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Ep 43: Self-care, boundaries and community activism w/ Ryann Holmes

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We’re so excited to talk to my dear friend, Ryann Holmes. Community activist, entrepreneur and culture curator. Ryann has worked and lived in Brooklyn since 2005, fighting for love, and the freedom of our people. By cultivating creative spaces and supporting the economic development of the community, Ryann continues to dream and to create pathways of creativity, expression, beloved community, and love as wealth.  So, in 2009, Ryann founded the bklyn boihood collective. As of today the collective has grown to four core members, based in Detroit, Miami, and Brooklyn, over 50,000 online followers, 6 calendars, annual parties, monthly gatherings, and a published anthology called Outside the XY.

Ryann was voted one of Brooklyn Magazine’s top 100 cultural innovators. Ryann is also the co-founder of Lucid Haus, a music collective based in Brooklyn, featuring artists like Nappy Nina, Théo Mode, & Ria Boss. Ryann is also a music supervisor for “195 Lewis”, a boundary-breaking web series that explores the lives of queer women of color in Brooklyn, New York. Ryann has an MBA from Baruch College in Social Entrepreneurship.

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Ep 39: Tax secrets for savvy creators with Alexis Kimbrough

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Today we're talking to Alexis Kimbrough of the Tax Firm, Growth Group and we are so excited about it. She runs a firm specifically geared towards helping musicians create the best tax strategies and the right foundation for their career. We have the opportunity to get all the savvy secrets on what we need to do for before the tax year starts! Can't wait for you to hear this episode. 

Alexis Kimbrough's bio:

I received my degree in accounting while a member of Howard University’s “Showtime” Marching band, where I performed alongside numerous musicians and performed internationally. Followed by a master’s degree in tax, I helped billion dollar corporations reduce their taxes by millions of dollars.

Going back to my musical roots, I have dedicated my accounting career to helping music creators make a prosperous living by loving their craft. My music education made me the CPA I have become, through scholarship and the requirements of developing skill through practice and dedication.

You can find Growth Group at growthgroup.com or on FB at facebook.com/GrowthGroup

If you want to connect with us check us out:

Instagram: @jwilliamsesq Website: jo-nawilliams.com

You also check email the show at artistswithoutdayjobs@gmail.com

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Ep 37: Savvy money tips for creators with Farnoosh Torabi

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Money money money! This is such an important topic for creators and I am so excited to bring you the best in the business on the subject, Farnoosh Torabi. 

She's an incredible expert who is shaking up the world with her savvy tips on money and she's was gracious enough to stop by the Artists Without DayJobs camp to share some of her expertise with us! 

Farnoosh is a sought-after speaker and bestselling author. Each year she speaks at numerous events, companies, organizations and schools. Recent engagements have included SXSW, Tedx, The PA and MA Conferences for Women and The Simmons Leadership Conference. She’s written multiple books, the latest entitled When She Makes More: The Truth About Love and Life for a New Generation of Women. She is the Financial Ambassador for Chase Slate.

Farnoosh’s work and advice have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook and USA Today. She appears on major news and talk shows. Highlights include the NBC Today, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The View and Live! With Kelly and Michael.

She hosted the Webby-nominated web series, Financially Fit, on Yahoo. She’s also served as a money coach on such shows as Remake America on Yahoo!, Bank of Mom & Dad on soapNet and TLC’s REAL SIMPLE. REAL LIFE.

Farnoosh graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Finance and International Business. She also holds a Master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She resides happily in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Don't forget to check out her podcast, So Money or contact her at farnoosh.tv!

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Ep 29: Evolving with your dreams with Juliana Luna

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You don't want to miss this beautiful episode. My dear friend Juliana Luna shares her story of growing up as a marginalized woman and carving her own unique path as a creative that has taken her all over the world...Hint: She traces her journey through her ancestry and sees how it all cosmically connects. Such an incredible story. 

If you want to connect with Juliana you can check her out on Instagram: @julianaluna 

If you want to connect with us check us out on

Instagram: @jwilliamsesq & @artistswithoutdayjobs

Website: jo-nawilliams.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/jwilliamesq & facebook.com/artistswithoutdayjobs

Twitter: @jwilliamsesq

You also check email the show at artistswithoutdayjobs@gmail.com 

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The difference between Beyoncé and the rest of us.

