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Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every day, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!

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213: Don't get crushed by the TIDAL WAVE OF LIFE. Ride it! (w/ Martha Beck)

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Martha Beck is an American sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker who specializes in helping individuals and groups achieve personal and professional goals. 

Her books include Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, Finding Your own North Star, The Joy Diet, and her newest book, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening.  She has also been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine since its inception in 2001.

Her newest project is a revolutionary writing workshop called Write into Light.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/marthabeck

In this episode, Martha discusses:

-The birth of her son and her decision to pursue joy no matter what the circumstances and no matter what anyone else thought.

-The comparison between a destructive tsunami destroying long-standing buildings and structures and a surfer taking the ride of his life.

-The frightening, but profound decision that people can make to take risks by following their joy.

-The “Man Cage” and how men are heavily socially pressured to do what worked before.

-The importance of finding balance through joy.

-How difficult it can be to let go of the “factory mindset” of society and to trust that magic will guide you.

-Making sure to rest your body, otherwise you will lose touch with it.

-Why she started Write into Light.

-The responsibility that artists have to change culture when the culture they are living in is unsatisfactory.

-The idea of using writing to heal yourself, and then to spread that healing power to the rest of the world.

-Her newest book,

-How she spent all of her money on a ranch in California and became immersed in nature.

-To prepare yourself for criticism from the people around you when you go against culture, and to try to surround yourself with supportive people who understand where you are coming from and what you are trying to tap into.

Martha's Final Push will inspire you to ask yourself (without judgment) what you were meant to do with your life and then find a way to do that thing.



“It unfolded because I was on this hell-bent path of pursuing joy.”

“There is a magic in the world, and I found that when my son was born.”

“If you can align yourself with what wants to happen, things will be done through you that you cannot do yourself.”

“It’s freaking scary.  What we are basing our cultural models on is a factory that never stops working.  To let that go and say that I’m going to trust that magic will do things through me if I just relax…. Phew, that is not for the faint of heart.”

“Culture doesn’t actually come from laws.  Laws may reflect culture but they rarely create culture.  What creates healing in cultures is new idioms, new language, new ways to talk about what’s happening to us, new perceptions, new insights, and new ideas.  And those come from creativity.”

“It’s not easy because we have to go beyond culture because our culture is screwing us up big time.  It’s not a recipe for happiness.”

“Ask yourself two questions: How do I want to be different because I lived on this Earth, and how do I want the Earth to be different because I’ve lived on it?

“Your people are here.  We may be in virtual space but we are all around you and we all feel it.  There is something moving and changing in the world and you are meant to be part of it.  So jump.”

Links mentioned:

Write into Light

Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening (Bewilderment Chronicles) by Martha Beck

Martha’s Ted Talk: "The Four Technologies of Magic"

The Leap Retreat

Connect with Martha:

Website / Facebook / Vimeo / Twitter / Books

On the next episode:

David Luong : Website / Instagram / Vimeo

Join our community on our Facebook group!

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How to not give a sh** what other people think (Best of YCP: Aunia Kahn)

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Aunia Kahn is figurative artist, photographer, creative entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. She has created a hybrid art form combining many disciplines. She designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creations, melding elements of classical and contemporary art.

Aunia also runs/hosts the Create & Inspire Blog & Podcast where she helps and inspires creatives to follow their dreams!

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/auniakahnreplay

In this episode, Aunia discusses:

-How and why she started the "Create and Inspire" blog and podcast.

-How John Lee Dumas of "Entrepreneur on Fire" inspired her to start a podcast (just like Youngman Brown with "Your Creative Push").

-How most artists don't realize that their art can be a business and many of the mistakes they make when trying to sell their work.

-Her first creative moments with a Kodak Fisher Price camera as a child.

-How even though we are the most photographed era in time, we are going to be left with no actual photos.

-Her journey through various forms of art, and how she wanted to be a painter, and a surgeon, and a veterinarian, amongst many other things.

-How health issues inhibited her from being able to sing, and how that led to her beginnings as an artist.

-How art was therapeutic to her and gave her the feeling of having a purpose.

-The story of what made her start to share her work and the unlikely person who encouraged her to do so.

-Her advice for people who might be afraid to share their work because they are embarrassed or shy about the content or subject matter that they create.

-The importance of just messing around and experimenting, not worrying if it is good or bad, and just learning from it.

-How you shouldn't base your progress on the amount of Facebook likes that you get.

-The value in aiming to affect one person as opposed to appealing to a broad audience.

-Details about her gallery

Aunia's Final Push will inspire you to keep getting up and never giving up.


"Music is where I cultivated a spiritual and artistic vibe within myself."

"The art itself was never supposed to be shown to anybody.  It was, "I am suffering so tremendously that if I don't do something, I don't know how much longer I am going to be here."

"When you are sick and you are bedridden and you can't leave your house, you feel like you don't have a purpose."

"For some reason, I felt like the camera was a sketchbook for me."

"Everything feeds itself.  It is like a self-generating greenhouse of creativity."

"I went to the show and I actually saw a woman cry in front of my work.  After that, I had to go home and think about this."

"Maybe this is how I'm supposed to help people, by using my own creativity to help myself and indirectly helping someone else without getting too close."

"You don't need to make this for anybody but yourself."

"For one person who tells you that they like what you're doing or appreciates you, there's a dozen more that are maybe too shy to say anything."

"We can literally do anything that we put our minds to.  Our minds are amazing.  They are so strong and vast."

"Life is too damn short not to go for everything you've ever wanted, even if it seems ridiculous."

"If you can see what you want to do and it seems like you could reach that, you're not reaching far enough.  If you want to do something and its ridiculous and crazy and amazing and "I can't believe I could ever do that," then you need to go for that."

Links mentioned:

Aunia's gallery

The Artist's Way Workbook by Julia Cameron

The Best Motivational Video Speeches Compilation - Youtube

Jim Carrey's Secret of Life - Youtube

Connect with Aunia:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Create & Inspire / Alexi Era Gallery

On the next episode:

Martha Beck : Website / Write into Light

Share what you've been creating this week on the Facebook group


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212: You can always GET PAST IT for the day (w/ Caves & Clouds)

Mon, Apr 17, 2017

E.W. Harris and Jo Kruger have come together to form a new ensemble, Caves & Clouds, a collaborative outgrowth of the Big City Folk collective in New York City.  They are currently raising stake funds with Indiegogo for their debut record, The Winter of Our Discontent and the follow-up touring schedule.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/cavesandclouds

In this episode, E.W. & Jo discuss:

-Jo’s story growing up as a musician and how she got connected with the Big City Folk collective.

-E.W.’s experience moving to New York, living in Central Park, and meeting new people like Niall Connolly, the founder of the Big City Folk collective.

-How each of them has been trying to work with the other for a long time and how excited they are to finally get a collaboration going.

-The importance of collaboration in an uncertain political climate and artists’ responsibility to bring something new or positive to the table.

-The inciting incident that sparked them to finally collaborate.

-Some of the pitfalls and stereotypes of the acoustic singer/songwriter.

-Some of the reservations that came before launching their Indiegogo campaign.

-How backers of a project feel as if they are a part of the project as it is created.

-Dealing with the inner critic, especially when the creative process starts to flow so naturally.

-Taking your life-long battle with Resistance one day at a time.

-Dealing with hyper-focus on certain things to the extent that other important things lose all of your focus.

E.W. & Jo's Final Push will inspire you to just do it, in all aspects of your life, to embrace and welcome failure as a part of life, and to trust the people inside of you and out who believe in you.


Quotes from Jo:

“I’ve been running around the scene here, admiring E.W.’s projects for a long time, and there are very few people who are hailed with as much respect in that songwriting scene.”

“It made it a really optimistic endeavor in a pretty nihilistic time.”

“We are not a team to be sneezed at when it comes to the kitchen.”

“It’s almost like antibiotic resistance.  When you start to find ways to evolve around that silly voice, that silly voice finds a way to evolve too.  It finds new dick moves to get in your way.  And for me it comes when I try to do something new, because it can put a new face on old doubts.”

“Do what you can do to get past it for the day.  It’s just a matter of one day at a time.  It’s almost twelve-steppy in its zen-ness.”

“There are so many ways you can do the thing.  There are so many ways that you can second guess yourself.  There are so many ways you can push yourself through.  Do one of them.”


Quotes from E.W:

“I feel like the only thing within my power to do is to cooperate with people.  To try to participate in ideas rather than just do my thing.”

“You’re throwing us a Hail Mary, it’s the least we could do to catch it.”

“I wouldn’t find any value in this thing that I was doing if I was living in a cave on my own.”

“Coming out of your own fantasy and trying to find that Venn diagram where it meets everyone else’s fantasies.  Reality is that sliver in-between.”

“Some of my harshest critics have been some of my greatest teachers.”

Links mentioned:

Caves & Clouds: The Winter of Our Discontent Indiegogo

Big City Folk

Connect with Caves & Clouds:

Bandcamp / Indiegogo / Facebook


What horror movie (or awkward comedy movie) or character do you liken your Resistance to?  Is it Michael Myers relentlessly coming to get you, even after you’ve chopped his head off?  Is it like having an awkward weekend with your father in law?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

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211: DON'T TRY (w/ Brian Abbott aka High Poets Society)

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Brian Abbott is a Boston-based writer who has found his stronghold in the world of social media under the moniker of High Poets Society.  His poetry is most recognized for its mesmerizing rhyme scheme and clever wordplay. 

Brian has recently published his first book, titled “High Poets Society.”

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/brianabbott

In this episode, Brian discusses:

-His history of writing and how he used to hide it from the world, only showing it to his girlfriends.

-Using the identity of High Poets Society as a way to give him the courage to post and show a different side of himself that most people in the “real world” don’t get to see.

-How your own perceived prediction of what people are going to think about you and your creative passion is always much worse than their actual reaction.

-How the validation from the masses helps him to gain the confidence to talk about his poetry and to share it.

-The initial experience of amassing a large following on Instagram.

-How the number of followers you have has nothing to do with the talent that you have.

-The importance of writing ideas down the moment you get them.

-His method for organizing his ideas in Evernote.

-His mantra, “ambiguity and continuity,” and how he embraces the fact that his writing will take on a new meaning to every person that reads it.

-His admiration for Charles Bukowski’s advice: “Don’t try.”

-How he pushes through his laziness when he has things he needs to get done.

-The importance of deadlines, even if they are self-imposed.

-The experience of seeing his poems on Instagram in comparison to seeing them in the book.

-The story of how he quit his job on a whim.

-How not everything will be a success, as evidenced by his failed food blog.

-His advice for gaining followers on Instagram: use 30 hashtags, be consistent, take advantage of demographics, and make friends in the community and reach out to other people.

Brian's Final Push will remind you, "Don't try."



“For a long time in those thirteen years, I hid my craft away.  I didn’t really show people or try to publish it anywhere.”

“It’s tough to open up.”

“I think the validation from the masses helps me get the confidence to talk about it and share it.”

“The numbers have nothing to do with the actual talent.”

“Thoughts would come into my head and I would lose them.  Those are poems and thoughts that are gone forever.”

“When I’m writing, I like to tell myself ambiguity and continuity.  Those are the two matras I yell to myself in my head while I’m writing.”

“Love is universal.  It doesn’t have any constraints or rules to it.  You love who you love.”

“I can’t control what I write, but I can control what I post.”

“Those deadlines light a fire under my ass and says Okay, make a decision. Stop messing around a pull the trigger.”

“It’s definitely a choice.  And especially in this world where money and your status in society means a lot, it’s tough to give up what you worked for and live that starving artist life.”

“If you told me three years ago that a couple million people a week are going to read my poems I’d curl up in a ball and die.”

Links mentioned:

Brian's Book

youusedtobemuchmoremuchier on Instagram

Connect with Brian:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

On the next episode:

Caves and Clouds : Website

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210: Enjoy every step of your CREATIVE JOURNEY (w/ Thomas Dodd)

Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Thomas is a visual artist and photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia who has developed a style that he calls "painterly photo montage" - a method he employs in editing software in which he crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic, non-digital look to them.  Although his artwork resembles paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/thomasdoddreturns

In this episode, Thomas discusses:

-Why he started doing animated photos.

-His recent year-long creative block and what caused it.

-How he got out of his creative block by trying something completely new and unexpected.

-The danger that many successful artists encounter in which they become a “one-trick pony.”

-How to know when it is actually time to move on to something else as opposed to self-doubt.

-The importance of choosing to fill your time with positive messages rather than getting involved in negative, time-consuming arguments on social media.

-His decision to make the relationships between people the theme of his new work.

-The inspiration that you can get by going back to your previous work and realizing what stones you haven’t unturned yet.

-Some insights behind The Inquisitor.

-The lessons that he has learned from working with people with disabilities.

-The profound joy that comes when you can get into a flow state and how to put yourself in the best position to achieve it.

-Addictive personalities and how that relates to a creative endeavor.

-The idea of writing an addendum or an explanation to a piece.

-Facebook and the differences between his personal page and his professional page.

-The importance of bringing your fan base with you off of social media sites.

-The power and deeper value that can be gained by artists when they begin to concentrate on concepts and philosophies.

-How Joseph Campbell was a consultant to George Lucas for the original Star Wars trilogy.

-Understanding critics, trolls, and people who just want to see the world burn.

-Snarky criticism he once received that had merit.

-How to find the positivity in negative people or negative comments.

Thomas's Final Push will inspire you to ENJOY your creative passion!



“I found that I was stuck.  I was looking at my work and being hyper-critical of it and not feeling like I could continue in that direction.  Like I needed to blow it up and try something new.”

“You have much more power as an artist than the average person does because images transcend words.  They transcend propaganda.”

“We’re more than our physical condition.  We’re more than our body.  We are our spirit.  We are what we create.”

“I don’t know where it all comes from, but I know there is something magical about the creative process.  There is something really deep about it.”

“As long as you’re still alive, there’s always a way of getting your message out there.  Of getting who you are out there and creating, touching people’s lives, and making a difference in the world.”

“Being addicted to creating art is a very healthy addiction.”

“You should use everything.  You should use all your talents.”

“Concepts.  Ideas.  These are most important things for artists.”

“Our role as artists is very important.  We can really reach people and show them that this is something we all share.  This is what it means to be human.  This is what it means to be alive and  to be on this planet.  To make the world a better place, just one creation at a time.”

“Sometimes a snarky comment directed at your work might actually be something that you can learn from.”

“The most important thing that you should do as an artist is enjoy what you do.  Every step of the journey.  It doesn’t matter what you’re doing.  Don’t do things for money.  Do them because you love them, and then the money will come.”

Links mentioned:

Jordan Peterson - Reconciling Science and Religion [Youtube]

The Duncan Trussel Family Hour Podcast with Dr. Raymond Moody

Richard T. Scott

Beautiful Dust Specks by Alex Hofeldt

Connect with Thomas:

Website / Facebook / Personal Facebook / Workshops

On the next episode:

Brian Abbott aka High Poets Society : Website / Instagram

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209: Love your ideas with ALL YOUR BUTT! (w/ Marty Bruckner)

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Marty is the creator of the blog Spaghetti Toes, which has been featured on sites such as the Huffington Post, The Today Show, Buzzfeed, and the Daily Mail.  His first book, I Love You with All My Butt: An Illustrated Book of Big Thoughts from Little Kids comes out on April 4th, 2017.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/martybruckner

In this episode, Marty discusses:

-The very moment that sparked the idea for Spaghetti Toes.

-His feature in Pleated Jeans and how that helped to spark his journey.

-The importance of the name, Spaghetti Toes.

-The actual process of creating an image once a quote has been uttered into existence.

-The story of when he tried to push Harper into saying something profound for International Women’s Day.

-The process of creating the book I Love You With All my Butt and working with Workman Publishing.

-His advice to walk away from a project when you are experiencing a creative block.

-Some of his other strategies for overcoming creative blocks.

-The creative help that he is able to find from his wife and daughter.

-Dealing with not seeing his family while thing were taking off with Spaghetti Toes.

-His advice for deciding to stick with a current project or to abandon it.

-How he balances his time with all of the various projects he has going on.

-The importance of realizing how good you have it.

Marty's Final Push will inspire you to start something, because you never know where it will take you!



“I’ve been so lucky my whole life that I create and do artwork all day every day.”

“I thought, I have to do something to make this work.”

“I think perspective is so important.”

Links mentioned:

I Love You With All My Butt by Martin Bruckner

Marty on Pleated Jeans

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Harp and Squirrel Designs on Etsy

Podcast of the Day on Anchor

Connect with Marty:

Website / Facebook / Twitter


Head to the Facebook group to share what you've been working on this week!

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208: KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE (w/ Jon deMartin)

Mon, Apr 03, 2017

Jon deMartin is among the leading figurative artists working today and has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty years at the most prestigious academies and ateliers in the country.  His work has been reproduced in many publications, and he has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, the John Pence gallery, and the Beijing World Art museum, just to name a few.

In his book Drawing Atelier – The Figure: How to Draw in a Classical Style, Jon does just that by sharing techniques and approaches for drawing the human form.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jondemartin

In this episode, Jon discusses:

-His artistic history, which included a mixture of graphic design, fine art, and baseball.

-How he began to create a path for himself to be a fine artist while he was a graphic artist.

-Why fine art was so attractive to him and why he always kept that passion throughout his life.

-Some of the initial Resistances that he faced when starting his figurative drawing.

-How teaching was the thing that helped him to transition from a graphic artist into a fine artist in terms of making money.

-His advice to not have any expectations of the amount of time it will take you to achieve your grand goal, but to be patient and stick with it.

-How he balances his time, especially when his own work can’t happen fast enough.

-Keeping journals as he creates his work to help him determine what works and what doesn’t work.

-The importance of analysis in a creative endeavor.

-How he tries to teach his students the importance of conceptualization before the technical aspects of a project.

-The idea of becoming closer to the master that you have been striving to become.

-The importance of not deleting or erasing your old work, so that you can have something to compare yourself to in the future.

-How he started writing his book, Drawing Atelier – The Figure: How to Draw in a Classical Style.

Jon's Final Push will inspire you to keep your dream alive, no matter what is going on around you!




“At some point the interest of drawing reawakened in me.”

“I always had that dream of being a fine artist and I think that’s why I was always doing it on my own.  It’s important to keep that dream alive.”

“If you really feel that passionate about something, I think it will happen.  Whether or not it will be a full-time career, who knows?”

“Don’t have any expectations of time or deadlines, just keep doing what you like to do and it will happen.”

Links mentioned:

Drawing Atelier - The Figure: How to Draw in a Classical Style

Connect with Jon:

Website / Instagram / Book

On the next episode:

Martin Bruckner : Website / Facebook

Are you keeping a creative passion prisoner? Something that gets to be free sometime in the future?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

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207: If you DON’T TRY, you’re never going to know (w/ Derek Rodenbeck)

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Derek Rodenbeck is an artist, photographer, travel blogger, entrepreneur, a proud dad of two massive dogs, a current student at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Army veteran.

Currently, he is taking a break from it all, traveling across the United States with his girlfriend and two massive dogs, and that’s where we are catching up with him today.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/derekrodenbeck

In this episode, Derek discusses:

-How he struggled in high school and his teachers told him that he wouldn’t amount to anything.

-His epiphany in the Army that he wanted to be an artist.

-The Kubert School and the success that he found in college.

-How he balances his time with all of the many projects he has going on at once.

-How to determine when it is time to abandon a project that isn’t giving you satisfaction anymore or taking you to the place you thought it would.

-Why he took a break after finishing his latest commission.

-What led to his decision to leave on his adventure with his girlfriend.

-One of his worst moments on his adventure, which ended up also being a very positive moment.

-What it costs him to go on this adventure.

-The love that he has for his dogs and the role they play in his journey.

-Riding with the Wolves.

Derek's Final Push will inspire you to find the thing that makes you happy and then do that thing until it doesn’t make you happy anymore.



“I just put everything I had into it.  I wanted to prove all those people wrong.”

“You can do a lot of different things, but you really need to focus in on one or two things at a time and then finish them.”

“I think it’s all about realizing when you have to swallow the hard pill and when you have to cough it back up.”

“Find the thing that makes you happy and then do that thing until it doesn’t make you happy anymore.”

“Don’t feel like you’re ever stuck doing something.  Because you’re not.  You’re never stuck.  You can find a way out.  You can find a way to break free from the things you’re stuck in.”

“Life changes so fast.  You can do a lot in a year.”


Connect with Derek:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube

On the next episode:

Jon deMartin : Website / Instagram

What is the thing that makes you happy?  Or used to?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

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206: EVOLVE! (w/ Julian Calor)

Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Julian Calor is a Dutch wunderkind with talent that exceeds beyond his years. At just 22-years-old, Julian has already set the scene alight with his unique sense of melody and chord progressions that have continued to send his presence surging forward.

Sending his early demos into Revealed Recordings, the sound of Julian has since shot through the stratosphere, his #3 Beatport smash ‘Typhoon’ garnering millions of stream plays online and capturing the attention of those that matter. With Revealed label boss Hardwell being a supporter of his from the start, it seemed only fitting that the World #1 DJ offered him the chance to construct a spellbinding debut album titled ‘Evolve’ that presents itself as a release of eclectic beauty.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/juliancalor

In this episode, Julian discusses:

-How he first started to create music.

-How he experimented with sounds until it eventually started to sound like music.

-When he knew it was the right time to send demos out to labels, including Revealed.

-How he doesn’t even like his friends to hear his music until he feels it is ready.

-His evolution from hip-hop to house to the new sound that he has now created.

-How his style  is based more upon feeling rather than rhythm, tempo, or beats, and how he wants to maintain that feeling throughout the rest of his career.

-How he creates an interesting sound that he has never heard before and then finds a way to work it into a track.

-His experiment of letting his fans decide which drafts of tracks he would further develop into songs.

-What it is like for him to perform live.

-How he balances his time between all of the many projects he has going on.

-INVOLVE and how it has morphed into a new entity that allows him permission to freely experiment.

-The support that Hardwell and Revealed gives him in pursuing a new style.

-Some of the daily Resistances that he encounters.

-How he motivates himself when he needs it.

Julian's Final Push will inspire you to not focus on the final product, but instead on the process.



“All my life, I wanted to do something creative.”

“It’s all about balance.  It’s okay to have a cheat day, but remember to wake up early the next day and do your thing.”

“As a maker of art, you must relax and not think too much about what the output is going to be.  When you’re thinking too much about output, it will destroy the creative flow.”

Links mentioned:

Cell (2017 Trap Reboot)

Connect with Julian:

Website / Soundcloud / YouTube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

Derek Rodenbeck : Website / Instagram

What music do you listen to while you are doing your creative work?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Justin Hopkins is a talented artist from, originally from Mukilteo, Washington.  After graduating from high school, Justin was hired by legendary illustrator Charles White III and he also created works for Google, Red Bull, Wired Magazine, Pabst, and ESPN.  Now, Justin works almost exclusively with oils and divides his time between New York and California.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/justinhopkins

In this episode, Justin discusses:

-The influence that his parents had on him growing up as an artist.

-The difference between having technical skills and being able to say something of substance via your voice.

-How he started to work as an illustrator at the age of 14, and how he grew to hate it.

-His experience as a musician.

-The idea of needing to cleanse your creative palette with different mediums.

-The experimentation that he pursues in his art.

-Aphex Twin and his style of experimentation that allowed people to explore a new type of music that they wouldn’t otherwise.

-How every piece he does is something he hasn’t done before and the end product is either in the trash or on the wall.

-The reason why he leaves out certain elements of his paintings.

-His process for starting a piece.

-The experience of working for Charles White III.

-How to get past the influences of the artists you look up to or have been emulating.

-The idea of becoming a more empathetic and well-rounded human being.


-How he balances his time and the sacrifices that he has to sometimes make.

-The story of one of his high school art teachers that demoralized him.

Justin's Final Push will inspire you to drive with all your might towards your goals, even if it results in you realizing that your creative efforts were meant elsewhere.



“Being an illustrator is like being in boot camp because you have to be of high quality and you have deadlines.”

“The more abstract thought processes of music is what made me find the creative thing I was looking for, and then from there I rediscovered painting after not doing it for almost ten years.”

“The most interesting thing about painting to me is the fact that you can make up your own rules and there’s an infinite amount of ways to approach a piece.”

“Every piece that I do has some huge level of experimentation where it could completely ruin the piece.”

“Be a well-rounded, observant, curious, empathetic person.”

“If I don’t paint, I become kind of a meaner person.”

“Not everyone can be and should be an artist.  It takes a certain kind of psychosis to want to do something like this.”

Links mentioned:

Artist Decoded Podcast


Connect with Justin:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / _Lo Collective

What big risks have you made with your creative endeavor recently?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

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204: Are you WAITING or are you CREATING? (w/ Angela Hoover)

Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Angela Hoover is a comedian, celebrity impressionist, and a mother of 2.  She was a semi-finalist on Season 8 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.  She has guest-starred on the Emmy nominated Hulu series, Casual, been a talking head on TLC and Nickelodeon, improv’d opposite Dana Carvey on TBS’s First Impressions, and is currently a recurring cast member on Disney’s Walk the Prank.

She has also written and performed 2 sold out one-woman shows at the Lex and the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson in Los Angeles.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/angelahoover

In this episode, Angela discusses:

-How from a very young age, she was always interested in other people’s dialects and impersonating them.

-A “lightbulb moment” when her father took her to a musical.

-Working for Jack Hanfield and the impact that that had on her life and goals.

-The story of how she started impersonating Drew Barrymore.

-Her experience on America’s Got Talent.

-Feeling like you “missed the boat” after a long gap in your creative career.

-The notion that acceptance is not resignation.

-Having a positive mindset with the situation you are currently in, while still putting out energy into the direction that you want to go.

-How she likes to announce that she is going to do something before she even knows if she can do it.

-Her 30 days of impressions and the challenges that went into it.

-The idea of reverse engineering the happiness, pride, or fulfillment that you feel at the end of your creative endeavor.

-Her one-woman shows and the creative process behind them.

-The misconception that many creative people have that they are going to immediately come up with gold when they sit down and get to work.

-“Blah blah gold.”

-Some of the resistances she faces when trying to write as well as being a comedian in general.

-Her experience at the Cannes Film Festival and how that motivated her to work harder to be on the other side of the carpet.

-The power in admitting how much you want something, even though it might be painful.

-How it takes more energy to HIDE from your goals than it does to actually put the work in.

Angela's Final Push will inspire you to ask yourself if you are waiting or if you are creating.


“I felt like this sort of blank canvas and I would just take whoever I was with and become that person.”

“I thought I was going to be the short, stubby Julia Roberts.”

“Sometimes you feel like if you don’t know if something is going to work out or not in your career, you give yourself the excuse of why practice this anyway?”

“The more you make peace with it and make the best out of it, then things change.”

“I tend to tell people in public that I’m going to do something before I know if I can do it.”

“To expect that you’re going to sit down and just have sheer brilliance move from your fingertips is just such a horrible expectation to put on yourself when you’re going to create something.”

“It punched me in the gut that I was on the wrong side.  It woke me up, because I realized I was pretending that I didn’t want it as badly as I did.”

“Even though it is sometimes a painful thing, admitting how much you want something can give you that initial push and burst of desire that you need to sustain a career that is creative.”

“Practice those things that you want to get good at like your opportunity is coming tomorrow.  Because it might.”

“Are you waiting or are you creating?”

Links mentioned:

Angela Hoover audition on America's Got Talent

Kellyanne Conway spoof (Interviewed by Michigan Mom)

Connect with Angela:

Website / YouTube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

What are you going to admit that you desperately want out of your creative passion?  Join that discussion at the Facebook group!

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203: Opening and closing doors (w/ Catherine Moore)

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Catherine Moore is a San Francisco Bay Area based artist.  Her work calls the viewer to that marriage of classical and haunting beauty, resembling in subtlety and natural colorings the feeling of another time, when illustration was part information, part poetry.

She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and in Germany, Portugal, and Australia, and her work is collected internationally.  She is also a member of the Copycat Violence Art Collective, which holds several auctions and group exhibitions throughout the year.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/catherinemoore

In this episode, Catherine discusses:

-How she didn’t go to art school until she was 28.

-Her switch from freelance work to showing in galleries and what that transition was like.

-How her original intention was to be a computer animator.

-Some of the more stressful situations she found herself in as a freelance illustrator.

-Her initial struggle with finding her own voice after creating things for other people for so long.

-Her advice to try to not care about what other people think about your art, your style, or your message, and just put it out there in the most unique way possible.

-What it was like to start her creative journey later than most people and her advice for people who might want to start later in life.

-How Vera Wang didn’t make her first dress until she was in her forties.

-Being aware of the amount of doors that are shutting as you try to pursue a particular creative passion, and recognizing whether or not it is time to pivot and try a new path.

-The Copycat Violence Art Collective and what it does.

-What she means by illustration being part information and part poetry.

-How her art teacher told her that she was “never going to be an artist” when she was 14.

-Her advice for people who have had a teacher tell them that they aren’t a good artist.

-Dealing with procrastination.

-How deadlines help to keep her focused on finishing work.

Catherine's Final Push will inspire you to stop waiting for tomorrow.  DO IT NOW!



“I never thought that I could make money as an artist.  I think that’s a common myth that exists in our society.”

“I’d get so burnt out from doing client work that I didn’t allow myself time to create my own work at all.”

“I got in my own way.  I asked, what is it that the audience wants to see?  What is it that these gallery patrons would want to see?  Instead of making something that I wanted, I was still in that mode of making something that I thought people would want instead of using my own voice.”

“The more you keep going, the more you improve and the better you get.  Practice makes proficient.”

“It’s never too late.”

“That opportunity is like an open door that maybe takes you on a path you didn’t think you wanted, but it might lead to something amazing.”

“If you’re trying to go into the art world, you have to have thick skin.  You’re going to get criticized.”

Links mentioned:

Copycat Violence Art Collective

Frazetta: Painting with Fire

Stephanie Law on Your Creative Push

Amanda Stalter on Your Creative Push

Kari-lise Alexander (Overlooked Details: An Artist's Journey)

Connect with Catherine:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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202: There is no MONTAGE (w/ Melissa Sue Stanley & Max Bare)

Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Melissa Sue Stanley is a Chicago artist, working in a variety of media to create paintings and soft sculptures.  Her work is collected internationally and has been exhibited in galleries across the US.  

Max Bare is a Chicago artist and designer. He creates and self-publishes comic series Mystery Afoot, Sour Milk and the upcoming Scally-Ho!

Together Melissa and Max collaborate on fun projects such as handmade zines, murals, and live-painting.  Their current project is a comic book series for local brewery, Revolution Brewing. They also manage and host the Chicago Drink & Draw Social Club.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/202

In this episode, Melissa & Max discuss:

-How they choose which mediums to work in and how they balance them all at the same time.

-The value in your Patreon patron’s opinions as well as your closest fans.

-Max’s journey and what it took to get him to quit his job and become a full-time freelance artist.

-What led them to create comics for Revolution Brewery.

-Hosting their Drink & Draw group.

-Being on a panel at C2E2.

-Collaborations and the difference between working with other people and working with each other.

-Knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

-Their advice for getting out there and finding people to collaborate with.

-Taking matters into your own hands if there isn’t a local meetup group in order to find people to collaborate with.

-Tackling the feeling of needing permission to do the things that you want to do.

-Being motivated by the fear of having to go back to your old job.

-The realization that you’ll feel better mentally the more time you invest into your creative passion.

-Designing their home to be a work space in which they are always surrounded by their projects, and how that helps them to maintain a creative lifestyle.

-Melissa’s plan to save up money to pursue her passion and the mantra she told herself, “There is no montage.”

-Max’s encouragement to just keep creating, even if what you are creating isn’t good, just keep pushing through those bad drawings.

Quotes from Melissa:

“It’s been really great for me because I’m getting into a world that I’ve always wanted to experience and be a part of, and I have a really great helper getting me get into it.”

“If you’re living somewhere and you can’t find that group of people, then you should really try to start it.”

“The focus of our home is just all work space.”

“There is no montage.”

Quotes from Max:

“I got wrapped up in a lot of these bright lights that were steering me off this path.”

“It was also a really good relationship test, us butting our creative heads.”

“If you want to do that thing, just do it anyway.  Just keep doing it and if you’re good enough at it, then eventually someone will pay you.”

“This notion of just do it anyway was the propulsion for me for the past five years.”

“If there’s a certain passion that you want to follow or an idea that you want to put out there, just try to get it out there as soon as you can.”

“You have to live through all of this to get to where you’re going, so you might as well live it.”

Links mentioned:

Revolution Brewery


Your Creative Push Facebook Group

Connect with Melissa:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Patreon

Connect with Max:

Website / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

On the next episode:

Catherine Moore : Website / Instagram / Facebook

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201: Sell your art without feeling like a sell-out (w/ Ann Rea)

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Ann Rea is a San Francisco-based artist and the founder of Artists Who THRIVE.  Her artistic talent is praised by her mentor, Wayne Thiebaud, an American art icon.

She has been featured in Fortune, The Wine Enthusiast, and Art Business News magazines, in The San Francisco Chronicle, in the book Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields, and on HGTV, ABC, and The Good Life Project.

She is also a favorite instructor on Creative Live's "Money and Life" channel, broadcasting to over one million students worldwide.

Ann is the creator of "The MAKING Art Making MONEY Semester ®," eight foundational online business and marketing courses. Her students study with fellow artists from around the globe via live video calls within a welcoming and supportive community.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/annrea

In this episode, Ann discusses:

-How she became the “artist mentor” accidentally.

-How the press she received brought artists to her, seeking help, and that is what set her on the path to helping them sell their art without feeling like a sell-out.

-Stereotypes like “starving artist” and how they negatively affect the opinion and motivation of artists.

-All of the positive changes that occurred in her art and in herself once she started getting paid for it.

-Knowing exactly how much money you want to make, and by when.

-The importance of writing down your goals and your plan.

-What do you want, precisely?  How are you going to get it?  And who can help you? 

-What an artist’s plan to make money should be comprised of.

-Dr. E’s sagely words that every entrepreneur is an artist and every artist is an entrepreneur.

-How she would rather be pulled toward something than to push herself toward it.

-Knowing the difference between your goal and your overall mission.

-A synchronistic event that she considers to be a “magical intervention” that got her to paint again.

-Her words of encouragement for people who might be suffering from things such as depression, anxiety, or insomnia as a result of not pursuing their creative passions.

-The power of exercise and a healthier diet.

-How if you don’t schedule your creative passion, then there is a significant chance that you won’t get to it.

Ann's Final Push will inspire you to find the thing that PULLS you – what do you stand for and what do you stand against?


“The press is what really brought other artists to me.  They were looking for help on how to sell their art without feeling like a sell-out.”

“There are cultural messages about making art and making money.  Those messages were distorting the thinking and the confidence of artists unnecessarily.  I really wanted to set the record straight.”

“We could probably sit here for a good hour and list all of the negative stereotypes that are thrust upon artists. Unfortunately a lot of artists swallow these stereotypes and then they spread them amongst themselves.”

“A plan to sell art without a plan is a plan to sell no art.”

“Your plan is kind of like a compass more than it is a roadmap.  You just want to make sure that you’re pointed in the right direction.”

“Instead of focusing on what’s holding me back or what’s bogging me down, I spend a considerate amount of effort remembering my mission.”

“This is not a dress rehearsal.  If you’re not happy, you need to start to bust a move, and move in the right direction.”

Links mentioned:

Making Art Making Money

Artists who THRIVE

Connect with Ann:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

On the next episode:

Melissa Sue Stanley [Website] & Max Bare [Website]

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200: The Five Steps to Creating Ideas That Scare You

Mon, Mar 06, 2017

Are you scared to create some of the ideas that pop in your head?

Are they too big?  Too small?  Already been done?  Never been done?  Don't know how to do it?  What will people think of you if you created this scary idea?

In today's episode, Youngman takes a look at the reasons why you never seem to get ideas, why you might be too scared to bring the ideas that you do get into existence, and the five EASY steps to change that pattern.

Get the courage and creative inspiration to finally start creating those scary ideas!

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/scaryideas


"Ideas are fleeting.  They're like dreams -- if you don't have a habit of writing them down, you will totally forget them."

"Ideas come with excitement.  You get that idea and sometimes your heart can skip a beat.  That excitement can really spur an idea on, kind of like hitting a ball up in the air with a paddle.  That idea has a life and a movement to it.  So keep hitting that ball and keep it moving before that excitement disappears."

"Let the idea take you for a ride."

"That transition from a thought in your mind to a thought written down on paper is harmless.  It is not going to kill you if you write down a stupid idea."

"You never know where those ideas are going to take you.  You've just gotta let them take you somewhere."

Links mentioned:

YCP Episode 187 with Tom Harold

YCP Episode 40 with Julie Zantopoulos

YCP Episode 188 with Kelly Killagain

YCP Episode 186 with Andrew T. Kearns

YCP Episode 139 with Lisa Congdon

YCP Episode 152 with Speo

On the next episode:

Ann Rea : Website / Making Art Making Money

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199: Put your CREATIVE SNEAKERS next to your bed (w/ Agnieszka Pilat)

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Agnieszka Pilat is an award-winning, Polish-born artist who studied painting and illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.  Her works can be found in public and private collections in United States, Poland, Canada and China.  She currently lives and maintains a full time studio in San Francisco and is represented by numerous galleries throughout United States.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/pilat

In this episode, Agnieszka discusses:

-How The Hills Have Eyes graphic novel played a role in inspiring her to become an artist.

-One of her earliest creative moments in which she drew all over her childhood walls.

-How she doesn’t believe in the words “inspiration” and “talent.”

-Laziness and the difficulty she sometimes has to just start.

-How athletes put their sneakers next to their bed so that they can get right into the flow, and how creative people should do the same.

-The importance of habits and rituals.

-Her fascination with time and how it plays a role in her art.

-The differences between her series Disrupt and Time, Deconstructed.

-How she has committed to painting her cousin as she ages for the rest of her life.

-The metaphor of your day being like a human life – when you wake up you are a baby and when you go to bed you are elderly.

-The importance of finding small amounts of time throughout your busy day and how all of that time adds up to something substantial.

-What Agnieszka’s cousin thinks about being the subject of her long-term paintings.

-Her “number signature” and what it represents.

-A stumbling block that she has encountered when she works for too long on a particular piece, without walking away from it to “heal.”

-The five stages of creativity.

-One of her worst creative moments.

-Her best moment, selling her first big painting.

-Her advice for selling your first piece of art.

-Her formula for balancing her time as an artist.

Agnieszka's Final Push will make you understand that it’s not about thinking, it’s about DOING!


“I’m a very big believer in habits and rituals, so I very consciously designed habits and rituals that will push me towards things that will make me productive during the day.”

“When I start painting, I come very, very prepared, so there is no waste of time.”

“That’s something I need to work on – to be able to walk away and give myself time to heal from this and to be able to look at it with a fresh eye.”

“Those small steps, those small, unordinary things will bring you to a good place.”

“You have to get very comfortable learning how to tell people ‘No.’ --  ‘No, I don’t have time.  I’m working.  No, I can’t go out.’

Links mentioned:

The Hills Have Eyes Graphic Novel


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Connect with Agnieszka:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Gold Gallery

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198: Be RECKLESS with your creativity! (w/ Clark Huggins)

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Clark Huggins is a visual artist who combines imagery from his 13 years of experience as a theater actor with his lifelong love of fantasy, science fiction, and comics. In addition to his personal work, he has worked on several tabletop gaming properties, including ANDROID:NETRUNNER, CALL OF CTHULHU, and STAR WARS. His work has appeared in SPECTRUM, IMAGINE FX magazine, and INFECTED BY ART. Clark also works as a professional storyboard artist for film and television production, and has worked on them television series TRUE BLOOD, DAMAGES, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Clark is the creator of RECKLESS DECK, an idea generating card deck for artists looking to jumpstart their creativity.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/clarkhuggins

In this episode, Clark discusses:

-His journey as an illustrator, storyboard artist, actor, and waiter.

-Striking a balance between working for money and working towards personal projects and goals.

-His advice for people who have a job that is not only non-creative, but it also takes up most of their time.

-Seeing your creative passion as the thing that makes you a superhero.

-Some of the Resistances that used to hold him back in his creative process.

-His apprehension to the solitude of visual art and the comparison of that with acting.

-Attacking the canvas in a romantic way, and how he conquered this ineffective process.

-The importance of learning technique, especially when it comes to starting a new piece.

-How he came up with the idea for Reckless Deck.

-The permissiveness that Reckless Deck can give to someone who might be timid or unconvinced to create something “unconventional.”

-Some of the lessons he learned from the first failed Kickstarter attempt.

-His advice for someone who wants to start a Kickstarter fund.

-How he balances his time with all of the different projects he has going on as well as having a 20-month old son.

Clark's Final Push will inspire you to not be afraid to create something “sucky.”  Work through your dumptrucks of dirt to find the gems!



“Use your time well.  When you have downtime, make sure that you’re productive.”

“When you’re trying to build a career from some kind of art form, it’s almost like you’re a superhero.  You have a secret identity that’s your day job and then at night you put on your costume and do your thing.”

“Be willing to make a mess.  Be willing to put things together that don’t belong together.  Enjoy the experience of making something, rather than worrying about whether it’s right or good enough or whether you should be doing it or not.”

“The deck is meant to inspire leaping before you look.”

“It doesn’t need to say something about you every time you pick up a pencil and open up your sketchbook.”

Links mentioned:

Reckless Deck Campaign

Connect with Clark:

Website / Reckless Deck / Instagram

On the next episode:

Agnieszka Pilat : Website / Instagram / Gold Gallery

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Gwenn Seemel is a full-time artist, portraitist, and free-culture advocate. Her beautiful, unique portraits as well as all of her other work is intentionally free from copyright.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/gwennagain

In this episode, Gwenn discusses:

-How her personal, creative, and professional life merge all into one.

-The pros and cons of separating your personal and creative life.

-Her battle with endometriosis and the story behind “Crime Against Nature.”

-How things like homosexuality within nature are much more prevalent than is reported scientifically, and how things like dressing flamboyantly, not having offspring, and having multiple sexual partners can be connected to animals.

-The origins of her decision to free all of her work from copyright.

-How creativity and copyright go hand in hand.

-How she got over the question of “am I special enough and why do I think I am allowed to do this?” and how focusing on portraiture helped her to put that specialness onto them.

-The importance of showing your work and connecting with other people, because it adds responsibility and accountability.

-Art can be self-expression or communication, and the differences between the two types of people, and how she tries to move between those two things.

-How marketing can be a creative outlet.

-One of her first creative moments and how a compliment from her brother (during intergalactic travels) really inspired her.

-How sometimes all it takes is just that ONE compliment from someone who gets it to keep you going.

-What it is like to make a portrait for someone and then give it to them.

-How she deals with what she calls “the stupids,” when everything you do seems to be bad.

-How some of her best moments come when she completes a project, whatever it may be.

-Art and creativity bring her the desire and ability to be in this world.

-How she is inspired by everyone around her, especially the people who she makes portraits for.

-To reframe the way you think about mistakes and actually embrace them.

-If you are viewing something as a mistake, it means that you are evolving and not remaining stagnant.

Gwenn's Final Push will inspire you to embrace the mistake, because the mistake is evidence that you did the thing in the first place.


“The work is what’s valuable to the world and it should be done in the best way possible.”

“I am the only one who can do it anyway, so I might as well completely release it into the world and have it be used.”

“Creativity is about taking elements from the world around you and from inside of you and mixing that all up and making something of it.”

“Any time you take risks, you’re going to have this crippling self-doubt sometimes.”

Resources mentioned:

“Crime Against Nature”

Creative Commons

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz & Kathryn Bowers

What It Is by Lynda Barry

Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity by Lawrence Lessig

“Rip, A Remix Manifesto” (movie)

All About Love by Bell Hooks

Give And Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits by Kent Greenfield

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino

Connect with Gwenn:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Uncopyright / Patreon

On the next episode:

Clark Huggins : Website / Reckless Deck

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197: CREATE YOUR OWN WORLDS (w/ Nukazooka)

Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Seth and Andrew McMurry (Nukazooka) have been producing high-quality action shorts since 2011.  Their polished films, riddled with special effects bring to life both current and nostalgic characters and worlds, like Super Mario Brothers, Pokemon, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Darth Vader, Buzz Lightyear, Minecraft, and Legos, just to name a few.  To date, they have well over a million subscribers and over 350 million views on Youtube.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nukazooka

In this episode, Nukazooka discusses:

-Their creative history and what made them to making the Nukazooka channel.

-The idea of making shorter videos, knowing that their audience on YouTube tends to prefer shorter content.

-The advantages of keeping a small, family-like crew.

-How all of Nukazooka’s videos started out as a question of “what if?”

-Where the “dark” aspects of their videos come from and their intentional contrast to the happy-go-lucky type of worlds that they use as the setting.

-The idea of competition and how it doesn’t need to be perceived as competition, rather, shared growth.

-The importance of staying grounded and being inspired by the fans that are inspired enough to create something because of them.

-Looking back at the following that you have gained and making sure to be appreciative of how far you have come.

-The importance of consistent, quality content.

-Staying familiar, but adding a twist.

-Not wanting to stay stagnant as creative people and as filmmakers and wanting to think bigger.

-The actual process of creating one of Nukazooka’s videos.

-Andrew’s process of editing after everything is filmed.

-Nukazooka’s doubts after filming “Mario Underworld.”

-The strategy of working on the beginning and the end first and then working the middle afterwards.

-Spending so much time on a particular project that you don’t know if it is good or bad because you are too close to it for too long.

-Dealing with haters.

-Treating their characters lovingly.

Nukazooka's Final Push will inspire you to do what you love and keep producing consistently.



“I never wanted visual effects to be a thing that identifies us.”

“We pride ourselves in the quality we put out and I feel like that’s what our fans expect, which is what we like.  We start with the story first and then enhance them with the effects.”

“We try to do a lot with very little.  Simplicity is super-underrated.”

“I want people to be successful.  Because that’s what I would have wanted when I was starting out.”

“It was always important to us to make sure that we loved the videos, first and foremost.  That we made videos that we would want to watch.”

“Every single upload we try to learn something new.”

“Editing is very important.  Editing can really make something great.”

Links mentioned:


Corridor Digital

Connect with Nukazooka:

Youtube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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196: Take that DIFFICULT FIRST STEP past fundamentals (w/ Nicol?s Uribe)

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Nicol?s Uribe is a painter born in Madison, WI, currently based in Bogot?, Colombia. He graduated with Honors as an Illustration Major from School of Visual Arts in NY. Nicol?s has had numerous solo exhibitions both in the US and South America, and has exhibited his work in Mexico, Spain, and Egypt, among other countries. He splits his time between preparing works for upcoming projects and teaching Life Drawing and Painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogot?.  Nicol?s is also part of the team at Blank Atelier in Bogot?, where he teaches workshops privately.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nicolas

In this episode, Nicol?s discusses:

-Some of his earliest artistic influences.

-The realization that he wasn’t good at creating comic books and the shift that he made as a result.

-The influence that his teachers have had on him, especially Steven Assael.

-How the fundamentals of painting are the same, no matter who is teaching them.

-The idea that art is taught within art and the problems that sometimes arise because of it.

-How to escape the influences of your teachers in order to develop your own style.

-The way that art is based on the things that YOU care about, and much less on the technical skills of making a piece of art.

-His advice for discovering your own true voice or style.

-Being able to be appreciative of other artists’ work instead of being envious.

-Taking inspiration from another artist’s journey, rather than their individual works.

-How your art doesn’t have to be larger than you think it has to be – it doesn’t have to make the world better or change the universe.

-His opinion on the “next Rembrandt” and trying to copy art.

-How human experience is what drives a great painting.

-The fear that comes from taking the first step in many of the things we do.

-His Kickstarter project and the vulnerability involved with it.

-How the projects that we do don’t have to be about making money, but about sharing, giving back, and creating something memorable.



“My one doubt, always, is to know if I have the same effect as my teachers had on me.”

“The effect my students have on me is probably far larger than the one I hope to have on them.”

“You can go to twenty workshops of twenty different artists and honestly, you’re going to hear the same exact thing.”

“That thing you’re feeling, that little thing in the pit of your stomach where you know that you’re suffering while you’re learning?  We’ve all been through it.”

“Art is amazing because it’s about so much more – so many other things that are not really even dependent on those skills.”

