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.
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334 - Find the Work That Makes You Come Alive. Which of The 10 Types Are You? with Jonathan Fields
If you hate the work you’re doing, feel lost in the pursuit of finding what you’re truly equipped for and what really lights you up, this episode is what you need.
Finding which of the 10 Sparketypes you are, can help you find what type of work makes you come alive! In this episode I sit down with Sparketype creator Jonathan Fields and he walks me through each type, what makes them really light up and how to find out what your type is.
A clear awareness of who you are and what makes you tick is the ultimate key to unlocking creative breakthroughs and this assessment was so insightful for me that I had to get Jonathan on the show to share it with you!!
333 - Get More, Do Less with These 31 Easy and Engaging Social Media Post Prompts
We all know the best way to grow our social media platform is to post regularly BUT not only is it hard to know what to post, it’s also IMPOSSIBLE to make that much new stuff!
In this episode I want to share with 31 new social media post prompts and only ONE of them requires you to MAKE A NEW PIECE OF WORK?
I want to prove to you that you can win on social media without working yourself to death and all the while even maybe having… FUN? Let’s go!
Take my new skillshare class! “Social Media for Creatives: 5 Exercises to Power Your Freelance Career” https://skl.sh/truefansclass
332 - Do These 4 Things if You Think You May Have Undiscovered Talent
If you keep hitting the same walls, long for someone with more insight to see your real talent and ultimately you’re worried that you’re going to miss your chance to reach your creative potential, this episode was designed for you!
In this episode you will find:
- The Mental Shift that Will Unlock Stunted Progress
- The First Step of Finding “Your Thing”
- How to Give Context to Your Work so Others Get It
- Who You Need to Be Looking For and Who Can Change Everything in Your Practice if You Find Them
331 - Your Inner Critic is Drowning Out Your Creative Voice
If you second guess every creative decision, panic before sharing your work, and overthink every piece, this is called hyper-vigilance and it’s a trauma response. The creative journey is full of bumps and bruises, but sometimes these wounds don’t heal and they get in the way of a healthy thriving creative practice. If you’re sick of the negative anxiety filled voices in your head drowning out your creative voice - the 3 exercises in this episode can help.
This is part 4 of the “Over Overthinking” Series.
330 - Keep Going or Quit? 3 Surprising Landmarks on the Path to Breakthrough
It’s natural to think that the creative path would get easier as you get closer to breakthrough or that the signs you’re onto something would be obvious. But if you study those who have experienced a big break in finding their thing creatively, you will see the signs you’re going the right way are unexpected and easy to miss. In this episode we do a deep dive to identify some extremely common signs you should keep going and how many overlook these signs and quit too early.
This is part 3 of the “Over Overthinking” Series.
329 - 15 Surprising, Strange and Powerful Ways for Overcoming Creative Fears
Do you have fear and anxiety around making creative work? If you get stuck in your head, second guessing every decision and ultimately feeling torn about what you have made, this episode is for you. It’s time to remember why creative work used to be your passion and rekindle your play and excitement about making again. In this episode you will find countless ways to do just that… well we did count them… there’s 15 ways in this episode, but come on, that’s a lot for one podcast episode!
We talk about things like:
- Getting Out of Your Head by Letting Your Creative Instrument Do The Thinking
- “Singing” a Different Way
- Eliminating “art” From Your Work
- AND 13 MORE THINGS!!
This is part 2 of the “Over Overthinking” Series.
Obsessed! Listening to this like it’s my JOB
… because it kind of is! Creative PepTalk lights me UP — I go through periods where I just listen to episode after episode from the back catalogue because I need all of the pep I can get. I don’t think I understood how hard creative work is (despite having been an illustrator for the last seven years but never feeling like I’m ‘getting it’), until I started listening to this podcast! I thought it was just me! And it was so life affirming to realize I’m not uniquely messed up or unmotivated or distracted (I also suspect I have ADHD so I especially love when Andy brings the conversation to neurodivergence), creative work is actually SUPER HARD. And complex and nonlinear. I didn’t go to art school so I feel especially lost in the woods when it comes to the business side of things as well as the discipline of developing and maintaining a thriving creative practice, and sometimes I use that as a reason to believe my art career just ‘won’t work out.’ Thanks to Andy and the Creative PepTalk team for helping me find my way through the woods! (And actually I LIKE the woods! There are elixirs and mushrooms and personal insights and critters and revelations and creative wisps in here!) Anyway THANK YOU!!!
I love having a podcast that just shakes the dust off of my creative thinking and helps me to recenter my goals. Andy is genuine. That’s the best.
THIS PODCAST KEEPS ME GOING!
I LOVE Creative Pep Talk and Andy. He's a big dork like me so I find him hilarious, yet at the same time he's extremely knowledgeable and his advice is deep and gets to the core of why we make art and for whom. This podcast is helping me pinpoint exactly what I want to do with my creative career. As a creatively frustrated insanely busy mom it's truly a battle to make art and a career out of it. It inspires me knowing Andy has 3 kids (like me!) and can manage his creative career. This show helps me to stay inspired, to keep going and keep fighting that battle. I can't even put into words how much that means!