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.

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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

Show Notes:

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Episode 101: How to Build an Empire, with Mariahm Coz - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina and Christina’s guest this episode of the Creative Empire Podcast is Mariah Coz, the founder of Femtrepreneur, a 7-figure online education business and global movement. Mariah candidly shares why she set up her company the way she did, how depression and anxiety have impacted her as an entrepreneur, and why she started selling what people were asking for. She encourages listeners to share their imperfect behind-the-scenes and not be afraid of controversy. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How Mariah built her empire
  • Why it's her mission to create more women entrepreneurs
  • Why you need to sell what people are asking for
  • Why Mariah's not afraid of controversy
  • Why there's no excuse for having excuses
  • What sacrifices Mariah made to become successful
  • What passive income really is
  • How to enjoy each milestone instead of just checking it off your list
  • Why Mariah set up her business the way she did
  • How depression + anxiety have impacted Mariah as an entrepreneur
  • Why you should share your imperfect life
  • How there are no secrets to success, just hard work

Show Notes:

Mariah’s Bio:

Mariah Coz the founder of Femtrepreneur, a 7-figure online education business and global movement. As a serial entrepreneur, Mariah started building businesses at age 18. She toured in her punk band, sold vintage clothes online, renovated retro campers, and more before deciding to create and sell online courses. She quickly turned her first course about “how to live in a vintage camper” into a successful business, and started teaching her unique process through her company Femtrepreneur. Within 2 years, Femtrepreneur became a multi-million dollar business with a huge mission: Change 10 million lives through online courses.

Today, Mariah works with her virtual team of badasses to give people all over the world the tools and resources to become financially independent through entrepreneurship.

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81: How to be an Intentional Work-at-home Parent, with Ashlee Proffitt - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina and Christina interview Ashlee Proffitt, owner of a boutique branding studio, this Creative Empire podcast episode. Ashlee always knew she wanted to be a work-at-home parent, so she designed her life around that goal. The trio chat about transitioning to a more intentional work-at-home life, why you don't need to have everything figured out, and what success really means. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How Ashlee knew she wanted to be a work-at-home parent so she chose a career that would allow her to do so
  • What life looked like when Ashlee started versus what it looks like now
  • How Ashlee transitioned into a more intentional work-at-home life
  • How to manage the monetary expectation vs time expectation vs our identity
  • What success means to Ashlee
  • Why you don't have to figure everything out perfectly right now

Show Notes:

Ashlee’s Bio:

Hi friend! I'm Ashlee, a believer, wife, mama. I am the owner of a boutique branding studio where I have the pleasure of creating intentional, strong and genuine brands for fellow creative entrepreneurs through design and consulting services. I fell madly in love with the art of design while studying at James Madison University where I received a degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. I am perpetually obsessed with thoughtful typography and to this day I am head over heels for all things paper and ink. In addition to a strange obsession to typography and great pens, I get strangely excited over anything in a beautiful shade of white. I wake up before dawn on most days. I hate a mess and accept coffee as a form of payment.

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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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61: How to Unite Multiple Hustles Under a Master Brand, Empire Mentoring Session with Dannie Fountain - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina for this Empire Mentoring Session is Dannie Fountain, a strategist, author, and educator. Dannie has several businesses and side hustles that she is wanting to unite and be more cohesive. Reina and Christina work with Dannie to get really clear on her core offering and how her other projects relate to it. They even discuss how to showcase her expertise on her website! Lastly they give her homework to check out the website of other creative entrepreneurs with multiple businesses and to get really clear on her five main thesis points when she pitches to clients. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How there's always something that unites all of your hustles
  • How the more LLCs you have, the more diversified your portfolio is
  • What questions you have to ask to get clear on your purpose
  • How building a brand that's more about you + that houses your various hustles might be the right move
  • How being really clear on what your main offerings are going to be is great for your business
  • What prompted Dannie to write Side Hustle Gal
  • How to structure your website to house all your side projects
  • What other creative entrepreneurs do to showcase all their various businesses on their website
  • How your main 5 thesis points you have when pitching yourself convey your message to potential clients

