Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

Jul 23 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Social Entrepreneur + Artist + Educator Marisa Casey


Grown Up Gigs: Social Entrepreneur and Artist and Educator Marisa Casey

From majoring in Latin American studies to getting her masters in arts administration

…to founding (and closing) her own non-profit

…to joining the Peace Corps

…to helping clients with messaging and communication while being a full-time Mom…

Marisa Casey has followed her life’s mission: “Using photography, graphic design and storytelling to benefit mission-based organizations.”

Marisa’s story is one of following your interests and passions while keeping an eye on what only you can offer the world. By being pro-active and creating many of her own opportunities, she’s able to deliver on her purpose each and every day.

Hear Marisa’s inspiring story by clicking here for Episode 11 of Grown Up Gigs!

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Jul 09 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Wayfinding Strategist and Creative Director Katie Osborn


Grown Up Gigs: Wayfinding Strategist and Creative Director Katie Osborn

Katie Osborn was my business role model before we sat down to have this chat together, and now, well, she’s still my business role model!

Sure, my business has nothing to do with Katie’s business, but…

…she followed her instincts to find her passion-based work in an industry she didn’t even know existed, which is so courageous…

…she shifted from having a title she didn’t love on her business card (“Graphic Designer”) to one that makes her so proud (“Wayfinder”)…

…she recently changed the name of her firm after years in business to be able to set herself up for retirement…

…she networks 2-3 times a week, and has tips so that you can do it (and look forward to it!), too.

So even if you’re not interested in wayfinding – which Katie describes as “the perfect marriage between urban planning and graphic design, connecting the people to the place with the information they need” – hearing Katie’s story, wisdom, and business smarts is  well worth your time.

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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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