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Interview with Dani Miller and Mackinzie Dae

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Where did the idea for your company or organization come from? *

Dani: In May 2018, I was completely blindsided, as was every other employee that worked at the same small public relations firm as I, when on a Wednesday, just after close of business, the owner called us all into his office and proceeded to clean house without very much explanation. Shocked and upset and fired for the first time ever, I did the only thing I knew, gather all of my resources and open my own firm. That’s how The Epoch Advisory began. The dictionary definition of the noun “epoch” pronounced “epic” is “the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of anything.” We’re a creative boutique agency championing a personal approach to public relations in the Hollywood scene. We want to make a difference and we strive to change the world for the better with every client we work with and any project we take on.

Mackinzie: I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 2008 and I served for five years. Afterwards, I went to business school and kept finding myself working in or around art creating digital content. Nu Dae was born while I was a trainer at Equinox with the mission of helping my clients realize that every day is a new day to do something different. This message translated when I was developing the mission for Nu Dae Productions in that every day affords us the beautiful ability to create something out of nothing and as a result, on the backend, we aim to give creators an ability to tell their stories authentically, honestly, and openly.

What gave you the idea to have your companies merger? *

Mackinzie: The first time I ever heard Dani speak was in the beginning of the summer when she was interviewed on iHeartRadio. She was so passionate about everything she said and I was really inspired by all of the things she stood for. She gave me the push I needed at the time I needed it to keep working hard at what I love. It just so happened that I was already in talks with The Dolan Twins with regards to producing their directorial debut and they had come to me with Cub Sport’s song and story. I wanted Dani on my side so I asked her to be apart of my team.

Dani: After Mackinzie and I joined forces, it was clear that we were a match made in heaven. It’s one thing to think that you and your team are doing a good job, but it’s another thing when others notice and attest to the good job you’re doing. For example, when location hosts and your crew are impressed and compliment you and your partners teamwork. It certainly wipes away any doubts you may have had about working together. I think it was in the middle of this project, when we realized that we were capable of anything and we decided to merge Epoch and Nu Dae.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive? *

Dani: Our typical day begins with Mackinzie waking up to about 15 emails and calendar invites and missed calls from me even though it’s before 9:30am and sadly, there’s really no other reason except for the fact that I’m a total psycho… I wish I was kidding. No, but really we make a lot of lists. And we try to delegate tasks to one another when we know the other is more capable of getting a faster desirable end result. Mackinzie doesn’t mind being that “bad” guy so when someone I need an answer from isn’t answering, I’ll have him step in and reach out. It’s really all about knowing and owning what we are each good at and asking for help when we need it. I think it’s important to be confident in asking for help.

Mackinzie: Haha, we are working on boundaries… All jokes aside, we are most productive when we have deadlines. My Marine background has led me to have a very regimented way of going about things. It’s all a work in process though. Everyone works well in different ways and we are still figuring out how to work most productively, but it’s evident through our work product that we are on the right track. Keeping communication lines open and free are one of the most important things in our business because being on the same page is what makes us so good at what we do.


How do you bring ideas to life? *

Mackinzie: We have a mission. And that mission is to produce work that conveys our client’s messages in memorable, moving, unique ways. Ways that makes us proud. I want to say that the ideas don’t just come to us, but really, they do. I say that in the humblest way possible… This project really opened my eyes to realize just how well Dani and I work together. At this point, I can truthfully say that all of the projects on our calendar are not only exciting because I’m confident in our abilities to get what needs to be done, done, but now I’m also confident that we can accomplish anything and we can do anything easily.

Dani: We think strategically. And we think creatively. I’m constantly attempting to connect all the dots, in way shape or form. I think we are really lucky to come from such diverse backgrounds because it allows us to see the same project from so many different angles and offer solutions that really reflect our collective experience. It’s really interesting to me because, at the heart of it all, Mackinzie and I are problem solvers and the beginning of any good business idea is the solution to a problem. Therefore, I think that our solutions are the backbone of what brings our and our clients’ ideas to fruition.


