Julie Dorough  Video Producer with MettaMedia Creative | Denver, Colorado
Meet Julie Dorough, aka, the genius video producer that worked with our other partner, Ben Martinez, to create all the videos you saw on social and the powerful videos we used to open and wrap-up the spring conference. And we're also excited to share a little member exclusive – Julie and Ben will be producing our YouTube channel that is set to launch in July!
With that said, we had a chance to catch-up with Julie and ask a few questions to introduce her to all of you. Here’s the skinny.
SecondActWomen: What is your current business profession/career track?
Julie: I’ve been in television video production for 15 years, primarily producing Entertainment and Promotional channels for Comcast. Through MettaMedia Creative, I want to help solopreneurs, small businesses, and of course, SecondActWomen effectively and affordably produce online video content to support their business goals.
SecondActWomen: What business groups, organizations, or associations do you belong to that you'd recommend to fellow SecondActers?
Julie: I’m just starting to explore what’s out there, but I’ve attended few great meetups such as Women Who Startup and Women’s Chamber of Commerce. One free resource I would recommend is Hay House Radio, a 24/7 online station whose tagline is “radio for your soul.” They have a stellar line-up of shows with a variety of hosts leading in the fields of health and wellness, empowerment, spirituality, etc. If that sounds like your jam, tune-in whenever you need a dose of motivation and overall enlightenment.
SecondActWomen: What is your favorite book?
Julie: I don’t have a single favorite book, but I’m currently reading It’s Not Your Money: How to Live Fully from Divine Abundance by Tosha Silver. This is an easy and refreshing read for people who have tried to manifest things, such as abundance, but then feel like they’re a failure when they don’t see results.
SecondActWomen: In a few sentences, describe your SecondAct.
Julie: I knew my Second Act was beginning when I started to question everything. The voice inside grew stronger and louder telling me my status quo wasn’t cutting it anymore. It may sound like I was living some miserable life, but I wasn’t, I just wasn’t living my best life. After that realization, it’s not like I clicked my heels and started living in a fairytale, but I searched within and realized that I had the power AND the responsibility to myself to step it up! Yes, we’re talking full-on dance battle! Ok, it’s more like a very long warm-up stretch. But I’m down for a dance-off. Just saying.
I want to leverage my expertise and video-savvy and help female-led companies get the visibility and traction they deserve. The reality is that there aren’t very many female video producers out there, so I feel a calling and almost a responsibility to use my talents and female lens to make a difference for women.
SecondActWomen: Use one word to describe SecondAct.
SecondActWomen: In your SecondAct, what new hobbies, pursuits or passions have you embraced?
Julie: Mainly, I’m embracing the notion that making time for myself to pursue hobbies and passions is not a selfish act. Also, I have this idea that in my SecondAct, I will become a morning person so that will naturally provide a little more “me” time. I’ll tell you how that goes.
SecondActWomen: List one personal and one business piece of advice.
Julie: Here’s some advice I’ve given myself (I talk to myself a lot.) It may resonate with some of you… Personal: Self-care is vital. When you don’t feel good, it’s impossible to play full out. Business: Quit playing small, especially to make someone else feel big. Embrace your own power.
5 Ways to Ditch the Negative Talk
Words Become Your Experience
Experts estimate that the average person has between 12,000 – 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative. “Why did they pick me? I don’t know enough to be project lead.” “I’m not as smart or pretty as her.” “I don’t like how these jeans fit me anymore.” Sound familiar?
For several months, we have been very intentional with our word choices and thoughts. Each of us have embraced daily affirmations and we are each other’s accountability partner when we hear negative speak starting to rear its ugly head. Regardless of where you are in your personal or professional lives, incorporating just a few small things into your daily life can make a huge difference.
Sending you good vibes and blessings. You are awesome!
Gina Schley  Flower Farmer with SHEGROWS Lavender & Flowers | Arvada, Colorado
An interview with Barbara Brooks, Founder and CEO of SecondAct
SecondAct co-founder Lupe and I visited with Gina last Saturday morning on her family farm to learn how she's conquered her second act after being in corporate America and settling down to have a family with husband and serial entrepreneur, Rodman. Well, sure enough, she put us to work harvesting tulips for the season and we didn't walk away clean. We did walk away pumped and ready to follow her success because this woman is not slowing down any time soon. She's found her 'thing' and lives for rising early, feeding the chickens, yep! chickens and plenty of them (and our 4 pound mascot Riley B wanted at 'um).
Barbara: So you're 42 and full of enthusiasm. Since opening flower farm last year, tell us more about your second act.
Gina: My SecondAct is growing unique varieties of lavender and cut flowers for Colorado's Front Range. Our family farm is located in Arvada, Colorado and sits on a small 2.8 acres of land. We grow everything using sustainable biodynamic principles and love to educate others on how to grow their own gardens too. My husband and I enjoy using the farm to teach our two teenage daughters, and their gaggle of friends, about entrepreneurism, environmental stewardship, and the importance of hard work.
Barbara: Share with us new hobbies, pursuits and passions you've embraced in your 40's?
Gina: I'm pretty passionate about reading business books now, learning photography to capture the beauty of farm life, writing to educate through my blog, and floristry. My kitchen counter and bathrooms are always graced with the beauty of seasonal flowers.
Barbara: You're in the midst of your midlife quest and that said, what piece of personal and business advice would you give other women over 40?
Gina: Be vulnerable. Do something in your life that reminds you to be vulnerable every single day. For me, that’s embracing my silver hair. It reminds me that being real is beautiful and it helps me connect with other people while teaching me to live authentically. Put your face on the cover. People want to connect with you and hear your story. It’s a powerful thing so put yourself out there and share the story of your business.
Barbara: What one word really describes where you are today?
Gina: Growing - period.
Q: Continuing on the growth pattern, what business groups, organizations or associations would you recommend to others in your field?
Gina: United States Lavender Association, Association of Specialty Cut Flowers, Floret's Flower Collective, Colorado Flower Collective
Q: What's your favorite book right now?
Gina: There are so many but a recent one that pushed me to turn my love of agriculture into a business is called, "Turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield.
Barbara: Want to share anything else with me?
Gina: Love you ladies and what you are doing. Thank you for coming out to the farm, for engaging in this conversation, and encouraging all women to chase their dreams.