#TPBTH Meet: PAUL ROOF
Name, craft/industry/blog/passion, most popular handle/website:
Paul Roof Adjunct Professor of Sociology at College of Charleston aka The Beer Can Professor http://www.thebeercanprofessor.com Instagram @thebeercanprofessor
How did you get started?
I had been teaching sociology at Charleston Southern University for 6 years & was fired for being on Holy City Brewing Chucktown Follicle Brown label……my story went viral….I returned to teach at College of Charleston where I had previously taught before…….many accolades later (including 2014 Most Eccentric Charlestonian by Art Magazine readers), folks told me I had a brand but no product….so I turned the brand into a private label selling beard oil, pomade & moustache wax, all things I was into from founding the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society in 2007 which hosts the Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships here in Charleston each years since 2010.
What or who influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?
Rhett Lightfoot Boyd, Jr. the founder of Rouge Wave Surf Shop
Why do you love your job?
Being around people & in front of people is a huge contact high & I feed off of others energy & passion.
What inspires you?
Things that stand out in a crowd, people who march to the beat of their own drum.
5 words that describe who you are:
Punctual, Loyal, Honest, Respectful, Organized
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
(Fill in the blank) I appreciate _______ in my life, because _______.
I appreciate my wife in my life, because she keeps me grounded.
3 things you aspire to do or be:
I aspire to be inspirational, a good father and a good husband.
What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you had to overcome?
I have learned that somethings you can’t overcome, you just have to accept them & come to terms with them. For me life is about doing the right thing, not the easy thing.
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
Surround yourself with smart people who are not afraid to tell you when you are doing something wrong & turn your dreams into reality.
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you
I have been to 41 states & 12 countries but I can be quite the homebody.
Favorite food: BBQ
Favorite drink: Holy City Brewing Chucktown Follicle Brown of course!
Favorite song: Rhinestone Cowboy by Glenn Campbell
Favorite quote: Not sure where or who said it but, “Being an adult is knowing to look both ways when you cross the street & then being hit by an airplane”.