Starting Now with Jeff Sarris

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Making your dreams reality with Trevor Van Meter (HeyTVM)
22-12-2022
Making your dreams reality with Trevor Van Meter (HeyTVM)
This week on the podcast, I talk to TVM. He is a phenomenal illustrator whose witty illustrations have a surprising philosophical twist. In this episode, we dive deep into life philosophy and how this impacts art. We talk about stoicism, what it means to develop your less self vs. your best self, and the school of New Thought in regards to spirituality. We also talk about one of the most difficult things for a creative: making your dreams a reality.HeyTVMNah Fungible BonesMonsterBuds——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
Origin Story: Jessica Yarmey (Founder of KickHouse)
17-11-2022
Origin Story: Jessica Yarmey (Founder of KickHouse)
Opportunity is everywhere when you know how to recognize it. In 2020, Jessica Yarmey recognized a major opportunity and founded KickHouse, a kickboxing franchise with over 100 locations that recently merged with Mayweather Fitness + Boxing.Jessica sees the same type of opportunities happening right now with the looming recession. Listen to this episode and start discovering opportunity everywhere you look.KickHouseFollow Jessica on LinkedIn——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
Origin Story: Aaron Blaisdell, PhD (Neuroscientist)
10-11-2022
Origin Story: Aaron Blaisdell, PhD (Neuroscientist)
Dr. Blaisdell is a Neuroscientist and UCLA Professor where he directs the Comparative Cognition Lab. He's also cofounder of the Ancestral Health Society and founder of the Journal of Evolution and Health.This is a fascinating conversation about cognition and what pigeons can teach us about our own brains.We also talk about ancestral health, the founding of the Ancestral Health Symposium, how Aaron's lab discovered a pigeon creating art, and the Pigeon Art NFT project that lets the pigeons themselves help fund future research.pigeonrat.psych.ucla.edupigeonart.xyz——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: James Costa (Clubhouse Archives)
20-10-2022
NFT Origin Story: James Costa (Clubhouse Archives)
When James Costa sets out to do something, he does it.Straight out of college he started a denim company with zero experience. That hustle inspired the HBO show, How to Make it in America.He's taken a $20M/year fashion company to $40M in just one year.He's cofounded a fashion company with former NFL player, Jared Cook.And now he's taken his breadth of experience along with his love for web3 and created Clubhouse Archives, a web3-native fashion company that's delivering premium fashion in an all new way.- theclubhousearchives.com- @ClubhouseArcNFT on Twitter——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: Alpha Boopie (aka Paul Scrivens) of Odd Wonderful
06-10-2022
NFT Origin Story: Alpha Boopie (aka Paul Scrivens) of Odd Wonderful
Paul Scrivens is a longtime entrepreneur and the founder of Odd Wonderful and creator of the Boopieverse.Through Odd Wonderful, Paul is on a mission to show what it would look like if Disney, Marvel, or Pixar had started from scratch in the 21st Century within the world of Web3.Chatting with Paul was like finding a long lost friend who I'd just never met yet. From the very first second we hit it off, so I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!Odd Wonderful@AlphaBoopie!boop Merch StoreMakers MobPaulScrivens.com——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: Plushy (Subsistem: Obscurals)
29-09-2022
NFT Origin Story: Plushy (Subsistem: Obscurals)
Plushy, aka Samir Korbi, is a 3-D artist, content creator, streamer, Nintendo Shoutcaster, TV host, and one of everyone's favorite people in all of NFTs.We, of course, dive into Plushy's origin story, but we also get a first look at his long awaited NFT project, Subsistem: Obscurals. Obscurals are the first ever stereogram NFT (remember Magic Eye images?) coupled with paper craft.In a world where every NFT project feels the same, Plushy's creating something truly unique. Learn more at subsistem.io!And follow Plushy at @plushywush!——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: Spottie WiFi (aka Mig Mora)
22-09-2022
NFT Origin Story: Spottie WiFi (aka Mig Mora)
The one and only, Spottie WiFi.My mind was blown when I saw a photo of Spottie performing at ApeFest and realized that I knew him from his days touring the Midwest!Mig's a killer musician who somehow managed to achieve the monumental task of getting a law degree while performing 3-5 shows a week as a touring artist.After nearly a decade long hiatus from music, he came back as Spottie WiFi where he's set the bar when it comes to building brand alongside NFT IP. Here the thing: Mig didn't build a CryptoPunk brand. He isn't drafting off of the CryptoPunk name as typically happens in the NFT space.Instead, he's built a brand and business that has his CryptoPunk at its core. You can almost say that Punk #5528 is the mascot for the Spottie WiFi brand rather than the Spottie WiFi brand being the #5528.It sounds like semantics, but the way he's used his CryptoPunk as a starting off point, a rough sketch of sorts, and has built up on the framework from there is a work of genius.I genuinely believe Mig's found a way to tread new ground when it comes to NFT IP and brand development and there's so much that can be learned from diving into his story.I didn't even mention the impact he's had on the music industry, garnering enough attention to even get a nod from Snoop Dogg himself.More about Spottie: https://spottiewifi.io——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Taxes: Everything You Need to Know Now
02-02-2022
NFT Taxes: Everything You Need to Know Now
