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Dreams In Drive

Dreams In Drive is a weekly podcast w/ Rana Campbell where you'll learn how to take your dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. Our guests share their personal #dreamdriving stories and personal keys to success that have allowed them to successfully create lives full of fulfillment and passion. We chat entrepreneurship, small business advice, professional & personal development, success, branding, marketing, motivational, and general life tips that you can use as you put your #dreamsindrive. Host Rana Campbell is a marketing/branding expert that helps creatives learn how to BUILD brands that SHINE in the business world. For all show notes, visit dreamsindrive.com. Follow us on social @dreamsindrive. For guest considerations, email Rana(rana@dreamsindrive.com).
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Oct 16, 2017

If you're trying to build a powerhouse career and BOSS up in the professional world, how do you do it? One of the things that I love about the #dreamsindrive community is that we are so diverse. Although a lot of us may have our own companies or want to eventually be entrepreneurs at some point, we don't all fit into that demographic. There are some dream drivers who have career aspirations outside of entrepreneurship. Despite what your journey looks like (or how you want it to look), the thing that brings us all together is our stories of RESILIENCE, HUSTLE & DRIVE.  Public relations expert Nyle Washington opens up about her #dreamdriving journey and how she was able to build a public relations career in the television and entertainment industry that has spanned her working at VH1, STARZ, & HBO, where she oversees media relations and publicity for several of the network’s specials, along with select drama and comedy series.

Nyle talks about how she got her foot in the door early on as an intern, the key to career growth, knowing when to move on, the art of cultivating relationships, work/life balance, publicity lessons for growing brands, and much more! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Nyle as a child
- The beauty of trying different things
- Interning in the publicity department at the Oprah Winfrey show
- Building relationships & learning the ropes early in your career
- Knowing when to move on
- The key to growth in your career
- What a publicist does at a network
- Moving from VH1 to Starz
- How to get your foot in the door in the entertainment industry
- The power of cultivating and building relationships
- Negotiating your salary and getting paid what you're worth
- Struggling with balance & setting boundaries
- Being a publicist for a major cable network hit show
- How to get publicity for your brand
- How Nyle got her dream job at HBO
- How to be confident in what you do
- What keeps Nyle motivated
- The power of the stories to change the world
- The future of digital media

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/nyle-washington

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Oct 9, 2017

"I didn't let what happened to me lead me down a different road." On this episode we chat with Tiffini Gatlin - a former corporate bank executive turned entrepreneur and digital influencer. Tiffini takes us on her #dreamdriving journey which includes overcoming being abused as a child, losing her grandmother during a pivotal moment in her life,  climbing the corporate ladder, and finally taking the leap into entrepreneurship - a decision that came with many unforeseen hurdles and challenges.

However, one common theme Tiffini experienced was this: Sometimes life doesn't always pan out how you may think it will or how you want it to. In 2015, she became a pioneer in the beauty industry after turning her side hustle into the first patent-pending process of pre-curled and looped synthetic hair. Within one year, she built a million-dollar ecommerce brand - Curlkalon. Due to problems with her business partner, she never imagined that she would end up deciding to part ways with a brand that she founded.

Motivated more than ever, Tiffini expanded her vision for creating safe and affordable synthetic hair extensions and launched Latched and Hooked - a lifestyle and beauty brand that offers synthetic hair extensions and hair care products.

Tiffini shares the lessons she's learned throughout her entrepreneurial journey that have helped her realized no matter what life serves you, it's up to YOU to make the most and keep moving towards success.

WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Tiffini growing up
- Dealing with physical & emotional abuse as a child
- The power of forgiveness
- Tiffini's college days & how she veered away from her original law school dreams
- Loss
- How working at Kroger's led Tiffini to a decade-long career at Bank of America
- Lessons learned in corporate America
- Why Tiffini decided to leave Bank of America
- Learning how to be resourceful
- What launched Tiffini into hair entrepreneurship
- Creating a business based on a consumer need
- How to find manufacturers and establish a presence in your niche
- Protecting your patents & designs
- Challenges growing Latched and Hooked
- How to rebuild what you once built before
- The power of forgiveness
- The importance of lasting relationships & advisors

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Oct 2, 2017

How long would you keep hustling to make your dream a reality? Hopefully, as long as it takes! Writer and actress Julissa Calderon opens up about her journey to success in the entertainment industry and all the life-changing lessons she's learned along the way. We talk about everything from why she never questioned if acting was for her even, getting fired from her secure day job that paid the bills, landing a dream job at Buzzfeed, why she's so passionate about challenging Latino stereotypes, increasing representation for Afro-Latino representation, and opening doors for other creators of color... and more! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/julissa-calderon

