Hollywood, Health & The Hustle with Abby Walla

Hollywood, Health & The Hustle with Abby Walla

Hollywood, Health & The Hustle with Abby Walla

Abby Walla is an award-winning Actor/Writer/Entrepreneur in Hollywood. She has acted in top TV shows & movies on HBO, Netflix, Amazon, ABC and more. She coaches entrepreneurs to become confident & authentic on camera to attract their dream clients and make their competition irrelevant using the "Crushing It On Camera" video techniques. She also built a 6-figure Digital Marketing agency on the side in under a year while traveling the country promoting her film on the film festival circuit. In today’s episode, Abby and Monique are talking about setting strict priorities and how to be okay with the fact that there are days that not everything is going to get done. And that this, besides many surprises, is just part of running a business.

HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

[02:19] – Monique introduces her guest, Abby Walla.

[03:48] – Let everyone know what are you doing?

      • So I am an actor and a writer living in Los Angeles, California.
      • I am also an entrepreneur.
      • I have a business called Crushing It On Camera where I teach entrepreneurs how to be awesome on camera.

[05:10] – How did you split your time between being an actress, an author, and your business?

      • Even if your career is going really well there’s typically a need to have some other income involved.
      • It gave me an amazing opportunity to start my business, I’m really passionate about it because I’m able to do what I love

[07:21] – How did you work with the things you planned and then suddenly you get a call for a casting and then everything is different?

      • It’s challenging when it comes up because I just have to totally shift gears and then commit to what’s right in front of me.
      • It was important not to actually block out every hour of the day because it would be like, too hard to like move things around.

[10:57] – During our work, what did we figure out about health issues and how were we able to integrate them as well?

      • Health stuff is crazy because sometimes it happens and you can’t see it coming and then sometimes it just like, snap your fingers and it’s there and you were not expecting in.

[15:53] – Monique and Abby talk about hiring and delegating.

 

[23:14] – How do you show up yourself on camera when you actually don’t feel like you’re 100%?

      • The motivation that I need is like focusing on the value that I’m going to give or the impact that I’m going to have like trying to take the focus off of myself and how I’m feeling and on, the purpose of what I’m doing, that helps motivate me more.

[27:48] – Should you actually show up at all if you really don’t feel like it or should you look back on what actually happened and show up afterward?

      • I do think we have to put our self-care first. And sometimes that means we need to have the internet off and our phones away, and we just need time for ourselves to heal.  

[34:36] – So tell me about your program, Crushing It On Camera, what is the essence of entrepreneurs and business owners usually go wrong?

      • People just don’t prepare that they want it to come across like they’re doing it on the fly and it’s natural and conversational, but then they don’t even do any preparation.

[47:28] – What does efficiency mean to you?

      • The smartest way to get to where you need to go

[48:14] – What are your top three things that have gotten you from where you started to where you are now that you wouldn’t want to miss for the ongoing journey?’

      • Believing that it’s possible.
      • Hiring coaches and mentors.
      • Not being afraid to put the work in,
      • Take care of yourself (well, a bonus one)  

 

AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT

IN THIS EPISODE

 

[04:42] – How Monique helped Abby to finally get everything scheduled & ‘under control’ –
https://www.moniquelindner.com/work-with-me/

[31:08] – Course on Becoming a boundaries badass by Mark Groves –
https://mark-groves.mykajabi.com/boundaries

[50:37] – Abby’s Facebook Group For Entrepreneurs on Camera –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConfidenceOnCameraForEntrepreneurs/

IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

Being hard on what the priorities are, and then just being okay with the fact that there are days that not everything is going to get done, and that’s okay. And that’s just part of running a business.

Abby Walla

The pain is what brings you to your power.

Monique Lindner

I do think we have to put our self-care first. And sometimes that means we need to have the internet off and our phones away, and we just need time for ourselves to heal.
Abby Walla

Agency, Analyzing & the Art of Business with Ray Blakney

Agency, Analyzing & the Art of Business with Ray Blakney

Agency, Analyzing & the Art of Business with Ray Blakney

Ray has bootstrapped multiple 6 and 7-figure businesses. For the last 5 years, he has been able to run 3-5 businesses at the same time all while having free time to spend. The "secret" to how he had been efficient enough to do all of this is simply discipline.Ray owns a website called livelingua.com, which is the third-largest online language school in the world.In today’s episode, Ray and Monique are talking about how he flipped his definition of failure: “Failing is not when a business doesn't work or doesn't make money, failure is when you stopped trying. And if you never stopped trying, you will never fail.” which enabled him to make building businesses his art.

HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

[02:04] – Monique introduces her guest, Mr.Ray Blakney.

[02:21] – Explain everyone out there what the sword fighting is.

  • I’ve been practicing the Japanese martial art called kendo for going on dating myself back for about 20 years now. So kendo is the way of the sword and I have been practicing it since I was 22.

 

[04:00] – Tell me when you’re not sword fighting, what else are you doing in your business?

  • I own a website called livelingua.com. It’s the third-largest online language school in the world and I run it with my wife.
  • I own a website called twiducate.com
  • I also owned a chocolate factory in the Philippines before 
  • I am the host of the Anomalous Educator Podcast which helps teachers make money online.

 

[05:26] – Starting businesses and making them successful is a kind of art for you, explain a little bit about that.

  • The creative process is what I like because you get to try things, you get to see what works what doesn’t and you get to go back and fix it.

 

[10:16] – So when you bootstrap a company, how do you approach everything from the get-go? 

  • I’m not creating something that nobody’s ever thought of before, like Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk, or all those people out there.
  • For launching businesses, see a need, check that there’s a need, confirm there’s a need and then just do it.

     

[14:10] – How did you get to the point of having this mindset of “failure is not a total failure, I always get something out of it.”

  • I flipped my definition of failure. Failing is not when a business doesn’t work or doesn’t make money, failures when I stopped trying. And if I never stopped trying, I never failed.

 

[15:32] – How did you approach your new content marketing strategy?

  • I put Comic Sans and made the whole presentation like a comic book.
  • And to my surprise, half the room came up to me with this marketing methodology that we use in my companies and said. “Can you do that for us?”
  • So that planted the seed for the agency

 

[29:40] – So how important do you think is research in the beginning before you even start putting out content, writing content for clients?

  • It’s like any other construction, right? You can put a beautiful house on it. But if the base is bad, it’s going to crumble in a year or two. And we need to do that for your business as well.

 

[31:31] – Do you think that a lot of entrepreneurs that they’re going wrong with the research or not even doing it or don’t know how to do research for their business?

  • I think most advanced entrepreneurs might do that because they’ve learned the value in it. 

 

[33:03] – If you’re starting a new business, do you ask audiences some questions? Do you, like to use the Ask method? Do you use like only the keyword research? What do you use?

  • I generally stick with keyword research because I assume I use a little bit of the Ask method now because I do have a network and audiences I can do it for.

 

[35:59] – After the research how do you think should entrepreneurs use the results?

  •  The research should help you find who your audience is.

 

[38:52] – What actually makes you efficient in a discipline?

  • I developed discipline kind of later in life.
  • Discipline is what gives me freedom.

 

[42:44] – You said you use the discipline to be very self-driven. But you don’t believe in working, what your passion is.

  • I think people confuse passion with their why.
  • If you did a good job and figure out what your why is. That’s enough for you to at least take one step towards it that day.

 

[46:03] – So how important is efficiency to you now that you have multiple businesses?

  • Discipline is key to me be able to do what I’m doing.
  • I use an app called wunderlist.

 

[51:14] – What does efficiency mean to you?

  • Efficiency is just getting as close to that goal as I can today.

 

[52:01] – What are the top three tips for starting a business?

  • The first one is research.
  • Make sure you plan that you have the time to do this business.
  • A final tip would be “just do it.” 

     

    AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT

    IN THIS EPISODE

     

    [04:55] – The Anomalous Educator Podcast  –  helps teachers make money online: http://anomalouseducator.com/category/podcast/

    [33:13] – The Ask Method – a bulletproof way to market research your audience: https://book.askmethod.com/

    [50:23] – Wunderlist – stay productive with this wonderful app: https://www.wunderlist.com/

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    For launching businesses, see a need, check that there’s a need, confirm there’s a need and then just do it.

    Ray Blakney

    Discipline is what gives me freedom.

    Ray Blakney

    Failing is not when a business doesn’t work, or doesn’t make money, failures when I stopped trying. And if I never stopped trying, I never failed
    Ray Blakney

    Content, Cleaning & Crisis Management with Amar Ghose

    Content, Cleaning & Crisis Management with Amar Ghose

    Content, Cleaning & Crisis Management with Amar Ghose

    Amar Ghose is the CEO and co-founder of ZenMaid.com, a bootstrapped SaaS company on track to earn over $1 million in 2020. He's accomplished this while traveling the world since 2015 and shares online regularly about entrepreneurship, marketing, and lifestyle design. What makes him unique is finding various ways to turn his perceived weaknesses into strengths.

