Hi, My Name Is

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Hi, My Name Is

Finding myself starting over again at a time when most people my age were already settling down,  I realized that I had a choice - I could sit around, mope and let myself wallow in my situation or I could continue to let fear drive me to the Or I could take what I had learned about myself and use it to propel me into the next phase of my life.
 

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The Friday Favs - Twice Upon a String

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The Friday Favs - Twice Upon a String

I’m always on the lookout for a good story that highlights creative entrepreneurs.

Well, this week I had to look no further than the roster of my kindergarten class from over 30 years ago! Today we’re talking all about:
 

Twice Upon a String


I first met founder and jewelry maker, Kymber Berson Diekhoff in kindergarten back in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.  We were total buddies growing up but lost touch after her family moved from the area we all grew up in.

It wasn’t until Facebook that we reconnected and I’ve been able to follow her amazing journey as the founder and jewelry maker of Twice Upon a String - a jewelry design company with a twist.

The idea for Twice Upon a String came to Kymber when she saw just how many guitar strings her musician husband, Cody, was throwing away after each show.

His band, Chicago Farmer, averages about 150 shows a year and replacing his strings about every three shows led to a lot of strings headed to the garbage! Kymber decided to find a way to make use of them and turned them into jewelry.

Aside from the environmental aspect of being upcycled guitar strings, each piece designed from Twice Upon a String has this cool connection to music since it came from the actual artists’ guitar.

Kymber even once designed a piece for a couple using the strings from the very music they heard playing while they got engaged.

TESTING THE WATERS

Before Kymber jumped in and bought a ton of supplies to start Twice Upon a String, she decided to just buy the bare minimum until she knew jewelry was something she really wanted to try making. Prior to Twice Upon a String, she hadn’t really dipped into the creative arts much.

This act of starting by making small changes can be applied to whatever you’re working on whether in your personal or professional life.

If you’re looking to create a healthier lifestyle, start a podcast, write a script - no matter what it is - starting SMALL first is the key to keeping momentum. If you think about it, it’s the accumulation of each small step that turn into big chunks of progress and big chunks of progress morph into actual change that you can see.

LOCATION INDEPENDENT

I don’t know one person these days who doesn’t describe their dream job as one that allows them to be “location independent”. And while many of us long for the ability to be able to do what we love from anywhere, it’s also often seen as a road block. A muse for procrastination and excuses.

When I asked Kymber how she manages to work on her jewelry since she’s constantly traveling with her husband, she brings her materials, sets up sitting shotgun next to her husband on the road and has even made some mile high jewelry while they’ve been traveling!

Kymber could have easily been discouraged by the fact that since she travels with her husband while he’s touring, she’d have to hit pause on her business while on the road but instead she found a way to make her business mobile.

COMMUNITY COUNTS

Giving back was high on Kymber’s list of goals when she started Twice Upon a String. Primarily because she felt the music community had been so supportive of her and her husband but also because of the healing component music has.

To date, Twice Upon a String has donated a mix of jewelry pieces for auction as well as 20% of their profits to nonprofit organizations such as The Baby Fold - a music therapy program that helps kids work through their emotions using music and musical instruments as well as Positive Legacy - that works with music festivals and incorporates an environmental and humanitarian service aspect to them.

To see Kymber's work and learn more about Twice Upon a String check out these links: 

http://www.twiceuponastring.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TwiceUponAString/

So often I work with creatives who have such unique ideas like Kymber’s that I’m constantly blown away by their creativity.

I know we often like to play devil’s advocate when starting something new because,  hey, then we have an excuse as to why it can’t happen.

If you take one thing away from this Friday’s Fav, it’s that no matter what you’re looking to accomplish, you CAN make it happen if you get a little creative...!

 

 

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      Dominique Anders, Entertainment Producer + Coach for Creatives accepted into Forbes Agency Council  Dominique Anders, of Dominant Media, has been accepted into the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only community for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies.  Dominique Anders joins other Forbes Agency Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.  Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.  DOMINIQUE ANDERS:  I’m honored to be welcomed into the Forbes family and be part of such an elite roster of professional coaches. I look forward to the opportunity to elevate my work and stance as a leader in coaching creatives.  Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Dominique Anders into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”  For more information about Forbes Agency Council, visit https://forbesagencycouncil.com/. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com.

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Dominique Anders, of Dominant Media, has been accepted into the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only community for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies.

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Be Unapologetic in What You Want

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Be Unapologetic in What You Want

**Disclaimer - this post first appeared on the Being Boss website. 

I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my career to get ahead, and to be honest, I don’t regret any of them. Sure not all my crazy tactics worked, but I definitely owe a large part of my career success to the risky moves I took when I was just starting out.

