How I Create Me

How I Create Me

For many expressive folks, our productivity is divergent. It doesn’t fit a 9-5 routine or trendy coaching tips. And yet! Many of us find unique ways to produce–creatively–while also thriving in the commercial world.  How I Create Me hosts conversations with these remarkable humans.  We’re gonna chat about how we craft our personal and professional selves. How we build identities and skills.

We think they deserve attention. We carry them through life, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, they also carry us.

It can be discouraging to consume business-oriented content. It’s usually laden with pithy advice that doesn’t apply. And there’s a frustrating spectrum of opinions. We’re told to stay true to our idiosyncrasies, profits, and performance reviews be damned. We’re told to rein it in if consumers or corporations aren’t buying our personal brand.

So, as we mitigate these tensions, instead of “one-size fits all” tips and tricks, we’ll be sharing:

👉 Distinct stories from our creative journeys

👉 Impediments we’ve overcome--or are still wrestling with today

👉 Insights we’ve gathered along the way

There will be some quirky questions. And you’ll get to know us better as the remarkable humans we are…

I hope you’ll join us.  Together, we can find resonance in each others’ stories. We can find the courage to keep going--or the wisdom to try something different.

So come get amongst it.  Join the HICM Family at HowICreate.Me.

Proudly sponsored by The Frame Brain at FrameBrain.co.

