Summary: In The City Confessions, host and Native New Yorker Mariann Yip leads an ongoing, causal and raw discussion with real people living in the city to share and laugh about their highs and most importantly their lows. She invites guests to open up about what they’re really going through on a daily basis, what the city has taught them, and ultimately gives them a platform to talk about what’s on their mind and what keeps them up at night. Support this podcast:

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 Ep 82: Naomi Sebu- Brand Consultant/ Vintage Stylist - How She Got into Fashion - Career Journey and Best Highlights - Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Lessons - Vintage Shopping Tips | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3781

Today's guest is Naomi Sebu, a brand consultant and vintage stylist who has worked with the biggest fashion brands and celebrities in the industry.  While attending University, she undertook an internship at Anna Sui, that forever changed her life. She took a leap of faith, moved from Toronto Canada to NYC in order to pursue her hopes and dreams. Not knowing what the future would hold, it has certainly been quite a ride thus far! She has worked in start-ups to corporate entities, all categories in B2B and B2C; from high-end to niche retailers, from Bergdorf Goodman all the way to Walmart. In 2014, she decided it was the right time to start her own consulting business.  She has an impressive brand list and has launched successful brands for Serena Williams, Norma Kamali, Twiggy and Bibhu Mohapatra to name a few.  In this episode, Naomi recounts her extensive career journey and explains how she got into fashion. She also talks about the pivotal moment in her career that changed the trajectory of her life and what she's learned from her past challenges and struggles. As a vintage lover, Naomi shares vintage shopping tips for those who are new or interested in vintage and is actually starting her own vintage business. Make sure to follow Naomi for her daily inspo, her passions, personal and professional highlights as well as her upcoming soft launch of her Vintage E-com site coming early 2021. You can follow Naomi on Instagram @naomisebu. Her Vintage e-com is called VintagentheCity can be found on Any questions regarding this episode can be directed to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 81: Dayna and Brian Lee- Power Couple Behind Arts and Food NYC Blog - Founders of AF Creative Media - Recounting their Real Love Story - Lessons Working and Living Together | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3108

In this episode, we are joined by Dayna and Brian Lee, the power couple behind Arts and Food NYC Blog and Instagram where they share their journey as millennial producers and avid foodies navigating their way through the Big Apple. They are also the founders of AF Creative Media, which is a tony award winning production company. With a focus on developing new work, their mission is to bring new audiences to the theatre through innovative and imaginative storytelling. Broadway: Moulin Rouge, Company, Angels in America (Tony Award for Best Revival of A Play). Off-Broadway: People, Places and Things. They are currently developing several new projects for the stage including: Nowhere Boy (with Robyn Goodman/Josh Fiedler/Aged in Wood) based on the 2009 film about John Lennon’s adolescence, Mandela (in partnership with the Mandela Family) based on the life of Nelson Mandela, The Provider written by the Executive Producer of Showtime’s Billions, Adam R. Perlman, the Broadway premiere of Cheryl West’s Jar The Floor and several more. They are currently developing Broad Influence which aims to bring new audiences to the theatre through targeted influencer marketing. Originally from Toronto, Dayna and Brian Lee recount their real love story of how they met and how they fell in love. As husband and wife who live and work together as content creators and broadway producers, they open up about the lessons they've learned from their relationship and how they are growing and evolving together. We talk about their past stand out experiences with NYC, the power of social media and the positive outcomes from the platform, the definition of success and happiness and Thanksgiving tips to help you get through this upcoming holiday. You can follow their journey on their Instagram @artsandfood_nyc and feel free to also check out their blog for recipes and restaurant reviews and their production company If you have any questions regarding this episode, please email and if you'd like to show your support for this podcast directly, you can contribute by selecting support on  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 80: Carolyn Yachanin - Founder of Copina Co - Drinkable Collagen Boost Blends- Why She Started Her Own Business - Relationship with Stress - How She Built Confidence and Inner Health | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2713

