All posts by Celia Ho

About Celia Ho

Celia is a business development consultant with a background in sales, marketing, and event production. She serves on the Duplessy Foundation's Board of Advisors and geeks out about leadership, technology, and startups.

Melissa Tyler Tummy Toys body jewelry

Body jewelry and small business incubation with entrepreneur Melissa Tyler

Melissa Tyler, body jewelry designer and small business incubator

Melissa Tyler is the creator of Tummy Toys, a designer body jewelry company, and Maverick Marketplace, an incubator for small business startups in Boston.

In this interview, we’ll learn how she went from creative child entrepreneur to body jewelry designer and small business incubation leader. 

3 Lessons from the Interview

  1. What Melissa did after her first prototypes were rejected

  2. How $3,000 and 1 pivotal decision launched Melissa’s jewelry business

  3. How a healthy financial portfolio and learning to use a floor polisher helped Melissa create 17 new businesses and 22 new jobs

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Quote of the Day

“An entrepreneur is described as someone who’s willing to work 16 hours a day for themselves rather than working 8 hours a day for someone else.”

 

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The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

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Simple management techniques for greater productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity

 

Getting to Know Melissa Tyler

What is a helpful habit?

Time management: organizing my day so that I do certain tasks at certain times and don’t get distracted

What is a helpful resource for you?

Doing visual image searches instead of word searches

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

My husband; also, other businesspeople and entrepreneurs in Boston, who have so readily offered assistance when asked

What is your purpose on this planet?

To share, to help, to make my community a better place to live and enable others to do the same

 

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Mike Messier Actor and Filmmaker

Getting real about mental illness and filmmaking with Mike Messier

Filmmaker, acting coach, and wrestling aficionado Mike Messier

Mike Messier’s childhood fascination with professional wrestling led him to dreams of sportscasting, which in turn led to a career in acting, filmmaking, and coaching. 

In this interview, you’ll learn how he advanced his career and turned his attention to training other actors while managing a mental illness. 

 

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Quote of the Day

“Live in the moment. Die in the memory.” —Mike Messier

 

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How an introverted kid from Fairfax, VA ended up acting alongside Cybill Shepherd and Meryl Streep

  2. How Mike turned a psychiatric hospitalization and a fascination with wrestling into a series of short films, Wrestling with Sanity

  3. The key reason Mike was able to produce his short film The Nature of the Flame, which debuted at the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival

 

Featured Books

Moviemakers’ Master Class by Laurent Tirard

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Interviews with 20 of the world’s greatest directors on how they make films—and why

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

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A professional memoir and definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture

Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence Boldt

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How to identify and create work that you really want to do

 

Getting to Know Mike Messier

What is a helpful habit?

Reading and really engaging with books I read. Check out my list of motivational and inspirational books about filmmaking and other topics at mikemessier.wordpress.com/mikes-school-of-progress/books-to-read.

What is a helpful resource for you?

The Industry Insiders Facebook group

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Barry Primus, an acting teacher who trained me and inspired me to start my C.O.R.E. acting training class

What is your purpose on this planet?

To entertain, to inform, to educate, to engage, to enjoy

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Joyce Walker USA Basketball

LSU Star Joyce Walker on overcoming alcoholism and coaching basketball

Professional basketball player and coach Joyce Walker

Los Angeles native Joyce Walker played basketball for Louisiana State University and USA Basketball and was one of the first female Harlem Globetrotters before becoming a chemical dependency counselor.

Now the head basketball coach at her alma mater and founder of the nonprofit ReJOYCE Fundamentals Academy, Joyce talks candidly about overcoming personal hardship and mentoring youth.

 

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Quote of the Day

“When you let your own light shine, you subconsciously give people permission to do the same.” —Nelson Mandela

 

3 Lessons from the Interview

  1. How a childhood love of basketball led to a professional career in the sport

  2. How Joyce overcame alcoholism to become a mentor and coach to youth

  3. Why creating a team of people around her helped Joyce succeed in her goals

 

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Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T.D. Jakes

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How to rediscover natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of past experiences for success

 

Getting to Know Joyce Walker

What is a helpful habit?

Getting up and asking God to show me the way—taking some quiet time to focus on the day and living in the moment

What is a helpful resource for you?

Using the Internet in general to look for positive people who are doing positive things in the world; using YouTube to learn, especially to coach

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Ted Howard, the principal of Garfield High School, someone I used to coach who is now a rock for me no matter what’s going on

What is your purpose on this planet?

To make an impact on people—to lead young people, to look at my own shortcomings and give people a pass when they’re going through their own shortcomings; to let my light shine, the good and the bad, so people see the humanness of who I am and my value; to affect change in a few people’s lives along the way

 

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Angel Mendoza MesoAmerican Art

Artist Angel Mendoza on childhood mentorship, career fulfillment, and Mesoamerican art

Mesoamerican/Aztec Artist Angel Mendoza

One pivotal trip to his ancestral homeland of Mexico inspired a lifelong appreciation for Mesoamerican art in Angel Mendoza. 

In this interview, we’ll follow Angel as he evolves from a curious 12-year-old to a corporate graphic designer to a Mesoamerican/Aztec artist. 

 

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Quote of the Day

“One against a collective.” —Angel Mendoza

 

3 Lessons from the Interview

  1. How Angel tapped into his childhood passions to find his life’s direction

  2. The constructive step Angel took when he realized something crucial was missing in his life

  3. Angel’s tips for perfecting one’s craft

 

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How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career by Tony Luna

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A guide to creative and professional growth for photographers and others looking to reinvent their careers

 

Getting to Know Angel Mendoza

What is a helpful habit?

Practice, practice, practice—keep going even when you’re tired. Use every moment to practice and write down all of your ideas.

What is a helpful resource for you?

Google Image search, 50mmlosangeles.com for grafiti galleries, and Wikipedia

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Tony Luna of TonyLunaCreative.com, whose class provided me with the tools to pull myself out of the mold

What is your purpose on this planet?

Not only to educate, but to give life to and resuscitate the past in all of us

Tired of waking up, going to work, and sleeping with no sense of progress? I am offering a free 30 minute one on one career coaching session just for you. In the session, I will help you create a career plan to make more progress in the next 3 months than this past year. Click here to schedule your session

 

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