Indie Creative – Author Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle

This week’s #IndieCreative author Colin Wright shares his journey from startup entrepreneur to travel writing. He talks about how going to extremes helped him to figure out what works for his lifestyle and how working with a team allowed to do much more than he could alone.

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Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle

1:04 – 2:30 Going from initial idea to traveling the world

2:45 – 4:00 What encouraged Colin to keep going in spite of doubts and fears

4:12 – 6:26 Where he got his inspiration from authenticity in his brand

6:34 – 7:31 Colin’s entrepreneurs journey from LA to New Zealand

7:34 – 8:30 How his parents’ home in Missouri is his hub for US travels

8:39 – 10:16 Going from solo writer to building a publishing business

10:25 – 11:36 Growing intentionally by choosing authors to work with aka “no asshole rule”

12:07 – 13:12 Developing a new publishing model by partnering with authors

13:33 – 15:31 Diversifying by helping authors in different genres

15:47 – 17:21 Facing moments of doubt leaving behind his old identity as an entrepreneur

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18:01 – 20:00 What was the scariest, hardest part of making the leap as an author

20:12 – 21:03 Finding a way to bootstrap through the startup phase

21:12 – 22:33 When did Colin start believing that he had a chance – discovering the power of residual income

22:23 – 23:24 Building a way to know what your audience wants

23:44 – 26:25 How going to extremes connected with Colin’s audience

26:46 – 27:39 What is Colin’s “why” at this point

28:15 – 29:07 Saying yes to opportunities and creating more

29:17 – 30:08 His proudest accomplishment so far

30:26 – 32:48 How to go from solo to working with a team

33:18 – 36:42 Possible future directions and how to evolve storytelling with changing technology

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(Unfortunately, we were rudely interrupted by internet problems..)

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Indie Creative – Dana Parker and the Butterfly Technique

In this week’s #IndieCreative spotlight we talked with Dana Parker about her upcoming launch of the Butterfly Technique. Dana shares how tango helped her to reconnect with herself and later helped her to move again when she could barely get out of bed.

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Dana Parker and Butterfly Technique

We begin with Dana sharing her story with tango dancing and her role models before facing some incredible challenges where she could barely get out of bed. Next Dana shares some proud moments and how she wants to help others reconnect with their bodies and each other.

0:38 – What lights up Dana and how we’re here to experience of feeling and movement
1:58 – 4:32 How Dana got started in tango and taking her first steps into a larger universe
5:08 – 7:07 Choosing a community approach to teaching
7:10 – 8:28 Influential teachers on Dana’s journey
9:10 – 10:58 Bringing different movement arts into tango
10:58 – 12:48 A modern approach of partnership in dancing tango
13:36 – 15:43 Social vs. performance / show tango
15:45 – 16:12 Research and studies on how tango affects our minds
18:16 – 21:44 What led Dana to look at tango differently / making it accessible to everyone
22:16 – 24:22 My own tango journey with Cellspace and creating a more welcoming environment for new dancers
24:32 – 26:30 Dana shares her very personal experience with tango and having choices in dancing

Tweet: “I don’t care how people get to tango – all I care is that they get there.. ” – Dana Parker, Butterfly Technique

26:30 – 27:52 Another way to dancing tango with choices
27:55 – 29:25 How sometimes we can miss out on other opportunities by competing for pieces of the pie
29:52 – 32:46 Self-doubts for Dana on her entrepreneur’s journey

“Being a beautiful dancer doesn’t necessarily make you a good teacher..”

33:00 – 36:44 Combining movement therapy into tango
36:50 – 40:24 Why Dana is passionate about sharing her experiences losing the ability to move with developing the Butterfly Technique

41:50 – 44:45 How to persist and keep going in spite of challenges

We look forward to hearing more about how this lovely entrepreneur helps others to reconnect not only with themselves but other dancers.

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Indie Creative – Roberto Comparan & For the Love of Pixar

This week we spotlight Roberto Comparan and his creative entrepreneurs journey with building a tribe of artists and Pixar lovers. Roberto started his journey with just an idea like many entrepreneurs.

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Photo via For the Love of Pixar

Like many of us Roberto remembers his first experiences in watching Pixar films. He shares how this led to bonding with other fans and creating his own art. Roberto says that this passion never went away.

So ultimately Roberto and his friends had an idea of creating an art show around their love – thus the name “For the Love of Pixar.”

When others came forward and wanted to be involved, Roberto and his friends realized that they were on to something. Last year they had their first show, and although it was small, everyone knew they were on to something when people were already asking about the next time.

Roberto decided that they want to make this not only an immersive experience but something that every kid in us could be a part of it. Now he has joined forces with charities and other nonprofits to make the event not only about fun but building something that benefits the larger community.

0:40 What got Roberto started on sharing his passion for Pixar

1:38 Roberto shares his own personal connection with Pixar

3:42 Realizing that he and his friends can actually create their own animation

4:28 How Roberto discovered those who not only encouraged but helped him on his journey.

