Season 3 hosted by Creative Women’s Co. advocate, Sharokina Pazand (also owner of [email protected])
Sharing The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Side of Creative Entrepreneurship
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Dabbling in the creative industry as a small business owner and entrepreneur has multiple ups and downs. We hear the success stories left and right, but we rarely talk about what happened behind the scenes.
What was the bad and the ugly experiences that we encountered as a creative entrepreneur?
Why aren’t we being transparent about it and why we should talk more about it? We want our inspiring podcast to help those who are having their dark moments, for those who doubt themselves, and for those who feel like they’ve failed. We all have been there, it’s a matter of how we stay resilience and stay positive to get back up. Climb on one stone at a time if we have to, but never stop.
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Get ready to meet Quinn Tempest, inspirational speaker and creative career coach! She is the founder and creator of Create Your Purpose, a movement driven by entrepreneurs who want to create a meaningful life AND an impactful business, without sacrificing one for the other. Quinn found her calling to help people bring their ideas to life. Her purpose was something she decided for herself, and she let it be her guide in building a life and business that feels intentional, meaningful, and pretty darn fun! Listen to Quinn’s episode to learn how she created Create Your Purpose and how this has become a mantra for her life, and why it should be a mantra for yours!
Meet Aggie Burnett, publicist, marketing strategist, writer, editor and speaker. She is a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Journalism Program and started her career in editorial at Glamour Magazine before launching her fragrance brand, Nomaterra, from the ground up. Aggie’s work has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, Glamour, CondeNast Traveler, InStyle, Elle, Vogue, Thrive Global, Rachael Ray, ABC, CBS, Refinery 29, Byrdie, PopSugar and more. Check out her episode to learn how she went from a beauty assistant at Glamour, to running her own brand, Nomaterra Fragrances, and serving as a PR consultant for beauty and lifestyle companies. She wants to show how you don’t need to spend a fortune to effectively grow your brand. It’s time for your brand to STOP EXISTING AND START GETTING NOTICED.
Get to know the radiant Candis Hickman! She helps personal brands become KNOWN. Growing up the daughter of a pastor in a small conservative church in Australia, she knows what it’s like to water down your gifts in the name of “humility”. To fear the spotlight for fear of judgment. From her early days running the wards as an Occupational Therapist, to the late nights spent interviewing rappers in the back of dingy nightclubs, to her current reality working as a personal branding coach & podcast host, she can truly say that the most fun (and success) she ever had is in front of the spotlight!
Meet Kristie Jorfald! Kristie Jorfald grew up in a multicultural family with three very unique priorities—language, culture and diversity were continuously the focus of her upbringing. Kristie’s professional career started while she was attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. In pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, she was hired as an intern by the reputable Hearst Corporation to write editorials for their well-known fashion magazines in New York City (CosmoGIRL! Magazine) and Los Angeles(TEEN Magazine) during her summer breaks in college.
Sharokina Pazand is not only our guest for the Creative Women’s Co. Podcast, she is our new host! We are so excited that Sharokina (Shar as we all affectionately know her) is the new voice and host for our podcast’s third season, and we cannot wait to share with you all our new guests.
Val Vigoda is a transformational musician that had a very traditional and classical training until she joined the army. Her natural curiosity and love of learning, combined with a rebellious spirit, led to a highly unusual educational path: skipping three years ahead in school, she headed to Princeton at age 15, and joined Army ROTC to pay for college. The discipline she learned in the military served her very well and switched from classical to electric violin. She became world renowned violinist and performer, and now she is expanding her reach in the realms of performing, writing and speaking: writing with new collaborators, spreading her wings as a solo performer and in-demand musical keynote artist, as well as Off-Broadway actor-musician. Listen to learn more about how she broke away from her regimented rule a-biding life to gain her own fulfilling career as a transformational musician, and how she is now sharing her life’s story to inspire others.
Alicia Driskill, Founder of evolveHer, was ready for a change. Prior to launching evolveHer, Alicia worked as Vice President of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG, one of the world's most innovative companies. She also served as a Senior Executive at Live Nation and People.com. She wanted to step away from the corporate world, but she didn’t know what that meant. It felt like the only options available to her were remain in corporate or be a full-time mom.
Sarah-Eva Marchese of Floracracy, never thought she’d be innovating the flower industry. She went to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to study terrorism and conflict prevention. It wasn’t until planning her wedding did she realize there was need for resources that enabled the florally illiterate, like her, to design flowers in their style.
Emily Merrel, Chief Networker and Founder of Six Degrees Society, possess a positive, can-do spirit that is infectious. She has always loved having a side-hustle, and always feels like she needs to be constantly creating and doing more! Since she was a kid she had a creative, mini-entrepreneur spirit. One summer she sold jewelry to earn money to donate to the Humane Society-event at a young age she was showing the philanthropic business woman she would become
Rebecca Solis, creator of Little Brownn Suitcase, talks about going from newlywed to co-business owners with her husband, Jawnos, in this latest podcast episode. The key to making it work? Separating and setting boundaries for work and personal life. And of course, communication is key! Little Brownn Suitcase specializes in everything bridal and gives all their products sass and flare.
Episode #15: Client Workflow & Expectations: Have Your Business’s Process in Place with Francesca Ragucci
Francesca Ragucci has always been very entrepreneurial minded-even at a young age! Starting a babysitting business in middle school, Francesca would go to her mother’s pilates classes and found her clients easily from all the other moms attending these classes. She recognized these women as her target market and created a booming babysitting business that she expanded once she went to high school.
