Camera Ready & Abel
Budget with Stacey Linderman

Budget with Stacey Linderman

May 24, 2022

Budget maybe one of the, um, least sexy words in the Camera Ready & Abel lexicon but one of the most essential.

A key to success is treating your career like the business that it is and that requires a budget.

My guest for this episode, Stacey Linderman, founder and principal consultant at A6 Financial and Business Optimization says,"your budget is a road map to your destination.

If you're not typically a "numbers person," you're in luck because Stacey offers straightforward advice to make sure the career road map you are plotting actually gets you to where you want to go. After all, a budget is all about leveraging your resources. It’s about creating choice, not limiting it.

Do you wonder:

Am I charging the right price?

Am I worth that price point?

Do I have to outsource my finances?

...then give a listen and drop me a line to let me know what resonated with you or left you wanting to know more

To work with Stacey and get more of her insights visit

Connection with Kamie Crawford

Connection with Kamie Crawford

May 17, 2022

Connection is one of the essential C's to being camera ready - connection to the camera, to the content, to the audience and connection to yourself.

I first met my guest for this episode, Kamie Crawford, when she was a 19 year-old college student, working model and recent Miss Teen USA with big dreams of being a television host. The minute she walked into my office I knew she was someone special. Spoiler alert: Kamie turned her dreams into goals and is now a hugely successful content creator, model, activist, mentor, entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Rookie of the Year and host of Catfish on MTV plus her podcast Relationsh*t. 

But it didn't happen overnight. It took ten years of hard work and soul searching. 

With enormous candor and vulnerability, Kamie explains how she struggled to learn how to connect to herself in order to connect to the camera, the content and the audience to build her career. 

Key takeaways:

  • It's okay to say I'm not ready 
  • Learn the difference between caution and fear
  • Focus on doing the work of developing your craft - and stick with it
  • Build connections and find people who can help you
  • When you are ready mentally, emotionally and physically the dots will connect and opportunities will come to you

Have fun and keep up with Kamie at, on Instagram, in Sports Illustrated and her Relationsh*t podcast.

It’s All About Storytelling with Bill Brand

It’s All About Storytelling with Bill Brand

May 10, 2022

My guest for this episode, Bill Brand, is a storyteller par excellence. He began his far-ranging career in local news with stops along with way at VH1, Lifetime, HSN and Carnival Cruise Lines before becoming CEO of fashion retailer Rue 21 with 700 stores in 45 states, a robust ecommerce business and millions of social followers. When I asked Bill to be on the podcast, I wanted him to talk about leadership because he's seriously the best boss ever, but he insisted the it's really, simply, all about storytelling: Engaging and respecting your audience whether that's a news story, lifestyle program or retail experience.

Bill delivers a tour de force masterclass: 

  • The audience is always the hero of the story. Brands run into trouble when they lose sight of this.
  • Content + Community = Commerce
  • Living aligned with your values creates stories worth telling
  • When you feel you can make an impact somewhere you know you are doing something right
  • There’s a formula to storytelling that makes it a skillset accessible to all

Keep up with Bill Brand on Linkedin at

Making Change with Cindy Gallop

Making Change with Cindy Gallop

May 3, 2022

Making change means taking creative action to solve a social problem and my guest for this episode of Camera Ready & Abel, Cindy Gallop, Founder & CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn, is making change to how we think about sexual values and behaviors in her necessary and trailblazing platform.

The tagline reads: Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference and Cindy goes deep pointing out we are raised by our parents to behave well with good manners, a work ethic, sense of responsibility and accountability but we are rarely taught to  behave well in bed with values like empathy, sensitivity, generosity, kindness, honesty and respect.

Key takeaways:

  • Everything starts with living your values
  • Realize what matters
  • shared values plus shared action equals shared profit, both financial and social.

Cindy, like so many of my guests, is an accidental entrepreneur - and thriving.

Cindy Gallop is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is 35 years in brand-building, marketing and advertising - she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.  She is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, co-action software  launched in beta at TED 2010  and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study, which enables brands to implement the business model of the future – Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social).

