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TCTLE Office Hours is a podcast dedicated to inspiring women of color who are interested in or currently making money from doing something creative. Feeling lost or alone on your journey to getting paid? Join Deepa Shanbhag, a WOC making a living as a creator, as she provides powerful career advice for makers of all kinds, interviews other successful WOC about what makes them thrive in their careers, and shares her candid opinions on everything from viral Twitter posts, to new marketing campaigns from brands you love.TCTLE Office Hours is a space you can be excited to learn in, feel like you’re talking to a close friend about your career, and actually get relevant advice that will help YOU thrive in a creative profession. No matter what you create, we rendezvous here each month, so tune in and let’s start pushing the bounds of your creativity!

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TCTLE Office Hours is a podcast dedicated to inspiring women of color who are interested in or currently making money from doing something creative. Feeling lost or alone on your journey to getting paid? Join Deepa Shanbhag, a WOC making a living as a creator, as she provides powerful career advice for makers of all kinds, interviews other successful WOC about what makes them thrive in their careers, and shares her candid opinions on everything from viral Twitter posts, to new marketing campaigns from brands you love.TCTLE Office Hours is a space you can be excited to learn in, feel like you’re talking to a close friend about your career, and actually get relevant advice that will help YOU thrive in a creative profession. No matter what you create, we rendezvous here each month, so tune in and let’s start pushing the bounds of your creativity!

    How to Discover and Trust Your Artistic Voice!

    How to Discover and Trust Your Artistic Voice!

     In this episode of TCTLE Office Hours, I am talking about how to discover and trust your artistic voice. As a designer, I know how susceptible we can be to the voices and styles of successful designers and then we neglect to explore, nurture and evolve our artistic voices. This episode is to share tips that encourage you to keep doing what you like to do, and trust that your personality and signature will naturally come out.

    Question answered on the episode:

    Do you create for yourself or your target audience?

    A: Create work that makes you happy. Creating is so personal, that you don’t want to accidentally get caught up making things you hate just for a dollar. Now, if you run a business, that’s more nuanced. Pay attention to what draws people in but also make sure you balance the stuff that makes money with the stuff that brings you joy. Always remember, there’s an audience for everything. Maybe yours just hasn’t found you yet.

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    To connect further with me:
    Visit my website:https://www.tctle.com/
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    • 28 min
    Stay Curious and Open-minded in your Creative Pursuit

    Stay Curious and Open-minded in your Creative Pursuit

    My conversation with Product Designer, Kim Alban, was previously recorded before the TCTLE Office Hours Podcast launched in April. However, our conversation was rich, engaging and full of gems that I want to share on the podcast. Kim’s interest in being creative in multiple mediums and her desire to expand her knowledge continually started when she was a little child. We dived into her career journey, how she kept herself motivated along the way, and other topics.

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    Question answered on the episode:
    Who are some of the creatives you're inspired by? 
    @ux.patricia for even delving into the future space and technology. @samanta.ux for her approach to accessibility & her effort to educate designers on it!@miguelmakes for his inclusion design lab and the push for inclusive design.These designers are very inspirational for their pursuits to encourage and remind others that there is plenty under the design umbrella that we need to consider!

    What are some resources you'd like to share?
    I'd love to share my Notion link as it's a hub of XR resources. I update it as often as I can! If you're into the AR/VR space at all, take part in Meta Research panels to stay up to date with research in the field. Also, some of the folks I mentioned above share their knowledge through carousels on Instagram or have created a lab dedicated to inclusion. Follow them at those handles—you won't be disappointed!

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    To connect Kim Alban:
    Website: https://www.kimalban.com
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/kimalban/

    To connect further with me:
    Visit my website:https://www.tctle.com/
    Connect with me on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tctle
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    • 38 min
    You Deserve to Get Paid and Get Paid Well!

    You Deserve to Get Paid and Get Paid Well!

    This episode of TCTLE Office Hours is all about money and getting paid as a creative. It can be both stressful and uncomfortable to navigate rates as a creative, but it does not have to be. In this episode, I share tactics, strategies, tips and mindset shifts you need to address questions like “How do I make sure I am getting paid well for my art?” How do I figure out rates?” “How do I advocate for myself in a job?” This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and I answer these questions and more on this episode.

