Mar 31, 2015

Episode #169: How To Be Extraordinary When Things Go Extraordinarily Wrong

Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads on to actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny--Edward Tryon, American Scientist

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we welcome creative entrepreneur, Caitlin (AKA Spinnabel Lee) to the JVS Team. Tim Trueheart is in LA this week, so Caitlin agreed to guest co-host with me. You will be hearing and seeing more from Caitlin in the coming weeks.

This week's topic is about how to be extraordinary when things go awry in your business. Being an entrepreneur is a lot like riding a really long, unpredictable roller coaster that you happen to also be driving. Buckle up, because sometimes it's thrilling and other times, you are sure you are going to witness your dramatic demise. How do we handle ourselves and our business during these difficult times? What can we do to prevent bad things from happening or getting worse? How can we keep running our business in the midst of chaos?

We've been there and the good news is that you can keep your goals, projects, and business on course when the unexpected happens. You can't keep bad things from happening, but you can control how you react to them.

Just Some of the Juicy Tips from Jelly & Caitlin:

  • Don't react immediately if you are emotionally charged with anger, panic or fear. Do nothing about the situation until your rational brain returns. 
  • Accept responsibility and take accountability for the situation. 
  • Don't Over-Apologize. Take action to correct the situation and put a plan place to prevent it from happening again. Communicate to the impacted people all the steps you are taking to address the problem.
  • Practice Plan B thinking. Imagine realistic "what if" scenarios for your business. Does most of your revenue come from one customer or source? What if that goes away? 
  • Your business goals can remain the same even if you have to change the way you achieve them.
  • Everything is temporary. The bad times as well as the good.
  • There is always good in the bad if you look for it. Entrepreneurs look for the opportunity in all things. Even disasters.
  • Find the humor in your situation.
  • Be grateful.
  • When things get tough, the loyals and the assholes tend to reveal themselves. Act accordingly.


Mar 24, 2015

This is NOT Episode #169: Checking In from Planet Ironic


You can't beat the person who won't give up--Babe Ruth

This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we welcomed Caitlin, (AKA recent guest, Spinnabel Lee) to the JVS team. Caitlin is an incredible entrepreneur and creative thinker. On her official start date with us, she got the chance to co-host with me while Tim Trueheart is in LA. Our topic for the episode was How to Be Extraordinary When Things Go Extraordinarily Wrong. Well, lets just say we got to live the topic in an ironic twist of fate.

Stay tuned for next week's true episode 169, on the topic. We will share twenty powerful ways you can conquer obstacles and stay focused on your business and life goals. These tips are pulled from our personal experiences as serial entrepreneurs as well as some wisdom we've borrowed from the wisest of people.

In the meantime, please email us your business challenges and unexpected hurdles and share how you got through them. We would love to share your story and personal lessons the show!
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Mar 17, 2015

Episode #168: Rock Your Reinvention with Philippa Hughes and Karen Yankosky


Rock Your Reinvention

This week we talk to Philippa Hughes and Karen Yankosky; best friends and co-hosts of the Women of Uncertain Age PodcastPhilippa is an arts activist and the founder of The Pinkline Project. In addition, she writes the Art Is Fear blog, is a public speaker and is currently working on a memoir. Karen is the author of Good Luck With That Thing You Are Doing and writes comedically on her blog, Splatospheric. She does this all while being a lawyer!  These two are SUPER women.

Our Topic this week is REINVENTION. Philippa and Karen have experienced major reinventions after their divorces and other pivotal moments in their lives. James Altucher says in his blog post, The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself, "Reinvention never stops. You decide every day--forward or back." Reinvention is a chance to pursue fresh passions and make a fresh start, but it is scary and full of risk.

Here are just some of the tips from this episode to help you in your reinvention.

Philippa's Tip: Write down your personal core values & Live by them

Karen's Tip: Relentlessly Prioritize based on your goals and values

Tim's Tip: Take care of your health and everything else will be ok

Alexis' Tip: Just go for it. Sometimes you need a change and you can't wait to have every detail figured out.

Jelly's Tip: Visualize the life that you want to have and surround yourself with visual reminders of that vision, so when FEAR starts talking you can look at your vision and re-focus.

We all got a lot out of this episode which is dedicated to our dear, talented friend and JVS Team member, Alexis Turrentine. Alexis is embarking on her own reinvention and moving to LA to pursue her dream of being a television writer. We totally believe in her and wish her all the luck! Follow her adventures at @FermentedJokes.

Mar 10, 2015

Episode #167: Unconventional Business with A Cartoonist, A Filmmaker & Lolly Pop


This week on The JellyVision Show Podcast, we welcome back two of our favorite creative entrepreneurs: Cartoonist Carolyn Belefski and Filmmaker Joe Carabeo of Astray Productions. Together, they are the hosts of the long running podcast, The Carolyn and Joe Show. These two never stop hustling and we love it.

Carolyn is the writer and artist behind the Curls comic strip which tells the stories of a mischievous and happy group of unlikely friends. She is currently hard at work on a Curls Kickstarter campaign to compile every single Curls cartoon along with personal sketches and behind the scene glimpses into her creative process into one anthology. Please donate what you can because the prize levels are simply amazing including one where Carolyn will turn you into a cartoon.

Joe is hard at work on his most recent indie feature film, The Incident In Tesla, a Supernatural Suspense Mystery. Keep up with the film's progress including the search for investors! You can also book Astray productions for professional, creative photo shoots for awesome personal and business branding your business.

We discuss tips on how to get the most out of your first convention. Carolyn and Joe have been to a variety of conventions to sell their work and network in their industry. They share the wisdom they've gained over the years. We also discuss when and if artists should work for free, financing indie films and choosing the right people for your team.

We are joined by Lolly Pop, a creative solopreneur who has pivoted her business in order to capitalize on a new market. A former adult performer, Lolly Pop now performs as a powerful cartoon character at children's events. We admire her perseverance.

Tell us how you like the show! Tell us what you are struggling with in your creative business. Maybe we will make it a show topic!  We want to hear from you --we really do!

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