185 episodes

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.
Andy J. Pizza - instagram.com/andyjpizza

Creative Pep Talk Andy J. Pizza

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    • 4.9, 189 Ratings

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.
Andy J. Pizza - instagram.com/andyjpizza

    284 - 3 Unusual Ways How to Make Your Work More Attractive to New Fans

    284 - 3 Unusual Ways How to Make Your Work More Attractive to New Fans

    “Great art sells itself.” This is a common trope in the creative world. It’s the idea that merit and quality are the reason some things take off and others don’t.

    In this episode we dismantle this myth and take a deeper look into why people buy into new things and how this can inform how we market and promote our creative work.

    In this episode you will:
    Discover the real reason people try new things
    How to signal to potential new fans that they will like your work
    Identify and Destroy Self Made Obstacles You Have Created that Repel New Followers

    This is part 4 and the final part of our Creative Elixir Series - You find all the episodes here:
    https://www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/tag/elixir

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    • 44 min
    283 - The Journey of Finding Yourself as an Artist with Jamie Drake

    283 - The Journey of Finding Yourself as an Artist with Jamie Drake

    There’s nothing worse for a creative than feeling like you’re off your path. Do you know that feeling of being ungrounded, untethered and unable to find the pulse of your work? How do you get back on the path and into that pocket of flow, where you’re center?

    I am a big believer that the creative journey often goes hand and hand with the journey of personal discovery, liberation and breakthrough.

    This conversation with Jamie Drake is such a beautiful testament to this idea.

    In 2019, Jamie released her debut album “Everything’s Fine”. This record captures the creative journey so fully, that I was desperate to get her on the show to dive deep into the process of arriving at this gorgeous creative statement.

    HUGE thanks to Jamie for being so gracious with her time and her story. This conversation is deeply personal and is such a gift to our community! THANK YOU JAMIE!

    TUNE IN IF YOU’RE:
    Creatively lost
    Worried It’s Too Late to Get Started
    Feeling Like You’re Living Someone Else’s Story
    Need a Dose of Humanity!!

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    282 - 6 Tips On How To Build Your Following + 4 Fan Favorite CPT Ideas of All Time!

    282 - 6 Tips On How To Build Your Following + 4 Fan Favorite CPT Ideas of All Time!

    If you are looking for a boost of creative community in these isolated times: LISTEN TO THIS NOW!!! This episode gave me some serious feelings and I can not wait for you to hear it!!

    This episode is made up from 3 tips from me, 3 special guests and YOU our patreon backers!!

    In this episode you will get:
    3 Tips For Building a Dedicated Audience from ME Andy J. Pizza
    3 Audience Building Tips from SUPER SPECIAL GUESTS!
    4 Creative Pep Talk Fan Favorite Tips from YOU our Patreon Backers!!!
    FEELINGS!! EMOTIONS! PEP! SOME FAITH IN HUMANITY!!!

    This episode was made in special partnership with Patreon.com and our Patreon backers!!! WE LOVE YOU BOTH!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    281 - Make Merch, Create an Accessible Brand and 3 Powerful Design Guidelines with Aaron Draplin

    281 - Make Merch, Create an Accessible Brand and 3 Powerful Design Guidelines with Aaron Draplin

    DRAPLIN IS ON THE SHOW!! This man is one of my biggest inspirations and heroes and I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED to share this big chat I had with him. I don’t think this podcast would exist without this man and all he’s done for the creative world.

    ***WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE***

    This episode is really special and it’s packed full of goodies:
    - Tips from Draplin’s New Merch Class
    - How to Make an Authentic Brand
    - 3 Powerful Design Principles to Create By
    - Avoiding The Dicey Side of the Creative Industry
    - How to Find Unique Inspiration
    - MUCH MORE!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    280 - Which of The 6 Creative Types Are You?

    280 - Which of The 6 Creative Types Are You?

    You wouldn’t get very far as a basketball player, if you played by the rules of soccer. Can you imagine? Trying to play without touching the ball with your hands? It’d be ridiculous! Actually impossible! And yet, in your creativity, you let other people’s creative rules and values make you feel disqualified all the time.

    You’ve heard it before “the only rule in creativity is that there are no rules”, so why do we constantly feel like imposters who are “doing it wrong”?

    I have a hypothesis:
    Because we don’t realize that creativity means very different things to each and every artist. We all define and value creativity extremely differently, but I don’t think we realize this.

    In this episode I want to help you figure out what creativity is about for you. When you start to figure out why YOU love creative work, you can let go of what OTHERS think it’s about and thrive in your own way.

    This episode is one of my favorites we’ve ever made and I think you’re gonna love it!!!

    This is part 3 of our 4 Part Creative Elixir Series.
    Listen to part 1, episode 276, here: https://www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/276

    • 1 hr 17 min
    279 - 5 Unexpected Ways How to Find Your Creative Gift

    279 - 5 Unexpected Ways How to Find Your Creative Gift

    There’s so much talk in the art world about ‘just keep making’ but if you’re going in the wrong direction, this kind of grit just gets you further and further away from what you’re looking for.

    In today’s episode, we take a look at some surprising ideas that can shed light on why you may be looking in the wrong places for your most powerful creative breakthroughs and how to shift perspectives today, and see the creative superpowers you already have in your possession!

    The ideas in this episode have had me so stoked lately, and I can not wait for you to hear them!!!

    This is part 2 of our 4 Part Creative Elixir Series.
    Listen to part 1, episode 276, here: https://www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/276

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
189 Ratings

189 Ratings

yvie2509 ,

Peppy Power

Each episode peppers my imagination with peppy power! I love the infectious attitude, the detail of creative support and the quality of interviews. Andy's nature is charming and honest and the world needs so much of that. Thanks for sticking your foot out to test the waters for us. Diolch yn fawr!

mamavibe98 ,

The podcast that keeps me going

As someone who is (was) supposed to graduate in May and dive deep in the creative industry this podcast is what motivates me, gives me hope, keeps me realistic, helps me find the things that I’m good at and that I want to work on. I love that every week Andy is talking to me and helping me brace myself for the real world, thank you so much for showing up!! I recommend this podcast to all my friends and I recommend it to whoever is reading this!

FelicityRobyn ,

Refreshing and Insightful

This podcast is essential listening whatever your field is. It is so energising and useful. The honesty, insight, and thoughtful advice given is just perfect. I haven’t stopped listening since I found this. Perfect creative fuel.

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