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The Complete Creative delves deep into what it means to live a creative life by interviewing top creatives and learning their secrets.

The Complete Creative Russell Nohelty

    • Visual Arts

The Complete Creative delves deep into what it means to live a creative life by interviewing top creatives and learning their secrets.

    How to nurture creativity with The Creativity Explorer Fredrik Haren

    How to nurture creativity with The Creativity Explorer Fredrik Haren

    This week on the show I brought on The Creativity Explorer, Fredrik Haren, to discuss how to increase your productivity and become more creative. Here is his bio: 
    Fredrik Haren is an author and global keynote speaker, based in Singapore. He speaks on business creativity and human innovation, on embracing disruption and change, and about the importance of having a global, human mindset. While some speakers claim they are global, few match Fredrik; he has given over 2,000 speeches in 67 countries across six continents of the world, and usually speaks in 20 to 30 countries a year.
    He is the author of 10 books, the most significant ones being The Idea Book, Developing World and One World One Company. The Idea Book has sold over 200,000 copies, and was included in the 100 Best Business Books Of All Time. Fredrik draws on literally thousands of conversations and interviews he has had over the past 20 years, with business leaders from all corners of the globe. This unique experience allows him to connect with audience members from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and what makes being the global speaker for global conferences his speciality. He is invited to speak at conferences, client events, company offsite meetings and leadership development programmes. His use of storytelling, interaction and humour, along with his authentic speaking style, makes him one of the most sought-after and inspiring speakers in the world., Fredrik essentially believes in the potential of humanity and the power of ideas to achieve this. He understands that people are often resistant to change, yet also curiously creative. He encourages his audiences to embrace rather than fear disruption and change through becoming more creative and innovative, and to develop a truly global mindset.
    What I love about Fredrik is that he's interviewed creative people ALL over the world and he was able to talk about the different ways creatives have cracked creativity and productivity in their countries. It's fascinating to see what is the same and different with creatives everywhere. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How you can become more creative
    The most important project for a creative person
    The most beautiful moment of the creative process
    Thinking in patterns
    Balancing creativity and focus
    ...and much more. 
    If you enjoy this episode, go check out his blog at: https://www.fredrikharen.com/category/theworldofcreativity/blog/
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 51 min
    Wrestling your career into a headlock with Headlocked creator Michael Kingston

    Wrestling your career into a headlock with Headlocked creator Michael Kingston

    This week on the show we have Headlocked creator Michael Kingston. Headlocked is a smash hit indie comic made by professional wrestlers for wrestling fans. It's awesome to see Michael's booths at conventions because they are always constantly swarmed with fans. Here's some info on his smash hit Headlocked from www.headlockedcomic.com
    Nine years ago, I just wanted to make a cool wrestling comic. Something that was entertaining but that also showcased wrestling as an art form. As a lifelong fan of both wrestling and comics, I felt that despite the obvious parallels and crossover fanbase…no one had really done wrestling comics the right way.
    I created Headlocked, an HBO-style drama chronicling an aspiring wrestler’s coming of age in the wrestling business. And I pitched it to everyone in comics… and I was turned down by everyone…one dude from a major publisher straight up laughed in my face.
    So we just made them ourselves.
    I love that last line. "So we just made them ourselves". It's incredible to think about Michael starting out in comics at a time when nobody wanted to book wrestlers and to watch how he has influenced the convention scene over the years until now when wrestling is a huge draw at conventions. 
    Now, this show was recorded in February, before COVID, which means it might feel a little dated, but I liked listening to a time when we didn't have to worry about all this stuff, and we actually had conventions to look forward to, and we will again, which makes this the perfect planning episode for the future. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn. 
    How to build a world-class brand
    How to partner with celebrities
    How to bounce back after failure
    And much more. If you like this episode, head over and check out Michael's Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/headlockedcomic/headlocked-tales-from-the-road
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 57 min
    How to draw 180+ pages of comics in three months with comic creator Richard Fairgray

    How to draw 180+ pages of comics in three months with comic creator Richard Fairgray

    Richard Fairgray has been making comics since he was a little kid, rose to became one of the biggest names on the New Zealand comic scene, and published over 200 comics all over the world. 
    When I found all this information, I was blown away, because I only knew him from his book Blastasaurus published by Golden Apple Books. He's produced a little bit of everything in just about every genre, and recently expanded into children's books as well. 
    Not only has he had a long career, but a prolific one as well. He churns out finished pages like Kirby in his prime. He tells a story on the show about how he produced a 180-page book in three months. 
    I am astounded by the level of dedication Richard has to comics, and I can't wait for you to hear from him. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How to find your voice
    How to unlock the formula for comic success
    How to jump around genres and still maintain a rabid fanbase
    How to draw several hundred pages of art in less than three months
    How to make money in comics
    ...and much more. 
    If you would like to learn more about Richard's work, or reach out to him, you can check out his website at: http://richardfairgray.com
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    • 47 min
    How to build your brand from scratch with ELA Advertising CEO & founder Andre Filip and executive creative director Carlos Musquez

