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Welcome to the Waking Up From Work Podcast and thank you for joining us in getting to work, making work a passion.

This podcast is a home to anyone pursuing a creative career or looking to live full time. 

Interviews and discussions with music industry leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, freelancers, and DIY personalities. It's about pursuing the new American dream that isn't focused on a house, a car, or accolades but on living doing exactly what you want to do, exactly how you want to do it. 

Help us build a community of creatives looking to better themselves by seriously pursuing their passion with action in order to make it a reality instead of just a dream. Candid conversations and deep dives into the process behind doers creating the life they want to live. Real advice and thoughts on taking the leap and taking it seriously. 

From side hustle to all in

One Life, No Noise

Waking Up From Work

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Waking Up From Work Dave Swillum & Ryan Carrigan

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 38 Ratings

Welcome to the Waking Up From Work Podcast and thank you for joining us in getting to work, making work a passion.

This podcast is a home to anyone pursuing a creative career or looking to live full time. 

Interviews and discussions with music industry leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, freelancers, and DIY personalities. It's about pursuing the new American dream that isn't focused on a house, a car, or accolades but on living doing exactly what you want to do, exactly how you want to do it. 

Help us build a community of creatives looking to better themselves by seriously pursuing their passion with action in order to make it a reality instead of just a dream. Candid conversations and deep dives into the process behind doers creating the life they want to live. Real advice and thoughts on taking the leap and taking it seriously. 

From side hustle to all in

One Life, No Noise

Waking Up From Work

Keep connected with us!

Our Website
www.wakingupfromwork.com

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www.facebook.com/wakingupfromworkpodcast

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    No Means Why & How Do I?

    No Means Why & How Do I?

    E70: No Means Why & How
    We all hear no everyday but it’s how we perceive that answer and response with actions that defines who achieves and who doesn’t. You can’t make a living doing that, you can’t get a loan for that, you can’t afford it, you can’t ever live that way……. When I hear no I am thinking about WHY they are saying it and HOW I will get around it to continue on my mission.
     
    Let’s talk about the different and sometimes secret ways people say no to us in our creative living journeys. No and yes never mean what we think when we analyze why they are being said and how we can move forward.
     
    In This Episode We Cover
    No doesn’t mean no, ask why, figure out how
    Friends and family judgement taken in
    Network
    Speaking with others that do what you do often
    No and Yes are circumstantial, these are arbitrary
    How can you do it? Why did someone or something say No?
    The why is important
    You will always hear no
    Mentors aren’t always right
    Good mentors challenge you but don’t stop you
    Quotes
    “ When someone says no it’s almost like an immediately how am I going to do this, like they didn't’ say anything. When someone builds a little damn in the river its going to pull off in different streams until it goes where it’s going to go, it’s going to go there.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
    “ In real life we know that there are thousands and thousands of people doing it in real life, but if we don’t go out and meet any of them it feels like its a TV show and isn’t possible. We need to network.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
    “You don’t need anything to start anything.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
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    For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave
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    Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
    www.broadwingband.bandcamp.com
     

    • 43 min
    Crafting A Business & Choosing Your Story W/ Hilary Lane of Craft Business Builders

    Crafting A Business & Choosing Your Story W/ Hilary Lane of Craft Business Builders

    E69:
     
    This week is a blend of how to brand a business aesthetically in person and digitally and how to create an experience. We hang with Hilary Lane of Craft Business Builders who talks on her story of starting her first business when she was 26 and going through realizations of what she did and didn’t want out of a business. Finding the parts we love and going all in.
     
    We speak through rejection and ways of making things work to get going along the way. After speaking through Hilary’s story we dive into speaking on knowing what type of business owner you are in your creative business and what it is trying to portray. Great blend of creative business, real estate, branding, and a story that will make you feel like you aren’t alone when things get tough along the way.
     
     
    In This Episode We Cover
    Trial by fire
    Bigger picture
    Don’t take no
    Ratings
    What part of the business do you love?
    Getting out when its wrong
    Break
    Friends moving, finding location
    Separating different brands
    What’s your message?
    How can you not afford it?
     
    Quotes
     
    “ Really, I feel like I can do a lot, but I’m not being given the opportunity to do everything I wanna do here and I’m not being challenged anymore. If I go to another job I feel like I’m just a dime a dozen.” - Hilary Lane
     
    “ Do whatever you have to do, guerrilla warfare to make it so you can do what you want to do.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
    “ I hate knowing how hard it is to run a business and how many of them are going to fail.” - Hilary Lane
     
     
    Hilary’s Recommended Resources
     
    How I Built This Podcast
    By Guy Raz
    https://www.npr.org/series/490248027/how-i-built-thisSearch
     
     
    Hilary’s Links
     
    IG@hillary.katherine
    @thenewhampshiregetaway
    @craftbusinessbuilders
    @getaway.homedesign
     
    Craft Business Builders
    https://www.craftbusinessbuilders.com/
     
    Getaway Vacation Rentals
    https://www.getawayvacationproperties.com/?fbclid=IwAR12EOm0SvuDDkBFBPC8Y9M-FKFTxReU9IRvVsAu2dK6orIopiysQgqgL4I
     