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [03:11] – Monique welcomes her guest, Amar Ghose.

    [03:26] – Tell everyone first what you are actually doing and why?

    • I am a digital nomad
    • CEO and co-founder of a very niche software called Zenmaid.
    • I’m still living the same lifestyle, which means we don’t have an office. Everyone is 100% remote

    [05:19] – Tell us a little bit about how you started the company?

    • So where the idea came from was I have run my own maid service back in 2012. I ran it for just over a year. And that was after reading a random blog post about how to start your own maid service.

     

    [09:11] – I know there were a lot of things that didn’t go the way you wanted to. So tell me what was the plan? What went wrong?

    • We’ve been working with a product that my initial co-founder had built almost seven years ago. And it was very clear that we were going to rebuild the product from scratch
    • I would say it took over close to a year to really rebuild the product and to redesign everything. 

     

    [20:59] – What was your reaction?

    • Fran will tell you how weirdly calm I was as I was describing the situation.

       

    [25:15] – So do you remember at what time in your life you got to the point of being like “I gotta leave this shit behind”.

    • I’ve been practicing that for like, for some time of just focusing on what’s within my control

     

    [27:48] – Did the team actually stick with you or did someone fall behind?

    • I believe that every single person that was on the team when we took that redesign live, is still on the team.

     

    [29:43] – What did you do to support the team to build the culture?

    • I definitely have not been very intentional about this.
    • But I feel like as an extrovert, I don’t really feel like I ever really had to focus or worry about culture.

     

    [34:24] – What would you say about the number of people that are with you full time and how many of them are entrepreneurs?

    • So we have four people on our sales team, and all four of them own their own maid services that use Zenmaid every single day. So I don’t have to train them up to be salespeople.

       

    [37:48] – Why do you hire your own customers?

    • It does work out well though, eg. with maid service owners
    • A lot of them would be happy to take a consistent two or four hours a day, where they just know they’re getting a consistent pay-check.

     

    [43:33] – Tell me about how you manage your time throughout these past seven years

    • I’ve essentially just always focused on consistent action.
    • But my main thing in terms of management is environment control.

     

    [46:19] – How about combining traveling and work?

    • I only work for maybe three to four hours a day
    • In terms of travel, I essentially have like the same set of habits, but how they sort of fall into place or fall into my schedule changes based on where I am.

     

    [50:22] – What do you think efficiency means to you?

    • Efficiency to me is is essentially finding your personal best path to achieve your goals.

     

    [53:52] – What are the top three skills or characteristics that you wouldn’t want to miss to achieve your goals?

    • I think that every single entrepreneur on the planet should study copywriting.
    • If you’re getting into entrepreneurship because you think that it’s going to be easy and that you’re just going to get to do all of the things that you love and nothing else, then you probably need a bit of a wake-up call.
    • Enjoy the journey or like surround yourself with people that you love.

     

    AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT

    IN THIS EPISODE

     

    [02:41] – ZenMaid – Management App for Maid Services

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zenmaid.app&hl=en

    [57:27] – 100 Videos in 100 Days – Follow along 
    https://www.youtube.com/user/amarluis

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    Focusing on what’s within your control.

    Amar Ghose

    Efficiency is essentially finding your personal best path to achieve your goals.

    Amar Ghose

    Your biggest disadvantages can turn into your biggest advantages.
    Amar Ghose

    Dating, Data & Discussions with Kyree Oliver

    Dating, Data & Discussions with Kyree Oliver

    Dating, Data & Discussions with Kyree Oliver

    Meet the young man who owns a marketing company, is a life coach, business consultant and so much more. Kyree Oliver started in 2013 and didn't have any idea about what a podcast is all about. All he wanted to do, was impacting people. So he started asking people in his nuclear environment and beyond, to talk to him. He interviewed them on all kinda topics, in order to understand the quest of life a bit more. First, Kyree started with his friends, uncles, and slowly moved to interviewing doctors, lawyer, monks and even death row inmates. In today’s episode Monique and Kyree talk about how he gave himself an opportunity to pull from multiple different sources as a role model and how he now uses this knowledge to impact people on the daily.

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [01:56] – Monique welcomes her guest, Kyree Oliver

     

    [02:04] – Tell us a little bit about your background.

