Episode 15: Mignon Fogarty - How to Start a Podcast Network

Episode 15: Mignon Fogarty - How to Start a Podcast Network

Mignon Fogarty isn’t just the creator, host, and persona behind the highly acclaimed podcast, Grammar Girl. She’s also a bestselling author and the founder of the amazing podcast network, Quick and Dirty Tips. But when she started, there was no guarantee that this new podcasting frontier was a worthy sacrifice for her well-paid, yet soul-crushing freelance job. How did she eventually construct a clear brand with loyal followers? She also shares her secrets on what has made her podcast a success, how she uses social media without getting overwhelmed, and why it’s important to stay open even in a world of uncertainty.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you’re creating your business and starting small, diversify your source of revenue. Find as many different ways to earn money.
  2. Determine what you’re good at, and then work your butt off to grow those skills.
  3. When it comes to social media, find one or two that you love and then put as much effort as you can into those platforms.
  4. In branding, consistency is key.
  5. You don’t have to be perfect when you start. Don’t let great be the enemy of good.
  6. If there’s something out there that you want but doesn’t exist - go make it.
  7. Opening yourself up to what is possible and believing you can do it is just half the battle.
  8. Don’t let fear of judgment or rejection stop you from pursuing your dreams and goals. Put yourself out there and remember, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

 

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Episode 14: Susan Kaiser Greenland - How to Achieve Positive Thinking Through Mindfulness

Episode 14: Susan Kaiser Greenland - How to Achieve Positive Thinking Through Mindfulness

 Mindfulness teacher and author Susan Kaiser Greenland used to be part of the rat race. But now she works to help people slow down, relax the tension of life’s burdens, and refocus their attention to the present. She explains what mindful games and meditation practices will train you to grow comfortable with uncomfortable situations, how to set aside negative emotions to appreciate where you are right now, and why it’s important to always keep your sense of humor.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. This is what it is right now.
  2. Learn to tolerate being uncomfortable and don't resist what you're feeling.
  3. Acknowledge your emotions.
  4. When the going gets tough, think about positive things in your life.
  5. Don't take things personally. Dismantle your ego.
  6. Accept that there's only so much you can control.
  7. Keep it simple. Have fun and have a sense of humor.
  8. Be proud of where you are and how far you've already gotten.

 

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Episode 13: Emily Giffin - How to Write a Bestselling Book

Episode 13: Emily Giffin - How to Write a Bestselling Book

Bestselling author Emily Giffin has topped the charts, selling over 11 million copies of her heartwarming novels such as Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and The One and Only, but she started her journey working as a lawyer. How did she gather the courage to quit her high-profile day job - even after receiving heavy rejection with her first book? Learn how she balances writing with motherhood, what she looks for in an agent, how she overcomes imposter syndrome, and why relationships are the most essential parts of our lives.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Don't be successful for the sake of success. Think about what will really fulfill you.
  2. Misery can be a great motivational tool. Sometimes it's better to be miserable than to be comfortable.
  3. People magnify the risks in your mind that you're going to fail - but take those risks.
  4. Work with people who are excited and enthusiastic about what you're doing.
  5. Your life is the sum of your relationships.
  6. Accept that it won't be perfect, so just do the best you can.
  7. There is no such thing as "having it all."
  8. The most important thing is the journey. Just because you get the dream, doesn't mean it'll be perfect.
  9. Be open to new experiences.
  10. Failure is an opportunity to grow.

 

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Episode 12: Brian Ginewski - How to Become a Pottery Maker

Episode 12: Brian Ginewski - How to Become a Pottery Maker

When the image of ceramics kept Brian Giniewski awake at night, he knew this was his passion. So how did he go from teaching to selling his drippy pots to over 50 wholesale stores across the country? He also shares why it’s okay to create bad art, how his business gets followers on Instagram, and how to keep your artistic integrity while also making your customers happy.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you start working on your passion project, it doesn't matter how good you are in the beginning. If you love it that much, you'll have the drive to get better.
  2. Honing your craft is like the process of making ceramics - it requires tremendous endurance and willpower to keep working through growth and failure. And in the end, it rewards you.
  3. Everyone is capable of doing bad art. You have to just dive in and get it out of your system
  4. Your interests as an artist are important - but if you want this to become a career / business, recognize how people are responding to your art.

 

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Episode 11: Elise Blaha Cripe - How to Craft a Successful DIY Blog

Episode 11: Elise Blaha Cripe - How to Craft a Successful DIY Blog

Blogger Elise Blaha Cripe, founder of Get to Work Book, has experimented with a variety of DIY projects - scrapbooking, letterpress prints, wedding invitations...you name it, she’s done it.  But how did she figure out exactly what product she wanted to create? Step by step, she explains what specific goal led her to quit her retail job, what social platforms she uses to market her business, and what she tells herself to break through mental barriers.

