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Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every week, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!

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Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every week, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!

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It's always good for a little extra motivation

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Your Creative Push helps to give me a little extra motivation. Love it!

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Youngman, you are funny! Thank you for the Creative Push. We all need it!

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266 Ratings
Average Ratings

It's always good for a little extra motivation

By Abigailpdiddy - Jun 30 2017
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Your Creative Push helps to give me a little extra motivation. Love it!

Who doesn't need a push?

By Fit 2 Love JJ - Mar 08 2017
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Youngman, you are funny! Thank you for the Creative Push. We all need it!
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Your Creative Push

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Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every week, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!

Rank #1: 067: BEFRIEND your blocks so you can TRANSCEND them (Philip Ruddy Part 1)

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Philip Ruddy is a Los Angeles-based depth psychotherapist, who previously spent fifteen years as a writer, producer and development executive in Hollywood.   He now works with writers, artists and performers, helping them explore and transcend creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and the unique stressors of the film and television industry.  He can be reached via his website

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In this episode, Philip discusses:

-His journey getting to the point he is now as a depth psychotherapist.

-His explanation of what depth psychology is.

-How he is able to tap into his experience as a development executive, screenwriter, and a short story writer in order to understand what other creative people are going through.

-How writer's block is a personal thing that differs for every person that he works with.

-The notion of befriending your creative blocks.

-The idea of Active Imagination.

-How we imagine the harshest of critics will judge our work, but in reality, if someone doesn't like your work, they typically just move on.

-The traumatic effect that negative comments from teachers can have, especially at an early age.

-The importance of seeking out a tribe and a group of peers, and not necessarily rely on the influences that your school district had as art teachers.

-Creating a new persona.

-The interplay that happens between your persona and your "true self," both positive and negative.



"What's the personal myth that you are leading your life by?"

"Writer's block is something that you're probably going to wrestle with for many years to come if you don't make a decision to focus on it now and come up with some ways to navigate it."

"Befriend it so that you can transcend it."

"The idea is not just to exterminate this writer's block but to engage it in dialogue.  I actually mean that quite literally."

"Write out a dialogue with this writer's block and see what it has to say."

"Writer's block is often an unexpressed part of ourselves that wants to be heard, so if you actually give it some time and engage it, it will often tell you what it wants of you."

"We're often far worse critics than the real flesh-and-blood critics that we encounter."

"The first creative act is reinventing yourself.  Creating your new self as an artist."

"To reinvent ourselves, to become who we are destined to be, takes an incredible amount of strength."


Links mentioned:

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

"The Red Book" by Carl Jung

"Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up" by James Hollis

"An Evening with Ray Bradbury - 2001" (YouTube)

"The Hero's Journey... For Writers, Artists & Performers" (from Philip's blog)


Connect with Philip:

Website / Blog

Apr 13 2016



Rank #2: 110: WIN THE DAY with your creativity! (w/ Picolo)

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Picolo is a traditional and digital freelance illustrator based in Brazil.  He took the internet by storm with his 365 Days of Doodles project, in which he blessed the internet with a new complex and detailed drawing every day for a year.  He used that success to build an incredible following on DeviantArt, Instagram, & Facebook, where he continues to generously open up his sketchbook as well as his words of advice for defeating procrastination. 

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In this episode, Picolo discusses:

-His self-taught artistic past and how comics, anime, and manga.

-What inspired him to start his 365 Days of Doodles project in 2014.

-How being able to draw every day comes down to having the right mindset.

-How the first month of a long-term goal can often be the hardest one, but once you get past that initial period, it becomes much easier to do it every day.

-The first step is hardest for him is breaking the ice and sitting down to put them on paper.

-How you can start out with “doodles” and then get more complex as you continue to grow as an artist and challenge yourself.

-The power that comes from setting a longer-term goal with your art.

-How carrying a sketchbook can change your mindset, but also give you an opportunity to get all of your ideas down.

-How ideas might not make sense when you first put them in your sketchbook, but it is still important to get them down and flesh them out at a later time.

-What it’s like to have such a large following on Instagram.

-Why it’s important for him to continue create challenges and projects for himself and his fans.

-How he is always amazed by the amount of people that join his challenges.

-How he has defeated procrastination, but he still struggles with putting things down on paper and getting started.

-How he starts out by working on the things that are boring and mundane for him (like backgrounds), and then moving on to the fun things.

-His favorite drawings, “What I Think, What I Say,” and one of the first drawings of Icarus and the Sun.

Picolo's Final Push will teach you to find what inspires you and what triggers your own creativity. Quotes:

“I used to draw one drawing every month or so.”

“One of my new years resolutions was to draw every day of the year.”

“I think it’s about mindset.  I was always waiting for some inspiration to come.  For me, it was okay to draw only when I felt inspired.  And that’s not okay.  You can wait for a month.  You have to make it a part of your life.  That’s why I started drawing every day.”

“I felt strange if I didn’t draw something on a particular day.  It felt like it was a lost day.”

“What really helped me was committing to a long-term project.  It doesn’t have to be a year-long project.  A month is totally fine.”

“Sometimes it’s just a silly concept.  Just write it down and leave it there for a month or two, and then it comes back like a big masterpiece.”

“It’s important for me to learn, improve, and create something new in the process.”

“It’s so much fun to watch these kinds of challenges develop.  It always blows out of proportion.  I never expect the amount of people that join.”

“I try to tackle the most challenging stuff, the most boring stuff first when I’m at the peak of my energy.  Then, I move to stuff that I naturally love to do, and it’s easier that way.”

“Whenever I get this connection using my drawings, then I just won the day.”

“It doesn’t have to take long.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.  You just have to draw something.  Create something.”

“Don’t wait for some magic source of inspiration to come.  You have to chase after your own source of inspiration.  Art is all about self-knowledge, so it’s your job to find what inspires you and what triggers your own creativity.”

Links mentioned:

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman  2012 Commencement Speech "Make Good Art" (YouTube)

Amanda Palmer Commencement Speech "The Fraud Police" (YouTube)

Connect with Picolo:

DeviantArt / Patreon / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Jun 20 2016



Rank #3: 195: JUMP! Get in OVER YOUR HEAD (w/ Matt Kohr)

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Matt Kohr is a concept artist in the game industry and has worked at Motiga Games, Vicious Cycle Software, and Hi-Rez Studios.  He is also the creator of the digital painting resource

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In this episode, Matt discusses:

-How his path was much less linear than it might seem on paper, and more of jumping in and getting in over his head and figuring it out as he went.

-The idea of setting a major goal and working towards it every day, and then being okay if the goal changes over time.

-The difficulty that he sometimes has identifying as a teacher.

-The value of communication.

-How learning to digitally paint for beginners can be difficult even though there is a lot of free information and tutorials out there.  It’s a matter of where to start and in what order to consume things.

-Using your frustration for something that isn’t working as permission for you to do it yourself.

-How sometimes ignorance is bliss, and how sometimes it is better to not know how long and difficult a pursuit really will be.

-The approach that he takes with Ctrl+Paint to make the scary goal of learning to paint much more manageable for beginners.

-How beginner painters are in much more danger than intermediate painters.

-The idea of being working for someone else towards a goal that isn’t yours and that you don’t have complete control over.

-Maintaining focus on a central thesis that you set out for yourself and working towards it on a daily basis.

-Pewdiepie as an example of a rare case of personality overcoming an original thesis.

-His advice for people with no followers or few followers.

-The power in having a small, loyal following.

-The danger in using the amount of likes you get as a test for whether or not something was a terrible idea.

-His hesitancy to post his latest personal work online and why he chose to do it.

-Some of the day-to-day struggles of running Ctrl+Paint.

-How hard it is to start something and to get that momentum rolling.

Matt's Final Push will inspire you to just jump in and do it, even if you don’t have all the pieces lined up yet!   Quotes:

“It was really a series of me being overconfident and jumping into something, getting in over my head and then scrambling to make it work over and over and over.”

“Have one really strong goal and work towards it, but don’t expect to actually hit that precise thing.  Art is so unpredictable and things are changing.  It’s okay if that goal changes, because whatever it changes to could also be really exciting.”

“I’m not by any means the best painter, but I have been the most annoyed audience member.”

“That sense that something is wrong in the world and you could do it better is a really good feeling to act on.  Because you’ve got the taste.  Follow that hunch.”

“I think the beginner is in the most danger.”

“If you have a small audience that is dedicated to whatever you’re putting out into the world, you can totally make it work financially.”

“I think there really is something to having a vision and sticking to it and not overly relying on the popular feedback immediately.”

Links mentioned:



Connect with Matt:

Website / LinkedIn / Twitter / ArtStation

On the next episode:

Nicolás Uribe: Website / Instagram

Feb 13 2017



Rank #4: 269: Seek out those THIN SPACES (w/ Shayla Maddox)

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Shayla Maddox is an artist who uses Light as her medium, along with acrylic, sand, salt, crushed glass, sea shells, garnet, quartz, candle wax, and even cinnamon to create what she calls "light reactive paintings."  These paintings change appearance throughout the day, season, and year, and also react into the UV spectrum so that they continue to glow into the night.

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In this episode, Shayla discusses:

-How she decided to make one painting while she was an actress, and how she never looked back.

-Her decision to stop showing at traditional galleries and start throwing her own.

-Some of the things that surprised her when she decided to throw her own shows.

-Her advice for anyone thinking about throwing their own show.

-How she started with her “light reactive paintings.”

-How she is intentionally experimental in her art and always trying to find new materials and new ways to create in order to challenge herself and keep her feeling uncomfortable.

-Her interest in exploring the intersection between science and spirituality and “thin spaces.”

-Some of the frustrations that she encounters when trying to share her work on the internet.

-Her experience with Patreon and how it has encouraged and enabled her to communicate with her audience in a new way.

-The idea of throwing your hat over the fence and then figuring out how to get it.

-Her experience of becoming sick and taking a break from her art (and how she got through it).

-Attending Patrecon and what she learned there.

-The value in following people in other genres and other art forms and gaining inspiration from them.

Shayla's Final Push will inspire you to redefine your notion of success!   Quotes:

“I found that the shows that I was throwing for myself were far and away more successful than the shows that the galleries were throwing for me.”

“I loved being my own director and I loved being in charge of my creative vision for my own shows.”

“I’m intentionally experimental in my art and I don’t like to master anything.”

“Go completely nuts.  When you have that opportunity when nobody is watching you, you can do anything.”

“The difference between successful artists and unsuccessful artists is that the successful ones just keep going.  If you stop, you’ve guaranteed that you failed.”

Links mentioned:


The Long Game Part III: Painting in the Dark by Adam Westbrook

Gwenn Seemel on Your Creative Push

Connect with Shayla:

Website / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

Gwenn Seemel: Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Dec 11 2017

1hr 10mins


Rank #5: 335: How to become ADDICTED to your art (w/ Nick Runge)

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Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. Coming from a creative family of professional artists, he was always interested in drawing and imagining ideas visually. After working as an illustrator full time from 2004-2015 he shifted focus to more personal work using oils and watercolor.

