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Art Pays Me

108 EpisodesProduced by Duane JonesWebsite

Art Pays Me Podcast helps artists use their power to improve their lives and the world by exploring the business strategies of successful creatives. Art Pays Me is hosted by Artist and Designer, Duane Jones, Founder of lifestyle brand Art Pays Me.

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December 1st, 2021


KTheChosen is a Zimbabwe born hip-hop artist and activist based in Calgary Alberta. We talked about his music, activism, the importance of knowing what you care about most in the creative process and crediting …

Winter Craft Show Panel

November 17th, 2021


Rapid fire conversations with new Craft Nova Scotia members, Adam McNamara of Acadian Mushrooms, Jessie Marshall of Jessie Louise Design, Jennifer McDonald of Vivid Vision Bags, Funmi Odeniyi of Michnat Fashion and …

Mike and Kristen

November 8th, 2021


Husband and Wife creative duo, Mike and Kristen talk about collaboration, the process of making their new travel book, You and Me, and their …

Christine Goudie

October 26th, 2021


In this episode with Christine Goudie, Co-Founder + CEO of Granville Biomedical, we talk about design in the medical, research and development space. …


October 11th, 2021


Vancouver based band daysormay talk about how they started making music and how they’ve made the best of the pandemic. We also talk about their new album, Just Existing and why putting a deadline on your success can be …

Amy Batchelor

September 27th, 2021


Graphic Designer and Educator Amy Batchelor shares what it’s like doing exhibition design for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. We nerd out about …

John Orpheus

September 21st, 2021


John Orpheus is a Trinidadian musician and writer based in Toronto. We talked about his upbringing, his thoughts on creativity, his new book Saga Boy

Reginé Gilbert

August 1st, 2021


On the 100th episode of Art Pays Me, Designer, Author and Professor Reginé Gilbert shares how her background in fashion, psychology and project …

Rebekah Higgs

June 27th, 2021


Rebekah Higgs and I talk about the latest season of home renovation show, DIY Mom that she both hosts and produces. We get into how she runs her business, being a mom and the influence of God in her life. She also talks …


June 13th, 2021


Jenny Lea, Mikey J Blige and Amine Bouzaher of genre bending band, I M U R share how they fought through writer's block to create their latest album, …

Amy Eaton

May 30th, 2021


Photographer Amy Eaton gives some insight into her path to photography, her business and why she incorporated teaching online courses. We also talk about the importance of nurturing creativity in children and learn …

Jenn Grant

May 23rd, 2021


Jenn talks about how the pandemic gave her a chance to learn new skills that have made her more independent as an artist and discuss why we wish we took more classes during our time at NSCADU. She also talks about her …

Melanie Eddy

May 16th, 2021


UK based Jewelry designer and academic, Melanie Eddy talks about her work, her beginnings in Bermuda and how teaching at Central Saint Martins

Julie Rosvall

May 10th, 2021


Textile Artist and Printmaker Julie Rosvall discusses her process, her solo exhibition, Iterations, at Harvest Gallery and how Craft Nova Scotia …


May 3rd, 2021


Artist and Designer Tafui shares her journey from Jamaica to Canada, how culture influences her work and why her dad’s lessons were so impactful. We …

Christopher Webb

April 25th, 2021


Visual Artist Christopher Webb talks about the meaning behind his paintings and how training in boxing taught him how fear can be productive for artists. We also talk about his business, Pavia Gallery - Espresso Bar …

Kris Reppas and Emily Sheppard

April 18th, 2021


I speak with artists Kris Reppas and Emily Sheppard about their recent exhibition of death shrouds called, Across the Fire and what it’s been like as an art student during a global pandemic. We talk about “death …

K. Claire MacDonald

April 4th, 2021


On the final episode of the Craft Pays Me series, Artist and Jewellery Designer, K. Claire MacDonald talks about the symbolism in her work and the …

Aaron Collier

March 28th, 2021


Award-winning musician/composer, sound and video designer, performer and theatre creator, Aaron Collier talks about why he loves to tell stories as …

Rhonda Miller

March 21st, 2021


Bookbinder Rhonda Miller shares with us what bookbinding is and how she found herself working in this medium. She also talks about how she was able to grow her customer base, factoring in your experience level when …

