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EP 62 - Latifah Al-Hazza

Latifah Al-Hazza discusses the comparison trap, how she keeps a tight bond with her mom and gives excellent advice for people who work remotely. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 6:02 - What inspired Latifah to go out on her own. 10:01 - How Latifah maintains such a tight bond with her mom. 15:52 - “Don’t compare yourself to other people…. “ 25:31 - “I love waking up happy and I love going to bed happy … “ 32:53 - The story of how Latifah become so resilient. 36:27 - Latifah’s breaking...


EP 61 - Diana Elizabeth Steffen

Diana Elizabeth Steffen discusses her career as a lifestyle blogger, why becoming irrelevant scares her and how a called off wedding changed her life. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 7:35 - “A creative entrepreneur at heart … “ 13:!5 - How Diana earns revenue as a lifestyle blogger. 19:41 - The type of networking that Diana did early on to grow her business. 21:35 - The beauty of thank you cards. 23:12 - Diana’s burnout experience and how she works to prevent future burnouts. 26:55 - The...


EP 60 - Juan Carlos Obando

From working with stars such as Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Frida Pinto and Shakira to initially wanting to be the person creating the Coca-Cola logo, Juan Carlos Obando talks to us about all that and why "the eye must travel" in this episode. Enjoy! Show Notes: 5:48 - Growing up wanting to be the person making the Coca-Cola logo. 7:28 - Why Juan Carlos loves Los Angeles. 10:15 - "An observer of cultures ... " 13:18 - Why fashion? 19:27 - The turning point was in 2013. 21:16 - "In...


EP 59 - Latonya Slack

Latonya Slack talks to us about what makes up a successful non-profit board, the "non-profit mentality", and how she learned that people will pay you top dollar for the services they value. Enjoy! Show Notes: 6:40 - From UCLA law school to today. 9:30 - "Volunteering ... you never know what it will lead to ... " 12:17 - Why Latonya decided to go out on her own. 15:20 - What makes up a productive and successful non-profit board. 18:02 - The most important emotional intelligence...


EP 58 - Damona Hoffman

Damona discusses how she survived getting turned down for 17 different job opportunities, her most memorable moment from #Blacklove and why she feels it is so important to keep your commitments. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 6:53 - The story behind how Damona asked her two dates to prom in high school. 15:09 - The start of Damona's dating coaching career. 20:54 - Surviving getting turned down by 17 different job opportunities. 23:44 - How Damona met her husband online. 32:22 - Memorable...


EP 57 Z-Trip

Legendary DJ & Music Producer Z-Trip talks to us about why he loves Camp SpinOff, why being a comedian is similar to being a DJ and why you have to love yourself before you can love someone else. Enjoy! Show Notes: 4:50 - Why Z-Trip loves Camp Spin Off 8:25 - That one time when Z-Trip DJ'd his prom. 16:56 - Marley Marl & Red Alert 20:25 - The "Return of the DJ" series with Bomb Records 23:34 - "I blend in ... but I also really stand out ... " 26:38 - Why being a DJ is similar to being...


EP 56 - Ruby Fremon

Ruby Fremon talks to us about how working in nightlife ate her alive, getting sober and where her fear of success comes from. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 8:52 - How nightlife ate Ruby alive. 13:16 - The response online when Ruby would publicly share her journey. 15:28 - How Ruby has stayed sober. 18:44 - Ruby's definition of courage. 21:30 - "No road worth traveling is smooth ... " 27:16 - Why it is hard for people to invest in themselves. 29:44 - Where Ruby's fear of success comes...


EP 55 - Michelle Pesce

Michelle Pesce talks to us about going from an ice cream scooper to an acclaimed international DJ, the impact of Woodstock 1999 on her life and why we must keep turntables alive. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 6:45 - From an ice cream scooper at Handel's Ice Cream Stand to Los Angeles. 10:48 - How does Ed O'Neil fit into the picture. 14:09 - Woodstock 1999 18:26 - Meeting DJ Spinderella 23:58 - How Michelle handles not getting gigs she wants. 32:28 - Good Morning America & her...


Ep 54 - Dr. Deena Brown

Dr. Deena Brown discusses why you shouldn't give fear a vote, how to manage the ego and why the fear of success is so common. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 5:28 - A Camp meeting in Mississippi 9:16 - “we all walk on the same journey but take different paths. “ 12:02 - Transitional Depression 15:21 - “50% of knowing who you are is knowing who you are not ...” 18:18 - Persistence is the most important characteristic for creatives. 19:31 - “Don’t give fear a vote!” 22:06 - why the fear of...


EP 53 - Alejandro Montoya Marin

Alejandro discusses how a breakup was a breakthrough in his career, our mutual love for the film 'Chasing Amy' and why patience was the hardest lesson for him to learn in this episode. Enjoy! Show Notes: 7:40 - Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Broken Social Scene and others. 9:23 - The play "Braveheart" 13:57 - The T.V Show "Atlanta" 18:42 - How a breakup woke up Alejandro and caused him to work harder. 20:52 - What experiences did Alejandro draw upon to create "Low/Fi" 22:17 -...


