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April 11, 2019

#99 | Good Style, Good Design, & Good Business: Discovering Yourself, Work & Motherhood with Cody McBurnett

About This Episode

Cody McBurnett has always lived and breathed creative entrepreneurial culture, splitting her formative years between her mother’s salon and her grandmother’s atelier. She learned early on about the importance of good style, good design, and good business—and how they can completely change one’s mood, outlook, and chances for success.

Like a great haircut or the perfectly tailored ensemble, good brand design is an eye-catcher that allows the real—and best—of what you have to offer shine through. On that same note, bad brand design, like a bad haircut or an unflattering outfit, can seriously distract from the good stuff. In this vein, Cody is Loki Loki’s brand stylist, nailing the design and strategy and attracting the eye of consumers so they can discover the outstanding products and services each client’s business has to offer.

“I do have to produce and at the end of the day I can’t bullshit that. I have to spend the time and sit with the client, have  the conversation, and followup, and deliver the design, and work with them and be invested in their business… It’s a lot more work than it looks like. “

Join us for a conversation about producing excellent work, good brand design and working for yourself. We’ll also talk about:

  • The power of a “Disney NO” in motherhood and career
  • Cody’s tattoos journey
  • Lessons learned from running Loki Loki
  • Feminine vs girly concepts in design
  • Cody’s idea of femininity
  • Entrepreneurship and motherhood
  • Definitions of success
  • Top 3 qualities of producing excellent work

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