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Creating Your Own Path is a weekly interview series featuring inspiring individuals and change-makers from various creative industries.In asking others about their journeys, I've found that we creatives often veer off course, forge our own paths and don't always fit a particular mold. We tend to be a multifaceted bunch and this interview series seeks to find common ground among us all. Prepare to be challenged, inspired and motivated.

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Creating Your Own Path is a weekly interview series featuring inspiring individuals and change-makers from various creative industries.In asking others about their journeys, I've found that we creatives often veer off course, forge our own paths and don't always fit a particular mold. We tend to be a multifaceted bunch and this interview series seeks to find common ground among us all. Prepare to be challenged, inspired and motivated.

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Awesome Podcast!!!

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Jennifer, host of Creating Your Own Path podcast, highlights all aspects of inspiring individuals, changemakers and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Episode 90

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Episode 90 is my favorite check it out! What a great podcast keep up the good work

iTunes Ratings

60 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
1
1
0
1

Awesome Podcast!!!

By Clarisse Gomez - Dec 03 2019
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Jennifer, host of Creating Your Own Path podcast, highlights all aspects of inspiring individuals, changemakers and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Episode 90

By Accutane Babies Podcast - Dec 13 2016
Read more
Episode 90 is my favorite check it out! What a great podcast keep up the good work

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Creating Your Own Path is a weekly interview series featuring inspiring individuals and change-makers from various creative industries.In asking others about their journeys, I've found that we creatives often veer off course, forge our own paths and don't always fit a particular mold. We tend to be a multifaceted bunch and this interview series seeks to find common ground among us all. Prepare to be challenged, inspired and motivated.

Rank #1: CYOP #46 - The Benefits of Practice + Creating a Diverse Body of Work with Fine Artist + Illustrator Lisa Congdon

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Today's show brings me to the Portland home of Lisa Congdon and Clay Walsh to chat with Lisa about everything—from her late start as a fine artist and illustrator to how she and Clay are managing all of the opportunities coming their way these days.

In this incredibly honest interview, we chat about the strange concept of legitimacy when it comes to a creative career, why Lisa has purposefully chosen not to heed the “pick one thing and get really good at it” advice she’s heard over the years and the benefits of maintaining a daily creative practice.

You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Jul 02 2015

55mins

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Rank #2: CYOP #3 - Quieting Your Inner Critic + Lifting Others Up with Melissa Camilleri of Compliment

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Melissa Camilleri of  Compliment // Photo courtesy of  Meredith Carty.

In this episode I chat with Melissa Camilleri, the founder and creative director of the incredibly popular Sacramento-based jewelry and stationery business,  Compliment.

Listen in as Melissa discusses her journey from educator to jewelry designer, why she thinks everyone deserves to receive a compliment, her passion for giving back to the community and what she's learning as she continues to grow her business.

You can also read the full story and listen to the episode on _ The Journal._

_ Creating Your Own Path  episodes are also available for download on  iTunes _and  The Stitcher App.

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Mar 26 2014

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Rank #3: CYOP #50 - Working Through Fear and Exploring Your Creativity with Omonivie Okhade of Tula in Bloom

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On the show today, I’ve got another Sacramento creative in the hot seat. I came across the work of Omonivie Okhade and her jewelry brand Tula in Bloom thanks to some mutual friends and I’m so glad I did! Her work is incredible and she’s always learning new skills and incorporating new elements into her jewelry pieces. But what I didn’t know about Omonivie is that she has a lot of different creative talents. She sings, she’s a dancer, she’s a writer, she’s an illustrator—you name it.

It was so great to hear about her journey—it’s one that I think a lot of us can identify with in that sometimes we have to try a lot of different things before we get to the work we’re meant to be doing. In the interview, we talk about why Omonivie stuck with a career path she didn’t love for so long, how she deals with the inevitable ties between self-worth and creative success and how she’s still working through her fears on a daily basis to get to where she wants to be.