Black Designers Connect

March 14th, 2021


I recently had the pleasure of participating in Black Designers Connect, a workshop panel that’s part of the Black Diamond Ball, an annual event that …

Frances Dorsey

March 7th, 2021


Artist, Frances Dorsey and I talked about her creative process and why she avoids putting a label on her art. We also talked about how the chance discovery of a book on weaving set her on the path she’s on today, how …

Russell Louder

February 28th, 2021


I spoke with performance artist, musician and producer Russell Louder (they/them) about their creative process and the meaning behind some of the songs on their new album, Humor. We also talked about coping through the …

Jennifer Marlow

February 21st, 2021


Woodcarver Jennifer Marlow discusses her creative process, common subjects in her work and how she balances the various aspects of her practice that includes independent projects, commissions and teaching. Thank you to 


February 14th, 2021


Singer-songwriter and performer, Gisun talks about her new collaborative cover of Violeta Parra’s song Gracias a la Vida that she initiated to raise …

Lori Nason

February 7th, 2021


Lori Nason, The Fused Glass Diva shares how she turned a hobby in glass into a business after working in studios in the US. We talk about the origin of the Diva moniker, how painting plays a part in her process and why …


January 31st, 2021


Musician and Filmmaker Mobley talks about his new record, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme and how he inserts important topics into very catchy pop songs. Mobley also does his own visual work so we dig into the …

Toni Losey

January 24th, 2021


In episode one of the six part Craft Pays Me Series, I speak with Ceramic Artist, Toni Losey about her creative process, her influences and managing a creative practice that includes both functional and boundary pushing …


January 10th, 2021


I spoke with Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne of Toronto-based JUNO-nominated and Independent Music Award winning Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble OKAN. We discussed their latest album, Espiral, how COVID-19 has …

Be kind. Do that thing.

December 27th, 2020


I share my perspective on 2020 and what I hope to see in 2021.

Perri Furbert

December 13th, 2020


Multidisciplinary Creative, Perri Furbert discusses how following her passion for revamping shoes led to opportunities in wardrobe styling and …

Keonté Beals

December 1st, 2020


R&B singer Keonté Beals talks about his transition from singing gospel music in church to pursuing a career as an R&B singer and the …

Fabienne Colas

November 15th, 2020


This episode is an artist talk hosted by me that was facilitated by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCADU). The talk is by …

Jen Meza

November 1st, 2020


Fibre Artist, Author and Blogger, Jen Meza talks about pivoting into her creative pursuits after losing her job during the pandemic. We learn about her woven wall hangings, her love for travel and why she created the …

Ana and Zac

October 18th, 2020


Designers and Retailers Ana and Zac talk about the history of their new brand Ana + Zac, their design philosophy and the importance of sourcing sustainably. We also talk about supply chain, shifting priorities during …

Anthony Grant

October 6th, 2020


Visual Designer and Artist, Anthony Grant and I talk about his origin story as an artist and designer and the thinking behind his work that blurs the lines between design and art. We also talk about how our paths …

Josh Rodgers

September 20th, 2020


Cartoonist and Filmmaker, Josh Rodgers and I discuss his influences, working on kid friendly cartoons by day, and adult cartoons like Henry vs the …

Dylan Edwards

September 6th, 2020


Dylan Edwards is a Writer, Artist and Animator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We talk about how he got into the animation industry, how it’s been impacted by COVID-19 and why so few people know the Halifax studios that …

Andrea Tsang Jackson

August 23rd, 2020


Textile Artist, Quilt Designer, Author and Educator Andrea Tsang Jackson talks about her transition from architecture, to exhibit design, to making …

Shannon Ellis

August 9th, 2020


Artist, Shannon Ellis and I talk about her sci-fi and fantasy inspired work, our mutual fascination with Japanese animation and why she loves crows. …

David Strickland

August 2nd, 2020


David Strickland is a Grammy Award winning multidisciplinary artist, producer, engineer, DJ and activist. We discuss his music and visual art …

Chantel Gushue

July 27th, 2020


Multidisciplinary Visual Artist Chantel Gushue and I talk about how she incorporates science into her art practice, parenting during the pandemic, …

Sunil Sarwal

July 19th, 2020


Food branding consultant Sunil Sarwal talks about the benefit of specialization in a service based creative business. We learn about their creative …