As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to have a close balance with abstraction.

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In this episode, Nick discusses:

-Why he came back to drawing and painting.

-Balancing personal work vs. client/commission work.

-Finding a love for painting with oils and watercolor.

-The experience of making the movie poster for “The Death of Superman Lives.”

-His advice to become obsessed with things that you enjoy doing.

-His advice for selling your work on social media without feeling slimey.

-What a typical day looks like for him.

-The fear of showing old work or failures.

-Getting past ruts.

-The power of secret sketchbooks.

-Putting aside your five favorite pieces of art to open your mind to making new “favorites.”

-Dealing with shyness.

Nick's Final Push will inspire you to be impulsive and get moving this very second!   Quotes:

“You have to hold that initial excitement for art like a fuel through all of the tough times.”

“Drawing has felt like I’ve been cheating on normal life.  That’s why I love it.  It seems forbidden -- especially in America – to draw or create.  It’s seems great, but how do you make money at it?”

“If you find a specific painting or a subject matter that you really do just enjoy, maybe just obsess over it a little bit more.”

“I find that any time I think ‘I need money right now so I’m going to paint this thing,’ it almost never works.”

“If you want to paint or draw, do just a little bit every day and it really will get to be more of an addiction.”

Links mentioned:

“Start” – Nick's piece that was unfinished

Marie-Noelle Wurm on Your Creative Push Ep. 320

Watercolor Workshop in Seville Spain (May 16-19 2019)

NOH/WAVE course

Alatar on Your Creative Push Ep. 232

Alatar on Your Creative Push Ep. 296

Connect with Nick:

Website / Shop / Instagram

On the next episode:

Alatar : Newgrounds / Podcast / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

May 08 2019



Rank #6: 318: Your KICK IN THE CREATIVES! (w/ Sandra Busby & Tara Roskell)

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Sandra Busby is a still life artist who paints in a contemporary style using traditional methods.  Inspired by the ordinary, she strives to capture the playful light in glass and other still life with her paints.

Tara has been in the Graphic Design industry for over 20 years and is the creator of the hugely popular blog, ‘The Idea Medic’. She also has a design website where you can see an abundance of her quirky creations.

They came together to create Kick in the Creatives, a website, podcast and community where you can find an abundance of existing online creative challenges all under one umbrella and with some brand new ones added to the mix.

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In this episode, Sandra & Tara discuss:

-What Kick in the Creatives is all about.

-What it was like to meet in person for the first time.

-Learning some of their resistances such as imposter syndrome.

-Finding ways to detach yourself from your work.

-How to handle the insecurities that arise from listening to your own recorded voice.

-What they’ve learned from the members of their community via the challenges and discussions.

-The encouragement that is rampant in their Facebook group.

-What they learned from the challenges that they participated in (and the children’s book that came out of it).

-Getting past the fear of drawing in public.

-Some of their upcoming challenges, including Art Journal January, Aqua January, February Fables, Five Minute March, Cartoon in June, April Poetry, and Early Rise August.

-Overworking your sketches because you love the process of drawing so much.

-What it was like to interview some of their creative heroes.

-The lessons they learned from Danny Gregory, Jon Burgerman, Joanna Penn, Tracey Fletcher King and Callum Stephen.

-What they learned from Jake Parker about deep and shallow creative blocks.

-Getting past imposter syndrome.

-Finding comfort in the fact that all creative people go through the same struggles as them.

-Some of the various ways in which the members of their community have collaborated and helped one another.

Sandra & Tara's Final Push will remind you that five or ten minutes is enough time to be creative, so JUST START!  Quotes from Sandra:

“I don’t think either of us knew how much work it would be, but definitely worth it.”

“We were standing in front of everyone in that museum and somehow it cured me there and then of that fear of drawing in public.”

“I think the reason that I take so much time drawing is because I love that process so much that I actually don’t want it to end.”

“This whole Kick in the Creatives thing is all about trying to form a creative habit.  It does take time, but you do get there eventually.”

“Just start.  Every day that you don’t start is a day further away from getting to where you want to be.”

Quotes from Tara:

“Unless you try it, you don’t know if you’re good or not at that thing, even if it takes you a little while to learn it.”

“It’s like writing.  If you just throw in your first draft without editing as you go, it just gets out there on the page.  It’s the same with drawing quickly.”

“It’s not just about the challenges.  It’s about all these people coming together.  There are definitely friendships being formed in our group.”

“Nobody really knows and nobody should discount you or tell you that you can’t do something.”

“Even five to ten minutes is enough to do something creative.  Don’t waste those small moments just because you think that you don’t have time.”

Links mentioned:

Kick in the Creatives

Facebook group

Danny Gregory on KITC

Tracey Fletcher King on KITC

Jake Parker on KITC

Joanna Penn on KITC

Callum Stephen on KITC

Connect with Sandra:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Connect with Tara:

Website / Podcast / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

John Guydo: Instagram / Big Cartel

Join the discussion in the Your Creative Push Facebook group!

Dec 31 2018

1hr 17mins


Rank #7: 261: Escape the golden handcuffs of a job you hate (w/ Joanna Penn)

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Joanna Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author who has written 23 books and sold over 500,000 books in 84 countries and 5 languages.  She is an independent (indie) author who also runs a small press, Curl Up Press, with her husband.

She also writes non-fiction for authors and is the creator of The Creative Penn, which offers information and inspiration on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and how to make a living with your writing through articles, podcast episodes, videos, books and courses.

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In this episode, Joanna discusses:

-How she felt spiritually empty and creatively dead from her job, yet stuck in the “golden handcuffs” of a job that pays the bills.

-The importance of taking action after you have determined what you want out of life.

-Determining the things that you are going to give up in order to achieve your dreams.

-The experience of writing her first book.

-How she used to think that the only thing worth writing was something that would win an award.

-Doing NaNoWriMo for the first time and how it changed her life.

-Her take on getting ideas.

-Her advice for anyone who is considering doing NaNoWriMo.

-How something good can come out of a writing challenge, even if you fall short of your initial goal.

-Being able to meet other people who are doing NaNoWriMo.

-Some of the struggles she initially had with dictation and her advice for writers who want to try it.

-How your first draft is like producing a block of marble, and the later drafts allow you to chisel away at it to make a sculpture.

-Self-censorship and fear of judgment.

Joanna's Final Push will make you realize how much time you might have wasted and get moving in order to achieve your dreams!   Quotes:

“If you set your mind to it and then take action, you can live the life of your dreams.”

“There are lots of ways to get information and ideas.  You just have to tune into the things that are most interesting to you.”

“The temptation for creative people is to do those practical things.  It’s much easier to maintain your website or blog or do social media than it is to sit down and do something new.”

“Take that creative push and go create!  Make the time and do it because you can absolutely change your life.”

Links mentioned:

On Writing My First Novel -- The Creative Penn


Dragon Dictation

Connect with Joanna:

Website / The Creative Penn / Books / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

Carrie Waller : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Oct 23 2017



Rank #8: 039: Don't get it drawn, get it DOODLED (w/ Martin Aveling)

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Martin is an English artist with an African heart. Born into a family of zoologists in 1982, he grew up amidst forest and savannah creatures of central and eastern Africa. He has held successful solo exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States and has exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the David Shepherd Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year event. A driving force for Martin's work is his commitment to conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and through his art he continues to support the work of selected wildlife charities.

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In this episode, Martin discusses:

-His upbringing in Africa, how his parents were young zoologists, and what that meant for his life.

-Why he draws detailed portraits of the animals on very clear white backgrounds, so that it doesn't detract from the animal.

-How he became obsessed with detail but tried to hone that throughout his career.

-How he likes to play around with composition, and push the boundaries with negative space, as it helps to engage the viewer.

-His ability to not just draw animals, but to draw animals in a moment in time, and how long that took him to figure out.

-How he was most creative when he was younger because he just dove into it without thinking.

-His advice for people who might be discouraged by their gap in skill in comparison to his.

-The importance of doing art because you enjoy it, and not comparing yourself to other people or worrying about what other people think.

-How to deal with fear.

-How mistakes are good and help you to evolve.

-His charity work for wildlife conservation.

Martin's Final Push will inspire you to put in the time and GET IT DOODLED!

"It wasn't until much later on in life that I realized just how privileged I was to spend time amongst those animals."

"They are the stars of the show.  It's the animals.  It's not me.  My first passion was wildlife, and then I discovered I could draw them."

"I like to push the boundaries with negative space.  That helps to engage the viewer more."

"If you try to use the negative space in a creative way, it invites people to engage with it more and be a part of creating that environment in which it is sitting."

"It's all about the hours that you put in.  You do improve even if you're not seeing it real time."

"I always start at the eye.  It's the window to the soul.  It's where all the emotion is conveyed."

"It's not just for me, the art.  It's for everyone."

"You put the time in, and you will improve."

"Don't compare yourself to people.  If you enjoy drawing, you just just be drawing and not be worrying too much about what other people are thinking.

"There's nothing really to be scared of.  You love doing it, so just do it."

"You sleep better at night if you've done something a little bit creative during the day.

Connect with Martin:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Mar 04 2016



Rank #9: 069: Work twice as hard and worry half as much (w/ Andrew Salgado)

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Andrew Salgado is a Canadian figurative painter who lives and works in London and has exhibited his work around the world.  His paintings are large-scale and incorporate elements of abstraction and symbolic meaning.  He is featured in books, is the subject of a documentary (Storytelling), and his work will be displayed at his latest exhibit, The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight, which will be in New York City from May 7-28.

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In this episode, Andrew discusses:

-How he fell victim to the clutches of London.

-How he incorporates things around his studio and from his life into his artwork and anything that is around him is "fair game."

-How he approaches his paintings in a fluid fashion and being as flexible as possible.

-The importance of having fun when you paint and to enjoy the creative process.

-The dangers that can come when you try to emulate your favorite artists too closely and how it can start holding back your personal style.

-The fact that art is a marathon not a sprint and how young artists expect too much too soon.

-How every artist's definition of success is different and what his personal idea of success is.

-How money, or the promise of money, almost always affects an artist's creativity.

-The idea of a debut being an experience in which you reveal your art for the first time.

-The power that comes from seeing art in person.

-How he has a trusted few people that he will show his work to, because otherwise too many opinions can derail his creative process and make him think too much.

-How attempting to make the perfect piece of art is a beautiful thing to do, despite it being a futile pursuit of perfection.

-Bjork as an artist.

-The significance of the title of his latest gallery, The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight.

-The power of social media, but the disservice that it does for viewing art.

-How figurative painters are treated as though they haven't evolved to a higher understanding of aesthetics like abstract painters do, and how angry it makes him.

-How the beauty of art happens when you really push yourself outside of what is comfortable.

Andrew's Final Push will inspire you to work twice as hard and worry half as much!

"I think of myself as a scientist tinkering about in a laboratory."

"If it's in the studio, it's fair game and it can end up in a painting or it can end up inspiring a painting."

