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My happiness is found in the pursuit of my potential!

Meet Katie! She has an amazing career in acting, producing and directing! You might have seen some of her work on Grim from NBC, Leverage from TNT and Portlandia, to name a few… Needless to say, she is extremely driven. We loved having the opportunity to chat with her about what it takes to build such an incredible career. (All while raising a family!) Read on to learn about Katie’s story. You are going to love it.

Talk to us about your career! How’d you get into this industry? What are the highlights? Tell us everything!

I started out on television. I was interviewing celebrities like John Travolta, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt for a morning show called Good Day Oregon. Although this was a great job, I still had acting in my heart and wanted to pursue it as a career. An opportunity to audition for a Paramount film came around and I thought “why not?” I got the job but ended up getting cut out of the entire thing. I was devasted, to lay the least. I felt as though the end had come before I even had my beginning. In my head, I thought “my career is not supposed to go like this.” This movie had landed in my lap, I didn’t even really want it… Why was it affecting me so much?

After this experience I started to think “if I worked for it, what would that look like?” From that point forward, I got into acting classes and started with a coach who trained with the Meisner technique. This style of acting, or truth-telling, launched me into a successful career. I started booking some commercials, TV spots and films.

I had to work extremely hard to get to that point and I still work hard today. It’s crazy to think that was 20 years ago. I think what it comes down to is knowing if I arrived earlier, stayed later and worked 100 times harder than everyone else I would find success. I had kids, a family and didn’t know how exactly I was going to build this career. I just knew I didn’t have to be the best, I just had to work the hardest.

So, after a while, I felt like I wanted more from acting. I started telling people I wanted to produce. Initially, I had a lot of people tell me I couldn’t do it. At the time, actors were not really doing any producing, so I think that is where a lot of the doubt came from. Yet again, I knew all it came down to was hard work. I challenged myself to learn everything there was to know about producing.

The first movie I produced, called “Rid of Me,” I actually starred in. It opened at Tribeca Film Festival in New York and ended up selling to Netflix, Amazon, Showtime and a few other places. For a small theatrical release and first time out of the gate, it had a really big success. So, I went on to continue producing and thought “gosh, I am helping a lot of directors. I am consulting and advising… Why am I not directing?”

I think initially, the fear of not knowing or being good enough stopped me from directing. I thought maybe it was for later in life. I had a good friend tell me not to wait – just go for it. So, I did. Within my first week of calling myself a director, I had three directing jobs.

Did you feel that some of your hesitancy towards directing came from it being a male-dominated career field?

Yeah, it’s a big issue. There are only five women directors for every 50 male directors. Mostly, it becomes hard when you don’t see someone like you doing what you want to do. It doesn’t occur to you that it is something you can try. In my 20 years in the commercial and film industry, out of hundreds of directors I worked with, I had about two female directors.

Fortunately, the landscape on this is changing. This year, I was featured in Shoot Magazine’s Up-and-Coming directors in 2019 and about half of us were women.  That being said, there tend to be more jobs out there for male directors.

I always ask myself “what else?” And somewhere during this journey to direct, I ended up opening a studio to help kids who were in pursuit of acting. It’s a special place. I love that I get to help mentor others and help them discover their passion. Ultimately, it all comes back to believing that my happiness is found in the pursuit of my potential. Happiness is not determinant on reaching certain goals, rather just aiming to reach a higher and higher potential.

Let’s talk about the Nike commercial you recently directed! Can you expand on what lead up to that opportunity and what it felt like to direct a commercial for such a notable brand?

I got the opportunity to direct this commercial because of a studio believing in me. The people I worked with at the studio instilled their confidence in me and opened my eyes to my own abilities. After that, it all clicked, and I realized I had the skill and value to bring to the table for this project. I don’t know if I would have spoken up for myself in that way without their support. So, it meant a lot to me to direct this commercial, be successful and have it received so well.

What sacrifices did you make to build this incredible career?

The truth of the matter is, sometimes I can’t be the best in my career, as a mom or wife each day. Somedays you are killing it at work, but your kid might be at home, sick watching Netflix. Or, I am being an awesome mom and wife. Maybe we are on vacation or having a fun day, but I am totally blowing off work. Each day is a give and take. There are very few days where everything is balanced, and you are getting it right. I think the sacrifice I made was being able to let go of the idea that everything needed to be perfect. Instead, I try to operate from a place of being in the moment and give everything I can. I try to remind myself we are only human. You are always sacrificing in at least one of the categories. Honestly, there are not enough hours in the day to be perfect at everything we do.

