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Sister entrepreneurs Dana Kadwell and Courtney Hopper talk about the ups and downs of the hustle, and the reward at the end of the journey. Life starts at the edge of our comfort zone, and that’s what running a business is about - it’s completely uncomfortable and yet thrilling at the same time. Hear Dana and Courtney talk about the hard parts of entrepreneurship with other business owners going through the struggle as well.
 
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Today’s episode is the second in our short series of interviews with my project team members on the upcoming indie ttrpg called Burnaway. The game is launching on Kickstarter on February 7th, and I wanted to introduce you all to some of the awesome people behind the scenes! Be sure to check out the show notes for a link to the pre-launch page on Ki…
 
You don't have to have a big team to have a booming business. Nina McCaskey's Wedded Kiss helps brides of all kinds look and feel their best on their special days, and her team of hair and makeup artists is highly skilled—and small. In this episode, we're talking with Nina about why she prefers to keep her team exclusive and how that affects how he…
 
Chris Hopper is the layout and graphic designer for Burnaway, as well as for several other ttrpgs in the indie scene. We talk about working as a freelance layout designer, working within this community, tips for working with your designers, and making your games and layouts more accessible. I learned so much from Chris, and I know y’all will too! T…
 
This week we're doing things a little bit different - it's all about 2022 in recap, in retrospect, and looking forward to what's happening next year. It was a year filled with amazing wins but some huge challenges as well. We hope you'll reflect as well, and cheers to a productive and profitable 2023! Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper …
 
Today we share an episode of the Talk with Renee Dalo Podcast that we guested on, "Talk About Business Partnership Struggles With Dana & Courtney". From Renee... Whether you’re in a business partnership now, or considering one for your future, I know you’ve thought about (or dealt with) the business partnership struggles that come along with co-own…
 
Today we share an episode of the Wedding Pro CEO podcast with Brandee Gaar (formerly the She Who Dares Podcast) that we guested on, "When Hustle and Grit is All You Have with Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell". From Brandee... I have not just one guest on the show today, but two amazing guests: Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, the sisters and brain…
 
Today we share an episode of a podcast we guested on - The Flourishing Entrepreneur, hosted by our friend Aleya Harris. ----- Do you know how to handle fear when first starting your business? Today, we'll talk about how to get around and work with your fears! In this episode, I’m talking to Courtney and Dana, who have seen their vision for their co…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with Dr. Anissa Reilly about what she learned from her career in education. In this episode, Courtney and Dana are looking back on what they learned from teaching and how it taught them to value themselves. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney an…
 
Dr. Anissa Reilly was a school principal in one of the poorest districts in the country for over 16 years, and, while she was excited to create a great environment for the elementary students, she struggled to lead staff who didn't want to be led. In this podcast, learn how she rose above the odds against her and why she's decided to go it on her o…
 
Last week, sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle talked about the pivot that saved their company, Hello Lucky. They figured out that the growth-at-all-costs and the constant hustle was not what made them happy. Today, Courtney and Dana wonder why they're hustling so hard, and what they're ultimately chasing. Is it money? Respect in the industry? Content…
 
10 years into running Hello Lucky, sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle seemed to be on top of the world. They were working luxury weddings, they were featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, and the company was doing $2M a year. But what the world didn't see is Eunice and Sabrina were working crazy hours - and the company was losing over $100K a year. It …
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with Jessie Williams about starting a business and financial requirements of that. In this episode, hear Courtney and Dana talk about their relationships with money and why it sometimes might be scary. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney and Dan…
 
Jessie Williams wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew she was her happiest when she was creating. In this episode, hear how her she was inspired to move back to N.C. and open Edge of Urge—a one of a kind store that brings together independent artists' work in Raleigh and Wilmington—and Unlikely Professionals and found succes…
 
If you hang around the D&D scene, you likely have heard of Dragon Talk, the D&D podcast hosted by Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble. Greg is the Senior Communications Manager of Dungeons & Dragons, and Shelly is the Senior Brand Manager of Dungeons & Dragons. We talk about what they’re up to in D&D. We talk about their show, and we talk about their u…
 
Last week, we heard Jen Taylor's tragic yet inspirational story about her husband's sudden death and what happened after - how Jen pressed on and found success in her next venture. Today, Courtney and Dana discuss valuing the lives we lead, even though sometimes it feels like we're bulldozing through them. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Ho…
 
In October 2018, Jen Taylor's world came crashing down as her husband tragically passed away, and she quickly had to figure out what the f*** to do with her life. Continue with her wedding planning business? Keep the house in Maui? Pivot to a new venture? No decisions are easy while grieving, but she had to make them anyway. Hustle and Gather is ho…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with another set of sister entrepreneurs—Jackie and Cassie Collier. This week, hear how Courtney and Dana grew to have different strengths and approaches to business, despite being raised together. Plus, find out what caused the sisters' biggest fight ever and how they avoid fighting now. Hustle and Gather is hos…
 