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Sometimes less is more. You don’t always have to look for more - do what's manageable. You can be happy with where you’re at.
  2. Overnight successes take 10 years. Sometimes they don’t, sometimes they do.
  3. Don’t panic, don’t get overwhelmed by the whole process. Start small and focus on something small that you can do today.
  4. There’s always a space for a good idea.
  5. If you feel like you’re in a crisis, remember all the obstacles you've already overcome.

 

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Episode 10: Susan Lazar - How to Become a Fashion Designer

Episode 10: Susan Lazar - How to Become a Fashion Designer

Fashion designer Susan Lazar has sold her clothing line in national luxury department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, and Saks. Find out what she did to reach the right contacts, how to create a successful brand, and why sometimes it’s better to put off the “how” and just jump in.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Just jump in and figure out the "how" later.
  2. Don't undersell yourself or your product. Know your worth.
  3. Don't take "no" for an answer.
  4. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. Keep going and the door will open.

 

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Episode 9: Ben Bram - How to Become the Pentatonix Vocal Arranger

Episode 9: Ben Bram - How to Become the Pentatonix Vocal Arranger

Ben Bram (Pentatonix, Glee, Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) is the Grammy award-winning visionary behind the incredible a cappella sensation, Pentatonix. His story highlights how going the extra mile and honing your craft pays off. How did working without pay land him a job with NBC the day he graduated college? Tune into hear how Pentatonix was born and how he's inspiring young talent, raising the next generation of a cappella stars.

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(From left to right) Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Ben Bram

(From left to right) Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Ben Bram

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. When you get rejected, you keep going.
  2. Show up before you have any certainty. Just do the work anyway, and doors will open.

 

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Episode 8: Saul Blinkoff - How to Animate Your Destiny

Episode 8: Saul Blinkoff - How to Animate Your Destiny

Animator and director Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins, Mulan, Pocahontas) always wanted a job in animation and films. But first, he had to figure out the equation that would lead him to that destination - because simply 'wishing upon a star' wasn’t enough. What steps did he take on the path towards his dream? How did he overcome obstacles to improve his skills and exceed expectations? Saul also shares why we need healthy competition, why it’s important to wear many hats in your industry, and how the movie Rudy changed his life when he thought his dream was dead.

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1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. It’s important to know what you want, but you have to know how to get what you want.
  2. Knowing what you do well is key. But knowing what you need to work on is more important. Go work on it.
  3. You need to go to sleep every day and say, “Nobody worked harder than me today.”

 

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Episode 7: Maggie Kiley - How to Direct a Work-Life Balance

Episode 7: Maggie Kiley - How to Direct a Work-Life Balance

Director Maggie Kiley (Scream Queens, Dial A Prayer, Some Boys Don’t Leave) bulked up her resume with short films and indie movies that starred acclaimed actors Jesse Eisenberg, William H. Macy, and Allison Janney. But even that wasn’t enough to land a directing job on a network television show. Find out how having humility and moving her career backwards led to an opportunity with Ryan Murphy, how she maintained a work-life balance as a young mother, and how she uses her “why” to stay positive throughout times of doubt.
 

Photos by Jennifer Reinstein

Photos by Jennifer Reinstein

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. You don’t need to know all the answers. You just have to be willing to figure it out.
  2. Don’t be afraid to pick up a book.
  3. Don’t wait for someone to hand you an opportunity. Create the work yourself.
  4. Have humility and confidence.
  5. You need a why - and that why should make you happy.

 

 

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Episode 6: Greg Mindel - How a Small Business Bakery has Risen

Episode 6: Greg Mindel - How a Small Business Bakery has Risen

Pastry chef Greg Mindel was once a deli boy, an apprentice for famous chefs, and a sleepless croissant maniac - but now he’s the founder and owner of Neighbor Bakehouse, a flourishing bakery in San Francisco’s Dogpatch. How did working for free build his network? What did he need to get a bank loan, even though the bakery business was still young? He also explains why he sacrificed sleep for free warehouse rent, what qualities make a good leader, and which special ingredient will make your business stand out in the competition.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. The work speaks for itself.
  2. Don’t complain about doing the work you want to do.
  3. Positivity can overcome pain.
  4. Build experience.
  5. Be willing to work for free to learn.
  6. If you can show a couple years of growth, someone will want to invest in you.
  7. You have to make more than a few thousand croissants to really master it.
  8. If you don’t have your own space, rent or borrow it.
  9. The quality of the work will open all the doors.

