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CYOP #82 - Learning Your Craft + Making it Work with Photographer William Thompson

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CYOP #82 - Learning Your Craft + Making it Work with Photographer William Thompson


Today’s interview brings me to Common Space here in Sacramento, California to interview photographer William Thompson. Until recently, I actually had no idea that William had a day job. Because his photos are so stunning, I pretty much assumed he made a living taking them.
 
However, he doesn’t—at least not yet. He’s got a full-time job working in the banking industry and hopes to one day turn his side hustle into his main hustle. It was great talking to William because I think he’s currently in a place most of us can relate to. He’s working on a lot of different types of projects, trying to figure out what type of photography he likes best and continually practicing to get better at his craft. And he does it knowing that right now the bills are paid by his day job.

As many of you know, I really enjoy talking with people who are at different stages of their career and, even though I’m in a different industry, I’ve been right where William is right now in his photography career. 

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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"I wasn't good when I started. I was awful, but I wanted to be good. So, I put in the work to get there." -- William Thompson, photographer // creatingyourownpath.com

SHOW NOTES:

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CYOP #81 - The Art of the Pivot with Shannon Washington of INVNT + Parlour Magazine

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CYOP #81 - The Art of the Pivot with Shannon Washington of INVNT + Parlour Magazine

Shannon Washington of INVNT + Parlour Magazine + Feminist Enough // creatingyourownpath.com

I came across Shannon Washington’s work thanks to an article on Refinery29, in which they named her a "Next Gen CEO." She’s a self-proclaimed multi-hyphenate creative who currently works at live media company, INVNT, and runs the travel and lifestyle publication, Parlour Magazine.

In the interview, we talk about how Shannon has become someone who both loves stretching herself to learn new skills and someone who knows when to delegate. She also chats about the mindset shift that allowed her to view work in a more fluid way, why her career pivots have been the key to her success and the realities behind all of those “quit your day job to follow you dreams” mantras we always seem to hear. 

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"I just love what I do. I look at Monday like I look at Saturday." - Shannon Washington, Parlour Magazine // creatingyourownpath.com

SHOW NOTES:

Follow along with Shannon's adventures:



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CYOP #79 - Taking Sabbaticals + Pursuing Parallel Careers with Author Karan Bajaj

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CYOP #79 - Taking Sabbaticals + Pursuing Parallel Careers with Author Karan Bajaj

Today’s guest is author Karan Bajaj. He’s written three books while being employed by various large companies and is currently the CMO of a startup. In the episode, we chat about his 4-1-4 rule (4 years working, 1 year off, 4 years working, etc.), which he uses to plan out his sabbaticals. We also dive in to the reason he feels compelled to pursue his parallel careers, his best advice to those considering a sabbatical, how his latest break inspired and allowed him to write his latest novel, why he thinks career pressure stifles creativity and much more...

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