One of the core values of 407 is collaboration and how two minds can be better than one. Inspired by that, we thought it would be fun to introduce you to other movers + shakers who are doing what they do best - together. We've asked our duos to each answer the same five questions. This way we can see their thought process individually and the overlap.
We are so excited to feature Meghan Maydel of Moxie & Grace and Steph Schertz of Bushyl. Meghan is a brand and business coach for creative bosses and Steph is a calligrapher that now consults on Instagram content for small businesses.
Although these two ladies run their own fantastic businesses, they've teamed up to build the Blazing Creative Podcast. Blazing Creative is a weekly podcast that covers the whole shebang when it comes to what it really takes when you're starting out on your own journey of being the boss. We love seeing two ladies from two different businesses working together to put out something so awesome.
Enough of what we have to say. Read on to hear more from Meghan and Steph!
How do you collaborate together?
Meghan: Currently we collaborate on our podcast, Blazing Creative, together. Steph is our fantastic editor, agenda planner, and pretty much the one that keeps us on task and organized which is totally not my strong suit haha! I take on the other half with editing the website, sending the emails, and making it look pretty. This has by far been my smoothest collaboration with any other creative since our strengths and weaknesses compliment each other so wonderfully.
Steph: Through our podcast, Blazing Creative. Meghan and I met through our accountability group that meets once a week and after we realized our joint love of podcasting, Meghan asked if I wanted to do one with her. It's been something I've wanted to dive into for a while and navigating unchartered territory is always a little easier with a friend.
Why did you decide to become a duo, versus doing what you do solo?
Meghan: When I had the idea of creating a podcast, I was sitting in my car on a 5 hour car ride from Nashville to St. Louis thinking that I could totally do what everyone else was doing! The more the idea took hold, the more I realized that the podcasts I was most drawn to were the ones that had two voices (it makes it harder to tune out haha). Stephanie was the obvious choice. We met in B-School, we're in the same accountability group, have similar clients, and—BONUS—we just clicked!
Steph: We both gravitated towards podcasts with multiple co-hosts and felt that it always sounded a little more natural and free-flowing, which is what we both wanted if we were going to do one as well. Our conversations always came so naturally during these weekly calls, so we had a feeling that even if we started structuring out our conversations, they would still feel like two friends discussing the ups and downs of owning a business - which is exactly what we wanted.
What's one of the challenges you have faced in collaborating?
Meghan: Coming up with ideas! We don't always agree on the idea topic so we sometimes have to come up with way more ideas for each topic than just a couple to find one that we both land on as something "worth" chatting about for 45 solid minutes. Distance can also be a big challenge as Steph lives in Chicago and I live in Nashville, when technology can't be bothered to cooperate.
Steph: I've had a business partner before, so it's my experience that this happens no matter who you're collaborating with: at any given moment, you either feel like you're doing too much of the work or not enough of it. And that feeling can change from day to day, which makes you feel kind of crazy. I think it's really hard to make both people feel totally balanced when it comes to responsibilities, so the thing that helps me is always reminding myself that we both want the same thing; we're both working towards the same goal. We want this to be a success and we're doing the best each one of us can to make that happen.
What surprised you most about your collaboration?
Meghan: How we so naturally take the opposing views on a lot of topics, but it just works, especially for the listeners. They always get a well-rounded view of each and every topic we bring up on the show!
Steph: I hadn't anticipated how cool it would be to have people in Meghan's tribe start to connect with me and reach out to me like they have. It's been really awesome to work with another entrepreneur who is doing something totally different in her business, allowing us to recommend each other whenever we hear of someone else who needs help within our separate specialties. I feel like we have both become really strong brand advocates for each other, which is an amazing feeling and the whole reason I wanted an accountability group in the first place. Having someone who is so supportive of what you're doing and really wants you to succeed can make such a difference.
Who's your favorite dynamic duo? Fiction or non-fiction. Why?
Meghan: Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara for sure. Gone With The Wind is one of my all time favorite movies and their banter back and forth with each other that turns into this unconditional intense love for one another is so addicting. Plus, they both know exactly how to get what they want ;) I love that.
Steph: This is so hard! I feel like I just thought of 10 different examples and I don't know how to choose one! I'm a TV junkie, so as much as I love Jane Austen and J. K. Rowling, I have to go with one of my favorite shows (and characters) of all time: Gilmore Girls. Lorelai and Rory came into my life at a time when I needed two women who were smart, determined, opinionated and hilarious without apologizing for any of those qualities. I thought they were perfectly flawed in a way that was realistic, reassuring and interesting. They serve as an excellent reminder that messing up is unavoidable, even when you're the valedictorian of a fancy Connecticut private school. The important part is how you bounce back and get better.