She acts as board advisor to a number of tech ventures and works as a personal brand/life/executive coach and a consultant on brand and business innovation for companies around the world. BusinessInsider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and cited her as number 33 on their list of 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and number one on their list of Top 30 People In Advertising To Follow On Twitter- which you can do at @cindygallop

Cindy has published ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as one of TED’s line of TEDBooks. Visit and see what ‘the social sex revolution’ is all about!

Create Your Yes with Angela Marie Hutchinson

Create Your Yes with Angela Marie Hutchinson

April 26, 2022

From birth it's estimated we hear the word no 400x per day. It's amazing we try anything new because that's a lot of negative and limiting conditioning. In this episode, the dynamic polymath, Angela Marie Hutchinson, explains the life skill I wish I'd learned a lot sooner: How to redirect your no's to Create Your Yes

Angela, who is a showrunner, screenwriter, producer, television host, working mom and former talent agent, created this actionable 12-step strategy for success based on her TEDx talk Create Your Own Yes, When You Keep Hearing No.

Her advice is both inspiring and practical. My key takeaways are:

  • Progress is success
  • Track your success and look for patterns so you can replicate what works for you
  • Measure your inchstones instead of the milestones
  • Get unstuck by showing up and being generous
  • Don't just look ahead - use your peripheral vision too

For nearly a decade, Angela has produced a diverse portfolio with her media company, BiH Entertainment. She also works as a career coach, public speaker and business consultant. Angela’s clients call her The Dream Builder. In 2005, Angela founded BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps entertainment professionals pursue their careers. Repped at The Gersh Agency, Angela is actively developing and producing numerous projects with active development deals at a top production company. Angela is also the creator and executive producer of the 2021 Facebook Watch series, “Asking for a Friend,” hosted by Vanessa Simmons. As a filmmaker, Angela wrote, produced and cast the feature film, “Hollywood Chaos,” also starring Vanessa Simmons. Angela has been recognized as a media and arts trailblazer by the U.S. Congress, Los Angeles mayor and Los Angeles city council.

Follow Angela on Instagram and Twitter at @livewithangela and check out her work at

For more insights on how to work through no's listen to producer Dave Noll's epsiode on positivity. In Dave's experience, it takes 29 no's to get to your yes.

Emotional Intelligence with Alex Yaroslavsky

Emotional Intelligence with Alex Yaroslavsky

April 19, 2022

Alex Yaro, mediator, executive coach, conflict resolution expert and my guest for this episode, boldly asks on the home page of his website, How much energy do you waste avoiding conflict? 

If you've never stopped to think about this - and how it impacts your life - you're not alone. If you're a recovering pleaser, like me, your answer might be a somewhat sheepish a lot…

Alex was born in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union and has lived in Asia, Europe and North America which gives him a global perspective and special appreciation of cross-cultural communication. Re-thinking how you approach conflict - a natural part of daily life - transforms how you communicate and therefore how you live and show up in the world. Per Alex, the key to making our challenging conversations productive is Emotional Intelligence - an essential leadership skill that we can all develop.

Emotional Intelligence, also known as EQ, is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others and overcome challenges and diffuse conflict. According to Daniel Goldman, who wrote the book on it, the five characteristics of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills - all hugely important in the world of media and camera readiness.

A key takeaway this episode is the power of asking clarifying questions: What, when, where, who, how...but reframe WHY??? into a less-charged walk me through or help me understand your thinking...

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

  • EQ by Daniel Goleman
  • The Atlas of Emotion by Paul Ekman
  • Drive by Dan Pink
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Having lived in Asia and Europe, Alex has a global perspective and special appreciation of cross-cultural communication. He created several courses on managing challenging  conversations. His coaching style blends support with risk taking. He encourages clients to experiment with new perspectives, welcome feedback, speak directly, diplomatically, and effectively. 

Learn more about Alex at or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Form Follows Feeling with Suchi Reddy

Form Follows Feeling with Suchi Reddy

April 12, 2022

Suchi Reddy is a poet of space. Long before I met Suchi, I fell in love with her work when I experienced the Connective Project in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, an installation of 7,000 glorious, yellow, flower-like pinwheels that filled me with happy.