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Julissa as a child
- Julissa's pivot from nursing to theater in college
- How naivety helped launch Julissa's career
- The biggest lesson Julissa learned early in her acting/theater career
- Nailing your "pitch"
- Managing a 9-5, social life, and acting career
- Why Julissa never left Los Angeles after going for an audition she didn't get
- Why you need an agent as an actor
- Being an Afro-Latina in the entertainment industry
- Diversity in entertainment
- How getting fired from her waitressing position changed Julissa's life
- How a Buzzfeed audition turned into a career as a full-time producer
- How to show your worth & value
- Influencing change
- Why you need social media
- Biggest entrepreneurial lessons learned
- The 30 year test
- Dealing with being away from family & being homesick
- The importance of legacy

MORE ON JULISSA CALDERON:
Julissa Calderon is an Los Angles-based writer and actor currently bringing her Dominican background and comedic flare to BuzzFeed’s Pero Like. Recent videos such as “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo,” “Sammy Sosa’s Skin Color Rant” and “How I Went from Waitress to Buzzfeed Producer” have been featured in numerous news outlets, including The Huffington Post and CNN Español. You may recognize Julissa from her guest starring role in ABC’s hit show Revenge or as an onstage performer in the Miami productions of he Donkey Show (Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts) and Road Through Heaven (New Theater).

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Sep 25, 2017

Dream Driving is NOT easy, yet a lot of people lie about their struggles and the challenges they experience as they journey towards success. Today's guest  freelance Keyaira Boone IS NOT one of those people. Keyaira opens up about her childhood and adolescents years growing up in New Jersey and how her desire to be open to new opportunities  - not only surprised her and encouraged her to keep going - but led her down a media path she hasn't looked back from. Keyaira stresses why being true to YOUR JOURNEY and yourself is key to truly finding success in your life or career. She opens up about some of the ways creatives often suffer in silence (especially when you don't have to). She also shares her favorite tips and strategies for showing your value and being true to who you are - two of the biggest challenges many of us face on the day-to-day. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive!

ON THIS EPISODE, WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Keyaira as a child
- Having super low college expectations to wanting something more
- Graduating high school with a 1.8 GPA to graduating college with a 3.7 GPA
- How Keyaira got her start in the media industry
- Lessons learned working with LoveBrownSugar
- The importance of building your personal brand
- Separating you professional & personal life
- What inspired Keyaira to launch The C Letter
- Why Keyaira reps New Jersey so hard
- Not caring about what others think about your journey
- Charging for what you're worth
- Not being assertive
- How to not get your time wasted by people who aren't taking their businesses seriously
- How to vet opportunities
- Running a platform with smaller readership but high engagement
- Being authentically you & showing up as your full self
- Being open to different opportunities
- Why you shouldn't be working for free
- What keeps Keyaira motivated

ABOUT KEYAIRA BOONE:
Keyaira (who believes coconut manicures are awesome, and olives are underrated) is the founder of TheCLetter.com and a regular contributor to Cassiuslife and Latched and Hooked.

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/keyaira-boone

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Sep 21, 2017

What's the key to fighting procrastination? It's a problem we all have, but many of us decide to succumb TO it - instead of fighting it! In this solo episode, host Rana Campbell dives into the topic and shares her roadmap for stopping procrastination and how you can actually start getting things crossed off your to-do list in life! We also make time for answering a few listener questions about finding mentors, reaching out/building relationships, taking creative risks and more. Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

 

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Rana's recipe for fighting procrastination
- Why knowing what you want is crucial
- The importance of GOAL setting & setting deadlines
- Holding yourself accountable
- Why procrastination is an active process
- The importance of positive reminders
- Listener Q & As
- Tips for building valuable relationships
- Rana's book recommendations... and more!

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Sep 18, 2017

Did you know embracing your sexuality can positively impact you as you grow your brand? How can exploring your varied interests help on you on your #dreamdriving journey? We chat with adult entertainers Jet Setting Jasmine & King Noire on being true to their passions helped them build a profitable business and ever-blossoming partnership. The two talk about their own journeys to entrepreneurship and some of the lessons they learned about themselves along the way. They share how embracing their passion & sexuality helped them navigate entrepreneurship successfully.The duo are two-time Fetish Con Full Length Feature Award Winners and are widely recognized for their passion, ethical and interactive adult entertainment. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ON THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Who inspired Jasmine & King as children
- How the two discovered their passion for sex
- They keys to a successful business partnership
- The benefits of living to your fullest potential
- How to build your brand early on in your career
- The importance of trying new things and taking risks
- How to figure out your service & what to charge for it
- Figuring out your SUPERPOWER 
- Social norms about sex they wished more people embraced
- How embracing your sexuality can impact you as an entrepreneur
- The importance of exploring your body
- Being a person of color in the adult entertainment industry...and more

