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Colin Who? with Colin Spaull

July 6th, 2022

1:02:03

My guest this week is actor Colin Spaull, who began acting as a child and is still going strong. His early appearances include the role of Pip in

Creative Pep Talk #35: Five Minutes

June 29th, 2022

8:29

What can you do in five minutes? A LOT more than you think. Don't believe me? Let me explain--and then give it a try yourself!

Sign up for my FREE monthly Creative Check-In call here.

Join us for my monthly Gratitude …

Meaning and Abundance with Kevin Roth

June 22nd, 2022

1:00:29

Kevin Roth began to play the dulcimer in 1972 at the old age of thirteen, and at sixteen recorded his first album for Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways …

Creative Pep Talk #34: Stop Ignoring Yourself

June 15th, 2022

6:52

Are you the last item on your own list? If so, you're not alone—we all fall into this trap. Did you know it could be tamping down your joy and your …

Meaningfullfilled with Dieter Randolph

June 8th, 2022

1:12:37

Dieter Randolph started his career in the “family business” of ministry. He’s since left that field, and has taken on a wide variety of jobs, from …

Creative Pep Talk #33: Laugh

June 1st, 2022

7:41

Following up from last time: how my nephew's piano recital went, and what we can all learn from how he handled the unexpected.

As always, I love to …

Creativity and Liberation with Desiree Adaway

May 25th, 2022

59:56

Desiree Adaway, founder and principal of the Adaway Group, is one of the nation’s preeminent diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant-facilitators …

Creative Pep Talk #32: ”Hey Jude”

May 18th, 2022

8:21

What I learned from helping my 9-year-old nephew learn "Hey Jude" for his piano recital—both from the process of working with him, and from the song …

Portraits of Peace with John Noltner

May 11th, 2022

1:07:24

My guest today is John Noltner, a writer and photographer whose project, A Peace of My Mind, has produced three books, the latest of which is …

Creative Pep Talk #31: Small and Crappy

May 4th, 2022

8:19

Small and crappy can be the key to creative success. In this episode, I tell you why *and* give you a fun exercise to give it a try.

Sign up for the monthly Creative Check-In call here.

Feeling stuck in your creative …

No ”What Ifs” with Jon Davey

April 27th, 2022

1:11:27

Actor, photographer, and filmmaker Jon Davey has appeared in 50 episodes of Doctor Who since its revival in 2005, as a variety of monsters including Cybermen, Daleks, Ood, and Judoon. He’s also done behind-the-camera …

Invitation: Creative Check-In

April 27th, 2022

1:03

I'd love for you to join me for a free Creative Check-In session this coming Sunday, May 1 at 12pm ET. I explain in this super short episode what a Creative Check-In is and how it works. It's a great way to keep …

Creative Pep Talk #30: Joy

April 20th, 2022

6:46

Kids find joy all the time, but as adults, we tend to think it's not important, or at least not a top priority. I realized this past week how …

Broadening Your Horizons with Rick Bleiweiss

April 13th, 2022

1:18:23

Author Rick Bleiweiss has always followed his creative curiosity, and it’s led him to some unexpected destinations. He was studying filmmaking when …

Invitation: Gratitude and Wonder

April 12th, 2022

2:13

I'd love for you to join me for a free Gratitude and Wonder session this coming Friday at 7pm ET. I explain in this very short episode what G&W is, how I came to start it, and how it works. It's a great way to end …

Creative Pep Talk 29: Quit

April 6th, 2022

8:58

If you've never thought of quitting as a valid creative/problem-solving technique, this week's topic may sound controversial. I hope you'll give me a …

Keeping Kids Creative with JoAnn Nocera

March 30th, 2022

59:39

Creativity enthusiast and educator JoAnn Nocera knows what it’s like to stop listening to your creative spark—and she’s done the work to get hers back. Now she helps students, teachers, and parents keep that spark …

Creative Pep Talk #28: Lower Your Expectations

March 23rd, 2022

9:20

If you think lowering your expectations means lowering your standards, and that you'll never do any worthy creative work again if you give it a try, …

Invoking Joy with Vance Neudorf

March 16th, 2022

1:02:17

Author, actor, and podcaster Vance Neudorf is a man of many talents. In addition to those three pursuits, he’s also a set designer and builder, and the executive director at the Badlands Amphitheatre, Canada’s largest …

Creative Pep Talk #27: Journaling

March 9th, 2022

11:56

Journaling can be a fantastic tool both for personal exploration and for your creative process. If you're groaning at the idea of journaling, you're …

Inspired Courage with Dawn Kotzer

March 2nd, 2022

1:19:56

If you’ve been listening for any length of time, you’ll know that I very firmly believe that anyone who’s breathing is creative. I recently came across a definition of creativity that really rankled me, because it …

Creative Pep Talk #26: Be on Your Own Side

February 23rd, 2022

6:01

If you're going to be courageous enough to follow your creative call, it helps to be on your own side. Here's why.

