Rank #1: EP4: The Secret Life of Chriselle Lim
What happens behind the scenes when you have 3 million-and-counting followers across your digital platforms, an award-winning fashion and lifestyle blog (The Chriselle Factor), a company with 10+ enthusiastic employees (Chriselle Inc.), a full-fledge production company (Cinc Studios), a successful clothing line (The Chriselle Lim Collection), a devoted husband (Allen), an adorable 3-year old daughter (“Little Baby Chloe” or LBC) AND a newborn due any day now? In episode four of Realization, Idalia invites you to get to know her jet set partner-in-crime/client/friend on a whole new level; i.e. The Secret Life of Chriselle Lim. True to form, Idalia peels back some delicate layers surrounding the influencer world, and gives you a real sense Chriselle's life, personal struggles, and work/life "balance." Expect to also gather some valuable and hard-to-come-by tips from the master of relationship management herself along the way.
Rank #2: EP11: Christie Ferrari on Anxiety In The Real And Online World
Happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? We log into our Instagram account and it’s not too long until we start falling down a deep dark rabbit hole of comparison and social pressures that have been unprecedented until this modern digital era. But what happens when it creates or amplifies one’s anxiety? In the first episode of 2019, we sit down with Christie Ferrari, licensed psychologist (and hi, top fashion blogger!) to talk about the pressures of social media and what can be done on a personal level to ensure your mental health. Idalia also opens up in a way she’s never done before about her own experiences with anxiety and online bullying to foster a healthy conversation with YOU. Heartfelt and motivating, this is one episode that reaches deep.
Rank #3: EP3: Reesa Lake on To Agent, Or Not To Agent?
The question of all questions in the influencer space: When is the right time to sign with a management company? With the number of social media stars increasing daily, the industry is also experiencing a surge in talent management options. In this episode, host Idalia Salsamendi unapologetically sheds light on this sensitive topic by diving into her most frequently asked questions: Should I get an agent? Who is qualified to manage me? What should I look for in an influencer management company? Stay tuned as Idalia chats with Reesa Lake, one of the founders of The Digital Brand Architects (DBA) recognized by Forbes, New York Times, WWD, Variety as one of the leading talent management companies in the world. If you’ve been thinking it’s high time you signed with an influencer management company, brace yourself!
Rank #4: EP15: James Nord of FOHR on Influencer Etiquette
When it comes to brands and PR agencies working with influencers, business etiquette is at the forefront of the crusade. And if there is one company that is paving the way on how influencers and brands interact, it is FOHR, a self serve online platform that gets the best influencers booked by major brands. In this episode we sit down with co-founder, James Nord (ahem, social media guru!) to talk all things business. Did you know that brands and PR Agencies have a “Do Not Work With..” List? Yeah! We’ll even dive into how not to get on that list, and how to keep clients coming back for more. It’s been a while since we do a how-to business episode, so you’re in for the course of your life.
Rank #5: EP7: Brittany Xavier on The Path To Creative Freedom
The most significant decision a creative can make in their career is to leave a day job to fully pursue their passion project. Sound like something you’re considering? In episode seven, Idalia joins Brittany Xavier of Thrifts and Threads to discuss Brittany’s personal journey to creative freedom. Sharing several steps to prepare for a big professional transition, Idalia and Brittany are here to guide those who hope to take a more strategic “leap of faith” into their dream creative careers.
Rank #6: EP13: Drew Scott on Staying Inspired
Get ready for a real treat of an episode as top content creator, Drew Scott sits down to talk with us about his journey in the digital space. Growing up in a small and sleepy town in mid-California, Drew began his career at the age of 16 by posting himself scrapbooking on YouTube. Fast forward to seven years later, he is now one the most sought-after male influencers in the space. His unique eye for visuals married with his impeccable editing abilities has earned him the respect of major fashion houses like Balenciaga, Dior, and Mr. Porter to name a few. With over 500,000 YouTube subscribes on his two channels Drew Scott dedicated to men’s fashion and Lone Fox dedicated to DIY, Drew divulges some incredible tips and tricks for creating a more cohesive Instagram, getting top quality pictures on your iPhone, and what he believes is the true key to getting new followers. Bring out your pen and paper for this not-to-be-missed episode!
