Don't Keep Your Day Job

Don't Keep Your Day Job

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Don't Keep Your Day Job is a weekly podcast hosted by Cathy Heller, showcasing how creative people have made a living doing what they love. We'll pinpoint what strategies have been proven to turn passion into a profit, and interview successful creators from screenwriters, fashion designers, chefs, songwriters, directors, comedians, photographers, animators and more. Go inside these inspirational stories and come away with hard-hitting advice on how to make your dream a reality. This show will drag you out of your slump, empowering you to take action and giving you real tools to end the 9-5 and begin being paid to do what you've always wanted to do.


Installation Artist David Wiseman Breaks Down the Big Picture  

Installation artist David Wiseman always loved design and drawing, but it was a small, ceramic deer that really kicked off his career. Since then, David’s ceiling installations have been featured in venues such as Christian Dior Shanghai, Design Miami, and global cities like London, New York, and Los Angeles. David lays out the foundational values that have carried him throughout his craftsmanship - ​​why artists can make money and not be sellouts, and why sharing your creative passion is a privilege and a responsibility for humanity. Thank you Blue Apron! Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals FREE — with FREE SHIPPING — at Thanks to Work In Progress for their support! Follow along on Twitter @slackstories or at Thank you Beachbody On Demand! Text DreamJob to 303030 for a FREE trial membership and get full access to this entire platform for FREE!

Halo Top’s Doug Bouton Never Looks Back  

Halo Top President & COO Doug Bouton planned to quit his lawyer job from the day he started. What motivated him to abandon a steady six-figure income and help start a healthy ice cream business with no safety net? Find out how Halo Top used grassroots marketing to build a strong social media following, what you should look for in a good business partner, and why you should just say “yes” to business opportunities - even if you don’t have a plan. Thanks to Slack! Slack: Where work happens. Find out why at Thanks to RXBAR! Get 25% off your first order at promo code DREAMJOB. Thanks to ShipStation! Try it for FREE for 30 days AND get an additional month free with promo code DREAMJOB

Grappling with Your Muses with Jonathan Adler  

Jonathan Adler - the king of modern chic design - was once told that he had no talent, that art was not his calling, that he should just give up. So how did he rediscover his love for pottery and become an insider of the design world? Jonathan also shares how a trip to Peru expanded his cottage industry into a prosperous company, how naivety and desperation resulted in opportunities, and why he doesn’t always follow his parents’ advice. Thanks to Casper! Save $50 on a mattress at and use code dreamjob. Thanks to Hubble! Go to and to get your first two weeks FREE! Thank you Brooklinen! Get $20 off - plus FREE shipping - when you go to and use promo code dreamjob

Building Momentum with Side Hustler Nick Loper  

Side Hustle Nation creator Nick Loper wears numerous hats as an entrepreneur, author, blogger, and podcaster. But where does he find the time to do it all? How does he prioritize when there’s so much on the to-do list? Find out his best tips on time management, life hacks to work more efficiently, and the 5 things you need to know before you make your side hustle into a full-time business. Thank you Blue Apron! Support the show by going to and get your first THREE meals FREE — with FREE shipping! Thanks to LeTote! Go to and use promo code dreamjob to get 50% off your first month.

Taking the Jump with Verve Coffee Co-Founder Colby Barr  

Colby Barr, co-founder of Verve Coffee grew up with a love for adventure, music, and mapmaking - which isn’t the most obvious blend for a career in coffee roasting. What inspired him to reach out to his old friend Ryan O’Donovan and started a simple coffee shop? Colby also shares how he brewed a brand with class and integrity, how they expanded Verve Coffee nationally and internationally, and why making mistakes means you’re doing something right. Thank you Wistia! Start your free account at Thanks to Hubble! Go to and to get your first two weeks FREE! Thank you SmileDirectClub! Get 50% off your SmileDirectClub evaluation kit at and use the code DreamJob.