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Episodes

How I Create Me - Season 2 Announcement
01-09-2022
How I Create Me - Season 2 Announcement
Hello remarkable humans! Your host, Jessica, here, to share a quick show update. How I Create Me is wrapping Season 1 with Episode 17, and we’ll be back with Season 2 on January 12, 2023. For many businesses, Q4 can be an essential time of both intensive retrospective and ambitious planning. For many creatives, the changing seasons and slate of new year holidays can be an essential time of ritualized connection with Nature, community, and self. We’ll give each other space to embrace these moments for all their value, and we’ll reconvene to celebrate more stories of divergent productivity in 2023. In the meanwhiles, if you want to stay connected, share ideas, ask questions, or generally get amongst it, visit howicreate.me or find us on any of the socials @howicreateme. A deep and heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s welcomed us into their headspace: it’s a sacred sphere, and we take the invitation seriously. Thank you for listening. Further gratitude to our Season 1 guests: You make me and our world better by sharing so generously of yourself. May your forward payment come back around to you more abundant than when you gave it. Special thanks to our production team at Chat with Leaders Media: Jeff Bond, Quentin Thomas, Catherine Tran, and Georgette Eva and our show sponsor, The Frame Brain. This podcast is the best part of my week. Wishing you and yours many merry months! Cheers to 2023!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12. Art as Medicine Gets a New Opportunity to Make an Impact
23-06-2022
12. Art as Medicine Gets a New Opportunity to Make an Impact
In today’s episode, Jessica sits down with Chris Appleton, Founder & CEO of Sewn Arts and the Art Pharmacy. You’ll hear how Chris and his team are creating a solution for care providers to prescribe and refer patients to health-improving arts & culture experiences, how they’re uniquely bringing together key stakeholders in the healthcare and arts communities, and how creatives can meet people where they are with their craft’s life-giving therapy. More about Chris Appleton Chris Appleton is the Founder & CEO of Sewn Arts and the Art Pharmacy, a solution through which care providers prescribe and refer patients to arts & culture interventions that improve mental health and emotional well-being.  A social entrepreneur, Chris has spent his career developing organizations where the arts meet civic life. Previously, Chris was Co-founder and Executive Director of WonderRoot, where he was focused on social change movement-building through the arts. Chris and his work have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, Fast Company, and more. Chris has been honored with numerous awards, including the Americans for the Arts National Emerging Leader Award, Emory Center for Creativity and the Arts Community Impact Award, and New Leaders Council Alumni Award. He was a special guest at the 2011 White House Youth Summit, a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Atlanta, and received honors such as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, Georgia Trend’s 100 Notable Georgians, Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2014, and World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. Currently pursuing his Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chris is engaged in a range of initiatives beyond his professional work. He helped build Vote with Dignity, a healthy democracy effort to improve the voting experience through line-warming and neighborhood engagement. He has served on numerous boards including the Grady Health System’s Ambassador Force, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Americans for the Arts EL Council, Alliance Theatre Advisory Board, Health Connect South Advisory Board, and more. Chris lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Annie, and two young children, Alexander and June. RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE For more information on Chris Appleton and the Art Pharmacy, check out www.artpharmacy.org & https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-appleton-atl/To explore the Arts and Health Matrix from the Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Council for the Arts, check out https://www.aerodatalab.org/arts-and-health  CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.com Produced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11. The Importance Of Shooting Your Shots
09-06-2022
11. The Importance Of Shooting Your Shots
In today’s episode, Jessica chats  with standup comedian, podcaster and creator, Damon Sumner, to learn more about his story of becoming a comedian, meeting the moment, taking chances, and fruits of persistence.  Fast forward twelve years, and Damon brings us practical advice on how to navigate the complexities of building your brand, taking chances, being persistent, and staying positive.  MORE ABOUT DAMONDamon Sumner has been bringing laughter to people’s lives even before he held a mic on a stage. He has continued to hone his craft and every time he touches the stage, he delivers hilarious stories about his upbringing, and witty, high-energy observations of everyday life.  Since starting stand up in Atlanta, Damon has shared the stage with numerous headliners, like Iliza, Brent Morin, Todd Glass, Sarah Tiana, George Wallace, and so many more. He can be seen on The Weather Channel’s “Weather Gone Viral”, The Circle Network’s “Standup Nashville”, and EPIX’s “Unprotected Sets. He co-hosts a relationship podcast with his wife, “Sum it Up with The Sumners”, is ⅓ of the hilarious sports podcast, “Forth and Ten” and runs shows all-around the ATL.  Damon has also performed in illustrious comedy festivals around the U.S. including the Laughing Skull Festival, Red Clay Festival, Dallas Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Comedy Festival and was a semifinalist for the American Black Film Festival's Comedy Wings Competition, sponsored by HBO. If you didn’t know, he’s about to become your new, favorite comic. RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE Links to follow Damon at https://linktr.ee/damonsumner  CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10. Building A Bespoke Buttercream Cake Business To 100K+ Followers Combined On TikTok And Instagram
