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

First Part –

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

Second Part –

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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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

Watch the rest of the replay for our talk here –

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

Dawn’s film production company – Palm Street Films