Doing It On the Side
About This Show
Doing It On the Side is the podcast that shines a light on people following their passions on top of full-time lives. Episodes feature stories of everyday people and the interesting projects and businesses they’re doing on the side, how they got here, and how they make it work day-to-day — along with perspectives and guidance from a range of experts and thought leaders to help you do it too.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 08: Special Guest Expert, Melissa Dinwiddie - Artist, Performer, Happiness Catalyst + Creativity Instigator
4 days ago
Special guest expert and Creativity Instigator, Melissa Dinwiddie, is absolutely one of the most creative, multi-passionate people I know. She’s a visual artist, jazz singer, musician, former ballerina… I could go on! But believe it or not, she calls herself a former “non-creative person”! Melissa’s on a mission to change the conversation on creative expression and play, and she teaches people just like you and me to “turn the creative taps to ‘on’,” so you can live what she calls a “full color life”. SHOW NOTES: Melissa's creative sandbox community and programs, empower people to reclaim their innate entitlement to creative play. Whatever their creative outlet may be painting drawing making music, garden explore in the kitchen. Very creative at a young age, then by high school stopped seeing herself as an artist because she wasn’t great at drawing, then the same thing happened to her with music and then dance. Melissa chronicles quite a creative journey: Got into Juilliard, but couldn’t dance due to tendonitis, and eating disorder cropped up. Let Juilliard and went to UC Berkeley, but lost her way with dance and the arts, and went into academia instead. Creativity started to come up during her wedding plans and eventually found her love for doing arts and crafts, and she started making a little money with her art through client work doingKetubah art for Jewish weddings. The Ketubah art wasn’t what she loved to do, but she could make money at it, but then that fell apart which led to hitting rock bottom. Whether or not you consider yourself creative, every person needs “that thing” that fulfills them. How following passions, relationships — whatever it is, there need not be just one and sometimes it takes some time, it’s not always “love at first sight”. For people wondering how to find their passion, it’s important to know that for most of us it’s not a Eureka moment. We talk about my own story with graphic design and rediscovering a love for it now, as a small part of my life us