26-05-2022
10. Building A Bespoke Buttercream Cake Business To 100K+ Followers Combined On TikTok And Instagram
In this episode, Jessica sits down with Miri Nadler to unpack her inspiring story of overcoming adversity and building her hugely successful cake business that now has over 100K combined followers on TikTok and Instagram… and growing! Miri is originally from Los Angeles where she began her food blog in 2009 called “Miri in the Village.” She set out to teach herself how to bake, and in the process, perfect her recipes, technique, and flavor pairings. While in LA, Miri worked in the administration of a luxury bakery, where she received a front-row education on how to run a kitchen. Though she explored many culinary avenues on her blog, Miri’s biggest strength and deepest passion has always been pastries. In 2016, Miri and her family moved to North Carolina, and are currently settled in Charlotte. Having seen women in Asia use palette knives to decorate cakes on Instagram, Miri made her 2019 New Year’s resolution to figure out how to do the same. It wasn’t long until Miri mastered the craft and developed her own unique style. An Instagram account and several requests for orders later, Ten Bloom Cakes was born. Miri is delighted to have the support of her husband and two young sons as she starts on this brand new endeavor! RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE Follow https://www.tiktok.com/@mirinadlerFollow https://www.instagram.com/mirinadlercakesFollow https://www.facebook.com/MiriNadlerCakesFollow https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEQFaUP-phH2A9i6UpGxqOQ Visit online at https://www.10bloomcakes.com CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05.  Debunking The Myths Around Who's Creative And Who's Not
17-03-2022
05. Debunking The Myths Around Who's Creative And Who's Not
Ask 12 Italian grandmothers for their special tomato sauce recipe, and you will get thirteen different answers. They will all use tomatoes, olive oil, basil… but the quantities will vary, as will the one special ingredient everyone has. A business is the same: it is the combination of service, values, and culture that makes each one unique. Rebecca Brizi brings management consulting services to small businesses, examining each of her clients to discover what their special, unique recipe is, and to build a plan for all those separate ingredients to function well together, so the business owners can focus on what they do best: their craft.  Rebecca built her career managing the many moving ingredients of a software company, joining at the initial startup phase and moving the company through a major product change, to establishing a new office and subsidiary company in the United States. This office was generating more than 45% of the company’s business growth (by volume and value) within 3 years. Jessica sits down with Rebecca to talk about the creative side of management consulting, how creativity can be seen in multiple professions (not just the Arts), and some fantastic ways to approach learning and development in our creative careers. RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE Visit Rebecca’s website https://rgbrizi.com (and her blog: https://rgbrizi.com/blog/)Rebecca’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFhkoqC7DfnFHGRYrxZ1SXgLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rgbrizi/Twitter: https://twitter.com/rgbriziGrab a copy of Rebecca’s book Phrases For Business Success: Or Ideas That Beat Thinking Outside The Box http://rebrand.ly/ct4jn  CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03. When Knowing Your Value And Setting Limits Helps You Think Differently
16-02-2022
03. When Knowing Your Value And Setting Limits Helps You Think Differently
Born and raised in Houston, Texas during the oil boom years of the sixties and seventies, Bill Hawkins began working at age 12. Through his high school years, he worked as a machinist, painter, roofer, hardware store clerk, carpenter, sheet metal worker, and mechanic at a motorcycle salvage yard. He met interesting people, including drug dealers, bikers, a world-class physicist, a CIA field operative, a guy with a machete scar across his face, and an English teacher named Dell Gunter. When he wasn’t working, Bill was playing ball, working on cars, building things in his father’s shop, writing in the journal that Dell Gunter insisted he keep or reading Bradbury, Forsyth, Tolkien, Tolstoy, or Solzhenitsyn. Gunter nudged Bill to pursue his dream of writing, but his life took a different course when he accepted a scholarship to Texas A&M to study electrical engineering. After graduating with degrees in Broadcast Management and Anthropology, Bill picked up a camera to make a living as a freelance photographer. One thing led to another and with his natural drive to write and entertain Bill began to sell DIY articles with a humorous twist to Shutterbug and Handguns Magazine. Bill’s long and twisted path took him into the tech industry, and eventually back to his love of the written word where he insists that he will succeed or die trying. Bill has written five screenplays, six novels, and two novellas. RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE Purchase Bill’s latest book, Armed To The Dentures, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo or go to BillHawkinsWriter.com to learn more. ABOUT Armed To The Dentures Six heavily armed, elderly women, what could possibly go wrong? Swindled of their life savings by their retirement home manager, the ladies of the 4 o’clock poker club are destitute and off the grid. Violet, Marybeth, Mini, Doris, Ruby, and Bernice retire to an abandoned farm. How long can the fragile peace last, with all those years of experience demanding to be unleashed? Each with a full life of success and hardship behind them, the ladies are, to a woman, determined not to be a burden on anyone. But when the FBI fails to retrieve their savings, the reality of dying poor crashes in on them, and desperation and anger push them inexorably toward a life of crime. A direction that not all of them are strangers to. “What happens when five ‘golden years’ escapees set out with a hundred thousand dollars and a rental car on a tropical island? Great fun, that’s what! Hawkins’s tenderness for his characters enriches the wit and wisdom of these golden gals on their high-spirited adventure.” – Barbara Kyle, bestselling author of the Thornleigh Saga novels. CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.comBrought to you by TheFrameBrain.coSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02. Taking Chances And Exploring Multiple Paths Of Professional Creativity
