009: From teacher to model, networking has helped Mandie Mutchie every step of the way

About Mandie Mutchie

Mandie Mutchie changes lives and plays dress up - or at least that's what her business card says. She went to UW-Madison for Education and French, and while she was teaching, she modeled on the side. When she realized she wasn't getting younger, but wanted to stay in the industry, she developed a makeup portfolio, which has led to a lot of interesting jobs including, but not limited to, those with celebrity clients.


When she quit teaching to pursue modeling and makeup artistry full-time, she fell in love with fitness, and started working as a healthy lifestyle coach. Being an entrepreneur and full-time freelancer showed her the value of in person as well as social networking, and because of this, blogging, podcasting, and a wide social media presence were a natural fit.


Tell us about the first sentence of your bio, “That you change lives and play dress up”

·         “I’ve always loved putting on makeup and trying on my mother’s clothes as a kid and now I get to play dress up for a living. I also used to be a teach and near the end of that I was doing more and more makeup and modeling and when I stopped teaching I didn’t have an excuse to devote my time to modeling.”

Tell us about the podcast you recently started

·         “When I recently went to Blog Fest and Idea World I attended a session about making e-books and podcasts and although I was more interested into the e-book I realized I didn’t have the attention span to watch my own YouTube videos so it inspired me to try podcasting.”

Share with us one of your best networking stories

·         “My fiancé always teases me about spending too much time on social media and I ended up making it turn out for us. When I was on a trip I ended up posting about recommendations for a place to stay and ended up getting a really reasonable ocean view room, free bike rentals, lunch and it all worked out really well!”

How do you stay in front of your network or community?

·         “I think part of it is interesting because I do such a variety of things! Really, it’s just about staying in touch with whatever it is you’re focusing on.”

What advice do you have for business professionals looking to grow their networks?

·         “Use both online and in-person networking, the example of when I got the great stuff on vacation was a person I knew in real life but I was able to stay in touch with on social media.”

Digital networking or traditional networking?

·         “They’re probably equally valuable as long as you make the most out of your opportunities! People will take more out of your digital presence if they can connect it to an in-person experience.”

If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?

·         “I honestly believe that everything you do shapes where you are so I don’t know if I would change much but I would definitely tell myself that everyone is just as insecure as I am. Reaching out and talking to them will help them just as much as it would help me.”

Who would you love to connect with and do you think you could do it within 7 degrees?

·         “I would like to get in contact with either Ellen or Barrack Obama but I’m confident I could get in touch with just about anyone because my network extends so far!”

What book are you reading right now?

·         “Right now I’m reading ‘The Fire Starter Sessions’ and it has a lot of soul searching and moving towards goals which is what I’ve been spending a lot of time on lately.”

Any final words of advice for our listeners??

·         “I would say, take advantage of everything that you can as far as going to networking events but doing so without spreading yourself too thin. A lot of life advice applies to growing your network advice, finding balance is very important.”


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Visit her website at: www.mandiem.com