Recorded live at GeekGirlCon 2014, our How to be a Nerd for a Living panel features Jaimie Cordero (CEO, Espionage Cosmetics); Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited); Heidi Gaertner (technology director, Big Fish Games); Jina Heverley (VP/general manager of PC, Mac & Cloud at Big Fish Games); and Rebecca Hicks (creator of Little Vampires).
This episode captures one of our N4AL panels from GeekGirlCon 2014, The Business of Self Promotion: Marketing Your Art or Small Business Online. Nerd for a Living’s marketing director Wendy Buske hosted this discussion of how an individual or small business can work to establish their brand and promote themselves online. She was joined by Amanda Nuckolls, owner of GnomeAcres, and Christal VanEtten, the press and social media coordinator for Espionage Cosmetics.
We talk with Jason Anarchy, creator of the popular RPG card game Drinking Quest, a social tabletop gaming experience for friends looking to partake in adult beverages while smiting monsters and hoarding loot and experience points. You get the fun of Dungeons & Dragons-esque roleplaying in a streamlined, easy to learn and play card game.
This week, N4AL talks with Espionage Cosmetics. Espionage is currently in their second Kickstarter campaign, looking to crowdfund the next wave of their innovative nail wraps, new licensed products and company expansion. We talk shop with Jaimie Cordero, Chad Downing, and Christal VanEtten about how they’ve leveraged fandom, social networks, and surprise celebrity support to build an ever-growing company on their own terms, and without debt.
We had a fantastic time at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, especially presenting this panel to a packed Room 4 on Friday, July 25th. We had the pleasant surprise of being included on The Mary’s Sue’s rundown of the Top 25 Must-See panels at SDCC, and even received a mention on the Chris Hardwick Comedy Central show @Midnight. For everyone who couldn’t make it to the show, we captured it in audio form for your enjoyment. Our amazing line-up of panelists gave the enthusiastic crowd a wonderful discussion jam-packed with real-world experience and useful info. This is definitely a can’t-miss episode.
Adron talks with Dana Huth and Carol Mertz, co-founders of web design and development firm Rampant Interactive, and indie game studio Happy Badger.
Tom Kurzanski, art director for massively popular online T-shirt store Tee Fury, talks with N4AL about his career in design and illustration. We discuss Tee Fury’s method for artist support and community cultivation, the challenges facing freelance artists, the necessity for constant learning, and the power of customer feedback as a marketing resource.
Recorded at Chicago’s C2E2 2014, this panel of nerd industry professionals discusses different types of jobs that exist within pop-culture. Each speaker talks about their career path, from education to on-the-job experience. Topics include small business start-up, the challenges of working for yourself versus corporations, networking and more. Panelists include Lorenzo Lizana (art director, Lion Forge comics), Andy Schmidt (owner, Comics Experience and Brand + Entertainment Solutions), Jaimie Cordero (CEO and art director, Espionage Cosmetics) and Pat Loika (Comixology, the Loikamania Podcast). Moderated by Nerd For A Living’s Wendy Buske.
Recorded at Chicago’s C2E2 2014, this panel of professional artists, illustrators, writers, business owners and web consultants discusses marketing and selling your art and services online. Guests speakers Karen Hallion (illustrator and T-shirt designer), Andy Schmidt (founder of Comics Experience and former editor for Marvel and IDW), Janet Lee (Eisner award-winning artist of Return of the Dapper Men), and Kelly Stephenson (SEO consultant for SSM Healthcare, social media expert at SageLark) talk about starting an online business, their experiences with different vendors, licensing, intellectual property and engaging their audience via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. Moderated by Nerd For A Living’s Wendy Buske.
We talk to writer and illustrator Drew Blank, a veteran of the convention and expo scene with a highly recognizable, humorous art style that attracts a crowd in every city. We discuss how the loss of his previous job kickstarted his career selling fan art, and how he juggles that with his true passion, writing. Drew is the author of the hit indie novel ‘Memoirs of an Anti-Hero’.