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/jet-setting-jasmine-king-noire

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Jasmine, Co-owner of Jet Setting Jasmine LLC,has always felt that she was chafing against the societal norms and the structured definitions of a being a woman. Throughout the course of speaking with and counseling other women, she realized that she was not alone.  As a Licensed Clinical Therapist with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology, Masters of Clinical Social Work and Masters in GerontologyJasmine has  honed her innate ability to support and enrich others. She is also a Master Fetish Trainer, founder of Steel and Stilettos Fitness™ and a prominent leader in the areas of Intimacy Post Injury & Illness for Veterans and others affected by trauma. 

King Noire is known for delivering individualized relaxation to clients using his special brand of Erotic Touch massage. A veteran adult industry entertainer, he is skilled in fetish training, fantasy work and is a live show performer.  King is also a certified sexpert, social activist a blogger for California Exotics, an award-winning filmmaker and a hip hop artist.

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Sep 11, 2017

Although it may not be the sexiest part of running a business, understanding how legally sound your business and/or brand is  - is critical to its long-term success. We talk with  Art Steele an intellectual property attorney who has been practicing law for nearly 10 years. Art left corporate America where she worked as Global Tax Counsel for a communications company to launch her own law firm in 2014. She founded ArtSteele.co - an online resource that provides creatives with simple legal solutions.

On this episode, Art shares her personal dream driving journey, some of the challenges she faced as she pursued entrepreneurship and why she is so passionate and dedicated to helping creatives learn how to legalize their business. Art candidly discusses some of the key legal questions you need to get answered as well as some legal tips that can help as you scale your brand/company. 

Art is also the host of the Legal-EASE for Entrepreneurs podcast - a podcast dedicated to educating and empowering minority entrepreneurs to tackle the legal aspects of their business.

SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/art-steele

WE DISCUSS:
- Why Art felt like she had no control as a young child
- Where Art's entrepreneurial and spirit to control her own Destiny came from
- Transitioning to a life in America
- What inspired Art to become a lawyer
- Getting a MLM at Georgetown
- How Art started her own law firm
- How Oprah inspired Art to fulfill her purpose
- Misconceptions about working with business lawyers
- How to choose the right type of lawyer for you
- Top 5 mistakes many creative entrepreneurs make
- The best answer legal answer you can ever receive
- Why a lot of online service notice generators are not sufficient
- How a privacy policy can protect
- The difference between a patent, copyright, and trademark
- The importance of reviewing contracts and working with specialists
- Why entrepreneurs should be thinking about estate planning
- Why entrepreneurs need insurance policies
- The need for a power of attorney
- What motivates Art to work through her challenges

 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED:
Drip Email Marketing 
LEGAL-EASE For Entrepreneurs Podcast

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Sep 5, 2017

It's about time we stop thinking it's a bad thing to want to make ALOT of money. You deserve to, but how? How do you start having the uncomfortable conversations and facing the fears that are holding you back from your money-earning potential and financial security/freedom? The fact is, once we become more confident when it comes to making money, charging what we're worth, and showing our value to the world...the #dreamdriving journey can truly take off. What's the secret? 

On this episode, best-selling author, coach, and speaker Jen Sincero shares her favorite tips on how you can shift your mindset, build wealth and start making more money! She also takes us behind the scenes of her own #dreamdriving journey and the truths she had to uncover about her relationship with money and how it affected her life over the years.

WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Jen as a child
- How to fight fear
- How Jen managed getting rejected by multiple publishers
- The importance of tenacity
- Why conversations about money is more loaded than sex
- The importance of mindset for changing your financial reality
- Jen's top 4 money mindset tips
- How to charge what you're worth
- How Jen dealt with making and dealing with "scary" decisions
- Challenges Jen is facing in her career
- The fluidity of being a "badass"

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Aug 31, 2017

We all have something that makes us EXTRAORDINARY - something that we do better than others and makes us extremely valuable and unique. What is it? If you don't know - how do you figure it out? How do you put it to use? Why is it even important to truly embrace your SUPERSTAR skill anyway? In this episode, host Rana Campbell discusses why figuring out your expertise will help you along your #dreamdriving journey.

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WE DISCUSS:
- How to figure out what your superstar skill is
- How to put that superstar skill to use
- The struggle bus & how to get off it
- Why no one is YOU and that is your POWER
- The key to nor being be distracted by lack of support
- The importance of leaning into your desire to be GREAT!

