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Creative Conversation

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As an editor and writer for Fast Company magazine, KC Ifeanyi covers some of the most creative minds in film, television, business and beyond. In this podcast, he unpacks the most frustrating parts of the creative process by talking to psychologists, scholars, and experts who are on the forefront of… read more

80 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

Jeff Daniels explains his controlled free fall into creativity

September 9th, 2021


One thing is certain: Jeff Daniels has the range. From cutting his teeth in traditional American theater to a wide spread of film and TV roles …

Michael Jai White doesn’t let others box in his creativity—and you shouldn’t either

August 26th, 2021


It's easy to categorize Michael Jai White as the ripped martial arts action star of SpawnMortal Kombat, and Black Dynamite. But with a career that stretches over 30 years, he's done more than you think—even with the …

Elizabeth Banks and her "quietly revolutionary" creativity

August 12th, 2021


For Elizabeth Banks, acting was her first passion that really clicked—and she’s certainly had success in that regard with roles in 30 RockThe …

Why collaboration really does matter, according to Joseph Gordon-Levitt

July 29th, 2021


One of the longstanding principles of creativity has always been collaboration. We hear it all the time how thinking in groups and getting feedback …

How do you define creativity?

July 22nd, 2021


We have a bonus episode for you this week! At the end of every Creative Conversation, our host Kc Ifeanyi asks his guests the same question: "How do you define creativity?" In this episode, we've compiled some our …

Why hearing "no" was exactly what Amber Riley needed

July 15th, 2021


We all first fell in love with Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones on Glee. But before her breakout role, she was actually rejected from American Idol,

Danielle Brooks is finding the spotlight as a leading lady

July 1st, 2021


Danielle Brooks got her big break as Taystee, the lovable leader in Netflix's Orange is the New Black. That character was only meant to appear in a few episodes but wound up becoming the anchor for one of the show’s …

How Danny Elfman is trying to be a less "sh*tty collaborator"

June 17th, 2021


The celebrated film composer and musician has been trying to be a better collaborator—and 37 years later, he's finally there. In this episode, Danny …

Quinta Brunson on finding creativity past viral moments

June 3rd, 2021


Quinta Brunson is the perfect example of a creator who was able to turn her 15 minutes of viral fame into a solid career. In 2014, she first gained …

How David Oyelowo personalized his passion project

May 20th, 2021


David Oyelowo’s pedigree of being a classically trained stage actor has largely translated into his career in film with weighty roles in SelmaThe …

How Julia Michaels pushes past imposter syndrome

May 6th, 2021


At 19, Julia Michaels entered the music industry as a songwriter for artists including Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and many others. …

How author Amy Tan transforms trauma into art

April 22nd, 2021


The author of critically acclaimed novels including The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife is known for beautifully unpacking facets of the …

How social media star Zach King builds creative momentum

April 8th, 2021


Zach King has made a name for himself as a digital illusionist, using seamless editing to create mind-bending videos. He gained popularity on Vine …

Inside the method of Eric Andre’s madness

March 25th, 2021


No one is doing prank comedy quite like Eric Andre. He got his start in standup but rose to fame/notoriety with Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, a …

Wayne Brady on giving yourself permission to own your passion

March 11th, 2021


Wayne Brady is arguably one of the hardest working performers in show business. From Broadway to TV and film and everything in between, Wayne has …

The Russo brothers explain the process of their creative "f*ckery"

February 25th, 2021


It’s easy to get caught up in the staggering commercial success directors Joe and Anthony Russo have had in the Marvel Cinematic universe. But what’s always worth mentioning are creative swings they’ve taken—not just in …

How rapper Kota the Friend conquered burnout

February 11th, 2021


 Even without the machine of a major label behind him, Brooklyn rapper Kota the Friend has managed to release three EPs, three mixtapes, and two studio albums in the span of six years, earning him more than 200 Million …

Viggo Mortensen on the art of memory

January 28th, 2021


Viggo Mortensen has cemented himself as a powerhouse actor in films including A History of ViolenceEastern Promises, and, of course, The Lord of …

How the co-CEOs of Glow Recipe found creativity (and heritage) in skincare

January 14th, 2021


Since launching their first line of products in 2017, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang’s skincare brand Glow Recipe has been a driving force in the …

