We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryun Oddman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryun, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Whole Creations is a brand that helps people with special needs to know they were created to be WHOLE. It has been my experience that people with special needs are looked at as Disabled, rather than Abled. It is my belief that they have something to offer to the world. Therefore by God’s grace, I started Whole Creations to help bring awareness to the fact that people with special needs are able to make a difference in society.
Whole Creations is a YouTube channel, and a podcast. You can find podcast clips of workers in the special needs field, parents, siblings, mentors, etc. These clips can be found on Spotify, Apple podcasts, and Google podcasts.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always enjoyed public speaking.
When I was 7 years old, I recall my uncle helping me to give a mini speech at my cousin Brent’s funeral. Though I was so young and it being such a sad time for my family, it the beginning of my love for public speaking.
When I turned 18 years old, I wanted to give speeches about overcoming challenges of having Autism.
Then when I turned 21 years old, I started public speaking at Toastmasters. Toastmasters is an organization that helps members to improve their public speaking/leadership skills. When I became a member of Toastmasters, my passion for public speaking grew. I became aware of this group called the Inland Empire Speakers Bureau. This group was full of professional pubic speakers. I wanted to be apart of the group.
To join this group, I had to create a professional 20 min speech about a topic that could inspire and motivate people to take action. So on October 5th, 2016 I created a speech about how Star Wars relates to real life. However, many of the speakers of the group have never watched Star Wars. So they were not able to understand the speech. So I failed attempting to earn qualification. I was so sad I cried when I found out.
7 months later on May 3rd 2017, I created a speech about how my Grandma impacting my life. May 3rd was so significant, because May 3, 2011 (6 years earlier) is the date my Grandma passed away. Therefore, I was able to touch the hearts of the speakers and earned my qualification.
I learned that everything happens in perfect timing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s say my best friends Taylor and Stuart were visiting me in Chino Hills, CA. They traveled all the way from Charlotte, NC.
I would first show them Klatch coffee. It is one of the best coffee shops in the Inland Empire.
Then I would show them around LA. We could walk around Hollywood. I would show them the Walk of Fame.
Then we would drive over to Santa Monica pier. We could walk around and enjoy the sunset.
Lastly for dinner, I would take them to In N Out (of course I would, who wouldn’t do that?!)
The next day, I would show them Redlands/San Bernardino area. When I first moved out here to California, I lived in Redlands. So I would give them a tour of Redlands. Then I could introduce them to my friends.
I would take them to my church as well in Fontana, CA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to my Grandma Gloria for her constant prayers in my life. I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 2. I was not able to talk, read, or really do anything it looked like. My Grandma prayed that I would overcome the challenges of having Autism.
I also want to give a shout out to my Mom for always advocating for me and helping me to take initiative in my life. She would advocate for my education, social life, and well being
Also, I want to give a big shout out to Taylor Johnson for helping me tremendously throughout the recent years in my faith walk.