EAT. SLEEP. CREATE. ELLIE BERRY INTERVIEW
It's not everyday you launch a podcast. *nervous laughter ensues* WHAT AM I DOING? I can't host a podcast! Who am I to think anyone wants to listen to me talk for an hour. OMG this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever tried to do. SOMEONE STOP ME! Ok, ok, breathe. It's going to be ok. If people don't like it they don't have to listen. I like it and that's all that matters.
Oh, hi there. So it's Monday, August 7th and I'm about to launch a project I've been wanting to do for a few years now. Yes, years. The project wasn't always a podcast. It started as just a longing I had to connect with other creatives. The people who inspire me and make me want to dream bigger. People who are my friends, family and also the people I've never met before. The idea began to resemble the possibility of being a podcast a little over a year ago. It was right around the time I met the amazing person who would become my very first interview.
It was last fall and I started reaching out to fellow photographers to offer some encouragement and let them know I appreciated the beauty they were putting out into the world. It was an idea I had learned from a webinar hosted by someone I don't remember on a topic I also don't remember. I do remember the speaker pleading with everyone to never ever reach out and ask for anything from anyone- always reach out to offer whatever you can. I loved that idea. I knew from being in FB groups filled with creatives that it is so so common for people who admire your work to reach out with all sorts of questions, asking for advice, or maybe even asking for work. None of that is bad but it never really felt right to me. While I was watching the webinar and the speaker started talking about giving it felt like an "ah-ha" moment. I should have already known it. It should have been obvious, but, well, it wasn't. I took what he said to heart and made myself a list of all the photographers in my area who I hoped to one day work with and instead of e-mailing and asking if I could shoot with them I e-mailed them to just say "good job" and something like "if there's ever anything I can do to help you please let me know!"
I got a few thankful replies to my e-mails and among those replies was an invitation to get coffee. I couldn't believe it! Someone actually wanted to meet me and hang out! It was Ellie Berry of Ellie Be Photography. We set up a time and place to meet and when the day finally came I was as nervous as I was excited. I wondered if we would have anything to talk about or find any common ground (outside of photography). I wondered what she would be like in person and what she would think of me.
Our coffee date/meeting was one of the best days I had that month. I remember leaving our conversation feeling so fired up and excited about everything. We had real conversation about real struggles and perception and hard work and being in an industry filled with comparison and the struggle to push back jealousy. We talked about how people should talk about those things more. How there should be so much more honesty and transparency so that everyone can see that it's not all sunshine and rainbows. The conversations we had that day helped solidify my desire to talk to other creatives about these kinds of truths. The idea of a podcast started to sink in a little bit more.
When the idea for Eat. Sleep. Create. was finally solidified in my head I knew that Ellie was one of the people I wanted to interview. Meeting her helped make this crazy idea more of a reality and her spirit of joy, warmth and encouragement was something I wanted to be able to share with more people.
I was ecstatic when Ellie agreed to be my very first interviewee! We had such a good time talking and I can't wait for all of you to hear what she shared with me. We got to chat about photography, being an entrepreneur, the craziness that is Instagram, comparison, burn out and so much more. I hope you enjoy listening to my conversation with Ellie. I hope you learn more about yourself. I hope you're inspired to go after the life you want. I hope you are encouraged and motivated and replenished. // xo
points to note:
7:26 - burnout
11:25 - hustle vs work
17:30 changes in creativity
20:30 - BOLD webinars
24 - performance, perfection, profit & pressure
33:48 - Instagram
39:57 - difficulties in being self employed
58:12 - things that are vital to success
1:07:13 - resources for moving forward