039: Give yourself a real shot at your crazy dream, Jen Briney of Congressional Dish

039: Give yourself a real shot at your crazy dream, Jen Briney of Congressional Dish

“Give yourself a real shot at the dream, go for it, and if you fail, fine, but at least you gave it a shot and you’re definitely going to learn something that will help.” ~Jennifer Briney

Create the thing YOU want to exist…

We’re switching gears just a bit on this episode — we are talking politics — I KNOW TABOO!!!

But don’t roll your eyes in disgust, frustration and overwhelm. You are going to LOVE this conversation with Jennifer Briney of Congressional Dish podcast.

I discovered Jennifer and her show earlier this year at Podfest in Florida where she was keynoting about how she funds her podcast, her production team and her life 100% through direct listener support  — no ads, no sponsors, no links to sign up for her XYZ course. Just straight up value for value between what she’s creating and the people who consume it.

You’ll get to hear about our mutually impostor-y experiences around Podfest, the awkwardness of asking for money, Jen’s huge leap of faith, and her take on what’s going on in government right now (without straight up ranting and bashing.)

Also…  we laugh a LOT in this episode. Who knew politics could be so funny? 

“I felt like one of those people that sits by the subway with a little cup in my hand being like, ‘Change sir?’ It was horrible!” ~Jen Briney, on the first episodes where she asked listeners for money

Connect with Jen…

Congressional Dish on Apple Podcasts

Support the show on Patreon
Show’s Twitter
Jen’s Twitter

Connect with Andrea…

Chicago Women’s Creative Collective

Resources & Links…

The Creative Impostor Magic page! Get a special gift from Andrea here.

Support the Creative Impostor…

Andrea’s Patreon Page — where you can support the show, get cool gifts from me and can become an active participant in the creative community!

Free Audio Book & 30 day trial membership with Audible.com (support The Creative Impostor when you sign up!)

“Vote! People have died for the right to vote — it’s the thing that makes us different from these countries we’re so afraid of… so to just throw it away? I can’t fathom that.” ~Jennifer Briney


Congressional Dish is different from the “political” shows you have seen on television and have heard on the radio. Congressional Dish is not owned by a big company. There are no screaming matches. There are no commercials. The listener-supported Congressional Dish podcast is a show about the Congress and Jennifer Briney, the host, reads the bills that they pass.

If you are an American, you are your Representative’s boss and this show will help you judge their job performance. Using the information from Congressional Dish, you can decide if their actions represent you and choose whether to re-hire or fire them. This show makes your job easy, explaining complicated legislation in a way anyone can understand and exposing Representatives who accept legal bribes (“campaign contributions”) from industries that benefit from their bills. Congressional Dish will introduce you to the people using and misusing your government, and you may even laugh a few times along the way.


Host of Congressional Dish

Host of Congressional Dish

Hi. I’m Jen Briney. I’m the host of Congressional Dish.

My husband and I currently live in Walnut Creek, CA but I was raised and went to school in Southern California. I have a degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University. Congressional Dish is my full time job.

I have no affiliation with anyone with power in Washington D.C., any political party, or any political organization. I was a registered Republican in 2000 (before I knew anything about politics), a registered Independent in 2004 (before I knew that was a political party), and I’m now registered as “unenrolled”.

In December of 2010, I saw Tom Cole (R-OK) on C-SPAN successfully attach an amendment protecting secret campaign contributions into a government funding bill; that’s when I started reading the Congressional Record. After reading the bills, I realized that there is a lot of important news inside of them that is going uncovered. A year later, after teaching myself how to create a website and a podcast, Congressional Dish was born.

Want to know more? Listen to the podcast. Follow me on Twitter. Contact me. Ask.

Thanks for listening :)

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“I created the thing that I wanted to exist… If you want something bad enough, chances are someone else wants it too. They might not know it yet, but when they find out about it, they’ll be happy that it’s there.” ~Jennifer Briney


This episode was mixed by Edwin R. Ruiz of Mondo Machine.
The Creative Impostor theme music was created by JoVia Armstrong.

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