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Surf Coast Creatives

Telling the stories of doers, thinkers and creatives on the Surf Coast in Australia. Hear interviews with Artists, Designers, Photographers, Illustrators, Craftsmen, Speakers, Leaders, Adventurers and more. Each episode is packed full of insight and a good dose of practical hints and tips for business & life. Tune in today with your hosts Ben Hucker & Jess Mellington.

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#43: Finding the Silver Lining & Doing a 180 After Personal Tragedy - Jenna Hutchison from Love Ludie

We chat with Torquay local Jenna Hutchison about the transition from business owner to a full-time artist in episode #43 of the podcast. In her first two years painting, Jenna sold two commissions. She had a lot to learn. Take two during 2020 and she sold eighty-seven commissions in short thrift. Jenna shares how momentum built as an artist in 2020 has led her on the path to successful collaborations with other creatives. But there’s so more much packed in too. From learning how to make candles at home 8 years ago and making them by chance for a friend’s wedding, Jenna’s candles eventually featured in Vogue. It was the birth of Jenna's first business, Love Ludie.From there, Jenna garnered more attention and was eventually stocked in +50 stores all over Australia and the U.S.There was an epiphany to come though after Jenna went through the traumatic experience of losing her Dad to cancer. Find out how she dealt with this painful period of grief which still impacts her today.In this episode you will learn:How Jenna went from flat broke to 87 commissions in 2020Why 2020 got real busy for Jenna and why she shut her retail store downHow Jenna got featured in Vogue at the start of her journeyHow Jenna dealt with the loss of her Dad to cancer when she was working in the cityOn painting, collaborations, and sponsorship with Microsoft Practical tips for building a HUGE following on InstagramAbout Jenna Hutchison:Jenna Hutchison is a self-taught artist from Torquay, Victoria. She is the talent behind LoveLudie, an artistic brand that creates art, candles and incorporates workshops on yoga and art. Jenna’s works have reached many partners and gained a ton of sponsorship from different brands and events all over Australia and the US. Some of her products have graced the pages of Vogue and have landed in the stores of surf brand Quiksilver. Connect with Jenna Hutchison on:Website:              https://www.loveludie.com/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/loveludie/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/loveludie Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:              https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreativesThis episode is brought to you by our new partner Maxted Clothing. Tune into Ep.9 of the podcast to hear more about Maxted’s story and go in the draw to WIN A WEEKEND AWAY at Barwon Heads. 

50mins

28 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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#42: Building Momentum as an Artist & Finding the Off Switch - Geoffrey & Rowena from Martinich&Carran

Join us for our chat with professional artists Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich. They talk about artistic risk, the intricate balance of life and art, and the necessary hustle when it comes to the business side of art. Make no bones, for Geoffrey and Rowena, art is a 24/7 thing. Despite their success to date, Geoffrey & Rowena both agree there is always that sense of hesitancy that never goes away as a creative—something that Geoffrey describes as “never-ending stage fright.” There is so much more too. Tune in for their take on work ethic, curiosity, business skills, and the inevitable burnout and how to deal with it. In this episode you will learn:How to keep the ball rolling as an artist and running with momentumWhy it’s important to walk away or take a break from artistic workThe nature of working with different clients and commissionsHaving a firm belief that "your art is your business"The common challenges of doing art full-time and as a partnershipAbout Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich:Melbourne-based artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran work both independently and collaboratively to create giant public murals and collectible artworks. Their art has adorned buildings and spaces throughout Australia, as well as prominent international commissions and exhibitions. Their work as individual artists informs and inspires their collaborative projects, marrying their two diverse practices of vibrant Abstract Expressionism and Representational painting. Martinich&Carran's projects often blur the boundaries between art and design with a strong focus on colour.Connect with Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich on:Website:              https://www.martinichandcarran.com.au/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/martinichandcarran/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/martinichandcarran/ Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:              https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreativesThis episode is brought to you by our NEW SPONSOR Maxted Clothing. Tune into Ep.9 of the podcast to hear more about Maxted’s story.

