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: 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 #3: 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 #4: Self Criticism Revisited
This is Self Criticism Revisited, the first episode of season four. It's great to be back and I do hope all of you are ready to engage with our creative processes and see where we can challenge ourselves, our art, and our accepted methods. As creative beings, we must continuously strive to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and truly explore what the universe brings into our lives
Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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.
Rank #8: Complete Unknown - Thomas Pynchon and Daft Punk
In this episode we will look at artists who have gone to great lengths to remain anonymous, to stay out of the public eye and control how their image is used in the media.
Rank #9: Creative Smack - Layne Staley and Ginger Baker
I want to start this episode, the final one in Season One, by saying this: I did not want to do this episode. I had thoughts to never do it. The main reason is that I am not interested in promoting the use of any drug especially to those who may be inclined to experiment in an effort to further their artistic career.
Rank #10: In Solitude - Henry David Thoreau and J. D. Salinger
In this episode, we will look on the idea of solitude as it relates to the artistic process. We will see how artists have been impacted by self imposed solitude and, more importantly, how it shaped their art. Hopefully by the end of this show, we will have some idea if solitude is still relevant in today’s hyper connected lifestyle and whether or not it is a path you need to explore.
Rank #11: 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 #12: Poisonous Love - Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso
In this episode we will look at the troubling lives of these artists to uncover the abusive, and deadly relationships that impacted their lives and the lives of those they loved. This is going to be a bit of a disturbing show, so please take note. Some of the content in this episode may be hard to listen to.
Rank #13: Higher Power - Antoni Gaudi and Frank Gehry
In this episode, we will see if faith in a higher power can lead an artist to works of art that transcend the commonplace. Or, does the belief in untethered self-motivation triumph divine inspiration?
Rank #14: Horrible Deal - The Rolling Stones and Neil Gaiman
In this episode we will have a look at two artists who found themselves in legal situations that severely impacted their creativity, their reputations and, more importantly, their livelihoods. This episode will highlight the many serious problems artists can experience when the business side of the creative process is not given full focus
Rank #15: Against Odds - Christy Brown and Ludwig Van Beethoven
In this episode, we will hear about how these artists were impacted by their physical impairments and the impact such limitations had on their art. But, more importantly, by the end of the episode, we will come to see how the art they deeply yearned to create ended up saving their lives.