The People Who Made This Launch Possible
“I’d have no idea where to start!”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that exact phrase, but it’s a lot.
“You’re not good at what you do, people just tell you that to be nice.”
“You don’t know how to make a website.”
“You don’t know how to edit or make video content.”
“You’re not a good writer.”
“You hate oversharing on social media.”
“Literally, what are you doing!?!!”
In the past, I’ve always let self-doubt win because it can be VERY convincing. I stay in my lane as much as I can and nuzzle up to the warm security blanket of not putting myself or my ideas fully out there. It seems to have gotten me this far, right? Even when I'm able to push through my insecurities, that voice is always there reminding me just how fleeting that success really is.
This past year of my life has been all about getting over everything that’s been holding me back. And yeah, maybe it all started without my consent (thanks, layoff) but I’m trying to focus on the lesson in all of it. So if I’m really going to invest in myself and my ideas, I have to kick self-doubt's ass. I have to find a way to use it to my advantage. I have to be vulnerable.
And you know what? I don’t know how to make a website, or do practically any of the core, technical work that went into making No Earbuds! a reality. Whatever! That doesn't mean it couldn't be done. I've teamed up with some seriously talented people to help bring my vision for all of this to life.
Here's the part where I tell you all about them, and then you go and hire them for your future projects because it's good karma or something.
And tell your own inner-hater to kick rocks!
THE WEBSITE: JESS GRAHAM
I met Jess through her partner Olivia who I met through Chris Farren, which is the best way to meet anyone, obviously. Jess worked so hard making all of my annoying requests for this site come to life, but she also incorporated quirks of her own that make me so proud to have met and worked with her on this.
THE LOGOS: MIKAELA JANE PALERMO
Mikaela is one of the rare examples of when interacting with and bonding with a stranger on the internet goes right. We have quietly supported one another for years before finally meeting a few years back and now having a chance to work on something together. I love what she created for No Earbuds!, and can’t wait to see what we come up with next.
THE VIDEO: CHEEKY FILMS & ALISON YARDLEY
Not to bring up a Farren twice in one blog post or anything, but I met Maggie McLean of Cheeky Films in the same way. Naturally, a literal perfect fit. It also helps that she shares my dog’s name and has made incredible videos for Cardi B, Nas, and so much more. Together we brainstormed the vision for the video you see on the homepage of this very site. Then Maggie put me in touch with a young director who had just recently moved to LA, Alison Yardley. I know I may have driven Alison crazy several times but I am so, so happy with the way everything turned out.
THE ANIMATION: Sarah Schmidt
I’ve been wanting to work on something with Sarah for so long. I first got turned onto her work when I saw a Cayetana show poster GIF she made and just fell in love. When it came time to decide on the animator for my video, I had so many cool choices but I just felt safe with Sarah. I knew she would grasp the quirkiness of whatI was going for, and I think it’s pretty clear from the end result that she nailed it.
THE SOUND: Josh Franks
firstname.lastname@example.org (studio located in Burbank, CA)
Recording the voiceover for the video has to have been one of the absolute coolest experiences ever. I was so nervous but with the help of an incredible engineer named Josh Franks and my wonderful husband, I was able to get out of my shell and really make my character come to life. Pretending I was recording voice over for a PIXAR movie definitely helped, too.