Creative Pep Talk

Creative Pep Talk

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This show aims to help freelance illustrators make money making awesome work. The host, graphic illustrator Andy J. Miller, tries to bring some strategy and clarity to your creative career.

Episodes

113 - Why Your Marketing Isn't Working  

It’s very easy to feel hopeless in your marketing. Here’s why: if you think marketing starts when you go to tell people about your work, you’re doing it wrong. It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it! In this episode we take a deeper, more comprehensive view of marketing that starts before you make any artwork at all! Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk 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 Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk Scout Books - Save 15% on your order and get a FREE 3-pack! at scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk

112 - Quit Hiding!  

Who run the world? TROLLS. No I’m not talking about Donald Trump… In this weeks episode we get real. What’s stoping you from making authentic work? How can you overcome these hurdles and truly connect with your audience? Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk 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 Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk Scout Books - Save 15% on your order and get a FREE 3-pack! at scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk

111 - Quit Pursuing Other People's Dreams with Chase Jarvis  

Today we have world renowned photographer and founder of Creative Live, Chase Jarvis! Chase shares his story and the personal breakthroughs that helped become the entrepreneur that he is today. Save 25% of a class at Creative Live: creativelive.com/pep Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk 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 Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk Scout Books - Save 15% on your order and get a FREE 3-pack! at scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk

110 - How to Know What to Make  

In this episode we discuss how to know what work YOU should be making. I share my process of gathering ideas and how I’ve determined the type of content I’d like to feature in my work. This isn’t just about personal work. Yes it may start there, but that personal work will lead to the type of clients you get too. This is why it’s so important to dig deep and get clear on what you want your work to be about. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk 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 Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk Scout Books - Save 15% on your order at scoutbooks.com/creativepeptalk

109 - From Despair to Hope  

A quick message of hope for the day after.

108 - What Clients Want  

Here’s a little known fact: clients are people too! In this episode we look at the big picture and identify the 4 things that I believe are essential for building great client relationships AND I speak with real life ‘clients’! AKA Senior Art Director at TIME Magazine, Martin Gee, Nautilus Art Director Len Small and NPR Art Director LA Johnson about what they really want from their artists. Martin Gee http://www.ohmgee.com/ Len Small http://www.lensmalldesign.com/ LA Johnson http://www.thelajohnson.com/ Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk

107 - How to Trick Yourself into Creative Career Success  

Ya ever heard of the phrase ‘the diet starts tomorrow’? Well what about ‘my creative career starts tomorrow’? In today’s episode I’m going to teach you how to lose 65 pounds… JUST KIDDING! KIND OF! HAHA, I mean I’m going to tell you about the tips and tricks that lead to the mindset that helped me finally lose weight… and see if this translates to your creative career! (SPOILER ALERT: it does!) Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk

106 - Navigating Transition w/ Tad Carpenter, Tuesday Bassen & Alex Medina LIVE @ Creative Works  

Today we have an absolute DOOZY of a show! A live recorded podcast from Creative Works where I interview three of my favorite people! We all have to navigate tricky transitions in our careers and in this episode we look into going from solo freelancer to a full studio, moving across the country, and leaving a full time gig for the freelance life. Thank you all so much for taking part! Tad Carpenter & Carpenter Collective http://carpentercollective.com/ Tuesday Bassen http://tuesdaybassen.com/ Alex Medina http://alexmedina.co/ Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk

105 - 10 Ways to Kick Self Doubt Right in the BOOTY!  

Today we talk about taking self doubt and how to kick his or her booty. Do not let self doubt kill your creativity! Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk

104 - Gemma Correll on Anxiety, Humor & Pugs  

104 - Gemma Correll on Anxiety, Humor & Pugs! The one and only Gemma Correll! Gemma is a British Illustrator now living in Oakland, CA. Gemma is hilarious and insightful. We talk about anxiety, finding your voice, what it’s like to have very visible work online and of course… PUGS! Show Notes: Gemma Correll http://www.gemmacorrell.com/ Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! soundcloud.com/metavari Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! This image was made using Astropad! http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk

103 - Harness the Power of Personal Brand w/o Becoming a Soulless Wormy Thing like on Little Mermaid  

