Episode 145: Jam Session with Reina + Christina, Masterminds - the Creative Empire podcast

This jam session episode features Reina and Christina chatting about masterminds and masterminding. They are  covering lots of different questions that you guys have had and that they even had about masterminds. Specifically, what is in your mind? What can you expect to get out of these things? What do these things even do for you? Why would you want to be a part of on and which ones we've been a part of and which ones were running. 

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Main Takeaways:

  • What is a mastermind [0:01:22]
  • What the types of masterminds are [0:04:21]
  • What are peer masterminds vs. paid masterminds [0:08:17]
  • How to figure out why you want to join a mastermind [0:09:33]
  • What rules of masterminds can be [0:13:30]
  • What some takeaways from Masterminds have been [0:17:10]
  • How hotseats work [0:22:33]
  • How Reina is starting a mastermind and what they are [0:25:44]
  • What service Christina offers in sales [0:27:10]
  • How masterminds can help network and create credibility [0:32:05]
The best masterminds are the ones who are willing to dig deep with you.
— Reina Pomeroy
I’m so glad I did join one because it is very helpful to see how other people are experimenting and trying the things.
— Christina Scalera
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Episode 102: Jam Session with Reina + Christina, Milestones - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode features Reina and Christina chatting about milestones in business. They both reveal moments that have been milestones in their individual businesses. Also shared in this episode is  advice for what people need to do when they are feeling overwhelmed or triggered.


Show Highlights:

  • What milestones Reina has experienced in her business
  • What milestones Christina has experienced in her business
  • How investing in courses + retreats can be milestones
  • What people need to do when something is overwhelming them
  • What people need to do when they feel triggered

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91: Janet Hoang, How to Learn as You Grow - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode of the Creative Empire Podcast with Janet Hoang of Janet Gwen Designs is all about learning as you grow! Reina, Christina, and Janet discuss what it was like for Janet to start a business so young and how it has changed from then until now. Janet shares how to not just sell products, but a culture and how to actively engage with people and build a brand outside of the Internet. Lastly they talk about switching from Etsy to her own website and why email lists are so important. 


Show Highlights:

  • What the impetus for starting her own business was + what her business looked like when she started
  • How Janet realized her phone cases could be a business + how she made it bigger than that
  • How Janet strayed from the path expected from her + decided for herself what she wanted to be
  • What advice Janet has for young people who think they're not qualified to run a business
  • What ways Janet's business has given back to her life and what her business looks like today
  • How Janet got from not even having a studio to having an entire home to work from
  • How to not just sell products, but a culture
  • How to actively facilitate engagements + create that experience/build that brand outside of the internet
  • How to come up with content for social media
  • What switching from Etsy to her own website has done for her business + what compelled her to switch
  • How to help facilitate that brand recognition if you are on Etsy + looking to move off of it
  • Why email lists are so important
  • What Janet would say to anyone on the fence about owning a business
  • What self-care looks like for Janet
  • Why she started a fashion blog as well

Show Notes:

Janet’s Bio:

 Hello! I'm Janet; I’m the founder and creative director of Janet Gwen Designs. It’s a creative studio known for our gold and marble cases and hand painted phone cases. (YES! HAND PAINTED!) JGD mission is to encourage and highlight unfiltered creativity by challenging the social standards of art. We strive to make a statement by using bold colors and textures on traditional and non traditional surfaces. We create one-of-a kind pieces of art for those customers who appreciate the little details it takes to pull it all together. We make your hustle beautiful, one art infused piece at the time. We want to start conversations, create real life connections, and inspire you in your wildest dreams. We are here to cheer you on every step because we know you got this! You can read all about my story and how JGD got started here!

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89: Financial Planning for the Heart-Centered Boss, with Mary Beth Storjohann - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina for this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast is author, financial planner, and podcaster Mary Beth Storjohann. Diving deep into the topic of financial planning, Mary Beth shares advice + actionable tips for business owners during this episode. This isn't your typical financial planning conversation- the trio focus on a more heart-centered approach.