You can find the full episode and show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Aug 06 2015

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Rank #4: CYOP #124 - Thinking Strategically About your Career Path + Making as Often as You Can with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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Today we’re starting our final three-part series of the season and I’m really excited to be sharing this next guest with you. If you’ve been listening to the show for a bit, you may know that it actually started with a Q&A interview series on my blog before it became a podcast. I really wanted to bring back some of the people I interviewed in 2013 and today we’re getting some updates from my friend Sami Abdou. 

Sami is a documentary director and he works on both small projects and some pretty notable ones. For example, right now he's a director for the TV show, Intervention. In today’s episode, we learn more about Sami’s background and the real story behind why he decided to get into filmmaking, what it’s like to direct documentary films and shows, how his career has evolved over the years and how he stays happy and healthy with his intense work schedule.

For the full episode + show notes, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Sep 21 2017

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Rank #5: CYOP #128 - The Between Seasons Update Episode

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I'm back with a quick update episode about what you can expect from me in the coming year, as both my life and my business evolve.

In the episode, I chat through my own impending career changes, an exciting (though daunting) rebrand, updates about the podcast, the shop, the artist residency, and much more.

For full episodes from the Creating Your Own Path archives, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Nov 24 2017

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Rank #6: CYOP #88 - Changing Your Mind + Redefining Success with Author (and Hollywood Expat) Lisa Jakub

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Today's guest is actor-turned-author Lisa Jakub. If you’ve ever seen Mrs. Doubtfire or the original Independence Day, you’re likely familiar with her early work. I came across Lisa a few years ago on Twitter and she has since completely changed careers. She’s now a writer living thousands of miles away from Hollywood.

When I read Lisa’s book, You Look Like That Girl…, in which she details her major life and career shift, I knew I wanted to have her on this segment of the show. You might think the story of an actor-turned-writer would be completely un-relatable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth in this case.

In the interview, we chat about how Lisa got into acting at the age of four and how she handled the period of time between leaving Hollywood and where she is today. We also talk about the tools Lisa used to understand how she could view success outside of the world of acting and filmmaking, why she feels it’s important to talk about the difficult times she’s faced over the years and what she’s working on next.

For the full episode + show notes, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Jul 28 2016

29mins

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Rank #7: CYOP #86 - Preparing for Big Changes + Finding What Lights You Up with Tattoo Artist Stephanie Washburn

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Today’s interview begins a new segment dedicated to those who have gone through a major career shift at some point in their lives. I’m kicking it off with Stephanie Washburn who is a tattoo artist in Roseville, California. However, what makes Steph's story so interesting is that she didn’t start pursuing art until she was almost 40 and found her way into the tattoo industry after that.

In the interview we talk about why she left her corporate nonprofit job of nearly 20 years and how she and her husband set themselves up financially to make it possible. We also talk through the importance of finding great mentors, the challenges involved in being a woman over 40 in the tattoo business, and why she believes the act of thoughtlessly quitting your day job is not necessarily the answer. Steph’s story is an inspiring one and I think you guys are going to get a lot out of it!

You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Jul 14 2016

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Rank #8: CYOP #114 - How to Stop Equating our Value to our Outputs with Author, Designer + Shop Owner Moorea Seal

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Today, I'm talking with Moorea Seal, who is an author, designer and shop owner based out of Seattle! In today’s interview, she walks us through the early days of her career and how blogging, art, and Pinterest all played a roll. We also chat about what it’s like to name your business after yourself, how early trauma in her life set her on her path, and why our identities don’t need to be tied to our outputs.