Here's my theory: the difference between the successful and the ULTRA successful is personal brand. Then why are we so grossed out by it? In this episode we talk about why you should embrace your personal brand and how you can do so without losing your soul. We also cover what a personal brand is and how you can develop yours. WE ALSO HAVE SUPER SPECIAL GUEST, THE ONE, THE ONLY! MEG LEWIS! Meg is an amazing designer who knows a few things about this topic. Here's my theory: the difference between the successful and the ULTRA successful is personal brand. Then why are we so grossed out by it? In this episode we talk about why you should embrace your personal brand and how you can do so without losing your soul. We also cover what a personal brand is and how you can develop yours. WE ALSO HAVE SUPER SPECIAL GUEST, THE ONE, THE ONLY! MEG LEWIS! Meg is an amazing designer who knows a few things about this topic. Show Notes: Meg Lewis http://butt.guru Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! @metavari

102 - Ghostshrimp, Original Background Designer for Adventure Time  

Ghostshrimp X CPT! What more could you ask for??! Ghostshrimp AKA Dan Bandit AKA the original background designer for Adventure Time. This guy created Finn and Jake's Tree Fort for goodness sake!! Dan brings so much wisdom in this episode, buckle up and get ready to take notes! We talk about creating new experiences to influence your art, his Ghostscout Training Camp and more! http://www.ghostshrimpglobal.com/ http://www.ghostshrimpglobal.com/training-camp-c13en Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari

101 - How to Prove Your Creative Genius  

101 - How to Prove Your Creative Genius We'd all love to have the creative fairy godmother grant us overnight success, but while you wait, why not stack the deck in your favor? In this episode we talk about how to prove yourself as a 'creative genius'. BONUS Interview at the end with Joey Ellis, Luke Flowers and Seth Worley! Show Notes Caught / turn yourself Basquiat secret genius As a creative progressional you are incompetent until proven genius. Once your lucky, twice your good? Once your lucky, twice your lucky, three times meh. Seth Godin / Pick Yourself Stack the deck 1. Commit the Crime - Make the Work Walk the walk Good will hunting Non creatives Ben Affleck Examples value proof - Editorial sell magazines - Logo designer / start pro company / field notes - Kids book author / kickstart - Soundtrack short film - CPT strategic content 2. Evidence - Metrics Mike birbiglia - rotten tomatoes Qualitative Not lottery, paycheck - social media, pick one / two max Sales / listens 3. Witnesses - Relationships Quantitative - Ira Glass Nothing's changed. SpongeBob. Vouch. Build relationships : ppl still want to know you Pitchfork Be you - hang out 4. Testify - Start reaching out. Light the fuse. Avoid bottle neck / Pixar Shane snow John lennon Provide value where it's needed first Verdict hide subjectivity. Take the test Easy to heckle / critique Open mic vs audition Steve Martin quote. www.patreon.com/creativepeptalk Joey Ellis http://www.joeyellis.com/#/new-gallery-3/ Luke Flowers http://www.lukeflowerscreative.com/ Seth Worley http://www.sethworley.com/ Astropad App http://astropad.com/?utm_source=Creative%20Pep%20Talk&utm_medium=Podcast&utm_campaign=Creative%20Pep%20Talk Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at www.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari Jayro Design jayrodesign.com/ Jayro Music www.soundcloud.com/jayrodesign

100 - Andy J. Miller Interview, Guest Pro Tips & Fan Letters!  

100 - Andy J. Miller Interview, Guest Pro Tips + Fan Letters! Episode 100!! We have TIPS from creative professionals! My wife Sophie interviews ME! We have FAN TESTIMONIALS! SO THRILLED! THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU! Apply to the CPT MFBA Online Program www.creativepeptalk.com/mfba Show Notes Mandy Ford http://www.mandyford.co/portfolio Dan Dickson http://danisgood.com/ Jonathon Lightle http://www.johnathonlightle.com/ Laura Bee http://www.lovelyascanbee.com/ Tom Froese http://tomfroese.com/ Mike Laughead http://www.mikelaughead.com/ Melanie Chadwick http://www.melaniechadwick.com/ A. Micah Smith http://www.amicahsmith.com/ Ryan Snarr http://ryansnarr.brandyourself.com/ Jessica Roux http://www.jessica-roux.com/ Kyle Scheele http://kylescheele.com/ Bob Ewing http://bob-ewing.com/ Wesley Van Eden http://resoborg.com/ Joshua Lafayette joshlafayette.com Zach Winn http://zachwinnart.tumblr.com/ Skinny Ships http://www.skinnyships.com/ Jeremie Claeys http://www.jeremieclaeys.com/ Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari Jayro Design jayrodesign.com/ Jayro Music www.soundcloud.com/jayrodesign

