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S1:E4 - Cynthia Spirlin is In The Studio with Calamity Jane

In The Studio with Calamity Jane is a show highlighting the incredible women of Las Vegas!

This episode features Cynthia Spirlin, from Real Estate Divas in Las Vegas. Cynthia knows how difficult it is, as women, to create and hold on to wealth. Not just money, but creating a legacy of wealth to pass down to the next generation. Learn more about Cynthia and her journey in this episode.

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Hello, welcome to another episode of In The Studio With Calamity Jane. My name is Jodi, also known as Calamity Jane.

Our purpose with this series is to highlight amazing women in our community, and give them the spotlight for a moment.

Joining me today is Cynthia Spirlin. Hello Cynthia, welcome to the show.

[Cynthia]: Hello, Jodi, thank you for having me today.

Tell us a little bit about your work.

I work in the real estate industry. I've done that for many years now, and I love working with investors. My specialty right now is focusing on the 1031 exchange. It allows investors to defer taxes. And so I educate people in that area specifically now.

How did you come to start in this field?

When I was a kid, my parents got some property, and it really changed their lives, and they still have that property to this day, forty years later, so I'm really inspired by what they did in creating wealth for themselves, and I like to share that in my work now.

What is it that you love the most about your work?

I really love working with the women investors, so I'm excited to announce that I have a new group forming called, RED, Real Estate Divas. And it's to help women become more comfortable with the idea of investing in their first home, or a second, third or fourth.

And so we'll have ongoing training for women to buy their first home, and how that process works, onto going into investing and sharing that residual wealth with their family, and for generations to come, hopefully.

What piece of advice would you give a new entrepreneur who is just starting out?

I would say, don't be afraid. Take action, because the more you think about it, the more delays you put, and barriers you create for yourself. And then those obstacles become larger than life, in your head. And if you just take one small step each day toward your goal, you'll get there, better and faster than just thinking about it.


And now, the famous questionnaire that was asked for 26 years by the great Bernard Pivot and made famous on In The Actors Studio:


What is your favorite word?

Woohoo!! <laughter>

What is your least favorite word?

"I can't".

It creates barriers, it stops you from taking action, so like when my daughter was young, she'd say, "Mom, I have a problem." And I'd say, okay, bring me three solutions, and let's talk about those three solutions, but just saying "I can't," you're just stuck. It's like you're putting yourself in cement.

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, or spiritually?

Meditating, I love to meditate. And so spiritually it helps me connect with my higher self for intuition. Really listening to those moments of inspiration. That kind of give me great ideas, like for RED.

So what turns you off?

Complainers, people that say, "I can't". Yeah, just don't complain. Find answers, be creative.

What is your favorite curse word?

Oh, I don't have a favorite curse word. I don't curse, my daughter tells me it's okay to curse, but I'm just like, nah.

You know what I say, I'll say, for Pete's sake!

What sound or noise do you love?

I love the sound of silence.

My daughter, I talk about her all the time, sorry... but she loves music, so growing up we always had music playing around the house. And she'd say, Mom what do you want to hear? And I'd say, silence.

What sound or noise do you hate?

I hate the sound of the words, "I can't".

{Jodi}: I'm starting to get a theme here.


What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

I would love to be an artist and have a gallery, because in my spare time, to relax, I always have ideas, so to get out of my head, I'll paint. And I love to do abstract paintings, and so if I could make a living doing that, that would be heaven.

What profession would you not like to do, like ever?

Medical. When I was a kid I worked as a volunteer at the hospital and it was very sad, to see people suffering and going through the recovery phase. So I could never work in the medical field, but I really respect people that have that ability. And I'm thankful, because I've needed them from time to time, and so I'm grateful for them but I could never do that.

If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

When I arrive at the pearly gates, I hope to hear, "You're awesome".

[Jodi]: Thank you for being with us today, Cynthia.

[Cynthia]: Thank you, Jodi, I had a great time.

Thank you for watching. Join us for the next edition of In the Studio with Calamity Jane, where we put another amazing woman from Las Vegas in the spotlight.

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