126 episodes

Creative Elements talks with today’s top creators.
Through narrative interviews, Jay Clouse explores how creators like Tim Urban, James Clear, Tori Dunlap, and Codie Sanchez are building their audiences today. Not what worked 2, 5, or 10 years ago, but specific strategies and tactics that are working for them today.
You'll also hear the specific elements of their personality, style, or approach that have helped them succeed – elements like focus, vulnerability, revision, and constraints.
By learning how these creators make a living with their art and creativity, you'll gain the tools and confidence to do the same.

Creative Elements Podglomerate

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 240 Ratings

Creative Elements talks with today’s top creators.
Through narrative interviews, Jay Clouse explores how creators like Tim Urban, James Clear, Tori Dunlap, and Codie Sanchez are building their audiences today. Not what worked 2, 5, or 10 years ago, but specific strategies and tactics that are working for them today.
You'll also hear the specific elements of their personality, style, or approach that have helped them succeed – elements like focus, vulnerability, revision, and constraints.
By learning how these creators make a living with their art and creativity, you'll gain the tools and confidence to do the same.

    Listener Mailbag

    Listener Mailbag

    We have a special episode this week! For the first time, I wanted to do a little listener Q&A episode…which I’m calling a Mailbag!
    A couple of weeks ago, I posted on my social media looking for listener questions. So if you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram yet, be sure to do so! I’m @jayclouse on both.
    So today I have 12 listener questions that I’m going to answer for you. This may be a little more free-form and rambly than a typical episode of Creative Elements, but let me know what you think.
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    • 49 min
    Sam Parr [Asking Questions] – from The Hustle to one of the top podcasts on the planet with My First Million

    Sam Parr [Asking Questions] – from The Hustle to one of the top podcasts on the planet with My First Million

    Sam Parr is the co-host of My First Million and the founder of The Hustle. My First Million is one of the top business podcasts on the planet, generating more than 1 million downloads per month.
    The Hustle is a business and tech newsletter that had 1.5 million subscribers when it was acquired by Hubspot in February 2021. We don’t know what the terms of the deal are – Sam has said that he’s taking the number to the grave. But Axios reported that The Hustle was valued at $27 million.
    In this episode, we talk about the start of The Hustle, how Sam learned copywriting, how he does research, the growth of My First Million, the platforms he sees with the biggest opportunities for creators, and why he’s never been afraid of asking questions.
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    • 1 hr
    Tiago Forte [Signals] – How Building a Second Brain went from public rant to thriving cohort-based course

    Tiago Forte [Signals] – How Building a Second Brain went from public rant to thriving cohort-based course

    Tiago Forte is the creator of Building a Second Brain. Tiago has spent more than 10 years researching and personally experimenting with a new way of organizing our digital lives and improving our productivity as creative professionals.
    The Building a Second Brain system is the result of thousands of hours spent teaching, speaking, coaching, and writing about Personal Knowledge Management.
    In this episode, we talk about Tiago’s interest in digital organization, how he came up with the name Building A Second Brain, the course and his email newsletter’s growth over time, and how listening to signals from the market guided him to write the book and start a YouTube channel.
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    • 59 min
    Arvid Kahl [Empowerment] – From SaaS founder to full-time creator

    Arvid Kahl [Empowerment] – From SaaS founder to full-time creator

    Arvid Kahl is the creator of The Bootstrapped Founder. The Bootstrapped Founder is the home of his Twitter course Find your Following, the books Zero to Sold: How to Start, Run, and Sell a Bootstrapped Business and The Embedded Entrepreneur, which is an audience-driven book teaching you how to build an audience-driven business.
    Previously, Arvid was the co-founder of FeedbackPanda, an online teacher productivity SaaS company, with my partner Danielle Simpson. FeedbackPanda was sold to SureSwift Capital in 2019.
    In this episode, we talk about the start of FeedbackPanda, a speaking opportunity that opened up a new world for Arvid, the transition from founder to creator, his unconventional approach to Twitter, the difference between creating a course vs. books, and why he’s on a personal mission of Empowerment.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    [BONUS] Talking about my money story and the MOAT Method on the Danny Miranda Podcast

