Welcome to episode 156: “FREEDOM TO BE AND DO” WITH YVONNE PEREZ EMERSON. In this episode, I’m going to talk about the importance of self-awareness in helping you be free in who you are and what you do. As creatives, being ourselves and allowing who we are and what we love to show up in our work is the ultimate differentiator in a noisy and crowded world.

In the spirit of freedom and living your creative life, this week’s Getting Work To Work interview is with serial entrepreneur and daydream believer, Yvonne Perez Emerson. In the many roles and passions she has, Yvonne is creative director of The Study, founder of WeMake, and owner of Tillamook Station, a gallery and gathering space in Portland, OR. She is intensely passionate about building community in all she does.

Several quotes from this episode:

  • “You can make art for other people and get paid for it.”
  • “I’m not one for asking permission to do anything and I firmly believe that I am unapologetically Yvonne. I don’t ask permission, I just knew that I was going to do it.”
  • “Hustle hard. Be nice. Be professional. Don’t take stuff personally. Put yourself out there. And obviously, you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it.”
  • “I learned a long time ago that I’m not my best self if I don’t take care of myself.”
  • “I really approach learning by delving into the process of what I’m learning.”
  • “Even though you might know what the instructor is teaching you, you don’t know it their way.”
  • “We all are storytellers and we need to find and tell our own story. You can be inspired by things that are out there and people, the work they’re doing, but ultimately it’s you and your story that’s going to make you happy.”
  • “I think that it’s really important for people to reinvent themselves often.”

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