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Today's episode is all about the single key to accessing our inner greatness. It's the key to Beyonce's success and countless others. Hope this episode inspires you to go for it! 

If you want to connect with us check us out on

Instagram: @jwilliamsesq & @artistswithoutdayjobs

Website: jo-nawilliams.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/jwilliamesq & facebook.com/artistswithoutdayjobs

Twitter: @jwilliamsesq

You also check email the show at artistswithoutdayjobs@gmail.com 

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Ep 27: Building stability and sustainability with Danny Simmons

Today we're talking to one of my absolute favorite artists and good friend, Danny Simmons! He shares how he went from a being a social worker to owning a full-on art empire and how you can too. So many gems in this episode!     Daniel “Danny” Simmons, Jr. is an abstract-expressionist painter. Older brother of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (“Rev. Run” of Run DMC), he is the founder and Vice Chairman of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery. In addition, Simmons converted part of his loft in Brooklyn into the Corridor Gallery. Along with his brother Russell, Simmons established Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long-running success on HBO. In 2004, Simmons published Three Days As The Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980’s New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.    Simmons is the son of Daniel Simmons, Sr., a truant officer and black history professor who also wrote poetry, and Evelyn Simmons, a teacher who painted as a hobby. He earned a degree in social work from New York University and a master’s in public finance from Long Island University. He began painting after he realized how much he hated his job with the Bureau of Child Support.    Simmons, an abstract-expressionist painter, has had his work shown nationally. Chase Manhattan Bank, the United Nations, and the Schomburg Center for Black Culture all show his work as part of their collections. He is also an avid collector of African art and comic books.    IF you want to connect with Danny check him out on  Facebook.      

Today we're talking to one of my absolute favorite artists and good friend, Danny Simmons! He shares how he went from a being a social worker to owning a full-on art empire and how you can too. So many gems in this episode! 

Daniel “Danny” Simmons, Jr. is an abstract-expressionist painter. Older brother of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (“Rev. Run” of Run DMC), he is the founder and Vice Chairman of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery. In addition, Simmons converted part of his loft in Brooklyn into the Corridor Gallery. Along with his brother Russell, Simmons established Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long-running success on HBO. In 2004, Simmons published Three Days As The Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980’s New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.

Simmons is the son of Daniel Simmons, Sr., a truant officer and black history professor who also wrote poetry, and Evelyn Simmons, a teacher who painted as a hobby. He earned a degree in social work from New York University and a master’s in public finance from Long Island University. He began painting after he realized how much he hated his job with the Bureau of Child Support.

Simmons, an abstract-expressionist painter, has had his work shown nationally. Chase Manhattan Bank, the United Nations, and the Schomburg Center for Black Culture all show his work as part of their collections. He is also an avid collector of African art and comic books.

IF you want to connect with Danny check him out on Facebook. 

 

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Ep 26: Standards are an inside job

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Today we're talking about standards. It's not just about curating your environment so you feel good. It's about creating standards that you hold for yourself. That's when the world will follow suit. Be that which you seek! 

If you want to connect with us check us out on

Instagram: @jwilliamsesq & @artistswithoutdayjobs

Facebook: Facebook.com/jwilliamesq & facebook.com/artistswithoutdayjobs

Twitter: @jwilliamsesq

You also check email the show at artistswithoutdayjobs@gmail.com 

Check out the show on ItunesGoogle PlaySoundcloud, or Stitcher! (click on each word to take you to that platform) or listen below. 

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Ep. 25 Turning your passion into a world class calling with Nick Onken

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We're so excited to speak to Nick Onken, photographer, podcast host, and creative entrepreneur devoted to inspiring the world to create their moments and create their life. Nick has photographed personalities such as Justin Bieber, Usher, and Jessica Alba. He has photographed print campaigns for international brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, and Adidas. His work has also been published in magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire.

This episode we discuss how he went from graphic designer to photographer and all the ways that he used his talent and hustle to make it to the top of the photo world. You can find his work at Instagram @nickonken, his podcast Nion Radio, his site nickonken.me, and his awesome hashtag: #createyourmoments.

Check out the show on ItunesGoogle PlaySoundcloud, or Stitcher! (click on each word to take you to that platform) or listen below.

 

 

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Does the "Net" always appear? A message about "leaping" for entrepreneurs.

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Does the "Net" always appear? A message about "leaping" for entrepreneurs.

