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36: Katie + Solomon of the Creative Sanctuary

Katie Belknap and Solomon Lowenstein are the founders of the Creative Sanctuary in Arcata, CA. I talked all about the organization's programming with Daniel Nickerson a couple episodes ago. For my conversation with Katie and Sol, we focused on how they got where they are today and all the other work they do as creatives and craftspeople. That includes owning real estate, gardening, sewing, beekeeping and selling honey, specialized/creative carpentry and preservation work, printmaking,...


35: Cody + Elizabeth Baldwin

Brought to you by the Freelancing Females (the world’s largest female freelance community) holiday crowdfunding pop-up shop in Brooklyn Nov. 28-Dec.4 and launching online Nov. 30. Cody and Elizabeth Baldwin were the founders of En Root House, a hostel in Chatanooga, TN. Since our chat, they sold the house to someone who’s keeping it a hostel, fortunately. They’re currently driving across the U.S. with plans to move to Vietnam in January to root down and teach...


34: Bobbilee Hartman of Lodged Out

Bobbilee Hartman is the founder of Lodged Out, the organizer of Rails Camp retreats in the U.S., and has been an engineer for the past five years. Over the past year, she has begun to transition out of her engineering career to work on Lodged Out full-time. Through Lodged Out, Bobbilee offers outdoorsy, unplugged retreats. She runs one public retreat a year and organizes private, custom events for groups. In this episode, Bobbilee shares what it's been like growing into her role as an...


33: Gif-ographer Jay Sprogell

Jay Sprogell is a director, editor, photographer, jack of all creative trades for Frank Collective, a branding agency. He’s also a freelance director, photographer, and gif-ographer. He makes rad, trippy gifs inspired by wordplay (check out one below!). He’s done work for The Roots, Complex Magazine, Jansport, Chromeo, Cavin Harris x Dua Lipa, and more. In this episode, Jay shares the process of gif-making, what social media has done for his career, why he went from freelance to a...


32: Daniel Nickerson of The Creative Sanctuary

Daniel Nickerson is a musician, music engineer, and program manager at The Creative Sanctuary in Arcata, CA. I met him when I was a resident at The Sanctuary this May. His dedication to the local arts community and producing genuine, authentic music and art is admirable. In this episode, Daniel shares his approach to spending meaningful, lasting time with art. He also shares his vision of building a music label, how The Sanctuary is creating connections within the community, how their...


31: Brea Grant, actress, writer, producer, director

Brea Grant is an actress, director, writer, producer, comic book and graphic novel creator, and podcaster. She’s a busy woman. Much of her work is focused on the horror and sci-fi genres. She’s played characters on Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Dexter, and has starred in several films. She co-wrote and co-directed the apocalyptic feature, Best Friends Forever, which premiered at Slamdance. She also directed the award-winning and very funny short, Feminist Campfire Stories. She wrote and...


30: Marti Martin + Kari Kinder

My favorite thing about this episode is that Marti and Kari are getting married on Sunday! With an education in architecture, Kari is a drafter for a high-end millwork company. She's also a super talented ceramicist. Marti is a designer and the co-founder of Bridge + Bloom, an innovative branding studio based in St. Petersburg, FL. Kari and Marti candidly share their journey in learning how to communicate, give each other space, support each other, and evolve together. We also talk a lot...


29: Lewis Weil of Money Positive

Lewis Weil is the founder of Money Positive, a financial planning company based in Austin, TX and working with clients across the country. A biologist for over a decade, Lewis was a self-proclaimed money nerd on the side. When he realized some of the smartest people he knew were clueless when it came to money management, he started dabbling with planning on the side. As he learned the industry wasn’t built to help most people – the average person – he started his own company. What started...


28: Berlin Kelly of Proud Pour

Berlin Kelly is the founder of Proud Pour, a company pairing wines (and other beverages) with solutions to local environmental problems. Their Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc restores 100 wild oysters per bottle and their Oregon Pinot Noir plants 90 sq ft of bee habitat per bottle. In this episode, Berlin shares the Proud Pour startup journey and the realities of running a business in the alcohol industry. We also dive into environmental issues, the buy-one-give-one model, and more. Read...


27: Music producer John Congleton

John Congleton is a respected music producer, engineer, mixer, writer, and performer. He’s known for his versatility, hands-on approach, and ability to guide artists to learn something about themselves through the recording process. He’s worked with a broad range of artists including St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Bill Callahan, David Byrne, Lower Dens, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse, The New Pornographers, Swans, and so many more. He even won a Grammy for producing...


