80 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

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    • 4.9 • 272 Ratings

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 79: More Than Fun

    Episode 79: More Than Fun

    Isn't art-making and creativity meant to be fun? Why is it so often a source of struggle than anything a sane person would call fun? And are the challenges worth it? Or is there something bigger at play here, something more than fun? I have this feeling we create because we must, because it's part of who we are, and that we do it because it's hard. Because that's where flow, transformation, and meaning are to be found, or created. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-079

    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.

    • 9 min
    Episode 78: For The Introverts

    Episode 78: For The Introverts

    Introversion seems to have become a movement lately and as someone with strong life-long introverted characteristics, I think it's great that we're finally celebrating those quieter qualities, but there's also a danger in allowing the label to define and limit us. Jung said introversion and extroversion were about where we got our energy, our fuel; maybe it's time we stopped yakking about which pump we get out gas at, focused more on where we're going with our creativity, and got in the car. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-078

    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.

    • 15 min
    Episode 77: A Different Episode

    Episode 77: A Different Episode

    You're different. About the only thing that we all share in common is that we are so very different. So why do we learn so early to blend in and put so much effort into being the same? Carl Jung talks about the society rewarding the diminuation of personality and I think it's the artists role to resist that, to not only be different, unapologetically, but to make a difference. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-077

    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 76: A Word With Pareto

    Episode 76: A Word With Pareto

    19th-century economist Vilfredo Pareto was out in his garden when he noticed only 20% of his pea plants were producing 80% of the peas. Fast forward to today and the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 Rule is familiar to many in the business world, but what's it got to do with you and your creative life, and is there something more for us in this idea than what is so often reduced to notions of productivity and profitability? Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-076

    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.

    • 10 min
    Episode 75: More Than Time

    Episode 75: More Than Time

    We need time to do our best work, but not only time. We need the internal resources to pay the emotional costs, and time without attention, focus, and curiosity probably only leads to cranking out the work, and that neither honours to muse nor benefits our eventual audiences. As we return to something a little closer to normal life, I worry I'm not going to have the same kind of time or internal resources that slower pace of the pandemic has allowed me. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-075

    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.

    • 10 min
    Episode 74: Worry or Wonder?

    Episode 74: Worry or Wonder?

    A recent visit to the dentist sent me into a tailspin when I was told I needed a root canal. After a week of fear (more like terror) and two hours with a specialist (the worst of which was having to listen to Adele, on a loop), I emerged with a fresh suspicion of my own assumptions about the things I know nothing about. I was left wondering if my first instincts were really serving my higher needs, and thinking wonder might be a better creative fuel than worry. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-074

    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.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

J B MN ,

Thank You

A comforting and inspiring listen. No quick easy answers to life’s big questions but rather a collection of helpful, well written and presented thoughts that encourage and support deep thinking about the “real stuff”. Thank you David for making the effort and doing the hard and time consuming work needed to share your gifts via this podcast.

doesn't need one ,

Love all of it

My husband and I listen to your podcasts in the car. And they leave us with so much food for thought. Your research, writing and delivery are brilliant. Thank you for sharing your insights. It’s game changing not only for creatives but for anyone who wants to live a full life. Thank you !

janiemac13 ,

Motivational thoughts for the unsentimental

Intelligent, thoughtful and well written musings on art, life and the intersection thereof. A real cut above the simple Stuart Smalleyesque maudlin pep talks I’ve found on other podcasts, as I search for some moral support for my artistic strugglings. This guy gets it, and he doesn’t sugarcoat it while he gives it to you. For fans of Art and Fear, and The War of Art. Thanks, David. This is some good work you’re putting out into the world.

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