Book Brief: Creative Careers by B. Jeffrey Madoff

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Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas B. Jeffrey Madoff Hachette Go, 2020 The Idea Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience. Born from Madoff’s popular seminar Creative Careers at Parsons School of Design in New York, he draws from interviews with huge names in creativity as well as a lifetime career in fashion and film. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you. […]

A Troubling Tony Winner

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The very first show I had my name on as a producer on Broadway was called The Scottsboro Boys.  Those of you in the theatre may have heard of it, but many people will not know the show because it only ran for two months on Broadway and while almost every interview I have done has asked me about how I became a producer, I have never been asked about why I decided to raise money for that show. For those who have never heard of the show, it was a musical that dealt with the famous Scottsboro case in which 9 Black […]

Cutting the Cord

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2015: I had no idea I was making a huge business mistake… I was officially a full-time photographer and I signed a lease on a beautiful studio because professional photographers need a studio space right? Mind you at the time I had NO revenue, NO clients, and NO marketing strategy. You might be laughing to yourself, but every day I talk to freelancers, founders and solopreneurs making a different version of this same mistake. “FIRST I NEED……” You might think you need the perfect website, or one more round of revision, the right connections, the right gear, the right representation, […]

My Career Story: Michael Krol, Software Entrepreneur

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Name: Michael Krol Current Job: Founder & CEO of Germinate LLC, Co-Founder of BEHCA LLC Current Place: Portland, OR Hometown: Woodstock, Illinois (Chicago area) > Denver, Colorado > San Francisco, California > Portland, Oregon > Dorado, Puerto Rico > Portland, Oregon Age: 46 What I wanted to be when I grew up: Graphic Designer College degree: BA in Graphic Design from University of Northern Colorado, continuing education in programming from the Art Institute of Colorado What do you love about what you do? Most of all I love being able to have the skills and the knowledge to create a […]

My Career Story: Heidi Busche, Relationship Coach

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Name: Heidi Busche Current Job: Speaker, Author, Relationship Expert.  Founder of Heidi B Coaching. Current Place: Portland, OR by way of Iowa, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Ireland. Hometown: Bettendorf, IA Age: 40 What I wanted to be when I grew up: Madonna – I can remember being like, I want to major in music with a minor in Madonna. College degree: Bachelor of Science (BS); Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.  Masters of Science (MS); Political Science, Portland State University What do you love about what you do? I love all of the PR that comes with owning a business and marketing […]

My Career Story: Dan Hawk, Photographer

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Name: Dan Hawk Current Job: Dan Hawk Photography, LLC Current Place: Portland, Oregon  Hometown: A small town in Southern Oregon called Myrtle Point Age: 45 What I wanted to be when I grew up: A Fighter Pilot College degree: BS in Music from Western Oregon University What do you love about what you do? In previous careers, I was either selling a product or service that was intended to fit a lot of different types for customers, which meant it wasn’t the perfect fit for most.    When I started my photography career, that was one thing I decided I […]

My Career Story: Lori Eberly, That F*ckery Lady

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Name: Lori Eberly, LCSW Current Job: Founder of Radius, providing executive coaching & development Current Place: Portland, OR  Hometown: Born in NYC, raised in Chester, VA Age: 46  What I wanted to be when I grew up: Hospice social worker College degree: MSW from Portland State University What do you love about what you do? Collaborating with really smart people. What is the biggest challenge? Leaders who aren’t willing to address their own f*ckery. What has made your career journey unique? I knew I wanted to be a social worker since I was 16 years old. At the end of undergrad, […]

My Career Story: Celinda Appleby, Talent Attraction

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Name: Celinda Appleby, my friends call me Celly  Current Job: Director, Global Talent Attraction Visa  Current Place: Portland, OR  Hometown: Silver Spring, MD Age: 🤐 What I wanted to be when I grew up: Lawyer, or a backup dancer for JLo College degree: BA in Business, Trinity University  What do you love about what you do? I love designing foundational recruitment strategies that deliver premium candidate experiences. I’ve enjoyed making the magic happen at big brands like Nike and Oracle, where my influence on their talent brand still lives on.  What is the biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is not […]

My Career Story: Michael Roderick, SuperConnector

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Name: Michael Roderick Current Job: Founder of Small Pond Enterprises LLC and host of the Access To Anyone Podcast Current Place: New York City  Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island Age: 41 What I wanted to be when I grew up: A Teacher College degree: Double Major in Theatre Performance and Secondary Ed. English from Rhode Island College, then a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University.  What do you love about what you do? I love helping people see more in themselves and finding new and innovative ways to help them spread their message.  What is the biggest challenge? Entrepreneurship […]

June 2020: Career Stories

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Watching President Obama’s virtual commencement addresses in May, I was inspired to do something to support this year’s grads. If I could give them one gift, what would it be? The answer: self confidence. Not in the swagger sense (although I wish them some of that too). I’d wish them that centered, calm state that they’ve got this, that things will work out fine, that it’s all good, and that a sense of “it’s all just a game” can relieve the anxiety of feeling like you have to have it all perfectly planned out from the kickoff. The best way […]