Side Hustle: Pursuing Your Passion While Paying Your Bills

February 21, 2017 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM @ The Aviary, Vancouver, BC

Local Talks No 9 | Vancouver . BC

Side Hustle: Pursuing Your Passion While Paying Your Bills. 

The creative life isn’t always an easy one. How do you maintain motivation and focus on your dreams while still dealing the realities of everyday life? Join us, along side a group of creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners working through the challenges of balancing their side hustles (or 9-to-5’s) with passion projects.  


Katrina Jones,  Member of The Belle Game and Co-Founder of Fine Print Social Media (Moderator)
Adam Nanji, Member of The Belle Game and Managing Editor at Vancouver is Awesome 
Lizzy Karp, Partner of Here There Studio // Marketing  Manager, TELUS STORYHIVE                                                                                                                                                    Kia Zahrabi, Project Engineer at KWL and Co-Founder of Ponderosa Festival                                                                                              Caroline Carter, Co-Founder CSuite Content

The Schedule:

6:30PM - 7:00PM Doors Open
7:00PM - 8:00PM Session + Q&A
8:00PM - 8:30PM Social

What your ticket includes:

•  Refreshments & light bites
•  Networking with a bunch of rad folk just like you

Meet the line up:

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Katrina Jones, The Belle Game & Fine Print Social Media  

Katrina loves to create connection. The Montrealer, now 5 year Vancouver transplant, exercises her passion by building meaningful relationships, connection and understanding through her music, her company Fine Print and her work in the community. 

Katrina creates music as one of the members of crush-pop band Belle Game (Arts & Crafts). Through touring the world, writing and recording, Katrina found that her creative and marketing skills not only applied to her music, but was the catalyst in the co-foundation of her social media/creative agency, Fine Print. In just over 3 years, Fine Print has built their client base to include the likes of Red Truck Brewery, Vancouver is Awesome, TELUS/STORYHIVE and more. Katrina volunteers regularly with Megaphone Magazine and the DTES Women’s Centre, and loves to support causes that encourage creativity and confidence. 


Adam Nanji, The Belle Game and Managing Editor at Vancouver is Awesome

As the founding member of Vancouver-based band, The Belle Game, Adam is all too familiar with the“side hustle” lifestyle. Strangely, it’s music that led him to help market, promote and amplify other people's creative projects. After providing Social Media assistance for friends and fellow artists, Adam co-founded Fine Print Social Media, leading to collaborations with record labels, music festivals, creative companies and corporate clients such as landmark blog, Vancouver Is Awesome and TELUS/STORYHIVE. 

Adam continues to write, perform and record as 1/4 of Belle Game and 1/1 of Prison Hair. He is the co-owner of Fine Print Social Media and the managing editor at Vancouver Is Awesome. 

Kia Zahrabi, Project Engineer at KWL and Co-Founder of Ponderosa Festival 

Kia Zahrabi, Project Engineer at KWL and Co-Founder of Ponderosa Festival

By day, Kia works as a Project Engineer at the BC-based firm Kerr Wood Leidal Associates (KWL), consulting with municipal, private development and corporate clients.  During the mornings and evenings, Kia works on the Ponderosa Festival, a three-day music and arts festival that he and his partner created in 2013, following a weekend party at his father's orchard.  Fast forward almost 5 years and he has gained hands-on experience related to project management, business development, marketing, artist booking, event production and logistics, and through his work has been fortunate enough to network and collaborate with BC's skilled industry professionals and business owners.

The late nights and financial hardships that come with a brand new "side hustle" project have put him on a roller coaster ride that has tested his ability to manage a number of difficult tasks and situations as well as his motivation to push forward.  He and his partner however, have continued to maintain the vision of putting on a one-of-a-kind experience and they are proud to see the Ponderosa community grow year after year.


Lizzy Karp, Partner of Here There Studio and Marketing  Manager, TELUS STORYHIVE

Lizzy Karp loves a good story. So much so, that it’s the thread that links gigs, jobs and project she’s had living in Vancouver since 2009. 

By day, she is a part of a team at STORYHIVE, supporting emerging content creators with funding, mentorship and a place to connect. Her current passion within that project is to propel the careers of female and diverse creators - and help shine a light on the work they do. 

And by night (weekends, afternoons, early mornings) she’s a partner of Here There, a multi-disciplinary experiential agency in partnership with Ken Tsui. Here There creates memorable experiences, projects and campaigns that inspire, encourage connection and activate unexpected spaces in the city. She co-founded the live storytelling series Rain City Chronicles in 2009 (evolving into a project called Record Club), as well as establishing A Good Book Drive, a playful kid’s book drive now in four major cities collecting over $28,000 worth of new books for kids in need. 

She tells stories to her husband Pat and pup Farley, every night, and is newly obsessed with becoming a DJ. 


Caroline Carter, Co-founder CSuite Content 

Caroline is an executive brand builder. After a decade working in PR with leading lifestyle brands and technology companies, Caroline teamed up with award-winning journalist, Remy Scalza, and launched CSuite Content in 2015. Their boutique thought leadership agency focuses solely on CEOs and senior executives, helping them define their personal brand, connect with new audiences and bring the human story to their business. From strategically leveraging their social media to helping them publish bylined articles in top tier press, Caroline thrives off taking her clients from Executive to Influencer.


When: Tuesday February 21, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Aviary (see map)
Cost: $15 @ online  | $20 @ door

Tickets are final sale and are non negotiable. 

Venue sponsored by: 

Fresh Florals provided by: