Camera Ready & Abel

Camera Ready & Abel

Hi, I’m Barbara Barna Abel. Welcome to "Camera Ready & Abel" the podcast that explores the intersection of Media and Personal Growth. Join me weekly for the media insights and stay for the transformation. Whether you’re looking to build more credibility, gain more career traction, or just want to be more comfortable on camera - this is the podcast for you! Because let’s face it, everyone needs to be camera ready these days. I have curated each episode with love, focusing on insights & strategies from real professionals with real stories to help you tap into your superpowers, find your voice, clarify your message, and make an impact on the world.

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August 9, 2022 33 min

I strive to deliver positive, actionable takeaways at Camera Ready & Abel but this is an especially inspiring episode!

It's not easy to stay the course in pursuit of your dreams. There's a constant din of outside noise, opinions, societal pressure and your own gremlins.

Katie Linendoll shares generously how learning to keep the blinders on took her from production assistant at ESPN to Emmy Award-winning consumer techno...

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We can give approval, we can receive approval and very often we put too much time and energy into seeking approval. As a recovering people pleaser, I know this well.   My guest for this episode of Camera Ready & Abel, entertainment journalist, producer, and entrepreneur Chris Witherspoon, gets raw and vulnerable sharing how his quest for approval stalled him from getting to his next level of greatness in his career until he foc...
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You don't know how little you know about Intellectual Property (IP) until you interview an attorney specializing in IP on your podcast. I don't think I've ever taken so many notes during a recording of Camera Ready & Abel before.

For the uninitiated, Intellectual Property is defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization as: Creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs and...

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July 19, 2022 35 min

Grab your journal. This episode of Camera Ready & Abel is full of nuggets you're going to want to remember. My nourishing conversation with life, business and career coach, Brian Patacca, begins with marketing and ends with dignity and respect.

Along the way, Brian reframes the entire concept of marketing around generosity and purpose:

  • Marketing is going public with your gifts and being seen for your gifts.
  • If you build it a...
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    One of the best parts of having a podcast is being able to explore interesting ideas with interesting people. It was my pleasure to be a guest on the Nicstalgia podcast with host Nicole Tremaglio and something Nicole mentioned in that conversation about the difference between building community versus building audience sparked me into needing to learn more. 

    Nicole is a branding consultant, pop culture expert writer, and self-descr...

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    July 5, 2022 33 min

    Giving and receiving feedback is essential to camera readiness and a hallmark of leadership. But it strikes fear into the hearts of so many of us. I said feedback but you heard criticism, shame, what you did wrong.

    Here to reclaim FEEDBACK from its negative reputation is returning podcast champion, Alan Ibbotson, who gave us a masterclass on resilience in episode 6 which I highly recommend you (re)listen to. 

    Alan is a leadership a...

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    I talk about tapping into your superpowers all the time to grow your business and make an impact on the world. Cathy Pedrayes tapped into her innate ability as a well-prepared, analytical thinker to make complicated information around cybersecurity super simple and digestible, combined it with her natural warmth and relatability, posted a video to TikTok about what she carries in her first aid kit which got over 2 million views and...

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    June 21, 2022 28 min

    To build means to make, by putting together parts and materials. It's a powerful, positive, active verb. This episode of Camera Ready & Abel is a master class in How to Build with brand strategist, change agent, marketing maverick and investor, Lauren Maillian.

    Lauren shared so much valuable information I'm going straight to the Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to thrive in uncertainty
  • Failure is always an option so you ask your...
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    June 14, 2022 37 min
    One of the best parts of having a podcast is getting to talk to interesting people about topics I find interesting.   According to research, you and I will have up to seven careers in a lifetime with an average of 12 different jobs (I think I'm on career #5) so I was fascinated when I read an excerpt in The Guardian from my guest Nick Duerden’s new book, Exit Stage Left: The curious afterlife of pop stars because career transi...
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    Roni Selig and Marcie Mulé are legends in the unscripted television world and you'll understand why after listening to this episode presented by the 3 Rs to Building a Sustainable and Successful Career: Rugged, Resourceful, and Resilient.