Show Notes:

Dannie’s Bio:

I'm Dannie, I'm the founder of LE Consulting! I got my start in the marketing world in late 2008/early 2009 when I took on my first freelance client. I then did marketing for a State Senator campaign in my home state of Michigan, and between that first client and working with the Senator's team, I knew marketing was for me. I've since gone to college and earned a BA in Media and Marketing and Management and an MS in Human Resource Management to supplement that early "on the job" training. I got my "official" start on LE Consulting in 2012 and the rest is somewhat history! On a more personal note, I'm in love with traveling the world - I've been to 15 countries (4 continents) and half the US so far and I've got a few more trips coming up in the next 18 months (Thailand, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Turks & Caicos, the Dominican Republic, and Arizona, to start). I'm a certified scuba diver and have a student pilot certification, so I introduce myself to clients by first explaining that I can look at their marketing challenges from literally every angle. I currently live in the Chicagoland area but I'm a born and bred Michigander and still head home to Lexington, MI for holidays.

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55: Making Things That Matter Happen, with Lara Casey - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina and Christina interview Lara Casey of Southern Weddings and Cultivate What Matters this episode. Lara shares why she created PowerSheets and shares her core belief that it's not about making more happen, it's about making what matters happen. She encourages listeners to create for no other reason than you love to create and not feel pressured to turn it into a business.  She speaks about how to be authentic in your business and why you should walk by example. Lara answers the question of how to balance being intentional + making an impact with the financial realities of running a business. The trio have a conversation about how they give back with their business and how you can do so no matter how small or large your business is. Lastly they talk about how loyal and invested her employees are in the company and how to foster that in a team. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How you should use your creative gifts, but not feel pressured to turn it into a business
  • How what we choose to focus our attention on either gives us more life or takes it away
  • How to become more vulnerable and why it matters for your business
  • How to give back with your business
  • How to foster an environment where people are incredibly loyal + take ownership of their duties

Show Notes:

Lara's Bio:

Hi, y’all! I’m Lara. I’m a mom to three (one through the gift of adoption), a grateful wife, and a believer in the “impossible.” I’m the creator of the PowerSheets, a grace-filled goal setting planner, and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings — a magazine that I created from the ground up. I am passionate about faith, loving my family well, pushing my limits, and helping people get unstuck and unrushed. I founded the Making Things Happen movement and recently released my first book, Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live On Purpose, to help women live on purpose and make what matters happen. I love the women I work alongside each day, hot boiled peanuts, my garden, exploring local farms, and living in Chapel Hill, NC!

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52: Empire Mentoring Session: How to Streamline Your Process with Ashley Takacs - the Creative Empire podcast

Joining Reina and Christina for this Empire Mentoring session is Ashley Takacs, jewelry designer behind A. Tak Crafts. Like most creatives, Ashley is multi-passionate and wasn't sure what to pursue next. We focused on streamlining her process at her current jewelry business so that no matter what she decides to pursue, she will be ready to tackle it head on!

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Show Highlights:

  • What questions you need to ask yourself to figure out what to focus on
  • How anything you pursue in business provides valuable experience for future endeavors
  • How to streamline a product-based business, including batch ordering + less styles
  • How stories sell your products

Show Notes:

Ashley's Bio:

Ashley Takacs ("A. Tak") is the creative behind A. Tak Crafts. She's a theatre nerd, Longhorn, Houstonian, wife, and crafter of handmade pendant and tassel necklaces. Ashley is inspired the creative community she has found and is open to see where her path may lead. You can often find her acting as a sounding board and providing encouragement for her friends. Her favorite pastime, besides hanging with her husband, is helping fellow creatives through conversation or even just a big hug. Ashley is a lover of leopard print, chocolate, dance parties, and all things gold. She lives for genuine connection and meeting new creatives.