099 - Austin Kleon on Creative Community & More  

Today on the show we have the brilliant Austin Kleon! Austin is a bestselling writer and artist. You might know him from the books Newspaper Blackout, Steal Like an Artist or Share Your Work. Today on the show we talk about being part of a creative community, art school, location and more! Austin was so generous with his time and wisdom, you are going to love this! Apply to the CPT MFBA Online Program www.creativepeptalk.com/mfba Show Notes Austin Kleon http://austinkleon.com/ Moomin Comics https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/moomin-book-one Nancy Strips http://nancyandsluggo.com/ Bruce Eric Kaplan http://bruceerickaplan.com/ Public School http://gotopublicschool.com/ Bill Cunningham New York https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Cunningham-York-Anna-Wintour/dp/B0050I975Q John Maeda Talk (Paul Rand Quote) http://www.fastcodesign.com/3036833/innovation-by-design/ex-risd-president-john-maeda-to-designers-make-lots-of-money Hugh MacLeoud - Ignore Everybody https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026NBZFI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

098 - Become a Master  

Last time we talked about finding your creative gold, this week we talk about how to refine that talent into something valuable to others. Apply to the CPT MFBA Online Program www.creativepeptalk.com/mfba Show Notes George Washington Carver Story Stuck with Peanuts Lorne Michaels We can't hide behind art. It's not enough to find your value, you have to deeply understand it, refine it, wield it with mastery. This is what it means to be a pro. David bowie How do we take your creative peanuts, and turn them into creative peanut butter. Take these AKWARD to eat, messy chore into this power packed dense nearly liquid gold! 1. Grind - Carver said to break it down and build it back up. Forget what you know. - Particle - forget your market, forget your niche, forget your industry, forget art. Know you. Didn't know I was an illustrator until I knew my value - Atom - study the greats. Read, meet the greats. Connect the dots. Know the lingo. Humble yourself. - Compound - your fields fundamentals. Master the basics. Read the books, work out those muscles. 2. Add - we ain't serving that whole foods junk, this is commercial art! - salt - keeps them craving, coming back more. Work on the weakness of your strength. Take that peanut of talent and turn it into a jar of power packed peanut butter. - Sugar - wow factor. Gallery art is a mild mannered good old fashioned debate at the country club. We all speak in turn. Commercial art is a mosh pit. Gallery art is the colonial warfare, commercial art is guerilla warfare. If you want to get paid to do art for a living you have throw away subjectivity and subtlety. So many indie arts sit around complaining that know one cares, be so good they can't ignore you! - Stablizer - ready to go on a moments notice. No stir. Warmed up. Coach knows you give every practice your all even if you're not getting any play time. Make make make piles and piles and piles of work. Glad well says 10k hours of the RIGHT kind of practice. Not just drawing or playing notes, the critical thinking. Not enough to run sprints and lift. You need o be working on the finer points of your jumper, you need to be working on your short game. 3. Package - Understand it, master it, then you need to be able to SELL. Zig / selling teacher. Not phony bull. Really articulate the ROI! Branding. Music. Illustration. Cut the crap. Buy your own product. Presentation is everything. Violinist in subway. Present yourself. Don't use authenticity as a crutch. Yeah those cockroaches are just my restaurants way of being authentic. Conclusion. Lunch with my dad. There's a science. There's a craft. Christophe Nieman. Yes there's a magic to creativity but even the boy who lived had to go to hogwarts! Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari Jayro Design http://jayrodesign.com/ Jayro Music https://soundcloud.com/jayrodesign

