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Welcome to the Certified Madness Podcast! Whether you are just waking up or haven't gone to bed, pull up a chair and settle in for some laughs in the pajama pants we know you've been wearing for three days... come on, you are just like us. Get ready for real talk and real laughs as we solve the world's problems, one podcast at a time. Grab a coffee, water, wine- whatevs- we don't judge! We invite you to be part of our conversation by sharing your madness with us, too! Continue Reading >>
Welcome to the Certified Madness Podcast! Whether you are just waking up or haven't gone to bed, pull up a chair and settle in for some laughs in the pajama pants we know you've been wearing for three days... come on, you are just like us. Get ready for real talk and real laughs as we solve the world's problems, one podcast at a time. Grab a coffee, water, wine- whatevs- we don't judge! We invite you to be part of our conversation by sharing your madness with us, too! << Show Less
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062: Finding Inspiration & Growing Pains – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell Running a business (or two businesses) is tough– and this is especially true in 2021. Not only are we dealing with all of the normal tasks and responsibilities, when you throw in restriction obstacles and uncertainty– it only makes the process even harder. In times like these, finding inspiration is vital. Inspiration can come in so many different ways– and what can trigger it will be unique to you. Whether that's stepping away and taking a break, purchasing new gear, traveling to new places, investing in education or simply picking up your camera and getting out there to shoot for yourself. Whatever fuels your soul, embrace that and nourish it to your heart's content.  Another topic we cover in this episode are the growing pains we all face throughout the course of running a business. Of course, growth is always amazing– but it doesn't come without it's challenges. When you're dealing with it, it really sucks and it can be so stressfully draining. But, in the end, it's worth the pain you endure because it ultimately means that great things are happening. We've been there and we've survived– you will, too!
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062: Finding Inspiration & Growing Pains – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell Running a business (or two businesses) is tough– and this is especially true in 2021. Not only are we dealing with all of the normal tasks and responsibilities, when you throw in restriction obstacles and uncertainty– it only makes the process even harder. In times like these, finding inspiration is vital. Inspiration can come in so many different ways– and what can trigger it will be unique to you. Whether that's stepping away and taking a break, purchasing new gear, traveling to new places, investing in education or simply picking up your camera and getting out there to shoot for yourself. Whatever fuels your soul, embrace that and nourish it to your heart's content.  Another topic we cover in this episode are the growing pains we all face throughout the course of running a business. Of course, growth is always amazing– but it doesn't come without it's challenges. When you're dealing with it, it really sucks and it can be so stressfully draining. But, in the end, it's worth the pain you endure because it ultimately means that great things are happening. We've been there and we've survived– you will, too!
061: Spring Vacations, Cleaning & Letting Go – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell Now that Spring is here (finally... again?), we're really feeling it in our mind, body and soul! The need to get out of our houses to simply be outside– or finally travel– is palpable. The past twelve months have been the craziest days of our lives and surviving quarantine feels like a major feat. Things are starting to feel a little more normal, activities and sports are finally picking back up (for most of us, anyway) and the light at the end of the tunnel is officially in sight. We couldn't be more excited or eager for the coming weeks. Fingers crossed that we can all put quarantine behind us for good! In this episode, we also chat about Spring Cleaning– remodeling and making things fresh and new– which also took us down the rabbit hole of having selective ADD with a side of sentimental hoarding. You know us, we love our little tangents!
060: Specializing & Burnout with Stephanie Fletcher – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell Specializing your photography business doesn’t always mean choosing a single demographic to focus on. You can narrow your focus to specific demographics and still consider yourself a specialist. The key is to identify WHO you’re targeting your business to and cater your offerings to them. For Stephanie, she has built a thriving company by doing exactly that. She isn’t saying yes to every genre of photography, she has niched her business down to very targeted demographics that speak to her brand, style and passion. In addition, we also tackle the topic of burnout. It’s a real thing and it sucks. As a business owner, have you ever felt so submerged in your business that you’ve become lost in it? If you’ve ever felt the weight of endless tasks and can’t seem to meet all of the demands of your business– you’re not alone. We’ve been there. We’re chatting all about it– and our hope is that we can help YOU get through the process, too.
059: Creative Shoots & Personal Work – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell We all have a different approach to creative shoots– and we love that about each other! There simply isn’t only one way to do anything in business or with photography. Inspiration moves through all of us in unique ways, and what we do with that inspiration yields completely different results. That’s a beautiful thing! In this episode of the Certified Madness Podcast, we’re chatting all about how we approach creative shoots, why we do personal work and all the different levels of how to bring those ideas into fruition.
058: Education & Mindset w/ Sean Brown – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell A reoccurring topic we’ve tackled on our podcast is what photography education will look like in 2021– so, we invited our good friend, Sean Brown, to join us for an incredible episode all about Education & Mindset. He has his finger on the pulse of senior photography education with his Mastermind Group, which makes him the perfect industry-insider on these hot topics. We cover everything from learning, growing, and evolving– and also veer into how your mindset is key to your success and why you should stay true to who you are. Trust us, friends, this episode is loaded with good stuff!
057: Systems, Outsourcing & Assistants – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell One of the hardest things to work through in business and in life is being uncomfortable. Obviously, the word "uncomfortable" says it all. However, we are firm believers that in order to get comfortable, you have to embrace beinguncomfortable. The beauty of the process is that you will grow in ways you never imagined– and more than likely, you'll learn so much about yourself, your abilities, and what you are capable of overcoming. As always, our Certified Madness Crew is candidly and honestly talking about the challenges and changes we're dealing with in our own businesses. We're chatting about being restlessly bored and needing to shake things up, welcoming Assistants into our companies, editing woes and finally letting go of some of the control by outsourcing. Tune-in to our latest episode to hear all about how we're working through everything, no matter how uncomfortable and chaotic it might be!
056: Social Media & Ambassador Programs/Model Teams – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell Love it or loathe it, as business owners, social media is just something we all HAVE to do. In this episode of Certified Madness, we're digging into tips and ideas on how to embrace and integrate Instagram and TikTok into your business life. In addition, we're also talking about Ambassador Programs and Model Teams– and what they look like in 2021. As we all know, Covid has thrown a wrench into EVERYTHING! We're all still learning how we can operate our businesses and lives in the time of Corona. Tune-in for some fun and exciting new ideas on how you can celebrate your teams in a very 2021 way!
055: In-Camera Trickery, Studio Lighting & Long Hours – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell We're back, serving-up our weekly dose of madness with a side of humor– and even a little business. You know us, we love nothing more than wild tangents and a good laugh. In this episode of randomness, we're chatting all about in-camera trickery (using prisms, specialty lenses and magnifying sheets), studio lighting (and the bizarre equipment that Jolene recently purchased) and surviving the long work hours that Covid has cursed us with.
054: Fatigue, Football, Favorite Apps & Travel – with Holli True, Jolene Dombrowski, Brittney Kluse & Emil Rodriguez-Powell In this episode of the Certified Madness Podcast, we're covering a multitude of topics ranging from Covid Fatigue to the Super Bowl and Favorite Apps and Traveling in the time of Corona... Join us for lots of laughter and candid stories of how we're getting through this strange time in the world. As Brittney would say, "We're surviving and thriving!"
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