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Creating Your Own Path

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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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This is just what I needed right now! I subscribed a while ago, but haven’t quite found the right time to listen and really indulge. As fate would have it, today was the day I started listening and this was definitely the message I needed to hear. I’m looking forward to binge listen to this podcast. Thank you for your time and your energy. D.Rodg

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

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
56
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🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

By d. rodg - Aug 16 2019
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This is just what I needed right now! I subscribed a while ago, but haven’t quite found the right time to listen and really indulge. As fate would have it, today was the day I started listening and this was definitely the message I needed to hear. I’m looking forward to binge listen to this podcast. Thank you for your time and your energy. D.Rodg

Episode 90

By Accutane Babies Podcast - Dec 13 2016
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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

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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 #30 - Podcast Road Trip: Off to LA!

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In today's episode you'll hear from me about why I'm taking this week off from interviews, what to expect from my LA Podcast Road Trip and how you can follow along with the trip in real time.

Find more at creatingyourownpath.com.

Mar 11 2015

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Rank #2: 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 #3: CYOP #41 - Blending Your Creative Pursuits + Keeping Your Tools at Hand with Jeni Nelson of Magniflora

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Today’s show is with another Seattleite, Jeni Nelson of Magniflora. She is a fine artist, professional photographer and floral designer whose work is absolutely stunning!

In the interview we talk about how Jeni has been able to blend her creative pursuits together and how, more often than not, they actually inform one another. We also chat about the importance of keeping your creative tools accessible, how creativity expands when you work with limited supplies and why we should all stop being our own worst critics.

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

May 28 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 #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 #6: CYOP #36 - Collaboration + Being Kind on the Internet with Marissa Harrington of Bourbon and Goose

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Today's episode with Creative Director and Photographer Marissa Harrington is my final show from LA! I've been internet friends with Marissa for several years and I've always admired her work with Bourbon and Goose and Happy Hour Club. I'm so glad we finally had a chance to spend some time together in person!

Listen in as we chat about the benefits of having a day job while pursuing your passion projects, why Marissa believes that all of her creative endeavors have helped her get to where she is today and how she's leveraging a stint on Instagram's Suggested User List to build a community of like-minded creatives.

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

Apr 23 2015

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Rank #7: CYOP #127 - Lessons Learned from the First CYOP Artist Residency: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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Today is the final episode of Season 4! I'm wrapping things up with a co-hosted chat with this year’s CYOP Artist Resident Melanie Biehle and we're talking all about the artist residency. When I launched the CYOP Artist Residency, I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted it to roll out, but I learned a lot throughout the season and Melanie did too.

In the episode, Melanie and I chat about what we loved about the residency, what we learned, and what we might do differently next time. Melanie also shares some really great advice for those who might want to participate in any type of residency in the near future and some updates about her work as she prepares to close out the year.

Please find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Oct 12 2017

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Rank #8: 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 #9: CYOP #91 - Doing One Thing Well + Getting Out of Your Own Way with Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent

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Today I’m chatting with Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent. Tina and her husband created the online and print publication because they wanted to talk to others about the highs and lows of creative work.

In the interview, Tina talks about the big changes she had to make in her own life before she could pursue the work that was right for her. She also talks about the importance of getting out of your own way, the realities of using crowdfunding to finance creative work, and why she believes in the power of picking one thing and doing it really well before adding elements to the mix.

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

Oct 06 2016

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: CYOP #115 - Putting in the Work + Handling Quick Growth with Author, Designer + Shop Owner Moorea Seal

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I’m back today with another segment with author, designer and shop owner Moorea Seal. If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode yet, I highly recommend you go back and download that one first. It’s Episode 114 in the archives. 

In today’s interview, we talk a lot about growth and what it’s looked like for Moorea both personally and in business. She goes into detail about how her multi-book book deal came to fruition, why Moorea Seal (the shop) wouldn’t be where it is today without a team of people, and how she's known when to take the next big steps with her business.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Moorea Seal
  • Moorea's blog
  • Moorea's 52 Lists books
  • Pre-order Moorea's new book!
  • Moorea on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook + Twitter
  • Sasquatch Books
  • Justina Blakeney
  • Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess
  • Julia Manchik
  • Learn more about upcoming workshops here.
  • See the new art prints in the shop here!
  • The Creative Digest (Extra interview snippets + the CYOP Slack Community!)

Find the full episode + show notes at creatingyourownpath.com.

Jul 13 2017

28mins

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Rank #18: 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

51mins

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Rank #19: 137: Changing Industries While Blending Your Interests with Fiber Artist Dani Ives

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n this episode, you’ll hear from fiber artist Dani Ives who has managed to blend her early career of working at a zoo with her love of creating art out of wool. Dani not only dives into the changes she and her husband had to make in order for that career transition to work, but she also shares how she’s created multiple income streams for her business and why building community is becoming so important to her.

Jun 20 2019

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Rank #20: 140: The Art of Showing Up as Yourself with Interior Designer and Content Creator Shavonda Gardner

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Today’s episode is an interview with blogger, interior designer and content creator Shavonda Gardner. In the episode, we chat about how her military background actually helped her as she’s built her business, why she shares so openly about many different topics on social media, and the importance of choosing who and what we surround ourselves with every day.

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Jul 18 2019

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