126 episodes

Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative practice!

Each week, host Andy J. Pizza serves up monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbi Jacobson and Morgan Harper Nichols that are chocked to the brim with creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics.

Time to fill up your tank with a generous helping of PEP! Open up your ears and get that breakthrough perspective you need, the second you need it!

Andy J. Pizza is an illustrator for the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google, YouTube and Nickelodeon.
Andy J. Pizza - instagram.com/andyjpizza

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    • 4.8 • 1.6K Ratings

Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative practice!

Each week, host Andy J. Pizza serves up monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbi Jacobson and Morgan Harper Nichols that are chocked to the brim with creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics.

Time to fill up your tank with a generous helping of PEP! Open up your ears and get that breakthrough perspective you need, the second you need it!

Andy J. Pizza is an illustrator for the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google, YouTube and Nickelodeon.
Andy J. Pizza - instagram.com/andyjpizza

    325 - The 3 Step Creative Journey from Forgettable to All-Time Favorite

    325 - The 3 Step Creative Journey from Forgettable to All-Time Favorite

    Have you ever went looking for new art in your field to stoke your creative flame, but inadvertently squelched your fire completely when you realized just how overwhelmingly stiff the competition is these days?

    Being a creative can feel impossible. Even if you get past all your inner demons and can find the discipline to show up on a regular basis, you then face an even greater challenge: an enormous sea of competition.

    But there is good news: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE THE BEST you only have to be different and… be able to embody and articulate that difference in meaningful and clear ways in your work and how you position your work in the marketplace.

    In this episode we help you do just that.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    324 - The Counterintuitive Step to Finding Your Creative Secret Sauce with Amy and Jen Hood

    324 - The Counterintuitive Step to Finding Your Creative Secret Sauce with Amy and Jen Hood

    How do you embody who you really are as an artist? How do you find what makes you truly different? How do you hone in and tap into that inner creative voice?

    In this episode of Creative Pep Talk we have the incredibly inspiring founders of Hoodzpah Design, Amy and Jen Hood. Amy and Jen are twin sisters, and they do have things in common, but anyone who knows them, sees how clearly they have discovered and embodying their own very distinct creative identities.

    In this episode we dive into the journey of doing just that: finding what makes you different within the world where you fit in. If you’re feeling like you don’t know who you are as an artist, this episode is for you!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    323 - Do Not Miss These 3 Essential Things to Help Potential Fans Find You

    323 - Do Not Miss These 3 Essential Things to Help Potential Fans Find You

    If you google “build it and they will come” the second most searched term is “build it and they will come bible”. This notion is so pervasive in our culture that we’re convinced it’s BIBLICAL! The problem? Well, beside the obvious issue that this is a line from a 90s Kevin Costner flick, this idea hurts artists and creatives.

    How? It convinces us that our only job is to make the work and that means we leave the job of being discovered to our audience, but finding and enjoying our work is not our audience’s business, it’s for their pleasure! In this episode we will dive into owning the work of getting our work discovered, as we explore some essential tips on how to do just that.

    • 42 min
    322 - How to Fine-Tune Your Thinking to See Your Best Ideas

    322 - How to Fine-Tune Your Thinking to See Your Best Ideas

    Creative work is subjective, but that doesn’t mean there is no good or bad, it just means that you define what’s good. Often though, we forget to actually do this!

    This episode is a deep dive into the practice of doing just that, how to develop your definition of good. We will also explore in real time how this process makes all the difference.

    Andy works as an illustrator but credits much of his creative practice to his design training. So, in this episode, we are joined by the Adobe Wireframe Podcast host designer Khoi Vinh as well as the Wireframe co-hosts Dominic Girard and Pippa Johnstone to help bring design tools that can help us in this process.

    • 52 min
    321 - How to Find Your Path by Finding Which Torch to Pick Up with Barry Lee

    321 - How to Find Your Path by Finding Which Torch to Pick Up with Barry Lee

    This episode is so deep!! I am so inspired by the depth of Barry Lee’s art and how he puts his whole heart and soul into everything that he makes. If you’re looking for how to find your creative path and need tips on how to put more of your essence into your work, you need to dive into this episode.

    This conversation was so moving and inspiring!

    • 58 min
    320 - 5 Steps and 27 Tools for a Super Energizing Mid Year Creative Reboot

    320 - 5 Steps and 27 Tools for a Super Energizing Mid Year Creative Reboot

    If you feel like you’re slipping creatively or you’ve lost your creative spark this year, right now is a great time to reconnect with your creative path.

    This episode will give you a framework for tapping back into your creative intentions, give you a strategy for resparking progress in your goals and help you get excited about what’s possible for the second half of this year.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Fitz1229 ,

Who doesn’t like pizza?!

Just the kick in the pants I needed ..Andy’s energy and honesty really resonated with me ,especially during these challenging times …love the podcast you will too!

Dungeonologist ,

ADHD creative, I LOVE WHERE THE PODCAST IS GOING

Been listening for a few years now, and Andy is starting to really let his woo woo flag fly.
A huge part of my creative process is leaning hard into the spiritual side of art, through the lenses of faith, destiny, and interconnectedness.
Dr. Pizza is blending that so well with practical advice and vulnerability, and it gets me fired up!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Andy, you're letting the spiritual dawgs out and it's really getting the job done, keep on keeping on

Kate Narita ,

A Best Friend

Honest, supportive and positive sound like descriptors first a best friend and they are. But they also describe Andy J. Pizza’s podcast, Creative Pep Talk. Each time I listen, I’m invigorated and I have a new tip or a new angle I can use when approaching my creative practice whether it be in my writing, teaching or podcasting. Thank you!

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