What’s one trend that excites you? *

Dani: I’m not one to really jump on trends… I like to think I’m ahead of the game, but you can be the judge of that, haha. I would like “long-term relationships” to become a trend and I’d love to see simply “be nice”, become a trend. Relationships are everything. I don’t mean to be so simple, but it really is so simple: being nice helps your relationships. With our company, one of my goals is to establish an open dialogue where mutual trust is key. If mutual trust and mutual honesty don’t exist than relationships don’t exist. And if relationships, don’t exist than you’re all alone.

Mackinzie: While my answer to this question is more calculated than Dani’s theory, I want to make sure to mention how important her message is: relationships are everything and you’re only as good as your team. For me, I’m interested to see what happens when this social media bubble pops. It’s similar to the housing bubble we experienced in 2008 in more than one way. It’s a situation, just like 2008, in which assets appear to be based on implausible or inconsistent views about the future. It’s comforting to see the Dolan Twins move into the production space as directors stepping out of the social media realm. This is a great protection for when this bubble bursts. And I’m proud that we got the opportunity to be a part of that.


What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur? *

Dani: Mackinzie and I are both very hands-on. I think that because we are ultimately small by design and perfectionists to a fault, we’re than able to 110% fully immerse ourselves in all of our work that we produce. Our clients and collaborators receive complete hands-on focus and get our full attention no matter the project, no matter the budget, and no matter the size.

Mackinzie: I think Dani hit the nail on the head with her answer, but I’ll just dive a little deeper. We always have a backup plan. I think this is one of the best habits we have and without fail, it makes certain that we never fail. Everything goes according to plan because of this very fact. That’s part of our secret sauce, for sure.

What advice would you give your younger self? *

Dani: Just go with it. Move on. If you don’t think about, it won’t bother you. Be nice. Be nice to yourself. Be nice to others. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be nice. Always.

I don’t run with wolves, I sit with them. Thanks @projectwildsong, I love Moo!!!!!

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Mackinzie: Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. Did I do the things I said I would start tomorrow? Or am I procrastinating the future? How many different versions of me exist in one dae? My morning self is not my midnight self. My midnight self, controls my morning self, and the future of today. Todae i… I’ll decide about tomorrow.


Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on. *

Dani: You’re only in control of two things: how you feel and how you react. Nothing else is up to you.

Mackinzie: Monday’s are exciting. Dani and I love Mondays. You can like Monday’s too, if you change your state, you’ll change your mind.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do? *

Dani: One thing I actively attempt to do is get as many people and as many brands as I can to collaborate on any given project. I’m able to do this because I’ve been carefully and cautiously building my network since I was 16 years old. I recommend that every entrepreneur read “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi and start making an excel list of your network and their contact information. If you think about someone in your network, reach out to them even if it isn’t for a reason and just simply because you were thinking of them. This is one way I keep my relationships fresh and it has the added bonus of never looking like your using someone when you ask them for something. It shows that you value your relationship.

Mackinzie: As an entrepreneur and frankly, as a human, you have to realize that you can always learn. There are always things that you don’t know, and things are constantly changing. Never stop learning and never stop perfecting your craft. Dani has a rigorous educational background and I still watch her trying to soak up any knowledge about the things she doesn’t know or understand. Ignorance is never cool. Having the knowledge to form your opinions and back them up is. You can never know too much.


What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? *

Dani: One strategy that has helped me grow my business is by partnering with Mackinzie, someone that I can trust. This trust stems from our ability to communicate, our mutual respect for one another and our deep-rooted loyalty. Without communication, there is no relationship. Without mutual respect, there is no worth. Without trust, there would be no future for our business. 

Mackinzie: It’s reported that only 1% of people are successful at doing something that they try to do. Do you know why that percentage is devastatingly low? It’s because everyone is too afraid to even try to do the thing they want to do so they never start, or they don’t ever try because they’re afraid that they’ll fail. One strategy that has helped our business to grow is that we aren’t afraid to fail because failure isn’t an option. If there is one thing that I will say over and over again, is that success is no accident. It’s a combination of hard work, perseverance, determination, dedication, a little bit of sacrifice, a love for what you’re doing and love for the people you’re doing it with.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it? *

Mackinzie: Everyone fails. Dani and I both have. Sometimes we fail each other, but we quickly recognize the failure and learn from it and then work to find peace through re-establishing our equilibrium in our work product. Peace isn’t a state – it’s a choice, and you have to remake that choice every single day. It’s possible to get a sense of stability, a habit of peace, but it’s life an egg that’s balanced, spinning on its point: lose your momentum and then you’ve lost your equilibrium too.

