158 - The Lie that's Killing Your Creative Work (Philosophy Series Pt. 2)

I believe there are a lot of hurtful myths about creativity perpetuated by creative people. These lies keep us down and keep us from thriving. In this episode I want to expose one of these lies and replace it with what I think is a higher truth about creative work. 

Are you ever frustrated with the rollercoaster of being a creative person? One minute you’re making the best thing you ever made, the next minute you’re so aggravated with your work you’re thinking of becoming a postal worker?

Obviously, creativity has it’s ups and downs, but I believe that if you have the right mindset, and approach your craft in this certain way, your creative work can be a source of ever deepening joy.

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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad!
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157 - How to Navigate Through Confusion (Creative Philosophy Series Pt. 1)

It’s so easy to feel lost on your creative career journey. It’s a complex path that can feel random and abstract. Nothing feels better than breaking out of this tough spot and into a moment of clarity and purpose.

This episode kicks off our Creative Pep Talk Philosophy Series. This series is meant to help you find patterns in what seems like random static in your life so that you can find clarity and make progress.


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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad!
 

Make a Beautiful Website with Squarespace - Use Promo Code PEPTALK for 10% Off! 
 

156 - The 3 Essential Ingredients of an Effective Side Project with Mary Kate McDevitt

We all know we need to be doing personal work, but what’s the trick to doing personal work that turns into paid work? In this episode I sit down with illustrator / letterer Mary Kate McDevitt and discuss this exact question.

Mary Kate has several game changing personal projects under her belt, and she was kind enough to share some of her brilliance with us!

If you don’t know Mary Kate’s lovely work, go check it out!
marykatemcdevitt.com
Instagram.com/marykatemcdevitt

Go get Mary Kate's new book 'Everyday is EPIC"


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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Sponsors
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This Creative Pep Talk episode is brought to you by Twenty20 - where creative minds get authentic, real-world stock photos. If you’re looking to tell a true story through your brand, to deliver an honest message to your audience on social medias, the photos you use will matter. Twenty20 has crowdsourced millions of photos from a community over 350,000 photographers -  all available under a simple, royalty-free license. Today, they’re offering listeners of Creative Pep Talk a 5-photo free trial. To start yours right now, go to twenty20.com/cpt

155 - A 6 Point Survivor's Guide on How to Stabilize Your Creative Career

You gotta keep your head above water long enough to learn how to swim. You gotta survive long enough to thrive. In this episode I share practical tips that helped me stay in the game long enough to win a few!! 

If you’re tired of always waiting around for dream opportunities to land in your lap on a consistent basis and you want to take control of your career now, this episode is for you!


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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Sponsors
The team behind Astropad has a new hardware product available on Kickstarter called Luna Display. Luna Display adds second display capabilities to Astropad, but it’s also a great tool on it’s own for using your iPad as an extended desktop. It literally turns your iPad into a touch Mac. Check out their Kickstarter at lunadisplay.com


This Creative Pep Talk episode is brought to you by Twenty20 - where creative minds get authentic, real-world stock photos. If you’re looking to tell a true story through your brand, to deliver an honest message to your audience on social medias, the photos you use will matter. Twenty20 has crowdsourced millions of photos from a community over 350,000 photographers -  all available under a simple, royalty-free license. Today, they’re offering listeners of Creative Pep Talk a 5-photo free trial. To start yours right now, go to twenty20.com/cpt
 

154 - Discover Yourself & The Courage to Get Yourself Out There (Marketing Series Pt 5)

Marketing can be pretty gross and the idea of ‘personal brand’ can be marketing at it’s grossest! But it doesn’t have to be this way. In my experience, personal brand can be an outpouring of real inner work and self discovery if you approach it the right way.

It’s no secret that ‘personal brand’ is a game changer for your creative success, but if you, like me, find the notion of personal brand to seem shallow, I challenge you to listen to this episode and see that this journey can be quite the opposite!

Plus this episode is completely based on big chain pizza restaurant slogans… so you know it’s gonna be good.

May your personal brand journey be as deep as a Chicago deep dish pizza pie!


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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Sponsors
The team behind Astropad has a new hardware product available on Kickstarter called Luna Display. Luna Display adds second display capabilities to Astropad, but it’s also a great tool on it’s own for using your iPad as an extended desktop. It literally turns your iPad into a touch Mac. Check out their Kickstarter at lunadisplay.com. 

Just for Creative Pep Talk listeners, Scout Books is offering 15% off any order including your own custom design. They'll even throw in a free notebook sample pack to fill with your dreams, doodles, and designs. Visit scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk

153 - Making Shareworthy Work with Lauren Hom (Marketing Series Pt 4)

This episode is JAM PACKED with insight!!

For those of you living under a rock, Lauren Hom is a designer and letterer best known for her side projects (like Daily Dishonesty) and being a nomadic creative freelancer, working while traveling the globe.

In this episode Lauren GENEROUSLY shares her wealth of knowledge on getting started in your creative career, how to make work that people connect with and share, and general tips on marketing your work.

http://www.homsweethom.com/
Instagram.com/homsweethom

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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Sponsors
The team behind Astropad has a new hardware product available on Kickstarter called Luna Display. Luna Display adds second display capabilities to Astropad, but it’s also a great tool on it’s own for using your iPad as an extended desktop. It literally turns your iPad into a touch Mac. Check out their Kickstarter at lunadisplay.com. 

Just for Creative Pep Talk listeners, Scout Books is offering 15% off any order including your own custom design. They'll even throw in a free notebook sample pack to fill with your dreams, doodles, and designs. Visit scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk
 

152 - The Most Powerful Marketing Technique that’s Massively Underused (Marketing Series Pt 3)

Marketing can be so discouraging when you’re not focusing your efforts on what really works. In my experience there are only a few styles of marketing that really work today and one of them is ‘influencer marketing’. Influencer marketing is like ‘word of mouth’ on steroids. 

Now, if you can resist puking in your mouth at the sound of the word ‘influencer’, I think we can learn some things from this marketing style that will not only help us grow our creative careers but also do so in a way that is more positively human!

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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Sponsors
The team behind Astropad has a new hardware product available on Kickstarter called Luna Display. Luna Display adds second display capabilities to Astropad, but it’s also a great tool on it’s own for using your iPad as an extended desktop. It literally turns your iPad into a touch Mac. Check out their Kickstarter at lunadisplay.com. 

Just for Creative Pep Talk listeners, Scout Books is offering 15% off any order including your own custom design. They'll even throw in a free notebook sample pack to fill with your dreams, doodles, and designs. Visit scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk

151 - The Most Powerful Tactic for Growing Your Creative Career (Marketing Series Pt 2)

These days, most creatives market their work with what we call ‘personal projects’, but often our personal projects don’t get the results we want. If your marketing efforts feel like playing the game Operation with giant BBQ grill tongs instead of precise effective tweezers, you have to listen to this episode.

NOTHING has changed my career like understanding and properly utilizing content marketing. In this episode we will learn how to apply the principles of effective content marketing to our creative passion projects.

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Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari

Thanks to Alex Sugg for editing and the podcast!
www.alexsugg.com

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Sponsors
The team behind Astropad has a new hardware product available on Kickstarter called Luna Display. Luna Display adds second display capabilities to Astropad, but it’s also a great tool on it’s own for using your iPad as an extended desktop. It literally turns your iPad into a touch Mac. Check out their Kickstarter at lunadisplay.com. 

Just for Creative Pep Talk listeners, Scout Books is offering 15% off any order including your own custom design. They'll even throw in a free notebook sample pack to fill with your dreams, doodles, and designs. Visit scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk