Dan Brophy's Quit Your Day Job*
By Dan Brophy
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*A podcast for frustrated creatives. How do you turn what you love into what you do? Each episode I talk to my favourite creatives to discuss the tools and tricks associated with turning your passion into a career. Here at 'Quit Your Day Job', we believe that the pursuit of what you love is just a process - and one that is available to anyone. So what are you waiting for? Your journey to feeling more connected to who you are and what you do starts now...
||Clean'Inventing your Dream Job' with Kale Brock (The Gut Movie)||If 'Quit Your day Job is a philosophy then Kale is living it: the perfect example of what happens when you marry what you love to do with what you are good at with the change you want to see in the world.||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 16: ‘How to find a career path that will lead you to your creative destiny’ with Frida Las Vegas (Designer & Pop-Artist) UPDATED||My guest this week is designer, artist and pop-phenomenon Stavroula Adameitis - though you may know her by her pop art moniker, Frida Las Vegas (www.instagram.com/fridalasvegas).||5 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15 'Slow Fashion, Small Business & Self Care' with Gwendolynne Burkin (fashion designer, bridal)||Gwendolynne Burkin is part of an exciting generation of Australian fashion designer that came up a the late 90s independent fashion boom time alongside alum such as Akira Isagowa and Lisa Gorman.||8 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14: 'Stepping Back to Redefine Your Why' with Jez Smith (Photographer)||Jez Smith is a photographer. He as created arresting images of world-famous talent such as: Christy Turlington, Cate Blanchette, Serena Williams, Miranda Kerr, Megan Gale and Jennifer Hawkins. And he has shot for publications like: Vogue Italia, Hapers Bizarr UK, Instyle, Elle, GQ and The Australian's Wish Magazine.||3 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 13: ‘FINDING YOUR MISSION THROUGH MISFORTUNE’. Mel Brady (Stylist / Model / Embrace-Age Activist)||For as long as I’ve known her, Mel Brady has been a stylist. However in the last couple of years, she has made the transition to model. And while this doesn’t sound too unusual in this, the era of ‘the slashie’, what is unique about this situation is that Mel is her mid-fifties… which has then meant she has added another slash to her career catchphrase: activist.||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 12: MAKING IT ON YOUR OWN TERMS with Declan Greene (theatre writer / director)||My guest this week is theatre writer and director Declan Greene. He has a body of work that spans every major theatre institution in the country. He got his start in Melbourne’s literal and figurative underground - staging plays in underground carparks and building sites - and is now of the best regarded theatre makers of his generation. But that doesn’t mean he’s lost his edge.||27 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11: 'HOW TO BE A PLAYER IN THE CONTENT SPACE' FlexMami (DJ / MTV Host / Content Creator)||Lillian Ahen AKA Flex Mami is a DJ, an MTV host and a content creator... and a social media genius.||9 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 10: HOW TO PRODUCE YOUR CREATIVE LIFE with Sam Cananagh (Austereo, ‘Hamish & Andy’)||Sam Cavanagh (Austero, 'Hamish & Andy') is on of the most in-demand producers on Australian Radio. We chat about making a career in radio, and how to stay on top of your game, producing a creatively fulfilling life in a demanding environment.||24 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9: Don’t Ask For Permission To Do What You Love with Jan Fran (The Feed, SBS Viceland)||Today I’m chatting with Jan Fran: journalist, commentator, writer and host of the SBS nightly news show, The Feed. We have a practical chat about how to define and grow a personal brand. For many, this concept is still a bit on the nose, but it interested me to talk to Jan about it because she’s not an ‘influencer' - she’s a current affairs journalist - and yet she still needs to think about how to represent her work and elements of her personal life and process via social media in order to define her personal brand so as to best reach her audience. We talk about how she got her start and the importance of not just waiting for someone to give you an opportunity to do the thing you love - which for Jan meant moving to Uganda and shooting and producing her own documentary series. This conversation offers great insight for anyone looking to get into journalism - or any sort of self-authored media gig. It highlights the importance of creating opportunities for yourself - being your own writer, director, producer, editor, and not waiting for permission in order to do the thing you believe in. IF YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST, SHARE IT! You can send an episode link in a text or FB message, Or you can even screen-capture a point in the podcast that resonates with you and post it to your Instagram Live Story tagging @danbrophy and a leave word or two about what you found inspiring (I will then repost, tagging you right back and sharing inspiration.)Or you can do things the old fashioned way by rating it and write a short review in iTunes. It all helps to grow our creative community and continue to empower frustrated creatives to get their life! xDB||25 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8: 'Be Relentless' with Nick Fordham||Nick Fordham is a name that is mostly known inside the Australian media industry. He is a talent manager for a number of Australia’s best known media and sporting personalities. Possibly his most celebrated client in recent months has been Lisa Wilkinson, who Nick has worked with for over a decade. Nick Fordham is an ideas man. He belongs to a category of creative thinker that I like to call 'the strategist'. His super power seems to be in zooming out to see the bigger picture, observing how systems work and finding a way to connect disparate elements - usually for the purpose of satisfying a gap in the market. 