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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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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! 

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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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The chance to follow my passions is priceless!

Meet Tamara! She left a corporate sales career to join her family’s business. Although Tamara loves working as a small business owner, she knew her income would take a hit. Fortunately, she found and partnered with Moms Making Six Figures. Read on to learn about how the residual income from Moms Making Six Figures has impacted Tamara’s life.

What is your professional background?

My passion in life has always been helping others. I love working and my job has been a major part of my identity. Throughout my twenties, I worked in the field of education and social work. I worked with troubled teens, initially. After receiving my master’s degree in Social Work, I taught in special education elementary classrooms. While I absolutely loved working with these kids and their families, the hours and low pay soon began to wear on me. I eventually was presented with an opportunity in food and wine distribution sales and I jumped at the opportunity to try something new. While I didn’t consider myself a “salesy” person, I excelled and began to climb into better positions and territories. I truly didn’t feel like I was selling anything. I was fortunate enough to represent some amazing wines that I believed in and I just wanted to share with my accounts. My enthusiasm and passion translated to sales, I also loved the financial and lifestyle benefits. There was enough flexibility that I could spend some time with my two kids in the mornings and I was making enough money to do the things we enjoyed as a family.

Nearly fifteen years later, the family owned distribution company I worked for was purchased by a larger corporate entity. As it normally goes in these sorts of buy outs, changes started happening and I began to feel despair at the direction the company was going and didn’t feel I had any viable options. The corporate way of life did not fit my personality and I was starting to feel desperate for a way out. My parents had started a small winery that I was very eager to be more involved with, however, they couldn’t pay me the salary I needed to support my family. I could not figure out a way to balance my goals and dreams with my financial needs. Then a friend introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures. I suddenly had hope that I could find a way to help others, financially support myself and my two sons and be in control of my life.

Was it a hard decision to leave your corporate sales career to work in the family business?

When the time came to make the decision to leave my well-paid job and jump into the risky world of small business ownership, I was extremely nervous.  My family and I had a long discussion about the direction we were going to take the vineyard and winery and we were able to carve out a small salary for me to help in that growth.  Truly, the only way I was able to consider taking such a huge pay cut was because of the potential of growth with my business with the Moms team. 

The sacrifices I was making working in the corporate world were significant. It was very difficult for me to take time away from my family. Under the new ownership, I had to change my perspective from one of helping my customers grow and work as a team with my suppliers to one of hitting the bottom line numbers, despite everything. The combination of growing a family business for my children’s future and working with the supportive team at Moms to help others was a winning combo for me.  Yes, I still make sacrifices and my budget is much tighter than it used to be, but the time freedom and the chance to follow my passions is priceless.

What is your long-term goal in partnering with Moms Making Six Figures?

When I first partnered with Moms, I wasn’t sure if it would be very part time or if I would push hard to replace my corporate, nearly six figure income.  One of the things I love most about my business with Moms is that I can structure it to fit in completely with my schedule and needs of my other small businesses. After 1 ½ years of part time work with Moms Making Six Figures, I was able to earn enough residual income to allow me to leave the corporate world. I was able to start working with my family’s business and find the balance that I so desperately wanted. I am not only working with my family winery, but also creating another small, local business that also focuses on helping others. I continue to have a steady residual stream of income that I can rely upon every month and when things are slow with my other businesses, I can spend more time growing with the Moms team to increase my income. It’s crazy how flexible it is!  I have never heard of another part time job that can adjust to meet all kinds of needs.

When I sit back and look at my story, I realize how significant it was that I was introduced to Heidi and the whole Moms team.  If I didn’t have this business, there is no way I would be able to pursue my other passions. The whole gig economy is so popular now because people want to have a chance to be flexible and still earn an income, but with those sorts of jobs you are trading hours for dollars.  We only have so much time in the day and when you are building a small business those hours slip away quickly.  My Moms income is building, and it is building as residual income that continues to grow even though I continue to work only part time.  If I carve out 10-15 hours per week consistently, my income continues to grow.  This has allowed me plenty of time to work on my other businesses, providing multiple streams of income.

