May 19, 2015

Episode #176: Developing Practical Intuition In Your Creative Business (Part 1) with Photographer Devon Rowland

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"The Only Real Valuable Thing Is Intuition." --Albert Einstein

A Hunch. A Gut feeling. My Silent Voice. Stomach Art! Instinct. Inner Voice.

Whatever you call it, we need it to save us from ourselves. This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we welcome professional photographer, Devon Rowland to join our discussion on why using your intuition is so crucial for business success.

Here Are Ways Intuition Can Help You In Business:

  • Intuition will help you tune in to what really matters to you. That thing is what will keep you motivated and passionate in your business. 
  • Intuition empowers you to make decisions and decisions invoke power and progress.
  • Trusting your intuition gives you the courage to take risk with creativity and innovation
  • Intuition guides you when deciding to hire people or collaborate with partners.
  • Intuition will give you the foresight for reinvention--saving you from stagnation or becoming obsolete.

Make sure to catch part 2 of this discussion when we delve deeper into how to improve your intuition and learn to trust your inner voice--even if it has an attitude.

Devon Rowland is a DC area, creative photographer who works closely with clients who want something a little non-traditional. Check out her full portfolio at Devon Rowland Photography.

May 12, 2015

Episode 175: Producing Business Events Like A Boss

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Producing your own events helps you get connected with people on your terms!

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we continue last week's discussion about producing your own events. As a small business, producing an event that offers value to your audience can showcase your leadership in your field,  give you valuable exposure to a new network of potential customers, and expose you up to new opportunities.  In this episode we discuss how to produce a successful event or gathering in order to reap all those benefits.

The Elements of A Successful Event:

  • Figure out why the event is needed. What is the value and to whom? Is your event Educational? Entertaining? Will it provide valuable Networking?
  • Be extremely organized. Start with an event outline with a detailed time line. Make a daily/weekly To-Do list based on your time line and delegate what you can.
  • Communicate expectations with everyone involved in planning your event. Also communicate to your attendees all the details about the event and exactly what to expect and why they want to attemd.
  • Be creative. Make your event unique and memorable.
  • Pick an appropriate venue. A large venue may seem glamorous, but without a lot of people to fill it, your event could look like a flop. A small venue may be a better fit. Also consider cost, location, parking, handicap accessibility and bathrooms.
  • A free event does not always mean bigger attendance. It is too easy for people to back out of a free event. Even a $10 ticket will ensure a commitment.
  • Consider building a community in advance of a larger event. Bring people together who might not have a networking or support group that caters to them. They will be your built-in audience for your larger event that offers something of value or interest to them.



May 5, 2015

Episode #174: The Business Of Being A Super, Sexy, Successful Producer with Che’ Monique and Chris Jay

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"I live life at a 13, so maybe that will give someone else permission to live at an 8."

--Che' Monique

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we speak to Che' Monique and Chris Jay, two producers of Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret. Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the art of black burlesque. As producers of a performance troupe that provides a safe, supportive community for people of color, they quickly learned that their core values had to translate in their brand, marketing, protocols and performances. Get your VIP Tickets to their upcoming Summer Soulstice on July 24th at Gala Theatre.

"Sometimes in business you start out fishing for Bass, but all you get is Trout and you have to figure out what is going on." --Chris Jay

We speak with Che' and Chris about how they approach productions like a business in order to ensure a successful show. They each run individual businesses separate from Chocolate City Burlesque, so these busy women have to have their act together. Impressive!

Che' Monique is building her personal brand and she just launched her own line of all natural, multi-purpose lotion, Che' Butter. We are already addicted to it! Chris is a very busy, professional photographer, event videographer, and brand consultant. You can find her at Chris Jay Photo.




Tips for Being a Super, Sexy, Successful Producer:

  • Have a plan, have a passion, have the people (a committed team is everything) 
  • Respect the talent always
  • Build trust and earn respect by sharing your enthusiasm, communicating effectively, and following through on everything.
  • Come up with solutions, not excuses
  • Delegate your weaknesses
  • It's never about you, it's about US
  • Make everyone else look awesome
  • Praise publicly, criticize privately
  • Collaboration breeds Innovation. Innovation breeds excitement.
  • Have systems and stick to them
  • Know your audience
  • Define expectations immediately
  • Forget Plan B, you need Plan Cs in place for every production
  • Give away the credit for your production's success, and accept the responsibility for any failures. 
  • Handle problems swiftly and decisively. 
  • Turn ideas into actions
  • Learn how to do a press release
  • Use social media and new media
  • If you can't get the attention of big-name press, use other channels such as blogs & podcasts to build buzz
  • Give yourself plenty of time to promote
  • Make sure everyone has the tools and support they need to do their job
  • Be experimental. Create an atmosphere that breeds magic by welcoming failure during the creative process
  • Empower people by validating their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses
  • Negativity is a cancer, and it must be removed immediately.
  • Always have a "Next" to keep your momentum

We hoped you liked this episode! Thank you for your support of The JellyVision Show. We know you are busy hustling, but if you have some downtime, we would love a kind review on iTunes or Stitcher. Happy Hustling!

Apr 28, 2015

Episode #173: Freelancing For Your Freedom

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I only write when inspiration strikes, fortunately it strikes at 9am every morning. --William Faulkner

Freelancer: A person who works as a writer, designer, artist, performer or the like, selling services independently, rather than working for an employer.

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we have a conversation with freelance writers, Amy Souza and Amanda Miska about the freelancing lifestyle. We discuss tips on how to design the life you want by working for yourself. Amy Souza is a writer, editor and founder of the call and response project, Spark. Amanda Miska is the Editor-In-Chief of Split Lip Magazine. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been published in a really long list of magazines, journals, blogs, and quarterlies.

Follow Amy on Twiter: @amy_spark   Follow Amanda on Twitter: @akmiska 

We also discuss a blog post by freelance web designer, Paul Jarvis, titled, "Stop Doing Shit You Don't Like." We discuss how empowering it is to have every life choice back in your power. Even just the ability to take time to stare out the window can be a small luxury when you work for yourself. Check out Paul's online course for freelancers called The Creative Class. You can also follow Paul on Twitter @pjrvs

Some Tips for Freelancers:

  • You have to be a show off and it will feel oogie. Oh well. Get comfortable showing people what you do.
  • Nobody is looking for you. Go to your audience.
  • You need a website/blog.
  • Be honest about what you love to do the most and do that as much as possible.
  • Define your customer--What is your specialty? (see above)
  • Don't play in the $5 sandbox. Find the unique thing(s) you have to offer.
  • Be a Follow-Up Freak.
  • Plant seeds with everyone you meet to fertilize your success.
  • Look and behave professionally online and in-person.
  • Distractions are your worst enemy. Eliminate them when you are working.
  • Put your portfolio together that will speak to the kind of clients you want.
  • You may have to do some free work to build your portfolio, but do it smart, and don't be shy about asking for a reference or testimonial as soon as the work is accepted.
  • You can't do it all on social media. You have to make face to face connections.

If you enjoyed the show, please head on over to iTunes or Stitcher and give us a glorious review. Thank you so much for supporting The JellyVision Show Podcast. Send comments and questions to jellyvisionshow@gmail.com. We love hearing from our listeners.


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