26 episodes

Join host and Maine portrait photographer Matt Stagliano while he has long, casual conversations with his guests about creativity in art, business, and relationships. We believe that anything you create is worth talking about!

Generator Matt Stagliano

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

Join host and Maine portrait photographer Matt Stagliano while he has long, casual conversations with his guests about creativity in art, business, and relationships. We believe that anything you create is worth talking about!

    Ep 026 - Kristen Lettini: How to Build Your Own Fairytale

    Ep 026 - Kristen Lettini: How to Build Your Own Fairytale

    In this episode, Maine portrait photographer Matt Stagliano talks with Kristen Lettini.
    Kristen is a Business Management Consultant and the host of the Build Your Own Fairytale podcast. She helps simplify and streamline processes so small business owners can do more of what they love, rather than get stuck in their day to day tasks of their business.
    Podcast Title: Generator
    Episode Title: How to Build Your Own Fairytale
    Episode Number: 026
    Publish Date: March 3, 2024
    Episode Overview
    Join us for an inspiring conversation about building a successful business on your own terms. Learn how systems and workflows transform solopreneur ventures, saving time and increasing revenue. Get tips on managing burnout, overcoming imposter syndrome, and optimizing your social media presence. Discover strategies to create work-life balance while pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams. If you're ready to design a fulfilling and successful business, this episode is for you!
    Key Topics and Talking Points
    Systems streamline success: Discover how implementing systems and workflows transform businesses, leading to growth and sanity.Solopreneur Solutions: Get expert insights on systems specifically tailored for solopreneurs and small business owners.Work-Life Balance and Burnout: Learn tips for creating boundaries, avoiding burnout, and achieving a fulfilling life as an entrepreneur.Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Explore strategies to combat imposter syndrome and step confidently into your entrepreneurial role.Social Media Strategy: Optimize your social media presence with actionable tips on content planning and audience engagement.
    Resources and Links
    https://kristenlettini.com/https://www.instagram.com/kristen.lettini/https://linktr.ee/kristen.lettini
    Calls to Action
    Website: https://generatorpodcast.comSubscribe to Generator: Never miss an episode – subscribe on your favorite podcast app.Leave a Review: Head over to https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/generator/id1668192673 and leave us a 5 Star review if you liked the show! Help others discover this podcast.Follow on Social Media: Connect with us on Instagram or TikTok @generatorpodcast or on YouTube @stonetreecreative

    • 53 min
    Ep. 025 - Nora McCormack: Blazing a Trail to Your Ideal Life

    Ep. 025 - Nora McCormack: Blazing a Trail to Your Ideal Life

    Podcast Title: Generator
    Episode Title: Nora McCormack: Blazing a Trail to Your Ideal Life
    Episode Number: Episode 25
    Publish Date: 26 Feb 2024
    Episode Overview
    In this episode, Maine portrait photographer Matt Stagliano talks with Nora McCormack, a videographer and entrepreneur based in the Portland, Maine. She is the owner of SP Films which provides wedding video packages, a partner at Maine Studio Works, and the founder of AfterParty - a nonprofit in the wedding industry.
    Guest Profile
    Guest Name: Nora McCormackShort Bio: Nora is a high end wedding videographer based in Maine. He company, SP Films has been in business for 16 years. After a solo backpacking journey in Southeast Asia and hiking over 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, she decided to wind down her successful business and start a non-profit in the wedding industry that is more aligned to her values and beliefs, and her hope is to reduce the wasteful spending she sees in the industry. Nora expresses frustration with the constant advertising and marketing in their business and personal life, and wants to be an agent of change. Links: SP Films: https://sp-films.com
    Key Topics/Talking Points
    Wedding videography and personal adventures.Business struggles and personal growth.Hiking the Appalachian Trail and societal class.The impact of technology on creativity and contentment during a thru-hike.Hiking the Appalachian Trail and its impact on business and mindset.Wedding waste and repurposing flowers for charity.Sustainable wedding practices and business growth.Transitioning from video production to event planning.Legacy, customer service, and video production in the wedding industry.
    Resources and Links
    SP Films: https://sp-films.com
    Calls to Action
    Website: https://generatorpodcast.comSubscribe to Generator: Never miss an episode – subscribe on your favorite podcast app.Leave a Review: Head over to the Apple Podcasts show page and leave us a 5 Star review if you liked the show! Help others discover this podcast.Follow on Social Media: Connect with us on Instagram or TikTok @generatorpodcast or on YouTube @stonetreecreative
    wedding, florals, Appalachian trail, business, video, repurpose, videographer

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 024 - Caron Shahrestani: Building a Values Based Business with Video

