More Than You See 2: 4.02 Processing Creative Career Grief with Laverne McKinnon 

 September 13, 2023

By  Deborah Lee Smith

I am ecstatic to have Laverne McKinnon on episode 2 of Season 4 of the More Than You See Podcast!

Laverne McKinnon is a multi-faceted, multi-hyphenate who is dedicated to helping people process grief around forms of loss that traditionally have less support and understanding in our society.

Formerly a development executive, Laverne is a writer, creative producer, career coach, and what she refers to as a “Grief Doula”, where she helps guide people through the grief that occurs after something has been taken away from them, specifically in relation to careers and creativity.

We also discuss how there is not much support for when you lose a job or have an unexpected change in your career. There are a lot of resources and compassion reserved for losing a pet, a loved one, or having a marriage end, but much less so for other massive changes in our lives.

Laverne and I have a fascinating conversation around feminism and the role of women in the entertainment industry, the ways that our voices have not been heard, and how that is slowly beginning to change.

Chatting with Laverne about her work and how she helps people process the day-to-day challenges associated with losing a part of their identity was both moving and inspiring!

If you would like to learn more about Laverne, you can visit her website and IMDb, both of which are linked below.

Laverne's Links:
Laverne's Website

Please Note: This was recorded during the SAG-AFTRA and WGA Strike. Any mention of a specific show or film associated with struck companies has been bleeped out or removed from the episode in solidarity with the strike.

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Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   

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