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Feb 24, 2017

HOW IMPORTANT IS BRANDING REALLY???

Many business owners think in terms of immediate ROI and who can blame them?! But with so many digital marketing channels capable of producing immediate traffic and fast results, does it really make sense to go all-in with branding?  And what does it even mean to go all-in?  At what point does a brand creation stage go from careful planning to analysis by paralysis?

The Creative Hustler was lucky enough to record a live podcast on location and interview some of the expert guests. Here what they had to say:

[00:32] Meet Dave Korinek and Matt Simpson from Magnetic Creative. On top of being an award-winning branding agency, they have to be the most genuine and badass group of creatives this side of the Mississippi.  

[4:50] Dave answers the question - How are you balancing your creative lifestyle as a business owner and a married man of 20 years with 4 growing boys.

[6:33] Matt jumps in and talks about the importance of relationships and the balance between communication. #magfam on Twitter

[9:32] John Bertino, founder of the TAG and SoCal Marketing Club explains what SoCal Marketing Club is all about and the mission behind the meetup.

[10:40] The reason and inspiration behind tonight’s branding and digital marketing panel, and what the importance is

[15:48] Josh Roush, Co-Founder and designer at Movetic, talks about his new “brand anthem video.” Find out what that is and why it’s important. Connect with Josh on Instagram.

Do you have any input or questions you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear them Tweet us to get the conversation going!

 

Feb 24, 2017

[RECAP] Peter Cincotti. Steven, Alan, and Melissa are back in the San Diego studio recapping Peter Cincotti’s interview from this past Tuesday.

Peter was the youngest jazz musician to reach #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and collaborations with Phil Ramone, Harry Connick Jr., and David Foster, Peter is now a free agent looking to get his Creative Hustle back out there to the masses. He’s been working on his latest album "Long Way From Home" for 3 years. He built a studio and moved all his pianos to the Jersey Shore... where he spent the summer’s growing up as a kid. He took the time to learn the tech side of the business and produced this whole album, and we are stoked to be supporting him along his journey.

[00:40] Recap of Interview How working with music giants and reaching #1 on the Billboard Jazz

[5:04] Why learning the tech part the business is important for creative independence.

[9:07] 2 tips for Creative Hustler’s to take to the bank. 1. Having “Faith.” What does that mean? And 2. Persistence - which is the sustained effort necessary to induce faith.

Resource mentioned: Think and Grow Rich. Guys, this book is under $9. It will change you, and the way you think about life, money, success, failures, faith, etc, etc, etc. I highly recommend not only reading it, but keeping as a resource on your bedside table.

[16:09] The music industry has changed in the past 30 years. Does anyone remember MTV when it was really MTV?

[19:36] Why having a tribe is important when building a brand.

[20:00] Check out Peter’s wacky Goodnight videos on Instagram. Sorry for putting you on blast, man, but you crack us up! Plus, you have some pretty sexy videos too. ;)

[20:46] Peter’s Pledge - Help a brother out! This is an awesome example of how musicians are connecting and communicating with their audiences on a personal level.

[21:18] Although, we still don’t know what tomatoes Peter uses in your sauce. We’re so freaking curious about this.

[28:57] Peter is selling his Sauce on his Pledge Music site. Alan challenges a sauce off between Steven and Peter. Who wants to see this shit?

[30:19] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Connect with Peter:
PeterCincotti.com
Peter’s Pledge Music page
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter



Feb 21, 2017

"88 keys, a bench, and a mic.

Give those things to Peter Cincotti and he can take you anywhere. 

Like a pilot in a cockpit, when Cincotti sits down at a piano it’s as if the world is at his fingertips. And this time, on his highly anticipated new album, he is indeed traveling a Long Way From Home.

'Never before have I used the piano in this way. A few years ago, I began having these visions of an album that brings active, rhythmic piano playing back into the landscape of modern music.'" - Peter Cincotti website 

Hey, guys! It’s not always rainbows and unicorns here at The Creative Hustler. Unfortunately, we had some audio issues in this interview. 

HOWEVER - this is a really special episode for Steven! He’s been following Peter Cincotti’s jazz career for 15 years. From youngest jazz musician to reach #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and collaborations with Phil Ramone, Harry Connick Jr., and David Foster, Peter is now a free agent looking to get his Creative Hustle back out there to the masses. He’s been working on his latest album "Long Way From Home" for 3 years. He built a studio and moved all his pianos to the Jersey Shore... where he spent the summer’s growing up as a kid. He took the time to learn the tech side of the business and produced this whole album, and we are stoked to be supporting him along his journey. 

We really hope you enjoy this one and find it as inspiring as we did! 

[01:08] What is Peter’s success made of... Luck? Hard work? Opportunity? And if that success didn’t happen would he still be chasing those dreams of becoming a musician?

