KAYLENE LANGFORD: THE STARTUP CREATIVE"Before that I used to want to be a catholic nun."
Today’s ‘Creative Encounter’ Founder and Creative Director Kaylene Langford based out Australia, delivering on a multitude of platforms with a business incubator, Magazine and development products.
What’s your story
My name is Kaylene Langford, I am 28 years old and I am living my dream!
After escaping the rate race of the 9-5 corporate world I built myself a career that I am passionate about. I spend my days writing content for StartUp Creative, coaching creative entrepreneurs, driving coffee, scrolling Instagram and running a magazine. Life is truly free and easy.
Many people are unhappy with that they do and they know what they would rather be doing but are stuck, whether by fear doubt or comfort, What advice do you have for them?
Life is too short to not be loving what you do. Take time out of your daily grind and make a list of everything you don’t like about your life. Now go and change it one thing at a time. No one else is going to give you your dream life, you have to be the one to create it.
All the people around you that you see who are living the dream, they have taken the risk and down the hard work. It might be scary AF when you first start out but what’s the alternative? Living a shit life for the rest of your years? If you’re willing to take the risk and do the work you can have anything you want.
What was your journey like venturing out to create the Startup Creative? What were some of the most challenging hurdles?
Money has been a huge hurdle. You go from a comfortable pay check that is always going to turn up to hustling for your $3 coffee. I have to learn to master my belief around money, what I was worth, how to make it and how to manage it.
Haters. Not that I’ve had many but I’ve certainly had my fair share of people who don’t align with how I run my business. I’ve really had to learn to let their opinions go and find my own tribe.
Self Belief. Even my own dad doesn’t really know/believe in what I’m doing. I have to be my own number one fan and keep aligning myself to my purpose and what makes me happy. When I focus on the future and what I want to create, fear can’t hurt me.
I thought resource and skill were going to be the big challenges in pursuing my passions, I found that’s been the easy part I found true self-awareness on my journey. What would you say has been the greatest discovery for you on creating your own startup.
Mastering my mind and managing my health. Without good health, you can’t hustle hard and get results. Without a clear and confident mind, you will collapse on yourself. Daily mediation, mindfulness and tapping into the power of my subconscious mind has allowed me to excel beyond my wildest dreams
I'm a huge fan of books. When I first started @startupcreative I jumped into the world of entrepreneurship and startups without much experience, but I was eager to load up on as much knowledge as I could. Even now I aim to use every spare second I have to meet entrepreneurs, read books and listen to podcasts so as to soak up knowledge that I can apply to my own business and teach to others. Here are 5 of my favourite books. 1. Serena by @serenawilliams 2. Secrets of a Millionaire Mindset by T.Harv Eker 3. The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape 4. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by @officialdrjoedispenza 5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie I'd love to hear what you're reading...
What do you hope to create in the next 5 years?
StartUp Creative will be the go-to source for any young creative in the world who wants to build their own empire. I want to be a household name for people around the globe who are starting out in their passion. I want to free as many people as possible from lies and jobs that they hate and I want to teach people about the power of their minds and how to use it to create abundance in whatever areas of their lives they are lacking.
What’s something people wouldn’t know about you?
I identify as lesbian and was engaged to a woman for 5 years. Before that, I used to want to be a Catholic nun. Nowadays I make up my own spirituality and am booked in to do a 10-day silent retreat in September – no phone, no business, no talking. You never know what life will throw at you hey?
Were you ever unhappy with the outcome of your life which lead to creating your own path? What did you experience?
I thought I had my dream job and I actually spent a lot of time manifesting the pay rate and work I was doing. After 12 months working in it, I was miserable. Being the stubborn woman I am, I didn’t want to admit failure and unhappiness so I was very positive about it. My boss was the one that told me I didn’t belong in the workplace that I looked unhappy. She helped me to transition from the 9-5 to building StartUp Creative.
At the time I was waking up with severe headaches every morning, my partner and I were always fighting, never having sex. I was putting on weight, never exercised and didn’t like the way I looked or felt.
Now that I run my own business I prioritize exercise, buy organic food, meditate for an hour a day and spoil myself with getting my hair, nails and new clothes every month.
Do you buy into the hustle hype? Are you team no sleep?
No way. Sounds miserable to me. I used to be that but I’m all about working smarter no harder.
What keeps you focused while you work?
Burning essential oils (peppermint is great), listening to mantras in the background, natural night, taking breaks, lots of filtered water and a really clear to-do list.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Oprah or Tony Robbins
Who are some of your creative crushes?
Magazines are my biggest crush and stationary. Haha! I don’t crush on many people except Beyonce.
For those starting out what advice do you have for them?
Do it your way. Don’t waste time with people who aren’t on your team and be prepared to say no to shit that doesn’t doesn’t make you happy.
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