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Aug 28, 2017

As we ride towards our dreams, there will be many "obstacles" that come our way. What matters the most is how we "do the work" and navigate through them. However, it's easier said than done.

In this episode, we chat with Fabienne Daniel - entrepreneur (founder of Offsite Assistant), mom, project and market coordinator for Ecco Bella, and certified Phase II Master Personal Fitness Trainer at Fabz Fit, LLC - an app designed to help others inspired by her example and WANT to transform their health and become happy

Fabienne talks about her #dreamdriving journey - from growing up in a strict household as child to moving away from home, discovering herself, and the two biggest blessings of her life: Buddhism & her son. Fabienne talks about the challenges she's faced along the way - including dealing with the incarceration and later murder of her child's father, battling depression & weight gain, and focusing on truly changing her life for the better. 

Fabienne also discusses the damaging standard of low expectations. People with challenges often limit their thinking. Afraid to fail, they aim low.  The American author Napoleon Hill observed, “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”  Fabienne's work is a reflection of that quote.  

Her words: “Why was I able to transform my body? Because I had to fight every single limiting thought. That was why it became possible."

Enjoy! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and by using the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- Growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist
- The 2 best things that happened once Fab moved
- Finding one's life purpose
- The power of Buddhism
- Dealing with the murder of her child's father
- Battling depression post-pregnancy
- Falling in love with her body again
- The power of self-love + how to replenish it
- How Fab turned her fitness journey into a business
- Launching an app & online fitness training
- Analyzing cause & effects
- Connecting mind & body
- The key to true transformation
- What "being happy" truly means
- Children as mirrors
- The biggest lesson along Fab's #dreamdriving journey
- Karma
- The connection between the pen & life

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FABIENNE DANIEL'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:
1. Meditation
2. Friends/Mentor
3. Journal

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Aug 21, 2017

Why is it that when it comes to taking chances on ourselves - and our dreams - we sometimes hesitate? How do you work on confidently taking chances on yourself & WIN? Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen shares her personal #dreamdriving story and talks why taking risks along your career journey will be pivotal to your success.

Ursula Stephen is often best known as the visionary hairstylist behind some of superstar Rihanna’s most celebrated look. Ursula's celebrity clientele includes Kerry Washington, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, Laverne Cox, Keyshia Cole, and  SZA,  She has worked with top brands such as Vogue, W, ELLE, Rolling Stone, Gucci, DKNY, MAC, Cover Girl, and more. Ursula is a Unilever global haircare brand ambassador and the owner of Ursula Stephen | The Salon in Brooklyn.  

Ursula takes us on her personal #dreamdriving journey which includes discovering her passion for hairstyling, booking her first celebrity clients, the "risks" she is happy she took throughout her career, navigating the beauty industry, and more. 

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Ursula as a child + when she know she had a passion for hair
- Why knowing what you don't want to do is just as important as knowing what you do want to
- Why thinking long-term is a good thing
- Is college for everyone?
- How Ursula booked her first celebrity client
- The challenges of being a freelance artist
- Why success starts with being happy from within
- Nurturing relationships
- The "business" of hair
- The benefits of working with an agent
- The importance of delegating
- Turning accomplishments into BIGGER accolades
- How to use social media to keep your brand interesting
- The feeling of finally owning her own salon
- Why taking a chance on yourself is KEY
- Other areas of the beauty industry to explore
- The importance of passion

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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Aug 14, 2017

Back in January 2016, I had a mic, a dream and NO IDEA where launching a podcast would take me. Listen in as I reflect on the past 99 episodes and we talk what putting your #dreamsindrive means. We hear from some people who were pivotal to the show's success, past guests, current DREAM DRIVERS, and more. No matter where you are on your journey, it's important to take time to think about how far you have come. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this special moment. Cheers to the next 100! Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy! 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Lessons learned over the past 100 episodes
- Sit-downs with past guests & dream drivers
- How the show has evolved over the last 99 episodes
- What you can expect from Dreams In Drive in the future....and more!

*SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/episode-100

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Aug 7, 2017

Got side hustle? The chances are the answer to that question is probably YES. How can you take that side hustle and turn it into full-time entrepreneurship? Or, how can you make sure you are growing, accomplishing your goals, and keeping sane?

On this episode we chat with Nicaila Matthews, the Creator and Host of Side Hustle Pro, a podcast that spotlights bold, black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to full time entrepreneurship. Side Hustle Pro has generated over a quarter million downloads in a year and amassed a loyal community of over 30,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

Nicaila talks about her own path to side-hustle-ship and the main tools and strategies she's used to scale her business and community. Of those, SOCIAL MEDIA has been a huge part - so Nicaila gives us a crash course on how to use social to rock and smash your side hustle goals. 