    Ep. 024 - Caron Shahrestani: Building a Values Based Business with Video

    In this episode, Maine portrait photographer Matt Stagliano talks with Caron Shahrestani, a videographer and business coach based in the Bay Area of California. She is also the owner of Caron Modern Media which provides video marketing services and coaching for business owners.
    Podcast Title: Generator
    Episode Title: Caron Shahrestani: Building a Values Based Business with Video
    Episode Number: 24
    Publish Date: 19 February 2024
    Episode Overview
    Join us as we explore the worlds of video marketing, social change, and self-discovery with the insightful Caron Shahrestani. Caron shares her journey from journalism to videography, her experiences confronting cultural inequities, and her mission to empower others through video and coaching. This episode tackles a range of important topics, including the shifting social landscape, women's leadership, and the power of storytelling for impact.
    Guest Profile
    Caron Shahrestani is a videographer, coach, and founder of Caron Modern Media. Based in Silicon Valley, she helps businesses navigate the evolving video landscape with compelling storytelling and authentic marketing strategies. Corona is passionate about breaking down societal barriers and fostering a more inclusive and equitable world.
    Key Topics and Talking Points
    Video marketing strategies and trendsThe importance of storytelling in marketingConfronting cultural inequities (gender inequality, racism, LGBTQ+ bias)Female leadership and empowermentPersonal growth and transformationBalancing authenticity and audience targeting in a divided society
    Resources and Links
    Caron Modern Media: https://caronmodernmedia.com/
    Calls to Action
    Website: Explore Caron's work and offerings at https://caronmodernmedia.com/Schedule a Strategy Call: Book a complimentary call with Caron at https://calendly.com/caronmodmedia/45-minute-strategy-session-extSubscribe to Generator: Never miss an episode – subscribe on your favorite podcast app.Leave a Review: Share your feedback and help others discover this podcast.Follow on Social Media: Connect with us on Instagram or TikTok @generatorpodcast or on YouTube @stonetreecreative

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 023 - Focal Points with CoHost Jonny Edward: Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud

    Ep. 023 - Focal Points with CoHost Jonny Edward: Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud

    This is the first episode in a sub-series of Generator called "Focal Points" where Maine photographer Matt Stagliano speaks with Jonny Edward, a commercial and portrait photographer, as well a top-tier educator based in Denver, Colorado about a variety of topics.
    "Jonny and I always have long deep conversations when we get together and we decided to start recording more of them. In this first Focal Point, we wanted to say the quiet parts out loud, and talk about struggles as a creative and occasionally feeling lost or uninspired. This is just the two of us working out our emotions and perspectives in real time. Totally unscripted and without a defined end point. It was wonderful to just sit down and talk this through"
    Podcast Title: Generator - A podcast about creativity
    Episode Title: Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud
    Host: Matt Stagliano
    CoHost: Jonny Edward
    Description: Join Matt Stagliano and Jonny Edward as they delve into the raw struggles of facing creative blocks, self-doubt, and overcoming fears. They discuss feeling creatively lost and stuck, the challenges of defining success, and how personal growth intertwines with creative pursuits. If you're searching for ways to unlock your creativity and tap into your purpose, this honest and thought-provoking episode is for you.
    Keywords: creativity, creative blocks, fear, self-doubt, career, growth, community, photography, podcasting, mental health
    Topics Covered:
    Overcoming creative insecurity and feeling lostExploring creative identities and purposeBalancing pursuing new directions with existing passionsFears holding back creative growthConnecting with others while battling feelings of isolationSelf-belief, inner struggle, and personal growthTattoo experiences and communityDealing with stillness and self-careImportance of finding joy in creativity
    Call to Action:
    Find us on our website: generatorpodcast.comConnect with us on Instagram: @generatorpodcast Follow us on TikTok: @generatorpodcast: Check out our videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/stonetreecreative
    For more on Jonny Edward's photography and educational courses, please visit jonnyedward.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep.022 - Matt Stagliano: 2023 In Review -What You Don't Change You Choose

    Ep.022 - Matt Stagliano: 2023 In Review -What You Don't Change You Choose

    In this short bonus episode, Matt goes over some personal and professional highlights from the year, as well as a peek into 2024.

    • 21 min
    Ep.021 - Cat Ford-Coates: Shift Your Focus with a Studio Takeover

    Ep.021 - Cat Ford-Coates: Shift Your Focus with a Studio Takeover

    In this episode, Maine portrait photographer Matt Stagliano talks with Cat Ford-Coates: photographer, educator, coach, and founder of The Studio Takeover.
    Cat has been a powerhouse in the portrait photography world since 2015 and is one of the primary mentors in The Portrait System. She worked closely with Sue Bryce for years, using those methods to build a profitable and sustainable portrait studio in Asheville, NC.
    With her own approach built on experience, Cat has taught thousands of students over the years, and has recently created The Studio takeover, a full featured online education platform catering to photographers that want to level up their business. She is a keynote speaker at events like The Portrait Masters and WPPI.
    For more information or to see her work, you can find Cat online at https://thestudiotakeover.online, or on social @thestudiotakeover
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Cyanide

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

Thomas Doggett ,

Straight Talk Without The Fluff

If your tired of podcasts where everything is projected as being perfect - than you will enjoy Matt’s conversations with other artists. Here he discusses with other creatives the ups and being an artist without any of the fluff.

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Always Great and real conversations!

Always excited then the next episode pops up in my listening queue. Always real conversations on what it’s like being a working creative and Matt as well as his guests make you feel like you’re part of the conversation!

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Latest Generator episode

I am loving the content on the last 3 podcasts from Matt. Listening to them feels like I’ve known his guests for years. They don’t hold back and Matt’s subtle guidance with his questioning pulls even more from them. Excited to catch up on older podcasts and can’t wait for more to come. Keep it up!

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