How Jermaine Fowler is fighting past pain to find his funny again

December 31st, 2020


Comedian and actor Jermaine Fowler has found great success in TV and film, most recently starring in Coming 2 America. But personal trauma has kept him away from what started his career in entertainment: stand-up …

LIVE SHOW: The Year That Changed Everything

December 21st, 2020


On December 16, Fast Company Podcast Network went live on Facebook and Youtube. Creative Conversation host, KC Ifeanyi, was joined by Kate Davis--host of Secrets of the Most Productive People--and Talib Visram--host of …

How supermodel Ashley Graham channels confidence into creativity

December 17th, 2020


They say "confidence is key," which is true. But in Ashley Graham's case, it's a little more than that: confidence is her brand. From her entrepreneurial endeavors to her career in media with her podcast "Pretty Big …

How choreographer JaQuel Knight's obsession with details defines his career (and saved Beyoncé's "Single Ladies")

December 3rd, 2020


Choreographer and creative director JaQuel Knight has become to the go-to creative force behind major artists including Britney Spears, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion, and yes, Beyoncé. For …

Creativity Equation: Innovation

October 29th, 2020


A custom series on science, technology, and innovation in partnership with GSK.

In this episode, we hear from GSK's Chief Scientific Officer and …

How a former software engineer is changing the future of medicine

October 22nd, 2020


Joel Dudley, chief scientific officer at health startup Tempus and one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in business, has spent the better part …

Creativity Equation: Collective Knowledge

October 15th, 2020


A custom series on science, technology, and innovation in partnership with GSK.

In this episode, we hear from Kim Branson, global head of artificial …

Dr. Diana Anderson and Healthcare Architecture

October 8th, 2020


In this episode Kc speaks with Dr. Diana Anderson as she discusses being a board-certified healthcare architect and the impact of innovative hospital design on treatment. 

Creativity Equation: Collaboration

October 1st, 2020


A custom series on science, technology, and innovation in partnership with GSK.

In this episode, we hear from GSK's Chief Scientific Officer and …

How this doctor paved his way into Hollywood (While still practicing medicine.)

September 24th, 2020


For most people, being a doctor is fulfilling enough of a career. But for Dr. Roshan Sethi, he saw no need to pick a passion, which led him down the …

The First Step: How To Build an Effective Narrative When Building a New Company

August 7th, 2020


In this episode, our host Chris Denson talks to Rene Lammers, Chief Science Officer at PepsiCo, and Erik Roth, Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company. They discuss the importance of messaging when building a new …

Viral rapper Saweetie is ready to show you who she really is

July 23rd, 2020


 Rapper Saweetie’s breakout moment came in 2017 with her cocky freestyle “ICY GRL.” Quelling any notions of being a one-hit-wonder, Saweetie scored another viral hit with 2019’s undeniable song of the summer “My …

Inside the no-sleep hustle of Grammy-winning songwriter The-Dream

July 9th, 2020


In addition to penning hits for the likes of Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and more, The-Dream has his own prolific R&B career. And he recently …

This ex-Google employee built a better platform for protesting

June 25th, 2020


Creative Conversation is doing special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using …

Black Trans Lives Matter, too—and this activist won’t let you forget it

June 18th, 2020


Creative Conversation is doing special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using …

The First Step: How Affirm CEO Max Levchin handles risk-taking in launching a new business

June 16th, 2020


In this episode, our host Chris Denson talks to Max Levchin, co-founder and CEO at Affirm and co-founder of PayPal, about how to overcome a fear of failure and embrace risk in bringing forward new ideas. Then Chris …

Dr. Jess, the internet's favorite psychiatrist, has a gameplan for your mental health

June 11th, 2020


Creative Conversation is doing special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using …

Janet Mock on how to build your creative credibility

May 28th, 2020


As if her career doesn’t already speak for itself, Janet Mock is ready to show you what she can really do. From her early days as an editor for People magazine, Mock has used her skills as a storyteller to springboard …

Inside the subversively creative mind of Mark Mothersbaugh

May 14th, 2020


You may know Mark Mothersbaugh from his days as the frontman for the art-punk band Devo, but his career scoring film, TV shows, and video games stretches over 200 titles including Thor: Ragnarok, Dawson's Creek, …

To All the Boys author Jenny Han on the double-edged sword of creativity and inclusion

April 30th, 2020


When To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before dropped on Netflix back in 2018, it turned its lead actors into overnight stars, as well as the author who wrote the book the film is based on. Jenny Han had success in the YA …

Alan Yang’s secret to creativity? Push yourself to the point you want to quit

April 16th, 2020


As a writer, producer, and director, Alan Yang has worked on hit shows including Parks and Rec, The Good Place, Little America, Forever, and Master …

Jessie Reyez has a lot to prove—and you have a lot to learn from her process

April 2nd, 2020


Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez finally released her debut studio album 'Before Love Came to Kill Us'—and how it came together spotlights creative lessons to live by.

