Getting Ready for Episode 20: Ask Me Anything

Ask me anything!

Posts like these are a bit terrifying. Here I am, about to ask you all to essentially interview me for my show and all I can keep thinking is, "What if you all don't send me any questions? What if no one listens to the show because, you know... I'm not that interesting?"

While all of these thoughts constantly swirl around in my mind (and they do with most passion projects, if I'm being honest), I'm still doing it. I've committed myself to being a little braver each day and throwing this out into the universe is just part of the challenge.

Some of you have mentioned that you love the podcast, but don't really know much about me—my work, my creative path, my hobbies, my life, my fears, my joys, etc. Since the show is generally about the creative paths of others, that makes sense. However, that doesn't mean I can't let you in on my story from time to time, right?

That's where this show comes in—and you get to decide how the interview progresses.

Here's how it works:

Anyone out there in the world will be able to ask me questions about my backstory, work, life, adventure, creativity and everything in between (Within reason, of course. My family listens to the show!) and I'll do my best to answer as many as I can in the episode.

Each person can ask a question one of four ways:

  • Via email (Subject line: Ask Me Anything Show)
  • Via Twitter (using #askJSanything)
  • The comment section on this post
  • Via voice message (see below)

Audio How-To: Voice memo is probably the most exciting option because I think it would be AMAZING to actually hear from you on the show. So, you can simply use the widget above to record (be sure to include your name and email, so I can tell readers who you are and send you a HUGE thank you after the show!) I do recommend using a headset to record, if possible, as it improves sound quality a bit. But seriously, high-five for technology. I found this recording app thanks to Jess Lively of The Lively Show and it's SO cool!

As for the timeline, I'm hoping to have all of the questions back by December 12th so I have time to record and edit the show. My goal is to go live with this episode on December 23rd before I take a little holiday break. 

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Sounds fun, right? Are you up for it? Is there anything you'd like to know? I can't wait to see what you all send my way!


Episode 17 - Creating Your Own Path with Singer/Songwriter Autumn Sky Hall

Autumn Sky Hall // Singer, songwriter and front woman for the band Autumn Sky.

Autumn Sky Hall // Singer, songwriter and front woman for the band Autumn Sky.


I've always been drawn to musicians. I'm not sure if it's due to my intense stage fright or my deep appreciation for the the perfect lyric, but I've always held those who write, compose and perform music in high regard. Autumn Sky Hall grabbed my attention several years ago and has always struck me as one to watch. She kindly joined me at ThinkHouse yesterday to chat about her creative journey and where she sees her music career heading in the years to come. Whether you're looking to pursue music in some way or you're simply a fan of the good stuff, I think you'll get a good dose of inspiration from this show. Happy listening!


FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Creativity is not a competition." -Autumn Sky Hall // creatingyourownpath.com

LISTEN:

On today's show I'm joined at ThinkHouse Collective by Autumn Sky Hall of the band Autumn Sky. 

Listen in as she chats about her career, how she views earning money from creative pursuits, where she finds inspiration, how her sound differs now that she's got a band and why it's so important to operate from a place of kindness.


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RECORDING SPONSOR:

 

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

 

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I hope you've enjoyed listening to the episode as much I enjoyed creating it, my friends. If you'd like to support this podcast, you can do so by heading over to iTunes to subscribe, rate and review the show. You can also keep up with the podcast over on Stitcher Radio. I really do appreciate your feedback and support! 


5 Ways to Support a Creative this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

5 Ways to Support a Creative this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

I know what you're thinking. It's too early to be talking about the holidays, right?

Well, stick with me here. I've been wanting to write about how those of us in the creative community can support one another for quite some time. I often find myself supporting various creative projects, ventures, ideas and products and it's an important part of my business platform. Yet, I know I can be doing more. So, I've come up with some fun ways to cheer on my fellow creatives this holiday season (and all year long)!

BUY LOCAL

We've all got that friend who sells his or her handmade creations at a local craft fair, right? Or maybe we know someone who recently opened a boutique? Or perhaps that local musician whose jams you have on repeat just dropped an album? I'm personally trying to be better at supporting these types of creative folks by shopping locally. There are a ton of holiday events geared specifically toward supporting local creatives, so why not see if we can get some holiday shopping done right here at home (wherever home might be for you)? You'll be supporting a fellow creative while checking your list twice—two birds, am I right?

TAKE A CLASS

The old saying, "those who can't do, teach" is just plain wrong. If there's anything the internet has taught me it's that those who teach these days not only do, but they do what they do very well. So well, in fact, that they decide to share what they know with all of us. If you have the time and head space for it, might I recommend taking an online class? Or why not find a class you can join locally? Learning a craft or skill can be super rewarding both in-person and online. You can explore new-to-you things or brush up on a skill you've learned and forgotten. And who knows, you just might make new friends in class!

SHOP INTENTIONALLY

This is another place I'm trying to improve. I often find myself at a big box store because of time constraints, the convenience of it all or—let's face it—budget. That said, shopping intentionally can go a long way. I'm always happier with a purchase if I know how it was made, where it was made and who made it. Sometimes cost might be a factor, but when I intentionally seek out skilled makers, I know I'm going to get a higher quality product. So, this year I'm trying to look for fewer things that are made exceptionally well by really great people. (Hint: I'm finding a lot of my new favorites on Instagram!)

BACK OR DONATE

This might be my favorite way to support creatives right now. Thanks to sites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, Patreon and other donation platforms, creatives and their peers can work together to make big things happen. While I can't possibly support every worthy project out there, I've taken to supporting the projects that really resonate with me. For example, a dear friend of mine recently launched a fundraiser for the scholarship she's created with through her business. I was so thrilled to support it! And when it comes to backing crowdfunded projects that offer perks, I always try to donate at a level that will get me something awesome in return. I've got three Christmas presents on the way thanks to a few successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns. Win, win!  

SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, FOLLOW AND REVIEW

I realize that we don't all have the budgets to support creatives financially. In fact, I recently pulled back on my support of some projects this year so that I could support other projects in other ways. That doesn't mean I don't believe in the projects I'm no longer supporting financially, it's just my way of spreading the love! That said, I can still show my support in the form of interaction. I can follow the social media feeds of various projects and creators. I can comment on their blog posts and share links with my followers. I can leave reviews wherever possible and tell friends (yes—real, live people!) about their work. As a content creator, myself, I can tell you that this form of support means more than you'll ever know. 

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So, friends: how do YOU like to support creatives throughout the year? I'd love to know what you think and if I've missed anything, feel free to share it in the comment section below!