Want more help with your creative …

Storytelling and SEO with Alison ver Halen

February 16th, 2022

50:25

Alison ver Halen always wanted to write, and act, but was told as a child that neither of those were possible careers. Nonetheless, she never gave …

Creative Pep Talk #25: Keep It to Yourself

February 9th, 2022

6:50

At the beginning of a project, you probably want to tell the entire universe about it. Here's why you might want to go against that instinct, at least for a while.

Feeling stuck in your creative process? Or wondering …

The Importance of Fun with John Peel

February 2nd, 2022

1:03:02

Prolific author John Peel has written novels in universes from Doctor Who to Star Trek to James Bond. John started off writing fan fiction, and as …

Creative Pep Talk #24: Don’t Rush It

January 26th, 2022

5:33

As a culture, we're addicted to cleverness and speed, but they may not be the best things for your life or your creative process.

Feeling stuck in …

Letting Your Light Shine with Fr. Michael Rossmann

January 19th, 2022

54:42

My guest today is Father Michael Rossmann, Jesuit priest and creator of a video series offering perspectives and advice on life, many of which focus on creativity and aspects of the creative process. It’s easy to …

Creative Pep Talk #23: Creating Happiness

January 12th, 2022

7:26

We all want to be happy—and we usually want others to be, too. That second bit can get us in trouble, and we tend to ignore the first. So what do we do about it? Here's my suggestion.

Want more help with your creative …

Experimental Creativity with Leonie Dawson

January 5th, 2022

1:01:00

When I think of someone who is unstoppably creative, I think of Leonie Dawson, who is my guest today. As you’ll hear, Leonie is an artist, writer, and inveterate experimenter who build a 7-figure business by trying as …

Creative Pep Talk #22: Appreciation

December 29th, 2021

7:10

Appreciation is one of the more powerful tools in the creativity toolbox, and it helps in the rest of life, too! Hear why you should give it a try, …

Replay: Talking to God with John Roedel

December 22nd, 2021

1:10:02

As always, at the holidays I share a favorite episode from the year. I hope you enjoy revisiting this episode!

The idea of "talking to God" may …

Creative Pep Talk #21: Rest

December 21st, 2021

3:28

A bonus holiday pep talk, short and sweet: It's okay to rest! In fact, I highly encourage it. And I'm telling you why in under three minutes.

Want …

Creative Pep Talk #20: I Don‘t Know

December 15th, 2021

7:58

How often do you say, "I don't know?" And what happens when you do? None of us knows everything, but we all know more than we think we do, so let's look at what happens when we say these three words.

Want more help …

The Power of Mentorship with Tara Thieleke

December 8th, 2021

57:34

Tara Thieleke’s art roots go back to her childhood, where two of her art teachers planted the seeds not only of the importance of art, but also of what kind of person she wanted to be. She’s been actively making and …

Creative Pep Talk #19: Courage

December 1st, 2021

10:05

Last week, I encouraged you to ask for the things you want, because it makes such a huge difference in the quality of your life and the experiences that are open to you. This week, I'm talking about the courage it takes …

Replay: Coming Out of the Cave with Eddie Louise

November 25th, 2021

1:13:10

Oh, look! I decided to do a holiday replay anyway. ;) 

Eddie Louise, writer of the Sage and Savant audio drama podcast, has lived one of the most …

Creative Pep Talk #18: Ask

November 24th, 2021

9:34

A bonus holiday pep talk about a simple tool that can make your life SO much better. ASK. Yup, that's it. It's simple, but not always easy, but the …

Creative Pep Talk #17: Flow vs. Pressure

November 17th, 2021

10:25

Have you ever been in a state of flow? I'll bet you've been under pressure. What's the difference between these two states? They can be easily confused, so I'm here this week to share some thoughts on the critical …

Noticing Our Patterns with Kate Chapman

November 10th, 2021

55:32

Kate Chapman knew at a young age that Broadway was “the answer” to where she wanted to be. She made it, though it wasn’t easy, with performances …

Creative Pep Talk #16: Finding Your Audience

November 3rd, 2021

6:13

We've talked before about comparison, perfectionism, and self-rejection, but the conversation is not complete without reflecting on the fact that not everyone is your audience. Finding your audience is an aspect of the …

Setting Up Success with Madeleine Holly-Rosing

October 27th, 2021

1:03:40

My guest this week is Madeleine Holly-Rosing, creator of the Boston Metaphysical Society series. Since beginning that series, Madeleine has created …

Wisdom: What is Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching?