"I let the paintings take me on a ride as opposed to getting frustrated when they aren't going the way I want them to go."

"As soon as I started letting the paintings tell me what direction they wanted to go, I became stronger."

"Whatever you need to do to make yourself a stronger artist -- go for it."

"The more we experiment and nurture our processes and don't feel bad about our processes, we can reach higher levels of painterly transcendence."

"Art is about process, and it is a lifelong process."

"People can make casual comments that can really unhinge the creative process."

"As artist, we totally know when that painting isn't sitting right."

"What I am trying to do with my work is learn how to reevaluate the figure through the language of abstraction."

"I'm trying to make my works challenging for myself to create them and I'm trying to make my works challenging for my viewer to receive them."

"If you think you know what you're doing with too much conviction, you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough."

Links mentioned:

The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight (Andrew's exhibition)

Fantasy of Representation

Bjork on Song Exploder

Connect with Andrew:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter /

Apr 15 2016



Rank #10: 117: Use ATTAINABLE GOALS to find your own way (w/ Lois van Baarle aka Loish)

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Lois van Baarle is a freelance illustrator and animator living in Utrecht (the Netherlands).  She has lived all over the world, including the United States, Indonesia, France, and Belgium.  She is widely known online as Loish, and has become a sensation in the digital art world.  Her first published collection of her works is called “The Art of Loish” and was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2 hours.

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In this episode, Lois discusses:

-What it was like to sell out her Kickstarter campaign in such a short period of time.

-What the positive feedback and the support of her fans means to her.

-One of her early memories of drawing in kindergarten, and an important lesson that she learned as a result.

-Manipulating your lucky mistakes in your favor.

-The notion of getting distance from your work and also sharing it out into the world.

-How some of the pieces that she thinks will do the best end up not receiving as much attention and vice versa.

-Her repetitive strain injury -- how it affected her life and how she deals with it moving forward.

-Her advice for people to avoid a repetitive strain injury.

-Her first year of animation college and how it was one of the darkest times of her life (and what she learned from it).

-The connections that you can make on the internet and how those connections can sometimes change your life.

-The value of making attainable goals and not putting too much pressure on yourself for amazing end results.

-How and why she started her mini-tutorials.

-Her formula for balancing her time.

-How you need to have a good read on yourself and how much time you are spending on a particular project or portion of a project and have the wherewithal to call it quits and save the rest for tomorrow if you aren't putting in your best work.

-The freedom that her art and creativity has brought to her life.

-Some of her varied inspirations, including Alphonse Mucha, Grimes, and The Wire.

Lois's Final Push will inspire you to find your own way of doing things.   Quotes:

"If you like to draw rough and you like to sketch, you get a lot of lucky mistakes."

"It's not just skill.  It's also how you present your work and talk about your work that adds to your creativity."

"Taking it away from my computer and putting it into the world always helps me contextualize what I do and to see what it means to others and understand how that work is received outside of my own little bubble."

"I've actually learned to turn off that part of my brain to not think too much about how something will be received because you never really know."

"What I would tell myself if I could go back in time is to just not draw for really really long periods of time in a stressed-out manner."

"Sometimes it's better to just not meet that deadline if it means your mental or physical health."

"Drawing is just like everything I do -- I didn't even realize how important it was to me until I had to stop doing it."

"I really felt like I had nothing to say artistically, because I just didn't fit what the teachers wanted.  I felt like my ideas were useless."

"If you have attainable goals then you can really start enjoying what you do.  Just enjoying the feeling of being in a creative flow."

"If you say 'I'm going to sketch for an hour,' that's attainable.  You're not saying what you're going to sketch.  You're not saying how good your sketches have to be.  You're just saying that it's going to be for an hour."

"When you're just practicing, you don't know where it's going to lead and you shouldn't think too much about where it's going to lead.  You should just be in the moment."

"My work has become a way for me to express myself and I feel so lucky to be able to do that as my job."

"There was a certain level of self-acceptance needed for me to understand what was right for me."

"Everybody's got their own way.  And I think if you search for your own way and you eventually find it, you get so much fulfillment out of it."

Links mentioned:

Lois's book

Alphonse Mucha


The Wire

Connect with Lois:

Website / Facebook / DeviantArt / Instagram / Twitter

Jul 06 2016



Rank #11: 062: Your art is your SANCTUARY so go and RELAX! (w/ Mattias Adolfsson)

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Mattias is an incredible artist and illustrator from Sweden whose drawings feature infectious characters, fantastical worlds, sci-fi elements, and gentle, pleasing colors.  His work has been seen in the New York Times, The Onion, and Spotify, just to name a few.  He has released 4 personal books, and his book “The second in line, from the sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson won “Most beautiful Swedish book” in 2014, as well as several other awards.

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In this episode, Mattias discusses:

-His initial journey in the workforce as he discovered what his true artistic passions were.

-How his body physically told him that he could not work at the video game company after only a few days of working there.

-How it can be a shock when you start freelancing because you are used to a steady paycheck.

-The development and expansion of teams that work on video games going from a close-knit team of a few people to very large teams of hundreds of people.

-How his only real hurdle in terms of creating things is his lack of time to create personal art.

-How he actually gets excited if his plane gets delayed, because it gives him more time to create.

-How his time with his sketchbook is like spending time in his own sanctuary.

-His hardest time creatively when he quit his job at the video game studio.

-How many artists wonder if they would be able to make the leap into a full-time career with their art and how scary it is to make that jump.

-One of the deciding factors in him quitting his job was when one of his coworkers described himself as "elite."

-How his brain and body already made the decision for him to quit.

-How his best creative moments are when he is able to meet his fans.

-How having children really taught him to appreciate what little time he has and to make better use of it.

-The power in shutting off your phone in order to get work done (or breaking it!)

-How creativity brings him a sense of calmness in his life.

-His love for music and how electronic music is more international and universal than other forms of music.

Mattias's Final Push will inspire you to start thinking about perhaps taking the leap into a creative career!

"I just filled up the sketchbooks with doodles."

"My body just said "No, I can't continue making video games."

"The older you get, the more sluggish your brain becomes."

"I really feel that I have to create something personal each day."

"It's almost like the sketchbook is a kind of sanctuary for me."

Links mentioned:

Mattias's Books

MUSI 112: Listening to Music (Open Yale Courses)

"Pump up the Volume: The History of House Music" (Youtube)

Connect with Mattias:

Website / Facebook / Behance 

Apr 06 2016



Rank #12: 063: What is your SINGLE SENTENCE? (David Talley Part 1)

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David Talley is an internationally recognized photographer, director, and producer operating out of Portland, OR. His works exhibit the darkest moment before an explosion of light, a story broken, but changed for the better, and the ability to transform the present problem in to a prospering future. David is the founder and creative director of the world's largest photographic collaboration event, Concept Collaboration.

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In this episode, David discusses:

-How his personality doesn't lend well with a normal job where he is told what to do.

-How many people are afraid of making money with their creative talents because they love it so much and don't want that love to disappear.

-His "single sentence" and how it applies to his creativity as well as his life in general.

-How if you want bad things to turn around, you have to seek out your "explosion of light."

-How his creativity was nurtured from a very young age.

-An important first experience photographing a sunrise in Hawaii.

-How many potentially creative people are idealistic so they never go out and create that first thing to get the ball rolling.

-How lack of structure as well as lack of deadlines holds many people (including David) back from actually creating work.

-How beginning a 365-day challenge gave him the structure and framework to actually take photographs and strive to get better, which actually began his career.

-How it is impossible not to grow when you do something every single day.

-The moment when he realized that he didn't have an answer for why he takes photographs and the way he found an answer, which ultimately led to his single sentence.

-One of his worst moments, when all of his camera gear was stolen, and how he was able to look at the situation from above to realize that in six months, everything would be much better.

-The power that comes from being able to step outside of situations and attempting to determine exactly what is going on and how your single sentence fits into it.


"I don't know if it's like this for other creative artists, but I have a problem with authority and I don' want to be told what to do."

"I was afraid of making money with my creative talents for a really long time."

"At the end of the day, if you're not failing in your art and learning, you're not growing."

"The sentence itself is the guidepost for everything I do and everything I create in terms of art and in terms of life."

"I'm just snapping photos and framing these images and I'm just dying inside.  Like this is the best thing ever.  I love this so much."

"I think the biggest thing that holds creative people back is a lack of structure and lack of a deadline."

"The first part was take a photo every single day for a year and the second part was try to get better every single day.  With that, I found my calling as a photographer."

"As creatives, we love the idea of things, and we hate the idea of hard work.  We need to combine the two into one so that we can get stuff done."

Links mentioned:

"The Single Sentence" by David Talley (David's ebook!)

Connect with David:

Website / Facebook / Instagram 

Apr 07 2016



Rank #13: MISTAKES ARE YOUR FRIEND (Best of YCP: Gwenn Seemel)

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Gwenn Seemel is a full-time artist, portraitist, and free-culture advocate. Her beautiful, unique portraits as well as all of her other work is intentionally free from copyright.

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In this episode, Gwenn discusses:

-How her personal, creative, and professional life merge all into one.

-The pros and cons of separating your personal and creative life.

-Her battle with endometriosis and the story behind “Crime Against Nature.”

-How things like homosexuality within nature are much more prevalent than is reported scientifically, and how things like dressing flamboyantly, not having offspring, and having multiple sexual partners can be connected to animals.

-The origins of her decision to free all of her work from copyright.

-How creativity and copyright go hand in hand.

-How she got over the question of “am I special enough and why do I think I am allowed to do this?” and how focusing on portraiture helped her to put that specialness onto them.

-The importance of showing your work and connecting with other people, because it adds responsibility and accountability.

-Art can be self-expression or communication, and the differences between the two types of people, and how she tries to move between those two things.

-How marketing can be a creative outlet.

-One of her first creative moments and how a compliment from her brother (during intergalactic travels) really inspired her.

-How sometimes all it takes is just that ONE compliment from someone who gets it to keep you going.

-What it is like to make a portrait for someone and then give it to them.

-How she deals with what she calls “the stupids,” when everything you do seems to be bad.

-How some of her best moments come when she completes a project, whatever it may be.

-Art and creativity bring her the desire and ability to be in this world.

-How she is inspired by everyone around her, especially the people who she makes portraits for.

-To reframe the way you think about mistakes and actually embrace them.

-If you are viewing something as a mistake, it means that you are evolving and not remaining stagnant.

Gwenn's Final Push will inspire you to embrace the mistake, because the mistake is evidence that you did the thing in the first place. Quotes:

“The work is what’s valuable to the world and it should be done in the best way possible.”

“I am the only one who can do it anyway, so I might as well completely release it into the world and have it be used.”

“Creativity is about taking elements from the world around you and from inside of you and mixing that all up and making something of it.”

“Any time you take risks, you’re going to have this crippling self-doubt sometimes.”