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49: Building Relationships as an Introvert, with Brooke Saxon-Spencer - the Creative Empire podcast

Brooke Saxon-Spencer of Belong Magazine joins the Creative Empire Podcast to talk about how to be an introvert in the creative community of extroverts. She covers how to conference as an introvert and why you need an introvert ally (and what that is!). She discuses how to reach out and build relationships with other creatives. Brooke covers the benefits of online communities such as Facebook Groups and Instagram, but also the fall backs of dwelling too much on these. She highlights the importance of celebrating the little wins in your business, even if you're not making money yet.

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Show Highlights:

  • How to be an introvert in the creative community of extroverts
  • Why you need an introvert ally (and what that is!)
  • How to reach out and connect with people
  • What are the benefits of communities like Facebook Groups
  • Why you shouldn't read into people's Instagram lives

Show Notes:

Brooke's Bio:

This is Brooke. Introvert, Starbucks addict, M&M fiend, wife to her college sweetheart, mother of three, work-from-homer, midwestern girl at heart living in SoCal, super multi-tasker and pursuer of Christ. She founded Belong Magazine out of her desire for community, a desire to encourage women to use their voices and be confident in their value, a hope for women to use the screen in front of them to connect beyond that screen—to discover “their place” and find “their people”. As a print and digital publication, she wants Belong to serve as a map directing women to one another while celebrating the art and community of blogging, entrepreneurship and social media.

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34: How to Build a Business with Passion and Purpose, with the Scobeys - the Creative Empire podcast

Passionate + purpose driven photographer duo Graham and Ashley Scobey are Reina and Christina's guests this episode. They talk about how their business was leading them to burn out and how they came up with the three things that make up their purpose: people, moments, and relationships. Every single decision the Scobeys make for their business, they filter through that purpose. They talk about their motto being "you are never stuck" and how it empowers them to lean into fear and be okay with what their purpose is. Both of them advocate for the abundance mindset because it allows for more and more possibilities. Next, the Scobeys discuss the way to find your why is to figure out what your own dream really is and how it's so much deeper than what you do for a living. Lastly, they talk about how it's possible for them to work together as a couple. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How they found their purpose + why and rebuilt their business around that
  • How outsourcing + getting specific in their brand helped them transition to a business that supports their life instead of their life revolving around their business
  • How living in the abundance mindset helps them get unstuck + actually creates more opportunities
  • What it takes for them as a married couple to work together

Show Notes:

The Scobey's Bio:

Graham + Ashley held hands for the first time when they were twelve. He had a blonde bowl cut and she was wearing argyle knee-highs. Eighteen years later, they still like holding hands, but they've left the bad hair and tall socks behind. They are the husband and wife team behind Scobey Photography. They've been recognized as Rising Stars of Wedding Photography by Rangefinder magazine, and their work has received awards such as Junebug's Best of the Best, PDN Top Knots, and Showit's Image of the Year. More importantly, though, they are in constant search of ridiculous places to have dance parties and tickle fights with their two kids. Because, for them, life is all about how much fun you can have with the people you love.

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28: How to Build a Brand That Sells, with Irene Hardy - the Creative Empire podcast

Brand designer + strategist Irene Hardy is Reina + Christina's guest this episode. They start out by discussing the inspiration behind her brand and how she uses it to inspire others. Then she breaks down the steps to building a brand that sells. Her philosophy is that marketing is just communicating a story, and it doesn't have to be difficult. For those that are on their own or can't afford branding, Irene offers a few tips to DIY their brand. Next they discuss why a welcome guide is essential for a business. Lastly, she advises sitting down with a piece of paper and mapping out where you want to be, who you want to serve and how you're going to give them a crazy amount of value. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to build a brand that sells
  • How to DIY a brand
  • When to share your knowledge and when not to
  • How selling is like being at a cocktail party
  • How to get started with the branding steps
  • Where confidence to sell comes from

Show Notes:

Irene's Bio:

Irene Hardy is a graphic designer, brand stylist and the owner of Magnoliahouse Creative. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses build graceful and exuberant brands that attract their dream clients. When she’s not working, she’s the new girl in town in Columbia, SC with her husband and poorly-behaved bichon Max. You might catch her with a cold glass of rose on the back porch, cheering for the Texas Longhorns or cooking something delicious from scratch.

