Ep. 204: Sam Christensen on Going Deeper with Identity, Charisma, & Personal Branding

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For over two decades Sam Christensen has worked with thousands of artists & professionals in becoming the most confident, powerful, and authentic people they can be.

Using his signature process, Sam takes the idea of "just be yourself," deconstructs it, and shows us how to create the fullness of our authenticity based on a deeper understanding of the relationship between how other people see us and how we see ourselves. 

In this value-packed episode, we dive into the five layers of identity maximization, why language around identity is so important, why great artists must make the charismatic choice, and how our unique identity is in fact an intimate, spiritual experience that artists, creatives, and storytellers must learn to access if we are to maximize our work, our impact, and our personal brand. 


fave Quotes from this Episode:

"You come with the greatest asset you will ever have. No contact, no networking, no agent or manager, no break is as valuable as the fact that nature gave you an individuality."

"Fear is more powerful than confidence. A little fear outweighs a whole lot of confidence."

"Charisma is not necessary. Some people choose it. We are announcing to people exactly what experience they are having about us.  Charisma is an aggressive authenticity where who you are becomes something you feel you must underline because you sense that other people are elevated by it." 

"We start by allowing people to have what is easiest for them to see or accept and then we allow them and ourselves to discover all those other parts that may not be as approved."

"Identity is nature's gift. It feels like we're selling skills but what directors are really hiring is the difference between you and the other good actors."

 

Ep. 202: Christina Dunbar On Voice, Visibility, & Leaping vs. Letting Go

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Christina Dunbar is the creator of the one woman show Dirty Me Divine and She Takes The Stage, a live storytelling experience that helps women (myself included) find their voice.

If you can get past the ridiculous number of times I use the word "like" in the first 60 seconds (ugh), you're going to love hearing christina's perspective on finding her artist's voice, embracing visibility & vulnerability with her one woman show, knowing when to leap and when to let go, and more as she follows her "fire" in the spaces between being & becoming. 

Ep 105: Becoming Me Live with Andrea Pippins


Becoming Me Los Angeles with Kaira Akita & artist/author Andrea Pippins served up a fun, insightful, & truly candid evening of conversation about their creative journeys, pushing past fear in their lives & work, & why we need courageous artists now more than ever. 

filmed on location at a toast 2 ARTISTRY.
 


Ep. 102: In Conversation with Dayka Robinson

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ABOUT DAYKA.

Dayka Robinson is an Atlanta-based interior designer & solo world adventurer whose greatest passion is finding ways to live with intention...and inspiring others to do the same along the way.

HOST NOTES.

Dayka is formidable AF. Seriously. During our convo she admits she has always been confident. But her interim (what she calls the hallway) has allowed her to dig deeper and become even more assured and intentional in how she approaches her life and work (which she is adamant about making one in the same, BTW). The result? A creative, formidable force that radiates tough love, authenticity, and transparency that will leave you rocking and shouting in the amen corner (she totally took me to church, y'all.).

Some of my fave moments from our chat include:

  • How she jumped from a college major she hated to a hobby she loved to  her own successful interior design business
  • The value of figuring out your process and why you shouldn't necessarily get paid for that process in the beginning
  • How being a solo traveler helped her challenge the mentality of lack & tell the truth about what she really wanted
  • How vitiligo interrupted how she saw herself & helped her develop a new value system 
  • The power of asking "What's the one thing I don't want people to see?"
  • When & why she asks herself the question "What would my whole self say?" 
  • Why women should worry more about telling the truth vs. being liked