TLS #44 : The Art of Relaxation & Creativity with Jen Gotch (Ban.Do)


Today we’re having a fun chat with Jen Gotch, co-founder of the popular personality-filled accessory line,!

We’re talking about her extensive list of careers in traditional and non-traditional fields: from pre-law to being an extra on her favorite TV shows. — And how she eventually stumbled into the start of her very successful accessory line,

We’re also talking about her decision to sell her company, as well as her passion for the Art of Relaxation and keeping her creative muscles strong.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about Jen, strengthen their creative muscles, relax more, or hear from someone who has sold a business and become a creative director. 










  • The variety of traditional jobs (like law and teaching) that Jen went through before realizing she was a creative.
  • The mix of creative jobs Jen had including being an extra on TV, acting, and food styling.
  • How got started and why Jen now regrets naming the company
  • Why Jen and her partner chose to sell Bando, how she continues on in a new role, and why it was the best thing to happen for her and her partner.
  • Why Jen plans mostly for today and lives in the present moment.
  • What The Art of Relaxation means to Jen and how she makes time for the things that bring her joy and relaxation.
  • How Jen keeps her creative muscles strong.
  • How Jen strives for perfection without demanding it of herself or her staff.
  • What Jen would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




Roger Corman Studios

LA 411

My Polaroid Blog

Becoming a Foodie

Lifeguard Press

Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray

Facial Massage video

The Accidental Creative

Todd Henry’s Accidential Creative Podcast

Mindy Kaling’s autobiography, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Amy Pohler’s autobiography, Yes Please

Jen’s favorite solitaire app






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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Ashley

    I had no idea it was pronounced ‘Ban-doe’… I always thought it was ‘Ban-doo’, lol…

  2. Cindy Hasko

    I love your show Jess and the guest’s that you have. I am new to your site and listening to your show through the emails that I have been getting in my inbox. I have been listening to them while I cook dinner. I listened to your show for the first time 2 days ago. ‘Love it!! Great job!! So uplifting and sincere… and dinner is so much more fun to cook while I listen to your show. Yaaay! 🙂 LOVE, Cindy 😉 xo

    1. Jess Lively

      That is so wonderful to hear, Cindy! I’m so glad you’ve found the show and are enjoying the episodes so far. : ) Yay to more fun dinners!

      Jess! : )

  3. Whitney Arlene Crispell

    I really enjoyed this conversation, the first time I’ve ever listened to the podcast. Definitely going to download more of them! One quick thing though, the pace and/or editing of this episode seemed a little off. Maybe Jen just talks SUPER fast but I had to pause periodically because it seemed like there were no breaks or natural pauses in the conversation. If there were, I was wondering if they were edited out. Not a huge deal but I just wanted to let you know. Well done overall, really glad I found it 🙂

    1. Jess Lively

      I’m so glad you liked the show, Whitney!

      And thanks for the tip on the pace of the show. Overall, Jen did talk very fast and I’m not really able to naturally slow down the natural pace of her answers. But with that said, I can slow down the transitions between our voices a bit more before and after her answers / other guests’ going forward. : )

  4. Sweet & Spark

    As a business owner, I can relate to Jen a lot. I really love her advice about focusing and being in the present moment. I can’t wait to check out her book recommendation, The Accidental Creative. Thanks so much for continuing to feature such a mix of kick ass ladies!!

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