[6:02] 2 Pieces of advice: #1. However you want to take it... you gotta have faith. You have to believe. #2. Persistence. One of Peter’s favorite quotes: Arianna Huffington - “Life's a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.”

[8:24] What would Peter have done if Phil Ramone didn't come into his life? Submit to the “zeitgeist” if you will.

[10:07] Learn to love the process even when you’re getting “no’s” left and right.

[10:39] Peter’s thoughts on “The Creative Hustler.” <- Big deal, guys! 

[11:50] “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday... this one comes up a lot. 

[12:07] Peter has a new album coming out “Long Way From Home.” The first record he’s made without a record deal. He moved his pianos to a house on the Jersey Shore where he spent summers as a kid and Produced the whole album. He spent a lot of time learning the tech side of making music. 

[13:24] Peter is starting his Creative Hustle all over again, and this time around putting the business back into the hands of the artist, himself.  

[15:00] - Peter moved to the Jersey Shore and isolated himself with his creativity - this is what happened.

[17:30]  Food is love at Peter’s Pledge Music site - You can buy Peter’s personal homemade sauce, Skype live, hang out at the studio, and more by pledging on Peter’s Pledge Music site! A portion of all pledges will go to an incredible organization with a cause close to my heart, Education Through Music. (To find out more about ETM, http://www.etmonline.org)

[23:23] Tour dates coming soon! Check out new dates here!   

[23:51]  Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

 

Connect with Peter:

PeterCincotti.com
Peter’s Pledge Music page
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

Feb 17, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Steven, Melissa, and Alan here.

Today we’ll be Recapping Victor Kung’s interview. Founder of The Remote Lifestyle blog & podcast - he’s on a mission to show Millennials who want to grab life by the balls how they can be successful while creating the lifestyle of their dreams as a digital nomad.

BONUS! We celebrate Steven’s 35th birthday on air. Hear us wish and sing Steven a very Happy Birthday at [01:05].

[3:40] What does it mean to define yourself as a millennial?

[8:30] Steven’s first obsession with branding and marketing started with KISS.

[11:00] Victor will be in 6 different countries in 6 months with The Remote Trip. 1 month, 3 months or 6 month trips to Asia and Latin America. Trips include Accommodations at all locations (private room), All flights & transport between destinations, Work spaces with high-speed internet, Keynote speakers and professional workshops, Gym passes, yoga sessions, and relaxing massages, and Local activities and fun communal events! What more could you want!?!

[19:10] Branding yourself and the brand of Victor. The idea of no matter what part of the journey you’re on - it’s important to have that solidified personal brand.

[25:22] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Check out Melissa and Steven's podcast interviews with Victor on The Remote Lifestyle HERE!

Contact Victor Kung:

Learn how to becomes a Digital Nomad in 7 Steps - Even if You Have No Idea Where to with this email course:   http://theremotelifestyle.com/remote

Feb 14, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers! Steven & Melissa Here.

Today we’ll be talking with Victor Kung. Founder of The Remote Lifestyle blog & podcast - he’s on a mission to show Millennials who want to grab life by the balls how they can be successful while creating the lifestyle of their dreams as a digital nomad.

[1:30] What makes Victor a Creative Hustler?

[8:22] What keeps Victor successful and inspired? He swears by his morning routine and habit building. He mentions how The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod has helped him change his morning routine.

[12:19] Quotes are just words until you understand the meaning and actually start living the words. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s the ability to act in the presence of fear.

[14:00] Stop being held hostage by your thoughts! “You are not your thoughts, you are the being that is aware of your thoughts.”

[15:45] Being your own boss can be the most challenging part of living the #CreativeHustler lifestyle. How can you continue to set goals and hold yourself accountable?

[18:22] As creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers one thing we forget is that our most important client is ourselves - the brand of Victor is first and foremost because you can scale that as much as you want.

[19:41] One piece of advice for creative hustlers to take with them is checking in with yourself when we’re going through challenges.

[21:44] The power of visualization

[22:36] Traveling for 6 months with a digital nomad community called The Remote Trip, where is Victor going, how will he stay healthy, and what does the living situations look like?

[28:08] If your in seat entertainment magazine is gummed together and your wifi isn’t working because the plane sucks… what is Victor doing?

[35:05] Staying balanced during culture shock and traveling the world

[41:00] Victor’s resolutions, hopes, and dreams for 2017 during his journey and travels  

[46:09] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Contact Victor Kung:
Learn how to becomes a Digital Nomad in 7 Steps - Even if You Have No Idea Where to with this email course:  http://theremotelifestyle.com/remote

Feb 10, 2017

What's up, Creative Hustler? In the studio today with Steven, Alan, and Melissa recapping Dan Harding’s interview. [1:16] Dan is a Product evangelist for FollowUpThen, an email reminder service on a mission to Clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and ensure you never forget to followup!   

