Book Review: Overlap by Sean McCabe

Overlap is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is working a full-time job and wanting to start their own business. Sean does a great job of recapping his overlap journey in the first chapter of the book. Part I focuses on finding your passion, Part II focuses on protecting your passion, Part III focuses on investing in your passion, Part IV talks about monetizing your passion and the final chapter focuses on marketing your passion.

For me this book came at the perfect time. I am working part-time and pursing finding it is what I want to do in the music industry. So far my journey in music has looked like this Drummer → Graphic Designer → Web Designer → Band Manager. I’ve also booked my fair share of shows for my own bands and have been the Promoter for some as well. I’ve had a number of people tell me I’d make a good Band Manager. I am going to keep exploring that this year. I intend to reach out to Band Managers I know and ask them for advice and feedback on how I can be the best Band Manager possible.

If you are looking for a book that can help you on your overlap journey this is going to be the best one you can find. Sean did an excellent job of breaking down the step you could take for making money with your passion and avoiding burn out. It was helpful to me that he covers getting your friends and family on board with your passion. Finding support from the people you care about most has a big impact on your life. Also as someone who struggles with pricing, the chapter focused on that was helpful as well.

Just dig into the book and you’ll find at least one thing that helps you on your overlap journey. It is available as an audiobook, eBook, and hardcover as well. I have more time to listen to a book than I do reading one—but like owning the book to reference later or let friends borrow. Start overlapping now!

If you like to hear my friend Deanna and I talk about the book check out this episode of Welcome to Geekdom.

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2017 Highlights

The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our bands dirty.
Garden Station, Dayton, OH

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite moments of 2017. It wasn’t the best year of my life, but it definitely taught me more about myself. I was able to do some things I didn’t think would happen, yet were made possible due to the help of my friends and family.

2 Years of Marriage

Abby and I · Photo by Michael Pelaez

Abby and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary this past September. This year we got to travel to Haiti, New Mexico, Florida, and Virginia together. Something we both want to do more in 2018 is to travel, if possible. This year hasn’t been the easiest but we definitely learned a lot about each other and have a deeper understanding of each other’s needs.

I am thankful to live in a bigger house in Dayton (10 minutes from downtown). We can do our laundry at home and have more room to have our own personal workspaces for school and creativity. We also acquired a 1982 Maytag Portable Dishwasher (they made things better back then) from our landlord that still works—it has been a game changer.

I love Abby and I know that this year we will be focusing on continuing to chip away at our goals. She’s continuing to focus on school. I’m continuing to focus on my career at Apple and working towards finding my place in the music industry. Who knows! We may get a chance to start a family this year. Until then our cats keep getting into enough trouble to keep us busy.

1 Year at Apple

Apple The Greene

I’ve worked for Apple a little over a year now. If you would have told me that in 2017 I would be working for one of my all time favorite brands I would have not believed you. Apple has been an amazing company to work for and since working there I’ve become more confident, knowledgeable, and have made some friends for life.

seanwes conference

I was on the fence about attending this conference. I almost had to sell my ticket due to a potential job offer. For better or worse, I wasn’t offered the job I was hoping for; so I attended the conference. It was my first time in Austin and my first time meeting many of the people the seanwes community in person. I had a blast at the conference and would attend in the future if Sean decides to put on another one.

Sean McCabe and I · Photo by Nicholas Doyle

I wanted to give a shout out to Sean McCabe for influencing me in such a positive way since discovering his podcast in 2013. It was a pleasure to finally meet him in person and get to tell him thank you. Through his podcast and amazing online community where like-minded people can meet, it taught me a lot about business, giving and receiving value, having a debt free lifestyle, and positive mindset.

Cinema Century

Cinema Century· Photo by Nicholas Depasquale

At the end of March, I helped debut Cinema Century. A project that I had been passionately working on with Jake Bryant and Grant Beaudry for a couple of years now. I helped coordinate music videos, photo shoots, and a handful of other tasks. Can you find me in the music video below?

I’m proud of everything we achieved this year. They found themselves on The Scene playlist on Spotify thanks to Allison Hagendorf. Being such a young band, it is essential to have such influential people on your side in order to help more people discover your band.

I don’t know what 2018 looks like for Cinema Century, but I imagine that they will be writing more music and playing more shows.

Wise Words

Wise Words · Photo by Ian Baldwin

On my birthday this year I started managing the band Wise Words. I had befriended them after working with many of them at Apple. I had always admired their live show, music and love them as people. I wanted to help them grow and was thankful when given the opportunity to manage them. This is the first band I have ever managed and I’ve loved every minute of it.

This year they released two singles “Neighbors” and “Burn”. They recorded the singles at Sonic Lounge in Columbus, OH and had TW Walsh master both songs. Music videos for both songs should be released later this month.

Grandpa Novak

Grandpa Novak · Photo by Ian Baldwin

This year we were fortunate to have my grandpa Novak living in Ohio. He was having some health issues, and with my grandma now deceased we wanted him to be close to family. It was incredible to have a year with him and celebrate Christmas with grandpa.

Unfortunately he passed away on December 26, 2017 (93 years old). I was thankful for the influence he had on my life.  He’s been a big inspiration for me for getting into photography and having a thirst for adventure. I always admired his photos and the excitement he had when exploring the world. He had such a kind and humble heart, which will live on in all of our family.

I’m thankful that he no longer has to be in pain and that he can be with Grandma Novak in heaven. Thank you for all the good memories. We love you both.


Les Cayes, Haiti · Photo by Ian Baldwin

Abby and I had the opportunity to go on our first missions trip this past year to Les Cayes, Haiti with Bethesda Evangelical Mission (BEM). It had been a dream of Abby’s since she was a little girl to go on a missions trip so I was thankful to go and be apart of fulfilling that dream for her.

Dex in Haiti · Photo by Ian Baldwin

My friend Dex was the one that encouraged us to come and helped us get everything we needed prior to the trip. He has such a big heart for the people of Haiti, which I got to see first hand when we were there. I’m thankful for him and the moments we shared together this year.


This year I did more photography than graphic design. I still love design and appreciate it, but I found myself needing to take a break from it. In 2018 I’m going to play more with my camera and see what I can do with photo and video. If you want to do a photo shoot at Dayton Studio Collective or outside in your city this year let me know and we can set something up.

Looking for photos to use in your next blog or social media post? Pick from photos I’ve posted to my Unsplash.


This year I was a guest on two podcasts—both Welcome to Geekdom episodes. I would be so happy to have my own podcast this year once I come up with a show that would be interesting enough for others to listen to. Until then I hope to at least be a guest on my friends’ shows. Deanna, from Welcome to Geekdom, and I should be talking about Overlap by Sean McCabe very soon on a new episode.

Check out what I had to say this past year on Welcome to Geekdom:

Episode 034: Twenty One Pilots

Episode 053: Freelance Work


I don’t have any extravagant goals for 2018. I am going to keep connecting bands with the right people and stay involved in helping grow the music community in Dayton.

If that is something that interests you too lets grab coffee and collaborate on a local show or something!

I’ll continue to use my camera and design skills to be creative, working on projects that get me excited with people that I believe in, and overall just seeing where my interests take me. I hope that we have a successful year and get to know each other better.

I’m going into 2018 more self-aware of what my needs are; specifically physical and metal heath in order to be of better service to others.

Cheers and Happy New Year!