31-01-2022
02. Taking Chances And Exploring Multiple Paths Of Professional Creativity
As Senior Program & Industry Relations Manager at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Shellie Schmals plays a lead role in selecting the nearly 800 films that are considered for each annual Festival. She has 25 years of experience in the non-profit universe, holds an MBA from Brenau University and EDM in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo. As a talent wrangler and producer/emcee, Shellie has been involved in many projects past and present, including Roxie Roz burlesque, Minette Magnifique Burlesque; Georgia Pinup Posse, DanceATL AM Collaborative, and most recently, curated a burlesque/short film collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film & Media (2021). Shellie currently sits on the national board of the Film Festival Alliance, state-wide Georgia Production Partnership as Membership Chair, and locally, as Women in Film & Television Atlanta as Vice President of Programming, coordinates WIFTA industry panels at Dragon Con (Film Track), and for the nationally known Cinema Life Collective, is past co-chair of the WIFTA Short Film & Talent Showcase (2017-2020) and past WIFTA Secretary (2016-2020). Jessica unpacks Shellie’s story of taking chances, finding her creative community, and learning how to navigate relationships that opened doors along the journey. RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE Instagram.com/vonschmalsLinkedin.com/in/shellieschmalsFacebook.com/shellie.schmalsTwitter.com/shellieschmalsShoutOutAtlanta.com/meet-shellie-schmals-creative-curator-burlesque-producer CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comMusic🎵 madirfan from PixabayProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.comBrought to you by TheFrameBrain.coSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01. When Saying Yes To 9-5 Makes MORE Room For Your Creativity
30-01-2022
01. When Saying Yes To 9-5 Makes MORE Room For Your Creativity
A true explorer and creative, Atlanta artist Meredith Ochoa has been reinventing alternative and digital processes since 2007.  As part of her body of work, Meredith has developed a new portable scanning process in which the subject becomes the "negative" through digital degradation with a portable wand of light.  The portable scanner describes the subject through a life-size depiction of the number of pixels the subject amounts to. Meredith received her Masters of Art from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)and has recently started a 13-year 'Every Phase' series revealing how she healed herself from Endometriosis with the lesser-known feminine infradian rhythm clock in contrast to the masculine, 24-hour clock or 'every day' lifestyle.  The series is also a direct response to and inspired by Beeple's $70 million 'Everydays' NFT project.  Jessica sits down to Meredith to learn about her journey of overcoming significant obstacles and challenges to find her creative self and authentic approach to building relationships with her collectors. RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE art // meredithochoa.comEvery Phase series - meredithochoa.com/every-phasephoto portfolio // anotherfingartist.comsubscribe // art is not what you see...newsletter CREDITS Music🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comMusic🎵 madirfan from PixabayProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.comBrought to you by TheFrameBrain.coSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Presenting How I Create Me
28-01-2022
Presenting How I Create Me
For many expressive folks, our productivity is divergent. It doesn’t fit a 9-5 routine or trendy coaching tips. And yet! Many of us find unique ways to produce–creatively–while also thriving in the commercial world.  How I Create Me hosts conversations with these remarkable humans.  We’re gonna chat about how we craft our personal and professional selves. How we build identities and skills. We think they deserve attention. We carry them through life, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, they also carry us. It can be discouraging to consume business-oriented content. It’s usually laden with pithy advice that doesn’t apply. And there’s a frustrating spectrum of opinions. We’re told to stay true to our idiosyncrasies, profits, and performance reviews be damned. We’re told to rein it in if consumers or corporations aren’t buying our personal brand. So, as we mitigate these tensions, instead of “one-size fits all” tips and tricks, we’ll be sharing:  Distinct stories from our creative journeysImpediments we’ve overcome--or are still wrestling with todayInsights we’ve gathered along the way There will be some quirky questions. And you’ll get to know us better as the remarkable humans we are… I hope you’ll join us.  Together, we can find resonance in each others’ stories. We can find the courage to keep going--or the wisdom to try something different. So come get amongst it.  Join the HICM Family at HowICreate.Me. Proudly sponsored by The Frame Brain at FrameBrain.co. CREDITS Theme Music 🎵Tri_Tachyon on Pond5.comProduced by ChatWithLeadersMedia.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.