Nicaila is a career long Digital Marketing Strategist and alumna of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University of Michigan (MBA). Her professional experience spans digital marketing, ad sales and social media strategy for NPR, Google, MTV Networks and Georgetown McDonough.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What does being a "dream driver" mean?
- What inspired Nicaila as a child
- Being a woman of color in the Ivy League
- Why getting a MBA was extremely valuable & worth the investment
- How not getting an offer from Google devastated yet motivated Nicaila
- The origin story of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast
- How to setting goals for your new side hustle
- Nicaila's strategy for growing Side Hustle Pro podcast
- Why you ABSOLUTELY need social media
- Why Nicaila chose Instagram of her platform of choice for social promotion
- 3 strategies for growing social media fans with truly engaged followers
- Why making an exclusive FB group can help you grow community
- Challenges Nicaila is currently facing in her business
- What Side Hustle Pro has taught Nicaila about herself
- Technical challenges building a podcast
- How to increase podcast subscribers
- Nicaila's favorite business tools
- Legacy

NICAILA'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:
1. Be willing to start
2. Don't let discouraging days keep you down or make you stop.
3. Ignore haters.

FIND NICAILA MATTHEWS ON:
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Twitter: twitter.com/sidehustlepro
Web: www.sidehustlepro.co

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Jul 31, 2017

What does having it "all" mean if you can't truly enjoy it? What does "wealth" really look like and what steps can you take to start building it? We chat with Jay Morrison - a real estate investor, TV personality, entrepreneur, social activist, author,CEO/Founder of the Jay Morrison Academy, a real estate investing school and mentorship program, and the CEO of Tulsa Real Estate Fund, a regulation A real estate investing crowdfunding platform.

Jay wasn't always a man with so many accolades and titles behind his name. A high school dropout, at risk youth and three time felon, Jay made a major life transformation over a decade ago and now uses his life experiences and personal story of triumph to empower and impact the lives of thousands of his Academy students, troubled youth, ex-offenders and real estate professionals. Jay is passionate about community repair and empowerment.  He developed the Corner Class to teach residents of underserved communities financial literacy and how to utilize real estate investing strategies to rebuild their neighborhoods.  

Jay takes along his personal #dreamdriving journey and the life changes he made that eventually led him to living in alignment with his purpose. We discuss how you can successfully find your WHY, build your own brand empire, varying challenges Jay faces, the importance of will & faith, how you can win in the real estate world, why you should bet on yourself (and your dreams) and much more!

Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Jay as a child
- The importance of a moral compass
- How Jay's desire "to get out" fueled his involvement in drug dealing at a young age
- Prison's effect on Jay's persona
- Having a high-risk threshold
- Challenges going legit and leaving drug dealing behind
- What Jay Did when he felt like giving up
- Building the Jay Morrison brand
- The importance of building valuable content for your audience
- Strategies for being consistent
- The importance of will & faith
- The definition of wealth
- The difference between being a real estate entrepreneur vs. being a realtor
- Why being a realtor isn't enough if you want to build true wealth
- The key to breaking the poverty curse
- Building a real estate empire + 1 thing Jay doesn't like about the real estate industry
- What to do if you're scared to take risks

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Jul 24, 2017

Dream Driving isn't easy. There are times when you may feel like giving up on the dream and yourself. How do you push past those moments of overwhelm and regain focus on your mission and vision? In this solo episode, host Rana Campbell discusses how she recently was feeling very overwhelmed and shares her favorite tips and strategies for not letting overcome you permanently. We then dive into some ways you can stay focused on your dream even during tough times. Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy! 

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- Dreams In Drive Updates + What Rana's excited about in the new few months
- Why a lot of service-based businesses are losing money
- Why you need to invest in automated systems and processes
- Tips for pushing past overwhelm
- Rana's advice for staying focused...and more!

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Jul 17, 2017

Are you multi-passionate? Sometimes you don't have to choose. Sometimes it's not an "either/or". In this episode, Jasmine Lawrence hones in on the power of not limiting yourself when it comes to your passion & potential. 

At the age of 13, after attending a Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship BizCamp, Jasmine Lawrence founded EDEN BodyWorks to meet her own need for affordable natural hair and body care products. After 12 years in business, her products are available at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon, Kroger, HEB, and Sally Beauty Supply stores just to name a few.

But, beauty isn't Jasmine's only passion. As a kid, she also had a huge love for science and technology. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science (with concentrations in devices and artificial intelligence) and now serves as a Program Manager on the HoloLens Experience team at Microsoft.

