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Conversations on creative culture, workflow, and productivity. The Busy Creator is for you, the creative professional working in arts, design, and media. You’ll hear direct from industry pros and learn the tools, techniques, and habits they’re using in their practice. We discuss strategies and pro tips you can use to be your most creative, productive self and excel in business.Past guests include designer and entrepreneur Armin Vit, design firm owner and professor Debbie Millman, Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut, author/speaker Todd Henry, and writer Jeff Goins, to name a few.

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Conversations on creative culture, workflow, and productivity. The Busy Creator is for you, the creative professional working in arts, design, and media. You’ll hear direct from industry pros and learn the tools, techniques, and habits they’re using in their practice. We discuss strategies and pro tips you can use to be your most creative, productive self and excel in business.Past guests include designer and entrepreneur Armin Vit, design firm owner and professor Debbie Millman, Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut, author/speaker Todd Henry, and writer Jeff Goins, to name a few.

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Prescott covers it all in a casual and informative manner. So helpful!

Great host and content

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Enjoyed episode 85 with Victor Yocco about incorporating Psychology into research and design.

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135 Ratings
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Everything You Need!

By Mndfuul - Jun 02 2017
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Prescott covers it all in a casual and informative manner. So helpful!

Great host and content

By Posworkspace - Sep 15 2016
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Enjoyed episode 85 with Victor Yocco about incorporating Psychology into research and design.
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Rank #1: Business Lessons for Creative Entrepreneurs & How to Launch an Online Community with Designer, Writer, and Podcaster Kathleen Shannon

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Kathleen Shannon (@AndKathleen) is a graphic designer and brand strategist, and co-founder of Being Boss, a podcast and community for creative entrepreneurs. Kathleen began as a staff art director, but learned entrepreneurial habits working on her side projects and blogging. She's now seeking to become a media mogul and serve the creative community.

In this conversation, we discuss the origins of Being Boss, how Kathleen learned systematic behaviour and stays organised, and the common mindsets of creative entrepreneurs.

Catch up with Kathleen on the Being Boss website or that of her agency, Braid Creative.

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Show Notes & Links
  • Prescott had a classmate named Kathleen, who went by Kate. Her mother, also Kathleen, went by Cassie.
  • Kathleen was almost named “Cinco”, born May 5
  • Prescott is born May 6, making the two both Tauruses
  • Kathleen describes herself as a “truth seeker & dream (job) chaser. Tea drinker & good food eater. Risk taker, magic maker & booty shaker.”
  • AndKathleen.com, Kathleen’s personal site and retired blog
  • “Creative Horcruxes”, websites and projects where we divide our passions, time, and attention
  • Kathleen co-owns Braid Creative with her sister Tara
  • Braid Creative is “Branding and business visioning agency for creative entrepreneurs”
  • The Being Boss podcast started in 2014 as a way for Kathleen to “grow the top of her funnel”
  • Emily Thompson (@EmilyM_Thompson), Kathleen’s partner in Being Boss
  • Prescott kept hearing about “your audience”, which sparked him to start The Busy Creator
  • Prescott admits that Being Boss is “ahead” of The Busy Creator in terms of spawning multiple forms (books, events, community classes, etc.)

"Show notes are a great way to increase search engine optimization."

—Kathleen Shannon

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  • The aim is transform Being Boss from a podcast into “multimedia conglomerate”
  • Chelsea Handler, Kathleen’s hero for hosting a tv show
  • Kathleen & Emily recently submitted a book for publishing (due out Spring 2018)
  • FreshBooks was a sponsor of Being Boss almost since the beginning, because they align
  • Being Boss Facebook Group, 17,000+ members strong, has grown almost beyond control

"How you feel at work affects how you feel at home, and vice versa."

—Kathleen Shannon

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"We didn't want to sully the waters with money."

—Kathleen Shannon

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"First, you have to be dedicated to your craft."

—Kathleen Shannon

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  • 10,000 hours
  • “Fit of Entrepreneurial Passion”, as described by Michael Gerber

"Nothing kills creativity like desperation."

—Kathleen Shannon

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"You can only connect the dots looking backwards."

—Steve Jobs

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"I didn't know this thing would need its own bank account one day!"

—Kathleen Shannon

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  • 7 People are involved with the production of Being Boss, including an editorial assistant and an audio editor
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber on Amazon and on Audible

"Most people are still in their struggle. There's never a 'there'."

—Kathleen Shannon

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"Your goals mean shit if you feel like shit along the way."

