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

Welcome to So, Here’s the Thing! In this special “Ask Me Anything” episode, Vanessa Hicks joins me to answer some of the most asked questions from our Instagram followers regarding Vanessa’s photography business and personal life! Listen in as she talks about managing anxiety, balancing children as an entrepreneur, moving your business to a new […]

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Welcome to So, Here’s the Thing! In this episode, Shaunae Teske sits down to chat about the importance of intentional marketing in your business. Listen in as she discusses the steps you can take to find your core values and approach intentional marketing in your business. Shaunae is an award-winning, destination wedding photographer and small […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Natalie Franke joins us to discuss the importance of building a community that serve a purpose beyond yourself, and what it means to build your own table. Listen in as she shares her challenges with forming community and facing rejection, along with her unpopular opinion when […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, we talk with Emily Kurth about the overwhelm and burnout that entrepreneurs can experience from stress related to their work. Listen in as she shares 5 techniques you can incorporate into your life to better manage your stress. Emily Kurth is the owner of Coco & […]

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Confidence & Coaches 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 find the confidence to make big moves or start big projects like this podcast without letting self doubt or fear […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, Sarah and I discuss how you can grow and find success through practice, experience, and critique from others. Listen is as we share our personal experiences and the different routes we took in our professional path to entrepreneurship. Sarah Erickson is a brand and website designer […]


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