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How Personal Projects Led to Becoming a Children's Book Illustrator

Josh Cleland // Life as a Children's Book Illustrator. Kid literary art, tips on getting work, finding clients, Tips on finding clients and getting the work you love to do, Personal projects lead to breakthroughs in your career. Drawing books for kids, texturizing your artwork. Creating masks and textures for illustrator and photoshop. Working faster with Cintiq. Freelancing as a children's book illustrator. Working in Children's book publishing, working smarter and faster. side projects...


How to Get Work as an Illustrator

Finding work as an illustrator, How to get clients as an illustrator and designer. Working as an illustrator. How to choose an agent. The positives and negatives of having an agent. What to look for in an illustration agent. Creating work that will get you noticed. Creating work to land you an agent. Collections are key to landing an agent. How to get hired as an illustrator. Working as a freelance designer and illustrator. How being a designer can be an advantage to your illustration...


Tackling Debt Like a Disease

Clearing $205,000.00 of debt within 36 months. Weighing Options Tackling Debt. Wrangling the debt beast. Debt as a creative. Financial Freedom. Live and Give to the fullest, Living financially transparent, Building a Strong marriage, Letting each other in, No secrets, Dream Better Together, Debt is a divider for any relationship. 20% Knowledge 80% Action 100% Debt Free Episode 262. Part 4 of Struggle to Soar series This week we conclude our month-long series about people who have gone...


Finding Balance as a Designer and Entrepreneur

Scott Biersack shares his personal story of finding balance. Its ok to take time for yourself. It is crucial to the creative process and fighting creative block to meditate and exercise to aid in stress reduction. Relieving Stress as an entrepreneur. Feast or Famine mentality of a freelancer. Meditation, Yoga, diet, and exercise have aided in finding balance. Eliminating Creative Block by controlling stress. Worried because of blood in your stool, celery juice is healing. Creating time for...


A Daily Creative Challenge // Rapid Recharge

The ups and downs of doing a daily challenge. Daily design challenges can be taxing but also invigorating. This skateboard deck challenge has allowed me to tap into a new style and share some real quirky parts of being a noticer. You will never look at envelopes (security envelopes) the same again. I am not giving up, even though it is hard and challenging to do something everyday. I am so thankful this is not a 100-day challenge. Starting with a small challenge has really helped me to love...


Beating Cancer with Design

Jason Shults beat stage 4 cancer with the help, support, and encouragement from his friends and family. Getting back to designing was a huge part of Jason's battle success. Now Jason gives back and donates his time by designing for cancer research. Jason will tell you that cancer changed his life for the better. Watch to find out why, this extreme battle of stage 4 cancer was the fight of his life, but gave him a richer, deeper life as a result. Episode 259. Part 2 of Struggle then Soar...


Chris Do from The Futur // Growth is Uncomfortable

Episode 258. Part 5 of the Scaling Your Business series and Part 1 Struggle then Soar series Airs Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT This week I am excited to interview Chris Do. Chris not only is the founder of a successful design firm he also has a successful YouTube Channel, course site, membership community, and podcast. He is an educator and a prolific content creator, we will dig into his backstory this week. Chris is passionate about teaching students and business...


Find Your Tribe

Scotty Russell brings his wisdom as we talk about the value of writing and polling your audience. The importance of growing an email list and how growing Your Audience is Like a Video Game, you’ve gotta jump the fear hurdles to get to the next level. Poll your audience, listen and You will hear what they need but you need to listen. Scotty gives actionable steps for anyone trying to build a social media presence and grow an audience online or grow an online business showcasing your creative...


Overcoming Social Anxiety with Ian Paget

Do you have a fear of speaking in public? Do you want to know how to push through your fear of public speaking to become an effective communicator? Do you consider yourself an Introvert but are in a role that requires some extrovert characteristics? See how a top design professional, Ian Paget of Logo Geek, has overcome his fear of social anxiety and public speaking to become a successful business owner, community leader, and podcaster in addition to being able to talk to clients with...


Wilson Lemieux // Three Years Behind Me

Episode 255. Part two of the Scaling Your Business Series Aired Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Have you ever wondered how a dream can become a reality? Ever had reality breathing down your neck? Have you been trying to wear so many hats there is never enough time to get everything done? Wilson Lemieux had no room for failure, failing was not an option. With a family and another baby on the way, Wilson bet it all and won. We will find out how the first three years have been and how making the jump,...