“Let’s try to figure out why you like something, and in trying to figure out why you like something, you’re going to learn something about yourself that is far more useful than knowing how to paint an apple.”

“You have to get to a point where you face yourself and you’re vulnerable.”

“When you’re moved by something, don’t walk away from it.”

“That first step, that’s what exceptional people do.  They take that huge first step.”

“This is measurable.  I’m going to do this and if nobody cares, it’s like the world telling me that nobody cares about my work.  That is horrifying.”

“I could care less what people will tell me about my painting.  I would still go back and paint.”

Links mentioned:

Nicol?s's Kickstarter

Connect with Nicol?s:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

On the next episode:

Nukazooka: YouTube / Facebook

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195: JUMP! Get in OVER YOUR HEAD (w/ Matt Kohr)

Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Matt Kohr is a concept artist in the game industry and has worked at Motiga Games, Vicious Cycle Software, and Hi-Rez Studios.  He is also the creator of the digital painting resource CtrlPaint.com.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/mattkohr

In this episode, Matt discusses:

-How his path was much less linear than it might seem on paper, and more of jumping in and getting in over his head and figuring it out as he went.

-The idea of setting a major goal and working towards it every day, and then being okay if the goal changes over time.

-The difficulty that he sometimes has identifying as a teacher.

-The value of communication.

-How learning to digitally paint for beginners can be difficult even though there is a lot of free information and tutorials out there.  It’s a matter of where to start and in what order to consume things.

-Using your frustration for something that isn’t working as permission for you to do it yourself.

-How sometimes ignorance is bliss, and how sometimes it is better to not know how long and difficult a pursuit really will be.

-The approach that he takes with Ctrl+Paint to make the scary goal of learning to paint much more manageable for beginners.

-How beginner painters are in much more danger than intermediate painters.

-The idea of being working for someone else towards a goal that isn’t yours and that you don’t have complete control over.

-Maintaining focus on a central thesis that you set out for yourself and working towards it on a daily basis.

-Pewdiepie as an example of a rare case of personality overcoming an original thesis.

-His advice for people with no followers or few followers.

-The power in having a small, loyal following.

-The danger in using the amount of likes you get as a test for whether or not something was a terrible idea.

-His hesitancy to post his latest personal work online and why he chose to do it.

-Some of the day-to-day struggles of running Ctrl+Paint.

-How hard it is to start something and to get that momentum rolling.

Matt's Final Push will inspire you to just jump in and do it, even if you don’t have all the pieces lined up yet!



“It was really a series of me being overconfident and jumping into something, getting in over my head and then scrambling to make it work over and over and over.”

“Have one really strong goal and work towards it, but don’t expect to actually hit that precise thing.  Art is so unpredictable and things are changing.  It’s okay if that goal changes, because whatever it changes to could also be really exciting.”

“I’m not by any means the best painter, but I have been the most annoyed audience member.”

“That sense that something is wrong in the world and you could do it better is a really good feeling to act on.  Because you’ve got the taste.  Follow that hunch.”

“I think the beginner is in the most danger.”

“If you have a small audience that is dedicated to whatever you’re putting out into the world, you can totally make it work financially.”

“I think there really is something to having a vision and sticking to it and not overly relying on the popular feedback immediately.”

Links mentioned:



Connect with Matt:

Website / LinkedIn / Twitter / ArtStation

On the next episode:

Nicol?s Uribe: Website / Instagram

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194: You only FAIL when you STOP TRYING (w/ Amanda Stalter)

Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Amanda Stalter is self-taught artist from southern California. She began creating art in the spring of 2014 and shortly thereafter began exhibiting her work in local galleries. Now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Amanda has been featured in magazines, Books, and exhibited her work in both national and international galleries.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/amandastalter

In this episode, Amanda discusses:

-What set her on the path of becoming a visual artist.

-The inspiration that can be gained from people who have already walked down the difficult path of a creative career.

-Why she went down the path of a musician for so long.

-Some of the initial fears that she had upon making the jump to be a painter.

-Dealing with aspirations of grandeur.

-Handling lack of support from people that are closest to you.

-The importance of taking “baby steps” to achieve your audacious goals.

-Her best and worst moments as a creative person.

-How being a workaholic means that you have to turn down fun activities (and also have to remember to eat food).

-How music influences her more than people might know.

-The inspiration that she gained from J.K. Rowling.

-How you are only failing when you stop trying.

Amanda's Final Push will make you realize that you can let go of your fear of failure.



“I really felt like I was treading water half the time.”

“That’s when I realized that everything I wanted to be was completely tangible.”

“The thing that’s the best to me is waking up every day and knowing that I get to do what I’m fully passionate about for a living and I get to spend all the time in the world really devoting myself to what makes me happy.”

“There’s no rule book for being a creative person.”

“If you’re not happy, you’re doing it wrong.  Period.”

“Art, in all its forms, is kind of like a rebellion.  So looking for guidelines is silly.”

“It shouldn’t be called ‘failure.’  I think it should be called ‘attempts.’  I don’t think you’re ever really failing until you stop trying.”

“Your own internal fear is so much worse than what other people are going to think.”

Links mentioned:

Devotchka - Till The End of Time [YouTube]

La Bodega Gallery Renovation [GoFundMe]

Pencil Kings Episode 128 with Cat Rose

Your Creative Push Episode 172 with Cat Rose

Your Creative Push Episode 102 with Mitch Bowler

Connect with Amanda:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

Matt Kohr : Website / Ctrl+Paint

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193: Find the time by MAKING THE TIME (w/ Michael Thomas)

Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Michael Thomas is the creator and owner of Linkup215, an entertainment, fashion, culture, and artist platform, and a company based out of Philadelphia.  Aside from running his company, he is also a teacher and an author of an upcoming book, which he discusses in the episode.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/michaelthomas

In this episode, Michael discusses:

-How he and Jasmine Anderson had the vision to create Linkup215

-The importance of giving back to the community and to those less fortunate.

-Working with Philly Homeless and Sunday Breakfast.

-How he finds time to achieve all of his goals while still maintaining a job as a teacher.

-His love for writing, stemming from his father’s influence and Encyclopedia Brown.

-The vision for his upcoming book, A Boy with a Dream.

-Losing his initial outline for his book and how he dealt with it.

-The importance of not dwelling on the bad things that sometimes happen, because thinking about them for too long will keep you stagnant.

-How he attempts to capture the uniqueness of each of the individuals he interviews.

-How information is readily available for the young and the old – it’s just a matter of taking it.

Michael's Final Push will inspire you to go for your dreams no matter what!



“I find the time because I’ve got to make the time.”

“This book brings a lot out of me.”

“Something that you create, you just want more and more out of it.”

“Anything can happen in a year.  That’s all it takes is one year.  Your life can just turn around.”

Links mentioned:

Sunday Breakfast

Connect with Michael:

Instagram        Linkup215: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

On the next episode:

Amanda Stalter : Website / Instagram

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192: Go for CREATIVE FLOW rather than creative push (w/ Kate Shaw)

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Kate Shaw is a Melbourne-based artist who creates landscapes that are simultaneously sublime and toxic.  Formed out of ‘paint pours’ and collage techniques, her landscapes capture the transcendent beauty of nature.  She has had many solo and group exhibitions and currently her work is touring to museums throughout Asia as part of the Asialink curated exhibition Vertigo.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/kateshaw

In this episode, Kate discusses:

-How she got to the point she is at today in her artistic career.

-The comfort and structure that a part-time job can provide while pursuing your creative passion on the side.

-How nothing stifles creativity more than having to worry about necessities like food and shelter.

-The power in finding a job that feeds into your creative passion.

-The importance of relaxing the body and silencing the mind in order to get to homeostasis. 

-Tapping into the creative energy of the universe so that you can more effectively communicate with people around the world.

-Getting out into nature and unplugging from the daily demands of being a professional artist.

-The surprise that many artists and creative people have as they discover that by becoming a professional artist, they are also becoming a small business.

-The connection with nature in her art.

-What people can do in their everyday lives to help climate change.

-How she developed and invented her style.

-The resistances that occur when you are inventing something new.

-The strategy of putting something that you are struggling with aside until the next day.

-How asking too many opinions of your work gives your creative power away.

Kate's Final Push will inspire you to JUST DO IT!


“I find if the body is relaxed and the mind is relaxed, that’s when the creativity really opens up.”

“I really believe in flow rather than push.”

“It’s time and money.  That’s all we have in our lives is time.”

“If I’ve been working on a painting for a long time and I don’t know what to do next, I just leave it and come back the next day.  There’s something about fresh eyes.”

“You don’t want to be asking too many opinions because then you’re just giving all that away.  You, yourself, actually know the best.”

“I think a lot of times people are just looking for reassurance because they are afraid.  But they actually know themselves if it’s good or not good.”

Links mentioned:

The Ethical Guide to the Anthropocene (The Guardian)

Nestle and Deforestation (Greenpeace)

Connect with Kate:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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Have you upgraded to YOU 2.0? (Best of YCP: Alex Cherry)

Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Alex Cherry is an LA-based digital artist who blurs the lines between art and design.  He draws his inspiration from film, music, and pop culture to make stunning images that will always make you think.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/alexcherryagain

In this episode, Alex discusses:

-The story behind his piece, "Starman" a tribute to David Bowie.

-Art versus design, and how we don't watch design the way we watch art.

-How to pursue your creativity by leaning on what you know, and for him that started with music.

-His first creative moments and his creative journey from there.

-How incredibly amazing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Nintendo are.

-How we are lucky to live in the time of the internet, and we should immerse ourselves in how easy it is to share and find new things.

-Kanye West and his polarizing character.

-Bret Easton Ellis's idea of "Post Empire."

-How many people have separate selves that they put forth on the internet.

-How having a character or a persona can give you a confidence you don't have with your actual identity.

-The issue of copying and how we have to get over it.

-The importance of thinking about new things every day.

-A recent negative experience he had and how it led to an "artistic PTSD."

-The story about how he met his fiance through his art.

-A rapper suggestion for Youngman Brown to help him with his insecurities about his own monotone voice.

-The last words his grandmother said to him, and the impact that it has on his life.

Alex's Final Push will grant you permission to create!


"It's always these pictures that take the least amount of effort that resonate the most with me, and other people."

"I love music, and for me it was an easy thing to do, to piece something together and to find a song to connect that to."

"We have the Internet and tumblr.  Just immerse yourself in it and don't be afraid to take inspiration from it.  Be ruthless about that."

"The creative world is the exact opposite of the real world."

"I heard that 90% of communication is non-verbal, and it's so true.  We put too much value in words."

"It's not the what.  It's the how."

"You never know in which ways you influence people or potentially change someones life.  You may never find out about that."

"You have to be lovingly detached from the ego."

"The best way to not produce any work is to think about the identity of that work."

"Just create what you think the world needs."

"Celebrate the difference."

"So much of creativity is like capturing lightning in a bottle.  You can't really control the lightning, so you have to create an environment to capture the lightning."

"You don't tell a tree how to grow.  You just water it and then it grows.  That's how creativity is."

Links mentioned:

The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

Gang Starr

Connect with Alex:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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191: DETOX with your creative passion (w/ Victor Mosquera)

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Victor Mosquera is a concept artist working in the entertainment industry. He currently works at Ubisoft Toronto and his list of clients include companies such as Universal Music, Tor Books, Orbit Books, Volta and One pixel brush.

In this episode, Victor discusses:

-How he forged his own path, even though becoming an artist in Colombia is difficult.

-The experience of learning from Nicol?s Uribe.

-The idea of building your own tribe, learning from the people around you, and finding new opportunities along the way.

-Working with Seven Lions for his album art.

-How his style developed.

-How important his personal work is for him to detox.

-Having a “fuck it” mentality when it comes to creating your own personal work and wondering what other people are going to think.

-How sometimes it is okay to be the “master of none,” and to just experiment with new things – you never know what doorways will open up to you.

-The difference between having a carefree attitude and an attitude without cares.

-Becoming obsessed with art and working all night long, but having to be careful with that the older that he gets.

-How he balances his time and how the limited amount of time that he has also influences his changing style.

-The difference between making art and posting it to social media just to stay relevant and making measurable goals for yourself.

-Making a physical product and giving it away as a gift if nobody buys it.

Victor's Final Push will inspire you to use the energy that you have right now – you won’t have it forever!



“The important thing is to start doing it.  Once you’re doing it, you can learn from your mistakes and improve on top of that.”

“I don’t think you choose a style.  I think it’s a reflection of how you see life and how you see your work, and it happens organically.”

“For me, my personal work is like a detox.”

Links mentioned:

Nicol?s Uribe

Ross Tran

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei

Connect with Victor:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr / DeviantArt

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190: Your Creative Exorcism (w/ Courtney Brooke Hall)

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Courtney Brooke is a photographer and conceptual artist who explores the ties of the feminine to nature and spirituality through the lens of nostalgia.  Her works focus on the concrete questions that grapple with our existence and by emphasizing aesthetics, she creates work through the labor-intensive processes as a personal exorcism ritual.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/courtneybrooke

In this episode, Courtney discusses:

-What she means when she says that her art and photography is like a personal exorcism.

-How she ended up sharing her photographic work and building an audience accidentally.

-How her Instagram started as a personal account, and then eventually she started sharing her work on there.

-The importance of having your own website or your own “domain” where you make the rules.

-The notion of separate identities as an artist and as a person.

-Having an “elevator pitch” prepared so that you can describe to people what it is that you do.

-The importance of being selfish and making sure to get back to personal work that you care about.

-Her view on what it is to be a human being.

-Dealing with negative feedback.

-Some of the Resistances that she has had to deal with in her creative career.

-The hesitancy to be a subject in her own photographs.

-Being a “copycat” of other artists and then also dealing with your own “copycats.”

Courtney's Final Push will inspire you to not hesitate and reevaluate the things that you are spending your time on every single day.



“When I am creating an image, it is like I am exercising out of myself all of that toxic energy.  Creating is therapeutic for me.”

“There’s a lot of work that I just don’t post online.  It’s not for everyone, it’s just for me.  I’m real selfish sometimes.”

“For me, being human is being in touch with nature.  Being in touch with my own frailty and my own fragility.  Being in touch then is empowering, knowing that death is on my shoulder, whispering in my ear, telling me to live at every second.”

“Do it because it’s going to make you feel better.  Because I promise it’s going to make you sleep better at night.”

“Stop doing it for other people.  Do it because you’re curious about it.  Do it because you’re interested in it.  Even if you don’t show it to anyone and stick it in a box underneath your bed.  It’s still there, it still passed through you, and it was cathartic.”

Connect with Courtney:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Flickr / Twitter

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189: The YCP One-Year Anniversary!

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

One year after the launch of Your Creative Push, Youngman looks back to the very first Introduction Episode to see what he got right and what he got wrong.

Even though it embarrasses him.  To the core.

He also looks towards the future and shares plans for the show's second year.

Take a short survey about your listening experience.  It will only take five minutes and it will go a long way in helping to make the show more helpful to you in the future!

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188: Trick yourself with FAKE DEADLINES (and get ice cream) (w/ Kelly Killagain)

Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Kelly Killagain is a South Jersey-based tattoo and fine artist specializing in line and dotwork.  Among the many things that Kelly draws, tattoos, and sculpts, she focuses closely on the various relationships between humans and animals and how they can be used to understand human psychology.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/kellykillagain

In this episode, Kelly discusses:

-Attempting to balance two different creative passions, and at the same time attempting to balance personal work and commissioned work.

-Her advice for pushing past the feelings of not wanting to get the work done in the limited time that you do have for your personal work.

-The importance of remembering that even a creative session in which you don’t produce something tangible is not a waste.

-The power of deadlines, even if it takes tricking yourself with “fake deadlines.”

-Setting a timer and going at your work for that full time, distraction free.

-Her fascination for the interaction that humans have with animals.

-The difference between dog people and cat people.

-How one of her doodles turned into her senior thesis.

-How sculpting something can make something “real.”

-Overcoming self-doubt and other insecurities.

-The role that society plays in keeping people away from a creative path.

-The difficulty that creative people sometimes have in defining themselves to others.

-How she balances her time, especially recently by giving herself a “day off.”

Kelly's Final Push to just do it, and to remember how much you will regret NOT doing the thing that you are most passionate about.


“Not only artists, but I think all human beings right now are struggling with not being motivated to do anything because we are attached to our devices.  Everything is so instant.  You want something, you get it.”

“That 48-hour grind before a deadline – I am so productive.”

“I think artists, designers, and creative people of all sorts are extremely important to society and to our own culture.  We are keeping a record of our culture.  We are recording history with everything we do and informing and enriching our lives.”

Links mentioned:

Neil Gaiman – Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Connect with Kelly:

Website / Instagram / Behance / Tumblr / 777Tattoos

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187: LET GO and ENJOY THE MOMENT YOU ARE IN (w/ Tom Harold)

Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Tom Harold is an Indiana artist who combines the precision of mechanics with the feel of a Dr. Suess book to create exciting, fascinating custom kinetic metal art that soothes even as it entertains.  His rolling ball sculptures offer the viewer the sights and sounds that can mesmerize and entertain them for hours.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/tomharold

In this episode, Tom discusses:

-How he was inspired by a George Rhoads rolling ball sculpture.

-How he let his lack of knowledge in welding hold him back from starting to create rolling ball sculptures.

-The power that comes from talking about something you are passionate about.

-How marketing is nothing more than sharing your story with your people.

-His advice for people with full-time jobs who are still trying to pursue their creative endeavors.

-The importance of finding a job in which you can either learn things about your creative pursuit or have free time to pursue it on your own.

-His struggles with perfectionism.

-Christopher Moore and the idea of finishing your book.

-Gratitude lists and being thankful for your completed works.

-Children playing and not caring about the mess that they make.

-Feeling as if your artwork doesn’t address an issue or stand for something.

Tom's Final Push will inspire you to seek out people who have been successful at what you want to achieve!



“Sometimes we aren’t ready for something until we’re ready for it.”

“It was like this great translation machine for the joy of mechanics and motion.”

“Find a job that either enhances your opportunities for being creative or one that allows you to save up all of your creativity for the evening.”

“Creativity thrives on constraints.”

“Let go and just enjoy the moment that you’re in.”

“If you really believe in what you’re doing, don’t listen to anyone who tells you it’s not worth your time.”

Links mentioned:

George Rhoads

Connect with Tom:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube

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186: THINK LESS. DO MORE. (w/ Andrew T. Kearns)

Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Andrew T. Kearns is a freelance photographer/videographer based out of Washington. His career is spent behind a camera whether that's filming or taking photos, and it seems his free time is spent the same way. His latest project has been traveling and living on the road out of his car all while documenting his experiences through photography, social media, and more recently his vlogs. With a crowd reach of 450,000 he has built a significant influence behind his name and continues to grow his audience rapidly, alongside working with well known and respected brands.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/andrewtkearns

In this episode, Andrew discusses:

-How he got started as a professional photographer and videographer.

-Meeting Samuel Elkins and the influence he had on him.

-His New Year’s Resolutions.

-The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with healthy food and exercise.

-Springing into action with your ideas instead of thinking and romanticizing about them.

-How everyone shows their highlights on social media, which is why he tries to be authentic and show the imperfections as well.

-The importance of creating for a goal.

-The idea of past, present, and future you, and treating each one with respect.

-How he developed his style and some of his inspirations, including Jared Chambers.

-Striking a balance between finding the perfect shot and also enjoying the moment.

-How he gets the work done when he really doesn’t feel like it.

-People who inspire and influence him, such as Casey Neistat, Gary Vaynerchuk, Ben Brown, Fun for Louie, and Sarah Dietchy.

Andrew's Final Push will inspire you to set a goal so that you are able to score!



“Going on that hike was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.”

“There’s a big lack of authenticity on social media today”

“It definitely holds you back if you put too much work before yourself and before play.”

"Set a goal.  If you don't have a goal, you can't score."

"Go and work hard.  No excuses anymore.  Just get at it."

Links mentioned:

Simon Sinek on Millenials [YouTube]

Casey Neistat

Gary Vaynerchuk

Ben Brown


Sara Dietschy

Samuel Elkins

Connect with Andrew:

Website / YouTube / Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr

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185: How NEUROPLASTICITY can help your creativity (w/ Alex Hofeldt)

Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Alex Hofeldt is a science teacher, podcaster, yoga & mobility instructor, fitness coach and nutrition enthusiast.  In his podcast, Beautiful Dust Specks, Alex shows the world the wonder and motivation in Science.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/185

In this episode, Alex discusses:

-The process of starting his podcast after years of putting it off.

-How the beginning is always the toughest part, but once you start, you never know what can happen.

-Some of the fears that still creep into his thought processes and the way that he gets through them.

-The sometimes difficult-to-balance tightrope of being happy with the “tribe” that you already have and wanting to grow it exponentially.

-How he is attempting to stop using the word “failure.”

-His experience of running a marathon this year.

-How you know the outcome if you quit

-Neuroplasticity and how it relates to creativity.

-The idea of choosing to be in a more positive mindset and at the same time down-regulating negative emotions.



“My biggest fear in life is squandering gifts and wasting time.”

“Nothing is ever going to be perfect.  Perfect is an unattainable thing.”

“Embrace the chaos.”

“Your first challenge is to start.  Just start going down some road of the infinite possibilities that it is that’s you and see where it takes you.”

“Fitness, health, wellness, mind, body, creativity – they’re choices.  You just have to open the book.”

Links mentioned:

Beautiful Dust Specks Podcast

Connect with Alex:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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184: The NARROWER you are, the BIGGER the umbrella over you (w/ Brian Rutenberg)

Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Brian Rutenberg is an internationally exhibited painter based in New York City. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Charleston in 1987 and his master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1989.

Among his many accolades, Brian is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, an Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Programme participant, and has had over 200 exhibitions throughout North America. His popular YouTube series, “Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits,” is viewed daily by thousands of people all over the world and his brand new book Clear Seeing Place is an Amazon Number One Bestseller. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/brianrutenberg

In this episode, Brian discusses:

-How and why he started his YouTube channel, “Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits.”

-His attempt and the attempt of all creative people to “strip naked” and bear your soul in the most honest way possible.

-The fear that comes when starting a new creative pursuit, especially when you are sitting in front of a camera.

-Details about his new book, Clear Seeing Place and the process of creating it.

-How he was able to achieve the #1 spot on Amazon in two different categories.

-The idea of building a following of like-minded individuals and focusing less on the number of followers in terms of popularity.

-How he reads every single comment and e-mail, but never reads reviews.

-How the failures make up half of your creative career, and once you can embrace those bad things, you become stronger as a creative person.

-A defining moment with Clement Greenberg.

-The power that comes from letting go.”

-How to get past the blocks that still occur even when you are in a locked room with your creativity.

-The importance of finding your “postage stamp-sized niche.”

-How he balances his time.

-How boredom is jet fuel for creativity.

-How artists and creative people can free their minds by wandering and getting out in nature.

-His advice on how to know when a painting is done, even if that means it is time to throw it away.

Brian's Final Push will make you realize that there is a difference between looking and seeing



“I have the best job in the world.  My worst day is still better than the best day in most other jobs.”

“Unfortunately success is too often confused with popularity.”

“Success, in my opinion, is curiosity and effort.  Those are things that you control.”

“I would say the defining word of my entire career is ‘Resistance.’”

“There’s always going to be someone better than me and someone smarter than me, but there will never be anyone just like me.”

“The recipe is to just be yourself, and then the rest is just practice.”

“I’ve always believed that an artist is born the moment they give up, the moment you stop trying so hard.”

“Repetition is very valuable for a painter, because it allows you to get really good at stuff.”

“The narrower you are, the bigger the umbrella over you.”

“Artists are malleable.  We are able to survive in almost any situation.”

Links mentioned:

Brian's YouTube Channel

Clear Seeing Place by Brian Rutenberg

Three Cornered World by Natsume Suseki

Connect with Brian:

Website / Books / YouTube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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183: Rethink your NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/resolution

Do you make a creative (or non-creative) New Year's Resolution every year?

Do you keep up with it?  Or do you fail?

Don't worry, we all fail.

In this episode, Youngman talks about why year-long goals are an amazing way to change your creative habits for the better and can completely alter your mindset.

But a year is a long time.  Too long for most of us.  We are already eagerly awaiting December 31st after only a few weeks, and the end of the year seems so far away that we get demotivated and quit.

We try it every year, and fail every year.

Youngman will attempt to offer a solution to the "But This Year is Different" syndrome so that you can finally say that you accomplished your creative New Year's Resolution.  If you have the willpower to get through it, it might just jump-start your creative career in ways that you never could have imagined.


YCP Episode 63 with David Talley

YCP Episode 102 with Mitch Bowler

YCP Episode 110 with Picolo

YCP Episode 132 with Brendan O'Connell

YCP Episode 169 with Saddhasura

YCP Episode 174 with Aim?e Hoover

YCP Episode 179 with Jessica Abel

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Mon, Dec 26, 2016

Nyki Way is a San Francisco Bay Area illustrator who was born in Boulder, Colorado.  She is inspired by nature, civil rights, psychology, and emotion.  In her art therapy blog, “Painting Your Own Reality,” she offers a glimpse into her struggles with depression and psychosis as well as her new appreciation for life to help others to transform their lives into the exact life they want.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nykiway

In this episode, Nyki discusses:

-Her creative upbringing.

-The fear of not succeeding or not being “good enough.”

-Her mental health struggles and how she has been balancing that with pushing herself as an artist.

-Using drugs as a means of escape, but finding that art could be equally useful as a coping mechanism.

-Her contemplation of suicide and her eventual relocation.

-The intention of her blog to connect with people who might feel alone the way she did, so that they can see that they are not the only ones going through it.

-The incredible benefits she has seen in her life due to therapy.

-How art school gave her the skills to finally execute what she was thinking.

-How she is too trusting in people and that occasionally leads her to getting scammed.

-How to protect yourself with contracts.

-Her formula for balancing her time between commissions, personal work, and school.

-What art and creativity brings to her life.

-Her fascination with her new “toy,” Super Sculpee.

-How the everyday things in life usually inspire her much more than going to galleries or looking at other artists.


Nyki's Final Push will inspire you to be who you are, because nobody is going to be you for you!



“I have this big fear of not being ‘good enough’ and not having a fan base.”

“I think a lot of artists have this darker side that actually prevents them from putting out their best work because they have that fear and that self-doubt.”

“You can’t just go about life not asking for what you need.  Because if you don’t, nobody is going to give it to you.”

“All the sudden the world opened up and I could paint everything in my brain.  I finally had the skills to execute what I was thinking.”

"If you have to do anything in this world, just keep creating and expressing yourself as much as you can.  Even if you feel like you have nothing to share or nothing to say.  Just share it and be who you are."

"Be who you are because nobody is going to be you for you."

Links mentioned:

Painting Your Own Reality (Nyki's art therapy blog)

Connect with Nyki:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

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181: Don’t let FOMO hold you back (w/ Dan Lydersen)

Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Dan Lydersen is a painter who draws influence from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature, and popular culture.  Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/danlydersen

In this episode, Dan discusses:

-The influence that his mother and theater had on him as a creative person.

-His balance between tragedy and comedy that he has found in his paintings.

-The lack of authenticity that comes when you are doing things that you think other people want to see rather than what you want to make.

-The importance of not being too influenced by your teachers or predecessors.

-How you can use older styles to say something about newer ideas.

-The notion of using a two-dimensional rectangle to capture a moment in time.

-How spending a lot of time on something and then throwing it away is actually a good habit.

-His process of coming to an idea and then planning it out before starting the actual painting.

-Some of the moments of self-doubt that he deals with and how he gets through them.

-The advantage that we have in modern times to be able to create whatever we want without needing permission from anyone else.

-Why he doesn’t spend much time or energy on social media.

-The idea of FOMO (fear of missing out) and how it can sometimes overwhelm you into doing nothing at all.

-How a piece of his art randomly became a Japanese meme.

Dan's Final Push will inspire you to get to work first.  The creativity will come.


“I’m a very silly person but a very serious person at the same time, so I don’t put a separation between tragedy and comedy.  They’re one in the same.”

“I’ve gotten into a groove of being able to say what I want to say through visual art.”

“I think I was trying to make paintings that I thought the art world wanted to see or wanted an artist to make and not paintings that I really wanted to make.  There was a lack of authenticity in them.”

“It’s dangerous to be too precious with your art and to think, I’ve invested all this time and energy to this; it must be carried through."

“I wouldn’t say that ideas come to me.  It’s more like I come to the ideas.”

“Ideas don’t just come to you like a light bulb turning on.  You have to work at them.”

“I’m a pretty logical person and it’s kind of hard to attach logic to art because it doesn’t necessarily function logically.”

“It’s a big world.  If you get your work out there, there’s going to be people who see the world in the same way you do and appreciate your art.”

“You tend to focus more on other people’s achievements than your own.”

“It’s a matter of numbers.  You’re perceiving this unified body of other people doing all of these amazing things versus you, as one person, doing what you’re doing.  And even if you’re doing something great, it will never amount to the sum of what everybody else is doing.”

“At this point I feel like me and my work are indistinguishable.  If you take my art out of the equation, I don’t really know what’s left of me.”

“Creativity and art aren’t cause and effect, they’re more like a feedback loop.  Creativity feeds the art and then the art feeds the creativity and it’s all one body.

“Just get working and the creativity will come.”

“It’s faulty reasoning to assume that you’re creative or inspired and then you make artwork.  It’s more the reverse.  You start making artwork and then that leads you to feel inspired or creative.”

Links mentioned:

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker

Connect with Dan:

Website / Facebook

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180: Focus on the UNIQUE STORY INSIDE OF YOU (w/ Alex Strohl)

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Alex Strohl is a Madrid-born, French adventure photographer whose work is characterized by his extraordinary existence. Instead of creating contrived scenes, Strohl creates authentic moments and captures them as they unfold before him— continually blurring the lines between work and life.

Strohl’s photography has been featured in prestigious publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, and Gentleman's Journal and his client list includes dozens of household names. He is based in Whitefish, Montana—but spends the vast majority of his time on the road with his partner Andrea Dabene; they often journey to the most remote reaches of the world.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/alexstrohl

In this episode, Alex discusses:

-How he got started in photography.

-How he and his wife Andrea approach their creative life as photographers.

-The different mindsets and strategies that take place depending on the goals of a particular shoot.

-The creative differences that he experiences with his wife, Andrea.

-The importance of focusing on the things that make you different.

-Moving around the world while growing up and how that helped to shape him as a person and a photographer.

-Some of the things that hold him back as a creative person.

-How it is sometimes difficult for him to be alone with his work for long periods of time.

-His advice for people who are struggling with being with their work for too long.

-What it is like when he is travelling.

-How the story that a photograph is trying to tell is much more important than how polished it is.

-His advice for people who are on the fence about quitting their jobs to pursue their creative passion.

-The story of his friend, Isaac Johnston and how he made the transition to becoming a professional photographer.

-To not be afraid to ask for advice and to also give your own value freely.

-One of his best creative moments – an image of Andrea that gave him the ability to continue his career as a photographer.

Alex's Final Push will inspire you to focus on the unique story that you want to tell.



“Our policy for whenever we moved into a new place for a few months was don’t buy anything you can’t move in one car.

“We all have a unique story, so no matter what you do, it’s going to be different.  But if you spend time making sense in what makes you different – working on that only – I think that’s how you take it to the next level.”

“It’s hard for any creative person to sit in silence in front of your own work.”

“It’s not always easy when you’re travelling to have this flow.  When you’re on the road, productivity just gets killed.”

“When I post on the Internet, I try to have it fresh from the day.  Almost like a fish – two day’s catch.”

“I think deep inside I’m pretty lazy, so I need to keep boundaries to keep me doing things.”

“If the reason why you wanted to take that photo can shine through the photo, it doesn’t matter if it is blurry, dark or bright.  Bottom line is focus on the story.”

“I love convincing people to quit their jobs.”

“I think that getting ego out of the way is very important.”

Links mentioned:

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

The Daodejing of Laozi by Laozi

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179: The only way OUT is THROUGH (w/ Jessica Abel)

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Jessica is an author and cartoonist with a head for organization and systems, abilities she’s put to very good use as she has explored how to make creative work with less anxiety and more ease.

She works with creative professionals (and serious non-professionals) to get a clear, strategic view of their ambitious projects, and help them get through the woods and that creative transformation that comes on the other side of finishing.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jessicaabel

In this episode, Jessica discusses:

-How the only way out is through.

-The difference between children and adults, and how she is surprised that her kids are afraid to fail.

-The importance of not hating yourself for not being good at something when you start.

-Dealing with the “Should Monsters.”

-Speaking to yourself in third person instead of first person in an attempt to treat yourself more kindly, like a friend.

-How willpower is a limited resource.

-The Creative Focus Workshop and what people can expect from it.

-Looking at the things that you need to learn in order to move forward as small projects themselves.


-Who can gain the most from The Creative Focus Workshop.

-The power of community, especially when it comes to dealing with creative struggles.

-The story behind her book, Out on the Wire.

-The Out on the Wire Podcast and what it has to offer its listeners.

Jessica's Final Push will inspire you to see the value of prioritization and honing in on a single goal at a time.



“The job of getting through a big, ambitious project essentially defines what it is to be a creative person.”

“Relying on pure willpower is totally unreliable because it is such a limited resource.”

“The more you are able to have a single goal at a time, the happier you are going to be.”

“Choosing one thing and putting all of your energy into that thing is the key.”

“The joy and the power of having things finished is immense.”

Links mentioned:

Creative Focus Workshop

Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel

Out on the Wire Podcast


Connect with Jessica:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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178: Being creative is always uncomfortable – EMBRACE IT! (w/ Lucy Hardie)

Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Lucy is an artist from Melbourne, Australia who specializes in fine pen and ink drawings.  Her work is a light and dark combination of romanticism, fantasy, and natural phenomenon, offering the viewer a contemplation of life’s infinite beauty and mystery.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/lucyhardie

In this episode, Lucy discusses:

-How her parents built a Waldorf school on their farm and how that influenced her creativity and her style.

-Her first show at the age of 23 and her decision to make art her full-time career.

-The balance between planning and spontaneity.

-How it is actually hard for her to make any major mistakes because of how the work is built up in so many fine layers.

-Some of the forms of resistance that she has dealt with, including self-doubt and self-criticism.

-Dealing with “the gap” between what you know you have the potential to achieve and what you are currently capable of achieving, especially when you are first starting out.

-Making your creativity a habit, like going to the gym.

-Being pulled in many directions when you don’t yet have a strong artistic identity.

-How Resistance is always going to be there, so you just have to learn to live with it.

-The power that can come from simply admitting out loud the Resistances that you are dealing with.

-Her advice for someone that is thinking about potentially diving into his or her first show.

-How she is inspired by Patty Smith.

Lucy's Final Push will inspire you to take your time to develop your skills, and to also be able to answer that big question of WHY are you pursuing this creative passion?



“Creativity was encouraged but being an artist and doing that as a profession… that was a whole other idea.”

“It’s always a process.  I learn from each piece and ask, “What would I do differently next time?”

“Especially when I was starting out, I experienced a lot of self-doubt and self-criticism.”

“I always find it hard to just do the work and be imperfect, especially if I’m trying something new.”

“I see it more as a challenge that I like to take on.  Rather than resisting criticism or negative feedback from others, I say “bring it on,” because it is going to help me grow.”

“I view Resistance as something that’s always going to be there.  I’ve never gotten rid of it.  So my take on it is how can I be better at being with Resistance?  Because going to war with it just doesn’t work.”

“It’s really helpful to have someone to talk to who doesn’t buy the bullshit.”

Links mentioned:

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith Interview: Advice to the Young [YouTube]

Connect with Lucy:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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177: Bringing memories BACK TO LIFE (w/ Vic Lee)

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Vic Lee is a wordsmith, a mapmaker, a typographer, a ragamuffin and freestyler.  He has spent 20 years as a professional graphic designer freelancing across London and has worked on major branding, interior and retail design projects with some of the leading design agencies in the world.

In this episode, Vic discusses:

-The path that he took to get him to the point he is at now in his creative career.

-The importance of history, especially when it has to do with your specific neighborhood.

-The notion of nostalgia and the role that it plays in the art that we want to make as well as the art that we want to buy.

-How he starts one of his larger commissions and how little planning goes into them.

-The confidence he gains from huge companies giving him complete creative control.

-A story when he got lost in “the zone.”

-How he approaches a big job with a panicked mindset, and then slowly relaxes.

-How we all start out as children not worrying about what people will think, but lose that carefree attitude over time.

-What a blank wall looks like to him.

-Dealing with the “quiet moments” in between work.

-Using black and white.

Vic's Final Push will inspire you to BE NICE TO EVERYONE YOU MEET!



“It’s not just about illustration.  It’s about bringing memories back to life.”

“My work is very different things to different people.  And to me that is very important because I don’t want it to be one thing to one person.  I want it to evoke a different memory or feeling for every person that sees what I do.”

“Don’t think too much.  Just do it and see what happens.  The worst that you can do is fail, and the best you can do is succeed.”

“If you fail, you can just paint over it.”

“That wall that nobody used to look at suddenly becomes everyone’s friend.”


Connect with Vic:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Youtube

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176: Give yourself permission to MAKE YOUR OWN DREAM HAPPEN! (w/ Will Terry)

Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Will Terry is a freelance illustrator and children’s book illustrator who shares his 23 years of experience on his YouTube channel and his blog, where he offers advice, tips and tricks on digital painting, selling work, reps, agents, business, Photoshop, and setting up multiple streams of income.  He also co-owns SVS Learn with (YCP Alum) Jake Parker and Lee White.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/willterry

In this episode, Will discusses:

-A brief summary of his career until today.

-How he turned down his first children’s book three times, and how doing it changed his perspective.

-How he used to draw for his audience, and now he mainly draws for himself.

-The relationship between author, publisher, editor, and illustrator.

-Channeling P.D. Eastman’s Go Dog Go in his latest children’s book.

-Dyslexia, ADD, and the difficulties many people have learning in a system that rewards auditory learners.

-How SVS Learn came to be and what they try to accomplish with it.

-The improvements that he saw in his own art once he started teaching.

-The story behind his book, Little.

-The excitement and fear of doing something being a big clue that you are on the right track and that you should do it.

-The Internet allowing anyone to wear all of the hats and go direct to market and give yourself permission to live your own dream.

-The importance of building an audience on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter as you create your art or product so that you have someone to sell to when it is complete.

Will's Final Push will inspire you to not be afraid of bringing your idea out of “vision mode.”



“I never really planned on making art a career because I bought into that idea that if you do anything creative you’ll starve.”

“I used to draw for my audience, and then over time I came to realize that I have to please myself first.”

“My work got so much better after I started teaching.  It’s one of the things I try to encourage every artist to do – to find a way to help people learn art.”

“If you’re excitedly scared to do something, you’re probably on the right track.”

“The cooler your project is, the more other people will share it for you, and it will still have that chance to go viral.”

“If an idea hits me I don’t just let it escape because those are ideas that I’ll lose.”

“That creativity is dying to get out.”

“We make excuses because we’re afraid.  We’re afraid that the thing that we’re trying to do isn’t going to turn out the way that our vision of it is, and as long as we keep it in the vision mode, we don’t have to worry about it failing.”

Links mentioned:

SVS Learn

Little by Will Terry (Kickstarter)

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell

Connect with Will:

Website / Instagram / YouTube / Twitter


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Keep tapping into the INFINITE WELLSPRING: YCP Episode 18 with Thomas Dodd

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Thomas is a visual artist and photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia who has developed a style that he calls "painterly photo montage" - a method he employs in editing software in which he crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic, non-digital look to them. Although his artwork resembles paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/thomasdoddagain

In this episode, Thomas discusses:

-How he got his start in Mod Clubs, learning techniques to make pictures look "painterly."

-How artists should always be looking to learn, and spend free time learning from masters.

-How combining your artistic journey with making money can sometimes be soul-crushing, leaving you not enjoying the art anymore.

-The importance of setting aside time to do your art, if you are getting burnt out from your full-time job, even if it is just 15 minutes a day.

-How he originally got into punk music and then as a harpist in Trio Nocturna

-That there is an unlimited, universal wellspring that you can tap into

-If he doesn't feel like creating, he doesn't try to force it, but instead works on the promotion aspect of the arts.

-To go along with the ebb and the flow of creativity.

-How everyone goes through the struggle of not feeling good enough artistically, and how this is an important thing to go through -- the ones who don't think this way usually are bad.

-If you are new, you have to face the reality that you probably aren't good, but you have to be willing to improve.

-How important it is to seek out critiques from people who are better than you -- someone who can point out your good points but also gently tell you where you need to improve.

-When he is feeling particularly good about his work, he looks at other particular artist's works to humble himself a bit.

-Entering the flow state in Photoshop as well as playing music.

-How quitting drinking led to an immersion in video games and then into his art, from negative to neutral to positive.

-How the best art can succeed across all people and cultures.

-How to realize the conversation you have with your art is actually a conversation with yourself.

-How the best art shows us that we are all separate, but we all share the same emotions and struggles.

-Why music is incredibly powerful, especially in younger people in their formative years.

-The importance of being receptive to new forms of art or music.

-If you follow your own uniqueness and put the time in, eventually people will notice you and want you to be YOU.

-Communication coupled with social intelligence is incredibly important in dealing with other people, especially those who are not as creative as you.

Thomas's Final Push inspires you to have that space where you go to be creative, even if it is only 15 minutes a day.



"Live, breathe, and eat it."

"The process is a lifelong journey."

"The most important thing we do as artists is that we communicate emotion to people."

"I'm not thinking as I'm creating.  I'm just letting it happen and letting my tastes dictate as I go along."

"It's the intuition that guides you, and the intuition is always right."

"You should have a job that supports what you do, that hopefully doesn't drain you."

"Enjoy what you do.  It's not a race.  It's just being who you are and enjoying what you do."

Links mentioned:

"Transform" by Zack Arias

Connect with Thomas:

Website / Facebook / Workshops


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175: DIVE INTO THE UNKNOWN (w/ Sarah Kreuz)

Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Sarah Kreuz is the host of the Art of the Unknown Podcast, a travel and spirituality podcast about traveling inwards, outwards & onwards.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/175

In this episode, Sarah discusses:

-How the Art of the Unknown Podcast was born when she decided that she needed to dive into something creative without worrying about the outcome.

-Some of the things that held her back from initially creating the podcast and continuing to create and share it.

-Where she is physically as well as spiritually.

-Her advice for people who might be scared of stepping into the unknown.

-How she started eating fish after being a vegetarian for 16 years.

-The importance of just trying something new, even if you are going to be bad at it.

-The power of one positive comment from someone you trust about your creativity.

-One of her toughest creative moments in her “den of sorrow.”

-The painful experience of having creativity inside of you, but not knowing the way it is supposed to come out.

-Not feeling guilty about creating for yourself, first and foremost.

-How her throat chakra is finally open!

Sarah's Final Push will encourage you to accept the fact that you are going to be scared and just go for it!



“I just want to dive into something creative and not really care about the outcome.  Just see where it goes.”

“It’s turning into a healing process more than anything else.”

“I never used to consider myself a creative person.  I just didn’t think I could do it.  I shut myself off completely to even going in that direction.”

“I felt like there was something that I wanted to create and I really knew there was something inside of me wanting to come out, but I just didn’t know what it was.”

“I’ve given myself permission to make whatever the hell I want.”

“It has given me a sense of confidence, that who I am, what I have to say, what I have to think, and how I feel is worthy of having space in the world.”

Links mentioned:

Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Connect with Sarah:

Website / iTunes / YouTube / Instagram

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174: Cut your big projects IN HALF (w/ Aim?e Rolin Hoover)

Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Aim?e Rolin Hoover currently lives/works in southern California. Her paintings hang in collections all over the world, from the U.S. and Canada, to Europe and South America.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/aimee

In this episode, Aim?e discusses:

-How she got into pet portraiture and how her art has evolved since then.

-The importance of being open to trying out new things with your art.

-How she achieved such great satisfaction from the positive reactions of her clients, but how she eventually had to concentrate on her own satisfaction.

-Ali Cavanaugh and making “micro evolutions” in your artwork.

-The importance of continuing to grow and evolve as an artist or creative person.

-The origins of her new Fly Mask series.

-The joy that comes from having a breakthrough after long periods of trial and error.

-Her “30 Paintings in 30 Days” Challenge and the numerous positive outcomes of it.

-The power in committing to do something in public and how it holds you accountable.

-The various Resistances that she has to face and how she handles them.

-The trick of cutting your big tasks and projects in halves until they are in manageable chunks that you aren’t intimidated to take on.

-The way that she attempts to battle perfectionism.

-Her upcoming show at Abend Gallery.

Aim?e's Final Push will inspire you to take time every day to do the thing that brings you joy!


“I think it’s so important to grow as an artist and I kind of forgot about it for ten years.”

“I got really happy, really fast with that work.”

“I was really feeling equally incredibly inspired and completely fed up with my work.”

“And so I thought this is kind of the next phase of work for me.  I want to continue to move away from what I know and go towards what I don’t know and see what happens.”

“If it brings you joy, it’s just worth it to take a little time every day and do it.”

Links mentioned:

2016 "26 Annual Holiday Miniatures" Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO (December, 2016)

YCP Episode 123 with Ali Cavanaugh

Connect with Aim?e:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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173: ONWARDS AND UPWARDS (w/ Ren?e Caouette)

Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Ren?e Caouette is a talented fine artist who has lived between Boston and Paris, France for the past five years studying fine art and art history. She has traveled throughout Europe and North America researching artwork ranging from the primitive and ancient to contemporary arts.

Ren?e has exhibited throughout the United States and France, including Paris, New York City, Boston, Vermont, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/renee

In this episode, Ren?e discusses:

-How she became a fine artist, even though that was not her original intention.

-Making the decision to change her career path.

-Getting past fear.

-Her mantra “onwards and upwards,” and how it applies to her art and to her life.

-How she tries to always have two or three paintings going at a time to remind herself to keep moving forward.

-How surprisingly physically demanding painting is.

-How she attempts to use her paintings to portray important themes through the eyes of a millennial.

-An intimate view into her newest painting, “Searching for your roses since you’ve been kissing the sky.”

-The trust she places in her process to allow things to evolve organically.

-The magic that sometimes happens when everything falls into place.

-The role that travel plays in her life.

-Some of the daily resistances that attempt to hold her back from creating her art.

-How the loss of her father influences her mindset, her motivation, and her art itself.

-How she balances her time and attempts to “organize the chaos.”



“Fear is what holds us back, and if you’re fearful in life then you won’t enjoy it and you won’t do the things that you’re probably brought here to do.  So just keep going.”

“I went through a really hard time because when you’re eighteen and you’re just starting to think of the possibilities of what you’re going to do for the rest of your life, you kind of have a little existential crisis.”

“Sometimes I need to see it first before I can actually understand what I’m completely making.”

“Everything is always a positive thing, even if you don’t know it yet.”

Connect with Ren?e:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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172: How to THRIVE as a CREATIVE INTROVERT (w/ Cat Rose)

Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Cat Rose is on a mission to help other creatives to get over their fears of self-promotion and to get their work seen and shared.

She does this through 1-to-1 coaching and an online members community called the League of Creative Introverts. It's a safe, quiet space for creatives to share their work openly, learn from others and get all the support they need on their journey.

Cat, first of all thank you for coming on the show, I wanted to let you start out by expounding upon that intro and really getting into what your kind-of personal mission is and what your mission is with the League of Creative Introverts.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/172

In this episode, Cat discusses:

-How The League of Creative Introverts started and her mission behind it.

-How many creative introverts might be comfortable creating their work, but sharing and promoting it is very difficult for them to do.

-Some of the “icky subjects” that she helps people to think about.

-The value of being able to commiserate and work through problems with other people and to realize that you aren’t alone with your creative shyness.

-Why people squirm so much at the thought of self-promotion.

-The power in finding your niche.

-Understanding the different types of fear and realizing that the fear of self-promotion isn’t the same fear of potential death.

-The difference between “dipping your toes” and “diving in.”

-Dealing with the fact that you are going to not be good at something when you first start.

-The gulf that sometimes exists between our “online self” and our “real self.”

-Dealing with the inner critic and imposter syndrome.”

-Reasons why you might not be reaching your creative goals.

-Breaking your goals down into daily metrics and then evaluating yourself on a 1-5 scale.

Cat's Final Push will inspire to realize that ACTUALLY, YOU CAN!



