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CYOP #126 - Confronting Stereotypes, Speaking Up + Using Your Craft for Good with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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CYOP #126 - Confronting Stereotypes, Speaking Up + Using Your Craft for Good with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.


We’re wrapping up our final three-part series of the season featuring documentary director Sami Abdou and things get pretty heavy today. You can absolutely just listen to this episode and get a lot out of it, but I really recommend you head back to episodes 124 and 125 first, so you can get more context around Sami’s career trajectory and the topics we’re covering.

On the show, we talk about why, for the first time in Sami's life, he feels unwelcome in the country he calls home, why it’s become pretty much impossible for Sami to create just for the sake of creating, and how we can all use our platforms to do good in the world.


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"Never forget your purpose." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 

"Never forget your purpose." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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CYOP #125 - The Importance of Side Projects + Why Personality Matters with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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CYOP #125 - The Importance of Side Projects + Why Personality Matters with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

Photo: Death to the Stock Photo

Photo: Death to the Stock Photo


We’re back with another episode featuring documentary director Sami Abdou. If you're just finding the show, I highly recommend you go back and listen to last week’s episode — episode 124 — before diving into this one. Everything will just make a lot more sense if you do.

On today’s show, I’m talking with Sami about his side projects, what they mean to him, and how he fits them in while he’s working some seriously long hours as a director for the show Intervention. We also talk a lot about the magic of Los Angeles (and some of its dark sides) and why being a solid human being is crucial when you’re looking to be gainfully employed in the entertainment industry — and any industry.

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CYOP #124 - Thinking Strategically About Your Career Path + Making as Often as You Can with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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CYOP #124 - Thinking Strategically About Your Career Path + Making as Often as You Can with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.


Today we’re starting our final three-part series of the season and I’m really excited to be sharing this next guest with you. If you’ve been listening to the show for a bit, you may know that it actually started with a Q&A interview series on my blog before it became a podcast. I really wanted to bring back some of the people I interviewed in 2013 and today we’re getting some updates from my friend Sami Abdou. 

Sami is a documentary director and he works on both small projects and some pretty notable ones. For example, right now he's a director for the TV show, Intervention. In today’s episode, we learn more about Sami’s background and the real story behind why he decided to get into filmmaking, what it’s like to direct documentary films and shows, how his career has evolved over the years and how he stays happy and healthy with his intense work schedule.

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"Just make stuff." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 

"Just make stuff." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

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CYOP #94 - Stretching Yourself Creatively + Embracing Your Voice with Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts

Brooke Barker of Sad Animal Facts // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 94:

Brooke Barker of
Sad Animal Facts

 

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Jennifer E. Snyder

 

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Boaz Frankel

 

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Today’s guest is Brooke Barker of the Instagram-account-turned-book, Sad Animal Facts. I’ve been following Brooke’s Instagram feed, which as you’ll hear in the episode, I came across while we were both participating in The 100 Day Project last year. 

Sad Animal Facts is a project that is exactly what it sounds like; facts about animals that are a little bit sad or melancholy, but with Brooke’s quirky humor driving the treatment of each fact. Her illustrations are adorable and the facts are things that are funny-slash-sad because they’re true. 

In the interview, Brooke and I discuss how her one-a-day Instagram project turned into a book in just over a year, how she’s navigated the new-to-her realm of book publishing, and why she believes in exercising your creative muscles by trying to incorporate new mediums and projects the mix. We also talk about Brooke’s other work and how, even though she gets to work primarily on fun and funny projects, she still has to walk the line between humor and professionalism in her everyday life.

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Sad Animal Facts
Sad Animal Facts on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook
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Send Brooke a fact!

 

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It's Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2017

"In everything you do, if you can get your voice across, then that's a win." — Brooke Barker, Sad Animal Facts // www.creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #93 - Infusing Personality into Your Work with Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

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CYOP #93 - Infusing Personality into Your Work with Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

Becky Simpson of Chipper Things + The Roommate Book // creatingyourownpath.com

CREATING YOUR OWN PATH
EPISODE 93:

Becky Simpson of
Chipper Things + The Roommate Book

 

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Jennifer E. Snyder

 

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Constance Higley

 

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Today’s guest is illustrator Becky Simpson, whose work is a little cheeky and a little quirky, and completely relatable—especially for the ladies tuning in today. If you spend any time on the internet you may have seen Becky’s hilarious “Should I Wash My Hair Today?” flow chart. She’s also created other flow charts that have become favorites, like “Should I Check Email Right Now?” and “Should I wear Pants Today?” I’ve been wanting to get her on the show since last year and I’m so excited to share her story with you! 

In the interview, we talk about process and giving yourself the time to explore creative ideas when they make an appearance in our lives. Becky also goes into detail about her first book deal and how she was able to bring that book to life even though she didn’t have a large number of blog readers or social media followers. One thing I really appreciated hearing from Becky is how she’s been able to incorporate her brand of humor into all of her work without feeling as though she’s sacrificing professionalism. We talk quite a bit about the invisible line between letting our personalities show through our work and keeping things professional and I love Becky’s approach. 

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