Indie Entrepreneurs – Casting Director Pixie Monroe

 

Recently, I chatted with Pixie Monroe of Monroe Casting. She has worked with productions with blockbuster budgets to indie film projects.

We talked about how Pixie got started in the entertainment industry with the near tragedy of her mother’s stroke during the aftermath of 9-11.

0:18 What lights Pixie up and inspires her work

3:25 How her career found her when her mother had a stroke

6:40 Where was Pixie on 9-11 before mentorships with Dreamworks

8:30 Inspiring words by casting legend Lynn Stalmaster “Leap and the safety net
will appear”

9:25 how working with different gifts and talented people inspires her

11:45 What helps her keep balance with all that happens

14:45 how a $100 background acting gig turned into music video spot

19:10 dealing with actors who don’t live up to expectations

21:55 which is more difficult – nightmare parents vs animals on set

25:10 strangest casting call of all – fainting goats

29:05 upcoming projects for Monroe Casting

31:40 advice to vets get started in film and television

34:50 what to do if you lack skill sets and how to find your mentors

38:00 how the relationship gave Pixie a chance to repay her mentor

To learn more about Pixie and Monroe Casting’s creative services visit her website – http://monroecasting.com/

Indie Entrepreneur – Musician / Recording Artist ALE Gonzalez Gomez

We talk with creative entrepreneur indie musician ALE Gonzalez Gomez about his journey from addiction to creative recovery. It’s a redemptive story where an East LA child narrowly missed tragedy at the hands of the infamous Night Stalker, only to struggle with drugs and alcohol before finding salvation in music.

ALE talks about how he continues to grow as an artist and entrepreneur and why he feels the need to create. He discusses what happens when someone you admire ends their own life due to addiction.

We briefly talk about the recent loss of influential figures like Dr. Wayne Dyer and Scott Dinsmore of the Live Your Legend movement. ALE and I discuss how their deaths remind of us of the limited time we have to share our work.

Sometimes the creative entrepreneur goes to some of the darkest parts of the human spirit in order to experience their biggest breakthrough. ALE takes us to that moment when all seemed lost before finding the healing power of creating his music.

Creative entrepreneurs often struggle with this need to share their unique gifts and the shadow side of their creativity in the form of addiction.

Part of the creative process is pushing our limits. ALE talks about finding some of his most creative moments at night and how these have inspired him to grow as an artist entrepreneur. He shares some of his personal tips on the creative process.

Without growth as an artist creative entrepreneurs can easily fall back into unhealthy addiction. ALE shares some of his personal vision for his own personal creative growth

You can watch the full interview here –

Indie Entrepreneur – Actor / Film Maker Walker Haynes

On this creative entrepreneur’s hangout I chat with actor / film maker Walker Haynes about what it takes to make it in Hollywood.

After studying secondary education and even earning his certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Walker (he’s in good company with graduates like Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw) began his creative entrepreneur’s journey into the acting world.

Eventually, Walker decided that he needed to create his own opportunities. By building relationships before he needed them, Walker not only got the support and encouragement from those who could help him; he was able to count on them for resources like actual equipment or referrals.

Walker discusses what it takes to get started with developing his own projects and open doors to other opportunities. He also talks about the importance for creative entrepreneurs to take inventory of their assets.

0:29 – Who is Walker Haynes?
1:24 – What got Walker started on his creative entrepreneur’s journey
2:28 – Who were influential to Walker on his own journey
4:14 – Starting at the bottom and wondering what you’re doing
6:17 – How it takes more than talent and the importance of relationships for creative enterpreneurs
7:53 – What helped Walker to finally take his first steps towards his own projects
9:48 – Walker shares some of his proudest moments
12:22 – How does Walker help actors to be at their most creative
13:52 – If someone is getting started in the film / TV industry, Walker offers some advice
16:26 – What that next level looks like for this creative entrepreneur

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Indie Entrepreneur – Film Maker / Author Gini Graham Scott

We talk with author / film producer Gini Graham Scott about how she funds her creative projects. Join us in hearing the story of her entrepreneur’s journey to become a a published writer and film maker.

Gini shares shares some of her biggest challenges and struggles in getting started on her journey as a creative entrepreneur. With her recent successes we’ll find out what the next level of success looks like for her.

Having so many projects in the air, we’ll ask Gini how she manages to juggle these and what her biggest lessons are.

To watch live click here –

Indie Entrepreneur – Content Marketer Bill Belew

This week we talk with Bill Belew who built his online community to over 6600 members. Join us in hearing the story of his entrepreneur’s journey from struggling blogger to sought after speaker and thought leader.