Standing Out from the Competition with Jewelry Designer Freida Rothman  

Freida Rothman has sold her luxury jewelry and accessories in giant national retail stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. After years of helping other designers perfect their label, she realized that her name deserved to be on her own collection. She explains what homework she did to find untapped markets within the jewelry business, how networking at trade shows resulted in an opportunity with Nordstrom, and how you can have realistic expectations but continue to fight for your dream. Thanks to SkillShare! Get one month of unlimited access -- absolutely FREE! Go to Thank you Slack! Slack: Where work happens. Find out why at

Designing Your Destiny with Carly Cylinder  

Carly Cylinder is a floral designer, author, and owner of a thriving flower business, Flour LA. Although a devout lover of all things floral, her dedication towards her dream wasn't always as strong. She explains how she rebuilt her company after moving across the country, how she finally convinced doubtful publishers to make her book, and why perseverance will ultimately lead you to your goal. Thanks to Wistia for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Start your free account today at Thank you Blue Apron for making this show possible! Go to and get your first three meals FREE - with FREE SHIPPING!

Love Your Natural Self with Bobbi Brown  

Bobbi Brown is a legendary professional makeup artist, writer, and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. But before creating her empire, she was just a girl with a passion for projects, and - thanks to her slight naïveté - the guts to contact major players in the modeling and makeup industries. Find out how a casual party conversation got her products on the floors of Bergdorf Goodman, what she’s working on since leaving the company, and how you can stop comparing yourself and remember to just have fun. Thanks to Slack for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Slack: Where work happens. Find out why at Also big thanks to LeTote! Go to and use promo code DreamJob for 50% off your first month!

Celebrating Your Community with SusieCakes  

Susan Sarich, SusieCakes founder and EY's 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year, bounced around jobs until she realized she was missing out on life's milestones. So instead, she started a bakery to celebrate them. She shares her recipe for financially preparing your business, fighting rejection from 22 banks, spreading the word about your product, and finding a team that will understand and expand your vision. Thank you Wistia for supporting Don't Keep Your Day Job! Start your free account today at Thanks to SkillShare for supporting Don’t Keep your Day Job! Get one month of unlimited access -- absolutely FREE! Go to

Discover Your Worth with Kristeen Griffin-Grimes  

Kristeen Griffin-Grimes’ boutique company, French Girl Organics has a successful line of luxury skincare and beauty products across the country - and it’s only getting bigger. So how did this business blossom from Kristeen’s simple love for botany and French aesthetics? She also shares what lessons we can all learn from the European lifestyle, how Etsy led to popular retailers like Anthropologie, where she’s planning to expand next, and why gratitude and confidence are essential to achieving your dreams. Thank you Casper for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Save $50 on a mattress at Casper and use code dreamjob. Thanks to Slack for being a supporter of our podcast! Slack: Where work happens. Find out why at

Making A Difference with Ed Begley Jr.  

Ed Begley Jr. ("St. Elsewhere," "Better Call Saul," "Arrested Development") is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor who has become a household name. As the son of an Oscar-winning actor, he thought he had a free pass to Hollywood stardom. But when no job offers came, he realized he was missing the first step - training. He shares how the harsh truth motivated him to hone his craft, why he got involved in environmentalism, how he’s successfully followed more than one passion, and what you can do to leave your non-carbon footprint in the world. Thank you LeTote for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Go to and use promo code DreamJob for 50% off your first month. Thanks to Wistia for their support! Start your free account at

Defining Your Happiness with Gretchen Rubin  

Gretchen Rubin, #1 bestselling author ("The Happiness Project," "Better Than Before") and host of the critically acclaimed podcast "Happier with Gretchen Rubin" joins Cathy to dish out the secrets on how to be happy. How do you first identify what truly makes you happy? How can understanding your personality type help you set smart goals towards success? She also explains how to change your habits, how to be accountable for your progress, and why we all deserve to be happy. Thanks to Slack for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Slack: Where work happens. Find out why at Thanks to Away for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Go to and use the promo code dreamjob to get $20 off your order.

