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CYOP #35 - Building a Supportive Community with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

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CYOP #35 - Building a Supportive Community with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

Episode 35 - Creating Your Own Path with Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative and The Yellow Conference

On today's show, I'm chatting with talented graphic designer and founder of The Yellow Conference, Joanna Waterfall. While I was in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to visit her Burbank office space to learn more about her career path, background and everything she's got in the works this year.

Listen in as we chat about the importance of staying grounded when you're surrounded by fun and inspiring things, why The Yellow Conference is filling a void Joanna noticed in the world of women's conferences and the reason she and her team are taking to crowdfunding to help build, grow and support the female creative community.

Happy listening!


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"Life is so short [...]. Take risks." -- Joanna Waterfall of Waterfall Creative + The Yellow Conference

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Life Lessons Learned From the First CYOP Road Trip

Los Angeles // Hollywood Bowl Overlook on Mulholland Drive

The thing about stretching yourself and moving beyond your comfort zone as a creative is that while you think you're setting out to learn more about a craft, you're actually learning how to be better at life.

I'm now back from my whirlwind Creating Your Own Path (CYOP) road trip to LA and I'm reflecting on what I've learned from the adventure. It was full of great conversations, delicious coffee, amazing food, adorable neighborhoods, crazy traffic and celebrity sightings (It's true! These two came into The Village Bakery just after me to get breakfast on Sunday Morning! Don't worry—I totally played it cool. #nothingtoseehere). The trip was very fun—no doubt about it—but it was also full of lessons.

Here are a few take-aways I've been feeling the need to share:

Trust that it will all work out.
I haven't spent much time in LA as an adult (that brief experience driving from LAX to Palm Springs during rush hour last year doesn't really count) and I truly didn't have a great lay of the land. I knew I would need to at least try to schedule interviews by location and as I reached out to people, I did my best to make sure I could get where I needed to go in a timely fashion. I wasn't 100% sure that I'd get my timing just right, that traffic would cooperate or that I'd be able to schlep my gear in an efficient matter. This trip was the ultimate experiment to see if I could take this show on the road. And I did. It all worked out. That said, I was a little nervous about it beforehand. Those nerves probably kept me organized, but I really need to trust that anything I set out to do will probably work out just the way it's supposed to. 

Jumping to conclusions is a bad idea.
We often hear about the pace of certain cities—LA, New York, Chicago, San Fransisco. We hear that you've got to hustle, that creating on your own is a cut-throat career choice, that it's every person for him/herself and that many people just don't "make it." As I sat down to chat with people who have chosen to call LA home, I realized that I had made a few assumptions about what I might hear. Boy, was I wrong. I have never seen such a community-focused vibe coming from such a wide array of creators. I chatted with artists, designers, writers, community builders, filmmakers and musicians—and they all talked about how supportive the LA scene is right now. I expected to hear negativity and was met with openness, positivity and a distinct undercurrent of camaraderie. It was pretty refreshing, to say the least.

There is always more than one right way.
Intellectually, I've always known this to be true. Yet, I find myself questioning my way of doing things. Many journalists or audio interviewers who intend to record content in the field may use a certain set-up. Mine looks completely different. Does that mean it's "wrong?" Of course not! This trip—from idea to completion—was one giant attempt to create something based on a hunch that it might be cool. There isn't exactly a road map for what a podcast road trip is supposed to look like. So, I built it—step by step—the only way I know how: my way. And it worked. 

Los Angeles // Hollywood Bowl Overlook on Mulholland Drive

The entire adventure was an experiment, to be honest. Thankfully, I think it went really well! So if you're trying to create something from nothing, just remember: things may not go exactly as planned, but they will work out; keep an open mind because what you end up seeing or hearing may surprise you in the best way possible; and trust that your way is the right way for you.

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Many thanks to those I met up with last week and to all of you who followed this adventure over on Instagram. There will definitely be more road trips in the near future—you can count on that! I cannot wait to share the next six weeks worth of interviews with you, my friends. Stay tuned!


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CYOP #18 - The Power of Connecting Around the Table with Chef Sylvanna Mislang of The Roaming Spoon

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CYOP #18 - The Power of Connecting Around the Table with Chef Sylvanna Mislang of The Roaming Spoon

Chef Sylvanna Mislang of   The Roaming Spoon

Chef Sylvanna Mislang of The Roaming Spoon


Meet Chef Sylvanna Mislang, everyone! She is the mastermind behind the incredibly popular vegan pop-up dining experience, The Roaming Spoon. She's been a professional chef for years, works at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (where she's supplied with endless amounts of inspiration for new dishes) and now creates dozens of sold-out pop-up events throughout the city.

She joined me earlier this month at ThinkHouse where we discussed everything: from why she stopped working in restaurants and what her mentors taught her over the years to her favorite show-stopping dishes and how she's bringing vegan food to the non-vegan masses. Even if you don't live in Sacramento and aren't into vegan food, I think you'll get a lot out of this episode. Enjoy!


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Episode description: Today I'm joined at ThinkHouse Collective by professional chef and creator of The Roaming Spoon, Sylvanna Mislang. The Roaming Spoon is a vegan pop-up dining experience launched by Chef Syl in 2013 that has been met with rave reviews and sold-out events.

In the interview, we discuss her career path, why she decided to focus on vegan food even though she's not vegan, the dishes her guests can't stop talking about and the importance of connecting around a table with good food. Happy listening!


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Special thanks to ThinkHouse Collective in Midtown Sacramento for the use of their recording space.

 

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Why I Interview So Many Locals for Creating Your Own Path

Sacramento

As you can imagine, I get quite a bit of feedback from my podcast listeners and, I must say, it's awesome. I love when you all offer up new ideas and suggest potential guests. One thing I've noticed, however, is that several people have mentioned that I interview a lot of people from Sacramento. I've even received feedback noting that the show might be more popular if I interviewed more people outside of my fair city. This feedback—while I'm sure was offered up with no ill will toward me, the show or Sacramento—surprised me since some of my most popular episodes feature guests who live and create here in the area.

But here's the thing: I've honestly never thought about my guests that way. In my mind, I'm simply tapping into my extended network of insanely talented individuals and many of them just happen to live in or around Sacramento. If I were in... say... New York, Chicago or L.A., I'm not sure geography would even come up as an issue. Admittedly, I love interviewing people face-to-face and local guests make that a possibility. I'm also very proud to have so many creative people living here who are making Sacramento a better place and I think their work and their stories transcend location. 

I believe that every city has at least a small group of creative souls doing amazing things. I hope I get to interview people from all over the globe, eventually, but why wouldn't I start in my own backyard? To take it a step further, why wouldn't I choose to interview people who might not be super well-known in the blogging/podcast world—people who aren't necessarily making the rounds on the interview circuit? Aren't their stories worth sharing too?

So next time you listen to the show, I urge you to listen for the overarching themes, the incredible stories and the amazing bits of wisdom within each episode. I think supporting your local community is important when it comes to being a successful creative business owner, but I think we can learn a little something from everyone—no matter what town they decide to call home.


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