How Shenae Grimes and AnnaLynne McCord Balance Being BFFs and Business Partners

August 11, 2021
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Going into business with a friend can be an incredible experience, but it can also be a real challenge. You need to ensure your values, goals, and work ethics align.

So, how do you make it work with your bestie? How do you maintain healthy boundaries between being friends and being business partners? How do you navigate creative differences and make sure both of your opinions are heard?

To talk about what it really takes to go into business with a friend, Jaclyn Johnson, founder and CEO of Create & Cultivate and host of the “WorkParty” podcast, chatted with Shenae Grimes and AnnaLynne McCord on this week’s episode of “WorkParty.” 

Although Shenae and AnnaLynne played fictional best friends on the CW show “90210,” today, they’re real-life besties and co-hosts of the podcast “Unzipped” where they talk about everything from friendship and parenting to pop culture and social issues.

On the “WorkParty” podcast, Jaclyn asked these BFFs turned business partners what it’s like to navigate the friend-business-partner relationship, why they decided to launch a podcast, and so much more. Listen to the full episode here.

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On starting a podcast together…

“We like people’s stories. We like having in-depth conversations. We like questioning ourselves, we like questioning other people, and we’re not afraid to quote-unquote go there.” — Shenae Grimes

On finding value outside of your career…

“You can be rich in life and not be the richest and most famous.” — Shenae Grimes

On being an advocate for children…

“I want to be a part of creating a world where we don’t see the number of child suicides that we’re seeing right now. For example, children as young as eight and nine years old, are killing themselves.” — AnnaLynne McCord

On prioritizing a career with work-life balance…

“Ultimately, what led me down wanting to get into the content creation thing and veer away from acting was the freedom to work from home, so that I could physically be present with my family instead of on a set for 16 hours a day.” — Shenae Grimes

On balancing friendship and business…

“This is business. If there’s a decision that needs to be made, this is not about your heart or your feelings, this is about money.” — AnnaLynne McCord

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