  • [2:29] Melissa is PUMPED to announce her favorite daily tool, FollowUpThen has partnered with The Creative Hustler to bring you 30 days free! If you’re anything like Melissa, you need reminders. If it’s not on her calendar or popping up as a notification, it will never happen. FollowUpThen is an email and text message reminder platform that literally takes 3 minutes to set up. If you’re looking for a better way to stay on top of your emails, clients, family, friends take advantage of a free month on us! Go to fut.io/c/tch!   
  • [7:40] Features, benefits, and prices of the FollowUpThen tool.
  • [11:27] I’m not here to gloat we already have the GOAT! #GoPats #MicDrop
  • [11:50] How we were able to partner with FollowUpThen and the power of Twitter
  • [15:00] altMBA with Seth Godin - The is an intensive, 4-week online workshop designed by Seth Godin for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead.
  • [19:24] Keeping the goal in mind - The most challenging part of being a Creative Hustler… wondering whether or not you’re doing the right thing. Keeping the goal in mind, and the layer above the goal and below the goal in line and making sure what you’re doing is worth it.
  • [26:43] Imagine if we were obsessed with the things that we love about ourselves and stopped with the self-limiting beliefs?  
  • [32:52] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

Contact Dan Harding:
Dan Harding: about.me/dan.harding
Product Evangelist at FollowUpThen: followupthen.com
Co-Founder at HealthSage: healthsage.info

Feb 8, 2017

What’s up, Creative Hustlers!?!

Today we’ll be talking with Dan Harding, Product evangelist for FollowUpThen, an email reminder service made for Creative Hustlers like you and I. They are on a mission to Clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and ensure you never forget to followup!

[1:32] What’s make Dan a Creative Hustler?

[5:52] Take the guesswork out of following up. Followupthen.com will benefit your productivity and efficiency.

[10:15] What gets Dan up in the morning… a new day, a new canvas!

[14:04] How do you find inspiration when you’re not feeling inspired? The biggest thing that Dan has to keep in mind is being gracious with himself. It’s far too easy to have negative self-talk.

[17:36] Dan’s chief tool is obviously FollowUpThen, but secondly, he uses todo.ly for list making. When if comes down to tools it’s all about understanding how your own brain works.

[19:28] The most challenging part of being a Creative Hustler… wondering whether or not you’re doing the right thing. Keeping the goal in mind, and the layer above the goal and below the goal in line and making sure what you’re doing is worth it.

[22:14] Imagine if we were obsessed about the things that we loved about ourselves.

[27:28] Keeping your life balanced like pancakes in the morning! 2016 might have been filled with low-lows for Dan, but those lows have shed a light on some dark corners that helped him move forward.

[33:20] From the unbalance of the hardships you can find a different type of balance.

[39:22] Did Dan just bring up one of our favorite sitcom comics, Jerry Seinfeld, to explain the art of habit formation? Yes, yes he did.

[46:51] Habit formation is like that movie with Bill Murray “What About Bob?” BABY STEPS, BABY STEPS, BABY STEPS! Melissa’s been saying that for years!

Baby steps create giant leaps over time - Melissa

  • A great book that Dan brought up about habit formation by Charles Duhigg, the New York Times author The Power of Habit

[49:24] Parting words from Dan: JUST START AND KEEP AT IT!

[49:52] Melissa’s Moment of Hustle

 

Contact Dan Harding: [48:23]
Dan Harding: about.me/dan.harding
Product Evangelist at FollowUpThen: followupthen.com
Co-Founder at HealthSage: healthsage.info  

Feb 3, 2017

What’s up, Creative Hustlers!?!

In the studio with Steven, Melissa, and Alan today recapping our latest interview with Joseph Kennedy. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Joseph’s episode, we highly recommend it. He is such a romantic. His words are elegant and thought out. At one point he even brought tears to Melissa’s eyes sharing his vision for life and the beauty his finds within it.

Joseph is the Founder of Content Pathway, the UK’s first and only environmental copywriting agency. He’s a digital nomad, world traveler, content creator, and English teacher in Tarifa,

[00:42] Joseph left the UK and hit the road! Right now he wakes up and looks at Morocco from his balcony Tarifa, Spain. What a beautiful site that must be at the southernmost coast of Spain.

[3:10] Joseph, we gotta talk about the smoking thing.  

[4:05]  Did you know Melissa was a smoker? Gross.

[5:01 We discuss Joseph’s travels through Cambodia, Thailand, and Spain

[6:34] Duolingo for learning a language. This one comes up a lot. There’s something there, for sure. ;)

[7:12] Word Lens translates words by holding the app up to the word. Pretty neat!

[9:25] Lifestyle difference in Spain

[11:54] Steven and Joseph connect  

[10:37] Melissa has a bone to pick with @Chipotle and drops a plug to @OpenEyeGlobal on how they can seriously help!