Show Highlights:

  • How Mary Beth educates her clients
  • How being smart with money means different things + how to figure out what it means to you
  • What advice Mary Beth has for people who are trying to figure out what their goals are for different parts of their lives
  • What some things are that someone could do maybe today financially to start to see results
  • What Mary Beth recommends in terms of how people save for taxes
  • How to deal with money mindset issues head on
  • How to feel more okay with handing over your books over to a bookkeeper
  • What the difference between fee only versus commission based financial planners + why to work with one over the other
  • What steps a person could take before needing to work with a financial planner
  • What topics Mary Beth’s book and podcast touch on
  • How to deal with your personal marriage (or partner) finances
  • What business money mindset is concerning to Mary Beth + what to do instead
  • Why having a part-time job might be a good thing for your business

Show Notes:

Mary Beth’s Bio:

Mary Beth Storjohann, CFP® and Founder of Workable Wealth is an author, financial planner and accountability partner working to help clients in their 20s-40s across the country make smart, educated choices with their money. Her recent accolades include the “Top 40 Under 40” by Investment News, “10 young Advisors to Watch” by Financial Advisor Magazine, and “10 of the Best Personal Finance Experts on Twitter.” She frequently appears on NBC as a financial expert and her expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Forbes and more.

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79: The Complete Guide to Surface Pattern Design, with Bonnie Christine - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode of the Creative Empire Podcast with Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost is all about surface pattern design! Reina, Christina, and Bonnie discuss everything from how to learn Illustrator to how to get your portfolio in front of people who want to license artwork to how to design your life around financial freedom. There are lots of great tips + resources in this episode for people wanting to learn surface pattern design. 

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Show Highlights:

  • What surface pattern design is
  • Why you should slow down + make a bunch of patterns before trying to land a licensing gig
  • Where Bonnie draws inspiration from
  • How to find an alternative path to financial freedom
  • How to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator
  • How to learn what you need to learn to be a surface pattern designer
  • How to get your portfolio in front of companies

Show Notes:

Bonnie’s Bio:

Sophisticated and delicate, Bonnie Christine’s designs transcend time and brighten up the past. Bonnie weaves a small part of her life into each pattern she creates, making the design process and end results meaningful and unique. She lives nestled back in the forests of North Carolina where she finds endless inspiration from the mountains around her. Stay connected with her through her blog, Going Home to Roost and attend one of her classes on surface pattern design on either CreativeLive or Skillshare.

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77: How to Start a Membership Site, with Rachel Rouhana - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina for this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast is Rachel Rouhana, graphic designer, photographer, and founder of The Styled Stock Library. Rachel reveals everything about her membership site to Reina + Christina, including what made her do one instead of a different business model. She shares what she started with, how she keeps coming up with fresh content, and how she balances retaining customers with selling new subscriptions. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How Rachel got her start in stock photography + how she grew her membership site
  • How Rachel knew she needed help + grew her team
  • What made Rachel decide to do a membership site instead of other stock photography business models
  • How to balance selling membership spots with retaining existing customers
  • How to keep creating new + fresh content
  • How much content to have before launching
  • What stops people from downloading all the content + canceling
  • Why listening to your customers is essential to running a business

Show Notes:

Rachel’s Bio:

Rachel Rouhana is a graphic designer and photographer who helps women entrepreneurs create visually stunning brands to attract their ideal clients. She founded the Styled Stock Library to make it easy + affordable for boss ladies to create gorgeous graphics that get clicks, likes, shares, and ultimately lead to more sales. Obsessed with gold, glitter, and all things pink, you can often find her sipping a latte and scrolling through Instagram for inspiration. Meet Rachel and learn how to add instant glam to your brand at www.hautechocolate.ca

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74: How to Find Your Unique Value Proposition, with Jena Nesbitt - the Creative Empire podcast

Professor, author, trend forecastor, and co-founder of The Creative Roundtable Jena Nesbitt is Reina and Christina's guest on The Creative Empire podcast this episode. First the trio talk about Jena's winding path to entrepreneurship and how the skills she learned along the way were valuable. Then they dive right into talking about pricing and the Unique Value Proposition. Jena's unique journey + perspective really lend themselves to these topics. Lastly, they talk about disruptors and how to be one. 


