Make New Mistakes

11: Meet the Team (Part 2)

Melissa and Taekia are excited to present the second part of our meet the team special! This week, we introduce you to our directors of talent, operations, and programming. They talk about solving nearly impossible puzzles, how to handle big problems on site, and self care in times of stress. As we said in the...

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10: Meet the Team (Part 1)

Happy 2020! For this special two-parter, we’re inviting you to meet the team at Mischief Management. They tell us about their biggest mistakes at work, and we promise this won’t be a part of their annual reviews. This week you’ll meet the directors of our communications, creative, and content departments; part two comes with our...

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9: Insert Motivational Motto Here

This week, Melissa and Taekia find their well of motivation for getting through the raggedy end of the year. A lot of our motivation comes from the amazing staff at Mischief. At this point in the year, we have to think about how to do work we really want to get done without being interrupted...

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8: This Episode is a Mistake

In an effort to reckon with this week’s topic of imposter syndrome, we present to you our UNEDITED audio of our recording. Anything could happen! We’ve got plenty of stories about  how it feels to doubt yourself, even if you have proven to yourself that you can do all the things (00:02:18). Imposter syndrome is...

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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.