I miss games, or sometimes I miss auditions. I miss days of work or sometimes miss the kids being at home, sick. However, there is something powerful about raising a family that watches you put your heart and soul into something and to see it rewarded. When your children see you helping others reach their goals, I think speaks volumes to what they might do with their own career one day.

I truly believe in being a person of service. I love being able to raise others up and I think it translates to how I raise my kids. They see what it takes to build a strong career, community, and family. One thing I will always stand by is blocking out time for family – It’s a mind, body and spirit need. Your heart won’t be able to keep up with all the amazing things you want to do if you don’t set aside time to recharge with loved ones.

With all you’ve achieved, what was your motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures? (And where do you find the time to work on your business?!)

First, thank goodness for being able to work online. I have been able to fit Moms Making Six Figures into the downtime in my life. I am not a celebrity; I am a working actress. Each job only lasts so long and when it’s over, you are then on the hunt for the next opportunity. At the end of the day, I am a handyman looking for my next job… You’ve got to have something to fill in those gaps. I used my time in between jobs to build my Moms Making Six Figures business and I am very grateful I did. Recently, we used the income I earned with Moms to help buy a cabin on the river! I love spending time with my family there. (It’s a great place to recharge!)

Another piece of motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures came from a place of wanting to help educate others about how to live healthier lives. My son was diagnosed with Leukemia and when the doctors told me to get rid of the toxins in our home, I didn’t even know what they meant. After they explained all the things that were considered toxic, I was sick to my stomach. Thankfully, my son survived, and I am happy to share my story with others who might be able to benefit from hearing it.

Finally, working with the Moms team has introduced me to some amazing women. The type of women that want to lift you up. When I am around these women it challenges me to continue thinking “what else, what’s next?” Again, happiness comes from being in pursuit of your potential. If that is true, then the potential is everywhere – I don’t want to limit myself to only acting, only directing or only working for Moms Making Six Figures. I want to keep moving towards my untapped potential while having fun doing it.

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My dreams for the future were big!

Meet Shelly! A dedicated mother of three, wife and Moms Making Six Figures partner! She needed a flexible career to help her family meet their financial goals, like putting their children through college. Shelly was not totally sure there was anything out there that would allow her flexibility and financial freedom… Until she was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, that is. Read on to learn more about Shelly!

Can you share a little about your career and family life?

I was the typical little girl with dreams of a wonderful life! Having a kind, handsome husband, three healthy children, a nice house, a rewarding career and to travel when we had extra money.  I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA and credential in K-8 education. Upon graduation, I immediately began my career teaching second grade at a private elementary school and married my high school sweetheart. I was promoted to the role of principal at my school. Everything was going as planned. Since I had always pictured myself as a mom with a busy career, starting a family was the natural next step. It wasn’t until I met my first-born daughter, McKenna (21) in October of 1997 that my dreams shifted. I left my career to become a stay at home mom.

 I never thought I would be that person to want to stay home, but it was the best decision we had ever made. My husband, Aaron, and I went on to have two more children, Delaney (19) and Kaden (16). It definitely wasn’t easy financially. We were living paycheck to paycheck, but we had a good life.  Six years ago, as my children were needing me less, my oldest was college bound and paying for her education became a priority. I started exploring a part-time career that would offer flexibility, freedom to still be a mom, travel with my family and bring in some extra money to help pay for all their educations.  How was I ever going to find something that did all of that?

How did you find Moms Making Six Figures and why did you feel it was a good fit?

I thought I was going to have to go back to full-time teaching, but in 2013 I was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures by an old friend from college, Angela Gange. It could not have been more perfect timing.  I was able to set my own part time hours around my hectic life of 3 busy teens, a husband who traveled most every week for work, caring for my father who was terminally ill, traveling with my family and starting to put away some extra money for college educations.

Joining this amazing team just made sense and fit perfectly into our lives! Moms Making Six Figures gave me hope for the first time in a long time. Being a teacher at heart, educating people is what I love to do. However, I am not saying you must be a teacher to excel with Moms Making Six Figures. Ideally, you just need to know your “why.” The reason you want to better your life.  For some, it may not be financially driven, rather a need to have other amazing, positive people in your life. Or perhaps you are like a lot of us here, needing a flexible career that provides the financial freedom you have been looking for.  Whatever your reason is, I can tell you with confidence that after being introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, my life changed… and yours could, too.

How has Moms Making Six Figures helped you to reach the financial goals you set out for yourself and your family? For instance, being able to help your kids with college, take those vacations, etc.? 

