‘Iowa Nice Guy’ offers life lessons at Alliance dinner
6 Mar 2020
The actor best known for being the Iowa Nice Guy told a Fort Dodge audience Thursday that everyone can learn one simple lesson from his career.
According to Scott Siepker that lesson is: ”If Scott can be an actor in Iowa, I can be anything in my community.”
Siepker was the keynote speaker at Thursday’s annual dinner of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites.
He entertained the audience of about 445 people with tales of his childhood and his acting career which began with stage plays at Iowa State University in Ames and led to films like ”Iowa Nice,” ”Hawkeye Nice” and ”Cyclone Nice.”
Siepker said he was born in the spotlight because on the day of his birth an ice storm knocked out power to the hospital and nurses brought flashlights into the delivery room. He grew up in Mount Carmel, which he described as a town of 101 people and 21 pets.
He said when he started acting in college, he learned to ”steal from the best.” That, he said, means copying the best practices of successful people and organizations.
”I encourage everyone to steal from the best,” he said.
Iowans , he said, are great at helping others, but terrible at asking for help.
The secret to success, he said, is to ”surround yourself with great people and ask for help.”