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EP 37 - Nicole Leone

4/15/2018
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Nicole Leone discusses how experiencing burnout cause her to pivot in her business, knowing your value and not "listening to the little voices in your head" in this episode. Enjoy! Show Notes: 5:23 - How Nicole ended up at Brooks Institute 9:07 - "I wanted to be in control of my own life." 10:01 - Knowing your value. 11:15 - "You Can't Do This Alone ..." 15:33 - "Don't Listen To The Little Voices" 18:04 - How Nicole stays balanced. 27:01 - How being burned out caused Nicole to pivot...

Duration:00:47:05

EP 36 - Samantha Lavin

4/11/2018
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In this episode, Sam talks about why it is hard to make female main character driven films, writers that inspire her and "don't let your head stop your heart." Enjoy! Show Notes: 7:40 - How Samantha developed "In Memory of Me" 9:25 - Why it is hard to make a female main character driven film. 10:22 - The inspiration behind the movie "7 on 10" 14:46 - How Sam has found a strong tribe. 17:29 - Brenda from General Hospital. 19:40 - Writers that inspire Samantha. 23:46 - "haters can...

Duration:00:38:47

EP 35 - Chris Pardal

4/9/2018
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Chris Pardal talks to us about why "you are never ready", how his love for romantic movies was born and why Dr. Sybil Johnson told him that "he has to take the right risks". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 5:18 - When did Chris realize he wanted to be a dancer and actor. 7:45 - Chris' hip-hop favorites. 11:36 - How Chris met Dr. Sybil Johnson. 15:40 - "You have to take the right risks ..." 19:10 - "There has to be a certain level of discomfort." 29:16 - "We go into it for the wrong...

Duration:01:09:12

EP 34 - Kelly Wilson

4/1/2018
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In this episode, Kelly talks to us about meeting Stan Lee, how failure gives you an opportunity to shine and why kindness will get you everywhere. Enjoy! Show Notes: 5:25 - How did Kelly end up in Los Angeles. 9:18 - What happened when Kelly had the chance to work with Stan Lee. 11:13 - Thoughts on the evolution of TV & Film 16:40 - Most memorable projects. 18:45 - What sets apart the most successful people she has worked with. 22:58 - "Failure Gives You An Opportunity to...

Duration:00:40:10

EP 33 - Rohitash Rao

3/25/2018
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Rohitash Rao discusses how motion-graphics taught him patience, building your name and how "time gives you confidence". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 4:05 - Why growing up in Rancho Cucamonga was the like the movie E.T. 6:32 - "You are by far the worst student I have ever seen in this class." 10:52 - How stop-motion graphics teaches you patience. 12:14 - "Build Your Name". 14:01 - The blog project called "Art For A Beer". 18:24 - Learn how to "concept" and "pitch". 22:15 - How his...

Duration:01:02:18

EP 32 - Chris Powell

3/22/2018
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Chris Powell talks to us about improving his "resilience muscle", what characteristics a great leader should have and why he knows less today than he did yesterday. Enjoy! Show Notes: 7:01 - Why Chris decided to leave corporate America. 13:28 - How Chris improved his "resilience muscle". 19:08 - "Imagine not having control." 22:38 - "Fear and trust" 24:12 - Chris discusses his definition of fear. 27:14 - Why Artificial Intelligence won't be taking over. 32:30 - What...

Duration:00:53:52

EP 31 - Cachita Hynes

3/18/2018
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Cachita Hynes talks to us about how networking has benefitted her career, what it was like working with Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie, and why "your worth is not what someone tells you it is." Enjoy! Show Notes: 4:04 - How Cachita made the decision to attend the University of Missouri. 6:34 - The story of Cachita's first on-air experience at NBC KMOU 8:02 - What it was like working with Paris Hilton & Nicole Ritchie. 12:44 - How did Cachita know she wanted to be an...

Duration:00:58:52

EP 30 - Kate Wright

3/11/2018
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Kate talks about being taken seriously as a planner, finding her crew and loving them hard and her obsession with Beyonce and The Office (TV Show). Enjoy! 5:34 - Kate is the only American in her family. 9:20 - How Kate found her way to FIDM. 13:50 - Where does the name Blue Door Creative come from? 18:51 - Kate has had a crush on her husband since the age of 14! 21:22 - "Don't sweat the small stuff" (Part 1) 29:04 - Why not being taken seriously scares Kate. 34:50 - Kate discusses...

Duration:00:55:44

EP 29 - Anthony Eisenhower

3/4/2018
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Anthony Eisenhower talks to us about narrowing your focus, working on "Alias" and the benefits of leaning on other people to assist you during your journey. Show Notes: 8:16 - How did Anthony manage triple-tasking three different jobs when he first opening Brood 9. 9:16 - Where does the name Brood 9 come from. 10:51 - What was it like working on the TV Show "Alias"? 15:34 - Advice to Anthony in 2014. 18:47 - "Going from a broad focus to a more narrow focus." 23:08 - "I love...

Duration:00:52:18

EP 28 - Halle Grano & Shannon Weidel

2/25/2018
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Shannon and Halle talk to us about maintaining relationships outside of your career, supporting local businesses and being more fearless! Enjoy the show. Show Notes: 6:49 - Shannon won a Martha Stewart pie contest. 7:50 - Where the name LadySmyth comes from. 12:13 - How did exotic dancing help develop Halle's fashion career. 16:31 - What impact did a dream Shannon had about Jean Paul Gaultier have on her career. 18:58 - Halle's dad is their business manager. 23:33 - What makes...

