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Creative Insurgents is all about living a creative life by your own rules. We address topics like living a more fulfilled creative life, marketing, selling art online, and more.

Creative Insurgents: Living a Creative Life by Your Own Rules Cory Huff, Melissa Dinwiddie and Leah Jay

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Creative Insurgents is all about living a creative life by your own rules. We address topics like living a more fulfilled creative life, marketing, selling art online, and more.

    How to Talk About Your Art Even if You’re A Hopeless Introvert

    How to Talk About Your Art Even if You’re A Hopeless Introvert

    1:15 - Vanessa’s introduction. She’s an expert in body language and sales. 


    3:00 - people decide VERY early in their first impression of you whether or not they’re going to buy from you. You can learn the skills that will make a great first impression. 


    7:30 - how we talk about our talents. The 5 aspects of who we are and how we express ourselves. Vanessa talks about how to learn these things and recognize them in others. We do some really fun playing with body language. 


    17:00 - what the stress hormone, cortisol, is and does


    20:30 - the power of proximity. How close you stand to someone matters a lot. 


    24:15 - you don’t have to be an extrovert. Charisma and body language vary by person. Vanessa talks about playing to your strengths. 

    • 27 min
    Art Journaling and Beating Back Fear with Cynthia Morris | CI#23

    Art Journaling and Beating Back Fear with Cynthia Morris | CI#23

    http://creativeinsurgents.com/23 to see Cynthia's art and videos. 

    :47 – Cory introduces Cynthia Morris, artist, writer, writing coach, and fabulous dancer

    1:20 – Cynthia shows off her art journals a little bit and shows how she got started with them. She also mentions some resources from Frederick Frank, including Zen Drawing and Art As A Way

    5:20 – how visual thinkers can quickly capture ideas and thoughts in a visual format instead of journaling or note taking

    11:00 – Cynthia and Cory discuss the fact that even artists who are very experienced feel insecure or are unaware of how good they are at their art. Cynthia talks about putting your head down and building up chops.

    15:00 – Cynthia shares her tips on how to finish a book or other long-term projects. She emphasizes the importance of understanding that big projects really take something from you, and you have to strategize on how to deal with that beforehand.

    20:00 – Cory & Cynthia both talk about dealing with self-doubt and how to face that kind of fear

    21:00 – Cynthia talks about how her dancing videos help her filter out people who are not a good fit for working with her

    25:00 – Cynthia talks about what it means to live a creative life on your own terms

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    Straight Talk on the Business of Being an Artist, with Shirley Williams | CI#22

    Straight Talk on the Business of Being an Artist, with Shirley Williams | CI#22

    0:36 - Cory shares that living in France is not paradise, and sees it as a metaphor for everyone. "Embrace the chaos."

    1:09 - Melissa's Great ClutterBust program is still open throughout October. Sign up at http://melissadinwiddie.com/great-clutterbust.

    1:53 - Due to the lack of a good internet connection in France, Cory was unable to be present for the interview portion.

    2:29 - Introducing Shirley Williams, abstract expressionist painter based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

    3:37 - Pricing: the surprising Catch-22 of commanding high prices. "It wasn't paying my bills!" (Tip: "When you end up having less work than what you're selling, that's when you raise your prices.")

    6:55 - "I don't know if I want to be famous; I want to make my living from this!"

    9:08 - How Shirley prices her work: Lineal inch pricing (tip: this is how professional galleries do it).

    10:37 - The importance of getting clear on what you really want for yourself, and why it doesn't work to be a museum artist and a self-represented artist. "There's one thing that's constant as a professional artist, and that's change."

    13:37 - "What I've realized is that I'm the happiest when I'm in control of my own career." Which means 50% of her time is spent marketing.

    15:37 - Why she asked "Will this kill my career?"

    16:37 - "There is never one opportunity, one phone call that's going to change your life, and all you need to do is sit in your studio and paint all day.... That's a dream."

    17:03 - Shirley shares "a perfect example of how things can go sideways, really fast."

    18:54 - Shirley's big museum show: "I thought doors were going to open magically from there." But the let-down after: "It was very clinical. It wasn't a creative endeavor. It was a very distant, off-putting thing for me."

    22:20 - "It never ends... There's nobody that has the answer."

    23:04 - Shirley talks realism: "One thing I've realized... is that you build your career one experience at a time, one person at a time, and one painting at a time."

    24:37 - "Everything has a price, in terms of what you're going to get back."

    26:24 - "It takes about nine to fifteen approaches before somebody buys."

    28:15 - "I think it starts with the community. You have to build your base... Plant yourself well. Create a following."

    30:18 - "Ups and downs are a big aspect.... You need several income streams."

    31:36 - Shirley's typical daily schedule. "It's my life."

    34:37 - "You cannot paint for a market... You've got to be yourself.... Plan your work and work your plan."

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    Matt LeBlanc on the Artist as Entrepreneur | CI#20

    Matt LeBlanc on the Artist as Entrepreneur | CI#20

    :39 Melissa talks about her experiments with her new looping app (listen to tracks here or on SoundCloud).