This week, I talk to the NFT CPA, Alex Roytenberg, to learn everything we need to know about NFT and crypto taxes.This was an enlightening episode. We learn how Alex found his way into crypto and NFT tax account, and then Alex answers these questions and more:How much of an impact state laws play in tax accounting.What is safe harbor?As an accountant, how he's dealing with the vacuum of information from the IRS.What are the ramifications of ignoring crypto and NFT taxes?What actually is an audit and why is it a concern?Can I avoid paying taxes by just secretly keeping everything in my Metamask wallet? What's the difference between tax planning and tax avoidance?Do I have to claim airdrops ($ENS, $SOS, etc) on my taxes?Domain in control and how timing your claim of an airdrop can be to your detriment.How often do artists and creators need to convert to stable coin or fiat to be prepared for taxes?What percentage of income from an NFT project should be put aside for taxes?When is it a taxable event for a developer or other crypto service provider?Is holding an NFT that's increased in value a taxable event?Is an NFT trade a taxable event?Is there tax liability when selling an NFT for a profit and immediately reinvesting it into other NFTs?Since crypto is fungible and I've bought at many different prices, how do I determine which ETH I'm spending at any given time?How to reduce your cost basis across wallets.What can we do to reduce our NFT tax burden?What is the wash sale rule and is it something we need to be concerned with this year?What does an accountant need to do your crypto/NFT taxes?How much does it cost for crypto/NFT tax accounting?How should someone be planning now to be better prepared for taxes next year?For a 100 ETH, verified project that hasn't already converted any ETH to fiat or stable coin for taxes, what can they do today?How to find an accountant versed in NFTs and crypto.Follow Alex @TheNFTCPA on Twitter.——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: KJ Singh of Sigh Ducks (Developer)
25-01-2022
NFT Origin Story: KJ Singh of Sigh Ducks (Developer)
NOTE: This project has since been abandoned, but I'll leave this interview for posterity.This week, my conversation with KJ Singh, developer and co-creator of the Solana NFT project, Sigh Ducks .We dive into KJ's origin story as a software engineer and entrepreneur. We learn how experiencing NFT rug pulls firsthand inspired him to create a project that's in it for the right reasons. We talk about the importance of building a team, how to maintain an active community, Solana vs Ethereum NFTs and why KJ chose Solana, where to start with a Solana generative NFT project, and much more!——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: Belu (Artist)
18-01-2022
NFT Origin Story: Belu (Artist)
Belu has already made a splash in the NFT world despite recently turning just 15 years old. We dive into her origin story and learn how she started building this community at just 11 years old."What I cared about most was building a community of people who liked my art."—BeluWe learn how Belu juggles school, creating art, and social media, what her friends think of her success in NFTs, and much more.Follow Belu on Twitter and check out her collections on OpenSea.——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!
NFT Origin Story: Gavin Meeler (Artist)
11-01-2022
NFT Origin Story: Gavin Meeler (Artist)
After talking to Gavin I quickly learned that his success as an artist wasn't by accident. It was from his pure tenacity and drive to live life on his terms by learning, creating, experimenting, and relentlessly doing what it takes to win."Everyone always said, 'Well, you should do something more practical.' And I just didn't care because it's very simple: you just keep doing it until you're there."—Gavin MeelerGrowing up, Gavin read every book he could find about celebrities and being financially successful out of fear that he would get stuck in a bad financial place. But it was when he discovered Gary Vaynerchuk that he finally found his person. Gary inspired him to try the flip game, buying items at garage sales and thrift shops and selling them elsewhere for a profit. But one day there was a video with Gary V and Fewocious describing NFTs that changed Gavin's trajectory forever.Gavin's is an amazing story that has an unexpected, full circle return of Gary V at multiple, impactful moments in his story, culminating with an unexpected, but all too fitting purchase of one of Gavin's NFTs."When anything happens two times it means you're on to something or you got lucky twice. It's possible that you got lucky twice, but you're probably on to something."—Gavin MeelerThis is a wonderful conversation and I'm so honored to be the one to help tell Gavin's story.Be sure to follow him on Twitter at @gavinmeeler and find his NFT collections below:Meeler's CreationsGavin's WorldPotato Head by Meeler——SUPPORT THE SHOW _Join the PatreonRate on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyBuy the Gear _Rode PodMic (Microphone)Rodecaster Pro II (Mixer)XLR CableSony ZV-1 (Camera)Peak Design Travel TripodAputure Amaran 200d (Light)Shoot Through Umbrella (Light Diffuser)Aputure Amaran MC (Pocket Light)Westcott Compact Light StandSony A7iv (Pro Camera)Sony 20mm F1.8 (Pro Lens)Sony 35mm F1.4 (Pro Lens)Sony 50mm F1.2 (Pro Lens)CONNECT WITH JEFF _YouTube / Twitter / Instagram / TikTokVERTICAL VIDEO, MADE SIMPLE _Subscribe to VERT.video to get unlimited vertical videos, clipped from your existing content, all done for you.BECOME A MAVEN _A huge thank you to Amara Andrew for handling the live video production on the show. Work with her at MavenbyAmara.com and build your video empire together.——Starting Now is a SPYR PodcastMore SPYR Podcasts _Kidney Stone Diet / By AmaraEverything SPYR _SPYR / BYLT / VERT.videoSome of the links above may be affiliate links which means that I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!