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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317 - Sick of Your Own Work? How to Make Work You Love Again in 5 Steps
Do you ever look over your portfolio or back catalog of work and just feel sick of it all? Do you fear your work is irrelevant? It’s easy in times like these to rush to making new stuff that’s on trend, but in this episode I want to introduce you to a solution that is essentially the opposite of that.
In this episode we talk about:
- How to get in touch with the invisible thread running through your work
- Why priming yourself with the right inspiration before making work is essential and how to do it
- The practice that separates good art and transcendent work
- How to learn to hit your creative target more often
- The trick of taking your best work and riffing on it
316 - How to Tap Into Your Highest Creative Self with Morgan Harper Nichols
Listen to this if you need to find the pulse of your creative path again.
Morgan Harper Nichols is BACK! This conversation had me ON FIRE creatively while simultaneously inspiring me to the point of tears! We dive deep into the science of making creative magic, exploring and owning the parts of yourself that you’ve tried to run from and so much more!
315 - 6 Secret Ingredients for a Breakthrough Creative Project
Some folks think creativity is all about the ideas, and others say that ideas are a dime a dozen and what really counts is the execution. But the truth is - each layer of a creative project matters and in this episode we identify the crucial layers and how to approach them to give your creative projects everything they need to take off!
Whether you’re someone who rushes to put stuff out there before it’s ready or someone who gets bored after the idea phase and can’t seem to finish anything, this episode is for you! In this episode my collaborator and friend Kyle Scheele go through the 6 lessons we learned over the past few years on the journey to publish our new kids book “A Pizza with Everything On It”. This episode is jam packed with tips and mindset shifts that will help you take your next creative project to the next level!
314 - How to Drown Out the Noise and Find Your Creative Pulse Again
Are you trying to be everywhere and feel like you’re getting nowhere?
Is your creative flow overwhelmed by competing noisy thoughts?
Is it getting harder for you to put yourself and your work out there?
In this episode we will help you identify the distractions and reconnect with the pulse of your creative path so that you can create from a place that equals real progress in your creative career again. If you feel like you’ve been on a side road and want to get back to a place where your effort is making a difference in your practice - this episode is for you!
313 - How to Make Creative Rules When You Don't Know What You Want with Austin Kleon
This was a super cathartic chat with creative powerhouse Austin Kleon.
In this chat we dive into some really big questions around influences, what happens when your creative heroes disappoint you and how to find what you want to do by using the shortcut of defining what you’re against.
If you don’t know Austin - he’s the author of several incredible books including Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work and Keep Going. I think of Kleon as my older cooler creative cousin, who’s much more well read than I am! HA!
312 - Do You Know Who You Are? Find Your Creative Identity Now
Most artists have a deep desire to be known, but you can’t tell the world who you are if you don’t know who you are. In this special episode we dive deep into a 5 step process for finding and finely crafting your creative identity.
If you’re afraid you’re not sure who you are or you’re unsure if you’re effectively communicating who you are in your work or online - tune into this JAM PACKED PEPisode to unlock powerful and effective brand messaging.
Since I‘ve been listening to Andy‘s Podcast my Life has changed so much for the better! I find myself in the stories and in what he says somehow. It gives me drive and hope and it just simply feels likes coming home.. like someone gets you and gives you permission to finally do what you gotta do and show yourself! So much value and authenticity! He puts so much love in what he does and it shows! Thanks so much!!
Sorry Andy for waiting so long to review, but here I am!!
Oh BOY, this is the first and only Podcast That is constantly blowing my mind on so many levels. I look back and honestly don’t know if I would have started to dip my toes into an illustration career hadn’t A friend recommended this Podcast to me. It’s crazy!
Thank you for the intense pure pep, Your work makes a difference! (For me, that I can say)
Better than therapy!
Thank you so much for you podcast! It helped me letting go my old job and going into my new. I started working as an abstract painter and illustrator now and living my dream! I am finally free and doing what fullfills my heart and soul. It is because of you giving me a pep talk every week! Better than therapy or any coaching! You are the best! Thank you and keep up the good work
Kiss from Germany/Hamburg