Today's guest is Carolyn Yachanin, the founder of Copina Co, which is a wellness company that offers drinkable collage boost blends that are vegan, delicious, and great for your body, hair and skin.  Copina Co. was born out of Carolyn's personal experience with healing cystic acne scars and gut health issues through holistic medicine. In this episode, Carolyn explains why she started her own business and why her company's core belief is that you’re at your most beautiful when you feel good and are happy in your own skin. As an entrepreneur who just launched her company in February 2020, Carolyn understands that growing a business is a journey. We explore topics in depth including her relationship with stress, her willingness to put herself in uncomfortable situations, her definition of success and happiness and much more! You can find Carolyn on Instagram @carolynyachanin and be sure to follow @copinaco and please support her business at  Feel free to direct any questions regarding this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 79: Shaynon Gramling - Licensed Real Estate Agent in NYC - How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market - Building Confidence and Work Ethic in NYC | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2782

This week guest is Shaynon Gramling, a licensed real estate agent in NYC. Shaynon Gramling specializes in the sale of commercial and residential real estate in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mr. Gramling began his career at the end of 2013 after graduating from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. He has gained experience in both real estate sales, as well as property management, including at the world-iconic Empire State Building. Understanding that real estate is a relationship-driven business, Mr. Gramling takes a genuine approach, building life-long friendships with property owners, sellers, buyers and renters. Mr. Gramling combines his extensive market knowledge with innovative technology in order to provide his clients with the most up-to-date and accurate information, in the most efficient way possible. This allows his clients to make informed decisions regarding their assets. Mr. Gramling is also an expert in using social media for real estate. He has found a way to reach people all over the world and has built up a large following, giving his clients another tool to give their properties maximum exposure during the marketing process. Mr. Gramling also operates with a high level of customer service, treating his clients with the utmost respect and communicating regularly and professionally. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York in a city called Geneva, Shaynon has a diverse background. While studying at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Shaynon traveled and studied abroad in the UK, Spain and France. Mr. Gramling currently resides in Downtown Jersey City, NJ. In this episode, Shaynon opens up about his methods and strategies on how to stand out as a real estate agent especially in a competitive market in NYC. Shaynon also talks about his upbringing and how his family has played a huge role in who he is today. He opens up about a financial struggle that not many people know about. Feel free to connect with Shaynon Grambling on his social platforms below: Youtube: Instagram: Compass Profile: Feel free to direct any questions, comments or feedback regarding this episode to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 78: Aaron Ho- Founder of Sour Mouse NYC - Lower of East Side Roots - Power of Community - Passion for Connections and Giving Back - Struggles with Running a Business During a Pandemic | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2531

Today's guest is Aaron Ho, the founder of Sour Mouse NYC, which is a game hall nestled in the Lower East Side that seeks to build community for artists. Aaron is a full time professor and entrepreneur and values giving back to his community and making a positive difference.  With a humble upbringing and being raised by supportive immigrant parents, Aaron explains his work ethic and love for helping others. His first business was Black Cat, which is an espresso bar in the Lower East Side. From the very beginning, Aaron has always had an interest in creating a space for people to come together. Sour Mouse aims to do the same. Aaron opens up about how this business idea started, the realities of being an entrepreneur and the honest struggles that comes with being a business owner, especially during these unprecedented times.  It would be greatly appreciate it if you guys can follow @sourmousenyc on Instagram and support this local business whose main mission is to simply create a space where people can come together and have fun. If you are also in NYC, feel free to visit Sour Mouse at 100 Delancey Street. Operating hours: Monday - Friday, 4:00 pm - 12:00 midnight Saturday & Sunday, 3:00 pm - 12 midnight. Please also direct any questions, comments or feedback regarding this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 77: Alejandra Ortiz & Caitlin Clarke, CoFounders of My faros (on demand text concierge design for your social life) - Going into Business with Your Best Friend - Setting Boundaries - Dating in NYC | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3298