    If you’re “playing it safe, you’re playing small”     If you don’t jump you don’t have faith     Leap and the net will appear    Don’t have a plan B because it distracts from plan A   I use to be a devout follower of the “Jump the Cliff” Crew. I happily followed all the entrepreneur rhetoric about leaping and not worrying about falling on my ass or to my death and while I do still have that kind of faith in myself and what I am doing, something was missing for me.  When I didn’t leap, I felt like I was being judged (by other entrepreneurs, myself or those pesky books written by the experts!).  When I heard that inner knowing telling me to go slower, smell the roses and maybe jump at a later date, I promptly said to that knowing,  “Shut the hell up. I have some diving to do!”    If I didn’t jump...I didn’t want to face the judging of myself that would come with it soooo yep I jumped and jumped and jumped to the chagrin of my coach who was a BIG fan of jumping.  I didn’t care whether there was a net. I didn’t care whether I leaped to my death because I figured,  “Hey it’s better to get in ring and risk death than to sit on the sidelines.”    In many cases I think that’s true. In most cases. Ok, all cases.  However, sometimes, you shouldn’t jump so fast. Sometimes it’s sexy to have a parachute on your back instead of leaping and blindly hoping a net will appear.  These days, I am more of a fan of the strategic leap.  When you listen to that inner guide saying,  “Patience grasshopper. All things in due timing.”    This leap feels even more exciting because it’s a leap with positive expectation, not hope.  It’s a leap of planning and action, not flying by the seat of your pants.  It’s a quality leap.  A leap where you test, you ask, you refine, you set yourself up for success.  Entrepreneurs don’t talk about this leap...but many of them do it. Behind the scenes.  Yes it’s what I teach.  And it’s what I live now.  And you know what? There’s space in my life. There’s pleasure. There’s joy. There’s the excitement of launching something big but KNOWING I will be ok no matter the outcome. There’s a release of attachment. There’s expansiveness.  It’s what we all strive for...but did anyone tell you that you don’t have to strive?  When you take the strategic leap yes it’s scary. However, it’s less painful.  The strategic leap may not give you the adrenaline rush of Cortisol…  But you will get a hefty dose of endorphins.  One of my clients recently launched her debut music single. We created the plan for the release, I supported her during it and the entire time I kept whispering (and sometimes yelling at her)  “Do what feels good. Celebrate along the way. Acknowledge your small wins instead of racing to the finish line. I know that “so and so” suggested this but do you actually WANT do that?”    So she took a leap. A big one.  She was strategic and planned for pleasure.  She had fun while putting the project together and took care of herself along the way.   Result? - 15,000 views in 24 hours.   No she didn’t have a huge list, thousands of followers or a big affiliate marketing push.  In fact, she never asked anyone to share it at that time.   But they did….over 250 times in that 24 hour period.  That’s THOUSANDS of new people that listened to her music, through friend recommendations. The best kind.  Oh and that huge release party everyone said she should have (but me)…She had a cookout at her house instead that to the turn of 75 people.  No expensive venue or large marketing push to get people to come.  No door minimums to contend with or nasty club owners.  Just love, fun, pleasure and a ton of support. Even MORE than she would’ve had at a club. She has been all over the radio now and she’s getting some international press, managers and industry folk are paying attention.  All because of the strategic leap. Yes she took the jump...a quality one, in divine timing.  And now all else will be left to the Universe to figure out AND that’s how it should be.  Whether you’re thinking of a big move, leaving your job, releasing a product or just going to the next evolution of who you are, I would suggest you take a minute and commit to the leap...but do it strategically. Plan out the steps, course correct and most importantly...follow what feels good.  It’s the path that will lead you to what you want and the true connection you’re looking for. I do it. She did it. You can too.  Now don’t get me wrong, If blind faith is your jam, I say go for it. However for me right now, cliffs are way more fun to jump when you know you have a string to pull and let out a parachute. ;-)  The net will appear whether you strap on a parachute or go flying without one. Just remember, you can’t control the WHEN or the HOW of either.   Either way you choose, just JUMP.   You will only regret it if you don’t when you know you should.  If you know someone who’s thinking of taking a leap or could use this, please share it with them.  Also, connect with me on social media  (IG  or  Facebook ) or comment below and let me know if you’re thinking of taking a leap I’d love to hear about it.  Love you Fiercely,  Jo-Ná   

 

If you’re “playing it safe, you’re playing small”

If you don’t jump you don’t have faith

Leap and the net will appear

Don’t have a plan B because it distracts from plan A

I use to be a devout follower of the “Jump the Cliff” Crew. I happily followed all the entrepreneur rhetoric about leaping and not worrying about falling on my ass or to my death and while I do still have that kind of faith in myself and what I am doing, something was missing for me.

