Clothing optional: Exploring life from other people’s perspectives with journalist Billy Warden

Billy Warden has a philosophy on life – “You don’t know that you’re in a golden age until it’s gone. So try to appreciate every moment, cause it might be as good as it gets.” He is living life to the fullest, and today tells us about his experiences writing for Joan Rivers, attending a naked party, pro wrestling, hitting the drag scene, and so much more.

Billy is the Principal of GBW Strategies, and freelance writer for the News & Observer, Our State Magazine, Walter Magazine, WRAL Techwire, and more. He’s a TEDx speaker, and a long-time front man of the glam rock band, The Floating Children.

A Nude Attitude, by Billy Warden (O’Henry Magazine)
Rasslin’ up a Good Time, by Billy Warden (Walter Magazine)
A Diva is Born: Dipping a Toe into Raleigh’s Drag Scene, by Billy Warden (Walter Magazine)
Can We Talk Marketing? Consider Joan Rivers and the Secrets of Brand Building, by Billy Warden (WRAL Techwire)


Billy: My hot take has nothing to do with that like it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter one bit in the universe compared to trying to reach someone and like, and figure out what makes them tick.

Dana: Welcome to Hustle and Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Dana

Courtney: and I’m Courtney. 

Dana: And we are two sisters who have started multiple businesses together. And yes, it is as messy as you think. Because we know that starting a business, isn’t easy. 

Courtney: I mean, we’ve done it four times. And on this show, we talk about the ups and downs of the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey. 

Dana: And we love helping small businesses succeed, whether that is through our venue consulting, speaking, or team training, we love to motivate others to take that big leap. 

Courtney: You could just use our misadventures to normalize the crazy that is being an entrepreneur, because every entrepreneur makes mistakes, 

Dana: but we like to call those unsuccessful attempts around.

Courtney: And we know it’s just part of the process. And today we’re learning from Billy Warden. Billy is a media marketing exec and co-founder of GBW Strategies, who’s worked for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Facebook, Sierra Nevada, and Uber. Billy’s work has earned nominations and or trophies from the Tele’s for advertising, the Pollie’s for public affair, the Sabres, and the Southeast Regional Emmy’s, his journalism has appeared in and among others, the Los Angeles Times,, Our State and Walter Magazine. He’s a TEDx speaker, and a long-time front man of the glam rock band, The Floating Children. Billy welcome to Hustle and Gather. 

Billy: I’m so excited to be here.

Dana: We are so excited to have you. I know Sarah’s like so stoked. She’s like, you’re just going to talk forever. The two of you. It’s so interesting. So we’re so excited to dive in. so why don’t you start off, tell us a little bit about like what got you to here. 

Courtney: Yeah, your background, journalism. 

Billy: Journalism is really the thing that to me was always what I wanted to do. When I found out that journalists can knock on any door, ask any question, and it’s all inbounds for them. Like you can put your nose into anybody else’s business. I’m just nosey, and you know, as human beings, we’re all the thing that separates us, you know, makes us human is an intense curiosity about how the world works. Like what’s that big blazing ball up in the sky. Where does it go at night? What’s how, what makes this person right over here tick? What does this person want from me? How do I make this person happy?

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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