Carina Lawson, founder of Ponderlily, is a Brazilian-born, Arabian-Gulf raised, Brit-wed, mom of twin girls. She has “full days and a full heart” working her 9-5 job while taking care of her daughters, running to meetings, and making dinner for the family. At night (like any true passionate entrepreneur), she lets her ideas fly while she works on Ponderlily: her line of beautiful, environmentally-conscious products that help you organize your life while nurturing those in-between moments in which you truly feel like yourself again. Ponderlily pushes it’s customers to create To-Be lists rather than To-Do lists and to live intentionally however they choose to plan out their day, their week, or the entire year! Learn how Carina came up with the idea for Ponderlily, the lessons she has learned along the way (don’t skip over the details and always trust your gut), and what a day in her life is like balancing a full work schedule, her wonderful twin girls, and her passion for Ponderlily.
Miranda Nahmias is the founder of Mirandia Nahmias & Co and a super passionate self-professed “marketing nerd” who loves helping businesses transform into a systemized, well-oiled machine by taking care of all their marketing needs-and then some! She works with small businesses and clients as their own “personal cheerleader” giving advice, raising questions, and making them realize their potential. We all need a Miranda Nahmias on our side! Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about Miranda’s journey into digital marketing, her 3 Main Steps Method, and how she keeps on top of it all!
Lidia Varesco Racoma is a creative entrepreneur who owns two businesses, Lidia Varesco Design and typebaby., and runs online community, Biz Mama, all while also being a mom of two; she knows how to juggle a busy schedule! As an art director and designer with over 20 years of experience and a passion for marketing, Lidia ...
Heather Vickery knows about pushing and setting boundaries. She is a Success Coach and Event Planner with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and successful business owner, and she is using her knowledge to help clients realize their potential and work through personal and professional limits. Heather’s journey to entrepreneur and Success Coach did not come easy. She realized she was making decisions in her life based on fear and decided she could no longer live this way. It was time to leap and live limitlessly. Her decision led to a total life transformation that included a painful divorce, navigating a co-parenting relationship, and starting a new business, Vickery & Co. Learn more about Heather’s incredible story of self-discovery, and how she learned that everything you want is just on the other side of uncomfortable. That’s where the magic happens.
Thinking of doing a collaboration with other side hustlers or business owners? Don’t make the same mistakes that we did in the past. Agnieszka and I talked about our experiences on collaboration. In the beginning, we were afraid to say no to collaboration opportunities and we wanted to please everyone. We didn’t want to upset anyone. But the thing is, we sacrifice a lot from that. We underestimate the time that’s needed for the collaboration and we undervalue ourselves. So, listen in to our conversations about how to approach others for a collaboration.
Entrepreneurship is not what Christine had initially imagined. She is a self-taught graphic and web designer. When having her first business which was an online jewelry store, she had to create the site herself and through that, she got introduced to web design. She started designing websites in 2011 for her friends and family. Then decided to try business coaching and found out that she hated it! From her first online store to now running a successful branding and design company, Christine is loving her journey of entrepreneurship. Listen to our talk with her about her journey in changing her path.
Growing up, L’Oreal suffered from low self-esteem as a result of not seeing herself, a young Black woman, represented in the teen magazines she subscribed to. She shared with us how she vividly remembers praying to God to make her White so she’d be “beautiful.” Since then, She has dedicated her life to empowering young women of color. Listen to our conversations with her about her mission to empower women and girls, one story at a time.
At this episode, we got some insights from our guest Gwen Washington on all things connecting with others and relationship building. We also talked about how to be a good leader of your company. Especially when it comes to managing others when it's leading/supervising/managing them. Oh, we touched on her challenges about building the relationship in a business setting as well. Come tune in more on this episode.
Agnieszka and I are excited to share this podcast episode with one of our creative women friend Sharokina Pazand. She shared with us about the experience that she faced around defying social expectations while running your business. Whether it was a social expectation from family, friends, or even from clients or colleagues in the industry.
Today’s episode is all about change. We all make small changes in our businesses all the time, but today we really want to talk about changing directions and changing the location of our business and the suggests that we encounter while doing so.
We all know what it's like to stare at your computer screen or a blank piece of paper for hours when your creativity is nowhere to be found. In this episode, Agnieszka and I want to share the insights and some tips on how we stay inspired when our creativity is lacking for a project or during our day to day schedule.
Much like most of us, Lauren Ramsey took her leap to started her own business. Leaving behind the corporate job from companies like Radio Disney, GE, and Citigroup, she shared with us her journey on how she found her path and how she braved through the unknown future for herself and her company. Listen in on her insights and the amazing journey that she has experienced.
Dannie Fountain shared with us her experience breaking through the corporate world and working with big brands despite her young age. Listen in on how she also shared her perspective about how owning your success can be a double-edged sword as an entrepreneur.
It's here! We can't wait to finally be sharing the intro episode of our Creative Women's Co. Podcast. Previously we mentioned on our blog that that we wanted to hear the behind the scene story of creative women entrepreneurs. We wanted to hear and share the good, the bad and the ugly side of our day-to-day experiences. Whether it's our successes, failures, struggles, and how we move forward.
10 episodes | Bi-weekly, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month until November 2017
10 episodes | Bi-weekly, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month until November 2018
10 episodes | Bi-weekly, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month until November 2020
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