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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
 
Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!
 
The Sydney Writers' Centre podcast on writers and writing features interviews with best-selling and acclaimed writers in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, fantasy, children's books, non-fiction, business and much more. Founder of the Sydney Writers' Centre, Valerie Khoo, interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au
 
Join renowned entrepreneur + mentor Ingrid Thompson each week for this podcast about and for entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create business success, Financial Independence and to make a difference in the world Ingrid and her guests are disrupting the status quo for what it means to pursue entrepreneurship based on core values and deepest integrity and at the same time build a successful in business to achieve financial and time freedom. Ingrid and her guests d ...
 
Welcome to Murder and Mayhem – the podcast where we explore the dark and mysterious side of writing. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's also a world often filled with flawed heroes and likeable villains. But above all, it’s a place where we explore the authors who tell these very s ...
 
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Meet Christie Nieman, author of 'Where We Begin'. Discover what you can learn from being an author-entrepreneur. Plus, we have 5 double passes to 'The Translators' to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omny…
 
Ginger Johnson is on a mission to connect the world, one person at a time, on purpose and with purpose. This is a high-energy episode as both Ginger and I chat about all things business, money, clients and most important - connecting We talk about the role of the coach "Your coach is not your nanny!" she says I truly think you will learn so much fr…
 
When you’re taking portraits, great lighting is essential. But sometimes you’re not blessed with perfect conditions. So what can you do to “manufacture” the ideal light for what you want to achieve? In this episode, you’ll discover seven portrait lighting tricks to use with daylight or flash, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Gina and Valerie hop…
 
Meet Richard Fidler, broadcaster and author of 'The Golden Maze: A Biography of Prague'. Congratulations to AWC alumnae Felicity McVay and Brooke Grahams for publishing their debut picture books. Plus, shout out to AWC alumna Petronella McGovern for being on the 2020 Ned Kelly Crime Awards shortlist with her thriller 'Six Minutes'. Plus, we have 3 …
 
The One Percent is the Category of One where you stand out head and shoulders from the crowd Business is more than tactics and strategies, it's about who you are as a person, it's about your mindset and it's deeply personal. You are tuning in today because: you believe you can make a positive impact in the world, you believe that you can make gener…
 
With so many different camera lenses on the market, it can be daunting to determine where to invest your cash. What size should you get? Which lenses are suitable for what purposes? There are an endless list of questions but, in this episode, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lenses – no matter what level you’re at. Gina and Valerie…
 
Learn how to edit your own manuscript and meet Fiona Palmer, author of 'Tiny White Lies'. In a shocking plot twist, Allison shares her Word of the Week. Discover when to tune into a special Facebook live Creative Conversations with Allison Tait. Plus we have 3 copies of 'The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery' by A.L. Tait to give away. Read the sh…
 
Tatiana Tsoir is a numbers expert with over 15 years of experience helping entrepreneurs and business owners become the boss of their bottom line. Maybe you're dreaming about being your own boss and are holding yourself back because you’re terrified of dealing with money, numbers, and taxes This is THE episode for you Listen in to how Tatiana helps…
 
This excellent hack can transform your images in an instant. Creating a black background behind the subject in your shot can add drama, moodiness and a sense of theatricality to your image. You don’t even need a studio, you just need to know how to do it. That means you can create this black background anywhere whether you are photographing a perso…
 
Discover what you need to know about writing across age groups. Meet Nick Place, co-author of 'Stalin's Wine Cellar'. It's launch day for A.L. Tait's eagerly anticipated book 'The Fire Star'. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Good Teacher' by Petronella McGovern (AWC alumna) to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
The One Percent is the Category of One where you stand out head and shoulders from the crowd Business is more than tactics and strategies, it's about who you are as a person, it's about your mindset and it's deeply personal. You are tuning in today because: you believe you can make a positive impact in the world, you believe that you can make gener…
 
Product photography is even more popular and in demand than ever thanks to the exponential growth in online shopping and marketing. In this episode, you’ll discover a comprehensive introduction into the world of product photography, how you can get started and what you need to know about the different styles of shooting. Gina and Valerie hope you e…
 
Discover how to write during a pandemic. Meet Mikey Robins, author of 'Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour'. Want to win a Zoom call with A.L. Tait? Plus we have 3 copies of 'The Thursday Murder Club' by Richard Osman to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visi…
 
Did you know that 96% of C suite execs across the US played sport in their teenage years!?!􏰖􏰗􏰂􏰇 􏰘􏰆􏰙􏰙 􏰀􏰚􏰆􏰂􏰛􏰙􏰪 Sarah Wolfer is the Founder and CEO of Girl Boss Sports, a Seattle based start-up. She is working toward two very important goals: 1) Keeping girls in sports and 2) Increasing the number of women sports coaches. Sarah has been a soccer playe…
 
The foundation of good photography is good lighting. But where do you start? Discover how you can shape and control light to achieve the images you want. You’ll learn about how to diffuse light, what tools to use, how modifiers work and inexpensive hacks that will help you shape light in any situation. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. S…
 
