"I think our stories are kind of similar - where we got pushed into STEM, because that was seen as a practical career. And really, when I wanted to professionalize, I wanted to make the Muppets. That's what I wanted to do when I was little. And then I got pushed into other things for a while. So learning to sew as an adult and coming back to it and doing things with my hands again was satisfying, in a way that my seven year old self knew. That my ten year old self was pushed out of."
"You have had such a huge influence on the way that I think about my business: the questions that I ask myself about my business, my confidence in being able to run my business. I've learned so, so much from you, I've learned so much about how to communicate my marketing and what marketing looks like for an ethical business. And then it's not the evil bullshit that I learned in Business College - which was just horrible."
"You run a little entrepreneurship. And if you're trying to make money, you have all these pressures. And if you're *not* trying to make a lot of money you still feel like you're supposed to gain."
"I needed some confidence in how to better communicate with clients. I wanted to feel comfortable about stating my No's and my boundaries and kind - figuring out where those boundaries were. I felt like, "It's business, we have to take it al!" So that was definitely something that I had heard from Sabel and Hudson that I you would be able to help me with that. That was definitely like one of my bigger things I wanted to learn from you."
Most the world doesn't understand entrepreneurs all that well, and most people really don't understand Creatives. That is to say: all of us have a Creative drive. But the class of people I call Creatives, are first and foremost innovative, driven, and deeply countercultural (even if they don't know this about themselves). So to take a little group of six to ten renegades (a word one of my students brought to class last night) and reign them into all the more rigorous standards of business-building - well, it's a challenge.
Kelly has a gift for seeing the unique aspects of one's industry and circumstances, and integrating it in such way so that advice is customized to something tangible and specific. Kelly also sets the example of someone creating, setting, maintaining and refining healthy boundaries, and this has actually benefited all aspects of my life.
"The WHOLE ENCHILADA course was amazing in tons of different ways. But for me, specifically, I think the financial component – figuring out what are these skills actually worth? And how do I place a value on this work? That has been really, really helpful!"
"Kelly very much has a gift for creating community. It's - I don't even know - it's some kind of a magical gift I think they have. [...] I'm so impressed with the the community that Kelly created in our business course, the community that they created on the Discord server, many of whom are business people that have been in your cohort or people who might be thinking about taking the WHOLE ENCHILADA!"
"Honestly, I met with quite a few people who weren't a good fit before your class and since your class, since I got the website up [everything] compounds on itself so you know, the projects that are getting approved are these win-win fits, and they have the budget that allows the creativity, allows me to go the extra mile."