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A podcast with artist/illustrator Natasha Newton and illustrator/designer Mel Chadwick, chatting about running a creative business.
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Creative Catchup Melanie Chadwick and Natasha Newton

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    • 4.6 • 8 Ratings

A podcast with artist/illustrator Natasha Newton and illustrator/designer Mel Chadwick, chatting about running a creative business.
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    Your questions answered

    Your questions answered

    Welcome to episode 10 of our podcast - Creative Catchup, where myself Mel Chadwick, illustrator/designer and Natasha Newton, artist/illustrator chat about running a creative business.
    In this episode we answer all your questions!
    Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for us- here are the questions that we answered:
    @carolinehowitt - I would love to know more about how you both navigated moving into illustration from fine art.
    @sal.eyre How did you get started as an artist/illustrator? Did you have help from anyone? How did you get your foot in the door and establish yourselves?
    @iamlaurie You two are very confident and provide a natural way to share you art, thoughts and motivations. Which is something so much more than hiding behind your work in galleries. How did you begin this journey to be able to share to your audience in this way?
    @ellie-duncan21 When things are not flowing as you'd like creatively, how do you deal with this?
    @chocolate.clare Do you make art apart from what you post on social media? If so, do you only post the work that matches your recognised style? I'm struggling at the moment as I feel like I've found my style but get bored with sticking to it all the time! I like to experiment!
    @lauraharrisonart_ How do you know when it's right to make a calculated financial risk as an artist?
    @mike.davies52643 How much does the national pass cost?
    @heidhorch Any advice on planning tasks and scheduling analog works vs digital: editing, posting etc.
    @maillork Were there any things that were sort of surprises that you had to think of when you started?
    @rheenak Hi can I sell my art at this difficult time?
    @jessalittlecreative Help with overcoming imposter syndrome? It stops me creating work before I've even started!
    @annmarireigstad Do you have any favourite art/illustration books?
    @christineansellart What would be your dream creation?

    This one is our last episode of season 1, we have really enjoyed chatting about running our business and hope you have enjoyed listening and learning along with us. If you have any topics you'd like us to tackle next season now is the time to let us know. Just write a comment on our Youtube channel or Instagram feed.
    Speak soon,
    Mel & Natasha
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    Natasha's website: https://www.natashanewton.com/
    Mel's website: https://www.melaniechadwick.com
    Mel's shop: https://www.melaniechadwick.co.uk/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_catchup/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuvcBv8ogjtofVYVo2Ktog

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    • 54 min
    Advice we would give our younger selves

    Advice we would give our younger selves

    Welcome to episode 9 of our podcast - Creative Catchup, where myself Mel Chadwick, illustrator/designer and Natasha Newton, artist/illustrator chat about running a creative business.
    In this episode we share the advice we would give to our younger selves.
    This one is packed full of tips and as you can see by the length is our longest one yet. So make sure you get comfy and pop this on whilst you get creative.
    We would love to hear what advice you would give to your younger self. Which tips would you like to have heard when you were younger?
    Please do let us know and continue the discussion over on instagram or youtube.
    Speak soon,
    Mel & Natasha
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    Natasha's website: https://www.natashanewton.com/
    Mel's website: https://www.melaniechadwick.com
    Mel's shop: https://www.melaniechadwick.co.uk/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_catchup/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuvcBv8ogjtofVYVo2Ktog

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    • 51 min
    Running workshops

    Running workshops

    Welcome to episode 8 of our podcast - Creative Catchup, where myself Mel Chadwick, illustrator/designer and Natasha Newton, artist/illustrator chat about running a creative business.
    In this episode we chat about the ways in which you can run and teach workshops in person and online.
    Natasha asks Mel about her teaching experience and she shares the many different ways in which you can share your knowledge.
    We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, do you teach or lead workshops? What do you enjoy most about doing it? Please do let us know and continue the discussion in the comments.
    Speak soon,
    Mel & Natasha
    xxxxLINKS
    Artist Newsletter: https://www.a-n.co.uk/network/
    This is a great resource for finding out fees for leading art workshops and for getting your public liability and public indemnity insurance sorted before you start running workshops.
    Natasha's website: https://www.natashanewton.com/
    Mel's website: https://www.melaniechadwick.com
    Mel's shop: https://www.melaniechadwick.co.uk/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_catchup/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuvcBv8ogjtofVYVo2Ktog

