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Bouncing Back When Bouncing Back is Hard with Kathleen Donnelly Israel

Bouncing Back When Bouncing Back is Hard with Kathleen Donnelly Israel

September 27, 2022

There are so many sub-titles and themes for this episode of Camera Ready & Abel with Transformational Breathing Facilitator, Kathleen Donnelly Israel:

  • You are never too old to learn, grow and heal
  • Healing has no timeline - it doesn't care how old you are
  • You will never be younger than you are today, so do it now
  • Hold on to your dreams and goals - even if it feels like they are far out of reach
  • You never truly walk alone
  • You have the power to rewrite your story

For 17 years Kathleen cared for her husband who had Parkinson’s disease. After his passing, she decided to walk the 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain known as The Camino Santiago de Compastela. Kathleen was 69 years old. She gathered her wisdom and philosophy in her book Wisdom on the Camino: A Spiritual Journey Sharing Forgiveness and Possibilities to Inspire the Rest of Your Life. 

Kathleen delivers a powerful message of patience and perseverance. Learn more about transformational breathing techniques, reclaiming your power, and reimaging your life at any age in this conversation brought to you by the phrase bouncing back when bouncing back is hard. 

Visit to learn more about Kathleen’s work.

Belief to Breakthrough with Cynthia Garrett

Belief to Breakthrough with Cynthia Garrett

September 20, 2022

If you're not where you want to be, give yourself space to sit still and listen to this episode of Camera Ready & Abel with Cynthia Garrett.

Cynthia shares with her signature grace, warmth and humor her very human story of struggle to surrender to belief to breakthrough. You'll smile, laugh, nod your head in recognition and open your eyes wide in amazement as Cynthia inspires you to disrupt the patterns holding you back from living to your full potential.

Cynthia is an extraordinary communicator - an ordained minister, highly sought-after speaker and media personality who broke barriers when she became the first Black woman to host a network late-night show, NBC’s Later with Cynthia Garrett. She is a frequent contributor on political news channels and currently hosts The Sessions with Cynthia Garrett, airing weekly on TBN and GIRL CLUB streaming on multiple platforms including her own CGM TV YouTube Channel

You can learn more about Cynthia at

How to Get Discovered with Vinnie Potestivo

How to Get Discovered with Vinnie Potestivo

September 13, 2022

Do you feel like you are the world's best-kept secret? Are you stumped on how to stand out from the crowd in your space?

My dear friend Vinnie Potestivo - multimedia advisor, celebrity brand executive and host of the podcast, I Have a Podcast, returns to Camera Ready & Abel to generously share how to get discovered which Vinnie explains is simply exposure X action.

What action do you want someone to take as the result of discovering you? Are you making it easy for them to take that action?

In our conversation we also explore discovery-moments, why and how you should regularly update your credentials (even when you have nothing new to add), and the three components of exposure- amplification, distribution, and aggregation. 

To learn how Vinnie can help you create, invent or reinvent your personal or business brand business with carefully crafted strategies visit and hop on over to LinkedIn and follow #LinkedVin where Vinnie shares resources, tips, and leads.

The Power of Publicity with Brielle Cotterman

The Power of Publicity with Brielle Cotterman

September 6, 2022

Publicity has changed dramatically in my lifetime. Heck, it's changed a lot in the past few years. But The Power of Publicity remains something every business owner, subject expert and performer needs to harness.

My guest for this episode, Brielle Cotterman, is a Publicity Expert and Celebrity-Maker, who distills the Power of Publicity down to one phrase we discuss here a lot on the podcast: Listen to the stories you are telling.

Stories that inspire action have three parts according to Brielle:

  • Who you were before
  • the transformative experience
  • who you are after (or the rise). 

It is sharing your rise that inspires action.

More potent takeaways:

  • Publicity isn’t the end goal but it’s a means to an end
  • Don’t get hung up on top tier publicity, shine in your niche and build up
  • Publicity leads to more publicity
  • Practice makes permanent 

Brielle Cotterman is a TEDx Speaker, Contributor at Entrepreneur, Activist Against Domestic Violence, Publicity Expert, and Celebrity-Maker. She has spent the last decade helping clients to craft and scale dream careers to 7 figures and beyond by leveraging their personal stories and passions in order to create speaking tours, author award-winning books, procure media placements, and inspire the millions of people that need to hear their story. 

Follow Brielle at @briellecotterman and learn about her Celebrity Incubator program, whose tagline reads “Learn the Skills, Gain The Confidence, and Create The Media Collateral You Need to Become a Niche-Celebrity and Get the Highest Levels of Publicity.”

Storytelling Through a Lens with Michael Nigro

Storytelling Through a Lens with Michael Nigro

August 30, 2022

It fills my heart to discuss Storytelling Through a Lens with my long-time friend, six-time Emmy-nominated writer-director and multimedia journalist, Michael Nigro, on this episode of Camera Ready & Abel.

