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 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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Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, we’re joined by Carrie Grace to talk through the reason we fear rejection and how you can overcome that fear. Listen in as she shares some of her own stories of rejection, along with how she is constantly challenging herself to ask for more. Bio:Carrie Grace […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In this episode, we talk with Kat Schmoyer about the importance of cultivating a community and overcoming criticism within your work. If you’re ready to take the steps to become community centric, find compassion for listening to others’ perspectives, and appropriately respond to criticism, listen in! Bio: Kat Schmoyer […]


Welcome to “So, Here’s the Thing!” In episode four, we chat with Bonnie Bakhtiari about building your business from a place of purpose and how that includes respecting boundaries. Listen in as she discusses setting boundaries in both your personal and professional life that will lead to success. Bonnie is a brand designer and strategist […]

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In this episode, we will break down the action steps that Quianna has learned to take when attending an educational or networking experience. After years of attending countless workshops and conferences, Quianna has learned the best ways to get the most out of her investment. Quianna Marie is a destination wedding photographer based in both […]


In this episode, Sarah and I will talk through the pros and cons of working for free, along with some insight on how to determine when to say “yes” and how to say “no”. Sarah Erickson is a brand and website designer for creatives. She creates polished designs backed with strategy and intention—making your brand […]


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