“Doing the work wasn’t actually the biggest struggle.  It was getting people to see it.”

“Your audience finds you in a way.”

“It’s really hard for our ego to take the fact that we are going to suck when we first start something.  Can I take that initial “sucking” for the long-term benefit of actually being pretty good at something?”

“It takes a lot of guts to say what we are or what we aspire to be.  Because that inner critic is saying to us, ‘who are you to say that you’re an artist?’ or ‘Prove it.’”

“Remember that people like Tom Hanks and Neil Gaiman still claim to have imposter syndrome.  So that really reassures me that if they still have that then my inner critic means nothing.”

“Actually, you can.”

Links mentioned:

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

7 reasons why you might not be reaching your creative goals

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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171: It's the FORWARD MOTION that's important (w/ John Allison)

Mon, Nov 14, 2016

John Allison is the writer and artist of the webcomics Bobbins, Scary Go Round, and Bad Machinery.  Having launched Bobbins in 1998, John is one of the true pioneers of webcomics, and he has continued to evolve to remain one of the most popular webcomic producers today.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/johnallison

In this episode, John discusses:

-How he got the point he is today with his webcomics and his career.

-The importance of keeping your creative passion fun.

-His advice for how to get back to the place of fun with your work.

-How and why he started Bobbins as a five-day-a-week project.

-The difficult balance of being able to produce a great deal of content, but also maintain social relationships.

-A one month gap that he experienced in his work, and how it made him realize the meaningfulness of what he was creating.

-The importance of momentum.

-The notion of achieving a trance-like state or a flow state when you are creating.

-Taking care of your mind and body, and how that positively affects your creativity.

-How he allows his subconscious mind to work out the details of many of his creative problems.

-His first creative memories.

-The interesting way in which sloth helped to set him on the path of being a professional artist.

-Coming to terms with the setback caused by long or short gaps in your creative passion.

-His best and worst creative moments.

-The experience of seeing the importance of your work from outside of your body.

-Dealing with criticism as well as doing something that your fans aren’t initially on board with.

-How he balances his time.

John's Final Push will inspire you to not be afraid!



“There are layers of fun.  It’s like a swatch, you know?  You find new colors all the time.”

“I realized in that month that I’d lost a lot of self-worth through not creating.”

“I realized that it was perhaps the first thing of value that I had created in my whole life.”

“Self-consciousness is the worst thing about art, especially when you first start.”

“You’ll never arrive at the point that you think you are going to arrive at.  You’ll arrive somewhere else altogether.  So you might as well just go.  You think you’re driving the car, but really the wheel is moving and you’re not really controlling it.  It’s the forward motion that’s the important thing.”

“The more I’ve treated myself like an athlete, in terms of my creativity, the easier it has become to channel the things that I want to do.”

“You should look at your creativity as a crutch rather than an obstruction when things aren’t so great.”

“I’m as thin-skinned as any creative person and a critical review is brutal to me.  I believe it far more than I believe praise.  Over the years it’s caused me to course-correct too hard.”

“It’s a betrayal of yourself if you’re not willing to put something out there.  The only question is one of volume.  How much of it do you want to put out there?”

Links mentioned:

Buy John's stuff!

Alex Toth

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170: Start everything with LOVE (w/ Peter Draw)

Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Peter Draw is an artist from Singapore whose art has touched the lives of people across Asia and around the world.  He has achieved 4 Guinness World Records: Largest Caricature, Largest Art Lesson, Longest Drawing, and Longest Drawing by an Individual.  Peter has devoted his entire adult life to drawing to protect children who cannot protect themselves.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/peterdraw

In this episode, Peter discusses:

-How he uses his art to protect children who cannot protect themselves.

-How his mission is less about being an artist but more about what he does as an artist.

-What he has learned from the children that he has met and helped in disaster stricken areas around the world.

-How the “sweetest gift” is something we all have, and it is the important things we already have in our lives but perhaps take for granted.

-The importance of taking the first step of loving yourself more and more every day so that you can love others more.

-What his four Guinness World Records mean to him.

-The story of the Red Sweater and why he continues to wear it.

-The lessons that his grandfather taught him, and the way that he keeps reminding himself of what he promised him.

-The importance of starting everything with love.

-Some of the resistances that hold him back on a daily basis.

-The one thing that keeps him up at night is the fact that people think that the problems of the world are too big for them to make an impact.

-What we can learn from the children that he helps every day.

Peter's Final Push will inspire you to approach everything with LOVE!



“My dream is not just about being an artist.  My dream is more about what I do as an artist.”

“It doesn’t matter what you are going through now.  Make the rest of your life the best of your life.”

“All the other roles are taken.  The only role that is not taken in this world is the role of being yourself.  All you need to do is be the best version of yourself.”

“Sometimes we don’t understand the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.  Sometimes later becomes never.  Sometimes if you hesitate you may lose the chance to do something forever.”

“Each time I draw on a blank piece of paper, I feel like anything is possible.  I can turn something that is otherwise empty into something that really puts a smile on my own face and eventually to other people’s faces.”


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169: Your CONTINUITY OF PURPOSE will defeat DOUBT and INDECISION (w/ Saddhasura)

Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Saddhasura is an artist, illustrator, and musician who is procuring and creating to then connect creative works to people who love them.  He has also taught meditation and mindfulness for over fifteen years.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/saddhasura

In this episode, Saddhasura discusses:

-His creative upbringing and a brief overview of his life so far.

-Why certain creative pursuits have bubbled to the surface and then fallen away.

-Doubt and indecision and the role that they can play in pulling you away from your creative passions.

-The imposter syndrome and how it especially seems to creep up just as you are about to actually become the thing you are trying to be.

-Inconsistencies and how they help to bolster the imposter syndrome.

-What the Buddhist teachings can tell us about the ever-changing nature of humanity and how that can relate to creativity.

-Starting each day with clear intention.

-The idea of writing down nuggets of inspiration to go back to when you are feeling defeated.

-Having the instinct to protect his moleskin over his phone and his iPad.

-The power that comes when you set aside bad habits and make a clear decision.

-How he maintains a positive attitude even when things are going poorly.

-Some of his ideas for his future.

Saddhasura's Final Push will remind you that you are not a human being on a spiritual journey, you’re a spiritual being on a human journey.



“The things I’ve missed out on are the things I haven’t kept my eye on.”

“The human being is inconsistent by its very nature.  Everything about us is constantly changing.”

“I’ve got a choice.  I can either crumble and let this all really get the better of me or I can just see it as a really great opportunity.”

“Here and now is not bad.  The past is just a string of proteins that are lined up in my brain.  The future is a possibility based in fantasy and projection.  Neither one of those alternatives are a useful place to plan anything.”

“In the manure of this experience, a rose can grow.”


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Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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168: Stop Blaming Your Family

Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Do you blame your family, friends, and loved ones for your creative shortcomings?

If you do this subconsciously or consciously, you are not alone.

In this episode, Youngman looks back to past (and future) guests who had something to say about dealing with that difficult balance of pursuing their creative passion or career, while still fulfilling their roles as a husband, wife, mother, father, boyfriend, girlfriend, or any other role that requires their time and energy.

You will also learn how you might be taking your role as a parent, spouse, or friend and using it as a crutch to let yourself off the hook from pursuing your creative passion.

Finally, you'll see things from the other side of the spectrum and learn what to do if you are spending too much time with your creative endeavors and not enough with your family.

This episode has profanity, so don't listen around your children.

But don't blame them.


Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/family


YCP Episode 71 with Suzanna Schlemm

YCP Episode 79 with Jake Parker

YCP Episode 123 Ali Cavanaugh

YCP Episode 154 with Brooke Rothshank

YCP Episode 165 with Shawn Coss

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167: Embrace the INESCAPABLE CREATIVE DRIVE (w/ Zachary Petit)

Wed, Nov 02, 2016

Zachary Petit is editor-in-chief of the National Magazine Award-winning publication Print, author of The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms, and a lifelong literary and design nerd.

At one point in time, he was the senior managine editor of HOW magazine, Print, and Writer’s Digest, as well as executive editor of many other related newsstand titles.  His words also regularly appear in National Geographic Kids, National Geographic, Mental_Floss, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, just to name a few.

Most recently, Zachary has curated the book Treat Ideas Like Cats, which unlocks the secret of creativity as it collects the inspiring and insightful words of artists, writers, designers, and thinkers who have had the courage to create.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/zacharypetit

In this episode, Zachary discusses:

-How his new book, Treat Ideas Like Cats, came to be.

-The amount of wisdom that can sometimes come from so few words.

-The idea of one quote per page, which helps to slow the reader down to really take it in.

-The importance of being able to interpret motivational stories and apply them to your own situation.

-One of the quotes from the book that influenced him the most.

-His creative journey and how he got to the point he is at now.

-How difficult it can be to do your creative work after eight hours at a job, but how good you always feel after you’ve done it.

-Working for National Geographic and National Geographic Kids.

-Some of the fears involved with public speaking and teaching.

-Some of his experiences as an interviewer for Writer’s Digest.

-His advice for people to create their own collection of inspiration.

-The lost art of conversation.

Zachary's Final Push will inspire you to keep chipping away!



“Some of these quotes to me are equivalent to reading an entire book on something.  They just carry so much power in so few words.”

“Whenever I wrote something or created something, I felt more alive than if I had not.”

“I’ve always been driven by finding the weird side of things.”

“That inescapable creative drive is really what you need to embrace.  Yes, it’s terrifying, but if you have no choice but to do it, you’ll figure out a way to do it and to put it out into the world even though it may be completely terrifying to you.”

“That, to me, is where it takes the most courage and the most drive – to come home from working 8-9 hours and having the courage to walk down those basement steps and sit yourself down at the computer no matter how tired or fatigued you are.  It’s never easy but once you’ve done it, you always feel better.”

“The big challenge is finding balance between your life, your creative passions, and your day job.”

“I think it’s good to be slightly uncomfortable and to not settle into only what you’re good at and what you’re comfortable with, because you learn a lot by doing things that terrify you.”

Links mentioned:

Treat Ideas Like Cats: And Other Creative Quotes to Inspire Creative People by Zachary Petit

Connect with Zachary:

Website / Twitter

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166: Be ULTRAMAN and find FREEDOM from distractions (w/ Joey Feldman)

Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Joey Feldman is a mixed-media artist from Los Angeles, California.  His works are figurative with a frenetic, cartoonish style at their core.  With line art applied to its fullest extent, Joey’s initial, fast-sketched lines play a role in the final piece.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/joeyfeldman

In this episode, Joey discusses:

-How he wakes up early and gets right to work because of the way that his creative energy gets drained as he goes about his day.

-DDD and LGD -- The feelings of depression that he gets if he doesn’t create something.

-His experiences with drawing O.J. Simpson, Eminem, and Donald Trump.

-His advice for people to deal with haters or with criticism.

-Dealing with procrastination and distractions.

-Freedom (the app) and how it helps to keep him focused.

-How he balances his time.

-The value of to-do lists.

-How meditation helps to energize him and also “clear the slate” in his head.

Joey's Final Push will inspire you to do the things you don't want to do, so that you can do the things you want to do!



“I get up at 4:15 every morning and I just have this desire to create.”

“I mean the guy is orange and yellow.  How could you not draw him?”

“I think it’s just this day and age of distractions is what holds me back the most.”

“It all goes back to a plan, because left to my own devices, I’ll find 35 other things to do if it’s not written down.”

“Just go and make stuff.  Create!  Do the things you don’t want to do, so you can do the things you want to do.”

Links mentioned:

Freedom: Internet, App, & Website Blocker

Neil Gaiman - Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012

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165: CREATE FOR YOURSELF, not for other people (w/ Shawn Coss)

Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Shawn Coss is an Ohio-based artist who loves to sling ink and paint at paper until it forms some type of creature.  He works for the webcomic and cartoon show, Cyanide and Happiness and also produces his own personal “dark art.”  During the month of October, Shawn is illustrating mental illness and disorders for Inktober.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/shawncoss

In this episode, Shawn discusses:

-How and why he started his Inktober project about mental illness and diseases.

-Some of the positive and negative feedback that he has received for his depiction of mental illnesses.

-How he handles negative feedback and “haters.”

-How he juggled getting a nursing degree and still created art.

-How he got involved with Cyanide and Happiness.

-His advice for people whose version of success isn’t necessarily gaining monetary independence through their creative passion.

-The common advice of quitting your job and just “going for it.”

-How he balances his time between work-work, personal work, and family.

-How he feels as if he is wasting time when he is sleeping.

-How he feels unfulfilled if he goes to bed after spending a day without creating something.

-Trying to find the balance between creating art and spending time with family and friends.

-The story behind his books.

Shawn's Final Push will inspire you to stay on your own path – don’t change it to fit anyone else’s!



“That’s just how I’ve always been.  I’ve never been apologetic for my artwork.  I’ve never set out to offend anyone, I create just to create.”

“I create artwork that I want to create, and I realize that when I do that, or any artist does, success will find you.  Or at least your audience will find you.”

“You’ll definitely find an audience that digs your stuff.  Whether that will pay your bills or not remains to be seen.”

“I feel like I’m wasting time when I’m sleeping.”

“If it’s in my head, it won’t leave until I create it.”


Resources Mentioned:

Cyanide & Happiness

Kindergarten: A Collection of Creepy Stories by Shawn Coss

AMN Clothing


Connect with Shawn:

Website / Facebook / Instagram


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Approaching your creative passion with ENERGY: YCP Episode 2 with Karl Martens

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

Karl is a painter from Sweden with a special interest in nature… specifically birds. Karl’s style comes from his interest for the forms of meditation found in Zen Buddhism, and he believes that the first brushstroke is the most important.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/karlmartensagain

In this episode, Karl discusses:

-How zen calligraphy helped to make him understand how he was trying to control his life.

-How so many years of looking at birds allows him to paint them by memory.

-How the practice of kyudo affects his painting.

-Karl takes Youngman through a meditation exercise.

-Why thinking too much about how the painting is supposed to look like can interfere with the actual painting of it.

-The theory that the first brush stroke is the most important.

-To approach the first brush stroke (or any first creative action) full of energy.

-To not worry about what other people think about your work.

-To embrace "happy accidents," and see where they take you.

-How art is a (safe) battle ground for him to overcome his fears.

Karl's Final Push will inspire you to create from your heart.



"If you have the knowledge of how to paint, if you paint with the image faded in your mind, then your intuition will paint for you."

"As soon as you start thinking about how it ought to be, you limit yourself."

"If you paint with your heart, you will paint something beautiful."

"I don't do it for the art.  It is a practice ground for overcoming my fears."

"The only advice I can give is believe in what you're doing, and just do it.  Don't be concerned with comparisons."


Connect with Karl:

Website / Facebook

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164: EXPAND your creative mind! (w/ Stuart Holland)

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Stuart Holland is a visionary realism artist currently based in Boise, Idaho. Working in primarily charcoal and watercolor, Stuart's work often depicts ethereal figures as they explore and engage with stark landscapes riddled with enigmatic natural and artificial features.  Drawing influence from sources like psychology, various spiritual traditions, psychedelics, and quantum physics, Stuart's drawings and paintings explore the timeless concepts of Light and urge viewers to contemplate their innate relationships with Self, Nature, and the Universe at large.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/stuartholland

In this episode, Stuart discusses:

-How his recent work has been heavily influenced by ayahuasca ceremonies that he recently took part in.

-How his artistic style has changed since his experiences.

-His reason for using charcoal.

-The experience of telling his parents about his transformative experience.

-Self-doubt and how to deal with it as a creative person.

-The importance of having a creative sanctuary.

-The role that travel plays in expanding his perspective and feeding his creative energy.

-How he balances his time as a bartender, an artist, and someone who loves to sleep.

-His dreams and the significance that he gives to them.

-Lucid dreaming and how they can be used to potential “speak” with your subconscious to get through creative blocks.

Stuart's Final Push will inspire you to be honest with yourself, both in your failures and your successes.



“I would really love to get into working with holograms and using that as a medium to facilitate a facsimile of a psychedelic experience in a sort of immersive art installation.”

“It’s so hard to be a creative person in a world that doesn’t necessarily favor creative endeavors.”

“Having that creative space is crucial for me.”

“Creating something and bringing it to fruition and manifesting it in front of you is a very sacred ability that we have and it needs the reverence and the opportunity to flourish.”

“Each night you dream it’s like having a mini-life.”

“It’s not going to be one single decision that makes that transformation happen in your life, but it’s going to be a small series of decisions that you make throughout your day, throughout your week, over the course of a year.”

Links mentioned:

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil by Lyall Watson

The Human Experience Podcast Episode 69

Connect with Stuart:

Website / Instagram

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163: Start thinking OUTSIDE THE BOX (w/ Gary Taxali)

Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Gary Taxali is an award-winning muli-media artist from Canada who draws inspiration from vintage comics and advertising, producing an assortment of graphic design, fine art, and street art, all rolled into one.  His work has been seen not just in print and in museums throughout North America and Europe, but on toys, wine labels, coins for the Canadian Mint and clothing.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/garytaxali

In this episode, Gary discusses:

-The experience of designing coins for the Canadian Mint.

-A very serendipitous story relating to coins and his ancestry.

-The relaxation that can come from being aware of the serendipitous nature of existence.

-His experience with clients wanting to control his creativity and how he dealt with it.

-His process of creating a design for the marriage-themed coin.

-How he gets through the creative struggle of not being able to pin down the perfect iteration of an idea.

-His advice for people who have a difficult time “going for a ride” with their art as opposed to being in complete control.

-What we can learn from an obsessive love of doodling.

Gary's Final Push will make you see how AWESOME you are!



“I really believe that serendipity exists all around us.  You just have to open your eyes and just stop and take a look at it.  Because it’s rampant, it’s everywhere, it’s in our lives on big levels and on little levels.  It’s really refreshing to know that when you are aware of it, how much more relaxing, I think, life can be in terms of submitting to the process of just what life is.”

“Drawing pictures in boxes is pretty easy.”

“I like to do something that has a bit more dynamic energy.”

“Our mind likes to remind us of why we shouldn’t do things.”

“I think creativity is just a settling with, honoring, and embracing your idiosyncrasies.”

“Don’t ever let your art be something that you think is a measure of who you are.  It’s not.  The measure of who you are is your awesomeness, and you’ve already won the game.”

Connect with Gary:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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162: Do you have a CREATIVE BUCKET LIST? (w/ Chris Reeves)

Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Chris Reeves is the founder of 2930 Creative, a digital advertising agency in Dallas, Texas focused on helping the nonprofit, medical, tourism, and mortgage industries.  Chris and his team have also began branching off into many new mediums, including a Facebook Live show and two podcasts, "The Creative Block Podcast" and "One-Star Review."

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/162

In this episode, Chris discusses:

-How he and his wife started 2930 Creative and how he is surprised to have made it five years strong.

-Not quitting when the going gets tough and continuing to persevere.

-How and why he started the new podcasts “The Creative Block” and “One Star Review.”

-The fear that comes when you start a new creative project.

-Coping with loss and how experimentation with new projects have helped him.

-How technology has made things both easier and harder.

-His earliest creative moments.

-His experiences being in a ska punk band as well performing as a DJ.

-The idea of having creative “phases.”

-How he and his wife balance their time.

-The importance of making some separations between work life and home life.

-How he gets past the “shiny object” syndrome and decides which of his many ideas are valuable enough to pursue.

-The importance of giving back.

-Making a “creative bucket list.”

Chris's Final Push will make you realize that the worst that can happen is that nobody cares, but more than likely, many people will care!



“I think the biggest reason we made it is that we didn’t quit.”

“I think it’s just not quitting.  Because it is easy when things get hard to just do something different.”

“The idea was born out of the fact that chasing down clients for money is not very fun.”

“It’s always scary when you start a new thing.  I think every creative feels that way.”

Links mentioned:

The Creative Block Podcast

One-Star Review


Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey

Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell

Pencil Kings


Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

Kung Fury

Connect with Chris:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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161: Show up and create EVERY DAY (w/ Stephanie Halligan)

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Stephanie Halligan is a cartoonist and the “art and soul” behind Arttoself.com, where she delivers a daily dose of doodles and notes of inspiration to her subscribers’ inboxes.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/161

In this episode, Stephanie discusses:

-How Art to Self came to be and what it means to her.

-The importance of putting work in on a daily basis and giving yourself goals and deadlines for that.

-The notion of making work that you need to see, that will help you out on your daily grind, and how that will most likely resonate with others.

-Her six-year old mega-fan!

-How it’s not just her cartoons and notes that inspire people, but also the fact that she shows up every day to do it.

-Some of her daily resistances that hold her back from putting in the work.

-Understanding that creative blocks and self-doubt will always be there, so just recognizing its presence can help to diffuse it.

-“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield and how it helped to inspire her to create daily content via Art to Self.

-The importance of creating personal work as early in the day as possible, when the resistance isn’t as strong.

-Taking E-mail and social media apps off of her phone.

-Taking motivation from the perseverance of people like Jim Henson.

Stephanie's Final Push will help you to realize that it’s okay if you have found yourself in an artistic break – all you have to do is start again today!



“Show up and create.  On the days when fear is kicking your butt, show up and create.  On days when you feel on top of the world, show up and create.”

“If I let fear, emotional doubt, and worry stop me from drawing, I probably would only draw ten days out of 365 every year. So it was important for me to be held accountable for that work.”

“It’s amazing how sometimes those lowest moments can produce the best art.”

“It’s okay if you’ve stopped.  It’s okay if you’re not doing the thing that’s been bubbling up in you for so long that you know you should be doing or that you really want to do.  It’s okay that you’re not there.  But how about tomorrow?”

Links mentioned:

Stephanie's Creative Confidence Guide

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

Connect with Stephanie:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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160: BRB, CHASING DREAMS (w/ Kelogsloops)

Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Kelogsloops is a talented 20-year old artist from Melbourne, Australia who has been drawing since he was five years old.  He has amassed an impressive online following, with nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/160

In this episode, Hieu discusses:

-His artistic journey and how he got to the point he is at now.

-The decision to go against what everyone else thinks is best for you to pursue the thing that you love.

-The notion of being on your deathbed and regretting not doing something you truly cared about.

-How to handle your parents or loved ones not being supportive of your passion.

-The change that he made so that he could pursue his artistic passion.

-The incredible power that comes when you can align the thing that you want to do with the thing that you have to do.

-Creating a YouTube channel and putting his face to it.

-His passion to help anyone out there who might also be struggling from the same problems that he is, but not have a teacher or a friend to reach out to.

-How he dealt with being mistaken for a girl.

-His advice for people who might want to transcend gender “norms” of artists.

-Anonymity and how it can help you to fully express yourself.

-The differences between inspirational art block and motivational art block.

Hieu's Final Push will make you realize that you are in control of your happiness today!



“The more I drew, the harder it was to study.”

“You shouldn’t have to change your work to fit those around you.  Because that’s not very expressive of yourself in the first place, which kind of defeats the purpose of art.”

“My work isn’t about whether I’m a guy or a girl.  That’s the last thing that people should worry about.”

“I create my work to resonate with people.  The point of it is to connect with people and make people have a dialogue between themselves and the work.  So it’s about what the person sees in the work, not what I put in the work.”

“That’s how I tackle art block.  Just surround myself with inspiration until I get a new perspective. And that’s when I get the new fuel to go on again.”

Links mentioned:

MINDSHIFT - Motivational Video

Connect with Hieu:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / DeviantArt / Tumblr / Twitter

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159: LEAP FIRST and the net will appear! (w/ Jordan Matter)

Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Jordan Matter is a portrait photographer specializing in actors, models, and dancers.  He is the photographer behind the NY Times bestseller “Dancers Among Us,” and in October, 2016 he is releasing his new book, “Dancers After Dark.”

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/159

In this episode, Jordan discusses:

-How he initially became interested in photography and then how he came back to it.

-The black & white printing course that he took at School of Visual Arts in New York City.

-The story of what gave him the inspiration to approach photography with a new determination.

-How a long period of “alone time” gave him the opportunity to obsess over photography and completely devote himself to it.

-How individuals can still keep an open mind to a potential path to making money from their now-casual creative passion.

-The difference in results between a defeatist attitude versus an optimistic one.

-His books Uncovered and Dancers Among Us and how they led him to eventually create his new book, Dancers After Dark.

-The notion of serendipity and how it has played a role in his photography and his career.

-The difficulty of a passion project with no guarantee of income taking away time from your family.

-Giving up sleep or giving up mindless activities to give yourself time to create your passion projects.

-Dancers After Dark and how it is a celebration of passion and one’s willingness to pursue it at all costs.

-How the nudity of the dancers shows all of the muscles that they have developed from so many years of hard work and practice.

-His advice for people who might struggle with approaching their creative pursuit without a plan.

Jordan's Final Push will inspire you to leap first, and the net will appear!



“When I saw my first print come up in the developer, it was like a Hallelujah moment.  I just suddenly realized that this was what I wanted to do.”

“So I picked up the camera again, but this time I went at it with renewed gusto.”

“I don’t know that I’m really meant for a casual passion.”

“This doesn’t always have to be casual.  How can I explore possibilities within this passion to make a living at it too?”

“The bigger thing for me was that I was allowing myself to fantasize about what it could become.  Whereas before I had seen why it wouldn’t become that.”

“If you know you love things in the general sense of a certain subject matter, keep working until you find specifically where you fit into that.”

“You can pay your bills and have your passion project.”

“I’ve just learned to exist with very little sleep so that I can do all of the other things that I want to do.”

“One of my photos went viral and I didn’t take it.”

“Once you cut out spontaneity and once you cut out the fresh moment, then all you’re looking for is the thing you’ve already planned to do.

“I think the biggest mistake that people make is they plan something out, and then they do it as planned.  And then they stop.  You want to surprise yourself!  You don’t want to just get what you expect.”

Links mentioned:

Dancers After Dark

Connect with Jordan:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

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158: DEMYSTIFY the creative process (Chris Ryniak & Amanda Louise Spayd Part 2)

Sat, Oct 08, 2016

Chris is a sculptor and a painter of all manner of critter, and has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world.  His work has been published in numerous books and periodicals in the US as well as in Europe and Singapore.  Chris is also a toy designer and sculptor of numerous instantly sold-out editions of designer art toys and figures.

Amanda’s mixed-media work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects, the natural world, and an obsessive attention to detail.  Her fabric creatures evoke ideas of cast-off children’s toys and ill-conceived taxidermy experiments with crooked human teeth.  Her work is highly sought-after by collectors around the globe, and she has exhibited her work in galleries, boutiques, and conventions across the United States, as well as Europe and Japan.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/158

Listen to Part 1 here!

In this episode, Chris & Amanda discuss:

-The “F it moment,” where you have no more time to finish a project and you have to put your perfectionism aside in order to submit your work.

-The idea of getting many different projects started all at once and how to handle all of that on a daily basis.

-Will you be happy or sad with how you spent your time when you are on your death bed?

-Coming to terms with the fact that you have a lot to say about the world and finding the way to say that through your creative endeavor.

-What their creatures bring to their lives and what their lives would be like without them.

-What their online followings do for their creative process.

Chris & Amanda's Final Push will inspire you to put your head down and keep putting the work in and finding a way to let the creativity in!

Quotes from Amanda:

“It’s kind of this narcissistic fear of failure and it really keeps me from doing a lot of stuff.”

“The way that I try to combat the futility of time is that I try to break everything down into small chunks.  Eventually all those bricks will eventually form a wall and then you’ll have a body of work.

“In terms of creativity, for me it’s drawing first and everything else after.”

“It gives me a reason to share my crazy obsessions with other like-minded people who also appreciate crazy obsessions.”

“You have to be a little crazy and a little silly and be willing to be a little frivolous.  I think that’s really really important.”

“Do whatever you can to demystify the creative process.”

Quotes from Chris:

“The thing that holds me back the most is that there is not enough time to do all the things that I want to do.”

“I don’t want to be yet another contributor to the endless bucket full of commentary.  What I want to do is give people a break for a second.  To look at something that might make them smile in an otherwise dismal day.  Or just a normal day.”

“Wishing got nobody anywhere.  Except for Pinocchio.”

“On Friday night, where are you at?  Are you out drinking with your friends?  Or are you in your studio working on your passion, working on what’s important to you?”

“Really put your head down and put the work in.  That’s the only way you’ll get results.”

“The goal is not to end up in a place in your life.  The goal is to get better and progress until you can no longer create art.”

Links mentioned:


Connect with Chris:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

Connect with Amanda:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

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157: Poop Sketches & The Inertia Approach (Chris Ryniak & Amanda Louise Spayd Part 1)

Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Chris is a sculptor and a painter of all manner of critter, and has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world.  His work has been published in numerous books and periodicals in the US as well as in Europe and Singapore.  Chris is also a toy designer and sculptor of numerous instantly sold-out editions of designer art toys and figures.

Amanda’s mixed-media work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects, the natural world, and an obsessive attention to detail.  Her fabric creatures evoke ideas of cast-off children’s toys and ill-conceived taxidermy experiments with crooked human teeth.  Her work is highly sought-after by collectors around the globe, and she has exhibited her work in galleries, boutiques, and conventions across the United States, as well as Europe and Japan.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/157

In this episode, Chris & Amanda discuss:

-Where the inspiration for their creatures came from.

-How they intend to make their art a projection of the way they want to see the world, not necessarily the way the world is.

-How they feel a protective sense over their creatures.

-Amanda’s fascination with teeth.

-How Chris started his “Morning Scribbles.”

-The momentum that you can gain by putting out daily content.

-How they deal with creative blocks.

-The idea of “poop sketches” and the fact that rough, initial versions of a piece of art often have more life to it than a final, perfected version.

-The “inertia approach” of just getting started and building momentum.

-The positives and negatives of being a creative couple.

Quotes from Amanda:

“Sometimes I really do feel like I’m not the one in control.  I feel like they’re using my hands to come to life in a way.”

“They’re definitely autobiographical in a lot of ways.”

“Getting started, getting motivated, having discipline, time management – that whole family of stuff is like my white whale.  It’s the thing I long to overcome.”

“I try to go for the inertia approach, which is just start doing it.  If I can get myself started, generally I’ll keep going.”

“We always joke and say that our creatures live in the same world.  But mine live in the house and his live in the backyard.”

Quotes from Chris:

“I’m trying to make a projection of the world the way I want it, not necessarily the way the world is.”

“I want to engage the audience.  They’re looking at a monster that isn’t recognizable as anything, but they can recognize themselves in this character.”

“You can start your day with already accomplishing something, and that’s a really good mindset to be in.”

“I never thought that one third of my business was going to be from the thing I was doing every day anyway and not sharing with anybody.”

Links mentioned:


Connect with Chris:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

Connect with Amanda:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

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156: Be a BUSY MOCKINGBIRD (w/ Mica Angela Hendricks)

Wed, Oct 05, 2016

Mica Angela Hendricks is a professional illustrator who works primarily in ballpoint pen and acrylics.  She travels the world with her military husband and her talented 7-year old daughter, Myla, with whom she collaborates for A Busy Mockingbird.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/156

In this episode, Mica discusses:

-How she began drawing with her daughter.

-How her daughter has developed as an artist and how they now collaborate with ideas.

-The idea of being on equal ground with her daughter in terms of creative control.

-Trying not to get too discouraged by the talented artists and creatives that inspire you.

-Some of the many ways that she gets through creative blocks.

-Her advice for people who have trouble letting go of their creative control.

-A practice in collaboration of letting your followers or fans help to decide what you are going to draw.

-The friendliness and helpfulness of the people on Instagram.

-The value you can provide by posting either works in progress or “mistakes,” to show that it isn’t just as easy as creating something wonderful from start to finish.

-How Myla doesn’t care what other people think about her work and how we should all strive to reach that same freedom.

-Dealing with negative feedback.

-Dealing with dry spells and having to deal with the ebb and flow.

-How the name “Busy Mockingbird” came to be.

-How we all need both relaxation time as well as physically active time in our daily lives.

-The idea of “going on an adventure” with kids as a form of meditation.

-The story behind her book, “Share With Me.”

Mica's Final Push will inspire you to keep trying every single day and to always continue to learn.



“I like to let her have control.  It prepares her for when she’s older to be able to have the confidence to know that her ideas are valid.”

“I told her one time that she inspired me and she was kind of surprised by that.”

“Who cares, you know?  I’m drawing what I like and if you don’t like it, there’s a little button up there that says ‘unfollow.’”

“You get dry spells.  You get this time where everything just comes out like crap.”

“If you have to draw a hundred bad drawings to get to the good one to get you back into it, then you better start doing it.”

“Knowing that you’re going to have that ebb and flow is necessary to functioning properly as an artist.  You have to know that it’s going to come back and it’s not gone forever.”

“I feel lazy if I’m watching TV.  If I watch TV I have a sketchbook in front of me.”

“If you enjoy doing something, you’ll get better at it in time.  You just have to keep trying and keep learning.  Never ever ever stop learning.”

Links mentioned:

"Share With Me"

Connect with Mica:

Website / Etsy / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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155: Shine a light to find your CREATIVE ZEN! (w/ Abz)

Mon, Oct 03, 2016

Abz is an illustrator from Perth, Australia that is still relatively new to the art world, having been making art for the past 3 years. Much of his work revolves around nostalgic characters and fantasy themes, and he’s currently in the early stages of creating his own imaginary world. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/abz

In this episode, Abz discusses:

-What he is attempting to create with his “imaginary world.”

-How he was initially inspired by Rave Master and then later by his friend.

-How you don’t need any authority figure to give you permission to create and share your creations.

-How using an alias can potentially help bring confidence to people who are shy or afraid to share their work.

-Pushing aside negative thoughts because it doesn’t matter what other people think – the only thing that matters is being true to yourself.

-One of his earliest creative moments.

-The notion of finding your own “dark hallway,” where it is just you shining a light on your creative focus.

-His love for Pokemon and how Pokemon Go has helped to increase his following recently.

-Self-doubt and laziness and how to combat each of them.

-Attempting to post more work on a regular basis and drawing every single day and how that has positively changed his output and mindset.

-How you are going to look back on your old work after a year or two and detect all of the mistakes anyway, so you might as well put it out there and move on to the next thing.

-How our eyes are often a year or two ahead of our skills.

-A recent difficult moment when he was demoralized, but how sometimes all it takes is encouragement from a friend or loved one to get you back on track.

-One of his best creative moments, the first time someone wanted to buy his artwork.

-The satisfaction that he gets from going to conventions and meeting the people that support his work.

-The notion of chunking down your time into 45-50 minute intervals and focusing solely on one task.

Abz's Final Push will inspire you to go to sleep at night feeling like you just had a meaningful day.



“Being anonymous seems to give you some sort of boost in confidence.”

“It doesn’t really matter what other people think about it because at this point being authentic is my main priority.”

“One of my major weaknesses is this sort of laziness that takes over when I’m a bit afraid to approach whatever it is that I’m trying to get done.”

“Sometimes you have to create the trash to get to the gold.”

“Our eyes are often a year or two ahead of our skills.  You can detect what you want it to look like, but you just can’t get there quite yet.”

Links mentioned:


Rave Master by Hiro Mashima

The Pomodoro Technique

Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk: “Do schools kill creativity?”

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

Connect with Abz:

Etsy / DeviantArt / Instagram / Facebook / Tumblr

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154: Find even the TINIEST amount of time, EVERY DAY (w/ Brooke Rothshank)

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Brooke Rothshank is a painter and illustrator working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and egg tempera paint since 2002.

Her work as a miniature artist has been exhibited around the country and featured in both Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines.  Brooke has illustrated three children's books for Herald Press, and is currently working on a fourth illustration project that se is pursuing independently.

Brooke's panting work has been exhibited at the Penland Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Chicago International Miniature Show, and elsewhere.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/154

In this episode, Brooke discusses:

-How she got started with miniature drawings and paintings.

-The International Guild of Mini Artisens and what they do.

-The issues of perfectionism as well as allowing herself to follow what she’s interested in.

-How to battle perfectionism.

-The importance of a schedule, deadlines, and getting started right away when it is time to work.

-Making small amounts of consistent progress in the right direction every single day.

-One of her more difficult moments after college in trying to define herself as an artist and attempting to figure out the business.

-How having children made her more efficient with her limited time.

-How to get past the fear of putting your art out into the world, especially when it comes from a vulnerable place.

-How her best moments are any time she is invited to show her work, teach, or collaborate on a project.

-How her art makes her a more patient parent and partner, and makes her feel more energized.

-Her year of daily paintings and how it felt like a visual journal to her.

-Two of her greatest inspirations – Koo Shadler and her husband, Justin.

Brooke's Final Push will inspire you to figure out what it is you want out of your creative life and to pursue it every single day!



“If I just allow myself to follow what I’m interested in, the result is generally more creative and authentic.”

“The thing I found is that when I’m striving for that perfection, I can often ruining the freshness of a piece.”

“It may be hard to see the progress when you’re doing the slow and steady thing, but in the long run you really can see a difference.”

“The more you create and the more you share, the less you’re concerned about what other people are going to think or say.”

“It’s doing the consistent, boring stuff along the way that makes the little positive moments shine.”

Links mentioned:

IGMA – The International Guild of Mini Artisans

Koo Shadler

Justin Rothshank

Connect with Brooke:

Website / Etsy / Facebook / Instagram

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153: How will you know unless you give it a go? (w/ Dale Bigeni)

Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Dale Bigeni is a Sydney based artist whose passion is creating, whether it be digital or traditional art.  Some of his clients have included Allday, Converse, Westfield, Sharpie, and Harley Davidson, just to name a few.  Dale specializes in illustration and graphic design, but loves all mediums of art, especially if they involve skulls.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/dalebigeni

In this episode, Dale discusses:

-His fascination with skulls.

-How it took him five years to capture his unique style and make it his own.

-How he handles the naysayers.

-His advice for creative people who are being told to go down more of a mainstream path but who have very niche interests.

-One of his defining artistic moments.

-How nobody else knows what’s best for you in terms of what you should be creating.

-The importance of growing up and also having a strong support system around you.

-His best/worst creative moment when he won Australia’s Secret Walls

-How his wife helps to keep him level-headed and motivated.

-How art brings him a sense of peace and puts him in a better mind frame as a human being.

-How he is able to get into the “zone.”

-The fact that he doesn’t delve too deeply into any other artists or inspirations because if he does, he will start creating work that too closely resembles that art.

Dale's Final Push will inspire you to just be yourself and not let anyone else tell you what is best for you and your art!



“I’m a strong believer of not listening too much to what other people say and doing more of what makes you happy.”

“I don’t think I would be anywhere close to where I am without the support network around me.”

“Unless you give it a go, how are you going to know?”

“Just be yourself.  Don’t let anybody tell you that you should do something that doesn’t make you happy.  Money is not the most important thing in life.  Happiness is.”

“Just be yourself and let the world love you for you.”

Connect with Dale:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Behance / Linkedin

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Speo is an upcoming producer hailing from Austria, focusing on bass-heavy, funky, chill and melodic electronic music.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/speo

In this episode, Speo discusses:

-How he got started creating music.

-What it was like creating his first track and how your perception of good and bad changes and advances as you go along your creative journey.

-How his software crashed and he lost his first creative “masterpiece.”

-The notion of just jumping right into a creative endeavor and having fun without any expectations.

-How he had so much fun when he first started out that he didn’t notice the lack of attention he was getting.

-What kept him motivated to continue posting to a blank Twitter feed.

-The differences in the creative process now that he has an audience.

-How if you try to emulate other artists, you will make something that is, at best, slightly worse than what they created.

-How a structured and efficient schedule can sometimes lead to a less-fun and unsuccessful creative process.

-His plans for the rest of college and post-graduation.

-One of his worst creative lulls when he got into an uncreative cycle.

-Being physically active and having a healthy diet and the role that it can play on your creativity.

-How creating every single day will turn you into a person who is creative!

-The notion of simply creating something with no expectations, even on busy evenings.

-Bob Ross and the inspiration that all you have to do is believe in yourself and then all you have to do is get familiar with the tools.

-More details about SpeoTV.

Speo's Final Push will inspire you to act on your creative impulse and make something!



“Get going.  Get right into it.  That’s where the best things happen in my experience.”

“I stumbled for a long while, but I didn’t really notice because it was so much fun making music and sharing it.  It took two years until someone listened and I was writing to a blank Twitter feed.  It took a while but then it was incredibly gratifying.”

“The gratification and validation that you get from an audience is great but it shouldn’t be the purpose of why you’re making things.”

“It’s a huge inspiration to know that there are people waiting for your next creative work.  That can really push you.  But at the same time, that can push you into a corner where you feel like you have to create a certain style.”

“I don’t plan on stopping music, basically ever.”

“Consistency beats intensity.  If you do something for five minutes every day, then you’re a person who does something daily.”

Links mentioned:


Bob Ross Twitch Stream

Connect with Speo:

Website / Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Facebook / YouTube / Twitter

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151: Be open to MAKING MISTAKES and achieve UNEXPECTED RESULTS (Martin Wittfooth Part 2)

Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Martin Wittfooth is an illustrator and fine artist living in New York City.  His surreal oil paintings are much more than simply depictions of animals – they are emotional self-portraits that demand to be seen as a timestamp of our place here on Earth – where we have come from and more importantly where we are going.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/151

In this episode, Martin discusses:

-The importance of remembering why you started doing this creative endeavor in the first place.

-How some artists and musicians have the curse of becoming too successful and then losing the initial passion that made them so good in the first place.

-His love for the surprises, or “Easter eggs” that come from his art.

-His next show, based off of Terrence McKenna and The Archaic Revival.

-How podcasts like The Joe Rogan Experience and The Duncan Trussel Family Hour are evidence of a shift in the power of expression and information.

-More details about his upcoming show in October 2016.

-How mistakes can often end up not being mistakes at all.

-Trying new things just to see if you can get happy, unexpected results.

-Dismissing the inner critic while at the same time being able to absorb valuable criticisms from trusted peers.

Martin's Final Push will inspire you to enjoy the process, rather than the end result.



“If there is to be an audience member that you are creating for, let it just be yourself.”

“It’s not the outcome of what happens when the piece is done, it’s the process of making it itself that matters.”

Links mentioned:

The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast -- Episode 137 with Martin Wittfooth

Connect with Martin:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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150: It’s the PROCESS that matters, NOT the RESULT (Martin Wittfooth Part 1)

Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Martin Wittfooth is an illustrator and fine artist living in New York City.  His surreal oil paintings are much more than simply depictions of animals – they are emotional self-portraits that demand to be seen as a timestamp of our place here on Earth – where we have come from and more importantly where we are going.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/150

In this episode, Martin discusses:

-What he attempts to accomplish with his paintings.

-How his style has developed over time and the experience of looking back at his old work.

-One of his earliest creative memories when he realized that his art could cause a reaction in people.

-How he sees his paintings as “emotional self-portraits.”

-His fascination with the way that the human species communicates with one another on many different levels.

-How young adults have to make decisions on what they want to do for the rest of their lives at too early of an age.

-The difficulty of trying to find a marriage between painting and the business of painting.

-How we live in a time where the knowledge and advice is out there on the internet… we just need to know where to look and how to ask for it.

-The importance of enjoying the act of your creative endeavor rather than the results of it.



“Through drawing, all the sudden people took interest in what I was doing.”

“I’m trying to get myself somehow trapped on the canvas but in a way that isn’t the predictable image of me.”

“If it stops feeling like play, then it’s probably not worth doing.” 

Links mentioned:

The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast -- Episode 137 with Martin Wittfooth

Connect with Martin:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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149: JUMP INTO LIFE, especially if it's UNCOMFORTABLE (w/ Jake Heilbrunn)

Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Jake Heilbrunn is a 19-year old writer who just published his first book, Off the Beaten Trail, a true story about his journey dropping out of college at eighteen and solo-backpacking through Central America with no phone or knowledge of Spanish.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/149

In this episode, Jake discusses:

-How a rare skin condition started him on his journey just three days after moving in to college.

-How his journey began with an Ex-Hostage Raid & Recovery Vet.

-The incredible experience of being able to trek through ancient Mayan ruins.

-How he started writing the book the day after he got home from his journey.

-His daily writing process and how he was able to finish the first draft of his book in just three months.

-The idea of starting your day in an uncomfortable way (like with a cold shower) to prepare you for the next thing that you might not want to do (like write).

-Detaching yourself from what you wrote that you thought was gold so that you can “kill your darlings.”

-How he used Quantum Leap to help him get through the editing and publishing phases of his book.

-How he stays consistent with his writing through his weekly blog.

-The uncomfortable feeling of putting yourself out there and fearing rejection (and how to get past it).

-How he took chances by trusting his gut and approaching Drew Brees and Chris Guillebeau to ask for their endorsement for his book.

-His best and worst creative moments.

Jake's Final Push will inspire you to follow your gut and trust that you know what’s best for yourself.



“It definitely shifted my perspective.”

“Allow yourself to write garbage.”

“Writing just always called out to me.  Being able to articulate words and ideas into a story.”

“It’s like taking that first step when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

Links mentioned:

Off the Beaten Trail by Jake Heilbrunn

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

"PUKE IT OUT, then polish it!" -- YCP Episode 38 with Kent Gustavson

Connect with Jake:

Website / Book / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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148: Your LIFE is a WORK OF ART (w/ John Dalton)

Tue, Sep 20, 2016

John Dalton is a painter, podcaster, and writer from county Kerry in Ireland.  He has been a therapist, a carpenter, a scriptwriter, a trainer, a cameraman, a TV presenter, a driver, a factory worker, a photographer, and a laborer.  His podcast, "Gently Does It," is a must-listen for any fans of Your Creative Push.

In this episode, John discusses:

-How he got started as an artist and the many different careers he had before.

-The decision to go from a craniosacral therapy to become a full-time writer.

-Details about his new book, “The Gentle Snap."

-The great mystery surrounding sleep and how it is much like death in the fact that we disappear for a time.

-The role that sleep, dreams, and meditative states play in the world and in his art and writing.

-How he started his podcast, “Gently Does It.”

-What he attempts to accomplish with his podcast, and the ability for anyone else to accomplish similar results.

-The most important lesson that he has learned in his podcasting journey.

John's Final Push will inspire you to realize that your life is a work of art!


“It was that book that kept waking me up at night.”

"If you're feeling a bit stuck, there's a great power in using delusion to your advantage."

"Just kid yourself that you're going to do five minutes.  Before you know it, you've done a lot."

Links mentioned:

Gently Does It

Connect with John:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTub

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147: When in doubt, go back to your ORIGINS (w/ Debbie Chesebro)

Fri, Sep 16, 2016

Debbie Chesebro is a creative producer with over 15 years of experience in production, post production, accounting & finance, feature films, commercials, and new media.  She has worked on feature films such as Hurt Locker, Nacho Libre, Fever Pitch, and Pee-wee's Big Holiday, as well as many international productions.  Most recently, she worked in Cambodia on Netflix's upcoming Angelina Jolie Pitt-directed feature.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/debbiechesebro

In this episode, Debbie discusses:

-Her role in the new Angelina Jolie Pitt-directed feature on Netflix and her travels to Cambodia.

-The various roles and jobs that she has had throughout her career on her journey to be a producer and writer.

-The role that writing has played throughout her life.

-The unfortunate events that happened after writing a screenplay with her writing partner.

-The story behind "Prom Queen."

-The strange phenomenon in Hollywood, how ideas are often met with similar ideas at the same time.

-The idea of regrouping to figure out why you fell in love with your creative passion in the first place and working from there.

-Her love for John Hughes films.

-How a writing partner that is willing to "play" and bounce ideas back and forth doesn't just make the process more fruitful, but also more fun.

Debbie's Final Push will inspire you to get back to your ORIGINS!



"The process itself can be so painful and torturous, but then when you have this story, this piece of paper that you filled up with words, it kind of seems like a magical thing."

"Just go back to the origins.  Why are you doing this?  What inspired you in the first place?  What is it that you truly love?"

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146: More Magic

Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Another solo episode.

About magic.

Only, like, two episodes after the last episode about magic.

Yawn, right?

Except not!  Something incredible happened after the last episode... Youngman goes as far as to describe it as "magical," believe it or not.  This episode starts where the last episode left off, though it wasn't planned that way.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/moremagic

YCP Episode 145 with POWERS

YCP Episode 111 with Brandyn Burnette

YCP Episode 136 with Lisa Congdon

YCP Episode 110 with Gabriel Picolo


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145: Keep your CREATIVE CORNER (w/ POWERS)

Mon, Sep 12, 2016

POWERS is the dynamic duo comprised of Mike Del Rio and Christa Ru, two talented musicians moved from New York to Los Angeles, but made sure to maintain their collaborative orbit with one another on their journey.  They have helped to create music for some of the biggest names in music, but have come together with POWERS to grasp timeless music out of the universe for the world to enjoy.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/powers

In this episode, Mike & Christa discuss:

-How they came together to create POWERS.