Michael brings heart, humanity and a powerful, fresh perspective to everything he does from photography to film to video to print.

You have seen Michael's photojournalism, unforgettable images of the January 6th Insurrection, the Caldor Fire in California, Standing Rock, Charlottesville, Virginia, COVID 19 workers, Occupy Wall Street and the migrant caravan in Tijuana.

You've also seen Michael's work as a director on National Geographics' Brain Games and as a writer on VH-1's beloved Pop-Up Video.

How exactly does one jump from television, to film, to photojournalism? Per Michael: Diversify, diversify, diversify.

When Michael knew he was ready to evolve from writer-producer to director he studied what successful directors were doing then created opportunity for himself by shooting short films and a self-funded documentary to build a body of work that demonstrated his skills, talent and point of view.

From catwalks to conflicts, Michael will go anywhere (with his camera) "except shopping."

View Michael's work here and consider supporting his work as an independent journalist by making a donation.

Nicstalgia: Super Fans, Selling Out, and Personal Growth

Nicstalgia: Super Fans, Selling Out, and Personal Growth

August 23, 2022

This is a special episode of the podcast because while I'm away enjoying a holiday with my family I am sharing my episode as a guest on Nicole Tremaglio’s podcast, Nicstalgia, where I had a blast going deep discussing what I love to talk about pop culture, change, and personal growth. 

If you're new to the podcast Nicole was a guest on Camera Ready & Abel and discussed the important difference between building a community and building an audience. Nicole Tremaglio is a brand and consultant pop culture expert, writer, and self-described millennial Sporty Spice.

The Nicstalgia podcast, unlocks core memories from the 90s and 2000s while examining the past through a contemporary lens. In this episode of Nicstalgia I join Nicole to talk about how enthusiasm is valuable, how to avoid the ‘shoulds’, stand out as yourself, and find your calling when you don’t fit into neat little boxes.

Interested in one-on-one training with me, for you or your team? Shoot me a message at and let’s get connected!

NonFiction Branding™ with DP Knudten

NonFiction Branding™ with DP Knudten

August 16, 2022

It’s time to deliver an impactful lesson on branding that will change how you think of the subject forever. Here to deliver the message on Camera Ready & Abel is DP Knudten, Chief Collaborator at his business, Collaborator Creative.

DP is the author of the must read, NONFICTION BRAND—Discover, craft and communicate the ‘completely true / completely you’ brand you already are. His fresh take on branding is a call to action with an action plan, so you aren’t left wondering where to get started.

When it comes to branding and discoverability DP shares:

  • Imposter syndrome can be a good thing and can keep you honest about your deliverables
  • False modesty will limit your discoverability, it’s your job to tell people about the value you offer 
  • Everyone is a unique combination of expert and amateur
  • Be the scalpel and not the Swiss Army knife. It’s the difference of being a purpose-built tool to do one thing versus an average jack of all trades…and scalpels get paid better.
  • If you are not a brand you are a commodity 
  • Tell the truth about who you are, what you do and how you do it

DP’s worked on some of the biggest brands in the business including Coca-Cola®, The Athlete’s Foot®, and ClosetMaid® during tenures at DDB Needham (Chicago), McCann Erickson (Atlanta) and creative shops in Denver, Sarasota, and Madison, WI. He is also a keynote speaker and clinician in branding, social media, creativity and culture for groups throughout the United States. 

DP is the creator-host of the popular podcasts, The ROTOMA Podcast and NONFICTION BRAND and co-author of the book ROTOMA—The ROI of Social Media ‘Top of Mind/’.

Keeping the Blinders On with Katie Linendoll

Keeping the Blinders On with Katie Linendoll

August 9, 2022

I strive to deliver positive, actionable takeaways at Camera Ready & Abel but this is an especially inspiring episode!

It's not easy to stay the course in pursuit of your dreams. There's a constant din of outside noise, opinions, societal pressure and your own gremlins.

Katie Linendoll shares generously how learning to keep the blinders on took her from production assistant at ESPN to Emmy Award-winning consumer technology expert and one of the leading women in media technology with television appearances everywhere (literally), partner at MetroCap Partners focused on engagement with early-stage startups, a robust speaking career and charting on the country music charts.

Key takeaways:

  • Combine your creativity with a strong work ethic
  • Post your goals where you can see them and refer back often
  • Schedule your day
  • If you're not getting high fives don't worry - go ahead and celebrate yourself
  • Give yourself permission to change
  • Every tv appearance is an audition for the next tv appearance
  • Keep at it, you're in charge of you!