Painting an Artistic Revolution with Rebecca Schweiger  

Rebecca Schweiger - internationally acclaimed artist, author, and founder of New York City’s #1 art school, the Art Studio NY - was already successfully selling her paintings in art galleries by the time she graduated college. But something was still missing. How did she transform her small New York apartment into an art studio where she could teach classes? What helped her increase her group of students from 5 to 1000? She also explains how she charged through the fear of starting a new chapter, why you shouldn’t try to be perfect, and why we as creative individuals need to give everyone the opportunity to experience art. Thank you Blue Apron! Support the show by going to and get your first three meals FREE—WITH FREE SHIPPING!

From 10% to 100% Entrepreneur with Patrick McGinnis  

Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author Patrick McGinnis thought he was doing everything right by working on Wall Street. But now he’s using his book "The 10% Entrepreneur" to help aspiring entrepreneurs transition out of their day jobs and into a business that they truly love. Find out how you can start monetizing your creative talent, how he coined the term “FOMO” and how to get rid of it, and why you're not going to retire if you’re working with your passion. Thanks to LeTote for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Go to and use promo code DreamJob for 50% off your first month!

The Quick & Dirty Tips to Building Success with Mignon Fogarty  

Mignon Fogarty isn’t just the creator, host, and persona behind the highly acclaimed podcast, Grammar Girl. She’s also a bestselling author and the founder of the amazing podcast network, Quick and Dirty Tips. But when she started, there was no guarantee that this new podcasting frontier was a worthy sacrifice for her well-paid, yet soul-crushing freelance job. How did she eventually construct a clear brand with loyal followers? She also shares her secrets on what has made her podcast a success, how she uses social media without getting overwhelmed, and why it’s important to stay open even in a world of uncertainty. Thanks to Videoblocks for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job. Get your 7-day FREE TRIAL with

Freeing Your Mind with Susan Kaiser Greenland  

Mindfulness teacher and author Susan Kaiser Greenland used to be part of the rat race. But now she works to help people slow down, relax the tension of life’s burdens, and refocus their attention to the present. She explains what mindful games and meditation practices will train you to grow comfortable with uncomfortable situations, how to set aside negative emotions to appreciate where you are right now, and why it’s important to always keep your sense of humor.

Writing Your Own Story with Novelist Emily Giffin  

Bestselling author Emily Giffin has topped the charts, selling over 11 million copies of her heartwarming novels such as "Something Borrowed," "Something Blue," and "The One and Only," but she started her journey working as a lawyer. How did she gather the courage to quit her high-profile day job - even after receiving heavy rejection with her first book? Learn how she balances writing with motherhood, what she looks for in an agent, how she overcomes imposter syndrome, and why relationships are the most essential parts of our lives. Thank you Blue Apron! Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals FREE - with FREE SHIPPING - by going to

Sculpting Your Dream with Brian Giniewski  

When the image of ceramics kept Brian Giniewski awake at night, he knew this was his passion. So how did he go from teaching to selling his drippy pots to over 50 wholesale stores across the country? He also shares why it’s okay to create bad art, how his business gets followers on Instagram, and how to keep your artistic integrity while also making your customers happy. Thanks to VideoBlocks for supporting Don’t Keep Your Day Job! Get a 7-day free trial by going to

Crafting a DIY Blog into an “Overnight Success” with Elise Blaha Cripe  

Blogger Elise Blaha Cripe, founder of Get to Work Book, has experimented with a variety of DIY projects - scrapbooking, letterpress prints, wedding name it, she’s done it. But how did she figure out exactly what product she wanted to create? Step by step, she explains what specific goal led her to quit her retail job, what social platforms she uses to market her business, and what she tells herself to break through mental barriers.

Unlocking Our Unlimited Potential with Fashion Designer Susan Lazar  

Fashion designer Susan Lazar has sold her clothing line in national luxury department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, and Saks. Find out what she did to reach the right contacts, how to create a successful brand, and why sometimes it’s better to put off the “how” and just jump in. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast! Listen to Audible’s new original series, Sincerely X. Details at Audible and Amazon Prime members listen free.

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