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An audio experience for creatives and thinkers in all fields, including design, social media, music, writing and digital communication.

A Podcast for Creatives Michelle Hickey and Steve King

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 22 Ratings

An audio experience for creatives and thinkers in all fields, including design, social media, music, writing and digital communication.

    Six questions + 2023 predictions

    Six questions + 2023 predictions

    After a two-month hiatus, MIchelle and Steve return for a catch-up session and share which platforms are the place to be for creators in 2023.
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    We held a vote, and Mastodon won

    We held a vote, and Mastodon won

    For a brief moment last week, it seemed possible that Twitter was going to die. Like, cease to exist. Gone. Just like that.
    The vibe on Twitter was dire, friends. Like “last day of school before summer vacation, please sign my yearbook” vibes.
    While neither of us really believe Twitter is going away, watching the masses write farewell tweets and share where people could find them on other channels, like Mastodon, got us thinking: If Twitter does go away, do we really just want to move the party elsewhere? Is that really possible? If we really could start anew, what would bring US the most value? How could we make good choices?
    It’s Thanksgiving Week, so have an extra helping of pie and dig into a new episode of PFC.
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    Free your mind and the rest will follow

    Free your mind and the rest will follow

    You’re a creative? Lucky you! Must be all fun and games.
    For some, this is far from the truth. Between needy clients, a lack of support, deadlines, and endless revisions, how are we supposed to find the time for fun?
    In this episode, Michelle and Steve are inspired by legends Paul McCartney and John Cleese, who remind us that creating space for play is essential to our work.
    Take a breather, plug in and join us for this important discussion.
     
    Mentioned in this Episode
    Fly on the Wall Podcast interview with Paul McCartney
    Get Back Documentary
    John Cleese Article
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    Halloween Favorite: A Very Hitchcock Episode

    Halloween Favorite: A Very Hitchcock Episode

    It's officially Hitchcock season, and we thought it would be fun to revisit this movie-centric episode from last October.
    There's so much we, as creatives, can learn from filmmakers, and nobody has mastered the art more than Sir Alfred.
    Make yourself some popcorn and plug in to this spooky re-release.
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    Dial M for Murder
    Psycho
    Vertigo
    North by Northwest
    To Catch a Thief
    Rope
    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    Rebecca
    Strangers on a Train
    The Trouble with Harry
    The Plot Thickens Podcast, Peter Bogdanavich and Alfred Hitchcock Interview
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    What makes art successful?

    What makes art successful?

    After indulging in an experimental art project, Michelle wonders if she’s had it all wrong. She asks Steve, "what makes art a success?” and they discuss the merits of perfection vs. intrigue.
    What is your definition of good art? Listen in and share your thoughts.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Michelle’s Art Piece
    Acrylic pouring on TikTok
    Negronis with Nord
    Michelle’s impromptu Reel
    Kalyn Brooke
    And so it goes
     
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    What data doesn’t tell you

    What data doesn’t tell you

    Instagram said it was one thing. And everyone else said it was something else. Quite loudly.
    And wouldn’t you know, Instagram backed off its video or bust approach to its content focus. At least for now.
    This public display of feedback got us thinking about the value of analytics and data in decision-making – specifically, what data doesn’t tell us.
    Can data mislead based on the goal of the interpreter? Is everything important measurable? Is everything measurable important?
    In this episode, we dive into why translating data into how humans think and feel is paramount to everything we do. Dive into this important discussion with us.
     
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    Adam Mosseri announcement
    The Office - Michael drives into a lake
     
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4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Must Listen 🙌🏼 ,

A must listen for any creative

Steve and Michelle are both extremely talented and knowledgeable people in the creative field. Whether you are a college student learning how to navigate the creative industry, or a career professional- they provide extremely valuable insight and takeaways in each episode. Their charisma is special and unique. Highly recommend!! 🔥🔥🔥

calligraphyquill ,

Perfect for Creatives!

Michelle and Steve are LIT! Their insights and comments make you think. I usually listen to the podcast while working on my calligraphy business. I highly recommend it to all the creatives out there!!☺️💕💕

Shane Haggerty ,

The Thoughtful Creatives

This podcast hits on two of my favorite things: 1) it’s a podcast and I love podcasts so it has that going for it and 2) it’s an authentic and interesting conversation about creativity. These hosts really have thoughtful conversations each week to get me thinking and they are different enough to provide multiple perspectives. A great podcast gets the listener to a place where they are thinking, intrigued to stay the course to the end, and leaving with something to relate to. This pod accomplishes all three.

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