taylor is a killer combination of all the best things. She is originally from the Quad Cities and now works at a PR firm in Boston so she can justifiably purchase an entire J. Crew wardrobe. In spite of her winning personality she’s lost other things, like the pronunciation of the letter “r” and the ability to hold her liquor. You can find Taylor getting a mani/pedi, getting seasick, or getting a free drink from the bartender.

Lauren Etscheidt | @LaurenEtscheidt

Communications specialist by day,  badass by night. Lauren is hands down one of the coolest people I know, which makes her a perfect Mindfire contributor. She’ll be writing exclusively for the music review section that will make you an expert on the latest and best beatz coming out of America, Europe, and anywhere else that has a McDonald’s. Lauren lives in Denver – for the same reason everyone else lives in Denver – and snagged an advertising degree from Iowa State before heading out to there. A fiercely funny friend, the only thing Lauren appreciates more than tattoos is the men who have them.

Erin Jones | @etjphonehome | Erin’s blog

A kindergarten to college Catholic school veteran, Erin claims to have hit her stride in seventh grade when she won the school’s spelling bee. But it wasn’t just her exemplary spelling skills that led her to a degree in English and Hispanic Studies from the College of St. Benedict; it’s the knowledge of too many words to too many rap songs. Erin also talks about celebrities like she knows them, usually only mentioning them by their first names, similarly to how she address her parents roommates. But don’t worry! She’s planning on moving out of the Twin Cities in the near future to pursue something great, like a Chipotle franchise.


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