    1:10 Cory is getting ready to move to Montmarte, and is about to open up his Authentic Online Marketing for Artists course, starting September 15 (see http://OnlineMarketingForArtists.com for details).

    2:05 Cory introduces artist Matt LeBlanc (http://www.mattleblancart.com/en/).

    3:05 Matt shares how he handled the career transition from marketing employee to full-time artist.

    4:52 Matt's biggest key to success.

    6:32 How it felt to walk in and tell his boss he was leaving to focus on his art career full-time.

    8:22 How do you build an art business on the side, while raising a family and working a full-time job? "I'm not the person who has the most talent, but I'm one of the persons who will work the hardest."

    9:43 "If you're gonna pick something, make sure you research it, and make sure you do it well," and the importance of not relying on a single revenue stream.

    11:59 How the art market follows the trend of house sales, and how Matt is dealing with the recession.

    13:14 The three things you should look at when considering a new endeavor, business-wise (hint: make sure two out of three are there before you say yes.)

    15:45 The changing face of social media, Matt's experience with how Facebook has changed, and how advertising fits in.

    17:16 The biggest problem that most artists have (hint: it has to do with your brand).

    19:36 "It's not about the instant sale, it's about putting your branding out there."

    23:30 Matt talks about his live show, Fusion (His way of creating an art opening that would stand out from what other artists typically do: watch 2012 intro video. Watch 2013 trailer.)

    29:30 More on Fusion as a marketing machine.

    33:06 Cory's big takeaway: not just doing the same thing everyone else is doing, and more on change as the only constant.

    34:31 Matt's top pointer: "Be organized," and what that means.

    • 36 min
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    Secrets of Successful Solo Shows with Stan Klein & Renee Robbins | CI#19

    Secrets of Successful Solo Shows with Stan Klein & Renee Robbins | CI#19


    :30 – Cory talks about spending the weekend in Birmingham, England.

    1:30 – Melissa’s upcoming Get Sparked course. MelissaDinwiddie.com/get-sparked

    3:14 – Stan Klein is the creator of Firecat Projects, which hosts a unique solo show model where the artist keeps all of the revenue.

    8:00 – Renee Robbins did a show with Firecat about 18 months ago. Renee talks about how she worked toward the concept of her solo show. She used the Firecat show as a way of pushing herself into a new direction with her work.

    11:00 – Stan & Renee talk about the collaborative process for developing the show. This new model requires a lot of trust between Stan and the artist, but it creates a more rewarding show.

    14:02 – the artist needs to let people in to the creative process and the thoughts that bring the work into being. It helps people get excited about the work.

    17:05 – Renee talks about how she became comfortable talking about her work.

    19:55 – Melissa shares a powerful personal experience about how sharing a story and a song sold a piece of art

    25:03 – How the Firecat show influenced Renee’s career financially. Several of the people from that show became subscribers to her future work.

    26:23 – Stan & Renee’s suggestions on how to have a great show.

    30:37 – Cory & Melissa ask for your reviews on iTunes. Click here to leave us a review and we’ll give you a shout out next episode!

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    Jolie Guillebeau on Becoming an Artist | Creative Insurgents Episode 18

    Jolie Guillebeau on Becoming an Artist | Creative Insurgents Episode 18

    2:33 Introducing Jolie Guillebeau, and her struggle to make it to art school, being foiled at every turn by parents, teachers, and institutions.

    6:11 What happened immediately after Jolie graduated from art school (hint: she didn't paint or draw for an entire year, paralyzed by fears, perfectionism, and the internal judge that came on board in school.)

    8:00 How Jolie found her way out of the stuckness, and her first 100-day painting series (out of which 87 paintings sold, with a mailing list that started with just 42 people).

    11:30 How Jolie grew her list from 42 to 270 people in 100 days.

    12:55 Jolie's story of facing down her "You're Not a Real Artist" gremlins one at a time (her "Kill Bill List").

    16:16 How Jolie priced her different 100-painting series, the challenges of Name Your Own Price pricing, and finding her pricing "sweet spot."

    19:00 How Jolie transitioned into being a full-time artist, and a breakdown of where her income comes from now, including her actual income goals.

    22:12 Being able to say "I'm an artist" without hesitation.

    23:14 "Just as important is the product is talking about the process. In fact, in some cases, it's more important!"

    23:53 The importance to Jolie of connecting with her audience, and making art accessible, and how her experience in Africa makes it hard for her to price her art above $1,000.

    25:44 "I really like the idea of my work being the first 'real' artwork that somebody purchases."

    26:42 The World Domination Summit, and Jolie's role in it.

    28:18 Keeping balance and sanity when you have a big project outside of your art life that can easily take over. (Hint: public commitment!)

    31:22 Jolie's advice to beginning artists.

    32:37 How Jolie's recent TEDx talk came about.

    • 35 min

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33 Ratings

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