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Working Classy

25 EpisodesProduced by Working ClassyWebsite

Working Classy is a show for people who want to do work they love, whether that means pursuing a passion project as a business or getting more joy out of a day job. Your hosts, Laurel Hechanova (an Oakland-based design director) and Isabel Lee (a Chicago-based designer and owner of Wishful Thinker C… read more

25 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

25: Evolving Creatively and Building Community with Shannon Matesky

October 6th, 2020


In today's episode, Shannon Matesky (actress, director, and producer from Berkley, CA) talks with us about trusting yourself, following creative …

24: "How to Survive on Set: The Set Production Assistant’s Guidebook" author Jessica Dean Rose

September 29th, 2020


Today, we dig into set life with author of "How to Survive on Set: The Set Production Assistant's Guidebook" and Assistant Director for feature films, Jessica Dean Rose. She had to learn the hard way how to become a …

23: Running a Restaurant in a Pandemic with Myly Carpio of Amakara

September 21st, 2020


Today we've got an insider conversation about what it's been like keeping a restaurant afloat during a pandemic. Myly Carpio, general manager of Amakara in Dublin, California swaps management stories with Isabel about …

22: Hikina Designs

September 14th, 2020


Today, we chat with sisters, Lori Hashimoto and Lena Miyasaki, the creative brains behind Hikina Designs. Hikina Designs just recently launched their …

21: What's . . . New?

August 31st, 2020


Let's push through the thick fog of trying to survive a pandemic and take a look at how some businesses are being creative to stay afloat. We also talk about things we've found ourselves enjoying in spite of 2020's …

20: Working in a Pandemic - a Conversation with Musician, Producer, and more . . . Lakan

August 25th, 2020


Today we're chatting with Lakan, the ultra-talented musician, producer, videographer, and all-around bringer of good vibes about how being a musician …

19: Working in a Pandemic

April 6th, 2020


What a year this week has been. In this episode, we'll cover what it's like to be running a restaurant right now as well as ideas for ways to skill up and have fun while we're all stuck indoors.

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18: Writing, Acting and Taking Care of Yourself, an Interview with Devon Carson Part 2

March 16th, 2020


If you haven't yet, listen to Episode 17: Part 1! In this episode, we pick up with Devon Carson talking about Menace, the microseries. You can find it on Instagram at @menaceseries. We also dive into discussion about …

17: Staying Creative as a Musician, an Interview with Devon Carson Part 1

March 1st, 2020


Welcome back! In this episode, we catch you up on what we've been up to and dive into the theme of the season, "You are not late." We do this all as we get to know our guest, musician and actor, Devon Carson. In Part 1, …

16: (Bonus Episode!) New Year Strategies

December 31st, 2018


You've got plans for 2019, and we want to make sure you've got strategies for how to get things done. They include...

1. Focus on your fresh new future, not what you wish you'd done differently.
2. Make small fun goals …

15: Lil Boat Boutique

October 17th, 2018


We're taking a bit of a break! But before we go, we have an interview with Whitney Bennett, pin maker & designer of Lil Boat Boutique. She shares her tips on how she went from being a side hustle maker to a more …

14: A Few of Our Favorite Things

October 1st, 2018


Inspiration to stay creative comes in lots of different forms. Isabel and Laurel talk about what they've been into lately. And Isabel brings us our tip NUGGET of the week: share a calendar with your Accountabilibuddy!

13: User Experience Design for Beginners

September 26th, 2018


This week Laurel tries to explain what she does for work. She also brings us our Tip of the Week: move things closer.


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12: Tips from Recent Job Hunters

September 18th, 2018


Job hunting is hard, but it doesn't have to be terrible. This week friends of the podcast, Alex Rodriguez and Tiffany Taylor report back from their recent time in the job seeking trenches to give us tips and hope for …

11: When and How to Quit Things

September 10th, 2018


Quitters CAN be winners! Sometimes it's best to stop what you're doing so you can do something better. Isabel and Laurel talk about stuff to try before you jump ship and how to prepare to jump ship so you don't drown. …

10: Happy Hour! Crazy Rich Asians Having Nice Things

September 3rd, 2018


Happy Labor Day! This week Isabel and Laurel are joined by Alli Lowe and Irene Jang for an All-Asian roundtable discussion about Crazy Rich Asians …

9: (Minisode!) Prototype Your Dream Job

August 27th, 2018


Laurel was not great at managing her time this week, and this is why we can't have nice things. In about 8.5 minutes, we catch up, Laurel makes a bunch of nonsense excuses about being SO BUSY, Isabel talks about a new …

8: How to Reverse Plan Your Life Goals

August 20th, 2018


We've got some heavy stuff this week as Isabel and Laurel talk candidly about their lives, figuring out what they want and how they intend to get it. Plus, Isabel brings us our Tip Nugget of the Week: splurge on …

7: How to Change Careers

August 13th, 2018


It’s our first mailbag episode! What can you do when you want to get out of your current career or industry? Do you have to start from the bottom of the ladder? Marley Shimamura, Senior Manager of Process Enhancement at …

6: Better Than Work-Life Balance

August 6th, 2018


Why should anyone try to “balance” life and work? Balancing things is hard! In this episode, we talk about integrating or coordinating the two in a …

5: The Working Classy Ethos

July 30th, 2018


To start our online store on the right foot, we worked on a guiding ethos and a few rules. And Isabel brings us our tip of the week: when you’re …

4: Self-Promotion, Networking, AND musician Birdie Manupule!

July 23rd, 2018


You know how we have basically the best intro and outro music in the history of podcasts? Well, now you get to meet the person who wrote it: Birdie …

3: The Joy of Routines!

July 16th, 2018


We did it! We finally talked about routines, why they’re great, and how to customize your own. And this week’s tip of the week (haha Isabel, I’m writing the description so I can call it whatever I want) is to be your …

2: How to Prepare for (and Deal with) Getting Laid Off

July 7th, 2018


A Working Classy plot twist: Laurel gets laid off! But it went okay! In this episode she’ll give you tips on what to do to prepare for getting laid off and what to do after it’s happened. Also, Isabel brings us our tip …

1: Introducing Working Classy

June 26th, 2018


Welcome to Working Classy! Find out more about your hosts, Laurel Hechanova and Isabel Lee, as well as what to expect from this show. We’ll talk about our reasons for starting this podcast and introduce our idea for the …

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