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The Lightning Rod

72 EpisodesProduced by The Creative FolksWebsite

What's up ya'll! We're two artists in Atlanta who decided one day to come together to answer questions and talk about the creative industry. Project powered by: The Creative Folks

72 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Loneliness in Freelancing

September 14th, 2020


The world of freelancing is not a smooth ride, even with pros of having creative freedom. The job of a freelancer is often involving the freelancer …

Landing Your First Gig

September 7th, 2020


The first step to anything is not easy, as you may know. Tammy's advice on landing your first gig so that it sets you up for your future ones!

Cons to Freelancing

September 4th, 2020


Yep! To every pro there's a con! While we know there's a huge amount of creative freedom as a freelancer, but what about job and financial security. More advice in today's episode.

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Pros to Freelancing

September 4th, 2020


Freelancer Lifestyle has a lot of creative freedom. You set your own pricing, you set your own schedule, and you work the clients you want to work. …

Freelancing & Unpaid Internships

September 1st, 2020


We're introducing to you Freelancer month, where we really dive into our freelancer experiences. On top of that, everyone has to start somewhere. Our student creators have always battled the world of unpaid internships …

Do Creatives Need Awards?

August 31st, 2020


A flashy award is...well, flashy! It's great to have it under your belt, but is it a make it or break it point for creatives? Both Minh and Tammy are considered award-winning, tune in to hear how this impacted their …

Creative Work for Family & Friends

August 24th, 2020


We've all had the case where friends are asking for creative favors, family too! Where do we set those boundaries personally as creators. We share …

Personal Logos vs. Start Up Logos

August 17th, 2020


An essential to branding is the logo. The logo is the front-facing image for you as freelancers and startups in general. But! Just how important is it and when do we need to change it for personal brands & startups? …

Personal Branding vs. Start Up Branding

August 9th, 2020


Branding seems simple to the average because it's just colors & logos right? Today Minh & Tammy dive in to give you a closer understanding of …

Should I Run That Ad?

August 3rd, 2020


Putting up Ads has always been very common business advice towards anyone even those who are just starting up. But Tammy wants to talk more about how to give value to that Ad by giving value to your skills first. So …

Tips to Starting a Business (Different Advice!)

July 27th, 2020


Starting a business could get really confusing, overwhelming, and even frustrating especially when you don't know what in the world you're doing. …

Critiquing JK Rowling

July 20th, 2020


Should we separate JK Rowling from her art of creating the world of Harry Potter? A big fan favorite however she's been in the spotlight for …

One of the Best Business Investments We Made

July 13th, 2020


In the business world, connections are too vital to even say. Not just connections towards your audience but connections to your fellow businessmen/businesswomen wherein you can help each other grow in the business …

Colorism in the Art World

July 6th, 2020


Colorism is not only a real-world issue, but it's prevalent in the art world as well. Today, Minh covers the topic as we acknowledge that colorism is …

Do I Sound Cringey?

June 29th, 2020


Ever had your own ideas, your own concept, your own passion but then thought to yourself, "Am I cringey for having such ideas?" DON'T! Embrace those thoughts because that's what makes you unique, original, and happy!  

Fan Art

June 22nd, 2020


Can you make a profit in doing fan art? Minh says it's definitely...YES! Tune in as we talk about the concept of fan art and original art as well. Which is better?  

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Stay In Demand

June 17th, 2020


Tactics, strategies, methods, and steps on how you can stay in-demand for the job market in these times or whatever times we'll be in, we got you covered on that! 

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Art School

June 15th, 2020


What are your thoughts on going to Art school? Can you benefit way more in going rather than learning for yourself? Is there a catch or is it more …

What is a Logo?

June 8th, 2020


Our brands deserve to be recognized. With the perfect logo, it heightens your chances of being recognized. So let's talk about that today and learn …

Hustle Culture

June 1st, 2020


Rise, grind, repeat? Well, sure. But don't forget, you're still a human being that needs to take breaks, have fun, and just learn more about yourself. You are what's more important, okay? Stay tuned as we talk about …

Social Media During Quarantine

May 25th, 2020


As business owners, we have to think about our customers all the time, right? Especially in times like these, how should we be able to cater to their …

Zoom and Mental Health

May 20th, 2020


Zoom fatigue. It's a thing now. Being locked up inside your home, having meetings done on Zoom can be your only choice. And for many of you who are working from home these days, maybe you've experienced this too. So how …

Talking to Professors about Mental Health

May 18th, 2020


Bringing up your mental health to anyone isn't easy, we get it. As students however it's especially important to be transparent to your professors early as possible so that it doesn't affect your education. We encourage …

Mental Health in the Asian-American Community

May 11th, 2020


For Mental Health May and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, we always get so excited because our passions really revolve around these two topics …

Focusing in on Asian-American Businesses here in Atlanta

May 11th, 2020


We're in an interesting time now May 2020. 

COVID-19 is scattered across the nation, the world, and of course our newsfeed. We're not here to speak on how to wash your hands or how to stay sanitized, we know you get it …

How is Business Going?

