Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative practice!
Each week, host Andy J. Pizza serves up monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbi Jacobson and Morgan Harper Nichols that are chocked to the brim with creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics.
Time to fill up your tank with a generous helping of PEP! Open up your ears and get that breakthrough perspective you need, the second you need it!
Andy J. Pizza is an illustrator for the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google, YouTube and Nickelodeon.
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297 - Why Creatives are Struggling and Where to Refocus Your Energy with William Deresiewicz
“There’s never been a better time to be a creative person!”
You’ve heard this before, but is it true? Is it your experience?
Best Selling author William Deresiewicz decided to try and answer this question by interviewing hundreds of artists (spoiler: I was one of them!) and diving deep into research. All of his remarkable findings are in his new book “The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech”.
In this episode we dive deep into this work and tease out the pitfalls to watch out for, as well as areas where it’s smart to invest yourself as a modern creative.
This book and this interview is a gift to creatives and I hope you find it as cathartic and validating as I did.
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296 - The 4 Step Process to Making Creative Work That Resonates Deeper
How could an archer improve their form if they never saw where their arrows hit the target?
I spent the start of my career like an archer with a blindfold, afraid to look and see if I’d hit a bullseye, or even missed the target completely.
I would try anything I could to avoid getting feedback on my creative work, but these days, finding the right kind of feedback is the LIFEBLOOD of my practice.
What changed? I saw that having a robust relationship to feedback was the key to unlocking transcendent creative work and that started to mean more to me that protecting my vulnerabilities.
In this episode I want to share a 4 step process for building feedback into your practice in a way that will help your creative work resonate on a much deeper level.
295 - Feeding Your Creative Spark with Lisa Congdon
Lisa Congdon is back and is the first guest to do 4 episodes of our show! Shouldn’t be a surprise though, as our episodes with Lisa are some of the absolute best! AND this one is my favorite of the 4!
In this episode we talk:
- The power of sharing resources / abundance mindset
- Staying Inspired
- What to do About Copy Cats
- Creative From the ‘YES TO LIFE’ Energy
294 - Scared That You're Not Good Enough At Any One Thing? Listen To This!
Do you ever compare yourself to others in your creative field and feel like you don’t measure up? Do you ever question whether you really have the talent or raw potential necessary to succeed?
If these anxieties keep you from investing your all into your practice today, listen in to this episode! Creative breakthrough is often less about being the BEST at one thing, and more about being creative about how you combine your multiple resources.
In this episode we will tell you the 3 areas that you can combine to create your own lane, and unlock new levels of progress today.
Putting off your creative joy until you become a success is a dangerous practice because the most sure fire path to creative success is creating from a place of joy. If you aren’t enjoying your practice today, this episode will help you rekindle that flame.
This is Part 2 in our Creative Target Practice Series.
293 - How to Get Deeply Inspired from Super Surprising Sources with Yao Cheng
If you want your creative work to be super unique, you need to have super unique inspiration. Today on the show I chat with Watercolor Artist Yao Cheng and she embodies this principle in ways I’ve never seen!
When you think of watercolor art, whatever images spring to mind are not what you see in Yao’s portfolio!! Why? Because there aren't many, if any, watercolor artists who are pulling their inspiration from quantum mechanics!
This episode is a goodie bag of creative inspiration and a masterclass on how to approach getting inspired in a completely new and profound way. I left this conversation buzzing with motivation and curiosity… and you will too!
Yao Cheng is an artist on the roster of our artist management agency Co-Loop. Find Out More at Co-Loop.co
292 - 3 Steps on How to Discover Your Creative Work’s Hidden Theme
Are you having a really hard time remembering why you make creative work lately? In these times, it feels especially hard to stay grounded and motivated to keep making.
If you’re feeling lost and unable to find your true north in your creative work - this episode contains an exercise that will help you start connecting the dots again and find the thread through your work that will get you excited and determined to start making again.
This is part 1 of our Creative Target Practice Series.
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I found this podcast early last year, and I am hooked on every new episode!
Earlier last year, I decided to start thinking about creative work as the next step in my journey; Dr. Pizza’s deep-pan dish of the finest motivational pep in the land! His series on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey sparked a relationship to a project I began earlier this year and in listening to Andy every so often, I find a deep sense of connection and understanding of his vision for the world. We couldn’t be more thankful for someone like the Dr. himself!
Thank you for everything you do Andy, I for one can say I wouldn’t really be the person I am now without his pep-talks every now and then.
Much love from Australia,
Love from The Land Of Aus!
I just discovered this podcast last year, and it has changed my life for the better! I am now an emerging artist and pursuing my goals with more confidence than I ever thought possible. I have autism, and Andy 100% supports and encourages everyone to be themselves - the more weirdness the better! Thankyou for supporting neurological diversity and inspiring all creatives to be exactly who they were meant to be. Your advice is practical and honest and this podcast is absolute gold mate.
Love from Australia!
One of the most inspiring and motivational podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Thank you to Andy J. Pizza for being the catalyst to so much inspiration, positivity and productivity - this podcast has helped shift my entire creative career into overdrive! I absolutely recommend The Creative Pep Talk to anyone and everyone I can. It is a total game changer. You’re the man, Andy! Thank you.