20 episodes

Breaking into the creative world is hard enough—and making it as a full-time freelance designer is even tougher. Join host and freelance designer and illustrator Rocky Roark as he talks with special guests about all things freelancing. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own creative projects or you just want to hear thoughtful, actionable advice for your creative career, this podcast is for you.

Design Break Rocky Roark

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Breaking into the creative world is hard enough—and making it as a full-time freelance designer is even tougher. Join host and freelance designer and illustrator Rocky Roark as he talks with special guests about all things freelancing. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own creative projects or you just want to hear thoughtful, actionable advice for your creative career, this podcast is for you.

    Interview with Tom Froese | 019

    Interview with Tom Froese | 019

    Our first new episode of 2020 features an interview I had with the award-winning illustrator Tom Froese—a freelance illustrator based out of British Columbia. Tom is not only an illustrator but a speaker and teacher on Skillshare—he's featured as a "Top Teacher."

    In today's episode, Tom shares his story on how he went from being a freelancer, then art director, and ended up choosing to work for himself full-time. He shares how originally he went to school for computer engineering but found his love in design and later illustration.

    If you would like to read an excerpt from the transcript of our interview, you can find one on the Blue Cyclops Design Co. blog.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    What Work Leads to More Work? | 018

    What Work Leads to More Work? | 018

    A question that I'm always asked on social media is "How do you get more clients or projects?" The easiest answer is to post more work across your social platforms, the better question though is "What work leads to more work?"

    In today's episode I answer that very question and share my own experiences in the process.

    • 14 min
    Interview with Allie Mounce | 017

    Interview with Allie Mounce | 017

    Episode SynopsisAfter close to a five month hiatus, we are back with an amazing interview with the very talented Allie Mounce—Co-founder of Pretty Useful Co. & Senior Art Director at Paradigm. Allie is an amazing designer and jack-of-all-trades when it comes to design. In today's episode, Allie shares her story and how she broke into the world of design and has become—in my opinion—a creative super star! She shares how she learned the skills she utilizes now when she was a junior designer and how she and her co-founder, Clare Freeman, started Pretty Useful Co. and some tips for you all to start your own side hustle.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    AMA: Being Self Taught vs. Going to Art School

    AMA: Being Self Taught vs. Going to Art School

    In this episode, I answer an AMA (Ask Me Anything) question involving whether it's better to be self-taught or go to art/design school.

    • 12 min
    The Importance of Side Projects | 015

    The Importance of Side Projects | 015

    In this episode, we’re going to talk about the importance of side projects and how they can lead to amazing opportunities in your creative career.

    Throughout my career, I have worked on many side projects, each with its own challenges, learning opportunities, and payoffs. I’ve learned that there is so much power in creating your own side projects and sharing them with the world.

    Today, I share a few stories and examples of side projects I’ve created and the opportunities they have led to along the way. If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on side projects, you can find a blog post I wrote on the same subject on my website.

    • 28 min
    Being Fired, Its Not the End of the World | 014

    Being Fired, Its Not the End of the World | 014

    In this episode we’re going to talk about being FIRED and how it isn’t the end of the world, which is very accurate.

    Now, I’ve known that I wanted to talk about this topic since before I even started this podcast. Its something I’ve been through three times in my life—once in high school and twice after college. It’s something that everyone will most likely experience at some point in their lives and is one of the hardest things to go through in your career.

    Let me let you all in on a little secret… It can sometimes be the best thing to happen to you as well. Join me in today’s episode where I talk about my experiences and how I turned a negative into a positive.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

cali girl in georgia ,

creative south fam

listening to your story had tears in my eyes so many of us creatives have this struggle and feel like you did. i look forward to seeing you each year and watching your family grow. thanks for being who you are.

DeeDubFeetScrub ,

A professional that hasn't forgotten his beginnings

I've followed Rocky's career for some time now. Between his Instagram stories, his YouTube channel, and his various other appearances, I wondered if he would continue his straight-shooter, "man on the street" level of attention and care for the artists out there who aren't necessarily big names.
I can tell you, he has. Listening to Design Break still very much feels like a lunch table discussion. Rocky is honest and will tell it like it is in the hopes that the listener will come out a better creative.

This is a very approachable and insightful podcast that should easily be in your playlist. If you're looking to get jazzed up about your place (honestly) in the creative world, this is your podcast.

He preaches hard work. But he also, more importantly, preaches about hope. We all could use more of that. Give a listen!

Menace1978 ,

Creative podcasts can be a bore

...but this podcast is more of an honest conversation. Every creative has a story and it sounds like this show will use that as its backbone moving forward. Thumbs up.

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