October 20th, 2021

11:37

For this week's pep talk, I'm sharing another recent Wisdom talk, in response to a question from a guest about just what Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching is. It's been a long time since I've talked about it on the pod, …

This Plus That with Brandi Stanley

October 12th, 2021

1:14:31

Brandi Stanley spent a lot of time working in branding and marketing before she could no longer avoid the truth: it just wasn’t what she was supposed …

Wisdom: Listening to Your Body AND Your Mind

October 6th, 2021

46:00

I've been beta testing the new Wisdom app over the last two weeks, which is sort of like a cross between a podcast and Clubhouse, where I can not only share my own thoughts and insights, but also talk to others about …

Finding YOUR Way with Isabelle Hardesty

September 29th, 2021

56:37

Isabelle Hardesty started her creative life in visual art and fashion before trying her hand at writing. Inspired in part by her childhood in South Florida, her most recent novels are The Witch of Belle Fleur, and its …

Creative Pep Talk #15: Rule Number Six

September 22nd, 2021

5:55

This week I have a more lighthearted look at things that get in our way, riffing off a great story from Zander and Zander's book The Art of …

Age-Decoded with Mark Ryall

September 15th, 2021

1:00:03

Author Mark Ryall explores the exciting, and ethically daunting, world of genetic engineering in his novel, Age-Decoded. Focused on the current …

Creative Pep Talk #14: Comparison and Self-Rejection

September 8th, 2021

15:34

Continuing from last time: more on comparison, and how it's actually a way to reject ourselves, even if we don't know it. Perfectionism factors into that process, too, creating an ugly soup of not-good-enoughness. The …

It‘s Gonna Be Great with Paul ”PB” Bessenbacher

September 1st, 2021

1:16:13

Musician Paul Bessenbacher, known to his friends and fans as PB, lives a genuine optimism best summed up in his signature statement: “It’s gonna be …

Creative Pep Talk #13: A Story about Comparison

August 25th, 2021

6:39

A story about comparison and how it robs us not only of our creative joy but also distorts our sense of ourselves.

Did you know you can watch this episode on YouTube?

I'd love to hear your feedback, questions, and …

Anger and Curiosity with Dr. Ryan Martin

August 18th, 2021

1:01:26

None of us gets through the day without encountering anger somewhere, be it at work, at home, on the road, or even inside ourselves. Ryan Martin is a …

Creative Pep Talk #12: How Hard Is It?

August 11th, 2021

6:51

"We can do hard things," as the saying goes—but we can also make it way harder to do those things than we have to. Hear how I learned this lesson and how you can make it easier to do the tough things on your list in …

Psychology and Writing with Sarah Fine

August 4th, 2021

1:01:25

Urban fantasy author Sarah Fine, who writes psychological thrillers as SF Kosa, is a clinical psychologist as well as a novelist. As a result, she …

Creative Pep Talk #11: Failure

July 28th, 2021

8:59

Failure visits us all—and I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Failing doesn't have to be the end, and it definitely doesn't reflect our worth. It's actually a really important part of the creative process (and of …

Coming Out of the Cave with Eddie Louise

July 21st, 2021

1:13:10

Eddie Louise, writer of the Sage and Savant audio drama podcast, has lived one of the most fascinating creative journeys I’ve ever heard. She has …

Creative Pep Talk #10: Tiny Steps

July 14th, 2021

8:17

If you're feeling stuck and don't know how to get moving again, this is the episode for you! There's a simple way to get your momentum back, and it's …

The Empathy of Art with Kathryn Malek

July 7th, 2021

58:01

Kathryn Malek is an actor, writer, and coach. Kathryn started focusing on acting and writing as a young adult, studying with apprentices of Lee …

Creative Pep Talk #9: A Change of Scene

June 30th, 2021

6:08

If you're feeling stuck creatively, you may just need a change of scene. It doesn't have to be anything dramatic, though the bigger the change, the more potential!