5:15 Lessons learned and his other experiences in PR helped Roberto in starting For the Love of Pixar

8:08 Struggles and challenges in getting For the Love of Pixar off the ground

9:58 First unexpected rejection by Pixar themselves

10:42 Another surprising lesson to provide art work at different prices to allow them to raise more money

12:28 What made Roberto and his team really proud about their first successes

13:32 Some of the interesting Pixar inspired displays that they were able to create

16:20 The Pizza Planet Truck story – how they got into the show & how it became one of the most popular parts

19:05 Other inspired connections including John Negroni’s Pixar Theory

21:35 How our Love of Pixar transcends boundaries and connects the kid in all of us

For more information visit For the Love of Pixar at their website.

Indie Creative – Brendan Weinhold of Gentle Werewolf

This week I chat with Brendan Weinhold who shares his creative entrepreneur’s journey in launching his web series, Gentle Werewolf.

Part comedy, part drama of modern times – Brendan talks about some of the sources of inspiration, the challenges and proud moments, and the importance of being true to your creative vision.

2:08 – What’s missing in typical television and how this drives this series’ vision

4:04 – Balancing the needs of working with others to express your personal vision and creating a shared vision

6:30 – Who inspired some of the series and Brendan’s own work, including the importance of overlooked source material

10:12 – Overcoming self-doubt and wondering if your creative work has merit early on when there is little proof

13:28 – Drawing from your own life for not just quirks but your own unique voice

16:12 – What attracts some of the fans to the heart of his Gentle Werewolf web series

20:20 – How “artists use lies to tell the truth” and this web series conveys its message without preaching

(unfortunately there were sound problems from this point on..)

22:42 – Juggling entertainment with substance and bringing in a lot of creative elements at once

24:40 – Doing the work to “make it look easy” and create your final creative work

26:15 – Taking your work to the streets to get feedback

27:24 – Bringing a producer on board and how this helped to bring some of the pieces together

30:56 – Finding the crew to help bring your creative vision to life

36:36 – How the basics of professionalism like doing the work, showing up and memorizing lines are key to attracting those who want to work with you

40:18 – Overcoming our own inner resistance as creatives to find the motivation to keep going and

43:39 – Why we need to trust the process becauses sometimes our past quirks and curiosity prepares us for our road ahead

48:18 – What Brendan sees as future projects that he wants to be involved with

You can learn more by visiting their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/gentlewerewolf

Or following on Twitter –
https://twitter.com/GentleWW

https://twitter.com/BrendanWeinhold

Indie Creative – Kyle MacDonald of One Red Paper Clip

one-red-paperclipThis week we spotlight Kyle MacDonald and his story – trading up from one red paper clip until he got his dream house. Like many entrepreneurs, Kyle started his creative entrepreneur’s journey with an idea.

Actually, Kyle started off with several creative ideas – until a high school friend reminded him of a game of “Bigger and Better” that they played where they traded up items as much as they could.

Kyle wondered what if he could create an online version of this? So, that’s what he did. Along the way Kyle traveled around the country meeting interesting people and sharing his adventures.

1:15 What made Kyle decide to follow the Red Paper Clip idea and see where it led him?

2:52 How to get others involved and be a part of what you’re doing

4:22 Overcoming self-doubts and negative influences

6:23 Lessons learned transform us on our creative entrepreneur’s journey

7:24 How to recognize those who can help on your journey

8:58 Finding stability by bootstrapping and launching from your personal base camp

10:40 Going outside your comfort zone to connect with your creativity and the importance of creating space to be creative

12:48 What are Kyle’s top creative habits

14:32 Where Kyle finds some of his creative inspiration

16:40 Biggest lessons Kyle learned on his creative entrepreneur’s journey

17:58 How not having a backup plan can guarantee success

20:12 How following curiosity can lead to bigger things

 

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Creative Entrepreneur – Indie Film Maker Dawn Fields

This week’s featured indie entrepreneur is indie film maker /producer Dawn Fields of Palm Street Films.

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Indie Film Producer Dawn Fields (photo background credit: devanath via Pixabay)

Dawn shares how she got her start in the film industry working as an extra “Love Potion No 9” with Sandra Bullock in Atlanta. This led to work shooting with George Lucas and music videos with Brett Ratner.

Realizing that the funding and infrastructure was still lacking back east, Dawn made her way to Hollywood. In the entertainment capital she began working as a PA (production assistant) before realizing that she wanted more creative control.

Over the years Dawn has worked to get various projects through what’s known as “development hell.” Finally, she decided that she wanted to finally see something she worked on made!

We talk about Dawn’s first projects and how this led to the development of her most recent indie film, Fragile Storm, with Lance Henriksen.

Some of the other things Dawn shares –

6:40 – forming relationships that nurture your creativity

7:12 – dark moments of self-doubt and ready to quit

10:42 – bridging the gap between a filmmaker’s vision and making it a reality

11:30 – what crowdfunding has made possible for indie filmmakers

12:32 – how the real work of indie film making really starts after it’s made with promotion and the business side

14:06 – making the decision of bringing aboard bigger name actor to the project

16:36 – fun & games vs. realities of doing the film festival circuit

18:28 – identifying influencers for indie films and other ways to promote your work

20:05 – how social media and crowdfunding is changing the indie film making and the film industry

21:28 – Dawn shares some of her upcoming indie film projects and what that “next level” looks like

24:20 – will “Zombie Elves” ever get made? what’s involved with the realities of a holiday film and struggling with the challenges of bringing a vision into reality

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To find out more about Dawn and her projects  – http://www.dawnfields.com/

Dawn’s film production company – Palm Street Films

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

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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.

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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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