Dani: If you just start something and you try to do accomplish it, and you just keep trying and you don’t take no for an answer, nothing can stop you. While I’ve learned from my failures, I wouldn’t classify them as failures; but instead, I’d classify them as lessons. This way, I can file them in a folder in my brain free of negativity, and welcome growth. In the past, I struggled discarding negativity. By becoming self-aware of it and shifting my perception, I’ve been able to get a better hold on it. One thing I’ve been trying to do is to replace my “I’m sorry”s with “thank you”’s. So instead of saying “sorry I’m late”, I’ll say “thanks for waiting for me”. It’s not only shifted the way that I feel, but it’s improved my relationships with others who now get to receive my gratitude as opposed to my negativity.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers? *

Dani: What excites you? And I mean, something that really gets you going. I’ll give you an example:  In 2015, I was super into the music festival world. I went to all the festivals. I carefully curated my outfits for each festival and each party. I wasn’t making any money doing this, but everyone seemed to like my style and I was invited to everything. I needed income and fast, but I wanted to have fun and still be relevant in the music festival scene. That’s how I founded the Locals Only Club, a members-only music and arts community with a boutique that offered festival-styled clothing fitting to the events that we offered to our members. I sent out invites and event information to all of my subscribers. And it worked. I realized that I wanted to use Locals Only Club to connect the fashionable and trendy festival go-ers with hard-to-find unique styles that reflected their true personality. I was able to turn something I loved doing, which started out as giving ensemble suggestions to friends, into a business. When I was over the festival scene, so was Locals Only Club and I closed its doors in 2017. Take something you’re passionate about and figure out a novel approach to making it into a business. Always start by trying to come up with a solution to a problem.


What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why? *

Dani: The best $100 I recently spent was at Ban.do. One thing I am certain of, is that I am a product of my environment. Therefore, getting a planner from Ban.do that says encouraging cute phrases and buying a bunch of jelly roll pens to write with and having file folders that say “You’re gold baby, solid gold” make me feel good in my working environment. Not to mention, they leave a good impression.

Mackinzie: I, too, benefitted from her Ban.do purchase. And she’s right. Her silly little office supplies give everyone a smile and a vote of confidence, me included. I especially enjoy the notebook she gave me with the message “Be Nice” in huge letters on its cover.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it? *

Dani: We use our google drive for everything. It’s our life line. I love trying new programs, but sometimes taking the time to go through all of them can be unproductive. To be honest, our google drive has everything we need to conduct our business successfully.

Mackinzie: Dani is a huge fan of systems and procedures, so I follow her lead on this one. If she says we’re using a new program, we’re using a new program. Typically, she’s right on point.

KEY TAKEAWAYS 

Dani and Mackinzie, always excited by Mondays, complement one another in every way possible and are clearly putting in effort to work as seamlessly as they can. Their passion for changing the world for the better by aligning with projects that actually make a different is magic in the making. Their collaborations are highly curated in an effort to stay true to each of their business’s original roots prior to their merger. They aim to help make a difference in the lives of young people as well as share their mission to fight bullying and stand up for the normalization of the conversation surrounding the importance of mental health. Big hearts meet strong work ethic. Beyond the glitz and glamour of an industry known for churning and burning, Dani and Mackinzie make it clear that when there is a passionate team of two self-aware individuals working on your side, anything is possible.

 

 

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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How to build healthy relationships and stronger marriages with Spirit Led Ministries

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Spirit Led Ministries is on a mission to help Men, Women & Couples Understand, Embrace & Implement God’s Truths In Their Marriage & Relationships. We got the opportunity to sit down with them to talk about how people can build healthy long lasting relationships and stronger marriage. If you are looking to become a power couple and build a legacy you are not going to want to miss this.

What is a healthy relationship?

One that is conducive for growth, where there is mutual respect and a common goal.

