Workin' It

Workin' It

By Atelier Fish, Reed Fish
Not all jobs suck. Talking about work with Reed Fish.
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Pro Poker Player Jeremy Kottler: If you’re winning, that means someone else is losing.
Jeremy Kottler has won over $1.6 million playing poker professionally. In our chat, Jeremy gives insights into the technique of how pros approach the game and lets us in on the fact that he doesn't always use math to guide his decisions at the poker table. We also get into the highs and lows of being a professional gambler and learn how taking a poker sabbatical may have left him playing the best poker of his career. Even if you don't play poker, you will appreciate Jeremy's thoughtful approach and his candid retelling of some the struggles that brought him to this stage of career and life. Follow Jeremy on Instagram and see pictures of his dog, but not poker. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
43:41
January 27, 2020
Montessori Preschooler Mabel Fish: School is work and I love it!
Mabel Fish, who, as she will readily tell you, is 4-11/12 years old and has been attending a small Montessori Pre-school since she was 2-1/2. In this episode she tells us about many of the different works she does at school (chain work, counting work, sewing work) and walks us through a typical day at school. She also explains why she loves school and how being peaceful makes her able to concentrate. This is a fun mini-episode to get Season 2 of Workin' It fired up again!
14:34
January 13, 2020
Tesla Sales Rep Ignacio Anzaldo: Actually listening to clients is the way to sell $100,000 cars.
Ignacio Anzaldo sold Tesla cars for over 2 years. He still drives one of the cars and in this episode, gets back to his roots by letting Reed take a test drive. Ignacio also clues us in to how he knows if you're a serious buyer just by how you walk up to the dealership and we learn how he was able to convince adversarial clients to eventually buy a $100,000 car. He also tells us how he was able to blow past his 25 cars per month sales goal and relates how being the child of immigrants shaped his career path. Listen to this enlightening conversation and find out if self-professed anti-Tesla guy Reed, finally has his mind changed about the cars!  Follow Ignacio's Tesla-themed account on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
39:17
October 28, 2019
Color Strategist Vyana Novus: We are all inherently creative.
In addition to being a painter and illustrator, Vyana Novus is a color strategist. You may ask, "What is a color strategist?" We had the same question! Listen and find out what exactly a color strategist is and how Vyana helps people use color to connect with their creative selves and with each other. We also ponder some updates to the colors of the rainbow flag and near the end of our conversation, Vyana lays out a some truly inspirational insights into how thinking more deeply about color can enhance our lives. This a wonderful conversation that really got us looking at things in new ways! Follow Vyana on Instagram at check out vyanama.com. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
44:41
October 14, 2019
Wilco Keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen: Wilco does, indeed, love you.
SPECIAL NOTE: At the end of this episode, hear the brand-new, unreleased, Wilco song, White Wooden Cross.  Mikael Jorgensen is the keyboardist for Wilco, one of the most celebrated indie rock bands of the last 25 years. In our conversation we find out if a degree from DeVry University is essential to being in the band and try to get to the bottom of just what's up with the water pressure at the Wilco Loft. We also chat about the logistics of being on tour and how the band never takes their fans for granted.  Getting a behind-the-scenes peek at this amazing band was such a treat. Wilco's new album, Ode to Joy is out on October 4th. Follow Mikael on Twitter and Instagram. Check out mikaeljorgensen.com. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
1:01:27
September 30, 2019
Animation Director Ross Venokur: The gut-wrenching freedom of making indie animated films.
Ross Venokur has directed animated feature films such as A.C.O.R.N.S: Operation Crackdown and the soon to be released Charming, starring Demi Lovato, Sia and John Cleese. He’s currently heavily into production on his third animated feature, The Silk Road Rally. In our conversation we get into why Ross's lack of drawing skill has not hindered his career and why working in the indie space is preferable to big studio productions. This is a fun and enlightening conversation with a truly talented writer and director! Follow Ross on Twitter at check out edhanimation.com. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
41:37
September 16, 2019
Remix Artist Cassandra C. Jones: I'm just gonna go tomorrow, make something new and find joy in that.
Cassandra C. Jones is a remix artist using digital photography to create large-scale collage works. In our conversation, we learn exactly what a "remix artist" is and how she goes about the process of making her giant, gorgeous prints. We also talk about the delicate balancing act of raising kids in an environment where both parents are in creative fields. Plus, we learn that Cassandra is afraid of bears. Really, seriously, check out Cassandra's work at her website and be sure follow her on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too. Photo of Cassandra by Marc Alt.
41:56
September 9, 2019
Pro Tennis Player Lester Cook: Exactly how does it feel to be ranked 191st in the world?
This is is one of our favorite episodes ever and we're thrilled that it's our SEASON 2 PREMIERE! Lester Cook was a professional tennis player for 6 years. He won 8 professional singles titles and 18 doubles titles, reaching a career high ranking of No. 191 in singles and No. 175 in doubles. He competed in all 4 grand slams as a pro and participated in 3 World Team Tennis seasons. In our talk, we chat about what life was like on the margins of the ATP tour and how Lester came to have such a great perspective on all that he did (and did not) accomplish in tennis.  This was such a funny and interesting conversation about one of the lesser known sides of professional sports! Check out Lester's current career at LesterCookRealEstate.com and be sure follow him on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
40:48
September 2, 2019
SEASON 1 FINALE! It did a lot to my head to see my body photoshopped in front of me. A talk with Model Sophie Ward.
