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Dreams In Drive

Learn how to take your dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. Host Rana Campbell and weekly guests share their personal #dreamdriving stories and 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. Follow us on social @dreamsindrive. For guest pitches, visit www.dreamsindrive.com/pitch.
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Nov 12, 2018

Are you making excuses or are you making it happen? Are you willing to break so that you can rebuild yourself to be even stronger?

At 18 months, Candis Welch was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Despite the early predictions on her life, Candis is now a 32 year-old college graduate that holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, has been Issa Rae's assistant for 5 years, and works for the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority - all from her wheelchair. 

Although Candis experiences everyday adversities dealing with her disability, she lives a FULL LIFE! Candis chooses to persevere and prove people’s stereotypes wrong, wishing to set an example and provide hope for others in her situation. On her blog, 'Can Can on Wheelz', she chronicles daily life from her perspective.

Candis opens up about some of the challenges she's faced along her #dreamdriving journey and why she is so committed to improving herself, remaining strong, changing the perception of those that are disabled and/or using mobility devices and being an advocate for others living with disabilities that deserve to live life just as anyone else would.

Some of the things we discuss on this episode:
- What inspired Candis as a child
- Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Having agency in your life
- The power of Faith + Why Candis stopped questioning God
- Being strong to handle tough situations
- Erasing the "finding an employer that cares" narrative
- Stereotypes within the disabled community
- Her love for her mother
- Candis' experience working for Issa Rae
- 3 lessons Candis learned from working with Issa Rae 
- Launching her CanCanOnWheelz blog
- The importance of character building... and more

SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/candis-welch

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Nov 5, 2018

Back in episode 172, I told you all about how I quit my job. Two months have passed - what's happened? In this episode, I sit down with one of my college besties and we talk about life after quitting. I answer three questions about how my life has changed since August 2018.

1. Am I scared?
2. What's been the best thing about quitting?
3. What is one short-term goal I hope to achieve?

If there's one thing that I've learned since quitting my job in August 2018 - it's this: there's going to be a lot of ups and down.

This episode is for anyone who feels like they aren't doing "enough", for those thinking about quitting - who don't know what they should expect, for those who have left their full-time and are regretting the decision. I've been there.

You'll also learn more about why you need to get out of your head, embrace passive productivity, stop over analyzing, and rethink your approach and executing of goal setting.

It's okay to take it slow. Slow progress is still progress.

Do you have your own #lifeafterquitting story? Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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Oct 29, 2018

When thinking about monetization, one of the most important parts of business/brand building is taking time to think about your various revenue streams. How do you do it successfully once you figure out your niche?

Tiffani D'andria - the founder of Encourage Millions, LLC, a real estate education investment firm - has some answers to these questions.

After growing up in an economically depressed area, in a single parent home, Tiffani gained a passion for leading others to homeownership and generational wealth. Through her popular course, Flip Your Block Academy, Tiffani hones in on her skills learned in corporate America to help other individuals learn how to invest in real estate with low overhead costs.

On this episode we touch on how Tiffani used real estate to fuel her #dreamdriving journey and lessons you can take away from her story:

Some of the things we discuss include:
- Tiffani's early career moves - wanting to be a model -  & quitting her original dreams
- Launching Encourage Millions
- Trusting your instincts
- How Tiffani grew her business through Instagram
- Providing value
- The benefits of doing a SWOT analysis on your life
- Alternative real estate investing opportunities: online courses, wholesaling, tax liens, rental properties, fix & flip, project manager, etc.
- Business challenges
- Leaving a legacy... and more!

SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/tiffani-dandria

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Oct 24, 2018

Do you stay ready so you don't have to get ready? Host Rana Campbell recounts a hilarious work-related experience, lessons learned from it, and why Dream Drivers need to always be prepared for the unexpected.

Do you have your own #whatsinyourtrunk story? Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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*http://twitter.com/rainshineluv
*http://www.ranacampbell.com

Oct 15, 2018

"Life is more about the journey than just getting to the destination." 