Moorea’s story is one that is full of both dark and light moments and you’ll hear a little bit of both over the next three episodes. I really hope you’ll take the time to listen to the underlying drivers that are at play in everything she does. While we may not all be able to relate to exactly what she’s gone through, her tenacity to just keep going and to trust her gut is one that I think we can all learn from.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Moorea Seal
  • Moorea's blog
  • Moorea's books
  • Moorea on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook + Twitter
  • Moorea's music on Myspace (!!)
  • Artist John Grade
  • Myers-Briggs Test
  • Learn more about upcoming workshops here.
  • See what art prints are coming to the shop here.
  • The Creative Digest (Extra interview snippets + the CYOP Slack
    Community!)

You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Jul 06 2017

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Rank #9: CYOP #80 - The Power of Routines + Why Company Culture Matters with Christine Amorose of C'est Christine

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Today’s guest is a good one you guys! I’ve been following the career of Christine Amorose since I stumbled upon her blog C’est Christine about five years ago. She has not only filled the last six years with amazing travel experiences, but she’s also landed jobs with incredible companies (she currently works for Vimeo) and worked on really cool projects on the side.

In the interview we talk about how she carves out time for her creative side hustles and why schedules and lists are key. We also dive into what values she looks for in a company that indicate a culture that welcomes creative thinking both on and off the job, the logistics behind working full time, traveling regularly and taking on side gigs, why her full-time work and side hustles complement each other so well and much more.

You can find the full episode and show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Jun 02 2016

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Rank #10: CYOP #4 - Creating in Nature + Inspiring Others with Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill of Project Yosemite

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In this episode, I chat with Project Yosemite creators Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. Listen in as the creators of the hugely popular time-lapse project—who kindly called in to the show from the Bay Area and Southern California, respectively—discuss their career paths, how Project Yosemite came about, their love for the national parks, what might be next for their creative journeys and more. 

You can also read the full story and listen to the episode at creatingyourownpath.com.

Apr 10 2014

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Rank #11: 141: Dealing with Traumatic Life Events While Managing Your Career

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Several months ago, I was lucky enough to be on my friend Non’s podcast called “You, Me, Empathy,” which is a show about mental health and wellness. He kindly shared the audio and today’s show is his interview with me as a guest. In the episode, I chat about my recent experiences with loss, both through death and divorce. We also discuss the importance of sitting with the uncertainty that is the grieving process and allowing ourselves to slowly make our way through it.

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Jul 25 2019

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Rank #12: CYOP #87 - Trying New Things + Overcoming Fears with Children's Artist Mishell Leong

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On today’s show I’m talking with Mishell Leong, a children’s artist located in Singapore. She started her professional career as an accountant, spent some time in the restaurant industry, traveled a bit, overcame physical ailments and started a family before coming to the realization that she could actually paint!

In the interview we talk a lot about how Mishell worked through internal and external resistance as she embarked on her journey to becoming an artist. She also talks through the research she did as she was refining her style as an artist, why her years as an accountant have made her a better business person and why she remains open to career shifts as she continues on her current path.

For the full episode + show notes, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Jul 21 2016

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Rank #13: CYOP #121 - Why Mindset Matters + the Importance of Sharing Your Story with Writer Keah Brown

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Today's episode is the first in a three-part series featuring writer Keah Brown. She is a journalist who also writes poetry, fiction pieces, and non-fiction essays. She is also the mastermind behind an incredible movement called #disabledandcute, which something we get into a little more on next week’s show. What you need to know this week is that the hashtag went viral on Twitter back in February and has been gaining momentum ever since.

In the interview, we’re starting at the beginning and learning more about Keah’s career and how she fell in love with the craft of writing. She also shares how she gets into the right frame of mind to write across different genres and outlets and why it’s important for everyone to let their voices be heard.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Keah's work
  • Keah on Instagram + Twitter
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Tia Mowry-Hardrict
  • Robert Jordan, Pianist
  • Fredonia​​​​​ State University of New York

For the full episode + show notes, please visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Aug 24 2017

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Rank #14: CYOP #90 - Creating Thoughtful Reader Experiences + Mixing Things Up with Chris Brown of Refueled Magazine

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I’ve got Chris Brown of Refueled Magazine on today's show to talk about his beautiful quarterly publication, which is all about community, heritage, and discovery. In the interview, we chat about the importance print publications as they fit into the context of truly experiencing the stories and art we consume.

