073 - Trolls & Beanie Babies

Building a business on trends and taste is like building a house on quicksand.

It's easy to see the value in art forms like stand up comedy. How valuable is a stand up comic that can't make people laugh?

In some arenas of commercial art the value is harder to measure. What's the value of your creative business? In today's episode we try to figure this out.

Show Notes
Comedian who doesn’t know he supposed to make us laugh.

What is the point of illustration?

Talking Funny - 

Trends - Beanie Babie & Trolls

1. Define the Problem - 
Personal MBA Josh Kaufman - personalmba.com
- collect
- Attract
- Learn
- Defend
- Feel

Do unto others - scratch your own itch
Look at other art forms

2. Research - Study the Greats
Judd Apatow

3. Get on Stage / Workshop
Practice Test social proof
Measure your success - Find a Metric

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

Thanks to our proud syndicate illustrationage.com

Thanks to the music from the freemusicarchive.org
And "Kosmiche Slop" by Anenon

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072 - Share Your Magic with Brad Montague

Today we have the creator of Kid President, the amazing and extremely talented Brad Montague!

Thank to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music.

Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age

Thanks to the band Minus for their music from the freemusicarchive.org

Show notes:
Kid President Pep Talk

Kid President with Grover!

The Gift by Lewis Hyde

Make Money Make Art by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

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071 - Hard Work > Talent

Flat Earth vs infinitely expanding universe
What is possible - moon landing

We think of ourselves like a flat earth. A finite puzzle piece.

In the past few years - expanding foam

Dr. Carol Dweck - fixed vs growth
Her TED talk

1.Have a Little Faith
They thought Columbus was crazy (maybe he was).

Daniel Fishel

Forbes 30 Under 30: Art & Style 2016

Audible - Stories that Surround You

3. Fun not Outcome
Rollercoaster vs Cross Country Move

Eric Molinsky /Imaginary Worlds

4. Go Past the Horizon
Chris Piascik

How do you motivate yourself to sail over the horizon?

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

Thanks to our proud syndicate illustrationage.com

Thanks to the music from the freemusicarchive.org
Today we featured "underclocked" by Eric Skiff
"Mouse trap" by Apache tomcat
"Night Owl" by Broke for Free
And "Kosmiche Slop" by Anenon

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070 - Seasons

How confusing and frustrating would it be for a farmer to try and plant his crop in the off season? Or harvest when their vegetables have only began to grow?

Today on the show we talk about the differing seasons in your creative career and the power that comes from understanding them, identifying where you’re at and making the most of the season you’re in.

Cycle to the call to something more creatively fulfilling vs making money at it or success
Nothing kills motivation like confusion

1. Plant
Signs you’re in the planting season:
Dread / apathy about current work (not just boredom)
New Opportunities or paths emerge
Idea that doesn’t go away (Seth Rogen from Tim Ferris Podcast fourhourworkweek.com/2015/09/29/set…evan-goldberg/ )

What to give your focus:
Seed Selection
Clear goals
Understand the magnitude of the journey
Get super clear on the ‘why’

2. Grow
Signs you’re in the growing season:
Boredom / no reward
Fueled only by passion / dedication / curiosity / fun

What to give your focus:
Stay in touch with why
Enjoying the Journey
Giving it your all - like Rocky training

3. Harvest
Signs you’re in the harvest season:
$ enters the equation
Opportunities knocking on your door

What to give your focus:
Finish Strong

Jim Coudal creative mornings talk

4. Rest
Signs you’re in the rest or the ‘dead soil’ season:
You never want to touch this work again

What to give your focus:
Rome wasn’t built in a day
There was a time you’d have killed for where you are now

Understanding the seasons mean that the farmer doesn’t have to wake up everyday questioning everything or scrambling. There is peace and productivity to understanding the seasons of your career.

These seasons are cyclical. You don’t just do each season once. Some smaller parts of your career will cycle a few times a year. The larger parts tend to cycle slower over many years.

069 - REST Pt. 3 W Brandon Rike

Final episode on the topic rest.

This episode features a conversation I had with my good friend Brandon Rike on this topic of rest, balancing 'real life' with 'art life', the importance of your work and even death! Fun stuff!

This was a great conversation, super excited to share it with you!

Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age and to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music!

068 - How To Fix Your Art

Thriving financially as an artist is nearly impossible without good business and marketing, and we talk a lot about this on the podcast. But what if the art side is actually lacking?

The art is the foundation of your art business, but with everything seeming so subjective, how do you actually systematically improve your portfolio?

Today we talk about how to use the right criteria to identify problem areas in your portfolio... with the help of Boyz II Men :D

066 - REST Pt. 2 With Jeremy Slagle

Pt 2 of our exploration on REST.

Design hero Jeremy Slagle joins me in this episode as we hash out ideas on managing energy levels, sleep and mentally stepping away.

Go check out Jeremy's excellent work: www.slagledesign.com

Thanks to Illustration Age, Slap Stickers and Yoni Wolf the lead singer of the band WHY? for letting us use their songs 'January Twenty Something' and 'Berkeley by Hearseback'.

This episode features the song 'Steamboat' by How How for our ad music from the freemusicarchive.org