Up In Your Business Podcast Update

Did you know we started a podcast? If not, you can check it out HERE. Or HERE for Android users. We just put up our 7th episode and we wanted to give you an update! We’ve had some amazing guests and it’s been a blast to hear their stories, get feedback, and most of all share these stories with you. This post is going to give you a quick breakdown of who we’ve had on the show!

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Episode 1 - Matt Surette Productions

Matt Surette is a good friend of ours and someone who we work with fairly often. He’s a very talented photographer from the Boston area who, until recently, was working a full time job and doing photography on the side. He would work 80-100 hour weeks more often than not and he did that for 3-4 years before he got to the point that he was ready to leave his full time job and pursue photography full time. His story is incredible and for any creatives out there, definitely worth a listen!

Episode 2 - Cody DaLuz

Cody is another friend of ours and someone who truly works extremely hard to live the life he has. His career in the Marines and Military Contracting is not an easy one, but one that he loves and one that gives him the opportunity to travel the world and experience places he’s never been. He may work for weeks straight with no breaks but he gets to experience cultures and see parts of the world that he may never see otherwise. Cody shares his story of how he realized this was the path for him and how these experiences have changed his view on the world throughout time.

Episode 3 - Matt Celeste | Blueflash Photography

Matt Celeste is a real hustler and has, as he calls it, “Career ADD.” Matt runs a wedding photo/video business called Blueflash photography but he also Founded and owned Waffle in downtown Providence. You may think Matt got a degree in photography or video or maybe culinary, but nope! His background was very different. At one point Matt was running 2 businesses while also trying to be a good father to his 3 kids. You can imagine how busy he was. Matt’s story is that of a true entrepreneur and more than worth your time to listen!

Photo below by Matt

Episode 4 - Haus PVD

There are several other companies that do what we do in RI and we’re fortunate to know some of them; Haus PVD is one of those companies. Austin and Henry are two talented guys who both did their own thing for a few years before meeting each other and combining their talents to create Haus. Their work is focused on lifestyle branding and they have some excellent work. We hear their story of how they got started, what they both do to keep the company going and the ways they try to stand out. If you’re a fan of video, you will love this episode!

Episode 5 - Whisk Me Away RI

If you’re someone who enjoys desserts, you won’t want to miss this episode. Morgan Gray (WhiskMeAwayRI) is a pastry chef based in RI who hasn’t stopped hustling since college and we had the chance to talk with her. Her story is incredible; from Rhode Island to Boston and back, she’s had several ventures that got her to start her own business and it was amazing to hear. Morgan has a real passion for what she does, not to mention an amazing talent, and she has put that passion into every treat she makes.

Photo credit: Lauren Fletcher Photography

Episode 6 - Buns & Bites

@Bunsandbites is a local celeb here in Rhode Island. Laura is the creator of this body positive food blog that she started herself a few years back. Whether you’re looking for advice, positivity, or recommendations on where to eat, this episode will help you out! Laura shares her story of starting this blog, how she stayed true to her message and she shares speed bumps and successes along the way. It was very interesting to hear the behind the scenes work that goes on and how she has stayed positive from day 1.

Photo credit: Marissa Isiamone

Episode 7 - Benway Entertainment

Being a wedding DJ isn’t an easy job and there’s a lot that goes on that you may not know about. Frank Benway came into the studio and shared his journey from high school parties to weddings and everything in between. we hear about the day to day work, the long-term work, and the challenges of running a business while working full time and having a family. Frank certainly loves what he does and has learned a lot in his 19 years of being in business. If you’re in the wedding industry, you will definitely enjoy this one!

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Episode 8 will be out Monday March 25th, but you have plenty of episodes to listen to in the meantime! If you’re enjoying the podcast so far, we would love to hear from you; you can DM us on Instagram at @upinyourbizpod or you can email us - hi@focusforwardmedia.com. You can also ask us any questions there, and if you’re interested in being on the show, send us a message and tell us a little bit about yourself! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it with friends and family. Thank you to everyone who’s reached out so far, we appreciate the support.

One last time - HERE is the link to the podcast. You can also listen on Soundcloud if you don’t have an iPhone.

Mike & Mike

We Started A Podcast!

Mike and Mike are at it again with brand spankin’ new content; same great quality, new medium.  Introducing the Up In Your Business podcast. In this podcast you will hear the Mikes converse with like-minded entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and more. The weekly show aims to capture insight into each individual’s perspective and journey towards both success and failure.


To open up the inaugural episode, each Mike brought a topical conversation piece to the “pre-production” segment of the show. Mike pointed out the Apple Facetime glitch story that has recently caught fire on social media. The glitch allows a Facetime caller to hear and even see the person they are calling WITHOUT THEM EVEN PICKING UP! Once again, Apple raises concerns with consumers about privacy and security. Facetime calls get ignored all the time for good reasons.  Use your imagination.

Producer Mike followed up with Jeff Bridges’ Big Lebowski troll job. Apparently “The Dude” had hinted in a tweet at a sequel of the 1998 cult classic film. Bridges followed up days later with another tweet indicating there is no sequel, but rather a Super Bowl commercial. Jeff took us all for a ride on this one. A sequel would have really tied the room together.


The Mikes welcomed the first guest on Up In Your Business, Matt Surette. Matt is a young Boston-based business owner and photographer. He is the brainchild behind Matt Surette Productions. Matt’s company provides photography, video, and other media services.


Matt did not take a traditional approach to following his passion of photography and videography. When most kids his age were graduating and planning on going to college, Matt had not set his sites on such a conventional path.


Please listen to the maiden voyage of Up In Your Business to hear the rest of Matt Surette’s story. His story is one that can bring value of all types to listeners. Whether you are looking for a fresh take on entrepreneurism, figuring out your path, or just want to hear a cool story; you can find it all on Up In Your Business. Listen to the episode here!  

Written by: Kevin McHugh