Chris also talks about the balance between doing what fulfills us creatively and focusing solely on what the audience wants or needs, how successfully selling a neighborhood newspaper at a very young age cemented his love for storytelling, and why he has taken Refueled in a slightly different direction this year.

You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Sep 29 2016

38mins

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Rank #15: CYOP #125 - The Importance of Side Projects + Why Personality Matters with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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We’re back with another episode featuring documentary director Sami Abdou. If you're just finding the show, I highly recommend you go back and listen to last week’s episode — episode 124 — before diving into this one. Everything will just make a lot more sense if you do.

On today’s show, I’m talking with Sami about his side projects, what they mean to him, and how he fits them in while he’s working some seriously long hours as a director for the show Intervention. We also talk a lot about the magic of Los Angeles and why being a solid human being is crucial when you’re looking to be gainfully employed in the entertainment industry.

For the full episode + show notes, visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Sep 28 2017

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Rank #16: CYOP # 81 - The Art of the Pivot with Shannon Washington of INVNT + Parlour Magazine

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I came across Shannon Washington’s work thanks to an article on Refinery29, in which they named her a "Next Gen CEO." She’s a self-proclaimed multi-hyphenate creative who currently works at live media company, INVNT, and runs the travel and lifestyle publication, Parlour Magazine.

In the interview, we talk about how Shannon has become someone who both loves stretching herself to learn new skills and someone who knows when to delegate. She also chats about the mindset shift that allowed her to view work in a more fluid way, why her career pivots have been the key to her success and the realities behind all of those “quit your day job to follow you dreams” mantras we always seem to hear.

You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Jun 09 2016

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Rank #17: CYOP #132 - The One About the Future

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In this final episode of our mini Season 5, I’m sharing some future plans. I chat about what I’ve learned from having a day job, dreams for my business that I’ve haven’t told many people and why you can expect changes from CYOP in the coming months.

Have a great holiday season, my friends and happy listening!

You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Dec 13 2018

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Rank #18: 136: Stepping Into Who You Were Meant to Be with Educator and Comedian Amy Estes

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In this episode, you’ll meet the incredibly talented and hilarious educator and comedian Amy Estes. Listen in as she talks about how she navigated a devastating experience at a former job, the steps she’s taken to be open and honest about who she is across all parts of life and why she is fiercely committed to prioritizing a creative outlet.

For the full episode and show notes, visit creatingyourownpath.com.

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #19: CYOP #110 - Focus, Motivation + Organization: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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I’m back with Melanie Biehle today for another co-hosted chat! As most of you know, Melanie is the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident and is an incredibly talented artist and designer. If this is your first time listening to the show, I want to welcome you, but I also want to advise you to go back to episode 101 and 106 to learn more about Melanie, her work, and some topics we've covered in the past.

In today's episode, we cover a few topics that we both find a little bit challenging from time to time—motivation, focus, and organization. I think oftentimes all of those things go hand in hand whether you have a 9-5 or you run your own business. We talk about the challenges we both face, what’s worked for us in the past, and things we want to be better at moving forward.  

SHOW NOTES:

The Creative Digest (Extra interview snippets + the CYOP Slack Community!)

You can find more by visiting creatingyourownpath.com.

Jun 08 2017

47mins

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Rank #20: 133: Welcome to Season 6: A Look Back + What’s Ahead

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In today’s episode, I’m excited to kick off the start of CYOP Season 6! First, we’re taking a trip down CYOP memory lane with 10 past episodes listeners have resonated with the most over the years. We’re also diving into some exciting updates about the show this season, some behind-the-scenes improvements, announcements about the company and more.

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You can find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com

May 02 2019

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