    Question answered on the episode:
    What are some resources you'd like to share? 
    CPA Firm: https://countless.io/Freelancing Females Rate Sheet: https://www.freelancingfemales.com/rates , Embrace Change Negotiation Calculator for Women of Color:: https://www.embracechange.nyc/calculatorStream & Download TCTLE Office Hours Podcast for FREE on Apple Podcast, Google, Amazon Music and Spotify!
    To connect further with me:
    Visit my website:https://www.tctle.com/
    Connect with me on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tctle
    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tctle/
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    • 26 min
    Rejection as Part of the Creative Process and Journey

    Rejection as Part of the Creative Process and Journey

     Welcome back to the fourth episode of the TCTLE Office Hours podcast. This episode is for anyone who wants to find their creative groove or is just starting to lean into their creativity and wondering how to handle rejection. Best believe that on the creative journey and in life itself, rejection comes with the territory. I shared my personal experience with rejection (specific to my work as a creative) and how I got through them.

    Question answered on the episode:

    What's one piece of advice you wish to impart to fellow creatives?
    A: Leave your ego at the door, but not your pride. Recognize the difference between the two. Your ego will stop you from taking critiques about your work personally. Your pride will help you speak up if those critiques are in fact, personal.

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    To connect further with me:
    Visit my website:https://www.tctle.com/
    Connect with me on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tctle
    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tctle/
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    • 15 min
    The Business of Building a Successful Side Hustle

    The Business of Building a Successful Side Hustle

    On the third episode of TCTLE Office Hours, I had the pleasure of chatting with my very first guests, Vanessa Wells and Veronica Wells-Puoane. They are two of the three hosts of Uptown Underground Market, an artisan and author market featuring creations from Black women in Harlem, New York. Over the years, I have had the privilege to learn more about them and their other ventures. Vanessa is a creative and Veronica is a writer and author and they both sell their work independent of their 9 to 5s.

    In this episode, we chatted about their various side hustles, the first creative interest they each decided to pursue outside of their regular jobs, and the journey of building a side hustle that gets them paid as Black women.

    Question answered on the episode:
    Who are some of the creatives you're inspired by? 
    What's one piece of advice you wish to impart to fellow creatives? 
    What are some resources you'd like to share?
    Veronica: Canva is a free tool. It is perfect for anyone doing creative work and/or visually inclined with no experience with Photoshop. If you want to make pretty work that leaves a long-lasting, Canva is a great resource for design work. 
    Vanessa: The Nap Ministry is an educational, informational, communal, and liberating platform. It is a beautiful space that helps you feel warm and seen. 
    What's one piece of advice you wish to impart to fellow creatives?
    Vanessa: To pour as much into yourself as you pour into your craft. Do things just for yourself outside of work and your work will benefit from it.

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    To connect with Vanessa Wells & Veronica Wells-Puoane:
    Instagram
    Uptown Underground Market: https://www.instagram.com/uptownundergroundmarket/We Did Say Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/wedidsaypodcast/Vanessa Wells
    Website:
    www.euleli.comwww.ackeeandokra.comInstagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/eulelihouse/https://www.instagram.com/ackeeandokra/Veronica Wells-Puoane
    Website:www.nosugarnocreammag.com
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/vdubshrug/https://www.instagram.com/nosugarnocreammagazine/To connect further with me:
    Visit my website:https://www.tctle.com/
    Connect with me on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tctle
    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tctle/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/hellotctle/

    • 47 min
    Preventing and Navigating Burnout as a Creative

    Preventing and Navigating Burnout as a Creative

     On the second episode of the TCTLE Office Hours podcast, I shared my personal experience with burnout. I also shared tips and pointers for navigating and preventing burnout, how to manage and balance a creative career with other life responsibilities, and some of the stumbling blocks to avoid to grow a successful creative career.

    Question answered on the episode:

    What's one piece of advice you wish to impart to fellow creatives?
    A: You don’t have to suffer in order to create beautiful work. Sure, bad moments inspire pieces but so do good ones. With such a personal vehicle of expression, you need to refill on the energy you constantly put out. Otherwise, you’ll run out of things to give. Take breaks. Practice self-care. Develop hobbies that you can’t monetize and/or have nothing to do with your work.

    Stream & Download TCTLE Office Hours Podcast for FREE on Apple Podcast, Google, Amazon Music, and Spotify!

    To connect further with me:
    Visit my website:https://www.tctle.com/
    Connect with me on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tctle
    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tctle/
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    • 35 min

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