What makes a good marriage?

When the atmosphere of the relationship has mutual respect, growth, love, concern for the other, where you can help each other meet goals. There is a mutual understanding that there will be good times and tough times, that you support each other through the sicknesses. When you are committed to the relationship and each other physically, understanding that you are in a covenant relationship with this person and God.

What are the signs of a relationship in trouble?

When one or both people are disengaged in the care of the relationship, meaning they are no longer desiring to deal with issues in the marriage or grow in the marriage.

When everything results into an argument which is a sign that you are not listening and receiving what each other is saying.

When you are desiring to share issues about your marriage with someone of the opposite sex, spending quality time with this person and sharing personal thoughts that you feel that you cannot share with your spouse.

How do we know if we need marriage help?

You know that you need help when your have tried to work through your issues together, but no change or resolve has developed from your efforts.

What are things people can do to improve their marriage relationships right now?

We must be able to come together and have a relationship checkup just as you go to the doctor and get regular checkups for your physical health.

Toshia and I have regular meetings to discuss concerns, plans, goals, finances and family matters. Also, it is important to have a regular schedule date night to maintain and grow intimacy in the relationship.

Your spiritual foundation should be strong meaning that you are able to discuss the word of God and worship together.

How you got into this field?

After experiencing turmoil in the first six years of our marriage, we received healing, restoration and a new vision for our marriage and family. We would often share our testimony as we felt led, but in March of 2017, the Lord gave us a mandate to officially help other couples. We began to realize that God had started preparing us years ago through our education and person experience.

What is the mission of Spirit Led Ministries and how do you help couples save their relationships?

The mission of Spirit Led Ministries is to help men, women and couples understand, embrace and implement God’s truths in their marriage and relationships.

We help couples to understand that they must renew their mind from the superficial values and customs of the world. We help them to embrace what God has said about marriage and relationships in the word of God focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes. We help them to identify where the transformation is needed to be implemented in their marriage and relationships so that they can live out God’s plan and purpose for themselves.

Where can people find you?

You can find us at www.officialspiritledministries.com.
On the website, you can join our mailing list, request a free consultation, request us for speaking engagements and purchase our book “Spirit Led Marriage, Our Journey”.
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Interview with DJ Bad Gyrl

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How did you get started?

I started my first business when I was 22 years old.

When did you decide that you wanted to become an entrepreneur? To be honest, I was never a good employee, I knew from a young age and after getting fired a few times, that a 9-5 wasn’t my thing at all. I’ll keep 100% honest I was in a terrible position in life at 22-years old that I had to do something quickly. Being broke is what inspired me to become my own boss.

What gave you the courage to start a company, speak out, become a public figure?

I never intended on becoming a public figure, but it just happened. I had an opportunity to do radio, and I loved it, and now I run a radio station that oversees 35+ personalities.

What is one of your greatest accomplishment to date? Tell us about something that you are most proud of?
My most significant accomplishments to date has nothing to do with business at all. Raising an amazing daughter as a single parent is my greatest accomplishment. I am proud to have given my kid her first job with my franchise that I owned at the time. I am proud I was able to teach her responsibility and structure.

What was one of your most challenging moments and how did you overcome it?

To be honest, I still have challenging moments in business every day is different it’s never the same challenge. I overcome it by staying calm and thinking of a Plan B, C, D, E, F…I never stick to just one plan I think about six months ahead of where I am at the moment.

Does your family support you in your efforts?

My mother does and always has. She has always been more than willing to support me in anything I’ve ever done.

Who are your favorite people or role models, both business and personal?

To be honest, I have a few favorite people in business. The mentor that I have had for a long time now Bruce Commander Garrett he’s just a good guy and always willing to give me the advice I need regarding radio. My uncle Cris who is a vet in this radio business is only a force to be wrecking with I look up to him and his talent. My role models would be my parents for sure they have always kept me grounded. I have a very special girl that I love very much, and she inspires me , and she’s def one of my favorite people. Lastly, my takeover team is all my favorite people they are what keeps me going.

What message would you send to inspire all the other entrepreneurs out there who look up to you?