Duration:01:02:42

EP 27 - Russell Harris

2/19/2018
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Russell Harris talks to us about where he gets his inspiration for events from, surviving the 2008 writer's strike and "learning to love himself a little more". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 3:42 - Russell discusses his volleyball career for a US Club team in Europe. 6:24 - Russell's equestrian hobby and his new horse - Big Business. 8:40 - Why networking is so important. 11:13 - How Russell develops his color muscle. 12:13 - The turning point in Russell's career. 17:45 - "Be able to...

Duration:00:35:09

EP 26 - Cristina Morara

2/13/2018
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In this special Valentine's Day episode, Cristina Morara talks to us about learning the art of surrender, what it was like working with Chelsea Handler and "is what you want always what you need?". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 7:01: What was missing from Cristina's corporate job at Ogilvy & Mather. 8:10: How has her casting experience helped her as a matchmaker. 11:01: Who was one of Cristina's most memorable clients early on in her business? 12:31: Why the three date rule is...

Duration:00:38:28

EP 25 - Molly McCauley

2/12/2018
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Molly McCauley discusses how to get over the comparison trap, why "it shouldn't be easy", and knowing your worth. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 5:15: Why getting her Masters of Fine Arts at Brooks College was the most challenging educational experiences in her life. 9:36: How wedding photography chose Molly. 12:10: What inspired Molly to switch from a fashion focus to a photography focus. 12:59: What sports Molly played growing up. 21:44: "In a life of fleeting moments, I get to make...

Duration:00:54:09

EP 24 - Veronica Torres

2/4/2018
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In this episode, Veronica Torres (aka V Torres) speaks to us about her high school basketball career, selling out The Roxy (and getting a standing ovation) at age 21 and why "everything is temporary". Show Notes: 6:20 - What position did Veronica play for her basketball team. 7:00 - The signature of 11/11 in Veronica's life. 10:55 - How did Veronica get the courage to leave a promising Accounting career. 14:10 - Selling out (and getting a standing ovation) at the Roxy in 2005 at age...

Duration:00:47:37

EP 23 - Colleen Reyes

1/28/2018
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Colleen Reyes talks to us about what a destination management company is, how long it took for her to realize her business was going to be a success and the meaning of "ohana". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 6:00 - What motivated Colleen to make the leap and work for herself. 9:02 - When was the point where Colleen realized that her new business was going to be a success. 10:10 - How does she limit the impact of fear within her business. 12:37 - What is a Destination Managment...

Duration:00:32:04

EP 22 - Erika Crespo

1/22/2018
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In this episode, Erika Crespo talks to us about her love of writing, how she found her tribe of people to work with and encouraging people to not be so afraid. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 3:49: Why writing is Erika's first love. 5:52: Where the name Stretch Synergy came from. 10:03: "Drive, Passion, Guts" 18:10: How Erika found her tribe of people to work with. 23:05: How Erika handles her critics. 24:45: "And This Too Shall Pass." 27:10: "Don't Be So Afraid" 29:50: New habits...

Duration:00:38:27

EP 21 - Ashley Huisman

1/15/2018
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In this episode, Ashley Huisman of Anaheim Studios discusses technological advances in the videography space, growing up on a farm in Canada and her definition of fear. Enjoy the show! 5:03 - The difference between growing up in Alberta, Canada to living in Los Angeles. 7:07 - How Ashley's mechanical engineering experience and education helps her in the creative role she has now. 11:56 - The ground rules Ashley and her husband agreed on for them to be able to work together. 14:15 -...

Duration:00:35:41

EP 20 - Crystal Joseph

1/8/2018
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In this episode we talk with Crystal Joseph who shares tips for getting over anxiety, why therapy is frowned upon in minority communities and why planning is the one lesson that took her the longest to learn. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 4:46: How one of Crystal's youngest patients suggested she start her own business. 7:02: Where the name Psyc Your Mind comes from. 17:03: What happened when a client chased Crystal down Georgia Avenue in a rage! 20:28: Why growth scares her. 26:07:...

Duration:00:56:21

EP 19 - Lindsey Zuelich

1/1/2018
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In episode 19, we talk with Lindsey Zuelich who shares her journey from FIDM to Trader Joes and then to Wood Brain. Lindsey speaks on working with her hands at a young age, the influence her dad had on her life and how her famous wooden flasks were "born". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 4:50 - How Lindsey got from FIDM to Trader Joes 8:04 - Why her dad was adamant that she knew how to use his tools and work with her hands. 16:14 - A new DJ booth for Amani? 18:20 - Where were the wooden...

Duration:00:43:28

EP 18 - Jen So

12/26/2017
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In this episode, we talk to Jen So who is an event planner who has recently taken the leap. We discuss an influential college professor, her spirit animal and her time in Rome. Enjoy the show. Show Notes: 4:40: "It was a little bit like jet skiing." 8:18: How the name Campfire Events come to be. 10:02: Undercover Kitchen Dancer? 15:38: How corporate life prepared Jen for her own business. 20:08: What did her family and friends say when she decided to take the leap? 25:30: The most...

Duration:00:38:39

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