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Never Not Creative

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Welcome to the Never Not Creative podcast. Never Not Creative is a community for creatives to come together and tackle the challenges we face in the creative industry. From how to manage and improve your mental health, to getting paid what you're worth and everything in between.

75 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Creativity and Football Mini-Series E06

September 30th, 2022

41:44

Paul Balfe is no football expert. But he is a male creative who was willing to chat to us about his mental health and his experiences with anxiety. …

More than ticking boxes

September 22nd, 2022

50:50

Nasya Kamrat is the Co-Founder of FACULTY, a certified, woman-owned spatial storytelling agency. After experiences working with multi-national …

Exploring mental health

June 19th, 2022

42:22

In our latest episode, Ve Dewey interviews James Routledge, the co-founder of Sanctus. After starting Sanctus, a coaching business to help improve mental wellbeing in workplaces, James has gone on to author the Penguin …

Creative entrepreneurship for social good

January 20th, 2022

45:33

In this episode, Ve and Andy join forces to chat to recent winners of the Deutsche Bank Awards For Creative Entrepreneurs – Jameisha Prescod, founder of You Look Okay To Me, an online space for the chronic illness …

The F Word Mini-Series – Episode 3

December 20th, 2021

1:01:45

It's our third and final episode of the F Word Mini-Series. David and Ve sit down for an inspirational conversation around failure at an organisational level with the award-winning transformational change leader Eva …

The F Word Mini-Series – Episode 2

December 19th, 2021

50:43

In our second episode, David and Ve sit down with Alina Mendoza Lopez, currently an intern at Dragon Rouge London, and Max Ottignon, co-founder of the London based agency Ragged Edge to discuss failure at the individual …

The F Word Mini-Series – Episode 1

December 14th, 2021

52:25

Based on the “The F word”, our latest mini-series focuses on "Failure." This first episode with Never Not Creative Co-creator, Ve Dewey and David Beare, Executive Creative Director of Dragon Rouge, come together to …

Creativity and Football Mini-Series E05

December 12th, 2021

54:26

The final episode of our Creativity and Football mini-series rounds out with The Hallway's ECD Simon Lee. Simon has lived experience with the ups and downs of mental health, but has also been working closely with mental …

Creativity and Football Mini-Series E04

December 7th, 2021

51:47

In the 4th episode of our Creativity & Football mini-series we head to Switzerland with renowned lettering artist Stefan Kunz.

Stefan is an internet phenomenon, entrepreneur and educator who is passionate about …

Creativity and Football Mini Series E03

November 27th, 2021

51:35

It's the 3rd episode of our Creativity & Football mini-series. Craig Elimeliah is an award-winning ECD at VMLY&R in New York. A native New-Yorker he gets his football analogies from the oval shaped ball rather …

Creativity and Football Mini Series E02

November 12th, 2021

48:48

Dr Zac Seidler knows a thing or two about football. Whilst he's scored many a goal from all over the pitch, his ultimate goal is to reduce the …

Creativity and Football Mini Series E01

October 21st, 2021

53:57

Welcome to a Never Not Creative podcast mini-series. Creativity and Football. We're talking to men about creativity, football and... who are we kidding? This is an essential listen. A mini-series dedicated to the topic …

S4 Ep8 Qualified?

September 25th, 2021

46:02

Asher Oliver didn’t take the traditional ‘qualified’ pathway into the creative industry.

After graduation from university with a Business Management degree in 2009, he moved back home and encountered a huge struggle in …

S4 Ep7 A side of business

August 31st, 2021

50:51

Blair Enns (author of Win Without Pitching and Pricing Creativity) joins Andy to discuss the challenges that creatives have when it comes to business. How our emotional attachment to work can hinder financial success …

S4 Ep6 Culture and colleagues

August 17th, 2021

39:26

Andy and Sarah are back with another episode on a Never Not International Women’s Day talk with Tom Tapper.  

Tom is the co-founder and CEO of B-Corp certified agency, Nice and Serious. In 2008, he co-founded Nice and …

S4 Ep5 Equality + respect

August 2nd, 2021

37:33

Join Andy Wright and Sarah Nguyen in another episode to discuss two powerful talks from Never Not International Women’s Day - ‘Until your fear of me …

S4 Ep4 Move on John

June 22nd, 2021

22:43

Somewhere around 2015, the first of the John genre articles arrived, trumpeting that there are more CEOs named John than women CEOs in their entirety.   In this episode, we have a well-presented talk by Jess Lilley, who …