When I didn’t leap, I felt like I was being judged (by other entrepreneurs, myself or those pesky books written by the experts!).

When I heard that inner knowing telling me to go slower, smell the roses and maybe jump at a later date, I promptly said to that knowing, “Shut the hell up. I have some diving to do!”

If I didn’t jump...I didn’t want to face the judging of myself that would come with it soooo yep I jumped and jumped and jumped to the chagrin of my coach who was a BIG fan of jumping.

I didn’t care whether there was a net. I didn’t care whether I leaped to my death because I figured, “Hey it’s better to get in ring and risk death than to sit on the sidelines.”

In many cases I think that’s true. In most cases. Ok, all cases.

However, sometimes, you shouldn’t jump so fast. Sometimes it’s sexy to have a parachute on your back instead of leaping and blindly hoping a net will appear.

These days, I am more of a fan of the strategic leap.

When you listen to that inner guide saying, “Patience grasshopper. All things in due timing.”

This leap feels even more exciting because it’s a leap with positive expectation, not hope.

It’s a leap of planning and action, not flying by the seat of your pants.

It’s a quality leap.

A leap where you test, you ask, you refine, you set yourself up for success.

Entrepreneurs don’t talk about this leap...but many of them do it. Behind the scenes.

Yes it’s what I teach.

And it’s what I live now.

And you know what? There’s space in my life. There’s pleasure. There’s joy. There’s the excitement of launching something big but KNOWING I will be ok no matter the outcome. There’s a release of attachment. There’s expansiveness.

It’s what we all strive for...but did anyone tell you that you don’t have to strive?

When you take the strategic leap yes it’s scary. However, it’s less painful.

The strategic leap may not give you the adrenaline rush of Cortisol…

But you will get a hefty dose of endorphins.

One of my clients recently launched her debut music single. We created the plan for the release, I supported her during it and the entire time I kept whispering (and sometimes yelling at her) “Do what feels good. Celebrate along the way. Acknowledge your small wins instead of racing to the finish line. I know that “so and so” suggested this but do you actually WANT do that?”

So she took a leap. A big one.

She was strategic and planned for pleasure.

She had fun while putting the project together and took care of herself along the way.

Result? - 15,000 views in 24 hours.

No she didn’t have a huge list, thousands of followers or a big affiliate marketing push.

In fact, she never asked anyone to share it at that time.

But they did….over 250 times in that 24 hour period. That’s THOUSANDS of new people that listened to her music, through friend recommendations. The best kind.

Oh and that huge release party everyone said she should have (but me)…She had a cookout at her house instead that to the turn of 75 people.

No expensive venue or large marketing push to get people to come.

No door minimums to contend with or nasty club owners.

Just love, fun, pleasure and a ton of support. Even MORE than she would’ve had at a club. She has been all over the radio now and she’s getting some international press, managers and industry folk are paying attention.

All because of the strategic leap. Yes she took the jump...a quality one, in divine timing.

And now all else will be left to the Universe to figure out AND that’s how it should be.

Whether you’re thinking of a big move, leaving your job, releasing a product or just going to the next evolution of who you are, I would suggest you take a minute and commit to the leap...but do it strategically. Plan out the steps, course correct and most importantly...follow what feels good.

It’s the path that will lead you to what you want and the true connection you’re looking for. I do it. She did it. You can too.

Now don’t get me wrong, If blind faith is your jam, I say go for it. However for me right now, cliffs are way more fun to jump when you know you have a string to pull and let out a parachute. ;-)

The net will appear whether you strap on a parachute or go flying without one. Just remember, you can’t control the WHEN or the HOW of either.

Either way you choose, just JUMP.

You will only regret it if you don’t when you know you should.

If you know someone who’s thinking of taking a leap or could use this, please share it with them.

Also, connect with me on social media (IG or Facebook) or comment below and let me know if you’re thinking of taking a leap I’d love to hear about it.

Love you Fiercely,

Jo-Ná

 

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What Dave Chappelle can teach us all about success.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been a major comedy fan. I started watching stand up comedy when I was 6 year old and while I didn’t understand everything Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor were talking about I was completely enthralled in the experience of watching them on stage. I would watch their stand up specials over and over.

