All posts filed under: Rulebreakers

Get Money.

Being creative is cool. You know what else is cool? Getting paid. That’s right, I said it. Money. The stuff that puts gas in my car and keeps my electricity on. The stuff I shell out to Navient every month because I’ve been out of college for seven years and my student loans are still very real. Being serious about your work means being realistic about what your work is worth. What YOU are worth. It means believing it, and not being ashamed to say it out loud without feeling like an asshole. Your job isn’t to protect your clients’ feelings. Your job is to do your job, do it well, and get paid for it. This blog post isn’t about getting paid for stuff. It’s actually about not getting paid for stuff. But before I dive in, let me say this: Get money. Because whether you’re dealing with contracts, lawyers, agencies, brands, or one off clients, money conversations can be awkward, tricky, and confusing. Mike Monteiro’s Creative Mornings talk, Fuck You, Pay Me,  is …

What should I wear? Whatever I want.

This holiday season I bopped merrily and brightly into a party wearing a long red dress. The mood was loud and light as friends and family snacked and sipped their drinks. Coat still on and presents still in hand, I exchanged Merry Christmases and one arm hugged each person sitting around the kitchen island. A man whom I hadn’t seen in months stood to greet me. He embraced me warmly, the way old friends do. This was immediately followed by a comment on my outfit. “You need to put a slip on.” For context, my dress was not see-through. For clarity, this justification is not necessary. My face turned red. I’ve been known to have a sharp tongue with a lightning fast response time. A SLIP? Oh. You mean the garment invented in the 1940s to make sure women covered their legs appropriately? I’ll get right on that. So in these situations, I try to find a moment of pause to assess the intention before reacting. I wasn’t willing to chalk this up to whether …

Rule Breakers: Good Fucking Design Advice

Renegades get shit done. We’re not about the easy road. We turn our pastimes into our full times. And we do it on our own terms. “Rule Breakers” is a series of renegade creatives who have strayed from the status quo, but not without hard work, self awareness, and some serious elbow grease. Chasing your passion is one thing, but wrangling it is an entirely different beast. These renegades are breaking rules and barriers, and redefining what it means to be successful by writing their own rules. —————————————— When it comes to the life I want to live, I turn to people who are doing undeniably awesome shit in a very real way for inspiration. My idols are the ones I could actually email, and in some world, get a response from. They’re the types of leaders I want to be like, work for, and someday become. They encourage awesomeness in other people, and encouraged awesomeness only breeds more awesomeness. Enter Jason and Brian from Good Fucking Design Advice. This interview was one of those, “If you …

Rule Breaker: The Feisty Yogi

Renegades are a tribe who get shit done. We’re not about the easy road. We turn our pastimes into our full times. And we do it on our own terms. “Rule Breakers” is a series of renegade creatives who have strayed from the status quo, but not without hard work, self awareness, and some serious elbow grease. Chasing your passion is one thing, but wrangling it is an entirely different beast. These renegades are breaking rules and barriers, and redefining what it means to be successful by writing their own rules. —————————————— Amanda and I met what feels like FOREVER ago at the renowned Vaynermedia (Holler, GV!) In the days of yore, we were both spring chickens busting our buns as content producers. A few weeks ago, @thefeistyyogi started following me on Instagram. Since Yoga is a regular…ish practice of mine (I try to hit up my local Vinyasa studio 2 x a week) my interest piqued. When I realized it was Amanda’s new passion project, I knew we had to catch up! Amanda describes herself …

Rule Breaker: Chiara Mazzucco

Renegades are a tribe who get shit done. We’re not about the easy road. We turn our pastimes into our full times. And we do it on our own terms. “Rule Breakers” is a series of renegade creatives who have strayed from the status quo, but not without hard work, self awareness, and some serious elbow grease. Chasing your passion is one thing, but wrangling it is an entirely different beast. These renegades are breaking rules and barriers, and redefining what it means to be successful by writing their own rules. —————————————— The first time I came into contact with Chiara Mazzucco was four years ago when LA Family Magazine contacted a handful of twenty-somethings to write a column about life after college. They asked us to each submit a vlog so the readers could put a personality to the articles. The first time I watched Chiara’s vlog I remember thinking, “This girl is a TOTAL BADASS.” Chiara has this “work hard, play hard, love hard” vibe, which I dig, because…SAME. She is unapologetically Chiara, no …

Hang tight, Renegades.

HEY BLOGOSPHERE! Remember moi? I’m working on something totally badass for you all, so just hang tight a little longer, because I have NOT forgotten about the sweet love we once shared. I’m not going to say too much, but I will let you know that I’ve been deliriously hunched over my computer late into the night and early into the morning buttoning this badgal up. So buckle your safety belts and hold onto the handlebars. Just kidding, lift your hands way up in the air and scream. The ride’s more fun that way. In the meantime,  do me a solid and drop a note to let me know you haven’t all flatlined on  me. You can also find me in Instagram and Twitter, if you feel like checking out what I’ve been up to. Let’s rendezvous soon, shall we? Carley. xoxo