Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of sixteen, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting and psychology from the University of Oregon. I went on to work with Oregon News, Good Day Oregon, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight. Each of these broadcasting experiences opened my eyes to hosting and interviewing people – the story behind the story, making connections with each guest, and developing the connection between guest and audience. I loved mining a story for something we could all learn. I soon transitioned into the music industry until my loss of night vision made it difficult to navigate recording studios and the stage. I then went on to start my own real estate business and soon became a top-producing realtor in Los Angeles. Even when vision loss made it impossible to drive, I often rode from two to twelve public buses a day to show different properties. I would prepare for open houses by arriving three hours early to memorize the layout of the house, so I could effectively show it to prospective buyers. As a result, I learned something about myself. I learned that there were no limitations on chasing my dreams if I was willing to work hard.
Although I pursued my previous professions with passion, I desired more from life and wanted a career that worked with rather than against my blindness. I obtained my Life Coaching degree from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Living Full Out was launched in 2008 with the intention of helping others to realize their dreams.
Today, I am a CEO, coach, and motivational speaker, sharing my tools for success with audiences and organizations all around the country. I have presented for organizations such as National Ticketing Association, Boston Scientific, Public Risk Management Association, Braille Institute Library, and National Retail Federation. I have been featured in numerous publications, and I have appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts where I have shared expertise on topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship and business innovation, and how to live a purposeful life.
In 2010, I launched Living Full Out with Nancy Solari radio show, today better known as The Living Full Out Show, a call-in radio show where listeners receive tangible advice or listen as guests tell their inspiring stories. Today, The Living Full Out Show still entertains and motivates audiences. In 2015, I was the first blind person to ever host a live-streamed talk show. The uniqueness of that was my ability to memorize information since I could not read a teleprompter, yet, at the same time, I hit all my cues.
Along with the growth of Living Full Out, I have gone on to write for many publications, including Entrepreneur, LifeHack, Hubpages, Business2Community, Addicted2Success, Good Men Project, Better Humans, and Thrive Global.