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The Creativity Campus Podcast is where I talk to my guests all about the subject of creativity; we’ll be exploring the highs, lows and all the messy in-betweens of the creative process, along with the meaning and magic of living a more creative life. Together we're helping you unlock and unleash your creative potential so you can navigate your creative path with more purpose, passion and play! 

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The Creativity Campus Podcast is where I talk to my guests all about the subject of creativity; we’ll be exploring the highs, lows and all the messy in-betweens of the creative process, along with the meaning and magic of living a more creative life. Together we're helping you unlock and unleash your creative potential so you can navigate your creative path with more purpose, passion and play! 

    EP 9: The golden rules of improvisation (AND LIFE) with Isabel Soden & Natalie Marlsand

    EP 9: The golden rules of improvisation (AND LIFE) with Isabel Soden & Natalie Marlsand

    It’s the final episode of Season 1 folks!

    And we are finishing on a real high because my guests today are Isabel Soden and Natalie Marsland, the fabulous founders of Reuben Feels (https://www.reubenfeels.com/home/who-we-are) .

     Reuben Feels (https://www.reubenfeels.com/home/who-we-are) is an immersive storytelling company, with a mission statement; to get the world playing. Which of course, I absolutely love! This was such a joyful conversation about creativity, curiosity, play, the power of saying yes, and seeing your life for what it really is; one big improvisation show! 

    Issie and Nat serve up some powerful and practical suggestions to help us clamber over the wall of fear and step into a more playful state, where the real magic and the creativity happens. 

     In this episode we discuss… 

    How we can start to reframe failure and stop being quite so afraid of getting things wrong all the time

    What listening really means and why it’s the beginning and end of everything

    Issie shares the six golden rules that will transform a rehearsal room, a meeting room, or, even better, your entire life!

    Nat introduces us to the concept of ‘Groovement’, and explains why getting out of your head and into your body is SO important when it comes to accessing your creativity

    And why remembering to relax, breathe and have fun, can very often be the best response to everything! 

    I  hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as I had recording it. I’ll be back in March with Season 2. Until then, I just want to say a huge thank you for tuning into this podcast every week and I’ll look forward to seeing you back here in the new year for more conversations designed to feed and fuel your creativity. In the meantime have a wonderful Christmas and I’m wishing you a happy, healthy and of course, creative 2021!

    Christina X

    PS. If you want to hang out and play with Issie and Nat on Instagram, you can find them @reubenfeels_official

    Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628

    • 57 min
    EP 8: Exploring the edge of your comfort zone with Steve Garratt

    EP 8: Exploring the edge of your comfort zone with Steve Garratt

    You often hear people say ‘do one thing every day that scares you’ or ‘to succeed you need to wave goodbye to your comfort zone’, but when it comes to our creativity, just how far out of our comfort zone do we really need to venture? 

    Well, on the podcast this week I’m talking to Steve Garratt (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/stevegiggle) about that very subject (among lots of other creative things, of course)! Steve is a writer, director and founder of Studio Giggle (https://www.studiogiggle.co.uk/) ; a film and animation studio that creates award-winning, immersive and interactive content. Steve is a creative through-and-through and not just in one creative discipline but in many, which is one of the reasons I wanted to have him on the show. I wanted to understand how he finds the time, the headspace and the creativity to keep so many projects live at any one time, all the while still juggling his full-time creative job. 

    This is a fascinating conversation that covers some serious ground on the subject of creativity, we talk about…

    Creative collaborations and how finding the right creative partner can elevate your game

    The real role of a creative (and it’s not necessarily what you'd think!)

    How picking your battles can be the key to maintaining creative integrity when it comes to working with clients

    How to pitch your ideas so that people aren’t saying ‘no’ all the time

    Why relationships are so important when it comes to creating work you love

    And of course, we talk all about comfort zones; when and who should be in it, when and who should be out of it, and why sometimes, just going to the edge of it is all that’s needed for creative growth.

    Whether you work in a corporate environment, a creative one, or like Steve, creatively straddle both, this episode is crammed full of so much ‘behind the scenes’ insight about creativity and the role of a creative, it will have you thinking in a whole new light…whichever side of your comfort zone you’re currently living. 

    Happy listening!

    Christina X

    Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EP 7: How to stop sabotaging yourself with Charlie Haynes

    EP 7: How to stop sabotaging yourself with Charlie Haynes

    Are you someone who struggles with procrastination or any other kind of self-sabotage, especially when it comes to your creative work? If so, then you’re going to love this week’s episode! 