Learn more about Katie via

Follow Katie on IG @katielinendoll and Twitter @katielinendoll

Listen to Katie's music and watch episodes of Technically Katie

Approval with Chris Witherspoon

Approval with Chris Witherspoon

August 2, 2022
We can give approval, we can receive approval and very often we put too much time and energy into seeking approval. As a recovering people pleaser, I know this well.
My guest for this episode of Camera Ready & Abel, entertainment journalist, producer, and entrepreneur Chris Witherspoon, gets raw and vulnerable sharing how his quest for approval stalled him from getting to his next level of greatness in his career until he focused on what made him truly happy and listened to two very important women in his life.
Sister Harden - one of the church muthas at his congregation growing up in Ohio - told Chris before he left for college, “If you don’t see the example, be the example."
Oprah - no last name needed - has a soft spot for Chris as an interviewer and that early in her career she sacrificed her authenticity and integrity in exchange for approval and never made that mistake again.
Key takeaway - besides always listen to Sister Harden and Oprah - tune out the noise and tune into your own internal approval matrix:
What makes you happy?
What makes you feel alive?
What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
Tapping into this led Chris to become the founder and CEO of Popviewers, the platform that helps you find what to watch next, invites you to react to the TV and movies you’ve watched, and encourages you to share the experience with fellow content-lovers.
Intellectual Property with Francesca Witzburg

Intellectual Property with Francesca Witzburg

July 26, 2022

You don't know how little you know about Intellectual Property (IP) until you interview an attorney specializing in IP on your podcast. I don't think I've ever taken so many notes during a recording of Camera Ready & Abel before.

For the uninitiated, Intellectual Property is defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization as: Creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

My guest for this episode, Francesca Witzburg, Esq., is an award-winning legal strategist, brand protection expert and phenomenal communicator, who makes the complicated accessible with energy and humor. Francesca represents top businesses, entrepreneurs, brands, and celebrities in real life and the Metaverse. Inspired by a love of culture and the arts, she helps businesses monetize their intellectual property and stay protected and profitable with their current and forward-thinking business models including NFTs and Web3. 

Francesca is a partner at the nationally-ranked law firm Loza & Loza where her practice centers on all aspects of trademark, copyright, and brand protection matters, as well as commercial transactions. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the Manhattan office of the world’s largest law firm and has in-house experience at large-scale brands including Prada and Tory Burch. Francesca has counseled top businesses, celebrities, artists, athletes and influencers, as well as an array of clients from Fortune 500 companies. 

3 simple yet important things to know:

  1. Figure out what IP you have. Understand what has value and then get it protected because you want to make sure you actually own it.  
  2. Have contracts to protect your IP to set the terms and expectations with clarity and in a positive way. 
  3. Enforcing your IP protection, which requires strategy because there can be a world of difference between a person creating a meme out of something you've done and someone stealing your work or knocking off your bag. 

To learn more, check out Francesca's Legal Limelight IG Live On Thursdays + great info every day or her @IPLawyerFrancesca on TikTok and contact her via her website.

Marketing with Brian Patacca

Marketing with Brian Patacca

July 19, 2022

Grab your journal. This episode of Camera Ready & Abel is full of nuggets you're going to want to remember. My nourishing conversation with life, business and career coach, Brian Patacca, begins with marketing and ends with dignity and respect.

Along the way, Brian reframes the entire concept of marketing around generosity and purpose:

  • Marketing is going public with your gifts and being seen for your gifts.
  • If you build it and you TELL people about it, they will come
  • Be determined each day, not to leave your function unfulfilled.
  • Clarity is kindness and kindness is clarity - banish the vague and wishy washy and ASK.
  • Your creativity is your birthright and the world is a better place when you are doing what you are called to do
  • Effective marketing does 3 things, makes you FEEL something, makes you DO something, makes you NOTICE something.
  • Don't be afraid of the word No. Hearing No frees you to focus your energy on where you'll find your Yes.

Brian is a spiritual practitioner who engages creative professionals seeking to ignite their businesses with fierce accountability, marketing innovation and soul satisfying success. He is the founder of a coaching organization and creative community with locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Now based in Los Angeles, Brian coaches nationwide in several web-based group courses including his latest programs, Agent Goals and Actor Operating System

Get more Brian by tuning into his podcast at and download his free guide to 23 stories of people growing their networks in unusual ways that you can put into practice, at

Building Community vs. Building Audience with Nicole Tremaglio

Building Community vs. Building Audience with Nicole Tremaglio

July 12, 2022

One of the best parts of having a podcast is being able to explore interesting ideas with interesting people. It was my pleasure to be a guest on the Nicstalgia podcast with host Nicole Tremaglio and something Nicole mentioned in that conversation about the difference between building community versus building audience sparked me into needing to learn more. 