—Kathleen Shannon

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Tools Techniques
  • Ask your audience what they want, to create new content
  • Put in your 10,000 hours before becoming an entrepreneur; become a “confident expert”
  • Build a bridge before leaving your full-time job
  • Aim to replace your income before taking that last leap
  • Ask to be in client meetings; see the process up close
  • Share your process as you’re in it — publish along the way
  • Codify your methods, translate them to an e-course 
  • Find a “business bestie” and have “Skype dates”
  • Use your existing resources to bolster your side projects
  • Create an org. chart to plan future expansion, duties
  • Know every element of your business, and only outsource as needed
  • When overwhelmed, write top 3 items on a Post-It
  • Be a little more casual with your team when chatting on Slack
Habits
  • Drink Coffee and Tea every morning
  • Broadcast on Facebook Live a few times a week
  • Make decisions, whether they’re right or wrong
  • Respect your future self (through systems)
  • Have empathy for others and what they struggle with — it may be different from you
  • Put everything in Google Calendar
  • Work out first thing in the morning
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Oct 31 2016

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Rank #2: The Busy Creator 48 w/guest Artist Eric Kass

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Eric Kass (@funnel_erickass) is a Commercial Artist who has built a distinct solo practice across identity, graphic design, packaging design, and more. His practice — Funnel, the Fine Commercial Art Practice of Eric Kass — works with startups and artisanal food companies on developing all aspects of their brand story.

Our conversation cover Eric’s definition of a commercial artist, how we works with clients, and his new side project. Catch up with Eric on his website, Funnel.tv

Show Notes & Links
  • Eric creates “heart-made craft brands”
  • His practices reaches across naming, identity, packaging, point of sales, and more
  • Graphic Design isn’t a great term; “graphic” is too specific, “design” is too broad
  • Commercial Artist is a better description → art for sale
  • Branding always appealed to Eric for its ability to craft a narrative, to appreciate details (typography, logo, etc.)
  • Practice, a term usually applied to Medicine or Law, can also be applied to design (or Yoga)
  • The name Funnel emerged from Eric’s experiences and observations, as well as a reflection of his design process
  • Printed Ephemera by John Noel Claude Lewis On Amazon
  • Ephemerotica.com — Curated Compendium of the Coveted / Authentic & Inspired Vintage Goods

“Every company is now a media company.” —Seth Godin ← Click to Tweet

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Mar 09 2015

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Rank #3: The Busy Creator 50 w/John Lee Dumas & Kate Erickson

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John Lee Dumas (@JohnLeeDumas) & Kate Erickson (@KateLErickson) are the duo behind Entrepreneur on Fire, a daily podcast about business, life, and success. Working closely and dedicating themselves to systematic behaviour, John and Kate have built a massively successful business around their podcasts and blogging community.

This conversation discusses their individual workflows and systems, how they manage virtual assistants, and how working from home requires discipline and systems.

Check out their podcasts, blogs, communities, and courses over at EntrepreneurOnFire.com

Show Notes & Links
  • John doesn’t consider himself a creative person. He doesn’t have a “design bone” in his body, but his mouth is creative.
  • Kate worked in advertising and marketing on the accounts and project management side
  • Systematic behaviour for John means “always tweaking”

“Day one looks very different from today” —John Lee Dumas ← Click to Tweet

Tools
Techniques
  • While recording, use colour-coded markers as flags for yourself when editing
  • Listen to feedback and monitor social feedback and sharing
  • Use “skeleton writing” to jot down bullet points. This avoids the “blank paper syndrome”
  • Use Virtual Assistants (VAs) to extend your day-to-day capabilities
  • Keep roles distinct for VAs; don’t keep people guessing about what their duties will be
  • Before you hire a VA, spend one week writing down all your repetitive tasks
Habits
  • Keep a running list of ideas. Continually record inspiration for blog posts while reading, listening, watching.
  • Skype with your co-worker rather than interrupt each other
  • Take breaks throughout the day, especially if you work from home and don’t otherwise leave the house
  • Build domestic distractions into your morning routine (so they don’t reappear during the day) 
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Mar 23 2015

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Rank #4: The Busy Creator 43 w/guest Bob Calvano

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Bob Calvano (@bobcalvano) runs the digital media & design studio for A+E Networks, and oversees the development of mobile apps, websites, interfaces, and a variety of other design elements for A+E’s brands.

This conversation discusses his origins in digital and traditional design work, how he manages a diverse team of designers and programmers, and the challenges of working in the always-changing business of television and entertainment.

Show Notes & Links
Tools
Techniques
  • Use Agile framework for your design+development projects
  • Use Scrum framework to keep teams together
  • Kanban board to manage project stages
  • Mine your own data
  • Set up “teams of three”, where Art Directors work closely with a UX/UI designer and a developer
  • Turn your Project Managers into Scrum Masters on a Product Team (same thing but on a different model)
  • Use an all-digital workflow
  • Hire T-Shaped People and encourage them to grow
  • Present clickable prototypes rather than flat comps — it yields better results, even if it takes slightly longer
  • Use transit time to prepare for, and recover from, the working day. Meditate or at least mentally plan. 
Habits
  • Sketch during conversations; think out loud
  • Capture and measure all possible statistics; use data & metrics to inform decisions
  • Don’t base everything off data & metrics; trust your gut as designers 
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of design & digital media by going to conferences, taking classes, subscribing to magazines, take field trips
  • Wake up at 5:45
  • Eliminate Gluten & Dairy
  • Take the stairs! If you’re a commuter, they’re always right there.
  • On weekends, sleep as late as kids & dogs will allow
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Feb 02 2015

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Rank #5: The Busy Creator 15 w/guest Todd Henry

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 15 w/author, speaker, and creative consultant Todd Henry

Todd Henry (@ToddHenry) is an author, speaker, workshop leader, and creative consultant who has written two books on practices observed in successful creative professionals, and tactics for being prolific, brilliant, and healthy. He regularly speaks and consults with companies about how to develop practices and systems for success. In addition, he’s been writing and podcasting since 2005 on his website,Accidental Creative. Read more about Todd on his personal site.