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    Website
    www.wakingupfromwork.com
     
    Patreon (If you want to support the show check out our sweet offers for you)
    https://www.patreon.com/wakingupfromwork
     
    Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
    @davewakeup
     
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/wakingupfromwork/about/
     
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    wakeupfromworkpodcast@gmail.com
     
    Youtube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeddF25VuWn8Eg3Fhy13fQ?view_as=subscriber
     
    For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave
    www.crawlspaceaudio.com
     
    Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
    www.broadwingband.bandcamp.com
     

    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Human Element: Telling A Story In Any Medium W/ Zachary James Photos

    The Human Element: Telling A Story In Any Medium W/ Zachary James Photos

    E68:
     
    Zachary and I met when he tuned in regularly watching our IG live show on Thursday nights, I hired him to take my band photos, and here we are!
     
    Zach and I talk about his getting into full time photography and looking for the human element and story of a project. Speaking about how to work with clients personalities, how to make a statement, and how to make photos work for you.
     
    If you like photography or want to go full time in the space this ones for you or anyone creative looking inside other projects, ways of getting into it, and the creative story telling from any medium
     

    In This Episode We Cover
    Changing paths
    Collaborative conversation
    Finding people through social to outside relationship
    What story are we trying to tell?
    Using YOUR medium to story tell
    Getting your ideas out there before you start working with others
    Filtering out clients to get the right fit
    Your stamp on your work
    The human element
    Quotes
     
    “ Because it looked like a trailer but it was actually a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house, the photos were that bad that I saved $40,000 on it, thats what good photos can do.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
    “ When we were doing the band shoot it was almost a conversation. I want to hear your input, you’re trying to put out the theme of your music, or the idea of your music.” - Zachary James
     
    “Using the thing that you have as a medium that you’re best with to convey a story, that’s what being a creative is.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
     
    Zach’s Recommended Resources
     
    @jorid.koalitic
     
     
    Zach’s Links
     
    Websites
    zacharyjamesphotography.net
     
    IG
    @zarcharyjames_photos
     
     
    Waking Up From Work Podcast Links
     
    Website
    www.wakingupfromwork.com
     
    Patreon (If you want to support the show check out our sweet offers for you)
    https://www.patreon.com/wakingupfromwork
     
    Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
    @davewakeup
     
    Facebook Community to connect to creatives
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/wakingupfromwork/about/
     
    Email
    wakeupfromworkpodcast@gmail.com
     
    Youtube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeddF25VuWn8Eg3Fhy13fQ?view_as=subscriber
     
    For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave
    www.crawlspaceaudio.com
     
    Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
    www.broadwingband.bandcamp.com
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Creative Melting Pot & Navigating The Events Industry Through COVID & On W/ Tim Messina

    Creative Melting Pot & Navigating The Events Industry Through COVID & On W/ Tim Messina

    E67: Creative Melting Pot & Navigating The Events Industry Through COVID & On
     
    I would say most of us believe creatives create more together. Today we speak to owner and founder Tim Messina of live event production company Events United and creative shared space Studio Lab both based out of the granite state.
     
    We talk about the mojo that comes from many different creative coming together in one space or for one purpose and the meaning and start to his businesses. Briefly touch in on finance and starting lean, navigating the COVID crises in the events industry, and the future of the industry and innovation. Lot’s to chew on here in business and creative.
     

    In This Episode We Cover
    The first investment to start
    Choosing a business name
    Working as a melting pot
    Passions that are slightly different
    How we use our time
    Working with what you have
    Adapt or die
    Event Industry through COVID
    Pushing virtual production boundaries
     
    Quotes
     
    “ If we don’t have the money then we aren’t in a place to own it.” - Guest Tim Messina
     
    “ If we break our lives into thirds, we have a third of our life where we are basically sleeping, a third of our life we are at home doing errands and things, and the last third we are working. One is sleeping thats fine but I want to make sure the other two we really love both.” - Guest Tim Messina
     

    “ The creatives are here, they live in different pockets and spots they just need more places to meet and create at, they are here.” - Host Dave Swillum 
     
    Tim’s Recommended Resources
     
    How I Built This Podcast
    https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
     
    Tim’s Links
     
    Websites
     
    Studio Lab
    https://www.studiolab.community/
     
    Events United
    https://www.eventsunited.us/
     
     
    IG
    @eventsunited.us
    @studio_lab_
     
    Dropkick Murphy Live Stream 2020 at Studio Lab by Events United
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j06g0TE_Ao
     
     
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    Website
    www.wakingupfromwork.com
     
    Patreon (If you want to support the show check out our sweet offers for you)
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    wakeupfromworkpodcast@gmail.com
     
    Youtube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeddF25VuWn8Eg3Fhy13fQ?view_as=subscriber
     
    For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave
    www.crawlspaceaudio.com
     
    Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
    www.broadwingband.bandcamp.com
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    What’s Your American Dream? Alternative Living As Your First Home W/ Dave Swillum

    What’s Your American Dream? Alternative Living As Your First Home W/ Dave Swillum

