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Every week, blogger and freelance writer Ayana Lage chats with talented creatives about their career journeys and the twists they've faced along the way. Each episode feels like you're hanging out with two of your friends, so tune in for fun, illuminating conversation.

Every week, blogger and freelance writer Ayana Lage chats with talented creatives about their career journeys and the twists they've faced along the way. Each episode feels like you're hanging out with two of your friends, so tune in for fun, illuminating conversation.

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United States

Description:

Every week, blogger and freelance writer Ayana Lage chats with talented creatives about their career journeys and the twists they've faced along the way. Each episode feels like you're hanging out with two of your friends, so tune in for fun, illuminating conversation.

Language:

English


Episodes

Hitha Palepu on balancing entrepreneurship, investing, writing, and motherhood

6/15/2021
What's up, pod fam! The incomparable Hitha Palepu (@hithapalepu) joins us for today's episode. She's an investor, entrepreneur, author, and blogger based in New York City. We talk about how she juggles all of her roles, brands and inclusivity, prenatal and postpartum depression, and not taking herself too seriously. ⠀ 06:10 - How she started working in the pharmaceutical industry with her dad 16:45 - A glimpse at how she chooses which projects to take on 18:30 - Diversity and inclusion...

Duration:00:53:36

Chabeli Carrazana talks becoming a reporter and learning to write about grief

6/8/2021
This week’s convo is with Chabeli Carrazana, the economy reporter at the 19th News. She’s worked at both the Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel, and you may have seen her asking Jen Psaki questions in the White House Briefing Room (casual!). We talk about how she got into journalism (6:00), what it was like to cover the Parkland school shooting and 2018 FIU bridge collapse (13:30), allowing yourself to be human as a journalist (18:00), covering NASA and the space industry (23:20), and writing...

Duration:00:46:08

Nicole Modic on leaving law to become a full-time blogger

6/1/2021
In today’s episode, I’m joined by Nicole Modic (@kalejunkie) who has an incredible story about quitting her job as a lawyer to become a food blogger. Nicole opens up about walking away from a prestigious role to pursue her dreams, and she gets honest about how struggling with an eating disorder impacted her journey. We talk about her practicing employment defense litigation (2:30), starting her Instagram account while home on maternity leave (12:30), how she told loved ones she was leaving...

Duration:00:41:48

Caralyn Mirand talks becoming a curve model and fashion influencer

5/25/2021
Hey, pod fam! Today's episode features Caralyn Mirand Koch (@caralynmirand), a plus-size model and style blogger. She was the runner-up on Tyra Banks's "Fiercely Real Teen Model Search" reality show, which kicked off her modeling journey (02:20). We talk about not knowing what you want to do when you grow up (12:00), along with brands and size inclusivity (14:15). Caralyn also shares how she met her husband Brian and ended up hiring him (18:10), the legendary #ProperlyFittingBraClub (23:50),...

Duration:00:39:18

Theresa Helmer on becoming an executive director at Disney Branded Television

5/18/2021
Happy Wednesday, pod fam! Today's chat is with Theresa Helmer, who's the Executive Director, Integrated Content Strategy at Disney Branded Television. We talk about her career path (fun fact: it includes a stint on the Taco Bell corporate social media team). Theresa offers insight into her daily workday and advice for people interested in networking. Hope you love the listen! You can learn more about Theresa and her role...

Duration:00:39:44

Tomi Obebe on making six figures as a micro-influencer

4/27/2021
This week, I’m chatting with Tomi Obebe, the full-time content creator behind GoodToMicha.com. We talk about being Black in a mostly white industry, how Tomi went from a pre-med student to a successful fashion blogger who now makes six figures, and whether being an influencer is actually hard work. If you’re interested in learning more about the influencer industry, you’ll find this episode insightful. Thanks for listening! Follow Tomi...

Duration:00:34:58

Jess Massey chats about dropping out of grad school to start a business

4/20/2021
Jess Massey graciously agreed to hop on the pod to share what she calls a "dumpster fire" of a career journey. Jess changed her major multiple times in college, decided to become a speech language pathologist, and dropped out of grad school to start a now-popular productivity brand called Hustle Sanely. She has a lot of insight about pursuing your dreams, how a safety net can afford you the privilege of leaving a job, and having a supportive partner. Thanks for...

Duration:00:37:40

Lindsay Silberman talks becoming a full-time influencer and entrepreneur

4/13/2021
Lindsay Silberman (@lindsaysilb) joins the pod to share her journey from magazine editor to full-time influencer. We chat about what it’s like to leave a stable job to do your own thing, her thoughts on the influencer industry, and her experience founding a luxury candle brand that’s getting rave reviews from national media. Follow Lindsay below: instagram.com/lindsaysilb lindsaysilberman.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/silbsquad/ instagram.com/hotellobbycandle hotellobbycandle.com

Duration:00:44:27

Grace Atwood on becoming a full-time blogger and quitting your day job

4/7/2021
This week, I’m sitting down with my friend Grace Atwood (@graceatwood), the founder of a popular blog called The Stripe and co-host of the fabulous Bad on Paper podcast. We explore her journey to full-time blogging and the jobs she had before this one, including a few horror stories. Grace shares how she stays disciplined and how to navigate a flexible schedule. Hope you enjoy the listen! Follow Grace on the social channels linked...

Duration:00:36:12

Olivia Muenter shares her journey to full-time freelance writing

3/31/2021
Welcome to the first episode of Asked by Ayana! Today, we talk to Olivia Muenter (@oliviamuenter), a writer, editor and digital content creator. We cover what it’s like moving from a secure job to being full-time freelance and how she did it, along with how she started gaining freelance clients. You can follow Olivia on her social channels linked below. instagram.com/oliviamuenter oliviamuenter.com oliviamuentercourses.com

Duration:00:37:28

Introducing Asked By Ayana

3/22/2021
Welcome to Asked by Ayana, a brand new podcast hosted by Ayana Lage (that's me)! I've always been fascinated with the idea of a dream job, mainly because I landed my perfect gig out of college and ended up not liking it. I was discouraged until I talked to friends and learned that many of us have the same experience. Join me as I interview talented creatives about their often-imperfect career journeys and what they've learned along the way. See you every Wednesday!

Duration:00:01:20