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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.

Dream Big Goals Success

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. 

Family Freedom Goals happiness Loving Your Children

Create a life that you love and believe that you deserve it!

Meet Andrea! She has a successful sports consulting business alongside of working with Moms Making Six Figures. Andrea wanted a better work/life balance and saw Moms Making Six Figures as the perfect avenue to achieve it. Read on to learn about Andrea’s amazing advice for creating the life you deserve, achieving goals and so much more. 

 What is your background in?

My background is in the Sports and Entertainment industry, specifically the business side focused on Premium Seating (suites and club seats) for sports arenas and concert venues. My husband also works in sports but as a professional baseball scout. Sports is our family business. My Dad had a very successful career on the football side and my brother is now following suit. The industry is extremely competitive and demanding, yet rewarding with a strong “work hard, play hard” culture. I have spent two decades witnessing once-in-a-lifetime experiences, traveling for amazing events and being part of two Championship teams. Recently, I started my own sports consulting business that allows me to work in the field I’m so passionate about but can still be home for dinner and have evenings with my family.

Kara Lynch Guthrie introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures years ago when I was living in San Diego and working for their baseball team. I was immediately intrigued by the flexibility of her new position and wanted to give it a try. At the time, I was a “Mom” of a young puppy and just dating my now husband. Fast forward seven years, we now have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter, bought our first home and will celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary this summer.

What was your motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures? Did you have a specific career vision in mind? 

​I joined the team because I saw a group of people who flipped the model for work/life balance. It’s one thing to talk about work/life balance, but an entirely different thing to live it! With Moms Making Six Figures, you are truly able to schedule work around your life instead of the other way around. I’ll admit, I had been watching Kara, Heidi and the rest of the team for years while soaking up all their knowledge on the weekly calls, webcasts and blogs. They all work extremely hard, but smart, and in a way that gives them complete control over their time. That is what most of us strive for! Being able to partner with this team in tandem with my sports consulting has been a perfect blend and my very own version of work/life balance. Moms Making Six Figures has inspired me to live life on my own terms and prioritize what is most important to me and my family!

Now that you’ve been working with Moms Making Six Figures, how has your life changed?

​Since partnering with the team, the overall vision for my life has become clearer. The entire Moms Making Six Figures mission revolves around taking control of your life, health, finances and most importantly – your TIME. Everyone has different goals for their life and different things that bring them joy. Being able to spend more time with my family in little ways each week makes me very happy which translates into being a better wife, mother and professional. I am now able to enjoy breakfast without rushing out the door in the morning, can take my daughter to her mid-day swim class, volunteer for activities at her school and take an impromptu trip to an amusement park or Nana and Grampa’s house should we feel the urge!

What is the top piece of advice you can offer to other working parents and Entrepreneurs?

​The top piece of advice that I can offer is to create a life you love and believe you deserve it. We all have the power to design the life of our dreams and achieve any goal no matter how large or small. Once those goals are set, commit to them, work hard and act as if you already have it. Those who know me, know I am a huge fan of The Secret and practice The Law of Attraction. It’s a lot of fun to be the author of your own life! If there is anything standing in your way of your goals, pivot into something that will nurture your path to success. Change and uncertainty is sometimes scary or intimidating, but not making a change can be even scarier in the long run. You only have one life so savor each day and spend your days doing what you love surrounded by who you love! 

Dream Big Family Goals Loving Your Children

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.

Children Dream Big Family Goals happiness

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.

Family Finance Freedom Goals

Building a business from the ground up!

Meet Holly! After building a successful small business with her husband and holding the CFO position, she decided to step away to focus on raising their children. However, she knew there was still a need for her to contribute financially. Holly was looking for something that offered flexibility, but also made her excited to jump out of bed every morning.  Read on to learn more about Holly’s journey!

 Can you share a little bit about your personal, career and educational background? 

When I look back over the first half of my life I am amazed by the diversity of personal and work experience that I have been fortunate enough to have. I grew up in Tucson, AZ. and after I graduated from high school, I spent a year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Finland.  This was a phenomenal experience and opened my mind and heart to the joys of travel, along with understanding and connecting with other cultures.  Upon my return, I attended Kenyon College for two years and then embarked on another exchange to Bali, Indonesia. When returned home, I transferred to the University of Arizona where I completed my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. 

 After finishing my undergraduate degree, I lucked into a position as a teaching assistant in a preschool classroom at a mental health facility for children. This challenging and rewarding experience led me to my first career as a Special Education teacher.  I completed a Master’s in Special Education and taught for almost 10 years. During the summers I worked at Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I met my husband, Terry.

 I loved being a teacher and expected that this would be my career. However, after having our second child, my husband and I realized a teacher’s salary in Arizona didn’t make enough financial sense for me to continue teaching.  I spent the next few years at home raising our two young children and helping my husband grow our small business, DSA Vacations. 

 What was it like growing a small business from the ground up? What were the highs and lows?

After Terry and I got married in 2001, he joined me in Tucson. Terry decided to follow his dream of starting a travel company focused on travel to South Africa, where he is from.  In September of 2001, DSA Vacations was born in the back bedroom of my childhood home.  I was involved in growing our company every step of the way.  Initially, my role was his confidant and emotional supporter. After our second child turned two, I started going to the office to “help,” and ultimately became the CFO.  

When you start your own business, you wear all the hats. Both Terry and I had backgrounds in education, so we were on a steep learning curve.  Every decision seemed enormous and precarious.  Fortunately, we both thrived on the creativity involved in this process. We had to become experts in managing our staff, marketing campaigns, developing relationships with airlines and so much more. Because of our hard work and determination, our company now generates 10 million in sales, has over 15 employees, and has branched out to Asia and the Americas!

As exciting as this time was, there was also a lot of stress. It started to feel like DSA was consuming all our time.  When our 3rd child was born in 2010, I decided to step out of the day-to-day activities and focus on raising our children.

 How did you find Moms Making Six Figures? 

After our youngest started kindergarten, I start to think about going back to work.  Although we had built a very successful business, I still needed to start contributing financially again to our family. I spent almost two years thinking about what I wanted to do next.  I wanted to do something meaningful, flexible and lucrative. Basically, I was looking for my “dream job.” I considered returning to teaching, going back to school, or even starting my own business.  However, each of these did not check all the boxes I was looking for. In January of 2017, my cousin Angie Hancock Gange, got in touch with my brother and he mentioned I was looking for a new career. We got in touch, and almost immediately I knew I had found something special.  I recognized the structure of working with Moms Making Six Figures allowed for major success. Not to mention, an incredible team of very successful woman to help me every step of the way.  With Angie’s help, I launched my business and I have never looked back.

So, what is life currently like these days for you and your family?

It took about a year for me to really accept I had found my “dream job.”  I was able to start my own business without taking out a loan, like I did the first time, and I immediately made a profit.  I still have complete control over my time, which allows me to be a totally hands on mom and to travel whenever we want.  I work with an incredible group of people and I am now building my own team here in Tucson, with their help.  I work to educate about healthy living and environmental issues that are beyond important to me.  With Moms Making Six Figures, I know I can hit my goal to get our family permanently out of debt and pay cash for our children’s college educations.  I feel like I have rediscovered myself.  I am proud of everything I have accomplished and excited about the future.  So, to sum it up, life is great these days.