-The importance of collaboration, especially when you can find someone who “gets it.”

-The difficulty in being a solo artist and having to make so many big decisions on your own.

-How important it is to take notice of when you are having fun while creating, and doing whatever you can to stay in that zone.

-How Selena Gomez cut one of the songs they were working on

-Their advice for keeping that childlike inspiration and joy that we sometimes forget about as we become adults.

-The importance of surrounding yourself with “good coconuts” – people who support your mission and your creative goals.

-The difficulty in spending too much time on an idea or song and becoming numb to it.

-Making sure to be the captain of your own ship and to have the confidence to know that you are the one whose ideas are sought after.

-How some of their favorite songs come from an idea they had four years prior.

-Keeping a database of ideas that you can come back to at any time to continue to become inspired or see which idea is ready to be turned into something complete.

-The importance of becoming a “shipper” – someone who continues to put out content on time.

-The story behind their new song, “Sunshine.”


“The feeling of being creative, whether you’re five years old and playing with legos and drawing – that magic and sense of wonder where you just made something out of thin air -- that doesn’t really age.  That feeling is eternal.”

“Making something and pulling it out of the universe is a very special, kind of birthing emotion.”

“As a band we always wanted to reach as many people and touch as many people as possible while still keeping a sense of integrity, intelligence, and sincerity with our music.”

“You have to keep a corner of it for yourself.  Where you don’t care if you succeed, you don’t care if anybody pays attention to it.  It’s purely for the enjoyment of what you’re doing.”

Connect with POWERS:

Website / Soundcloud / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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144: Magic, Time, & Nervous Farts

Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/144

A magical solo episode.  Oh my.

But seriously, this is about magic.  Or at least Youngman tries to convince you so.

What you'll get from this episode is some amazing looks back to previous episodes and then Youngman trying to make sense of the awesomeness of them.  Namely, he tries to bring it all back to the magic that happens when you decide to do something and you tell the Universe that you're going to do it.

Saying what you want is all you have to do.  So do it.

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143: HARD WORK > NATURAL TALENT (w/ Richard T Scott)

Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Richard T Scott is a painter, writer, and coin designer for the United States Mint living in the Hudson Valley. His paintings are in museum collections in North America and Europe. One of his coin designs commemorating Fort Moultrie will be on the new quarter released into circulation this November.  Richard is represented by Paul Booth Gallery in New York City and Galerie L'Oeil du Prince in Paris.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/richardtscott

In this episode, Richard discusses:

-How he got involved with the United States Mint and his first quarter that is going to be minted of Fort Moultrie.

-How paintings do not stand the test of time, but coins and sculptures do.

-An important lesson he learned from his friend in high school about the difference between natural talent and hard work.

-How JMW Turner was inspired by Claude Lorrain.

-Things that have held him back during his art career, such as financial strain and crippling doubt.

-The cloud that hung over his head for a long time, where he didn’t believe he could actually be successful as a professional artist, despite his drive to be the best painter he could be.

-The powerful idea of collaborative competition, and the way that he uses it with Adam Miller.

-A powerful story about the chance he took in reaching out to Odd Nerdrum and the journey that it took him on.

-One of his best moments, happening at the moment, having a piece accepted into the Georgia Museum of Art.

-What art and creativity brings to his life.

-Why Rembrandt is one of his greatest influences.

-Some of the things he has coming up at this very exciting time in his career.

Richard's Final Push will inspire you to go for your dreams… all you need is persistence, passion, and honesty.



“2000 years from now, it might be the case that none of my paintings will be around, but these coins will.”

“This idea that you’re born with genius or talent and that’s what defines whether or not you succeed at something… I don’t think that’s true.  I think it’s about your passion.”

“Even though I’ve always been driven to be the best painter I could be, I never believed that I could actually be successful at it.”

“What I keep telling myself is to be optimistic, to be realistic, and to be honest with myself about my strengths and especially my weaknesses.”

“I would rather win a silver medal knowing that I had reached my greatest potential instead of winning a gold medal when my competition hadn’t even reached theirs.”

“So I had gone from thinking I had cancer, my marriage is falling apart, feeding myself out of a garden, foraging, and having ten cents to my name… and suddenly I had sold eleven paintings within two weeks.”

“At any moment, anything can happen that might seem so incredibly small.  And if you’re there and you’re ready and you’re prepared and you’re on your game, it could turn into something that you can’t even imagine.

“For me, art is the way that I understand the world.  It’s the way that I digest life.”

Links mentioned:

TED Talk with Theo Jansen

"Fourth Wall" at Paul Booth Gallery

Connect with Richard:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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Looking back at the progress: YCP Episode 1 with Chris Riddell

Fri, Sep 02, 2016

Artist Chris Riddell is a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements. In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. Chris is also the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate, which is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/episode1again

In this episode, Chris discusses:

-Why he loves working for different age groups and how the contrast affects his creativity in a positive way.

-Why rushing to self-definition is unnecessary.

-What being the Children’s Laureate means.

-How the joy of drawing and art in general shouldn’t stop when you grow up.

-The idea of “the sketcher” versus “the non-sketcher.”

-How questioning things is a positive thing.

-The power of having a sketch book and taking notes.

-How everyone is an artist from childhood, but then self-doubt takes it away.

-How the community of sharing via social media leads to a golden age of visual art and cultural exchange.

-How his starting point is a very permissive one — drawing without an agenda.

-How putting off creativity until tomorrow leads to never getting anything done.

-You can develop good habits just as easily as bad habits.

-How a SINGLE line in a journal can bring back memories more clearly than a photograph.

-How the internet allows us to go on imaginative journeys.

-His formula for balancing his time.

-How commissioned work and leisure work sometimes become melded into one.

His final push is a simple, but powerful idea, that literally any human being can implement.


“Drawing is a meditation.”

“We are in a golden age of visual art and we should all be talking about it a lot, and carry on sharing the artwork we do.”

“Grab a coat, get out the front door and go.  Walk into a creative journey.”

“Make a mark on the page.  And then make another one.  And another one.  And another one.  That’s the way you start.”

“Start with a lowly ambition.  Start with making things look beautiful on a page and see where it takes you.”

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142: Find the MIDDLE GROUND between COMFORT and ANXIETY (w/ Mike Azevedo)

Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Mike Azevedo is a freelance concept artist and illustrator from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He has worked on projects such as League of Legends, Hex, Legendgs of the Cryptids, and worked for clients such as Bluzzard, Guerrilla Games, Games Workshop, and Direwolf.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/mikeazevedo

In this episode, Mike discusses:

-How he balances commission work and passion projects.

-His YouTube channel and how he tries to teach and inspire others, as that was the way that he learned.

-How watching his own timelapse videos can help him to learn more about himself, since he is “in the zone” when he is actually painting.

-His belief in the Pareto principle, that 20% of the work you put in is responsible for 80% of the results.

-Knowing how to determine when to start a piece over from scratch, making sure to remember what you did right and what you did wrong.

-Why he doesn’t zoom in during the beginning stages of his drawings.

-The importance of making a few good decisions as opposed to many small bad ones.

-How digital painting and the ability to go back sometimes makes people not want to make big decisions.

-One of his first creative moments, drawing dinosaurs and giving them away.

-His advice for getting in the zone.

-His strategy of trying to get in the mindset between comfort and anxiety.

-The importance of giving yourself time for personal work every single day, no matter how tough it is with your schedule, because that is when you are able to experiment and try new things.

Mike's Final Push will inspire you to be the best you can be TODAY, and then do it again tomorrow.



“I could either give up and start believing them, or I could use that to drive me to study more, practice more, and prove them wrong.”

“You have to have a little bit of courage to be a different version of yourself every day and trying to get better.”

“It starts to get easier to manipulate your own mind when you know where it is.”

Links mentioned:

Mike's Timelapse video

Connect with Mike:

YouTube / ArtStation / DeviantArt / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr

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141: Find your UNERRING DETERMINATION! (w/ Linda Blondheim)

Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Linda Blondheim is a landscape painter whose mission is to visually record the rural, agricultural lands and trees of her beloved Florida.  She believes that painters are stewards of our history and culture, who record the experiences and lives of their own time.  Her legacy as a painter is to leave a visual record of the beauty of rural Florida.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/lindablondheim

In this episode, Linda discusses:

-Why she loves Florida so much and why she makes it the central theme for her art.

-One of her first creative moments.

-The initial support and encouragement that she received from her parents in terms of artistic expression, and then their resistance when she announced that she wanted to do it as a career.

-Some of the things that held her back as an artist, including being legally blind in one eye.

-Some of her tips for artists in terms of thriving financially as an artist.

-The importance of understanding your collectors.

-The mistake that many new artists make of trying to hang out where all the other artists are hanging out.

-Her best and worst moments as an artist.

-The importance of letting go of your ego as an artist.

-Her formula for balancing her time.

Linda's Final Push will inspire you to find your self-confidence and self-discipline!



“At thirteen, my dad made a studio for me in the attic where I dreamed of being a famous artist.”

“My dad wanted me to be an attorney.  It didn’t work out well for him.”

“I didn’t really come to understand painting until I was in my forties.”

“There has to be an authenticity about being an artist.  It is very important that you believe in what you paint, that you live it, and that you understand it.”

Connect with Linda:

Website / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter

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140: Know yourself so you can BE YOURSELF (w/ Dan Mumford)

Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Dan Mumford is a freelance illustrator working out of Studio100 in central London, UK.  Over the past 10 years, Dan has worked within the pop culture and music scene creating everything from album covers, branding, and screenprints to new interpretations of classic film posters and albums.

His clients include Disney, Sony, Iron Maiden, Wizards of the Coast, Icon Motosports, CBS, and many bands and record labels from around the world.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/danmumford

In this episode, Dan discusses:

-The path that he went down to begin to develop his unique style.

-The importance of embracing your many interests and passions and trying to find a way to combine them into your creative expression.

-The difference between passion projects and commissioned work.

-How he has never been able to get work done at home and needs to go to the studio in order to be productive.

-The importance of not pushing your body too hard, or else you could develop serious injuries that will take you out of the game completely.

-His formula for balancing his time, including getting e-mails and other work out of the way and off of his mind first thing in the morning.

-His best and worst creative moments.

-The value of having a gallery behind you to take care of the “extra” stuff.

Dan's Final Push will inspire you to be true to yourself and to keep making your work in a way that makes you happy!



“I’d never really done anything on quite such a large scale before.  It was really tiring as well.”

“Don’t worry too much about the outside world.”

“If you enjoy doing it, then you’re going to be better at doing it.  You’ll find yourself creating work that is far superior.”

“Be yourself.  Just be true to yourself and don’t try to be something that you’re not.”

“Keep making your work in a way that makes you happy.”

Connect with Dan:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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139: You’re not alone with your EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS (w/ Lisa Congdon)

Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Lisa is a Fine artist and illustrator from Portland, Oregon best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design, and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including the MoMA, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others. She has exhibited her work around the country, including in shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery and is currently represented by Uprise Gallery in New York.

Amongst all of this, she is also a prolific author, including Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and Fortune Favors the Brave.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/lisacongdon

In this episode, Lisa discusses:

-What makes a successful artist.

-The three main things that you need to be a successful artist: talent, curiosity, and dedication.

-The importance of putting your work out there even if you are not 100% satisfied or comfortable with it.

-How we assume that other people ahead of us on the artistic journey already have it figured out, but in reality, nobody has it completely figured out.

-How insecurity never goes away for any artist, no matter how far they have come in their career.

-One of her first creative moments which, in hindsight, was a true precursor to her becoming an illustrator.

-How the connection between what you loved as a kid and what you love now sometimes becomes very clear

-Her life and careers before becoming a full-time illustrator.

-Dealing with the stress and anxiety of being a college graduate without a direction on what to do with the rest of your life.

-The danger of paralysis by analysis and how you sometimes just have to dive in and try something to see if you like it and see if you are any good at it.

-The power of writing about and talking about the various things that hold you back from creating on a daily basis.

-Not having to deal with existential questions on your own, because we all have them.

Lisa's Final Push will inspire you to BEGIN ANYHOW!



“Talent is 10% of what it takes to be successful.”

“I still struggle with insecurity about putting my work into the world.  It still feels vulnerable.  But the key is I do it anyway.”

“Eventually, people were like, ‘Hey I want to buy that.’”

“Sometimes you just have to dive in and try something.”

“Begin despite your fears or whatever roadblocks you think are in your way.  Let go of the excuses and justifications and begin anyhow.”

Resources mentioned:

Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

Connect with Lisa:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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138: Be a part of the MAGICAL CONVERSATION of HUMANS (w/ Bobby Chiu)

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Bobby is the founder and creator of Imaginism Studios in Toronto, Canada. He presently does multimedia concept design, having created characters, creatures, and beasts for such blockbuster motion pictures as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3. In addition, he is an avid supporter of his fellow artists, having lectured at various schools and studios around the world on how to stay creative, and successful as an artist.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/bobbychiu

In this episode, Bobby discusses:

-How he started his YouTube channel and why he has kept it going.

-His advice for people who feel that they aren’t ready to take on a certain endeavor, that they would be far better off just starting.

-Some of his favorite videos, including his interview with Iain McCaig and his “Morning Motivation.”

-How Schoolism came to be and what it can offer to potential students.

-How Stephen Silver and Norman Rockwell’s “Famous Artist Course” helped to inspire Schoolism.

-The story of his artistic journey and all of the “no’s” along the way.

-How attempting to make Schoolism the best it can be actually ends up holding him back a bit with his personal work.

-How it is an honor to be a part of the collective communication of art throughout history.

-How great things take time, but to be patient so that they are allowed to grow to their full potential.

Bobby's Final Push will inspire you to believe in yourself and dream big!



“If you start when you feel you’re absolutely ready, it’s already too late.”

“When I got out of school, I didn’t really feel like I was ready, and the world told me I wasn’t ready because I couldn’t get a job.”

“When the top artists are not given the knowledge that they are searching for, they don’t just complain about it and do nothing.  They keep going and they keep searching for that great knowledge out there.”

“Before I could speak, I loved drawing.”

“Art is the most magical, most amazing conversation that we’ve been having amongst human beings for millennia.”

“If you have something to contribute, I urge you to contribute it.  Because what a shame if it isn’t passed on.  It’s almost like you were never here.”

“Great things take time.  Great things will make you feel like you’re getting held back as you see all these weeds grow quickly and you’re this little acorn trying to grow.  Twenty-five years from now, the weeds and the weeds children will all be dead and you’re going to be this beautiful, giant tree.”

“Life is not a one-man show.  You need others to really get to your dream.”

Links mentioned:


Interview with Iain McCaig with Bobby Chiu

“Morning Motivation” by Bobby Chiu

Connect with Bobby:

Website / YouTube /Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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137: Do the thing that you CAN'T NOT DO! (w/ Paul Ollinger)

Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Paul Ollinger is a graduate of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He was one of the first 250 employees of Facebook where he served as VP of Sales for the Western United States. In between he spent two years performing stand-up comedy full-time in Los Angeles, CA, opening for some of the biggest names in the business.

Today Paul writes, performs comedy and speaks widely on work, wealth and purpose. Specifically, he uses humor to help others with their work lives and sales quotas. His first book, You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian’s Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools

When he’s not working, Paul is playing golf, binge watching Netflix or checking Who’s Viewed Your Profile on LinkedIn. He lives in Atlanta, GA with his beautiful wife, two wonderful children and French bulldog, Colonel Tom Parker.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/paulollinger

In this episode, Paul discusses:

-How he handles binge-watching Netflix and still finds time for productivity.

-How the only people who should write a book are the people who can’t not write a book because all of the time, money, and dedication they require.

-The story of what occurred in his life to inspire him to write “You Should Totally Get an MBA.”

-What people can expect to get out of the book, and what he learned in writing it.

-Some of the resistances that he faced while writing the book.

-The massive distraction that can come from social media.

-Self-doubt and how hard it is to continue to create when it seems as if nobody out there cares about what you are creating.

-How he got more excited and focused about his book as the final product came into tighter focus.

-The importance of figuring out the thing that you can’t not do and just doing it.

-The importance of stating your intentions so that you can find fellow travelers who are excited to help you out.

Paul's Final Push will inspire you to start now, no matter how little time you have, and to not wait for some ambiguous date in the future!


“I really try to make sure I get in an hour or two of work before my kids wake up every morning.  Because once they’re up, the day is full of landmines on the calendar that can keep you from actually focusing and getting that work done.”

“The best thing I got from the job was the realization that I wouldn’t be happy unless I really gave my creative aspirations, my desire to write a book, and really do comedy a full swing.”

“My inability to not write a book is what led to writing that book.”

“Snark doesn’t scale.”

“It’s so hard to believe that what you’re doing is worthwhile when nobody out there is demanding that you do it.”

“It’s really all about the incremental progress you can make on any given day.”

“I didn’t know what the value of what I was working on was.  All I know is that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.  And I know that because I can’t go do anything else and feel good about it.”

“Stating what you’re doing and stating your commitment to your mission helps you find fellow travelers.

“Don’t wait until some ambiguous date in the future to start.”

Links mentioned:

You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian's Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools by Paul Ollinger

Connect with Paul:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Linkedin / Twitter

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136: The Endless Grid (w/ J.A.W. Cooper)

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

J.A.W. Cooper is a talented artist who was born in England but was raised all over the globe in countries such as Ireland, Sweden and Kenya.  She currently lives in Los Angeles, California where she creates her fine art and works as a freelance Art Director for Print/Motion/Advertising companies, a print designer for fashion companies, and an illustrator for advertising.

In this episode, J.A.W. Cooper discusses:

-Where she gets her inspiration for her unique style.

-Her upbringing travelling around the world.

-One of her earliest creative moments in which she learned about repetition in order to get better at drawing.

-Her advice for anyone who might be older and is afraid to start something new because they are afraid that they are going to be bad at it.

-How it is almost a gift to be dissatisfied with your work because it means that you are able to see where you can continue to grow.

-Fear and the balance of having enough of it to keep you sharp, but not too much to paralyze you.

-How the only thing you can really be proud of are the steps you take to improve your art from piece to piece.

-The idea of keeping a specific kind of “self-analysis” journal to get a better sense of your interests as an artist.

-How she balances “work-work” with her passion projects and personal art.

-The power in creating deadlines for her to complete her personal work in the form of solo shows and gallery shows.

-What art and creativity brings to her life.

-Her love for Alan Watts recordings and nature.

Cooper's Final Push will inspire you to be okay with your dissatisfaction and to keep going down that endless grid!



“It’s okay to feel like your work isn’t living up to your expectations.  It’s okay to feel the fear that you’re a big phony and everyone’s going to find out.”

“Dissatisfaction is a factor of you knowing that you have a greater potential and you’re just not quite reaching it.”

“For your whole career, you will feel forever dissatisfied and you kind of have to be grateful for it because the dissatisfaction drives you to continue to grow.  The moment that you’re happy with your work is the moment that you stagnate and stop learning and pushing.  So you almost never want to feel pleased and satisfied.”

“The main way that I get through fear is just to keep making work, and to keep challenging myself to make different work.”

“I didn’t imagine it would be so wonderful.”

Links mentioned:

Alan Watts

Connect with J.A.W. Cooper:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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135: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! (w/ Steve Ferrera)

Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Steve Ferrera is a sculptor from Berkeley California whose work crosses many disciplines including film, television, stop motion animation, children’s books, and collectible toys. Often inspired by mythology, religion, cartoons, and make believe, his curious and absurd creatures exist in their own cosmic events, lurking on the fringes of fairy tale and folklore.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/steveferrera

In this episode, Steve discusses:

-Where his inspiration for his creatures comes from.

-His recent residency at the de Young Museum.

-Having to deal with distractions while working on your art.

-The idea of getting in the “zone” while sculpting.

-The power of getting up early and getting to work as quickly as possible.

-Some tricks that he does to keep himself focused during the entire day, like obsessing over the amount of time he has left in the day.

-The idea of rewarding yourself after you’ve gotten work done.

-The power in trusting your instincts.

-His best and worst creative moments.

-His advice for people who are considering transitioning from a full-time job to becoming a full-time artist.

Steve's Final Push will inspire you to not wait for inspiration, but to just get to work and to keep filling your toolbox with new techniques!



“It’s hard to do something and then put it down and pick it up every ten, fifteen, twenty minutes.  It really breaks the creative flow.”

“I try to get up early and get into the studio as fast as I can and get to work.”

“I have all these weird little things to mentally trick me into staying focused.”

“You’ve just got to trust your instincts.”

“Just do it and move on, because if you second guess, things can just drag on forever.”

“Sometimes making mistakes is better than doing it right, because then you’ve experienced the other side where you don’t want to go.”

“It’s almost like a game for me.”

Connect with Steve:

Website / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

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134: Don't let "conventional life" smother your creativity (w/ John P. Weiss)

Fri, Aug 12, 2016

John P. Weiss is an artist, cartoonist, and writer.  He writes a weekly column for Fine Art Views, an online art and marketing site.  He studied landscape painting extensively with Scott L. Christensen, and he was a staff editorial cartoonist at three newspapers.  His cartoons have appeared in several volumes of Charles Brook’s “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year.”  He is also a police chief with over 26 years of law enforcement experience.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/johnpweiss

In this episode, John discusses:

-How he is able to balance so many creative pursuits while still having a full-time job as a police chief.

-His love for political cartoons and a decision that he had to make regarding them.

-How you sometimes have to make a choice as to what pursuits are most important to you, and then you have to let the less-important ones go.

-The impact that Minimalism and Essentialism has had on his life.

-The concept of batching and how it can help to make much better use of your time.

-What he writes about on his blog and for “Fine Art Views.”

-The difference between writing for his blog and writing for “Fine Art Views,” considering the large audience and deadlines.

-The power in reading broadly so that you can find unique connections to the art world that nobody might have made in the past.

-How lack of time is something that can always hurt creativity, and how to make the best use of what little time you do have (and maybe add some more).

-Picking only three major tasks to accomplish for the day.

-His experience discovering how much he loves landscape painting with Scott Christensen. 

-The idea that nothing is wasted, even if you switch or evolve your creative passions from one thing to another.

-Why he decided to retire early to pursue his creative endeavors.

-The value of mentors, but also the danger of bringing in too many mentors.

John's Final Push will inspire you to discover the thing that makes you the happiest and gives you the most fulfillment and to GO AFTER IT!



“For me, it really came down to learning to say “no,” learning to cut out things in my life that weren’t essential, and leveraging my time.”

“I’m kind of a Renaissance cop.”

“In some ways, conventional life smothers creativity.”

“I realized that creative passions are like oxygen.  Without them, we suffocate.”

“Time is always the biggest struggle.”

“Nothing is worse than having a great idea and then you forget it because you didn’t write it down.”

“Personal expression is a gift that keeps on giving.”

“If I don’t have time to paint and to write, then I get cranky.”

“What quickens your heart?  What is the thing that makes time stop for you?”

Links mentioned:

“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown

“Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World" by Cal Newport

“H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald


James Clear

Scott Christensen

John Singer Sargent

Connect with John:

Website / Facebook / Blog

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133: Remember your intuition; Forget your mean teachers (w/ Youngman Brown)

Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Youngman Brown is angry.  Angry enough to go solo in this episode to try to get you to forget those negative comments you received about your creative outlet that have kept you from really pursuing it with confidence.  This episode is all about remembering your unique taste and forgetting any harsh criticisms that you might still be holding onto.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/133

In this episode:

-We hear Ronnie Allen (from Episode 29) tell us about a teacher who publicly ridiculed her writing abilities and how it stuck with her throughout her entire career.

-JT Ellison (from Episode 53) recounts her thesis advisor telling her that she will never make it as a writer, which caused her to not write for eight years.

-Christina Bothwell (from Episode 131) shares how her parents told her that she was not good enough to make it as an artist.

-Youngman Brown shares what gave him the confidence to start to take writing seriously.

-Laura Baumeister (from Episode 129) offers her opinion that you have to be your own motivation if you don't have a supportive teacher or mentor.

-We discuss the idea of feeling what is right and wrong with your art and how that intuition is your signal that you have a unique voice.

-We discover that your unique style is correct for you, so it doesn't matter if one of your teachers, parents, or peers deems it to be "incorrect" -- it simply doesn't match their style.

-We remember that it is important to still determine the areas in which you genuinely need to improve, while making sure to never let go of your unique voice and style.


"Progress comes from practice."

"You need to keep grinding.  You need to keep practicing.  You need to keep fucking up.  But you always need to stay true to yourself, and what feels right to you."

"Pursuing your creative passion is what life is all about."


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132: An artist needs only THREE THINGS (w/ Brendan O'Connell)

Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Brendan O'Connell paints everyday America at this moment of transition. Dubbed by the media as the Walmart Warhol, he paints the everyday through retail, focusing on interior architecture, people, and brands.  Brendan has been profiled in the New Yorker and on Sunday morning CBS, a guest on the Colbert Report, and featured in Time magazine. His work is in the permanent collection of the High Museum in Atlanta and the Ga Museum in Athens.

He has recently begun another series which captures America’s transition through its people and their private spaces. He is using Airbnb and couchsurfing the country, interviewing the people he stays with and painting their portrait to accompany the dialogue.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/132

In this episode, Brendan discusses:

-His new project in which he stays with various people from airbnb.

-How he got started with his paintings of Walmart and the people there.

-His goal to make something artistic out of the least artistic place in the world.

-The stigma that is sometimes attached to having the moniker the “Walmart Warhol.”

-His earliest creative moments and the idea of creating a self-mythology.

-How quitting drinking and drugs gave him more free time to start pursuing his creative passions and writing a novel.

-The ways in which Resistance began to enter his creative life after a few years of having no distractions whatsoever.

-How some people need to set the bar low so that they are able to ease into their creative habit with short periods of time every single day.

-How timers can really help to keep you focused.

-How many people play basketball or tennis knowing that they will never be a professional, yet the opposite is often true with creative practices.

-Some of his “best” worst moments.

-What happened to his career after being profiled by The New Yorker.

-His experience on “The Colbert Report.”

-Serendipitous events and how you can’t plan for them.

-His formula for balancing time and also staying organized.

-The idea of limiting the amount of “talking” and “reminding” that goes on in your head so that you don’t waste your creative energy in the wrong places.

-Every Artist Live and what it is doing for young people.

Brendan's Final Push will inspire you to find the thing with which you want to fill the bookends of your life!



“We don’t want our mother-in-law to come stay with us, but any stranger with 100 bucks can have the guest bedroom.  We feel safer because it’s a transaction.”

“If I could make art out of the least artistic place on Earth, I would be doing something in my mind that felt significant.”

“I quit drinking, doing drugs, and smoking cigarettes and that gave me a lot of free time.  There’s something about free time that allows you to explore your creative outlets.”

“For someone who is prone to addictive or obsessive patterns, finding a working way to hammer out your redemption through an artistic practice is very significant and important to me.”

“You’re actually doing a service to humankind to engage in your creative outlet because quite frankly you become a better human by entering into that place of fear, overcoming it, and just doing it.”

“If you choose a creative path, life will kick you many, many times, even when you think it won’t.”

“Failures are much more funny and entertaining than successes.”

“I won the equivalent of the lottery by getting profiled in The New Yorker.”

“The first phone call I got was from The Colbert Report.”

“I always thought creativity was like a virus and to systematize it would somehow anesthetize it.”

“Creativity, in my mind, is the most important human resource.”

“Between the bookends of birth and death, what are you going to do with your time that gets you up and inspires you on a daily basis?”

“An artist needs three things: A long term vision, something that inspires them to get up and do it today, and enough cash to keep going.”

Links mentioned:


David Allen: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free-Productivity

The Colbert Report Interview

CBS Sunday Morning - Art Inspired by Retail

Brendan's Ted Talk

Connect with Brendan:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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131: Discover your unique YOU-NESS! (w/ Christina Bothwell)

Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Christina Bothwell is a sculptor who studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before teaching herself how to work with ceramics, and then cast glass. She has had eleven solo exhibitions of her work since 2006 and her sculptures are in public collections around the country and around the world.  She is drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal, and she is fascinated by what lies below the surface as she tries to capture the qualities of the “unseen.”

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/christinabothwell

In this episode, Christina discusses:

-What the “unseen” is that she tries to capture in her sculptures.

-Why she likes to work with glass and how it has an otherworldly quality to it.

-The idea of casting figures inside of her figures to suggest the soul and also pregnancy and birth.

-How much of what she learned with her glass work was due to trial and error and “being a detective.”

-The story of her first creative moments.

-How art is supposed to come from a place of joy rather than anything else.

-Her advice for getting back to a place where the work is enjoyable and doesn’t feel like drudgery.

-Comparing yourself to other people and getting past that.

-The simple fact that there is only one you and the more you you put into your work, the better off you will be.

-The genius of Louis CK.

-Some of her hardest moments along her creative journey.

-An incredibly synchronistic story in which she “manifested red dots.”

-How you have to treat your artwork like a stage mother treats her child.  You have to support it.

-If you are creating something unique, people won’t have anything to compare it to, and therefore might not support it the way that they should.

-The creative experience of becoming a mother.

Christina's Final Push will inspire you to believe in yourself and just keep doing the work!


“I just believe that we are much more than our physical bodies.”

“It can do all the same things that ceramic can, except it transmits light.”

“It has kind of an unsubstantial otherworldly quality to it.”

“When you teach yourself, you have to be a kind of private detective.  You have to learn through trial and error.”

“There is only one you.  That quality that can make your work special is that quality of you-ness that goes into the work and nobody else has that.”

“The more you are true to yourself and express what is unique to you, the more universally appealing your work will be because people will be able to relate to the work more because it will resonate with them.”

 “If you are consumed with wanting something really badly in your life, I think it’s because you’re meant to have it.”

“If you have a unique vision, that means that people aren’t going to be able to compare your work.  They’re not going to have a context for it.”

“If art is the main thing that brings you joy, I think you have to keep doing it.”

“Persistence is more important than talent.”

Connect with Christina:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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130: Make a CONSCIOUS PLAN OF ACTION (w/ Stephanie Law)

Wed, Aug 03, 2016

Stephanie Law is a watercolor painter whose work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism.  Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/stephanielaw

In this episode, Stephanie discusses:

-Where her vision for her surreal underworlds comes from.

-How the things she paints have been on her mind her entire life.

-How she became interested in dance and how she merges and incorporates it into her art.

-The differences between visual art and dance.

-Working for companies such as Wizards of the Coast and trying to maintain her own style at the same time.

-The incredible shift that the Internet has provided for artists.

-The story of her first creative moments.

-Her realization that she did not want to live a life without art.

-Her advice for balancing a non-creative career and a creative passion.

-The power in setting a timeline for yourself with an actual specific goal as to where you want to be.

-How she tries to achieve small specific goals with each painting.

-Becoming a mother and how that affected the decisions she has made in her career and her life.

-Trying to constantly be aware of the art that you are doing and making sure that it is in line with what you believe and want to be working on.

Stephanie's Final Push will inspire you to take steps to make your creative pursuit a part of your daily life!



“I’ve always been fascinated by fantastical imagery, mythology, and folklore.”

“The movement and rhythm that I feel in my body when I’m dancing, I try to pull that out as I’m creating visual art.”

“But after a while, I started to realize that the vision for a lot of these games was not the vision that I wanted pursue for my own art.”

“I was never really bored.  Just give me a pencil and a piece of paper and I was happy.”

“I realized that art needed to be a central part of my life and I could not just do it on the side.”

“Be open to all the paths that are branching out around you because there’s a lot more to the world than you initially see.”

“There has to be a conscious plan of action.”

“It’s tricky to constantly be aware of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it and making sure it is the art that is honest and authentic and something that speaks to you.”

“When you decide to let go of the concept that time is precious and that it has to be used only to make masterpieces, then you are freed up to take chances and risk. And that is where inspiration comes from.”

Connect with Stephanie:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr

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129: Art has NO RULES! (w/ Laura Baumeister)

Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Laura Baumeister aka "thatsjustlaura" is a talented 16-year-old artist from Germany who has nearly six-digit followers on Instagram, in which she shares her art, mostly geared towards fashion.  She also has a YouTube channel in which she shares art-related videos and tutorials.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/thatsjustlaura

In this episode, Laura discusses:

-How she got started in art.

-The experience of getting featured in a magazine with her fashion designs.

-One of her influential teachers and the lessons he has taught her, including the fact that art has no rules.

-An opportunity to be a part of an art exhibition that led her to create her Instagram page and also join an art association.

-Criticism and "haters" and how to deal with them.

-One of her worst moments when she was challenged to draw bigger than she had ever done, and how she overcame that challenge.

-Her most triumphant moment, when she was featured in her first exhibition.

-How drawing is a part of her daily routine, and how if you love to do something, how can you not find time to do it?

-How the people that are inspired by her work continue to inspire her.

-How various social media sites as well as movies offer her snapshots of inspiration.

Laura's Final Push will give you the courage to start and to remember that there are no rules in art!


"Art has no rules, so you can do whatever you want."

"When you're just starting out with art, you're always insecure with what you can do and what you can't.  But you can really just do whatever you feel like."

"The more followers you get, the more haters come along."

"No matter how many people are criticizing a piece of art that you made, there will always be at least one person loving it in exactly the way it is.  Usually it is the other way around."

"If people like my drawings, they are my motivation.  They make me keep going."

"If art really becomes a job, it might not be that much fun anymore."

"You have to have the courage to start."

Connect with Laura:

Instagram / YouTube / WeHeartIt

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128: Keep trying until you find your GOLD! (w/ Laurita Mazap?n)

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Laurita Mazap?n is a body artist and photographer who paints her body and the body of others to create an inner portrait of people where feelings and emotions are represented.  She uses body painting to represent the person within the body and to represent a moment that will disappear tomorrow.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/laurita

In this episode, Laurita discusses:

-How art is a way for her to release stress and cope with life.

-How she got into painting on bodies as a progression from her photography.

-The difference between painting on her own body and on someone else's body.

-Her emotions when she has to wash away the body paint.

-The story of one of her first creative moments.

-How she didn't think her first body painting was very good, but still had that feeling of "finding gold."

-How she changed the theme of her artwork, but because of the opinions of other people, she went back to painting the things they suggested (and lost her motivation to paint for ten years).

-One of her worst moments, when someone offered her an opportunity that he never followed through on.

-Just because one opportunity goes away, it doesn't mean that another opportunity is right around the corner.

-How she doesn't necessarily have a formula for balancing her time, but instead takes the inspiration as it comes, whether fast or slow.

-How her greatest inspiration is nature, psychology, and art therapy.

Laurita's Final Push will inspire you to create with your heart and to always keep going!



"For me, art is a way of living."

"Little by little, I began realizing that the body painting was the main character of the photographs."

"I just found gold.  I came across something that changed my life."

"For me, art is a need."

"After studying psychology and art therapy, I am able to explore myself."

"Keep going.  Always keep going."


Connect with Laurita:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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127: Push the boundaries of what is possible! (w/ Joshua Harker)

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Joshua Harker is an American artist considered a pioneer and visuionary in 3D printed art and sculpture.  His series of “unmakeable” technically complex tangles is credited as the first to break the design and manufacturing threshold of possibility.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/127

In this episode, Joshua discusses:

-His “Tangle” sculpture series and how it pushed the threshold of what was once thought to be impossible.

-The reception that he got from pushing the boundaries in the way that he did.

-How he ended up becoming something of an ambassador for 3D printing.

-How he runs his operation on his own without employees, and how secretarial work can sometimes take up more time than you want.

-His advice for any creative person that has a lot of things on their plate.

-His Kickstarter campaigns, the avenues they opened up for him, and the exposure that they gave him.

-His advice for the times that you are not being as productive as you want to be.

-His relationship with social media and his advice for navigating it.

Joshua's Final Push will inspire you to do it because YOU LOVE IT and because you HAVE to do it!



“Even if you fail, I still think there’s productive rewards from just going through the process.”

“Discipline needs to be there.  You need to get to your space, whatever that is, and actually make stuff.”

“If anything, the problem is that I have too much stuff I want to do, so trying to prioritize what I need to do and focus on can be a problem for me.”

“I don’t want to turn the process into a punching-the-clock kind of thing.”

“The internet is ridiculously distracting.”

“The more you can concentrate on just making good work, being productive, and continue to push it out in different avenues, the better off you are.”

“Do it because you love it and because you have to do it.”

Links mentioned:

Facebook 20% Text Overlay Tool

Connect with Joshua:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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126: LOOK BACK and COMPARE! (w/ Zack Dunn)

Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Zack is an oil painter from Reading, PA who specializes in dark art.  And not just any dark art, but the kind of dark art that will make you remember all the long-forgotten, repressed nightmares from your childhood.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/zackdunn

In this episode, Zack discusses:

-How he got started with dark art as a coping mechanism after coming back from his tour of Afghanistan.

-How painting always helps with the day-to-day stress of life.

-How he deals with criticism of his work.

-The value of having fans who support him wholeheartedly.

-His strategy for painting over his pieces that haven’t sold in a year.

-How he wants to show himself and other people how much progress you can make if you put in the time dedication into your art every day.

-The importance of looking back into the past and comparing it to your present like a “before” and “after” picture when you are trying to lose weight.

-How he hasn’t encountered too many “hard times” from anyone in the art world, as everyone has been extremely supportive and patient.

-What art and creativity brings to his life.

-The story of his piece “Valak” from The Conjuring and how the director, James Wan, reached out to him to tell him how much he liked it.

Zack's Final Push will inspire you to be in it one-hundred percent!


“I was looking into other ways to cope than medication.”

“Painting always helps.”

“I kinda get lost in it and forget the world around me.”

“It’s awesome.  I love my fans and the support they give me.  I owe everything to them.”

“It’s your life, it’s your goal, it’s your dream.  You can’t let people influence that because they don’t own you.”

“You have to want to get better.”

“I try to show people the changes that just one year of dedication can do if you really put yourself through it.”

“You really have to put those comparisons together so you can see the changes.”

“A lot of artists will say that paintings are like their kids.  You created it.  It’s a part of you.”

“Every time I complete a piece it’s like winning the lottery.”

“I learned art through my generation and a couple generations before me.  That’s about it.”

“Don’t let people get in the way.”

Connect with Zack:

Etsy / Instagram

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125: Sometimes "LATER" is better than "YES" or "NO" (w/ Elizabeth Sutton)

Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Elizabeth is a New York City- based visual artist, specializing in Pop Art and collages, implementing a mathematical approach to her thoughtfully juxtaposed prints.  Her work tells the mind of the artist, and with her mathematical proportion and algorithmic color placement, nothing is accidental and everything is intuitive.  Elizabeth was also recently awarded a position within the New York Designs Incubator Program.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/elizabethsutton

In this episode, Elizabeth discusses:

-The NY Designs Incubator Program and what it does for artists.

-The importance of sometimes saying “Later” instead of “no” or “yes.”

-Some of her earliest creative memories with scrapbooking.

-How a recent miscarriage affected her creativity.

-The importance of asking for help so that you can progress and learn things.

-How she was able to be cash-flow positive from the beginning.

-Her advice for artists who are just starting off and looking to see if they are going to be able to make money from their art.

-Some of her upcoming events where people can check out her artwork.

-How she balances her time, with all of the many things that she has going on.

-Some of her biggest inspirations.

Elizabeth's Final Push will inspire you to BE RESILIENT!



“You really need to be careful to take care of yourself and not spread yourself too thin or stretch yourself out.”

“It’s definitely nice to turn off your phone and not touch it for 25 hours.”

“Many people don’t ask for help, and if you don’t ask for help, you’re never going to get help.  No one is just going to hand you things on a silver platter.”

“During your downtime, hustle!”

“The concept of balance is B.S.  There is no such thing as balance.  You just need to take it one day at a time.”

“Be resilient.  Do not let yourself get defeated by someone telling you no.”

Connect with Elizabeth:

Website / Facebook / Instagram 

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124: ENJOY your creative journey (Ali Cavanaugh Part 2)

Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Ali Cavanaugh is an internationally represented fine artist who is known for her watercolor paintings on clay, in a process she calls modern fresco painting.

Her paintings have been featured on book covers, print publications like The New York Times Magazine, American Art Collector, and American Artist Watercolor, as well as internet features such as the Huffington Post, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose.  She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and their four children.

Missed Part 1?  Listen here!

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/124

In this episode, Ali discusses:

-How every person on this planet has a gift and you sometimes have to change your perspective to see that.

-How she relates more to the female figure, and that is why she ends up painting it more often, even with her own children as the subjects.

-Being featured on the cover of the 100th issue of American Art Collector.

-Her advice for balancing your time in order to keep working on your art.

-The importance of making your creative habit an everyday ritual.

-How being a creative person helps her to be a better mother and a better person.

Ali's Final Push will inspire you to get to where you want to go by taking it one step at a time and to ENJOY THE JOURNEY!


“When I was on the cover, I just couldn’t believe it.  I thought, this has to be a mistake.  I was speechless.”

“The sweetest people are on Instagram, leaving the nicest, most encouraging comments.  It really helped propel me through a new era, a new chapter, an unfamiliar place.”

“It just opened up a whole new way for me to work.”

“It was a really good feeling to know that you can have that again.  You can go through cycles in your work.  You can be more fulfilled than you have been in years.  You just have to keep pressing through.”

“You have to set your time aside.  Every day, you have to make it a ritual.”

“Being a creative person helps me to be a better mom, wife, and friend.”

Resources Mentioned:

Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” by David Bayles & Ted Orland

Why Beauty Matters” by Dana Gioia

"A Sense of Place: Dana Gioia's Ted Talk"

Eric Zener Lecture

Connect with Ali:

Website / Archives / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr

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123: Build your CREATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE (Ali Cavanaugh Part 1)

Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Ali Cavanaugh is an internationally represented fine artist who is known for her watercolor paintings on clay, in a process she calls modern fresco painting.

Her paintings have been featured on book covers, print publications like The New York Times Magazine, American Art Collector, and American Artist Watercolor, as well as internet features such as the Huffington Post, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose.  She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and their four children.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/alicavanaugh

In this episode, Ali discusses:

-Her modern fresco painting process and how it came about.

-How she used her family as an excuse for her not being successful.

-How your twenties should be about playing around with your art and your style, and how you shouldn’t stress too much about your end goal.

-The unrealistic idea of coming out of school and immediately being able to sell your art.

-Why you actually shouldn’t want your career to take off exponentially from the start.

-One of the toughest times of her art career and her life, when she had to battle post-partum depression.

-How it is not your fault when you have to deal with some of the things that your mind and body put you through.

-How your work and your life goes through cycles and you have to know that you will come out the other end eventually.



“It didn’t hold me back at all.  In fact, it opened up a whole new world.”

“Sometimes I think you have to take that step into changing some little tweak with it.”

“I made my family an opposition to me creating my art.”

“Your twenties should be about playing around.”

“If I could tell my younger self something it would be, Don’t be so hard on yourself, you’re where you need to be.

“It snuck up on me and I didn’t really know what happened.”

“Your work goes through cycles.  Life goes through cycles.”


Connect with Ali:

Website / Archives / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr

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122: Stop consuming and START CREATING! (w/ Russ Lascala aka Swell Visuals)

Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Russ Lascala aka Swell Visuals is a New York based wave photographer. You can find him swimming in the ocean year round mostly during sun up or sun down. One day, Russ found himself awestruck by the movement of the ocean.  He wanted to somehow ignite that same feeling in others, which then led him to a camera. From then on it has been an ever changing and improving outlet to show people the beauty that this planet offers.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/swellvisuals

In this episode, Russ discusses:

-The story of the first time that he decided to bring a GoPro out into the ocean with him.

-How he sometimes has to sacrifice his body in order to hold out for the perfect shot.

-Another sacrifice he has to make of facing extremely cold temperatures.

-The upgrades that he has made since taking that first shot.

-A photography class he took that gave him the initial inspiration to go with the kinds of shots that he was interested in taking.

-The notion of taking the same type of photograph over and over.

-How he makes small tweaks or focuses on different aspects of the camera in order to create an entirely “new ballgame.”

-How he physically handles the wave crashing over him after taking the shot.

-How being stuck inside at a job and not out in the water during great waves was one of the biggest resistances for him.

-How he is always pushing to find his limit.

-One particular frightening moment when the housing got ripped out of his hands by a wave.

-How he wants to share with people the beauty of the world that is all around you, locally.

-How he can differentiate the photos just by looking at them, knowing which ones he has shared and which ones he hasn’t.

Russ's Final Push will inspire you to find the thing that you love and JUST GO FOR IT!


“It’s really about timing, and being at the right place at the right time.”

“I got to a point where I was like, this is cool, but it could be better.

“Just go with what vibrates with you.”

“I have good days and bad days.  But I noticed I learn a lot more on the bad days.”

“All of them are the same, but if you look at them closely, there’s not one that will ever be the same.”

“It’s interesting that you can get so much variety out of one thing.”

“When I’m out there, my mind goes blank.  It’s just like second nature.  My body does what it does.”

“And then I started working.  I was just like, ‘Is it over?’  Because it’s just tough to balance two things.”

“Just find time.”

“I’m basically consumed by it, which is a good thing because it keeps my mind off of other things.”

“You have to appreciate everything that is around you and see it for what it is.”

Connect with Russ:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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121: Take "FAILURE" out of your vocabulary (w/ Stephen Silver)

Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Stephen Silver was born in London and aspired to be a professional artist his entire life.  Knowing that drawing would be his vocation, he got his professional start in 1992, drawing caricatures at Sea World in San Diego.

He has designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as "Kim Possible," "Danny Phantom," Kevin Smith's "Clerks" the animated series, and many more.

He is the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature drawing, and life drawing.  He is also the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school located in Los Angeles, CA.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/stephensilver

In this episode, Stephen discusses:

-How he was never a good student growing up, but always knew that art was his path.

-At the end of the day, a degree doesn’t matter -- all that matters is how well you can draw.

-The experience of meeting Mort Drucker from Mad Magazine and how that affected his art career.

-The importance of self-discipline, self-motivation, and always asking questions.

-The power that can come from being brave and stepping out of your comfort zone.

-Advice that his father gave him to realize that receiving an answer of “no” is not a life and death situation.

-The power of asking, and not asking your friends and family, but asking the opinion of professionals (and then listening to what they have to say).

-How “failure” is a dangerous and misused word.

-How and why he started teaching and then eventually the Silver Drawing Academy.

-How you have to follow through with the thing that keeps popping in your head.

-How people who are dying typically regret the things that they weren't brave enough to try.

-His YouTube channel and "Art Talk" video series.

Stephen's Final Push will inspire you to dig to find the thing that you really love, and to not be afraid to fail!



“I was always showing my stuff around.  I always had a confidence.  Even though I was horrible in my artwork I was always prepared to show people and take criticism.”

“When you realize that’s the worst is anyone will ever say to you is ‘No,’ then you can start to relax a bit.”

“All you can ever do is ask.  Through asking, things happen.  If you don’t ask, nothing can happen.”

“Stop showing your parents your artwork.”

“Don’t rely on your friends opinions.  They’re your friends.  They’re going to tell you you’re artwork is awesome and how great you are.”

“Every time you try, you get one step closer.”

Links mentioned:

The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying [via Collective Evolution]

Stephen's Classes

Connect with Stephen:

Website / YouTube / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn

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120: SLOW DOWN THE PACE (w/ Jacob Looney)

Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Jacob Looney was born in Athens, Texas. He moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to study animation at the University of the Arts, but later transferred to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to study painting. He graduated with a B.F.A and Certificate from P.A.F.A in 2013 and went on, with a travel scholarship, to explore around parts of the UK and Scandinavia. Jacob returned to Philadelphia in 2014 and began working at several museums while continuing his art practice in West Philly.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jacoblooney

In this episode, Jacob discusses:

-His path after college that got him involved with museums.

-The notion of really slowing down and internalizing that things you are looking at.

-His Kickstarter project and what he is attempting to accomplish through it.

-How the first drawings or notes that you take down might seem awkward in an empty book, but it quickly becomes natural.

-The experience of putting his private drawings out into the public and how it is like exposing a piece of himself to the world.

