Behind-The-Scenes with Helen Jane!

I hope you loved the WilloToons Connect episode featuring Helen Jane as much as I loved spending time with her. Great news – there’s more! I just uploaded some behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot on the WilloToons Facebook page. Become a fan, if you haven’t already, and check them out!

Behind the Scenes with Helen Jane

WilloToons Connect Creative Questionnaire
And that’s not all! For even more juicy behind-the-scenes action, I had Helen Jane answer a few fun questions for us:

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist and a secretary.
I loved to create and I longed to wear high heels just like the secretaries on television.

What is one artistic avenue you’ve never explored, but would like to?
Spoken word poetry.

Coffee or tea?
Both!
Half caf. Black.

What meaningful advice do you have for aspiring creative entrepreneurs?
You can charge a premium for excellence at your craft. Practice your craft until you master it.

What would you do with 1 miiiiillliiooooon dollars?
Invent something.
Throw a giant party.
Invent something else.
Tuck it in the college fund.
Give some to a person who could use it.

How do you practice self care on a daily basis?
Write morning pages.
Floss (I keep it near my monitor to remember).
Walk the dog every day for at least 30 minutes.

What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
Speakers!

What has been your biggest obstacle in living your dream?
Financial stress. Not knowing more about money.

In the past year, what accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
Launching HJEntertains, keynoting the EVO conference, keeping my two daughters alive and my sexy manfriend happy.

What’s your one tip for successfully running a small business?
Schedule time in your calendar to follow up on your expenses and income every single day. Really know what’s coming in and going out.

What does ‘Creative Sustainability in Life and Business’ mean to you?
Putting good practices into place to create for the long haul.

How do you know Willo?
I met her at SXSW in 2006. I handed her a juice box filled with wine. The. End.

Given the choice between relaxation and adventure, which vacation would you choose?
Relaxation. Totally. Regular life is too adventurous on its own!

What goals do you have for your business in the next 6 months?
Try more creative endeavors without the constant worry of income.

What has been your favorite moment so far today?
I was given a fancy (!) digital (!) camera (!) today for my birthday from a VERY generous client. Unwrapping the bubble wrap made me unreasonably happy.

Name one thing that owning your own business has given you the opportunity to work on.
Writing.
This year I tried some freelance writing jobs and found them truly enjoyable. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity previously.

Do you have any rituals that help you get in the flow?
I write my lists on copy paper clipped to a clipboard. I can’t get started unless I have my list right next to me, the right pen and have made my bed.

Do you remember your first experience with the internet?
Yes. I signed up for a Phish listserv. Also pot recipes. Come on, it was 1994.

What’s your next big adventure?
I’ve actually just taken a day job with Federated Media. I’m joining a corporate gig to get a chance to be at the forefront of online storytelling. Corporate creative sustainability!

What’s a question you wish I would have asked?
What’s your favorite unsolicited advice to give?
My favorite unsolicited advice to give is that if you don’t know what you want, you can’t have it. Spend some time figuring out what you want and you’ll be surprised at the speed your unconscious helps to bring those things to you.

Ah, that Helen Jane… so adorable & wise! Love her. Congratulations on the new gig, HJ & most of all: Happy birthday, to an amazing woman!

If you liked these answers, you’ll love our WilloToons Connect conversation. And, if you just want a little taste, scoot over & watch the trailer for the episode!

Are there any questions you’d like to ask Helen Jane? Which behind-the-scenes photo is your favorite? Let me know with a comment… or even answer one of those questions for yourself! I’d love to hear from you.

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