You'll meet Adrian Beck, author of the 'Derek Dool Supercool' series. AWC presenter Candice Fox's book turns into a movie. And AWC grad Brooke Graham's picture book 'Go Away, Worry Monster!' to be published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Girl in the Mirror' by Rose Carlyle to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
Come join us in this FB Group: Healthy Numbers Profit Lab This is the community for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to build and grow a profitable business. https://bit.ly/HNProfitLabGroup This is one of the In between episodes and today I consider the questions: Are we our own algorithm? I'd been thinking about the Jim Rohn quote about …
 
When you’re a photojournalist like Penny Stephens, you need to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice, be able to capture the emotion and reality of the situation - and tell a story in a single image. Penny reveals her insights from her award-winning career including 22 years working for the respected newspaper, The Age. Penny discusses: how she pr…
 
You'll meet Jeff Apter, author of 'Friday On My Mind'. Discover why you need to remember that your genius comes naturally to you. Download Valerie's free printable. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Enid' by Robert Wainwright to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCen…
 
Come join us in this FB Group: Healthy Numbers Profit Lab This is the community for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to build and grow a profitable business. https://bit.ly/HNProfitLabGroup E130: Charlotte Chipperfield updates us on where her business is at 3 years on from when we met her in episode 30 in 2017 A few of the key topics we d…
 
When you’re a photojournalist like Penny Stephens, you need to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice, be able to capture the emotion and reality of the situation - and tell a story in a single image. Penny reveals her insights from her award-winning career including 22 years working for the respected newspaper, The Age. Penny discusses: how she pr…
 
This is an in-between episodes. In between the Interviews! Today I talk about affirmations, what they mean to me, how I use them and why I believe they are more than just "believe it and you will see it" I first became aware of affirmations when I was in high school and they have remained part of my life since then. Repeating positive affirmations …
 
Meet Mary Norris, author of 'Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen'. You'll discover powerful tips on how to finish writing your book. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Across the Water' by AWC alumna Ingrid Alexandra to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre…
 
Creativity might seem like an intangible quality but it’s the very thing that’s going to drive our photography. We can all do with being a bit more creative. But how do you tap into this elusive state? Well, it’s not hard. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the key steps you should take so that you could boost your creativity so you can take…
 
Meet Katherine Firkin, author of 'Sticks and Stones'. Discover what you need in an author newsletter template. Impress (or baffle) your friends by casually dropping the word 'autarky' into a conversation. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Utopia Avenue' by David Mitchell to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the …
 
It’s been quite a journey for Andrea Uvanni and we are fortunate that she shares some of her experience with us here in this episode. If you are in an environment where you are the only one like you and everyone questions your skills and abilities – take heart from Andrea’s story It has taken the past 10 years for her to find her way, to become som…
 
Light is the essence of all photography. And once you “get it”, your images will take on a whole new … pardon the pun … light. So what do you need to know? Gina and Valerie reveal the five qualities of light every photographer must know. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets…
 
Meet Sandy Barker, author of 'That Night in Paris' and 'A Sunset in Sydney'. Discover the steps you need to take to build your author platform. Learn how to use Pinterest for book marketing inspiration. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Sandpit' by Nicholas Shakespeare to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in th…
 
I’m trying something new this month and I'm keen to know from you if it's helpful? and will I keep doing it? Between the regular interviews I’m sharing my thoughts on a particular aspect of business that will help take you closer to business success and ultimately Financial Independence. Please let me know if this is a useful "in between" episode t…
 
A great photographer will spend 80% of their time planning, composing, exposing and lighting their shots and 20% of their time on post-production. An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning and composing their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes. We discuss what to look out for and how to avoid the…
 
Teneshia Jackson Warner is an award-winning multicultural marketing expert, purpose-driven entrepreneur and author. She is the founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of EGAMI Group, a leading multicultural marketing and communications firm in Manhattan with clients such as Procter & Gamble, Target, Verizon Wireless, My Black is Beautiful, U.S. Arm…
 
Do you want to be a children's author? Meet literary agent Annabel Barker and discover what you need to do to get published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Silk House' by Kayte Nunn to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Valeri…
 
What gear should you buy? What do you actually need? No matter where you are in your photography journey, this episode reveals exactly what you need to get the right gear for your goals. We’re talking cameras, pro-level gear vs. entry-level gear, mirrorless vs DSLR, lenses, zoom vs prime, lighting, light modifiers, tripods and light stands, and acc…
 
You'll meet Gus Gordon, author and illustrator of 'Finding Francois'. Discover who is a plotter and who is a pantser. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Jane Austen Society' by Natalie Jenner to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | …
 
Discover how to earn six figures plus by finding your niche. We talk to photographer Tracy Moore on how she turned a lifelong interest into a thriving business. As an entrepreneur, she embraces opportunities to adventure, evolve and grow. Tracy built a niche for adventurous high school senior girls and also shoots for outdoor companies, one of her …
 
Meet Chris Flynn, author of 'Mammoth'. Plus 21 ways to promote your book, and how to deal with your inner critic. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.…
 
Amy Foley started her own business to have more time and more flexibility in her own life Irony, she does exactly this for her clients through providing a "plug and play" service. She provides back-office support and team augmentation for digital agencies. This is not your traditional business startup story. Amy's life changed when she least expect…
 
Headshot and selfie tips with photographer Andrej Valko. You’ll discover Andrej’s $300 budget lighting kit, his lighting setup, how to find great backgrounds, posing and directing headshots and more. With selfies, we’re talking about professional ones! We cover planning, focus, lighting and more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up…
 
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