For this particular discussion, we were slightly pressed for time, so to augment our chat, here is a video of Todd speakingat Creative Mornings in Cincinnati in November 2013.

 

Show Notes & Links
  • The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
  • Die Empty by Todd Henry
  • The Accidental Creative Podcast (iTunesStitcher)
  • Prescott calls Todd “The Patron Saint of Creative Productivity”
  • Todd calls himself an “Arms Dealer for the Creative Revolution”
  • “We battle against uncertainty everyday.”
  • Mitch Joel, “Embrace the Squiggle
  • Todd started as a musician, “as successful as [one] can be without being successful.”
  • “You can navigate to where you want to be from wherever you are.”
  • Purpose Paralysis — being halted by the search for The Thing
  • Rugby is a game of inches. Keep the ball; move forward one inch.
  • Writing a book is simple, but it isn’t easy. Same with running a marathon.
  • Focus is how you define the edges of your work.
  • Relationships help you see the world through different lenses.
  • Energy needs management; not just time.
  • Stimuli are things that inform your creative process.
  • Hours are the currency of productivity.
  • Don’t make friends, launch friends.
  • Your job is to make your boss’s job easier. Be resourceful.
  • Todd’s rhythms change throughout the year with his children, or with his speaking calendar. By season, essentially.
  • “The seeds of tomorrow’s brilliance are planted in the soil of today’s activity.”
  • Todd’s next book will be released summer 2015
Techniques
  • Break down large, difficult tasks into smaller bits. e.g. “Take one pill.”
  • Look for milestones on which to build motivation. Don’t start over every time.
  • Establish problem statements for each challenge or project. Your mind is wired to solve problems, not broad concepts.
  • Distill problems into The Big Three. The largest open loops in your life. Write those down so your mind can dwell on them.
  • Avoid relationships of convenience or obligation. Instead, build a circle of trusted people to discuss inspiration, challenges.
  • Develop a study plan which you can stick to.
  • Work on unneccesary creating.
  • Wake up early to chat with your circle.
  • Look out for unclear definitions of work.
  • Look out for unintentional stimuli (CNN, YouTube)
  • Do not check your email in the middle of the night out of fear-of-being-out-of-the-loop. That’s just absurd.
  • Let your rhythms serve you, not the other way around
Habits
  • Embrace the ebb and flow of productive seasons.
  • Work on being F.R.E.S.H. (Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours)
  • Speak to your circle regularly
  • Prune your obligations to preserve energy.
  • Evaluate which tasks are effective, not just efficient
  • Create habits of design, not default. Avoid the need for approval of others; listen to our own internal compass.
  • Be ruthless about your time and energy; don’t let people chip away at your best hours.

Jul 21 2014

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Rank #6: B-SIDE: Planning A Modern WordPress Website, with guest Avery Swartz

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Avery Swartz (@AverySwartz) joins Prescott to discuss the possibilities for the next version of BusyCreator.com. Together, the two discuss the capabilities of WordPress, best practices which Prescott is adopting (and should start), and the shortcomings of WordPress themes and plugins.

Oct 23 2016

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Rank #7: The Busy Creator 18 w/guest Debbie Millman

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 18 with Design Firm President, Author, Podcast Host, and Professor Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman (@DebbieMillman) is a design and branding industry impresario. She will, at any given moment, be involved in a multitude of projects and roles across the profession. For nearly 20 years, she’s been the President ofSterling Brands, a design and brand strategy firm based in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Since 2005, she’s hosted Design Matters, one of the most successful radio shows (now podcasts) about design and creativity. She also founded and chairs the Master’s in Branding course at theSchool of Visual Arts in New York, and has authored numerous books.

In this episode, Debbie speaks about the structure and workflow of Sterling — now a corporate agency, how she stays energized across her many endeavors, and how she’s still working to overcome awkwardness in her life and career. We also get to hear the story of how Debbie and Prescott first met.