Resources mentioned:

“Crime Against Nature”

Creative Commons

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz & Kathryn Bowers

What It Is by Lynda Barry

Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity by Lawrence Lessig

“Rip, A Remix Manifesto” (movie)

All About Love by Bell Hooks

Give And Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits by Kent Greenfield

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino

Connect with Gwenn:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Uncopyright / Patreon

On the next episode:

Clark Huggins : Website / Reckless Deck

Feb 23 2017



Rank #14: 035: Be prepared to POUNCE on your lucky breaks (w/ Marc Allante)

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Marc is an artist whose work is inspired in both form and style by western and eastern influences. He was born in Hong Kong, but has also lived in Sydney and London. He merges traditional Chinese inks with European watercolour and pen techniques in a contemporary style. He is self-taught, and utilizes many different techniques and subject matters to expand his work. Marc also runs the blog – a website dedicated to helping aspiring artists achieve successful and sustainable careers in the art world.

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In this episode, Marc discusses:

-How his art career was jump started when his friend posted one of his pieces on Reddit and the thread went viral.

-How he utilized that "break" to make another post on Reddit, showcasing pieces of art he did throughout his childhood and life, and how that post went even more viral.

-How he worked in financial risk at that time, and art was a hobby for him until that point.

-The tough times that he was going through at the moment, with his mother being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

-How he calculated whether or not he could quit his job before he jumped into being a full-time artist.

-What it has been like in his first year as a full-time artist.

-His advice to people with full-time jobs who want to still do their creative passion: dedicate some time every day, and you will see improvement and results.

-The importance of developing a style with which you can differentiate yourself from other artists.

-There are always valuable lessons to be learned in trying something new.

-How art school has many things that it can teach you, but in today's world you can find out how to draw or paint in any style for free on the internet (or do anything creative, really).

-About why he started and how it can help expose artists to information about effectively marketing your work via social media, understanding contracts, and so much more.

Marc's Final Push will inspire you to dedicate whatever free time you can find to furthering your realization of your dream.

"It does require a lot of effort and a lot of work to ensure that you properly utilize that momentum."

"What am I going to regret more in life?  Am I going to regret a job that I'm kind of okay with or following through with a passion that is clearly working at this point?"

"Even struggling for a few years would be a much more satisfying experience than cruising in a job that I didn't particularly enjoy."

"Even if you are dedicating a half-hour or an hour every day it is going to improve that process and the skills that you are using."

"The more that you practice and the more that you dedicate yourself to that subject or skill, you will see improvement and you will see results."

"There's luck and there's also manufactured luck.  There's definitely ways that you can help it along."

"It's good to be prepared and have the right tools in place so that if and when it does happen, you are ready for it."

"Whatever time I could spare was to realize this dream."

Links mentioned:

"How I quit my corporate job to become a professional artist"

Connect with Marc:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Prints / Redinkstone

Feb 29 2016



Rank #15: 311: How to MAKE FRIENDS with yourself, your art and other adults (w/ Frannerd)

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Fran Meneses aka Frannerd is a self-taught Chilean freelance illustrator who recently moved from Hastings, United Kingdom to New York City.  She takes a deep interest in her followers and patrons and her work often reflects the things that they want to see.

She also has a popular YouTube channel in which she talks about pencils, paper, illustration and her daily life.

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In this episode, Frannerd discusses:

-Her recent move from the United Kingdom to the United States.

-The way in which she burns herself out before drawing the line and allowing herself to rest.

-Her constant battle with feelings of guilt for working too much or too little.

-How she needs to give herself more self-love and treat herself and talk to herself the way she would treat her best friend.

-How to know the difference between “urgent” and “important.”

-The way in which ideas go from one person to another.

-How her graphic novel About to Leave came to be.

-The way in which the big projects such as graphic novels force you to face the things that you don’t know how to do and also to emerge at the end as a new person.

-Taking notes as she is out in the world and cherishing the things that resonates with her at a deeper level as well as the things that make her feel awkward.

-Her thoughts, studies and art about friendship as adults.

-Balancing her work and projects amongst Instagram, YouTube and Patreon.

-The gratitude she feels for her patrons.

-The rules we make up in our own head about social media.

-How and why she made her YouTube channel (including inspiration from Art Attack).

Frannerd's Final Push will remind you that life is fleeting, so don’t waste that time.  Get to your creative passion today! Quotes:

“Since I love what I do so much, sometimes I’m not very respectful of myself and where I draw the line and let myself rest.”

“A graphic novel is a test to yourself.”

“Having Patreon and having my online shop changed the way I approached creativity and my working life completely.”

Links mentioned:

Art Attack

Connect with Frannerd:

Instagram / YouTube / Etsy / Patreon

On the next episode:

Marco Bucci : Website / Instagram / YouTube

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Nov 05 2018

1hr 8mins


Rank #16: 263: FIND YOUR TRIBE or create your own! (w/ Justin Hopkins & Yoshino)

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Justin Hopkins is a talented artist, originally from Mukilteo, Washington.

Yoshino is a photographer, director, and the creator and host of the Artist Decoded podcast.

Together, they created NOH / WAVE, a multidisciplinary creative group located in Los Angeles, Ca.

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In this episode, Justin & Yoshino discuss:

-How Yoshino got into photography and what inspired him to start Artist Decoded.

-How Justin and Yoshino met and how they were able to see how they both had similar creative mindsets.

-The importance of recognizing individuals and opportunities that come up for you that are in line with your own philosophies.

-Finding a tribe (or building your own).

-What NOH/WAVE means and what they are attempting to do with it.

-How they are balancing their own personal work while attempting to run this large project.

-Learning that everyone goes through insecurities and other creative blocks at all points in their career.

-Trying to find a way to maintain creative honesty.

-Being adaptable and not becoming a caricature of yourself by doing the same thing over and over again.

Justin & Yoshino's Final Push will inspire you to trust yourself and to continue to be a good person and help others on their journeys!   Quotes:

“We just realized it’s better together rather than competing against each other.”

“There’s something that happens when you push towards something that you feel you are meant to be doing with as much energy and passion as you can.  Things will just start happening.”

“By understanding other people’s creativity, I can understand myself even further.”

“Be honest with yourself and be able to adapt and evolve with the process.”

Links mentioned:


Artist Decoded

Justin Hopkins on Your Creative Push

Connect with Justin & Yoshino:

Justin's Website / Justin's Instagram / Yoshino's Website / Yoshino's Instagram


On the next episode:

Megan Carty : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Oct 30 2017



Rank #17: Have you upgraded to YOU 2.0? (Best of YCP: Alex Cherry)

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Alex Cherry is an LA-based digital artist who blurs the lines between art and design.  He draws his inspiration from film, music, and pop culture to make stunning images that will always make you think.

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In this episode, Alex discusses:

-The story behind his piece, "Starman" a tribute to David Bowie.

-Art versus design, and how we don't watch design the way we watch art.

-How to pursue your creativity by leaning on what you know, and for him that started with music.

-His first creative moments and his creative journey from there.

-How incredibly amazing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Nintendo are.

-How we are lucky to live in the time of the internet, and we should immerse ourselves in how easy it is to share and find new things.

-Kanye West and his polarizing character.

-Bret Easton Ellis's idea of "Post Empire."

-How many people have separate selves that they put forth on the internet.

-How having a character or a persona can give you a confidence you don't have with your actual identity.

-The issue of copying and how we have to get over it.

-The importance of thinking about new things every day.

-A recent negative experience he had and how it led to an "artistic PTSD."

-The story about how he met his fiance through his art.

-A rapper suggestion for Youngman Brown to help him with his insecurities about his own monotone voice.

-The last words his grandmother said to him, and the impact that it has on his life.

Alex's Final Push will grant you permission to create! Quotes:

"It's always these pictures that take the least amount of effort that resonate the most with me, and other people."

"I love music, and for me it was an easy thing to do, to piece something together and to find a song to connect that to."

"We have the Internet and tumblr.  Just immerse yourself in it and don't be afraid to take inspiration from it.  Be ruthless about that."

"The creative world is the exact opposite of the real world."

"I heard that 90% of communication is non-verbal, and it's so true.  We put too much value in words."

"It's not the what.  It's the how."

"You never know in which ways you influence people or potentially change someones life.  You may never find out about that."

"You have to be lovingly detached from the ego."

"The best way to not produce any work is to think about the identity of that work."

"Just create what you think the world needs."

"Celebrate the difference."

"So much of creativity is like capturing lightning in a bottle.  You can't really control the lightning, so you have to create an environment to capture the lightning."

"You don't tell a tree how to grow.  You just water it and then it grows.  That's how creativity is."

Links mentioned:

The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

Gang Starr

Connect with Alex:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Jan 30 2017

1hr 1min


Rank #18: 268: Always fight, work hard and PUSH FORWARD (w/ Freddy Negrete)

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Legendary tattoo artist Freddy Negrete is best known for pioneering the black-and-gray tattoo style, honed while serving time in a series of correctional facilities during a youth mired in abuse, gang life, and drug addiction.

Freddy was honored with the Tattoo Artist of the Year Award in 1980 and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Body Art Expo in 2007 and his new book, Smile Now, Cry Later recounts his story.

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In this episode, Freddy discusses:

-How he was a “troubled youth” and involved in gangs and incarceration.

-How the Chicano subculture influenced him from a young age.

-His experience at Youth Authority and then at Tamarack.

-Working with Good Time Charlie, Jack Rudy, and Ed Hardy and how they influenced his mindset and his art.

-How he approached his tattooing career after incarceration.

-The experience of winning the Tattoo Artist of the Year Award in 1980.

-The mindset of trying to get better with every single piece you create.

-Some of the harder times that he went through and learning from the mistakes that he made.

-Coming back to the tattoo scene with a new focus.

-His renewed commitment to be teachable in all the things that he had missed out on.

-How rehab changed his life.

-The way in which meditation helped him to maintain focus with his art.

-The experience of meeting Steve Jones and writing his new book, Smile Now, Cry Later.

Freddy's Final Push will inspire you to push past your obstacles… they are supposed to be there!   Quotes:

“Ed Hardy’s objective, which became our objective, was to get the world to see that tattooing was a form of art.”

“I came back with this new focus, and I realized that things had really changed.”

“That was the commitment that I made.  To be teachable.”

“It’s almost like a new beginning for me.”

“Nothing comes easy.  Everything requires hard work and determination.”

“Always fight.  Always work hard.  And always push forward.”

Links mentioned:

Smile Now, Cry Later; guns, Gangs, and Tattoos - My Life in Black and Gray by Freddy Negrete and Steve Jones

Connect with Freddy:

Website / Instagram

On the next episode:

Shayla Maddox : Website / Instagram / Patreon

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Dec 05 2017



Rank #19: 191: DETOX with your creative passion (w/ Victor Mosquera)

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Victor Mosquera is a concept artist working in the entertainment industry. He currently works at Ubisoft Toronto and his list of clients include companies such as Universal Music, Tor Books, Orbit Books, Volta and One pixel brush.

In this episode, Victor discusses:

-How he forged his own path, even though becoming an artist in Colombia is difficult.

