Join Jenn and Doug for informal, fun conversations about the Creative journey.

We share our experiences, both good and bad, with the hope of making you, the Creative, feel inspired to start your business, take more action in your business and know that you are not alone on this journey.

Setting Your Value

Setting Your Value

Pricing Game Pricing. It’s the game that we never feel like we’ve mastered but every single one of us has to play if we want to put food on our table. We all start a business because we want to do what we love every single day… but charging money for it? That’s not as easy. In this raw and […]

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Working Too Hard Not To Be A Sellout Thriv Community

Working Too Hard Not to be a Sellout

From Hobby to Side Hustle So… you’ve made the decision to turn this hobby into a side hustle huh? Join the club. We’re all fighting the same battle – to remain true to our craft, figure out what we’re worth and still pay the bills. But take heart – earning a living for doing great work isn’t selling out! In […]

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Your Brand to Branding - Thriv - Community

Your Brand to Branding

(Photo Credit to Blair Thompson and provided by altbr.org) Your Brand to Branding When it comes to your brand and branding, there are a million different opinions. Many believe it’s just a clever logo. But we can’t all own the simplicity and recognizability of the Golden Arches or the White Apple. What we CAN own is the the way we […]

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Saying No to Free Thriv Community

Saying No to Free

When it comes to creative work, the myth of the starving artist is prevalent. Because charging money for a something as abstract as art is a difficult subject to approach. As artists, it’s easy to fall into the trap of busy work, side projects or working for free in an effort to avoid the money conversation and still feel productive. […]

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Evolving Your Story Thriv Community

Evolving Your Brand Story

  You’ve done it! You put a period at the end of your mission statement, uploaded a sleek logo as your brand’s Facebook avatar and launch a newly built website… only to feel like you want to start over three months later. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and it’s not unusual because this concept of “brand” isn’t (and shouldn’t be) […]

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Defining Your Craft

In the grand scheme of things, actually starting your business is easy. Fill out some paperwork, pay the fees and you’re a legal business. Sometimes, the hardest part of your craft is defining what it is you actually do. As you may have guessed, it’s not always obvious. It depends on who is asking and why they’re asking you. In […]

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No Shame In The Game

    Doug Gay: You ready, Jenn? You ready, Jenn? You ready, Jenn? Jenn Ocken: Maybe. Doug Gay: Look at me. You’re ready for this. Look at me. Look at me. Jenn Ocken: I got you. You got me. Doug Gay: Look at me. You’re confident, you’re beautiful, and you’re great, and we love you. Jenn Ocken: This is why […]

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Say Yes Now, Figure It Out Later

“Yes” is a magical word. Three letters can open entire worlds of opportunity. And when you’re getting your startup or freelance business off the ground, you need every opportunity you can get. But on the flip side of the same coin, saying “yes” comes with a demand. You have to show up. And when you haven’t been in the game […]

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Boundaries

In the wild wild west of freelance, small business and entrepreneurship, boundaries can feel like an afterthought. But the ability to set boundaries is one of the most important tools in your toolkit. Boundaries help you protect your reputation, champion your values, give you the freedom to say yes and the peace of mind to say no. Setting boundaries is […]

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Welcome to ThrivTalk!

ThrivTALK is a podcast filled with informal, organic conversation about the pains we Creatives often feel when starting and growing a business. Jenn and Doug will share their experiences, both good and bad, with the hope of making you, the Creative, feel inspired to start your business, take more action in your business, feel you are not alone in your […]

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