Category Archives: Creative Career Cheer

May 28 2015

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


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 Whoa.

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

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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May 05 2015

Grab your copy of Find Your Career Compass (& 25 other products!) at the 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves Sale!


I’ve been teasing ya for a while about this, but I can now let the cat out of the bag!

In 1 short week, the 3rd Annual Multi-Passionate Must-Haves sale will be kicking off, and I created a brand new workbook for it.

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Find Your Career Compass will help you clarify and articulate what makes you unique, why you’re valued, and what you want to be known for in your field. Then, you’ll use these foundational pieces to create your career compass and put yourself back in control. You can use your career compass internally to guide you to make the right decisions, as well as externally to speak to your manager and/or clients, make connections, update your cover letter, and more. And lookit! The image above gives ya a peek into my upcoming rebrand!

I based this e-book on a recent workshop I gave of the same name this winter.

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Apr 30 2015

Grown Up Gigs: Founders of Yoga + Chicago (and sisters!) Andrea and Natalie Pavela


Grown Up Gigs: Founders of Yoga + Chicago (& sisters!) Andrea & Natalie Pavela

Today’s a long episode, but I ain’t gonna apologize. I just NEEDED to cover all that ground with sisters and co-founders of event series Yoga + Chicago, Andrea & Natalie Pavela.

Last June was their first event, and this year they’ll already be in the black (or as they like to say, “in the gold”)! They’re textbook examples of making a Phase One action plan for your business (aka doing the smallest thing you can do that makes the biggest impact) and then building things up as you go. They started by doing yoga class in living rooms and putting up a Tumblr page, and have moved forward to offering multiple events a month in beautiful spaces, having a swoon-worthy site, and consistently selling out.

They are such self-starters that it’s no surprise what they’ve made happen in a fairly short amount of time.  

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Apr 29 2015

5 Ways to Thrive as a Renaissance Soul in your Career


5 Ways to Thrive as a Renaissance Soul in Your Career

I learned about the term Renaissance Soul thanks to a book I picked up years ago, when I was writing my research paper for my coaching school on how coaching creative types differs from coaching non-creative types.

The sub-title of the book was “Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One” (it’s now “How To Make Your Passions Your Life”). If that resonates with you, then you’re a Renaissance Soul, although you can find a bigger checklist here.

Now, if this IS you, which it probably is (it’s me AND about, oh, 100% of my clients), you might just make really negative connotations with this personality trait of yours. You can equate it to your flakiness, or ADD-ness, or that you often don’t finish what you start.

But really, being multi-passionate is positive! We’re lifelong learners, we thrive on variety, we’re creative, we can juggle lots of virtual balls in the air, we’re natural entrepreneurs, and we always have something to share and teach to others.



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Apr 22 2015

Fear of Failure? Remember This One Thing.


Fear of Failure? Remember this one thing.

On Sunday, I ran my first half-marathon: the MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women’s Half in Central Park.

Never in my life did I think I could run a half-marathon. My time was a bit longer than I wanted, but I’m so proud of myself for hitting my overall goal of not walking during the race at all (a pee break & water stops excluded). #womenruntheworld #fuckyoucancer

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On Thursday night, I had an anxiety dream that involved not starting the race until 3:30pm, going off course multiple times, and pinning a hamburger to my shirt so I could eat it when I was done.

I woke up Friday with a knot in my stomach that wouldn’t go away, and it stayed with me during my very last training run that morning.

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