1hr 4mins

19 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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#41: The Worst Year of Your Life Then Somebody Introduces You to Oprah - Claire Summers from Gratitude Glass Jars

Join your host Ben Hucker with Torquay guest, Claire Summers. Ben speaks to Claire about a cascade of traumatic life events that hit her in 2017. Oprah entered Claire’s life not long after. Claire is the founder of Gratitude Glass Jars which became a viral sensation in 2017 after the ‘Big O’ came across her product.But an unhealthy relationship, the loss of a dearly wanted baby, nursing her father through terminal cancer, a near-death experience with IVF treatment, and being sexually harassed by her new boss meant Claire almost didn’t make it for her first meeting with Oprah.Tune in to hear the rest of that story and learn how Claire set about retraining her mind to tackle life’s lemons with gratitude. In this episode we cover:The Gratitude Glass Jar – one card a day for 365 days a year.How Claire never planned for Gratitude Glass Jars to become a business.How Oprah came across Claire and her Glass Jars.Claire’s former life as a corporate highflyer and technology executive.Claire’s near-death experience with IVF treatment, losing her Dad, dealing with an abusive relationship and sexual harassment in the workplace. About Claire Summers:Claire created Gratitude Glass Jars to help her heal from distressing life events by capturing daily notes of gratitude. These notes enabled her to rebuild herself and her heart. She made them while in her Mum’s care after a lengthy hospital stay. A month later, she had a job opportunity in the US. Despite her fear, Claire took the job, believing it to be her way forward.But only weeks into her new role in a new country, she found herself being sexually harassed by her boss. After all this, Claire was still aware of the power of gratitude. This concept had helped her in the past and could potentially help others. Seeking some light-hearted relief, Claire took her Gratitude Glass Jar to the New York Now Trade Show. It was where her life changed forever.Connect with Claire Summers on:Website:              https://www.gratitudeglassjars.com/LinkedIn:              https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-summers-28479643Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/gratitudeglassjars/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/gratitudeglassjars/ Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:              https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreativesEp.41 is brought to you by our new sponsor Maxted Clothing. Make sure you go in the running to WIN A LUXURY WEEKEND AWAY at Barwon Heads. More details on Maxted's website. 

1hr 9mins

6 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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#40: A 30-Year Dream To Work For a Top Surfing Mag and Now He Owns It? Ray Bisschop from Surfing Life

Our guest for this episode of the podcast is the editor and owner of Surfing Life Magazine, Ray Bisschop.Ray has been described as a “visual marketing genius” by some of his peers. He’s also a designer, photographer, loving husband and devoted Dad who started surfing about 35 years ago.In fact, surfing lit the spark for an interest in all things creative. These two elements combined have led Ray on a three-decade journey to become owner and publisher of Surfing Life magazine, But he had his fair share of challenges in between. He spent 30 years dreaming of the day he could for a blue-chip surf mag like Surfing Life. The lesson? Do not give up on your dreams. There is so much wisdom packed into this episode of the podcast along with some ripping yarns. We cover: The definition of a creative and what is an entrepreneur?30 years later, never give up on your dreams.The most sustainable thing you can do when it comes to work…How budding surf photographers and writers can get published in a mag like Surfing Life.The difference between print and digital media – kind like coffee makers and instant coffee!Plus, so much more…About Ray Bisschop:Ray dreamt about working at Surfing Life magazine for the last 30 years. Starting out as a graphic designer who'd always surfed, he thought there could be nothing better than working in the same field as your passion. Thirty years later, Ray is doing precisely that.He’s seen it all in his long career, from working as an analog designer to web, photography, video, and social media, finishing up as a Creative Director before taking on his current role. The one takeaway Ray has from this whole experience is... “never give up on your dreams.”Ray is a firm believer that the more we learn about technology and ourselves, the more we understand how certain things can never be replaced like a mother's warm hug, a cold glass of beer, and the visceral effect a print magazine has on readers. Connect with Ray Bisschop on:Website:              https://www.surfinglife.com.au/LinkedIn:              https://www.linkedin.com/in/raybisschop/?originalSubdomain=auFacebook:           https://www.facebook.com/raybisschopInstagram:          https://www.instagram.com/raybisschop/Twitter:                https://twitter.com/raybisschop/ Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:              https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreatives

1hr 15mins

30 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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#39: An Illustrator's Journey From the Northern Beaches of Spain to the Surf Coast - Fabiana Aguilar from fabiaguilar.com

Our guest for this episode of the podcast is a hugely talented illustrator by the name of Fabiana Aguilar.Fabi is currently in the process of making the move from Melbourne to the Surf Coast. Born on the Northern beaches of Spain and raised between Senegal, Canada and Spain, Fabi got used to moving from country to country from a young age. As an adult, she has spent long periods of time in France, Ireland, Italy, the Caribbean and for the last 3 years, Australia. Fabi comes from a family of creatives: a portrait painter and pianist grandma, photographer and screenwriter mum and Doctor Dad who loves to surf. Fabi's Dad got a little concerned (in a good way) when Fabi decided to go all-in as an illustrator and designer though. Find out how Fabi dealt with this pressure from Dad (and others).There’s so much packed into this episode of the podcast so we hope you enjoy it! We cover:Travelling solo and finding your passionWhy Fabi became an illustratorHow to build a brand in a foreign country Learning Aussie EnglishSteaking your claim as a young female artistThe apps and tools that Fabi uses to stay on trackThere's no denying that art and illustration is part of Fabi's DNA. Check out her gallery on Instagram when you get a chance and say a big hola!Leave us a rating on iTunes after the episode or better yet share the podcast with ONE friend. That would really help us out.This is episode #39 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast with your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington.Explore Your Creativity Join Skillshare to watch, play, learn, make, and discover.