    How to build your brand from scratch with ELA Advertising CEO & founder Andre Filip and executive creative director Carlos Musquez

    Today on the show we have two guests, Andre Filip and Carlos Musquez from ELA Advertising to talk about how to effectively develop a brand and marketing campaign even if you are operating on a shoestring budget. Here are their bios before we get into it.
    Andre Filip, CEO & Founder, ELA Advertising
    Andre Filip is the CEO and Founder of ELA (“Everything LA”), a global creative advertising agency headquartered in Los Angeles. 
    He founded ELA in 2004 to capture the spirit, culture, vibe, and attitude of LA, where great creative ideas are born and where his creative energy and zest for advertising began. He oversees all aspects of the agency including creative, business strategy, culture, client service, and operations and has played an integral role in expanding the agency’s global presence for leading brands including TikTok, Disney, Easterseals, PepsiCo, Thermador and Western Digital. 
    A creative visionary with a strong business acumen, his more than 15 years of experience spans innovative campaigns for clients including HBO, Disney, Starbucks, Paramount Pictures, Universal, EA Games, NASCAR, Showtime, 20th Century Fox, ABC, Fox Sports and Bravo. 
    Andre also serves as the Board Chair for Easterseals Southern California.
    Carlos Musquez, Executive Creative Director, ELA Advertising
    Carlos Musquez, Executive Creative Director of ELA, is the creative lead for the agency. His deep agency roots at Omnicom under Alcone Marketing, saw him developing and designing best-in-class campaigns for major brands such as The California Lottery, Warner Music Group, Nestle, Logitech, LG Mobile, eBay, Sony, Diageo, and Coca-Cola to name a few. Carlos lives by the philosophy that an idea is only as good as its execution, and passion and craft are what turn good ideas into award winning ideas. 
    His work has been recognized by the Addy’s, Creativity, Effie’s, New York Festivals, Communication Arts, Art Director’s Club, and the Clio’s. In his free time, Carlos extends his love of craft to the world of home brewing, crafting ales and designing labels.
    I met Andre and Carlos through a public relations person and I’m so glad I did. I always worry about advertising agencies will not be able to talk to people who are freelancers or working on a small business budget, but they were both great. I think if you want to develop a brand, which we all do, then this is incredibly insightful advice.
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn:
    How to fail better
    How to find the discovery in the chaos
    Why anybody would care about your work
    Why you can’t be everything to everybody
    How to test your messaging
    …and much more.
    If you enjoyed this episode, then make sure to check them out at: https://www.ela1.com/about or https://www.instagram.com/elaadvertising/
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Business of Being a Writer with publishing expert Jane Friedman

    The Business of Being a Writer with publishing expert Jane Friedman

    This week on the show we have Jane Friedman, one of the foremost publishing experts in the world. Here's a part of her bio from her website: 
    Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She's the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World.
    Jane's newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is "destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers." Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing.
    I've known about Jane's work tangentially for a long time, but it wasn't until my The Online Writer's Conference co-host Nicolas Nelson reached out to her that she came into my circle. I will admit that he actually booked this interview, or at least got it to the point where she was willing to do an interview. I finished it off with a date and time, and then conducted the interview, but it was really him that was responsible for making this happen...and I'm so glad that he did. 
    We used her book, The Business of Being a Writer as a guide for this conversation. Listen to this episode if you would like to learn: 
    How to make a living as a writer
    How to generate leads and gain exposure
    How to build your author platform like a three-legged stool
    The basics of book launches
    ...and much more. 
    If you loved this episode, head over to https://www.janefriedman.com and check out her work.
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 48 min
    How to connect with people through storytelling with podcaster Shannon Cason

    How to connect with people through storytelling with podcaster Shannon Cason

    This week on the show we have seriously my last interview from Podcast Movement: Evolutions back in February.
    I met Shannon at an afterparty during the show and then listened to him moderate a keynote and knew I needed to have him on the show. Why? I'll tell you after his bio. 
    Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth. He is a regular on NPR’s Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance Award. Shannon has appeared on countless podcasts and storytelling stages, including TEDx, RISK!, Third Coast Festival, Podcast Movement, and an upcoming television pilot.
    He also hosts his own long-standing storytelling podcast, Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories. Shannon also launched a podcast with WBEZ Chicago called The Trouble with Shannon Cason. His storytelling is featured in the anthology, The Moth Presents: All These Wonders. Shannon serves as the chief educator for the Brutally Honest Storytelling workshop series, where he has helped companies, pro athletes, celebrities, and everyday people tell their stories more honestly.
    I talked to Shannon at the show for maybe 15 minutes, but during that time he was constantly deluged with people coming up to him and telling him how much they loved his show Homemade Stories. There was a visceral reaction people had to his stories that you don't see very often, and when I do see it I queue into it. He is a podcaster's podcaster, and when I listened to his show I realized he was also a storyteller's storyteller. He took these small moments and made them big and grand. I love that about his work. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How to develop your voice
    How to love the small moments
    How to develop the feel of a story
    How to be more vulnerable with your work
    If you loved this episode, head over to https://www.shannoncason.com and check out his work. 
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 56 min

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