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I know I’m not the only creative out there who struggles with anxiety. But I’m pretty sure we can all agree that it sucks. For a long time I felt so alone in my struggles. Like no one understood what I was feeling. I found the more I spoke up about it the more I connected with others just like myself. That’s why I’ve created this space, so you can come hang out while I chat about everything from business to relationships and all the awkward and interesting inbetweens of living a creative life. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll for sure cringe at an inside look of the life of an anxious creative.

The Anxious Creative Dawn Bradley

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9, 47 Ratings

I know I’m not the only creative out there who struggles with anxiety. But I’m pretty sure we can all agree that it sucks. For a long time I felt so alone in my struggles. Like no one understood what I was feeling. I found the more I spoke up about it the more I connected with others just like myself. That’s why I’ve created this space, so you can come hang out while I chat about everything from business to relationships and all the awkward and interesting inbetweens of living a creative life. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll for sure cringe at an inside look of the life of an anxious creative.

    The Future Of Salon Ownership- doing business differently with Livia Potratz

    The Future Of Salon Ownership- doing business differently with Livia Potratz

    Today I’m so excited to chat with Livia, one of my students and a kickass stylist and business owner.

    Get this: She graduated from hair school in 2018 and opened her first salon in 2019. AND she hired her first employee. She’s also quadrupled her income in the past two years, and she’s only 20!

    To top it all off, she even lives in my hometown and we graduated from the same high school just a *few* years apart! (Okay, more like, 20 years apart...but I digress).

    Livia is a master of taking massive leaps and doing business HER way, so I wanted to talk to her about how she managed to start on the right foot at such a young age, and in a small town.

    Here’s what you’ll hear in this episode:

    Livia’s journey and how she found the courage to take the leap into her own business.

    How she handles the challenge of not being taken seriously as a salon owner because of her age.

    What she’s doing differently from the typical small-town salon. (Like giving herself time off. Unheard of!)

    Why “paying your dues” is b******t.

    The guilt of doing well (this is totally a thing).

    A rundown of some of her most amazing business accomplishments. (This is totally possible for you too!)

    Why consultations are the best thing ever (I can’t say this enough!)

    How to stay open to opportunities so you can grow!

    Plus lots of bonding over our hometown :)

    I wish I could go back in time and hire Livia as my mentor when I first started out! It’s incredible what she’s been able to do in just two years of being a hairstylist. I love that she’s totally snubbing industry “norms” (like working yourself to death) because it’s made such a difference in her business growth!

    If you get nothing else from this episode, I hope it’s this: you don’t have to do business the way everyone else does it. It’s okay to be different!

    For more Livia, check out her website and follow her on Instagram!

    • 32 min
    When it all looks good from the outside- the truth about career fulfillment with Jodie Brown

    When it all looks good from the outside- the truth about career fulfillment with Jodie Brown

    In this episode, I’m chatting with one of my incredible Rock Your Business alumni, Jodie Brown!

    Jodie’s been a hairstylist for 15 years (or longer. She did her first foils at 11!). She’s also a brand strategist and Instagram educator for beautiful professionals who want to leverage their online presence to build a consistent brand and use Instagram without the overwhelm.

    We first met virtually in the fall of 2019 when Jodie was experiencing the aftermath of a few really hard years. We clicked immediately, and she decided to sign up for my Rock Your Business! You’ll be blown away with how far she’s come since last fall.

    So buckle up, because this is a good one!

    Here’s what you’ll get in this episode:

    Jodie’s story and the breaking point that led her to sign up for Rock Your Business.

    The crazy serendipity of how we met, from Jodie’s perspective!

    The REAL value of Instagram when it comes to growing your business. (And how she became an Instagram educator.)

    The importance of allowing yourself to feel your pain without minimizing it.

    Why I call b******t on manifestation.

    The glory of online booking and why you need it.

    One of the biggest steps that moved the needle in Jodie’s business.

    Why you need business buddies (and where you can find them!).

    I say this all the time: It doesn’t matter what your life looks like on the outside. Success and fulfillment happen on the INSIDE, and that’s what I try to teach and facilitate in my courses and masterminds.

    Jodie didn’t just create a life that looks good on the outside. (Though she definitely did that. Her Insta is gorgeous!) She created a life and business that supports her from the inside out, and you can do the same!