2017 has seen many of Nick’s other projects blossom to fruition: Outback Wrangler - a 'Steve Irwin meets Bear Grills show for Nat Geo' is in its third season screened in over 130 countries; Nick’s re-invigoration of the Club Rugby has taken it from a forgotten subsidiary of Union to quite literally putting it in a league of its own; He is co-owner of health food brand The Man Shake which is one of the biggest in its category and he has co-created a TV series called ‘The Mentor’ in which Mark Bouris of The Apprentice acts as a coach to small business owners.And to top it off, he has just landed The Ellen Show as a client. All of these ideas originating from his observations of opportunities within the market - and doing the creative problem solving to fill in the gaps - usually with a solution that is innovative and enticing. I haven’t always thought of business as being creative, but in getting to know Nick I can see how much his process is like so many other creative disciplines I have observed: there are a set problems that are presented for the purpose of achieving a synergetic resolve, a number of movable parts organised around fixed parameters, and a set of rules to each game - some of which are observed purely for the purpose of bending them. This episode is especially inspirational for those who would like to be be more innovative in business - and in particular in the business of being a creative. As talking with Nick will show, the two are not mutually exclusive, rather they are a necessary part of each other - the yin to the other’s yang.||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: "Go Niche to Go Big' - How to Engage True Followers.' with Em Rusciano||My guest this week is Em Rusciano, who some of you may know as a top-rating breakfast radio host, a stand up comedian, singer, author, one time Australian Idol contestant and champion of all that is camp and glitter-encrusted. Em and I go a long way back- like ‘90s' "a long way back" and when I first thought about doing a podcast, she was one of the first people I couldn’t wait to talk to because she is the living embodiment of so many of the ideals that I’m hoping to champion with this podcast. In this episode we talk about:- Building your audience by getting really specific with who you are targeting and speaking directly to them;- Growing a viewership & fanbase online and then taking them with you to other projects.- The lack of self-censoring that has allowed her to move through so many mediums without hesitation around being the best at anything, but just to try it to see what sticks.It just so happens almost everything Em has put out there in the last couple of years have stuck. This is a great episode for those looking to shake things up and experiment with different outputs - and it doesn’t have to be performative like Em. You may use this inspiration as an excuse to pick up an instrument, learn a language, start a blog or go to a ceramics class. As Snoop Dog says: “Ain’t nothin to it, but to DO IT.||21 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: ''I Quit My Day Job' - From Chief of Staff to working at the Pub' with Naomi Shivaramen||I like to start by asking my guests, 'when people say to you 'what to you do', what do you tell them?’ because for many people what we do can come to define who we think we are. Not having a job is often considered worse than having a job that makes you really unhappy.The security and structure offered by a role or a company is valued so highly, many people are content to stick around long after realising it’s not for them. After 17 years, rising up the ranks working in radio and network television, Naomi Shivaramen quit her day job. In the last month she has gone from 'network news Chief of Staff' - to working behind the scenes at her local pub. I was so interested in speaking to Naomi at this exciting time in her life, to find out why, after 11 years with Channel 7, she chose to take the leap into the great unknown. I wanted to know what that process looked like for her - and what she wants her next chapter to be all about. This episode is particularly useful for those who identify with the idea of wanting to quit their day job - but don’t know where to begin. Hopefully hearing a conversation where someone has gone through the paces will plant the seeds that will inspire you to begin your own journey of emancipation.||11 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5 : 'Growing Your Passion Into a Profession' with ‘The Herb Nerd' Reece Carter||My guest today is Reece Carter, AKA The Herb Nerd, who has taken his love of creating remedies from things grown in his garden to building a platform where he can share ideas via videos for social media, TV appearances, speaking gigs and now books. Reece talks about his daily process, his mindset and even his fears in stepping out from his work as a naturopath working one-on-one with clients, into the media space where he is now sharing ideas with a much broader audience.This is one of my most favourite discussions I’ve had so far on the show because Reece is at such in interesting stage in his journey that many of the ideas he shares are directly relatable to anyone who is looking to turn what they love into what they do. We discuss the benefit of making and sharing content for free in order to develop your tone of voice, your point of view, your ability to relay your message. Another interesting topic that comes up is: in order to build your offering, you don’t need to know how to do every step of the process yourself. Instead, your role becomes one of a project manager as you pull in the skills of talented friends or professionals in order to share your message. Another thing worth noting is how clever it is that Reece has branded himself ‘The Herb Nerd’ - it’s simple, it has a nice ring to it, but most importantly, you can tell exactly what he is offering: specialised knowledge in plant-based wellness.This idea of distilling your offering into key terms has come up a lot in interviews so far. You may do a lot of things really well, but it actually helps to pigeon-hole yourself as doing one thing better than anyone else - so that people know to come to you for that that thing. It also acts like a filter so that you make sure all of your content, while establishing your place in the market, reinforces your key offering.