I'd love to hear your feedback, questions, and …

Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor with Michael Broussard

June 23rd, 2021

1:07:41

My guest this week is Michael Broussard, an actor, activist, musician, and artist. His solo show, “Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor,” uses his own experience …

Creative Pep Talk #8: How to Give Feedback

June 16th, 2021

7:20

Following on from last time, here are some thoughts on how to give feedback. Why is this important? For one, you really don't want to be the person …

Balancing Writing and Medicine with Lydia Kang

June 9th, 2021

1:03:52

Author Lydia Kang balances two careers: In addition to writing adult and young adult fiction, as well as nonfiction, she’s also a doctor. Lydia never …

Creative Pep Talk #7: Protecting Your Creativity

June 2nd, 2021

6:28

You've probably never thought about protecting your creativity—but you should. It's one of your most valuable assets and resources, and nobody has …

Creative Problem Solving with Trudy Cunningham

May 26th, 2021

1:13:24

Trudy Cunningham is one of the most insightful and creative people I've ever met. Her background in mathematics and education led her to the …

Creative Pep Talk #6: You Matter

May 19th, 2021

8:27

Inspired by a day of viral attention on TikTok, here's a reminder that you matter. Yes, YOU. That means your creative dreams matter, too. If that sounds crazy or alien to you, this episode is definitely for you!

I'd …

You Are Not Your Work with Kimberly Stuart

May 12th, 2021

1:12:28

Kimberly Stuart started writing when she became a stay-at-home mom, and hasn’t stopped since. As you’ll hear, her path changed dramatically thanks to a gift from her mother, who was a professional musician. She’s the …

Creative Pep Talk #5: Being "Ready"

May 5th, 2021

7:45

Do you feel like you have to be "ready" before you start something new? Are you even sure what "ready" would mean? I'm here this week to talk about …

Forensic Accounting with Lynda Schwartz

April 28th, 2021

53:58

If you've been listening for a while, you know I believe there's hardly anything that's NOT creative, and I love to talk to people from so-called "non-creative" professions to find out how those perceptions are wrong. …

Creative Pep Talk #4: Pay Attention

April 21st, 2021

6:16

If you're struggling to come up with ideas, this episode is for you! You might be surprised at the power of just paying attention. That may sound too easy, but if you really do it (and it's SO simple), you'll find …

Knowing Your Strengths with Tosca Lee

April 14th, 2021

58:44

Tosca Lee originally wanted to be a ballerina, but ended up switching to writing with some help from her dad while she was in college. Since then, …

Come Hang Out with Me on Sunday!

April 9th, 2021

2:08

I'm offering a spontaneous hangout on Sunday at noon ET/9amPT and you're invited! Listen for more, and sign up here!

Creative Pep Talk #3: Perfectionism

April 7th, 2021

8:24

Welcome back for Creative Pep Talk #3! This week, we're delving into the deep, dark world of perfectionism. This is an overview of the evils of …

You Don't Need to Know Everything with Lisa Townsend

March 31st, 2021

52:52

My guest today knows what it’s like to believe you’re not creative. Lisa Townsend spent her first 27 years believing she wasn’t before having a creative awakening that led her to try EVERYTHING. We talk about  what that …

Creative Pep Talk #2: Permission

March 24th, 2021

8:54

If you think permission slips are just for elementary school kids going on field trips, think again. Permission is absolutely vital to a healthy …

The Unexpected Path to Opera with Dale Travis

March 17th, 2021

1:01:07

My guest this week is opera singer Dale Travis, who has performed with companies all over the world in a career he never imagined as a child. Dale …

Creative Pep Talk #1: Who's Creative?

March 10th, 2021

9:38

Welcome to the first in a series of creative pep talks—topics to help you get and stay unstuck in your creative process (aka your life). In this inaugural pep talk, I share my plan for these mini-episodes and tackle the …

Talking to God with John Roedel

March 3rd, 2021

1:10:02

The idea of "talking to God" may bring up images of saints or prophets—or a disconnect from reality. John Roedel fits in none of those categories. He's an improv comedian and poet who started writing conversations …

Talent vs. Preparation with Richard Oliver

February 17th, 2021

1:10:01

Actor Richard Oliver has performed in film, TV, stage, commercial, audio, and even video games. He also directs for his own theatre and teaches acting. Richard has been named best actor by the New York City Indie Film …

"Writing Saved Me" with Nancy Springer

February 3rd, 2021

1:17:26

Author Nancy Springer has written more than 50 books, in genres ranging from mythic fantasy to magical realism to mystery. Her most popular novels by …

Changing Lives on Stage with Lisa Houston

January 6th, 2021

1:05:39

This week, I’m bringing you a current teacher who’s a former colleague of mine: Lisa Houston, who started the drama program at the Pennington School …

Replay: Happily Homeless with Alison Miller

December 23rd, 2020

1:13:25

For the holidays, I'm giving you the chance to discover, or perhaps rediscover, two of my favorite episodes from the past year. This episode, with …

Replay: Happy Accidents with Anthony Wilson

December 23rd, 2020

1:03:13

For the holidays, I'm giving you the chance to discover, or perhaps rediscover, two of my favorite episodes from the past year. This episode, with …