In today's episode, we are joined by Alejandra Ortiz & Caitlin Clarke, the CoFounders of My Faros, an on demand text concierge design for your social life. Both Alejandra and Caitlin give us background on how they met and how the idea of My Faros came to be. They acknowledge that their decision to go into business as best friends was a tough and risky decision, but explain how they ultimately decided to take the plunge. We dig deeper on how they are balancing and navigating their work and friendship relationship and talk about the importance and role of communication, setting boundaries, and creating worst case scenarios for their business. In the later half of the episode, we also talk about how they both define success and happiness, what My Faros means to them and confessions relating to dating in New York City. Feel free to connect with both ladies on Instagram as well as Faros:  *You can all sign-up at and if you use 'Mariann' or 'City Confessions' in the referral box, you can skip the wait list and receive a text with access to a free trial! Should you have any questions, feedback or comments regarding this episode, you can email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 76: Haley Hoffman Smith- Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author- How She Got into Public Speaking - Passion for Inspiring Female Founders to go After Their Big Idea - Power of Affirmations | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2393

Today's guest is Haley Hoffman Smith, a professional speaker who was recently named one of today’s most influential speakers by Forbes. With a TikTok community of over 140K+ strong, she is passionate about helping others bring their ‘pipe dreams’ to reality. She is the author of Her Big Idea, a book on creativity, ideation, and women's empowerment which named a must-read by the Tory Burch Foundation and Forbes. Haley graduated from Brown University in 2018, and stays close to campus with her Her Big Idea Fund in partnership with Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which awards grants to women who apply with BIG ideas. Haley has spoken at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, SoGal Ventures, and more, and coaches 1:1 to help ambitious women to manifest and create plans of attack for their dream lives. She lives in NYC, where she is a signed model and actress with MMG and the host of a podcast called Big Conversations. In this episode, Haley walks us through her journey of entrepreneurship and explains where her passion for helping others go after their dreams came from. She recalls her first public speech and how that has led her to become a motivational speaker. We also talk about the benefits of overcoming limiting beliefs, the power of affirmations and the subconscious mind, releasing expectations when starting a new idea and much more! Make sure you guys follow Haley on her social platforms below to be in the know of her future projects. Website | Instagram | Tik Tok Feel free to direct any questions, feedback or comments to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 75: Imad Jbara- Life and Dating Coach- How to Build Attraction - What Guys Want and Look For in Women - Dating Controversies- Common Dating Mistakes - Importance of Communication and Past Trauma | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3231

This week's episode is an exciting one as we are joined by Imad Jbara.  He is a relationship coach who started his coaching career at NYC Wing Woman, an esteemed relationship coaching agency based in New York City. He's been featured in wikiHow, Fox, CNN, NY Weekly, LA Wire, etc. After discovering that most of his clients’ obstacles stemmed from past trauma, Imad realized that the solution to becoming better at “dating” does not rely on learning techniques or methods but instead developing an understanding of oneself. Once he started focusing his work with his clients on healing their past wounds their success began to increase exponentially. After that discovery, Imad decided to start his own new venture and founded The Imperfect Suitor. With over 5 years of experience, Imad has serviced over 100+ clients, both men and women, ages 21 to 50, helping them achieve their personal goals in love and growth while enabling them to discover their ideal partner through customized coaching programs. His High Caliber Blueprint program has resulted in client marriages, long term relationships, and above all, improved interpersonal skills. In this episode, we talk about all things dating related ranging from Imad's dating style/ approach, dating controversies, the key to building attraction, the importance of communication, what guys want and look for in women, the common mistakes that people make when it comes to dating, the issue with dating apps and having so many options and much more! In the later half of the episode, Imad opens up about his own insecurities and how he found his purpose through a meditation retreat. He also reveals a confession that you guys don't want to miss!  You can connect with Imad on his platforms below: Website|  Instagram | TikTok Feel free to direct any questions, feedback or comments regarding this episode to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 74: Michelle Lam- Founder of Bklynnite Media - Starting her Own Social Media and PR Agency - Balancing Being a Mom and Entrepreneur- Power of Networking and Taking Risks | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2462

