Van Picken is a woman on a mission. And she’s kickin’ ass and taking names!
Director and founder of Australian music industry digital agency, Comes With Fries, Van launched her marketing career with Nokia in the U.K., before returning to Australia and a making swift rise in the music industry as a Global Account Manager for EMI Music Australia with the likes of iTunes, JET, Robbie Williams & a whole swag of high-profile international and Australian acts.
If you’ve ever wanted to be inspired a businesswoman who makes sh*t happen, throws all her energy into life and gives clients her all, then you’ll love this podcast chat!
‘Cause Van Picken Comes With Fries. 🍟✨🎙👌 Enjoy the show!
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I am truly inspired by independent Australian singer/songwriter and producer Hayden Calnin.
Since 2012 Hayden has enjoyed radio play from high profile stations in the USA, UK and Australia such as Triple J, BBC6 and KCRW, he’s amassed over 15 million spins on Spotify, he’s been featured international music blogs such as Indie Shuffle, Stereogum and Pigeons & Planes, had his music featured on renown TV shows such as Suits, Parenthood, So You Think You Can Dance USA, The 100, Teen Wolf, MTV’s Awkward, Meet The Fosters and for the UK & Japanese official trailers for Oscar winning film, ‘Room’ and had The Vampire Diaries lead actor/director, Paul Wesley, reach out to him on Twitter as a fan, personally requesting to use the track on an episode he was directing in the final season of The Vampire Diaries
He’s sold out shows in Australia and the UK, to packed rooms in Paris and Berlin, had the pleasure of touring with the likes of The Antlers, Matt Corby, Brooke Fraser, Mat McHugh, Missy Higgins and so many more!
In today’s episode of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast we explore what Hayden Calnin’s latest EP ‘Dirt’ means to him, the mental health challenges of young adults, how it can affect them and those around them, 2 unbelievable “pinch me” moments that he’s experienced in his life thus far and just what drives Hayden Calnin to pursue this career in music.
This man is living, breathing proof of how pursuing your passions can thrust you to a life beyond your wildest dreams.
Let’s get into it!
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Marriage Equality. The answer is YES!
I don’t jump up on the soap box very often and so when I do you can rest assured that it’s subject matter that I am SUPER passionate about!
On Friday night I was kickin’ it at home after hectic week working on the social media strategy for the launch of a new app, when it struck me… Why the hell hadn’t I recorded an episode of my show about Marriage Equality?
Being an ex Emirates Airline flight attendant with LOADS of mates who are LGBTIQA, I am super passionate about the #MarriageEquality vote in Australia and want to be able to utilize my Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast and social media presence to raise awareness for the vote and the need for Australians to take part in the upcoming Marriage Equality vote.
More than 760 million people countries around the world live in 23 countries where same-sex marriage is already a legal right. How are we not on board already?? It’s a basic human right! Fact. We were the 2nd country in the world to given women the legal right to vote (yep, New Zealand beat us again 😃). How are we so far behind now??
I immediately shot a text to my home-boy Craig Mack, who is a Social Media Strategist (TEDx Sydney, The Pinnacle Foundation, UTS), model with Wink Models, blogger, brand ambassador (Beyond Blue, R U OK?) and openly gay Sydney man, to join me to create an exclusive show about #MarriageEquality and the upcoming plebiscite vote to legalise gay marriage in Australia.
We discuss his childhood growing up in Coffs Harbour as the son of a drug dealer and drug addict, a hilarious and heartfelt True or False quiz about the facts of Marriage Equality, hot pink pants on a Sunday, his exploration of his own sexuality and sexual orientation, some of the wicked content we’ve seen about Marriage Equality including Tim Minchin’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ Marriage Equality plebiscite parody, to Audible’s ‘Listen to Love’ six-part audio series that the platform partnered with The Equality Campaign to create, exploring marriage equality in Australia, LGBTQIA teen suicide prevention and MUCH much more.
Honestly, this is one of the most, beautiful, honest and wonderful shows that I have ever had the pleasure of recording.
I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
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Australian singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson is living the dream!
Just back from a global tour that’s included the USA, Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, Mark joined me at my Bondi Beach podcast studio to chat about his sold out shows in 8 different countries on 3 continents and sharing the stage with some of music industry’s most enigmatic names including Brian Wilson and Rodriguez.
As Mark Wilkinson embarks on the final two legs of his global tour at home in Australia and New Zealand to launch brand new EP ‘Lost In A Dream’, we chat about:
- Meeting through another Sydney singer/songwriter, Kate Gogarty, whom I used to manage and I surprise him with the story that I met this artist through a friend of hers via a dating app.
- Mark’s first ever memories as a small child in Singapore.
- A “pinch me” moment that he enjoyed whilst on tour in the Netherlands, where he thought to himself “I can’t believe that this is happening right now!”.
- Mark’s experiences self-producing the ‘Lost In A Dream’ EP, taking the leap of faith to work solo without a producer and the next steps for his upcoming 3rd studio album.
- 2 people who have inspired him on his journey to become a global, touring singer/songwriter.
- 2 pieces of advice that Mark Wilkinson would give to someone who has a dream, but is afraid to take that first step.
Super inspiring chats & I hope you enjoy it as much as I do… Let’s get into it!
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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #143 Dan Wilkinson – Ambition, Small Business & Pursuing Your Dreams – Where Should I Begin?