My favorite risk is not one that I share often, but if I hadn’t done it, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.

It was 2009 and I had been staff at my production company for almost six years, which is a lifetime in television production. I wanted to branch out and take the leap into freelance as a producer, director, and writer in the entertainment industry, but I knew I had some skills to brush up on.

I found a job posting that perfectly blended my experience working with HGTV and storytelling—except for the fact that it demanded I knew a certain editing program, which I didn’t.Like, at all.

Like, at all.

But, being desperate to get my name out there and further out in my career, I applied for the position, got the interview and proceeded to tell a few white lies:

“Yeah, I’ve totally used that program,” translation = touched it once, “But it’s been a while so I might be a little rusty on it.” translation = not since college 6 years ago.

To my surprise, they offered me the job and then I proceeded to spend the ENTIRE weekend getting my hands on everything I could to study up on so that come Monday, I would know that program inside and out. I spent hours at the library reading books on it, took an online course, and called up all my editor/writer friends and begged them to give me a tutorial. I even had an old coworker on standby should I need to phone for help come Monday.

In the end, I found that once I started the new job, all I needed to know was how to turn the program on and off and few minor things like pressing forward, rewind, and play.

See, had I not told that little white lie, had I not studied my tail off for the entire weekend, and had I not had the confidence that I was a good story teller—regardless of the medium—I would have never had the opportunities that came from that job, which have included both of my direct bosses hiring and recommending me on other jobs that kept me working non-stop in the industry for years.

I have always been a firm believer in knowing what you want and going after it, and while there are definitely times you will (I have!) fall on your face, keeping the following in mind will help you move through your professional and personal life much smoother:

BE UNAPOLOGETIC IN WHAT YOU WANT

My whole life people have told me, “You’re never around, you work too much!” When I went back to school to add coaching to my skill set, people wondered why I would want to add more to my plate; I already had a great career.

It used to bother me in the beginning because what people weren’t seeing was my bigger picture.

I had a dream of being 100% in control of my career. I craved being able to help people with their creative process while still having my own. I was on a mission to create a career that worked for me, not the other way around.

It took me having to let those comments roll off my back and put my head down to do the work to get me where I’m at today. Had I listened to all the naysayers, I wouldn’t be living this life I’ve been able to create for myself.

People will freely share their opinions, ideas, and advice on what you should be doing and how you can be doing it better, but only you know what works for you.

“NO” DOESN’T MEAN “NEVER”

Look, I work in the land of rejection, and I hate to tell you that despite hearing it as much as I have, it doesn’t make it any easier. The thing to remember is no is only temporary. Even though when you hear no, it can feel like you’re hearing never, it just means not right now.

Find a way to remind yourself that there is always another way to get something done.

My rule of thumb is if someone slams the front door in your face, try the back door. Try the window. Climb the roof and go through the attic. Just don’t let someone saying no stop you.

SET BOUNDARIES

When I was first started out in my career, I would do anything asked of me.

You want me to work seven days this week? Sure!
Need me to have my phone on just in case you want to hash something out at 10pm? Done!
Don’t schedule that holiday vacation to see my family because we might have a shoot pop up? Will do.

 

It took a quarter-life crisis meltdown for me to realize that the boundaries I was setting in my life weren’t for me, they were for work. Everything I did was to the benefit of my career. And if we don’t set boundaries for ourselves, inevitably, someone or something will set them for us.

Here’s the thing, not accepting no as the final answer and setting clear boundaries are going to rub some people the wrong way, but being unapologetic about what you want and going after it is what it takes to truly be boss.

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Losing at the Game of Sleep

Somewhere over the years, we’ve been conditioned that the lack of sleep we get somehow directly relates to a higher level of dedication to both our careers and our families. 

It's like this game that's played and whoever gets more done, wins & to get more done, we choose to cut back on the thing that doesn’t show us results we can see - sleep!

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The Friday Favs

For someone who's a world renowned speaker with almost 3 million views of her infamous TED Talk, I'm always surprised when people don't know this week's #FridayFav: 

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How to Love Your Job Again

Even though summer doesn’t end for another month, the amount of unhappy employees tends to rise in August.

Maybe it’s going back to the grind after having a light last few months or it’s post-summer vacation blues. 

Whatever the reason is, this week I wanted to share 5 ways to stay engaged and find joy at work:

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The Friday Favs

Anyone who knows me personally, will tell you how much I love networking.  I get super motivated when I meet new people and hear about what they’re up to so of course I got excited when I first discovered this week’s #FridayFav: 

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