So, it is really possible to run a thriving beauty empire AND manage a full-time tech career? Yes. 

How? You'll have to listen to find out. 

 

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Jasmine as a child
- How a bad hair experience & attending a business camp inspired Jasmine to pursue entrepreneurship
- The key questions Jasmine asked herself to get her business off the ground
- How to define your core values + brand mission
- What getting her first sale felt like as a young entrepreneur
- What growth looked like in the early days of the business
- Launching a business without a website
- How "Oprah's golden touch" sent her company into 3 months of backorders
- Personal challenges navigating being a young entrepreneur
- How Jasmine pursued her love for science & tech while pursuing entrepreneurship
- Why Jasmine enjoyed attending Georgia Tech
- Jasmine's Microsoft stry
- Transferrable skills Jasmine has learned working with Microsoft
- Core metrics you should understand about your business
- How to leave your mark in industries that aren't always diverse

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/jasmine-lawrence

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Jul 13, 2017

How do you keep pushing even when you aren’t 100% sure of what’s in store for you? What are the key business and life fundamentals you must master if you want to succeed? For any creative looking to make it big-time, there are some key things that you need to do in order to sustain momentum. On this episode, we chat with celebrity makeup artist, brand ambassador, educator, and beauty entrepreneur Ashunta Sheriff. With over 20 years in the beauty business, Ashunta has worked with stars such as Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, Diddy, Danai Gurira, Zoe Kravitz, Keri Hilson, and more. Ashunta talks about how she got her start in the beauty industry working at the MAC counter in Macy’s Herald Square and the circumstances that led her to first celebrity booking. From there it was history!

Ashunta also dishes on her personal #dreamdriving story including lessons she’s learned working with celebrity clientele. From learning the right set etiquette, keeping good books, learning to market and brand oneself to setting and negotiating rates, Ashunta talks about the key things that will help creative entrepreneurs –  despite the industry- become (and remain) successful. Ashunta also discusses the major lessons she learned as she ventured into a new arena – product development. Despite the many successes and setbacks she’s faced throughout the years, Ashunta’s “keep pushing” mantra has kept her going. Whether you’re looking to become the next top MUA or not, this episode breaks down one’s woman story and formula for success.

PLUS – During the time of the interview, Ashunta was on set with one of her clients. YES, dream drivers Taraji P. Henson makes a guest appearance later on in the show, so you don’t want to miss it.

Make sure to join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Please share with a friend if you enjoyed the episode, as well!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
– What inspired Ashunta as a child
– The importance of knowing history as a makeup artist
– How Ashunta got her start working at MAC in New York City
– How an abusive relationship & getting fired from her job led her to first celebrity clients & working with Puff Daddy
– Keeping a dream journal & the power in manifesting
– Business fundamentals every creative should know
– The importance of keeping good books
– When working with an agent/agency makes sense
– Marketing your brand
– Setting & negotiating your rates + when taking the job at a lower rate is worth it
– How new makeup artists can make their mark in the industry
– How to work with celebrity clientele in 2017
– Why Ashunta decided to venture into product development
– The big trademarking challenge Ashunta faced
– What being a dream driver means to Ashunta
– Ashunta’s favorite beauty tips
– What keeps Ashunta going

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/ashunta-sheriff

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Jul 10, 2017

How can you find purpose, passion, and profit doing what you love? We chat with Tamera Darden - creative director, product stylist and founder of digital media agency, Darden Creative. Tamera opens about her road to creative fulfillment (after several twists & turns along her journey) and how she honed in on helping others improve their online brand identity. From studying fashion at Howard University to interning at top fashion media in New York City and later working at Macy's Corporate for six years - Tamera shares the skills and tools she learned in the industry. She then talks about her transition into freelance wardrobe styling & prop styling which eventually led her to finding her "light" as a creative entrepreneur. Tamera closes out the interviewing talking about the power of having a strong visual identity and shares how she began to specialize in "iPhone photography" and secure top clients doing what she loves. She also dishes on her favorite iPhone photography hacks and gives tips on what you can to improve your visual branding online. Make sure to join the conversation on social by adding us (@dreamsindrive) and using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- Dealing with her mother's passing at a young age
- Fostering a love for creativity as a young child
- Studying fashion at Howard University
- How Tamera got her first internship
- How Tamera honed her confidence as a young adult
- What it's really like to work in a fashion closet
- Working at Macy's Corporate for six years
- Why Tamera didn't like wardrobe styling and chasing checks & how she launched Darden Creative
- Giving up vs. pivoting
- How Tamera got her start with product styling
- What helped Tamera realize her worth
- Developing systems for your business
- The questions you need to ask when working with clients
- Getting clients with "iPhone photography"
- Using social media as a resume
- How to improve your visual identity online
- The best investments you can make to make your visual branding better
- Some iPhone photography hacks
- The importance of taking it one day at a time