Sisters Jackie and Cassie Collier started Bundle by up-cycling old board games with construction paper and handwritten cards and pricing six hours of hard work for $50. Now, paying homage to their family's love of board games, the company creates custom board games that each customer can uniquely enjoy. In this episode, hear how they rolled the dic…
 
Last week, Julie Novack shared how she talked to anyone who would listen about her vision for PartySlate. For five years, at every cocktail party, she would share her dream, until one day she went for it. But is thinking out loud over cocktails the best strategy for everyone? Courtney and Dana aren't so sure. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney…
 
In 2014, everything was going well for Julie Novack. She had spent her career at digital marketing agencies, at times with $50M budgets and in charge of 250 people. It was a fulfilling career that most would dream of. Except Julie's dream was the idea that she couldn't stop talking about for years - a content-rich marketplace that inspires people p…
 
Last week, Courtney and Dana talked with former pro-basketball player Marcus Ginyard about his journey to reinvent himself. In this episode, hear about them discuss the challenges of transitioning your life as an adult and the struggles of deciding what the hell you want to do—which should never include cutting your own bangs. Hustle and Gather is …
 
Basketball has been Marcus Ginyard's life for the last 31 years. And after a 12-year pro-career on the court, the Tar Heel basketball alum is reinventing himself in the Triangle. In this episode, hear how what he learned while becoming a successful athlete is helping him find success in what he calls "the real world." Hustle and Gather is hosted by…
 
Last week, Don Mamone taught Courtney and Dana a lot about self-love. In this episode, learn how they've learned to love themselves and how they're helping to cultivate that love in their children, too. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence. Courtney and Dana's hustles include C&D Events, Hus…
 
A hospitality veteran and photography entrepreneur, Don Mamone was afraid that their business would be at risk if they were to be who they knew they were. When they finally decided it was time to live their authentic truth, the outpouring of acceptance was greater than they could've ever imagined. In this episode, learn what can happen when you sta…
 
Joshua Simons is our guest today! Josh is a streamer, game designer, and the Community and Content Manager at Demiplane RPG. We dive into the intricacies of networking and how Josh was able to land a fulltime job in the industry. We also get a peek at his process for creating characters. Josh has appeared on so many actual play shows and always has…
 
On last week's episode, Brandee Gaar from the Wedding Pro CEO Podcast talked about how you come to a point in business where you have a choice - run FROM fear, or run TO something that's both exciting and scary. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that conversation; plus, how lavish celebrations truly fill a need in life, the value of mentorship, and f…
 
When Brandee Gaar left her job in hospitality, she had to work hard to build her business. She wore all the hats - sales, marketing, SOPs, hiring, firing, customer relations, and everything else that comes with running a small business. She wasn't making much, but she realized that in order to make more money, she actually had to spend money on hir…
 
Lysa is the Marketing Manager at OneBookShelf, which is the company behind sites like DM’s Guild and DriveThruRPG. And we definitely talk about what that means, what faer journey has been like throughout multiple roles in the TTRPG space. We also talk about Design Dash, a Twitch show that Lysa co-hosts and Lysa’s love for crafty endeavors and bees!…
 
On last week's episode, Married at First Sight's Rachel DeAlto talked about her times when life was going nowhere - a law career that didn't work out, a startup that ran out of money, and a messy divorce. But she started over, pushed through, and now she's one of the most prominent relationship experts. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that conversa…
 
How would you like to be a full-time, professional game master? It sounds like a dream a lot of us have in this industry, and so I am thrilled to introduce you to Donathin Frye who does just that. Donathin supports himself as a full-time Dungeon master with some additional freelance game design work, through Patreon subscriptions. He tends to run 6…
 
When you see Rachel DeAlto now, you see a success story - a relationship expert who's been on Married at First Sight and Oprah, and published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. What you won't see is what happened before the success - a law career that went nowhere, a failed startup, and a messy divorce. She thought that she wasn't allow…
 
Today, I have the absolute pleasure to introduce you to Sara Thompson. Sara is most widely known for the Combat Wheelchair they created for D&D, but she is also a freelance game designer working with companies like Paizo and R Talsorian Games. We definitely talk about Sara’s game design processes, but this episode is extra special to me because we …
 
When sisters-in-law Nora and Elizabeth Sheils started Rock Paper Coin in 2018, they quickly found that running a software company was nothing like running a typical wedding industry business. First and foremost, they needed funding, which was going well - until an investor backed out at the last minute. In today's episode, Nora and Elizabeth talk a…
 
Kienna Shaw is our guest today. Kienna is known for doing more things than we were able to discuss in an hour, like the TTRPG Safety Toolkit, safety consulting, game design for a bunch of games on Itch.io, DM’s Guild, and a Candlekeep Mysteries adventures, and a whole lot of actual play streaming. We focus mostly on game design and safety tools in …
 