Meet Lauryn Williams, a  Certified Financial Planner, 4-time Olympian, 3-time Olympic medalist and the first American woman to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Her company, Worth Winning, offers virtual services to help professional athletes get the answers to the financial question that matter most to them.

Lauryn opens up about her career as a professional  athlete (Track & Field + Bobsledding) and some of the tough professional and personal lessons she's learned along the way. She talks about the decision to transition out of athletics and dive into another interest of hers: personal finance. You'll learn why helping others take control of their personal finances is part of her purpose and what you can do if you're stepping into new territories in your life.

Some of the things we discuss in this episode:
- What inspired Lauryn as a child
- Education as a door opener
- Dealing with natural hair bullying in college
- Life as a professional athlete
- How Lauryn took control of her personal finances & financial literacy
- Making the transition from professional athlete to financial planner
- How to get sponsorships
- The biggest money lesson Lauryn learned
- Lauryn's favorite keys to success...and more!

SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/DID175

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Web: http://www.worth-winning.com

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Oct 8, 2018

Have you ever doubted that you were making the right decision for you and your business? How do you build your faith so that it becomes more powerful and action-inspiring than fear?

On this episode we chat with Ashley Rouse of Trade St. Jam Co. , a woman- and minority-owned business that she started in order to help expand culinary awareness through jams & preserves to restaurateurs and home cooks alike. After years of working in the culinary industry, Ashley discusses why she decided to take the full-time leap into entrepreneurship in 2017. Though she didn't have a perfect "plan", she knew she had a purpose and calling that she needed to trust in. Ashley shares what she's doing now to put her faith into practice and building her company legacy.

Ashley also opens up about her culinary journey and how her passion for food inspired her to push culinary limits and dedicate her company to pursuing unconventional flavors and uses. Trade St. Jam Co. uses locally sourced produce for their vegan, low-sugar jams and can be used to make craft cocktails, glazes, salad dressings, baked goods, roasted meats and veggies and more. 

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Some of the things we discuss in this episode:
- What kind of foods inspired Ashley as a child
- The benefits of culinary school
- The moment that changed Ashley's culinary career trajectory
- Emotional strength
- How/when Ashley launched Trade St. Jam Co.
- Challenges the company faced early on
- The man who inspired Ashley to quit her job
- What keeps Ashley going
- The key to a successful business partnership with your partner
- Fighting the need to be perfect... and more

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

ASHLEY ROUSE'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:
1. Humility
2. Perseverance
3. God

SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/DID174

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Oct 1, 2018

"Go for the look, not the money."

What if I told you it was going to  take you ten years to get your "big break"? Would you still be down for the ride?

We chat with Chris Morrow - CEO and co-founder of Loud Speakers Network- home of some of your favorite  (and super popular) podcasts including The Read, The Friendzone, The Casey Crew, Brilliant Idiots, and the infamous The Combat Jack  Show.

Chris and I have a great conversation about how he came up in the industry and what it was like building Loud Speakers Network. He dives into tips for other creators in the space including his perspective on finding your niche, getting creative with advertising and partnerships, and why tapping into Gen Z’s influence is going to be critical in the future. What I loved the most about this conversation was Chris emphasizing that it took him TEN years to get his “big break”. For all my drivers, hustlers, and goal-getters out there -  this is a reminder to keep putting in the work. Chris also gets a bit personal and opens up about prioritizing health and wellness and his own battle with Lymes Disease.

Some of the things we discuss in this episode:
- What inspired Chris as a child
- Was college worth it?
- Chris' "big break"
- Not getting paid but doing the work anyway
- Knowing when to walk away
- How Loudspeakers Network got its start
- Thinking bigger (from radio show to podcast)
- Generating revenue at a podcast network
- Growing a niche audience
- Local as the future of advertising
- The art of providing context
- The business behind branded partnerships
- Chris' battles with Lymes Disease
- Reggie Ossé's impact & legacy
- How to get the guests you want
- The untapped potential of generation Z

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES: https://www.dreamsindrive.com/chris-morrow

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Sep 27, 2018

I have a huge announcement to make....I LEFT MY JOB (aka my 9-5)! I finally take the time to talk about why I quit, how I feel about the decision, and what's next for Rana. 