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Episode 26: The 5 Things Your Business About Page Needs, with Ashlyn Carter - the Creative Empire podcast

Reina + Christina are joined this episode by Ashlyn Carter, who discusses in depth the 5 things your business about page needs. She outlines a little about the possibilities that story telling holds, what copywriting actually is, and why/when/where they should hire a copywriter. Next Ashlyn discusses the role that vulnerability can play in a business and the baby steps a newbie can start taking to implement vulnerability in their lives. Lastly she shares the advice she would give her former self who hadn't taken the leap yet.

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Show Highlights:

  • How there's power and investment when a consumer's world view aligns with a brand's story
  • What the 5 parts to a great business about page are
  • What a good copywriter should do + where to find them
  • How to be vulnerable and still be seen as a professional
  • How to cultivate more vulnerability in life
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Ashlyn’s Bio:

Ashlyn is a calligrapher and copywriter for creatives, helping simplify storytelling for creative women. She came alongside clients like Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, Orkin, and Woodruff Arts Center to tell their stories at a full-service PR firm — and then worked as publicist branding for celebrity chef Ford Fry. Now? She strings words copywriting websites for creativepreneurs, and slings ink as a calligrapher. When not writing about herself in third person, she’s usually trying to scratch the ink off her fingernails or grabbing margs and tacos with her husband.

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16: Reina and Christina Jam Session: Pricing: What is the Value of Your Work? - the Creative Empire podcast

During this jam session with Reina and Christina the girls are talking all about pricing. They discuss how to start pricing your services strategically and how to build your portfolio, leading up to a business launch. Reina and Christina talk about gaining the confidence to raise your prices and discuss how a luxury service is defined. Christina explains vertical and horizontal collaboration, and how to use it. Finally the girls close with a free Survive and Thrive Budget Workbook (details on how to get this below). 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • How to start pricing your services (strategically!)
  • How to build your portfolio and lead up to a business launch
  • How to gain the confidence to raise your prices
  • What is a luxury service
  • What is vertical vs. horizontal collaboration (and how to use it)
  • How to price yourself to survive and thrive

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Episode 13: Living with Intention + Learning from Fear, with Katie Selvidge of Cottage Hill Magazine - the Creative Empire podcast

This episode interview Katie Selvidge of Cottage Hill Magazine about living and making decisions intentionally, and learning from fear. Katie is all about being intentional with time, money and resources, listen in on how she achieves this. Besides intention, Katie's other main highlight this episode is about the role fear plays in business and how to overcome and even learn from fear. Linked with understanding fear is how courage plays its role in creative entrepreneurship. Katie goes on to talk about how much of fear is linked with shaming, and how it's not the failure that we fear, but rather what others will think. Katie relates this to mom-shaming as well. Finally Katie ends with how you should honor your truth and how, despite living in the middle-of-nowhere, you can network and be present. 

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Show Highlights:

  • How to be intentional about our time, money and resources
  • What role fear plays in your business and life
  • How courage plays its role in creative entrepreneurship
  • How to overcome shaming (specifically mom-shaming)
  • How to network and be successful (despite living in the middle-of-nowhere)
  • Why you should honor your truth (and why it's the key to your success!)
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Katie’s Bio:

