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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.

Visual Style with Alison Bruhn and Delia Folk

Visual Style with Alison Bruhn and Delia Folk

February 8, 2022

Looking and feeling your best are core principles of being camera-ready and on this episode, I get schooled in the psychology of getting dressed, enclosed cognition and how it can make or break your audition, job interview or first date with mother-daughter duo Alison Bruhn and Delia Folk, co-founders of The Style That Binds Us.


Delia and Alison have built a global lifestyle brand and community for women who want to live a stylish and fearless life.


Delia Folk is a former Barneys New York buyer and a national wardrobe consultant. She is enthralled with the history of fashion and how the past affects the present. Having kick-started her career at world- renowned fashion institutions, Delia is committed to sharing the knowledge she’s learned with others.


Alison is a national style and image consultant with clients across the country. The purpose of her work is to empower women through creating a visual brand and transforming their style to ignite a new path of confidence and independence.


Together we share the belief that it is never one size fits all.


Here are the emerging brands Delia and Alison are loving right now:

Mestiza: Use code THESTYLE15 for 15% off on their website

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Li Organics: Use code TSTBU20 for 20% off on her website

Sarah Flint: Use code ALISON50 for $50 off your first pair on her website

Michelle Waugh: Use code thestyle for 15% off on her website

The Laundress: Use code STYLE for 25% off on their website

Mon Coeur


Dose & Co.

Esker Beauty

Laiik: Use code TSTBU15 for 15% off on their website

ClassicSix: Use code THESTYLEXCLASSICSIX10 for 10% off on their website

SUPEREGG: Use code THESTYLE for 15% off on their website

OJOOK: *Use code: THESTYLE for a free toothbrush with your purchase on their website


Short & Suite: *Use code THESTYLE for 15% off on their website

Dirty Labs

Learn more at You can also find them on YouTube as well as on their The Style That Binds Us podcast.

Owning Your Glow with Sir John Barnett

Owning Your Glow with Sir John Barnett

February 1, 2022

Beauty is an inside job, not something you put on.


Sir John shares so many stop-what-you're-doing-and-listen insights in this episode including:


Love your body from the inside out.

Look at aging as Glowing Up

Beauty is an action

Beauty is finding and sharing your voice

Beauty is being an accomplice, not only an ally


Sir John is a dynamic force in the beauty and fashion industry, creating iconic looks with his signature use of color, luminance, and inclusive style. His magnetic presence and unique creative approach have allowed him to work with some of the world’s most iconic women, including Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Mary J. Blige and Celine Dion to name but a few.


He is a social activist and Global Artist for L'Oréal Paris who began his career working with industry giants Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury being the best assistant on the planet (something Elizabeth Wagmeister also noted as a key to success in our episode on being resilient). Now, over two decades into his career, Sir John’s visionary leadership is expanding beyond the beauty space to encompass total wellness.


Sir John lives his core value that beauty is an inside job. You can get your daily fix of Sir John on instagram @sirjohn and learn more about the L'Oréal Paris initiatives he highlighted in this episode by checking out Women of Worth and L'Oréal Paris Stands Up Against Street Harassment.

PR for Anyone with Christina Daves

PR for Anyone with Christina Daves

January 25, 2022

No media contacts? No problem. Christina Daves has got you!

Christina Daves, PR Strategist, is the best-selling author of, PR for Anyone™ - 100+ Affordable Ways to Easily Create Buzz for Your Business, and the #1 best-selling book, The DIY Guide to FREE Publicity that shares her journey of landing exposure for a product she invented, medical boot fashions.

Having no resources for advertising or hiring a PR firm, Christina taught herself everything she could about generating her own publicity. She has appeared in over 1,000 local and national media outlets and is a regular contributor on Good Morning Washington. 

In this episode learn about Christina’s three part system for gaining publicity, including: 

  • be newsworthy

  • have a great hook

  • find the right journalist

Follow Christina on LinkedIn where she shares incredible PR daily nuggets and to get more head on over to

Decide with Beth Lapides

Decide with Beth Lapides

January 18, 2022

Things take a long time to begin is but one of the brilliant takeaways from this episode of Camera Ready & Abel with Beth Lapides exploring everything that goes into making a decision (even when we think we're avoiding them) from her new audio book, So You Need to Decide…a series of intimate conversations with a diverse group of comedians, writers, and cultural icons revolving around five universal experiences: family, work, love, moving, and spirituality. 

Featuring original interviews with Margaret Cho, Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Odenkirk, Phoebe Bridgers, Baron Vaughn, Aparna Nancherla, Merrill Markoe, and Josh Gondelman, and with research assistance by Mathew Klickstein, So You Need to Decide ultimately challenges the listener to choose how they want to live - bigger or smaller, with artifice or authenticity.  