Years later when I met Suchi through our mutual friend, Stacy Fass, Suchi dropped the phrase form follows feeling into the conversation and right then and there I asked Suchi to be on the podcast. I needed to explore this idea and share it with you.

Form follows feeling - a design ethos informed by neuroaesthetics (the study of how the brain responds to the design of our surroundings) - is the guiding design principle for Suchi and her firm, Reddymade Architecture and Design.

This strong belief that good design, calibrated carefully to the human, positively influences wellbeing, creativity, and productivity informs all of Suchi's projects from conception to details. She believes in the power of joy and whimsy and making the invisible, visible.

Suchi really made me think about my home space and my work space, and how important it is to ask myself how I want to feel in those places; that they are living and breathing, in order to support me every day.

Suchi's curiosity and sense of possibility are inspiring as is her diverse range of work from the aforementioned Connective Project to Me + You, Suchi's interactive installation blending emotional AI, sculpture, physics, neuroscience and data technology at the Smithsonian, to the Google store in Manhattan to beautiful, serene residential spaces which I love to follow on her instagram.

Suchi was appointed the Plym Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Champaign–Urbana for the Fall 2019 semester, where her work focused on contemporary architectural experience through the lens of neuroaesthetics, neurophenomenology, and sensory design. She sits on the board of the Design Trust for Public Space, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Madame Architect; and she is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors at Detroit Mercy School of Architecture.  

Learn more about Reddymade Architecture and Design at and follow on instagram at @reddymadedesign.

Future Proof Your Career with Evan Shapiro

Future Proof Your Career with Evan Shapiro

April 5, 2022

Evan Shapiro is the Unofficial Official Cartographer of the Media Universe and I am a happy subscriber to his must read newsletter Media War & Peace so I immediately stopped what I was doing when an edition landed in my inbox with the subtitle: Future-proof your career.

I want to future-proof my career, don't you??

Evan completely delivered on his promise, as he always does, and I used the Camera Ready & Abel podcast as the perfect excuse to reach out and ask, can we talk about this?

Key takeaways:

  • You are the CEO of the business of you. Think like a CEO.
  • Treat your talents as superpowers
  • Preparing to pivot means preparing to do it before you need to
  • Wake up stupid every day. Read, be curious and attack each day as an opportunity to improve your place in the marketplace,
  • Web 3 is coming so plan accordingly

If you are working in media or aspire to work in media you need to be following Evan and reading Media War & Peace. Evan's diverse career began as a stable boy in high school shoveling horse manure - you know this training has come in handy! - through working as head of marketing at The Public Theatre to being President of IFC and Sundance channels for several years before early adopting into digital and launching several networks. Portlandia fans, you have Evan to thank. 

Follow Evan on LinkedIn

Subscribe to his Media War & Peace newsletter at

Could it be Possible with Dan Austin

Could it be Possible with Dan Austin

March 29, 2022

Audrey Hepburn reminded us to look at impossible in a new way: Im Possible. Dan Austin, founder of the 88bikes Foundation asks every day: could it be possible?

Spoiler alert: The answer is an enthusiastic YES! as Dan joins me on this optimistic episode of Camera Ready & Abel to discuss how a simple idea blooms into impactful execution and joy-based philanthropy.

The 88bikes Foundation was born in 2007, when Dan was on a cycling holiday in Cambodia with his brother, and they looked to donate their bicycles to a local orphanage at the end of their trip. They quickly realized there would be 2 happy kids and 86 not so happy kids so Dan and his brother launched a fundraiser - could it be possible? - and within a few weeks were able to donate 88 bikes to the orphanage. It was a moment of such unbridled joy they knew they had to do it again.

15 years later, 88bikes endows bicycles in 20 countries, providing a simple and direct way to make a difference for a heroic girl, especially the survivors of human trafficking. Because, buy a girl a bike and she can go anywhere!

Learn how you can buy a bike and change a life for $88 + learn more about how Dan turned his passion for pedaling into his life's work, and @88bikes.

Audacity with Zahra Rasool

Audacity with Zahra Rasool

March 22, 2022

If you are a regular listener of Camera Ready & Abel - and I hope you are! - you know that getting unstuck and stepping out of the messy middle are recurring themes. This often requires audacity, the willingness to take bold risks.

