Hello fabulous listeners!
Welcome to Episode Three! It’s Carla’s turn to be in the hot seat today, so you can hear more about her journey, her creative life & her tendency to do 83 things simultaneously…
Carla is a photographer, writer & small business magic maker. She’s primarily a photographer, and this sneaks into everything that she does, but she’s also a passionate multipod, advocating for people who thrive on more than one thing to claim that trait and use it to its fullest.
This means that as well as a brand photographer, she is… a fine art & fairytale photographer, a stationery subscription box cofounder, a professional mermaid, a blogger (since 2004!), a podcast host (oh hi!), co-founder of a chocolate company, and has a new project up her sleeve since recording this episode, too.
She talks about her journey from 9-5 misery to self employed joy, with ups and downs emotionally, and side hustles galore.
Carla talks very candidly about imposter syndrome, juggling a business (or three!) alongside full time work, and relaunching her business after a bereavement.
She’s also tackling routine, motivation & the never ending to do list… which tend to be common themes among creative folk!
Carla’s support network
Not listing them here, they’re extensive, she’s very lucky – but she also works hard on all her friendships & connections, making sure the relationships go both ways, and making the support circle as strong as possible.
What she wishes she’d known
Learning that being a multipod / multipotentialite / scanner is a Thing, and is an acceptable way to be – this was a gamechanger.
A chequered CV with loads of different jobs is actually an asset.
You can do anything, and you can do everything, but you can’t do it all at the same time – who knew?
Community over competition – it really is true.
Advice for Creative Rebooters
Get an accountant early on – one that suits you.
And trust your intuition – always.
Shameless self promotion
Brand photography & business mentoring: carlawatkins.com
Create Your Own Fairytale & other fine art photography, plus mermaids & boudoir: carlawatkinsphotography.com
Glorious stationery: inkdrops.co.uk
Join the Improper Job Collective
And if you just want a shortcut to everything I do, go here: carlawatkins.com/multipod