Show Highlights:

  • How entrepreneurship isn't a straight line
  • How to strategically price your goods or services
  • Why it's necessary to track your numbers
  • What the Unique Value Proposition is and how to figure out your own
  • How to be a disruptor

Show Notes:

Jena’s Bio:

Jena Nesbitt is an avid learner & teacher, constantly striving to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of other creatives. In 2016 she accepted an adjunct professor position with the Art Institute of Portland, teaching courses in Creative Entrepreneurship and Fashion Forecasting. She is the author of the Creative Business Canvas, a visual business model tool built specifically for artists, designers, and creative businesses. Jena works as a trend forecasting consultant with national companies, utilizing her background in visual merchandising, textile design, and product development to inspire future apparel & lifestyle products. In late 2014 Jena co-founded The Creative Roundtable, offering support & guidance to creative entrepreneurs through facilitated weekly discussions and monthly meet-ups. Jena is an active member of the Portland design, tech, and startup communities; you’ll often find her at networking at local events, hosting meet-ups, or teaching & mentoring at conferences.

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73: How to Start a Business, Jam Session with Reina + Christina - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode features Reina and Christina chatting about how to start a business. They see people over-complicating it and would like to discuss how to go through the process in simpler terms. First Christina tells how to legally set up a business. Then they talk about the other things that go into building a business, like visibility, gaining clients, and mindset. 


Show Highlights:

  • How to legally setup a business from scratch
  • What the difference between an LLC and a trademark
  • What to do before you start a company
  • What belongs in a business plan
  • How to gain visibility quickly
  • How to test your business idea before you even have an LLC + why it's important
  • Why you should pick one thing first to become an expert in
  • Why confidence is an important part of owning a business

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70: How to Survive Big Changes + Evolve Your Career, with Davey Jones - the Creative Empire podcast

Brand/content strategist and photographer Davey Jones joins Reina and Christina to chat about how to survive big changes + evolve your career. Davey has gone through several transitions in his life, from teacher to photographer to co-creating The Rising Tide Society to now being a brand + content strategist. They discuss how to know what to pursue, how to prepare for the big leap, how to build expertise when you're just starting, and even how no matter where you are in life, you can always be building skills that will help you in your transitions.


Show Highlights:

  • What transitions Davey has gone through in his career
  • How entrepreneurs' backgrounds are usually pretty eclectic
  • What people should do before they transition
  • How to build expertise in your industry if you're just getting started
  • How to connect with your audience + have your message resonate with them
  • What to listen to when you're surrounded by a lot of noise
  • What other things will help you transition
  • How you can always be building skills that will help you in your transitions
  • How to know whether something is a good idea to pursue

Show Notes:

Davey’s Bio:

Davey Jones is a brand and content strategist and one half of the Davey & Krista duo. After several years in education and coaching, photographing over 100 weddings, and launching one of the largest communities for creatives in the world, Davey decided to make helping creatives run better businesses his full time gig. Davey and his wife Krista specialize in helping people create purposeful brands and businesses they love through coaching and mentoring, branding and website design, copywriting and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Consulting. Since building their first business they have found purposeful and fulfilling work—and a life that includes palm trees, blue skies, time with our pups, and—of course—wine and pizza.

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Episode 69: How to Find Your Authentic Purpose, with Kelly Newsome Georges - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina for this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast is Kelly Newsome Georges, a former-lawyer-turned-birth and postpartum teacher. Kelly shares her winding path to finding her authentic purpose in life and what activities people can do to help them find theirs. She reveals that moving closer to authenticity can help us move closer to living a life we love (and gain us ideal clients in the process!) It can be kind of scary being authentic, so Kelly also shares how to not be so resistant to fear + why you can't get rid of all fear.


Show Highlights:

  • How the journey to finding her purpose followed a non-linear path
  • What 3 activities are that help you grow closer to finding your purpose
  • How women business owners can help facilitate the transition from woman to mother
  • How to deal with people who are unkind to you
  • Why building up to success slowly is better than overnight success
  • How authenticity can help us live a life we love (and gain us ideal clients too!)
  • How to not resist fear so much and why you can't get rid of all fear
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Kelly’s Bio:

Kelly Newsome Georges is a former-lawyer-turned-birth and postpartum teacher, helping new moms transition confidently, consciously, and more comfortably into motherhood. She is the creator of The New Parent Partner™: 100+ Tools for Birth, Postpartum, and Newborn Care, Designed to Make Early Motherhood Easier, and in early 2017, she will launch Ritual Care, an online wellness sanctuary and virtual classroom with courses and coaching on birth, newborn care, and new mama care throughout the first year of baby’s life. Kelly has a certification in Positive Psychology from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a bachelor of science degree in Psychology and Human Development, and multiple certifications and trainings for birth and postpartum doula care, prenatal and postnatal yoga, kids yoga, pediatric sleep, and breastfeeding and bottle-feeding support. Her favorite mama-related role, though, is her own: she is a mother to a spectacular little girl, Sage, and stepmom to 3 brilliant bonus kids. She lives in Washington, DC and Paris, France.