Do you have your own #iquit story? Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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Sep 24, 2018

Welcome to another DRIVER'S ED episode! Do you struggle with networking successfully? One of the things that I contribute to the podcast's success is the network I was able to build along the way. I will forever appreciate the people that became part of my tribe and community and have contributed their time, expertise, and resources to helping fuel the dream. In this episode, I dive into my favorite networking tips that personally HELPED me along my networking journey. No matter what stage you're at in your journey, getting these perspectives on networking will help you build relationships, cultivate community, and get the results you want in your brand and business. 

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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Sep 18, 2018

Welcome to another DRIVER'S ED episode! How did I grow Dreams In Drive from scratch? I started the podcast back in January 2016 - with NO listeners and have been able to grow it to over 600,000 downloads since then! I couldn't have gotten there without some key marketing strategy steps along the way. In this episode, I got in-depth and share 18 of of the most critical marketing keys to success that I used to successfully build the Dreams In Drive brand. Even if you aren't a podcaster - you can use these marketing tips to fuel growth in whatever industry you represent or are trying to penetrate!

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

 

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*http://twitter.com/dreamsindrive
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*http://www.ranacampbell.com

Sep 10, 2018

Dashiki Pride founders and sisters Mirian, Lilian, & Marysonia Ugokwe talk how they launched the brand, used social media to grow and are on a mission to share Nigerian culture with the world. The sisters get personal about the early days, what's it like building an empire as siblings, what keeps them going, and more. One of the major takeaways from this episode include why having an idea is cool, but executing on that idea is what's really crucial. 

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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SHOW NOTES: http://www.dreamsindrive.com/dashiki-pride

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Sep 4, 2018

Welcome to another DRIVER'S ED SERIES! Ever get a flat tire and not know what to do? I talk about a recent experience dealing with a flat tire on the side of a busy highway, how I reacted, and the steps I took to get back on the road. Plus, I share a formula and tips that all dream drivers can use to help get out of PARK and start putting their dreams in ACTION!

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

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*http://www.ranacampbell.com

Aug 27, 2018

You don't have to be decorated in success stories and million dollar pre-sales stories in order to be a dream driver and start building an empire. Sometimes you can be in START mode and doing your all to get to DRIVE mode and implement/execute and get the dream going. So then, what's the dream look like? What do you do if you're just starting out and in the beginning stages of your dream driving journey? What are your hopes? Your dreams? How are you shaping your mindset? What are you focusing in on?

We chat with Ashley Langston - fashion entrepreneur  who also serves on active duty as a Captain in the US Army.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and a Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management.

Ashley recently launched her own luxury men’s and women’s bowtie collection, Eikeon.  Eikeon puts exclusivity in every collection truly believing that everyone has a genuine authentic self-image that they express through personal style.

We talk about Ashely's interest in pursuing a military career and the moment that sparked in her the courage to pursue her love for fashion and creativity. Ashley shares how she is able to manage her military career and still pursue entrepreneurship by making sense of untapped potential, business challenges she's faced early on, the power of cultivating our untapped potential, nurturing relationships, leadership hacks, and more!

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES: https://www.dreamsindrive.com/ashley-langston

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Aug 20, 2018

Do you feel like you have a handle on your business finances? Are you stuck when it comes to securing the COIN and don't know where to start? You're in the right place. We chat with Kendra James, a Virtual CFO  & Business Manager that helps business owners in all aspects  of their finances & accounting.  After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Finance and 10+ years climbing the corporate ladder, Kendra decided to ditch her six figure corporate salary and built her brand & business to serve as a full time money manager & coach for boss women. Kendra helps her clients go from overwhelmed entrepreneurs to profitable business owners.

On this episode we dive into the difference between accounting & finance, the formula for scaling your business, corporate finance tips, how to manage your expenses, navigating multiple income streams, pricing strategies, increasing service value, business KPIs, and more.

Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and make sure to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES: https://www.dreamsindrive.com/kendra-james-the-finance-femme

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Aug 13, 2018

When you're pouring out so much, who is pouring into you? We chat with Tierra Burrell, the founder of Tierra Goes Green, a lifestyle consulting and product line business. Tierra talks her entrepreneurial evolution and why we as dream drivers need to pay attention to what we're feeding ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The biggest takeaway? "Nothing happens until you decide." So, what are you going to choose?

Tierra's story spans from starting her career as a paralegal then moving to Atlanta to chase her dream of being a makeup artist - working at MAC Cosmetics. She then turned her side-hustle as a freelance make-up artist at a local strip club into her first business, Make-Up by Tierra. It was during this time that she decided to be the change she wanted to see and founded Tierra Goes Green. Tierra has dedicated her life’s work to teaching what she has learned to help others unlock the magical unearthing of life powered by the consistent pursuit of total body wellness.

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Aug 7, 2018

Every dream starts with an idea.  As an old Jamaican saying says, "Weh fi yuh, cyan be un fi yuh!" (What is yours cannot be unyours).  We chat with Lois Hines - the co-founder of Tropic Isle Living - a company she launched with her late husband Michael Hines at the age of 21. Tropic Isle Living is a health,beauty and  wellness  brand specializing in products  that  contain  all-natural,  nourishing  ingredients  sourced  from  her  homeland  of  Jamaica. 

Lois takes us along for a ride - from the early Tropic Isle Living days, to growing distribution, to social media's effect on the business - and eventually the moment that would change Lois' and her family's life forever. Even through tragedy, Lois' outlook on life and commitment to growing herself and company - while giving back to the community is ever-present. She talks about how we as  dream drivers can stay disciplined, be diligent in our hustle, pay homage to our culture/roots while remembering that "anything is possible."

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Jul 30, 2018

People thought her idea was outlandish. They thought she couldn't pull it off. They laughed at her audacity. She didn't care.

What do you get when you combine hustle, graciousness, & patience? On this episode author & professor of entrepreneurship at FIT , Emily Blumenthal, a.k.a, “Handbag Fairy Godmother” talks how she wasn't going to take NO for an answer on her quest to do what no one else had done before - build the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Emily shares how she stumbled upon this passion and the many successes and challenges she faced building the awards show from scratch. She also talks how she was able to nurture and sustain relationships & partnerships that include brands such as InStyle Magazine, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale's, Guess, Timberland, Singer Sewing Company, Swarovski, vitaminwater, Patron and more. 

ON THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

- Why you can’t always pay attention to the roadmap laid out for you
- How Emily launched herself the world of handbag designing
- The power of Linkedin & how to make the winning connection
- How Emily launched The Handbag Awards
- Being Audaciously Confident
- The key to pitching sponsorships successfully
- Balancing work and family & more!

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Jul 23, 2018

Have you ever questioned WHY you've been dealt the cards you have? How do you cope with life-changing news? Will you make lemonade out of lemons or allow yourself to fall into a downward spiral? What does that process of self-discovery look like? Meet Ariel Lawrence. Ariel has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 12 years. She's the creator of Just a Little Suga’, a personal blog with an expansive focus, seeking to shed light on the experiences of individuals of color and marginalized communities affected by diabetes. By sharing her story, and highlighting other folks of color coping with and tackling diabetes, she's building community focused on living well. Ultimately, her goal is to motivate herself and others to be resilient in the face of diabetes AND enlighten the friends/families of diabetes so they can better support them.

Whether you know someone who is affected by diabetes or not - Ariel's transparency and vulnerability about her story and why she is so committed to embracing her calling and building community is inspiring. As dream drivers - learning about the ways our dreams can empower those who need it the most can be transformational.

ON THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
- Paying attention to the signs our body gives us
- Getting diagnosed with diabetes at age 15
- The difference between Type 1 & Type II Diabetes
- Early challenges
- Ariel's grandmother and HER diabetes story
- Why Ariel decided to start her own diabetes community for people of color
- The power of consistency
- Therapy's impact on Ariel's life
- Advocating For & Putting Yourself First
- Vulnerability
- Dealing with competitors...and more

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Jul 16, 2018

Need help figuring out the road to sustainability? Benoni Tagoe of Issa Rae Productions and The Bizz Plan shares the secrets to building a brand that lasts. 