May 5th, 2020


As the whole world seems to be stopping, is your business? Ours....tune in to find out what we're going through during COVID-19!

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Apps to keep on your phone as a creative

April 29th, 2020


Your phone is essential to your life as a creator. True or False? If true, today's episode is all about getting your phone to start working more …

Work-life Balance

April 27th, 2020


How do you set boundaries for yourself between work, friends, family, and creative endeavors? Here are some practical tips on how to have that …

Maintaining Branding Consistency

April 27th, 2020


The very essential part to any small business or company is their branding. However, it's often over looked and branding can go in many directions. Consistency is a word that's often preached but is it practiced? Let's …

Share Less, Do More

April 22nd, 2020


When does (too much) sharing become counterproductive in terms of accomplishing more tasks? Are your goals for sharing still in line with your goals of doing more?

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Dealing With Hard Clients

April 20th, 2020


Difficult clients are part of the cost of doing business. In this episode, we'll talk about the types of difficult clients that you'll encounter in …

Must-haves for Artists

April 17th, 2020


There are several mediums used in traditional art. Digital art also has pro tools. Regardless of what you want to specialize on, here are some …

What to look for in a pro designer?

April 15th, 2020


If it wasn't obvious, not every designer is the same. A pro designer also comes in many different forms from skills to delivery. Here are things to look for when seeking a pro designer. 

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Self-care Tips

April 13th, 2020


When does the thing that you love become an ultimate source of stress in your life. Do you always have to make money from your creative hobbies?

How To Deal With Failure

April 8th, 2020


Breath. Assess. Hustle. Repeat. Minh here, and I'd like to share my insights on how to deal with failure in a positive way. Because whether we like it or not, everybody fails every now and then.

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Efficiently Working From Home

April 6th, 2020


And just like that, COVID19 pandemic has brought the world into a screeching halt. Working from home is the new normal. How can you make sure that important tasks are still done on time when you have all the freedom of …

Why invest in Adobe?

February 19th, 2020


One question we receive a lot is about ADOBE. Is it worth it? Why should I invest to it as a creative?
If you're asking those questions for …

Imposter Syndrome in Art School

February 17th, 2020


Minh is currently a graduate student at SCAD and we're here to discuss the affects ART SCHOOL on the mental health of a student. While today's episode isn't about SCAD directly, we want you to consider today's episode …

Importance of Taking Breaks

February 12th, 2020


It seems like an obvious that taking a break is important, but have we learned to practice that in our own creative journey? Today we talk about taking breaks and how important it is to define that moment where you tell …

Artstagram, is it worth it?

February 11th, 2020


Minh here! Another day, another episode! Today we dive into Artstagram. We still believe this is one of the best platforms for creatives, do you …

Finding and Defining Style Re-Do!

February 10th, 2020


Minh here! I'm back on Season 2 of The Lightning Rod. Today to continue our anniversary celebrations, we're revisiting episode 1. There were a lot of things we covered in style and we want to re-share what we'e learned …

What are branding assets?

February 7th, 2020


Not to be confused with collateral, assets these are foundational to brand building. You can easily tell another designer, new employees, or explain …

Self Designed Logos

February 6th, 2020


Ah, so you need a logo but don't want to pay the price. What you'll end up seeing is you may the price later for self-designing your own logo! What's up about self designed logos, is it worth it to self design? All in …

What Does it Mean to Rebrand?

January 24th, 2020


Like a lot of brands are popping up everywhere, the term rebrand is also tossed so often. What does it mean to truly rebrand? Does it mean I have to …

What is Branding?

January 23rd, 2020


This is the official first episode of season 2, and it'a bit rocky but we hope you hear us out. Branding is a lot more than what meets the eye especially when it seems like everyone wants a brand, to build a brand, or …

SEASON 2 - The New Lightning Rod is Here!

January 22nd, 2020


Welcome back and happy 2020! Tune in to hear about our new format for the podcast. You spoke, we heard.
We understand that interviews may not be for everyone. For those of you who still love the interviews, they can …

Ep. 25 | Being Young & Creative ft. Inari Briana

December 20th, 2019


Today's conversation is led by Tammy featuring Inari Briana. Inari is an Atlanta based photographer who has a lot of advice for the modern day creative. Today we talk about our hustle and grind as young creators, the …

Ep. 24 | Power of Networks ft. Aries Purnell

October 25th, 2019


Today's conversation is led by Tammy but co-hosted by TCF's Brand Director, Sheena! We welcomed Aries, Founder of Purnell Film & Media to the podcast to talk about his creative work and the importance of networking. …

Ep. 23 | Marion Silverman on Branding

October 4th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Marian Silverman is a financial educator with a passion for sharing her knowledge about financial literacy …

Ep. 22 | How to Define Success with Nikon Papi aka Wildy Civil

September 27th, 2019


Today's conversation is led by Tammy but co-hosted by TCF's Brand Director, Sheena! We're interviewing Wildy (pronounced: WILL-DEE) Civil, more known as Nikon Papi. Nikon is a well known photographer in Atlanta who …