 When I started with Moms Making Six Figures almost 6 years ago, I only had about 5-8 hours a week to work. At the time, my financial goals were small, but my dreams for the future were big! As the years have gone by I have appreciated the team and how they meet you where you are at any given time in your life. If you want to run, they help you run! If you need to walk, that’s ok, too.  With our two daughters finishing their Sophomore and Senior years in college and our son starting his last year of high school in the fall, I am excited to see where my own life is headed. My goals are bigger now that I have more time for myself.  I couldn’t be more thankful that Angie introduced us to this amazing opportunity when she did. Not only have I met some wonderful people, but my family and I are healthier and happier than I ever dreamed of.  I am so thankful to be a part of Moms Making Six Figures. I love helping other women change their lives and fulfill their own dreams! 

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Success is about me having the ability to do things on my own terms.

We recently had a conversation with one of our mentors, Kellee Wip, about the idea of success. So many women are juggling a full-time career alongside of being a full-time mom. It’s tough to find balance between work and home. Often, this problem leaves women feeling like they are falling short in all areas of life. Kellee can definitely relate to this feeling, which is why she shared her story about redefining success. Read on for the full conversation!

What was the idea of success you once had?

When I sit back and think about my story, I had a vision of what success looked like and I was achieving it. I had my undergrad degree, my master’s degree and was working in some incredible companies. I was working my way up the corporate ladder and had financial freedom. Then, I had kids and while all the things I just said were so important to me, I was forced to ask the question “what does success for me look like now?” 

When did you realize that the definition of success could be redefined to meet your goals and lifestyle? 

Before my kids, I was comfortable working 70 to 80-hour work weeks. But when they came into the picture, all of a sudden, someone else is raising your kids. You are juggling the expectations of your boss, your job and those kids are being raised by daycares and nannies, which was my case. These little humans need their mother. It was at that point I realized something needed to change. I wasn’t feeling successful anywhere. I was torn at work, missing my kids and when I was with them, I was thinking about work.

 I had to completely redefine what success looked like to me. Contrary to popular belief, changing the definition of success did not mean I had to give up the financial benefit or the feeling of achievement in a career, but it meant it all might look a little different. 

After learning about how Moms Making Six Figures could help you replace your corporate income, did you struggle to find the belief in yourself that you could make this career change?

I think I had belief in myself from the beginning. Although I had never done anything remotely similar to the work with Moms Making Six Figures, I knew if I wanted it bad enough and it could benefit my family, I could make it happen. Part of the reason that belief was there is because I had been successful in my past careers. More importantly, I saw the success of the women on our team who come from a variety of backgrounds and thought “if they can do it, so can I.” I leveraged the strength of what they’ve achieved to give me the strength and belief that I could do it, too. 

So, what do you redefine your success as now? If you could just sum it up in a few sentences?

I think success for me now is to be thriving. I am no longer working for someone else. I am working for my ability to thrive in my personal life so that I can be present with my children, financially have the things I need, and frankly, the things I want in my life. To me success is not about pressure and having to do something. Success is about me having the ability to do things on my own terms.

What advice would you give to other women still struggling with the idea of success? Perhaps the ones who are in the position you used to be; climbing the corporate ladder, the kids are in daycare and they don’t necessarily feel successful at work or home.

I think my biggest piece of advice is to take a bigger picture look at where you want to be in life. Are you truly set up to thrive? Or are you just purely making your way through the day. If there is no end in sight and a year from now things won’t feel or get better, then it is time to make a change. It’s time to say that your story of success can change and own it. You can figure out where you belong, the right type of people to surround yourself with and then just do it. 

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Because I wanted a better future for our family, I decided to take the plunge!

Meet Jara! She has had amazing career experiences in both the music industry and medical field, but things weren’t always so easy. Jara worked a full-time job, ran a household and continued to work on her music career. She realized burning the candle at both ends was not sustainable for her, or her family. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures changed her life!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

To say that my life has taken me on the road less traveled would be an understatement. There have been many defining moments that have drastically changed the course of my life and have shaped the person I am today. 

I grew up in a small town in rural Iowa where hard work, family values and caring neighbors are the everyday norm. My family instilled in me a deep passion to always pursue my dreams no matter what the challenge. I worked my way through college, got married in 2003 and graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Medical Technology from Northwest Missouri State University. After graduation, it was my husband and family’s support that allowed me to follow my dream and move to Nashville, Tennessee. I was ready to take a chance on my dream of becoming country music singer. While in Nashville, I met so many wonderful people who impacted my life and gave my dream an opportunity to grow. I spent my days working as a medical technologist, and my evenings working on my music. During this time, meeting so many incredible people, a new passion was discovered… Song writing. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with many talented and creative songwriters. These people helped me craft my ability to tell a story and express my emotions through the lyrics of a song. I felt like my music career was headed in the right direction. Then life’s path changed course… 

What happened next?