-The joy that can come from not putting your drawings on a pedestal, and instead of worrying about making a perfect drawing, concentrating on having fun and expressing yourself without expectations.

-What people can expect from the Kickstarter project.

-Some of the things that held him back in the past, such as a verbal shyness.

-His advice for not taking personally people's disinterest in your art.

-His formula for balancing his time.

Jacob's Final Push will inspire you to be brave and get back to your creative calling, no matter what other path you are already going down.



"Museums were what really pushed me into fine arts."

"It became this momentum of really studying the energy of these places."

"Drawing gives you a process of really looking at something, internalizing it in your mind, and using your hand to put that information on paper."

"When you get to this point where you're trying to make this a thing that you can live off of, you have to learn how to get excited about sharing it with people.  And find a way that they can use what you are sharing with them to better their own lives."

"I'm really pushing for this movement to allow people to start drawing again."

"If you can get people to slow down and just enjoy the moment, so much more of that experience is taken in, remembered, and allowed to be something of substance."

"I got to a point where there was just no excuses for not making things."

Links mentioned:

Drawing at the Academy of Natural Sciences, THE BOOK by Jacob Looney

Connect with Jacob:

Website / Kickstarter / Facebook / LinkedIn / Instagram / Tumblr

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119: You GET what you have the COURAGE to ASK FOR! (w/ Moira Hahn)

Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Moira Hahn is a talented artist who has exhibited her fine art throughout the United States, Japan and Canada over the last two decades. She has traveled all over the Southwest to study petroglyphs, pictographs, and Native American visual culture.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/moira

In this episode, Moira discusses:

-The difference between petroglyphs and pictographs and how they influenced her earlier art.

-Her uncle who lived in Japan, who was one of her earliest influences.

-How her style is always developing.

-Her fear of exhibiting and the way she was able to get past it.

-The importance of researching jurors of shows and finding out what they like and what their work looks like.

-Some of her earliest creative moments.

-The power in getting back to your childlike wonder in regards to creativity.

-How lack of support of family or friends can sometimes make being a creative person a tough road.

-If you are born with the desire to be an artist, you are going to be an artist.

-One of her hardest creative moments and how she got through it.

-One of her best moments, when one of her most successful pieces initially sold after a dealer telling her that she was “washed up” and that nobody would buy that particular piece.

Moira's Final Push will inspire you to realize that a ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for!


“My art is always deviating and taking turns.”

“I think you get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

“If you want to be an artist with your heart and soul, do it.  But it’s not going to be easy.  You have to give up a lot to do it.”

“You have to turn off the script.”

“If you’re born and you’re going to be an artist, you’re just going to be an artist.”

“It didn’t happen the way I thought it would and when I thought things would be the best, they were the hardest.”

“It’s up to us to chart our own course and just do it.  That’s all.  Just get into it and just do it.”

Connect with Moira:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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118: Don't be afraid to DEVIATE FROM NORMAL (w/ Andrew Huang)

Fri, Jul 08, 2016

Andrew Huang is a Toronto-based music and video producer with a penchant for working within absurd, self-imposed limitations.  He has released over 2,000 songs in a massive range of genres.

Andrew is best known for his Song Challenge video series, which invites viewers to dare him in feats of musicianship, and has garnered him over 40,000,000 views on his YouTube channel. He has penned a five-language rap, composed a song with 300,000 notes in it (in celebration of surpassing 300,000 subscribers), and covered numerous pop songs using only the sounds of items mentioned in the lyrics - for instance, "99 Red Balloons" played on red balloons.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/andrewhuang

In this episode, Andrew discusses:

-How he started making such creative music videos.

-The story of one of his first sponsored videos from a jeans company.

-His expectations for, and his eventual relationship with sponsors.

-The notion of trying as much as you can and seeing what "sticks to the wall."

-How it is sometimes impossible to determine what makes some songs or videos more popular than others.

-The pros and cons of becoming known for one particular element of a wide range of content that he puts out.

-The story behind his album, Comet.

-The way that excitement for a particular project during it's creation is almost always linked to the actual finished project itself.

-How he isn't afraid of being different, but of being too normal.

-The importance of finding the overall goal of what you want to create.

-How he sometimes has too many projects waiting to be created, and it is hard for him to narrow down which one to work on next.

-How sometimes the first step is the hardest, but you just have to sit yourself down and get started, because it all gets easier once you do.

Andrew's Final Push will inspire you to work hard for what you believe in and what you are passionate about!



"I can usually tell what's going to be possible even before I attempt it."

"I don't know if I would call it foresight, but there was definitely an understanding that this was a growing medium and this was a place where advertisers were going to be coming more and more."

"I thought I was going to be a producer-for-hire and an engineer-for-hire forever, but as I've worked more with YouTube and grown an audience there it seemed to be a more viable thing."

"I'm a pretty prolific person, so for me it's all about that approach of throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks."

"It's just about doing a lot of things and trying a lot of things and finding the things that work.  Sometimes afterwards you don't even know why they worked, but they did."

"Do as much as you can."

"I'm a real advocate for the 'less is more' kind of approach."

"When I look back on the stuff that I'm the most proud of, it was the pieces that came out of being really excited about a particular concept or a particular bit of inspiration that I had."

"For me, I think it's the opposite.  I think I have a fear of something being too normal."

"What's important is finding the vision and the overall goal of where you want to be going and aiming there and working towards that."

"Being unique is not necessarily a goal that everyone needs to have."

"I have thousands of projects sitting on my hard drives and it's hard to narrow down which one to work on next."

"I think there's a compounding effect that happens when you can work more in depth rather than in breadth."

"Once you get going, it's way easier than you think it will be."

"Being able to be creative and to have agency over the way that I'm spending my time is actually a health benefit."

Links mentioned:

Bach's "Air on the G String" - played with actual g-strings

300,000 Note Song

"Comet" by Andrew Huang

Connect with Andrew:

Website / YouTube / iTunes / Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr

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117: Use ATTAINABLE GOALS to find your own way (w/ Lois van Baarle aka Loish)

Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Lois van Baarle is a freelance illustrator and animator living in Utrecht (the Netherlands).  She has lived all over the world, including the United States, Indonesia, France, and Belgium.  She is widely known online as Loish, and has become a sensation in the digital art world.  Her first published collection of her works is called “The Art of Loish” and was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2 hours.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/loish

In this episode, Lois discusses:

-What it was like to sell out her Kickstarter campaign in such a short period of time.

-What the positive feedback and the support of her fans means to her.

-One of her early memories of drawing in kindergarten, and an important lesson that she learned as a result.

-Manipulating your lucky mistakes in your favor.

-The notion of getting distance from your work and also sharing it out into the world.

-How some of the pieces that she thinks will do the best end up not receiving as much attention and vice versa.

-Her repetitive strain injury -- how it affected her life and how she deals with it moving forward.

-Her advice for people to avoid a repetitive strain injury.

-Her first year of animation college and how it was one of the darkest times of her life (and what she learned from it).

-The connections that you can make on the internet and how those connections can sometimes change your life.

-The value of making attainable goals and not putting too much pressure on yourself for amazing end results.

-How and why she started her mini-tutorials.

-Her formula for balancing her time.

-How you need to have a good read on yourself and how much time you are spending on a particular project or portion of a project and have the wherewithal to call it quits and save the rest for tomorrow if you aren't putting in your best work.

-The freedom that her art and creativity has brought to her life.

-Some of her varied inspirations, including Alphonse Mucha, Grimes, and The Wire.

Lois's Final Push will inspire you to find your own way of doing things.



"If you like to draw rough and you like to sketch, you get a lot of lucky mistakes."

"It's not just skill.  It's also how you present your work and talk about your work that adds to your creativity."

"Taking it away from my computer and putting it into the world always helps me contextualize what I do and to see what it means to others and understand how that work is received outside of my own little bubble."

"I've actually learned to turn off that part of my brain to not think too much about how something will be received because you never really know."

"What I would tell myself if I could go back in time is to just not draw for really really long periods of time in a stressed-out manner."

"Sometimes it's better to just not meet that deadline if it means your mental or physical health."

"Drawing is just like everything I do -- I didn't even realize how important it was to me until I had to stop doing it."

"I really felt like I had nothing to say artistically, because I just didn't fit what the teachers wanted.  I felt like my ideas were useless."

"If you have attainable goals then you can really start enjoying what you do.  Just enjoying the feeling of being in a creative flow."

"If you say 'I'm going to sketch for an hour,' that's attainable.  You're not saying what you're going to sketch.  You're not saying how good your sketches have to be.  You're just saying that it's going to be for an hour."

"When you're just practicing, you don't know where it's going to lead and you shouldn't think too much about where it's going to lead.  You should just be in the moment."

"My work has become a way for me to express myself and I feel so lucky to be able to do that as my job."

"There was a certain level of self-acceptance needed for me to understand what was right for me."

"Everybody's got their own way.  And I think if you search for your own way and you eventually find it, you get so much fulfillment out of it."

Links mentioned:

Lois's book

Alphonse Mucha


The Wire

Connect with Lois:

Website / Facebook / DeviantArt / Instagram / Twitter


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116: Get UNCOMFORTABLE and GO WITH YOUR FEAR! (w/ Roxanne Charles)

Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European descent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, British Columbia where she promotes art, language, and culture.  Roxanne is a contemporary story teller whose goal is to touch, move, and inspire others through her work.

She works with a wide range of media. Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, identity, hybridity, the environment, urbanization and various forms of structural violence.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/roxanne

In this episode, Roxanne discusses:

-Her artistic history and how she got to the point she was at today.

-The moment that she realized that she could get back into art as a potential career.

-How she uses art as a tool to engage in conversations with people.

-Some of the issues that she tries to use her art to start the conversation, such as colonization and the displacement of women.

-How creating an art community allows the art to be seen and touched by so many more people, so that it can evoke more conversation and communication.

-How she is often very hard on herself and that makes her to not want to share it (and how to get over that fear).

-The power that comes in just starting a project.

-How her worst moment and her best moment went hand in hand at her graduation project.

-Her 10 foot tall transformation figure.

-The weaving group that she created and the benefits that come from being in a group like that.

-How it is therapeutic to work on art with other people.

-Her advice for anyone who wants to get involved with artistic groups or communities.

-How most of her inspiration comes from nature and the outdoors.

Roxanne's Final Push will inspire you to share what is really on your mind and what you really feel, because there are people out there that can gain something from your creativity!



"I have always liked art and enjoyed creating things, however it wasn't a path that I believed I could pursue."

"Conceptual art is a way that you can engage the public in a lot of the things that you care about.  So for me it has become more about advocacy than the actual process of art.  I find that I use it as a tool to interact and inspire others and engage in conversations that people might not typically have."

"I don't think the answers lie within myself, but they lie within someone who doesn't know they exist."

"I try not to preach or protest, but provoke questions that would engage people in offering up their own ideas, rather than asserting my own."

"I tend to be really hard on myself so nothing is ever good enough.  Sometimes that prevents me from wanting to share it."

"Every opportunity that I have to start something, I start it, and then try to take the time to continue it.  It's not a race.  It's about enjoying the process of creating and trying not to be too hard on myself."

"When I'm able to start creating it, I'm ten steps ahead of where I would have been if I just contemplated not doing it or not having enough time."

"I think failures are the best.  It's the best way to learn, to have things stick with you, and to discover new things that you wouldn't have considered possible before."

"I constantly challenge myself to do things I'm not comfortable with."

"I find that personal and human interaction is a good way to engage the public.  There's things that you can't say through a sculpture or a painting or a vase."

"I don't believe that art should be just visual.  It should be more experiential."

"Your ideas are valid.  There are people that want to know what you have to say and want to see what you have to create."

Connect with Roxanne:


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115: The beauty of TRIAL & ERROR (w/ Zo? Williams)

Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Zo? Williams creates otherworldly creatures that serve as spirit guides.  Her needle felt sculptures are inspired by dreams, visions, and the collective unconscious.

Born in 1983 in New Orleans, LA, Zo? Williams holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of New Orleans and a Certificate in Fiber Art from the University of Washington. Her work in needle felted wool has been exhibited in galleries around the world. She currently lives and works in New York City.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/zoe

In this episode, Zo? discusses:

-Her artistic history and what inspired her to want to start needle felting.

-The first sculpture she made of a rabbit based on a dream that she had.

-The concept of the collective unconscious and how it affects her artwork and her life.

-How she has always been fearless for the type of materials she uses in her sculptures.

-Her advice for anyone who wants to do something completely unique or different.

-The value of trial and error.

-How a part-time job might actually allow more stability than one might assume, and it can also provide a nice buffer for the "feast or famine" nature of selling art.

-Some of the pitfalls that she tries not to get held back by with her art.

-The joy that she gets from connecting with people who connect with her art.

Zo?'s Final Push will inspire you to figure out what works for you and GO FOR IT!



"I had only ever seen it in the context of really cutesy little toys and Christmas ornaments and things like that.  I really thought it had potential to make sculpture."

"Through the artwork, I was able to work through the dream.  And ever since then, my dreams have been a major source of inspiration for the artwork itself."

"It's almost like the piece of art reminds them of their own experiences and their own point of view.  And the intersection of those two is what makes it a successful piece of art."

"I've always just done what I wanted when it came to materials."

"At the end of the day it's still sculpture, even if it's soft and not stone or clay."

"There's really nothing like just picking it up and giving it a try.  No video will show you everything that you will experience when you try a new technique."

"That's what I thought people did: you grow up, you get a job, you stop making art."

"It's very difficult not to at least consider what kind of work might sell well.  I feel like that is a pitfall that I continue to, if not fall into, then tip-toe around the side of."

"The best moment for me is when I meet someone who likes my work and I get to talk to that person."

Links mentioned:

Werifesteria (July 8- August 5, 2016) My Plastic Heart, New York, NY

Femme to Femme Fatale, curated by Beautiful Bizarre, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Connect with Zo?:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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114: Get the ball rolling to BUILD MOMENTUM (w/ Jane Radstrom)

Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Jane Radstrom is a figurative painter from San Francisco, CA. She is known for her unique pastel portraits of people depicted with multiple poses layered over one another, so that they appear to be moving.  Her work is shown in galleries across America, and has won awards from The Portrait Society, The Pastel Society of the West Coast and Pastel Journal Magazine.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jane

In this episode, Jane discusses:

-Her upcoming move to Berlin.

-A look into what she does as a painter and how she got to her current situation as an artist.

-How she goes about making the double exposure portraits with models.

-The role that her photography plays in the creation of one of her portraits, and how she has to sometimes make an effort to not employ all of her creativity during the shooting so she can still make decisions during the actual painting.

-How the double exposure portraits came to be, almost accidentally.

-How she tries to use an introverted moment and an extroverted moment in her double exposure paintings.

-How one of her concerns is that she wants her work to be important and express something necessary to society and art history and how she has had to let go of that pressure.

-How she wants her art to respond to the time in which she lives.

-The formula that she gives her students to combine elements of other genres and medias that they love into what they are creating to give it an original spin.

-How she sometimes tries to work everything out in her head and refine it instead of just starting and figuring it out as she goes.

-Her advice to avoid paralysis by analysis.

-The value of authenticity, and how people are able to easily recognize when you care about what it is you are making.

-One of her most triumphant creative moments, when she just decided to e-mail her favorite gallery to try to get her work hanging there.

-Her formula for balancing her time.

-How incredibly difficult it is to be a professional artist.

Jane's Final Push will inspire you to set a clear goal and determine what it is what you want as an outcome from what you want to achieve with your art and creativity.



“I really like to try to work fast because if I slow down too much then I’ll chase unnecessary details.  Working quickly helps me try to go for feeling or mood instead of pure accuracy.  The faster I can do something, the better the final result is.”

“For me, the difficulty that I’ve always had is that I want my work to be important.”

“Instead of waiting for genius or waiting for this perfect, fully-formed idea, I’ve found that it’s more important for me to just do work.  Develop the idea as I produce work and then hopefully bring it towards something which at least is important to me personally.”

“I don’t know how to get inspiration from the outside world.  The longer I wait, the less inspired I am to paint.  Momentum goes in the wrong direction.  Whereas the more I paint, the more inspired I am and the more ideas I have.”

“It started to turn around when I decided that if I wasn’t selling any paintings anyway, I might as well just paint whatever I wanted.”

Links mentioned:

New Masters Academy on YouTube

Connect with Jane:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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113: ADMIRE, don't COMPARE (w/ Xin Li)

Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Xin Li is a twenty-one-year-old photographer living in Bergen, Norway who likes to chase light.  She has been interested in photography all of her life and believes that photography is not just important to document the beauty that she sees around her, but to also tell stories with her work.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/xin

In this episode, Xin discusses:

-How she got her initial interest in photography and the journey that she took to get to the place that she is now.

-How she gets very emotionally attached to her photographs because they often come from her own feelings.

-How photography (and all forms of art) can be used as a way to get your emotions out, and in that way it can be a form of therapy.

-What it was like when she first started sharing her photos on social media.

-How she sometimes struggles with comparing herself to other photographers, and how important it is to admire instead of compare.

-A time when she was in a creative limbo, not taking pictures (and how she got out of it).

-That it is perfectly okay to take a break from your art, and that breaks, whether long or short, don't signify that you're not an artist anymore.

-How some of her best moments are when she receives admiration for her work.

-One of her favorite photographs.

-How the internet and social media helped to give her confidence, as nobody in her town was out taking photographs the way she was.

-How she has scheduled days in her calendar that are strictly made for photography.

Xin's Final Push will inspire you to ignore the followers and "likes," and to remember to do your art for yourself!


"Throughout the years, I used a lot of disposable cameras."

"For me, photography has always been a creative and emotional outlet."

"I like to document my life and things that I see, sure.  But I also want to tell stories with my work."

"I feel very emotionally attached to most of the photos that I take, because the inspiration of it often comes from my own feelings."

"I started taking photos every time I was feeling down, and it worked like therapy for me."

"I felt really exposed, but it felt good because people saw me for my work and not the other things."

"Don't compare yourself to other people.  Look up to them instead.  Admire their work and maybe it will inspire you and push you to create something yourself."

"If you feel like you need a break from your art, whether it's a day or a month to think and to feel, that's okay.  You don't stop being an artist just because of that."

"Always remember that you are doing this for yourself, not to compete with others."

Links mentioned:

"Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Connect with Xin:

Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr

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112: Be IMAGINATIVE and see WORK as PLAY! (w/ Michele Chiaramonte)

Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Michele Chiaramonte is a former New York City school-teacher turned stay-at-home mom, turned woodworker.  She designs and hand-makes children’s imaginative play toys for her company, Little Miss Workbench, an ecofriendly workshop out of Bellport Village, New York.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/littlemissworkbench

In this episode, Michele discusses:

-The story of how Little Miss Workbench came to be.

-How her daughter, Mali, was always trying to play with her DSLR camera, which gave her the idea to make her a wooden one of her own.

-How the camera evolved as it was being created and as more people got their hands on it.

-The support of friends and family who were interested in having the toys for themselves or someone they knew.

-How she always wanted Little Miss Workbench to be a home-grown company that stayed in the United States.

-The skills that she learned growing up from her father, who was a master craftsman.

-The importance of being able to surround yourself with people and resources that can help support, teach, and encourage you.

-How she would have to split up her time thinking and working on her projects in the limited time that she had as a mother.

-How she tries to look at "work" as "play" and what a shame it is when people concentrate on the success of what they do is based on money rather than what makes them happy.

-Her attempt to get kids (and adults) to be imaginative and to look at the world around them with wonder.

-Her "figure-it-out-as-we-go" mentality.

-How big opportunities can often be as terrifying as they are joyful.

Michele's Final Push will inspire you to figure out what it is that makes you tick, and then run with it!


"For my first Mother's Day, I asked my husband if he would get me a table saw."

"It's always important to think about what things are already out there.  Is it really feasible for you to make it with creating your own business, creating something that people aren't doing already."

"She was ecstatic when we first gave it to her.  She knew exactly what to do.  It was incredible."

"It evolved as it was being created."

"The whole idea was to be hand-making these things and providing something that has a story behind it.  Not just this manufactured good that gets put on the shelf for people to buy."

"It's just how you define what "stay-at-home mom" means.  You can still be a rocket and be a mom 100% and also continue to fulfill your dreams."

"When you think about what kids play with today, there's not a whole lot of imagination that's going on."

"At the end of the day, you just have to have courage.  You figure out how you're going to make it work, and if you feel that you're not capable of making it work, you have to ask for help."

"People often feel like they are failures because they weren't able to accomplish something on their own, but you really do need others to accomplish things that you set out to do."

"You become inspired to do something, but if you don't act upon it, no one else is going to do it for you."

"It's never going to happen unless you make it happen."

Connect with Michele:

Website / Instagram 


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111: Be AUTHENTIC with the STATE YOU'RE IN (w/ Brandyn Burnette)

Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Brandyn Burnette is a progressive soul producer/singer-songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri currently living in Los Angeles. This self taught, 3rd generation musician has crafted his own sound and style that has begun to takeover the pop underground world from the inside out.  He released his first EP “Made of Dreams” in 2015, and his latest EP “State I’m In” comes out (TODAY) on June 24th, 2016.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/brandyn

In this episode, Brandyn discusses:

-The difference between State I'm In and Made of Dreams, his first EP.

-How the titles of his records are self-explanatory and their significance.

-The story behind his song, "State I'm In" and the serendipitous discovery of something that he wrote when he was fifteen.

-How each of the songs in State I'm In were lyrically created in different ways and how he learned to stay open to different ways of writing songs.

-The role that destiny plays in his life, as well as the new record.

-The freedom that he felt after leaving his first label, when he was the only person listening to his songs and he could do it for himself.

-The power in listening to your heart over your head, and especially over what other people tell you.

-How important it is for him to take both the positive and negative aspects of his life and put them into his music, and how all artists should be attempting to do the same.

-How we are constantly putting the best version of ourselves online and creating a persona that is in contrast to who we actually are.

-The story of his American Idol audition, and why he decided to leave the competition.

-The story behind his song "Karma."

Brandyn's Final Push will inspire you to take baby steps and never give up!



"I wanted to reign in the sound with this one because I felt like I figured out what I wanted to say as an artist."

"This project really made me feel like an artist moreso than the last one."

"It was really an exciting time to go back and find some lyrics from the past that were wiser than what I could have written now."

"We go through these things as people, and we're always trying to figure out where we're at and who we are.  But if you have faith that you're going to get there, it reveals itself."

"Continuing to write and to not need any validation but myself -- those completely saved my artistry."

"When I was at Warner, I learned who I wasn't.  I learned who other people wanted to be."

"Stay authentic to what's in your heart.  At the end of the day, that leads you better than your head and your gut."

"I used to write as if I had no problems.  I used to try to cover up every bit of my sadness in my music."

"Take whatever is in your life, whether it is positive or negative, and heal from it through the music."

Connect with Brandyn:

Website / iTunes / Spotify / YouTube / Soundcloud / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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110: WIN THE DAY with your creativity! (w/ Picolo)

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Picolo is a traditional and digital freelance illustrator based in Brazil.  He took the internet by storm with his 365 Days of Doodles project, in which he blessed the internet with a new complex and detailed drawing every day for a year.  He used that success to build an incredible following on DeviantArt, Instagram, & Facebook, where he continues to generously open up his sketchbook as well as his words of advice for defeating procrastination. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/picolo

In this episode, Picolo discusses:

-His self-taught artistic past and how comics, anime, and manga.

-What inspired him to start his 365 Days of Doodles project in 2014.

-How being able to draw every day comes down to having the right mindset.

-How the first month of a long-term goal can often be the hardest one, but once you get past that initial period, it becomes much easier to do it every day.

-The first step is hardest for him is breaking the ice and sitting down to put them on paper.

-How you can start out with “doodles” and then get more complex as you continue to grow as an artist and challenge yourself.

-The power that comes from setting a longer-term goal with your art.

-How carrying a sketchbook can change your mindset, but also give you an opportunity to get all of your ideas down.

-How ideas might not make sense when you first put them in your sketchbook, but it is still important to get them down and flesh them out at a later time.

-What it’s like to have such a large following on Instagram.

-Why it’s important for him to continue create challenges and projects for himself and his fans.

-How he is always amazed by the amount of people that join his challenges.

-How he has defeated procrastination, but he still struggles with putting things down on paper and getting started.

-How he starts out by working on the things that are boring and mundane for him (like backgrounds), and then moving on to the fun things.

-His favorite drawings, “What I Think, What I Say,” and one of the first drawings of Icarus and the Sun.

Picolo's Final Push will teach you to find what inspires you and what triggers your own creativity.


“I used to draw one drawing every month or so.”

“One of my new years resolutions was to draw every day of the year.”

“I think it’s about mindset.  I was always waiting for some inspiration to come.  For me, it was okay to draw only when I felt inspired.  And that’s not okay.  You can wait for a month.  You have to make it a part of your life.  That’s why I started drawing every day.”

“I felt strange if I didn’t draw something on a particular day.  It felt like it was a lost day.”

“What really helped me was committing to a long-term project.  It doesn’t have to be a year-long project.  A month is totally fine.”

“Sometimes it’s just a silly concept.  Just write it down and leave it there for a month or two, and then it comes back like a big masterpiece.”

“It’s important for me to learn, improve, and create something new in the process.”

“It’s so much fun to watch these kinds of challenges develop.  It always blows out of proportion.  I never expect the amount of people that join.”

“I try to tackle the most challenging stuff, the most boring stuff first when I’m at the peak of my energy.  Then, I move to stuff that I naturally love to do, and it’s easier that way.”

“Whenever I get this connection using my drawings, then I just won the day.”

“It doesn’t have to take long.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.  You just have to draw something.  Create something.”

“Don’t wait for some magic source of inspiration to come.  You have to chase after your own source of inspiration.  Art is all about self-knowledge, so it’s your job to find what inspires you and what triggers your own creativity.”

Links mentioned:

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman  2012 Commencement Speech "Make Good Art" (YouTube)

Amanda Palmer Commencement Speech "The Fraud Police" (YouTube)

Connect with Picolo:

DeviantArt / Patreon / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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109: Say "YES" to your passion, then JUMP FOR JOY! (w/ Eyo?lha Baker)

Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Eyo?lha Baker is a Canadian photographer who is spreading joy one jump at a time.  With her Jump for Joy Photography project, she travels the world taking photos of people from all walks of life in mid-air as they jump for joy in an attempt to showcase the beauty of the human spirit.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jumpforjoy

In this episode, Eyo?lha discusses:

-How she first got into photography.

-The story behind the Jump for Joy Photography project.

-How she was frustrated with the way that media seems to only capture negative images.

-Her fascination with the idea of "groupthink" and her desire to make it work for positive emotions and outcomes as well.

-The various opportunities that have come from starting the Jump for Joy Photo Project.

-Her decision to make a mural and the synchronistic way that things seemed to come together for her (with the help of others).

-How approaching the bad neighborhood that her mural was in from a place of joy made her see it in a new light, and helped the people she interacted with to reciprocate that joy.

-How once she made the decision to do the mural, it was almost like alchemy how help came in so many different forms.

-How she handled seeing her mural being taken down and what she did afterwards.

-Where she intends to go with the Jump for Joy photo project.

Eyo?lha's Final Push will inspire you to see the final project as completed, and then just take the steps to get it done.


"All the sudden, photography was magical to me."

"The way images are presented in the media has always irked me."

"I started focusing on creating images that really captured positive energy."

"The news was intended for informing people of things.  But who decides that death is more newsworthy than life?"

"My life has really really changed since I started this project."

"Being creative is such a vulnerable thing."

"Seriously magic happened.  It was so synchronistic the way things fell in place.  It almost seemed like it was alchemy."

"As the project grows, my vision for it is growing and falling into place."

Links mentioned:

Eyo?lha's TEDx Talk

"Interesting Vancouver" Talk

Connect with Eyo?lha:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

Jump for Joy Photo Project:

Website / Facebook / Instagram


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108: LEARN what you don't know and TEACH what you do (w/ Jacob Dhein)

Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Jacob Dhein is a painter from San Francisco whose paintings capture the modern world with the nostalgic nature of the past.  He works across multiple disciplines including figurative, landscape, and plein air painting, and his talent is founded in his desire to teach others as he also continues to learn himself.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jacobdhein

In this episode, Jacob discusses:

-How he got started as an artist growing up.

-How he is always striving to grow and become a better artist.

-The difference between workshops and undergraduate art programs, and how it might surprise you how much you can learn in well-run workshops.

-If you are at an intermediate level, to maybe start thinking about teaching at a beginner level.

-How the type of painting he does simply depends on his mood.

-The challenges that come from plein air painting.

-The various ways that he has held himself back at different points in his life.

-His advice for dealing with critics or negative comments.

-His best and worst creative moments.

-How there's never a moment where you can't go back into an old painting and fix things.

-How he loves the freedom that art brings to his life and he could never do a 9-5 job.

-Li Hu, one of his biggest inspirations.

Jacob's Final Push will help you realize that the amount of time you put into something is the amount of time you're going to get out of it.



"If you get into certain workshops, you can learn in a week what some people learn in a year."

"The first thing that really held me back was myself."

"It's just something that all artists have to deal with is the critic side of their artwork."

"Just keep going forward.  Just keep painting."

"As long as the paintings are in my studio, I don't know if they are ever completed until they get shipped out.  They're usually at 98% finished."

"I just wake up and walk right over to the studio.  My studio is right across from my bed so it's not very far."

Links mentioned:

Artist Li Hu

Antonio Mancini: Nineteenth-century Italian Master

Connect with Jacob:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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107: Start small and start steady (Noah Harley Part 2)

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Noah is a songwriter and member of the band, The Horse-Eyed Men with his brother, Dylan.  They play original disgruntled Americana and country music.  Raised by musical humans in a former candy store outside of Providence R.I., their music mixes spaghetti-western themes with cabaret, ragtime, and post-partum punk. Grave Country, their latest record, was recorded in Copenhagen on a grant from the Danish Arts Council in the summer of 2013.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/107

In this episode, Noah discusses:

-How sometimes the ideas you come up with won't make sense until a much later time.

-To take the pressure off of yourself -- what you create does not have to be a masterpiece.

-Just like your dreams are created, it is okay to use pieces of yourself and your daily life in your art.

-The importance of having fun while creating.

-Terence McKenna and the idea that nobody knows the answers.

-Thinking about the possibilities of the things that didn't happen to you.

-To not worry about originality, because you are so unique that you are the only person that could make the thing that you are going to make in the way that you are going to make it.

-An exercise that he does as a songwriter in which he writes new lyrics to an existing song, then changes the melody.

-How you have to go easy on yourself when it comes to creativity.

Noah's Final Push will inspire you to start small and start steady!



"You use the material of the world to reflect on it."

"For a creative process to really be meaningful there has to be an element of searching in it.  You actually can't have all the answers."

"We're all these really unique constellations.  There's no way that it won't be original, whatever it is that you make.  You're the only one who would do something like this.  There's no other creature that would make it in just the way that you would."

"You have to be so gentle with yourself with creativity.  There's no rule book which determines whether a drawing is legitimate for the reason it was made."

"Start small and start steady.  The Muse is fickle and she has a lot of lovers."

Links mentioned:

Terence McKenna - "Nobody Is Smarter Than You Are" (YouTube)

Your Creative Push Episode 77: You're IMPOSSIBLY RARE.  So DO SOMETHING! (Alex Hofeldt Part 2)

Connect with Noah:

Bandcamp / Facebook

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106: OPEN UP YOUR MIND to a different orientation (Noah Harley Part 1)

Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Noah is a songwriter and member of the band, The Horse-Eyed Men with his brother, Dylan.  They play original disgruntled Americana and country music.  Raised by musical humans in a former candy store outside of Providence R.I., their music mixes spaghetti-western themes with cabaret, ragtime, and post-partum punk. Grave Country, their latest record, was recorded in Copenhagen on a grant from the Danish Arts Council in the summer of 2013.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/noah

In this episode, Noah discusses:

-How The Horse-Eyed Men came to be.

-The creative relationship he shares with his brother, Dylan.

-The role that humor and storytelling plays in his songs.

-How humor can often unlock things in people that you wouldn't normally be able to tap into.

-The role that travel plays in his life.

-A strategy that he uses to help him to "shake up" his orientation and to see the world in different ways.

-Another trick that he uses to find new ways to explain the same thing.

-How all writing is is "ass in chair."

-How creating a large piece of work should be taken piece by piece.

-How you can look back at the things you create and remember what mood you were in when you made it or what the weather was like on that day.

Noah's Final Push will inspire you to start small and start steady!



"For me, humor is a quick way to the heart."

"Storytelling is an important element of my songs.  I'm always looking where something begins, where it goes to, and where it ends."

"You can really tell as a performer when you surprise someone and they are surprised by their own laughter."

"Traveling can be a really good thing to open up different paths of thinking and different parts of yourself."

"We're just a weird combination of organic molecules and experiences and memories and the thing doesn't last too long.  And it's mysterious.  We don't know where it comes from and we don't know where it's going."

"It's so easy to get tunnel vision and rely on a pattern that we had yesterday or the day before or the week before and not open up."

"I think that with creativity, it's a kind of muscle.  It's a practice.  There are concrete small things you can do on a daily basis to open up that capacity within you."

"Inspiration is like a candle that burns quickly."

"All writing is is ass in chair."

Links mentioned:

Terence McKenna - "Nobody Is Smarter Than You Are" (YouTube)

Your Creative Push Episode 77: You're IMPOSSIBLY RARE.  So DO SOMETHING! (Alex Hofeldt Part 2)

Connect with Noah:

Bandcamp / Facebook

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105: How to GET IN THE ZONE and STAY THERE (w/ Randy Bishop)

Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Randy is a talented artist who has been working as a freelancer for the past several years in the animation, gaming, and publishing industries. He has a passion for storytelling and his talents include character design, illustration, visual development, storyboarding, and more. He has worked for Dreamworks Animation Television, Axis Animation, Flauth Productions, Edge of Reality, and Pocket gems, just to name a few.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/randybishop

In this episode, Randy discusses:

-How he got to the point he is at today in his career.

-The pros and cons of working as a freelancer.

-How he is constantly trying to learn and devoting his free time to practicing and getting better.

-His advice for putting in the time to doing the work when you are feeling burnt out.

-How sometimes you have to work your way through a rut.

-One of the hardest things for him is working on a project that doesn’t pique his interests, like drawing comics or a story that doesn’t excite him.

-The struggle of working at home and balancing the work/home life and his advice for achieving that balance.

-The importance of getting and staying in the zone.

-One of his hardest times when he committed to too many projects and how to learn the appropriate amount of work to take on.

-How it is hard for some people to understand the importance of being in the zone.

-How you are twice as productive when you are in the zone.

-How he works best if he has a really big chunk of time to do work where he knows he won’t be interrupted.

-If he wakes up early, those first hours are the most productive.

-The reason he initially became interested in art and creativity is the emotionality that it can bring to people, especially with effective storytelling.

-How art and creativity make people feel things, unlike many other jobs.

-The X-Men drawings that he is doing for fun.

-How his personal work also has some business strategy behind it, as it usually leads to commissioned work.

-One of his favorite recent commissioned works and why he loved it so much.

Randy's Final Push will remind you that your creative pursuit has to be something that you are passionate about and to push through the struggles that come with it.



“Working freelance is great and awful at the same time.”

“A hard thing for a lot of creatives out there is that you love to create but only when it’s convenient or when you have time but the hard part is finding a real passion for it and deciding that it is something that you want to devote most of your time to it.

“What helps me is immersing myself in other people’s creativity.  That helps motivate me.”

“For me, reading fiction and watching cartoons is legitimate research.”

“If you sit and work for long enough, you can get your rhythm back.  It’s just a matter of determination and patience.”

“Sometimes you get into this place where it seems like you can do no wrong and everything you put down is just gold.”

“Your mindset and the way that you feel affects the way that you work.  Like, big time.”

“The whole reason behind art is to make people feel things.”

“Art is the epitome of productivity.  Because you’re doing things that hopefully will make a difference to someone somehow.”

“If you can devote the time to sit and just work at art, the payoff is huge.”


Connect with Randy:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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104: Mind the future, but concentrate on the present (w/ Michael C. Hsiung)

Wed, Jun 08, 2016

Michael C Hsiung is characterized by: large mustache (one of the few remaining facially hairy Asians surviving today) with all of the species capable of reaching one ton or more in weight; herbivorous diet; and a thin yellow protective skin, 1.5-5 cm thick, formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure; and a relatively small brain for a mammal of his size (400-600g). . Michael is prized for its mustache, sometimes his art. Not a true mustache, it is made of thickly matted hair that grows from the skull without skeletal support. Michael has acute hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight over any distance. Michael C. Hsiung will probably live to be about 50 years old or more.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/104

In this episode, Michael discusses:

-The inspiration behind his image of a man observing two deer hugging.

-How he developed his style on his own and how he was somewhat self-conscious as he began to hone in on his own style.

-The guidance that his sister gave to him on his artistic path, while still letting him figure things out on his own.

-The concept of self-doubt and the complications of doing art full-time.

-The importance of putting yourself in a good mindset if you are feeling too much pressure to create.

-How a lull in his professional life led to him starting taking drawing seriously.

-The mermen and having the courage to dive back into the things that he was interested in as a kid.

-The daily battle he has with Resistance as a freelancer.

-The balance of trying to stay ahead of the curve, but also not worrying too much about the future.

-One of his favorite creative moments when he got to design ads for an umbrella.

-How he schedules his work time based on his wife’s work schedule.

-What art and creativity brings to his life.

-How his sister is still his greatest inspiration.

Michael's Final Push will inspire you to concentrate on the present and not worry too much about the future!



“There’d be periods of time where I was just so conscious of what I was doing and the process that it would be hard to make stuff.”

“I’ll try to recreate an environment where I enjoyed drawing when I first started.”

“Just start out with a stupid idea and let it blossom.”

“If you’re bored, just draw something.”

“It’s nice to try to keep some kind of schedule because if it’s too flexible, you probably don’t get a lot of work done.”

Links mentioned:

"Vagrant Viking: My life and adventures" by Peter Freuchen

Connect with Michael:

Website / Store / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr

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103: WHO YOU ARE leads to what you're going to make (w/ Edward Westerhuis)

Mon, Jun 06, 2016

Edward Westerhuis is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His work moves between visual art, video, and performance--often collaborating with other artists and working within the community. He creates imaginative worlds that play with an epic sense of scale, forming allegories that reflect the places he lives. Whether he's making sci-fi cardboard puppet shows, or music videos with giant dancing cats, Edward uses humour to create the unexpected and to carve out space for new perspectives. Edward has presented his work across Canada, from coast to coast, including the Yukon Arts Centre, the Banff Centre, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/doublecat

In this episode, Edward discusses:

-How he got started down the creative path that got him to the point he is at now.

-How he came up with the idea for his "Double Cat" video.

-The deeper meaning behind the "Double Cat" video.

-His Tedx talk and the differences that performance art brings to the creation process.

-The hilarious story of one of his first creative moments.

-The creative lull that came into his life when he moved back home from school and how he got past it.

-The power that comes with mapping your creativity out to find out what works for you.

-Moving around, taking a walk, or doing some "lighter" creative work in order to clear your head when you need it.

-The idea of taking the pressure off of yourself by not worrying about the final product.

-One of his lowest moments, when he attended a film festival while in a creative drought and feeling like an imposter.

-The way he got out of his drought by working as Sook-Yin Lee's Director's Assistant.

-How Sook-Yin Lee was a role model for him and gave him the courage to be able to move between disciplines and art forms.

-How he likes when art can bring people together to form new types of interaction around the artwork.

-What art and creativity bring to his life.

Edward's Final Push will inspire you to find ways to shut out the anxiety of being overwhelmed by your creative end goal.



"Over time, I've been able to recognize my own process and see how you develop an idea from a glimpse of an image to a fully thought-out project."

"It was this slow-burning idea that was just creeping over time."

"When I work on a desk, I can't have anything on my desk except for what I'm working on that very moment because I get way too distracted."

"You're always trying to remove the anxiety from your process.  You don't want to be anxious while working because then you just get suffocated."

"When I'm making art now, I really think about my audience.  I think about creating opportunities that exist outside the artwork itself."

"I really love the opportunities for the face-to-face social interaction that can happen around artwork."

"One of the reasons why I love collaborating so much is because I can see people on a much deeper level.  We are able to build a communication that is very specific to an art piece but also has reverberations beyond that on a human-to-human level."

"Don't make it so big.  Make it small and make it an opportunity to learn about who you are."

"Find ways to shut out the anxiety of being overwhelmed by that end goal."

"Allow yourself to explore and embrace not knowing where you're going."


Links mentioned:

Double Cat Video

Edward's Tedx Talk

Ramshackle Theatre

"The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life" by Twyla Tharp

"Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke

Your Elusive Creative Genius” – Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk

Your Creative Push Episode 082: Interview with Li Chen of Extra Ordinary Comics

Connect with Edward:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Snapchat

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102: Call it "beta." Just get it out there! (w/ Mitch Bowler of Pencil Kings)

Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Mitch Bowler is the founder of Pencil Kings, an online professional art teaching institution that provides top-flight instruction at an affordable price to those who are unable to attend traditional art schools. Formerly a 3D technical artist with work experience on top film and game projects, his focus is now on building and growing the Pencil Kings brand to provide art training and support to enrolled artists.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/mitch

In this episode, Mitch discusses:

-A bit about his creative history and what led him to create Pencil Kings.

-More details about Pencil Kings and what it offers to his members.

-How one of his biggest messages is to DO SOMETHING instead of continually just absorbing information.

-How the Internet has brought us a wealth of knowledge and teaches us how to do things, but the important thing is to actually do something with that knowledge.

-The power in setting a goal of making a new habit for 30 days.

-One of the most profound things he has learned through the Pencil Kings podcast -- finding a space where your competition isn't and dominating that space.

-When he finds it difficult creating, simply remembering what enticed him to draw and create in the first place -- what was fun.

-The power of outsourcing.

-How mind maps can help you to organize a large amount of information or ideas.

-Finding the things that are pain points for yourself, and being able to hand them off to someone else.

-The importance of looking at "outsourcing" as building a team.

-The ebbs and flows of balancing his own creative projects with the Pencil Kings project.

-How art and creativity (and Pencil Kings specifically) is like a puzzle box that he is constantly trying to figure out.

-How if you hear a recommendation two or three times, it is a signal that you must look into that.

Mitch's Final Push will inspire you to establish the good and bad things that can happen on your path to pursuing your creative passions.



"I wanted to create a resource where people could connect with professionals and distill the knowledge and also bring people together so they could support each other."

"It's scary to post your work and have haters."

"You can listen to a podcast, but when you go and do something, that's when the magic happens."

"It's hard to get the ball rolling in the beginning, but if you start to look at where the competition isn't, it's not as difficult."

"I think this is the key: No expectations."

"It's like this balance of having fun and building skills.  But you should weight it more on the fun."

"Where I see so many people get outsourcing wrong is that they hand it off and expect it to work on the first go."

"Sometimes if you are unsure of your direction, life will give you signs."

Links mentioned:

Pencil Kings

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Connect with Mitch:

Website / Podcast / iTunes / Facebook / YouTube / Twitter

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101: Find your TRUE VOICE (w/ Joanna Sternberg)

Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Joanna Sternberg is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in New York City.  She primarily plays the double bass, but also plays electric bass, guitar, and piano.  Joanna sings and writes songs, and regularly performs her original music.  She plays folk, country, blues, rock, ragtime, classical, gospel, funk, rhythm and blues, klezmer, and jazz (ranging from the style of the 1920's to the present day.)  Joanna is also currently in a band called "Fraydele" as well as a talented visual artist.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/joanna

In this episode, Joanna discusses:

-How and why she chooses to write, sing, and play so many different styles of music.

-That the inspiration for the songs usually comes from personal experiences that she needs to get out into the world.

-Her band "Fraydele" that plays music that her grandmother, Fraydele Oysher, sang in the Yiddish Theater.

-How it is sometimes necessary to take a break and "fill the tank."

-How drawing and visual art is less draining and taxing on her than songwriting.

-How she has only been singing for two years (which is one of the most shocking things that Youngman Brown has learned on the show).

-When she first started to sing, how she sang in a lower voice because she thought it would be harder for people to make fun of.

-Her advice for everyone to get singing lessons to have someone help them find their voice.

-The importance of being able to have someone to help you with honest feedback, but who will also be supportive.

-Her struggles with self-image.

-How performing the songs aren't nerve-wracking to her, and how she is grateful that she doesn't write complicated lyrics.

-Even though her songs have a very specific meaning to her, how music and art are a way for people to communicate universal truths to one another.

-How she uses calendars to help her balance her time.

-Joanna's upcoming residency at Sunny's Bar on June 2, June 9, and June 16, 2016.

-Her biggest inspirations, Roz Chast and Randy Newman.

Joanna's Final Push will inspire you to pursue your creative passions and put it out there because you never know who it might affect.



"Not to be cheesy, but I just really feel the music I play.  So it didn't really take that much learning as opposed to just doing it and having fun."

"It usually is just something in my life I need to get out."

"It was definitely something I always wanted to do but I just never thought I could."

"Find people you trust who could help you.  Because it's hard to do it all alone."

"Sometimes I'm proud that I can take stuff in my life that's negative and write a song about it."

Links mentioned:

Dr. Katz Professional Therapist (YouTube)

Connect with Joanna:

Website / Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Facebook / Art / Art Facebook

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100: The Universe wants you to be alive! (w/ Nathan Carson)

Mon, May 30, 2016

Nathan Carson aka “Streetarthustle” is a talented artist who has taken fate into his own hands by being creative on his own terms, vowing to fulfill all of his creative desires and never do anything he doesn’t want to again.  He is documenting this journey for all to see via his Periscope account, allowing other people to be inspired as well as learn from his mistakes.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/100

In this episode, Nathan discusses:

-A story about what happened directly after the last time he was on the show, back in Episode 54.

-His two new assistants and what they have done for his life.

-How a mushroom trip helped him to get the courage to hire an assistant.

-How he has had to make some tough decisions about blocking certain followers on Periscope.

-How using e-mail has become a slow way of communicating, whereas Periscope is instant.

-How Facebook is a monolithic code structure that they can't build on top of.

-His thoughts on how Periscope is like the eyes of an infant artificial intelligence.

-What it is like to be a part of a "Periscope family" that is connected by the Internet, all while circumnavigating the actual physical world.

-His advice to anyone who might be nervous to start a Periscope channel.

-How Periscope is almost like performance art, and how the people that are commissioning him to paint get to help choose colors and thus pushing him and his art.

-His new Patreon page and how it will be utilized.

-How important podcasts have been in his life.

Nathan's Final Push will inspire you to do what you love no matter how stupid it might seem or feel, and to allow your loves to die if that is what feels right.


"What you don't realize is that when you want to be an artist, you immediately become the janitor, secretary, payroll, shipping, receiving.  Everything."

"I went on a mushroom trip and found the courage to hire one of the assistants that I had been interviewing all week."

"The message of my show has become, The universe wants you to be alive.  So you just choose happiness."

"My broader theory is that this is the eyes of an infant artificial intelligence.  I think it is literally that important."

"The thing that you constantly need to realign yourself with if you're going to make it as an artist is that it has to be about love."

"The path of least resistance for you as an artist will always be the path of greatest joy."

"Do exactly what you love no matter how stupid that feels."

"I'm just gonna do what I love and trust that the Universe will sustain me."

"Follow your love.  Follow your love.  Follow your love."

Links mentioned:

Your Creative Push Episode 54 with Nathan Carson

Connect with Nathan:

Streetarthustle / Periscope / Instagram / Patreon


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RESET! Changes to the show & requesting help

Sun, May 29, 2016

Just an episode for me to tell you:

1) How much I love you and this podcast.

2) Changes to the schedule of the show.

3) A request to support the show's new Patreon page.

4) How much I love you and this podcast again :)


Support the Patreon here!



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099: You are EPIC and can do ANYTHING YOU WANT! (w/ Daniel Rolnik)

Fri, May 27, 2016

Daniel is an art blogger, art critic, and the creator of The Daniel Rolnik Gallery, a brick and mortar store that showcases original art and prints collected from his adventures across the United States of America.  On his road trips, Daniel discovers unique works of art that he brings back to his ever-evolving gallery.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/danielrolnik

In this episode, Daniel discusses:

-How and why he started the The Daniel Rolnik Gallery.

-How he found the courage to start the gallery instead of thinking about it for too long.