-The experience of learning from Nicolás Uribe.

-The idea of building your own tribe, learning from the people around you, and finding new opportunities along the way.

-Working with Seven Lions for his album art.

-How his style developed.

-How important his personal work is for him to detox.

-Having a “fuck it” mentality when it comes to creating your own personal work and wondering what other people are going to think.

-How sometimes it is okay to be the “master of none,” and to just experiment with new things – you never know what doorways will open up to you.

-The difference between having a carefree attitude and an attitude without cares.

-Becoming obsessed with art and working all night long, but having to be careful with that the older that he gets.

-How he balances his time and how the limited amount of time that he has also influences his changing style.

-The difference between making art and posting it to social media just to stay relevant and making measurable goals for yourself.

-Making a physical product and giving it away as a gift if nobody buys it.

Victor's Final Push will inspire you to use the energy that you have right now – you won’t have it forever!   Quotes:

“The important thing is to start doing it.  Once you’re doing it, you can learn from your mistakes and improve on top of that.”

“I don’t think you choose a style.  I think it’s a reflection of how you see life and how you see your work, and it happens organically.”

“For me, my personal work is like a detox.”

Links mentioned:

Nicolás Uribe

Ross Tran

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei

Connect with Victor:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr / DeviantArt

Jan 26 2017



Rank #20: 225: FUEL YOUR HUSTLE (w/ Amy Kuretsky)

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Amy Kuretsky is a health coach, acupuncturist, and herbalist with expertise in traditional Chinese medicine, digestive health, and a wide variety of nutritional plans.  She coaches creative entrepreneurs to be their healthiest selves and to tap into the energy that is the source of everything we do.

Amy also hosts Health Fuels Hustle, a podcast all about living a healthier life as a creative.

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In this episode, Amy discusses:

-How she came to be an acupuncturist and a health coach for creatives.

-How she got off of all the drugs that she was taking for an autoimmune disease.

-Her advice for creative individuals like Youngman who suffer from burnout and let their health fall by the wayside.

-The importance of establishing our priorities and being aware of the fact that we say “yes” to too many things.

-Her method for doing a “brain dump” to rid yourself of the things that take up your energy but don’t bring you money or joy.

-Creative entrepreneur’s hesitancy to delegate.

-How “done” is better than “perfect.”

-How breaking up larger tasks into smaller portions can be effective in overcoming the sense of overwhelm.

-Taking the quiet time to set a baseline for yourself with positive and negative thoughts and how they affect your body.

-How the biggest excuse she hears from creative entrepreneurs is that they “don’t have enough time” to take care of themselves.

-The power of morning and evening routines and a glimpse into hers.

-Cell phones and the importance of keeping them away from the bedroom.

-Alarm clocks and setting reminders for yourself throughout the day to be present in the moment and to fill yourself with the warm feelings that your goals bring you.

-What acupuncture is and it’s benefits.

-What people can expect from her podcast, Health Fuels Hustle.

Amy's Final Push will inspire you to recall the reason why you started your creative passion in the first place and to tap back into that beginner’s energy!   Quotes:

“I found that so many creative entrepreneurs were burning the candle at both ends.  They had so much going on that they were letting their health fall by the wayside.  This was a community that really needed support when it came to their health.”

“When it comes to our energy, our health, and fueling our hustle, it’s all about building up our reserves.  So if we can do more of the things that we love doing and it brings us energy or joy, those are just as important as making money.”

“Oftentimes what I see when it comes to creative entrepreneurs is that they really fear delegation.”

“Done is better than perfect.  Perfect is a myth and so often we hold ourselves back from completing a project or putting ourselves out there because we don’t think that either we ourselves or our work is perfect yet.”

Links mentioned:

Amy's Pick Your Priorities Worksheet

Health Fuels Hustle Podcast

Bell meditation app

Faux coffee recipe

The Productivity Planner

Connect with Amy:

Website / Podcast / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter

On the next episode:

Christina Mrozik : Website / Instagram

What's something that you do to fuel your hustle?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

Jun 05 2017



340: How to design your CREATIVE SPACE (w/ Donald Rattner)

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Donald M. Rattner is an award-winning residential architect and educator.  As a consultant he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality and retail environments.

In his new book, My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, Donald draws on the latest psychology and productivity research to offer a practical guide to designing your home to optimize your creative potential.

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In this episode, Donald discusses:

-Why you should have a designated creative space.

-The importance of nature in our creativity and in our mental and physical wellbeing.

-Facing your space and setting up your surroundings to make yourself more open-minded.

-How we feel more creative when we feel safe and comfortable.

-How music and sound affects our creativity.

-The best decibel level for boosting your creative process.

-The surprising benefits of napping to our creativity (and why it works).

-Idea seeding.

-How working walls can help you externalize your ideas, work through your ideas, collaborate and think bigger than you normally could.

-The debate on messiness and creativity.

-Some free, cheap and simple tactics that people can use RIGHT NOW to optimize their creative spaces.


“Creativity, health and happiness all tend to operate on the same spectrum with regard to environment.”

“Walls are for more than just separating spaces.  They can be active agents in the creative process.”

“Ideas flow from the hand to the brain just as much they do from the brain to the hand.”

Links mentioned:

My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation by Donald M. Rattner


Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina

Connect with Donald:

Website / Facebook / Medium / LinkedIn

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Jan 20 2020



339: Do you even create, bro? (w/ David Cheifetz)

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David is an internationally acclaimed and collected artist who continues to push the limits of contemporary realist oil painting.

David and his family live in Olympia, WA.

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In this episode, David discusses:

-His early interest and later pursuit of architecture.

-His experience at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

-The unanticipated joy that he received from painting still life in oil, and the subsequent artistic career path that it took him on.

-Finding a balance between work, art, school and family.

-Imagining painting, and how it is almost as valuable as painting itself.

-How he started pricing his work.

-The inspiration he gets from David Goggins and Eckhart Tolle.

-His method for approaching a still life.

-Experimentation and how there has to be the possibility for failure in a piece of art, or else it is not going to be interesting.

-His advice for honing in on a specific focus.

-Realizing how important it is for his mental wellbeing to use small blocks of time to get to his art.

David's Final Push will remind you to do the work that you would do in a vacuum anyway.    Quotes:

“No matter how much time I have to create, I never feel like it’s enough.”

“It’s better to err on the side of selling your art too quickly as opposed to keeping it forever.”

“If you’re just stacking up old paintings in your studio – that’s like creative baggage.”

“There has to be the possibility of failure, or else it’s not going to be interesting.”

“Always keep the focus at a higher level of detail.”

Links mentioned:

David's NOH/WAVE Tutorials

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Connect with David:

Website / Book / Instagram / Workshops

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Nov 18 2019

1hr 4mins


338: Your Creative POINTS! (w/ Tiffany Miller Russell)

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Tiffany Miller Russell is a wildlife artist and natural history illustrator.  She delights in the unique and unusual, and her goal is to communicate that excitement with her viewer.

Her paper sculptures are created with found specialty papers.  After drawing is carefully made, she hand-cuts the papers and forms them by hand to create a three-dimensional collage.  With the exception of small 5x7s that she creates in limited editions, all of her pieces are one-of-a-kind works of art.

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In this episode, Tiffany discusses:

-Her initial exposure to paleo artist Gary Staab.

-Discovering people who were combining art and natural science.

-Picking dead animals apart in a zoology prep lab.

-How some of her pieces take up to 300 hours to complete.

-How listening to podcasts keeps her in her chair while doing her work.

-Dealing with her time management difficulties by turning it into a game.

-The psychological differences between rewards and costs in your creative tracking.

-Some of the mental and physical resistances that she deals with on a daily basis.

-Drawing without reference.

-Battling perfectionism and comparing herself to others.

-The inspiration she receives by subscribing to Sketchbox.

Tiffany's Final Push will remind you to HAVE FUN with your creative passion!   Quotes:

“I like the challenge of having a challenge.”

“If you know that you can get addicted to something, why not apply that to your work?”

Links mentioned:

Gary Staab

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Leo Monahan

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Steve Kamb


Connect with Tiffany:

Website / Facebook / Etsy / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Aug 22 2019

1hr 7mins


337: Ignorance is bliss when you're learning something new (w/ Nick Ulivieri)

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Nick Ulivieri is a photographer who likes his verticals parallel, his skies wild, his colors bold, and hanging above Chicago.  Shooting structures & architecture is his profession.

He is a commercial photographer based in Chicago who specializes in shooting architecture, real estate, food & hospitality. 

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In this episode, Nick discusses:

-How a trip to Italy sparked his interest in photography.

-His family friend asking him to take photographs and how that led to him starting his business.

-What it was like in the early days of his photography career.

-The importance of design, messaging and consistency of voice.

-How he got clients when he first started out (and how he gets them now).

-How he fell into taking photographs of architecture and how he finds ways to give the same structures and landscapes a new feel.

-The experience of shooting aerial photographs in a helicopter.

-The process of choosing which photographs he shares on his Instagram and Twitter feeds (and in what order).

-His thoughts and advice for growing a following on Instagram.

-How the business end of photography actually ends up being a resistance to his creative side.

Nick's Final Push will make you realize that you can do anything that you have a passion for, so long as you put your mind to it.   Quotes:

“Sometimes ignorance is bliss when you’re learning something new.”

“I was indirectly promoting my services just by practicing my craft around the city and sharing the photos I took.”

“You can do it.  You may be surprised with what you can do if you have a passion for something and you work hard at it and aren’t afraid to take that risk.”

Connect with Nick:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Flickr / Twitter

On the next episode:

Tiffany Miller Russell: Website / Etsy / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Jun 27 2019



In Defense of Sabbaticals (Best of YCP: Karan Bajaj)

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Karan Bajaj is a #1 bestselling Indian novelist with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print, both optioned into major films.

Karan's first worldwide novel, The Yoga of Max's Discontent was inspired by Karan's one year sabbatical traveling from Europe to India by road and learning yoga and meditation in the Himalayas.

Karan has also worked in senior executive roles at companies like Procter & Gamble and the Boston Consulting Group and was named among Ad Age's "Top 40 Under 40 executives" in the US.

In this episode, Karan discusses:

-The "4, 1, 4" rule and how it helped him to thrive, not only in his career, but in his life.

-His "conscious goal-lessness" during his time off, especially when he is so driven during his working years.

-His advice for someone who struggles to get to the point of realizing that they are already equipped for life and don't need to concentrate so hard on improvement.

-The idea of taking mind- or self-dissolving vacations, where you actually try to change and better yourself as a person as opposed to simply going to a new location.

-How he kick-started my meditation practice with a 10 day silent vipassana retreat and how a vipassana retreat is actually quite accessible for anyone who is interested in trying it (it's free!)

-How his 10-day silent retreat helped him to see that he had been in a constant mode of wanting, or feeling as if he was lacking something instead of living in the moment.

-His one year sabbatical and how he spent the time.

-How living extremely simply for a long period of time helps you to realize that you really don't need much in your everyday life to survive and it helps to make you stronger when facing tough situations.