||19 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 4: ‘The Drag of Landing Your Dream Job' with Callum Francis (Kinky Boots)||This week my guest is Callum Francis, the star of Kinky Boots, which is just about to finish it’s Australian theatrical run after playing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Kinky Boots is the Broadway & Westend hit musical about a guy who inherits a shoe factory and the drag queen who inspires him to think outside the box - and make women's shoes for men who dress as women. The show's themes of celebrating diversity couldn’t be more apt now. It’s almost as if it was meant to come into the mainstream when it did. The purpose of this interview wasn’t necessarily just for those who want to get into musical theatre - it’s about setting your sights on a seemingly unattainable goal - your dream job - or in this case, dream role, of which Callum has performed two musical theatre leads (that those in his industry would step over a bitch to get to play): Simba in The Lion King and now Lola in Kinky Boots. What I wanted to find out in talking to Callum was the mindset and day-to-day process that gets someone to be a leader in their field. No matter what your chosen vocation, the climb is never ending - your always competing with your previous bests, if not your peers. So what is the mindset that allows you to not only target your dream role - but, once you get there, to continue to re-invest your passion and your energy in order to keep it fresh.||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3 UPDATE: 'Writing, Directing & Starring in Your Life' with Jess Harris (Twentysomething)||A podcast for frustrated creatives||28 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2: Lola Berry or 'How to Turn What You Love into a Personal Brand'||When does time stop for you? When do you find yourself so deep in flow that an hour can fly by like a minute? Well that’s a great way to know that you are tapping your passions.||21 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1: Harvey Miller (Client Liaison) or 'How to Create Your Own Gap in the Market'||My guest this week is Harvey Miller. He and Monty Morgan are the front men and masterminds behind Client Liaison, who have been carving a niche in the Australian music scene for over five years. What started as the most ‘Melbourne' of concepts: a party-band with an irony-infused, 80’s pop aesthetic, has since become a national - and now international - sensation. There is so much to discuss when it comes to the Client Liaison offering: the music, the videos, the theatre of their live shows, their extensive merchandise and designer clothing collection and now their chauffeur driven off-white limousine service. So if you’re interested in how to create and grow a brand from the ground-up - or to make a place in the market for yourself when one doesn’t currently exist, this one’s for you. Please enjoy my chat with Harvey Miller.||8 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 0 - Quit Your Day Job: An Origins Story||Why did I choose to call this podcast ‘Quit Your Day Job’?||8 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSalvador Darling on How to Create a Nightclub Movement||DJ and artist an club auteur Levi Cross - also known by the club moniker Salvador Darling - is riding a wave of Melbourne nightlife renaissance. In a time when Sydney and Brisbane struggle to find their dancing feet amidst increasing government restriction, Melbourne’s nightlife is ever-diversifying, ever expanding. Levi has been a part of the Melbourne night-life scene for over ten years - since he was 16. In previous of this podcast episodes I have spoken to creatives whose canvas was the photograph, the TV series, the mantle-piece or the workshop. This week I speak to someone who’s platform is the dancefloor. A place very near and dar to my heart. For those that have little tolerance to Melbournians talking about how great Melbourne is, this podcast is not for you. You have been warned. For those that are mutually sympathetic: come on in, and enjoy my chat with Levi Cross AKA Salvador Darling.||12 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatie 'Monty' Dimond - how to build a brand your way||You may know her from her work as a national radio host on both KIIS and Nova FM (right now she hosts the 3PM pickup on KIIS with Meshel Laurie) or you may have seen on the ABC quiz show Tractor Monkeys or through guest appearances on shows like Talkin’ Bout Your Generation, The Project, The Today Show, Weekend Today orThe Circle. However, the endeavour I was most looking forward to talking to Monty about was a creation that was all her own: Show and Tell Online, which is a website, a podcast and a youtube series, which - in a world of click-bait and trial by likes - has been steadily building its viewership on content that is inline with its values as 'the home of conversations that connect women'. This is a great episode to listen to if you’re looking to build your own brand or platform - whether that be on radio, on TV - or in podcast or via Youtube, and a great reminder for those heartbroken by a creative industry to use the experience as fuel to your fire to turn it into something great.