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Lesson 10: Creating with Intention, Going Viral, and Making Your Dreams Come True

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Lesson 10: How to create work that connects with a wide audience and manifest the career and life opportunities of your dreams

With Nathalie Basha

Complacency is the death of creativity. If you always set new goals for yourself, and you’re in a constant cycle of reaching and striving, that’s when you’re going to get the best out of yourself and your creative muscle.
— Nathalie Basha

Nathalie Basha is a Webby nominated travel journalist with a passion for telling stories about the intersection between people, culture and fascinating places. She shoots, writes, edits, and reports on her stories both at home in LA and around the world on assignment. Basically, she has a dream career! And her pieces regularly go viral, getting millions upon millions of views per story. One video alone has more than 70 MILLION views and counting!

If you're interested at all in being a content creator, learning how to create stories that connect with people, and learning how to make things that resonate with an audience, this is a must listen episode.

I love this conversation, because we learn all about Nathalie's journey to working in such an incredible career, with stops along the way as an entertainment news reporter, features news reporter, and the surprising part time job she picked up to support herself when she quit TV news without a plan and decided to go full force with her YouTube channel The Travel Muse.

Nathalie shares why it’s so important to create roles and opportunities for yourself, why we have to purposefully conquer our fears, and how to manifest the exact dream career and life that you want.

We also talk about going viral - why she thinks her work connects with such a massive audience, and her advice on creating work with the intent of going viral.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Nathalie burned out of TV news, quit without a plan, and started her YouTube channel The Travel Muse

  • How she developed The Travel Muse over 3 years, without generating any income, and took a part time job to pay the bills

  • Why it’s so important to create the opportunity for yourself and take the initiative if you want something to happen

  • How Nathalie finds the stories she reports on and why she is interested in telling the stories of the people that make the places she travels to special

  • Why feeling nervous is a good thing

  • How she has had countless videos go viral

  • Nathalie’s advice on approaching content creation with the intent of going viral

  • How Nathalie and her fiancé Dr. Evan Antin both manifested their dream careers

  • How to get started in telling stories through video like Nathalie

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Lesson 08: The Power of Being Unapologetically You in Your Work

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Lesson 08: How owning your story and identity is a super power and makes your creative expression unique

With Evita Castine

It’s important to embrace who you are, embrace your experiences and know that because you experience it it has value.
— Evita Castine

Today’s episode digs into the power of owning your story and being authentically and unapologetically yourself in your work. Because what you create is a reflection of who you are – whether it’s a film, a photo, a business or a cupcake!

Being so honest can be pretty scary for most people, myself included. I struggle with this a lot, especially on social media. But this conversation reveals how when you can embrace your identity and the things that make you different, the more relatable, resonant and creative your work will be. And I truly believe this applies to LIFE IN GENERAL. Just swap out the word “work” for “life.”

Evita Castine is an Emmy Award winning producer, director, actor, and photographer. Her films have been recognized by the Cannes Film Festival, One Lens Festival, Warner Brothers, and more. In today’s conversation, she shares her journey to becoming an award winning filmmaker, why she says putting emotional intelligence into your work makes it stronger, and how being different is your super power.

Evita also shares how she uses her iPhone (yes, you read that right - her iPhone!) to create work for major clients like Spotify, musicians like Cody Chestnutt, and Fox Studios.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Evita's journey to becoming a director and why she became inspired to begin telling her own stories

  • How being different and an outsider shapes her work and makes it unique

  • Why putting emotion into your work makes it stronger

  • How judging things inhibits your creativity

  • Why she says you don’t have to go to film school if you want to be a filmmaker

  • How she developed her artistic voice and unique visual style in her work

  • How she started creating work using her iPhone for major clients

  • Her formula for the “straightest” path to living a fulfilling creative life and making your dreams into reality

  • Why a teacher told her to go clown school

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Lesson 07: Building Self Confidence and Resilience as a Creative

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Lesson 07: How to build self confidence, resilience, and be yourself in your work

With Aimee Hoover

Be yourself in life and in your work.
— Aimee Hoover

Today’s episode is for everyone that was told you can’t make money doing what you love, especially as an artist.

(I have a feeling this is the majority of us!)

The myth of the starving artist is one of the biggest misconceptions there is about creativity. I was told my entire life that I could never make a living with my creative hobbies. But my guest today, Aimée Hoover, has made a successful career as an extraordinary fine artist for 20 years, painting contemporary portraits of animals. Her paintings are in collections all around the world, seen in galleries and exhibitions, and featured in countless magazine articles.

In this episode, Aimée tells us how she accidentally stumbled upon her niche painting portraits of pets 20 years ago, built her business as a side hustle, and how she’s been able to sustain a long lasting career creating exactly what she loves to make. She talks about the point in her career when pleasing clients left her lost and burned out, and how she shut down a successful, profitable business to find joy in her work again. Aimée also shares how to build self confidence and resilience in your work, especially in this day of social media when it’s so easy to feel like you’re not good enough. You’ll also find out why I call Aimée a social media and marketing genius!

Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Aimée accidentally stumbled upon her niche painting pet portraits 20 years ago

  • How she transitioned from a side hustle to full time business

  • How she learned the business of being an artist (and it wasn’t from school!)

  • How to overcome the “compare and despair” of Instagram and social media

  • Why I call Aimée a social media and marketing genius

  • How to build your confidence in your work as a creative person, even when you feel like you’re not good enough

  • The point in her career when she felt completely lost, burned out and wanted to quit everything

  • Why filling your creative well is so important when you have a creative career

  • Aimée’s tips for how to get started as a creative entrepreneur

  • The power in just being yourself and creating work that’s important to you

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