Beth is the godmother of alternative comedy and the creator, host and producer of LA's Uncabaret - the first alternative comedy show (ever!) - which Beth launched nearly 30 years ago to provide a space that was unhomophobic, unxenophobic, unmisogynistic...UNCABARET. The list of comedians Beth has worked with and supported is staggering. You can learn everything and more at

Beth is also a writer whose work has appeared in Time, the Los Angeles Times, Premiere, O-The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Elle Decor and All Things Considered on NPR and a teacher. 

Learn more about Beth at and check out her Winter Workshop offerings at

And get So You Need to Decide today!


The Best of Rob Shuter

The Best of Rob Shuter

January 11, 2022

Including only one Rob Shuter quote in the 2021 Best of episode did not do him justice for all the real talk and advice he imparted on the Camera Ready & Abel audience while a guest on episode 11, TRANSFORMATION with Rob Shuter. That is why I decided to compile a medley of  Rob Shuter-isms in this special episode. To listen to Rob's full episode please go to the podcast page on my website

Rob Shuter is the host of the Naughty But Nice podcast and the author of  The 4 Word Answer: Who Are You In 4 Words, which is now one of my favorite go-to resources for mindset reframe. Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. 

Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi. Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way.

Come stand in the rain with Rob Shuter as he pours down on us lessons learned from a life well lived with curiosity, passion, and commitment. If you’re looking for support and accountability on how to play the long game, know when you're ready to win, or how to own your priorities, please shoot me a note via my website.

Best of 2021: Insights & Highlights

Best of 2021: Insights & Highlights

January 4, 2022

It’s not uncommon for me to be stopped in my tracks by the brilliance spoken by the generous guests that have joined the Camera Ready and Abel podcast this past year. 

Of the wise words shared, certain consistent themes have emerged. In this episode I highlight two of them:

  1. No very often leads to a big YES.
  2. Everything takes a lot longer than you think it will.

Gain insight from America’s #1 gossip columnist, Rob Shuter, who shares what being fired has given him. Filmmaker, Sean Pierre Regis, flips the script when he ignites a movement that was born out of personal hardship when his mother Rebecca was faced with the reality of age-ism and financial insecurity among the elderly. Television producer Dave Noll, and filmmaker and musician, Matt Wells, respect the NO’s they have received and believe they are just as important as the YES’. 

The thought leaders and industry pioneers I have gotten to interview may be reaping the rewards of their persistent effort today but have not forgotten how long it has taken them to get there. On-air host and author, Nancy Redd, speaks to the importance of having “emotional runway” to simultaneously let go of what no longer serves you while holding onto the projects that your heart and soul truly believe in. TV and radio host, Bevy Smith, lives by her mantra, “it gets greater later,” and later does not scare her because she knows with time comes great payout. 

I hope you enjoy the nuggets of wisdom that have been repacked for your listening pleasure. And as always, thank you for tuning in!

Entertaining with Sean De Simone

Entertaining with Sean De Simone

December 28, 2021

Imagine, if instead of striving to be perfect, you strived to be entertaining? My pal Sean De Simone returns to Camera Ready and Abel to tell us why perfect is boring and how ENTERTAINING will get you noticed!

Sean is an expert in TV Host and Brand Spokesperson casting, having worked extensively with QVC and the Home Shopping Network as well as numerous beauty, fashion, home, cook, and fitness brands. He first joined the Camera Ready & Abel community as a guest on the April 2020 episode, “Authenticity is a process not Just a buzzword.”

In today’s episode Sean addresses the underlying  fear that often accompanies the request to be entertaining and the art of grabbing someone’s attention and keeping it. With a keen eye for what pops, Sean translates what he has learned from thousands of hours of being in the audition room as a casting director to what you need to know to stand out.

Get more Sean De Simone and me in our online class, HOSTING FOR HOME SHOPPING & BRANDS! In this 2-session class we teach you how to really succeed in this competitive space and how to prepare for the real-life audition process – casting submission, self-tape and Skype audition – by doing it and receiving real-time feedback. Keep an eye out for our 2022 class offerings.

Augmented Reality with Rakia Reynolds

Augmented Reality with Rakia Reynolds

December 21, 2021

When I sat down to speak with Rakia Reynolds - thought leader, tastemaker and gamechanger - about AUGMENTED REALITY for this episode, I had no idea how many ways I'd been using AR for years plus its infinite potential to enhance my business. I'm still processing all the ways Rakia opened my eyes and blew my mind during our conversation.