My guest for this episode, Zahra Rasool, is a two-time Emmy nominated director, writer, producer and media entrepreneur working at the intersection of storytelling and innovation. Zahra bravely and boldly move from Mumbai to the United States at the age of 19 - where she had no family and knew no one - to pursue her dreams. Her natural curiosity and strong sense of self have guided her ever since.

In May 2017, Zahra created and launched a media innovation and storytelling studio, AJ Contrast, part of Al Jazeera Media Network. Still Here, her documentary about incarceration and gentrification in Harlem premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 

Zahra was awarded a Gracie for Best National Online Producer by the Alliance of Women in Media Foundation (2021) and her films have been screened at over 40 international film festivals including at Sundance, Sheffield DocFest and Berlinale.

Follow Zarha on instagram at @xaara @ajcontrast and on twitter @RXahra @ajcontrast

Nice or Necessary with Mary Lengle

Nice or Necessary with Mary Lengle

March 15, 2022

On this episode of Camera Ready & Abel, my dear friend, producer, content strategist and co-founder of Cogorno Golf, Mary Lengle poses a question that has been a game changer for me in how I approach my business and life: IS IT NICE or IS IT NECESSARY?

Marinate on this for a moment. At any stage of your business, and certainly in the beginning, it is easy to get distracted and stuck in the Shoulds spending a lot of resources on things that are nice but really not necessary.

This is a simple question with high impact that you want to get in the habit of asking yourself to save you money and time - and keep you in the long game.

Key takeaways in addition to asking is it nice or is it necessary:

  • Be consistent - and let that commitment to consistency keep you going through the hard parts
  • Learn to detach from what you create so you can listen to your audience
  • Don't be afraid to change strategy

In 2016, Mary combined her expertise in media and brand building with her passion for golf to work side-by-side with golf pro, Eric Cogorno, and one NECESSARY decision after another they slowly built the biggest and best online golf instruction community in the world: Cogorno Golf!

Mary Lengle is an accomplished producer and communications strategist with 25+ years of experience conceiving, developing, and launching large-scale promotional initiatives to raise brand awareness, increase recognition, and drive profitability for a variety of clients.

She’s coordinated and managed publicity programs for 100+ book titles and high-profile clients including numerous New York Times Bestselling titles. Throughout her career she’s represented major clients such as Denise Austin, Gary Player, LL Cool J, Morgan Freeman, and renowned chef, Jacques Pepin. Mary co-produced and developed stories in collaboration with various high-profile media entities such as USA Today, The New York Times, Parade, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN, FOX, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Montel Williams Show, Martha, and The Discovery Channel.

Visit Cogorno Golf + follow Mary on IG at @marylengle and Eric Cogorno Golf on YouTube.

Creativity with Maria Brito

Creativity with Maria Brito

March 8, 2022

Fact: Everyone can be creative. And yet...somewhere along the line many of us buy into the idea that we are not creative. This episode of Camera Ready & Abel is dedicated to debunking that myth and our guide to reclaiming our creativity is Maria Brito, an award-winning New York City-based contemporary art advisor, author, host, creator, recovering corporate attorney and force of nature.

Maria's latest book, “How Creativity Rules The World: The art and business of turning your ideas into gold is released March 15th everywhere books are sold.

Maria shares why creativity is language that applies to everyone, in all walks of life, because after all, creativity is born of ideas and we all have ideas. Key takeaways from our conversation include:

  • Create more than you consume.
  • Embrace failure and release control.
  • The fast way to be uncreative is to only listen to one voice.

In addition to being selected by Complex Magazine as one of the 20 Power Players in the Art World, Maria was named by ARTNEWS as one of the visionaries who gets to shape the art world. Her clients include Oscar-winning actors, hip-hop moguls, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Broadway producers and many more.

For several years, Maria has taught her creativity course in companies and, in 2019, she launched “Jumpstart”, an online program on creativity for entrepreneurs based on years of research and observation in both the areas of business and art.

In 2019 she created and hosted "The "C" Files with Maria Brito", a TV and streaming series for PBS's new station "ALL ARTS."

