Creativity and anxiety tend to come together, and sometimes it makes creativity feel like a curse.
And it doesn’t help that creative careers involve a lot of anxiety-inducing activities, like putting yourself out there and talking to people when you’d rather hide from everyone and just create stuff.
In this edition of The Anxious Creative, you’re going to learn all about overcoming the anxiety of building your clientele.
Today on this solo Dawn episode, I’m talking about why I decided slow down my business and specialize in hair painting.
Quick background: Like pretty much everything that’s changed my life and business, I got into hair styling kind of by accident. I took a class in high school, went to hair school after I graduated, and took some time to travel around and keep learning.
I’m so excited for you guys to hear from today’s guest, Sarayah!
She’s been in the industry for six years, and she’s only 22! Sarayah is from New Jersey and got started at 16 in a high school vocational program that allowed her to graduate with a high school diploma and a cosmetology license.
She started by sweeping and doing bowls in salons, then moved up to assisting. She decided to start an Instagram account and got some traction, and the salon that fired her as an assistant actually invited her back as a stylist. Nuts, right?
In this episode, I chat with my boyfriend Nick about one of my all-time favorite topics: communication.
Nick is a minister, which means he has to communicate a lot with staff, volunteers, and the people in his congregation. With lots of practice, trial, and error, he’s learned a thing or two about communicating.
I’m so excited for you guys to meet one of my favorite people ever, Constance Robbins!
Constance reached out to me on Instagram about three years ago and we were instant friends. (Wow, just realized I make a lot of friends on Instagram!)
Constance is a California girl and just opened a gorgeous, all-white, 1300 square foot salon. Pretty cool, right? She’s been a hairstylist for about 15 years and is a freaking badass colorist! (Check out her Instagram page, seriously).
A few weeks back, my American twin, Shirley Hagel had me on her podcast. I had such a fun time I just had to share it over here with you guys. We chat about how we randomly found each other, plus she asked me about parts of my career I’ve never shared online before, like working for Aveda..
That’s exactly how I used to be. I lived most of my life not even knowing what boundaries were. If someone asked something of me, I had to say yes. I didn’t even know “no” was an option, and I doubt I’m on the only one.
In this very special episode, I chat with my very own therapist, McKenzie!
I’ve been seeing McKenzie for 2-3 years (neither of us can quite remember, lol). I started seeing her after ending up in the hospital with a panic attack. McKenzie specializes in treating anxiety and trauma with talk therapy and other methods like EMDR.
I met Nina in person at a class she taught shortly after I moved to Calgary. Her story moved me and resonated so much that I had a minor emotional meltdown in the middle of the class. That was a big deal, because trust me, I do not usually cry in front of people. It was that powerful.
I met Shirley on Instagram of all places when she commented on one of my posts. I creeped on her profile and immediately started noticing similarities: we both have nose piercings, similar tattoos (we both have a heart on our wrists!), and we have the same anxiety necklace.
This week on the podcast, I had an awesome conversation with Alicia Soulier, owner of Capelli Salon Studio and founder of the incredible SalonScale app. Alicia is an entrepreneur and award winning hair stylist, and I had a blast talking with her.
A decade ago, blogging was in its infancy. Not many people were doing it, and no one was doing it to make money. It seems like everyone wants to become a professional blogger these days, but that ambition was completely unheard of when Mike got started.
This week I sit down with Mallory Chapman. She's a kick ass entrepreneur in the wellness industry. She has brought surfing to us landlocked Calgarians and wins us over with her amazing outlook on life and positive attitude.
Josie is a fellow Canadian hairstylist who I’ve admired since joining Instagram. We’ve texted back and forth, and I am so pumped that we got to sit down and chat. She does a killer bleach and tone and has the most hilarious sense of humour I’ve seen. Listen while Josie and I chat about business, dealing with bad reviews, and our biggest challenges with owning a Salon.
I interview my client Jessica. When she was just 6 years old her Mom packed up her and her two sisters and left an abusive marriage. They came to Calgary where they lived in a women's shelter for 3 months. Her story is powerful and full of courage and bravery.
It affirmed again why I am in this industry. It's so much more than just hair. It’s about connections and community and to have women know their worth and value.
The podcast is getting a make over! Or at least a new name. Listen in while I chat with you guys about the new name and why I’m so passionate about it. This one is probably my most vulnerable yet. I walk you through some of my experiences that have brought me to where I am now and why I’m so passionate about helping others. Thanks for listening in.
We are back for more. Tiana shares even more about her career as an escort, how it doesn’t define her, and the biggest misconception people have about her. If you enjoyed last week then you don’t want to miss this one.
Is it hot in here?!? While doing my friend and client Tiana's extensions I ask her all the burning questions I’ve always wondered about her industry. What’s the difference between a prostitute and an escort? What was her first appointment like? Knowing what she knows now would she still do it? Eavesdrop in on our conversation and learn everything you ever wondered, but have been too shy to ask.
Friendships, they can be tough! I chat with my good friend Lizzie all about it. What makes friendships work, and what doesn’t. Letting go of toxic friends and how we’ve managed to maintain our friendship while both running businesses and living so far apart.
Nick and I are back for week two. We get a bit more serious on this one, sharing about the struggles of communication, doing long distance and everyday life as a couple. But don’t worry, there’s still some laughs, especially when we chat about how we first said I love you.