    [BONUS] Talking about my money story and the MOAT Method on the Danny Miranda Podcast

    To continue to celebrate our 100th episode this week, I’m airing a second interview with yours truly this week.
    This interview came from the Danny Miranda Podcast, where I appeared as a guest just last week. I thought Danny did an excellent job of interviewing and asking questions that I’m not often asked. Since this episode covers a lot of new ground, especially in comparison to my interview earlier this week, I asked Danny if I could share it on my feed as well. And he was kind enough to oblige.
    In this interview, I talk about how to create unique messaging, my brand new framework for creators which I call the MOAT method, what it was like to work with Pat Flynn, how his voice has actually changed over the years, and much more.
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    (0:00) Intro
    (0:25) How Jay helped his dad plant trees
    (4:30) Why Jay's 1 year of journalism was his most impactful
    (6:43) Inverted pyramid (style of writing)
    (10:55) Turning blog posts into books
    (14:05) "Lifestyle of an author"
    (17:13) Timeless principles of creators (The MOAT Method)
    (22:43) Messaging as a creator
    (24:47) Working with Pat Flynn
    (30:02) The highs and lows of being a creator
    (35:12) Living on $24,000/year
    (38:00) How does it feel to look back on it?
    (39:50) Winning a negotiation
    (41:50) Origin of money story problem
    (43:20) How to get over the money story?
    (44:22) Jay's podcast changing his money story
    (46:54) Jay's silky smooth voice
    (51:20) Day-to-day energy levels
    (52:34) Work like a lion
    (54:23) Repurposing ideas
    (58:40) Cold emailing (The Rule of One Scroll)
    (1:03:13) Growth for podcasters and creators
    (1:11:24) Connecting with Jay
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    My Story and Reflecting on 100 Episodes of Creative Elements

    My Story and Reflecting on 100 Episodes of Creative Elements

    This week marks the 100th episode of Creative Elements! That's 100 unique interviews (and 87 unique elements) in just over two years.
    In March of this year, 2022, the show crossed 1,000,000 all-time downloads! And it gets about 40,000 downloads each and every month. It’s been featured in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Castro, and more.
    The success this show has had and continues to build is all because of YOU. You listening, supporting, and sharing the show. 
    We have nearly 250 five-star reviews on Apple Podcasts and nearly 50 five-star reviews on Spotify!
    Over the last two years, a lot of listeners have asked to hear more of my story. For 100 episodes, I’ve put the spotlight on other creators. Those interviews have done a LOT to inform the decisions I’m making for my own creator business! And as a result, the last two years have been huge for the growth of my business.
    So in this episode, we talk about why I love podcasting, where the idea for Creative Elements came from, how I’m structuring my business today, some of the most memorable guests in the first 100 episodes, and a special surprise from YOU at the end.
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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Sc aka stupidly challenging ,

The Absolute BEST for Creators

Dear Jay, Thank you so much for all you do for freelancers and creatives. I learned tons doing your Freelance course, and I love the pivot you took towards helping Creators. I am an aspiring Creator and a lot of it is your influence. Once I get my Creator business up and running (very soon), I’m absolutely going to video pitch you ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed you and your wonderful guests. I am furiously taking notes at every episode! Haha. Thanks again from Heather Bee in Raleigh, NC!

LisaIsHereForIt ,

One of my favorite pods for creatives 🙌🏻

Creative Elements has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I learn something every single time I listen!

Brian W. Piper ,

Like sitting in on a talk with friends

Jay has an incredible ability to make his guests feel comfortable and his interviews have a wonderful conversational tone that makes it feel extremely intimate.
His variety of questions speak to the research and preparation he does for each episode. Always a pleasure to see a new episode get released.

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