Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

Jul 10 2014

Wanna be part of the small studio audience for Create Your Dream Career?


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Need help creating your dream career?

Want some hands-on help from yours truly for 3 whole days?

Not shy to be on-camera in front of the Interwebs?

Live near San Francisco or wanna travel there*?

Then click here to apply to be part of my studio audience for my CreativeLive course from Sept 11-13th.

I’ll be calling a lot on my studio audience to walk through the exercises I’ll be showing, and they’ll be the ones to have my ear in class first and foremost. There’ll even be time for some coaching!

There’s a small number of spots available (under 10, I think!), and while the submission deadline isn’t ’til September, it can’t hurt being an early bird.

I really hope to meet/see/hug/help you there!

* Considering my only coaching package costs $3397, a round-trip ticket to San Francisco and a hotel room for 3 or 4 nights could save you a pretty penny.

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Jun 26 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Pet Artist Adriana Willsie


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A doodle by Jenipher Lyn of a sound bite from this interview!

This is the last of the interviews that were initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. Such goodness here!

There’s three main amazeballs things about this interview:

1. It’s with pet artist (!) Adriana Willsie. I mean, she paints pets. What is there not to love?
2. Adriana also happily does independent contracting work in product development and graphic design.
3. Her apartment is gooooooooooooorgeous.


Adriana and I spoke all about:

  • what happened when she internalized that art isn’t a real career from a very young age
  • the 2 years she spent in her “crisis”, going from a major in psychology to working at a non-profit to culinary school to taking pre-requisites in nutrition to working as a restaurant manager, and then in advertising and back to a non-profit (where she got fired!)
  • how a random gift of a box of paints led to her business and 300 paintings!


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Jun 12 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Artist, Author, Teacher & Possibilitarian Kelly Rae Roberts


A doodle by Jenipher Lyn of a sound bite from this interview!

This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

Kelly Rae Roberts has been such an inspiration to me and thousands of others.

She started her career as a social worker, not picking up a paint brush until the “late” age of 30. Then…everything shifted.

I know that she said Yes to this interview (she doesn’t do very many, so I’m extra honored) to share the messiness, truth and lessons learned as she made her way from social worker to artist, shop owner, published author, licensee, teacher, and possibilitarian.

In this interview, Kelly Rae and I discuss:

  • why I’m such a fangirl
  • when and why she “unlearned” her linear career path and decided to go exploring in her “tumultuous twenties”
  • why she wishes she didn’t finish college at 20 & her masters at 23 – and the moment in between where she “broke”
  • the health scare her husband got that prompted them to quit their jobs to travel for a year on $30K – and how it led to her being an artist
  • how a friend making documentaries led her to blogging, which led her to mixed media, which led her to artists, which led her to going to a creative retreat which then prompted the passion of what she’s doing now
  • what to do when you don’t know anyone who’s doing what you wanna be doing IRL, & why it’s important to have those examples
  • the advice she’d give to those over 30 who are inspired to make a career change
  • why she sees her career as being in transition, even when it makes her happy
  • how she juggles all the hats she wears from a prioritization and time management perspective
  • all of her streams of income – from Etsy shops to licensing to running ecourses to writing books
  • what happened when she decided to work “as little as possible”
  • why she decided to write her book

Click Play if you want a soul-centric, heart-based, passionate career.

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Jun 10 2014

Everything I’ve Learned…


How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular SAVED My Life” is an inspirational, honest, encouraging, vulnerable, emotional, illustrated, sweet memoir-of-sorts of one of my friends and Clubhousers, Jenipher Lyn. In this illustrated book, Jenipher offers her unique view on topics such as depression, body image, and fitting in – perfect for pre-teens through adults. This post is part of the DoodleDream* Blog Party, and features a rare thing: an image I personally made! Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.

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Jun 05 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Marketing Strategist Halley Gray


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

It’s a proud moment for a coach when you interview a client for your Dream Jobs series when, less than 2 years prior, she came to you because she didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up.

I’m talkin’ about the one and only Halley Gray of Evolve & Succeed.

We talked all about:

  • how marketing, to her, starts with science and language (her first passions!)
  • how a traditional learning environment makes her wanna “set everything on fire”
  • how she figured out that she wanted to run her own biz and put her finger on what eventually turned into Evolve & Succeed
  • her effective escape outta her day job (just 8 months ago!), and what she’d do differently
  • how she made $6K from 50 newsletter subscribers - & where they came from
  • how she’s all about the experimentation, and what she does if one of her ideas / services / offerings don’t work
  • getting over your fear of making touch points with your (potential) clients and/or customers
  • creating killer content that’ll help your people
  • how she decided what and how to charge when she first started out – and how she jumped from a $75 offering to a $1K offering without anything in between (and it worked!)
  • why she thinks some of her offerings sell out within 72 hours, while others don’t sell at all – and when she knows it’s time to abandon her offering
  • marketing tactics for a physical product vs.


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May 29 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Bestselling author Kari Chapin (& a chance to win her CreativeLive class!)


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

So transparent. So honest. So smart.

Let’s add “Amazeballs Interviewee” to Kari Chapin‘s titles of Best Selling Published Author + Mentor + Consultant.