Sophie Ward walked the runway in fashion capitals around the world for 8 years and appeared in countless magazines, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In our conversation, Sophie tells us that while modeling was her ticket out of Perth, Australia, it also led to an eating disorder and a myriad of self-esteem issues. She also opens up about working in the shadow of her supermodel sister and how her rocky time in modeling ultimately led her to the centered, beautiful and positive life she lives today. Buy Sophie's books at theloveriver.com and be sure follow her on Instagram. Her wonderful post-partum food delivery service is at milkandseed.com. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too. Thank you for listening to the first season of Workin' It Pod!! We'll be back on Labor Day 2019 with a new season!
49:38
July 15, 2019
All I want is more tomatoes. A talk with Tomatomania Producer Scott Daigre.
PEOPLE! All your tomato questions get answered in the episode! Scott Daigre is the producer behind Tomatomania, the world's largest tomato seedling sale. In this fun and fast-moving conversation, Scott schools Reed on the basics to his method of growing amazing-tasting and bountiful tomatoes in your home garden. He also gives some history into how Tomatomania has grown from a passion project into a thriving business. Plus, we chat a bit about how growing tomatoes brings people together and helps us create a sense of history and community. So much tomato talk in this episode!!! Buy Scott's excellent Tomatomania book!!! Give Guy Clark's classic song Homegrown Tomatoes a listen. Get even more tomato talk at tomatomania.com and be sure follow the Tomatomania Instagram and Facebook feeds.  Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
43:01
July 8, 2019
The financial, physical and emotional costs of always being ready. A talk with U.S. Marine Captain Jim Shelton.
Jim Shelton served active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. In our talk, we explore the sometimes monotonous daily routine of being a deployed marine and learn some surprising truths about how the military actually operates day-to-day . We also hear his first-hand account of how the simple act of being ready can lead to tragedy. Follow @jim_shelton_ojai on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter.  Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
40:23
June 24, 2019
Trader Joe's behind the scenes. A talk with Trader Joe's Sign Artist Meggie Hawthorne.
Meggie Hawthorne was a crew member at Trader Joes for for seven years and a Sign Artist for three of those. In our talk we learn about the daily grind of making sure all the shelf signs in the store are correct and how you have to plan months ahead of time for "pumpkin season." In the 2nd half of the show we really get down to the honest truth about what happens in the store behind the scenes and try to answer the question of why everyone at Trader Joe's seems so happy. It might not be for the reasons you think... Follow @meggiehawthorne on Instagram and if you're in Ventura County, CA and looking for a house, check her out in her new real estate career via her website, realestatemadeclear.com. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter.  Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
37:41
June 17, 2019
Every single moment of our lives is unscripted. A talk with Improvisation Coach David Taylor.
David Taylor has a 10-year history with Improvisation, studying at the American Acadamey of Dramatic Arts in New York and taking improv classes from Gary Austin, the founder of the Groundlings. In our conversation, David explains why he believes that improv can fundamentally change how we live our lives and how anyone, not just actors, can benefit from improvisation training. Also, Reed learns why trying to improv swimming on stage is probably not a good idea! Follow @davidnelsontaylor on Instagram and visit his website, davidnelsontaylor.com. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter.  Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
39:04
June 10, 2019
Wherever you go, there you are. Or, how to go to Kyrgyzstan and reshape your life. A talk with Kiva Media Fellow Liz Fish.
Liz Fish did a stint as a Kiva Media Fellow in 2013, traveling to Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan to document success stories of entrepreneurs receiving loans from Kiva, the micro-finance non-profit. In our fun (and emotional) conversation, Liz lets us in on the secret of what gift to bring Ukrainian farmers to immediately get in their good graces. She also gives the inside scoop on what it's like to be married to Reed. Uh-oh. This episode features laughs, tears and, hopefully, some inspiration.  See the video Liz produced in Kyrgyzstan about Meerim and read her story on Medium. Make a loan to an entrepreneur in need today at kiva.org. It’s fun and you can get paid back! Follow @lizfish & @twofishdigital on Instagram and check out twofishdigital.com.  Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter.  Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
43:01
June 3, 2019
Quenching the thirst of the kombucha generation. A talk with Kombucha Brewer Adam Gallegos.
Adam and Sonia Gallegos needed a change. They sold their thriving real estate business, moved across the country and, taking a very big leap of faith, opened Revel, a kombucha bar in Ojai CA two and a half years ago. Revel turned out to be an immediate runaway success, converting kombucha skeptics, like Reed, into believers along the way. In our conversation, we also get to the bottom of what exactly kombucha is and how Adam's background in brewing beer helped make Revel a success.  Follow @revelkombuchabar on Instagram and check out their revel365.com.  Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
34:59
May 28, 2019
Yes, you have a personal brand. And that's a good thing. A talk with Brand Director Rachel Garahan.
