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“We Never Made Drinks Before” Starting A Craft Cocktail Spot W/ Venas Fizz House Johanna & Steve

“We Never Made Drinks Before” Starting A Craft Cocktail Spot W/ Venas Fizz House Johanna & Steve

November 24, 2020

E85:

 

Sometimes a small little retail brick and mortar can have a lot more going on behind it’s walls than it seems. Downtown Portland Maine’s Vena’s Fizz House owners Johanna & Steve Corman join us today. We talk on what other things the business has grown into after starting off an idea created at a stressful time. Education in person and in class and benefits of not being from the industry to create inside it, believing in your gut, and creating something that hasn’t been done at the time.

 

In This Episode We Cover

  • Are you crazy? No One’s done it
  • No experience
  • Knowing your concept will work
  • Getting the idea
  • Old to new
  • Listening to your audience
  • Changing through COVID in Brick/Mortar
  • Diversification in small business
  • Trust
  • Partners in life and in business
  • Education in real time

 

Quotes

 

“ Every night, are we absolutely nuts? Because no one’s ever tried this.” - Steve Corman

 

“We never made drinks before.” - Johanna Corman

 

“ The world got huge and close at the same time, it’s weird.” - Host Dave Swillum


“I’m an 11th generation Mainer so I don’t like to have all my eggs in one basket.” - Johanna Corman

 

“Most of the people we have hired to be bar tenders have not been bar tenders before.” - Johanna Corman

 

Vena’s Fizz Shop Johanna & Steve’s Links

 

www.venasfizzhouse.com

 

IG

@venasfizz

 

Resources

 

The History of Bitters

By Parsons

https://amzn.to/2J6G1jR

 

 

The Flavor Bible

https://amzn.to/35Vfvm6

 

Business Mentoring Programs w/ Local Chapters

 

SBDC

 

SCORE

 

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How Can I? Instead Of I Can’t Because…… W/ Dave Swillum

How Can I? Instead Of I Can’t Because…… W/ Dave Swillum

November 17, 2020

E84:

 

As a creative, business owner, or dreamer it’s really easy to shut an idea or dream down. “I can’t because…….” I want that to change to “How can I? Here’s a few ways.”

 

We spend a lot of time talking about why something can’t happen but by starting there we never look into information we may not know yet, perspectives of those that have or are doing it, or even give ourselves permission to pursue it. Let’s have a discussion about a simple flip about how we assess how something can or can’t happen and why instead of saying it can’t happen and giving up. This can force you to find a way when you didn’t know there was one.

 

In This Episode We Cover

  • How can I? Instead of I can’t because……
  • How are you going to face something?
  • Creating and stopping action
  • You may still not know if it can happen after you deep dive
  • You know that you don’t know
  • Being scared of the answer
  • Redirect to the right path
  • Always trying to take an action of some sort
  • Go figure out how you can do something before you say you can’t

 

Quotes

 

“ It immediately stops the conversation or stops the thought before you can do something about it at all.” - Host Dave Swillum

 

“ When you start there you don’t know how it’s going to happen and you don’t know if its possible.” - Host Dave Swillum

 

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8 Strings, 4 Phases, & Modern Prog W/ Nicole Papastavrou of Kallias

8 Strings, 4 Phases, & Modern Prog W/ Nicole Papastavrou of Kallias

November 10, 2020
E83:
 
Not everyone understands instrumental music and in my day to day it can also be challenging to find prog lovers sometimes but we are definitely still out here. Today I wanted to talk on music and hit a different genre than what we’ve covered before. We talk to Nicole of the band Kallias. We chat through finding the right people for your band and keeping it going. Having a plan and changing it, not getting caught up in family or public opinion of what works if you know what does and what doesn’t work by doing.
 
Check out their new EP, hang with us and talk metal, modern music release, and life as an artist.
 