 

 
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Show Notes & Links
  • Prescott discovered Design Matters while working a crappy job working for a startup marketing firm.
  • Helvetica, by Gary Hustwit
  • Prescott is standing on the shoulders of giants with his podcast
  • Debbie describes herself as a brand consultant, wannabe artist, and chair of the MFA Master’s in Branding at SVA
  • Debbie and her partners at Sterling sold to the businessOmnicom in 2008
  • Sterling defines itself as a Brand Consultancy with three disciplines – Design, Strategy, and Innovation
  • DeeDee Gordon runs Innovation from Los Angeles; Austin McGhie runs Strategy from San Francisco
  • Sterling acquired Philippe Becker in San Francisco, joining that to their studio.
  • Simon Lince is Sterling’s Chief Creative Officer in New York, with four Creative Directors under him. Same with Philippe Becker in SF.
  • Sterling consciously went to the traditional advertising agency model, rather than a “bullpen” model, with lots of cross-disciplinary work. It was “less deliberate”.
  • “Institutional knowledge” is important for growth within an agency. Helps to serve clients year-on-year.
  • Design strategy entails asking questions: What is the brand? What is the criteria for success? What is the “whitespace” we want to uncover? Can we own that space? What is the dynamic for change within an organization? etc.
  • “Common vocabulary does not always equate to common behavior.”
  • “The only people that really like brand design changes are brand designers.” (joking/not joking)
  • “Ambiguity is never seen positively.” (e.g., ambiguous emails)
  • Package design is a “very specific language.” One must know the grammar of a language, but not necessarily all the dialects, which are learned on the job.
  • Design Matters is a cultural force, whether Debbie thinks it or no.
  • Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, 2011
  • Bill Drentell
  • Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss), Swiss Miss
  • Maria Popova (@Brainpicker), Brainpickings
  • Debbie does “an exhausting amount of research” for Design Matters interviews
  • 20-50 pages of notes for each guest, reduced to 5 pages of questions
  • Lining Up a Shot
  • Design Matters on SoundCloud
  • “I don’t even know that I was a fully formed human being when I was 30.”
  • All The Wrong People Have Self-Esteem by Laurie Roselwald
  • Adult Onset Awkward
  • “Getting your first job out of college is like starting kindergarten all over.”
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellent, then, is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle
  • Babson College
  • Omnicom University
  • Nancy Kane, from Harvard Business School
  • Information Recreation
  • Design Observer
  • Brand New (and all the UnderConsideration blogs)
  • Design*Sponge
  • HOW and Print
  • The New York Times
  • CNN
  • The Wall St. Journal
  • The New Yorker
  • Vogue
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Scientific American / SciAm Mind on airplanes, where it’s quiet(?)
  • “Multitasking is the enemy of focused creativity”
  • Debbie is now ashamed of her past pride as a multi-tasker
  • “When the going gets tough, we go to Facebook.”
  • Multi-tasking is usually “rapid-switching”
  • Lisa Grant, Debbie’s better half at Sterling
  • J’aime Cohen, original SVA dir. of operations
  • Mark Dudlik, current SVA partner in crime
  • Curtis Fox, producer for Design Matters
  • Energy management is more important than time management.
Tools
Techniques
  • Copy the habits of small studios and create “in-house studios” within the larger agency
  • Allow strong personality to exist and thrive in a company; build a culture as such
  • Prepare strategy and challenges during proposal/pitch stage. Don’t wait until you’ve won it.
  • Want something done? Ask a busy person — they have less time to procrastinate.
  • Learn what you’re good at. Production/details? Coming up with ideas?
Habits
  • Celebrate small victories, such as winning a new project or client
  • Sleep a lot. 8 hours at least.
  • Eat better. (better than soda, candy, cigarettes, that is.)
  • Read constantly.

Aug 11 2014

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Rank #8: The Busy Creator 54, The Art of Work w/Jeff Goins

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Jeff Goins (@JeffGoins) is the author of a new book titled The Art of Work. In researching the book, Jeff has realised that the subject is bigger than a book, and has already moved into creating a movement, branching out to online communities and training to help people find their calling at work and in life.

Our conversation discusses the origins of the The Art of Work, the trouble creative pros face at work, and some of his writing methodologies. Catch up with Jeff on his many social media platforms or via website, GoinsWriter.com.

The Art of Work is available now in print and digital formats (Kindle, ePub, PDF) and will be available soon as an audiobook. Check out ArtOfWorkBook.com for all info.

 

Show Notes & Links
  • Your life’s work, a huge topic

“I didn’t try to talk about [your life’s work] with authority, I just tried to talk about it with curiosity.”

—Jeff Goins

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“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”

—Frederick Buechner

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“You can only connect the dots looking backwards.”

—Steve Jobs

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“You’ve got to do some dot-collecting before you can do some dot-connecting.”

—Lindsay Katt

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“What if hidden in your difficulties are opportunities?”

—Jeff Goins

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“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I need to listen to my life telling me who I am.”

—Parker Palmer

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Tools
Techniques
  • Listen to your life, look for themes and threads
  • Don’t “take a leap”, instead “build a bridge” to your next role or job
  • Do an “internal pivot”, find a new scope of work in your current organisation or help create a new department
  • Change the way you’re approaching today’s work in preparation for what’s to come
  • Listen to your body (pain, rashes, etc.)
  • Use teaching to make an impact, connect with community
  • Use the Three-Bucket Method (Notes/Ideas, Drafts, Edits) to write a book
  • Use the Five-Draft Method to go from manuscript to completed work
Habits
  • Take your ideas “up” rather than kvetching to co-workers who can’t make changes
  • Use your “byproducts” — your blog posts and speeches can become a book if the ideas are sound
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Apr 20 2015

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Rank #9: The Busy Creator 46 w/guest Lindsay Katt

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Lindsay Katt (@LindsayKatt) is a multi-faceted artist & musician based in New York. Her musical work spans several genres across the pop & rock sectors, in addition to work for television and film.