S4 Ep3 All inclusive

May 16th, 2021

58:31

Jane Duru (Verbal Design Director, R/GA) and Sumita Maharaj (Associate Design Director, Re:) join Sarah and Andy to discuss their recent submission to Never Not International Women's Day. From having to bring a 6-pack …

S4 Ep2 Kill the stereotypes

April 25th, 2021

59:23

To make meaningful change in workplaces all around the world, we need to recognise that the gender inequity in our industry and society is a cultural …

S4 Ep1 Rage over fear – Never Not International Women's Day

March 30th, 2021

39:46

International Women’s Day 2021 has passed. But this year, we're not going back to business as usual. As far as we're concerned, it will always be Never Not International Women’s Day until all women including women of …

S3 Ep16 Meaning And Purpose

January 4th, 2021

1:03:47

Dr Sally Fitzpatrick is a Clinical Psychologist and the Acting Program Manager, Mental Health and Research at Everymind, our partners in the …

S3 Ep15 Take me to your leader - with Victoria Davies

December 14th, 2020

35:36

Victoria Davies has spent years as a leader in the advertising industry.  Now though, Victoria has swapped running some of the most successful …

S3 Ep14 Creative Clarity with Trevor Hubbard, Founder – Butchershop

October 16th, 2020

1:00:45

After years of learning in the agency business, championing and doubling-down on a project-based model, Trevor Hubbard is on a mission to wipe out failure. The one thing standing in his way? Clarity, or lack of it. …

S3 Ep13 Creative shelf-life?

September 18th, 2020

42:16

Kelly Mackenzie founded White Bear in 2014. Since then it's gone from strength to strength. No surprise really, as when we caught up with Kelly it was clear that she doesn't let much stand in her way.
We chat about the …

S3 Ep12 Creative Growth

August 28th, 2020

1:01:59

We chat with Ekaterina Solomeina the founder of Future London Academy. Ekaterina challenges the traditional concept of University, a linear career …

S3 Ep11 Recovery – Where to from here?

August 19th, 2020

56:57

An incredible, far-reaching episode with experts on the future and our mental health. Prue Jones, Design Director at Fjord provides a unique …

S3 Ep10 Under Pressure – the results of the 2020 Mentally-Healthy study

July 29th, 2020

54:32

18 months on from our first study into the mental health and wellbeing of the creative, media and marketing industry, we’re back with a deeper dive. The purpose of the second study was to evaluate what’s changed since …

S3 Ep9 Side hustle obsession

July 17th, 2020

40:05

When Brooke Strozdas wrote about her side hustle observations she was just letting off steam. Then bang, Twitter responded and she'd clearly hit on something that many people must have been thinking. Why all the …

S3 Ep8 The New Normal – Asking For A Friend

July 6th, 2020

58:04

With guests, Jess Lilley, Creative Director of Leo Burnett and Aileen Alegado, Psychologist.

We discuss when's the right time to ask for a payrise. …

S3 Ep7 Creative Utopia?

June 22nd, 2020

45:51

Andy first met Daniele Fiandaca in 2002. He was COO at (then) independent agency Profero. They were his agency and he was their client. Since leaving Profero in 2009, Daniele has gone on to co-author 3 books including …

S3 Ep6 A world-wide creative challenge

May 26th, 2020

40:07

When we stumbled across Creative Confessions in our insta feed, we sensed an immediate familiarity. Veronica Mike and Josh Schneider are on a mission to improve the stigma surrounding mental health in the creative …

S3 Ep5 Navigating change in 2020

May 7th, 2020

43:08

This episode is a fully loaded chat with Andrew Dobbie (Founder of Made Brave) and Peter Czapp (Founder of The Wow Company).  One's a creative …

S3 Ep4 Asking for a friend – April 2020

April 21st, 2020

57:31

This episode is from our April Asking For A Friend event.

We all know that “asking for a friend”is an easier way to ask a tough question. So once a month we’re going to allow anyone anywhere to “ask for a friend”, to an …

S3 Ep3 Creative energy with Sean Hall

April 3rd, 2020

48:19

Sean Hall has seen almost every nook and cranny of our industry. From working in one of Australia's most iconic agencies to running one of Australia's most iconic brands, he now focuses on helping as many of us as …

S3 Ep2 Wearing your heart on your sleeve - with Mitch Wallis

March 10th, 2020

44:29

In this episode Sarah and Andy chat to Mitch Wallis, the Founder of the Heart on My Sleeve Movement. Entwined within Mitch's story about his own …

S3 Ep1 Purpose, meaning and mental health

February 24th, 2020

42:21

We’re back. Season 3 kicks off with Chris Freel and Nina Nyman from Unltd. We talk all things mental health and how to do good in our industry. Perfect timing as we’ve recently launched the new Mentally-Healthy survey …

S2 Ep18 Tackling mental health at work

December 21st, 2019

53:41

In our final episode of Season 2 and 2019, Andy and Sarah catch-up with the formidable "Monty" AKA Sarah Montague, Creative Director at ooh! Media.

