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Angelique Velez woke up one night with an idea for an accessories line of products. This was the genesis of Breakups To Makeup, a brand that now has nationwide distribution through Sephora, Walmart, and QVC.  Angelique didn't know it at the tim
Steve Lucin is a creative entrepreneur in NYC who transitioned from freelance graphic designer to agency owner, philanthropist, and VJ. In this episode he shares with us his story and advice on how to build a successful client roster. His secre
In magazines and TV we constantly see stories of individuals going from rags to riches. Regardless of whether you want to get rich or not, there is a lesson hidden inside these stories of triumph. Today we look at artists and entrepreneurs that
Andy Warhol and Bill Murray were right all along. They practiced a certain strategy that is easy to comprehend, but tough to master. They understood human nature and that our goals are best accomplished indirectly.  In this episode we hear exam
Maybe you've heard this one before, but I hadn't. It's a concept that many multi-BILLION-dollar companies have used to build a fanbase. We would do well to pay attention... 
What does a genius know that normal folk don't know? How can we give our work, and art, and businesses the best chance at success?  In this episode we look at masters of their craft --like Stephen King, Elon Musk, Aaron Sorkin, and Michael Bloo
The key to winning a car race is the same key to building a successful business, and it's the same way you make great art. I made a huge mistake recently, in this episode I compare that with examples from the entertainment industry like Elizabe
Here's a quick level-up for any type of writing you do: start with the TITLE before you do ANY of the actual writing.  But for this to work, you have to understand WHY this hack is effective.  In this episode we look at tons of examples across
Good news all around...  Oh, and I just launched a new podcast, check it out at http://RenditionPod.com  New stuff coming for Project Book in 3... 2...
Christopher Nolan is one of today's MASTER filmmakers. He's gotten to this level because all his movies have substance, but also, are SUPER-entertaining.  One of his movies stands above all though, and one scene in that movie taught me EVERYTHI
How can the small guy win in today's world? We pit some big guys vs some underdogs in this episode. Listen to a few entrepreneurs break it down for us.
Movies are a BAD example to follow. When it comes to learning, there is a bitter truth that most creators typically ignore. In this episode we dig up research from Robert Greene and some wise Venetians who know very well what it takes to Master
You feel there are many reasons why you're struggling to break through with your work. I tell you that there are really only two. Everything falls under one of these categories.  Let's talk it out!
Be thankful that you don't live in 1899. Or in 1932 when Henry Ford was battling the Auto industry. Matter of fact, be thankful that you are a creator in no other time but TODAY.  In this episode we bring in stories from Business, Music, and He
I've been thinking about this a lot.  I noticed there are TWO main types of problem-solvers out there, and they're VERY different.  I had a gut-check moment and I realized we're thinking about this all wrong.  So in this episode I challenge you
Stephen King knows a thing or two about writing. And about discipline. And about pretty much anything that has to do with being successful with your art. Well guess what, Lil Wayne knows a thing or two as well.  These are the reasons why he can
Expectations are a mother! I'm talking here about expectations before we start a project, but really, it applies to any aspect of life. How we manage our own expectations can be the difference between a long successful career, or quitting three
Jason Rosario and Claudio Cabrera have accomplished a lot in their young lives, but this endeavor they've just leapt into is not about accomplishment, it's about honoring their worldview. In this episode I speak to Jason, founder of The Lives o
How well do you avoid stress? Most people would say "not very well at all." Well, this turns out to be a blessing in disguise, IF we start thinking properly about this stress in our lives.  In this episode we look into the myths and perceptions
When you create, what is your goal?  Is it recognition, money, excitement, or respect?  Well, according to masters like Picasso, Aaron Sorkin, and Max Martin, all the previous goals are WRONG.  As a creator, our first aim should be to attain SK
Who said ideas are worthless?  The right idea, at the right time, could be worth BILLIONS.  For creative folk, ideas are our LIVELIHOOD.  Here's a tried and tested way to generate BETTER ideas.  Let's look at some examples from science, busines
Paulo Coelho did not write "The Alchemist," his travels did.  In this episode I talk about the events that transpired to create this massive phenomenon of a book. We mine interviews Mr. Coelho has given and discover the environmental factors th
Ed Sheeran is one of the most successful songwriters over the past five years. While I was listening to an interview Ed gave in front of young musicians, there was a one minute portion where he revealed his mental process for mastering his craf
I figured it out! After all these years, it finally clicked. Cal Newport's book Deep Work taught me a few things about how to figure out what I should be focusing on when it comes to my career and my hobbies.  Music by Ben Murray-Smith
A must listen for Vloggers and Youtubers! Adam was living the dream: He was making a good living as a freelance video journalist, something he had been working towards since childhood. But then his view of the world got flipped upside down. He
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