Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

Jun 25 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Event Planner & Strategist Lauren Caselli


Grown Up Gigs with Lauren Caselli of Lauren Caselli Events

I think the biggest thing I loved from talking with my former client Lauren Caselli is this:

“If you want to do events then figure out a way for people to give you money for it.”

Or maybe it was this:

“I have to keep my hands open and give as much as I can and I’ll get it back tenfold if I stay open to the journey.”

On third thought, maybe it was this:

“If you’re struggling online, you don’t have to be there. If you’re struggling in person, you don’t have to be there, either…(you can figure out) ‘What is my strength? Where do I shine? What feels good to me?”

Or is it when she talked about taking a sabbatical from work to “play”, the time she traveled to India to find herself, or why she decided to leave NYC for Bozeman, Montana (population: 50,000)?

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Jun 17 2015

9 Ways to Make Your Career More Creative


9 Ways to Make Your Career More Creative

Photo taken by Casey Cosley. More details in point 8 below!

I know first-hand what it’s like to be a creative person in a corporate environment.

For two years and seven months, I stifled my style, talents and personality to fit in in the finance world.

I remember so clearly getting rid of all the “business casual” attire I had in the days after I became a Woman of the World (aka full-time entrepreneur). It felt so freeing to donate my “interview suit”, the drab button downs, the tweed pants, and the sensible shoes that I would never choose to wear.

But even in the most corporate of environments, you can make your career more creative. Here are 9 ways to get there:

1. Start each day with a passion project. I’m already breaking the rules of the post with Point 1, but for serious, make the time for your creative work before you walk into the office.

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Jun 12 2015

LAST DAY to Ditch Your Day Job – live & for free!


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Today on Ditch Your Day Job, we’re wrapping up by creating your personalized, deadline-and-reward-driven guide to ditching your day job (’cause I’m obvious like that)

We’ll be mashing up the Breathe Easy Number (aka your financial cushion), your Phase One (explained below!), and Plan B (what will you do if you “fail”?) into a tangible, bite-size timeline so that you know the exact month and year you can quit your job. I call it your Safety Net Action Plan, or SNAP for short!

Our second (and last!) day’ll cover:

  • Phase One, which consists of the simplest and cheapest –yet most impactful! – way to get your business going
  • how to answer The Dreaded Question (“So, what do you do?”) with confidence and clarity
  • who and what makes up your Support Squad
  • your personalized Safety Net Action Plan (SNAP), complete with deadlines and rewards to hit along the way
  • an interview with the founder of Old Town Suds, Steffanie Housman, who worked for years on her SNAP before being let go in 2014 (which was immediately followed by breaking her soap-selling weekend record!)

I’ve essentially spent eight years prepping for this class and I hope it allows you to ditch your day job in a way that’s more comfortable and confident than you could set yourself up on your own.



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Jun 10 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Claire Beaudreault – Writer + Rapper + Nail Artist!


Grown Up Gigs: Claire Beaudreault - Writer + Rapper + Nail Artist!

Picture it: A girl arrives in NYC with 2 suitcases, $1000, no job, and no apartment.

She has her BFA in theater, with a concentration in puppetry.

She moves to NYC with the goal of getting an office job and doing her art in her spare time. Always identifying as “a multi-hyphenate”, she dabbles in burlesque, drums, and selling art online while being a Customer Service rep for Etsy.

The irony is not lost on her that she supports artists in quitting their jobs and living their dream careers, yet she won’t allow it for herself.

It’s 2011. She decides to get serious about making money from her creativity and takes 12 weeks to work through “The Artist’s Way.”

She becomes a nail artist and rapper in the process, by sharing her work and having “a big mouth”.

She quits her job in late 2011 when all of her hobbies have become sources of income.

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May 28 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Composer + Branding Strategist + Creative Career Coach, Cheryl B. Engelhardt


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 Whoa.

I learned so.freakin’.much about the music production/ jingle/ composing world + branding (“sonic” or otherwise) from Cheryl B. Engelhardt.

I’m thrilled that, today, you’ll learn so.freakin’.much, too!

Cheryl was on the path to being a biologist (she loved “every freaking second” at Cornell studying “biology in society” (yes – that’s a major!)) and even scuba dove for the government after graduation. But along the way, she completed a music double major and started writing her own songs.

What happens when you don’t hide your personal passion projects and long-term career goals from your employer?

What happens when you follow-up regularly on your dream companies?

What happens when you see your life as “An And Conversation”?

What happens when you answer the questions, “Why am I creating this? Who is it for? What’s the impact?”

And why in the world would you have three websites instead of one?

