Movers & Shakers: Allison James

Hey, everyone, and welcome to the third and final episode/blog of Movers & Shakers season 1, a mini-video series that takes a look at the lives and businesses of many up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs.

For this last episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Allison James, a wonderful mixed media artist out of Atlanta, but from Perry, Georgia. I had so much fun interviewing Allison because there were so many similarities between us. Also, because I could really tell that she loves what she does and that definitely shined through as she spoke about her work.

 

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Allison is an excellent example of someone who does what they love and is able to earn a living from it. But during her interview, she brought to light that often, you have to fight to make your hobbies and passions a big part of your life.

Allison hadn’t always had the opportunity to create and work from home. But her passion to for art and creating led her to make a few life changes, and with the support of her husband and well wishes from her family and close friends, she has built the professional life she dreamed of. One that allows her to pursue her passion for art and mixed media daily while maintaining a part-time job.

So without further ado, here is the season one finale of Movers & Shakers featuring Allison James.

You can find Allison on her website and Instagram (@allisonjames.com).

Movers & Shakers: Kailee Feirer

It all started with a picture of her shoes. This picture to be exact!

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As she sat with her friend trying to think of a caption before posting it on Instagram, her friend said, “#BrokenAnkles”. Just like that, a movement was born.

“Keep going, even if your ankles are broken.”

That’s the slogan behind Kailee Feirer’s company Broken Ankles. It’s a community committed to one cause, supporting those who need it most through hard times, with kind words, uplifting stories and so much more. I don’t know about you, but I can use a little pick-me-up every now and again because life can get pretty hard. With that said, I’m completely in support of the positive community Kailee has created through Broken Ankles.

In the grand scheme of things, who Broken Ankles supports isn’t very specific. You don’t have to be suffering from a terminal illness, you don’t have to be on the verge of being evicted, you don’t have to be completely down and out to feel love from this community and participate with Broken Ankles. No, you can be anybody, going through anything. Whatever hard time you’re going through, Broken Ankles, the company, and community want to be there for you, and Kailee wants to spread that message one Broken Ankles t-shirt, sweatshirt, hat, or sticker at a time.

Making every logo you see by hand in her bedroom, Kailee is trying to promote positivity and community with people who may not think anyone cares during their time of need. Broken Ankles is really just a reminder, that you can keep going, just one step at a time… one foot in front of the other. And in some cases, one hashtag or merch sale at a time.

Below is the Movers and Shakers second episode featuring, Kailee Feirer and her company. But before (or after) you watch it, head over to her website and check out her merchandise. She’s offering SydneyUmeri.com readers a 20% discount using the promo code Movers&Shakers17. Enjoy!

You can find Broken Ankles on their website and on Instagram (@shopbrokenankles).

Thanks for watching!

Movers & Shakers: Sheena Shahangian

Hey, everyone, and welcome to the first episode/blog of Movers & Shakers, a mini-video series that takes a look into the lives and businesses of many up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs. The series looks at how they juggle their dreams, passions, and growing business/side hustles, all while maintaining a 9-5 among other things.

For this first episode, I was able to take a peek into the creative process of Sheena Shahangian, a wonderful up-and-coming photographer out of Atlanta, Georgia. She is committed to bringing out the best, and the unseen in everyone she photographs and I got a chance to experience that first hand.

Before sitting down to interview her, I was able to tag along on one of her shoots where I got to see her in action, and that was such a treat. I don’t think I’ve ever met a photographer so passionate about bringing out the best in her clients. She doesn’t just want to photograph you, she wants you to “see yourself differently.”

Often times, we all have insecurities that make being photographed an uncomfortable experience. Sometimes we aren’t entirely confident in ourselves, or with certain aspects of our appearance, and Sheena is here to let you know that you don’t have to be a model to feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. Better yet, she loves clients that are uncomfortable yet decide to do it anyway. She takes pride in helping them through the shoot and capturing images that they’ll be proud of.

Whether it’s walking you through what to wear, or showing you different poses to flatter your body, Sheena does it all and does it very well. How do I know? Well, outside of just watching her during a shoot, I was actually a part of one, and I left the experience feeling more confident than ever. If you’d like to read more about my personal experience shooting with Sheena, click here. I have a whole blog post outlining that experience.

Also here are some pictures from the shoot to show her work. She’s amazing!

So without further ado, here is the first episode of Movers & Shakers featuring Sheena Shahangian. Enjoy!

You can find Sheena on her website as well as Facebook (Sheena Shahangian Photography) and Instagram (@sheenashahangianphoto).

Thanks for watching!

Movers & Shakers

Hello, Everyone!! I hope you’re having a fabulous day! Today I am super excited to announce a project that I have been working on since May.

For the past 5-6 months, I have been emailing, meeting up with and filming some awesome creatives in my area. At the same time, I’ve learned more about them, their craft, what drives them to create, and what it’s like to be an entrepreneur juggling a 9am to 5pm while pursuing their passions from 5pm to 9am.

It was from there I decided to create a video series called Movers & Shakers. The point of this video series is to get the perspective of these creatives as they are in the beginning stages of their companies and to get a real take on entrepreneurship… not all the fluffy, fun, I make millions of dollars stuff.

Also, I wanted them to have videos that they could use to promote themselves on their socials as well as their websites.

I also wanted to use this opportunity to work on my video editing, storytelling, and overall filmmaking skills. This was my first time consistently editing on Adobe’s Premiere Pro, as well as understanding my Sony a5100’s settings, such as ISO, frame rate, shutter speed, aperture and much much more.

Finally, I wanted to let you guys in on some awesome creatives, what they do and all that jazz so that you can support them. But also, so that you’ll hear about them before they blow up and go on to be super successful, I know they all will.

So without further ado, here is the trailer to Movers & Shakers season one.

Every Wednesday at 8am in November, there will be a  Movers & Shakers blog post and video going up, so get excited! The first one will be next Wednesday, November 8th, and will feature Sheena Shahangian, a photographer whose work you have already seen featured on this blog. To see her work, as well as read my other corresponding blog post about her click here.

If you’re excited about this mini-series, please comment down below and let me know what you think. Also, this is just season one, and I would love to continue filming. If you know a talented creative with a great story to share and one who could benefit from getting their story told through video please comment down below or seek me out on all socials (I’m @sydneyumeri everywhere) and let me know!

I’m so excited for what’s to come, and I’m glad I can bring you all along with me.

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Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life!