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68: How to Transition from a Corporate Career, with Jamie Kutchman - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina and Christina’s guest this episode is founder + owner of the gift company Marigold & Grey, Jamie Kutchman. Jamie is here to chat about how she transitioned from her corporate job of 11 years to starting her own business. She advises listeners to not transition the way she did. Instead, Jamie gives practical tips + advice on how to do it, such as the importance of pre-validating your idea, finding your ideal client, how to get started even if you don't have much space or money, and how to differentiate yourself when you're in a crowded market. 


Show Highlights:

  • Why you should start + grow your new business while you're still at your corporate job
  • Why pre-validation is important
  • How to differentiate yourself when you're in a crowded market
  • How to figure out what your ideal client's pain points are + deliver a product they need
  • How to get started as a product-based business, even if you don't have much space or money
  • How Jamie scaled her business
  • What to say to yourself when you have anxiety about a transition

Show Notes:

Jamie’s Bio:

Jamie Kutchman Wynne is the founder & owner of the artisan gift company called Marigold & Grey. She first recognized the need for boutique gift service while preparing for her own 2012 wedding when welcome gifts because a major source of stress. Not long after, she left behind an 11-year corporate career in medical/surgical sales to start the business, actually quitting spontaneously on a conference call one day. (She admits it’s probably not the best strategy for transitioning into entrepreneurship, but that’s basically how it happened!) Nonetheless, she is ecstatic to have finally found her true calling. For the first time in life, she doesn't have to be corporate OR creative. She is fully both and exactly where she belongs! She lives in the Washington, DC area with her golf-smitten husband Jeff, three stepkids and two rescue pups, Lewis & Clarkie! While she enjoys DC life, she's a true Virginia girl at heart. When not designing gifts, mentoring other creative entrepreneurs or prop styling for other small businesses, she enjoys good bourbon and barbecue, football season, entertaining, and has been known to dust off her passport every chance she gets. She’s honored to lead the Bethesda, Maryland Tuesdays Together group, part of the Rising Tide Society.

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Episode 56: How to Cultivate a Life of Grace Not Perfection, with Emily Ley - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina this episode is Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner and the book Grace, Not Perfection. Emily reveals how she has embraced grace, not perfection in her own life and what it has done for her personally. She shares how to find your own version of "enough" and live with imperfect grace as well. Emily also has great insights on working from home and taking care of kids, building a debt free business, and how to answer when people ask what you do for a living. 


Show Highlights:

  • How grace gives you permission to just be yourself
  • How to manage being a mom + working at home
  • How to build a business without debt
  • Why community is important + where to find creative business owner friends
  • How to figure out an answer to the question "What do you do for a living?"
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Emily's Bio:

Like all women, Emily Ley has a lot on her plate. She is a devoted wife and present mother to three small children, she is the creator of the top-selling Simplified Planner®, founder of a hugely successful brand of simple day planners, baby books and home-office accessories sold worldwide, Gerber and Shipt spokesperson, and now an author. And despite her beautiful products and seemingly Pinterest-perfect life, Emily isn’t afraid to admit that her life is crazy and messy. And that’s OKAY. After a health scare resulting from the stress and overwhelm she was trying to manage nearly landed her in the hospital, Emily decided enough was enough. It was time to simplify all areas of her life so that she could focus on the people and things that matter most. Now she is leading the revolution to help all women do the same.

Out of the dozens of helpful tips and convicting lessons, what Emily hope readers gain from Grace, Not Perfection is quite simple. “Whether my reader is single or married, a mom or child-free, in a career she loves of at home full-time, feeling pretty together or feeling like a total mess, I want her to have the same takeaway,” Emily says. “I want her to shut this book and say, ‘This is good enough. I am good enough, just like I am right now, with what I have and as who God made me to be. I don’t have to be anything more.’” Emily lives in Tampa with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.EmilyLey.com.