July 12th, 2020


Beatmaker and Producer DK talks about his music making process, his love for the classic hip hop sound of the 90s and how he gets the attention of established artists he’d like to work with. DK also talks about why …

Eman El-Husseini

July 5th, 2020


Stand Up Comic Eman El-Husseini and I talk about why comedy is a great way to discuss tough topics, being a Canadian in New York during the 2020 Pandemic, why she’s not afraid to say things in her comedy that will upset …

Maggie Rahr

June 28th, 2020


Maggie Rahr is an award winning multimedia Investigative Journalist. I discovered Maggie through her podcast ‘What Happened to Holly Bartlett’ that …

Bria Miller

June 21st, 2020


Multidisciplinary Artist Bria Miller participates in almost every aspect of creativity. She talks about her work, what motivates her, why women and …

Emmanuel Nwogbo

June 14th, 2020


Emmanuel Nwogbo is a Nigeria born, Visual Artist based in Montreal, Canada. We talked about how The Rona has impacted his career, what he thinks about the civil unrest we’re experiencing across the world and how a daily …

Black Family Matters

June 8th, 2020


On this special episode, my wife, Natasha Nurse-Jones and I talk about some of her experience as a Black educator and our experience with anti-Black racism.

DeRico Symonds

June 2nd, 2020


Youth and Community Advocate DeRico Symonds and I discuss police violence against Black people in North America, the significance of protest and some …

Matt Dowling

May 24th, 2020


Matt Dowling, Founder of Freelancer Club shares his creative journey, how he’s grown a business that advocates for creative freelancers and how a negative experience with a photography client motivated him to start this …

Jordan Baraniecki

May 17th, 2020


Multi-media Artist, Jordan Baraniecki talks about how the pandemic has effected his practice, why it’s similar to the artist residency he did in …


May 10th, 2020


I interviewed multihyphenate artist Romana about her new music and the diverse creative interests she’s simultaneously pursuing. She opens up about …

Big Wins

May 4th, 2020


On this episode I share my thoughts on the first four episodes of basketball documentary, The Last Dance. I talk about my relationship with …

Tabitha Co

April 26th, 2020


This week I have Leather Designer and Maker Tabitha from Tabitha + Co. I asked her what it means to produce mindfully made products and what …

Luke James

April 19th, 2020


Album Reviewer, and Twitch Streamer Luke James and I talked about coping with life and creativity during COVID-19. Luke breaks down his process for reviewing music, why he interacts with people in the comments, pushing …

Kyle Carpenter

April 12th, 2020


On this week’s episode, I spoke with Writer, Editor and Podcaster Kyle Carpenter. We talk about his popular website and podcast Clients From Hell. …

One Year Deep

April 5th, 2020


On this week's episode I hit 50 episodes and one year of doing this podcast! It’s been a fun journey and I’ve learned a lot from the guests so far. Thank you for all for listening, commenting on social media and for …


March 29th, 2020


On this short solo episode, I share my thoughts on the creative industry and where my creative energy is focused during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Paul Chin

March 22nd, 2020


Music Producer and DJ, Paul Chin talks about how a 5 year hiatus from the music industry after dealing with some personal setbacks inspired him to …

Josie Matthiesen

March 15th, 2020


Josie Matthiesen is the Jeweller and Metalsmith behind Salt + Summit. A nomad at heart, Josie talks about how living on the road with her now husband helped her find the clarity to start her business, how she felt more …

Andrew Da Silva

March 9th, 2020


Andrew Da Silva is a Montreal based Contemporary Artist. We talked about how hip hop and Montreal influence his work, the importance of consistency when developing your style and what he thinks about artists seeking …

Melissa Townsend

March 1st, 2020


Artist, Melissa Townsend joins me to chat about doing commissioned work, her affection for art lovers and why having a connection to the subjects she paints is important. I’m fascinated by Melissa’s high rate of …

Deedee Morris

February 23rd, 2020


Deedee Morris is a fantastic photographer. I was introduced to her work when she asked me to participate in a portrait series called Shifting …

Maurice Cherry

February 16th, 2020


Maurice Cherry is an accomplished creative strategist who received the AIGA’s Steven Heller Price for Cultural Commentary in 2018 and in the same …

A. Harmony

February 9th, 2020


A. Harmony is a Writer and Emcee whose work and commentary can be found on CBC, Exclaim!, Bustle and more. She talks about the impact a formal music education had on her and how having experience as a recording artist …

Tina Essmaker

February 2nd, 2020


Tina Essmaker is a Coach, Writer and Speaker who I credit with being one of the biggest inspirations for this podcast and my creative journey. Tina, together with her former husband and business partner cofounded an …

Jordan Baraniecki

January 26th, 2020


Artist, Jordan Baraniecki discusses his creative process and why he thinks artists can do more to engage their audiences.