My husband was offered a new job back in Iowa and we were faced with yet another big decision. This led us back home and away from my music career, but my day job as a medical technologist allowed me the flexibility to continue writing, performing and travelling back to Nashville. Then came along our two beautiful children. 

We were blessed with a son in 2012 and a daughter in 2015. Being a parent for the first time changed my perspective on everything! When our second child was born, the ability to find balance in the long commute and high stress shifts at the hospital became a real struggle. After work, I came home to be a mom, wife, along with keeping up the house and working on my music career. I missed out on a ton of family time, weekends and holidays. I knew something needed to change, but I didn’t know what else was out there.

How did you find Moms Making Six Figures?  

One of my best friends I co-write with often in Nashville, Tonya Stout, reached out to me about a new business opportunity. She thought it could be a fit for me and my family. Tonya told me to really examine this opportunity because it could bring me home to my family and give me the flexibility to continue pursuing my music career. Because I trusted Tonya, and because I wanted a better future for our family, I decided to take the plunge. 

From the start, I loved that this company was a US based, placed high value in customers, science and research. I also loved the organic approach we take on building relationships with people. Not only do I get to help educate on how to live a healthier lifestyle, but I am able to help other women find the career balance and flexibility I once longed for. 

Were you able to leave your job in the medical field?

Yes! I hung up my lab coat October 2018, after 15 years in the Medical Technology field with 10 of those years working weekends. I loved the profession and the people I worked with, but the long hours, missed holidays and miles on the road were taking their toll on my health and family. I was ready to be home with my kids and be able to say “yes” to more of the things that filled my cup. In the midst of an unhealthy climate in the music industry, Moms Making Six Figures has given me a residual income to keep my songwriting dream alive. I have been able to release new music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and perform around the Midwest/Nashville. I’ve never been someone to shy away from taking the road less traveled or stepping out in faith to follow a dream – Now I get to help others do the same thanks to Moms Making Six Figures.

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For me, it comes down to having a choice…

Meet Lyndie! Originally from England, she has had some amazing travel and career experience. However, after she and her husband started a family, Lyndie decided to take more control over her time and income. With a non-traditional background and being a busy mom, she felt a little stuck. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures opened a new realm of possibilities for Lyndie and her family!

Can you tell us a little about your educational and career background?

Growing up I had my heart set on being a performer. That was it. From the age of three I started dancing and over the next ten years or so covered everything from ballet, tap, jazz, Latin American and ballroom. In my “wise” years as a teen, I somehow decided that acting was likely to be more of a sustainable career and made the switch in my heart to pursue it. I later graduated from Guildford School of Acting, which is one of the top drama colleges in the UK, moved to London and spent the next eleven years living an actor’s life.

That sounds like an amazing profession! What was life as an actress like?  

Acting, to me, is a career of two sides. Incredibly liberating and creative in its art, but full of restrictions as a profession. It needed to take priority over everything else, there was always someone else’s agenda (an agent’s or casting director’s) to put before my own and whilst actors can be the most loving people on earth, by nature it’s an incredibly competitive industry. My life wasn’t my own.

In 2000, I began taking on corporate hospitality and presenting work. This career certainly opened some travel opportunities but meant missing out on some auditions along the way. However, it was in 2003 that I met my husband at a corporate event in Paris for Hewlett Packard. Miguel was a director of marketing for HP and living in Munich, Germany. He had a very different life compared to mine, having lived in eight countries. After some time, we made the decision he would move from Munich to London and just a couple of months after that I was offered a theatrical role in Germany! It really was the way things unfolded. I owe much credit to my supportive husband, as he travelled back and forth, and watched my play nine times.

There came a time when I knew my priorities had changed. We wanted to start a family and I was craving control back over my life. Fast forward a couple of years to having our daughter, Olivia. When she was ten months old, we were given the opportunity to move with Miguel’s job to California. I was all in. We moved to San Diego in 2008 and in 2010 had our son, Nico. I was a stay at home mum for a couple of years, enjoying the freedom to travel extensively as a family and catching every one of our children’s milestones along the way.