 

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Episode 5: Wayne Federman - How to Become a Comedian

Episode 5: Wayne Federman - How to Become a Comedian

Comedian, actor, and comedy writer Wayne Federman wasn’t always comfortable in front of a crowd. So how did he transform from a ventriloquist with stage fright to a comedian working with Judd Apatow, Larry David, and Jimmy Fallon? How did identifying his true calling help him through periods of rejection and discomfort? He also shares his favorite quotes from self-help books and George Burns, explains the importance of setting specific goals, and reveals the benefits of being nice to college freshmen.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE / WAYNE'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  1. You have to be active. Anyone can dream, but you need to put it into reality.
  2. Expect rejection and disappointment. Fight through the no’s and you’ll get to the yes's.
  3. Polite persistence pays off.
  4. It’s better to be a failure in show business than to be a success at making felt hats.
  5. Just being alive is off the charts.

 

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  1. Don’t take anything personally.
  2. Be impeccable with your word.
  3. Always do your best.
  4. Don’t assume.

 

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Episode 4: Elisabeth Caren - How to Become a Photographer

Episode 4: Elisabeth Caren - How to Become a Photographer

Entertainment, advertising, editorial, and fine art photographer Elisabeth Caren shares her 10-year journey towards discovering what fuels her existence. Now she shoots portraits for high-profile celebrities such as Serena Williams and Amy Adams - but it wasn’t always that way. Find out what she did to become a professional photographer without an MFA, how she created opportunities to build her photography portfolio, how she balanced her client’s needs with her own creative freedom, and why working for free was the best career decision she made.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Do the research.
  2. Tell people what you want to do.
  3. You can work for free and still make money.
  4. Figure out - what does the client need, and how can you give them more?
  5. If you are not constantly making mistakes as an artist, you are dying.
  6. Present your final product in a professional way.

 

 

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Episode 3: Ari Herstand - How to Use the New Creative Business Model

Episode 3: Ari Herstand - How to Use the New Creative Business Model

Ari Herstand - blogger, musician, indie artist encyclopedia, and now published author - joins Cathy to discuss his favorite unconventional strategies to invent opportunities and increase your income. How can you leverage the internet to crowdfund your career? When should you reset and reevaluate your goals? He also shares the importance of understanding your full business, stories of small artists who became a success from Periscope and Patreon, and the doors that unexpectedly open when you say “yes” to the side man trumpet gig.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. The old model is broken.
  2. Why are you as an artist?
  3. Know what your goals are. Make a goal sheet with tangible goals.
  4. Revisit your goal sheet every year.
  5. You’re the boss. Understand the full business before you delegate.
  6. Don’t pass your business to someone you don’t know.
  7. It’s all about the journey. Don’t think that when you get there, it’s all going to be rosy.
  8. When you start off, be open to opportunities even if they don’t fit in your plan - until you’re so busy, you can’t say yes.
  9. Your audience is real life and online.
  10. If you’re not getting booked, book yourself.
  11. Master the one platform that inspires you the most.

 

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Episode 2: What Can You Do Today?

Episode 2: What Can You Do Today?

You're inspired to pursue your creative dream - but where the heck do you even begin? This week, Cathy shares the first good habits that will kickstart your success. What do you specifically need to ask yourself? What steps can you make right now? She also answers questions from some listeners about gaining more attention and creating stories behind the content. This is the year of no excuses, so stop working for someone else's dream and start taking action to turn your creative passion into a full-time career.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Take action. You have to execute your idea.
  2. Don’t try to be perfect.
  3. If you know the what and the why, you’ll figure out the how.
  4. Be specific about what you want to do.
  5. Your greatest resource is your resourcefulness.
  6. There are no excuses.
  7. Don’t wait for the opportunity - create it for yourself.

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Episode 1: Turning Your Dream Job Into a Reality

Episode 1: Turning Your Dream Job Into a Reality

Welcome to Don’t Keep Your Day Job! In this first episode, Cathy reveals the secrets that have transformed her creative career into a success. What advice from other creative minds has inspired her? How did a stranger on a standby flight change her life? What is the biggest excuse that holds people back from achieving their dreams, and how can you get motivated to overcome that? Say goodbye to that 9 to 5 grind, and start making strides towards the career change so you can make money doing what you truly love.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. You can’t just work hard. You have to work smart.
  2. Do your research.
  3. Embrace what you deserve. You deserve to be happy.
  4. Polite persistence pays off.
  5. Be authentic and appreciative.
  6. Have certainty.
  7. Be resourceful.
  8. Stop wasting energy complaining. Use it to take action instead.

 

 

 

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