Maria’s Instagram @mariabrito_ny is a MUST FOLLOW!

Pre-order “How Creativity Rules The World,” and gain free access to Maria's creativity online course plus bonuses at

Directing Talent with Michael A. Simon

Directing Talent with Michael A. Simon

March 1, 2022

One of the best parts of having my podcast is reconnecting with people I haven't spoken to in too long and on this episode of Camera Ready & Abel I enjoy a long overdue chat about directing talent, building trust, leadership, communication, imposter syndrome and the unique thrill of directing live television with one of my favorite former colleagues from my VH1 days, Michael A. Simon.

Throughout his 25-year career, Michael has directed some of the most iconic moments in television. His shows have attracted over a 1.5 Billion views in combined audiences across all broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Michael's VH1 credits include directing VH1 Divas, creating, producing and directing Storytellers, working with a staggering list of music legends including Miles Davis, Prince, David Bowie, REM, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston...and producing and directing New Visions where over 300 artists across multiple genres were shot in performance.

After leaving MTV Networks Michael went on to direct numerous series and specials including 25 live Survivor finales, 22 years of the Emmy-winning A Home For The Holidays and the memorable commercial series, featuring William Shatner along with 26 seasons of the worldwide sensation Ridiculousness.

Michael is currently in pre-production on his first feature film “Prisoners of Time”, based on the documentary “Town Bloody Hall, which weaves a story about a Father and his daughter,  Norman Mailer, Marilyn Monroe and the #MeTooMovement. He is also developing several scripted TV series and podcasts, all of which you can learn more at

Grit with Babette Perry

Grit with Babette Perry

February 22, 2022

The ability to persevere has come up in most of the conversations I’ve had on Camera Ready & Abel. Things take time and few things go as planned.  Life takes GRIT and my good friend Babette Perry joins me to dig deeper into the world of resilience and long term goals.

In this episode we look at faith’s relationship to grit, believing in success when others don’t see it, and the importance of down right hard work.  

Babette Perry is a partner at Innovative Artists Talent & Literary Agency where she runs the Broadcast/Hosting division. She was the head of Broadcasting at ICM for many years before leaving to run the west coast Broadcasting division at IMG. She specializes in representing entertainment hosts, news and sports personalities, social media talent, and alternative producers. 

Babette represents Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race and Tough as Nails), Rachel Smith (Entertainment Tonight), Lauren Lake (Paternity Court), Ollie Pettigrew and Charity Bailey (Right This Minute), Michaela Pereira (Good Day LA), Garcelle Beauvais (The Real and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Jon Fortt (CNBC), Maureen McCormick (Frozen in Time), along with other celebrities such as David Alan Grier, Scott Wolf, and Bill Bellamy.

Keep up with Babette on IG at @babettelperry.

Loving your Anxiety with Heather Hans

Loving your Anxiety with Heather Hans

February 15, 2022

I used to think anxiety was people hyperventilating into paper bags in the movies. Now I realize healthy anxiety keeps me from getting hit by cars when I cross the street and unhealthy anxiety keeps me from trying things that help me grow as a person and develop in my career.


My guest on this episode of Camera Ready & Abel is Heather Hans who has taught me so much about managing anxiety in contemporary life and she gives several, actionable tips for how you can too.


One of the biggest things I learned from Heather is that anxiety is our body’s way of talking to us and that we need to listen! It's often pointing us to a needed change.


Heather is a licensed clinical social worker & psychotherapist, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, Certified Intuitive Coach & Holistic Healer, and recovering CPA. She empowers individuals and organizations to perform at their highest  potential.


A trusted thought leader in the self-empowerment space, Heather is a regular television guest on 9News Denver, Fox5 New York, Channel 2 News Denver, Denver7 News, and iHeart Radio. An Amazon International #1 Bestselling Author, she is currently working on her doctorate in Ethical & Creative Leadership to help people of all backgrounds & cultures make their dreams come true. 


Learn more about overcoming anxiety naturally in Heather's online course, Create Profitable Relationships by Mastering Anxiety and other great resources via her website and instagram.

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