Waves Podcast: Motivation for Creatives & Entrepreneurs

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Actor and comedian Erin Michele Soto came to LA with a plan: She was going to make a living off dancing and acting. But an accident shook up her life plans as she had to quit dancing altogether, a devastating news that lead her to a really dark place. Coincidentally, that event is also what made her realize a few things about herself: Although she liked dancing, the reason she wanted to do it professionally was not that she had a passion for it... She just knew how to make money off of it, had done it before, and saw it as a potential stable source of income. Meanwhile, she saw acting completely differently. She was doing it out of passion and nothing else. Her conclusion was simple: she would now focus on doing that thing she loved, and occasionally try whatever seemed like a fun thing to do... Like stand-up for example! That's why she and I talked about how she started comedy, how she realized her passion, made projects like her YouTube Webseries come to life, won best actress at Film Fest LA... And tons of other interesting topics! So feel free to check out her Instagram @Erinmichelesoto and watch her YouTube webseries Shirley and Shelly! She's also got a movie on Netflix called The Silencer! Oh and... You can also check out my Instagram @MaxSolaro, my YouTube channel AND our website wavespodcast.fr 
Rosie is a YouTuber who started her channel only one year ago, and managed to get more than 55k subscribers in such a little time period. In this conversation, we talk about her channel, the tricks and tips that helped her reaching such a success, but also her own culture and the shock she experienced when she arrived in Paris. She talks about stereotypes and about life and creativity in general, making this podcast one of the most intesting episodes of Waves Podcast so far !
Can you be a professional-super-talented photographer and filmmaker at only 21 years old? Yes! If you're like Alexandra, also known on Instagram as Lostinayaland. She and I talked about her background, how she discovered photography and learnt how to use a camera without going to college for it... And how she managed to become the artist she is now, while studying architecture. Yes. that's a lot. We then talked about art itself by discussing topics like storytelling, editing, and what makes a video good, interesting, AND entertaining. If you're a content creator or an entrepreneur, there's no way you won't get any knowledge or inspiration listening to Alexandra so please, go ahead! You should also check out her Instagram if you like beautiful stuff and nice stories @lostinayaland Oh and... You can also check out my Instagram @MaxSolaro, my YouTube channel !
For this first bonus episode of Waves Podcast, I decided to share a few personal stories and explain what I learnt from them in the hope that it will help you guys too. Facing death and depression is obviously far from fun but it somehow helped me grow as a human being, like some direct personal development experience. And since I truly wish you will never have to deal with such thing, I think you'd benefit from hearing my conclusions... Without living what came before them. So yeah. I will tell you my main source of happiness, a weird metaphor of life and the importance of taking time to do something we like a little. You don't have to quit your job, but please, don't forget to pay attention to yourself.
Nate Rose AKA the James Bond of rap talks about passion, money, determination, and laughing to the face of haters in this podcast interview... He explains why people should stop making art if they're not mainly motivated by a true passion, a "burning desire" to do it. If you're looking for money, start a business, or climb the ladder working at Waffle House. But art and especially music are not the right thing for you ! He shares life advice, talking about "haters" and how determination got him to where he is.
Some people love Ted talks, some hate them. To be honest I kind of like them... And especially the one Jordan Harry gave, on how to read a book a day ! In this episode he shares techniques on how to learn faster and remember more, but also tips to improve yourself, to find out at which time of the day you are the most efficient, when you should study, work or have sex. If you are a creative person looking for inspiration, well... He has a solution for that too. And finally, he gives out a free class on his website to all Waves Podcast listeners who will send him a direct message on Instagram ! Just tell him you listened to this episode and he'll give you advice on which course suits you best !
This week's episode is about the comfort zone! I used a quote from one of my favorite songs to explore that matter, going from what is a comfort zone, the different levels it can have, why you may want to get out of it... And then took a different point of view for those who have already left it and are already succeeding: How not to fall back in it and how to beat nostalgia of former comfort. Here's an interesting video on this topic too: Why Comfort Will Ruin Your Life | Bill Eckstrom
Youtuber Andrew James tells us about his journey as an artist, from his first video at 13 years old, to reaching 110,000 subscribers at only 17! He talks about creativity, motivation, starting making tutorials and seeing his channel blow up... Before getting into more personal and "serious" topics like bullying, finding his voice through filmmaking and what he thinks is the key to succeed on YouTube.
Through his personal experience, anecdotes and life stories, Sober takes us on the journey that made him the artist he is now. From his passion for travels, to relationships, and obviously his love for music, the young rapper shares his thoughts on life and on what being an artist means to him. Honesty and vulnerability are the keys of this incredibly inspiring, motivating and soothing episode of Waves Podcast. A source of knowledge on well-being, life balance and peace of mind for aspiring rappers, artists, and really any human being.