Benoni launched his career as assistant to the Jonas Brothers, and quickly became a part of the band’s day-to-day management team, developing a keen sense of entrepreneurship. Since then, Tagoe has produced content for both TV and New Media on platforms that have collectively garnered over 20 million views. Currently, Tagoeis the head of business development for Issa Rae Productions (The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girland HBO’s ‘Insecure’). Additionally, Tagoe founded management & consulting company, The Bizz Plan, which works with various media brands, including Uninterrupted (LeBron James’ sports platform), beauty entrepreneur Peakmill, and financial expert Tonya Rapley.

ON THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
- What inspired Benoni as a child
- Benoni's fascination with "not being forgotten"
- Why Benoni dropped out of college
- The connection between struggle & drama
- Personal strengths realized
- How Benoni built a relationship with Issa Rae
- The secrets to growing an audience
- Monetizing your content & platform
- How to stay focused
- Creating sustainability
- Sending emails that get read
- How to find the right clients
- How to build traction

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Jul 9, 2018

Have you ever been curious about your family history? Where are you from? What's the story of your people? How does this all affect who you are today?  In 2003, Dr. Gina Paige co-founded African Ancestry, Inc. and in doing so, pioneered a new way of tracing African lineages using genetics, and a new marketplace for people of African descent looking to more accurately and reliably trace their roots. Gina talks about the origins of the company and why this work is so important. We dive into the challenges her and co-founder Dr. Rick Kittles faced when first launching (they self-funded with only $1200!), dealing with criticism, and lessons she has for other entrepreneurs seeking success. 

Now, Gina travels the world helping people demystify where they’re from and informing on identities so that they may better understand who they are. Dr. Paige holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business.

YOU WILL LEARN:
- What inspired Gina as a child
- What Gina learned working in the corporate world
- How an introduction led to the formation of African Ancestry
- The initial challenges of launching
- Dealing with criticism from the media and the scientific community
- How to position yourself for success
- The importance of knowing who you are
- Rana's African Ancestry results!
- Business lessons learned
- Why you need to develop a strong network...and more!

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Jul 2, 2018

Earlier in June  - Host Rana Campbell had the chance to sit down with the cast of POWER (Lela Loren, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, Nature Naughton, & Rotimi) and talk life lessons that we can take away from Season 5 of the show as Dream Drivers. She also shares some personal life updates and reflections and why  LEVELING UP is the theme for the rest of the year. Join in on the conversation on social (@dreamsindrive) and remember to use the hashtag #dreamsindrive.

 

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Jun 25, 2018

At just 10 years old, Jessica Spaulding began making chocolates. Little did she imagine - as an adult - that passion that would later inspire her to open her craft chocolate business, Harlem Chocolate Factory - which produces bars, bark and brownies inspired by the rich ethnic heritage of her native Harlem community. Jessica's goal? To make high end chocolate accessible to the average person's palette.

On this episode - Jessica takes us along her #dreamdriving journey to getting Harlem Chocolate Factory off the ground. The story centers around the steps she took to firmly solidify her entrepreneurial plan and create the life and business she knew she deserved and could successfully lead. Despite the challenges she encountered, Jessica shares how she was able to hustle strategically, build a team of business advisors in her industry, and leverage every opportunity that came her way.

WE DISCUSS:
- What inspired Jessica as a child
- Where Jessica's love for chocolate came from
- Jessica's early entrepreneurial hustle
- The difference between the goal and the plan
- Launching Harlem Chocolate Factory
- The impact of partnering with Samuel Adams' Brewing The American Dream program
- The dangers of small business predatory loans
- Jessica's plan for winning
- How Jessica built a team of mentors and business advisors
- How to make your pitch stand out
- Go-to-market strategies
- The importance of financial support, strategy support, and advisement
- How to Be true to who you are
- Responding to bigger opportunities after launching the Harlem Chocolate Factory storefront

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Jun 21, 2018

On this THROWBACK episode - we take it back to EP 6 and our chat with Sakita Holley - the founder and CEO of NY-based beauty and lifestyle PR firm House of Success PR. She is also the editor of HashtagsandStilettos.com,a business lifestyle blog and hosts a podcast of the same name that you can find on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.