S2 Ep17 The mental health of the creative

November 14th, 2019

56:00

We caught lettering artist and typographer, Craig Black as he was whizzing around Australia for his national AGDA tour. But better than that, we also invited his wife Alison to bring her expertise as a mental health …

S2 Ep16 Creating on the edge with Shruti Rai

October 30th, 2019

41:11

Sarah and Andy catch up with Shruti Rai about designing for the edge cases and how to embrace audiences and use cases that we might not be comfortable with. Diversity becomes a major theme of our conversation and …

S2 Ep15 Getting started

October 16th, 2019

45:56

This episode, Andy is in Tasmania for Foundry Live.

Foundry Live is a conference  by Foundry Creative School in Tasmania. Every few months they …

S2 Ep14 The Creative's Mind – with Professor David Alais

September 4th, 2019

40:49

Professor David Alais is a psychologist and neuroscientist at The University of Sydney. Sarah and Andy caught up with David to understand better how …

S2 Ep13 Being brutally honest

August 20th, 2019

51:29

This episode is packed full of advice on running a business as a creative – get your notebooks out! Andy and Sarah caught up with Emily Cohen, …

S2 Ep12 Minding The Gap

August 7th, 2019

57:27

Andy and Sarah caught up with Chris Doyle who last year started an initiative called This Is Not University. TINU is a mentoring program that Chris started to help bridge the gap between education and career as he …

S2 Ep11 Looking after each other

July 24th, 2019

45:43

Our industry is nothing without the people who make it. So, what do we do to make sure they're thriving? How are we helping them grow?
In this …

S2 Ep10 NNC x ADR collaboration - Running a business with your best mate

July 6th, 2019

59:31

Australian Design Radio and Never Not Creative hosts Matt Leach and Andy Wright found themselves in Brisbane together at The Design Conference. Therefore, it was a no-brainer to combine mics and interview the founders …

S2Ep9 Industry Events: Inspiration, community and self-development

June 7th, 2019

43:19

After a month of high quality events in the creative industry, Sarah and Andy unpack how important it is to get out to find inspiration, community and spend some time on your own self-development. Sarah attended Rare by …

S2Ep8 How can we make a brighter future for the creative industry?

May 22nd, 2019

50:45

This episode was sparked by a tweet. On the 2nd April, Andy tweeted, "Sometimes it feels like we really don't want to create a better industry. When you look at what we do to the people trying to start out or get ahead …

S2Ep7 What diversity can bring to the creative industry

May 8th, 2019

57:35

Big questions in this episode. Is the lack of diversity in the creative industry holding us back? Can we be more creative as a result? What's it like …

S2Ep6 Why go in-house as a creative?

April 25th, 2019

50:28

Maggie Tang (ex Frost, Houston Group and current Head of Brand at Ableton), and Christian Hewitt ex R/GA, part of InVision's Design Leadership Forum and current Head of Design at Streamtime) join Andy and Sarah to …

S2Ep5 - Getting a foot in the door

April 9th, 2019

50:55

This episode Andy and Sarah discuss a recent Never Not Creative event –  The Future Of Internships. Should they or shouldn't they be paid? How do we …

S2 Ep4 - Causing a Creative Industry Boom

March 27th, 2019

59:34

We catch up with Katy Cowan, the founder of Creative Boom. The online magazine for the creative industry that supports and provides resources for anyone working (or thinking of) in the creative industry. Katy shares …

S2Ep3 - Providing support for women in the creative industry

March 12th, 2019

36:05

In this episode we get frank about the experiences of women in the creative industry. Mirella Marie is the founder of Womentor. An international mentor network for female graphic designers. Mirella talks to us about the …

S2Ep2 - Best of 2018 - part 2

February 28th, 2019

42:55

It's the second half of our review show. Sarah and Andy discuss internships with the highlights from our chats with Adam Thorn (journalist at Mumbrella) and Dean Jacobson (a creative from Melbourne). We get into …

S2Ep1 - Best of 2018 - part 1

February 19th, 2019

37:53

To kick off season 2, we review the best of season 1. Andy and co-host Sarah, go back to the start to discuss vulnerability and struggle with some of …

AGDA and staying relevant for the design community

December 20th, 2018

36:49

In the second part of our chat with Nic Eldridge, CEO of AGDA, we focus on the future. What are the challenges facing AGDA as we enter 2019? How will AGDA remain relevant?
Nic also adds some clarity on who AGDA is, who …

The great debate around awards and AGDA

December 18th, 2018

33:43

As we move into the final weeks of the year, we have special guest, Nic Eldridge. Nic's the CEO of AGDA (the Australian Graphic Design Association) and a major voice in the design industry.