    Creatives that they are, they couldn't stop with the 3 R's and added these words to the conversation: Endurance, stamina, energy, discipline, impact, risk, trust and lucky...

    ...becaus...

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    May 31, 2022 44 min

    Owning it means taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions, and in the camera ready world owning it is essential to how you show up.

    I'm thrilled my dear friend, casting director, coach, actor and documentary filmmaker, Sean De Simone, is here to go deep with stories of transformation and practical tips into...

    Owning your:

    Talent

    skillset

    ambition

    uniqueness

    superpowers

    mistakes

    ...and owning the room vs taking over t...

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    May 24, 2022 42 min

    Budget maybe one of the, um, least sexy words in the Camera Ready & Abel lexicon but one of the most essential.

    A key to success is treating your career like the business that it is and that requires a budget.

    My guest for this episode, Stacey Linderman, founder and principal consultant at A6 Financial and Business Optimization says,"your budget is a road map to your destination.

    If you're not typically a "numbers p...

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    May 17, 2022 36 min

    Connection is one of the essential C's to being camera ready - connection to the camera, to the content, to the audience and connection to yourself.

    I first met my guest for this episode, Kamie Crawford, when she was a 19 year-old college student, working model and recent Miss Teen USA with big dreams of being a television host. The minute she walked into my office I knew she was someone special. Spoiler alert: Kamie turned her...

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    My guest for this episode, Bill Brand, is a storyteller par excellence. He began his far-ranging career in local news with stops along with way at VH1, Lifetime, HSN and Carnival Cruise Lines before becoming CEO of fashion retailer Rue 21 with 700 stores in 45 states, a robust ecommerce business and millions of social followers. When I asked Bill to be on the podcast, I wanted him to talk about leadership because he's seriously...

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    May 3, 2022 31 min

    Making change means taking creative action to solve a social problem and my guest for this episode of Camera Ready & Abel, Cindy Gallop, Founder & CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn, is making change to how we think about sexual values and behaviors in her necessary and trailblazing platform.

    The tagline reads: Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference and Cindy goes deep pointing out we are raised by our parents to behave well wit...

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    From birth it's estimated we hear the word no 400x per day. It's amazing we try anything new because that's a lot of negative and limiting conditioning. In this episode, the dynamic polymath, Angela Marie Hutchinson, explains the life skill I wish I'd learned a lot sooner: How to redirect your no's to Create Your Yes

    Angela, who is a showrunner, screenwriter, producer, television host, working mom and former t...

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    Alex Yaro, mediator, executive coach, conflict resolution expert and my guest for this episode, boldly asks on the home page of his website, ConflictYes.com: How much energy do you waste avoiding conflict? 

    If you've never stopped to think about this - and how it impacts your life - you're not alone. If you're a recovering pleaser, like me, your answer might be a somewhat sheepish a lot…

    Alex was born in Ukraine when it...

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    April 12, 2022 27 min

    Suchi Reddy is a poet of space. Long before I met Suchi, I fell in love with her work when I experienced the Connective Project in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, an installation of 7,000 glorious, yellow, flower-like pinwheels that filled me with happy.

    Years later when I met Suchi through our mutual friend, Stacy Fass, Suchi dropped the phrase form follows feeling into the conversation and right then and there I asked Suchi to be on the...

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    Evan Shapiro is the Unofficial Official Cartographer of the Media Universe and I am a happy subscriber to his must read newsletter Media War & Peace so I immediately stopped what I was doing when an edition landed in my inbox with the subtitle: Future-proof your career.

    I want to future-proof my career, don't you??

    Evan completely delivered on his promise, as he always does, and I used the Camera Ready & Abel podcast as...

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    March 29, 2022 28 min

    Audrey Hepburn reminded us to look at impossible in a new way: Im Possible. Dan Austin, founder of the 88bikes Foundation asks every day: could it be possible?

    Spoiler alert: The answer is an enthusiastic YES! as Dan joins me on this optimistic episode of Camera Ready & Abel to discuss how a simple idea blooms into impactful execution and joy-based philanthropy.

    The 88bikes Foundation was born in 2007, when Dan was on a cycling...

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