Season 1, Episode 12: Tammie Ortlieb (#012)

Storytelling with Writer, Vegan Entrepreneur Tammie Ortlieb

Tammie Ortlieb is a writer and co-founder of VegOut Los Angeles. She talks storytelling as a vegan entrepreneur. Tammie discusses how moving from Kalamazoo, MI to Los Angeles, CA has shaped her storytelling and life.

Tammie grew up in the Midwest and has spent the last 30 years of her life in Kalamazoo MI. Just recently she decided to follow a dream. She sold everything she had, packed up the Prius and moved to CA. For the past six months she's lived in Orange County CA where it’s sunny and warm.

“I’ve had a rich life as far as material.” - Tammie Ortlieb on growing up in poverty

Becoming a Storyteller - Tammie Ortlieb

She was not always focused on writing but she as always written. Tammie started as a professor, instructor and teacher at Kalamazoo Community College. But ever since she was a little girl, she would have people sit down on the couch and she would perform for them. Tammie wanted to take them away from whatever they were doing. She soon discovered she could do this with a pen.

Overcoming Self-Doubt

Tammie has had a lot of material in her life. She started with nothing, childhood poverty was her reality. She’s lived in houses that could have been condemned. She collected Coke bottles on the side of the road with her mom to get dinner. She’s had a rich life as far as material goes.

“Writing and I have always had a love/hate relationship. I’m a writer, no I’m not a writer.” - Tammie Ortlieb on struggling to to define herself

To hear more from Tammie Ortlieb and how she uses her life experiences in her writing, download and listen to the entire episode. Learn more about Tammie at the links below.

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