Make New Mistakes

7: Faking It

Get ready for some singing and a hardcore lesson on how to act. Melissa asks Taekia to teach her how to keep her emotions in check, when it’s necessary. There are times when it behooves you not to cry out loud. Melissa and Taekia consider why it’s important to pay attention to what kind of...

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6: Regrets, We’ve Had a Few

First comes first: we’re back from a hiatus! We’ve been overjoyed to see your comments and questions, and can’t wait to keep digging into mistakes.   We have a listener question! They want us to talk about the nature of regret, as opposed to mistakes, in a few different contexts. Melissa and Taekia look back on...

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5: The Bro Mistake (or, “Zack with a K”)

This week, on Make New Mistakes, we welcome our first guest into our little corner office: Amanda McLoughlin, business and digital media extraordinaire. We’ve known Amanda since the beginning of LeakyCon, so we all spend some time talking about building our small businesses out of early Internet communities. For our question of the week, we...

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4: Don’t Read the Comments

This week, on Make New Mistakes, we issue a strong directive: for the sake of your sanity, don’t read the comments. Melissa and Taekia discuss what it’s like to provide a big service to so many people, and see your customers process it publicly on social media. We do know, however, that you will read...

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Melissa Anelli is the CEO of Mischief Management. She has been podcasting since 2005, when she and her friends started a little show about Harry Potter called PotterCast, which is now one of the longest running shows on the Web. Mischief Management runs fan conventions around the globe, including BroadwayCon, LeakyCon (about Harry Potter), Con of Thrones, and the new podcasting convention, PodX. Melissa is the New York Times bestselling author of Harry, A History: The true story of a boy wizard, his fans, and life inside the Harry Potter phenomenon, which featured a foreword from J.K. Rowling. She is a Webby Award-winning webmaster for her work on The Leaky Cauldron, and started her career as a daily newspaper reporter. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and super waggly dog, George.

Taekia Blackwell is the Chief Operating Officer of Mischief Management, which fosters fandom and celebrates community through unique fan experiences and awesome events like LeakyCon, BroadwayCon, Con of Thrones, and PodX. She also serves as President of the board of directors of the Harry Potter Alliance, the Dumbledore’s Army for the real world. Taekia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School of Management. She is a proud Ravenclaw and NYC resident, and is always willing to talk television, film, and fandom with anyone who will listen.