Creative Conversation Live in Lagos, Nigeria, with Nollywood star Banky W.

March 5th, 2020


Creative Conversation headed to Lagos, Nigeria for Social Media Week where host Kc Ifeanyi interviewed R&B and Nollywood star Banky W. live on …

The First Step: How Pizza Hut cooks up collaboration to keep innovating

February 18th, 2020


On this episode, our host Chris Denson talks to Helen Vaid, Global Chief Customer Officer at Pizza Hut, about collaboration and how to build the …

The creative power of blackness and drag, according to Monet X Change

February 13th, 2020


Since her time on season 10 of Drag Race and winning All-Stars 4, Drag Queen Monet X Change has appeared in national ad campaigns, released a visual album, and got her own talk show—and that's barley her first act. …

A creativity masterclass, with Reginald Hudlin

January 30th, 2020


Digging into Reginald Hudlin's résumé is like the most inspiring rabbit hole you could possibly tumble down. Most people know Hudlin as the director …

How Nate Berkus stays inspired in a constantly evolving industry

January 16th, 2020


Nate Berkus' life has always been surrounded by "decorative turmoil", so it's no surprise that he has grown into the superstar interior designer he is today.

In this episode of Creative Conversation, Berkus travels …

How Marques Brownlee uses technology to express his creativity

January 2nd, 2020


Marques Brownlee has been called "the best technology reviewer on the planet" (by a former VP at Google, no less) and his 10 million YouTube …

How Noah Baumbach made a film about love, through a story about divorce

December 19th, 2019


Noah Baumbach has been making films for 25 years, but none has caught fire quite like his latest. Marriage Story has been racking up awards nominations in advance of the big ones—the Oscars, where, at the very least, …

The First Step: How Square conquers fear to bring new ideas to life

December 9th, 2019


The First Step is a custom podcast from Fast Co. Works in partnership with McKinsey and Company. On this episode, Chris dives into how to take an idea and put it in action with Jesse Dorogusker, Hardware Lead at Square. …

How Piera Geraldi gives her audience permission to be creative

December 5th, 2019


Lots of people work in creative industries, but very few have been able to take their art and pivot to build something more impactful than the art …

How actress Carrie Coon uses fear to fuel her creativity

November 21st, 2019


Carrie Coon got an unconventionally late start in film and TV at 33, after having long since established herself on the stage. But she's more than …

LIVE! with Mo Rocca at the Fast Company Innovation Festival 2019

November 7th, 2019


Most people consider themselves lucky to be able to craft a career path within one creative industry. Mo Rocca, acclaimed humorist, journalist, and …

This is your brain on improvisation

October 24th, 2019


It’s no surprise that improvisation is seen as a kind of holy grail for creativity. Whether it’s comedians or musicians, the act of creating …

How to Boost Your Creativity by Changing Your Environment

October 10th, 2019


When you hit that afternoon slump at your desk, maybe it’s not an issue of getting another cup of coffee—maybe you need to change your environment. Some of the most frustrating roadblocks to creativity can stem from …

How uncertainty can make us more creative

September 26th, 2019


Creative geniuses make creativity look easy. But in reality, it’s uncomfortable to dive into uncharted territory to build or think of something new. Words like “innovation” and “disruption” get tossed around all the …

This is the best time to brainstorm

September 12th, 2019


We all know brainstorming is an essential part of the creative process, but what do you do when your mind is too foggy to welcome the storm? Brain fog, brain farts, mental it what you will, it can be a …

Introducing Season Three of Creative Conversation

September 5th, 2019


As an editor and writer for Fast Company magazine, Kc Ifeanyi covers some of the most creative minds in film, television, business and beyond. In this podcast, he unpacks the most frustrating parts of the creative …