-The benefits that his retreat gave to his creativity.

-His suggestion to always start with concentration-based meditation approaches.

-What to do when other thoughts begin to creep into your consciousness while you are meditating.

-The joy and inspiration that comes from seeing yourself on a hero's journey. Even if you don't reach the goal, the act of trying is a success.

-How art fixes the world for him.

Karan's Final Push will inspire you to SHUN COMFORT for a period of time in order to be a happier and more creative person in the long term.   Quotes:

"What I have learned through this period is that my sabbatical year has to be almost the complete antithesis of my working years."

"I'm always shunning this idea that I have to constantly be better than who I am."

"I just try to operate with this idea that I am complete and I have enough depth to tap into, versus wanting to be more than I am."

"You can't help but to be different after those ten days."

"It's not like some instant moment of enlightenment. You start understanding the endlessness of our thought waves."

"I almost feel that every artist is creating out of a sense that this world is incomplete and they need to create a more complete and idealized version. Art fixes the world for me."

Links mentioned:

The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj

"My 4,1,4 rule, or why you shouldn't feel the pressure to become an entrepreneur" (From Karan's blog)

Your Creative Push Ep. 2: Approach the first brush stroke with ENERGY (w/ Karl Mårtens)

Connect with Karan:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Jun 19 2019



Where has Youngman been? (and the future of YCP)

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Just a quick update as to why there hasn't been a new episode in the past month and plans for the future of the podcast!

Jun 17 2019



336: The creative act of working on YOURSELF (w/ Alatar)

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Alatar is a genderfluid digital artist who creates character-driven adult illustrations. Their work includes both fanart and original content, and attempts to explore a wide range of body types, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities (with perhaps slightly more attention paid to abs). They are also the host of the podcast Blue Magic, where they interview other creatives in the erotic field.

In this episode, Alatar discusses:

-What their Miracle Morning has looked like recently.

-Realizing that they might have ADHD and some of the methods and hacks they have been using in order to stay more focused.

-How working on yourself is the greatest creative act you can embark upon.

-The way in which the creative process has become a religious experience for them.

-Writing your own Gospel and living your own Myth.

-Their recent experience with magic mushrooms.

-Taking the “Journey to the Imaginal Realm” course with Becca Tarnas.

-Cultivating a relationship with our unconscious.

-How SESTA/FOSTA changed the landscape for adult artists.

-Dealing with the emotional despair of sites changing the landscape for adult artists.

-Bugs Bunnying your way through any situation.

Alatar's Final Push will inspire you to take that first step and just GO!   Quotes:

“Working on yourself is just another creative act.  It might not be a pretty piece of art, but it’s YOU.  And you are your best work, when you come right down to it.”

“To me, pursuing art has become the path that teaches me how to pursue life.”

“Our unconscious is extraordinarily powerful.  What we think of as the self is the tip of the iceberg.  And it goes all the way down to the root.”

“What are you waiting for?  This is your chance.  You don’t know if tomorrow is going to come.”

“Take one step right now.  Your soul is on the line.  This is the most important thing you can do for your life.  So just do it, already.  You have permission.  Go.”

Links mentioned:

The Disorganized Mind by Nancy A. Ratey

Organization Solutions for people with ADHD by Susan Pinsky

Yoga With Adriene

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio

Journey to the Imaginal Realm (Becca S. Tarnas)

Becca Tarnas on Rune Soup [1] [2]

Tolkein “On Fairy Stories”


Alatar on YCP Episode 232

Alatar on YCP Episode 296

Connect with Alatar:

Website / Newgrounds / Podcast / Instagram / Tumblr / Patreon / Twitter

On the next episode:

Nick Ulivieri : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

May 15 2019

1hr 6mins


335: How to become ADDICTED to your art (w/ Nick Runge)

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Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. Coming from a creative family of professional artists, he was always interested in drawing and imagining ideas visually. After working as an illustrator full time from 2004-2015 he shifted focus to more personal work using oils and watercolor.

As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to have a close balance with abstraction.

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In this episode, Nick discusses:

-Why he came back to drawing and painting.

-Balancing personal work vs. client/commission work.

-Finding a love for painting with oils and watercolor.

-The experience of making the movie poster for “The Death of Superman Lives.”

-His advice to become obsessed with things that you enjoy doing.

-His advice for selling your work on social media without feeling slimey.

-What a typical day looks like for him.

-The fear of showing old work or failures.

-Getting past ruts.

-The power of secret sketchbooks.

-Putting aside your five favorite pieces of art to open your mind to making new “favorites.”

-Dealing with shyness.

Nick's Final Push will inspire you to be impulsive and get moving this very second!   Quotes:

“You have to hold that initial excitement for art like a fuel through all of the tough times.”

“Drawing has felt like I’ve been cheating on normal life.  That’s why I love it.  It seems forbidden -- especially in America – to draw or create.  It’s seems great, but how do you make money at it?”

“If you find a specific painting or a subject matter that you really do just enjoy, maybe just obsess over it a little bit more.”

“I find that any time I think ‘I need money right now so I’m going to paint this thing,’ it almost never works.”

“If you want to paint or draw, do just a little bit every day and it really will get to be more of an addiction.”

Links mentioned:

“Start” – Nick's piece that was unfinished

Marie-Noelle Wurm on Your Creative Push Ep. 320

Watercolor Workshop in Seville Spain (May 16-19 2019)

NOH/WAVE course

Alatar on Your Creative Push Ep. 232

Alatar on Your Creative Push Ep. 296

Connect with Nick:

Website / Shop / Instagram

On the next episode:

Alatar : Newgrounds / Podcast / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

May 08 2019



334: NAME YOUR MONSTER (w/ Jeff Wright)

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Jeff Wright is a storyteller and a podcaster.  He specializes in “edu-tainments”: storytelling with depth and message AND presentations enriched through entertaining story.  His podcasts, Odyssey: The Podcast and Trojan War: The Podcast are now available everywhere.

Jeff's live show, "A Whack on the Side of the Head: A Concussion Story" tells the autobiographical story of his personal journey through concussion and invisible injury.  The one-hour show comes complete with Jeff’s amusing anecdotes, good humor, insightful take-aways, and inspirational messages.

Contact Jeff personally at, or Jeff’s agent for show information and booking details.

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In this episode, Jeff discusses:

-How he got interested in theater and public speaking.

-Dealing with the unrelenting standards placed upon him by other people and eventually by himself.

-How suffering from a concussion changed the trajectory of his life.

-If some major life issue forces you to start from scratch, build on something that you are already good at.

-How the Greek Epics were what “stuck” for his lectures.

-Transitioning from a full-time teacher to a shorter-term guest speaker.

-The changes that he had to make in his presentation when he took his “act” from small classrooms to large auditoriums.

-Watching tapes of himself and evaluating, but not being too critical.

-Gaining power over your demons or monsters by learning their names.

-Using a damaged brain to try to figure out what was wrong with his brain.

-The unfair feeling of wanting to justify his invisible injury to other people.

-How we overly value the negative reviews and comments.

-Not being able to see his audience due to bright lights (and having no physical audience during the podcast).

Jeff's Final Push will inspire you to realize that shit happens.  Don’t deny it.  Don’t try to go it alone. Quotes:

“I think an awful lot of creative people or high achievers get so much of their self-concept tied up in the work that they do.”

“The thing about these stories is that they’re humanities original Game of Thrones.”

“When some life event throws your life off of its nice intended tracks, if you can build on something that you know you already do well and you are passionate about, then at least you have a few aces in your hands as you start on the parts that are going to be new and difficult for you.”

“The journey to success is paved with failures.”

“When shit happens and your life is turned upside down, don’t deny it.  Don’t try to go it alone.”

Links mentioned:

Odyssey: The Podcast

Trojan War: The Podcast

How to Make Love in a Canoe

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Connect with Jeff:

Website / E-mail / Facebook / Twitter

On the next episode:

Nick Runge : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

May 01 2019

1hr 40mins



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If there is one thing that Youngman has learned in the three years of creating this podcast, it is the fact that the best creative output comes when you share your own story.

Often times, it takes time and effort to figure out what that story is.

In today's episode we are going to explore the fact that your story doesn't have to reach a completion for you to start sharing it.  You simply have to share what’s inside of you.  The closer you can get to that message, the better it will be… not necessarily in quality, but in the weight that it carries for you and for others.

Full shownotes:


“That’s the glory of sharing your story.  It doesn’t have to be a story.  It simply has to be what’s going on inside of you.  As concrete or as confusing as it may be to you.”

"There are a million ways that you can get off-track from telling your story.  And all of them are very quick derailments."

"Sharing your message is THE THING.  That's the focal point and the guidepost that will put you on the right path."

"When we're talking about using your art to tell a story, what better story is there than the story of your life?"

Links mentioned:

Creative Coping Podcast

The Art Marketing Project Podcast

Kick in the Creatives Ep. 33 Using Art to Convey a Message or Story

3 Point Perspective Podcast

Amber Rae on YCP Ep. 289

Johnny Anomaly on YCP Ep. 329

Adonna Khare on YCP Ep. 46

Bobby Chiu on YCP Ep. 138

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Apr 23 2019



332: GUARD YOUR ATTENTION (w/ Daniel Robinson)

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Daniel Robinson is a television writer for ABC’s hit drama How to Get Away With Murder.

He’s self publishing his first novel, First They Ignore You, a deeply personal work of fiction that explores the decade it took for him to establish his career in Hollywood and the lifetime it continues to take for him to battle with his personal demons who mostly manifest as an intense desire to drown anxiety and self-loathing in a sea of fast food. 

Full shownotes:

In this episode, Daniel discusses:

-How the skills of a basketball player translate to the creative realm.

-Seeing things being done at a professional level, and what that did for his mindset.

-Embracing failure.

-Writing for a television series with a team versus writing for yourself.

-Being a mercenary with your creative skills.

-How everyone has their own story to tell.

-Putting himself on the page via dialogue between his characters.

-How his editor was able to bring out the best in him.

-Pushing himself to “dig deeper.”

-Calibrating his sensitivity to make it a tool.

-Guarding your attention and dealing with distractions.

Daniel's Final Push will inspire you to be a charged-up, thriving, vital person who is passionate about what you are doing.”   Quotes:

“I was fortunate in that I was consumed by this almost pathological belief or vision that I could accomplish anything.”

“Storytelling is such a powerful thing.  Once people feel like they’ve told their story, it can lift so much weight off of their soul.”

“Those dopamine feedback loops are so addictive.”

“As an artist, you have to guard your attention.  There are so many distractions nowadays that it’s hard to push those things aside, channel your inner voice and do that work that is so important.

“You have to free yourself from any expectation of what this thing is supposed to be, where it’s supposed to take you, what it’s supposed to do.”

“What the world needs is charged up, thriving, vital people who are passionate about what they are doing.”