As an adult, comedy is a part of my life weekly. It’s pretty common to catch me at a comedy show on a Friday night in New York City or hear me playing a stand up special on Netflix in the background as I do my work. Laughter is joy and comedy is such an incredible art.

So when I heard that one of my absolute favorite comedians and creative business owner, Dave Chappelle is releasing 3 comedy specials on Netflix I almost broke my nails doing Google searches to find out the date and the backstory.

To my surprise and delight, I found out that two of the specials were ones that he’d filmed while on tour (from his vault and Netflix purchased them) and he will also record one specifically for them this year. The contract was for 60 million dollars. I was DANCING (literally) when I saw this and I’m so incredibly happy for him. What this did for him and what it is teaching the world is such a powerful example of TRUE success. 

 

IF you don’t know, he walked away from a $50 million dollar multi-season contract in 2005 for his VERY popular, Comedy Central show, “Chappelle Show.”  Many people called him crazy and said he was a fool or on drugs. People were disappointed; they judged him and Dave disappeared from the limelight for a few years.  

I had the same initial reaction as most people, “WTF?” However, having seen contracts that were less than favorable to artists and spent most of my life around famous people, I knew there was more to the story than meets the eye, so I applauded his decision.

To hear him speak of it now, he says that the price was “too high” for him and he felt like his audience couldn’t “SEE” him anymore and he was losing the connection and love for what he truly adored, comedy itself. The sacrifice was too great and he wasn’t willing to compromise his integrity for the money. I honor that.

As an entrepreneur you’re often faced with your spouse, parents, employers or children having no idea why you are making a certain choice because they feel differently. “What you have is so “Right” or “You’re on Top of the World or secure. Why would you give that up?”

Every level of your journey you’re going to be faced with high-stake choices that illuminate who you are and what’s in your life. Your audience and loved ones won’t know the backstory, so they are left to their own ideas and assertions.

As I thought of my own decisions in my business, I realized that they led me to an even true version of everything. I learned who my true friends were. I learned who my true supporters were. I learned of my talent, my love, my desires, my worth. I learned of the deep shame that I cared and the limiting beliefs that had plagued my existence and how to eradicate some of them. I learned of the pressure I put on myself to be what everyone wanted and how I had to live my life for me first. I learned of my personal creative power. I learned vulnerability takes an unbelievable amount of strength and courage, but it’s so freeing and beautiful.

I learned of my pure joy and awesomeness that comes from me just being who I am.

I also learned the greatest lesson of them all, I’m human and that does not strip away my divinity, my ability or identity, but adds to it.

I imagine Dave may have learned some of those same lessons.

Here’s a brief list of some of the lessons I think all creative business owners can learn from Dave Chappelle’s amazing example:

  1. Courage - We are all going to be faced with difficult situations. We are going to be faced with challenges that leave us flat on the ground. However, courage is the thing that will allow us to practice everything else in our lives successfully. Without it we can’t go on.
  2. Trust yourself above all else  - Your intuition is the wisest and best guide. While it may not make sense to anyone else or you may get a slew of other opinions (even from your own head) your inner guide will always lead you to the truth that will bring you the most peace.
  3. Honor your virtues & be true to yourself first - You have to wake up with you. You have to go to bed with you. Your character is your greatest asset so no matter what, if you honor yourself first, all else will come in the right timing and people will respect and understand that.
  4. If the price is too high it’s ok to walk away - If you’re not feeling it, whatever it is, even though it may SEEM good, even if everything is at risk, if it doesn’t feel right, you always have the choice to walk away and you should.
  5. Everything you lost will be returned to you 10-fold through pleasure - Dave may have lost 50 million dollars but what he DID was returned to what he loved, became more grounded in his sense of self and came back stronger than ever with even MORE than he bargained for AND with less work. I mean you can’t beat making 60 million for something that’s so easy for you that you did anyway because you loved it.

To me, this is true success. You have what you desire without compromising who you are. 

I’d love to know what lessons you’ve learned on your entrepreneurial journey or what you've learned that I didn't mention. Hit me up on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter and leave a comment. Let’s keep the conversation going.

And if you know someone who could benefit from this, please share it with them. Helping others is the greatest gift.

Love you Fiercely,

Jo-Ná

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