This episode features Michelle Lam, who is the founder of Bklynnite Media, a public relations and social media agency that caters to hospitality and lifestyle clients in NYC. Michelle started as a public relations associate in the financial services sector and after giving birth to her daughter, she decided to become a stay at home mom. With a soft spot for restaurants and hospitality due to her family's background as immigrants and owning restaurants, she decided to pursue a career in the digital marketing agency. Inspired to help others, Michelle launched Bklynnite Media in 2019 and gained clients through networking and taking risks. In this episode, Michelle opens up about the struggles with starting a business on her own while balancing being a mom and entrepreneur. She gives insight to her work ethic and gives credit to being inspired by her family's hustle as immigrants. Feel free to connect with Michelle on Instagram and sure to follow Bklynnite Media for their upcoming launches and projects. You can also email should you have any questions, comments or feedback.  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 73: Kaisha Huguley - NYC Based Actress and Educator- Quitting her Job to Pursue Her Dream - Experience with NYC and Auditions - Passion for Performance and Power of Ambition | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2717

This week's guest on The City Confessions features Kaisha Huguley, a New York based actress, entrepreneur, creative, educator, and activist. Kaisha is an example of someone who is living her dream. After working for the Department of State for 6 years, Kaisha decided to quit her job to pursue her dream of being on Broadway.  In this episode, Kaisha recounts her first audition process and how luck was on her side.  She explains how her drive and ambition has allowed her to remain positive and determined in the competitive space of musical theatre in NYC. She also gives advice for those who have a similar dream and reveals an unexpected confession in the end that you don't want to miss! You can find Kaisha on her social platforms below: Blog: Podcast: Instagram: @kaishacreates YouTube: Twitter: @kaishacreates Feel free to also direct any questions or feedback to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 72: Anneliese Gartner - CEO and Founder of Creative Marketing Agency Apto Media - Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed - Entrepreneur Journey and Realities Working during a Pandemic | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2902

This week's episode features Anneliese Gartner, the CEO and Founder of Apto Media, which is a creative marketing agency based in NYC. Her main goal is to help businesses grow and succeed. In this episode, Anneliese gives suggestions for those who are interested in starting a business and the importance of building a network. She also shares that managing expectations with clients is a huge component in how she runs her business. As someone who has lived in several neighborhoods in New York City, Anneliese confesses that she has a love/ hate relationship with the city. She also reveals, like most of us, that she doesn't have it all figured out, but she is trying her best. Given the pandemic, Anneliese is also finding new ways to still work with clients whose budgets have been cut because her main passion is to help businesses grow. You can fine Anneliese on her social platforms below: Website: Apto Instagram: Anneliese Instagram: Sign Up for her newsletter: VIP Marketer Day: Feel free to direct any questions or comments regarding this episode to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 71: Dr. Jennifer Tsai- Manhattan Based Optometrist- Choosing to Share her Career on Social Media- Struggles and Excitement with Opening a Business During Pandemic - Passion for Serving Others | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2521

Today's guest is Dr. Jennifer Tsai, a Manhattan optometrist, entrepreneur, and influencer/model in New York City. She is the founder of Carrot Eyewear, a trendy but affordable blue-filter computer eyewear line and also recently opened LINE OF SIGHT, a modern eyecare and wellness studio in Hudson Yards. Dr. Jennifer Tsai walks us through how she her positive and personal experience with eye-care in addition to her passion for helping others led her to a career path in optometry. Originally showcasing only her travels on her Instagram account, Jennifer made a conscious decision to include her career on her page, which was not an easy decision. However, it has proved to be a great move as she found it beneficial to launch her business. Jennifer talks about her strengths with time management and finding balance in her life as she juggles being an optometrist, a business woman and a public figure. This episode ends with some helpful tips on how to take care of your eyes and of course a confession that I'm sure many of us have ourselves, so you don't want to miss out on knowing what that is! Feel free to follow Dr. Jennifer Tsai on Instagram and all of her social links can be found below: Dr. Jennifer Tsai | Carrot Eyewear | Light of Sight Vision  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 70: Thomas C. Knox - Master Connection Curator and Social Entrepreneur from Brooklyn - Why he values Meaningful Connections and Communication - How He's Making a Difference in The World | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2722