EP 52 - Ninette Wassef

In this episode, Ninette talks to us why you shouldn't look back, her 14-year law career, why there is no need to hurry and why "what you do is not who you are ...". Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 7:14 - How did Ninette decide that practicing law was no longer for her. 10:58 - "Law school did not teach me how to be a lawyer ... " 14:10 - Ninette has been spinning for more than 20 years. 18:07 - The story of how Chrome Cycle Studio and it's genesis. 23:42 - From 2014 -2017, it was a long,...


EP 50 - Amani Roberts (Part 2)

In part 2 of his interview, our host Amani Roberts discusses how an instant message changed his life forever, why you can't change people and how a Grammy Award fits into his future. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 5:01 - My brother sends me an instant message at work. 10:56 - "I admire your resilience..." 13:56 - How anxiety stops Amani right now. 19:47 - Celebrating the little wins as much as possible. 22:11 - How Mariah Carey helps Amani. 25:52 - "Don't wait 12 years to pursue your DJ...


EP 50 - Amani Roberts (Part 1)

In this episode, we learn about our host Amani Roberts!! In part 1, he shares why he started this podcast, the impact his experience at Scratch Academy had on his life and business and why the most beautiful people in the world have scars. Photo by Carissa Woo Photography Show Notes: 5:00 - How road trips led to Amani getting into the meetings & events industry. 8:00 - Where is the fourth plane? 10:16 - DJ Biz Markie at Quigley's Nightclub (DC) 13:58 - "One of the best decisions of my...


EP 49 - Alistair Tober

Alistair Tober joins us this episode and discusses why the human ego scares him, why Frank Sinatra is his biggest influence and why all creatives need to know their numbers. Enjoy! Show Notes: 5:45 - When did Alistair first begin to sing. 6:40 - "A Fish Outta Water" 15:15 - How did Alistair get into acting. 20:15 - "There is no one right path ... " 24:35 - How did VIP's Entertainment get started. 37:00 - When did Alistair realize his business was going to work. 40:41 - "You have to...


EP 48 - Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones discusses "Ballet Kanye", why she is completely in love with dance and how she has developed her resiliency muscle over time in this episode. Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 8:48 - Why Ashley chose Political Science & Business Administration as her major at USC. 11:35 - Where does her strong work ethic come from. 16:56 - What skills did Ashley learn at Northrop that she uses in her current life. 20:40 - "When you don't make the right decision in life, the decision is made for...


EP 47 - Vinay Shah

Vinay Shah discusses performing with Phillip Bailey, why you should be creative and not competitive and the importance of "keeping your feet on the ground."Enjoy the show! Show Notes: 4:08 - Why Vinay selected Berklee School of Music 7:20 - When did V-Fresh start Dj'ing. 8:31 - Performing with Phillip Bailey. 10:20 - Teaching at Scratch Academy. 11:51 - "I am always a student ..." 14:27 - "Be creative and not competitive ..." 20:10 - How did VFresh learn how to DJ. 29:31 - "The...


EP 46 - Liz Zeigler

Liz Zeigler talks to us about her leap from being a lawyer at a big firm to her own mobile dog grooming business, her perspective on competition and why you shouldn't follow the expected path. Show Notes: 6:50 - Why Liz decided to take the leap from a successful law career. 8:11 - Crying on the train every morning. 10:47 - What was the draw/attraction to mobile dog grooming. 19:45 - How Liz sticks to her prices and the lessons learned about pricing. 24:40 - How does Liz manage the dogs...


EP 45 - Lisa Aihara

Lisa Aihara talks to us about the valuable lessons she learned while working in corporate America, why love is earned every day and what the quote "If want beautiful eyes, look at beautiful things..." means to her. Enjoy! Show Notes: 5:42 - Why Lisa decided to get her MBA. 10:09 - The most valuable lessons learned at Sirius XM, Disney, and Hulu. 14:18 - Lisa learned photoshop at age 10! 17:58 - Where does the name Fiber & Dye come from. 27:54 - "a jack of all trades who is a homebody...


EP 44 - Cindee Rood

Cindee Rood discusses her non-profit Formidable Joy, how she gained the trust of the people in Malawi and how she is "the balance of opposites". Enjoy! Show Notes: 5:21 - Cindee's first job in Los Angeles 8:00 - "The balance of opposites." 8:37 - The beginning of Cindee's non-profit journey. 11:24 - How did Formidable Joy come to fruition. 14:10 - What did Cindee do to gain the trust of the people in Malawi. 17:12 - Why it was important for Cindee to see a refugee camp. 21:10 - Where...


EP 43 - Jeannette Ceja

Jeannette Ceja talks to us about how she knew at age 12 she wanted to be a travel writer, some of her most memorable interviews and why travel in a mindset. Enjoy! Show Notes: 10:47 - Jeannette was a Chips Quinn Scholar. 12:04 - "Other people can see your potential before you can ... " 16:12 - Jeannette had a dream about moving to Rome that came true. 22:17 - How Jeannette got a job offer to work in Australia. 23:42 - Where was Jeannette's favorite place to live? 25:56 - "You have to...