Links mentioned:

First They Ignore You by Daniel Robinson

Kick in the Creatives: Using Art to Convey a Message or Story

How to Get Away With Murder

Connect with Daniel:

Book / IMDb

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Apr 16 2019



331: Planners and Pantsers and Plantsers, oh my! (w/ Suzanne Clay)

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Suzanne is an asexual woman with a great love for writing erotic romance and enjoys spending her time confusing people with that fact. She believes there is a need for heightened diversity in erotic fiction and strives to write enough stories so that everyone can see themselves mirrored in a protagonist.

Her new book, Playing Around, is available April 15!

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In this episode, Suzanne discusses:

-Writing erotic romance as a way for her to investigate the wide range of sexualities and sexual behavior.

-How she was able to see sexual interest and activity as a form of character motivation.

-Why she felt it was important to start writing queer romance.

-How and why she began sharing her work.

-The experience of working with NineStar Press.

-How she lets her characters explore and tell the story (and how that affects the editing process).

-Being a “Plantser.”

-The initial fear and guilt because of her religious upbringing.

-Aphantasia and how that affects her writing.

-Her strategies for dealing with depression and anxiety.

-Using programs like Omnifocus and Habitica to help her manage her time and organize the tasks that she needs to get done.

-The rewarding experience of writing commissions.

Suzanne's Final Push is one that you have to hear for yourself!   Quotes:

“Sometimes I’m waiting for a reader to stand up and say, ‘You know, it’s really not that serious and you’re putting way too much thought into all of this about your characters.’”

“As I began to research into possibly publishing some of my material, I realized exactly how big the small press and independent queer author community was.”

“I think if I had been exposed to more works like that when I was younger, then it wouldn’t have taken me until I was 25 years old to recognize my identity and my place in the queer community.”

“It’s very hard sometimes to trust my characters and believe that they are telling me what I need to hear.”

“You’re going to bring breathless, beautiful, boundless, bountiful life to your creation – the kind that brings people to tears when they realize they are not alone.”

Links mentioned:

Playing Around (Rough Play Book 1) by Suzanne Clay: NineStar / Amazon / Books2Read



Connect with Suzanne:

Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Facebook / Twitter

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Apr 09 2019



330: Turn your list UPSIDE DOWN (w/ John Wentz)

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John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it’s core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making.

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. 

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In this episode, John discusses:

-How he landed in fine art after his foray in illustration.

-How a Gerhard Richter exhibition changed his life and remapped his brain.

-Art being about discovery and experimentation.

-The power that comes from disconnecting in order to do some soul-searching.

-Cave paintings and how we have always been creating art, and even risking our lives to do so.

-How he has struck a balance from his former lifestyle of a donut a day and being disconnected from friends and family.

-How he picks his subjects and how he paints them.

-How he was taught that he should never paint anybody that he knows, and why he is rebelling.

-Why he purposely doesn’t analyze certain aspects of his process in order to maintain some of the magic.

-Why and how he started creating his assemblages of his art, photography and reclaimed items.

-The story behind his series, “Navigation Unknown.”

-How he chooses which ideas to move forward on.

-The dark ways in which social media platforms are controlling your creative process.

-Dealing with anxiety.

-Turning your list of priorities upside down so that you get to your creative passion before all of your other “needs.”

-His new course at the NOH/WAVE Academy.

-The differences between living in Paris and the United States.

John's Final Push will encourage you to do the thing that you need like oxygen… and remind you … DON’T BE A DICK!   Quotes:

“For me, making art is about discovery and experimentation.”

“Just unplug and take time for yourself.  It’s okay to not be connected.”

“There are certain aspects of my process that I don’t analyze too much because I want to keep that unknown to it.”

“Making it is only fifty percent.  The other fifty percent is getting it in front of an audience and creating a dialogue.”

“On paper, being a painter is the worst business plan imaginable.”

“The people that I end up working with and being friends with are great people to be around and they ignite something inside of me.”

Links mentioned:

John's course on NOH/WAVE/ACADEMY

John Wentz on Artist Decoded

Pale Blue Dot (Carl Sagan)

Connect with John:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

Suzanne Clay : Website / Goodreads

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Apr 01 2019



What you create is a part of people's lives (Best of YCP: Ron Pope)

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In the ever-evolving landscape of today's music industry, Nashville-based independent artist Ron Pope has plotted his own course. Uncompromising and relentless, Pope has evolved into one of the top grossing independent acts in the business while garnering a legion of devoted fans the world over.

Taking the industry-road-less-traveled and holding fiercely to his independence has proven fruitful for Pope; to date, he has sold out shows on three continents and in more than 20 countries, sold over 2 million digital tracks, had over 290 million streams on Spotify, 700 million plays on Pandora, 150 million views on Youtube, and has more generally crushed every metric used to measure what is possible for independent artists.

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In this episode, Ron discusses:

-His creative origins and how he got to the point he is today as a songwriter and musician.

-His involvement at the inception of “The District.”

-How he writes such a large quantity of songs because he knows that not all of them will be good enough to make a record.

-The belief that if you want to be a songwriter, you just have to sit down, shut up, and write songs.

-How he doesn’t really believe in writer’s block.  It is just accepting that some of the stuff you write will be garbage.

-The importance of working harder than everyone else if you want to excel to the highest level of your creative field.

-One of the times that he was having a very difficult time writing a song, and then all of the sudden he was struck with the song in its entirety.

-How doing the hard work every day and getting used to what the work feels like puts you in a better position to capture inspiration and put it into its “physical” form, even in just one take.

-The role that music played in his life when he was younger to make him feel more connected and less alone.

-The profound connection that comes when people play his music during special events.

-How his song “I Do Not Love You” played a special role in Youngman Brown’s life as his first dance at his wedding.

-How art is subjective and it doesn’t matter what the artist thinks about it once the viewer or listener has given it his or her own meaning.

-How hard it is to comprehend large numbers of listenership, and the power that comes from one-on-one connections.

-What he has been up to creating and touring his new album Ron Pope & the Nighthawks.

Ron's Final Push will inspire you to choose to do the thing you love! Quotes:

“That songwriting circle was really the difference for me.  If I hadn’t joined that group, I don’t know if I would have been able to become a professional songwriter.”

“I just feel like I’m not good enough to sit down and write ten songs and have all ten of those songs be bangers and have that be the record.”

“For my last album, Ron Pope and the Nighthawks  I wrote 150 songs.  We recorded 40 of them or so to get to the 11 that we have on the record.”

“Really almost everything is like this.  If you want to do it, and you want to do it at a high level, you’re going to have to work harder than everybody else.”

“It was like I got hit by lightning.  It was into my brain immediately.  The song in my bones just existed.  The whole thing.  The melody, the lyrics, the chords, the whole thing.”

“You put yourself in a much better position to have chance favor you if you do the right kind of work.”

“It made me excited when I stumbled upon music that made me feel something.  It made me feel much less alone.”

“I very rarely share the stories behind my songs because I want you to take them home and make them your stories.”

“It’s still a really powerful feeling to know that whatever you’re creating is a part of people’s lives.”

“For me it’s the singular achievement of my life as an artist.”

“You’re going to have to work hard on something eventually whether it’s something you choose or something that people make you do, so if you have to pick, you might as well work hard at something that you love.”

“It’s worth it to work hard on things that you love.”

Links mentioned:

Buy Ron Pope & The Nighthawks

East Nashville Spice Company

Connect with Ron:

Website / iTunes / Spotify / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube

On the next episode:

John Wentz : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Mar 25 2019



329: Speak up, Stand out, Stay CREATIVE (w/ Johnny Anomaly)

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Johnny Anomaly is a spoken word poet, author and public speaker who has been entertaining audiences with the emotionally charged storytelling of his life for the past six years.

He is also the creator and host of The Creative Coping Podcast, where he and his guests discuss the trauma that has acted as a catalyst for their creativity.

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In this episode, Johnny discusses:

-How he turned to writing and spoken word poetry after the loss of his son.

-How your greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt.

-The way in which his motive changed from wanting to be a rock star to wanting to help other people realize that they are not alone in their difficult situations.

-Getting past the denial phase.

-The importance of producing finished work with the tools that you have.

-Dealing with procrastination.

-His process of creating a spoken word poem.

-How he used ten song titles as the basis for his first album, Inspired by Tragedy.

-The art of sublimation.

-Personifying pain.

-Why he started the Creative Coping Podcast.

-Having an alias.

-The experience of interviewing his wife and daughter.

-How easy Anchor makes it to podcast.

Johnny's Final Push will encourage you to stop making excuses and remember to speak up, stand out and stay creative! Quotes:

“There’s a lot of healing involved with being able to say what I want to say.”

“I was saying things that probably shouldn’t be said in front of an audience, but I felt that was the way I had to grieve and get things out.”

“You have to personify that pain.  Give that pain a face.”

“I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t able to express myself in my writing or in my performance poetry.  Oh my gosh.  I’d probably kill someone, man.”

“As insignificant or insecure as you may feel, just remember that you have a voice and you are worth being heard.”

Links mentioned:

Dare To Be Different with Nevaeh LeBoeuf

Marriage & Mental Health with Jammie LaBoeuf

YCP Ep. 326 w/ Teresa Coulter

YCP Ep. 325 w/ Alisa Kennedy Jones

YCP Ep. 241 w/ Andy J Pizza

YCP Ep. 300 w/ Chrissy Moyer


Connect with Johnny:

Creative Coping Podcast / iTunes / Spotify / Soundcloud / Instagram

On the next episode:

John Wentz : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Mar 18 2019

1hr 6mins


328: Flagging DISTRACTIONS and focusing on GRATITUDE (w/ Andrew Tischler)

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Andrew Tischler is an artist from New Zealand who has been a professional artist for the last fifteen years.  He was born in the United States and moved to Australia when he was 10 years old, where he studied his craft for more than twenty years.

He also has a popular YouTube channel in which he shares his knowledge of painting with people around the world.

In 2019, he and his wife Rachel will be opening their gallary, Tischler & Co Studio Gallery.

In this episode, Andrew discusses:

-How his father encouraged him to pursue art when he was young.

-Growing up in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

-How there is beauty everywhere and it is just about having the eyes to see it.

-Dealing with introversion.

-How his father had time for only his art and his family.

-How his wife has allowed him to accept himself and to also flourish into who he needs to be.

-The way in which we distract ourselves from the things we are supposed to focused on.

-How we are all here for a purpose or a calling.

-The way in which we are being raised to be cogs in a machine (and why people feel like they don’t fit into that system).

-The incredible power of the internet and social media for artists or anyone who wants to share a creative message.

-The importance of writing down goals in all aspects of your life and referring to them every day.

-His issues with anger in the past and how he has conquered it as of late.

-The ways in which you can distract yourself with goals that aren’t aligned with the things you actually need.

-Taking the life philosophies of the thought leaders you admire and plugging them into your own life where they fit.

-How he flags certain aspects of life (like the news and negativity) as distractions that are trying to keep him off of his mission.

Andrew's Final Push will inspire you to focus on who you really are and what you truly love.   Quotes:

“People have more power than they give themselves credit for.”

