I wrote The Exceptions to The Rules back in December, and have been keeping the idea of a follow-up to it in my back pocket since then. It sparked lots of comments & conversation as well as kudos & thanks, so I can’t stop myself from busting more Rules & finding even more Exceptions!
The Rule: “You have to be an expert before you can offer up your services!”
The Exception: I have a feeling I can point to anyone here (including myself!), but I wanna point ya to Halley Gray. She doesn’t have a marketing degree and never had her own full-time biz, but yet her sweet spot is absolutely working with creative entrepreneurs on their marketing strategy (seriously, she’s super smart & passionate ’bout it). Did she say she had to get a master’s or write a book or work in PR or get 10,000 followers before she put an offering on the table?
Do you guys know that I have the coolest friends ever?
There are days where I look around and remark incredulously, “This is my job!” and do a Breakfast Club-like fist pump into the air. Getting to talk to Vanessa Cariddi in my apartment about being a full-time opera singer was just the coolest.
This is my job, you guys!
And although we might’ve gotten sidetracked a bit by the sleazy guys who kept coming in and writing “hey babes” and “call me?” in the chat (no, we will not call you), we managed to get the full scoop on:
why she feels that 90% of what she learned at NYU wasn’t applicable to “real life” – and what she’d do differently with her education if she had to do it again
how she actually got paid to sing opera in her early 20s without getting cast in a show *(teaser: it involved a business plan!)
why it took her 15ish years to be DONE with asking for permission!
A real live opera singer! How cool is that?! (Obviously that’s a hypothetical question, ’cause it’s the coolest).
At 9a Pacific/12p Eastern on Thurs 4/25, I’ll be in my apartment with Vanessa Cariddi diving into what it’s really like to live the life of an opera singer. From her passion projects to driving past her face on a huge billboard, we’ll learn about her background, her thrills (trills?) and her challenges.
You’ll find us right here, and who knows…we might even sing* for you!
OK OK, my Entrepreneuriversary was last week, but I send clients to this post I wrote in ’11 so often that I wanted to put it back up here and now. All the points still stand in a major way. Hope it’s helpful!
If it’s between the hours of 9a-5p and you’re reading this from your day job, keep reading. Wait, let me revise that. If you’re reading this at any point during the day or night where you’re somewhere to solely pay the bills, with the time before/after being reserved for working on your Dream Career, and you’re wondering how you can possibly do this day after day until you’re ready/ willing/ able/ comfortable/ confident in leaving without shooting yourself in the face, then keep reading.
Whether you’re wearing Golden Handcuffs or have a 2-year-old for a “boss”, I know what it’s like to try to find the perfect career while working the not-so-perfect gig. Hopefully, by taking my own experience + what I’ve seen in my clients, the video below can speed up the process for ya.
How have I never told you guys that I had 20 jobs in 7 years time pre-2007. 20 jobs! In 7 years! Part of the job-hopping was because I was doing actor-friendly, freelance-y things…and part of it was because I was a Renaissance Soul and, once I got comfy somewhere, I got bored and wanted a new adventure…and part of it was because I was in sales and sometimes it cost me more to stay put than jump ship…but no matter – it’s all part of my story, and on the cusp of my 3rd Entrepreneuriversary (it’s March 19th!), I just have to share it with you.
Shall we set the stage? First, my 2000-2002 jobs, which I had to solely to support my auditioning habit. Just writing this makes me exhausted:
administering temporary tattoos at parties and events, some as far away as Deep New Jersey until 3am (it was a “safe” prom, whatever that means).
As someone who heard my Dad say, over and over again, “It’s called work because it’s not play” in response to “How was your day?”, I want to marry this post. So many thanks to Heather for writing this all down and speaking the absolute truth.
My parents taught me that no one loves their job and that I should never expect to. They taught me that only artists and musicians love what they do and that’s why they don’t mind being poor forever. They taught me that the best possible scenario was to choose a career that paid well and that I “didn’t mind” so that I could then have the cash to go do the things I loved ‘later on’. Sound familiar?
My parents taught me that I need to choose a respectable career and that if my job becomes hard or mundane, well that’s just part of the territory.
I’m here today to talk about how to have a creative career in 3 easy steps. While the steps will be easy to articulate and understand, I have to warn you that they’re all much easier said than done. So listen to them, absorb them, let them marinate and know that the only ways to start believing them is to do the work towards them. These are all mind-shift-y sort of things (while still being practical).
How’s that for a build-up? Click Play below to make your creative career dreams a reality (And apologies again for the points where the sound doesn’t sync to the video very well. iMovie is so not my BFF right now).
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