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

Hi Tiphany, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It was a pivotal moment that made me decide to start my own business. I had been turned down for a promotion that I was absolutely sure I was qualified for. In fact, most of my workmates were sure the promotion was mine. When I did not get the promotion, I sat down with my supervisor and asked for her feedback as to why I did not get the promotion. Her words were the most valuable feedback I have ever received. She told me, “Tiphany, you are just too passionate. Many people can be intimidated by your passion. If you are going to move forward into administration, you are going to have to learn how to bring your drive and passion down.”

At this point, I had been in public education for 20 years. I had been a classroom teacher for 16 years and worked as a professional development expert and coach at the district office level. In my mind, passion is EXACTLY what is needed in public education. So this feedback was so very important. What my supervisor was telling me is that I would have to change who I am at my core to continue to move up in district administration. I had a big, scary decision to make. Do I dim my light, soften my passion, quiet my voice and move forward in the career I worked so hard for? Or do I stay true to who I am, dial up my passion, raise my voice and move in a different direction?

As terrifying as this decision was, I knew that I would no longer be dimming my voice. I joined an entrepreneurial course and began the process of starting my own business. Within one year I was able to leave my career in public education and work full-time in the media production business I co-founded.

What should our readers know about your business?
My business started as a podcast. And to give you context as to why this is an important place to start, I need to give you a bit of a background story. I was raised in a cult-like religion with very strict rules about what a young woman’s role was. I was not to question the authority of the elders in the church or the works we were studying. My role was to be obedient, kind, supportive and to get married young. My voice was not appreciated and I was often reprimanded for being curious, asking questions, and digging deeper. At 19 years old I left that religion, my friends, and family behind. I packed up my little 1982 Toyota Corolla hatchback and drove 3,000 miles from Florida to California to start a new life.

This new life included getting married. I still had so much of my “good girl” training ingrained in me that I married young and did not marry someone well-suited to me. This marriage quickly turned toxic and even abusive. Again, my voice was silenced and I was expected to be the obedient wife.

Even the career I chose in public education was a career that silenced my voice. Teachers are supposed to be quiet when it comes to controversial political issues and living life out-loud. That conversation I had with my supervisor about “having too much passion” was the final straw. I felt trapped, caged, like I had played small my whole life. I was ready to fly.

So I started a podcast. My podcast started small and quiet. I didn’t tell anyone, except for a small group of trusted friends, that I was starting a podcast. I was nervous about my voice and what I had to say. I was worried about what people would think. I had never spoken out before. I had always been quiet and shy- worried about what others would think of the roaring voice inside me just waiting to get out. Now that I had a platform for my voice with my podcast, my confidence started to rise. I was having so much fun sharing my thoughts and my story. I was having an incredible time hearing other people’s stories and sharing them on my podcast. I felt like I finally escaped the cage that had been holding me in for so long.

And people began to notice. They started asking me- Tiphany, how did you start your podcast? How are you finding your guests? Can you teach me how to do what you are doing? And so I turned to my partner David, who is a professional editor, as said, “Would you like to teach a class on podcasting with me?” He said yes and that was the start of an incredible business journey.

My business now centers around podcasting and other media that raises the volume of the voice. Podcasting allows people to have incredible impact on the world through story-telling. Podcasting connects people and creates community. It is truly an incredible medium and I love that teaching people how to podcast is now my business.

It is definitely not an easy business but it is a passionate business which makes it feel joyful even when it is difficult. My favorite part of this business journey is creating a community. When we teach our podcasting course, our students become like an extension of our family. In fact, our first students were so close to us that we created a membership group just so that we could keep meeting and stay on the podcasting journey together.

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?
I live in Orange County, California. This means I have some incredibly beautiful places to take a friend visiting me. I love hiking and the beach, so we would spend a day hiking El Morro Canyon in Crystal Cove and then walk down to the beach to refresh ourselves in the gorgeous waters of Crystal Cove Beach. Dinner that evening would be in Laguna Beach at Starfish Restaurant. Starfish has incredible cocktails and a curry dish you will dream about for the rest of your life.

On another day, we would head down to Temecula to take a tour of The Olive Company’s Olive Oil Ranch and have a picnic in the cool shade of the olive trees. Our third day would be a stand-up paddleboarding adventure in Newport’s Back Bay area. Dinner that evening would be at A Hidden Vine Wine Bar in Lake Mission Viejo, which is in walking distance of my house. We would sit on the patio looking at the beautiful lake, sip incredible wine and eat charcuterie.

There are so many incredible places to hike, eat, swim, and play in Southern California that it is almost impossible to name just a few.

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?
My entrepreneurial journey has had many helping hands along the way. I was fully supported to follow my dreams by my partner David Sais who is not only my partner in life but also my business partner and co-host on one of my podcasts. His love, support, encouragement, and faith in my abilities has been a huge driving force in following my dreams.

I would also like to thank Cathy Heller and the amazing community of women that she creates. Cathy Heller has been a business mentor and mindset coach. Her entrepreneurial course is what helped me to envision my business and the powerful community of like-minded individuals she brings into her community have been an integral part of my business success.

Website: www.tiphanykane.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiphanykane/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiphany-kane-514264175/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiphanykane

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiphany.k/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPrUHvhBezbU7QAfP-Ramog

Other: Podcast: Radical Audacity in Love & Life https://radicalaudacity_withtiphanykane.buzzsprout.com/share Podcast: Mastering the Podcaster Mindset https://podcaster_mindset.captivate.fm website: www.kasamediapro.com

Image Credits
Photos: Greg Sais, Lee Uehara

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