-How both creative and non-creative people spend too much time thinking about what can go right and what can go wrong, when what they should be doing is just diving in and trying.

-How falling down doesn't actually hurt as bad as you might imagine, just like when you were riding a bike.

-The musician Charles Bradley, who got discovered when he was 62.

-The story of how he first found a love for art and saw what it was truly capable of.

-How he makes everything in the gallery portable so that he can rearrange it every single day to make it a fresh experience.

-How he is on the road every Sunday and Monday to find new things for the gallery.

-His advice for artists who have never sold a piece of art, or haven't even considered it.

-The idea of pricing low to get the ball rolling.

-Some of his favorite artists to show, including Alden Marin and John Kilduff, with his cardboard pinball machine.

-The idea behind Record Club and how it can bring a sense of community to the artists that come for it.

-Details about The Jew and the Lotus Podcast that he does with his friend, Eric Nakamura.

-The idea of destroying the ego, as suggested by his friend, Turtle Wayne.

-The importance of patience if you are trying to sell a piece of art and how it takes the right person at the right time.

-How artists sometimes forget that you don't need to get the most expensive materials and equipment... you just need to create.

-How his father is one of his greatest inspirations because he never complains, but instead just gets done what needs to get done.

Daniel's Final Push will inspire you to realize that you are EPIC and can do anything you want!



"I wanted to make art affordable and accessible to everyone.  I wanted it to be easy and fun when you go in and not cold like the White-Wallians keep it with their white walls and cold vibe.  I wanted to make the complete opposite."

"Art and creativity is the greatest thing in the world and I want to be able to get to as many people as possible.  It's the way to disrupt your culture.  It's the way to make a space yours.  It's a way to showcase your own personality."

"The more you do it, and the more you love to do it, you'll develop a style and be able to share your passion with others in a was you're not conscious of."

Links mentioned:

The Daniel Rolnik Gallery

The Jew and the Lotus Podcast

Connect with Daniel:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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098: Changing the world is difficult, REALIZING YOUR DREAM is not (w/ Marta Bevacqua)

Thu, May 26, 2016

Marta Bevacqua aka Moth Art is an Italian photographer based in Paris.  She is mainly a fashion photographer but she continually works on her own personal artistic projects, which range in varied fields of photography, but almost always concentrating on people.  And not just people, but emotive models in natural environments, which offer a wonderful merging of the beauty of the natural world with the beauty of humanity.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/marta

In this episode, Marta discusses:

-How she attempts to allow the viewers of her photographs to tell their own story -- one that could change depending on the mood of the viewer.

-How she got her start with photography.

-The influence that nature had on her photography.

-How she just started taking pictures for fun, and how it slowly progressed into what she did for a living.

-Her advice to take your time, especially when you are in nature.

-How she chose the name "Moth Art."

-How one of her hardest moments came when she decided that she wanted to make photography her job, yet she had no contacts and no prospects.

-If you are just starting out, that you should say "Yes" to almost every opportunity that comes your way, even if it doesn't fit exactly into what you are trying to do.

-By saying "Yes" to many different opportunities, you can develop your taste and also learn what you love to do and what you hate to do.

-How difficult it was to move to Paris without having any contacts or knowing how to speak French.

-Why she chose to live in Paris as opposed to Milan, London, or New York City.

-How you don't have to be confined to one geographic location, and how she feels free to move wherever she wants in the world now that she has already moved once.

-How when things started to click for her in Paris and life was going well, she saw a positive change in her photography.

-What photography and creativity brings to her life.

Marta's Final Push will inspire you to go for your passions, and never, NEVER give up!



"What I try to do with my photography is tell stories that everyone can imagine."

"The more you understand about light, the more you will be able to take good shots."

"Once you move the first time, it's so easy to move again."

"Never give up.  Never.  If you really want to do it, you can do it."

"Changing the world may be difficult, but not just realizing your dream."


Links mentioned:

"The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman

Connect with Marta:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Flikr / Behance

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097: Don't question yourself -- Leave that to the critics! (w/ Jeff Tocci)

Wed, May 25, 2016

Jeff Tocci was born in the foothills of the Adirondacks, next to a frozen lake, exactly at midnight 36 years ago. He is currently thawing out in Brooklyn.  His work focuses on social commentary through representational, narrative work, often utilizing satire and humor to explore social and economic topics in a direct way.  Though the subject matter changes, his intention remains the same.  He aims to call attention to the facets of our culture, that remain unexamined, misunderstood, or under appreciated.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jefftocci

In this episode, Jeff discusses:

-How his main form of Resistance is finding free time to be able to work on his art.

-If your passion is art and you make money another way, you have to find a job that you can make as much money as you can in as little time as possible so that you have more time for your passion.

-His advice to hang on to ideas that you might have when you are not available (or motivated enough) to put them into creation.

-How he has had some ideas in his head for over a decade, and how to determine when it is the right time to bring one of them into existence.

-How he is able to better express himself and his opinions/views of the world through his visual work than he can by any other means.

-One of his earliest creative memories.

-How many things in his life have come and gone, but art has always been there.

-If you don't have too lofty of goals monetarily, then you can't really go wrong with art.

-How creative passions are just like exercise, and you have to keep working or else you get out of shape.

-How time slows down and your experiences are enriched when you travel to new places.

-Technology and the way that it affects our lives and our creativity.

-His greatest inspiration, his mentor, Robert Cenedella.

-His upcoming show as well as his plans for the rest of the year.

Jeff's Final Push will inspire you to be the person that DOES instead of the person that TALKS ABOUT DOING!


"You can't really set a specific time during the day for inspiration."

"I just go on intuition with pretty much everything in my life.  It kind of presents itself.  You just have to get out of the way and let it happen."

"You really just have to be a conduit for the ideas to express themselves."

"People have a greater response to my visual work than anything I'm going to say, so it's kind of a no-brainer."

Links mentioned:

Jeff's show at Sunny's Bar

Your Creative Push Episode 13: Interview with Yuko Shimizu

Connect with Jeff:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

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096: You CAN move a mountain with a spoon (w/ Michael Broom)

Tue, May 24, 2016

Michael Broom is a talented concept designer who has worked on such films as Wolverine: Origins, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Stephen King’s “The Mist,” and Cabin in the Woods, just to name a few.  He “cut his teeth” doing comic book illustration and caricatures at Walt Disney World.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/michaelbroom

In this episode, Michael discusses:

-How he became interested in some of the "scarier" things like monsters at an early age.

-How he came to be a caricature artist in Disney World and what that was like.

-The gig that brought him out to Los Angeles and the steps he took once he was there.

-How he feels fortunate to have been able to continue his creative career (instead of waiting tables), and credits that fact to the client base that he grew.

-The disappointment of one of his first "big" projects -- a Super Bowl commercial (that never aired).

-While maintaining a full-time job, how he is able to find the time and motivation to work on his new book.

-How the thought of doing his book felt like a Herculean effort before he started, but it was just a matter of starting and taking one piece at a time.

-His advice to look at what the next month is going to look like, instead of looking too far down the line.

-How he has begun surrounding himself with talented people, and how that has inspired him to start wanting to create a project of his own.

-How he wants to be the artistic version of Steph Curry or Michael Jordan, just putting in the practice every day.

-How he didn't have a backup plan with his artistic career.

Michael's Final Push will inspire you to keep going in spite of any rejections you may receive.



"It really helped me artistically, just to be able to work under pressure."

"After doing that for a while I really got confident in drawing and working around crowds and having high pressure stuff."

"It doesn't matter how much you put into something, it just matters that you put something into it."

"When I first started it, it really felt like I was looking at a mountain and somebody handed me a spoon and just said 'Just move this mountain over there.'"

"With the internet, all things are possible."

"I think you just gotta keep going with it.  What's really inside of you?  There's a point past inspiration to commitment."

"A lot of people can't look past the next year or they can't see past the pain.  It's hard work."

Links mentioned:

Eric Thomas on Youtube

"Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy

Connect with Michael:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Instagram

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095: We don't make art to feed ourselves (w/ Skoddie Kraemer)

Mon, May 23, 2016

Skoddie is an experimental musician whose style spans multiple genres, but always focuses on atmosphere and mood. After a 6 year hiatus, they rediscovered their creative voice and released two albums and one EP in 2015. Today, Skoddie continues to produce music, and is also a founding member of the Unredacted online art collective.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/skoddie

In this episode, Skoddie discusses:

-Details about the new Unredacted online art collective, including why they started it.

-How there isn't anything on DeviantArt with a specific female and queer vibe, and how that is one of the goals for Unredacted.

-The importance of getting things started and letting them grow organically.

-Their history and first experiences with music.

-The scientific audio analysis techniques that they used to begin creating experimental music.

-How, like Jackson Pollock, Skoddie has intention behind what might seem to be unintentional music.

-Creating all of the music, and then the review process where they listen to the music and determine whether or not it moves them.

-How many artists and creative people feel as if their artwork is scarce, and how it doesn't have to be that way.

-How artists make their best work when nobody has heard of them, and the power that can come from tricking your brain into thinking that nobody will ever see what you are making.

-The importance of being able to ride the rollercoaster that is being a creative person.

-One of their hardest times when attempting to start a Kickstarter campaign that fell short of the goal.

-The importance of learning from your failures.

-One of the main goals of Unredacted to be able to showcase queer artists and focus on their artistic talent and voice instead of their queerness (like traditional media does).

-Their plans to potentially take over late-night television advertisements and fill it with art!

Skoddie's Final Push will inspire you to FINISH YOUR WORK (so it can be around for the rest of time).



"If you do all this planning but you don't actually get anything off the ground, you've got nothing."

"I got back into it in the least musical way possible."

"As long as I have some type of artistic vision behind it, I remain passionate about it."

"Just make stuff.  Make a ton of stuff and let it be bad.  In that sea of bad, you'll find some wonderful gems."

"I just feel like every time I fail, it makes me more savvy."

"Creating content is a much higher priority than building an audience."

"We all want to say we're going to quit our day jobs and be cool art people.  And that's fantastic.  But we don't make the art to feed ourselves.  We like to eat and we like to make art."

"There are a good amount of female artists out there but there are very few queer artists.  And the few that there are are upheld for their queerness but not as much for their artistic talents."

"We all have a stack of unfinished work but it's really special to be able to say, 'Hey, I made this.  This is going to be here for the rest of time.'"

Links mentioned:

Unredacted Online Art Collective

Theory of Obscurity: A Film about The Residents

Connect with Skoddie:

Facebook / Soundcloud / Bandcamp

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094: The power of your SECRET SKETCHBOOK (w/ Kalon Cheong)

Fri, May 20, 2016

Kalon is a software engineer living in Washington. He paints and draws purely for fun in his spare time. He believes art should be enjoyable, and should be more about the experience than the outcome.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/kalon

In this episode, Kalon discusses:

-What his average day looks like and when he is able to get to his art, having a full-time job.

-How he picked up drawing back in elementary school, drawing "TV show stuff."

-The differences between drawing from a source and drawing from imagination.

-How copying the styles of your favorite artists can help you to understand the methods of what makes their art great.

-How he took a great deal of time off in his college years.

-His great surprise when he found out that other people shared art on Instagram and other social media platforms.

-The different types of art that he does, depending on the mood that he is in.

-Some of the creative hurdles that artists, musicians, and other creative people have to face.

-How he keeps a "secret sketchbook," to take some of the pressure off of himself while he draws.

-The danger that comes from comparing yourself too much with other great artists (Hint: Don't hold your sketchbook up next to great artist's work).

-How sometimes you need to take an "art fast."

-How creativity comes in waves, and to try to hold on as long as you can when it strikes you.

-How your artistic eye can "level up," which is a good thing, but inevitably means that you will think your older art isn't as good.

-How in Computer Science, there is just one solution, but in art, there isn't one correct way to do things.

Kalon's Final Push will inspire you to just keep creating!


"When it comes to digital painting, I kind of just slab on paint until it looks right."

"With art, there's a lot of little hurdles that we have to face.  There's always these random creative blocks that we get."

"I keep a secret sketchbook.  I say, 'I'm not going to share anything in this sketchbook.  This is only for me.'"

"We're individuals.  So we can all have different voices."

"We all start somewhere.  The important thing is that you keep going."

"It gives me a voice.  I can share my thoughts in a visual way.  And I think that's the most appealing thing in art."

Links mentioned:

Sycra Yasin on Youtube

SinixDesign on Youtube

Connect with Kalon:

Instagram / Tumblr / Deviantart

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093: You woke up today. NOW WHAT? (w/ Donna Kater)

Thu, May 19, 2016

Donna Kater is known as a master in the art of reinventing oneself, particularly after a life-changing event.  She is dedicated to helping people survive, come alive, and thrive! She shares practical tips about how to heal your past so that you can move toward a brighter future. She has created two online video courses and has a book coming out in June entitled, “I’m Still Alive, Now What?” How to Survive and Thrive after a Life-Changing Event.

She has reinvented herself several times. She has had professional careers as a college and career counselor, small business owner, and acupuncturist. She has professional degrees in Psychology, Counseling and Oriental Medicine. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/donnakater

In this episode, Donna discusses:

-Some of the many changes she has gone through in her life that got her to the point she is at now.

-A quote by W. H. Murray that made her spring in to action.

-The fact that you don't need to know exactly how you are going to get to a certain goal or change -- the important thing is to start.

-How whenever you can get in touch with the core of who you really are, you begin to see what you are really meant to do, like a conversation with the Universe.

-Her recommendation to do some kind of meditation to get in touch with your core.

-How she got the inspiration for the title of her book, "I'm Still Alive, Now What?"

-The power that comes from simply taking baby steps on the path to making a change.

-The moment that she decided to change her life for the better, and the ability to look within herself to ask, "Now What?"

-A big change she made in her life when she decided to become an acupuncturist.

-How it is never too late to make a change in your life.

-The power of saying things out loud.

-Taking 100% responsibility for your life from now on.

-The importance of having good mentors.

Donna's Final Push will inspire you to realize that it is never too late to reinvent yourself!



"Once you move, then there's a chance for the universe to move back toward you.  If you don't move at all, nothing happens."

"When I really connect in with that soul of me, I also realize that it's not just me thinking about the Universe, the Universe is thinking about me, and what kind of dream wants to be manifested through me."

"What's the thing that you can commit to doing today that will move you toward that dream?"

"When your body hears you say something, it really goes into your subconscious."

Connect with Donna:

Website / Facebook

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092: If the door is locked, KICK OPEN THE BACK WINDOW (w/ RM Kavanagh)

Wed, May 18, 2016

RM Kavanagh is a painter from Ireland who is fascinated and influenced by the dissolving nature of life and the engagement of the inner mechanics of the human structure.  “As an artist I delve into the areas in life which are uncomfortable to ponder and I create those ideas on canvas leaving an everlasting stain on the viewer’s mind.”

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/rm

In this episode, RM discusses:

-The story behind the financial crash in Ireland that led to him creating "Groundhog Day" and "Comfortably Numb."

-His reason for using a perspective from underneath the table in "Comfortably Numb."

-Why the "gray areas" in life are important for him to capture in his art.

-How young artists have so many different types of art to choose, that it can often be very confusing to decide what path you want to go down.

-How he has struggled for years with "bad technical skills" and how he has had many good ideas that he didn't want to "waste."

-The value in studying the masters of your creative field to see how they created their work, so that you can take elements and incorporate it into your own.

-His advice to other artists who might not have the technical skills yet.

-A look into his past to see how he first got into painting.

-When there are obstacles in your path, just find a way around them.

-His advice to make as many connections as possible and to put yourself out there as much as you can.

-How rejection could indicate that what you are doing is simply ahead of its time.

-Details about his new show in 2017.

-How he balances his time, especially with the pressure of an upcoming show and a wife and children.

RM's Final Push will inspire you to obsess over your craft to be as unique as you possibly can!


"I think we sweep a lot that goes on under the carpet to protect ourselves as human beings."

"If you hit your fears head on, you become a stronger person."

"I like to capture the moment that people are not focusing on."

"I needed to experience all these types of art to see what direction I wanted to go down."

"I have a lot of good ideas, and I didn't want to waste them on bad technical practice."

"I'd live with an idea for at least a year or so, and if that idea stays within my mind, I know it is a strong idea to pursue."

"You have to strip back everything to the bare bone and try to build it back up again."

"I always find that when an obstacle is put in front of me, it makes me try harder to overcome it."

"You'll get rejected.  Everybody gets rejected and that's something you have to become familiar with.  Just embrace it because it never ends throughout your career."

"You don't have to be the best.  You just have to be unique."

"Every hour you're not honing your craft is a step further away from your passions."

"I would paint some paintings in my head before I would paint them.  And then it's easier to paint them because the job is half done because I'd figure out some of the technical problems."

Links mentioned:

Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewdson

Connect with RM:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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091: FEAR NOT! Even Martin Scorsese needs reassurance (w/ Casey Destefano)

Tue, May 17, 2016

Casey is an accomplished Director and Producer in film & TV, but she is now dedicating her life to inspire entrepreneurial mothers to live their dream while sneaking ice cream behind her children’s back.  And to do this, she has created a new podcast, “Women With Balls… In the Air.”

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/casey

In this episode, Casey discusses:

-How she got her start as a PA at Nickelodeon in New York City, but she realized quickly that she wanted to be in the field rather than stuck in an office.

-Why she started her podcast, "Women With Balls ... In the Air."

-How she wanted to be a dancer, but then realized that she might be better at something else, which is what drove her to TV & Film.

-One of her best creative moments when she was sick and had to finish a project for class, but still enjoyed doing it (and got an A).

-How she got to shadow Martin Scorsese and how even he is vulnerable and needs self-reassurance.

-One of her most unenjoyable times in her career when she sold out.

-One of her best moments, when she was able to direct for the first time.

-How she loves to learn and then teach others what she has learned.

-The beautiful affirmation that she often receives that show her that she has made the right decision and that she is going down the correct path.

Casey's Final Push will make you realize that you are the only person in the entire world that can express your unique idea and story.



"It was one of those defining moments.  'This is what I have to do.'"

"We're all creatives together and we all have fears.  That never stops."

"I think everyone should sell out just once in their career because it teaches you so many lessons."

"I learn and then I teach.  I learn and then I teach.  I learn and then I teach."

"Motherhood is really difficult if you're already living your dream."

"There is no one that is going to give you a chance.  You have to go out there and get the chance yourself."

Links mentioned:

Women With Balls... In the Air (iTunes)

Connect with Casey:

Website / Podcast / Facebook / Twitter

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090: Don't be afraid to JUMP DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE (w/ Ashley Elliott)

Mon, May 16, 2016

Ashley Elliott has done her art her entire life and has always wanted to be an artist, just never kept up with it -- until she started painting regularly in 2013, when her father became fatally sick and she needed a way to release what was going on inside of her.  She started taking her work to Philadelphia and never stopped.  And today she is recognized as a Philadelphia artist.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/ashleyelliott

In this episode, Ashley discusses:

-The appeal of Philadelphia and why she keeps going back

-The allure of chasing the rabbit down the rabbit hole and seeing where your art ends up taking you.

-Some of the synchronicities that she has experienced and how they make her feel.

-How artists don’t choose what they draw, but the art chooses them… and for her it is people.

-One of her first moments in sixth grade when a teacher inspired her to keep pursuing her talents as an artist

-How she always tries to encourage people to do whatever they want to do because life is too short.

-How you’re more insane to think that you can’t do something.

-How things can get a bit more difficult when money gets involved with your art, but how to effectively handle that.

-How her art is always evolving and teaching her about herself.

-Even when she paints other people, it is like she is painting a piece of herself and what she is feeling.

-How important it is to take time to do art for yourself, even when your art is a business.

-One of her best moments, during her first RAW Artists show, and seeing people appreciating and admiring her work.

-How achieving your dreams is often as easy as saying “Yes, I am going to do this” and then doing it.

-Her opinion on RAW Artists and how it can be a great way for new artists to “come out.”

Ashley's Final Push will inspire you to believe that you can do it with all of your heart and soul, and then just go for it.


“Coming from a really small town I wanted to take my art to a bigger city.”

“Every artist has their own thing that they paint or draw or sculpt and it’s almost like they didn’t choose it – it chose them.”

“When you start believing in your art, it will keep evolving and it will start getting people’s attention and it will start shining through.”

“Whether you’re gonna let it out of you or not, you’re an artist.  If you let it out, it’s going to evolve.  It’s going to take you places.  It’s going to create magic in your life.”

“I wanted to know, deep down inside, how my art made other people feel.”

“The coolest thing ever is to watch other people look at your art and feel something completely different than what you felt when you made it.”

“I think that a lot of artists do that – they take a lot of bad things and turn it into something great.”

“You won’t even have to try.  It will keep taking you places as long as you just say ”Yes” and believe in it.”

Connect with Ashley:

Store / Facebook / Instagram


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089: Let your creativity do the talking (w/ Ben Lopez)

Fri, May 13, 2016

Ben Lopez is an artist/illustrator/tattooer from Melbourne, Australia, who creates amazing, visionary work. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/benlopez

In this episode, Ben discusses:

-How he tries not to define himself as an artist.

-How psychedelics have helped to inspire him and shape his art.

-How he tries to let his art do the talking for him, and how he tries to tap into all of his experiences and put it into the art.

-How he had already made the decision in high school to make art for the rest of his life.

-The importance of finding your own style so that someone can recognize a piece as yours, just by looking at it.

-How an injury changed his trajectory as an artist.

-How he wishes he had more time for his personal art.

-His plan to come to the United States to do some tattooing/traveling.

-What Instagram and social media in general has done for his art and for his career.

-How art and creativity has brought him out of a lot of dark places and it constantly brings him happiness and a sense of purpose.


"I tattoo pretty much full time but I don't really like to be labeled as tattoo artist."

"I just started doodling in all my books and pretty much failed school because I drew on everything and hated everything else."

"I look at it now definitely as a blessing in disguise."

"I do have a struggle and that is balancing what I want to do and what I have to do."

"When I'm really happy and the client is really happy, that is when I love tattooing."

"I want to be better all the time, and that is what's driving me."

"I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for social media."

Connect with Ben:

Website / Facebook / Instagram


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088: Do the Cha-Cha and PUSH THROUGH THE VULNERABILITY (w/ Tess Alley)

Thu, May 12, 2016

Tess Alley is the author of The Divinity Bureau and a Finance Manager for Vacasa Vacation Rentals. She spends most of her days writing and crunching numbers; but when she isn't, she can be found playing 'Resistance' and fulfilling the wanderlust that comes with working for a vacation rental company. Her debut book, The Divinity Bureau, is available now for pre-order.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/tessalley

In this episode, Tess discusses:

-The difference between being a finance manager as a full-time job and a writer on the side.

-Her earliest memories of being creative, and how Harry Potter helped to inspire her creativity.

-How she got the inspiration to write The Divinity Bureau.

-The things that hold her back the most from being creative on a daily basis.

-How you have to sometimes do the "cha-cha" and take steps forwards and backwards to advance your position.

-The importance of scheduling programs like Google Calendar to keep you creative pursuits as a part of your daily schedule and at the top of your mind.

-All about her new book The Divinity Bureau.

-How some ideas can linger for a while before they are finally ready to be put out into the world.

-How the first step is always the most difficult, but you have to just take it and push through the vulnerability.

-The story behind the quotes on her Instagram page.

-How creativity and stories like the Harry Potter series are able to create a connection between people who love them.

Tess's Final Push will help you to realize that you have the same amount of hours in the day as all of your greatest heroes, so use them wisely!!!



"I was so focused on survival that I thought I had to give up on my lifelong dream."

"I think if you're a creative type, you actually have a physical need to create."

"In the end, the book ended up being a giant mesh of everything I've learned."

"I think I cried a little bit when I first saw it on Amazon."

"Even just writing a mediocre book is still a lot of work."

"I think the rewards definitely outweigh the fear."

Links mentioned:

"The Divinity Bureau" by Tess Alley

Connect with Tess:

Facebook / Instagram

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087: STRETCH YOUR FEARS! (w/ Stephen)

Wed, May 11, 2016

Stephen is a singer/songwriter who has just released his first album, "Sincerely."  In his own words: "My album is a story of triumph, of letting go of all the uncertainty in my head and learning to walk the path of my own heart. “Sincerely” is about realizing how much better this world would be if we all loved ourselves, if we weren’t afraid of being vulnerable and honest. It doesn’t matter who’s president or what technology we invent or what extremists we destroy, the only thing I know is this: There will never be peace if we do not all love ourselves."

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/stephen

In this episode, Stephen discusses:

-A bit about his background and how he came to find himself in Los Angeles.

-How he was the first student of the music school at the University of Miami who also played a Division 1 sport.

-The promise he made to himself at a young age that he would only pursue the things he was passionate about.

-How it's not like doing work, when you are spending time working on things that you love.  It's like you get to play.

-The journey that his song "Bullet Train" took him on and the fact that he almost didn't release it.

-How he only started singing three years before the release of this, his first album.

-How you need to think with the heart more than the head, because the head will give you countless excuses why you shouldn't do something for the sake of self-preservation.

-A game he plays with his friend called "Fear Stretching."

-How we are so scared of offending people or not being accepted that we live in a shell, and the more we practice stretching out our fears, the more quickly we can advance to better versions of ourselves.

-The fact that rejection is often times empowering because you can just be yourself without having to worry about other people's approval.

-The tremendous role that his management team at Th3rd Brain has played on his career so far.

-The message of his album Sincerely -- a call to action to make a difference as well as the self-discovery that happened in his life.

-How we distract ourselves with things like The Kardashians because we are afraid of what we are going to find if we look in the mirror too long.

-His music videos for "Crossfire" and "Start a Fire."

-How he has many resistances, but the main one is self-doubt.

Stephen's Final Push will inspire you to DANCE AROUND WITH THE TAMBOURINE!



"Something that has really done a lot of good for me is a promise I made to myself when I was really young that I would really only try to do the things that I really wanted to do."

"Talent is just intense passion discovered at an early age."

"When you put a lot of time into something that you really love, it's not work.  It's like you're having fun.  You're playing with it."

"I think it was a massive amount of insecurity.  I never imagined myself being a singer.  I never even sang in the shower."

"If I would ever sing along to a song, I would put on a joking singing voice, because I was scared that people would laugh at my singing voice, like my true expression."

"You've just gotta put yourself out there.  It's less a confidence and moreso a carelessness."

"The worst that can happen is not nearly as bad as you think."

"It's the "no's" that help us grow because we realize that the consequence of being rejected is nothing.  In fact, the consequence of being rejected a lot of the times is empowerment because you feel more free.  You feel like you don't need other people's approval to be yourself."

"The things that we're supposed to do that are going to help us the most are the things that we resist doing the most.

Links mentioned:

"Sincerely" on iTunes / Soundcloud

"Crossfire" by Stephen Official Music Video

"Bullet Train" by Stephen

Connect with Stephen:

Website / Spotify / Soundcloud / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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086: Do what's DEAR TO YOUR HEART and others will follow (w/ Cinzia Angelini)

Tue, May 10, 2016

Cinzia Angelini is a veteran story artist, animator and director with more than 20 years working in the animation industry.  She has worked both in 2D as well as CG and is currently a story artist for Illumination Pictures.  She has worked on films such as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, and Spider-Man 2.

Her latest project is titled, Mila.


In this episode, Cinzia discusses:

-A bit about her professional background and how she got to the point she now finds herself in her career.

-The inspiration behind Mila.

-How she attributes the team of 250 people from 25 countries wanting to work on Mila because of its powerful theme.

-How animation artists typically work on happier projects intended to make children laugh, but the chance to work on such a strongly themed project made many of them want to jump on it.

-Some of the challenges that come from working with a large team from all over the world in a virtual environment.

-How she is happy that she was somewhat ignorant of how tough such a large project would be.

-How if you think too much about the potential consequence of trying something, you will lose the momentum and not even try.

-The power that comes from a visual representation of what you are trying to accomplish.

-The advantages of being able to multitask.

-How she gets through the daily struggles of being tired and worn out.

-How people can support the creation of Mila through the Indiegogo campaign.

-Her recommendation for anyone thinking about it, to direct even a short production because of how much you learn.

-The importance of surrounding yourself with people who have the skills that you don't have.

Cinzia's Final Push will inspire you to pick a subject that is personal to you, and others will follow!


"If it wasn't for the theme, I wouldn't have had this reaction from the artists."

"My father usually tells me I am like a warrior, so I have a little bit of that attitude of, 'Let's just do it and we will figure it out as we go.'"

"I would do it a gazillion times over, even if it is so much work."

Links mentioned:

Mila's Indiegogo Campaign!

Connect with Cinzia:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube / Tumblr

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085: Put in the time and REAP THE BENEFITS (w/ Stef Azevedo)

Mon, May 09, 2016

Stef Azevedo is a nature-trippin' self-taught artist from Seattle, Washington, who has been gracing the internet with her beautiful art for the past thirteen years.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/stef

In this episode, Stef discusses:

-The role that nature plays in her life and how it helps her to recharge and find inspiration.

-How she used to draw all over her homework, and how a teacher suggested to her parents that they get her more involved in art.

-Her realization that she could create and share art at the age of 14, when she found a site where people shared Sailor Moon fan art.

-How there was a period of time in her twenties when she explored other avenues and didn't draw for three or four years, but she ultimately came back when she realized that there was nothing else she wanted to do more.

-How she handled the transition of quitting her full-time job and not having as much money.

-How her break from art led to sadness, but going out on hikes and exploring reinvigorated her creativity.

-Her upcoming solo show on June 10, 2016 at Crimson Graphics Studio in Tacoma, Washington.

-Why she chooses to mostly draw women figures.

-How she balances her time with the many things going on in her artistic life.

-What she does on days when the creative juices are not flowing.

-How fun it is to see the way other people interpret her art.

Stef's Final Push will inspire you to be patient with yourself as you approach your art!


"I would always draw all over my homework and I'd get in trouble for it."

"I did go through a period in my twenties where I did not draw at all for three or four years."

"I weened off of working full time to work full-time on my art."

"I always try to make my women look really strong and confident in my work.  They've got it.  They're good.  They're holding it down."

"Everything takes time.  And if you put that time in, you will reap those benefits."

Connect with Stef:

Store / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Society6

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084: Have creative GOALS instead of creative WISHES (w/ Sergio Lopez)

Fri, May 06, 2016

Sergio Lopez aka The Main Loop is a North Bay Area based fine artist who specializes in oil landscapes, contemporary nude figures, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings.

He has won multiple awards and has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Spectrum, Bluecanvas, as well as many online publications.  He is also the co-founder of the North Bay Plein Air Painters group and has been helping organize monthly paint-outs since 2009.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/themainloop

In this episode, Sergio discusses:

-How he got into the plein air scene and the differences between painting outdoors and painting in the studio.

-How he tries to only paint something that he is seeing with his own eyes or has seen before, as he doesn't trust photos to accurately portray the subject matter.

-How his goal is to keep as little distance as possible from himself and his paintings so as to get the most accurate representation of what he sees and feels.

-How and why he started the North Bay Plein Air Painters group.

-His advice for anyone interested in trying out plein air painting.

-Some of his earliest memories of being creative.

-How he often gets bored of what he has been spending a lot of time doing, and that is usually when he switches up his medium to keep things fresh.

-Some of the struggles that come from being a full-time fine artist.

-How he knows that he works better at night, so he shifts his schedule to work with that.

-The power of turning off the Wi-Fi.

Sergio's Final Push will inspire you to figure out WHY you want to be an artist.


"All the lessons that you learn from intensely observing something, you can do that from any subject you want to work from."

"Even now when I paint from photos, I almost never paint from something that I haven't painted yet before."

"For me, the goal is to have something that feels like I was there or I am still standing there and getting that feeling that I remember."

"If you're a person who paints in the studio and never has gone out, I'd say you're missing out on a lot."

"When I got to school I quickly realized that I was in the wrong department."

"It took a while to get to a certain sort of rhythm."

"Find out why you want to do art.  As soon as you figure out why, it's a lot easier to focus your energy and resources on how to do it because you'll have a goal to strive for.  Without that road map, it is more of a wish than a goal."

Links mentioned:

-Contemporary Figuration Exhibit at Abend Gallery

-North Bay Plein Air Painters group

-Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed and Roger Reed

Connect with Sergio:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / Twitter


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083: You can SURVIVE CREATIVE BURNOUT (Li Chen Part 2)

Thu, May 05, 2016

Hailing from New Zealand, Li Chen is the creator of Extra Ordinary Comics (or Exocomics) which is a weekly slice-of-life webcomic based on her life with her partner Jordan, and her cat Shoelace.  With her fun and quirky comics, she has gained a steady following of fans and supporters and has published three collections of her work.

Listen to Part 1 here

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/li2

In this episode, Li discusses:

-All of the advantages that formats like Patreon and Kickstarter offer to artists and creative people as opposed to the "old way" where he power was in the hands of the few.

-How she sometimes goes through periods of creative burnout where she hates everything that she does.

-How she handles the stress and agony that comes from bouts of creative burnout.

-Her most triumphant creative moment, and even that had its stressful moments.

-Her favorite comic thus far, "Fast and Curious."

-How art and creativity allow her to communicate with the world in a way that she wouldn't be able to otherwise.

-One of her drawings of Comic Li being chased by a goose that really united her fans in a hatred for geese.

-How she enjoys capturing little moments, especially ones that can be universally understood.

Li's Final Push will inspire you to use your finite time on Earth



"Every now and then I get creative burnout, where I go through this period where I just hate all of my work and I feel like my best work is behind me."

"Creative burnout is not something you can just lie in bed, drink lots of fluids, and just get over."

"Every time I finish something, there's a bit of creative triumph."

"I really like capturing little moments."

Links mentioned:

-Li's Patreon page

-The Patreon Podcast

-Yotsubato! Vol. 1 (Amazon)

Connect with Li:

Website / Store / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Patreon


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082: The "authority figures" AREN'T REAL (Li Chen Part 1)

Wed, May 04, 2016

Hailing from New Zealand, Li Chen is the creator of Extra Ordinary Comics (or Exocomics) which is a weekly slice-of-life webcomic based on her life with her partner Jordan, and her cat Shoelace.  With her fun and quirky comics, she has gained a steady following of fans and supporters and has published three collections of her work.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/li

In this episode, Li discusses:

-How many children love to draw but eventually lose their passion, but she just kept going.

-How and why she started Extra Ordinary Comics.

-Patreon and Kickstarter and how they helped her to release her collections.

-The notion of authority figures that we envision as the gatekeepers that hold us back from doing what we want to do.

-How she still sometimes feels like an imposter who just found herself in this situation.

-How her style has changed over the years and how looking back at the older comics sometimes makes her cringe.

-How she is grateful that, when she was starting out, she was somewhat ignorant to the amount of improvement that she would undergo in the next few years.

-Her process of creating a comic and how long it takes her.

-How she likes to go to a local park in order to get ideas, and how she sometimes has to trick her brain into thinking it is not there to do work.

-The inspiration and knowledge that we can learn from children.

-What it's like to have Jordan in her corner.

-Her initial hesitancy to start a Patreon campaign and what it has been like for her since starting it.


"I always thought that I'd have to wait until someone with authority would contact me about it."

"It was a really amazing and challenging year of my life, going from never doing anything like that before to having published two books and then actually going to a library and seeing them."

"The idea of just quitting my day job without knowing what's coming next was very scary."

"I think the thing that has always held me back is my mindset about the so-called "authority figures" or people that can tell me that I can do the thing that I want to do."

"When I look at my old comics it makes me cringe."

"If I knew then how bad I think it would be now, I don't think that I would have continued.  I definitely had a very nice force-field of stupid protecting me."

"For my whole career, I definitely want to look back at my work and cringe, because it can only mean that I am progressing."


Links mentioned:

-Li's Patreon page

-The Patreon Podcast

-Yotsubato! Vol. 1 (Amazon)

Connect with Li:

Website / Store / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Patreon

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081: Shun comfort and take a MIND-DISSOLVING VACATION (w/ Karan Bajaj)

Tue, May 03, 2016

Karan Bajaj is a #1 bestselling Indiannovelist with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print, bothoptioned into major films. Karan'sfirst worldwide novel, The Yoga of Max's Discontent, will be bepublished by Random House on May3rd' 2016. The book was inspired by Karan's one year sabbatical traveling from Europe toIndia by road and learning yoga and meditation in theHimalayas.  Karan hasalso worked in senior executive roles at companies like Procter& Gamble and the Boston Consulting Group and was named among AdAge's "Top 40 Under 40 executives" in the US.

Fullshownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/karan

In this episode, Karan discusses:

-The "4, 1, 4" rule and how it helped him to thrive, not only inhis career, but in his life.

-His "conscious goal-lessness" during his time off, especiallywhen he is so driven during his working years.

-His advice for someone who struggles to get to the point ofrealizing that they are already equipped for life and don't need toconcentrate so hard on improvement.

-The idea of taking mind- or self-dissolving vacations, whereyou actually try to change and better yourself as a person asopposed to simply going to a new location.

-How he kick-started my meditation practice with a 10 day silentvipassana retreat and how a vipassana retreat is actually quiteaccessible for anyone who is interested in trying it (it'sfree!)

-How his 10-day silent retreat helped him to see that he hadbeen in a constant mode of wanting, or feeling as if hewas lacking something instead of living in the moment.

-His one year sabbatical and how he spent the time.

-How living extremely simply for a long period of time helps youto realize that you really don't need much in your everyday life tosurvive and it helps to make you stronger when facing toughsituations.

-The benefits that his retreat gave to his creativity.

-His suggestion to always start with concentration-basedmeditation approaches.

-What to do when other thoughts begin to creep into yourconsciousness while you are meditating.

-The joy and inspiration that comes from seeing yourself on ahero's journey.  Even if you don't reach the goal, the act oftrying is a success.

-How art fixes the world for him.

Karan's Final Push will inspire you to SHUN COMFORTfor a period of time in order to be a happier and more creativeperson in the long term.



"What I have learned through this period is that my sabbaticalyear has to be almost the complete antithesis of my workingyears."

"I'm always shunning this idea that I have to constantly bebetter than who I am."

"I just try to operate with this idea that I am complete and Ihave enough depth to tap into, versus wanting to be more than Iam."

"You can't help but to be different after those ten days."

"It's not like some instant moment of enlightenment.  Youstart understanding the endlessness of our thought waves."

"I almost feel that every artist is creating out of a sense thatthis world is incomplete and they need to create a more completeand idealized version.  Art fixes the world for me."

Links mentioned:

TheYoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj

"My 4,1,4 rule, or why you shouldn't feel thepressure to become an entrepreneur" (From Karan's blog)

Your Creative Push Ep. 2: Approach the first brushstroke with ENERGY (w/ Karl M?rtens)

Connect with Karan:

Website/ Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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080: Plant your CREATIVE SEEDS! (w/ Emily New)

Mon, May 02, 2016

Emily is a humble illustrator currently wandering Brooklyn. She was featured in CMYK Magazine as an up and coming illustrator once, and she thinks that was pretty cool. But these days she has been hiding in small venues and drawing the musicians playing there, in attempt to grow roots in the artists community. She posts the drawings on Instagram under the name Narkolator, which is a meaningless made-up word that she should probably change soon.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/emilynew

In this episode, Emily discusses:

-How she got started drawing musicians during their live performances.

-How putting the drawings on Instagram led to many unexpected connections.

-How other bars liked her images on Instagram, which led to more venues for her to check out.

-Her advice for people who might like to keep their drawings to themselves instead of sharing them on Instagram or trying to sell them on Etsy.

-How her drawings of musicians is sustainable for her, and she doesn't need to have a gimmicky thing like drawing Queequeg for 31 straight days.

-The fact that the things that you post on Instagram don't have to be fully armed with hashtags.  They can just be things that you want to selectively share.

-How people quickly notice when you are creating art for other people instead of a self-serving agenda.

-How drawing at the Jalopy is like a form of weekly therapy for her.

-The "trades" that she has gotten for her art, even if the trade is as simple as a communication with her favorite artists.

-How easy it is to tell when someone is starting something in an attempt to make money.

-The value in "planting seeds."

-What art and creativity brings to her life.

-The importance of being a person of value to other people.

Emily's Final Push will help you to realize that your artwork is a lens.


"You just have to find that one specific thing that's very sustainable."

"It's very sustainable for me to do this thing.  It's just had a lot of impact on my life, but it's something that I would do naturally."

"There have been times where I draw something and then I post it on Instagram but maybe it's not for everybody in the world to find."

"It's almost like therapy to me.  I don't have to think about anything in the world right now.  I don't have to think about my job where I actually punch in.  I can just sit here and just draw what I see."

"My more successful drawings have been because everything has been coming from just the truth that happened in that instance."

"The payoff for me is that I can say 'Hello' to my favorite musicians every week."

"When I decided to start living for other people, that's where my artistic voice started coming from."

"I realized I'm going to make art anyway.  It's just a natural tendency.  But if I work on my relationships, maybe it's not so artistic, but art seems to come from it anyway.

Connect with Emily:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr


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079: It doesn't have to be perfect. Just GET IT FINISHED! (w/ Jake Parker)

Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Jake Parker is an illustrator who has worked for 15 years on everything from animated films to comics to picture books.  He is the creator of the Missile Mouse graphic novel series published by Scholastic, and he has worked for Blue Sky Studios, creating sets and environments for feature films like Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, and Epic.  He now freelances out of his home studio in Utah.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jakeparker

In this episode, Jake discusses:

-A bit about his personal life and what he is currently up to.

-Why he started SVS School, who his target audience is, and what you can learn there.

-Some of his earlier memories of drawing.

-How his parents and teachers were very supportive as well as his friend's mom, who was a painter.

-How doubt, comparing himself to others, time restraints, and over-committing to things are the main things that sometimes hold him back.

-How sometimes he compares himself to other people who are doing other careers and making lots of money, but then he remembers the freedom and joy that drawing gives him.

-How he gets through negative thoughts and battles through his resistance.

-The influence that both his wife and God play in his life, especially when he feels lost or discouraged.

-One of his hardest moments creatively, which actually came as a result of accomplishing one of his lifelong goals.

-An e-mail that completely changed his perspective when he was feeling like Missile Mouse was not having an impact.

-If you are taking on a large personal project, making sure that you create an appropriate balance with all of the other things that are important in your life, such as family, friends, and work.

-Making a large project into a marathon, not a sprint, and chipping away at it.

-The importance of rewarding yourself as you reach milestones.

-Finding a way to create accountability with self-imposed projects.

-How he balances his time, by making sure that everyone knows what is expected of them and being able to be flexible.

Jake's Final Push will inspire you to COMPLETE SOMETHING, even if it isn't perfect.


"For this little artist kid, there was all this opportunity and I just ate it up."

"If I faced any resistance then and now, it's always been self-imposed."

"I think being an artist as your career choice is probably the hardest thing you can do to make money."

"Yea.  I could be sitting there on the beach, thinking, Man, I wish I was drawing."

"Life is hard enough as it is with everything that people are doing, and I'm happy to provide a place for someone to escape to when they need.  And that's what keeps me going."

"It doesn't work to have accountability to yourself.  Because yourself knows all your excuses and sees the validity in them and will give you a pass."

"You need a final product, you don't need a project."

Links mentioned:

Society of Visual Storytelling (SVS School)

You Need a Product, Not a Project e041 (Jake's YouTube channel)

Connect with Jake:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest / YouTube / Tumblr / Store /


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078: Take the first step, then ask WHAT'S NEXT? (w/ Blanca LaCortiglia)

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Blanca is an artist from the Bronx, New York, but currently residing in Clarksville, Tennessee.  She is a RAW Artist and a member of DAC (downtown artist co-op) and she received a BA in Art Studios with a concentration in painting at the University of South Carolina.  And she will be showcasing her work as a vendor at three different events during the month of June.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/blanca

In this episode, Blanca discusses:

-What RAW is and how she became a part of it.

-How organizations like RAW allow artists to spread their wings and show their work in other cities and towns without as much risk.

-The Downtown Artist Co-Op and how she became a part of that.

-The start of her educational journey in interior design, with a program that let her down.

-The next leg of her journey attempting to become a teacher.

-Another barrier that showed up that held her back from being a teacher, but how she was able to pivot in a new direction.

-Her plans to open her own gallery.

-Her advice to anyone who doesn't have the time or can't afford to go to college to be an artist.

-All of the free resources available to everyone, like the library and the Internet.

-How when she was working three jobs, she was unable to "love" her studio because she was too tired.

-Her decision to take her life into her own hands and go get a job having to do with art that she loved.

-Her constant desire to ask, "What's next?" after accomplishing a goal.

Blanca's Final Push will inspire you to embrace rejection and know that you can keep trying, even if you have to pivot.


"The program let me down."

"I've noticed that a lot of people make you feel silly when you think of going to college to be an artist."

"It's so weird when you try to actually tell a person that you want to be an artist."

"With all these dilemmas in my choices in school, it really affected who I was as an artist."

"This is a beautiful blessing and gift that you have.  If you know how to make art, do it and don't let anyone tell you not to."

"If you are an artist, say 'I am an artist.'  Don't say 'I'm an aspiring artist' or 'I do this on the side.'"

"Stay self-motivated, even if nobody believes in you."

"I was totally lost.  Just making money and surviving."

"If I hadn't taken all those tiny little baby steps, I wouldn't be here.  And I'm happy here."

Links mentioned:

"How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul" by Caroll Michaels

Connect with Blanca:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Shop


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077: You're IMPOSSIBLY RARE. So DO SOMETHING! (Alex Hofeldt Part 2)

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Alex Hofeldt is a high school science teacher from Illinois and is the creator and host of Beautiful Dust Specks, a podcast designed to show the world the wonder and motivation in Science.

Listen to Part 1 here!

In this episode, Alex discusses:

-How spending money on the podcast helped to motivate him to keep doing it.

-The value that can come from scaring yourself a little bit every day.

-How like a cell, you adapt to the situation you find yourself in, and how the people around you can oftentimes bring you down.

-How creative people can resonate with each other because they realize how we need to help lift each other up.

-The importance of holding onto the people that do resonate with what you are attempting to do, and ignoring the haters.

-How 28/30 students can be completely enthralled with what he is teaching, but he will only be paying attention to the one or two that aren't paying attention.

-How his most "astounding fact" is how the deeper and deeper you go into science, the more you see how EVERYTHING is connected.

Alex's Final Push will inspire you to move inch by inch and remain DYNAMIC!



"There's no greater time to be creative.  Period."

"For me the fear of not doing it outweighed the fear of doing it."

"I think regrets have some power that you can muster and you can wield it for good if you don't let it bog you down."

"Just do it wholeheartedly. Whatever it is you're going to do in life, just dive into it."

"Scare yourself.  Try to do something every day that's just a little freaky."

"If you move inch by inch, increment by increment, moment for moment towards a goal, you are moving.  You are dynamic."

"You have infinite possibilities, no matter what anyone tells you.  These cells that make up me, Michael Jordan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, are all the same cells, just put in different environments.  So go find your environment.  Seek it out.  Search for it vehemently.  Aggressively go after the things that make you smile."


Links mentioned:

Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image

Are You a Miracle?  On the Probability of Your Being Born (Huffington Post)

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler

We Are Here: The Pale Blue Dot (YouTube)

The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson (YouTube)

Connect with Alex:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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076: What singularity are you going to KICK INTO MOTION? (Alex Hofeldt Part 1)

Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Alex Hofeldt is a high school science teacher from Illinois and is the creator and host of Beautiful Dust Specks, a podcast designed to show the world the wonder and motivation in Science.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/alexhofeldt

In this episode, Alex discusses:

-How he became interested in podcasts and podcasting.

-Some of the fears that held him back from initially starting "Beautiful Dust Specks."

-The students that really encouraged him to create the podcast.

-How one of his missions is to be a better teacher than his bad teachers growing up.

-How the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image inspired him to go on a rant which led to a yearly speech he makes in his school.

-The inspiration that comes from being his kids favorite teacher.

-Trying your hardest to ignore the haters and embrace the lovers.

-How humans are the only creature in the animal kingdom to have creativity.

-Flow state and the science behind it.

-How everyone has their creative muse or their creative bug, even if it differs from "traditional" art forms.



"The older and older I get, the more and more I dig it, so I just decided to throw that out into the ether and see what goes down."

"I just got out of my own way finally."

"I want science to be a part of people's lives and maybe I'm a conduit for it."

"Part of being a human is running with whatever creative experience you want to get through.  If something speaks to you, make it happen."