    This episode is so inspiring, and I know you’re going to love it. Go say hi to Jodie on Instagram @itsjodiebrown! Make sure to grab the free goodies in her bio, and watch for her upcoming Instagram course and private coaching!

    • 35 min
    Redefining success in the Hair Industry with Lindsay Mayuga

    Redefining success in the Hair Industry with Lindsay Mayuga

    I’ve got a great episode for you today, and you might want to grab a cup of tea and a journal, because we get INTO it.

    In this episode, I’m talking with Lindsay Mayuga, a coach, podcaster, and hairstylist making waves in the beauty industry and the podcasting world.

    Lindsay and I have similar stories in that we both found ourselves in lives that looked good on paper even though we were miserable, and we both freed ourselves from that hamster wheel and created lives we truly love!

    Lindsay is amazing and she has so much incredible wisdom to offer about success, happiness, and living life how you want to live it!

    Here’s what you’ll hear in my conversation with Lindsay:

    The mindset that burned us both out and led to our AHA moments that prompted us to change.

    Failure is the only guarantee...but that’s not a bad thing.

    What we’d tell our younger, brand-new hairstylist selves.

    Why the foundational work is super important, maybe THE most important work you’ll do in your life and business.

    Your experience is valuable, and your story will help you succeed and serve others at the same time!

    Why working with a coach (or several) can be one of the best things you do for your business and your personal life. (Plus what to look for in a good coach.)

    The traits and tools you need to really succeed at whatever you want to do.

    How to stop playing small and take your whole industry higher.

    Why you don’t have to wait for fear to go away in order to succeed.

    This is a BIG conversation, and we cover basically everything you need to know to create a life you love and that you deserve.

    It takes a lot of courage, a lot of letting go, and a lot of alchemizing struggle into strength. But the good news is that you have all the tools you need. You don’t have to wait for life to be perfect or for people to understand you perfectly before you can start building the life you want.

    It’s all in YOUR hands.

    I loved this conversation with Lindsay so much and I know you will too!

    For more Linsday, check out her podcast, She Makes Waves, download her awesome workbook at Linmaystudio.com, and follow her on Instagram @linmaystudio!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    When Sh*t Hits the Fan- Hairstylist Edition with Shaleen Hauck

    When Sh*t Hits the Fan- Hairstylist Edition with Shaleen Hauck

    Business and life have their ebbs and flows, especially when you’re an anxious creative!

    Today, I’m talking with one of my mentees, Shaleen Hauck, about how to deal when shit hits the fan.

    Shaleen has been a hair stylist and esthetician for 20 years. She started as a shampoo girl when she was 12! She now owns a salon and privately coaches other beauty professionals. She’s also a wine connoisseur, and we’re totally going to party together in Vegas when COVID is over!

    Shaleen and I have been working together for just over a year, and it’s been so amazing to see her make some major shifts in her business despite a massive tax bill, COVID, and getting laid up with a broken foot!

    You’re going to feel so inspired by listening to Shaleen’s story and wisdom, and you’ll leave this episode ready to kick ass in your own business!

    Here’s what you’ll hear in this episode:

    How Shaleen got into beauty and transitioned from esthetics to hair and moved from rural Alberta to Vacouver to Kelowna. (There’s a reason she used to be called the Hair Gypsy!)

    Why hating the industry and hating the environment are NOT the same thing.

    How to stop focusing on how people perceive you and instead focus on how you feel.

    How Shaleen knew it was time to open her own salon. (And how fate pushed her into it before she was ready to pull the trigger.)

    Why business ownership often isn’t as glamorous and dreamlike as you think, and how to shift the balance.

    Why breaking her foot was actually the best thing for her business and sanity.

    Our thoughts on the stigma about our industry and why you aren’t “just a hairdresser.”

    Her biggest AHA moments from when we first started working 1:1

    If you get one thing out of this episode, I hope it’s this: Success is not linear. Mine sure wasn’t, and Shaleen’s wasn’t. You’re going to experience those ups and downs, those ebbs and flows.

    And sometimes, it’s going to take a major setback like a broken foot or a freaking pandemic to give you that kick in the butt you need to make necessary changes in your business.

    As I love to say, a setback paves way for the biggest comeback. And Shaleen lives this!

