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Welcome to a space for the creative entrepreneur looking for actionable education-without the fluff. From growth strategy to self care and everything in between; secrets don’t exist here. Tough love, a little bit of humor, and a lot of insight that will help you overcome self doubt and grow personally and professionally; move beyond inspirational quotes and motivational turns of phrase and make moves to get you moving forward to the next level in your life and business.

with Laylee emadi

So, here's the thing...

Hey, friends! I'm Laylee; a teacher turned photographer, and small-business owner turned business-educator... and you could say I am habitually seeking out new adventures (like this podcast).

I love meeting new people, especially in the creative industry, and I found that I had so many game changing moments in the middle of intimate conversations with peers and industry leaders - So many fresh, real and raw perspectives are shared in those conversations over a drink or a meal, and I wanted to create a space to bring a little of those conversations to you. 

I don’t have all the answers (wouldn’t that be nice!), but I’ve learned a lot along the way and I’m an open book. As a former high school teacher, I have a huge heart for educating others. I’m not afraid to dig into tough topics or share my experiences—the good and the bad. I want you to feel confident in your ability to make a difference and make a living doing what you love. 

I’m here to encourage you, lift you up, give you my honest advice, and equip you with the resources and support you need to achieve your goals. Let’s dive in!

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Recent Episodes

In this episode, Akua Konadu joins us to discuss how you can become a better ally and provides insight on this important topic. Listen in to hear her perspective as well as actionable advice . Akua is an Instagram Coach who helps entrepreneurs feel confident and empowered to share their story through Instagram. She does […]

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Tech and Tools

Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, we’re joined by Dawn Richardson of Tech Savvy Creative to discuss the systems you need to add to your photography business to help organize and back up your work! Listen in as she shares the initial steps you can take right now to set your business […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Michelle Harris of M Harris Studios joins us to highlight the importance of creating community for your clients with Facebook groups. Listen in as she discusses paid vs. free facebook groups, content creation that drives sales to your educational offerings, and creating engagement in your community. […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this bite-sized episode, I respond to two of the most asked questions submitted by listeners to my “ask me anything” prompt. 1. What are your pet peeves when it comes to creative educators? 2. How do I pitch myself as a podcast guest? This episode is brought to […]

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Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Becky Mollenkamp joins us to discuss combatting imposter syndrome through mindset work. Listen in as she shares what approaches to imposter syndrome work and don’t work. Becky Mollenkamp believes women deserve to feel powerful and fulfilled. As a certified business mindset coach, she helps her clients […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Amanda Warfield shares how you can organize your life and business by creating and sticking to healthy routines. Listen in as she discusses time management techniques, batch scheduling, and capsule wardrobes. Amanda is wife to Russell and crazy cat mom to their two furbabies. If you’re […]


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