Listen, if you choose to become an entrepreneur be sure you are willing to sacrifice it all. You will endure a lot of challenges and a lot of rewards, but you have to keep going. You are only as good as your latest work. You need to realize owning your own business it’s a 24-hour grind. Your thoughts breed reality. I am no different the next female I am just relentless, I have a drive like a steam train I cannot be stopped.

What do you understand about your industry that other people don’t understand?
I have been lucky enough to have some great successful guys that have been in this radio business for over 30 years so I’m fortunate to know what I should and shouldn’t be doing. People need to understand I am not the one to be doubted. I am out to change the radio industry one way or another. Everything I have ever spoken into existence has come to fruition. I am all about that action. I am 6 months ahead of the curve I don’t do shit irrationally, I am a very calculated mastermind to everything I do. I know this game like the back of my hand. I am here to leave my legacy, and I am creating my own lane; I don’t need to fit anywhere else.

What’s next for you in your career/business?

To be honest, I love radio but at some point in the next ten years I want to create a protege to take over my spot, and I get to watch them grow. I want to eventually move into Real Estate in more than just selling I want to get into development. When I reach my 60s, 70s I’d like to become a motivational speaker to the youth and give them my testimony. I would like to leave this planet giving those the knowledge they need and inspire those to do better than I did. This is a journey, and I look forward to aging gracefully and becoming wiser.

What does Disrupt mean to you?

Disrupt to me means to interfere with my flow! Lol, Don’t disrupt me while I’m building my baby empire. Go have a seat if you’re not going to add to it.
Thank you for coming on the show. 

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Interview with Andy Jacob

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Good morning, we are very excited to have one of America’s leading business consultants join us. Andy Jacob specializes in the customer sales cycle, online monetization, and startup business consulting. Andy Jacob is the CEO of the Jacob Group, the author of The Beautiful StartUp Quiz, and the founder of numerous multi million dollar companies throughout his career. Andy has become known for his one hour business consulting, where gets to the bottom of both simple and complex business problems very quickly. Andy uses a series of specialized questions for each company he works with that he has developed through his 30 years of business experience. Today, we are going to put Andy through a speed round of questions, and just for fun, limit his answers to one sentence. Andy is known for his ability to break things down very quickly, so we are going to also use a timer, and make sure he answers in one sentence, and in less than 5 seconds for each answer. This should be enlightening for our readers, so let’s go.

What’s the most important thing a startup must think about in raising money?
They need to think about how they are going to make paying customers happy.

When did you decide that you wanted to become an entrepreneur yourself?

It all started in 1970 when a neighbor gave me $3 to shovel her driveway after a Michigan snowstorm.

What gave you the courage to start multiple successful companies, speak out, and become a public figure? 
Sometimes it’s better to not know any better.

What is one of your greatest accomplishment to date? 
Getting my wife to say yes when I proposed to her .

Tell us about something in business that you are most proud of? 
I’m most proud of the fact that I still talk to all the partners I have ever had in business, and we are still friends.

What was your most embarrassing moment in business?
I once did an important phone interview for a national radio show from home, and could not get my Labrador retriever from barking at squirrels in the background.

What message would you send to inspire all the other entrepreneurs out there who look up to you?
Everyone skins their knees on the pavement, and the more bloody they get, the better the story of rising up it becomes.

What do you understand about your industry that other people don’t understand? 
Entrepreneurs and startup founders need solid questions so they can see the competitive landscape clearly.

What’s next for you in your career?
Finishing what I started, and starting new ideas that I plan on finishing.

What does Disrupt mean to you?
It means figuring out how to make paying customers more engaged and happy than anyone else has ever done before.

What’s the one thing most startup entrepreneurs forget about?
They forget about their customers.

What is the one thing startup entrepreneurs spend too much time on in the first three months of their idea? 
The name of the company.

In one word, what is the single most important idea that a startup entrepreneur should think about at 2 AM?

Their customers.
What is the one thing from sports that an entrepreneur can learn to be successful.
Outperform and be humble.

Andy, thank you so much. If anyone would like to speak to Mr. Jacob directly, you can contract him at the following. Thank you again for your time.
www.AndyJacob.com
www.ScottsdaleAngels.com
www.BeautifulStartup.com

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