Bill Beachy // Entrepreneurial Growing Pains

Part one of the Scaling Your Business Series Episode 254 Aired Wednesday, May 2, 2018 From a two-man shop to larger and now an 8-person firm, our guest this week, Bill Beachy, will jump start our Scaling Your Business series this May. This week features illustrator, author, and lifetime entrepreneur, Bill Beachy, president of Go Media in Cleveland, Ohio. Bill will share his wisdom he has acquired from running his business for over 15 years. The ups and downs, insights and advice will be...


Ian Paget // The Niché World of Branding & the People Who Love it

Aired Wednesday, April 25, 2018. I have been a big fan of Ian Paget and Logo Geek for a while now. Ian is talented, driven, and his story is inspirational. His story is one we can all relate to, he has faced many obstacles but has never let it get the best of him. AND he is even nicer than I imagined. He is genuine, helpful, and transparent about his growth and process. Ian has created a popular podcast and a community where fellow branding aficionados can gather, encourage, give feedback,...


Scott Soeder // Blending Interests to Find Your Niche

Episode 250. Aired April 4, 2018 This week we will be talking to someone I admire so much, for his work and his easy going spirit. And his willingness to share his knowledge with us. This week we will talk to my friend, Scott Soeder. Scott grew up watching Looney Tunes and so many of the great shows from the 70’s and 80’s. All of this influenced his passion for illustration and love of cartoons. Scott has another passion and that is for music, he plays the drums and has found a way to...


Lisa Glanz // From Designer to Illustrator Part 2

Episode 249. Aired Monday, March 26, 2018 This week we will be continuing our talk with Lisa Glanz. Lisa is an entrepreneur and illustrator who sells digital products online. Lisa has been a designer who started practicing watercolor and then decided to dabble in the online marketplace Creative Market while she ran her freelance design business. She now is one of the most successful sellers on Design Cuts and Creative Market and does design work only for herself. She is making a living...


Lisa Quine // Being Nice Gets You Places

Episode 248. Aired March 20, 2018 This week we will be talking to my friend, Lisa Quine. Lisa recently went from full time designer with a very busy side hustle to full time freelancer. But that full time freelance life was short-lived because she got an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Lisa now has a part time gig with American Greetings. We will talk about managing clients, staying creative, and how she has been able to get and keep so many clients, with so many of them are repeat...


Jamal Collins // Teaching at Risk Kids to be Design Entrepreneurs

Episode 246. Airs on ****Friday, March 9,**** 2018 at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT . Jamal Collins grew up in Cleveland, by the time he was leaving high school Cocaine was the new thing. Many of his friends were dealing drugs and he knew he had a choice to make. He decided to go to college and studied graphic design. Jamal worked in the industry as a designer for years but was unfulfilled. He found his true passion and life’s work in what he is doing now. . Jamal is changing lives in Cleveland....



Episode 245. Aired on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Jordan sells his own products, works for clients, and has taken his drawing exercises and created a way to innovate in his own design practice. He is able to take these exercises and now make things for clients. The life that has come out of his #automaticDrawings is going to inspire you to take your exercises and see what kind of legs you can give them. Jordan is always pivoting, and creating ways to better help his clients and innovate...


Reina Takahashi // Going for It

Episode 243. Aired on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Have you ever wanted to figure out what was “your” thing? Have you wondered how you can find that thing and after you found it what to do with this talent and passion?Well if you have said yes then this episode is for you. This week we will be talking to the talented and humble Reina Takahashi. Reina was a UX/UI designer that uncovered her passion for paper arts then started doing a deep dive into it when she moved to San Francisco. From...


Rapid Recharge // Love on Designers

Episode 242. Aired on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Kim Panella and I have been scheming about a way to appreciate, encourage, and build stronger connections within the design community. We are going to do five giveaways at the end of the month but will choose a winner each week. I explain this in the video. So love on some designers this month and take one week out for you to show some love to yourself. Here are the prompts for each week, try and do one of these prompts per week. Snap a...


Corrina Reff // Focusing on Branding

Episode 241. Aired on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Have you ever wanted to focus on a certain area of design, but don’t know how to get started? Or have you enjoyed an area but not really known how to start incorporating it into your offerings? Well if you have said yes then this episode is for you. This week we will be talking to my friend Corrina Reff. Corrina started blowing me away with her daily hand-lettering project. But after talking to her, I realized this was just part of her...