Our discussion meanders a bit on the nature of art, cycles and seasons of creative work, the songwriting process — if there is one — and how creative pros can possibly keep up with today’s wacky world of social media.

Keep up with Lindsay via her many social media outlets, or on her website, Lindsay Katt Music

 

Show Notes & Links
  • Lindsay Katt’s website describes her as an Artist, Musician, Painter, Thinker, Tinkerer, Hugger, Dreamer, Lover, Maker … Still Deciding, and Ever Changing.
  • Lindsay wants to “do all the things”
  • She’s also a producer, director, merry-maker
  • “Really well-done DIY is learning how to hire people more talented than you” ← Click to Tweet
  • Art-shame culture; thinking “art isn’t a real job”
  • Lindsay worked three different day-jobs to pay her way through school (studying psychology & pre-med)
  • Lindsay was home-schooled on forty acres in Montana; learned arts and culture at home
  • Lindsay was “fired” by her piano teacher, but resumed playing as a rebellious teen
  • Studies show that during middle school you don’t learn anything
  • Deliberate Practice
  • There are seasons of creative flow
  • “It’s takes some dot-collecting before you can do any dot-connecting.” ← Click to Tweet
  • The Nature of Rest
  • The Avant Gardener, forthcoming project from Lindsay Katt, produced by Yakov
  • “Why do we have soundtracks to movies, but not filmtracks to albums?” ← Click to Tweet
  • Dark Side of The Rainbow: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon played over The Wizard of Oz (which allegedly helped break up Pink Floyd)
  • Beyoncé
  • “Art is how we decorate our space; music is how we decorate our time.” attr. aclayhutchings on Reddit
  • Post-It Pitching, as they do in Hollywood (e.g. Alien = Jaws in Space)
  • Product Hunt (e.g. Tinder for Dogwalkers)
  • Claude Kelly
  • “Everybody is chasing goosebumps.” —Claude Kelly ← Click to Tweet
  • My Happy, on Lindsay’s first album, Picking Out Boxes, came into being in about 30 minutes
  • Lindsay leans on the side of not-keeping-things-in-a-straight-line
  • “If I can’t be fearless, I at least want to be brave.” ← Click to Tweet
  • The Impostor Syndrome
  • Lindsay still struggles with a form of stage-fright
  • Lindsay Katt on Twitter
  • Lindsay Katt on Facebook
  • Lindsay Katt on Instagram
  • Lindsay Katt on SoundCloud
  • Lindsay Katt on YouTube
Tools
Techniques
  • Rest your body and mind to improve your performance — in sports and in creative work
  • Take an “ear-break”
  • Commercial work is about diligence — writing multiple lines, fulfilling the brief, etc.
  • Look for lyrics to lead the melody, or vice-versa
  • Move away from handwritten notes and scribbles (there’s no space for all that paper in NYC)
  • Use trigger words to remind yourself of notes. Leave “breadcrumbs” for Evernote.
  • Ask for help; work on overcoming “artist shame”
Habits
  • Jot down ideas as they emerge
  • Take breaks from your work (to collect dots)
  • Converse and meet with other artists 
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Feb 23 2015

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Rank #10: The Busy Creator 14 w/guest Novelist Laura Thomas

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Laura Thomas (@Laura_Raptor) is a writer living and working in Canada. Previously, she has published a full-length novel, but has changed her focus to the short form novella, especially in the Erotica genre. Laura has created a productive workflow and lifestyle that allows her to publish up to three stories per week to online and via electronic platforms like the Amazon Kindle.

Check out Laura under her pen name, Selena Storm, (@Selena_Storm) where you can find about 40 titles.

 

Show Notes & Links
Tools
Techniques
  • Use a crummy computer to avoid distractions while writing
  • Use a different computer in a different setting to see a document with fresh eyes
  • As the document evolves, use an e-reader to keep things fresh
  • Format the text for each format, following guidelines for each publishing platform and device
  • Write three books to sell as a bundle (buy two get the third free)
  • Try disconnecting from the Internet to actually get something done
Habits
  • Create a morning routine, as you would for a job
  • Keep the “lunch break” brief
  • Treat writing — and promotions — like a full-time job
  • Some kind of media (like television) in the background

Jul 07 2014

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Rank #11: The Busy Creator 9, Evernote for contact management w/guest Bob Stanke

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Bob Stanke (@BobStanke) is the Director of Digital Media for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Over the years, he’s become an expert in Evernote, and has created several workflows he uses everyday to manage his bookmarks and other important information. In this episode, he shares with Prescott how he designed a system to use Evernote for contact management, including how that translates to use on mobile devices and how to create searchable data for future use.

