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Stay “Human-Centered”. It’s easy to get mixed up when going after a goal and only seeing people as instruments to help you get there. Instead, I think it’s important to stay focused on the human need that we’re really trying to meet through SSE and the human impact of and on our workers and their communities. People that are too motivated by greed have a hard time seeing how everything fits together.

The COVID19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. But sometimes disruptions can be times of opportunity. Many people’s livelihoods have been hurt by the pandemic. …


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I often worry about decisions I made or where my career was taking me when I was younger. If I look at my 30+ years working, I can see now that pushing myself to do new things or take on new projects was what made my career more fulfilling and made me a better leader and person. When I went into the workforce I thought that work was about the process of building a career, but now I know it is about the learning and the connecting. …


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Ask Your Audience. As visionaries and creatives we can get so married to our ideas. I believe that is important to check-in with your target audience as much as possible, because they will tell you exactly what they want. The reason why we selected “Celebrating Black Lives” as our next Camp theme, was because it was overwhelmingly requested by our Campers. When we opened up registration, we did not have to worry about whether or not we would have anyone sign up, because we were responding to a request. …


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It’s hard to wear many hats. When you take on a significant, creative project on your own (like QILY) there often isn’t anyone who is making you do it. The deadlines are imposed by you, the standards are set by you. It can be hard to be the creative force and the engine that’s pushing things forward — but that’s ok.

The COVID19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. But sometimes disruptions can be times of opportunity. Many people’s livelihoods have been hurt by the pandemic. …


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Pre-pandemic, our houses were not organized to have space for everybody to work from home. In my house, myself, my husband and our two children — a senior in high school and a seventh grader — had to find space so we didn’t disturb each other. I thought scheduling a meeting room at the office was a challenge — negotiating a home office environment was a much bigger challenge!

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives today. Many of us now have new challenges that come with working from home, homeschooling, and sheltering in place. As…


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Set boundaries. Everyone is going to want your time — to pitch their agency, to talk about a collaboration, to go over endless to-do lists. You only have so many hours in a day and days in a week. When you respect your time enough, you say no to ‘the fat’ on your calendar and it encourages others to come to meetings prepared and ready to make the most of them. Can you tell I’m still working on this one? Haha

The COVID19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. But sometimes disruptions can be times of opportunity. Many people’s…


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There’s no step-by-step playbook for starting a new business. Going from corporate life to entrepreneurs was certainly not easy and we are still learning new things every day. There is only so much you can research online but actually doing it is when the learning begins. We knew we had a great concept and that we are capable of creating amazing weddings and events for our clients, but the start-up side was a bit foreign to us. …


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The key seems to be finding genuine people to form a team that actually cares about you. Find people who you connect with on a deeper level than music. For me, that’s faith and belief in Jesus. Finding others who share in that vision has helped deepen our investment in each other. That transcends profit and puts people as the forefront for our team. I received this advice, and because I’m so new, I’m following it and finding it to be such good advice.

As a part of our series about Nashville’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of…


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This crisis has created such a unique opportunity to reevaluate our lives. For a lot of us, everything we knew about work, school, family, and parenting has flipped on its head. In what seemed to be an instant, we were working and learning from home. Work and family life became so intertwined that they were almost indistinguishable, and during all this drastic change, we were forced into isolation, practically dismantling our support systems (whether friends, family, or schools) overnight. We had no choice but to make some difficult choices to try and make it all work. Although painful, this time…


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Get a virtual assistant when it makes sense to do so. We hired one for an affordable hourly rate, and then we were able to bring her on in a more full time capacity, and her involvement has been such a life saver for us. We outsource the administrative tasks that pull us away from our creative process. For us, new music has been the biggest needle mover, so paying someone else to keep things running while we’re in the studio makes a lot of sense.

As a part of our series about Nashville’s rising stars, I had the distinct…

Karina Michel Feld

Executive Producer of Tallulah Films

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