We had the good fortune of connecting with Delanie Fischer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delanie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was very determined to leave stand-up comedy and my corporate job in entertainment to work for myself, so I decided to turn my strange hobby that I had had for a few years, called Dicks by Delanie (an art business where I turned people into penis cartoons – yes, you read that correctly haha), into a “real” business. If this business idea worked, I figured it’d be a great way to transition into entrepreneurship even if it’s not something I stuck with forever. I was able to leave my day job within one year of launching Dicks by Delanie to do it full time, and it ended up being the most fun vehicle into a flexible, creative career that I could have asked for! The success of Dicks by Delanie led me to being a full-time creative consultant, which is what I do now.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I currently run a consulting business where I help business owners, podcasters, and comedians start and scale their dream jobs and creative projects. I’m also the co-host of a top charting podcast with millions of downloads called Self-Helpless – a show I do with two of my best friends, Kelsey Cook and Taylor Tomlinson. We are incredibly grateful for the inclusive, compassionate community that has emerged because of this podcast and are thrilled that it continues to grow and provide support and comfort to people. What I love most about what I do is being able to utilize the skills I’ve acquired via my former life as a comedian, running a product-based business, and being a part of a lucrative podcast to support others in crafting a life that’s full of creativity and freedom.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite restaurants are Sun Cafe and Gracias Madre. My favorite hiking trails are Fryman Canyon and The Hollywood Reservoir. The Magic Castle is MY JAM. And I love thrift shopping for fun outfits. I feel like this list makes me sound 1000 years old, what I do in LA at 30 is very different than what I was doing at 22.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The books that were total game changers for me are The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin and You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero. I think learning how to leverage your personality type in order to be more purposeful, and developing a healthy relationship with money, are vital to success when running your own business, and these books gave me a great jumping off point. Also, I listened to the podcast, Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller on loop in the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey because I knew that the decision to be my own boss was going to be a challenging road – so listening to as many success stories as I could every single day felt very necessary to keep me motivated and hopeful.
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