After our first interview last November, I still had a lot of questions for Hannah Siddiqui. For example, we talked about what it is like to be a creative person and deal with our emotion, and then progressively got into the business side of it all. We actually talked money, which is usually a big taboo for everyone but maybe even more in the creative industry. But we got to this topic when Hannah said a phrase that caught my attention: It's important to know your worth. Check out Hannah's Instagram @TheRoadToHannah You can also check out my Instagram @MaxSolaro, my YouTube channel AND our website wavespodcast.fr 
As an olympic skier, Victor White has had to prove his determination to succeed on several occasions. First he had to win competitions to get noticed by professionals, then come back after serious injuries, and finally deal with some awful personal hardships. Despite all of these, he's always managed to get back on his feet and look forward. In this interview, he tells us about how he managed to do all that at only 22 years old, and shares what helps him stay focused and find motivation when he feels down. Check out Victor's Instagram: @victorwhit3 If you've got some time, listen to his podcast too, it's called Breeze And don't forget: you can also follow Waves Podcast on Instagram @wavespodcast! Our website: http://wavespodcast.fr/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WavesPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/Waves_Podcast
In this week's episode, I used remembrances of that time I interviewed hypnotherapist Stephanie Kwong as well as personal experiences to see what haters are and who "haters" are. "They don't want us to succeed" says DJ Khaled. "Wait but who is "they"?!" replies a very confused Max. Learn more about this: A Simple Trick To Improve Positive Thinking My YouTube channel Waves Podcast Website
My recent conversations with Stephanie Kwong and Celinne Da Costa had a great impact on my life and helped me identify many of my bad habits, understand them and get rid of them... So I thought I would use these discussions to try and answer the question "How To Get To Know Yourself?" Both of these amazing women have a lot to teach us and approach this issue in their own way, making it possible for us to understand it even better! Don't forget to listen to the full interviews for more tips and details, straight from the horses' mouth! And while you're at it, you can also follow Waves Podcast on Instagram @wavespodcast! Our website: http://wavespodcast.fr/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WavesPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/Waves_Podcast
Back from our break with an A-MA-ZING interview of the even more amazing Stephanie Kwong! In this episode Stephanie talks about how to see if your beliefs are holding you down, how to identify and question them constantly to update your mind AND so many tips on how to convince your subconscious that you CAN do what you want! As a hypnotherapist and mindset coach, Stephanie knows a lot about how the human brain works and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and feel better! We talked about Gary Vaynerchuk, brain waves and a lot more so please go ahead and have a listen! Stephanie's Website, Podcast and Instagram Timecodes: I read your reviews: 2:34 Interview: 4:07 Stephanie says you should check this out! The Science of the Law of Attraction What The Bleep Do We Know?    
How to start comedy, making jokes as an introvert and the difference between doing stand-up and stripping... These are a few answers Shereen Kassam brings us in this episode. She tells us about her creative journey, her childhood, and why she went from a corporate career to comedy. An inspiring and motivating story that helps us understand how she got to where she is, and also proves one thing: It's never too late to start being creative. Shereen also tells us about her amazing podcast Creative Breakthrough, one of my favorite in the game, before focusing on the future and what's next for her!
This week's episode of Waves Podcast is a bonus one! No guests, just me talking about something I find interesting, important... And as we get closer to Valentine's Day, I thought we should talk about something related to it. So this one's about love, self-love and single life, and although the title may seem negative at first, it really isn't. It's a funny reference to a book by someone I respect but... I said that on podcast already. I basically tried to explain the sentence "blabla are trash", said by women, then men and showed that everybody's just as "trash"... Plus what is "trash" even? Who decides what's trash behaviour? Isn't the problem a simple lack of communication? Spoiler alert: It might. And it could very well be solved by feminism, a better freedom of expression, and introspection that enables us to really think about what kind of relationship we want. Yes, I talked about all that in barely 30 minutes and ended up on the subject of confidence, what it is, how attractive it is to most people, and how it could help you find the one... Maybe? Who knows!
What does "choosing" not to care mean? What does it imply? Should we just pretend we don't care? These are some questions I answer in this episode, in the hope that it might help you not only succeed as a creative or entrepreneur, but also feel better as a human being. The sources? Just an episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and a conversation I had with one of my friends! I mentioned the idea of Forgiveness quite a few times so here's a video by Vishen Lakhiani at Mindvalley that explains what it is. Why You Should Forgive People Who Hurt You | Vishen Lakhiani Using this to be able to let go of things and people that have hurt me in the past has been great for me so maybe you want to try too! Self-care for the win!