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May 25 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Pace’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Pace's Story

This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. I did such a happy dance when I saw Pace‘s story pop into my Inbox. A friendleague of mine (that’s what I like to call colleagues who’re also friends), I wouldn’t be surprised is her insides were made up of truth and wisdom and inspiration and sweetness. I’m honored to share her story here.

In 2008, I quit my job to do what I love for a living.

I had a couple of Seth Godin books. I had a pie-in-the-sky business plan. I had enough savings to survive for 3 months.

I took a leap of faith…

And hit the floor face first.

It turns out that starting a business from scratch is hard, and takes longer than you think.

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May 18 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Frances’ Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Frances' Story

 

This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. Frances Titus was (and is!) a woman on a mission, and I just love how she took  her personal, educational and professional experience to create the product she needed herself!

I was in New York pursuing a career as an actress, when I got pregnant. Soon after conceiving, due to several nauseous moments on the subway, I moved to Florida to be with my husband and family.

To begin again was plain scary. I was on a specific course and now I had no idea where I was going.

I was stumped.  The ever-persistent questions of “What job was I going to do?” never escaping my mind. I really wasn’t convinced that I would even be hired with such a random skill set & background.

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May 14 2015

Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale ends today – FOREVER! (Duh Duh DUH!)


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The 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale ends at midnight Pacific today and I have to remind you about it in big, bold letters!

About, oh, 100% of my clients would classify themselves as being multi-passionate (and I do, too!), so there’s a good chance that you, dear reader, resonate with having a lot of different interests, passions, and projects on your plate.

While most of the world tells us to “Pick One Thing”, we know that we thrive with variety and always seem to want to learn something new. And that’s why Multi-Passionate Must-Haves was created in 2013 – to scratch our learning itch and not break the bank doing it!

26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730! – that help you to integrate your many passions into your life, are yours for just $97 until midnight. That includes my EXCLUSIVE product, Find Your Career Compass, along with products from Jennifer Lee, April Bowles Olin, Mayi Carles, Cory Huff, Leonie Dawson, and so many other multi-passionate rock stars.

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May 13 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Founder and Creative Director of Puttylike, Emilie Wapnick


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 Emilie Wapnick felt “the inability to do one thing and the desire to do many things”, always thinking that something was wrong with her.

She made her way through film school and law school, fearing she’d be bored for the rest of her life being trapped in one career.

Then, she came to terms with being a multi-potentialite and discovered how she could thrive in her life and career if she embraced her Renaissance Soul nature instead of cursing it.

She started writing on Puttylike and a business was born.

If you resonate with having many different passions, interests, and projects on your plate and want to see it as a positive, listen to this interview.

If you want to learn what to do to thrive in your life and career as a multi-passionate person, listen to this interview.

If you want to hear from “the expert on not being an expert”, listen to this interview.

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May 12 2015

26 products to rock your multi-passionate career for $97 (yes, really)!


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Today’s the day! Multi-Passionate Must-Haves is out and I’m super pumped to let you know about how you can thrive in your career as a multi-passionate peep, give back to others (by supporting breast cancer research), & get 94% off some of the best products created by and for multi-passionates (including moi!).

26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730 – that allow you to integrate your many passions into your life and use them as fuel for income, are yours for just $97 ‘til Thursday at midnight.

That includes my EXCLUSIVE and never-before-released product, Find Your Career Compass, along with:

  • 2015 Life is Messy Planners by Mayi Carles ($40 value)
  • Best of the Right Brain Business Plan Video Summit by Jennifer Lee ($97 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Biz Shiz by Rebecca Tracey ($35 value)
  • Coaching Biz Badassery Bootcamp by Jennie Mustafa-Julock ($250 value)
  • Creative Business Kickstart by Amanda Genther ($75 value)
  • Creative On Command: Instant Inspiration Exactly When You Need It by Jennifer Blanchard ($9.99 value)
  • Finding Balance: Tools to Define and Defend Harmony in Your Life by Paula Jenkins ($15 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • How to Sell Art on Instagram by Cory Huff ($25 value)
  • How to Write a Lovable Homepage by Carrie Klassen ($165 value)
  • Living Room Strategy Training by Tara Gentile ($99 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Marketing for Creatives by April Bowles-Olin ($29.50 value)
  • More Shenanigans Please by Tiffany Han ($31 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Multi-Passionate Branding by Michelle Nicolaisen and Emilie Wapnick ($67 value)
  • The Perfect Set of Testes by Halley Gray ($10 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Ridiculously Awesome Resume & LinkedIn Combo Platter by Jenny Foss ($49 value)
  • Say it with Grace: a blueprint for stellar client communications by Nita Apple and Jess Larsen Jukelevics ($159 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • The Ace Freelancer’s Guide to Negotiation by Katie Lane ($60 value – EXCLUSIVE to the sale)
  • Be.


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