    I loved this conversation so much and I know you’ll learn a ton from this episode! For more Shaleen, give her an Insta follow @shaleenhauckhair, and check out her salon and private coaching!

    • 45 min
    when good isn't good enough

    when good isn't good enough

    We’ve all been there. We see someone who’s growing their business, making tons of money, getting opportunities, and we think “I could have done that better. I’m way more talented than they are. Why are they succeeding while I’m not?”

    So I’m going to drop a major truth bomb here: Sometimes talent and skill aren’t enough.

    You can be the most gifted person in the world, but you aren’t going to get far without a few key (and learnable) skills. And you DEFINITELY won’t get far if you’re stuck in perfectionism.

    In today’s episode, I’m talking all about how to get over perfectionism and put yourself out there so you can get the success you truly deserve!

    Here’s what you’ll hear in this episode:

    How to get past jealousy and envy so you can finally go after what you want.

    The skills you truly need to succeed (spoiler: this is how those “less talented” people are kicking so much butt!).

    My definition of perfectionism and why learning to suck at something is such an important skill for success.

    Tons of the paranoid, anxious thoughts I’ve had that held me back, and how I turned them around.

    How the Great Hair Debacle of 2008 was a turning point for my perfectionistic tendencies, and how it totally revolutionized how I do business.

    What we’re REALLY afraid of when we aren’t putting ourselves out there.

    How to get the opportunities you want in your career and life.

    Truth: It’s not all about your skill and talent. That might sting, but it’s really not.

    I know that you’re talented and amazing at what you do, but if you stay stuck in perfectionism and don’t develop the skills to succeed, those other people are going to pass you up every time.

    But you CAN learn those skills! I did, and it changed my life and business forever. I know you have what it takes, and all you need to do is tweak your mindset and get a teeny bit uncomfortable sometimes.

    But I promise it will be so worth it!

    • 17 min
    when social media makes you anxious

    when social media makes you anxious

    So this one’s a doozy for me, and it’s a doozy for most anxious creatives!

    Social media. You can’t really avoid it in today’s world. We use social media to make friends, communicate, market our businesses, and keep up with friends and family. It's important for running a business and being a human in today’s world!

    So how do you handle social media when it makes you anxious. Do you quit? Set boundaries? Take breaks? What do you do?

    Listen in to find out how I strike a healthy balance with social media as an anxious creative!

    Here’s what you’ll get in this episode:

    How I started using social media to build my business, and how it became a major stressor that contributed to the panic attack that landed me in the hospital.

    The many reasons why social media stresses us out.

    How to curate your social media to create less anxiety for you. (And why it’s okay to mute people you admire.)

    Curated feeds vs real life: Why your success is NOT in your aesthetic.

    How I do my biannual unplugged breaks that are KEY to maintaining my mental health with social media.

    Don’t be a slave to the algorithm. It’s not worth the anxiety.

    Creativity and service vs consumption (this changes everything!)

    Social media isn’t the key to your success. You don’t HAVE to do social media to be successful. And it definitely doesn’t have to be a major source of stress in your life.

    It’s totally possible to make the most of social media and use it to grow your business without it taking over your life or driving you to panic attacks like it did for me. It takes some intention, awareness, and restraint, but it’s absolutely doable!

    These tips were all game changers for me, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

PokerfaceSG ,

Love her

I found Dawn a few years ago and found her podcasts so addictive, it’s like she’s speaking directly to me. I didn’t know anxiety and being a hairstylist was so common. I love how she teaches and mentors, you really feel like you know her after a little while. She teaches how to have difficult conversations and how to find confidence in an anxious mind. I’m always referring fellow stylists to her podcasts, she’s one of a kind and really makes you think and look within to find your own worth and confidence (even if you feel like you never will). Grateful to have found her.

_alisonstyles_ ,

The best

I found this podcast a few weeks ago and it’s my favourite. I’m so excited to listen to them all starting from 2018. Amazing Dawn!

Jenniewrennn ,

Not serving up the same old advice

Dawn shares stories about her successes and failures, and brings us into her world with honesty, vulnerability, and humour. I love that Dawn is a totally talented, creative and amazing business person, but her approach to sharing/engaging is so sincere. She makes you feel like you are hanging out with one of your fave friends. xoxo Dawn, you’re amazing 💕✨

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