Show Notes & Links
Tools
Techniques
  • Use pre-defined notes
  • Build your own workflow, if  you have a complex, custom need
  • Set up an email-into system to create Notes on the fly
  • Make custom fields (ex. Pet) as you need them
  • Use a #Hashtag in a Note to create fast-search capabilities
  • Integrate Evernote with Android phones to make calls quickly
  • Use Evernote to create podcast show notes
  • Use FollowUpThen for job-hunting, get better responses
Habits
  • Record notes about people after meeting them
  • Use FollowUpThen to stay in touch with people, especially after meeting
  • Add metadata to a bookmark when adding to Evernote

Apr 28 2014

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Rank #12: The Busy Creator 17, Music Streaming Apps & Websites, w/guest Charles Penn

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Charles Penn is a musician and music producer based in New Jersey. Together with Prescott they discuss the state of music on the Internet, including listening, buying, sharing, and the potential to collaborating world-wide. The conversation moves to music promotion and tactics for artists starting out. Check out Charles’s music on his website, The Sounds of The Underground.

 

 
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Tools
Techniques
  • For Pandora, only vote songs down. Otherwise, you’ll hear the exact same song again and again.
  • Search for stations on the Internet Radio stream. Discover something unexpected.
  • Exchange features with other up-and-coming artists, then cross-promote for each other
Habits
  • Search randomly. Don’t “plan” your music.
  • Give away your music to build a fan base. The money will come.
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Aug 04 2014

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Rank #13: The Busy Creator 23 Building a Business While Traveling The World, w/guest Christina Canters

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The Busy Creator Podcast ep. 23, Building a Business While Traveling The World, w/guest Christina Canters

Christina Canters (@cjcanters) is an architect-turned-entrepreneur who left her native Melbourne, Australia to travel the world as she builds her new consulting and teaching business, Design Draw Speak.

This conversation focuses on travel, as well as the mindset and preparation required to build a new business on the road. Christina and Prescott share their war stories — and fond memories — from travels and studies abroad, and commiserate about the prices of certain goods in different places. Keep up with Christina and her travels via her blog,Kips and Kale.

 

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Tools
Techniques
  • Before you leave for a trip, transfer stuff to cloud storage and get rid of a lot of your crap
  • Travel light. Literally, and spiritually.
  • Don’t mind the clunky video edits
  • Go to lots of events, especially in a new city
Habits
  • Wake up early, before the world is up
  • Celebrate what you got done by mid-day
  • Eat right and exercise, even from the road
  • Build a workflow you can torture-test. Print receipts, save a PDF, keep backups. Save multiple copies and don’t rely on a single point of failure.
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Sep 15 2014

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Rank #14: The Busy Creator 51 w/guest Peter Kubilus

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Peter Kubilus (@PeterKubilus) is an interiors and architectural photographer based in metro New York. Following studies in both photography and architectural engineering, Peter has created a practice photographing offices, hotels, residences, and more.

Our conversation covers his origins in photography, how he came to specialise in architecture, and the workflow of setting up lights and creating his images.

Check out Peter’s photography at his website, kubilusphoto.com

 

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  • Peter describes his work as modern, clean, refined, not messy
  • Previous photographers on The Busy Creator Podcast include Bill WadmanChristine BlackburneTaylor Mathis
  • Peter only photograph’s “The built environment”
  • Seton Hall Prep, high school in New Jersey
  • Peter’s first introduction to architecture and building came from visits to his father’s build sites as a youth
  • Architectural DigestArchitectural RecordInterior Design magazine
  • Peter’s college classes “activated the creative side his head”
  • Prescott and Peter grew up in neighboring towns, both attended Drexel University, but didn’t meet until later.
  • “Circulation” is the term for a person moving through architecture, being at scale, etc.
  • Colour Temperature (mixtures of LEDs, Fluorescents, Sunlight)
  • Shooting for a hotel may mean conveying a lifestyle. Shooting for the architect may center around materials.
  • Peter’s projects range in scale from a kitchen to a 30-story building
  • Each image can take a few hours to set up, yielding only a few images per day
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) composites in Photoshop

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“Just because I’m not out in the field shooting doesn’t mean I’m not working.” —Peter Kubilus ← Click to Tweet

Tools
Techniques
  • Take a walk-through of a built space before you photograph
  • Ask the architect questions — he or she knows the plan inside and out
  • Find the right angle, then strip out extraneous material that might distract from the shot
  • Take point-and-shoot photos during a walkthrough
  • Don’t allow objects in a shot to overlap. This may require micro-rotations.
  • Stage the room first, then light it
  • Take multiple shots at different exposures so you can built it later in Photoshop as needed
  • Get the image right “in the camera” so you only have to spend 20–30 minutes in Photoshop
  • Use Lightroom to pare down your images. Then bring to Photoshop for retouching.
  • Deliver files via Dropbox rather than FTP.
  • Attend networking events, even as frequently as 4 days a week.
  • Use email newsletters rather than mini-portfolios — at least you can track who opens emails
  • Have a website with portfolio samples
  • Spend 30 minutes a week on LinkedIn
  • Wake up early and do those digital time-wasters before you start work
  • Use an assistant for shoots
Habits
  • Maintain a presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook fan pages
  • Backup your files immediately after connecting your camera
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Mar 30 2015

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Rank #15: The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 42 with Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Animator & Writer Laurie Rosenwald

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Laurie Rosenwald (@RosenWorld) is an artist, designer, illustrator, writer, and all-around creative spirit. Throughout her careers, she’s managed to fly under the radar of New York’s design and publishing industries and still be recognised for her distinct style and wit.

