50 episodes

Hosted by photographer, author, and former comedian David duChemin, A Beautiful Anarchy is a deeply human, honest, and insightful mostly-weekly kick in the pants for anyone who longs to create anything with soul and too often finds themselves mud-wrestling with the muse to do so. A Beautiful Anarchy is a candid ongoing exploration of what it means to be an everyday creator, whether you're a writer, photographer, sculptor, or a puppeteer who works exclusively with vintage macrame owls. The struggles and rewards of bringing something new into the world are universal, and you’re not alone. Let's talk about it.

A Beautiful Anarchy David duChemin

    • Self-Improvement
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Hosted by photographer, author, and former comedian David duChemin, A Beautiful Anarchy is a deeply human, honest, and insightful mostly-weekly kick in the pants for anyone who longs to create anything with soul and too often finds themselves mud-wrestling with the muse to do so. A Beautiful Anarchy is a candid ongoing exploration of what it means to be an everyday creator, whether you're a writer, photographer, sculptor, or a puppeteer who works exclusively with vintage macrame owls. The struggles and rewards of bringing something new into the world are universal, and you’re not alone. Let's talk about it.

    Episode 49: Home, Alone?

    Episode 49: Home, Alone?

    In reaction to something the Chief Economist of the Bank of England said about creative work, and how working from home might be a barrier to that creativity, this episode takes us down a rabbit-hole about how and when we do our best creative work and how that differs for us all, and how–in the end– it's more important that we know how to find flow and create sparks than it is that we know how to find the perfect context in which to work. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-049

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 19 min
    Episode 48: They Aren't Watching

    Episode 48: They Aren't Watching

    Worried about others watching (and judging us), many of us become self-conscious about how we present ourselves and our art to the world. Understanding that this imaginary audience is, in fact not watching us, but dwelling instead on their own concerns, gives us the freedom to make work that's not only less self-conscious and more authentic, but to be more empathetic and make work with greater impact. What this got to do with those dreams in which we have no pants? Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-048

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 13 min
    Episode 47: The Monkey Trap

    Episode 47: The Monkey Trap

    Two months ago I left social media. The response to my leaving, from friends and those who follow me was varied, but predominantly what I kept hearing was how trapped people feel by social media, mostly by the promise of what being on these platforms can do for us. But are these platforms, on balance, serving us and enriching our creative lives? Are they bringing us the kind of freedom in which we thrive? Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-047

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 18 min
    Episode 46: Turn The Lights On

    Episode 46: Turn The Lights On

    Things are pretty uncertain right now and most of us aren't completely chill about uncertainty. We fear what might lurk in the shadows. But rather than hiding under the covers at the thought of the monsters under the bed, it's time to turn the lights on. It's time to fight the fears and let art-making be one of the ways we do that, for ourselves and for others. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-046

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 11 min
    Episode 045: The Feedback Trap

    Episode 045: The Feedback Trap

    It's never been easier to get feedback on the work we create, and it's never been harder to avoid it. But is that feedback helping us make work that's authentic and meaningful or can it be a trap that pushes us further away from that same kind of work? Let’s talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-045

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 16 min
    Episode 044: Play the Unplayable

    Episode 044: Play the Unplayable

    On January 24, 1975, American Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett sat down at a piano in Cologne, Germany, and recorded the best-selling solo album in jazz history. Not much of a story. But when you learn he improvised the whole thing on an unplayable piano, it becomes an astonishing lesson in showing up and in making art not despite our limitations but because of them. Let’s talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-044

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Digitalgeo ,

Clear and deep

No not a pond in Lord of the Rings! David brings perceptive thoughts and commentary that show his experience and ability to connect the dots. I enjoys his style and stories as much as artistic challenges I appreciate hearing from him. Whole hearted recommendation to this podcast and not just becasue he's a Canuck!

Wetcoast2020 ,

Fantastic

Thoughtful. Provocative. Encouraging. Inspiring. Highly recommended. Thank you.

x1111111 ,

Excellent so far

Podcasts are short, succinct and completely lacking in product plugs or advertising! I have listened to the first 5 so far and find them thoughtful and inspiring. As a beginner artist (photographer) this is just what I need!!

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