097 - Jessica Hische talks Letterpress, Motherhood & Intuition  

097 - Jessica Hische talks Letterpress, Motherhood & Intuition OH MAN! What a treat we have today! Today our guest is none other than the one and only Jessica Hische! :O We chat about letterpress, eliminating hurdles from doing your creative work, being a mom, hacking your routine to make time and energy for personal and professional work, self awareness and tattoos! Jessica is the real deal. I promise you will get so much out of this episode. Thanks so much Jessica for taking time away from ICON to do the show! Show Notes Jessica’s Site http://jessicahische.is/ Studio on Fire Letterpress http://www.studioonfire.com/ The Arm Letterpress http://www.thearmnyc.com/ Erik Marinovich http://www.erikmarinovich.com/ Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari

096 - How To Unearth Your Creative Gold  

Just because you still haven’t found your ‘creative gold’ doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The people that find that true explosive creative path, are the ones who believe they have it inside and dedicate themselves to the journey of unearthing it. You have to listen to that tiny nudge that keeps telling you: you have something massive to give! In this episode I walk you through the process of digging into yourself, to find that creative work that lights you up and connects with others. Show Notes Cm Idea that there are theses deeper things we are supposed to be doing. 1. Believe Voice is all you got - Suspicion / forgot something, Joanna newsom : learn backwards 3 ft from gold Workshop 2. Consult experts Gold experts - people who've found their path, career coaches Geography experts - people who know you The one thing - Gary Keller / Jay Papason 3. Dig Little bets Sketchbook / Noodle Piece Project Sell 4. Test and Analyze Samples Novel view vs CPT Feedback from others Personal enjoyment Opportunities Seth 10 ppl Failure Still haven't found what I'm looking for... Commercial art vs biz Success Early Talk Bombs VS Recent Talk https://creativemornings.com/talks/andy-j-miller Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari Jayro Design http://jayrodesign.com/ Jayro Music https://soundcloud.com/jayrodesign

095 - Finding Your Focus With Andrew Neyer  

The episode features my good friend and remarkably brilliant designer Andrew Neyer. We talk about a range of things, including lessons Andrew’s learned about being a creative entrepreneur and the power of finding your focus and then going all in. Andrew is first and foremost a product designer. His bread and butter comes from selling his own lights, home goods and accessories via www.andrewneyer.com but he’s also designed for the likes of CB2. Andrew is also an artist and illustrator. He’s worked with a range of clients such as GE, Ogilvy and Lucky peach. Dwell magazine recently ran a feature on Neyer, which you can read here: http://www.dwell.com/profiles/article/and-coming-cincinnati-designer-andew-neyer-adds-color-and-whimsy-everyday-objects Andrew Neyer is an American Artist & Designer. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art, in 2008. His products are simple, sculptural, useful, familiar and extraordinary. https://andrewneyer.com Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! www.soundcloud.com/metavari

094 - 10 Ways To Stop Being A Copycat  

Nobody likes a copycat, but so much of creativity is about finding connections between preexisting things. The difference between copying and influence is a fine line. In this episode I deliver 10 practices that will help you stimulate originality in your work, as well as encourage you to continue creating and growing even if you’ve made mistakes or don’t feel like your work is ‘original’ yet. Show Notes 1. Fashion - Old new 2. Baby Approach - Combine 3. Get Messy - Experiment 4. Put Down the Google Phone is in your hand 5. Nike - Just "Change" it 6. Develop Values What do they do that you hate Aesthetic vs concept 7. New Playgrounds Gary Vee Don't be Classy - picture books 8. Other Fields 9. Dig Deeper / not veneer How, what, why Truth 10. Get To Know You Tests Know what your not, attracted to opposite Talk to others David Bowie Quote http://tumblr.austinkleon.com/post/726892307/david-bowie-tasteful-thief More Quotes from Austin Kleon http://austinkleon.com/2010/02/10/25-quotes-to-help-you-steal-like-an-artist/ Brain Pickings Creative Mornings Talk https://vimeo.com/26877574 Fashion TED TALK https://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_lessons_from_fashion_s_free_culture?language=en Kirby Ferguson’s ‘Everything is a Remix’ http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/ Thanks to Yoni Wolf and his band WHY? for our theme music. Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show atwww.illustrationage.com/creativepeptalk Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes! @metavari

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