Join us as we have fun, in-depth conversations with entrepreneurs, creatives, or just plain interesting people. Together discovering strength in common struggles.
#37 - In Conversation with Eric Clarke
This week’s guest is our good friend, Eric Clarke! Eric is an event photographer stationed here in Chicago, doing work for networking event groups, corporate events, and even doing work for companies like Netflix. We got to know Eric through Tony P’s Networking Events (listen to our conversation with Tony P and Greg DeKalb here) where he was the primary event photographer. With no events happening in person for the foreseeable future, what’s an event photographer to do? We spoke about the impact COVID has had on events and the way forward, Eric’s strategy of not missing anything during events, and doing work for your portfolio v. doing work for free. We had plenty of laughs about tackling hurdles, the world’s largest rooftop bar, and how long a day feels while shooting an event. It’s a photogenic conversation!
#36 - In Conversation with Chris Johnson
This week’s guest is our new friend, Chris Johnson! Chris is one of the founders of SIL (Strategic Introductions League) which is a networking group here in Chicago and expanding. SIL made a pivot during the pandemic to move to online networking, allowing for them to continue to grow the membership while allowing for vetting of each member to get rid of the “takers”. This has made a cohesive group orientated around giving and helping each other. We spoke about networking during the pandemic, making sure you make the “second call”, and how to ask for things after giving. We also had laughs about Chris inability to drink IPA’s, the common euphemism “eat your own dog”, and Frank’s voice cracks.
#35 - In Conversation with James McGuiness
This week’s guest is our new friend, James McGuinness! James is the founder of Pond Leap, which helps entrepreneurs and companies looking to expand into new countries establish a sales strategy, hire freelance salespeople, and coach those freelancers to sell their products all for the average price of one full time salesperson. Having experienced the struggles himself, Pond Leap’s aim is to minimize the risk of hiring and managing salespeople. We spoke about how important reputation is in business and sales, how you should do your research before talking to anyone, and how CEO’s need to be fundamentally well versed in all aspects of the business while allowing themselves time to learn stuff they don’t know. We had a bunch of laughs at the expense of Elon Musk, ranting about how awful marketplaces are, and invented anew cocktail named the “English Matthew McConaughey”. Grab a warm beer and join us for a great conversation!
#34 - In Conversation with Kyle Jackson
This week’s guest is our good friend, Kyle Jackson! Kyle is the director of operations at a luxury hotel here in Chicago. Kyle has developed a reputation for caring about the well being of the people who work for him. This reputation is due large in part to his belief that people matter more then profit. We spoke about the importance of people over profitability, the value of customer money, and how you shouldn’t make money your life goal. We also had plenty of laughs about the Kyle Half-Smile, his amazing financial skills, and how bad Kyle is at building rollercoasters. It’s a great conversation!
#33 - In Conversation with Leigh Lahav
This week’s guest is our new friend, Leigh Lahav! Leigh is an animator and a writer, though on the podcast we discovered she’s more or a writer then an animator. She’s worked on several projects as a writer and has channel on YouTube where she posts he own parody animations (super funny, see link below). We spoke about how it’s always good to have multiple projects while pitching, using yourself and family in your writing to make characters more real, and how important good producers can be to a project. We also had lots of laughs about Leigh being a walking product placement for Coke Zero, how little Leigh cares about who write what on any given project, and swapping writers room stories. It’s an animated conversation!
#32 - In Conversation with Clint Barnard-El
This week’s guest id our good friend, Clint Barnard-El! Clint is a model (if you didn’t notice). He’s represented By Select here in Chicago and globally, and getting paid to model for about 10 years. We spoke about receiving rejection, how networking catapulted his career, and why models often have to country hop to get new work. We also had a lot of laughs about fixing your face, how we are charging Clint 70% commission on anything he makes via our network, and Jack’s new gravel business. A stunning conversation with Clint! Follow Clint: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barnardclint/ Select Model: https://www.instagram.com/selectmodelchicago/