“Get on with it.  Do it now.  Don’t wait.  Stop the excuses.  You can do something small, now.”

“We’re slowly being prepared to be these cogs in a machine, and I feel like that’s why people feel like they don’t fit with the current paradigm.  They’re punching in and punching out.”

“I was already a professional artist for twelve years before I started my YouTube channel, and I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.”

“I think it’s time that we dispel that myth that we need to suffer.”

Links mentioned:

Why Beauty Matters? - Roger Scruton

Painting Outdoors  in Paradixe - EPIC EN PLEIN AIR

The Creative Endeavor - Ep. 3 - Dr. Demartini

Connect with Andrew:

Website / Shop / YouTube / Facebook / Instagram

On the next episode:

Johnny Anomaly : Podcast / Facebook / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Mar 11 2019

1hr 18mins


327: Hustle + Hustle + Hustle = Opportunity (w/ Vanessa Vakharia)

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Vanessa Vakharia is the Founder and CEO of The Math Guru, a boutique math and science tutoring studio in Toronto with a unique approach that works - like actually!

She is also the co-founder of Goodnight, Sunrise, an indie-rock-and-roll-superfun-party band based in Toronto, Canada.

Vanessa is also the author of Math Hacks, which is designed for kids (and their parents) struggling with math anxiety and looking for a new approach to homework, studying, tests and marks.

Full shownotes:

In this episode, Vanessa discusses:

-How her life started when she failed math twice.

-The way in which we define ourselves as “good” or “bad” at something and then live that narrative.

-How her tutoring organically grew into The Math Guru.

-How the focus should be in doing something new, creative and enjoyable as opposed to profitable.

-The power in outsourcing.

-Her realization that taking the time to get to one of her pursuits must come from one of her other endeavors.

-Taking a Time Inventory.

-Her lifelong dream of becoming a singer and the stumbling blocks along the way.

-How one man called her “the worst singer he had ever heard,” and how she took it as a positive.

-Growing immune to rejection and how that allows her to try for crazier opportunities.

-How anything is possible, but getting small examples of that for yourself as proof.

-Her take on the experience of opening for Bon Jovi and all of the synchronicities involved.

-The story behind her book, Math Hacks.

Vanessa's Final Push will inspire you to hustle as hard as you can so that you can take full advantage of your lucky moments.   Quotes:

“Where I am today started with this grand failure.”

“It takes a lot for someone who is ambitious to realize that part of what needs to happen is slowing down a little, but also being creative and outsourcing.”

“I’ve always liked being underestimated because it gives me the opportunity to surprise them later.”

“It’s all about mindset.  Cultivate a mind that is a hotbed for creative magic because it’s so full of possibility.”

“None of the things associated with failure are as bad and scary as never trying to achieve your dreams.  That’s the scariest thing.”

“The hustle is in your control.  The luck isn’t.  You’re trying to get to that perfect pinnacle where the two meet and you’ve done everything you can to take advantage of the lucky moment.”

Links mentioned:

Math Hacks: Cool Tips + Less Stress = Better Marks by Vanessa Vakharia

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection | TED Talk

Connect with Vanessa:

The Math Guru / Instagram / Spotify / iTunes

On the next episode:

Andrew Tischler : Website / YouTube / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Mar 04 2019

1hr 10mins


326: Clean out your DIRTY SOCKS (w/ Teresa Coulter)

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Canadian emerging Artist, Teresa Coulter lives in Calgary Alberta Canada. She is known for her Abstract Expressionism. Her portrait series called “ Sock Drawer Stories”  forged a new pathway to address the social stigmas associated with Mental Health in the workplace. What started as a small artistic venture to heal herself, as well as Paramedic colleagues, has since grown into a narrative on a national stage. Teresa has been awarded several awards such as: The ATB financial Healing Through the Arts Award in 2017, Hometown Hero Award , and a Public Service Award through TEMA.

Teresa’s art raised awareness of Mental Health well beyond her Art studio, and first-responder network. She is honored to have participated in and collaborated with: Calgary Police Services, Legacy Place Society,  The Other Side of the Hero documentary; the #nowimstronger 60 day campaign with Canadian Mental Health; White Coat, Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman; and Uptalk podcast with Sean Conohan . Articles of her work have published and can been seen in:  Global News, Challenger Magazine, Link magazine, and  Live up Magazine.

Since 2000 Teresa Coulter has been a Practicing Primary Care Paramedic and continues to work at building resilience in the First Responder community.

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In this episode, Teresa discusses:

-How she got into emergency services but always had a desire towards creativity.

-How she became a nude model because she wanted to see herself through somebody else’s eyes.

-The vulnerability that holds us back from asking for help.

-How she uses her art to help her interpret the world and to interpret PTSD.

-The way in which she came up with the title for her Sock Drawer Stories series.

-Her experience of opening up and cleaning her “sock drawer.”

-How she appreciates when people have a reaction to her art, whether it be positive or negative.

-The ways in which PTSD causes you to lack the words to describe what you are going through (and the way that art can help you to express yourself).

-The value of long-form conversations, and how social media has taken that from us.

-How creativity allows us to be present in the moment.

-The idea of your mind being a garden.

-The power of the story that we tell ourselves and the boxes we put ourselves in.

-How Bob Ross changed the course of his life through art.

-How people can have more comfortable and safe conversations about struggles with mental illness.

-How to handle a situation in which someone is suicidal.

Teresa's Final Push will motivate you to use your self-limiting beliefs as a direction for change!   Quotes:

“I became a nude model and would sit for these incredible artists because I wanted to see myself through somebody else’s eyes.”

“A photograph captures one second, but when you are sitting for an artist, there are multiple seconds that are passing and being captured into one final product.”

“I don’t paint for people to love everything that I do.  I actually appreciate if somebody is strongly disgusted by my art.”

“Art is this incredible thing that you can use for change.  We need it in our lives.”

“People want to see your growth.  There’s something beautiful in the process of growing.  Why wait until you think that you’re good enough because that will never be achieved.”

“We have the ability to change the course of our lives whenever we want.  It’s just about connecting to that internal compass and honoring it, feeling it within the depths of ourselves.”

Links mentioned:

Mental Health First Aid Courses

Sock Drawer Stories Series

Connect with Teresa:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

On the next episode:

Vanessa Vakharia : The Math Guru / Goodnight, Sunrise

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Feb 25 2019

1hr 2mins


325: What to do when things get interrupted (w/ Alisa Kennedy Jones)

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Alisa Kennedy Jones is an American memoirist, blogger, novelist, and awkward public speaker. A regular contributor to NPR, her wildly popular blog Gotham Girl has amassed nearly 50K avid followers worldwide. She also writes for television and theater and lives with the absurdly titled "ecstatic epilepsy" which she's less than ecstatic about.

In her new book, Gotham Girl Interrupted: My Misadventures in Motherhood, Love and Epilepsy, she shares a collection of comedic essays about life with epilepsy as a single mother in Manhattan.

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In this episode, Alisa discusses:

-The story of her first seizure and being diagnosed with epilepsy.

-Learning in television and film that “nothing is precious.”

-The lesson that can be learned from improv acting: “Yes, and…”

-When it is time to move past the denial stage.

-How our brain’s function is to tell a story.

-The way in which it felt like she had a blank slate after every seizure.

-How she wanted to make her narrative different than the typical ones that involved suffering and alienation.

-The differences between writing a book and writing for television.

-How she had to push to express how she was feeling “right to her edge” in her writing.

-Dealing with the ultimate imposter syndrome of not recognizing yourself in the mirror.

-The importance making room for neurodiversity in our world, and why that was a major reason for her writing Gotham Girl Interrupted.

-How she wrote the entire first draft stream-of-consciousness.

-The experience of meeting the people who have read her book.

-How neuroplasticity helped her to find her words again.

-How boredom can actually be useful.

Alisa's Final Push will encourage you to write and speak to the edge of yourself!   Quotes:

“You can be doing things in the way that you think that you are most creative and then suddenly the world rushes in to tell you that you have some more thinking to do.”

“What was happening around me wasn’t that I was dying.  For me, it was like being trapped in a Van Gogh painting.”

“Denial works until your head is really hurting.”

“It was the ultimate reboot, in a way.  It was like waking up with a new brain.”

“I wanted to get at something more than just complaining about this thing that had happened.  I wanted more invention.  I wanted more imagination.  I wanted more.”

“I think that our world is better for a space that allows for neurodiversity.  Everyone is very differently wired.  I want us to make room for all different kinds of brains.”

“Don’t be afraid to write or speak to the edge of yourself, of your fears, of everything.”

Links mentioned:

Gotham Girl Interrupted: My Misadventures in Motherhood, Love and Epilepsy by Alisa Kennedy Jones

Connect with Alisa:

Website / Blog / Twitter

On the next episode:

Teresa Coulter : Website / Instagram

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Feb 18 2019



324: Defining yourself as a MAKER (w/ Sada Crawford)

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Sada Crawford is an artist and athlete who has always struggled with the question, "Am I an artistic athlete or an athletic artist?" as she strove for balance between passions.   She moved from Pasadena to Teton Valley six years ago, healing from a divorce and personal issues as she buried herself in renovating a small horse farm in the wilderness completely alone, though she had wolves, bear, moose, elk, foxes, and huge barn owls in a standoff for dominance of the property. Sada now lives on the Jackson side of Teton Valley, where she is finally dialed in, thriving, figuring out the best way to market and launch her jewelry design business, and focusing less on racing ultra marathons and running more for fun and inspiration; finding creativity in everything.   Full shownotes:

In this episode, Sada discusses:

-Her history as an ultra-marathoner.

-The similarities between ultra-running and creativity.

-“Binging” in the studio.

-How she first got interested in making jewelry.

-Dealing with her own feeling the being a jeweler is less legitimate than other forms of art.

-How calling herself a “maker” allows her the permission to try out other forms of art.

-The importance of remembering that art is meant to make others feel happy.

-How writing her artist statement gave her a backbone and motivation.

-The story of getting through a major injury.

-Her vow to find her true self after realizing that she didn’t know who she was.

-The difference between her killer instincts in racing versus her shyness to “win” at art.

-The need for creative individuals to find their tribe.

-The various ways that she is attempting to get in the back door of the industry.

Sada's Final Push offers you four unique and powerful ideas to help you in your creative life.   Quotes:

“I cannot stop being creative.  It’s like this fountain that’s just overflowing.  And the cool thing about it is that I feel like it’s never going to run dry.”

“I do not have to apologize for how I choose to thrive.”

“I’m thinking of all these backdoors and creative ways to get into the industry that other artists aren’t thinking about.”

“You cannot flourish if you are living with shame.”

Connect with Sada:

Website / Etsy / Instagram

On the next episode:

Alisa Kennedy Jones : Website / Twitter / Blog

Join the discussion in the Facebook group!

Feb 11 2019

1hr 5mins


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By Fit 2 Love JJ - Mar 08 2017
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Youngman, you are funny! Thank you for the Creative Push. We all need it!