Judi Holler is a professionally trained improviser and alumni of The Second City conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Judi started working in the hospitality industry at the age of thirteen and has spent the last fifteen years working in the convention + meetings industry, specializing in sales + marking for companies like Marriott, Omni, and Starwood Hotels before starting her company, HOLLA! Productions in 2013. Judi is a past president of Meeting Professionals International, Chicago Area Chapter, and was named one of the 40 under 40 in the meetings industry by Connect magazine in 2015. Judi was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent ten years living in Chicago, studying improv by night and growing her career by day.
"Fear can be your best friend, and this book will be too. Judi's
advice is relevant, relatable, and--most
-Mel Robbins, author of the International Bestseller 5-Second Rule
"Judi combines her passions for improv, personal branding,
and encouragement to create one of the most light-hearted
manifestos ever written about embracing fear and building
confidence. If you've ever second-guessed yourself, experienced
impostor syndrome, or frozen in the moment (and let's face it, who
hasn't?) this book is for you."
-Josh Miles, Host of Obsessed With Design, and author of Bold Brand 2.0: How to Leverage Brand Strategy to Reposition, Differentiate, and Market Your Professional Services Firm
"Fear is My Homeboy is a fun, motivating, and inspiring
read! Judi Holler does an amazing job of empowering readers to face
their fears in order to succeed. If you're feeling stuck in
business or life, this is the book for you."
-Pat Obuchowski, Founder of inVisionaria, author of Gutsy Women Win
"As the majority of regrets in life revolve completely
around fear, Judi has made a tremendous impact using the ideas in
this book to teach our sales teams on how to push through their
fear so they can perform at a higher level. Fear Is My Homeboy is
not just a title of her book, but the code on how she lives her
life and inspires others. This book can such an important part of
each person's personal journey!"
-Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International
"Trained in improvisation-the least scripted and thus most
intimidating of theatrical forms-Judi Holler helps readers take the
everyday phobias that normally poison personal and professional
performance and instead turn them into motivating forces for
-James H. Gilmore, author of The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage and Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills
"Public speaking... starting a new job... getting married
or starting a new relationship... All of these are real fears and
significant hurdles in many of our lives. Fear is My Homeboy
attacks the issue of FEAR head-on and helps the reader understand
that fear can be your friend and one of the great motivators in
your life, if used the right way. Judi captures the essence of fear
and how to lean into it making this book a must read for the
business veteran and early career professional alike."
-David Peckinpaugh, President, Maritz Global Events
Fear is My Homeboy is a roadmap for anyone who has let fear, self-doubt, or insecurity stand in the way of designing a life they dream about. If you know you're meant for more, but not quite sure how to get out of your own way, do yourself a favor and pick up this book and let Judi light the path.
- Cara Alwill Leyba, Best-Selling Author and Master Life Coach