Today we're re-airing one of our favorite episodes from last year, featuring Raleigh Cheesy's Courtney Bowman. Since our conversation, Courtney has opened up a new location in Raleigh (3075 Medlin Drive) and has become a hit on TikTok. Courtney Bowman literally built Raleigh Cheesy on Instagram and charcuterie boards. It seemed to blow up over nigh…
 
On last week's episode, Kelly Breakstone Roth brought up conscious consumerism - being aware of what we're buying at where it came from. But why do we purchase the things that we do? Is it because we need them? Or because it validates us in some way? Plus, we explore regret and the concept that, if you have no regrets in life, you've never examined…
 
Our guest today is David, the player behind Kascorin and one of the podcast editors of Reckless Attack. If you are not familiar with Reckless Attack, it is one of my absolute favorite D&D Actual Play podcasts, and you should definitely go check it out. They are a really good and funny group, and their episodes are typically about an hour long. Davi…
 
"We're not encouraging people to consume. We're encouraging people to make better choices when they decide to buy something." This quote from Kelly Breakstone Roth can be applied to just about any industry - we need to guide people to make the best choice. But how can we do that? For Kelly, she's found a way to give her customers the best value and…
 
Today’s guest is Amber TheSpaceJamber, a TTRPG editor and streamer. Amber tells us what your editor is actually thinking and looking for in your writing. We also go into depth on content strategies while building your online presence, and all about streaming. Amber has some great advice, and I know you’ll enjoy the episode as much as I did! Find Am…
 
On last week's episode, Mountainside Media's Christie Osborne came on to talk about how she evaluates ideas from her team and clients, even the ones she thinks suck. Today, Courtney and Dana dive deep into what happens when they're not sure if their ideas are worth battling for, and why looking at competitors' negative reviews isn't just something …
 
Today features Indrani, an absolutely amazing and kind creator from India. She is the co-founder of Desis & Dragons, India’s largest TTRPG community. Indrani is also the creator behind Nonagon Dice, which they started because handmade dice weren’t easily accessible in India. Indrani has been doing some truly incredible work over the last year, and …
 
Early in Christie Osborne's career, she realized that literally everybody has ideas, even the people you wouldn't expect to. But the challenge is evaluating those ideas based on if they're truly worth your time, energy, and resources. How do you do that? You never debate what you can test. Christie Osborne is the owner of Mountainside Media which s…
 
On last week's episode, Judy Pickett shared her struggles of building a business while being a mom - and eventually joining forces with her daughter Hilaire. Today, Courtney and Dana unpack that conversation and wonder if it's possible to truly be both supermom and badass entrepreneur. Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell…
 
What happens when you interview an interviewer? You tend to compare notes. And that is what we do today. Our guest is Derrick, the host of the How Not to DM Podcast. If you aren’t familiar with his show, I highly recommend you go check it out. If you like my show, you’ll like his too. Derrick also interviews folks in the TTRPG space. His focus tend…
 
In 1979, Judy Pickett started her business with $500, her passion for interior design, and her naïveté. Throughout the 80's, she built her business while being a mom - and suffered from mom guilt before that was even a common term. On the show today, Judy and her daughter Hilaire talk about growing up in entrepreneurship, why they joined forces in …
 
Today’s guest is Russell E Welch the III, the DM and CEO of D20Tales, a company putting on some very high quality D&D Actual Plays. They were formerly known as Spawn of Chaos and just rebranded very recently. Russell and I get really into the weeds on casting the shows, their production process, the impact of acting philosophies, rebranding, and a …
 
On last week's episode, Chris J Evans shared how he establishes connection with his luxury clientele, his experience in fine dining, and why he only hires surfers. Today, Courtney and Dana talk about their time in restaurants, who they tend to hire (not surfers), and how connecting with clients is a difficult balance. Hustle and Gather is hosted by…
 
Today’s guest is Devin Nelson, a very talented composer, musician, and game designer. We talk about how Devin quit their full-time job to pursue a career in music, composing podcasts for Actual Plays and other podcasts, game design, and about Devin’s band, Gloomy June which just went on tour. Devin is super cool, so I know y’all will love this epis…
 
When Chris J Evans was working at a fine dining establishment in Maui, he learned what it takes to create a true luxury experience. Now as a high-end photographer, with every wedding, he works to create a beautiful, authentic, and amazing experience. Today he shares with Courtney and Dana how all of us can take our customer experience to the next l…
 
Our guest today is Orion D. Black, the Creative Director for Dimension 20 and a game designer with publications on itch.io. Orion has had a huge impact on the TTRPG scene, and it was an absolute honor to have them on the show. We talked about how Orion went from playing D&D to designing their own indie games, to working with the incredible crew of …
 
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