    My guest today is Charlie Haynes. (http://urbanwritersretreat.co.uk/) Charlie is founder of Urban Writers Retreat (http://urbanwritersretreat.co.uk/) , offering writing retreats and online courses helping people to ‘sit down and do the work’, which I know, sounds terribly simple, but often, it can be the hardest part of the creative process. And as someone currently in midst of writing my second book, I can speak to this challenge personally.

    Charlie is the creator of ‘Writers Block Detox (http://urbanwritersretreat.co.uk/bootcamp/) ’ - a four-week online adventure helping people fall back in love with writing. As well as the hugely successful, ‘6 Month Novel (http://urbanwritersretreat.co.uk/6-month-novel-programme/) ’ an online programme taking you from idea to first draft in just 6 months.

    I’ve been to a few of Charlie’s retreats and they’re brilliant. Having some quality uninterrupted time to focus on my writing, really helped reboot my creativity and get me back in the right headspace. 

    We cover so much juicy ground in this episode but here are some of the highlights…

     We explore why it can be so bloody difficult to sit down and do the work, and why, the more that work matters to us, the harder it becomes to get out of our way and get it done. 

    We talk about the importance of accountability when we’re embarking on a creative project, and how we all need to find ourselves some form of an accountability buddy.

     We discuss what ‘makes a writer’ and who gets to call themselves one, (SPOLER ALERT: If you write, then YOU GET TO CALL YOURSELF A WRITER!) We also talk about why this seems to be such a hard for thing for so many of us writer’s to do.

    We look at some of the external and internal blocks that can stand in the way of our creative goals and how we can start busting them all up!

    I loved this conversation SO much, and I really hope you enjoy it too. 

    Christina X

    Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628

    • 48 min
    EP6: The alchemy of storytelling with Timur Zobu

    EP6: The alchemy of storytelling with Timur Zobu

    Have you ever wished you could become a better storyteller?

    Well, on the podcast this week, I’m talking to Timur Zobu (https://onlinescreenwritingschool.com/about/) , all about the subject of storytelling.  

    Timur (https://onlinescreenwritingschool.com/about/) is a story genius; he’s a screenwriting tutor at the Met Film-School (https://onlinescreenwritingschool.com/about/) and at Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as at HMP Thameside where he teaches screenwriting to prisoners. He has worked as a screenwriter and script doctor on international feature films and television projects for the likes of Blueprint Pictures, Protagonist, Endor and Cinéma Defacto. When it comes to the subject of storytelling there is very little Timur doesn’t know but what’s fascinating about him, and one of the reasons I wanted to have him on the show, is that his in-depth knowledge of story extends far beyond just looking at story structure and making successful scripts and movies, he goes deeper, exploring the psychology of story and why stories are so important to every aspect of who we are.

     In this episode, we talk about…

    Where stories come from, why we tell them and why we need them so much

    The power of story to help and heal ourselves 

    We look at story structure, the universal patterns of story and how they can both be applied to our lives  

    Timur explains why we are all the hero in our own story

    We examine why no story is 100% fictional 

    We look at what makes a story work and the three key areas storytellers need to tackle

    And Timur shares THE NUMBER ONE THING WE CAN ALL DO TO BECOME BETTER STORYTELLERS!

    Honestly, this conversation blew my mind. And as somebody who knows a fair amount about storytelling myself - I am a writer who writes stories - this conversation was an education, even for me. 

     So, whether you are someone who would like to become better at telling stories, or you’re a writer looking to develop and hone your craft or you’re just interested in viewing your own story through a slightly different lens, then this episode is definitely one to listen to. 

    Happy storytelling!

     Christina X

     Ps. Here are the links to some of the things that got mentioned in this episode...

    The Moth Podcast
    (https://open.spotify.com/show/5UKrcYdaGbq10z97yqi81N?si=IBSLI-gxTxuwVO6GqKbfmw)

    Joseph Campbell - The Hero With a Thousand Faces
    (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thousand-Faces-Collected-Joseph-Campbell/dp/1577315936/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1DP0P2NA3A0QA&dchild=1&keywords=hero%20with%20a%20thousand%20faces%20joseph%20campbell&qid=1606416636&sprefix=hero%20with%20a%2Caps%2C152&sr=8-1)

    Christopher Vogler - The Writers Journey (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Writers-Journey-Structure-Writers-Anniversary/dp/1615933158/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3K7BMRALT20BM&dchild=1&keywords=the%20writers%20journey%20by%20christopher%20vogler&qid=1606460867&quartzVehicle=29-408&replacementKeywords=the%20writers%20by%20christopher%20vogler&sprefix=the%20writers%20journey%2Caps%2C146&sr=8-1)

     Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628

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    EP 5: Rethinking your creative worth with Kate Davis

    EP 5: Rethinking your creative worth with Kate Davis

    When it comes to knowing your creative worth, how confident are you setting your price? Are you being paid what you think you’re worth? Or maybe that’s the problem, you don’t believe your creativity is worth that much, to begin with. Perhaps you don’t feel legitimate or comfortable making money from your creativity, despite the fact that you would actually love to be. 

