I'll be speaking at a few different events around New Orleans next week, talking about everything from e-mail marketing to embracing your weird. Both the Tech Tuesdays happy hour (12/5 at 5:30pm at @online.optimism) and the Be Your Own Niche personal branding workshop hosted by @ideavillage (12/7 at 5:30pm at @theshopcac) are free to attend!
RSVP & learn more via the link in my profile! 📷 Photo by @trevor_mark from @venturepopconf
A day late and $733 short.
I missed out on the Giving Tuesday train but I’ve been working with the Creative Education Foundation to help them provide creativity training in schools, organizations, and across communities. I experienced first hand the power of what they do when I attended @cpsiconference
Creativity training creates nimble leaders, forges powerful collaborations, and equips people with the tools to untangle complex problems. (Something I think we can all agree that we need now, more than ever.) Help me help CEF grow and get some great rewards in return, ranging from shoutouts on the @badasscreatives podcast to discounted 1-on-1 marketing strategy sessions with me. The link to learn more & donate is in my profile!
Melissa Capps of @ableendeavors works with creative businesses to help them understand their financials, from bookkeeping basics to their profit strategy. 💵 In this week’s @badasscreatives podcast episode, she shares the money mistake she sees creative business owners make most often. 🎧 Tune in via iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher, or head to the show notes (link in profile!) to listen.
#TFW you project an air of utter self-confidence, but really you’re plagued with self-loathing and doubt and you hate every picture of you ever but you’ve trapped yourself into a very specific 3 column Instagram layout and it’s the end of the week so you take a reluctant selfie because at least your head is freshly shaved, so maybe things are looking up?
Dreaming of the desert and a piece of personal salvation. 🌵 Speaking of personal, in between rambling about Elon Musk & Hyperloop, this week’s Badass Creatives podcast got pretty personal. Introspective. Deep, even. 💭 This time of year brings out the deep thoughts, I suppose. What deep thoughts are bouncing around your brain lately?
There's been a lot on my mind lately. So we’re getting deep on this week’s episode of the Badass Creatives podcast. From imposter syndrome to design thinking to mental models, let’s explore ways to rewire your brain and think about problems in creative ways. 🎧 Listen now via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or head to the show notes (link in profile!) to listen via your browser. 📷 Thanks to @evilpenguinfilms for always being there for me & snapping photos when I look my most ridiculous. (My natural state of being, FYI.)
I’m ready to step into my latest role: stormtrooper referee for the STOMPtroopers Battle of the Bands! The @stomptroopers are a special needs Mardi Gras krewe that march with @kreweofchew. Tonight is their annual fundraiser at @theartgarage2231. They’re facing off against the Chewbaccus krewe I march with: Noisician Coalition. But I’ll be an impartial judge. I swear on the Emperor’s honor.
“There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.” - Richard Dawkins
Nathan Allotey is a web designer and digital marketing strategist with a passion to teach others. On the latest @BadassCreatives podcast episode, @nathan.allotey and I talk about how freelancers and other creatives can successfully price their work and raise their prices. 🎧 Listen now via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or head to the show notes (link in profile!) to listen via your browser. 🎉 Oh! And one more thing! On this episode I announce the brand new #BadassCreatives Facebook group. I just set it up this weekend so head over & join. The link is in my profile + the show notes!
Ready to attack my to-do list this weekend. Up first, editing the next episode of the @badasscreatives podcast. Tomorrow, volunteering with @taylortulane’s Fast 48 design thinking bootcamp, then starting @bellabluenola’s @nolaschoolofburlesque Like a Virgin Beginner Burlesque Workshop. Only I’m not a virgin because I did the workshop 2 years ago BUT I want to do something completely different this time - drag BOYlesque! Plus @evilpenguinfilms is doing the workshop with me this time! Oh, and there will also be weekend girl time over wine + breakfast with some of my favorite ladies. Let’s do this, shall we? 📷 ridiculous superhero pose thanks to the recent @realcityhunt team building scavenger hunt I did with @lookfar_ideas.
Explore. Adventure. Stay curious and hold fast to the dreams of your youth.
Resist. Stand up. Rise up and protect the natural world around you and the values you hold dear. Live so that you will not look back, remarking, “How might we have done things differently? How might we have fixed this?” Stay humble in the face of forces bigger than yourself but remember the role you have to play is guided by action. Keep moving. Keep pushing forward. Remember those who came before you who did not stop. Those who risked everything to stand up on the side of justice and forward-thinking visions. Channel their spirits. Embody their bias towards action.
Create. Push. Move mountains. Go. Now.
How do creatives stay motivated and inspired, and how do you stick to your guns and stay true to your artistic vision? I can’t promise I have all the answers, but I’ll share some of my own experiences with this in the latest @BadassCreatives podcast episode. 🎧 Listen now via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or head to the show notes (link in profile!) to listen via your browser.