We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriella Dominguez Morgan Creed and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gabriella Dominguez, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Everyone dreams of working with their best friend, so we did exactly that. Deciding to start a podcast together was easy, but balancing the importance of our workload and our friendship became difficult. Before, all of the time we spent together was solely for our friendship, but now most of our time together is spent writing our episodes, making posts, recording, or planning our next venture. There was a period of time where we felt like we were just business partners, and realized our friendship was taking a back seat. Now, as silly as it sounds, we put aside special “best friend time” to keep our podcast work separate. This allows us to not only cherish our friendship, but then when we are working on our show, we’re able to dedicate more energy and focus to it instead of catching up on the latest episode of The Bachelor. We think this balance is incredibly important and is vital to the success of our show and our happiness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Young, Dumb & Ballin’ is all about becoming an adult from the perspective of two twenty one year old best friends who live in Los Angeles. Moving here at seventeen years old forced us to figure it out quickly. We made a lot of comical and unfortunate mistakes along the way, but we are so proud of how these stories have become lessons to teach to our listeners on our podcast. We never hold back, or sugarcoat anything we think or have experienced. In a city full of supposedly picture perfect lives, we make it known that it’s okay to be a little bit of a mess sometimes.

We got to where we are today through a lot of shameless self promotion. We’ve driven around LA screaming about our show to people on the street, and spent hours on 95 degree days walking around college campuses hanging up flyers, and even handing them out to celebrities. Our friends that have shared our show, listen every week, and give us love on Instagram have also played a huge role in our growth and success. We have been so fortunate to have our show grow steadily, but we definitely expected it to blow up right away. Though this was discouraging at first, we’re so appreciative of the path it’s taken and the supportive audience we have today.

This show has taught us so much, we knew nothing about audio or the podcast world when we first started and now we could podcast with our eyes closed…or with our sunglasses on ūüėČ

You don’t have to be an “influencer” (whatever that is ) or famous, or even rich to be a Baller. We take a lot of pride in our show having something for everyone, no matter what your background is, or where you’re at in your “adulting” career.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To have the Young, Dumb & Ballin’ experience in Los Angeles, you absolutely must wait an absurd amount of time in the drive thru line of the Starbucks on Camarillo, or any corner Starbucks will do…there are many here. But in all seriousness, a beach trip to Will Rogers with a burger from Monty’s in hand is a must do. If the world was still normal, we’d have to go to the Staples Center for a Laker’s game, after a trip to the Last Bookstore and some ice cream from McConnell’s. One of our favorite things to do in LA is just to drive around and see what we find. That’s how we’ve found many of our favorite spots like Kettle Glazed, Ricchardo’s Total Vegetarian, Birds Plus, and countless hiking trails. You really can’t go wrong in a city like LA.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We are so blessed to know so many talented people, and three in particular have really helped us build our show and brand. Tessa Slatkavitz, a graphic design student in Rhode Island and a dear friend of ours, designed our logo. We let her take the reigns, and she gave us something so special, we couldn’t thank her enough. Elle Tahtinen is an artistic jack of all trades. She has taken every single one of our photos, makes us feel so comfortable in front of her lens, and always captures us in our best light. Quincy Wilson is the musician and mastermind behind our theme song. When given very little direction, he was able to take 30 minutes worth of phrases and soundbites, and turn them into the intro that’s stuck in our heads all day long. We are so grateful for these people, their work, and their friendship.¬†Their Instagrams are:

Website: https://linktr.ee/YoungDumbandBallin

Instagram: @youngdumbandballin

Other: Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/young-dumb-ballin/id1535146077 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7IhVX9yQKs4eVbpLzUBqH9?si=S2hR1As5TgSaKON4O8WJ5g&nd=1

Image Credits
Elle Tahtinen

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