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Ryan Veltmeyer

January 19th, 2020


Ryan Veltmeyer is a Social and Economic Innovator who’s passionate about helping creative youth turn their passion into viable career options. We …


January 12th, 2020


We back! On the first Art Pays Me episode of 2020 I interviewed up and coming Dancehall/Hip-Hop Artist, Lexxicon. Lexxicon shares how living in 3 different countries influenced his sound and how his relentless hustle …

Ten Lessons From The 2010s

December 29th, 2019


A lot of us see the end product of success and don't consider all of the losses and lessons that need to occur on the way there. In the the 2010s my …


December 15th, 2019


On this solo episode I get into the importance of repetition in my process, why immediate success isn’t always failure, how artists are like athletes …

Lola Brown

December 9th, 2019


Lola Brown is one of the top travel writers in Canada who happens to be a friend of mine. I reached out to her about doing the podcast when she …

Rhys Waters

December 1st, 2019


Rhys Waters is an award winning television and radio producer from the UK whose now based in Nova Scotia. Rhys had diverse creative interests, growing up but didn’t know exactly how he wanted to apply them to a career. …

Flavia Testa

November 22nd, 2019


International Outsider Artist, Flavia Testa is a rebellious free-thinker whose raw, unapologetic work drew me to her. We share our thoughts on …

Lily Lightbourn

November 17th, 2019


In this episode I spoke with model, Lily Lightbourn about how someone from the tiny island of Bermuda is working with some of the biggest brands and publications in the world, what it’s like working with a modelling …


November 10th, 2019


I chat with hip hop artist Maje about his passion for music, how winning $10,000 in the Viola Desmond Singing/Songwriting Competition simultaneously …

Tyler Simmonds

November 2nd, 2019


On episode 30 I interview award winning Filmmaker, Public Speaker and Mental Health Advocate, Tyler Simmonds. We talk about his film projects, about …

Kayla Borden

October 26th, 2019


On this episode I chat with multihyphenate, Kayla Borden about being an Event Coordinator, Promoter and Community Advocate. We talk about how we …

Haviah Mighty

October 20th, 2019


I’m excited to welcome the first rapper to Art Pays Me — I chat with 2019 Polaris Award winning artist Haviah Mighty about her latest project The …

Art Pays Me Live: Élana Camille Saimovici

October 12th, 2019


On the the second half of the Art Pays Me Live recording I interviewed Illustrator, Artist and Creative Content Producer, Élana Camille Saimovici. Élana talks about how she expressed herself creatively in many ways …

Art Pays Me Live: Geordan Moore

October 5th, 2019


This is the first half of the Art Pays Me Live Recording! In the first half of the show I interviewed Geordan Moore of Quarrelsome Yeti about his …

Stella Niatsikas

September 28th, 2019


On episode 25 I chat with Medical Skin Therapist, Lash Artist and Educator Stella Niatsikas. Stella talks about her passion for eyelash extensions and the beauty industry. The thriving business she’s built as a master …

Kimberley Eddy

September 21st, 2019


I had a great conversation with Painter, Kimberley Eddy about, where she grew up, how she went from teacher to full-time painter, her time living in …

Rebecca Thomas

September 14th, 2019


This week I speak and Activist, Poet , Author and former Poet Laureate of Halifax Rebecca Thomas. We had an incredible conversation about her work raising awareness of Indigenous issues in this region, her creative …

Guyleigh Johnson

September 7th, 2019


This week I chat with Author and Spoken Word Artist, Guyleigh Johnson. We talk about her books, her creative process, how she found her publisher and …