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48: How to Create Value Throughout Your Customers' Journey, with Tara Gentile - the Creative Empire podcast

Tara Gentile joins Reina and Christina on the Creative Empire podcast this episode. They begin the episode by talking about where Tara started her entrepreneurial journey and how she's gotten to where she is now. Then they dive right in to talking about the customer journey and how to nurture your customer along the way. Next they discuss Tara's living room strategy, which is actually how to figure out your next product and who to launch it to. They round out the episode by talking about how your business is a system that doesn't need you if it's functioning properly and you should be able to teach the system to others. 


Show Highlights:

  • What the customer journey is and where it actually ends
  • What the three categories of things are to look at to map out your customer journey
  • How to figure out your next offer and who to offer it to
  • What the living room strategy is and how to use it in your business
  • How you can package up what you do + teach others to do it

Show Notes:

Tara's Bio:

Tara Gentile is the founder of Quiet Power Strategy®, a company specializing in hands-on business training for idea-driven entrepreneurs. She’s passionate about helping people with smart ideas make more money, reach new audiences, and live life with ease. Tara is the author of The Art of Earning, Quiet Power Strategy, and The Observation Engine. She’s the host of Profit. Power. Pursuit. a podcast that goes behind-the-scenes of the real grit, administration, and logistics of running a successful business. Tara’s work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc, and the Huffington Post. She’s a regular instructor on CreativeLive and speaks on entrepreneurship, money, and marketing all over the world.

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47: Why You Should Attend That Conference, with Amber Housley - the Creative Empire podcast

Amber Housley joins the ladies of the Creative Empire Podcast to discuss her journey and how it lead to following many passions. From stationary and wedding planning, to organizing retreats and creating products, Amber has done it all! Amber discusses her transition from working full time in a team to going out on her own in the creative world full time. She offers how she deals with life's chaotic times and moments, despite the pressure of Instagram to make it all look put together. Amber explains the ROI and the kind of personal/business development you can expect from a conference, and why they may be worth going, even if you're not a full time creative yet. Amber goes on to talk about the benefits of stepping outside your community (or bubble) to learn from other industries and professions. 


Show Highlights:

  • How to transition from your 9-5 to full time creative entrepreneur
  • How to deal when your life feels very un-Instagram-able
  • How to conquer email marketing when you're just starting out
  • What kind of personal/business development you can expect from a conference
  • Why you should step outside your community to learn
  • How to look beyond competitors and why it's important

Show Notes:

Amber's Bio:

Amber Housley is a Creative Business and Sweet Life Cultivator. A multi-passionate serial entrepreneur, she founded her first business in 2007 and is now the designer behind The Joyful Garden Planner and founder of Inspired Retreat, an annual business gathering of creative women entrepreneurs. Her new course, Blooming Business Kits, will launch in Fall of 2016 and is made for mama entrepreneurs who want to run creative businesses efficiently, with joy, and without the expense of sacrificing family time. In addition to her business activities, she is Marketing Director at Southern Weddings magazine and Lara Casey Media, and is enthusiastic about sharing the message of meaningful marriages and intentional living. Her past wedding and design work has been featured in notable media as Southern Weddings, Southern Living, Bridal Guide, Style Me Pretty and Martha Stewart. Speaking from the stage at Inspired Retreat, Making Things Happen, Stationery Academy, Savvy Experience and Altitude Summit conferences, she has covered everything from building your creative business dream to marketing strategies. Amber has a big heart for helping women build thriving creative businesses and joy-filled lives. She combines her love of business, creating, gardening, faith and family into one ‘sweet life’ with her husband and two little ones outside Nashville, Tennessee.

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46: Everything You Need to Know to Legally Protect Your Biz, with Autumn Witt Boyd - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode of the Creative Empire Podcast, hosts Reina Pomeroy and Christina Scalera are joined by Autumn Witt Boyd, an intellectual property lawyer who specializes in working with creative entrepreneurs. First they talk about where clients find Autumn and how they can approach her to get the most out of working with her. Autumn explains that investing in sound legal advice is an investment creative business owners need to make for their business to run the way it should. They discuss the biggest legal hangups that she sees questions on and what kind of worrisome situations people who haven't worked with a lawyer yet find themselves in. They even discuss how to DIY a contract (hint: pick up one of her DIY templates over on her website!) Lastly, Autumn explains how to start an LLC and get it off the ground. 


