192 episodes

It’s easy to get lost on the creative journey, sometimes you just need a Creative Pep Talk.

Ever week, 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.

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    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 1.8K Ratings

It’s easy to get lost on the creative journey, sometimes you just need a Creative Pep Talk.

Ever week, 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.

    391 - How to Move People with Your Creative Work on a Deeper Level

    391 - How to Move People with Your Creative Work on a Deeper Level

    If you’ve always longed to make deeper work, that’s not just a tad cooler than the last thing you made, or a bit cooler than the work of your peers, this episode is for you.

    In this episode we explore how to make your work more creative not by reinventing the wheel, but by finding renewable strategies in the work of your heroes.

    This episode is for you if you:
    1 - Feel like your creative sphere has become a meaningless popularity contest of artists trying to out-cool each other.
    2 - You want your work to move people?
    but don’t know how that’s done.
    3 - You feel like your work is missing something crucial that’s holding you back.
    4 - You want to explore what it looks like to utilize the psychology of how people engage with creative work to deepen the way it hits people.

    • 53 min
    390 - How to Make Work that's More Creative and Less of a Grind

    390 - How to Make Work that's More Creative and Less of a Grind

    This episode is for you if you:
    1 - Are having trouble getting into the flow state.
    2 - Can’t find the willpower to level up your skills.
    3 - Have lost interest in your creative practice.

    How does one become more creative?

    This is a question that gets asked a lot in the creative community, but what does it even mean? It’s SUCH A HUGE QUESTION!

    In this episode we kick off our Creative Master series that aims to tackle this HUGE QUESTION by breaking it down into 4 chunks. CHUNK 1? SKILL ACQUISITION.

    • 44 min
    389 - Making Super Potent Small Pieces + Tackling Larger Projects (Even with a Day Job) with Malaka Gharib

    389 - Making Super Potent Small Pieces + Tackling Larger Projects (Even with a Day Job) with Malaka Gharib

    Our chat with journalist, cartoonist and graphic novelist Malaka Gharib.

    After reading her latest book “It Won’t Always Be Like This” - a graphic memoir about her summers in Egypt with her dad - Andy wanted to chat with Malaka about her creative process, storytelling and how the different ways she’s fit in large projects like graphic novels into her life with a day job working at NPR.

    This episode is for you if you’re:
    Struggling to fit in creative work into your schedule
    Interested in making more potent and personal creative work

    • 56 min
    388 - 2 Easy Shifts That Enable Creative Work That is More Deeply Resonant

    388 - 2 Easy Shifts That Enable Creative Work That is More Deeply Resonant

    Two questions that plague creatives:
    1 - How do I find motivation to get through longer projects?

    2 - How do I determine the best type of work to make next?

    In this episode we explore 1 idea that aims to help you accomplish both, with a tactic that you may not even be aware of!

    • 49 min
    387 - How to Find a Secret Door into the Creative Field You’ve Always Longed to Work Within

    387 - How to Find a Secret Door into the Creative Field You’ve Always Longed to Work Within

    Every creative field worth entering seems heavily guarded by industry gatekeepers and established artists with the goal of keeping you out. How do you find a way in when everything seems designed to keep you out?

    In this episode I share all the ideas that have helped me break into the many sectors I’ve worked in throughout the past 15 years. If you’re stuck and can’t find a way into the world where you want to work within, this episode may help!

    Creative Pathfinder Series Episode 3 of 3

    • 39 min
    386 - How to Create an Inspiring Prompt That Unlocks Your Most Inspired Creative Work

    386 - How to Create an Inspiring Prompt That Unlocks Your Most Inspired Creative Work

    Some of the most inspired creative work you’ll ever do will happen before you touch your materials. You’re familiar with your art, but have you fully mastered the art of crafting personal creative prompts for your own work?

    Every piece of work starts with an idea for what to make a piece about, and that idea is as important creatively as the work you make when you pick up your creative instrument.

    If this is true, how do you craft a powerful prompt that will unlock your best work or at least something interesting to make next? This episode explores a framework for doing just that.

    Creative Pathfinder Series Episode 2 of 3

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Carriejj2013 ,

Finding this felt like divine intervention

I was so over my creative practice just a few months ago. On on the verge of finally quitting once and for all, I stumbled across this podcast and it changed absolutely everything. For the first time in a long time I actually enjoy my work again (I almost forgot what that felt like)! I love starting my day with an episode and then sitting down with one of the “Call to Adventures” - really gets the creative juices flowing. Thanks for what you do!

Jes W from texas ,

I cry every episode

It’s like this guy speaks my language. I used to think I was incapable of having a successful creative practice because of my neurodiversity. But not only does he give practical and applicable advice on how to better your practice, he gives room for all the weirdly specific and spot on struggles creatives face. I thought it was just me. Now I know it’s not, and i don’t feel so isolated now. Thriving artists!

aawizzzzy ,

I feel understood as a creative!!!

Andy’s way of explaining things and relating them back to the most obscure references is so refreshing and hilarious. I’m so inspired by every episode, and I’ve been motivated to keep going in my creative business journey because of these episodes. Thank you for the hard, important and fun work you’re doing!

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