My life is currently a complex puzzle of a lot of moving pieces, but each of those pieces are rich, beautiful parts of my life. I am surrounded by friends, family and business partners whom I love dearly.  Every day, regardless of the business that I am focusing on now, is a chance to make the world a better place.  I help people.  I focus on helping our environment, I make my community stronger and I am having fun doing it!  I count my blessings every day and focus on gratitude for the opportunities presented to me.  My family’s future is bright, and I am delighted that I have chosen this path.

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Building your personal brand!

We recently caught up with Stephanie, who is another one of our beloved mentors at Moms Making Six Figures. Stephanie is one of the kindest, most genuine human beings that we have the pleasure of knowing. She has had great success with Moms Making Six Figures based off the personal brand she has built.

How did you know it was the right time in your life to partner with Moms Making Six Figures? 

I was at a pivotal moment in my life.  I had recently sold my business, relocated to a new state, and was a brand new “empty nester.” I was seeking new career fulfillment, as I love to help others. Moms Making Six Figures has given me purpose by doing just that, and so much more. I am truly blessed with living life on my own terms and my husband and I are enjoying becoming more adventurous, as he has recently retired from his full-time job. We are having such a great time during this phase of our lives!

How did you go about building your own personal brand and how would you describe that brand? 

In whatever I do, my goal is to always provide value. No matter if it’s being a part of a networking group or volunteering for my community, I will always do my best to help others. My personal brand is that others know me as a giver and dependable. I am of the motto, “It’s much better to give than to receive.”

What are some things you do every day to help create your environment of success? 

I love to engage with others. Because of my love of people in general, I’m meeting someone new every day.  It’s amazing how you can change someone’s day by just providing a simple smile or a kind word.  By motivating others and by genuinely caring, a fantastic platform for success is provided. Life is much better when we love what we do and know why we do it.

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Who and what comes first in life?

Being a working mom comes with a ton of challenges, that is no secret. Prioritizing who and what comes first in life is one of the toughest challenges of them all. This week, we are catching up with Michele as she answers some of the tough questions that many working moms face while she also offers some fantastic advice about putting family first.

Did you ever have any doubts about making a career change and partnering with MMSF?

I never had any doubts about my decision to leave my corporate career and partner with MMSF. While I enjoyed my successful, corporate job, I needed a way to put first things first. As my life evolved and my family grew my corporate job was squeezing out the truly important things in my life. Since joining the team at MMSF I’ve been able to put my family first, find professional and intellectual satisfaction for myself, and match my income from corporate America.  I am reminded of the parable of filling our jars with rocks first (family and friends), then gravel (professional goals and achievements), and then pouring in sand (the small stuff).  I used to fill my jar with gravel, day in and day out and there was no room for the rocks, the truly important people, in my life.  MMSF gave me the power to control how I fill my days so I start with the rocks in my life and then everything else.  It’s amazing how much better life is when you follow that order!

As an entrepreneur and a mom, have there been any significant barriers you’ve had to overcome?

We all have a sad story we can tell, and I have mine. But life doesn’t wait around for us to get over our hurts. What I love about MMSF is that we are real people with real lives, who would rather move forward than stay stagnant. While what we do is simple, it isn’t easy.  Yes, I have to schedule creatively, my husband and I have to juggle family duties, and there are never enough hours in the day.  But before bed when I reflect on my day, I am glad that what I’ve done is meaningful and that I’m helping real people move forward in their lives.

Who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by the woman I want to become.  This woman is brave, loves fiercely, and shows up when others need her. She laughs deeply, believes the impossible is possible and rises through her fears to accomplish great things.  In this vision lives memories of my beautiful mother, other strong women and professional mentors, all of whom drive me to be a better me tomorrow than I am today.

This statement resonated with us for many reasons. Being inspired by who you know you can become is such a powerful feeling. Embracing who you are and not fearing change is what we are all about at Moms Making Six Figures. We are so grateful to Michele for her thoughtful answers to the questions we had for her. She truly inspires us with her strong and beautiful approach to life.

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