Show Highlights:

  • How hiring a lawyer is like an insurance policy for your business
  • How contracts protect both the service provider and the client
  • What kind of jams people without legal expertise find themselves in + her solutions
  • Whether or not you need a lawyer from your area + how law licensing works
  • What steps to take to start an LLC and get it off the ground
  • Why hire someone smaller like Autumn or Christina who specifically work with creatives

Show Notes:

Autumn's Bio:

Autumn Witt Boyd is a lawyer who helps creative entrepreneurs achieve explosive growth. Autumn helps businesses protect themselves with rock solid contracts they can actually understand.  She also works with creatives who want to make more money from their copyrights and trademarks, and solve problems like copycats or difficult clients when they come up.  You can find tons of free legal resources and more information about working together on her website.

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42: How to Build an Intentional Wedding Planning Brand, with Cassie Cherneski - the Creative Empire podcast

Featured on this episode of the Creative Empire podcast is Cassie Cherneski, a wedding planner and founder of Cultivate Retreat. First Cassie discusses how she does things a little differently and how that impacts her clientele. She talks about rebranding and her inspirations behind the project. Cassie offers a lot of advice in this episode for new wedding industry business owners, including to try to work for someone first before jumping in the business with both feet and how to price your services. She finishes the episode advising them to not be so concerned with appearances on social media. Instead, become an expert in your industry and build relationships with people. 


Show Highlights:

  • Why less inquiries can be a good thing
  • How and why to do styled shoots
  • What the 4 core values of the Cultivate Retreat are and who it's for
  • How to ask for feedback and why it's important
  • How to get out of a contract if it's the right move to make
  • Why social media isn't the best indicator of how well someone's business is doing

Show Notes:

Cassie's Bio:

Cassie Cherneski has been planning and designing stylish events with her company Flaire Weddings since 2005. A 2004 Graduate of Liberty University, Cassie spent seven years teaching English and Drama in a public high school, where she helped inner city students learn to read critically, write persuasively, and perform passionately. Cassie added a boutique rental company, Jax Chair Boutique to her portfolio of companies in 2010, and left teaching to plan and design full time with Flaire Weddings in 2011. Cassie is also the founder and hostess of Cultivate Retreat, an annual gathering of creative wedding professionals that has sought to encourage, inspire and educate wedding professionals through stunning locations, thoughtful design, and a curated experience since 2012.

When not planning events, arranging beautiful blooms, or designing retreats, you can find Cassie with her husband and two children in their 1919 home in Jacksonville, Florida, working on her currently unfinished YA novel, planning for the future zombie apocalypse, or dreaming about her next trip to France.

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33: How to Double Your Email List and Turn Them into Advocates for Your Brand, with Courtney Slazinik - the Creative Empire podcast

On this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast Reina & Christina are talking to Courtney Slazinik of Click it Up a Notch. Courtney talks about her transition from having a blog to having a business and how to make that a smooth one. One of the key points Courtney discussed was how she grew her email list and then turned them into advocated for her brand. A great deal of that had to do with being protective of this list, and intentional with what she sends to them. Finally Courtney talks about how she talks to two different audiences and caters to her over 32,000 email subscribers. 


Show Highlights:

  • How to go from having a blog to having a business
  • What the key is to doubling your email list
  • How to turn email subscribers into advocates for your brand
  • How to talk to two different audiences

Show Notes:

Courtney's Bio:

Courtney Slazinik is the force behind Click it Up a Notch, a Huffington Post Top 5 Blog for Momtographers. Each week she teachers tens of thousands of photographers how to capture life’s simple moments, and also instructs aspiring entrepreneurs how she built her Facebook community of over 60 thousand fans.

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31: How to Create Good Goals for Your Online Business, with Lisa Jacobs - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode of the Creative Empire Podcast is with Lisa Jacobs of the Marketing Creativity Blog where the girls discuss creating good and reasonable goals for your online business. Lisa explains how many online creatives are caught up in the vanity numbers on social media, and are focused only on gaining traffic and email subscribers. She goes on to explain that good online business goals and strategy go beyond these. Lisa talks about how creatives need to evolve by spreading their message and giving it away for free, which will ultimately lead to growth and profit. Some of the tips she offers, specifically to makers, is why your site needs excellent copywriting and professional photography. This. alongside her other tips, is how to convert sit visitors to online customers. 