[15:23] Friday Night is Soul Night in Tarifa.  

[17:17] Shoutout to Ishbel White, a photographer out of Scotland! Helping friends around the globe.

[19:02] Digital nomad matchmaker! What do you guys think? Should we do it?  Creativehustlermatch.com

[22:53] Tips for #CreativeHustlers: Know your limitations! Take regular breaks!

[26:10] Alan’s explanation of the serendipitous relationships that come from the energy you give out

[28:46] Stop with the limiting beliefs. Stop comparing yourself.

[29:45] Because what really matters is... “Vale la pena!”… Is it worth it? Is what you’re doing worth it?  

[30:44] About this digital life... and finding comfort in the uncomfortable.   

[33:20] Looking at it from a global and historic scale, people have always been nomadic.

[35:04] The theme of loneliness that comes with following your craft

[37:23] If you know how to deal with yourself you're never going to be lonely. Part of this episode was rooted in stoicism. "If you really want to escape all you need is your mind."  

[38:18] Melissa's moment of hustle 


Contact Joseph Kennedy  
www.stingynomad.co.uk
Facebook - stingy nomad
www.cpath.co.uk

Feb 1, 2017

What's Up, Creative Hustlers!

Today we’ll be talking with Joseph Kennedy, the Founder of Content Pathway, the UK’s first and only environmental copywriting agency. He’s a digital nomad, world traveler, content creator, and English teacher in Tarifa, Spain.

Joseph is also the author of Stingy Nomad, a book on how to save double in half the time, hack world exploration with dozens of money saving travel tips and create a digital income that will allow you to kill routine, abandon office life and work as much as you like

  • [00:52] Joseph is a true romantic at heart. Currently, he is in Tarifa, the southernmost coast of Spain. From his balcony, he can Morocco and the Atlantic Ocean. Not a bad view to wake up to in the morning. Tarifa where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea meet.
  • [5:56] Soul and Motown guy, Joe sweats the smooth soothing sounds of Al Green. On Friday nights, you’ll find Joe at the local Motown night at the Soul Cafe.
  • [9:40] In talking with Joe, we started to pick up on just how romantic and deep his sense wonder truly is. After reading the book Night Train to Lisbon one thought continuously stuck out to Joe - that humans only live a small part of what’s inside of them, so the question becomes, what happens to the rest us?
  • [15:14] Joseph isn’t just the author of the Stingy Nomad, he’s also lived it. While travel Spain, Joseph volunteered with Workaway.info  where he would work 4 hours a day with food and lodging accommodations provided by him in exchange for different jobs and task. Joseph shares some of his experiences while volunteering with Workaway
  • Joseph recent travels include Cambodia, Thailand, and Spain. We’re pretty sure he’s found pure love living in Spain. The way he describes his surroundings is utterly romantic.
  • [17:20] His go-to travel bag is Equator - Cabin Max. Flight Approved Backpackers Backpack. Comfortable, Durable, Lightweight, Water Resistant
  • [22:32] We need an Evernote expert!
  • [27:46] We’ve found that a common denominator amongst a lot of traveling creatives is loneliness. Joseph describes one of the biggest challenges living this lifestyle. Hint: he’s really close to his mom. Aww!
  • 28:29] FOMO His friends describe him as a lizard because he’s constantly chasing the weather. But Joseph describes his travels as something more
  • [30:50] Tips for curing the loneliness
  • [37:37] Looking for a hangover cure?
  • [44:14] We asked if Joseph had any tips for #CreativeHustlers. He had quite a few tips to share, but his #1 tips were “know your limitations.
  • [49:07] Joseph’s take on the highlight reel and being a realist. Being truthful about his struggles. Are you going towards the dropouts or are you going towards the successes?
  • [52:00] “vale la pena?” Which means “Is it worth it?” in Spanish - find out if it is.
  • [55:00] Digital Nomad life is the new comfort in being uncomfortable.  The uncomfortable struggle is still better than the comfortable job.
  • [55:48]  Global and historic scale --->>> Nomadic  -> tribal -> civilized -> and it’s almost like we’re undoing it. People are becoming nomadic/independent again. People want to break off.
  • [57:30] The impact of travels and creative entrepreneurship have had on Joseph have been life changing, like many, but it's ingrained something larger in his character that's allowed him to understand that communication is vital, and learning Spanish has opened him up to millions of people.
  • [1:00:07] Joseph’s unfinished business with Asia the beautiful insanity that comes with it.
  • [1:01:30] The love of a being a teacher as a side hustle, who becomes not just a teacher, but a psychologist, historian, geographer, performer, friend, educator, etc.
  • [1:04:40] Melissa’s moment of hustle

Contact Joseph Kennedy:   
www.stingynomad.co.uk
www.cpath.co.uk

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