Rank #7: EP10: Idalia Answers Your Questions
Ready to wrap up 2018? For the last episode of the year, Idalia wanted to switch things up a bit and have her guest be YOU! Tune in as she dives into a handful of the over 300 questions submitted by you, our loyal and amazing audience. Everything from how to deal with stress in the workplace, to how to get an agency job; from what you can study in university, to how to deal with insecurity in today’s social world. Get ready to receive more insight about the industry and to best prepare for the new year. Happy Holidays!
Rank #8: EP6: Chrissie Fit on A One Way Ticket to Hollywood
Ever thought about buying a one way ticket out of your hometown to pursue your wildest dreams? On the sixth episode of Realization, Idalia sheds some light about her journey to Los Angeles and how sometimes what you set out for isn’t necessarily what will come to be. Listen in as she brings one of her best friends, Chrissie Fit (from Pitch Perfect and Teen Beach Movie) into the conversation. These two sat side by side on their flight from Miami to LA, and thirteen years later their friendship is stronger than ever. With a little patience, a lot of hard work, and a true friend by your side, the impossible magically becomes possible. Get ready to feel inspired and motivated as these ladies explain the importance of creating opportunities and not waiting for life to happen.
Rank #9: EP14: Katie Warner Johnson of Carbon38 on Female Leadership
So how exactly does a former professional ballerina become a $20 million business owner? And how did a life-altering injury empower her to a new journey of success? Get ready to feel uplifted and rejuvenated as we sit down with Carbon 38’s owner Katie Warner Johnson. A powerful , insightful, and ultimate #BossLady, Katie opens up to us not only about her past but how supporting other female-ran businesses has made all the difference in her journey.
Rank #10: EP9: Laura Gabriele of 24 Sevres On Working With Luxury Brands
Ever wonder how to get your foot in the door with the most prestigious luxury houses/brands? In Episode 9, Idalia is joined by Laura Gabriele, the Global Head of Brand Communications at 24 Sèvres, to answer that very question. Get ready as the duo cuts through red tape to chat about what luxury houses look for when working with an influencer, the importance of both organic and paid social posts, and best business practices when formally introducing yourself to a brand. To top off the episode, Idalia lists the top five biggest tips and tricks of the industry to ensure you’re on the right path to success. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the most elusive Parisian houses and how you too can elevate your career, this episode is a must!
Rank #11: EP12: Jenny Lopez on Aging In The Industry
In the olden days of fashion, models were getting ready to retire from the industry by their mid 20s. This was standard: women with an expiration date. As we progress into a dynamic and more impactful digital age, one’s literal age becomes… well… just a number. Brands are becoming more inclusive of who they hire to become an ambassador no matter their age, color, or size. What has created this change in the industry and how are you benefiting from it? Model/Influencer Jenny Lopez (@lopezjennylopez) joins us to bring further insight into the world of modeling and how Instagram is changing the game once again. Since starting modeling at 14 years old, to now being 37 years old and still working with top commercial clients, Jenny reveals her tips and tricks on staying relevant and embracing one’s true self!
Rank #12: EP5: Jenny Cipoletti on The Art of Privacy
Ever go unto someone’s Instagram page and wonder, “But what are they realllllly like in person?” In this sometimes frantic world of Instagram, some influencers strategically align their page to one that is dreamy and magical, leaving the bewildered spectator craving to know more about the influencer behind it all. Enter Jenny Cipoletti of Margo and Me, the digital darling. Get ready as we sit down and talk to her about the art of online brand identity and content creation. In this light-hearted episode filled with wonderful revelations, Jenny opens up to Idalia about her personal life and why she values privacy in her oh-so-public world.
Rank #13: EP8: Jana Williams on Expecting Abundance
Have you ever replied to a question with “I can’t, I’m just a “________!” knowing fully well you’re capable of so much more than the fear-ridden category you just assigned yourself to? Well, FEAR NO MORE! In this week’s episode, Idalia joins Lifestyle Photographer, Jana Williams, to share THE piece of advice that has guided their careers for almost a decade.