Show Highlights:

  • How Lisa achieved Etsy success and now shares her knowledge with others
  • What is the formula for success for your online business (beyond traffic and email subscribers)
  • How to create good goals for your online business
  • How to self-manage in a career without a boss
  • What you need to do to evolve (hint: it has to do with spreading your message)
  • How to convert site-visitors to online customers
  • Why you need good copywriting in your online business
  • How to cater your Instagram to what potential customers want to see

Show Notes:

Lisa’s Bio:

Lisa Jacobs is a marketing consultant for creative entrepreneurs. Her expertise comes from her own success in turning $100 of supplies into thousands of sales and a top-earning Etsy storefront. She freely shares her insights and strategy with like-minded entrepreneurial spirits on the blog, Marketing Creativity, and is the proud creator of The Luminaries Club: your creative business headquarters.

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24: How to Take Risks and Have Them Pay Off, with Farideh Ceaser - the Creative Empire podcast

Featured on this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast is Farideh Ceaser, launch strategist and musician. She started studying business at a young age and realized as a creative that we have to keep taking risks and honor our excitement. They discuss what it's like to be business-minded and creative and how that can make being authentically real online a challenge. Next they talk about passive income, how to develop products, and how Farideh became a launch strategist. Farideh takes Reina and Christina through launch strategy and what an actual launch is like. She ends the episode with the advice for new entrepreneurs to "just try everything, see what sticks, then niche down from there." 

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Show Highlights:

  • How Farideh became a launch strategist
  • How she balances being creative and business-minded and why it's important to be authentically real online
  • What her strategies for passive income are
  • How to validate ideas to see if there's a market for them
  • How you don't have to be an expert to launch
  • How launching is like being a burlesque dancer
  • How automating your social media makes it easy to promote your products/services
  • How Facebook Pixel works
  • How new entrepreneurs should just try a lot of things before niche-ing down

Show Notes:

Farideh's Bio:

Farideh Ceaser is a musician and launch strategist. After 15 years on the road touring as a musician, Farideh switched gears and now helps entrepreneurs launch their big ideas and online courses. She regularly delivers her wisdom in the form of a ukelele and a song on www.farideh.com.

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23: How to Make the Money You Deserve and then Manage It, with Lauren Bowling - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode, on the Creative Empire Podcast, Reina + Christina talk to Lauren Bowling all about how to make the money you deserve, and then manage it smartly. Lauren discusses how she transitioned from her full-time hedge fund job to blogging full-time. In fact, Lauren doesn't even work full time, she works about 25 hours per week and has already pulled in $8,000 this month! Wondering how to make a full-time income working part-time? Then this is the episode for you! Lauren elaborates further on how to make real money with affiliate links and passive income products.

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Show Highlights:

  • How to turn your side hustle into your full-time job
  • How to repurpose blog content
  • Why you don't need to hire a professional to manage your money
  • How to make a full-time income working part-time
  • How to make real money with affiliate links + passive income products

Show Notes:

Lauren's Bio:

Lauren Bowling is the blogger behind L Bee and the Money Tree. After getting her degree in theater and racking up thousands of dollars in credit card debt in college, she moved to New York City with $300 in her pocket. While there she landed a sweet job on Wall Street which sparked her interest in personal finance and helped her kick her bad money habits for good. Three years, three cities, one home purchase, and nearly 2,000 blog posts later, Bowling is a pro at mastering tricky millennial finances. In addition to blogging on L Bee and the Money Tree (LBMT), Bowling is the host of the award-winning internet talk show, Awkward Money Chat, and her writing has appeared on notable outlets such as Business Insider, Forbes.com, Learnvest, Yahoo! Finance, and The Huffington Post. As a source, Lauren’s expertise has been featured inside the pages of Redbook, Woman’s Day, and others. She spends her free time renovating her first home, enjoying good wine while avoiding the kitchen, and “killing it” at karaoke. She’s even been known to act in a musical or two. By day Bowling runs her own content marketing firm, Beehive Content, and she happily resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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