Sakita shares tips and advice from her own experience growing House of Success PR. You'll learn more about what you have to do to find clients, close deals, and start monetizing your service-based or lifestyle business.

IN THIS PODCAST YOU'LL LEARN:

1. How to figure out when you need to leave your job and pursue something new
2. How she overcame having BUSINESS CAPITAL & CREDIBILITY and launched her own PR firm
3. The biggest mistakes Sakita made when she first offered services to clients
4. Why CLIENT EDUCATION is super important
5. The questions you need to ask to figure out your target market
6. When it's okay to do work for FREE
7. Why walking away from a deal can be good move
8. The real reason you should NEVER low-ball your services
9. Quick inexpensive alternative for accessing legal counsel for your business
10. The systems you need to scale your business
11. 3 things all entrepreneurs NEED in their toolkit

 

SAKITA'S KEYS TO SUCCESS:
1. Know your WHY.
2. Have a mentor or informal board of advisors
3. Do more things that bring you joy

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Jun 18, 2018

What does it take to make it in the media and entertainment industry? We chat with - Kristen V. Carter - content creator, entrepreneur, and inspirational speaker from Newark, New Jersey. 

SOME OF THE THINGS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE:
- How Kristen's boarding school experience shaped her
- The strength of a mother's love
- The moment Kristen realized she had potential to thrive
- What Kristen's first jobs in media taught her
- The benefits of being a freelancer in the entertainment industry
- Building strong relationships
- Why you have to study television credits
- How to stand out in whatever job you're in
- How to stay encouraged
- Creating a yearly action plan
- The keys to telling a good story
- Launching Trust Your Magic
- Combatting the "starving artist"... and more!

Kristen has produced for a variety of television’s top series including NBC's The Voice and Black Girls Rock.  Kristen's professional experience spans across a number of formats including documentary, competition, live events, digital content, and narrative film.

Kristen's multimedia company JazziDreamer Entertainment LLC specializes in writing, consultation, and production services. Most recently, Kristen wrapped a Director of Unscripted Development position where she co-executive produced the documentary show Motherly Love, a companion special to the record-breaking documentary series Black Love on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In her role, she had a hand in selling two cable specials in just nine business days. Kristen continues to develop television projects independently while also writing and producing hit cable programs.

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Jun 11, 2018

What you put in - is what you put out. Are you making a way with what you have? Are you letting adversity make you feel like there is no hope for things turning around?

We chat with Starr Dawkins - entrepreneur, entertainer, and CEO of Sweet Cookies Wash - an all natural feminine wash and vaginal product line - about how she learned to create opportunities, keep going despite hurdles she faced and why she stopped holding herself back and started living fearlessly. She talks her journey from launching a sex blog in college to collaborating with a local comedian on projects that helped her grow her audience to then diving into entrepreneurship and launching her own product line.

Recently, her strategically created Nicki Minaj impersonation video was even reposted by Nicki Minaj herself - serving as a catalyst for more opportunities. Starr is the definition of a hustler - a dream driver who sees the world as possibility and is willing to do what it takes to succeed - even if there are naysayers who may not agree with her direction.

SOME OF THE THINGS WE DISCUSS:
- College as a dreamkiller
- How collaborating with a local comedian and vlogger launched her career
- How to know if you're holding yourself back
- What a move to California taught Starr about #dreamdriving
- The art of figuring stuff out
- Dealing with scams in Hollywood
- Starr's "inspiration vacation"
- Launching Sweet Cookies Wash
- Marketing that works
- The aftermath of getting reposted by Nicki Minaj
- Challenges with launching an online store...and more!

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