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281 - Knowing When To Be Yourself, Media Dog Whistles, and What To Make Once You Make Some Money

This and all other episodes of the MAKE IT podcast are brought to you in partnership with Women in Film and Television as part of the Voice of the Filmmaker Program. Please help us keep the conversation going.

In this edition of Indie Talk, Chris and Nick review this week in podcast guests, discuss the usefulness of the DISC profile, take on the constant media dog whistles designed to indoctrinate us, and tackle the idea of being yourself at the expense of doing great work or being a good person.

"Be who you are. Find your tribe. Find a mentor."


About the DISC Profile

An individual's DISC profile is the calculated result of the DISC personality test which is based on the emotional and behavioral theories of American psychologist Dr. Willam Marston. DISC is an acronym that stands for the primary traits identified in the profile: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance.

Though the profile leverages four primary traits, it is broken down into twelve dimensions that describe various combinations of these traits (e.g., Dominant/Influence (DI), Dominant (D), Dominant/Compliance (DC)). These combinations provide insights into our behavior and help us to understand how we present ourselves to the world.

Here is a brief description of the four primary traits:

Dominance: Direct. Decisive. High Ego Strength. Problem Solver. Risk Taker. Self Starter.

Influence: Enthusiastic. Trusting; Optimistic. Persuasive. Talkative. Impulsive. Emotional.

Steadiness: Good listener. Team player. Possessive. Steady. Predictable. Understanding. Friendly.

Compliance: Accurate; analytical. Conscientious; careful. Fact-finder; precise. High standards; systematic.


About the MAKE IT Podcast

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