Ep. 21 | $2,000 Later, a New Mural on the Atlanta Beltline

September 22nd, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh! Cherry Virginia Chandra is a foreign exchange student from Indonesia currently residing in Atlanta. She is a graduate student studying at SCAD Atlanta.Cherry has a passionate love for …

Ep. 20 | Meet Alex Seidenberg and His World of Photography - The Lightning Rod

September 13th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Tammy! We're diving into Alex's life on how he moved from Florida up to Atlanta and he'll drop some gems about doing concert photos! Alex is a landscape and concert photographer, but don't …

Ep. 19 | Let's Talk About Rise & Grind Culture - The Lightning Rod

September 6th, 2019


You probably saw this coming but we're back, together, with an episode about rise and grind culture. We talk about what it is, how have we seen it …

Ep. 18 | Meet Marion Silverman & Learning Financial Literacy - The Lightning Rod

August 30th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Marian Silverman is a financial educator with a passion for sharing her knowledge about financial literacy …

Ep. 17 | Start Up to Start Up, Let's Talk Business ft. The Cork Bros Studio - The Lightning Rod

August 16th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Tammy Huynh! We invited The Cork Bros, Andrew McCorkle & Mike Corkrum, to come drop some knowledge about business. Tammy shares some business struggles to get their opinions and they …

Ep. 16 | Why Art Teachers Hate Anime - The Lightning Rod

August 9th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! They'll discuss about looking at anime with a critical creative eye. How anime portrays different races and how it doesn't provide the basis of human anatomy are just a few …

Ep. 15 | Art School vs. Self Taught - The Lightning Rod

August 2nd, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh!  Minh's experience stems from a self taught artist into an art student at SCAD. They will talk about the pros and cons of being self taught and the learning curve it took to …

Ep. 14 | The New Little Mermaid: Where Do We Stand? - The Lightning Rod

July 26th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! You've heard the tea these past few weeks about the announcement of Halle Bailey casted as The Little Mermaid. The internet was going nuts, as usual, and there were definitely …

Ep. 13 | Art Habits to Break - The Lightning Rod

July 19th, 2019


Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! We're going to talk about art habits you need to break; some include avoiding social media, marketing, and branding. Let us know what kind of art habits you have that you can't …

Ep. 12 | Interviewing Our Founder - Re-Meet TCF

June 14th, 2019


We're just a bit past 10 full episodes of The Lightning Rod, so we figured why not interview our internal staff so you can learn more about us as a …

Ep. 11 | Explore the World of Agency-Level Photography with Freddy at Imagine Media

June 7th, 2019


Today's conversation is about working as a "corporate photographer" in Atlanta. While a lot of photographers typically consider freelance as their route, we wanted to be able to cover the other side too. Freddy worked …

Ep. 10 | Taking a Mental Break and Better Your Time Management with Mike Glatzer

May 31st, 2019


Mike is not your typical wedding photographer. He's actually a Product Development Engineer here in Atlanta! We found out in today's episode that his …

Ep. 09 | Minh Shares Their Experience Part Two

May 24th, 2019


NOTE: Today's episode can/may contain triggering words, phrases, and/or scenarios. 

In this episode, Minh continues to share their past mental …

Ep. 08 | Minh Shares Their Mental Breakdown Experience

May 17th, 2019


NOTE: Today's episode can/may contain triggering words, phrases, and/or scenarios. 

In this episode, Minh will share their past mental breakdown …

Ep. 07 | Understanding Therapy and Practicing Self-Care

May 10th, 2019


Today's conversation with our first guest, Tameika Cheek, a local Atlanta therapist. In honor of Mental Health Month, we recognize that many people, creatives being a big part of this number, go through a lot of …

What's happening with The Lightning Rod

May 3rd, 2019


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Ep. 06 | What to Expect with Critiques - The Lightning Rod

March 29th, 2019


We're all about touchy subjects. Today's conversation is about constructive criticism and taking on critique to your work. We talk about the …

Ep. 05 | The World of Freelance - The Lightning Rod

March 22nd, 2019


Today's conversation is all about the freelance career! Our hosts Minh and Tammy dive in to help you understand more about the freelance lifestyle and career pathway. From pricing to when it's the right time to do free …

Ep. 04 | Can my work be stolen? - The Lightning Rod

March 15th, 2019


In today's conversation, we're hitting the topic of stolen work. As creatives, this is something we face, since we're constantly posting in a public …

Ep. 03 | Social Media for Artists - The Lightning Rod

March 8th, 2019


Today's episode we cover SOCIAL MEDIA!  We dive a bit deeper about social media and how useful it can be as a tool for artists and creatives. We talk …

Ep. 02 | Art Portfolios and Why We Need One - The Lightning Rod

February 15th, 2019


In this conversation, we talk about that one thing every artist probably already has, is in the process of making, or will be getting soon. Art …

Ep. 01 | Finding & Defining Style - The Lightning Rod

February 6th, 2019


Welcome to our very first episode! In this conversation, we cover a topic that can be difficult for other artists to identify: style! Both Minh and …

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