Rachel Garahan is a Brand Director working with high-profile clients in the wellness and lifestyle sectors, such as Yoga Journal, Dr. Andrew Weil and Bobby Berk (!!!!!!) from Queer Eye. We talk about the skill set required to for her job and why authenticity is important when thinking about how you brand yourself or your company. We also try to get Rachel to re-brand the Workin' Podcast. Is it an offer she can refuse? Listen and find out! Rachel is also a photographer, writer, graphic designer and author of the book A Beauty Collected. Hit Rachel up on Instagram or her website. Please also visit the greatest living human, Bobby Berk, at his new website that features Rachel's design work. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
41:16
May 13, 2019
EVERYONE is a curator now. Or are they? A talk with Curator Frederick Janka.
Frederick Janka has been curating contemporary art in Mexico and the U.S. for over 15 years. In our conversation he politely brushes aside the notion that everyone is curator and tells us why he thinks the more typical role curators play is vitally important. HINT: It has to do with supporting artists. He also tells us how being a curator is actually like being a producer and explains that in many cases, capitalism has co-opted curation. Hit Frederick up on Instagram. Check out the wonderful Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation via Instagram or Facebook. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
36:24
May 6, 2019
What's wrong with Industrial Wine? Plenty. A talk with Wine Buyer Bob Huey.
Bob Huey has been in the wine business for 14 years and has tasted thousands and thousands of wines. In our conversation, he lets us in on the single biggest factor he looks for when buying a wine and explains why Cherry Coke influences the flavors of so much American wine. Plus, he tells us the thoroughly depressing reason why he likes to stock European wines in his shop. Also, we have an EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS SEGMENT where Bob gives us the low-down on just what exactly goes into the vast majority of California wine. Spoiler Alert: It's not good stuff. To check out Bob's amazing wine shop, visit in person or go now to pointdechene.com. Also, hit them up on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
36:39
April 29, 2019
How to be Real Fun, Wow! A talk with Illustrator Daren Magee.
Illustrator Daren Magee is better known to his thousands of fans as Real Fun, Wow. Daren is talented, prolific and has a singular, immediately recognizable aesthetic. We sit down, stretch out our legs and chat about ego, obsessiveness, simplicity and why having time constraints just might be a good thing. Also, we, of course, talk about ayahuasca. You know you want to see Daren's work, so go now to realfunwow.com and of course, follow him on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Since we mentioned it in our chat, you might want to watch The Five Obstructions for FREE on Kanopy. Do you know Kanopy? It's a great free streaming service that you can get with your library card (provided your library is a part of the Kanopy network.) It's great! Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
40:20
April 22, 2019
Disney Princesses do make dreams come true. A talk with Disney Princess Stephanie Fish.
Stephanie Fish was Princess Tiana at Disneyland for four years. In our conversation she tells us how her insatiable love of Disneyland was not diminished by the grind of doing endless princess meet-and-greets. Stephanie also opens up about how portraying Disney's first Black princess was literally a dream come true. Stephanie was cast as Princess Tiana even before the movie Princess and the Frog was released in 2009. Plus, we get to the bottom of whether there are secret tunnels under Disneyland and find out why so many Disneyland princesses get crabs.  Follow Stephanie's current adventures at Disneyland via her Ex Princess Diaries YouTube channel and follow her on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too. **Note, due to the princess straight talk, discussion of skeevy dudes and crabs, not recommended for the youngest listeners.
40:59
April 15, 2019
Using Instagram to grow your small-town gift shop. A talk with Shopkeeper Rachel Graves.
Rachel Graves, along with her husband, Mike, co-founded Summer Camp in 2014. Rachel illuminates the process of how a small-town gift and framing shop amassed tens of thousands of social media followers and why that's less meaningful than you might think. We also chat about what it means to have something for everyone and why, for Rachel, timeless retail is the best retail.  Buy stuff at shopsummercamp.com and follow them on Instagram. Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
33:18
April 15, 2019
Window washing as meditation. A talk with Window Washer Chris Wilson.
Chris Wilson has thought more about window washing than anyone you know. He's been cleaning the dust, grime and residue of negative thoughts from his client's windows for the last 27 years. In this episode, we talk about the physical and spiritual aches and pains that come with the relentless pursuit of perfectly clean windows.  Chris Wilson owns Window Washing by Chris Wilson in Ojai, California. Check out Chris Wilson: Instagram @iamchristwilson & windowashing.com Reed Fish is @tallreedfish on Instagram and @reedfish on Twitter. Follow Workin' It wherever you get your social media: @workinitpod on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and, what the hell, might as well set your homepage to workinitpod.com, too.
34:27
April 15, 2019
Workin' It Trailer
Workin' It. Not all jobs suck. A new podcast from Reed Fish. Episodes every Monday to start your work week right. Series debuts on Tax Day, April 15th 2019. 
01:09
April 10, 2019