"One of the best things about being a human is creativity."

"I think that everyone has their Muse if they're willing to look for it."

"What singularity are you going to start?  What are you going to kick into motion just to see what happens?"


Links mentioned:

Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image

Are You a Miracle?  On the Probability of Your Being Born (Huffington Post)

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler

We Are Here: The Pale Blue Dot (YouTube)

The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson (YouTube)

Connect with Alex:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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075: DON'T LIMIT YOURSELF from anything you want to create (w/ Yliana Paolini)

Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Yliana Paolini is a constant doubter, doubting from herself to the universe itself.  She is an artist from Luxembourg who likes to create, but doesn’t see herself as a GREAT artist, just somebody who is willing to go beyond her comfortable zone to get more of what she loves, which is passion itself.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/yliana

In this episode, Yliana discusses:

-How doubt is something that is prevalent with creative people and how it never seems to go away.

-A bit of history in her tattooing career and why she decided to go into music.

-How her tattoos are for pleasing other people, but her art and music is for pleasing herself.

-How she feels after just releasing her first EP.

-How she had to find a balance between the tattoo artistry and the music.

-Her advice for anyone who already defines themselves in one particular field of art or creativity that is thinking about trying a completely different form of art.

-How the main thing that held her back and still does to some extent is her ignorance in knowing what she wanted.

-How her ego held her back from pursuing music because of the imagined limitations it placed on her.

-The fear that people have to jump into something unknown, but how we should all do it anyway.

-How simply thinking positively isn't enough -- you have to take action.

-Working on and mastering her EP with a Grammy winner.

-How doing art and tattooing gives her balance and a form of meditation, which leads to peace of mind.

Yliana's Final Push will inspire you to understand that it is YOU who decides what to do with your life.


"Music is the way I can express myself in the best way."

"Music for me is my healing tool."

"I think I found myself some sort of balance."

"First of all you need to believe that you can do it."

"We all have a different way of learning.  We all grow in a different rhythm."

"Just let that little light from the end of the tunnel shine through and guide you to create something."

Links mentioned:

"How Music Works" by David Byrne

"Who I Am" by Pete Townshend

"Donnie Darko"

Connect with Yliana:

Website / Facebook / Crutz / Crutz on iTunes


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074: Can't you give your art just FIVE MINUTES A DAY? (w/ Pierre Antoine Moelo aka P?ah)

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Pierre is a concept artist born in Paris and currently living in Montreal, Canada.  He worked in the video game industry for five years before switching to animation.  And after eight years in the industry as a concept artist, his goal is to explore and propose a wide range of possibility in creating universes.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/peah

In this episode, Pierre discusses:

-His personal projects and how he finds the time and motivation to get them done while still maintaining his job.

-The importance of finishing a project, and how it is much more difficult to finish something than to start it.

-How he got started with his project "Smokey Town," and how it is evolving.

-How he was contacted by Daniela Fischer and how they were able to collaborate.

-The fact that nobody will know that you might need help in a specific area unless you put yourself out there and ask for help.

-How something you might perceive as a "failure" might really be some other success in disguise that leads you somewhere else.

-His background that led him to want to create universes.

-Setting a timer for five minutes to help motivate him to do work and to take some of the pressure off.

-How drawing and painting is like a sport, because it is in daily practice and training that you can progress and get better.

-A difficult time when he developed a rare disease, and how it made him realize what he wanted to be spending his time on.

-How your worst moments often times end up becoming your best moments.

-How he loves art because of the range of creativity that it can allow, both intuitive and cerebral.



"I think the key with personal projects is to find something you really love to do."

"Starting something is good, but finishing it is better."

"You can tell stories in still illustration in only one picture."

"It's like a sport.  You have to practice it on a daily basis to get better."

"I really see drawing and painting as a sport.  It's in the daily practice that you see big changes."

"The love of drawing gave me strength and confidence."

"Finding a subject you love is the most important thing."

"I learned from this episode to be confident with my art and not to worry too much about things that don't matter that much.  Because what matters is what you love and that is the only thing to be focused on."

"Failing and success is exactly the same thing as long as you learn from it."

"When I struggle with my art, I see it as a way to learn more than a failure."

"What I love about art is that you can go to all of those places with a pencil."

Links mentioned:

"Smokey Town" Trailer

Daniela Fischer

Connect with Pierre:

Website / Facebook / Vimeo / Tumblr

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073: Tell your fears and critics to TAKE A NAP! (w/ Carrington Schaeffer)

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Carrington Schaeffer is a writer of creepy children's fiction and a member of the all-girl vintage vocal jazz quartet, The Tonettes.  She is also the host of the podcast “Honestly, Dear Listener,” which is a podcast that aims to seek answers to the question of why so many of us let fear and insecurity keep us from creating.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/carrington

In this episode, Carrington discusses:

-Her reason for starting her podcast, "Honestly, Dear Listener."

-How she is a mom who needs to have her own creative pursuits, or else she ends up getting frustrated.

-The importance of giving up on perfectionism and control of what other people perceive of you.

-How being honest and open about your struggles allows for true art and expression to thrive.

-How celebrating the small victories is more important than the grand gestures.

-Her intention for publishing her actual voice memos in her podcast, and how scary it can be to put the "owchies" out there.

-The notion of addressing editor/fear that tells you to not do certain things in a kind way, so that it will "take a nap" and leave you alone.

-A transformative experience during a piece of performance art that she performed without a plan.

-Some of the other things that hold her back, including the fear of people pitying her as well as the fear of failure.

-Redefining what failure is, so that you can celebrate the small victories as they come.

-The importance of getting out of your own way.

Carrington's Final Push will inspire you to tell your inner critic and fear to TAKE A NAP!



"I started the podcast because I needed an outlet."

"I'm a mom who really needs to have her own pursuits and identity that is separate from the mom title.  And I have found that if I don't honor that part of myself, I get really, really frustrated and I'm actually a worse mom."

"I think the thing that I've had to learn is to be gentle with myself."

"I'm happy when I can sit down and write a paragraph.  To me, that is winning.  And that is to be celebrated."

"It doesn't have to be perfect.  It just matters that you start."

"Everyone has the editor that screams 'DON'T DO IT, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THINK YOU ARE AN IDIOT!'"

"Some of our most transformative art comes from spontaneity and is generated by saying 'Fear, thanks but no thanks.  Take a nap.'"

"Because of the fear of failure, there's no room for experimentation, which is huge in art and creating art."

"It's almost like you get in your own way and you need to step out of your own way to be able to get the gift that's within you out."

Links mentioned:

Honestly, Dear Listener

Connect with Carrington:

Instagram / Twitter

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072: The more you FAIL, the more you LEARN (w/ Clay Cook)

Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Clay Cook began his creative career in the music industry, and after 10 years, his passion had leaned towards photography, cinematography and graphic design.

Constantly collaborating with fresh designers, national models, filmmakers and other photographers, Clay has built a reputable name as an award-winning internationally published photographer and filmmaker, specializing in editorial and advertising photography.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/claycook

In this episode, Clay discusses:

-How he got started with photography, transitioning from his music career.

-The importance of having a good logo and good flyers for bands, as perception is reality.

-His suggestion for any creative person who is looking to dabble in other creative fields as well as the field they are already pursuing.

-How "playing around" or investigating other creative pursuits can really help to prevent burnout.

-How the pre-production elements that come into play end up taking so much time away from the actual act of taking photographs.

-The parties that he threw when he was just starting out, where he would shoot his friends on a cloth background.

-How the impressive quality of images that he was able to capture with the DLSR got him excited to keep shooting.

-When he started "going for it" with photography, he wasn't completely sure of the exact path he would be taking, only that he would find a way to be successful.

-His advice to just keep shooting, because the more you shoot, the more you fail.  And we learn by failing.

-The importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone, because if you are comfortable, you are most likely not growing.

-How he used to immerse himself in YouTube videos and tutorials in order to learn everything he could about photography.

-How to balance a job that you hate with your creative passion.

-His unwavering desire to be his own boss and the sacrifices that came with making that decision a reality.

Clay's Final Push will inspire you to be obsessed with your work and never give up.



"Perception is reality in the music business."

"The beauty in creativity is that it covers a whole wide umbrella of different topics."

"For me, photography was just as fulfilling and rewarding as music was."

"I think you have to stick to your passion, but dabbling in those other areas doesn't hurt at all.  And it will only improve your self-satisfaction."

"I spend more time in a pre-production state than I do in a production state or a post-process production state."

"I would throw parties just to shoot friends on a cloth background in my little office that was a 5x5 room.  It was almost a closet that I was sticking these people in and photographing them."

"I didn't care who I shot or what I shot.  It was just so exciting for me."

"The biggest piece of advice I can give to someone just starting out in photography is just to shoot.  Because the more you shoot, the more you're going to fail, and the more you fail, the more you're going to learn."

"You have to really be obsessed with your craft."

"I always want to be outside of my comfort zone."

"I've seen a lot of photographers get worse over the years because of the fact that they never truly step outside their comfort zone."

Connect with Clay:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube


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071: You DO have time for your creativity! (w/ Suzanna Schlemm)

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Suzanna is a painter who lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where her husband, daughter and dog hang out on the first floor, while she, her paintings, and her cats exist on the second floor.  Sometimes they get mixed up, but they all survive with just a few minor scratches.

Suzanna believes that beauty is oxygen.  We don’t need to worship it, but to deny it’s vital importance is na?ve.  Life is sometimes hard, but it is always, always beautiful and her painting is the purest expression of the beauty that exists within her.


In this episode, Suzanna discusses:

-Her earliest memories of being creative.

-The time her mother posed the question to her: "What is happiness to you?"

-How happiness for her, is working and staying busy creating.

-Her slow shift into becoming an artist, as her original dream was to be a dancer.

-How everything she had been building in her life disappeared, but how great she actually felt about it after getting over the shock.

-How you can "hack life" more as you get older and how she would never want to go back to her 20's or 30's.

-How there are legitimate things in life that we have to do that can get in the way of our creative pursuits, but too often we use them as our excuse.

-The idea that the subconscious mind is an elephant and the conscious mind is an ant, and no matter how determined the ant might be, it can not move the elephant.

-The importance of aligning the conscious and subconscious parts of your brain so it isn't like trying to push an elephant.

-How it is difficult to be in a vulnerable place with your art for multiple hours a day.

-How she teaches the same technical skills to her students, but some of them flourish while others get caught up in the excuses.

-How many of us continue to be uncomfortable in our life situations until it hurts too much.

Suzanna's Final Push will inspire you to be kind to yourself and JUST START!


"I feel that I almost subconsciously took myself to that place where everything had to be ruined so I could start over again."

"Painting is hard.  It is really hard."

"'How can I go paint?  There's nothing for dinner!'  And you're thinking about that at ten in the morning."

"'I don't have time' is the worst of myths."

Links mentioned:

Seth Godin

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert

"Your Elusive Creative Genius" - Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk

"The Art of Asking" by Amanda Palmer

How to Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind to Get What You Want w/ Dr. Cathy Collautt (YouTube)

"RESOLVED: 13 Solutions for LIFE" by Orrin Woodward


Connect with Suzanna:

Website / Facebook / Instagram


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070: Choose to work hard on SOMETHING YOU LOVE (w/ Ron Pope)

Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Ron has stood at the crossroads where so many musicians find themselves – at the intersection of record label and independence.  In an ever-evolving industry filled with rejection and compromise, he has plotted a new course for his music to reach loyal listeners, taking the industry-road-less-traveled in exchange for the ultimate payback, a league of devoted fans the world over (and I am one of them).

He has sold over 2 million singles to date, he averages 15 million spins a MONTH on Pandora, and his songs have been streamed over 120 million times.  His songs have been featured on “The Voice,” “Vampire Diaries,” 90210” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

His latest album “Ron Pope & the Nighthawks,” is available everywhere music is sold.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/ronpope

In this episode, Ron discusses:

-His creative origins and how he got to the point he is today as a songwriter and musician.

-His involvement at the inception of “The District.”

-How he writes such a large quantity of songs because he knows that not all of them will be good enough to make a record.

-The belief that if you want to be a songwriter, you just have to sit down, shut up, and write songs.

-How he doesn’t really believe in writer’s block.  It is just accepting that some of the stuff you write will be garbage.

-The importance of working harder than everyone else if you want to excel to the highest level of your creative field.

-One of the times that he was having a very difficult time writing a song, and then all of the sudden he was struck with the song in its entirety.

-How doing the hard work every day and getting used to what the work feels like puts you in a better position to capture inspiration and put it into its “physical” form, even in just one take.

-The role that music played in his life when he was younger to make him feel more connected and less alone.

-The profound connection that comes when people play his music during special events.

-How his song "I Do Not Love You" played a special role in Youngman Brown's life as his first dance at his wedding.

-How art is subjective and it doesn’t matter what the artist thinks about it once the viewer or listener has given it his or her own meaning.

-How hard it is to comprehend large numbers of listenership, and the power that comes from one-on-one connections.

-What he has been up to creating and touring his new album Ron Pope & the Nighthawks.

Ron's Final Push will inspire you to choose to do the thing you love



“That songwriting circle was really the difference for me.  If I hadn’t joined that group, I don’t know if I would have been able to become a professional songwriter.”

“I just feel like I’m not good enough to sit down and write ten songs and have all ten of those songs be bangers and have that be the record.”

“For my last album, Ron Pope and the Nighthawks  I wrote 150 songs.  We recorded 40 of them or so to get to the 11 that we have on the record.”

“Really almost everything is like this.  If you want to do it, and you want to do it at a high level, you’re going to have to work harder than everybody else.”

“It was like I got hit by lightning.  It was into my brain immediately.  The song in my bones just existed.  The whole thing.  The melody, the lyrics, the chords, the whole thing.”

“You put yourself in a much better position to have chance favor you if you do the right kind of work.”

“It made me excited when I stumbled upon music that made me feel something.  It made me feel much less alone.”

“I very rarely share the stories behind my songs because I want you to take them home and make them your stories.”

“It’s still a really powerful feeling to know that whatever you’re creating is a part of people’s lives.”

“For me it’s the singular achievement of my life as an artist.”

“You’re going to have to work hard on something eventually whether it’s something you choose or something that people make you do, so if you have to pick, you might as well work hard at something that you love.”

"It's worth it to work hard on things that you love."

Links mentioned:

Buy Ron Pope & The Nighthawks

East Nashville Spice Company

Connect with Ron:

Website / iTunes / Spotify / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / YouTube

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069: Work twice as hard and worry half as much (w/ Andrew Salgado)

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Andrew Salgado is a Canadian figurative painter who lives and works in London and has exhibited his work around the world.  His paintings are large-scale and incorporate elements of abstraction and symbolic meaning.  He is featured in books, is the subject of a documentary (Storytelling), and his work will be displayed at his latest exhibit, The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight, which will be in New York City from May 7-28.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/andrewsalgado

In this episode, Andrew discusses:

-How he fell victim to the clutches of London.

-How he incorporates things around his studio and from his life into his artwork and anything that is around him is "fair game."

-How he approaches his paintings in a fluid fashion and being as flexible as possible.

-The importance of having fun when you paint and to enjoy the creative process.

-The dangers that can come when you try to emulate your favorite artists too closely and how it can start holding back your personal style.

-The fact that art is a marathon not a sprint and how young artists expect too much too soon.

-How every artist's definition of success is different and what his personal idea of success is.

-How money, or the promise of money, almost always affects an artist's creativity.

-The idea of a debut being an experience in which you reveal your art for the first time.

-The power that comes from seeing art in person.

-How he has a trusted few people that he will show his work to, because otherwise too many opinions can derail his creative process and make him think too much.

-How attempting to make the perfect piece of art is a beautiful thing to do, despite it being a futile pursuit of perfection.

-Bjork as an artist.

-The significance of the title of his latest gallery, The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight.

-The power of social media, but the disservice that it does for viewing art.

-How figurative painters are treated as though they haven't evolved to a higher understanding of aesthetics like abstract painters do, and how angry it makes him.

-How the beauty of art happens when you really push yourself outside of what is comfortable.

Andrew's Final Push will inspire you to work twice as hard and worry half as much!


"I think of myself as a scientist tinkering about in a laboratory."

"If it's in the studio, it's fair game and it can end up in a painting or it can end up inspiring a painting."

"I let the paintings take me on a ride as opposed to getting frustrated when they aren't going the way I want them to go."

"As soon as I started letting the paintings tell me what direction they wanted to go, I became stronger."

"Whatever you need to do to make yourself a stronger artist -- go for it."

"The more we experiment and nurture our processes and don't feel bad about our processes, we can reach higher levels of painterly transcendence."

"Art is about process, and it is a lifelong process."

"People can make casual comments that can really unhinge the creative process."

"As artist, we totally know when that painting isn't sitting right."

"What I am trying to do with my work is learn how to reevaluate the figure through the language of abstraction."

"I'm trying to make my works challenging for myself to create them and I'm trying to make my works challenging for my viewer to receive them."

"If you think you know what you're doing with too much conviction, you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough."

Links mentioned:

The Fool Makes a Joke at Midnight (Andrew's exhibition)

Fantasy of Representation

Bjork on Song Exploder

Connect with Andrew:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter /

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068: Go forth on your HERO'S JOURNEY! (Philip Ruddy Part 2)

Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Philip Ruddy is a Los Angeles-based depth psychotherapist, who previously spent fifteen years as a writer, producer and development executive in Hollywood.   He now works with writers, artists and performers, helping them explore and transcend creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and the unique stressors of the film and television industry.  He can be reached via his website ActivelyImagine.com.

If you missed Part 1, you can listen here.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/philipruddy2

In this episode, Philip discusses:

-The importance of his clients being sober when coming in for treatment so that they aren't "unconscious" during the process.

-Why creative people rely on drugs or alcohol to subdue their minds from the constant thoughts, and healthier ways for them to disengage.

-An extremely disheartening experience that he went through in the past, which helps him to relate to his clients today.

-The journey that he took after having his original screenplay taken, which led him to becoming a psychotherapist.

-His masters thesis on transcending writer's block based on Active Imagination.

-The concept of the "wounded healer."

-His advice for someone who wants to open a dialogue with his or her blocks.

-How the subconscious part of your psyche that will hold you back from doing work will often have insights that your conscious mind isn't aware of.

-The importance of creating a friendly and welcoming dialogue with your block and treating it like a guest in your house.

Philip's Final Push will inspire you to go forth on your Hero's Journey!



"I found that after that experience, I really began to shut down as a writer."

"I just looked around and I thought I have found my tribe."

"Going into film production is kind of like the French Foreign Legion.  You can literally work 24/7.  That job is never over."

"I went through it myself -- that is why I'm able to help others."

"Sometimes the most effective healers are the ones that have been injured themselves."

"Don't invite your critic in while you're creating."


Links mentioned:

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

"The Red Book" by Carl Jung

"Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up" by James Hollis

"An Evening with Ray Bradbury - 2001" (YouTube)

"The Hero's Journey... For Writers, Artists & Performers" (from Philip's blog)

Connect with Philip:

Website / Blog

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067: BEFRIEND your blocks so you can TRANSCEND them (Philip Ruddy Part 1)

Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Philip Ruddy is a Los Angeles-based depth psychotherapist, who previously spent fifteen years as a writer, producer and development executive in Hollywood.   He now works with writers, artists and performers, helping them explore and transcend creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and the unique stressors of the film and television industry.  He can be reached via his website ActivelyImagine.com.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/philipruddy

In this episode, Philip discusses:

-His journey getting to the point he is now as a depth psychotherapist.

-His explanation of what depth psychology is.

-How he is able to tap into his experience as a development executive, screenwriter, and a short story writer in order to understand what other creative people are going through.

-How writer's block is a personal thing that differs for every person that he works with.

-The notion of befriending your creative blocks.

-The idea of Active Imagination.

-How we imagine the harshest of critics will judge our work, but in reality, if someone doesn't like your work, they typically just move on.

-The traumatic effect that negative comments from teachers can have, especially at an early age.

-The importance of seeking out a tribe and a group of peers, and not necessarily rely on the influences that your school district had as art teachers.

-Creating a new persona.

-The interplay that happens between your persona and your "true self," both positive and negative.



"What's the personal myth that you are leading your life by?"

"Writer's block is something that you're probably going to wrestle with for many years to come if you don't make a decision to focus on it now and come up with some ways to navigate it."

"Befriend it so that you can transcend it."

"The idea is not just to exterminate this writer's block but to engage it in dialogue.  I actually mean that quite literally."

"Write out a dialogue with this writer's block and see what it has to say."

"Writer's block is often an unexpressed part of ourselves that wants to be heard, so if you actually give it some time and engage it, it will often tell you what it wants of you."

"We're often far worse critics than the real flesh-and-blood critics that we encounter."

"The first creative act is reinventing yourself.  Creating your new self as an artist."

"To reinvent ourselves, to become who we are destined to be, takes an incredible amount of strength."


Links mentioned:

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

"The Red Book" by Carl Jung

"Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up" by James Hollis

"An Evening with Ray Bradbury - 2001" (YouTube)

"The Hero's Journey... For Writers, Artists & Performers" (from Philip's blog)


Connect with Philip:

Website / Blog

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066: FORGE YOUR OWN PATH -- others will follow in your footsteps (w/ Brooke Shaden)

Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer, author, and motivational speaker from Lancaster, PA.  She grew up near the "Amish Country" until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and English.

Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she places herself within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own.

Brooke works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/brookeshaden

In this episode, Brooke discusses:

-How photography felt like a rebirth for her because it was one of the first things that she considered herself “good at.”

-The story of the first time she picked up the camera and started with self-portraiture.

-How she has always loved writing and her reason for starting her blog “Promoting Passion.”

-Her reason for starting her YouTube channel despite her extreme fear of public speaking.

-How she doesn’t like working in teams if she can avoid it.

-How she is able to balance her time and produce all of the content that she is able to put out in her various mediums.

-The importance of knowing your business so that you can focus solely on the things you love and want to produce and say “no” to things that don’t fit that.

-The story behind “Phoenix.”

-The story behind “Capturing Inspiration.”

-The many factors that contributed into her starting self-portraiture.

-How she feels like "The Falling of Autumn Darkness" entirely captures her essence.

-One of the things that holds her back is wanting to create images that are darker in nature and fearing the backlash that might come from doing so.

-How she has recently decided to slow down her creative pace to make work that will take her longer but will be more creatively fulfilling.

-A creatively fulfilling moment in Iceland where she was able to really push herself.

-How it's okay if who you think you want to be ends up not being who you become, especially when it comes to art.

Brooke's Final Push will inspire you to ignore others and forge your own path!


“It was quickly evident that photography would morph into the thing that I would continue to pursue.”

“I could just pretend that my camera was a friend standing in front of me and sharing my insights, my failures, my successes – anything I had going on at the moment and do that really vulnerably.

“I think the moment that we accept our weaknesses and turn them into strengths, then we have control over those things.

"To me, self-portraiture is the best way of expressing who I am and being able to do that in the most genuine way while keeping control of the whole creative situation."

"Art is the best way of understanding yourself and the better we understand ourselves the more fulfilled our lives can be."

"Every single time I put pen to paper or I pull out my camera, it's that question of "Who am I now?  Who do I want to be?  And how will I portray that?  And that is the biggest gift."

"It's fine if who you think you want to be turns out to not be true."

"Whatever you feel you need to be doing in your life, do it.  Forge your own path and let others follow in your footsteps."

Links mentioned:

-Promoting Passion

-Brooke's YouTube channel

-Promoting Passion Convention!

Connect with Brooke:

Website / FacebookYouTube /Instagram / Twitter

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065: If something isn't working, ASK FOR HELP (w/ Jessie Rosen)

Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Jessie is an award-winning blogger, screenwriter, and freelancer who just published her first novel DEAD RINGER. She also created and runs the monthly storytelling series, Sunday Night Sex Talks, which features racy tales by real people and offers a No Boys Allowed as well as a Co-Ed version of the show.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jessierosen

In this episode, Jessie discusses:

-Her background before she got into all of her varied creative pursuits.

-How and why she started Sunday Night Sex Talk and the differences between the Co-Ed and No Boys Allowed versions of the show.

-How she still gets nervous about having a sex talk show

-The "vow of silence" that all of the people at the show agree to take.

-How many of the first shows were only attended by a handful of people and how she was able to power through that discouragement.

-Her suggestion to people who are starting out with a very small audience, to ask people for help.

-The power in asking for specific help and knowing what to ask when reaching out to others for assistance.

-How she started her blog because she wasn't given any assignments and still wanted to create a body of work so that she might be given a chance once people saw that she could write.

-Her inspiration for writing "Dead Ringer" and the challenges that it presented to her.

-One of her useful tactics to get more things done, by purposefully giving herself less time to finish a project so that she doesn't try to make it too perfect.

-Her strategy for balancing her day as well as her time in general.

-How putting too much pressure on yourself ends up leading to zero productivity.

-How working on more than one project at one time is not necessarily a bad thing, as you can flip flop and remain fresh.

Jessie's Final Push will inspire you to spend the small amount of time NOW so that an EXPLOSION of ideas might be sprouted.


"I'm still nervous to have a sex talk show."

"We would have shows where there were five people in the audience."

"It does take time, and also really believing in it."

"I try to make the blog about coming of age at every age."

"I was just a girl who wanted a byline and nobody would offer that opportunity

"Blogging has been this way for me to consistently develop and find and re-find my voice.  Because my blog writing is as pure me as it gets."

Links mentioned:

"Dead Ringer" by Jessie Rosen

"Sunday Night Sex Talks"

20-Nothings Blog

"Daily Ritual: How Artists Work" on Amazon

Connect with Jessie:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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064: "Someday" is a dangerous word. START TODAY! (David Talley Part 2)

Fri, Apr 08, 2016

David Talley is an internationally recognized photographer, director, and producer operating out of Portland, OR. His works exhibit the darkest moment before an explosion of light, a story broken, but changed for the better, and the ability to transform the present problem in to a prospering future. David is the founder and creative director of the world's largest photographic collaboration event, Concept Collaboration.

If you missed Part 1, click here to listen!

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/davidtalley2

In this episode, David discusses:

-How sharing your single sentence with people that you care about allows them to hold you accountable for the things that you believe in.

-How more than art, he wants to be able to help people.

-How he balances his time, working hard and then playing hard, along with the concept of sabbath.

-The importance of having some "zest" to your life.

-The Pareto principle and how it applies to him and other artists.

-His greatest inspirations: God, J.J. Abrams and Gregory Crewdson.

-The origins of Concept Collaboration and how it helped many artists and photographers to work together and share resources.

-His ebook "The Single Sentence" and how it breaks down the process of developing your own single sentence and helped many people find vision and focus in their own creativity.

David's Final Push will inspire you to START TODAY, and create something every day for the next 30 days!


"If you want to be something and if you want to say that you're something, then go do something."

"The art that I create is a direct extension of the strongest parts of who I am."

"Who I am at my core is what feeds into my creativity, what feeds into my art, and what ultimately becomes what I produce and what people see of me."

"Go start today.  Don't wait until tomorrow because you won't do it.  Start today."

"If you want to take the next step in being who you want to be as an artist or a creative person, go take the first step today.  Right now."

"Do your art every day for the next 30 days and it will destroy you in the best way.  It will completely awaken who you are going to be."

"'Someday' is a very dangerous word."

Links mentioned:

"The Single Sentence" by David Talley (David's ebook!)

Gregory Crewdson (Wikipedia)

"The Gap" by Ira Glass

Connect with David:

Website / Facebook / Instagram


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063: What is your SINGLE SENTENCE? (David Talley Part 1)

Thu, Apr 07, 2016

David Talley is an internationally recognized photographer, director, and producer operating out of Portland, OR. His works exhibit the darkest moment before an explosion of light, a story broken, but changed for the better, and the ability to transform the present problem in to a prospering future. David is the founder and creative director of the world's largest photographic collaboration event, Concept Collaboration.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/davidtalley

In this episode, David discusses:

-How his personality doesn't lend well with a normal job where he is told what to do.

-How many people are afraid of making money with their creative talents because they love it so much and don't want that love to disappear.

-His "single sentence" and how it applies to his creativity as well as his life in general.

-How if you want bad things to turn around, you have to seek out your "explosion of light."

-How his creativity was nurtured from a very young age.

-An important first experience photographing a sunrise in Hawaii.

-How many potentially creative people are idealistic so they never go out and create that first thing to get the ball rolling.

-How lack of structure as well as lack of deadlines holds many people (including David) back from actually creating work.

-How beginning a 365-day challenge gave him the structure and framework to actually take photographs and strive to get better, which actually began his career.

-How it is impossible not to grow when you do something every single day.

-The moment when he realized that he didn't have an answer for why he takes photographs and the way he found an answer, which ultimately led to his single sentence.

-One of his worst moments, when all of his camera gear was stolen, and how he was able to look at the situation from above to realize that in six months, everything would be much better.

-The power that comes from being able to step outside of situations and attempting to determine exactly what is going on and how your single sentence fits into it.


"I don't know if it's like this for other creative artists, but I have a problem with authority and I don' want to be told what to do."

"I was afraid of making money with my creative talents for a really long time."

"At the end of the day, if you're not failing in your art and learning, you're not growing."

"The sentence itself is the guidepost for everything I do and everything I create in terms of art and in terms of life."

"I'm just snapping photos and framing these images and I'm just dying inside.  Like this is the best thing ever.  I love this so much."

"I think the biggest thing that holds creative people back is a lack of structure and lack of a deadline."

"The first part was take a photo every single day for a year and the second part was try to get better every single day.  With that, I found my calling as a photographer."

"As creatives, we love the idea of things, and we hate the idea of hard work.  We need to combine the two into one so that we can get stuff done."

Links mentioned:

"The Single Sentence" by David Talley (David's ebook!)

Connect with David:

Website / Facebook / Instagram 


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062: Your art is your SANCTUARY so go and RELAX! (w/ Mattias Adolfsson)

Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Mattias is an incredible artist and illustrator from Sweden whose drawings feature infectious characters, fantastical worlds, sci-fi elements, and gentle, pleasing colors.  His work has been seen in the New York Times, The Onion, and Spotify, just to name a few.  He has released 4 personal books, and his book “The second in line, from the sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson won “Most beautiful Swedish book” in 2014, as well as several other awards.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/mattias

In this episode, Mattias discusses:

-His initial journey in the workforce as he discovered what his true artistic passions were.

-How his body physically told him that he could not work at the video game company after only a few days of working there.

-How it can be a shock when you start freelancing because you are used to a steady paycheck.

-The development and expansion of teams that work on video games going from a close-knit team of a few people to very large teams of hundreds of people.

-How his only real hurdle in terms of creating things is his lack of time to create personal art.

-How he actually gets excited if his plane gets delayed, because it gives him more time to create.

-How his time with his sketchbook is like spending time in his own sanctuary.

-His hardest time creatively when he quit his job at the video game studio.

-How many artists wonder if they would be able to make the leap into a full-time career with their art and how scary it is to make that jump.

-One of the deciding factors in him quitting his job was when one of his coworkers described himself as "elite."

-How his brain and body already made the decision for him to quit.

-How his best creative moments are when he is able to meet his fans.

-How having children really taught him to appreciate what little time he has and to make better use of it.

-The power in shutting off your phone in order to get work done (or breaking it!)

-How creativity brings him a sense of calmness in his life.

-His love for music and how electronic music is more international and universal than other forms of music.

Mattias's Final Push will inspire you to start thinking about perhaps taking the leap into a creative career!


"I just filled up the sketchbooks with doodles."

"My body just said "No, I can't continue making video games."

"The older you get, the more sluggish your brain becomes."

"I really feel that I have to create something personal each day."

"It's almost like the sketchbook is a kind of sanctuary for me."

Links mentioned:

Mattias's Books

MUSI 112: Listening to Music (Open Yale Courses)

"Pump up the Volume: The History of House Music" (Youtube)

Connect with Mattias:

Website / Facebook / Behance 


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061: Make it clear in your own head so you can DIVE IN (w/ Rik Garrett)

Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Rik Garrett is a photographer and artist from Chicago who utilizes analog photographic processes to explore themes surrounding the invisible.  His latest book, “Earth Magic” is a collection of photographs taken with an antique camera that explore witchcraft, the female form, and nature.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/rik

In this episode, Rik discusses:

-How he was influenced by his mother, who was also a photographer.

-How he took all of the images in his series "Earth Magic" using the wet plate collodion process.

-All of the challenges that come with taking photographs with an antique camera and developing process.

-Why he enjoys taking photographs with the wet plate collodion process even if it means more time, planning, and moving pieces.

-Embracing the "mistakes" that occur as serendipitous events that can possibly tie the piece together.

-How he often publishes "outtakes" on his social media pages.

-How he is sometimes caught off guard by what people resonate with, especially if it is something he did on a whim.

-His interest in witchcraft and the occult, but more broadly his interest in the unexplained.

-How "Earth Magic" was his attempt to imagine a documentation of witchcraft and outsider women as photography was being invented.

-How he made a book of inspiration, using photos and other sources to develop the theme that he wanted to create with his photographs... and then put his own photos into it as well.

-How being obsessive about your art can sometimes be helpful in terms of remaining focused and getting things done.

-How he has a tendency to overthink things and how this can end up slowing down his work.

-How deadlines always ensure that he is putting in the time and effort to get the work done.

Rik's Final Push will inspire you to GO OVERBOARD and DIVE IN!


"It's a hurry-up-and-wait kind of situation."

"I just instinctively go for the tactile aspect of photography."

"The serendipity of this mistake is actually what makes the image more compelling."

"There are a few of my photographs that ended up in the book that I think wouldn't have been nearly as interesting if there hadn't been some mistake that had happened there that tied everything together."

"I would always go to the areas of unexplained things, and I think that has influenced my artwork."

"There's this whole history of occult thought and knowledge.  It's this wealth of creative information that you can draw on.  It's fascinating to me."

"For a long time I saw it as a side interest, not really connected with my artwork.

"I wanted to be a part of those histories in a way."

"You can always hone and tweak something for the rest of your life and never quite finish it or call it 'done.'"

"Allow yourself to really sink into the world you are trying to get out there."

Links mentioned:

"Earth Magic" by Rik Garrett

Connect with Rik:

Website / Facebook / Instagram


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060: Discover WHO YOU ARE and then BE YOURSELF! (w/ Pascal Campion)

Mon, Apr 04, 2016

Pascal Campion is a prolific French-American illustrator and animator from the San Francisco whose clients include: DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures, Disney Feature, Disney Toons, Cartoon Network, Hulu, and PBS. Working in the animation industry for over 15 years, currently he is the Art Director for the Netflix/Warner Bros “Green Eggs and Ham” series. His feature work includes Visual Development of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "The Penguins of Madagascar." Pascal also has worked with Marvel Comics since 2013 and has steadily posted over 3,000 images of personal work to his “Sketches of the Day” project since 2005.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/pascal

In this episode, Pascal discusses:

-How he started his "Sketch of the Day" project.

-His advice to anyone struggling to do the work every day, to take it one step at a time.

-How if you are impatient with your art, it is something that you can work on with your daily practice.

-The importance of finishing a drawing, because your brain starts to recognize the beginning, middle, and end of  creating a piece of art, and if you don't finish the piece, you don't recognize those landmarks.

-How as you create art and get better, your goals change as you continue to learn more and more.

-How many of his less-favorite pieces end up being more popular than the ones he loves the most.

-How you can compare yourself to other talented artists, but they might be comparing themselves to you as well.

-His advice for people who might be afraid to draw or paint everyday scenes.

-A story about the time he watched a duck for 20 minutes.

-How when you are younger you want to be someone else, but as you get older you grow to accept who you are.

-How hard it is when you are young (or even older) and you are told to “be yourself,” when you don’t know exactly who you are.

-The beauty of being able to recognize that you are changing as an artist and a human being.

-Being able to let go of things you are good at for the sake of progressing, especially if those things found success.

-What it is like for him to get into the “zone,” and how it is like deep-sea diving.

-When he gets into a flow state, how it feels as if he is a conduit for something else, and how he is just there to help it along.

-The importance of staying physically fit and the relationship that it can have with your art and creativity.

Pascal's Final Push will inspire you to start drawing whatever you are thinking a feeling, right now!



"I have a hard time doing an image without telling a story."

"After a few minutes, I have this nervous energy where I just want to get to the end really quickly."

"Patience and the amount of time that you can sit down and draw is something that you can work on.  It's like running.  It's like a muscle.  The more you exercise it, the better you get at it."

"If you don't finish a drawing, you don't get those landmarks in your head."

"If you actually put yourself through the paces of finishing a drawing, your brain is going to create a grid: This is the beginning, this is the middle, and this is the end.  You'll have an idea of the trip that you're going to be taken on."

"Always finish your drawing.  The more you finish, the more you understand the whole process and the easier it is to get it done.  If you keep starting and not finishing your drawings, you will never get the map in your head of the amount of work it takes to get a drawing done."

"I get incredible pleasure from creating images.  Even if they are bad, the actual process of it is fun to me."

"As long as you enjoy it, it's going to show in the drawing."

"When I turned 30, things got a whole lot easier in my life because I wasn't trying to become something else anymore."

“The more you keep saying you’re going to do something when you have time, the less likely you are to do it.”

“There’s no better time than NOW to do what you want to do.”

“The ME of ten years ago would not do the same drawings as me now, even if we were at the same technical level.

“My best days of drawing are often when I’ve done a lot of physical exercise.”

Connect with Pascal:

Website / Shop / Facebook / Instagram / Tumblr / Twitter

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059: Get your "SECRET HOBBY" out into the open! (w/ Bo Belanger)

Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Bo is a television writer who got his start and first two scripts on the Disney Channel’s hit show “Good Luck Charlie.”  His next writing job came on the Netflix Original “Richie Rich,” a sitcom remake of the classic comic book.

In between those jobs, he raised $12,000 on Kickstarter to produce his own animated show, “Pearly Gates,” which was released in February 2015.  Bo graduated from Fairfield University in 2006 and was born and raised in Portland, Maine.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/bo

In this episode, Bo discusses:

-His creative journey from college until the point that he is at now.

-How his first forays into writing were treated like a "secret hobby."

-How he had to convince his friend, Matt, to join him in creating writing as a career by using a Fairly Brothers clip.

-How he took matters into his own hands while working on "Good Luck Charlie," by giving the showrunners his card and making sure they remembered him.

-The idea behind "Pearly Gates" and his reason for creating it.

-The process of creating a new show and hiring other creatives to do work on it.

-How there are two ways to make your ways through the ranks as a screenwriter.

-The importance of writing down all of your ideas so that you can develop them later.

-The importance of knowing the finalized form you want your art to take.

-How you should complete the work you start, so it might be helpful to start with smaller projects in the beginning that you will be able to see all the way through.

-How to properly look at criticism and use that criticism to help you.

-How to deal with writer's block (by forcing yourself to write consistently every day).

-His advice for someone who wants to get their script out there that has a full-time job or full-time responsibilities that can't pick up their life and move to Los Angeles.

-How to figure out if the criticism you receive is merited or not.

-The importance of having people that you can trust who can look at your work.


"I wanted to just make something.  Because I had been writing and writing and writing, which is fun.  But after awhile you want to actually see your work living."

"The more that you write down, the more that it takes on a life of its own."

"The more I wrote, the more that stuff came to me."

"It really is important having a life outside of your craft because that is where all the ideas come from."

"It never gets easy but it gets easier."

Links mentioned:

Pearly Gates

Farrelly Brothers' RWU Commencement Speech


Connect with Bo:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Linkedin

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058: From 30 viewers to ESPN's 30 for 30 (w/ Brian D'Ostilio)

Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Brian D'Ostilio is a two-time Sports Emmy award winning associate producer for ESPN Films. His work includes documentaries like 30 for 30, 30 for 30 Shorts and SEC Storied as well as The ESPY Award Show each year. Brian recently produced "Believeland," a 30 for 30 that will premiere at the Cleveland Film Festival. Brian also happens to be one of Youngman Brown's best friends and former college roommate.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/brian

In this episode, Brian discusses:

-His experience at a camp in which he first learned the basic skills to shoot, edit, and produce short films.

-How making his lacrosse team's highlight reels every year really jump-started his creative motivation.

-How the skills that he learned at that camp and in college have translated into his work at ESPN Films.

-The importance of being able to work in a collaborative effort.

-The things that go along with working for a corporation.

-How only you are the one who is going to know about the hardships that go into your creative work.

-The importance of being able to multitask and to take on new jobs or tasks as they come.

-The importance of being 100% accurate as a documentary filmmaker.

-His greatest inspirations are other filmmakers, especially the other filmmakers that he works with at ESPN.

Brian's Final Push will inspire you to just do it, no matter how many people are going to see it.



"That's what's great about filmmaking.  It's a collaborative effort.  You're able to bring your friends in and get ideas from them."

"That was really when I got into that creative mode.  I just stayed up late because I wanted to work on these things."

"Only 3o or 40 people saw them in the end but it was something I cared about and something I wanted to make great."

"I think those same core principles apply to what I do every day at ESPN."

"Even if it doesn't come out so well, you're going to learn from it.

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057: PERSISTENCE is better than TALENT (w/ Michael Vash)

Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Michael Vash makes his living by drawing funny cartoons, irreverent greeting cards to be more precise. Vash Designs officially began its foray into the greeting card business at the 2002 National Stationery Show in New York. Vash has found his niche in the mature humor market, servicing a retail demographic that is looking for something different opposed to the saccharin sweet Hallmark Card.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/michaelvash

In this episode, Michael discusses:

-How he started his greeting card company after getting laid off from his job and revisiting the idea of drawing things that make people laugh.

-How he is essentially a one-man operation and some of the struggles that go along with that.

-One of his earliest creative memories.

-What led him astray from a career in drawing.

-How he wasn't happy working at Disney even though it seemed like a dream job on paper.

-How laziness is one of the big things that holds him back from doing his work.

-How it can be very difficult to create work when there is no real deadline.

-His advice to just find one small thing that you can do to get ahead, and once you start doing work, you can get into a rhythm.

-The sense of relief that can come from doing the work that you hate first and getting it out of the way.

-How marijuana can sometimes help his creativity, especially if he is stuck in a creative rut, but the importance of treating it like a tool for certain types of work since it can also slow him down in other aspects.

-How when he draws, he tries to understand what he is drawing and how things are constructed and put together, like he is visually engineering.

-How we all have that inner critic in our head telling us that we aren't doing things properly, and the importance of shutting that critic up so that we can be alone with our art.

-The rewarding experience of being at trade shows and being able to watch people as they look at his art, seeing what works and what doesn't work.

-How his best creative moment ended up turning into his worst creative moment.

Michael's Final Push will inspire you to be persistent as you pursue your creative passion!


"I guess what sent me the other way is that you believe what the voices tell you, that art is a foolish endeavor."

"If you're a creative person, it's in your soul.  It's in your blood.  You have to find a way to be creative."

"You realize that you are not going to be happy with a traditional job.

"I guess it's laziness.  Even though you are doing something you love, doing nothing is easier."

"People who are great at their craft put the time in.  They put the hours in.  They put the work in.  Whether they want to or not."

"Persistence is better than talent."

Connect with Michael:

Website / Facebook / Instagram 


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056: Bring that STRANGE, WEIRD VOICE out from inside of you! (w/ Bill Carman)

Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Bill Carman has worked as a designer, illustrator, and art director at universities, ad agencies, publishers, and large corporations. Since graduating with a BFA in visual communication/illustration and an MFA in painting he has always free-lanced and exhibited with ongoing national gallery representation in New York City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

Bill is currently a professor, teaching illustration and drawing, and his new book, “Imagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman” is currently available from Flesk Publications.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/billcarman

In this episode, Bill discusses:

-His career path that brought him to the Boise State.

-How he has always done his "weird" stuff on the side.

-How teaching changed everything for him, not just for the financial stability, but because he was able to surround himself with a creative environment.

-For people who are thinking of starting to build a side career, how they have to ask themselves if they really want to do it and have to deal with the amounts of time and solitude that it requires.

-That doing your art for fame is a misguided goal.

-How all it takes to call yourself an artist is putting in the time and actively working towards becoming better.

-How you have to make sure that you fill yourself up as much as you are letting your stuff out through your art.

-How you can learn how to do virtually anything on the Internet and how easy it is to connect with other artists of potential clients.

-Where his unique style came from and how he developed it.

-How he worries about tutorials because of copycats that don't have a voice of their own.

-The concept of carrying a sketchbook (or even just using your phone) and getting in the habit of continually working on your craft whenever you can find the time.

-The story behind his book.

Bill's Final Push will make you realize that you CAN do your art every day, and you can even turn it into your sole means of income.


"I was always doing my weird stuff on the side."

"I don't know any illustrator that doesn't do their own thing in the wee hours of the night when it is dark and no one is looking."

"That's the secret.  I get that question a lot: 'How do I get good? What are your tools?  What are you using?'  And the secret is time."

"For me, there's no other place I'd rather be than my studio."

"That's the key with art.  You have to face yourself."

"For me it's not only about making pretty pictures and selling my work, but do I still have something to say that means anything?"

"It keeps me on my toes seeing all of these wonderful young people doing this great stuff.  It keeps me excited about the whole thing."

"All of my spare time was spent on finding this strange voice that was in me."

"That voice is there to be found but you also have to have the skill to realize it."

"Carve out more and more and more time, and if you get better at it and if you enjoy, you carve out more time."

Links mentioned:

Imagery From the Bird’s Home: The Art of Bill Carman

James C. Christensen


Connect with Bill:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Deluxe Version of Bill's book

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055: Haters gonna hate, so whatever... CREATE!!!! (w/ Joel Robison)

Mon, Mar 28, 2016

Joel is a 31 conceptual and fine art photographer from Canada, currently living in the United Kingdom.  He has been creating and sharing his conceptual portraiture work for the last 7 years, and his interest in storytelling and self-expression through art is what motivates him to create and share his work with people around the world.

Through his photography workshops, he has instructed over 200 students in 7 countries to build their creative portfolios and also set up a photography business and social media presence.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/joel

In this episode, Joel discusses:

-How he fell into photography as a hobby and then went along for the ride in the last seven years.

-His experience working for Coca-Cola and FIFA for the Wold Cup Trophy tour, and how he got to fly around the world taking photographs of celebrities and football players.

-How when he started taking his conceptual photographs, it was like a secret hobby.

-The reason why he is the subject of many of his photographs.

-How self-portraiture was and still is very therapeutic for him and has taught him so much about himself that he might not have learned any other way.

-How he, like Youngman Brown, gets flustered when someone watches him doing work or when he thinks about the amount of people that see his work.

-His advice for artists or creative people who freeze up when they think about the number of people who are looking at their work.

-How important it is to find your specific audience.

-To find your voice that is different than everyone else.

-To utilize social media to communicate back and forth with your audience as opposed to just at them.

-One of this earliest memories as a kid when he wanted to be an animator for Disney.

-How an experiment with an image of him being lifted up by balloons brought him back to the feelings of excitement he had when he was creating as a kid.

-His recommendation of doing a 365-day project, not only to force you to do the work, but to create bad work and understand why you think it is bad.

-How to deal with the imaginary naysayers. 

-How opening yourself up emotionally can allow your viewers/listeners/readers to tap into themselves in a way that they never imagined.


"It was never my goal when I started to turn it into a business."

"I just try to enjoy what I have in the moment and share it with the people around me."

"It just changed my whole life."

"I could never have dreamed up a better job."

"When I first started taking photos it was like a secret hobby of mine."

"It's almost like a secret identity."

"You have to do it for yourself before anyone else.  You can make the most amazing cake in the whole-wide-world, and you can give it to ten people and they might just hate chocolate cake.  There's nothing you could have done any different.  You're just giving it to the wrong crowd of people."

"Social media can never be a great barometer for talent."

"Find what voice you have that is different from everyone else."

"If I do this every day, I have no option but to get better somehow."

Links mentioned:

Create Your Self - A Creative Work Book by Joel Robison

Connect with Joel:

Website / Blog / Facebook


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054: When the path disappears, PIVOT PIVOT PIVOT (w/ Nathan Carson)

Fri, Mar 25, 2016

Nathan Carson aka "Streetarthustle" is a talented artist who has taken fate into his own hands by being creative on his own terms, vowing to fulfill all of his creative desires and never do anything he doesn't want to again.  He is documenting this journey for all to see via his Periscope account, allowing other people to be inspired as well as learn from his mistakes.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nathancarson

In this episode, Nathan discusses:

-How he was laid off from one of the largest creative agencies, and how he is now just making it work with his "street art hustle."