From 10th grade dropout to furniture designer to theater marketer to shop buyer to stylist to personal furniture shopper, Kari’s story as to how she found her way to her passionate, grown-up career is so inspiring.

In this interview, Kari and I discuss:

▪ why she dropped out of high school and college, what she did to stop feeling like a failure, and how she learned instead

▪ claiming your expertise

▪ how she found her way based on the common denominator in her previous jobs

▪ asking for help to turn your dreams and goals into reality

▪ what she tells herself when she gets scared to pitch her ideas

▪ procrastination, simplification, time management and balance

▪ how she decides on what to work on next

▪ why she rarely says “Hell Yes!” or resonates with “working from your edge”

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May 22 2014

Grown Up Gigs: Fashion Marketing Strategist & founder of PR Couture, Crosby Noricks!


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

Known as the “fashion publicist’s most powerful accessory,” Crosby Noricks is both a Fashion Marketing Strategist + the founder of PR Couture.

But it doesn’t end there!

She’s also an experienced fashion & consumer marketing strategist who loves nothing more than developing content-rich, experiential campaigns for clients. Getting her start as Director of Social Media and Creative Director at a digital marketing agency, she transitioned into PR by working for an agency and transitioned out of that into working for herself.

We talked all about:

  • how she’s been “persuaded by clothing” her whole life, but she chose to go to college for international + media studies
  • what clothing represents to her as a form of art and self-expression
  • what it means to be a woman who loves fashion from a gender feminist perspective
  • why she was scared of getting hired at a fashion magazine
  • living on popcorn & wine for dinner (& worried about making $500/month for rent)
  • how PR Couture was created (8 years ago!) from her own need to get information that just wasn’t accessible at the time (and her own academic curiosity)
  • where PR Couture is going (in terms of social media marketing, branding, offerings & “what is it”)
  • what you should aim for when starting a career in fashion
  • the 7 years Crosby spent working a full-time job and running PR Couture, and when she knew she was ready to shift it into full-time work
  • how self-trust, support and ease factors into her successful career – and what she wished she’d done sooner
  • playing small (and how to stop)

Click Play below to get an inside look at her dream jobs (consultant!

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May 15 2014

Grown Up Gigs with Creative Leader & Community Matchmaker Jessika Hepburn!


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

Jessika Hepburn sat on her first board of directors when she was 9.

When she was 10, she started her first business.

At 19, she co-founded an art based summer camp for impoverished kids.

By the time Jessika was 21, she had worked with over 50 non-profits, cooperatives and social enterprises helping them increase their engagement, transform their communities, and celebrate local diversity.

Now, she’s the creative leader + community matchmaker at oh my! handmade goodness & is sharing her path (mistakes and lessons included!) with me on Grown Up Gigs today.

In this juicy interview, we cover:

▪ how she wanted to be Prime Minister of Canada, and what she did to chase that dream

▪ the mission statement and thread that’s guided her throughout her career changes, projects and causes

▪ what she did with an inheritance as a 19 year old

▪ quitting high school and college, and why getting a degree wasn’t the route she took

▪ starting a jewelry company when she became a teenage Mom, and why sheleft it behind to be a preschool teacher/ Executive Director of the community resource center/ the President of a documentary film club/ scout leader (whew!)

▪ regretting the decisions she’s made for safety and security

▪ what finally brought her to buy Oh My Handmade Goodness even though “there was no real purpose to it”

▪ what prompted her to start weekly #omhg twitter chats, and how it’s been thebiggest catalyst to grow her business (and has lasted 3 years, always with something to talk about!)

▪ why she only builds things that are asked for, and how it’s led her to no longer have to market herself or advertise

▪ stepping up her business when her husband got laid off, while still creating boundaries

▪ the most impactful thing you can do to build your community

It’s a longer interview, but you’ll see why when you click Play – it’s a chat full of truths, giggles, and takeaways a plenty.

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May 13 2014

How to narrow down your career choices (in 3 easy steps!)


Ya know, for us creative Renaissance Souls, we can come to a dead stop when it comes to narrowing down our career choices.

Keeping in mind that I 1000% encourage an “And” Career (as opposed to an “Or” Career) and that I do not believe we have to Pick One Thing in order to be successful, here are 3 other things to consider that’ll help ya land on your passionate, grown-up career:

Wanna watch this on the YouTube? Click here!

Some resources to help ya!:

Anything I missed?

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May 08 2014

Grown Up Gigs: graphic facilitator and strategist Julie Stuart


This is the recording that was initially shared with my Grown Up Gigs list in my 3 week long, mega-amazeballs event in March. I’ll be posting one weekly ’til I get all 10 of ‘em up. Such goodness here!

I remember when I first got virtually introduced to Julie Stuart. She was part of The Right Brainers in Business Video Summit a few years ago, and I had one of those This is a job?! moments.

As a graphic facilitator & strategist, Julie “doodles” mind maps and notes so that her client can see what was spoken about, whether it’s an intimate conversation or a meeting in front of thousands.

She works one-on-one as well as with large companies like GE and Victoria’s Secret, and we spent a lil’ under an hour going through, well, this!:

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 amazeballs graphic drawn by Nancy Brown McCauley & posted on Facebook

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