Rank #14: EP20: Beau Dunn on Breaking The Mold
You may know Beau Dunn for her electrifying art work (hi, she’s all over the Kardashian’s and Kylie Jenner’s home), or you may have seen her modeling for your favorite brands in your favorite magazines, or you may know her for her vast philanthropic work which she’s been globally recognized for. Get ready for this truly heartfelt episode as she publicly opens up for the first time ever about her struggles in the fashion and art industry. Discussing everything from growing up in an industry where doors continue to be shut because of her clothing size, to breaking the glass ceiling with business endeavors, to how she’s using her artwork to bring to light some of the social issues we as a culture as currently experiencing, this episode will have you feeling like you too can make your dreams come true and break the mold.
Rank #15: EP19: Jennifer Powell on The Power of Management
Whether you’re an influencer, publicist, manager or brand, if you work in the fashion industry there is one name that will continually pop up in your life - Jennifer Powell. One of the first industry insiders to realize the potential marketing value of online talent to become brands in their own right, Jennifer has managed the best in the business. Top-tier influencers like Chiara Ferragni, Rumi Neely, Julie Sarinana, and Danielle Bernstein have all been under Jen’s wing at some point in their career. Now after twenty years in the corporate agency world, Jennifer started her own management company and once again is changing the digital game. One of Idalia’s best friends and work colleagues, she speaks to us in depth about her experience in the management world and divulges her secrets to success (and I promise it has nothing to do with fashion!). By checking the ego at the door and doing the right thing, you too are on your path to success!
Rank #16: EP18: Idalia on Her Online Business Kits
Since launching her Top Rated Online Business Kits in 2018, Idalia Salsamendi has received endless amounts of praise on the professional and educational degree of information she is providing. Information which is normally kept hush-hush in the industry. In this special episode, Idalia once agains breaks barriers and answers her top questions when it comes to purchasing on her Online Kits. She also gets intimate and very personal on why she actually started them. (Spoiler Alert: to HELP you!!!) Get ready for another education treat of an episode as Idalia magically guides you through all four of her kits: The Powerful Pitch Kit for Influencers, The Seal The Deal Kit, The Essential Emailing Kit, and the Unlocking Instagram’s Algorithm Kit. For anyone serious about making a business and living off of the digital world, this episode and these kits are hands down for YOU!
Rank #17: EP17: NIU BODY on Building a Start-Up
When friends and college students Connie Lo and Laura Burget decided to start their own beauty brand back in 2017 they knew exactly what they wanted and knew exactly how to get there whether or not they had the finances to back them up. In Episode 17, we sit down and talk with both ladies to hear their journey in creating NIU BODY which is now setting the golden standard for natural and vegan skincare. Idalia also shares five top (and oh so crucial!) tips for any business start-ups on a tight budget : we’re talking website development, photography, advertising, influencer gifting, and so much more! An informative and inspiring episode, these three ladies will leave you ready to roll up your sleeves and live out your dream!
Rank #18: EP16: Naty Ashba on Honoring Your Struggle
Born in Columbia, raised in Italy, and now living in the United States, Naty Ashba’s story is nothing short of fascinating and inspiring. From the outside in, she is the poster child for what one would call the “American Dream.” But what Instagram and YouTube don’t show you is her inner and outward struggle in making it in the industry. In this episode, we talk everything from her not-so-easy childhood, to growing up in Italy, to eventually moving to the United States and having to learn a new language, a new culture, and really a new form of business. For all my hustlers out there, this episode is for you.
Rank #19: EP2: Jacey Duprie on New York Fashion Week 101
One of the most coveted experiences of any influencer’s career is attending (and being paid to participate in) New York Fashion Week. What exactly do you need to do to get your foot in the door of these exclusive presentations? How will you know when it's your turn to go? In the second episode of the Realization podcast, Idalia Salsamendi dives deeper into this high-profile, fast-paced event with friend, Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior.
Rank #20: EP1: Introducing The Realization Podcast
In the inaugural episode of the Realization podcast, Idalia Salsamendi sets the stage for her upcoming conversations with key tastemakers and thought leaders from the fashion industry and beyond. Get ready to be inspired, empowered, and informed as you learn about her career as one of the most revered business strategists to top influencers and fashion houses.