In This Episode We Cover
  • Looking for the right parts to your project
  • Non-traditional structures
  • Making a statement with the art with no words
  • Not learning by the book
  • If you take a break you disappear
  • Having a plan, then things change up hard
  • Making a statement with your music video
  • Family values verses your life as it adapts
  • Societal beliefs
 
Quotes
 
“ If you take like a week or two off from shooting content or writing, promoting the band. If your a new band everyone already forgot about you.” - Nicole Papastavrou
 
“ Everyone believes that until you show them that it’s not true. Everyone says that to you until you do it and tell them to shut up.” - Host Dave Swillum
 
Nicole’s Links
 
Kallias “The Fourth Phase
 
Band IG
@kalliasofficial
 
Nicole’s IG
 
Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/user/NicoleERH
 
Nicole’s Gear
EVH 5153 Stealth
 
Jackson HT8 Limited Edition
 
Neural DSP Qaud Cortex
 
 
Waking Up From Work Podcast Links
 
Website
 
Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
@davewakeup
 
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Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
Having The Strength To Say It Isn’t The Right Path & Change It Up W/ Meagan Swillum

Having The Strength To Say It Isn’t The Right Path & Change It Up W/ Meagan Swillum

November 3, 2020
E82:
 
It isn’t easy going after your dream and it’s even harder to say it isn’t the right path after giving up so much. My wife Meagan and I sold our house, lived long distance as a married couple for a year (would have been 4) and dealt with depression and other hardships to give her the ability to get into and be a part of a doctoral degree pursuing her Vet degree. After all of that it was difficult for Meg to say it wasn’t the right path but in the process she found what she was meant to do.
 
While at school Meg was in business clubs and realized she liked the business aspect of running a vet practice but didn’t visualize herself practicing the medicine, just running the business. Listen to the story of what she’s working on now on her own entrepreneurial story and what it’s like to tell your spouse, friends, and family and make a change.
 
In This Episode We Cover
  • Changing your mind
  • Hitting the world after college
  • Is this the right path?
  • Depression & struggles
  • Pressures of a doctoral program
  • Fate?
  • COVID influence
  • Trying your hardest and not getting the reward
  • Being good in practice doesn’t make a good owner
  • What is the marketing calling for?
  • Short term rentals
  • What are you getting energy from?
  • What’s taking it away?
  • Give yourself time to think
 
Quotes
 
“I was never that type of student that could just roll out of bed and get A’s on my courses. I always had to work for every course to get what I needed.” - Meagan Swillum
 
“I’m gonna cry for 30 minutes, take a shower, wash it off, then get back to work until 2AM. Give yourself time to think about it.” - Meagan Swillum
Meg’s Links
 
IG
@awayinmaine
 
Youtube Channel
 
 
Meg’s Recommended Resource
 
The Book On Managing Rental Properties
by Brandon Turner of Bigger Pockets Podcast
 
 
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Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
@davewakeup
 
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For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave
 
Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
More Than An Athlete W/ NFL Running Back, Rapper, & Photographer Jonathan Hilliman

More Than An Athlete W/ NFL Running Back, Rapper, & Photographer Jonathan Hilliman

October 27, 2020
E81:
 
Another episode with another mixed background guest we are excited to chat on. Today we speak with NFL running back, rapper, and photographer Jonathan Hilliman. We speak through the experience of going after the NFL and what it’s like inside. Being more than an athlete and bringing out that creative side through music art, and mindset.
 
Jonathan speaks to Black Lives Matter prepping for a release focused on it next month and his newest EP out called “Long Over Due” noting a hiatus he took from writing and performing in rap. Discussion around being a renaissance person and doing your best and staying focused on your craft despite how big or small the stage or field is.
 
 
In This Episode We Cover
  • Professional sports and creative living
  • Renaissance mind set
  • Breaks
  • Going after the NFL
  • Add something new to your game
  • Be different
  • Don’t think too much about it, just try
  • It’s what you’ve been doing for how long
  • Being more than just an athlete
  • Don’t judge till the end
 
Quotes
 
“It get’s to simplifying the moment and seeing it for what it really is rather than looking around and being like Whoa! You gotta be like we are playing the Washington Redskins at 1 o’clock at Giants stadium.” - Jonathan Hilliman
 
“When you’re depressed or sad, when you’re in pain, that’s all you can really see, what you’re sad about right now. Even in the dark clouds and the rainy day the sun is still there, but you don’t really see that you say man it’s dark. Don’t judge something until the end of it. It’s not over.” - Jonathan Hilliman
 
Jonathan’s Links
 
Twitter/Instagram
@thrilliman
@rnlthelabel
@imperialvisionz
 
Jonathan's Recommended Resources
 
by Tim Grover
 
 
Waking Up From Work Podcast Links
 
Website
 
Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
@davewakeup
 
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64 Jobs, 4 Businesses, & Finding Your Purpose W/ Tanner Campbell of Portland Pod

64 Jobs, 4 Businesses, & Finding Your Purpose W/ Tanner Campbell of Portland Pod

October 20, 2020

E80

 

After having 64 jobs and 4 businesses win and fail Tanner is here to talk through where he’s been and what he’s up to now. Today we are joined by Tanner from Portland Pod based in South Portland, ME. Tanner has grown his own podcasts and now works everyday to help others to the same.