Ambition, Small Business & Pursuing Your Dreams – Where Should I Begin?
There is NOTHING in the world like being your own boss and getting paid to pursue what you love!
If you had told me in 2015 that I’d be making more $$$ in 2 days than I used to make in 5 and that I would be living 5 minutes walk from the ocean, working remotely from the home office every day (I commute to work via the kitchen 😃) and then creating podcasts, Instagram content and business development on my other work days, then I would have said to you “Let’s jump in the time machine and take me there immediately!”
From studying biochemistry to Emirates Airline senior flight attendant to music industry jack-of-all-trades to global award-winning social media strategist, my life has been a journey of design, chasing that “Life Work Balance”. Yep, you heard right… ever since I was 20 years old I’ve pursued an approach to life by focusing on jobs that allow me to live a certain lifestyle and chase what I love for living… travel, music & a life of creativity.
If you had told me 20 years ago I’d be a flight attendant living in Dubai for 6.5 years, I’d have pissed myself laughing… “No way!”, if you’d told me 12 years ago that I’d be working in social media for a living I’d have been like “What’s Social Media?” 😉 And I’m still rolling with it… last year I spent 3 months in California after leaving my full-time job and since moved to Bondi Beach in December, turned my podcast into a radio show on Bondi Beach Radio and took on my first university gig lecturing in Social Media Strategy at Macleay College in Sydney. WTF is happening right now?!! 🚀 Keep Pushin’!
Over the coming weeks & months, I am releasing a series of solo digital shows for free download via iTunes and the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly small business and entrepreneur podcast to help any of you who yearns for a life where you get paid to do what you love and chase your dreams.
This is the first show in this series is:
Ambition, Small Business & Pursuing Your Dreams – Where Should I Begin? –
- The 1st Steps – Decide What You Want & Follow Your Heart.
- The Top Tips and Tools – Clear A Path & Make That Start.
The next show in the series:
10 Tools & Tips for the Ambitious, Small Business Owner & Digital Nomad – Perform at your best whilst living life to the fullest!
What exactly is it that are you waiting for? There is absolutely nothing stopping you from taking the plunge except you. Make a start, make a start today!
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Excited! Exclusive #WomenInBusiness Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast with YouTuber Alicia Fairclough LIVE at TwoSpace at the Coogee Bay Hotel!
Having built and sold her first business at the age 25 in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), Alicia Fairclough is a digital nomad in the truest sense of the word, with a Skypenosis consulting business that she can run from anywhere in the world, a successful mobile app and a YouTube channel with over 15,000 subscribers, which specialises in hypnosis for wellness subscribers!
In our LIVE show together we explore what makes Alicia tick and drives her hunger for success, the moment she went… f*ck it… I’m going to pursue my own business and as part of the show I even agreed to under hypnosis as an exclusive for her YouTube audience!
I’ve been wanting to recording LIVE podcasts for quite some time now and so I am pretty damn excited to be doing this as a dry run.
Tune in now to hear Alicia’s story of bite off more than you can chew, then chew like hell! Exciting times!
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“True beauty is found in the imperfect and vulnerable.”
Cassie Lane is one of the most hilarious, intelligent and beautiful people I know and like so many of us, Cassie Lane grew up desperately wanting to be someone else.
At 16 years of age, Cassie jetted off overseas from Australia on an exciting student exchange adventure. One day she was walking the streets of Italy and the next she found herself swept up into the life of a jet-setter, strutting the catwalks of Milan, Italy and the world as an international model.
Next stop USA. Life living in Los Angeles was like something out of a TV show – sharing a house with 3 other models, mixing it with celebrities on a global scale and partying hard in the LA scene. And yet something was missing…
Beneath all the flash and fancy, she started seeing through the world of exploitation and self-destruction where “living off your looks can attract as much scorn as admiration.”
Yearning for something more, Cassie returned to Australia determined to pursue her passions and whilst taking her next steps in self-development through study, she also began dating Australian footballer, Alan Didak (Collingwood football Club), who wasn’t that well known at the time. As his sporting profile grew in Australia, Cassie found herself thrust back into the limelight and the oft noxious environment of a WAG (Wives And Girlfriends of high-profile professional athlete), where at times she found herself labelled as ‘slut’, ‘skank’ and ‘stripper’, and constantly being told that she should toe the line and be happy with her life as the partner of a football star. And then came the toxic cherry top… being voted worst dressed at the Brownlow Medal whilst attending the nationally televised AFL Best & Fairest Awards show with her partner. Devastating…
Especially for a highly intelligent person that now not only has a double degree in Psychology and Communications, but now a Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, from which the thesis of that Masters is this very book and memoir.
‘How to Dress a Dummy’ is frank, open, honest, hilarious and beautiful journey of empowerment and self discovery… I myself was clearly never a catwalk model, but there are so many parallels between Cassie’s life and my own. I grew up knowing that I was different, an outsider and I always felt like a bit of a weirdo. And I still am a weirdo, it’s just that I’m my kind of weirdo and the most beautiful thing that you can discover is to learn to love yourself and to be yourself, for once you do you will notice that you attract the friends/people who most want to be around you, to be with you and to be like you… And that is one of the most amazing moments of realization that anyone can experience!
It makes me so happy to see my friends strive for success, achieve their goals and focus on what completes them and makes them happy. I love that I can share this story.
I love you Cassie Lane and I am SO proud of you!
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