-The story about his podcast and what people can expect to hear from it.

-How his podcast morphed into a Periscope adventure.

-The differences between Periscope and podcasting.

-His love for painting Warhammer miniatures and how he never let himself explore that in his free time because of the notion of getting to the top of the mountain.

-How the more niche and strange your idea is, the easier it is for you to rise to the top of that category.

-How he feels as a person now in comparison to how he felt when he had his job.

-He reads a piece that he wrote inspired by his being laid off and a Bukowski quote.

-A fun synchronicity that happens during the episode.

-His advice for someone who is thinking about taking the leap and quitting their job to pursue their creative passion.

-All the secretarial work that is involved with being your own boss.


"I decided that I would never do anything I didn't want to do ever again."

"It's straight-up patronage for the arts because all I do is draw and paint."

"Right now, just sheer terror is motivating me to keep going."

"The thing that I loved was so outrageously stupid that you're not allowed to do it for a living."

"I didn't allow myself to do the thing that I enjoyed."

"The first courageous step is just allowing yourself to do the stupid thing with pipe cleaners that you've been planning on doing once you are successful in your own mind."

"The dumber your idea, the more viable it becomes, paradoxically.  Especially in the creative world."

"Did he make it?  Yea?  Let's do what he did.  Did he not make it?  What can we learn from his horrible, spectacular, real-time failure."

"You constantly have to pivot, pivot, pivot.  Every time you run into a mountain that's too big to tackle, then you just change directions."

"You get to achieve perfection some day but you don't get to start there."

Links mentioned:


My Friend's Divorce Podcast

Connect with Nathan:

Streetarthustle / Periscope / Instagram


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053: Approach your creativity with RECKLESS ABANDON (w/ J.T. Ellison)

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

J.T. is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen critically acclaimed novels, including What Lies Behind, When Shadows Fall, and All the Pretty Girls, and is the coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original and Where All The Dead Lie was a RITA® nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. She is also the author of multiple short stories.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/jt

In this episode, J.T. discusses:

-Her time living and working in Washington D.C. and how she thought that was the path she was going to go down.

-How reading John Sanford inspired her to get back to her own writing and to give it a shot.

-The memory of sitting down to write after eight years of not writing.

-Her advice for people who have had a long hiatus from their writing or art, to just do it.

-For people who have full-time gigs, to find an hour of time to put towards their calling.

-How people know how to budget their money to save up for a vacation, but they don't think of their time with creativity the same way.

-How her thesis advisor told her she "wasn't good enough" to get published, and how that voice remained in her head for years (and still does).

-Her advice for anyone who has received negative feedback and can't get that voice out of their head.

-The importance of having a critique group or some friends or colleagues that will give you honest feedback without tearing you down.

-One of her hardest times creatively, when she actually thought she was going to quit, and how "The Artist's Way" brought her out of it and realized that she needed to pivot and write something different.

-How you should not leave behind "half-eaten sandwiches," or half-finished stories.

-How it is important to be honest and explain to loved ones why you need to spend time doing your creative passion and what it brings to your life.

J.T.'s Final Push will inspire you to approach your creativity with reckless abandon!


"I think everybody goes to D.C. thinking they're going to change the world."

"I sat down and I started to write.  I wrote a paragraph, hit period, and I started to cry.  Because that was it.  I had come home."

"Something was wrong.  I was good at what I did but I hated every minute of it.  I hated getting up in the morning.  I hated going to work.  I hated going to sleep at night because then I had to get up and do it the next day.  If you are feeling that, you need to step away.  Life is just too short to be miserable in your work and in what you do."

"Writing is not easy.  It is not an easy path.  There are a lot of obstacles in the way, but any creative outlet whether you're a writer, a painter, or a poet... you have to just do it."

"You can find an hour to do anything."

"Fifteen minutes a day, write 250 words.  You will have a novel by the end of the year.  It's totally doable."

"That's why I didn't write for eight years.  Because somebody told me I wasn't good enough."

"If you can understand why a story is appealing on a broad level, you can fix your own."

"Voice can't be taught.  Voice is something unique to every writer.  And Voice is something that comes when you trust yourself."

"Learn how to structure and build a story and then let yourself go.  The voice will come."

"A bad day writing is better than a good day doing anything else."

"The problem with being a writer is that it takes a lot of introspection."

"All creatives are selfish.  And you have to be selfish and you have to be able to respect your time."

"It's very threatening for the spouse or parent of a creative person to see you finding satisfaction in something that's not them."

Links mentioned:

"No One Knows" by J.T. Ellison

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

Connect with J.T.:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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052: Look at life DIFFERENTLY and SHARE IT ALL (w/ Kelli Klymenko)

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Kelli Klymenko embraces all aspects of art.  He is an artist, storyteller, photographer, teacher, yogi, husband, father, science aficionado and free thinker - experiencing life in one of the most inspiring and picturesque places on earth: Sedona, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and children.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/kelli

In this episode, Kelli discusses:

-How when he was younger, he drew on any surface area he could find.

-How he has dabbled in many different forms of art, but he loves photography especially because it is so quick.

-His opinion that people should be sharing most of the work that they do, instead of only their best.

-How he is sometimes surprised by the photos that are extremely successful in terms of "likes" because of how little time he put into it in comparison to others.

-His iPhoneography course and why it is important.

-How easy it is to change the way you look at the world in terms of photography, and how easy it is to share your photos.

-How growing up, many people shared their opinion that doing art is not a way to make a living.

-How his worst moments are when all the hard work he does isn't appreciated or his vision isn't seen the way he thinks it deserves to be seen.

-How trying to please everyone is not the right approach for making art.  Just do what you love.

-How he is currently living in his best creative moment (Yes!!!)

-How his greatest inspirations are scientists, with Neil deGrasse Tyson leading the pack (Yes!!!)

-How most of his inspiration comes from around him, especially nature and Sedona itself.

Kelli's Final Push will inspire you to do something you've never tried before, even if it is simply going out into nature for a short time.


"The foundation of Kelli Klymenko as a person is most definitely built upon creative endeavors and the arts."

"I know some photographers who take months to get a photo out because they have to clean it up and work on it.  I take a picture and I share it immediately."

"I think that we should be sharing everything because it makes it more real."

"I don't like those plastic landscapes where everybody cleans it up so much that you can't even recognize the place when you actually arrive.  I like it to be real."

"At some point we won't even need the DSLR's.  We're not at that point yet, but we're getting really close."

"Just think about photos that you take and framing them as a fine art piece, even if it is something you normally wouldn't do."

"It's really very simple to change how you view the world."

"It's all about your mindset.  If you're one of those people that says "I can't" ... you won't."

"It's more about living in the moment.  I live by that."

"Just do what you love and then the people that love that are the ones that connect with you.  And you'll be reaching the right people."

"I get that with Sedona, too.  'Oh, another picture of Bell Rock.'  And I'm like, 'Yea, I saw it again today.  And it's fine by me.'"

"I really do live in one of the most beautiful places in the world."

Links mentioned:

Kelli's iPhoneography course

Connect with Kelli:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Google+ / Twitter

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051: BE HUMBLE and LISTEN to what your art tells you (w/ Carol Carter)

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Carol Carter is a painter from St. Louis, Missouri who works primarily in large-scale watercolors and acrylics.  She has been featured in books by RotoVision Press and was voted best St. Louis Artist by The Riverfront Times in September, 2000.  In 2002 her work was chosen for the cover of New American Painting.  Carol also shares her watercolor techniques in workshops throughout the year and throughout the country.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepushcom/carolcarter

In this episode, Carol discusses:

-How it took her about ten years to develop her style and find her own voice.

-Her advice to people who are struggling to find their own style or voice.

-How you have to love your art and you also have to be willing to spend time with self-examination.

-The process of creating the painting and how there is always one point where she is dissatisfied with it, but then finds a way to solve it.

-How in the beginning of the painting until the middle, you tell the painting what you know, and from the middle until the end, the painting teaches you what you don't understand.  And this requires you to be humble and ready to learn.

-How what you learn from one painting translates into the next one, and so on from painting to painting, year to year.

-How a blue shape that kept coming back in her early abstract paintings was the key to her changing her path as an artist into a narrative, figurative artist.

-How artists sometimes think they need certain accolades, training, or notoriety in order to paint what they want, when in fact the only thing they need to do is start.

-How courage sometimes holds her back, and how important it is to be courageous in the studio.

-How a difficult time in her life caused her to try to work it out in the studio with her art until she decided that she didn't have to "paint through" the ugly chapter.

-How life's struggles and pains deepen us as creative individuals.

-How she paints a portrait of her son every year for as long as she lives, and how she is the only artist in history to accomplish such a feat.

-Her formula for balancing her time.

-What art and creativity brings to her life.

Carol's Final Push will inspire you to PAINT THROUGH THE RESISTANCE!


"You have to learn to see the world in your way."

"You have to paint what you love.  And if you don't love it, you can be sure that the person looking at it isn't going to like it."

"You have to have some sort of connection to what you're painting."

"Every day, I try to go into the studio and be a little bit humble in the creative process to learn a little bit more and take a bit more risk."

"That's how art grows.  It's first words, and then eventually the words become poetry."

"I didn't set out to be a figurative painter.  I just set out to grow as a deeper artist.  I could have gone any way, but that one conversation changed the course of my work."

"At the time I felt like I needed more rules before I could paint something that mattered to me.  I needed more accolades.   I needed more training.  And in reality, you don't.  You can start being the artist that you are at any moment."

"You can paint your way through life's dilemmas but you don't have to stay there.  And you certainly don't have to keep repainting them.  You can work through it and then go beyond it."

"I think that we all need waymarks to understand the human experience.  Some of us through words and novels.  Some in poetry.  Some in dance.  And some in visual arts.  Those are creative markers that show us the path that we are on."

"They are visual documentaries of my journey."

"You paint your way through the resistance."

Links mentioned:

Carol's Workshops

Growth Portraits (so cool!)

Connect with Carol:

Website / Facebook / Blog


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050: SHUT YOUR MONKEY and get to work! (w/ Danny Gregory)

Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Danny Gregory has spent three decades as one of New York's leading advertising creative directors and has created award-winning, global campaigns for clients like Chase, JPMorgan, American Express, IBM, Burger King, Ford, Chevron and many others. Danny has written many internationally best-selling books on art and creativity. He is also co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, an online creativity school that has inspired tens of thousands of students around the world.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/dannygregory

In this episode, Danny discusses:

-The voice in your head that tells you that you shouldn't be working on the ideas that you come up with.

-The reason why he wrote the book "Shut Your Monkey."

-The role that the amygdala has played in helping humans to survive as we have evolved, but how it now pops up in situations where it is not useful.

-The value in recognizing the monkey's voice so that you can differentiate what it tells you is foolish from what actually is foolish.

-The importance of sitting down and doing the work without judging it, because it might turn into an important idea, but if you kill the idea before you even try, you will never know.

-How the monkey will tell you that you aren't relaxing enough, but then when you are relaxing it will tell you that you aren't doing enough work.

-The idea of perfectionism and how sometimes it is just a way for us to delay putting our art out into the world.

-How important creative people are to the world and how discussions about the problems they have are important to have.

-What Sketchbook Skool is and why he created it.

Danny's Final Push will inspire you to to SHUT YOUR MONKEY and get to work!


"You probably should have a little bit of doubt in your life, just to push back against."

"Our job as creative people is to make something new."

"But the reality is that all kinds of bad things are going to happen to you if you spend all of your time sitting on the couch watching the ball game drinking a beer."

"You have to be able to suspend judgment in order to make creative work.  There's a time for judgment but there's also a time for productivity."

"You have to decide that your life and the work that you are doing matters more than this engagement with this stupid voice in your head."

"No matter what it is you make, somebody is benefiting from what you are making.  Your job is to focus on that."

"Nobody is going to notice the glaring imperfections in your work the way you are."

"We live in times in which creative people are more important than ever in human history."

"Try something.  Just try it.  Even it doesn't work perfectly, it is better than holding it back endlessly.

"Don't worry about what people are going to think.  Start making stuff and start putting it out there and sharing it with other people."

Links mentioned:

"Shut Your Monkey" by Danny Gregory

Sketchbook Skool

Connect with Danny:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Blog

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049: PULL THE TRIGGER! (w/ David Eff of Can't Stop Won't Stop)

Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Since 2009, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop has been cobbling together beats, rhymes and rhythms that call back to the early days of hip hop. Drawing on influences like the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, and new school lyricists like Spose and Watsky the sound is upbeat and decidedly revivalist.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop has been featured on the homepage of some of the most prestigious culture sites on the web. Buzzfeed, Gawker, ESPN, YouTube, Huffington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, TechCrunch, TheChive, etc. All totaled, and across platforms, their music has been listened to over 150 million plays.

Despite frequent reconstruction and occasional setbacks, the music has been (and is still being) made by a core group, namely: David Eff, Fresh Big Mouf, Davey Hawkins, Chuck Wild and Fade Simmons, and David Eff comes onto the podcast today to talk about his and the group’s creative journey.


In this episode, David discusses:

-The ever-changing members of Can't Stop Won't Stop and how it is more of a collaboration than a group.

-The challenges that come with having moving pieces in the group.

-How it is usually easy to tell if an artist loves what they are creating or not.

-His opinion on when songs he personally loves are not as popular ones he isn't as proud of.

-The idea of authenticity and how your day job shouldn't necessarily define who you are in your soul.

-How people who are creative don't want to feel pigeon-holed and need to be able to express themselves via many different means.

-How he gets the same level of creative fulfillment from marketing and branding of the group as he does from creating the actual music.

-How like Jack Kerouac, he appreciates the "mad ones" -- the one that loves what they do.

-Human progress comes from people who see a problem in the world and can't move on until that problem is solved.

-Usemysongs.com and why they allow their music to be used for free by artists.

-Why he lets filmmakers keep the ad revenue that they generate while using his songs.

-How to collaborate with artists in other fields who are also trying to put out the best content they possibly can.

David's Final Push will inspire you to look at the opportunities in front of you and ask, "is this a unique opportunity that nobody else gets?" and "will I ever get this opportunity again?"


"Our big hustle is through YouTube."

"There's good and bad to it.  The good is that all the stuff that gets written comes from a place of really being inspired and having an itch that needs scratching."

"To be perfectly frank with you, there's a couple of songs in our catalogue that I think are slightly more phoned-in than others."

"Anything that moves the needle comes from someone that lost a bunch of sleep over it because they were just so sure that they could do it better.  And I'm really glad that is ingrained in the human psyche."

"It's hard.  It's really hard to pull that trigger."

"I'm going to turn 50 some day, and I will just have to tell the story that maybe I could have been in a hip-hop group that did something someday.  And instead, the story I get to tell is that I did it."

Links mentioned:

Devin's videos

Connect with Can't Stop Won't Stop:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Youtube / Use My Songs


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048: You'll never know if YOU CAN FLY if you don't jump off the cliff (w/ Tai Taeoalii)

Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Tai Taeoalii is an amazing artist who uses ballpoint pen to create surreal pieces of art intended to stimulate the viewer’s mind and evoke honest emotion.  Tai has recently taken his art “on the road,” using the time that he is not busy creating to tour the U.S. at various art galleries, museums, and art fairs. 

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/tai

In this episode, Tai discusses:

-His creative origins, doodling in class with a ballpoint pen, until selling his work on Ebay.

-How he is now 38, but only really discovered who he is and his style 6 or 7 years ago.

-How at art festivals and art fairs, you get to talk to the people buying your work and you get to get feedback from them.

-How he starts a piece with an idea, and doesn't think much from that point on until the piece is done.

-Listening to music helps him tap into his subconscious, much like doodling while on the phone.

-The difficulty he experiences in attempting to do commission work, and why he doesn't do it anymore.

-What it is like to be an artist on the road and how it makes him a better person and a better artist.

-Why he makes his artwork affordable.

-The process of making timelapse videos of him making a piece, and how they are like an out-of-body experience.  But setting them up takes some of the spontaneity out of drawing.

-His method for writing ideas down on his phone, then being alone to flesh it out onto paper, and then shading when he is at his shows, when he is able to multi-task.

-How he obtains his Bic pens.

Tai's Final Push will inspire you to be honest, be passionate, and to work hard.


"I'm 38 now.  I really just discovered who I am and my style 6 or 7 years ago."

"When I create, I don't have to think at all anymore.  I can just make, and what I make works."

"That whole 10,000 hours thing is totally legit."

"What really makes the difference is the confidence."

"It's like I dream while I'm awake."

"I usually experience the drawing for the first time after I'm done.  After I've put the pen down and I've signed it."

"The trick that I discovered to tap into my subconscious was music."

"There's something kinda romantic about the artwork that I create eventually fading away with time."

Links mentioned:

Timelapse from Tai's Youtube channel

Connect with Tai:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Shop

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047: Eat, Sleep, Create (w/ Michael Shainblum)

Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Michael Shainblum is a professional photographer/filmmaker whose work consists of Fine Art Landscape Photography, Aerial Photography, Aerial Filmmaking, Travel/ Adventure Photography and Commercial Timelapse Photography.  He has worked with clients like Nike, Samsung, Verizon, Disney, BMW, Google and many more, and his work has been published by National Geographic, Wired Magazine, Huffington Post and The Weather Channel.


In this episode, Michael discusses:

-That he was always trying to create from an early age.  And he knew by 15 or 16 that he wanted to be a photographer (and went with it).

-What "Eat, Sleep, Create," means to him.

-How creativity does something for him directly and it also does something for him through other people.

-The joy that you can get from the simple act of creating something.

-How being able to share and get feedback from people adds a special element of excitement to his work.

-Why he thinks that his photography of nature and space resonates with people so closely.

-The process of creating timelapse videos and what goes into them.

-His reaction to the unexpected response of "Existence" going viral.

-How he originally had no intention of sharing "Mirror City" with anyone but his friends.

-All the other things that go into running a photography business besides shooting and editing, and how he balances that time.

-The struggle of taking a true "break" from work, where you are thinking about all the things you should be doing while you are taking time off.

-The importance of keeping a variety of work so that you don't get bored or burnt out.

-His advice if you want to start doing astral or nature photography or timelapse, and how much it might cost.

Michael's Final Push will inspire you to follow your heart and just go and do it, because you never know where it will lead you.


"I was just so interested in everything photography and I was so excited to create all the time."

"It's just really really fun and really really satisfying to create something."

"I still haven't gotten over how cool that is.  How cool it is to create something and say 'I did this.'"

"I don't really ever think about what somebody's going to like or not going to like."

"I'm creative first, technical second."

"If I find I'm doing too much of one thing, I'll switch it up so that I'm doing something else.  It keeps it fresh and it keeps me excited about what I'm doing."

"You just need the drive and the passion to want to do it.  That's the most important thing."


Links mentioned:

The Art of the Timelapse

"Existence" by Michael Shainblum

"Mirror City" by Michael Shainblum

Connect with Michael:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Vimeo


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046: GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to create your ideas (w/ Adonna Khare)

Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Adonna Khare is an artist mainly focused on large-scale pencil drawings.  Her work has been collected by prestigious public and private collections throughout the world.  And in 2012 she won the world’s largest art competition, ArtPrize, competing against over 1500 artists from around the world.  She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Mashable, just to name a few.


In this episode, Adonna discusses:

-How she got to the point of drawing such large-scale drawings.

-How much of her progress comes from permission.  Permission from a professor and permission to go bigger, and permission from herself to create large environments.

-Her advice for people who brush off "big ideas" -- to instead give themselves permission to do them.

-How she has many ideas stew in her mind, jockeying for position, and when she sits in front of the paper, that is when one in particular comes to the front to say "I am ready."

-Why it can helpful to work on large and small projects at the same time, because when the bigger projects start to lose steam, she can work things out while working on the smaller projects.

-How her daughter has helped her to become more productive with her time, as she has much less of it to spare.

-The role that animals play in her art and how they are more than just animals.

-The story behind her "screaming bear."

-How each piece is like a diary, where she knows her exact situation in life at the moment she was drawing it, but on the flip side, how each piece can bring personal meaning to each person who views it.

Adonna's Final Push will help you understand that it is okay to give something up in order to create something you want to see in the world.


"You have those moments in your life where the light switch clicks on and you ask "Why did it take so long for me to figure this out?"

"I realized there was something in the scale of it that was the magic that I was trying to capture."

"What I was trying to do was create this entire environment that would bring people in and invite them to stay for a long time."

"If something is so strong within you that you're incomplete without it, I would say give yourself permission.  Because that's all you need in the end anyway."

"I've had drawings sitting in my brain for 10 years, saying 'It's not time yet.'"

"Creating it was my therapy, my friend, and my diary."

"When you do something that you love and you have to give something else up for it, it makes it valuable."

Connect with Adonna:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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045: Hip Hop, Hollywood, and how to CARVE YOUR OWN LANE (w/ Adam Gaines)

Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Adam Gaines was a Staff Writer on NBC's drama State of Affairs and his work on the FX drama The Bridge included co-writing the penultimate episode of the second (and final) season.

He published the eBook Mixtapea collection of one-act plays available as a free download on iBooks, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. And most recently released a sequel called Fire Sale, available on the same platforms.

On the feature side, his script Negative is currently in production. Directed by Joshua Caldwell and starring Katia Winter, Simon Quarterman, and Sebastian Roche. And he’s set to make his feature directorial debut on the indie Prepaid, which he also wrote.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/adamgaines

In this episode, Adam discusses:

-One of his first creative moments, in his creation of "R-Man."

-Some of the things that held him back from creating.

-How doubt begins to creep into ones creative life and how to get through it by trusting your instincts.

-His advice for writers or anyone else who want to try their hand in writing screenplays or scripts.

-The value in reading the scripts of your favorite movies (and your least favorite).

-The hardest moment for him creatively in moving to Los Angeles for the first time.

-Having to throw out his old work and redefine himself once he arrived in LA.

-Attempting to find a balance between finding a job to make money and working on his craft.

-One of his best moments, when the day job and the dream job finally met for the first time as a staff writer.

-"Mixtape" and why he created it and put it out into the world for free.

-The unexpected benefits of putting your work out for free that you might have never expected.

-His formula for managing his time.

-The importance of turning off the Wi-Fi so that you can concentrate on being creative without distractions like deadline.com.

Adam's Final Push will inspire you to jump on the bus!


"It was just a crippling amount of doubt that the same blinders that I had on that other people didn't have on at an early age made me second guess, 'should I be putting this much pen to paper?'"

"You can learn just as much from a bad movie as you can a good movie."

"I said I was going to do this my whole life.  Now I'm here.  Two bags, one-way plane ticket.  It just got very real."

"I decided to take a page out of a rapper's book.  Let me put out free content on the Internet in the hopes of landing a job, or attracting representation, or even just starting to build a fan base."

"I work on my brand and my one man operation and my business every single day.

Links mentioned:

-Mixtape by Adam Gaines (Amazon)

-Fire Sale: Another Collection of One-Act Plays by Adam Gaines (Amazon)

-Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas


Connect with Adam:


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044: LEVEL UP with every creative thing you do (w/ Oscar Gregeborn)

Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Oscar Gregeborn is a 17-year-old artistic phenom from Oslo, Norway who has a distinctive style of painting that you might confuse with that of a painter who has been painting for half a century.  His color palette in addition to his mesmerizing scenes leave you staring at the painting, yearning for entrance into his imagination.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/oscar

In this episode, Oscar discusses:

-A glimpse into his life as a high school student and his intentions for college as well as the industry.

-How he blends together the things he loves about his favorite artists into a kind of soup in order to develop his own style.

-How he feels as if he still has a long way to go before he truly enters the scene, but he has the advantage of time.

-His advice to young people who haven't "entered the scene" yet to develop their style and continue to work on their art.

-The power in sharing your art.

-His theory of "leveling-up."

-How 10,000 hours might not be enough for artists, as it is a lifelong commitment to improving.

-The story of one of his first creative moments at a water park.

-His advice to get down your ideas onto the canvas as quickly as possible, and then worry about filling it in later.  Just get the idea out there.

-The danger of comparing yourself to the artists that you love.

-How he took a three month hiatus from drawing because of doubt, and how he got back to the art with baby steps.

-What it was like to have his piece, "Naypyidaw" become a Daily Deviation on Deviant Art.

-How he never pushes himself to paint, but only does it when he wants to do it.

-His strategy for starting a painting in regards to planning it out.

Oscar's Final Push will inspire you to love what you are doing and give it everything!


"I try to level-up with every painting that I do."

"The response I get from people is always incredibly motivating and keeps me going."

"You've gotta remember that you only have one life.  You've gotta make the most out of it."

"Our eyes develop faster than our skill."

"I use it as a way to relax and meditate.  I just put in some good music and let my intuition guide my hand."

"All the ideas, locations, stories, and colors that I have in my head become something more than just an idea in my head.  They become a place on the canvas for someone else to see."

Links mentioned:

Oscar's Daily Deviation

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

Connect with Oscar:

Website / Facebook / Deviant Art

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043: Share your work without fear (w/ Natasha Wescoat)

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Natasha Wescoat has been a full time acrylic painter since 2004 and has sold over 1000 original works to private and corporate collections worldwide.  Her art has been featured in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and hit sitcom "The Middle" as well as Hollywood films like "Marley & Me".  She is also the founder of Art Career Academy, an online mentorship program for artists.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/natashawescoat

In this episode, Natasha discusses:

-How she has been interested in art since a very young age.

-The start of her business of selling her art on Ebay.

-The woes that come from starting out as a young artist.

-The value of getting input from the people who are watching you, as you can learn about your business and about yourself by listening to them.

-How the business aspect and having a family can bog you down and drain you from your creativity.

-Her worst creative moment.

-The importance of separating your creative days from your business days.

-Her best creative moment, when she started making a completely different type of art.

-Her reason for starting Art Career Academy and what it can provide for artists.

-Her formula for balancing her time with everything she has going on.

Natasha's Final Push will inspire you to be brave and bold and share your work without fear.


"I had really no idea that it was totally okay to do this on my own and be independent."

"You've really got to be brave and take those risks."

"Put yourself out there.  Be willing and open to learn and change and evolve."

"It's a matter of focusing on getting that time to yourself that you need to build that creativity to keep yourself filled up."

"Make it a regular routine.  Your mind starts to prepare itself and it becomes natural to get in the mode and the flow to create."

"Having a better understanding of my own vision and what I wanted to offer to the world outside of making a living from it... that is when things really changed for me."

Links mentioned:

Art Career Academy

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Gary Vanderchuck

Connect with Natasha:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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042: FORGET that you don't know how -- JUST START! (w/ Suresh Thakoor)

Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Suresh is a gifted public speaker, the host of the daily podcast BlissHacker Radio, and the author of the upcoming book “Be”. He is also a contributing writer to the Good Men Project. In addition to this, Suresh is a talented composer.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/suresh

In this episode, Suresh discusses:

-How he doesn't fit into a particular category except for "creative."

-How you question everything when you go through something like a divorce.

-How hearing Robert Rodriquez talk about how he doesn't know how to do the things he does but just jumps in and does them anyway really affected him as a creator.

-How people want to edit as they go, but how we can learn from children, because they just keep going and figure out the "editing" later.

-His advice for people who are afraid of just jumping into some creative pursuit because they think that they will be terrible.

-His method of "crowd-sourcing" for things he doesn't know how to do.

-What he means when he describes himself as "limitless" in terms of being able to connect with people around the world with a greater knowledge.

-Finding "warp pipes" to get ahead, by contacting people who have already been down the path that you intend to go down.

-The importance of knowing how and what to Google.

-Neuroplasticity and the way your brain changes every time it learns something new.

-The power of YouTube when you are trying to learn something.

-Advice to not be so rigid, and to keep exploring to find ways to get your creative message out if you happen to not be very good in one particular discipline.

-Tips for achieving a flow state (safely) with your art.

Suresh's Final Push will inspire you to move someone else with your art.


"The root skill is being creative."

"The only question that people have is, "Who am I?"

"You don't have to know anything.  You just be."

"People feel that they need to know before they do, and that limits them because they realize how much they don't know."

"I'm not limitless, but I know how to connect with all the people on this planet.  And since I know how to do that, there is no limit to me."

"The vision is more than myself."

"I want you to think as if the entire world was your oyster and everybody on it was on your team.  Now think what you can do with that, because that's the truth."

Links mentioned:

-"Be" (Motivational video)

-Robert Rodriquez on The Tim Ferris Podcast

-The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler

Connect with Suresh:

Blisshacker / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / E-mail!

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041: Nurture your GREENHOUSE of creativity (w/ Aunia Kahn)

Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Aunia Kahn is figurative artist, photographer, creative entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. She has created a hybrid art form combining many disciplines. She designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creations, melding elements of classical and contemporary art.

Aunia also runs/hosts the Create & Inspire Blog & Podcast where she helps and inspires creatives to follow their dreams!

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/auniakahn

In this episode, Aunia discusses:

-How and why she started the "Create and Inspire" blog and podcast.

-How John Lee Dumas of "Entrepreneur on Fire" inspired her to start a podcast (just like Youngman Brown with "Your Creative Push").

-How most artists don't realize that their art can be a business and many of the mistakes they make when trying to sell their work.

-Her first creative moments with a Kodak Fisher Price camera as a child.

-How even though we are the most photographed era in time, we are going to be left with no actual photos.

-Her journey through various forms of art, and how she wanted to be a painter, and a surgeon, and a veterinarian, amongst many other things.

-How health issues inhibited her from being able to sing, and how that led to her beginnings as an artist.

-How art was therapeutic to her and gave her the feeling of having a purpose.

-The story of what made her start to share her work and the unlikely person who encouraged her to do so.

-Her advice for people who might be afraid to share their work because they are embarrassed or shy about the content or subject matter that they create.

-The importance of just messing around and experimenting, not worrying if it is good or bad, and just learning from it.

-How you shouldn't base your progress on the amount of Facebook likes that you get.

-The value in aiming to affect one person as opposed to appealing to a broad audience.

-Details about her gallery

Aunia's Final Push will inspire you to keep getting up and never giving up.



"Music is where I cultivated a spiritual and artistic vibe within myself."

"The art itself was never supposed to be shown to anybody.  It was, "I am suffering so tremendously that if I don't do something, I don't know how much longer I am going to be here."

"When you are sick and you are bedridden and you can't leave your house, you feel like you don't have a purpose."

"For some reason, I felt like the camera was a sketchbook for me."

"Everything feeds itself.  It is like a self-generating greenhouse of creativity."

"I went to the show and I actually saw a woman cry in front of my work.  After that, I had to go home and think about this."

"Maybe this is how I'm supposed to help people, by using my own creativity to help myself and indirectly helping someone else without getting too close."

"You don't need to make this for anybody but yourself."

"For one person who tells you that they like what you're doing or appreciates you, there's a dozen more that are maybe too shy to say anything."

"We can literally do anything that we put our minds to.  Our minds are amazing.  They are so strong and vast."

"Life is too damn short not to go for everything you've ever wanted, even if it seems ridiculous."

"If you can see what you want to do and it seems like you could reach that, you're not reaching far enough.  If you want to do something and its ridiculous and crazy and amazing and "I can't believe I could ever do that," then you need to go for that."

Links mentioned:

Aunia's gallery

The Artist's Way Workbook by Julia Cameron

The Best Motivational Video Speeches Compilation - Youtube

Jim Carrey's Secret of Life - Youtube

Connect with Aunia:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Create & Inspire / Alexi Era Gallery


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040: Own your craft -- IT IS A PART OF YOU! (w/ Julie Zantopoulos)

Mon, Mar 07, 2016

Julie Zantopoulos is the author of Shoot Down the Wendy Bird. Before she published her first book she was Editor-in-Chief, creating content for a national print and online magazine, The Indie Chicks. She now runs a community of writers and fosters creativity in others. She will be launching Nobody's Beauty Guru, a site dedicated to her beauty addiction, in March.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/julie

In this episode, Julie discusses:

-Her favorite trashy SciFi movies and how they can actually serve as inspiration if they are able to be produced.

-One of her first creative moments as a writer when she went to Greece as a young girl.

-The process of writing her book Shoot Down the Wendy Bird and the emotional journey that it takes both her and the reader down.

-Her advice for people who might find it hard to put themselves out there in their writing or their art.

-Her advice for writers or bloggers who want to write a book.

-The importance of having trusted people to read your work.

-How it is not always good to push yourself to write if you are not in the proper headspace.

-The importance of going out and experiencing life, so you actually have experiences to draw from.

-How her worst moments creatively are when she gets in her own head and begins to doubt the value of her own work (and how to break that cycle).

-How one of her scariest moments was switching from the comfortable scenario of personal blogging and taking the leap as a business owner of The Indie Chicks.

-The empowerment that comes from realizing that you are good at what you do and that you can make a living from it.

Julie's Final Push will inspire you to treat your writing and your art, not like a hobby, but as a PART OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO!


"I treat my writing as an outlet and a coping mechanism."

"The hardest part is hitting publish.  That doesn't change over time.  It's not something you get over but it is something that you get used to."

"You need to trust in yourself and your own unique view on things that there is somebody out there that wants to read it and probably needs to read it."

"The world deserves to hear your voice.  And it should be heard -- you were given it for a reason."

"I don't think there's any greater joy than when you do finally let go, and let your work be appreciated by other people."

"You grow so much more when you allow yourself to share and get feedback."

"There's nothing to write about if you do not give yourself time to go out and live an active life."

"When you do it even though you're afraid of it, you gain such strength."

"Claiming myself as a writer was one of the most profound and amazing experiences."

"You never know where one decision where you push past fear will lead you.  Each one of those small little decisions that seem like nothing, can lead you to pretty amazing places."

Resources mentioned:

Shoot Down the Wendy Bird by Julie Zantopoulos

Connect with Julie:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Nobody's Beauty Guru


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039: Don't get it drawn, get it DOODLED (w/ Martin Aveling)

Fri, Mar 04, 2016

Martin is an English artist with an African heart. Born into a family of zoologists in 1982, he grew up amidst forest and savannah creatures of central and eastern Africa. He has held successful solo exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States and has exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the David Shepherd Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year event. A driving force for Martin's work is his commitment to conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and through his art he continues to support the work of selected wildlife charities.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/martinaveling

In this episode, Martin discusses:

-His upbringing in Africa, how his parents were young zoologists, and what that meant for his life.

-Why he draws detailed portraits of the animals on very clear white backgrounds, so that it doesn't detract from the animal.

-How he became obsessed with detail but tried to hone that throughout his career.

-How he likes to play around with composition, and push the boundaries with negative space, as it helps to engage the viewer.

-His ability to not just draw animals, but to draw animals in a moment in time, and how long that took him to figure out.


-How he was most creative when he was younger because he just dove into it without thinking.

-His advice for people who might be discouraged by their gap in skill in comparison to his.

-The importance of doing art because you enjoy it, and not comparing yourself to other people or worrying about what other people think.

-How to deal with fear.

-How mistakes are good and help you to evolve.

-His charity work for wildlife conservation.

Martin's Final Push will inspire you to put in the time and GET IT DOODLED!


"It wasn't until much later on in life that I realized just how privileged I was to spend time amongst those animals."

"They are the stars of the show.  It's the animals.  It's not me.  My first passion was wildlife, and then I discovered I could draw them."

"I like to push the boundaries with negative space.  That helps to engage the viewer more."

"If you try to use the negative space in a creative way, it invites people to engage with it more and be a part of creating that environment in which it is sitting."

"It's all about the hours that you put in.  You do improve even if you're not seeing it real time."

"I always start at the eye.  It's the window to the soul.  It's where all the emotion is conveyed."

"It's not just for me, the art.  It's for everyone."

"You put the time in, and you will improve."

"Don't compare yourself to people.  If you enjoy drawing, you just just be drawing and not be worrying too much about what other people are thinking.

"There's nothing really to be scared of.  You love doing it, so just do it."

"You sleep better at night if you've done something a little bit creative during the day.

Connect with Martin:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


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038: PUKE IT OUT, then polish it! (w/ Kent Gustavson)

Thu, Mar 03, 2016

You might know Kent Gustavson as an award-winning author, for his biography on musician Doc Watson called Blind But Now I See.  Or you might know him as a musician and producer, with 14 critically acclaimed albums. Or if you are a student at Stony Brook University in New York, you might know him as a teacher. Or maybe you know him as a public speaker and perhaps you have already been inspired by him from his Ted Talk, "We Are Alive."

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/drkent

In this episode, Kent discusses:

-How in college he did a lot of soul searching to "find himself," but a near-fatal car wreck with his father made it clear to him that he should do what he loves doing.

-How he loves how art teachers see the world.

-How the idea that "there are no mistakes" really changed the way he thought about things.

-Jazz musicians and their ability to turn a mistake into a feature of the music.

-How anticipating mistakes make them easier to deal with and much easier to learn from.

-Training your ability to "turn creativity on" and finding the method that helps you to not spend.

-The importance of focusing on your own health, as well as taking days off (just like athletes need to do).

-How his creative upbringing led him to want to coach authors.

-How the block for many creative people is the idea of making the "next best thing," and concentrating too much on making it be perfect.

-The idea of "puke and polish" -- how sometimes you just need to just get it out there, and then worry about polishing it later.

-The different advice that he gives to different types of authors.

-The importance of understanding your audience and when they read and why.

-The value of using an avatar.

-How it is not easy for some people to simply use an egg timer every morning to work on their craft, since they get longer-lasting bursts of creativity.

-His advice for people who have many different creative ideas but haven't started on any.


"Take the mistake and turn it into something beautiful -- a feature."

"You can't live on top of Everest.  You climb up the mountain.  You hang up there for minutes.  And then you come back down.  Perfection is hitting the top of Everest, but you can't live in perfection."

"Who exactly is this for?"

"It's easy for the reader to see the author, but your goal as an author is to see the reader."

"You can have either happiness or fulfillment or both."

"If your life's in the doldrums, kick it in the pants.  Start painting.  Start playing some music.  Learn the guitar.  Spend more time with your kids.  Take a trip."

Resources mentioned:

"Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson" by Kent Gustavson

"We Are Alive" (Kent's Ted Talk)


Connect with Kent:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Blooming Twig


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037: Use TIME to your ADVANTAGE (w/ Nick Gentry)

Wed, Mar 02, 2016

Nick Gentry is an artist from London who paints on recycled and obsolete technological materials such as floppy discs, 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, and X-ray prints. In doing so, he creates a conversation between digital and analog processes.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nickgentry

In this episode, Nick discusses:

-What the canvas of technological materials says to the viewer.

-How he finds charm in the materials that have already had a life.

-Where he actually obtains the floppy discs and VHS tapes to use for his art.

-How he uses ambiguity and pulling many different pieces together in order for the viewer to make their own interpretations about the art and what it means to them.

-The first time he made this type of art as an experiment, and how he left his work in the street to be picked up for free.

-His predictions for the future of technology and his hope that we don't get lost.

-How he tries to suspend his judgment while making art, so that if a piece isn't going particularly well, he can abandon it and move on.

-How we should learn from children and how they enjoy drawing and painting without thinking about if something is right or wrong.

-His advice for people who might be scared to share their work.

-The importance of being attached to your art while you are working on it, but then detaching yourself from it as soon as it leaves your studio (and that is where the daily practice comes in, because you can immediately move on to the next thing).

-His advice for people who have a difficult time moving onto the next thing.

-How being able to move on to the next thing also allows you to not linger on failures.

-How he draws inspiration from everything around him, especially nature.

Nick's Final Push will inspire you to be unique.


"It tends to be a slow burn with these ideas."

"It's really hard to have a perspective in the moment because we are surrounded by so much that is stimulating us all the time.  It's only with time that we can actually reflect upon what happened and what it means."

"With art, and my work especially, I'm not tying to provide any answers or predictions.  I'm just trying to ask better questions than I was before."

"Whenever you follow your passion, you just have the intuition to work when you need to work, and you find the time of day when you're optimal and you work at those times."

"I see things as more of a sequence rather than endpoints, so if that painting didn't work out then that is not a problem to me, because that is just a step on a long road."

"I think it's just a case of going ahead with it and doing it and not pondering it for too long.  Just seeing where it takes you."

"For me, it's all about moving forward on to the next thing."

"Art has to be a personal exploration."

Links mentioned:

Nick at the C24 Gallery

Connect with Nick:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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036: How OUTLANDER started as just PRACTICE (w/ Diana Gabaldon)

Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels.  Diana has written eight books in the series, with more than twenty-six million copies in print worldwide.  The series is published in 26 countries and 23 languages, and includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the first novels in the series. Gabaldon has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series): LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER,  LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS, and LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER.

Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled THE EXILE (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh.

Diana’s current writing projects include the ninth major novel in the OUTLANDER series, as yet untitled, and a second volume of THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION. She is also serving as a Co-Producer and advisor for the Outlander TV series produced by the Starz network and Tall Ship Productions, which is based on her novels.

In this episode, Diana discusses:

-The story behind "Outlander."

-How she had known that she wanted to be a novelist since she was eight.

-How she was comfortable writing because of writing scholarly articles, grant proposals, and scientific papers, but needed to learn the details of how to write a novel.

-How Outlander was really a practice novel for her.

-How a Dr. Who re-run inspired the thought of a man in a kilt, and that is where she began Outlander.

-How starting to write immediately was important to her, so that she wouldn't get caught up in doing endless research.

-How characters come under three classifications: mushrooms, onions, and hard nuts.

-The most important question to answer is what does your character want?  Because this is what shapes the story (what is stopping them from getting what they want?)

-How the only cure for "cold days" or writer's block is to just write anyway.

-How she uses a "kernel" (a line of dialogue, a concrete object, an emotional ambiance, or anything else concrete) and she writes around that kernel to start telling the story or the scene.

Diana's Final Push will inspire you to set aside some time every single day.


"I just wanted to write a book in order to learn how."

"I said to myself, "I'm going to write a novel for practice.  I'm not going to show it to anyone.  I'm not telling anyone what I'm doing.   It's just for me to learn how."

"The important thing is to pick a point and get started.  It doesn't really matter where you start."

"I fought with her for several pages, trying to beat her into shape and make her talk like an 18th century woman but she wasn't having any of this.  She kept making smart-ass modern remarks and she also took over and started telling the story herself."

"You need to know who your character is."

"I don't plan books ahead of time.  I don't work with an outline.  I don't work in a straight line.  I work in little pieces where I can see things happening."

"The secret to success in writing is to understand how your own brain works and work with it rather than against it."

"You just need to get words on paper and eventually the words will become alive again and start flowing for you."

"You cannot write anything any way but one word at a time."

"Don't let yourself be stopped by lack of time."

Connect with Diana:

Website / Facebook / Outlander


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035: Be prepared to POUNCE on your lucky breaks (w/ Marc Allante)

Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Marc is an artist whose work is inspired in both form and style by western and eastern influences. He was born in Hong Kong, but has also lived in Sydney and London. He merges traditional Chinese inks with European watercolour and pen techniques in a contemporary style. He is self-taught, and utilizes many different techniques and subject matters to expand his work. Marc also runs the blog www.redinkstone.com – a website dedicated to helping aspiring artists achieve successful and sustainable careers in the art world.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/marcallante

In this episode, Marc discusses:

-How his art career was jump started when his friend posted one of his pieces on Reddit and the thread went viral.

-How he utilized that "break" to make another post on Reddit, showcasing pieces of art he did throughout his childhood and life, and how that post went even more viral.

-How he worked in financial risk at that time, and art was a hobby for him until that point.

-The tough times that he was going through at the moment, with his mother being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

-How he calculated whether or not he could quit his job before he jumped into being a full-time artist.

-What it has been like in his first year as a full-time artist.

-His advice to people with full-time jobs who want to still do their creative passion: dedicate some time every day, and you will see improvement and results.

-The importance of developing a style with which you can differentiate yourself from other artists.

-There are always valuable lessons to be learned in trying something new.

-How art school has many things that it can teach you, but in today's world you can find out how to draw or paint in any style for free on the internet (or do anything creative, really).

-About why he started redinkstone.com and how it can help expose artists to information about effectively marketing your work via social media, understanding contracts, and so much more.

Marc's Final Push will inspire you to dedicate whatever free time you can find to furthering your realization of your dream.


"It does require a lot of effort and a lot of work to ensure that you properly utilize that momentum."

"What am I going to regret more in life?  Am I going to regret a job that I'm kind of okay with or following through with a passion that is clearly working at this point?"

"Even struggling for a few years would be a much more satisfying experience than cruising in a job that I didn't particularly enjoy."

"Even if you are dedicating a half-hour or an hour every day it is going to improve that process and the skills that you are using."

"The more that you practice and the more that you dedicate yourself to that subject or skill, you will see improvement and you will see results."

"There's luck and there's also manufactured luck.  There's definitely ways that you can help it along."

"It's good to be prepared and have the right tools in place so that if and when it does happen, you are ready for it."

"Whatever time I could spare was to realize this dream."

Links mentioned:

"How I quit my corporate job to become a professional artist"

Connect with Marc:

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Prints / Redinkstone


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034: BONUS! Be PATIENT for the perfect moment (w/ Chan Dick)

Sat, Feb 27, 2016

Chan Dick is a Hong Kong photographer whose personal works have caught as much as, if not more, public attention as his commercial works.   In 2015, his photo book of picturesque bird-eyed view of Chai Wan Fire Station won him the Hong Kong Photo Book Awards. His photos have been selected by Invisible Photographer Asia and showcased at Angkor Photo Festival 2015.

His photo series No Compromise portrays student activists aspired to make social progress in Hong Kong’s political scene. It won him a third place in the International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition in the professional editorial/political category.

His earlier works include Escapers that touches on the odds of escaping from a totalitarian regime, and War, a photo story taken for kart racing aficionado to support the construction of a racing circuit in Hong Kong. The latter was exhibited in the 2014 Pingyao International Photo Festival in China.

Today, Chan Dick answers some of our questions about his photography and what drives his creativity.

Full shownotes/interview: http://yourcreativepush.com/chandick

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033: Does alcohol hold back your creativity? (w/ Victor Yocco)

Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Victor is a Research Director at a Philadelphia-based digital design and development firm. He regularly writes and speaks on the application of psychology to design. He has written for A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, UX Booth, User Experience Magazine (UXPA) and many more. Victor is the author Design for the Mind, an upcoming book on the application of principles of psychology to design.

Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/victoryocco

In this episode, Victor discusses:

-His first creative moments, and how his interest in writing began.

-How sharing your work can build your confidence... or help you to realize that you have a talent in the first place.

-How people can surprise you with the amount of support that they can offer.

-Some things in his early life that held him back from being creative.

-The way that alcohol entered his life as a ritual for him to pass time on a nightly basis.

-How once he stopped drinking, writing replaced that need and it came crashing down like a dam suddenly let loose.

-What led to him getting to the point of hitting "rock bottom."

-His "coming out" article and how it affected so many people in the industry.

-How his boss was shocked when he told him about his alcoholism, and how telling that is in terms of how easy it is to hide things like alcoholism.

-Some of the issues that he is now attempting to address dealing with the culture of workplace drinking.

-How you don't need to get punched in the face to need to make a change in order to become the better version of yourself.

-How he doesn't believe that things necessarily get easier, just different.

-You need to let go of worrying about how something is going to be received when you put it out there.

-Look for little wins and build upon them.

-How the simple act of starting to do something gives you expertise, and you can begin teaching at this very early point.

Victor's Final Push will inspire you to take that first step and replace the negative habits in your life with positive, worthwhile habits.


"The universe is a neutral place, it doesn't care if you fail or if you succeed.  However, if you put yourself out there, people are really supportive, and people care if you fail or if you succeed.  And they want you to succeed."

"On my way to passing out I would always have this thought of, 'Tomorrow it will be different.  Tomorrow I will start writing my book.'"

"The drinking was preventing me from writing.  But in the back of my mind I felt like the drinking was inspiring me because I'd have these thoughts at the end... 'you should write.  I want to write.'  But I would wake up without another word written."

"Fifteen years of holding back the dam on writing just came crashing down as soon as I was able to stop drinking.  I haven't been able to stop writing since then."

"Like a rocketship, things started to get better once I was sober."

"I replaced drinking with writing."

Links mentioned:

Victor's upcoming book, Design for the Mind (use the coupon code for 39% off: yoccopcycp)

What it's like to be a recovering alcoholic in an office where booze is everywhere (Victor's article for Vox)