 

He speaks through his story and we talk on a lot about that. Being resistant to the issues that come your way and enjoying the process. Understanding your audience and making connections while still working on your craft to form a the marriage between the two. We all search for meaning and have expectations on when it should be delivered. Let’s talk about when and how that should look. Creative service business, creative life, and getting creative to make that life a reality COVID and beyond.

 

In This Episode We Cover

  • Resilience
  • Enjoying the process
  • Understanding your community
  • Searching for meaning
  • Changing with the move
  • Ethical choices in business
  • Creating luck
  • Creating the vibe
  • Knowing when it will work
  • Skills gathered from previous roles
  • Success isn’t linear
  • Short cuts aren’t good
  • Business owner verses Entrepreneur

 

Quotes

 

“People don’t like cockroaches but when the nuclear bomb hits they’re the only life left.” - Host Dave Swillum

 

“You have a path, it’s not destined for you, its the path that you have and you don’t really have a choice about that path but you have choice about what you do with the things that happen to you when you’re on it.” - Tanner Campbell

 

“There is success and there is prolonged, sustained, feelings of security which is to me what I think success really is.” - Tanner Campbell

 

Tanner’s Links

 

Website

https://portlandpod.com/


Twitter/Instagram

@theportlandpod

 

Facebook

facebook.com/portlandpod

 

Tanner’s Recommended Resources

 

Community Texting Software

https://www.community.com/get-a-number

 

Gary Vaynerchuk

https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/

 

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Being Authentically You - Rap, Wrestling, Hardcore Music, & Beliefs W/ TJ Vegas of Kill Murray

Being Authentically You - Rap, Wrestling, Hardcore Music, & Beliefs W/ TJ Vegas of Kill Murray

October 13, 2020
E79:
 
Growing up playing music it was always awesome to get to know a promoter and it only happened when you got along with them well. That’s how I know our guest today. TJ Vegas is currently host and one of the founders of the Just Plain Filthy Podcast and lifestyle brand. He blends his love for wrestling, hardcore and alt music, and beliefs into one brand and group to be apart of.
 
Today we talk on being authentically you as part of your band. Solo time and collaborative time. Creating controversy and pushing diversity forward and the local music scene during COVID times leading toward the future.
 
 
In This Episode We Cover
  • Trial and error
  • Starting young
  • Starting an agency
  • Solo vs collaboration
  • Taking breaks
  • Like minds
  • One love of many things combined
  • Authentic you
  • Being an outcast
  • Controversy in art
  • Heavy topics forward
  • Merch sales
  • Building your own brand
 
Quotes
 
“I would just walk there after school and book shows on my own.” - TJ Vegas
 
“I would use the library printer to print out all the flyers for my shows.” TJ Vegas
 
“We want to make a family for people who don’t have a family.” - TJ Vegas
 
“I believe that people can’t keep up the act. Its exhausting to not be you. You literally wake up and you’re that person.” - Host Dave Swillum
 
TJ Vegas & Just Plain Filthy Links
 
Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok/Facebook
@killmurray603
 
Twitter/Instagram
@jpfpodcast
 
Website
 
 
Waking Up From Work Podcast Links
 
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Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
@davewakeup
 
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Just In Time Buying Habits For Creatives & Start Ups W/ Dave Swillum

Just In Time Buying Habits For Creatives & Start Ups W/ Dave Swillum

October 6, 2020

E78

 

We all want all the gadgets and gear when it comes tor our creative career, business, hobbies, and passion but we shouldn’t always act on those impulses. When you are working to go full time keeping overhead low and mitigating debt and risk is the name of the game. Buying what’s needed to get the job done and give the time and quality needed is important but overbuying is really easy and justifying not acting until you have something is easy to do. Let’s talk about a buying habit that has helped me buy what I need over what I want for growing a business. Just in time buying habits for business and creatives.