This week's episode features Thomas C Knox, a Master Connection Curator, Social Entrepreneur, and Thought Leader from Brooklyn, New York. His critically acclaimed movement, Date While You Wait puts a brilliant spin on connection and communication. He has received attention from the likes of CNN and the NY Times and is currently producing a television series. Thomas is deeply committed to developing strong communities and passionate about innovating ways to bring people from all walks of life. Thomas is also the owner of The Connection Collective and BeGreat Bow Ties. Both companies put a unique spin on creating meaningful connections.  In this episode, Thomas talks about his relationship with NYC, his love for the city, and his passion for telling stories and making an impact in people's lives. Thomas also opens about his upbringing in a foster home as a child and explains how his childhood taught him the value of brotherhood, unity and relationships. He also credits how his past has led him to his career path today as a connection curator and entrepreneur. Feel free to connect with Thomas on his social platforms, which can be found below: Thomas Knox: @TheConnectionCurator Date While You Wait - - @DateWhileYouWait The Connection Collective - Instagram: @TheConnectionCollective BeGreat Bow Ties - - Instagram: @BeGreatBowTies Feel free to email any feedback, questions or suggestions to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 69: Ekaterina Bykova- Boss Lady and Entrepreneur from Siberia - How She Started Her First Business in NYC - Journey and Mindset of Becoming an Entrepreneur | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2237

Today's guest features entrepreneur and boss lady, Ekaterina Bykova. As a ballroom dancer from Siberia, Ekaterina came here with the dream of becoming a business woman in NYC. After working for a big dance company for 2.5 years, she decided to open her own studio in Manhattan. With the support from her friends, Ekaterina was able to navigate through the first few years of operating her business. When her lease was up in Manhattan, she decided to open a new location in Hoboken, New Jersey, which proved to be a smart move as she saw her business thriving in the early years. As someone who has an entrepreneurial mindset, Ekaterina also found herself contributing to the beginning successes of Komnata Quest, which is an escape room business. Throughout her business journey and projects, Ekaterina has learned how to navigate through struggles and failures. She is currently now working on a new business in Miami that involves boat cruises. Feel free to follow Ekaterina on Instagram to keep up to date with all her business ventures. Feel free to email if you have any feedback or questions about this episode.  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 68: Sarah Nisbett- Self Taught Live Sketch Artist and Illustrator - Experience and Stories about Drawing People on NYC Subways - Love for Storytelling and Art | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2771

This episode features self taught live sketch artist and illustrator Sarah Nisbett, who loves to draw people, fashions, pets and animals that she encounters “on the way” and is the creative director behind Drawn on the Way. Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Sarah has a B.A. in art history from the University of Michigan and an M.M. in vocal performance, from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. She moved to New York to pursue music, and after a successful career as a professional opera singer, she decided to follow her other dream of working in advertising. Now on her third career, she continues to live in NYC where she draws people and writes for a living. In this episode, Sara talks about how she curiosity about people's stories sparked her to draw people on the NYC subway. She then realized that her art was being seen and received well on social media, so she was able to transform her hobby into a business. Due to the pandemic, Sarah also explains how she is using this time to shift her work and business to other mediums. She is a true believer in the "fake it till you make it" mentality and explains why her philosophy "you are a work of art" is such a core element of her work. All of Sarah's links can be found below: Drawn On The Way: Website: Instagram: Drawn On Your Day: Turn Your Vows Into A Work Of Art Website: Be The Change Fundraising Collection: And feel free to email any questions, comments or feedback about this episode to  --- Support this podcast:


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