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CYOP #127 - Lessons Learned from the First CYOP Artist Residency: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #127 - Lessons Learned from the First CYOP Artist Residency: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

The full collection of CYOP Art Prints — coming to  the shop  soon! 

The full collection of CYOP Art Prints — coming to the shop soon! 


Today is the final episode of Season 4! I'm wrapping things up with a co-hosted chat with this year’s CYOP Artist Resident Melanie Biehle and we're talking all about the artist residency. When I launched the CYOP Artist Residency, I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted it to roll out, but I learned a lot throughout the season and Melanie did too.

In the episode, Melanie and I chat about what we loved about the residency, what we learned, and what we might do differently next time. Melanie also shares some really great advice for those who might want to participate in any type of residency in the near future and some updates about her work as she prepares to close out the year.

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CYOP #117 - Taking a Step Back from your Business: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #117 - Taking a Step Back from your Business: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

I’m back with Melanie Biehle today for another co-hosted chat! As many of you know, Melanie is the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident and today we’re talking all about taking a step back from your business in an effort to gain clarity, do some strategic planning, and figure out what’s working. 

In this episode, we cover a little bit about what taking a step back means to each of us in our respective businesses, what taking a break might look like from day to day, and what happens — both the good and the bad — when we get out of production and promotion mode and give ourselves the opportunity to see the forest for the trees.

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The CYOP Art Prints Have Arrived! See Also: One More Way to Support the Residency.

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The CYOP Art Prints Have Arrived! See Also: One More Way to Support the Residency.

Art Print - "If you like it, great. If not, turn the page." — Melanie Biehle from Episode #101 of the  Creating Your Own Path  podcast
"Nothing is set in stone. You just have to do it and see what happens." — Dawn Marie Hoo of Drifter Organics from Episode 104 of the  Creating Your Own Path  podcast.
"Trust that you're going to figure it out." — Rebecca Plumb of Honey Agency from Episode #108 of the  Creating Your Own Path  podcast.

That's right! I'm excited to share that the first three art prints created through the 2017 CYOP Artist Residency are now available in the shop

If you're on the Shop Update newsletter list, you got a pretty rocking deal this weekend. (Thanks to those who've already ordered prints! If you're not on the list and missed the deal, you'll want to get signed up here to catch the next one.)

Here's the thing: these art prints are a labor of love. I have been capturing words of wisdom from podcast guests for nearly four years and I have always wanted to see them represented in a beautiful way.

Enter: the CYOP Artist Residency and Melanie Biehle. I could not have wished for a better first collaboration. Melanie's work is stunning and her desire to truly represent the words of CYOP guests in the best way possible makes me so damn happy.

What you need to know about how this whole residency thing works is that, from the very beginning, I was committed to making sure that I assumed all of the risk involved in creating physical products relating to the podcast.

I made sure I could pay the resident a fair stipend for the work. This means that the work has been commissioned so that Melanie gets paid regardless of whether or not anything in the shop actually sells.

Additionally, it means that not only am I putting up the money to pay a fair rate for an artists' work, I'm also fronting the money to create the products. It's risky and I'll be the first to tell you that some physical products have ridiculously small margins while others are a bit more generous.

It also means that I'll be the one handling order fulfillment (you'll note that I've streamlined the shipping costs—yay!). It was important for me to build a residency that allowed the artist to create and not worry about how the physical products might be made and delivered to the lovely people who order them.

Lastly, I made sure to get permission from each guest who comes on the show so that we could use their words in potential for-sale items. They've all be incredibly gracious about signing on to participate.

So, while there are many products out there created just for the sake of creating (which is a fantastic reason to create products, by the way), these art prints and the other products I hope to develop this year have the added benefit of supporting artists through paid creative opportunities and amplifying important discussions about what it means to create your own path in life.

Many thanks to those who have already supported the cause — if I'm able to sustain the residency again next year, it'll be because of YOU. And if you're looking for art prints that inspire big leaps and ignite steady progress, these babies are made just for you. You can snag your own (they also make stellar gifts) by clicking that button below.

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CYOP #110 - Focus, Motivation + Organization: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #110 - Focus, Motivation + Organization: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

I’m back with Melanie Biehle today for another co-hosted chat! As most of you know, Melanie is the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident and is an incredibly talented artist and designer. If this is your first time listening to the show, I want to welcome you, but I also want to advise you to go back to episode 101 and 106 to learn more about Melanie, her work, and some topics we've covered in the past.

In today's episode, we cover a few topics that we both find a little bit challenging from time to time—motivation, focus, and organization. I think oftentimes all of those things go hand in hand whether you have a 9-5 or you run your own business. We talk about the challenges we both face, what’s worked for us in the past, and things we want to be better at moving forward.  

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CYOP #106 - Making Big Changes + Going with the Flow: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

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CYOP #106 - Making Big Changes + Going with the Flow: A Chat Between Me + Melanie Biehle

Photo: Amy Humphries (@amyjhumphries) via  Twenty20.

Photo: Amy Humphries (@amyjhumphries) via Twenty20.


Today’s show is the first ever co-hosted episode of CYOP! I’m excited to bring the Melanie Biehle back on the show every so often as a cohost. She is an incredibly talented artist and designer and she’s also the 2017 CYOP Artist Resident.

In the episode, we step away from the interview format and just have an open discussion about what’s going on in our respective businesses right now, some of the big changes we’ve both made over the last few months, and how it’s all shaking out.

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SHOW NOTES:

Check out Melanie's art
Melanie on InstagramPinterest + Twitter
Melanie's pop-up event in Seattle
Me on Instagram, Pinterest + Twitter
My office hours
Google Hangouts
Slack
Melissa Camilleri Anicich
Steph Jagger
Thanks to Sandra + Adina (Adina + Zeke's podcast episode) asking awesome questions!

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