Conversations on career, courage and creative leadership
 
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CAlling all creatives

Creative professionals have an abundance of obstacles to overcome. From staying inspired to putting out fires, the path for a successful career can be filled with fearful moments. If courage and resiliency is required to succeed, what does it practically look like? In this podcast series we will learn from seasoned creative professionals on specific terrifying topics and how they overcame adversity.

Hosted by Blake Howard
Produced & Supported by Matchstic

 
 

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Diving into Diversity with Bethaney Wilkinson

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SEASON 2

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Wether small set backs or devastating defeats, we all experience loss of some kind. In this episode, painter and scholar Dr. Fahamu Pecou, talks about what to do when life falls apart and you desperately need to restart. He knows loss all to well. In 2018, Fahamu experienced a crushing fire at his studio, losing years of work, supplies, and irreplaceable relics. We learn about his resiliency to bounce back and more on the art of the restart.

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In any career, becoming a leader is often seen as the next step, but going from maker to manager in the creative field can be a tricky transition. In this episode, Blake Howard interviews author and thought leader Todd Henry, whose recent book “Herding Tigers” investigates what it means to be the advocate creatives want and the leader they need. From earning trust and developing decision-makers to nixing gossip and navigating conflict, Todd and Blake dig into the challenges creative leaders face.

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Which is better, having a “dream job” or chasing your dream? For many creatives, that’s the eternal question. In this episode of The Creative Rising, we talk with David Tann, former creative director of the Atlanta Hawks, who took a leap to strike out on his own, despite having a coveted creative role.

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How do you keep evolving a recognizable style that's in high demand? In this episode we sit down with designer Brian Steely, whose monoline work has distinguished clients ranging from Nike to the national parks. We discuss what it means to set boundaries, battle impostor syndrome, and refresh your craft while embracing your distinctive voice.

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What do you do when asked to help a client that you don't believe in or, worse yet, fundamentally disagree with? You can certainly take the money and run (those bills aren't going to pay themselves) or stand firm on your moral high ground. Saying no is easier said than done and in this episode, host Blake Howard talks courage and convictions with Julia Zeltser, creative director and co-founder of the social impact design firm Hyperakt.

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“Vibe,” “values,” “vision” — call it what you will, but culture is an important component at any company. It's also a vague catchall term than can be confusing. Speaking with Gene Lee, Mailchimp’s SVP of Customer Experience and Design, we explore what culture means and how it filters into every aspect of the creative process.

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There's a high risk of tension when one creative critiques the work of another. Fortunately, it's possible for feedback to make us better instead of bitter. In this episode we hear from Armin Vit, leading design critic and co-founder of Brand New. He shares his experiences with diversifying an industry niche, pushing back against comment culture and turning fear of failure into creative fuel.

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We continue our two-part series on the battle of beliefs. This time we are talking with artist & activist Fabian Williams, aka Occasional Superstar, about his experience in the ad world, how he became a full time artist, and how his work to promote social justice led head to head with the NFL.

SEASON 1

Episode 01: A Call to Courage  Everyone wants to be brave in their creative career, but what does it practically look like? In this short teaser episode, we explore the heart of this series, hear some of host Blake Howard’s backstory and how you can begin to practically apply courage in your work as a creative professional.   Listen Now

Episode 01: A Call to Courage

Everyone wants to be brave in their creative career, but what does it practically look like? In this short teaser episode, we explore the heart of this series, hear some of host Blake Howard’s backstory and how you can begin to practically apply courage in your work as a creative professional.

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Episode 02: The Panic of Public Speaking with Sam Harrison  What's even scarier than death? You guessed it: speaking to a room full of strangers. In this episode we are going to learn from author and speaker extraordinaire Sam Harrison to help us pacify our panic.   Listen Now

Episode 02: The Panic of Public Speaking with Sam Harrison

What's even scarier than death? You guessed it: speaking to a room full of strangers. In this episode we are going to learn from author and speaker extraordinaire Sam Harrison to help us pacify our panic.

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Episode 03: Brain Bravery with Dr. Jerome Lubbe  Next stop: Braintown. In this episode, we are going to nerd-out on neurology with Dr. Jerome Lubbe. As a leading functional neurologist, he is going to help us better understand what's really happening when we freak out over a deadline, client meeting, or office conflict.   Listen Now

Episode 03: Brain Bravery with Dr. Jerome Lubbe

Next stop: Braintown. In this episode, we are going to nerd-out on neurology with Dr. Jerome Lubbe. As a leading functional neurologist, he is going to help us better understand what's really happening when we freak out over a deadline, client meeting, or office conflict.

