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We sat down with our very own Bill Ball, Dina Cirignano, and Kristin McFeely to ask them all about hosting a successful Podcast.
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1. How did you come up with the name of your business?
Bill: Our team [Philly Home Collective] is known for our neighborhood happy hours with our clients. It is no secret that we enjoy our adult cocktails. When we had the idea for the podcast, we wanted to show that it was going to be lighthearted, fun, and also show that we do not take ourselves too seriously. How do you do that? Add booze! Hence Happy Hour with the Home Collective!
2. How did you get started in this business?
Bill: The podcast business? lol. Not sure you can call this a business. It is more of a passion project, and yes we are totally winging it! And if you ever listened to an episode, you are not surprised. We basically have one rule. If it feels fun, do it! Throw it against the wall and see if it sticks.
Dina: Bill had asked me to come on his podcast as a guest in 2020 and after my second time coming on, he couldn't get rid of me.
Kristin: Bill and Dina forced me.
3. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room, what would it be?
Kristin: "A Town Called Malice"- The Jam
4. Where do you go in Philadelphia for inspiration?
Dina: I find walking around Fishtown to be super inspiring, same goes for Queen Village.
Kristin: Fairmount Park, specifically Cresheim Creek. Also, South Philly at Christmastime
5. Where was your last road trip?
Bill: We took this amazing road trip to the west coast. We hit all the major sites along the way, and as many quaint small towns as we could for bites to eat! We saw. neverminded I think it was Ocean City, NJ.
Dina: My wife and I took a mini road trip to upstate New York in 2020, where she booked an amazing A-Frame AirBnB for my birthday. Prior to that our most adventurous road trip was out West. We ventured from Seattle, to Portland then south to Santa Fe and ended in Albuquerque.
Kristin: To Brimfield, Massachusetts to go antiquing.
6. If you wrote a memoir, what would be the title?
Dina: "You guys."
7. What’s your favorite piece of Philly culture?
Bill: Is the cheesesteak culture? The food? Can I say the food?
Dina: The great thing about Philly culture is the abundance of it. The architecture, the history, THE FOOD, the street art, the passionate sports fans. The list goes on.
Kristin: Philly has a great restaurant and bar scene and the art museums are fantastic.
8. What’s your favorite local meal?
Bill: I like our sandwiches. And out of all of them I would have to go with a chicken cutlet sandwich with broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone!
Dina: Right now I'm loving the Frank White pizza at Mulherin & Son's
Kristin: So hard! Way too many to pick just one.
9. What makes you laugh?
Bill: Observational humor. Some of the things we do on a daily basis makes no sense if you stop and think about them, and that makes me laugh. For example, funerals or 'viewings' are weird to me. We put a corpse in a coffin with the lid open, and we walk by them one last time. Not only that, the guy in the box is wearing a suit... is he going to a business meeting after this? He is going to sleep for eternity, why not make him comfortable? Especially here in south Philly, I think he should be wearing sweatpants. And if you want to fancy it up, go with the Michal Jordan collection. Nothing says class like some Michael Jordan sweatpants around here. So you have a great combination of comfort and 'style'. NOW this guy can RIP!
Dina: My wife! Hands down.
Kristin: Bill and Dina do a pretty good job of making me laugh.
10. What is one thing you need in your workspace to make it your own?
Dina: A BEVERAGE otherwise we're not recording
11. What is one book that changed your perspective?
Bill: How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
12. What do you need to make a decision?
Bill: In business - facts. In life, my wife nagging me about it...
Dina: A gut feeling and then a second opinion, lol
Kristin: I overthink but ultimately always go with my gut.
13. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Dina: Working on this podcast with my pals!