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    • 38 min
    Sharing and selling your work online

    Sharing and selling your work online

    Welcome to episode 7 of our podcast - Creative Catchup, where myself Mel Chadwick, illustrator/designer and Natasha Newton, artist/illustrator chat about running a creative business.
    In this episode we chat about the ways in which you can share and sell your work online.
    We go in to detail about the platforms we use and the sites we have had experience selling with.
    We also share ways to connect with and build an audience creatively.
    We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, in what ways do you share and sell your work online? Please do let us know and continue the discussion in the comments.
    Speak soon,
    Mel & Natasha
    xxxx
    +++LINKS
    Places to get your stuff printed
    https://www.moo.com/uk/
    https://www.printed.com/
    https://www.alocalprinter.co.uk/
    https://www.awesomemerchandise.com/
    Places to sell your digital work
    https://creativemarket.com/
    https://www.designcuts.com/
    https://society6.com/
    https://www.redbubble.com/
    https://www.thortful.com/
    Build your website
    https://www.squarespace.com/
    https://www.wix.com/
    https://wordpress.com/
    Build your shop
    https://www.shopify.co.uk/
    https://info.supadupa.me/blog
    https://www.bigcartel.com/
    Selling sites for your wares
    https://www.etsy.com/
    https://folksy.com/

    Natasha's website: https://www.natashanewton.com/
    Mel's website: https://www.melaniechadwick.com
    Mel's shop: https://www.melaniechadwick.co.uk/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_catchup/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuvcBv8ogjtofVYVo2Ktog

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    • 38 min
    Diversify your income streams

    Diversify your income streams

    Welcome to episode 6 of our podcast - Creative Catchup, where myself Mel Chadwick, illustrator/designer and Natasha Newton, artist/illustrator chat about running a creative business.
    In this episode we chat about the importance of diversifying your income.
    We share a few ways in which we work, and discover how having all your eggs in one basket isn't ideal for the long-term health of your creative practice.
    We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, how do you diversify your revenue streams? Please do let us know either over on our instagram or Youtube channel page.
    Speak soon,
    Mel & Natasha
    xxxx
    +++LINKS
    Natasha's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natashanewtonart/
    Natasha's website: https://www.natashanewton.com/
    Mel's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanie_chadwick/
    Mel's website: https://www.melaniechadwick.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_catchup/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuvcBv8ogjtofVYVo2Ktog

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    • 22 min
    What to do in quiet times

    What to do in quiet times

    Hello!
    Thanks so much for tuning in.
    This is episode 5 of our podcast - Creative Catchup, where myself Mel Chadwick, illustrator/designer and Natasha Newton, artist/illustrator chat about running a creative business.
    In this episode we chat about what to do in the quiet times of our practice.
    We discover that this is something that most creatives will have to encounter and deal with. Do you see it as an opportunity? Or do you find yourself panicking!
    We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, ways in which you deal with these periods and how do you stay positive? Please do let us know and continue the discussion in the comments.
    Speak soon,
    Mel & Natasha
    xxxx
    +++LINKS
    Natasha's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natashanewtonart/
    Natasha's website: https://www.natashanewton.com/
    Mel's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanie_chadwick/
    Mel's website: https://www.melaniechadwick.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_catchup/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuvcBv8ogjtofVYVo2Ktog

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

yvie2509 ,

Packed full with tips

Am overjoyed with the gems I've uncovered, the great advice, and gentle support you both give in each episode. Look forward to finding more treasures! Thank you ladies :D

AtTheSeasideSal ,

Fantastic Podcast

Have found this podcast really helpful and encouraging with developing my creative practice. It's so nice to hear it's not just me going through all of these things! Really looking forward to the next episodes. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a bit of support and encouragement with their creative career.

thehightrousers ,

So helpful

Such a helpful podcast for artists and makers. Natasha and Melanie talk eloquently about aspects of having a creative practice. They have a great rapport, and it makes for such an enjoyable listen. Can’t wait to hear more!

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