55mins

24 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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#38: Dealing With Dark Dawn Days & Taking the Podcast to Scotland - Mike Guest from Dawn Days

Our guest on this episode of the podcast is freelance photographer and cinematographer, Mike Guest. He’s our first international guest and joins us all the way from Edinburgh in Scotland!Mike includes Patagonia among his list of clientele and is also the co-founder of the Dawn Days movement which went viral in 2020 after coronavirus hit.Lookup #dawndays to see more of Mike and other peoples work from all over the United Kingdom and beyond.We cover a lot today including the important topic of men’s mental health and what it takes to make it as a photographer or videographer and all-round creative in the modern world.And just to give some context, it was 5 am in Scotland and Friday 4 pm on the Surf Coast in Australia!Mike is quite a character so we hope you enjoy today’s episode of the podcast. Sadly no Jess on this episode of the podcast. We wanted this to be a man-to-man chat and Jess also had a prior commitment before we scheduled the episode.Leave us a rating on iTunes after the episode or better yet share the podcast with ONE friend. That would really help us out.This is Episode number 38 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.P.S. Check out Mike's brand new short-film (released 15 March 2021) called the Ripple Effect - A film By Mike Guest and John Duncan. Grab a cuppa and watch this one when you have a quiet moment to yourself. It will bring a tear to your eye guaranteed. 

1hr 5mins

16 Mar 2021

Rank #6

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#37: A Traveller at Heart Now Making Multimillions From Seasonal Gift Boxes - Kate Buchan from Retreat Yourself

We caught up for a chat with the savvy founder of a hugely successful business in Torquay called Retreat Yourself Box for this episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Her name is Kate Buchan (nee Williams) who got married at the beginning of 2020 to her loving partner Andrew. Kate had a little bubba too at the end of 2020 so she now juggles life as a busy entrepreneur, Mum to Charlie, loving wife, friend, and the rest! Find out how she juggles it all while running a business with a national footprint and off-tap sales growth due to a renewed focus on health in 2020. There's a whole bunch in this episode including Kate's passion for travel and a brief encounter with the judging panel on Channel 10's Shark Tank program too.In this episode you will learn:Why balance in life requires strong self-disciplineThe journey behind Retreat Yourself and WHY Kate started the businessWhat not getting into Shark Tank taught Kate about business & lifeThe apps and software that help Kate & Retreat Yourself stay on track. The ONE thing Kate needed to change in order for her business to work.She's such a beautiful lady and remains humble to the core despite her success to-date. In fact, Kate believes she is just getting started. We couldn't think of a better follow-on from International Women's Day than having a guest like Kate on the pod. Leave us a rating on iTunes or your favourite platform and let us know what you think of today's episode. About Kate Williams:Kate came up with the idea for Retreat Yourself when she found herself in the corporate world post nine years of working, volunteering, and travelling worldwide. Kate's travelling adventures gave her a different perspective on life and made her aware of major flaws in the health industry and how we’re living day-to-day. She is a founder, daydreamer, and self-confessed accident-prone adventurer!Connect with Kate Williams on:Website:              https://retreatyourselfbox.com/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/retreatyourself_box/Linktr.ee:             https://linktr.ee/retreatyourself_box Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:              https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreatives

1hr

9 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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#36: Swimming With Sharks & 2020 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Winner - Ren McGann from RenMcGann.com

Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with the coveted 2020 Nikon Surf Photo of the year winner Ren McGann. Ren talks about the discipline of fine art ocean photography and provides his perspective on some of the challenges facing modern-day photographers. Ren also talks about his unique editing style and why he sees it as a deeply personal matter. For him, it is better to be true to himself than produce the same cookie-cutter shots prevalent on social mediaIn this episode you will learn:How Ren grew up off-grid and took the leap to become a full-time creative.Being at ease surfing on a 12–15-foot wave!What spoils the Photography industry?The experience of developing a safety impact vest for extreme sports.On swimming with underwater wildlife including Tiger Sharks!Finding your personal style when it comes to editing & Ren’s favourite apps for doing so.About Ren McGann:For Ren, being in nature daily is a dream worth living for. When he takes his camera, loads his car, and drives up or down the coast, the trip begins. Nothing brings Ren more peace than being surrounded by giant waves or sitting camouflaged capturing wildlife in the bush. He was awarded the prize of the 2020 Nikon Surf Photo of the year in 2020. The judging panel comprised 10 high-profile judges including X7 World Surf Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. Tune in and let us know what you think! This is our first time opening up the borders on the podcast too so leave a rating on iTunes afterwards if you're tuning in on an Apple device or PC.Connect with Ren McGann on:Website:         https://www.renmcgann.com/Facebook:      https://www.facebook.com/renmcgannphoto/Instagram:     https://www.instagram.com/renmcgann/?hl=enCatch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:         https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:      https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:      https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreatives 

53mins

23 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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#35: Former Art Teacher Now Turning Over $3m in Skincare Products - Kayla Houlihan from Tribe Skincare

Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with guest Kayla Houlihan, the founder of Tribe Skincare for Ep.10 Season 3 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. We talk about the journey of a former art teacher now running a multi-million-dollar natural skincare business. Kayla gives the background and tips to help her fellow creatives manifest their entrepreneurship goals. Kayla admits at first that their products were exclusively for their skin clinic, but after featuring it online, the attention it received grew non-stop to a throng of thousands of followers today. Tune in and take away a ton of lessons from a successful entrepreneur who has managed to stay humble despite her roaring success to-date.In this episode you will learn:Art teacher before, founder of a skincare brand nowA gap in the market and a lack of products made for sensitive skinOn forming a reliable team and catering to the broader market Outsourcingresources and focusing on your strengthsSome practical three-point advice to remember for entrepreneursTune in right until the end for an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT on Tribe Skincare products (only available to listeners of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast!)About Kayla Houlihan:A former beauty therapist from Geelong, Kayla founded a vegan-friendly cosmetic brand called Tribe Skincare. Her business has enjoyed a dazzling trajectory and notoriety since its inception, but it has come with a fair share of challenges and setbacks that would have stopped most people in their tracks. Kayla is generous, pragmatic, and has wisdom beyond her years. She is not even 30 yet!With thousands of followers on Instagram, TikTok and a foray into business podcasting, Kayla is not only producing a gorgeous product that women all over the world want but is also helping other entrepreneurs with her knowledge. Connect with Kayla Houlihan on:Website:              https://tribeskincare.com.au/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/tribeskincare/ Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:              https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreatives

43mins

15 Feb 2021

Rank #9

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#34: How Important is Your Health When it Comes to Doing Your Best Work? - Ryan Rowell from TORQ F1T

Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with guest Ryan Rowell, the co-founder of TORQ F1T. We talk about Ryan's journey from motocross champ to the owner of an elite gym in Torquay. In addition, we assess how important a healthy lifestyle is when it comes to doing your best work as a creative. Ryan shares his experience building a gym in a garage with his partner Erin, transitioning the brand, and managing clients. Ryan took what he and Erin learnt from opening their first gym in California all the way to Torquay. They decided to take a step back and keep things lowkey this time around though. With the challenges from recent lockdowns, he tells us what they do to keep the hype for their brand running. In this episode you will learn: Keep it moving: Your presence, content, clients, and the business.On navigating their business during a severe lockdown a la 2020.Phasing out MotoX after almost ten years of racing.Building a gym out of a garage in Southern California.What helps the management work consistently for TORQ F1T.About Ryan Rowell:Ryan started his journey in fitness through racing motorcycles at a young age in Southern California. As a retired motocross professional, TORQ F1T became his new passion. In 2009, he accomplished the #1 Plate in the AMA 125A class. He is also a podium contender in both motocross and off-road racing.Ryan is an avid cyclist and currently races mountain bikes while training other professional and amateur athletes. He went to Crafton Hills College and had quals in Diet and Fitness and certification for NASM-CPT, TRX®, USAW, CPR, and First Aid.Tune in right to the end to find out how you get 10 FREEE SPIN Classes with Ryan & Erin at TORQ F1T!Enjoy!Connect with Ryan Rowell on:Website:          https://www.torqf1t.com/Instagram:      https://www.instagram.com/torqf1t/https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastpilates/https://www.instagram.com/ryan_rowell/ Catch Surf Coast Creatives on:Website:          https://surfcoastcreatives.com/Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/surfcoastcreatives/Instagram:      https://www.instagram.com/surfcoastcreatives

1hr 5mins

9 Feb 2021

Rank #10