If you've ever used a filter on social media or zoom to change your appearance, viewed real estate virtually using a 360° tool, or uploaded an image of yourself to an eyeglass company’s website to see what shape frames work best on your face, you've been using AR too.

Rakia has the extraordinary gift of simplifying, demystifying, defining value and meeting the listener where they are.

It's no surprise that as the Founder, Executive Officer and Strategist par excellence of Skai Blue Media, the multimedia communications agency she founded 15 years ago, she has been ahead of trends, building impactful brands for creative businesses and individuals including Airbnb, Comcast, Dell, Serena Williams, Morgan Stanley, Jill Scott, and more.

Rakia’s portfolio includes #FanofYourBrand(tactical business tools), clothing brand EVRYDAY Jane, and an ethical intelligence platform set to launch in 2021. She has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 27 Business Leaders Aiming to Change the World, was listed as one of the 25 Most Socially Influential Tastemakers on Dell’s “Inspire 100” list, and recently was also profiled by Forbes on their “Next 1000” list. 

Follow Rakia on IG at @rakiyareynolds and learn more about her company at

Find Your Difference with Austin McGhie

Find Your Difference with Austin McGhie

December 14, 2021

Why fit in when you can stand out?! is one of my mantras so I was over the moon when Alan Ibbotson (episode 6 "Resilience) introduced me to my guest for this episode, Austin McGhie, the visionary author of "Find Your Difference: Challenging Conformity in Business and in Life.”

Just like we value IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional intelligence) we should value our DQ (difference quotient) because embracing difference over status quo leads to growth, innovation and making the world a better place.

Austin is the co-founder (with Alpa Pandya) of Find Difference, a marketing strategy consultancy specializing in positioning. He's a self-described "over marketer" with a staggering list of credits including telling a nascent MSNBC to seize the opportunity and be the liberal news network (which they built one anchor at a time) and changed the culture by encouraging Dove to celebrate real women with what become the iconic Dove Real Beauty campaign.

Trust him when he says niche is not a four letter word, that better is not different and that focus narrow, catch wide is the winning strategy.

Vive la différence!

Breaking Barriers with Erin Ashley Simon

Breaking Barriers with Erin Ashley Simon

December 7, 2021

A barrier is an obstacle that prevents movement or access and we all encounter them from time to time on our career paths. My guest for this episode, Erin Ashley Simon, is a true trailblazer who has been making a significant impact in e-sports and media for years with a singular, hopeful vision. She joins me on this episode of Camera Ready & Abel to generously discuss BREAKING BARRIERS.

Erin Ashley Simon is a multi-media personality, host, producer, and consultant within esports, gaming and entertainment. Her love and passion for these areas has helped to shape who she is today, pushing the culture forward, breaking barriers as a female in the industry. In doing so, Erin was the first individual female public figure to be the face of PUMA’s new esports line. Her generosity, tenacity, and confidence can move mountains!

Erin has worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the industry to provide more opportunities for those in underserved, underrepresented and marginalized communities, working with companies like Evil Geniuses, XSET and one of the largest video game publishers, Riot Games. Erin is also co-owner of one of the fastest growing esports organizations XSET. Within her role at the organization, Erin is helping to shape the culture of the organization to ensure the org has content and deep-rooted connections in music, entertainment and the gaming industry. 

Erin is building an empire and as her career moves forward, she looks to continue to grow the intersection between gaming and culture, paving a path forward for future generations. Read up on Erin in this recent article and Keep up with Erin at

Bevelations with Bevy Smith

Bevelations with Bevy Smith

November 30, 2021

“Do The Work, Identify Your Intentions, Know Your Worth, Don’t Be Tempted By Shiny & know that things are subject to change so REMAIN OPEN” – Bevy Smith

What do you get when you mix essential words of wisdom with unapologetic boldness and heart? You get a BEVELATION! Joining me on this episode of Camera Ready & Abel is the divine Bevy Smith. Quintessential Harlem girl, Gracie Award winner, and life-long New Yorker, Bevy is the host of Sirius XM’s “Bevelations” on Radio Andy and the author of “Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie,” where she generously lays out, step-by-step, how she successfully transitioned from a highly lucrative career as a fashion advertising executive to on-camera personality and media mogul, proving you can manifest your most bodacious dreams.

Bevy is also a beloved motivational speaker, brand ambassador, businesswoman and generous mentor.

I was plenty blessed to work with Bevy on the nationally syndicated show, "Page Six TV" where I enjoyed the privilege of experiencing daily Bevelations, and one late autuman day we sat down for a tête-a-tête over coffee at the Royalton in New York City which I captured in a blog post: Seven Bevelations That Will Change Your Life.

I keep this signature Bevy quote above my desk: “It gets greater later!”

Get more Bevy at

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