||29 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKirk Docker Makes Game-Changing Documentary Content||2016 has been a 'tipping point’ year for documentary maker and content creator Kirk Docker. After years of producing clever and subversive video and TV as a gun for hire, he has championed his own projects, making not one but two series for ABC. Earlier this year ‘Hello Stranger’, a beautifully shot vox-pops series, asked everyday Australians personal yet universal questions and then followed one of them home to document their life. This was followed by the release of 'You Can’t Ask That’, where in each episode, groups of marginalised Australians - like Indigenous people, transgender people, Muslims, obese people, disabled people and sex workers - answer audience-submitted questions traditionally deemed too un-PC. The intention: to de-stigmatise, to open a space for conversation and to give mainstream audiences a chance to see someone other than those that look just like them on TV. It’s interesting to note also that You Can’t Ask That was originally created for the digital streaming platform iView, but ABC decided to screen it on ABCTV. To top it off, Kirk is currently in post production on the third TV series he conceived, Demolition Man, reality series for Foxtel’s A&E channel - and he already has an entirely different series in the early stages of development with another network. As a longtime friend, I have been an observer of Kirk’s process for some time, and I loved talking to Kirk about his attitude towards cultivating a career in an industry where nothing is certain. How do you carve out a career in television? How do you support your dreams for the work you want to create while still earning an income?||12 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShannon Dooley Revives The 80s Aerobics Class at 'Retrosweat'||Shannon Dooley's weekly aerobics class Retrosweat gives patrons an authentic 80s aerobics workout - in multiple locations across Sydney each week. Every class is an utterly immersive experience, from the choice of mirrored-wall dance studios where the classes take place, to the height of Shannon’s blonde mullet to the array of high-cut G-string leotards worn by teacher and punters alike. Over the four years she has been leading the retro revival, Shannon has expanded her offering into collectible clothing, an international social media following, corporate and pop-up events and a regular spot on The Morning Show. I talk to Shannon about her background studying at NIDA, and how her emergence from three years at drama school into a career landscape where she didn’t find she had a place, forced her to create one for herself. This is a great interview for anyone who feels like they just want to dance their own steps.||26 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLewis Hobba does Drive Radio on TripleJ||My guest is Lewis Hobba, whom some of you may know as one part of Veronica and Lewis - of the Triple J drivetime show. Lewis is a friend of mine, and the thing I enjoy most about him is his ability to balance his wit and cynicism with being absolute delight.In Lewis’ hands, humour is a sport where offers are returned with increasing abstraction. He is so quick, so innately funny - I love talking to him as much about philosophies as I do trivialities. He is another candidate for someone I know who’s doing what many would consider to be a 'dream job’, so I wanted to find out what got him there and, now that he’s there, the process that allows him to continue mastering his skill in turning out a two-and-half-hour comedy radio show every day. Not surprisingly there is a brilliant mind at work behind the lightness of his humour and although he wouldn’t recommend his own process to anyone, there is a lot to be learned from my conversation with Lewis Hobba.||18 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmeli Paulo Creates Social Change||Emeli Paulo is a creative, but in different way to anyone else I’ve spoken to for The Naked Creative so far. She is the founder of Collective Potential – a social enterprise intent on creating change for individuals - and the world. Emily Paulo uses creativity as a tool to facilitate expression, exploration and breakthrough. This podcast was recorded before she launched the wildly successful ‘Collective Potential Podcast’, which has topped iTunes charts and not only shared the ideas of many dynamic disrupters within the personal development, wellness and spirituality fields, but also given Emeli a platform to boldly shareso much of herself. In a recent podcast she broadcast a late night admission of grief that she had recorded while questioning her own self worth while home alone on a Saturday night. Like the name of one of her workshops suggests, she is Raw. She is bold and brave and unapologetically real - and in her workshops she creates a space for others to do the same. In a lot of ways, she is the reason I am here talking to you now, it was her ’30 days of real’ podcast challenge that threw down the gauntlet for me to do the same. That led me to my daily midday video blog which in turn led me to formalise my exploration of creativity through this very channel. It seemed only right then, to sit down and examine the process and practice of Emeli Paulo.||7 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKupono Dances for Madonna||Kupono is a dancer for Madonna. I know. He has performed with through two world tours, three major music videos and her monumental SuperBowl performance of 2012, which is where it all began for his working relationship with one of the world’s longest standing, most successful pop stars. Kupono - or Pono for short – has finally landed back home in Hawaii after 15 months on the road with Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, in which he performed over 80 shows in over 25 countries. I was interested in what it was like to be in the coveted roll of ‘back up dancer’ for an international popstar – since for so many it is a ‘dream job’ - and what it was about his process that he believes got him there. There is so much legacy surrounding the Madonna world, I just wanted to know what it was like for him to be working so closely with someone who so many people – myself included – admire so greatly.