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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

vision to execution

Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Gavin Wade shares how he approached fulfilling a need in the photography industry with his company, Cloudspot. Listen in as he shares about the risk and reward in turning an idea into reality, along with steps to take if you’re ready to take the step towards […]

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Vendor Connection Ideas + Growing Your Team 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. “How do you network and connect with vendors from home?” 2. “What’s your advice for finding good help and […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Lindsay Davenport shares how to approach finding a healthy balance between motherhood and business ownership. Listen in as she drops some hard truths on the reality of “balance” along with an unpopular opinion that we all need to be reminded. Lindsay is a NM small-town-raised wedding […]



Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Dr. Tiffany Eurich joins us to discuss how publicity through public relations can help build your brand and develop additional credibility in your business. Listen in as she shares how to get started, research publications and outlets, and develop pitches that will stand out! Dr. Tiffany […]

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instagram strategy

Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Tyler McCall joins us to discuss how you can master your own Instagram strategy. Listen in as he shares how to set your goals for Instagram and review your numbers to track your success! Tyler J. McCall is an Instagram and social media marketer, strategist, and […]


Masterminds & Educational Formats

Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Hope Taylor joins us for another conversation around education and her experience with masterminds! Listen in as she gives her opinion on what a great mastermind includes, along with how educators should find and focus in on the education format that they excel in! Hope Taylor […]


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