Katie O. Selvidge is an editor in chief, writer, thought leader and consultant for creative entrepreneurs. As a former ballerina and choreographer, Katie coaches creative professionals in a unique way utilizing her self-developed curriculum ‘Assured + Well’ to cultivate creative authenticity and sustainability. After Katie launched Cottage Hill in November 2014 as the only lifestyle and wedding publication, its inaugural magazine – The Homecoming Issue was immediately welcomed by thousands of readers in 43 US states and 4 countries before landing in all Barnes & Noble newsstands. Following publications, The Captivated Issue and The Pioneer Issue both sold out online before hitting newsstands, reaching all 50 US states and 7 countries. The Grace Issue debuts November 2016. Cottage Hill is named after Katie’s hometown and celebrates lives worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy through original inspiration, real stories and fine art photography by artists around the globe. Simply put, Cottage Hill is the art of wholehearted living. Katie resides in Oklahoma with her husband and their daughter.

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9: Productivity in Your Business with Tonya Dalton - the Creative Empire podcast

Everyone's busy...but are you productive? Tonya discusses how she organizes her life and business to maximize her productivity and minimize simply being busy. She talks about how she breaks down tasks and creates mini-goals instead of a never-ending list of to-dos in her Live Well Planner. Her message is to stop the glorification of busy and to focus on what really matters. She explains how every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else: whether it is a business project instead of date night, or a conference instead of the kid's recital. Listen in on how to replace lots of busy with the better: productivity. 

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Show Highlights:

  • Busy vs. Productivity
  • Stopping the glorification of busy
  • Tonya's Live Well Planner
  • Creating mini-goals instead of never-ending lists of to-dos

Show Notes:

Tonya's Bio:

I started my first business in 2009 working out of my dining room juggling two small kids. By 2011, I had grown the business to the point where my husband could quit his corporate job and come work with me. By combining my entrepreneurial spirit with his MBA and marketing experience, we were able to grow a small niche business quickly into something that could support our family. Our company continued to flourish, but something was missing. In the summer of 2014 we closed up shop to follow our true passion of starting inkWELL Press. We launched in November of 2014 and have been able to grow our business at a rapid pace thanks to our commitment to quality, focused marketing efforts and our fiercely loyal fans. We have enjoyed every minute of this journey together. Owning a business is a lot of hard work, but the rewards are definitely worth it. I'm very excited to pass along all that we have learned to help other creatives achieve their dreams.

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8: Giving Resources While Making Bank, with Think Creative Collective - the Creative Empire podcast

How do you give away your resources and tools to entrepreneurs and still make money? Emylee and Abagail are the co-founders of the Think Creative Collective, a unique membership website for creative entrepreneurs, full of resources and courses built for biz growth. In this week’s episode they discuss, they discuss how their partnership came about (*hint* Facebook Groups are for more than just cute wedding photos) and how they developed and grew the Think Creative Collective into what it is today. Emylee and Abagail also break down how they create passive income products and manage their email marketing (and why it’s so important!). 

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Show Highlights:

  • How the Think Creative Collective came to be
  • How to turn your knowledge into passive income products
  • Why email marketing is so important (and how to manage it)
  • Why giving away tools and resources can result in big returns
  • What systems you should invest in for your biz

Show Notes:

Abagail and Emylee's Bios:

Abagail:Abagail’s passion shines when she is helping small business owners pursue their dreams by designing them brands they love, websites that work and social media strategies that are on point with helping them grow. Abagail brings 5+ years of business and design experience to accelerate companies of all shapes and sizes. After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Fine Art in Graphic Design and a minor in Business Administration, she worked in a variety of industries including advertising, non-profit education and corporate before launching her own creative business full-time. Abagail calls Kansas City home, with a heart for the midwest and a home full of her incredible creative husband, Jared and two sweet rescue Beagles. When she is not hiding behind her keyboard you can catch her sporting giant sunglasses and bright red lipstick!

