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Take your Artistic Skills to the Next Level and Find Your Path to Success with Marlene Sharp

Episode Summary –

Artists often face a variety of challenges on their creative journeys. Whether it’s establishing a unique style, achieving financial stability, or managing the highs and lows that come with creating art, many obstacles exist. One of the most significant ones is figuring out what route to take. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are some essential things to keep in mind. Artists need to develop certain skills such as creativity, attention to detail and patience in order to find success.

The path that we take in life, especially when it comes to art, can be complicated and ever-changing. Today's guest Marlene Sharp will give us guidance on how to choose the road that gives us the most happiness and financial success.

“Networking is key to success! Take the time to connect with others online or at events, and you'll open up new opportunities.”

In this episode, Marlene reflects on her experience as an artist and shares the lessons she has learned. Her advice to anyone starting out is to be kind and nice to everyone in the art space. Networking is also essential for success, so whether you do it online or in person, make sure you put yourself out there. She emphasizes that offering value will always set you apart from your competitors and open doors for potential opportunities.

Let’s jump in!

Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:30] A bit about Marlene’s journey and how she got into the arts. Most memorable and fun projects that she has been a part of.
[07:11] Marlene’s superpowers that have been hallmarks of her success in the arts.
[09:49] Ways Marlene uses to build engagements with her fan base.
[14:40] Marlene's favorable performances and “pinch me moments.”
[18:20] One of Marlene’s challenges and how she overcame it.
[21:57] What does working from a happy place mean to Marlene?
[24:34] Marlene’s advice to anyone just starting in the arts. Three key tips for better networking.


About Marlene Sharp –
Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl. Firmly ensconced in LA life, Marlene is the top dawg at Pink Poodle Productions and Head of IP Strategy and Acquisitions for Rainshine Entertainment. Noteworthy clients and collaborators include,, ToonBo, Society Entertainment, Euramco Pictures, and The Center for Learning Unlimited/Brainstorm Productions.

Before Pink Poodle and Rainshine, Marlene served as Director of Production at LEVEL-5 Abby, home to YO-KAI WATCH and other Japanese hit video game-based franchises. Formerly, as a Producer of TV Series at Sega of America, Marlene worked on much more than the Teen Choice Award-nominated Cartoon Network series SONIC BOOM. For example, her extensive Hedgehog duties took her to the heights of nerd-dom as an official San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panelist. She also consulted on the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog feature film.

As a freelance journalist, Marlene concentrates on pop culture for noteworthy fan destinations, such as, DOGTV,,, and As a short film auteur, she has snagged recognition at La Femme Film Fest, Austin Comedy Film Festival, KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, Canine Film Festival, and San Luis Obispo Film Festival. Marlene is the proud winner of the 2019 LA Shorts International Film Fest Script Competition (an Oscar- and BAFTA-qualifying fest), at which her backdoor sitcom pilot received a staged reading courtesy of The Groundlings. As a human being, Marlene Sharp loves all kinds of pups.

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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.

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