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Meet Jack Steward of Rock the Park in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Steward.

Jack, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been driven by my passions. Growing up, my parents were both journalists and storytellers, and it seemed that there was always a video camera lying around the house.

My Dad would turn our family videos into full-blown productions and it showed me how much fun creating can really be! In second grade, I met my best friend Colton who would become my brother from another mother and opposite on screen for the next twenty years. We would spend all of our free time making movies and short films just for fun. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we were learning so much about how to tell a story and developing an incredible on-screen chemistry.

My parents loved to take our family on road trips across the country to national parks and wild places. I remember the first time I went to Yellowstone National Park, it inspired me so much. I had never seen such beauty before, and it unlocked a brand new passion inside of me. I began to fall in love with nature because it gave me so much inspiration but also pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I ended up going to college at the University of Montana in order to work on film projects in the national parks nearby. During college, Colton and I would go on countless adventures in the parks, filming them for fun as we had done for years. I would edit these videos and show them to my friends and family, who enjoyed getting to see the beauty of these wild places and all of the fun that could be had in our parks.

Eventually, I graduated from college and moved to Los Angeles to work in television. I ended up producing shows for networks like VH1, Travel Channel and Destination America, but in between jobs, Colton and I would still meet up to go on adventures in nature.

After a trip to Zion National Park, I showed my Mom the video that we had created, and she instantly knew that it had potential. Just like that, the idea for “Rock the Park” was born – a television show that explores national parks and wild places. I produced and edited a sizzle reel with my buddy Colton, and the rest is history.

Since then we have shot five seasons of Rock the Park for ABC, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel Show and gone on countless adventures around our country and the world.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When you are following your passion, the road is rarely smooth. The greatest obstacles come from within yourself. You have to be able to tune out the negative voices that try to tell you that your idea is not going to work. I believe that when talent and passion come together to create something for a purpose, it will always succeed on some level. You just have to believe in yourself and keep pushing forward.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rock the Park – what should we know?
Rock the Park is a television show that seeks to inspire people to discover the power of nature. My friend Colton and I are different than your average TV hosts in the sense that we’re not experts. Our motto is that “If we can do it, so can you.”

The idea is that adventure can be found in your own backyard, it just takes stepping outside of your comfort zone a bit. We have had to put ourselves out there many times!

From climbing mountains with thousand-foot drop-offs to crawling through caves that you can barely fit through, the adventures that one can have in our national parks are endless.

Our viewers identify with us because everything you see is real. We bring a sense of authenticity and vulnerability that is rarely found in television.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that perseverance is the quality that has really driven me to succeed. There will always be challenges when you’re trying to create something.

You can’t change your circumstances, but you can change your attitude and how you react to the challenges. I believe in perseverance because it’s when you push through adversity that the real magic begins to happen.

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