Embracing Your Enthusiasm with Kyle Fletcher

December 9th, 2020

1:08:27

If you've listened for a while, you know I have a VERY broad definition of "creativity," and the show is called "Follow Your Curiosity" for a reason. …

Following the "Nudge" with Paige Kaufman

November 25th, 2020

1:01:46

Paige Kaufman is an early childhood educator who went from teaching kindergarten to running a wellness center—all because she listened to the "nudge" telling her her it was time to do something different. A lot of us …

Protecting Your Creativity with Tracy Matthews

November 11th, 2020

56:15

My guest today is Tracy Matthews, Chief Visionary Officer of Flourish and Thrive Academy and host of the Thrive by Design podcast. Tracy is a jewelry designer and entrepreneur who loves marketing. Even more than that, …

Bringing Your Vision to Life with Angela Fareri

October 28th, 2020

52:18

What's your vision, or dream, for your life? Can you see it clearly? If not, you might want to consider making a vision board, and this week's guest, Angela Fareri, is here to tell us not only how and why creating a …

Dragonflies at Night with Anne Marie Bennett

October 14th, 2020

1:03:45

Anne Marie Bennett has had a varied career—she’s been an elementary school teacher, has worked in a theater, and a SoulCollage(R) trainer and …

Quitting Is Not an Option with Orrin Evans

September 30th, 2020

1:01:53

Over the last two episodes, we’ve heard from Todd Evans and Rachel Marianno, a brother and sister who grew up in an unusually artistic home and both became artists themselves. This week, their younger brother Orrin …

Seeing Possibilities with Rachel Marianno

September 16th, 2020

49:31

When your father is a playwright and your mother is a lyric soprano, you're unavoidably exposed to a creative outlook on life. This week is the second in a series of three episodes where we'll be hearing from three …

Don't Give Up on Yourself with Todd Evans

September 2nd, 2020

54:54

When your father is a playwright and your mother is a lyric soprano, you're unavoidably exposed to a creative outlook on life. This week begins a series of three episodes where we'll be hearing from three siblings from …

Becoming the Eighth Doctor with Paul McGann, Part 2

August 19th, 2020

57:48

This week—this month!—I have the honor and pleasure of talking with actor Paul McGann. He started his career in the West End, moving to TV with the …

Becoming the Eighth Doctor with Paul McGann, Part 1

August 5th, 2020

1:30:44

This week—this month!—I have the honor and pleasure of talking with actor Paul McGann. He started his career in the West End, moving to TV with the …

Inspiration and Originality with Cindy Lynn Speer

July 22nd, 2020

1:09:10

Novelist Cindy Lynn Speer is one of my dearest writing friends. We met online years ago, and instantly bonded over our love of language and writing. We've never sat down and actually had a face-to-face conversation …

Navigating Your Inner Wilderness with Darcy Wade

July 8th, 2020

1:07:16

Darcy Wade is an expressive arts therapist who knows what it's like to be derailed from her creative dream. As you’ll hear, one simple incident in …

Running Away to Join the Circus with Ryan Ward

June 24th, 2020

1:19:19

I couldn't resist this title for this episode, because it's true: Ryan Ward really did run away to join the circus. While that might sound silly, …

The Power of Creative Constraints with Zoha Abbas

June 10th, 2020

1:00:59

Zoha Abbas started her career as an advertising copywriter, and she’s here today to tell us how she got there, what it was like working for an ad agency (including the ups and downs of working with clients), and how she …

Some Thoughts on Recent Events

June 10th, 2020

9:43

You'd have to be living in a very deep, very dark cave right now to have managed not to hear about the death of George Floyd and the protests that have been happening across the country in response. A lot of people are …

You Never Know Until You Try with Alex Rudy

May 27th, 2020

1:12:15

Alex Rudy started out drawing, and recording his own comic book audios, before taking a video production workshop in high school that led him to …

Learning by Doing with Desiree Argentina

May 13th, 2020

1:03:34

Desiree Argentina does a little bit of everything—in addition to being a school counselor, she's a writer, a travel blogger, a film production …

Good Grammar with Curtis Honeycutt

April 29th, 2020

1:02:21

If you're like a lot of people, you'll see this headline and want to run screaming, but I want to promise you that this week's conversation is anything but terrifying. Curtis Honeycutt, award-winning author of the …

Living an Intuitive Life with Kelly Abanda

April 15th, 2020

1:02:45

Kelly Abanda's journey sounds like a movie: a woman takes a risk, leaves her "good" job to travel the world for three months, and comes back three years later. Along the way, she makes unexpected connections, stumbles …

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