Nicole is a branding consultant, pop culture expert writer, and self-described millennial sporty spice and quickly gets to the heart of it in this episode: Community exists when there is a peer to peer connection, when your fans and followers begin to talk to each other. Visually, that's when your audience expands from vertical (top down - you putting out information/product) to horizontal.

Music has always been a source of connection for me and Nicole breaks down how BTS has created a global, impactful community - the BTS ARMY - and how that relates, by extension, to building any brand and why building community should be part of your business plan.

In addition to hosting the Nicstalgia podcast, which unlocks core memories from the 90s and 2000s while examining the past through a contemporary lens, Nicole writes the Nicstalgia newsletter, which serves as a valuable cultural commentary source that fosters belonging and advances conversations around individual and collective identity, cyclical trends, consumer behavior, and popular culture. Connect with Nicole on social @nicoletremaglio.

Feedback with Alan Ibbotson

Feedback with Alan Ibbotson

July 5, 2022

Giving and receiving feedback is essential to camera readiness and a hallmark of leadership. But it strikes fear into the hearts of so many of us. I said feedback but you heard criticism, shame, what you did wrong.

Here to reclaim FEEDBACK from its negative reputation is returning podcast champion, Alan Ibbotson, who gave us a masterclass on resilience in episode 6 which I highly recommend you (re)listen to. 

Alan is a leadership and emotional intelligence (EQ) coach, founder of The Trampoline Group, Host of WYDAF: Wisdom You Didn’t Ask For, and a keynote speaker on culture change, EQ, leadership and resilience. In 2002 he decided to take the leap of inventing a new name for himself – Changeologist, and has since been on a personal mission to make work a great place to spend half your life.

Alan is here to remind us that there is no such thing as negative feedback, it’s all help!

To embrace giving feedback, Alan’s advice is to give it like you C.A.R.E., that is to provide Context, identify the Action and Result, and Engage in dialogue. Hit on these 4 guide posts and your feedback will be specific and meaningful.

In addition to giving feedback, Alan and I also discuss receiving feedback, and the role feedback plays in communicating expectations and managing up.

To learn more about Alan’s work visit The Trampoline Group or follow him on LinkedIn at @alanibbotson.

If you're interested in one-on-one training with me, for you or your team, please shoot me a note at I’d love to hear from you!

From Post to Published with Cathy Pedrayes

From Post to Published with Cathy Pedrayes

June 28, 2022

I talk about tapping into your superpowers all the time to grow your business and make an impact on the world. Cathy Pedrayes tapped into her innate ability as a well-prepared, analytical thinker to make complicated information around cybersecurity super simple and digestible, combined it with her natural warmth and relatability, posted a video to TikTok about what she carries in her first aid kit which got over 2 million views and "The Mom Friend" was born.

Cathy found the intersection of passion, purpose and - this is key - what the world needs and built a platform with over 2.4 million followers.

Also key: Cathy made herself discoverable (in a safe way - we discuss this a lot in the episode) and it didn't take long for

Simon & Schuster to come calling and Cathy is now the author of The Mom Friend Guide to Everyday Safety and Security.

When it comes to creating well-executed content, Cathy shares:

  • Listen to your audience
  • Good ideas come from everywhere
  • If you can batch content - do it!
  • Be prepared: Create shot lists + decide what works best for you and resonates with your audience
  • Feeling relaxed and enjoying your content + the process makes being consistent easy

Learn more about Cathy and her signature blue dress at and follow her on Tik Tok or Instagram @cathypedrayes.

How to Build with Lauren Maillian

How to Build with Lauren Maillian

June 21, 2022

To build means to make, by putting together parts and materials. It's a powerful, positive, active verb. This episode of Camera Ready & Abel is a master class in How to Build with brand strategist, change agent, marketing maverick and investor, Lauren Maillian.

Lauren shared so much valuable information I'm going straight to the Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to thrive in uncertainty
  • Failure is always an option so you ask yourself: is it worth it even if I fail?
  • Optimize your talent
  • Understand both how you work (skillset) and what you do (areas of expertise) because skills are transferable
  • Develop the ability to observe
  • Strive to work in your zone of genius
  • Be clear on what motivates you as well as your team and the people around you.
  • Look at systems - change and transformation require a multi-prong model
  • Data is an equalizer - learn to read and decipher data + how to storytell around data. 

Lauren has advised and invested in over 40 startups and her portfolio represents over $5 billion in market capitalization. Since 2020, Lauren has been the CEO of digitalundivided, the leading nonprofit leveraging data programs and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for black and Latin X women, entrepreneurs and innovators with the mission to create a greater world in which all women of color own their work and worth.

Learn more about Lauren’s work at and sign up for her bi-weekly newsletter where Lauren shares her insights and opinions on all things diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation and why storytelling matters.

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