We talk about how Bill got started on his journey as a content marketer. He shares some of his biggest challenges and struggles.

With so many projects and hats Bill talks about how he gets things done and what his proudest moment is so far. We’ll discuss what the next level of success looks like for him, ask what he feels is the biggest lesson he’s learned so far.

0:28 – Bill talks about the roots of his journey from living overseas before moving to Silicon Valley

1:08 – Life in the heart of Silicon Valley as a creative entrepreneur

4:20 – How Bill takes his first steps stumbling into entrepreneurship

6:04 – Door after door closes in Bill’s face as he seeks help on his journey

8:56 – Growing up among six children taught Bill self-reliance including learning how to ride a bike by launching himself downhill

10:40 – Leaving Japan Bill starts teaching at a local college and loves his work

11:18 – But the school’s president has other ideas for Bill

13:00 – Defining moment for Bill in choosing to take control of his life and finds an opportunity to write

14:24 – Realizing that he could duplicate his success Bill finds ways to rinse and repeat

16:08 – How to stumble on your success as a content marketer

18:10 – Folks begin asking Bill to teach how he was able to get millions of views to his websites

19:40 – Bill shares the biggest challenge on his journey

20:48 – No longer under the control of bosses Bill finds himself at the mercy of Google and search engines

21:20 – Realities of making a living as a writer / content creator

23:32 – What the residual benefits of organic traffic offers content creators

24:48 – Building an online community of content creators – even when you never participated in one before!

28:08 – Next thing Bill knows people start asking how he built his online community of over 7000 users in 15 months

30:06 – Bill’s forum hits a milestone

31:42 – What hitting that milestone really means

34:34 – How a 3 yr old’s success is Bill’s proudest moment

39:30 – Translating success online to offline success

40:02 – Sharing what that next level of success looks like

44:04 – Getting things done with so much to do

46:02 – How your “why” makes your success a certainty

49:24 – Why Bill feels more pressure and constraints gets better creative results

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Indie Entrepreneur – Filmmaker Darwin Carlisle

This week’s featured indie entrepreneur is filmmaker videographer Darwin Carlisle of First Class Reels.

For years he struggled to find his place in the film making capital of Hollywood. When a friend suggested making reels for actor friends, Darwin began his entrepreneur’s journey.

Of course, it was not all sunshine and unicorns. Like all entrepreneurs Darwin has faced his share of doubts before finally seeing some breakthroughs.

We dive into how Darwin figured out how to stand out in the crowded space of Hollywood. He also talks about what the next level looks like and how he continues to find inspiration in different moments.

Most of all Darwin shares what being a creative entrepreneur means to him and what gives him the greatest sense of accomplishment. He talks about how his work has touched the lives of his clients.

Often film makers have to improvise to deal with unexpected changes. Darwin talks about how he gets the most out of a moment and finds creative solutions to getting the video shots.

In this age where people are skeptical of traditional video and advertisements, it’s important to get down to the essential message. We discuss how Darwin gets to the heart of the story in a performance or moment.

You can watch the replay of our talk here –

Indie Artist / Musician Creative Entrepreneur Mike Georgia

This week we talk with indie entrepreneur Mike Georgia and hear his entrepreneur’s journey as an artist musician.

Mike has done both covers of classic rock and his own songs. He teaches at the Musicians Institute here in Southern California. Recently, Mike has been working on some interesting musical projects.

We’ll dive into how Mike got started as a professional musician. What does it take to be a working artist? How do you connect with your 1000 True Fans today in a noisy social media / online word?

One of the things that we couldn’t wait to talk about with Mike is about how he discovered his passion for music. Many times folks will ask me about finding their calling and defining their art. So, I plan to get more into this aspect of the creative entrepreneur’s journey.

Another thing that is always fascinating about musicians and their craft is where they find their inspiration. “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” said Picasso.

Most of all what does it take for a indie musician to stick it out. There’s a huge divide between amateurs who “dabble” and professionals who stick it out, as Steven Pressfield talks about in Turning Pro.

Lastly, we’ll ask Mike what the “next level” looks like for him – not only as an artist but as a creative entrepreneur.

Full disclosure: we’ve worked with Mike before. He was generous enough to allow us to use his music for one of our first video productions.

Thank goodness Mike kept telling us we should check out his music. We have to admit that we were distracted by a lot of things so we kept putting it off.

We’re going to try something different for this interview and share some of Mike’s music.

