172 episodes

It’s easy to get lost on the creative journey. Creative Pep Talk serves as a weekly check in, to get you back on the path to living your creative potential.

Weekly illustrator Andy J. Pizza delivers a piping hot solo-cast chocked to the brim with fresh stories, creative tips, tricks, and a side of secret dipping sauce of pep to boot!!


Every few weeks, special guests like artist Lisa Congdon, poet Morgan Harper Nichols, designer Aaron Draplin or comedian Abbi Jacobson, stop by to share their creative insights.

Andy J. Pizza is a Columbus, OH based American illustrator working with clients like YouTube, Nickelodeon and LEGO, and for picture books like “A Pizza With Everything On It” (Amazon’s Best Kid’s Books List 2021, Booklist Starred Review).

As a storyteller, Andy is often pep talking teams at creative hubs like Warby Parker and Sesame Street.

Creative Pep Talk Co-Loop Podcast Network

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 1.7K Ratings

It’s easy to get lost on the creative journey. Creative Pep Talk serves as a weekly check in, to get you back on the path to living your creative potential.

Weekly illustrator Andy J. Pizza delivers a piping hot solo-cast chocked to the brim with fresh stories, creative tips, tricks, and a side of secret dipping sauce of pep to boot!!


Every few weeks, special guests like artist Lisa Congdon, poet Morgan Harper Nichols, designer Aaron Draplin or comedian Abbi Jacobson, stop by to share their creative insights.

Andy J. Pizza is a Columbus, OH based American illustrator working with clients like YouTube, Nickelodeon and LEGO, and for picture books like “A Pizza With Everything On It” (Amazon’s Best Kid’s Books List 2021, Booklist Starred Review).

As a storyteller, Andy is often pep talking teams at creative hubs like Warby Parker and Sesame Street.

    371 - The 3 Step Mid-Year Creative Recalibration for Finding Direction Again

    371 - The 3 Step Mid-Year Creative Recalibration for Finding Direction Again

    If you’re overwhelmed and can’t seem to make progress, it may be time to revisit your creative models. When’s the last time you stopped everything and reconnected with your true north?

    One of the most centering tools is taking a fresh look at who you’re currently learning from creatively. In this episode I share the 3 step process I recently used to find progress in my creative path again.

    This episode is for you if you’re feeling:
    - Unoriginal
    - Imposter Syndrome
    - FOMO
    - Lost and Unmotivated
    - Like this Year has Already Gotten Away From You!

    • 46 min
    370 - 5 Pieces of Incredible Creative Advice that Lit Me On Fire with Zak Rosen of the Best Advice Show

    370 - 5 Pieces of Incredible Creative Advice that Lit Me On Fire with Zak Rosen of the Best Advice Show

    If you’re in need of a quick jolt of creative pep this episode is for you. We have incredible guests best piece of creative advice. Today I’m joined by Zak Rosen the creator behind The Best Advice Show podcast. The Best Advice Show is a super short podcast where super interesting people show up to give the one piece of advice that’s the best they have.

    Zak was kind enough to curate the 5 pieces of best advice that he knew would be perfect for Creative Pep Talk and he was right on the money because I felt so creatively on fire after talking these through with him.

    Tune in for powerful creative advice from: - Filmmaker Mike Mills- Artist Author Poet Holly Wren Spaulding - Artist Consultant Beth Pickens- Screenwriter Sharon Mashihi- Author Brian Selfon

    • 46 min
    369 - How to Access the Otherworldly Creative Power within Your Longing with Author Susan Cain

    369 - How to Access the Otherworldly Creative Power within Your Longing with Author Susan Cain

    If you’re a creator, chances are you have a legit relationship with sad songs. This probably isn’t news to you. But did you know this well of melancholy might be a secret well of hidden creative power?

    In today’s episode I sit down and chat with Susan Cain, author of the INCREDIBLE book “Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole” that absolutely BLEW ME AWAY.

    You might also be one of the 31 million people who know Susan from her TED talk on Introverts - or from her #1 best selling book on the same topic - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

    Either way - this was one of my all time favorite chats, and a total honor to speak with such a brilliant creator. I have a strong hunch this will be a listener favorite! ENJOY!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    368 - Follow Your Bliss or Get Real? This New Take Gave Me a Thrilling Insight

    368 - Follow Your Bliss or Get Real? This New Take Gave Me a Thrilling Insight

    The biggest wins in my creative journey never fit squarely into the whole “just follow your passion and everything will work out” philosophy, but they were never pure pragmatism either. For this reason, even after nearly 8 years of making a podcast that tries to strike the balance between the magic of creativity and the realism of building a career, I still felt pulled between these two extremes, with no real resolve.

    But I recently stumbled upon a new perspective that synthesizes these two seemingly oppositional takes in such a powerful way that it instantly gave me clarity and action steps.

    If you’re consistently stuck in the analysis paralysis between following your head or going with your heart, this episode will give you tools to strike the balance in a surprising and useful way.

    • 39 min
    367 - How Seeing Every Piece as A Self Portrait Unlocks Hidden Creative Gold

    367 - How Seeing Every Piece as A Self Portrait Unlocks Hidden Creative Gold

    If you ever wished you had a deeper or more meaningful relationship with your work, or wished you were able to make your work more you so that people like you could more deeply connect to your art, this episode is for you.

    Even if you’re not interested in making ultra revealing super serious art, there’s still a difference between work that feels authentically connected to who you are vs work that just feels hollow or soulless.

    In this episode we will explore how one personal breakthrough lead to both a creative inflection point, as well as my adult diagnosis of ADHD.

    • 48 min
    366 - 3 Unexpected Places Your Creative Genius is Hiding

    366 - 3 Unexpected Places Your Creative Genius is Hiding

    Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of incredible creative work out there? Scrolling through an endless stream of creative genius on every platform day in and day out is enough to make you want to give up for good.

    Today’s episode is an antidote to that feeling by means of identifying the surprising places your own creative genius may be hiding. Hint: it might be the last place you look!

    ALSO if you’re feeling uninspired by your current creative outlets and need to breathe some fresh inspiration into them, this episode explores why your creative skill or medium doesn’t have to be your passion to be your best asset!

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Doin' Pine ,

Gold Mine For Creatives

When I first started listening, I made a list of episodes that were worth going back to for repeat listens—but I soon realized, there was never an episode that did not meet that criteria. Every single episode on this podcast is worth listening to multiple times.

Each week I listen, I feel like I’m sitting on an absolute gold mine of creative information and inspiration. This podcast is solely what inspired me to pursue a creative career selling my own artwork and I could not be happier doing so.

Andy J. Pizza is truly my hero, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the work he has put into making this podcast a reality.

Skriddles ,

Just what I need, in a fun & wacky style

Andy sends tons of creative energy out and that helps me prioritize my artwork. This show is definitely one of a kind!

Brooks Elms ,

Compass for Creativity

Such an authentically optimistic wonderful companion for the ebbs, flows, dips and deliciousness of the creative journey!

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