We had the good fortune of connecting with Judi Holler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Judi, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?

“Fake it until you make it.” I’m calling BS. I think the only way to make it is to “make it until you make it.” This means that yes,  you will fail, yes, you’ll have to muster up your courage, yes, you’ll have to act more confident than you feel most days BUT – and it’s a big but  – because I cannot lie, (pun intended) “faking it” is a dangerous invitation. Here’s why: Creativity is my soul, my true self connecting with your soul and your true self. So, if this is the case, then it’s dangerous to “fake it” or hide or copy someone else or be something and someone you are not because you will then connect with the souls of people who connect with things that aren’t authentically you.

AND THIS is a recipe for disaster because you will end up resentful, doing work you don’t love, feeling like a fraud, and ultimately end up miserable AF.

The bravest thing you can do from the very beginning of anything you do, start, or create is to simply be YOU.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I am the creator of the Haus of {&} which is a no BS improv inspired lifestyle brand on a mission to empower you to open new doors in your life.  Our secret sauce is our approach a.k.a., unlocking the power of AND {&}.

Besides being an entrepreneur, I’m also a self-appointed designer, improv junkie, keynote speaker, and best-selling author.

My life dramatically changed in 2008 when I opened the door to an improv classroom at Second City’s Training Center in Chicago.  For the first time in my life, I learned how to better myself. The improv mindset helped me manage my fear and gave me the tools to reduce my anxiety, build confidence, and embrace disruption. The Haus of {&} was created out of a deep desire to help you do the same.

I wanted to create an iconic possibility-driven lifestyle brand that represents all the possibilities that exist when you are brave enough to bet on yourself, open new doors and keep moving forward despite your fear. Our custom Ampersand {&}  t-shirts are a daily reminder that you are one door away from a completely different life. The fundamental question is: Are you ready to open it?

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Haus of {&} Fam! Our community is the bravest, most badass men and women around, and they inspire me every day with their soulful stories of courage.

Website: www.hausofand.com and www.judiholler.com

Instagram: @judiholler and @hausofand

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judiholler/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FearIsMyHomeboy

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsVJZ061ah7OEoIpzNcJGOQ

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