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Episode 04: The Terror of Telling the Truth with Emily Cohen  Let’s be honest, there can be a real terror in telling the truth. We all know it is the right thing to do, but can we be too honest? When is the right time? And what if it hurts a co-workers feelings or gets you fired?! In this conversation, we learn from the Brutally Honest creative business consultant and author  Emily Cohen  on how to be neither a pushover nor a prick.   Listen Now

Episode 04: The Terror of Telling the Truth with Emily Cohen

Let’s be honest, there can be a real terror in telling the truth. We all know it is the right thing to do, but can we be too honest? When is the right time? And what if it hurts a co-workers feelings or gets you fired?! In this conversation, we learn from the Brutally Honest creative business consultant and author Emily Cohen on how to be neither a pushover nor a prick.

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Episode 05: The Risk to Rest with José Reyes  Why is it so hard for us to unplug? Is it FOMO, work loads, or deadlines that fool us into seeing rest as an optional “nice to do”? We are going to talk to Creative Director, and agency-owner, José Reyes about the courage required to press pause, gain perspective, and rejuvenate our creative souls.   Listen Now

Episode 05: The Risk to Rest with José Reyes

Why is it so hard for us to unplug? Is it FOMO, work loads, or deadlines that fool us into seeing rest as an optional “nice to do”? We are going to talk to Creative Director, and agency-owner, José Reyes about the courage required to press pause, gain perspective, and rejuvenate our creative souls.

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Episode 06: The Will to Walk Away with Ryan Gravel How do you know when it’s time to cut bait? Wether a dream job, heartfelt project, or a company you created, it takes guts to say goodbye. In this episode, we will talk to author and City Planner Ryan Gravel about how he walked away (multiple times) from his brainchild, the Atlanta Beltline.   Listen Now

Episode 06: The Will to Walk Away with Ryan Gravel
How do you know when it’s time to cut bait? Wether a dream job, heartfelt project, or a company you created, it takes guts to say goodbye. In this episode, we will talk to author and City Planner Ryan Gravel about how he walked away (multiple times) from his brainchild, the Atlanta Beltline.

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Episode 07: The Prowess to Perform with Amena Brown What does it take to be a straight up boss in the board room? How do we handle the pressure when the spotlight is on? We are going to talk with author and spoken word poet, Amena Brown about the courage required to speak with spirit.   Listen Now

Episode 07: The Prowess to Perform with Amena Brown
What does it take to be a straight up boss in the board room? How do we handle the pressure when the spotlight is on? We are going to talk with author and spoken word poet, Amena Brown about the courage required to speak with spirit.

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Episode 08: Battling the Block with OkCello You’re washed up. Done for. All the good ideas are gone and the pressure is on to deliver. What does it look like to get unstuck? In this episode we talk to musician, storyteller and educator,  OkCello , to learn about his creative process and learning from our own emotions to breakthrough.   Listen Now

Episode 08: Battling the Block with OkCello
You’re washed up. Done for. All the good ideas are gone and the pressure is on to deliver. What does it look like to get unstuck? In this episode we talk to musician, storyteller and educator, OkCello, to learn about his creative process and learning from our own emotions to breakthrough.

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Episode 09: The Concern for Career with Chris Coleman Job aspirations, decisions and questions can haunt us. We quietly wonder, am I in the right place? Am I being paid fairly? Is my title right? Is it time for me to make a change? In this episode, we talk to marketing guru, speaker, and author Chris Coleman to get her sage advice on a successful creative career.   Listen Now

Episode 09: The Concern for Career with Chris Coleman
Job aspirations, decisions and questions can haunt us. We quietly wonder, am I in the right place? Am I being paid fairly? Is my title right? Is it time for me to make a change? In this episode, we talk to marketing guru, speaker, and author Chris Coleman to get her sage advice on a successful creative career.

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Episode 10: Inciting Inspiration with BlackCat Tips  Staying fresh and full of ideas as a creative professional can be difficult. In the final episode of Season 1, we talk to street poet and artist BlackCat Tips to learn how he explores the unknown, odd, and uncomfortable in the pursuit of staying lively with ideas.  Listen Now

Episode 10: Inciting Inspiration with BlackCat Tips

Staying fresh and full of ideas as a creative professional can be difficult. In the final episode of Season 1, we talk to street poet and artist BlackCat Tips to learn how he explores the unknown, odd, and uncomfortable in the pursuit of staying lively with ideas.
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Season 2 Launches May 28th Stay tuned for our second season of The Creative Rising!

Season 2 Launches May 28th
Stay tuned for our second season of The Creative Rising!

 
 
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