Emylee:With degrees in Fine Arts Photography and Psychology Emylee brings dual expertise to the table. Trained in dark room, editing softwares and digital photography she brings the lessons of century old photography techniques and pairs them with the newest technologies to provide top notch results for your brand. Once Emylee started teaching the psychology behind being in business and how to use psychological techniques to build better business she found her happy place. She loves seeing your a-ha light bulb moments when a new technique or strategy can be used to better your business. Calling both Kansas City and Tulsa home - Emylee, her husband Bryan and rescue pups currently reside in Tulsa. She has a heart for endless cups of coffee, home cooked meals, spiky succulents and musty book stores.

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7: Jam Session: Your Role in Your Biz, with Reina + Christina - the Creative Empire podcast

How do you balance your role as a crafter vs. CEO roles as a biz owner? Most small biz owners try to ‘do it all’: designing websites, social media, graphic design, IT, and bookkeeping-- all while completing their client work. This just isn’t sustainable! And isn’t good for the health of the biz as it grows. Reina and Christina break down how to outsource the roles that are meant for someone else, and how that on-boarding process looks when it is carried out successfully. The two hosts finish up this episode talking about self-care and how it’s vital to the health of your biz, employees, and life. 

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Highlights:

  • What should the mix of roles of craft vs. role of CEO be as a biz owner
  • How to outsource tasks and utilize those new people in your biz
  • How self-care is vital to the health of your biz

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6: Abby Grace, How the 'Gentle No' Created Her Dream Business - the Creative Empire podcast

Abby talks about how the 'Gentle No' allows her to respectfully decline the wrong potential clients and focus on the right ones. Abby discusses how finding a niche is important, even if it's difficult to say no to amazing projects that simply don't fit the brand. Abby describes how her own struggle with this resulted in a strong brand image, clearly targeting the clients she wants to work with, resulting in her business sky rocketing. Abby Grace is an international wedding and anniversary photographer who loves what she does.

Show Highlights:

  • Why you shouldn't be afraid to say no (and why it's good for business)
  • How finding and then declaring a niche can help your business sky rocket
  • How to stay true to your brand and niche, even when you're tempted away
  • How to respectfully reject the wrong potential client (and focus on the ones that matter!)

Show Notes:

Abby Grace's Bio:

Abby Grace is an international Anniversary + Wedding photographer based in Washington DC. She has a serious crush on all things old-school chic and classic. Abby Grace gets to travel all over the world to shoot weddings, and has been doing so for over six years. When she's not photographing weddings and anniversaries, she's teaching across the country at different conferences and workshops. Abby Grace Photography's mission is to run a business that enables a life that they want to live and to enrich and extend the life of any given marriage through photography. How beautiful is that?

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2: Bonnie Bakhtiari, The Future of Instagram - the Creative Empire podcast

This week’s podcast interviews Bonnie Bakhtiari, creative director and owner of b is for bonnie design and the founder of the illume retreat. In this episode Bonnie talks about the future of Instagram for creatives, a platform we’re all come to love, hate, and every emotion in between. Bonnie discusses how to start and grow the right kind of audience on Instagram, and how to set reasonable goals for the platform. Bonnie describes how giving resources and knowledge on Instagram is a great way to attract and maintain a loyal audience on Instagram, and how ultimately this giving-mentality ends up in real business returns. 

Show Highlights:

  • How to start and grow your Instagram presence
  • How to grow the right kind of audience on Instagram
  • How giving resources away on Instagram results in real business returns
  • How to set reasonable goals for the Instagram platform

Show Notes:

Bonnie's Bio:

Bonnie Bakhtiari, is the creative director of b is for bonnie design, a boutique branding studio for creatives in addition to being the founder of the Illume Retreat, an intimately restful retreat experience for purpose-filled businesses. When she’s not helping clients strategize their most heartfelt brand yet, or educating fellow creatives through speaking or online courses, you can find her with a soy latte in hand, probably swooning over something in a shiny hue of gold! Her heart is centered around the desire to encourage and inspire through design, and nothing gives her greater joy than working with talented entrepreneurs to create brands that are an authentic reflection of who they are. She believes in living life with joy, fierce love and abundant grace as she chases what matters most.

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