||30 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNat Harris does stand-up||My guest is Natalie Harris, a stand up comedian who has been making a name for herself on the Melbourne comedy scene. For her comedy wasn’t a latent discovery - she has long thought it was “the only thing she was good at” - but the decision to act on that impulse to follow her creative pursuits has only come about towards the end of her twenties - and only now, a few years in, is she discovering her voice. Nat is one of a handful of people in the world that makes me literally LOL whenever I am in her presence. We first got to really know each other while working behind the scenes on the ABC TV series Twentysomething around the time she was beginning to make inroads into stand-up. An ongoing theme - one that seems to have popped with my last couple of guests - is the discovery of passions either later than they expected or while in the pursuit of something else entirely. For Nat, it was as if she always knew this is what she wanted to be doing, but she was just waiting for… permission, a sign, for it to seem like she was allowed to step into the ring and attempt it. Due to changing like circumstances, her attitude shifted towards one of “why not” - well, those weren’t exactly he words - and lucky for us now she is well and truly on a path of discovery.||15 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLachy Rose makes music||Lachy Rose is the singer/songwriter and core member of the band Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird which has been feted by Triple J and currently playing shows around Melbourne. Lachy is someone who I love to get together with to talk about creative process.He is a master of observing and fostering his artistry and it’s evident in his music: which is rich, varied and textured and wise beyond it’s years.It was conversations like the ones I would have with him that made me want to start this podcast in the first place - where I would think: people could benefit from hearing us talk like this: about what we are inspired by or consuming, how our work flow has been affected by different influences - it’s the first thing I want to talk about when I get together with most of my friends - so it is my absolute pleasure to sit down and make it offical with Lachy Rose, who is truly a Naked Creative.||9 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreg Waters makes television||Greg Waters has been an executive producer, writer and show-runner on a number of great Australian drama series. His credits include: Rake, Anzac Girls, Janet King, Paper Giants, Devil’s Dust, An Accidental Soldier, The Straights, Crownies and Dance Academy. Yet up until his early thirties he was working in politics - until he decided to defect to study at AFTRS, the Australian Film Television and Radio School. His most recent achievements are the second series of the tripped-out sketch comedy series ‘Soulmates’ starring Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier (aka The Bondi Hipsters) as well as what is sure to be one of the countries biggest TV events of the year, the political drama Secret City which premier’s on Foxtel’s Showcase this Sunday, June 5. Though he is incredibly modest, I did get him to open up about his process - some of which I witnessed first-hand as Greg and I have been housemates over the past few years. An absolute culture vulture, Greg is constantly absorbing information and inspiration around what he is interested in – or about the world that is relevant to what he is creating. He sees every play, every major TV drama, and every time I asked him if he’d heard of a podcast, he was all over it. He is also an indie music boffin and a regular attendee of alt music festival ‘Splendour in the Grass’. Talk about ‘filling your well’! I was very happy to sit down with my friend and reluctant mentor, Greg Waters.||31 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Blachford and Kate Ballis make photography||Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis are photographers. Tom's first major Sydney exhibition, Midnight Modern opens at The Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst May 26, 2016.||24 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMegan Morton is a Stylist||Megan Morton is a hero of mine - not only for her tremendous creative output across a number of mediums, but because she has developed a career around her passions - one that allows her to share and further cultivate them. Megan’s work as a stylist unique and intuitive and inclusive. According to her website, she makes atmospheres that make people extremely happy, which could be experienced via ad campaigns, magazine covers, when she decorates glamorous homes - or if you were to come to her Studio and School in Rosebery in Sydney’s inner west in order to learn how to do it yourself. For our chat, Megan welcomed me into her home, poured me tea, lit insense and regaled me with her philophy on style and styling.||9 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRyan Shelton (Nova FM, Hamish & Andy, 'We Could Be Heroes'): On Writing Process & Motivation||Ryan Shelton (Nova FM, Hamish & Andy, 'We Could Be Heroes'): On Writing Process & Motivation||12 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Just what I needed
Thank you for a great interview with a gorgeous creative.
Awesome Podcast Dan! I’ve only just stumbled across your podcasts. Really informative BUT INSPIRING!
Amazing idea for a show
Really enjoy the podcast and the content that you’re able to get.