        • I’m from California
        • I own a marketing company. I do sort of life coaching. I do business consulting for people

    [03:35] – How did you get to the point of being able to communicate calmly, but also to just give space to all of these different perspectives?

        • I think it was detaching myself from other people’s perspectives. Like, they don’t need to think the way that I think in order for me to think the way that I think.

    [06:00] – Where does that come from? Why would we want to influence other people’s opinions so much?

        • All of us think that if more people thought like us, the world would be a better place. I think everybody thinks that

    [07:19] – How would you take steps to the detachment of other people’s opinions?

        • I don’t think I’d say anything to those people. Our perspective isn’t the same

    [09:09] – How do you navigate the in-between of like voicing your opinion without discriminating against other people?

        • My job is to make as compelling a case as possible for people to either agree with the way that I think or figure out a better way to think about that same topic.

    [11:39] – How did you get into like, being so focused on this topic (masculinity), and why is it so important that we are talking about it?

        • So I think that no matter who we are as people, no matter what group we belong to, what country you’re from, I think we’re all led by masculine and feminine energy

    [12:50] – Did you have the role models that you needed as a child?

        • I had multiple role models.
        • And by me not having that (father figure), it gave me an opportunity to pull from multiple different sources.

    [13:49] – Can you give me a rough picture of what masculinity looks like to you?

        • Three pillars
        1. A soft heart is your empathy.
        2. Thick skin is your emotional intelligence.
        3. The hard head is your grit determination.

    [16:06] – How did you learn all of these things and then adapting it to your own version.

        • I think I just started piecing information together and I started seeing trends.

    [17:44] – How did you conduct these 800+ interviews and how did you get people to speak to you?

        • I just started asking the people around me I started asking co-workers, family, friends, and it kind of just grew from there
        • I’ve interviewed almost any type of person you can think of.

    [19:00] – What stuck out to you when you interviewed all of them?

        • I genuinely just listened to people for who they were and what their experiences were.

    [20:22] – What made the difference for you when you switched over from work first to basically life first?

        • I learned how I’m supposed to set my life up before it needed to be set up that way.

    [23:46] – I want to know if you have any dating efficiency tips?

        • The people who are most skeptical about it, they see it as a waste of time. They’re usually people who aren’t very good at it. And often they’re not very good at it. Because they haven’t put a whole lot of time in developing themselves to be the right person to do it.

    [26:29] – How can they find out about it?

        • It’s all asking yourself those difficult questions.
        • And I think you can do to dig until you come up with an answer

    [28:22] – How do you make sure you don’t have to be just one thing and you’re good at advertising and life coaching?

        • Commitment to being a well-rounded person is probably the biggest thing.

     

    [29:40] – Monique talks about Ikigai.

        • The Japanese concept of combining the thing that you’re really good at was the thing that you’re really passionate at was the thing that you can make money off into your life’s purpose

    [31:14] – How do you assess the person itself and not what they were doing?

        • I start forming my opinion or informing my opinion just based on how I watch them interact with themselves and the world around them.

    [32:05] – Is it more important for you of how people act or how they speak?

        • Both are very important.

    [32:27] – What would you tell to influence a million people right in front of you?

        • Probably it would be just sort of generic advice of finding what’s right for you and chasing what that is

    [34:14] – Is there a specific routine to improve yourself?

        • I wouldn’t say that there’s a routine as far as how to change it. It’s just a consistent, concerted effort.

     

    [35:34] – What does efficiency mean to you, then?

        • I would boil it down to the best use of time. And maybe the best use of time is to relax sometimes maybe the best thing is to not do anything.

     

    [36:33] – what would be time-wasters for you?

        • The time that I spend leading up to what I know I’m supposed to do or what I know, I need to do next.

     

    [38:03] – Which would be the top three things that you would suggest anyone doing?

        • I’d say getting very clear on what your purpose is as quickly as possible and then designing your life around what that purpose is.

     

    AWESOME RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE

     

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    They don’t need to think the way that I think in order for me to think the way that I think

    Kyree Oliver

    The goal is to grow. The goal isn’t to be correct

    Kyree Oliver

    Getting very clear on what your purpose very quickly or as quickly as possible and then designing your life around what that purpose is
    Kyree Oliver

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KYREE OLIVER

    Website
    www.influkz.com

    Facebook
    Facebook.com/kyreeoliver1994

    Instagram
    Instagram.con/Kyree

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