    E66: What’s Your American Dream? Alternative Living Starter Home W/ Dave Swillum
    What is your American Dream? For many it feels like your first home but for even more it is the way they want to live their life in every aspect. In today’s time it isn’t that it is less enjoyable to own a home, it’s just that it can be challenging to own a traditional first home and NOT go down the path of working a 9 - 5 to keep up with the overhead. Many bail from their dream because their overhead keeps an uphill battle going forward and doesn’t provide the cover fire to get started.
    I want to talk about what your true goal is, if it is to buy a single family home and you like your job then that’s great! Super obtainable. But if your goal is more than that in this episode I talk on ways to live alternatively or change the perception of what your “starter” home looks like to come up with ways to minimize overhead, invest in assets that generate income or give yourself the cover fire to open a business or focus on creative. This is from hearing conversations of friends buying after wanting to talk to myself 6 years ago about something no one told me. What is your dream and what are you doing about it? Do they align with getting it done or is it a short term win that could look like something else to become a catalyst toward your goal?
     
    In This Episode We Cover
    What is your American Dream?
    What is the goal and what’s the actual goal?
    Buying your first home
    Killing your overhead
    Alternative living and housing
    What are you trying to do?
    What does that look like every day?
    Reverse engineer
    Don’t build a mountain to climb
    Quotes
    “ My priority for me is my way of life and how long do I get to have it?”  - Host Dave Swillum
     
    “ Don’t get distracted because it feels like the goal and it feels good for the mean time for jeopardizing something that could be a long term goal for you.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
    “ The businesses that have the most leverage and the least overhead that they have to battle are the most likely to succeed for the longest, because you have time to react appropriately and not act through fear.” - Host Dave Swillum
     
    Waking Up From Work Podcast Links
     
    Website
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    Patreon (If you want to support the show check out our sweet offers for you)
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    Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok
    @davewakeup
     
    Facebook Community to connect to creatives
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    Email
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    Youtube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeddF25VuWn8Eg3Fhy13fQ?view_as=subscriber
     
    For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave
    www.crawlspaceaudio.com
     
    Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing
    www.broadwingband.bandcamp.com

    • 29 min
    Creating An AI Mastering Platform & Tools For The Modern Artist W/ Jay Maas

    Creating An AI Mastering Platform & Tools For The Modern Artist W/ Jay Maas

    E65:


     


    Every creative has technology waves that go through it at different speeds. We have seen AI and Machine Learning creeping into all the things we do but now it’s here in audio in a real way. In this episode we speak to Jay Maas engineer at Jay Maas recordings behind bands like Defeater, Bane, Transit, Title Fight, State Champs, Foreign Tongues, and on and on. Jay is also co-founder of Maastr an online AI based mastering software.


     


    For those that don’t do music that tune in, no doubt we speak music here but there’s something in this for everyone here. We talk about what it’s like to scale from a one:one business i.e. doing work for output to creating a software or other means that changes how you work through your day and how much impact you can have on others. Thanks for joining us!
     


    In This Episode We Cover


    Being controversial


    Eat your own lunch


    Removing pain


    AI in every industry


    Limiting friction to create


    Tools for artists


    Blurred lines


    Accessibility of technology


    Reverse engineering your actions


    Human emotion


    Efficiencies


    Client, the art, the product, and the relationship


    Quotes


     


    “ People rode horses for a really long time and there’s still a lot of money in riding horses. Anytime you try to get someone to ride a model T they say what do you mean I want to ride my horse.” - Jay Maas


     


    “ It never has a bad day, it’s never tired, it’s like taking the summation of all my best ideas and moments and making them into a concrete platform that you can utilize way, way faster than I could ever master personally and you can do it infinitely.” - Jay Maas


     


    “No one wants anymore barriers between where they’re at and where they want to be, I try to find the most direct path there.” - Jay Maas
     


     


    Jay’s Links:


     


    Master Your Stuff W/ Jay’s AI! Maastr


    www.maastr.io


     


    Jay’s Studio Site


    www.jaymaas.com


     


    Jay’s Recommended Resources


    Jay’s View On Life (mind blown!)


    Optimistic Nihilism


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRqu0YOH14


     


     


    Waking Up From Work Podcast Links


     


    Website


    www.wakingupfromwork.com


     


    Patreon (If you want to support the show check out our sweet offers for you)


    https://www.patreon.com/wakingupfromwork


     


    Instagram/Twitter/Tik Tok


    @davewakeup


     


    Facebook Community to connect to creatives


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/wakingupfromwork/about/


     


    Email


    wakeupfromworkpodcast@gmail.com


     


    Youtube Channel


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeddF25VuWn8Eg3Fhy13fQ?view_as=subscriber


     
    For audio advice and more in depth music content from Dave


    www.crawlspaceaudio.com


     


    Dave’s Indie Rock Band Broadwing


    www.broadwingband.bandcamp.com

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

NovicKp ,

Creatives- here you’ll feel at home

The way the host interacts with their guests in incredible, so comfortable and insightful. If you’re a creative looking to get inspired- look no further.

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Yes!

Good show!

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Excellent

Very informative and detailed! Provides great advice on how to be successful during an economic crises. Host is entertaining and descriptive. Looking forward to new episodes!

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