Michigan Ambassador: Steve Rothstein

Age: 26

From: Walled Lake, Michigan

Job Title: Student; Freelance Jazz Guitarist, Guitarist for the 501 Swing Street band and Green on Blue Quartet, Sinfonian

Favorite Brews: Black coffee, anything from Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Short's Soft Parade, 

Hobbies: tabletop games, video games, reading, composing, trumpet, traveling

Three Random Facts:

1) I was born in Newport Beach, California.

2) I won tickets to ride the Goodyear blimp as a child.

3) I spent a year abroad in Japan studying the language and music.

Favorite Quote: "Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work..." Ira Glass