Our conversation focuses on her origins in the creative fields, her working style, and her new workshops. See some of Laurie’s work on her studio page, Rosenworld.com.

 

Show Notes & Links
Tools
Techniques
  • Use email to flirt
  • Go on instinct (if your instincts are good)
  • Write down ideas and save them for later
  • Make something first, and find a place for it later
  • Don’t start with a blank page: Make a blob or something
  • Make your own pigments, paint, and gesso
  • Draw with a squeeze bottle
  • Photograph collages at various stages to add a digital component
  • Use Photoshop & Illustrator in the most “baby” way
  • Rent out your apartment when you’re traveling!
Habits
  • Floss and use toothpicks (or those bristles things)
  • Wake up early and enjoy being home
  • Ride a bike whenever possible 
  • Retreat to a secret place, perhaps a library, for writing
  • Write or paint to fill time between client projects
  • Never sketch
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Jan 26 2015

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Rank #16: The Busy Creator 11 w/guests Michael Sacca & Alex Rolek

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The Busy Creator episode 11, w/guests Michael Sacca and Alex Rolek, co-founders of Brandisty.com

Michael Sacca (@MichaelSacca) and Alex Rolek (@AlexRolek) are the co-founders of Brandisty.com, a website that allows companies to put their brand on the web. The duo started out as a small agency doing web design and software development before shifting towards a B2B product. Along with Prescott, they discuss the origins of Brandisty, how they went about getting early feedback, and the day to day scrappiness of running a small web software company.

Show Notes & Links
  • Brandisty is a small software company, about 5 staffers plus contractors
  • TinyFactory, the agency from which Brandisty was born
  • Brandisty’s inception was born from frustration — “can I get a transparent PNG?”
  • Valio Con, a design conference where Brandisty was introduced as a beta product
  • The Busy Creator on Brandisty
  • Delete Blood Cancer on Brandisty
  • TinyFactory started as an agency
  • Michael studied the music business
  • Alex studied finance and real estate development
  • Entrepreneurs struggle to install productivity habits
  • Distractions at work are annoying
  • The difference between marketing and sales
  • The conference was to validate the idea
  • “customer service is our marketing”
  • Say Rhythm rather than Routine.
  • Alex endorses a lifestyle of moderation
Tools
Techniques
  • Use a blackboard in your office. Keep it old school
  • Keep a Kanban board with projects; rearrange as necessary
  • Use small post-its on the cards
  • Don’t use a mobile phone app to do your laundry (it’s not needed!)
  • Use the Rubber Duck test
  • Template your email responses and communication tools
  • Set “Do Not Disturb” mode for the working day, counter-interuitively
  • Generate potential leads, do some research, ask them to become beta testers
  • Generate leads from content and social media
  • Aim for better quality traffic, not necessarily more
  • Give up coffee or alcohol; observe results.
  • Don’t forget to read books, in addition to blog posts, to learn other people’s perspectives
Habits
  • Get everyone together for planning and vision; let people work independently from there
  • Monday morning meeting: plan the week, review stats, update on all departments
  • Friday meeting focused on marketing and to review stats
  • Handle communication and responses in the morning; focus on productivity the rest of the day
  • Alex favors the “anti-routine”, and fear of monotony. Varies his wake-up and work-out times.
  • Michael favors a strict routine (due to fatherhood). Gym in the morning, breakfast, show, and off to work.
  • Wake up before the sun rises.
  • Try networking events in the morning, rather than those in the evenings

May 19 2014

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Rank #17: The Busy Creator 56, Mind Hacking w/Sir John Hargrave

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Sir John Hargrave (@SirJohnHargrave) is the CEO of Media Shower, a content marketing and media company. Following a background as a high profile internet prankster, he has examined the conditions and obstacles that modern professionals face — many of which are mental. His upcoming book Mind Hacking discusses techniques for training a stronger mind and overcoming these obstacles.

Our conversation discusses the symptoms that affect creative pros and how we can hack our mind with simple, daily techniques and habits.

More information about the book is available at MindHacki.ng. The book isn’t published until 2016, but previews and digital versions are available on the site.

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“[Mind-Hacking] is a bit like training a disobedient dog.”

—Sir John Hargrave

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“We need to de-mistify meditation. It’s strength training for the mind.”

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“When you split an atom, energy escapes. When you switch tasks, focus escapes.”