But… I was also missing work. I needed to feel vital again and searched different avenues that would stretch and excite me. With a non-traditional professional background and now being a mum to two little ones, finding a new career was a tall order. I also knew inherently if I was going to go back to work, I was going to do it on my terms and be compensated accordingly. 

With that in mind, I came across Moms Making Six Figures and was put in touch with Angela Gange. I quickly built the foundations of a strong business in the U.S which I was able to sustain and grow over our five years back in the UK. We are now officially back in the U.S. and I am excited to be expanding my business here.

How has Moms Making Six Figures impacted your life?

Moms Making Six Figures makes me feel like I have myself back. For quite some time I had felt stagnant, frustrated and all the while living a life that on paper should make someone happy. So, on top of everything else I was feeling guilty, too. I realize now I wasn’t alone in feeling that way, many mums do at some point. 

I also realize there was more out there than I had accepted for myself, and that’s okay. Of course, working doesn’t have to be for everyone. Some mums work, some don’t. Some boldly climb the corporate ladder, others couldn’t imagine being away from their families. It’s all good – I have respect for every one of us. For me, it comes down to having a choice, which I had become used to not having.

With Moms Making Six Figures, I choose working hard during my self-set hours and being there for my family when they need me. Olivia will be a teenager in just a couple of years and Nico is growing up way too fast. I’m excited for both of their futures and to be with them during these years. My children will know through both their parents’ examples that our lives are our own to design.

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Knowing your passion!

Talking with Angie Gange this week was an absolute pleasure! Her entrepreneurial spirit shines through in every piece of this interview.  Even through the hardest times, Angie was willing to take a risk and build a business that worked around the life she desired.

What is your business background?

I graduated The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, emphasizing in Entrepreneurship. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to own my own business.  I also wanted to be the first female US President. 🙂

But… a funny thing happened to me – I fell in love with my best friend, got married at 22 and had a baby at 24. Everything about how I was going to live my life changed. I fell in love with that little baby boy. Within six years, I had two more and my husband’s career was flourishing.


I had several businesses I started and ran from home – all so that I didn’t have to go “back to work” and leave my boys. For example, I did things like contractual marketing/advertising from other businesses. I was strong in mathematics, so I started a tutoring business for high school math classes. I am a “wanna be artist,” so I even started a personalized stationery business that my designs got picked up by Nordstrom and Hallmark. And I was fortunate enough to do all this from home.

When my third son was born, and my husband was making enough money for me to sell my business and stay at home, I did. Partly because I wanted to spend time with them and partly because I felt a huge responsibility to make sure I left his world with three really good men. I didn’t want to miss any part of their lives. When they got a little older, I did go back to school and obtained my Real Estate Brokers license. I started my own mortgage firm and was quickly recruited by one of the dads on my son’s baseball team to work for a major bank. It was a great job – four hours a day with a six-figure income, until the recession hit.

And I lost my job.

What happened then?

I was able to stay home until a year later when my husband was offered a dream come true opportunity to become the President/CEO and co-owner of a company. However, this meant that for at least two years he would make less income and would be in Los Angeles Monday-Friday. Our oldest son was a senior in high school and recently accepted to a 4-year university.  The college funds we had saved all our lives were 1/2 what they were when he started high school, due to the recession.

We were advised to pay cash for his education for the first two years, as our CPA said he thought the funds would regain their value (which they did).  So, I was given the challenge to bring in $2000/month – while raising three sons, alone, immediately. To top it off, leaning on my profession/experience in Real Estate wasn’t an option.

I looked at many other options – even considering stocking shelves in the grocery story in the middle of the night. Most “entrepreneurial options” required a huge startup fee, which I couldn’t afford, or travel, which I wasn’t willing to do. I looked at MLMs, but they all required me to invest $1000’s of dollars on inventory and I didn’t have any cash.

One night I remember my husband and I were both awake in the middle of the night stressing about money and I said to him, “do you ever just think that we did everything right and the economy just pulled the rug out from underneath us?”

In January of 2011, my friend, a retired naval surgeon, introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures. After talking with her, doing my due diligence, a little mini “focus group” with my friends and family, I decided that this was the best option!

Tell us about how it worked and what it has meant to your family?

That year, I had the fastest growing business in North America and I did it all from home. I was still the room mom, never missed a soccer, baseball, football game or music recital.

I was able to pay cash for my son to go to college. He is now 25 and college is also paid for now for both our other boys and – my husband’s company is thriving.

I’m proud that I have been able to help over 50 people start businesses, have generated 1.5 million dollars a year in sales, with 0 investment.  I have achieved financial security and my boys, well, they are awesome!