Have you ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? or seen an improvisational comedy troupe and wondered, "How do they do that?"

Well, my guest on this episode has been performing improv for decades and now runs a thriving business that teaches people how do it.

Shana Merlin, in my view, is the improv comedy queen of Austin, TX. She took a passion and skill that most people only do part-time for fun and turned it into Merlin Works, a school that shows adults how to have fun and think on their feet.

In this fun, in-depth interview Shana talks about:

  • How the improv principle of "Yes, and ..." was key to her business success
  • Why she embraces the idea of the "lean startup"
  • The unique challenges that moms face when building a business
  • Her alternate view of Michael Gerber's E-Myth strategy (and I totally agree with her)
  • The book she discovered in Fourth Grade that changed her life

Watch the video version of the interview and see the show notes here
www.diycareermanifesto.com/2014/05/shana-merlin-improv-austin.html

or on YouTube here www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2oZlkxWijk

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Direct download: TCE_030_-_Shana_Merlin_the_Improv_C.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

How do you go from being a guy who shoots video at weddings in Alton, Illinois, to hanging out with Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss?

Well, that's what Michael Gebben has done - and he's still in his 20s! It helps that he has a positive attitude and electric personality. In fact, he now uses those qualities to inspire others to reach their greatest potential.

In this engaging interview Michael reveals:

  • The roles that supportive parents and toxic people have in your life
  • His definition of "possibility thinking"
  • How he dealt with a frustrating period of overwhelm with his video business
  • Mistakes he made spending money on the wrong things
  • The amazing story of how he ended up working with Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss
  • The pros and cons of mentors and "modeling" successful people

Watch the video version of the interview and see the show notes here
www.diycareermanifesto.com/2014/05/michael-gebben-interview.html

or on YouTube here www.youtube.com/watch?v=JivGkiBr0qM

Want to know when new Creative Entrepreneur interviews are posted? Get on the VIP List at www.DIYcareerManifesto.com/ It's free and easy. And you'll get a big FREE sample of my new book.

Direct download: TCE_029_-_Michael_Gebben__From_Weddi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

What's not to love about a guy who runs a website called "The Abundant Artist"? That's exactly what Cory Huff, an actor and social media expert, does.

Through his blog, courses and coaching, Cory teaches visual artists and other creatives how to identify their marketable qualities and reach an audience online.

In this interview we discuss:

  • How systems and habits help the most successful artists grow a business
  • The role that connecting with people played in Cory's success
  • What you should invest in and what you should avoid
  • Why the need to feed your curiosity is so crucial
  • How a simple children's book changed his life as an adult

Watch the video version of the interview and see the show notes here
www.diycareermanifesto.com/2014/05/abundant-artist-cory-huff.html

or on YouTube here www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1k2d6snlO8

Want to know when new Creative Entrepreneur interviews are posted? Get on the VIP List at www.DIYcareerManifesto.com/ It's free and easy. And you'll get a big FREE sample of my new book.

Direct download: TCE_028_-_The_Abundant_Artist_with_C.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

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