    Well, if you’re anything like the majority of creative souls out there, you probably can’t bear this side of the business and would much rather spend your time lost in the act of creation than talking about money.  Well if so, this one is for you… 

    On The Creativity Campus Podcast this week, I’m joined by Kate Davis (https://www.katedavis.net/) .  Kate is a Creative Mindset Coach who helps creative thinkers find their purpose, get out of their own way and step into their zone of genius. And together we’re talking all about the huge role our money mindset plays when it comes to our creativity. In this episode, Kate (https://www.katedavis.net/) shows us how to rethink the monetary value we place on our creative work and how we can all start feeling more confident and comfortable, raising our price tag.  

    If you’re in a different camp though and not looking to make a penny out of your creative endeavours, and it’s purely for pleasure, then don't worry, there is still plenty of value to be had in this episode!!  Kate and I talk all about what it means to cultivate a creative mindset too and together we explore how, getting into the right headspace can bring a whole lot more pleasure into the process of creating!

    Happy listening!

    Christina X

     Happy listening!

     Christina X

    PS. Here’s a link to Simon Sinek’s fabulous book that Kate mentions during this episode, Start with Why (https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3ACIS7SF9TXS2&dchild=1&keywords=start%20with%20why&qid=1604428831&sprefix=START%20WIT%2Caps%2C234&sr=8-1) .

    Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628

    • 56 min
    EP 4: Why your life is the ultimate creative project with Selina Barker

    EP 4: Why your life is the ultimate creative project with Selina Barker

    I couldn’t be more excited to share this week’s episode with you because my guest today is the fabulous Selina Barker. (https://www.selinabarker.com/) Selina is some sort of super-human when it comes to creating which is why I was so desperate to have her on the show. 

    For those of you who don’t know Selina (https://www.selinabarker.com/) yet, she is a life design and career coach, author, podcaster – co-hosting the Project Love podcast (https://loveprojectlove.com/podcast) . She is also the creator of the Audible Original Series ‘The Career Change Coach’  (https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Career-Change-Coach-Audiobook/B0863SR5ZG) as well as the Project Love end-of-year journal ‘Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodbye-2020-Hello-2021-Create/dp/1911663178) , and her debut book ‘Burnt Out: (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burnt-Out-exhausted-thriving-fast-paced-ebook/dp/B085VCRRRL) the exhausted person’s guide to thriving in a fast-paced world’ is out in April, which I for one, am very excited about!

     As I said, this woman knows how to create! 

    What I love most about Selina though, is her unique philosophy towards creating. Whether it’s a business you’re creating, a book or the ultimate creative project of all, your life, her playful and powerful approach is one we could all do with adopting.

    In this episode, Selina and I dive headfirst into a deliciously juicy conversation about writing books and the labour of love (and loathing) that they are. We talk all about the messy middle, the meltdowns and the misery and wonder of the creative process. Selina shares her thoughts on the importance of play and why it’s about time we all started taking play more seriously.  And we talk about a subject, most of us as adults haven’t spoken about, let alone thought about since we probably about eight, ‘make-believe’ and how essential it is to making our dreams a reality and ultimately creating a life that we love.

    Selina is so full of wisdom, play and creativity that after spending an hour in her company you can’t help but believe anything is possible. So, tune into this episode, let yourself play, and let’s see what might be possible for you.

     Christina X

     PS. Here are the links to a couple of other people who were mentioned in this episode…

    Marianne Cantwell & Free Range Humans
    (https://free-range-humans.com/)

    Steven Pressfield - The War of Art
    (https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?adgrpid=54734557833&cv_ct_cx=the%20war%20of%20art&dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHJsPJX2yPXMM_SVcKKmKnmmPEB1fcaSgSKjRSUoqJOME4EuukcEqDRoCxrkQAvD_BwE&hvadid=259045608903&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1007060&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=12533850896208395783&hvtargid=kwd-299996595322&hydadcr=28149_1752716&keywords=the%20war%20of%20art&pd_rd_i=1936891026&pd_rd_r=7e7e364c-410b-4546-b7b9-c579212a9921&pd_rd_w=NyVV5&pd_rd_wg=9h4qH&pf_rd_p=189a32c6-b80d-4311-ae32-262249da6270&pf_rd_r=6VGAZ0JZ3HXC9DBKY98A&psc=1&qid=1603976908&sr=1-1-fdbae751-0fa5-4c0f-900b-865654896618&tag=googhydr-21)

    Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628

    • 53 min

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