 

In This Episode We Cover

  • Start faster with Debt or take longer with less overhead?
  • Chicken or the egg with gear and equipment
  • Managing risk
  • Deciding on market or gut
  • Lead business model
  • Just in time buying
  • Buy what you need to do the job
  • Get it if you NEED it
  • Excuse of gear stopping you from starting
  • Value of time
  • Where should you save?
  • Not saving on the things you shouldn’t save

 

Quotes

 

“ I would take the deposit and go buy the equipment to do the gig.” - Host Dave Swillum

 

“ It’s really easy to tell yourself because you don’t have the best mic that you can’t start a podcast, that if you don’t have the best computer in the world you can’t buy an interface and start recording at home. Can you do the thing with something else in the meantime?” - Host Dave Swillum

 

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The W’s Of Sharing Your Vision W/ Dave Swillum

The W’s Of Sharing Your Vision W/ Dave Swillum

September 29, 2020

E77:

It’s hard enough finding what your true vision for life is let alone finding where and when to share it so it benefits your efforts. Join me on this quick solo episode breaking down what I’ve learned and experienced from sharing my vision with others.

Controlling the energy and pressures induced from sharing it with others to help you get closer to your creative goals. Not everyone should know what you are planning all the time because they may not help while others definitely should. Sometimes it isn’t the time or place but manifesting comes from sharing what you can offer to the world. Let’s chat.

 

In This Episode We Cover

  • Writing, telling others and saying out loud manifests
  • Finding your people
  • Who can and can’t hear it?
  • Where will you get negative and positive reactions
  • Energy & Pressure
  • Accidentally challenging others
  • Self awareness and empathy
  • Trial vision sharing
  • Putting out bread crumbs of the vision to gauge the room
  • Is it an open or closed conversation?
  • You need a compass that people see

Quotes

“ When you right it down or say it to other people you are creating pressures and energy that make it more real or easier to achieve.” - Host Dave Swillum

 

“ In the middle can be a slippery slope because you can be in the middle for a long time. You can get one goal done and go on to another and it stays in the middle.” - Host Dave Swillum

 

“ Gauge your room, gauge yourself.” - Host Dave Swillum via Meagan Swillum

 

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Having Your First Baby While Starting Your First Business W/ Coach Jake Lospennato

Having Your First Baby While Starting Your First Business W/ Coach Jake Lospennato

September 22, 2020

E76:

Another repeat guest now that we are getting two years out from launch a lot has changed. Today is about sharing something I’ve never been able to speak to with certainty but hear a lot of listeners and friends speak on. How do you start a business when you have a kid? We’ve had some amazing guests that do both but I wanted to share a fresh perspective on both the business and being a parent.

Please join me with Coach Jake Lospennato again to speak on being a new father and new business owner full time. It isn’t easy but it can happen and in this episode you’ll hear how if you thought about it before past or pre tense. Talk about societal pressures, having the right partner, being the best you can for your child BY pursuing your dreams, balance, and a lot more.

In This Episode We Cover

  • Having your first child while going after you dream

  • Leaving something you tried hard for

  • Recreating the vision

  • When Income disappears

  • Focusing on being a dad to focus on the dream

  • List out everything that you’ve done

  • Having the right partner

  • Perspective shift

  • Societal norms that get in the way

  • The fear of having kids and being stopped

  • There is no 100%

  • Boundaries

  • Balance

Quotes

“We didn’t plan to have a child, it was a surprise. Ashley is a rockstar mother and it helps so much because she supports me to be able to do what I do. Having a partner like that, I’m not sure everyone has a partner that’s that supportive. If your partner isn’t that supportive. Really put some thought into if you want a partner like that if you are trying to transition into a business.” - Jake Lospennato

 

“ It’s always a work in progress, you’ll never be 100%.” - Jake Lospennato

Jake’s Resources

You Were Born Rich

By Bob Proctor

https://amzn.to/2FUBkb0

The Secret

By Bob Proctor

https://amzn.to/2FUBkb0

Dr. Joe Dispensa

Jake’s Links

IG

@coachjakelospennato

 

FB

Jake Lospennato

 

Website

www.coachjakelospennato.com

 

 

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