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/darden-creative

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Jul 3, 2017

What does it take to truly change your life? How do you take your "dreams" and make them a reality" We talk with Ayana Iman - a Trenton, NJ native, Inspirational Speaker, Self-Help Blogger, certified Life Coach, education advocate, and author - about how she navigated unforeseen & desired changes in her life as an adult. From getting fired from her first job post-graduation to an unexpected pregnancy soon after graduating college, Ayana has had to learn how to "create life" while figuring out her own at the same time. She talks about her personal self-care journey and the self-awareness shifts that she has gone through throughout the years that have allowed her to start manifesting positive and long-lasting change. With her work, it is her goal to teach others how to live in the “light” and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. As a dream driver - learning how to affirm, align, and activate change in your life is crucial! Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy! 

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE INCLUDE:
- Battling teasing and bullying as an an adolescent
- Why getting fired from her first job post graduation took her by surprise
- How Ayana started to figure out her strengths
- Stumbling your way through adulthood
- Ayana finding out she was pregnant & dealing with the stress
- Creating Life & figuring out your life at the same time
- How traveling re-empowered Ayana and sent her on a journey back to self
- Balancing a 9-5 
- Ayana's self-care journey
- The art and power of manifesting
- The 3 A's Of Change: Affirm, Align, Activate
- How motherhood affected her journey as an entrepreneur
- Self awareness shifts
- What to do if you are struggling with confidence
- Business lessons learned
- What keeps Ayana motivated

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/ayana-iman

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Jun 26, 2017

You want to make money, but how?! Sachit Gupta breaks down the steps you need to take to grow your audience and start monetizing your brand. He shares some of the key things you need to consider as a dream driver when launching your business, common mistakes people make when trying to make money, why you need to think strategically if choosing to pursue sponsorships, mindset shifts that need to happen as you scale and much more.  Sachit is the founder of SG Media Labs, where he works with some of the biggest podcasters, authors and influencers to help them grow their audience and get paid. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- Growing up in India and seeing a computer for the first time at 12 years of age
- Highlights of his college days at Carnegie Mellon
- The ingredients to successfully launching your own company
- What really matters when you're launching a business
- The common mistake people make when trying to make money
- The 4 questions you need to ask when working with sponsors/potential advertisers
- Why you shouldn't just say YES to every sponsor
- The importance of setting expectations
- How to figure out who your core audience is
- Why you should think beyond sponsorships
- Why you should start thinking about monetizing from the start
- How to overcome fear of charging and getting paid - the MINDSET SHIFT
- What it takes to build a 6 figure business
- Tips for bettering your marketing/sales skills


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Jun 25, 2017

What do you do when you're invited to interview the cast of one of your favorite TV shows? You accept, of course! In this episode, I give a #behindthescenes look into my first press junket experience where I interview six key cast members of the Stars show POWER: Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Lala Anthony, Rotimi, Nature Naughton, & Joseph Sikora. We discuss how this opportunity came to be and some of my key takeaways at the end of the day. I also include my interview with the cast where they focus in on #dreamdriving-related questions around the themes of hustle, legacy, and self-awareness. This is episode is a little departure from normal, but I hope that you still enjoy.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and remember to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. 

QUESTIONS ASKED:
- What do you want the audience to consider when thinking about what it means to be a successful hustler?
- What kind of legacy are your characters trying to leave?
- Is Tommy missing Holly or trying to forget about her?
- What has this season taught you about you are as an individual?

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Jun 19, 2017

What does it take to be the leader within your industry? (Especially one that may not be so welcoming to you at first?) We chat with Cora Harrington, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict, the largest lingerie blog in the world. Cora was inspired to launch The Lingerie Addict after struggling to find an online resource where she could learn more about beautiful lingerie options. Cora opens up about how this "hobby" of hers later transformed into her leaving her non-profit job and running the site full-time. Cora opens up about the major career wins and challenges she has faced along the way including learning the "business side" of running a popular online blog. We even discuss how being a Black woman in the lingerie industry plays into her proudest moments surrounding all that she has been able to accomplish over the past few years. Despite the odds being against her in a myriad of ways, Cora learned to "be willing, able, and enthusiastic" about her successes." Cora's been featured as a lingerie expert on The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Racked, and is currently working on her first book. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) using the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Cora as a child
- How Cora transitioned from working in the non-profit world and running The Lingerie Addict full-time
- The reasons Cora decided to stop using a pen name while running her business
- What Cora did when she first started running The Lingerie Addict full-time
- The type of sponsorship opportunities The Lingerie Addict offers + how to figure out how your rates
- The power of having a niche, targeted audience
- How to teach yourself how to run a blog as a business
- Professionalizing your brand
- How Cora honed in on the brand focus & built The Lingerie Addict audience
- Challenges bloggers often face growing their brand (cash flow, copyrights, trademarking, etc.)
- The side-effects of being super-niche
- The power of relationship building
- The difference between being in the  lingerie industry vs. being a fashion/beauty blogger
- Working through self-doubt & time management
- Tips for building a strong team & running a successful site
- Being a Black woman in the lingerie industry
- Cora's take on legacy

