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Ep 49: Continuing to grow and thrive as a creative with Warren McCrae

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How do you keep your business going as your industry shifts? How do you continue to thrive in your creative life as you continue to navigate change and profitability year after year? Warren has the answer. He's been in the music industry as an engineer, musician and studio owner for over 25 years! Having worked with greats such as Tina Turner, Alicia Keys, and even 50 Cent, Warren has grown with the industry while also maintaining a thriving recording studio. On this episode, he shares his secrets of success and what's next for him! Hope you enjoy. Follow the show on IG at jwilliamsesq  and artistswithoutdayjobs or email us at artistswithoutdayjobs@gmail.com

Full Bio:

Warren McCrae has continued his love for music and has spent more than 25 years playing and being Musical Director for various artists such as KELIS, KEITH SWEAT, FREDDIE JACKSON, JANET JACKSON,

LIONEL RICHIE, INDIA.ARIE, TONI BRAXTON, YOLANDA ADAMS, and others.

He then turned to Funk, Rock & Roll and did multiple world tours and co-wrote /

produced music for NONA HENDRYX (from the group LABELLE) and LITTLE

STEVEN VAN ZANT (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND).

Being versatile got the attention of ROGER DAVIES (MANAGER - SADE, P!NK,

JANET, CHER) to work with Rock & Roll Legend JOE COCKER. Warren went on to

do 4 consecutive World Tours and 3 DVD’s / CD’s with JOE COCKER. He then met

TINA TURNER, and has continued to work with her for over 2 decades. Warren

performed with TINA on her “WILDEST DREAMS WORLD TOUR”(1996-1997). Her

“TWENTY FOUR SEVEN WORLD TOUR”, which was the largest selling tour of 2000.

Warren also co-produces, engineers, mixes, remixes, plays live bass and synth bass, drum

programming, additional production on several projects for fellow PRODUCERS. He’s

working with GRAMMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER, MARK BATSON (DR.

DRE, EMINEM, JAY-Z, ALICIA KEYES, ANTHONY HAMILTON, INDIA.ARIE).

Warren completed work with MARK on MELISSA ETHERIDGE’S CD, entitled “This

Is M.E.”. Warren is currently working with MARK other upcoming projects for other

Major Recording Artist.

Warren’s mission and his talented staff at 24-7 Music Group is to create amazing musical

content by real musicians, singers and songwriters at its highest level. We can facilitate

any genre of music, to any client, at anytime. We have the ability to collaborate with

other major or indie artist. At our state of the art, private recording studio in California

where creativity and expression is developed into hits, happy clients and career success.

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Ep 46: Taking care of your personal relationships while you're "entrepreneur-ing"

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Ah! While our mission as a creator can be our passion, it's important that we make sure we don't fall off track with tending to our personal lives and the relationships that enrich it! Host Jo-Na shares some tips on how to keep them intact while you navigate the wild world of being a creative business owner. Follow Jo-Na and the show on IG at @artistswithoutdayjobs and @jwilliamsesq 

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Ep 45: Advice for professionals in the art world w/ Sara Kay

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I didn't meet Sara Kay at an art gallery, but as we were both getting our yoga certifications and was introduced to her amazing work. I invited her on the show because I knew she could give some serious advice to those in the visual art world on how to make it work. She's a powerful voice for women in the arts and just a joy to speak to. Please welcome this powerful changemaker, Sara Kay.

With nearly 20 years of experience and a diverse background that includes conservation, museum, auction, gallery and non-profit, Sara is considered both an industry specialist and a tastemaker. Prior to founding her art advisory business in 2015, Sara was Director of the globally renowned contemporary art gallery, White Cube in London.

Sara is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Professional Organization of Women in the Arts, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) that champions professionalism and the advancement of women in the business of fine art. She has lectured extensively on the topic of collecting and the art market and serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s M.A. Art Business Program offering a discourse on the subjects of best business practice and career development. In 2015, Sara was awarded Parmigiani Fleurier’s Women of Exception prize for her professional distinctions and philanthropy.

She recently opened Sara Kay Gallery in New York. If you want to check it out please go to sarakaygallery.com

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Bonus Episode - Detox and Season 3!

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Ahhh so it's time for a detox. Time of the year for rest, reflection and making space for your next move. On this episode, I share with you why I'm going on a detox and how you can set yourself up for your best year yet. Plus, some details about Season 3. IF you want to connect with me or the show go to @jwilliamsesq on all social media. See you in 2019 for Season 3! 

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Ep 40: Successfully changing careers for follow your own path with Jen Groover

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Get ready for Jen Groover. This powerhouse is going to share with us some of her most important tips for creating a successful career even as you pivot to a new one. As Artists who eventually want to transition out of their dayjobs, I figured she would be an amazing guest since that's exactly what she did. Great ready to hear some amazing knowledge in her powerful and inspiring story. 

Jen Groover's Bio 

Jen Groover has been tagged by SUCCESS MAGAZINE as a “One-Woman Brand,” a “Creativity and Innovation Guru” and a leading “Serial Entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine, a “Mindful Mogul” by Philly Happening and ranked #8 by SAP in the Top 51 Influencers of Human Potential.  Jen Groover’s name has become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship, evolution and human potential. She was recently nominated as a UN delegate to the first ever Global Accelerator for the Global Entrepreneurs Council.  She also made history at the NYSE, as a member of the first all-female group to ring the opening bell, made Forbes’ list of “50 Founders You Need to Follow on Twitter”  and was nominated “TV Personality of The Year Award” in 2013  by Savor the Success.  

As a successful serial entrepreneur, author and thought leader in human potential, as well as a retired National Level Fitness Competitor, Jen Groover’s energy and multi-faceted, diverse wisdom and experiences, have made her a highly sought after International speaker for over 20 years on topics ranging from: Optimizing Human Potential for increased Success and

Happiness, Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Branding Wellness and Energy Management, Effective Communication Skills, through to Mindful Parenting. She has keynoted to audiences up to 35,000 people in stadiums, to leading intimate workshops for smaller groups, as well as online symposiums. Her clients have ranged anywhere from Fortune 500 Companies to top Universities, Business and Wellness Organizations, Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Groups, High Schools to Non-Profits.

You can find her at JenGroover.com

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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 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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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 

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