Camille Yorrick, EVP of creative content at RCA Records

May 2nd, 2019


Any creative content from RCA's roster of artists goes through Camille Yorrick. From music videos to visuals and more, Yorrick has helped shaped the creative visions of everyone from Pink to Childish Gambino. The …

Jean Elie, actor and producer

April 17th, 2019


Jean Elie got his big break playing Issa Rae's younger brother Ahmal on HBO's Insecure. Although landing on a hit show can lead to other more …

Paul Scheer, actor and comedian

April 3rd, 2019


Paul Scheer's résumé is a dizzying display of creative output: when he's not acting in shows like Black Monday, Veep, or Fresh Off the Boat, he's …

Jemaine Clement, actor and musician

March 20th, 2019


Give Jemaine Clement a platform, and he'll spin it into something comical. The New Zealander is best known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords but his work in comedy stretches across radio, …

LIVE with Tarell Alvin McCraney, Phylicia Rashad, and OWN president Tina Perry at the Fast Company Grill

March 13th, 2019


Greetings from the 9th annual Fast Company Grill! We had some amazing panel discussions down in Austin, but this one in particular was a personal …

Sasha Velour, drag queen

March 6th, 2019


For Sasha Velour, all roads led to drag. Being a Fulbright scholar, Vassar grad, graphic artist, and illustrator, were all primers for the …

E.G. Daily, actor and singer

February 27th, 2019


This episode is pretty much going to be a love letter to all the 80s and 90s kids out there. You probably know E.G. Daily best as the voice of Tommy Pickles in Rugrats, Buttercup in The Powerpuff Girls, or as Pee-wee …

Nicholas Britell, film composer

February 13th, 2019


Nicholas Britell has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after composers--and for good reason. His scores for films including Moonlight, The Big …

Amanda Seales, comedian and actor

February 6th, 2019


If you think your multi-hyphenate status is challenging, let’s run down Amanda Seales’ resume real quick. Amanda is a creative powerhouse—and more …

Roy Wood Jr, comedian

January 30th, 2019


It would seem that Roy Wood Jr. is vying for the title of the busiest comic is show business. In addition to being a correspondent for "The Daily …

Killer Mike, rapper and activist

January 23rd, 2019


Killer Mike has never been one to keep his opinions to himself. Whether he’s stumping for politicians or calling out racial inequality, the outspoken …

LIVE with Larry Wilmore

November 7th, 2018


KC sits down with comedian, writer, and producer Larry Wilmore for a very special and very live episode of Creative Conversation, straight from the Fast Company Innovation Festival.

Jackie Aina, YouTube beauty guru

October 10th, 2018


Long before “diversity” was a buzzword for beauty brands, Jackie was championing dark-skinned women and men who never saw themselves represented in the makeup industry.

with director Roman Coppola

September 26th, 2018


As the son of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Roman's career seemed on track to follow directly in his father's footsteps--but that hasn't …

with fashion director and designer Nicola Formichetti

September 12th, 2018


From Lady Gaga's famous meat dress to spearheading the creative vision of Mugler, Diesel, and Uniqlo to starting his own label Nicopanda, Nicola …

with actor Regina Hall

August 29th, 2018


We all know and love Regina Hall from her comedic work in films like "Girls Trip" or "Scary Movie." But for her latest role in the indie dramedy …

with photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

August 15th, 2018


Excess. Greed. Addiction. The American Dream isn’t what it used to be—and Lauren Greenfield’s new doc “Generation Wealth” takes a closer look to find out why.

with filmmaker Terence Nance

August 1st, 2018


Tumble into the mind of visionary filmmaker Terence Nance, whose new HBO show, “Random Acts of Flyness,” is like nothing you’ve seen before—guaranteed.

with composer Max Richter

July 18th, 2018


What makes Max Richter unique is that his creativity is matched only by his ambition, which lends a sense fearlessness to his work that, hopefully, …

with showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

June 27th, 2018


The creative tag team behind Netflix's "GLOW" is the definition of work spouse goals. In this episode, Flahive and Mensch explain how they've …

with author David Sedaris

June 13th, 2018


Where you just see a slice of pizza on the ground, David Sedaris sees an essay in the making.

Introducing Fast Company’s Creative Conversation podcast

June 1st, 2018


Join Fast Company editor KC Ifeanyi for in-depth explorations on the creative process with some of the most innovative thinkers across film, TV, music, and beyond.

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