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/cora-harrington-the-lingerie-addict

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Jun 12, 2017

"The worst way to play the game is not knowing the rules." How do you figure out just what you should be doing with your life? Whether it be knowing what role you should play on your entrepreneurial journey or figuring our what's next on the career ladder, there are steps you can take to solidify your future. We speak with Alexandra Cavoulacos- Founder & COO of TheMuse.com, a career platform used by 50+ million millennials to find a job, learn professional skills or advance in their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to hire or grow their employer brand. She’s also the co-author of "The New Rules of Work," a modern playbook to help millennials navigate their careers. Alex talks about her own path to entrepreneurship and gives advice for others trying to figure out what "career" means to them and how to get the most out of it. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Alex as a child + growing up and attending school in France
- Why Alex decided to leave her science career dreams & major in political science at Yale University
- Why internships are important
- How The Muse got started
- The importance of feedback coaching & personal development
- How to be more direct with your approach
- The rules of the business world
- The democratization of information
- How career impacts your intimate life
- What to do if you have an entrepreneurial spirit within a career
- How to find the perfect career just for you
- Why taking control of your personal brand is crucial.
- Are cover letters dead?
- Navigating offer negotiation

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/alex-cavoulacos-the-muse

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Jun 5, 2017

You've got this "big idea" - this SOLUTION to a problem that you know people will love and NEED. What's the next steps? How do you go about validating your ideas and figuring out how/if you can actually build a sustainable business model around it? We chat with Morgan DeBaun, CEO of Blavity and a serial creator passionate about living life to the fullest. Morgan has led Blavity to become one the fastest growing digital media startups and a top destination for black youth culture. Morgan talks each step of the business-building process and what you must do to keep momentum alive and grow your brand. She is one of only 12 Black women to raise over 1 million dollars in venture funding and has been featured on Essence, New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, Nylon, and a finalist for 2016 TechCrunch Founder of the Year. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

IN THIS PODCAST WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Morgan as a child
- The early days of Blavity + the core problem that Blavity was trying to solve
- How to validate your idea & outline your target personas/ user personas
- Why data is  important + important metrics to focus on
- Major pivots in the Blavity story
- How to monetize your media platform
- How to know if you audience is valuable
- How to be the best
- Understanding your core competency + positioning
- Major challenges experienced building Blavity
- How to build a strong team + building credibility + "digital receipts"
-The unglamorous side of entrepreneurship
- Why Blavity is a tech company*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/morgan-debaun-blavity

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May 29, 2017

Did you know practicing self-care and self-exploration can have a HUGE impact on your #dreamdriving journey? We chat with Nnenna Stella- Founder of The Wrap Life, a premier online-retailer for head wraps - about the importance of self-care and how it led her to discover and re-new parts of herself - which eventually led her on the path to entrepreneurship. Nnenna reveals, "I was really tired. I was tired of not knowing and searching. I knew that I had to get it together. I can't half do this. I have to figure it out. I have to figure out why I feel this way. I have to figure out why I keep repeating patterns." Since she started the company in January 2014, The Wrap Life has connected with women all over the world, inspiring creativity and self expression. After experiencing the empowerment of her transition from waitress to entrepreneur, today Nnenna uses The Wrap Life platform to inspire women around the world to embrace the joys of self-exploration, self-care and self-expression. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SOME OF TOPICS WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Nnenna as a child
- What moving to California introduced Nnenna to the importance of self-care
- Obstacles Nnenna created that got in her way early on
- The power of relocation & banishing fear
- Moving to New York from Los Angeles
- How acknowledging strengths led Nnenna to entrepreneurship
- How to be consistent in goal setting
- Being honest & confident with yourself.
- How Nnenna grew The Wrap Life brand
- Tips for growing your brand on social
- The power of outsourcing
- The importance of self care & how to get started
- Love's impact on Nnenna's journey
- Nnenna's proudest moments

*SHOW NOTES: www.dreamsindrive.com/nnenna-stella

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