Trevor Silver

August 31st, 2019


This week I speak with Trevor Silver, the Designer and Founder of clothing brand tREv Clothing. Trevor is an inspiring young business owner with a bright future. We talk about the origin of his brand, where his love for …

For The Community

August 24th, 2019


On this solo episode, I share the story of a potential client project that didn’t pan out and why the way I was approached left me feeling …

Aspiring Artist

August 10th, 2019


This week I talk about what it means to be an aspiring artist and how old-school gatekeepers sometimes fool us into believing that there's only one …

Gwen Fox

August 3rd, 2019


I chat with Artist, Coach and Teacher Gwen Fox about her art practice and how she helps other artists develop as creators and business people through her coaching and teaching programs. We also talk about how shifting …

Hangama Amiri

July 27th, 2019


Painter, Video Artist and Textile Artist and Yale School Of Art student, Hangama Amiri chatted with me about the powerful statements in her art. She …

Don't Reach

July 20th, 2019


On this episode I use a basketball analogy to talk about the importance of trying and how it looks like failure sometimes, even when it’s a stepping stone to success. I also talk about why you need to believe in your …

Beau Cleeton

July 13th, 2019


On episode 15 I interview Beau Cleeton, a Product Developer, Artist and the CEO of rolling paper company, Canadian Lumber. We challenge the commonly …

SMDH 2018 Panel

July 6th, 2019


This episode is a recording of a podcasting panel that I spoke on during Social Media Day Halifax 2018. It took place before this podcast existed and I was still co-host of Changing the Narrative but I’m sharing it …

Erin Trafford

June 29th, 2019


Erin Trafford is an award-winning broadcaster, media and brand ambassador and influencer marketing strategist. We talk about her roots in journalism and as an OG in the influencer game. Erin explains what it means to be …

Eric Stotts

June 22nd, 2019


On Episode 12 I chat with Architect and Adjunct Professor and lecturer at Dalhousie University School of Architecture, Eric Stotts about what an …

Andy Hines

June 15th, 2019


On episode 11 of Art Pays Me, I speak with Grammy nominated, MTV Award and Cannes Lions Award winning Director, Andy Hines about how he went from making videos for clients in Nova Scotia to directing music videos for …

Katrina Lopes

June 9th, 2019


Katrina Lopes is the president of KL Management, an artist management company whose roster includes platinum selling and Juno Award winning artist …

Alison Knott

June 1st, 2019


Alison Knott is a coding queen, graphic designer and instructor with over a decade in the field of all things web and design. She’s also a very talented illustrator and public speaker. She’s also one of the people …

Amara Kanté Featuring Crystal John

May 25th, 2019


On this episode of Art Pays Me, I interviewed Amara Kanté, world renowned Master Percussionist, Composer and Artistic Director. We talked about …

Dion Walcot

May 18th, 2019


In episode 7 I interviewed Dion Walcot, the entrepreneur behind Martk’d, a dynamic custom shoe design competition. We discussed his background and how he uses his past experience as an athlete from a tough environment …

Tied Up Tee

May 11th, 2019


Today on the show, I interview Tied Up Tee, a rope artist, photographer and general creative. I love Tee’s work but I admit that I’m a little scared of it. We’ve been able to chat a few times in person at various events …

Kemmy Smith

May 4th, 2019


I met Kemmy when he was my barber at a shop called Ascension. He wasn’t as talkative as the other guys but he would pipe in with a sharp verbal jab …

Liz Mac

April 27th, 2019


In episode 4 I spoke with illustrator, Liz Mac.

  • Liz opened up about how negative feedback at NSCAD Portfolio day led her to believe she didn’t have …

Melissa MacMaster

April 20th, 2019


My guest on this episode is Melissa McMaster of 902 Hip Hop. Melissa and I met years ago and immediately bonded. We’ve been cheering for each other ever since and I’ve been amazed at the success she’s had over the …

Art Pays Gayneté

April 13th, 2019


This week’s episode features Gaynete' Jones, a leading millennial mentor, motivational speaker, best-selling author, blogger, founder of G.A.M.E. Changing Industries, Youtuber, plus the creator of The Goal Chaser VIP

Art Pays Duane

April 2nd, 2019


Premier episode of Art Pays Me, featuring a brief introduction to the show and host, Duane Jones. Duane talks about his childhood, education and career.

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