The Under 30: Kevin Coppola
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Kevin Coppola // 29 // San Antonio, Texas // Pediatric Dentist and Soft Rock DJ
A Man in Three Parts
Part I: Youthful Wisdom
When he was just 16, Kevin decided he wanted to become a dentist. This is almost certainly atypical, but it shows you the kind of professional vision he had, even at such a young age.
His father was a dentist, which definitely helped push him down the right path, but it still took a great deal of hard work and determination to bring his dream to fruition. To become a dentist you not only need to take a full load of medical courses, you have to take what Kevin describes as “high-stakes arts and crafts classes”. He worked through it though, and now maintains a career in a field that is routinely ranked at the top of the best job lists you typically see. He’s a very responsible adult indeed.
Part II: Middle-Aged Recreation
One extravagant night during his last year of dental school, while out on the town with his friends, Kevin spent over $100 on TouchTunes. Bewildered by his own lack of self-control, but impressed with his own commitment to the music…man, he decided to embark on a journey that would make him a world-renowned (read as, known in San Antonio) soft rock DJ.
Empowered by the scene and embraced by venues as a result of his unique shtick (young dentist/soft rock DJ/funniest guy in Texas), he began hosting a weekly event. This has grown into a considerable business doing pool parties, dinners, and even office holiday parties. He’s a dad, but he’s a fun dad.
Part III: Owner of a Cool Dog
Straight From the Source
What’s your Favorite Hobby?
‘Travel’ (to indicate I have the means to do so).
‘Internet’ (to indicate I have the memes to do so).
What’re you most proud of?
Starting my own non-dental related company, pup poppers the original bottle opener dog ID tag.
Where do you hang out?
The St. Mary’s Strip (in San Antonio).
What would your ideal job/career be?
Stand-Up comic on a space tourism cruiser. I know its not the Vega Improv, but I know I don’t have the talent for that.
What’s the best advice you would give?
Be open, positive, and passionate about things you like or want. Also floss regularly.
What do you wish you did more of?
Read more things on paper and less on screens. Worked on passion projects (stop thinking start doing).
Why didn’t you make Forbes 30 Under 30?
You can keep up with Kevin here.