26: Jacqueline Suskin of Poem Store

Jacqueline Suskin makes a living writing poems on demand based on just a word or phrase given to her by a customer, while following a ‘pay what you can’ model for much of her work. More distinctively, she’s a writer and performance poet. She harnesses and shares the healing powers of poetry at private events, workshops and through bespoke poems requested via her website. She has also written three beautiful books of poetry. Jacqueline has a refreshing perspective on letting her business...


25: Phil Pirrone of Desert Daze

A special message from Anchor & Orbit: To be entered to win a free resource on uncovering and maintaining your goals and to take $100 off the six-month Business Strengthening Program, visit Phil Pirrone is the founder of Desert Daze music festival, Moon Block Party, Space Agency Booking, and founding member of the band JuuJuu. He's been making music and touring since he was 15. He's an authentic music lover and a true believer in the impact of communal...


24: Ashley Smith of into the Heart

Ashley Smith is the founder of into the Heart, a spiritually-based practice utilizing ancient healing modalities to open people up to their whole selves. It's a process-based experience — a space for people to commit themselves to get to know their true essence. She offers sacred tea ceremonies, intuitive energetic healing, bespoke rituals, and yoga and meditation classes. She’s also one of my oldest and dearest friends. :) In this episode, we discuss menstrual cycles and how cycle syncing...


23: Andy Newman of Big Cartel

Andy Newman is the head of content for Big Cartel, a selling platform for makers and creators. He's also a freelance filmmaker and writer who's contributed to The Atlantic, USA Today, The Millions, and more. In this episode, we discuss his creative process for writing, editing, and filmmaking and how they all inform and impact one another, how to champion and support diversity, the importance of practice and putting in the work, and more. Learn more and find links in our show notes.


22: Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent

This episode is sponsored by Kindred Word Studio, writing and editing services for people and businesses who give a damn.And by Big Cartel, easy online stores for artists and makers. Tina Essmaker is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Great Discontent, a print publication and online magazine featuring inspiring conversations with today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers. TGD evolved to tell stories via a podcast and live events as well. After going through a divorce with her...


21: Tia Meyers of Freelancing Females

This episode is brought to you by damolade, your partners in taking a holistic approach to digital marketing. And by Lodged Out, creative and outdoorsy gathering series for getting away from screens. Find a free website audit from damolade and discount to the next Lodged Out retreat below! Tia Meyers is a freelance marketing consultant working mostly with hospitality and restaurant brands. She’s also the founder of Freelancing Females, a community redefining the 9-to-5. Freelancing Females...


20: Thor Harris of Swans + Jordan Geiger of Hospital Ships

Thor Harris is a percussionist, master carpenter (he built his own house), plumber, painter, mental health advocate, and once almost ran for Governor of Texas. He was the percussionist in Swans, Shearwater, and The Angles of Light. He has played and toured with countless other acts including Bill Callahan, Devendra Banhart, Lisa Germano, and more. He now has his own project called Thor & Friends, drawing on minimalist composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich and atmospheric creators...


19: Meg Lewis of Ghostly Ferns and Full Time You

Meg Lewis is a designer, teacher, and founder of Ghostly Ferns collective and Full Time You, a self-discovery workbook and video series empowering you to be you. She also co-founded a coworking space in Minneapolis called Fool Proof. With a truly unique and stand-out personal brand, Meg has dedicated herself to helping others embrace their most unique qualities. Meg first went to fashion school in LA and quickly realized competition was not for her. She then designed her own major in Chicago...


18: Michelle Cable of Panache Booking

Michelle Cable is the founder of Panache Booking - the agency responsible for booking most of my favorite “weirdo, psycho, folky indie” bands. She also manages some of indie rock’s most successful and prolific artists including Ty Segall, Mac Demarco, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and Rodrigo Amarante. Panache started as a zine in Eureka, CA in the early 2000s when Michelle was in high school. The relationships she built through that experience led to her booking shows locally. Through...


17: Jess Kenny of the For When You podcast

Jess Kenny is a writer, podcaster, and yoga teacher. Based in San Francisco, CA, she made a career transition last year from full-time yoga teacher to copywriter. In that transition, she started a podcast called For When You for helping people cope with some of life's most difficult changes. Jess and her guests share stories about the more serious decisions life presents while finding humor in each. Topics range from quitting your job to suicide, from getting cancer to losing a baby, from...