25 episodes

If you're a photographer, videographer or creative who wants to grow a profitable business you love - a photography business that delights clients AND that supports the life of your dreams - you're in the right place. The Successful Creatives podcast is all about actionable steps, meaningful mindset shifts + interviews with inspiring creatives who are redefining success, delivered every other Wednesday. Successful Creatives make the world a brighter place...but, let's be real. Most of us would rather be making art than running a successful, profitable business. This podcast is designed to show you how to do both. Subscribe to follow along + head to thesuccessfulcreatives.com to join the free group for driven creatives who want to grow!

Successful Creatives Erica Ewing

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    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

If you're a photographer, videographer or creative who wants to grow a profitable business you love - a photography business that delights clients AND that supports the life of your dreams - you're in the right place. The Successful Creatives podcast is all about actionable steps, meaningful mindset shifts + interviews with inspiring creatives who are redefining success, delivered every other Wednesday. Successful Creatives make the world a brighter place...but, let's be real. Most of us would rather be making art than running a successful, profitable business. This podcast is designed to show you how to do both. Subscribe to follow along + head to thesuccessfulcreatives.com to join the free group for driven creatives who want to grow!

    25. SQUIRREL! 3 tips to ditch the stress & get more done

    25. SQUIRREL! 3 tips to ditch the stress & get more done

    Marketing and sales are my jam. But organization, and productivity? Let’s just say I’m a work in progress.

    Luckily I met THE expert in this area, NJ Shelsby who sat down to give me some tips on how to get more done, with less stress. 

    You see, she was overworked and stressed that it disrupted her family and health so much that she experienced a scary bout of short term memory loss.
    “I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and I couldn’t remember how to get there. As in, I’m driving around for 10-15 minutes and have no idea on how to get there. And it was very scary and when I got to the doctor’s office, he was panicked for me.”
    Her doctor told her “you have to take immediate steps to reduce your stress level.”

    If you’ve been feeling stressed or disorganized, or get to the end of your day and wonder where the time went, never quite making  enough progress on your business - you’re not alone. 


    Check out these stats:
    Internet usage in the workplace accounts for а 40% loss of productivity (ohhhh, we know the scroll!)Work overload decreases productivity by 68% (so wait, the more work you have, the less gets done?! Oof)
    Here are 3 quick tips to increase productivity:
         1.  Absolute clarity - what’s important RIGHT NOW.
         2.  Focus leak boundaries - identify things that steal your focus and set boundaries during your “work times” like turn email notifications off, close tabs, silence your phone, etc.

         3.  Structure your schedule around your most productive times:
                    a. Deep think times - like big projects
                    b. Shallow focus times - like emails, editing, etc.

    NJ shares the free software she’s using now to help her get organized and increase productivity, and does a little live coaching that will undoubtedly help.

    Connect with Erica
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    Get out of overwhelm
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    • 38 min
    24. The Email that Increases Consultations

    24. The Email that Increases Consultations

    A super talented wedding photographer who’s beyond lovely, with a stunning portfolio and over 70 5-star reviews should be fully booked, right? 


    But yet out of 40 inquiries, only 2 booked…that’s a 5% booking rate, ouch. AND she’s getting ghosted a ton.


    Oh and her prices are a steal.
    What’s going on?

    The first mistake is in her initial inquiry email.


    Well-thought, she provides EVERYTHING her potential new client needs to know about working with her in the first email. No question left unanswered, how helpful is that? 


    It turns out, it’s actually not really helpful at all.


    You see, sales is a process. And if you offer a higher-ticket service (i.e., a 4-5 figure wedding photographer), it’s not designed to be done in one step.


    Consider that each step of the sales process should focus on just one thing - move your potential client to the next step.


    Your website should move them to submit the form. Your emails should move them to schedule a consultation. Your consultation should move them to book.


    Provide just enough so they want to move one step forward.


    Revisit your initial inquiry email and see how yours stacks up. Or skip to the shortcut with my free standout email guide and get the exact wording I use in my emails - click here to get your copy now. 

    Connect with Erica
    @theewingsstudio

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    • 14 min
    23. My Biggest Lesson in 2023

    23. My Biggest Lesson in 2023

    2023 was a really strange year for me and to be honest with you, it felt like I was riding a roller coaster at times. It was really hard at times. It was really beautiful and easy at times, and it all stemmed from the pivot that I've been making in my business while really starting a 2nd business. It's funny because so many people told me throughout the year, wow, you're crushing it. You are doing so well. So I wanted to give you an inside perspective on exactly what was happening on the inside. Even when on the outside, it looked like everything was incredible.

    For a deeper dive free training: the-ewings.com/otfb
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    • 31 min
    22. 4x Your Bookings with this 2 Step Method

    22. 4x Your Bookings with this 2 Step Method

    Have you ever heard me talk about the booking slump that I hit in 2019, where I didn't book a wedding for, like, I think 4 months? I thought it was 6 months, but I think my brain just exaggerated that fact. In reality, I did not book a wedding for 4 full months and this is after 10 years in business. This is after having our best year ever in 2018. So I want to get into what happened and then how I fixed it.


    For a deeper dive free training: https://the-ewings.com/otfb
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    • 28 min
    21. Assess 2023 before 2024 for Important Business Growth

    21. Assess 2023 before 2024 for Important Business Growth

    The end of busy season is a magical time when you get to think about all of the exciting things that you’d love to see incorporated into your business dream clients. More or less bookings, higher prices. All of this is what will become available to you when you first look back at this year, and then really use that information to intentionally build out next year. This is exactly what we're about to get into.

    2023 Audit Workbook
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    • 26 min
    20. How to Effectively Plan a Styled Shoot

    20. How to Effectively Plan a Styled Shoot

    You got together an incredible group of women to create this amazing shades of purple shoot in Providence, and it was such a fun experience. It was the inspiration behind today's episode and why I really felt called to have you on to share your expertise, because you were a master at running that styled shoot. So this is going to be a treat for our listeners. 
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Sam M. P ,

So Inspiring!

Erica's podcast is so inspiring and she breaks things down in a way that makes it so easy to put her advice into action! She really wants to help creatives succeed and live happy and fulfilled lives. Anyone who is starting or already owns a creative business should listen to her podcast.

Jordan2310 ,

Give me all the positive vibes!!

Erica has a great wya of speaking on topics and giving you a feeling that you can actually DO it. Highly recommend!!!

SCO Photo ,

Perfect Timing

Erica's first podcast was released when I needed it most. I needed and wanted to be grounded and I didn't know it. Erica did just that for me. You can hear how sweetly deliberate she is in sharing her thoughts and ideas with you as she so wants you to feel the hope and joy as she not only sees it but feels it. This podcast makes you take pause, exhale, helps you put a plan in place and just plain makes you feel better after you've listened to her. Every woman should make a Podcast date wit Erica and have her help you fulfill your life. I look forward to the next one!

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