Rank #1: Menial Jobs - William Burroughs and Jack White
In this episode we will look at the impact of menial jobs on artists. Are they beneficial or are they a soul sucking detriment? We will review the impact of low end jobs on William S Burroughs and on Jack White. One of these guys hated centipedes while the other can work a sewing machine like no other. Have a listen.
Rank #2: Killer Collaborations - Van Gogh and Iggy Pop
In the second episode we look at how fruitful collaborations with other artists can be. Are they doomed from the start, like Van Gogh and Gauguin or are they life long positive impacts that rocket careers to the next level like Iggy Pop and David Bowie? Are collaborations for you? Are you at that point where adding in another energy to your work would be a boon or a bust. Come and listen and find out.
Rank #3: Successful Self Criticism - Pollock and LeWitt
The first episode of this podcast focuses on self criticism and self doubt as it pertains to creating art. This episode examines the lives of artists Jackson Pollock and Sol LeWitt, two artists who handled self doubt in very different ways and looks for ways you, as an artist, can use self criticism to create better work
Rank #4: Forgery Ahead - Sturtevant and Beltracchi
In this episode we will look at how two artists who made careers out of copying other artists - or in one case- masterfully forged other artist’s works, to examine if there is any value in, um, borrowing to further your career. Could stealing art, and passing it off as your own, be a means to becoming wealthy and famous? Well by the end of the episode, we should have a pretty good idea.
Rank #5: Publicity Stunted - Sinead O'Connor and The Sex Pistols
In this episode we will look at how the necessary evil of self promotion, usually through acts of Publicity Stunts have played out for two artists. Specifically, we will see the impact these stunts had on the careers of Sinead O’Connor and the Sex Pistols. Come and learn how to successfully promote yourself!
Rank #6: Being Hated - Ernest Hemingway and Maya Lin
In this episode we will look at the raw emotion of hate as it applies to artists and their work. By looking at these two artists, we will see if hate can derail a career? Or, does hate allow the artist total freedom to produce work that draws so much negativity it actually thrives? Hopefully at the end of this episode we will have some perspective on the hate and the damage it can do.
Rank #7: Creative Block - Many Artists Many Ways
In this episode, I will be addressing the monster that is creative block. All artists, at some point in their career have experienced this drought in their process. And I am sure you have as well. While some of these periods can be brief, a day or two, there have been blocks that have lasted years. Tormenting the artist and, in the worst cases, having them turn away permanently from their true path.
Rank #8: Getting Fooled - Nat Tate and Joaquin Phoenix
In this episode we will look at artists who have made it their goal to pull the wool over the eyes of the viewing public. We're they successful? Or did their attempts fail to convince an ever skeptical audience? By the end of this show we will have an answer to that and we will also shed some light on whether perpetrating such frauds would benefit your creative career.
Rank #9: Women First - Dorothy Arzner and Amy Beach
In this episode we will look at two extraordinary artists who broke through the many barriers they faced to become recognized and respected for their drive, determination and above all, their talent. This is going to be a great episode and one that will gift all of us with methods to improve our creative processes.
Rank #10: Outsource Me - Mark Kostabi and Damien Hirst
In this episode we will look at artists who have bragged openly about farming out their artwork and claiming it as their own creation. Yes, as ridiculous as this sounds. there are many artists who have, or are currently, selling work that they had no hand in producing.