In this first part of 2, we …

Creating better conditions for parents returning to work

December 13th, 2018

41:10

In this episode, we talk to Kate Pollard. Kate, is the co-founder of Circle In, a startup focused on creating a community to improve working …

Mentally Healthy - Does the creative industry have a mental health problem?

December 7th, 2018

49:53

This week we launched the results of the Mentally Healthy 2018 research – one of the largest studies into the mental health of the creative, media …

Future Models For The Creative Industry

November 30th, 2018

39:21

Part 2 of our chat with Jules Ehrhardt, former co-owner of Ustwo and founder of Fktry, a creative capital studio. Jules talks about future models, …

The Future Of The Creative Industry with Jules Ehrhardt

November 17th, 2018

39:09

Jules Ehrhardt is obsessed. Obsessed about the future of our industry and changing the terms of business for the creative class. How do we stop …

What's Going On?

November 9th, 2018

37:41

This episode, Andy's on his own. So this is the perfect opportunity to let you know what's been going on and what's coming up in Never Not Creative …

Internships - could standardised programs be the answer?

November 4th, 2018

48:00

This is part 2 of our chat with Dean Jacobson, a designer from Melbourne. We disagreed on the subject of whether all internships should be paid. In …

Internships and the benefit of hindsight

October 24th, 2018

42:31

Episode 12 brings us back to internships. They’re such a great way to get a foot in the door, prove your worth and start a career. But, should they …

What are we worth? And what should we be rewarding?

October 16th, 2018

33:53

This final instalment of a discussion with Maggie Tang and Gabby Lord focuses on the value of creative work. How do you ensure that clients recognise the value you provide? How do you ensure that you don't sell yourself …

The Future, Unicorns And The (Potential) Power Of Community

October 10th, 2018

30:14

In part 2 of our chat with Gabby Lord and Maggie Tang, we get inspired by Gabby's tweets (@gabbylord_ if you're not following already). From the …

Gender, Confidence and the Money Question

October 4th, 2018

45:27

This is the first in a 3 part series of a conversation I had with Gabby Lord and Maggie Tang. Both are Aussie creatives in Berlin with significant …

Real Talk - feelings, struggles and honesty

September 26th, 2018

23:27

In the second half of our chat with Kitiya Palaskas, things get very real and very personal. Kit has started an initiative called the Real Talk Project (realtalkproject.net). It's a project to encourage openness and …

Burnout and Accountability with Kitiya Palaskas

September 19th, 2018

32:14

In this episode, we chat with Melbourne creative Kitiya Palaskas about burnout, accountability and how to deal with social media. Check out more about Kit at http://www.kitiyapalaskas.com/

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Investigating unpaid internships with Mumbrella's Adam Thorn

September 8th, 2018

34:20

Adam Thorn is a journalist for Australia's media, marketing and creative industry news site, Mumbrella. For the last few months he's been investigating unpaid internships in the media industry. He shares his findings, …

The Creative Juggle

August 30th, 2018

39:38

In this episode we interview Charl Laubscher, the founder of Love + Money. Charl has had a fascinating journey through creative agencies and used that experience to start up his own. Love + Money have recently moved to …

NNC Mini - Mentally Healthy 2018

August 23rd, 2018

8:02

A first "mini" episode recorded while walking to and from the Mumbrella Health Marketing Summit to launch our research study, Mentally Healthy 2018. Let us know if these mini episodes are a good idea. And if you're …

Vulnerability and the creative's struggle

August 21st, 2018

27:10

In the last part of our discussion with Josie and Tina we tackle some personal experiences around some of the mental and emotional struggles of being a creative. Don’t forget to share and subscribe for more!

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Internships and getting the right start in the industry

August 13th, 2018

36:30

In part 2 of our chat with Josie and Tina we discuss are we giving people entering the creative industry the best possible start? Should interns be …

Gender And Opportunity In The Creative Industry

August 7th, 2018

27:19

We chat with Josie Young (Christopher Doyle & Co.) and Tina Victoria Afshar (Common State) about being a woman in the industry and what we can do to find better balance and inclusion. Big thanks to Josie and Tina …

Welcome to Never Not Creative

July 29th, 2018

24:46

An intro to the Never Not Creative podcast and what we're up to as a community for creatives.

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