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Tools
Techniques
  • Learn to detach from your mind, to observe moments where we stray and get distracted
  • Concentration Training aka Mindfulness aka Meditation
  • Treat Concentration Training like a video game. Award yourself “awareness points” whenever you bring your mind back from distraction
  • Replace “All or Nothing” thinking with “Habit Formation” thinking
  • Set up a queue and a reward for each [desired] habit
  • Keeps rewards positive and healthy (smoothies, relaxing with a book)
  • “Eat a frog” early in the day
  • Reduce Multitasking, Increase Focus
  • Mental Decluttering: look for alerts and distractions you can shut off
Habits
  • Produce something everyday; eventually your quality will improve as well as quantity
  • Make list of “Positive Loops”, small goals which help your practice and life
  • 3MIT methodology
  • Get mental rest during the day, not just at the end
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May 04 2015

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Rank #18: The Busy Creator 20, Building and Growing a Small Design Firm, w/guest Josh Miles

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The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 20, Building and Growing a Small Design Firm, w/guest Josh Miles

Josh Miles (@JoshMiles) founded Miles Design, an independent graphic design firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, after organically growing his freelance practice. Following some hi-profile work in a narrow sector, he’s grown his team to nine employees, taking care to build a healthy workplace culture along the way.

Josh and his team at Miles Design

In this discussion, Josh shares some of the challenges for growing and maintaining a design business, as well as some of the tools and tactics he uses to keep the team in sync and doing great work.

 

 
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Tools
Techniques
  • Bring in people who are better than you
  • Put workplace culture first, especially if you feel it’s missing. Maybe start over.
  • Give your team permission to fail. Allow them to present their work, come what may.
  • Invent company rituals. Celebrate small stuff.
  • Test new workflows and tools
  • Follow up with clients after 3 or 6 months to track results
  • Be known for one thing and be good at it
Habits
  • Arrive in the office early. Get stuff done before the gang arrives.
  • Head out early on Fridays as a team. Decompress together.
  • Take a few hours to work solo and clear things

Aug 25 2014

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Rank #19: The Busy Creator 10, w/guest Erica Heinz

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The Busy Creator Podcast episode 10, with guest Web Designer Erica Heinz

Erica Heinz (@ericaheinz) is a web designer in Brooklyn, NY. As a veteran freelancer, she’s work for a variety of clients and sectors, lately focusing on fast development around humanitarian and public sector projects. She’s also a teacher of web design, and of yoga. Together, Prescott and Erica discuss tools of the trade, best practices for web designers, how to continue to learn, and how to avoid becoming overwhelmed by systems. This episode features the most in-depth show notes to date, with a ton of links to websites, tools, and tips.

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Tools
Techniques
  • Clarify team roles as to who does what (e.g. UX, front-end design, back-end dev.)
  • Stay ahead of the curve to avoid headache later
  • Use Post-Its on a wall; colour-code for different aspects
  • Keep a postcard wall (outside of the computer)
  • Rearrange your Top 3 on the board, use small Post-Its on top of the index cards
  • Find a set of tools that work for you. You don’t have to be up-to-date on everything.
  • Go for 80%; let go of the compulsive tweaking of the last bit.
  • Use three-letter client codes
  • Use bullets to indicate time requirements (e.g. •••big effort, •not so much)
  • Learn how to build stuff from scratch
  • Be honest about what you should be doing in each moment
  • Try yoga or breathing techniques
Habits
  • Systematize your projects for sharing and collaborating.
  • Maintain the system, but not to a crippling degree.
  • Keep email separated by inboxes
  • Keep learning. Keep updating your workflows and skills.
  • Erica’s workflow Phase 1. Content and Site Map, Brand
  • Erica’s workflow Phase 2. Visual expression, typography, and details
  • Erica’s workflow Phase 3. Development, frameworks
  • Comment your own HTML and CSS code (e.g. “// Trust me, keep this.”)
  • Change your routines every once in a while
  • Erica is a night owl, enjoys being “out of sync”
  • Break your day into 2- or 3-hour chunks
  • Keep “busy” work for later in the day, when your brain is tired

May 05 2014

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Rank #20: The Busy Creator 16 w/guest Marie Poulin

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 Marie Poulin (@MariePoulin) is a Digital Strategist and Web Designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Following her early work in a small Toronto-based studio, Marie set out on her own and established a solo web design practice before making a more recent transition to strategy. Marie has taken on more self-initiated projects, launchingDigital Strategy School, powered by Doki, the online teaching platform she helped build. Along the way she’s become resourceful and has had to teach herself a host of new skills. Marie can be seen on her site, MariePoulin.com

Show Notes & Links
Tools
Techniques
  • Be mindful of different working styles and personalities in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Facebook groups for professional insight
  • Share your behind-the-scenes process will help your peers and the industry
  • Use Wishlist to have your clients become “members”, with on-boarding and training built in
  • Set up a secret Pinterest board to collaborate with clients
  • Record your screen to teach staff necessary tasks
  • Number tasks and task components for easy organization
  • No meetings on Mondays
  • Use a Vision Board — a place to list goals for the month or year, big plans and project.
Habits
  • Take it upon yourself to learn new skills
  • Pick up good habits from the jobs you have; leave the bad ones
  • Learn best practices [for programming] from a true developer
  • Design your morning routine, even if it’s a later morning
  • Share your processes with people, even if it’s imperfect
  • Keep a “praise” folder in Evernote, email, etc.

Jul 28 2014

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