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Have you ever wondered what other artists and designers talk about behind studio doors? Do you ever think about the types of risks, obstacles, and failures creative entrepreneurs encounter before achieving their goal? Have you ever noticed how systems oppression impact creative industries and wondered if there's any way to fix them? Amanda Mollindo and Mina Vargas have been considering those questions, too! And they're sitting down with artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs who are demographically underrepresented in their field to learn about their experiences. Tune in to hear heartfelt stories and no-nonsense advice from creators who are forging their own path to make a difference!

Creative Confessionals aftrART

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Have you ever wondered what other artists and designers talk about behind studio doors? Do you ever think about the types of risks, obstacles, and failures creative entrepreneurs encounter before achieving their goal? Have you ever noticed how systems oppression impact creative industries and wondered if there's any way to fix them? Amanda Mollindo and Mina Vargas have been considering those questions, too! And they're sitting down with artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs who are demographically underrepresented in their field to learn about their experiences. Tune in to hear heartfelt stories and no-nonsense advice from creators who are forging their own path to make a difference!

    Working with Attention and Intention | Charissa Lucille

    Working with Attention and Intention | Charissa Lucille

    From launching her own business to battling endometriosis, Charissa Lucille uses creativity to infuse meaning into every aspect of her life. A self-taught photographer, zinester and entrepreneur, Charissa works tirelessly to uplift the voices of others. Between working a full-time job outside of the arts, running Wasted Ink Zine Distro, and organizing Phoenix’s annual zine fest, she still finds time to make personal work.

    In this episode of Creative Confessionals, Charissa shares how she prioritizes her many responsibilities, even through illness, pain, and surgery caused by endometriosis. Tune in to hear some freakin’ inspirational words of wisdom from Charissa’s Mom, learn about the inclusive and diverse world of zines, and why community is so important to this incredible artist!

    Ep. 4: Failure, Displacement & Resilience | Eunique Yazzie

    Ep. 4: Failure, Displacement & Resilience | Eunique Yazzie

    Eunique Yazzie’s journey toward recognizing her value as a designer hasn’t been easy. Growing up on the reservation and facing several layoffs early in her design career taught her how to live off little. So when she was finally ready to launch her own business, she learned that she didn’t know her value the hard way. And although she eventually made the decision to accept a salaried position rather than struggle with the insufficient income she was making through design projects, she doesn’t consider it to be a failure. Eunique has been able to overcome challenges that would easily cause others to call it quits. She’s lost a job while pregnant, persevered through the digital takeover of the publishing industry, and she wasn’t afraid to resign from a job when it wasn’t taking her on own right path. Though it all, she’s found personal growth and has held on to her mission: to make sure Native stories are heard and respected in Phoenix and beyond. Listen to this episode to learn about how Eunique is supporting her community through art and design, plus a lot more!

    Ep. 3: Selfishness and Self-Care as an Artist | Melissa Kreider

    Ep. 3: Selfishness and Self-Care as an Artist | Melissa Kreider

    Melissa Kreider knows first-hand that life doesn’t stop for an MFA program. While working on Remnants, a body of work that examines sites of sexual violence; launching Don’t Smile, a website dedicated to highlighting the work of female photographers; and teaching full-time at the University of Iowa while pursuing her Masters degree; Melissa managed to persevere through some seriously difficult experiences.

    Despite all that she’s been through, it seems like nothing can stop Melissa’s drive to make a difference — both within and beyond the photo world. From personal obstacles to industry biases, she’s discovered the importance of putting her dreams and career goals first. She also had to learn how to make self-care a priority along the way. Find out how she’s overcome loss, addiction, abuse, and more in order to pursue an art career in this episode of Creative Confessionals!

    Ep. 2: Estrella Payton on Arts Administration, Equitability, and Creativity

    Ep. 2: Estrella Payton on Arts Administration, Equitability, and Creativity

    Working as an artist and working in arts admin can require two very different skill sets, but it takes a unique person who can do both. Mina and I had the immense pleasure of speaking Estrella Payton, a creative hat-juggling pro!

    In this interview, she shares how she found herself on an administrative career track and what it’s like balancing non-stop community engagement with her own creative practice. We also discuss the importance of sharing opportunities and how she uses her personal and professional experiences to uplift other artists with marginalized identities.

    Check out this episode to hear Estrella’s story, get inspired, and gain some excellent advice on how we can all create more equitable and inclusive spaces in the arts.

    Introducing Creative Confessionals

    Introducing Creative Confessionals

    Brought to you by aftrART.com, Creative Confessionals is a podcast for radically honest conversations about art, design and creative entrepreneurship from diverse perspectives. In the first episode, Amanda and Mina share who they are, why they're launching a podcast, and what you can expect in the future.

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