Episode #128 Bronte Huskinson

I really enjoyed talking to Bronte. I think the way she has approached her writing career is fascinating. She knows what her end goal is, (a publishing deal) and she has figured out a new and effective way to stack the odds in her favour. I would imagine the offering of a ready made audience makes the deal so sweet to a publisher that Bronte has an edge on the average writer, and any edge in a fierce market is beneficial.

Bronte clearly had an idea what she wanted to do from a young age and has followed a creative suitable path to get to that goal. It’s great to meet someone with clear goals, many of us struggle working out what we want to do and how we can get there, seeing someone succeeding is a positive reminder of what is possible.

Growing up in a household with a writer, in my opinion, would have had an effect on Bronte’s outlook, either consciously or unconsciously. My dad, brother and uncle are musicians and I’m sure those positive role models have pointed my career in musical directions, not that I was aware of it. I imagine as a parent that any positive influence you can have is welcomed.

We all need a positive nudge from time to time, something to make us correct our course and aim for the right target, Bronte was my positive reminder.

- Josh.

Mentions, in order of appearance;

Somebody working on their mum’s car - Mighty Car Mods - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk11ZZkGL9s

Mrs Hinch - https://www.instagram.com/mrshinchhome/

BookishBronte - https://www.instagram.com/bookishbronte

abookishphotographer - https://www.instagram.com/abookishphotgrapher

Seth Godin - https://seths.blog/2010/06/fear-of-shipping/

Charles Haynes - http://bit.ly/yt-121-charles-haynes

Rae DelBianco - https://www.instagram.com/rae.delbianco/

Hannah Argyle - https://www.instagram.com/hannahargyle/

Never Mind My Thigh Gap, by Bronte Huskinson - https://amzn.to/2QF8xaR

Featured Post - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh69FjFB2BM/

Episode #127 Jay Brook

Jay Brook - Musician, Singer, Writer, Graphic Designer/Animator.

LISTEN HERE - http://bit.ly/127-jay-brook

I've known Jay for almost 15 years, and while we haven't been close friends we have been bouncing around the same social circles. Throughout these years I've noticed several things about Jay. Firstly, he's a great musician, this is evident from his latest project 'Ginger Snaps'. Snaps are powerful, punchy, energetic with super-memorable melodies throughout which has gained them success nationally and internationally (which Jay is too modest to agree with).

Secondly, he is honest. When we first met I'd argue we were both not sure of our place in the world and as Jay discusses in this podcast he spent a lot of time trying to be someone (as did I and arguably continue to do). One of my strengths, if you'll allow me to toot my own horn for a while, is my ability to analyse my emotions and actions. Whatever emotions I'm feeling and whatever my reaction I have, I am able to remain calm and think about why I feel this way and what I should do to resolve it. Jay appears to also do this and he has found some clarity (of which I haven't) in recent years.

Finally, being present is a problem of mine, I am constantly not focused because I am thinking about the next thing to do. Jay is good at this and continues to work on it. I'm going to try to do this more often, just one of the things I've learnt from this conversation, and also to have more conversations.

Cheers Jay, good talking.

- Josh.

Special thanks to Will Beckett for podcast editorial and production support.

Mentions, in order of appearance;

Hatt Box Hairdressing

Dapper Chaps

Job Descriptions and Insurance Premiums

Meg Amirghiasvand

Joe Rogan

Elon Musk on The Joe Rogan Experience

Steven Tyler or The Joe Rogan Experience

Neil Hudson on The Josh Astrop Podcast

Billy Locket on The Josh Astrop Podcast

Jordan Mackampa on The Josh Astrop Podcast

Mal Evans

Lal Muttock

Vo Williams

Dan Gautreau

Joel Harries

Danny Connors

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