In this episode of Waves Podcast, Francis James, actor and lead singer of Suspicious Minds, tells us about his journey, his band and opens up on various other topics. From his passion for music, to the link between relationship, mental wellness and success, we dealt with all the usual self improvement and personal growth topics without even noticing. Francis also explained us the two main aspects of being an artist: being in touch with your emotions, and being confident in your ability to succeed. This is a very inspiring interview for artists as well as non-creatives! Peace of mind and emotion function the exact same way whether you are using them "at work" by creating music... Or not. So you mind find this interesting and helpful either way! Francis also highlighted the importance of realizing that dreams are good, but they're not all. You also need to set goals in order to reach them! So be my guest, please have a listen!
The beginning of the year is the time people start taking resolutions to improve their lives... But is it really the best moment for you to try and get your life together? In this episode of Waves Podcast, I shared my view on this topic and the reason why I don't really care for such resolutions. To me, it is a lot easier to undertake such changes during Spring or Summer, as it highly increases my chances to make these resolutions last longer. Otherwise, they'll turn into "re-solutions" that I will take again in 2020... And in 2021. But obviously, it depends on your personal taste. If you love winter, go for it! Take as many resolutions as you can, but for me, I know I should wait a little and avoid social media in the meantime... Because these tend to pressure you and make you feel bad if you don't buy in this resolution thing. #newyearnewme , right?
Lack of support and confidence is one of the biggest difficulties I've had to face so far. For my videos, for my podcast... I somehow need some confirmation from people I care about no matter what I do. The problem is that it means my happiness AND my success depend on them. That's bad. As much as you love your friends and family, you cannot let them steer your life... Plus, if you start believing in yourself, if you are proud of your creation, your job, they will start to think so too. They will start following you. So don't act like they owe you this.
How to be happy in a world where every single thing we do is judged and analyzed? How to stay motivated when everybody else seems to have an awesome life, and shows off on Instagram etc? These are very good questions, and Nabeelah and I tried to answer them in this episode, using our own life experiences... And then we digressed too. As always.
In this episode, Amy Suto tells us how she got in touch with her creativity at a young age and kept exploring it through her writing before studying screenwriting at USC and finally becoming the professional writer she is, writing for the LA Times, creating her own shows, ghostwriting biographies... And much more. But as logical as it sounds, her journey has also been very tough at some point as she had to work VERY hard to make it that far that fast. That's what struck me when talking to her and it's one more reason to pay attention to what she has to say about her job and passion: the tricks to build creativity she shares with us WORK because... Well she used them so... I think that's proof enough? Feel free to check out all these links to learn more about Amy, or get the resources we mentioned in our conversation! Amy's website: amysuto.com Amy's Instagram, Yoga account and  podcast: @sutoscience @yogafortvwriters @kingdomofpavement Stuff we talked about: Coffitivity Amy's Talk about creativity You can also check out my Instagram @MaxSolaro, my YouTube channel AND our website wavespodcast.fr 
Sarah Funk is a Youtuber and Instagram influencer who lives in New York and shares videos about her city, as well as travel vlogs. She's encountered a significant success on YouTube in just a few months and is definitely not going to slow down now ! In this episode, she tells us more about how she managed to get more than 20k subscribers in such a little period of time and how she makes her videos before talking about her personal life, her reaction to mean comments, and why she quit a very comfortable job to make videos.
An anecdote, tons of examples, mentions of old French authors, new media moguls, as well as basic probabilities analysis... What's not to love about this episode? I wanted to make a whole Tide episode about the importance of self belief and how confidence in your ability to do something is the basis of any form of success... So I did it! Here are the ressources for this episode: Jamal Edward's book: Self Belief: The Vision: How to Be a Success on Your Own Terms Jamal Edward's channel, SB.TV Jules Verne's Wikipedia page My two favorite books of his: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and From The Earth to The Moon. Oh and... You can also check out my Instagram @MaxSolaro, my YouTube channel AND our website wavespodcast.fr 
Laura Rigon is an amazingly nice actor who lives between Melbourne and Los Angeles, also working as a model sometimes. She was kind enough to answer my questions in this super long episode of Waves Podcast. We talked about a looot of things but the main one was obviously her experience as an actor. She told me how she discovered acting, theater, why she decided to go to LA to look for new jobs, and shared a lot of interesting tips on how to start as an actor in the US coming from a different country! We obviously talked about a million other things, played a few games and I had a lot of fun recording this, so I'm hoping you will like it! If you found Laura's story inspiring or motivating, why not showing her by following her on Instagram @laurarigon._? And while you're at it, you can also follow Waves Podcast on Instagram @wavespodcast! Our website: http://wavespodcast.fr/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WavesPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/Waves_Podcast
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Oct 3rd, 2018
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Nov 11th, 2019
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