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To learn more about Mike Georgia visit him at –
http://www.mikegeorgia.com/

Indie Entrepreneur Lauren Brim

Our spotlight this week is on an amazing artist entrepreneur, Lauren Brim. Not only has she published a book about The New Rules of Sex, Lauren is an accomplished dancer whose film is now gaining recognition in festivals.

Her book was written to take a closer look at many of today’s confusing messages about sex that persist. She shares her own story and how it inspired her to write about it. Lauren offers insight on new ways to handle this sensitive area of our lives.

Recently, Lauren has become a new mom on top of everything else. So we’ll dive into her challenges of balancing life and the work of a creative entrepreneur.

Lauren believes in the transformation that’s possible through art. She has seen this power in her own life. At first Lauren resisted being in her own film, as it is challenging enough to produce and direct. In the end it was a matter of doing what it took to get the project made.

To catch sneak peeks and learn more about her new film DEUX visit http://deuxthefilm.weebly.com/

We’ll dive into her story and share more of Lauren’s journey as a creative entrepreneur. Here’s the interview replay –

 

Meet WordPress Developer Robin Haney

This week we’re featuring professional web developer and Udemy instructor, Robin Haney. He helps bloggers and entrepreneurs get started in blogging and building their own WordPress sites.

Q: What is the number one mistake that you see with beginners building WordPress sites?

A: The number one mistake I see the most when it comes to people building their WordPress websites is not fully SEO Optimizing their posts and pages. When I design websites for people I usually will give them a crash course in Search Engine Optimization so that over time their website will get more traffic from search engines which is very important!

Q: How can they avoid this mistake?

A: Installing a good plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast will take care of most of the work and its pretty easy to set-up, but the best way to avoid this mistake is to educate yourself on SEO, the problem is that there is a lot of mixed information out their and everyone likes to do things a little bit differently. The good news is that the core stuff that works is generally done the same, its the small details that everyone does differently.

So even if you were to take a little bit of time to go on Google or Youtube and research how to do basic SEO you will learn a lot that will help you out. The main problem is people who I deal with think that SEO is super complicated stuff but it really isn’t. I’ve made a few courses and lessons on SEO and its pretty basic, it just takes time and patience which is key.

Q: What are some things you wish clients understood before working with you?

A: The biggest problem most people have when they get someone else to design a website for them is that they do not know what they want. This is fine but as a web developer it takes a lot of hard work and effort to design a website so its really important that the client knows what they want before you start the designing process. I will usually sit down with the person and won’t even start building the website until we both have a clear picture of what it is we are building together.

This avoids having to restart the project, charging the client extra money, or in the end having someone not get what they want.

Q: When should someone not struggle to build a site on their own and simply contact you for your WordPress expertise?

A: The great thing about WordPress is that it is very easy to use and build a website with, the problem is that there is still a little bit of a learning curve, even for the basic stuff. It really comes down to how much time someone wants to invest to learn how to use WordPress. Anything to do with the back-end or coding will take some time to learn how to do so often you will need to look up tutorials or get a developer to do the fix for you.

I have a course on Udemy that shows people step by step how to design a basic WordPress website and use the Interface of the content management system.

Q: Who are your favorite clients to work with?

A: This really comes down to what I mentioned earlier but again people who are prepared and have a good idea of what they are looking for in a project and the best to work with. It’s also nice to work with people who have good communication skills and are friendly.

Repeat business is where a good chunk of your income as a web developer will come from so working with the same people on multiple projects will usually happen. Its always nice to have good people to work with on a consistent basis.

Q: How can folks learn more about you and your services?

A: As of right now I haven’t been online for too long, I’m fairly new to the web development world but am learning so much every single day. I spend most of my time on Udemy teaching various courses related to my field and writing on my own personal blog.

Thanks, Robin!

Here is his website – http://www.robinmhaney.com/
and Udemy profile – https://www.udemy.com/u/robinhaney/

Indie Entrepreneur Chef Chris Hill is Back

..and he’s getting ready to launch his 2nd restaurant in Atlanta.

Hot-lanta has been in the 90’s with 90-something percent humidity! But we’ll do our best to keep it cool, talking about Chris’ challenges and goals.

 

Here’s his recent TEDx talk –

 

We’ve invited George Ohan back as a panelist.

My friend and co-instructor, Sarah Davidson of Visual Marketing Edge will be joining us as well.

This is turning out to be an exciting night, so we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Here’s the link to the Hangout on Air event where you can post your questions and comments – https://goo.gl/lKkPTG