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Behind-the-scenes stories of creative lives are often as fascinating and worthwhile as the projects they yield, and can inspire us all. Join me as I find out what creators have learned along the way—and help folks get their creative lives back on track.

Follow Your Curiosity Nancy Norbeck

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Behind-the-scenes stories of creative lives are often as fascinating and worthwhile as the projects they yield, and can inspire us all. Join me as I find out what creators have learned along the way—and help folks get their creative lives back on track.

    CPT #81: It's Okay Not to Finish

    CPT #81: It's Okay Not to Finish

    We're all told that we have to finish the things we start. But is that true? NOPE. I'll tell you why in this short episode.
    Could you leave a review? It's really easy, and it helps SO much. Thanks!
    Want more tips? Check out this playlist with all my previous Creative Pep Talks!
    Read this week's post: What tech has taken from us, and how to get it back.
     
    If you'd like to:

    Engage with your creative dreams with ease and joy
    Feel both more confident in yourself and your work, and more vibrant than you have in years
    Take time each day to do the things that light you up
    Feel the freedom of following your own inner guidance and the delight that comes with creative activity


    Book a free 30-minute coaching call with me! Here's what we'll do:
    You'll tell me about your creative dreams 
    We'll look at what's getting in the way
    If you're someone I can help, and we both want to...
    ...I'll share more about the Reignite Your Creative Spark program

    • 6 min
    Replay: Uncovering Forgotten Histories with Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

    Replay: Uncovering Forgotten Histories with Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

    I've been under the weather, so here's an interview worth revisiting. I'll be back next time with a brand-new conversation!
    Author Rahna Reiko Rizzuto wrote the way many of us do as a child and teen, but didn’t truly turn to writing until she discovered, at the age of 30, that her Japanese-American mother, and her family, had been stripped of everything and put in an internment camp during World War II. The book she produced in her quest to understand these events, Why She Left Us, won the National Book Award. Her two subsequent books, Hiroshima in the Morning and Shadow Child, continue to explore themes of war, race, and historical blindness. Reiko also teaches writing; we met when she became my first faculty advisor in the Goddard College MFA program in 2007. We talk about Reiko’s start as a writer, including that pivotal discovery and the quest to learn more, her time in Japan just before and after 9/11 as she sought to learn from survivors of the Hiroshima bombing—and how 9/11 changed their willingness to speak—and how she taught herself to write and teaches her students those same techniques.
    Episode breakdown:
    [00:00:00] Introduction
    [00:02:45] Family of writers encouraged reading, faced criticism.
    [00:10:50] Multiracial Hawaiian culture with loose boundaries.
    [00:15:19] Uncovering the family's history in the Japanese internment.
    [00:23:33] Discovering the art of crafting a book.
    [00:28:33] Learning from students' questions.
    [00:37:37] Writing to convey human consequences of historical events.
    [00:40:32] Nonfiction book about survivors of atomic bomb.
    [00:48:58] Passion for teaching and nurturing writers' stories.
    [00:56:07] Best job, supportive colleagues, successful publication.
    [01:03:09] Caregiving, love, loss, hoarding: a personal journey.
    [01:06:48] Open the portal, practice showing up.
    Please leave a review and in it, tell us about how discovering a part of your history changed you.
    Want more? Here are some handy playlists with all my previous interviews with guests in writing and publishing.
    Check out the show notes at fycuriosity.com, and join the conversation on Threads and BlueSky!
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Give Yourself Permission to Play

    Give Yourself Permission to Play

    When was the last time you let yourself play? Why are you holding yourself back?
    In less than four minutes, I'm sharing the biggest creative problem I see in the world, why it's so damn heartbreaking, and why I want to help you bust out of it--for free. (Hint: it's also a big part of why I started this podcast.)
    Give yourself permission to play on May 5 here. Or join us on May 11 here. It's totally free, and you're welcome to bring a friend if you like (just have them register, too, so I have an accurate head count)!
    See you there!

    • 3 min
    CPT #80: Choose Courage

    CPT #80: Choose Courage

    It's so easy to keep doing the same thing, or even to actively avoid taking the unknown path. The courageous option is usually the one with the bigger payoff, though. I look at the difference in this short episode.
    Join me for a free "Permission to Play" workshop on May 5, 2024 (repeated on May 11, 2024) at 1pm eastern! It’s easy for adults to forget that it’s okay to play, and that lack of play can keep us stuck! Join us for approximately 90 minutes so you can reconnect with your playful inner kid and feel your creative energy flowing again.
    Register: May 5 or May 11
     
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    Read this week's poem, which is called One Step.

    • 6 min
    Art and Commerce with Domenic Sciortino

    Art and Commerce with Domenic Sciortino

    Domenic Sciortino is a creative powerhouse. By day, he’s a barber. Much of the rest of the time, he’s an artist, musician, and now, a talent buyer for a local entertainment venue in Pennsylvania. Dom was one of my first guests on the podcast, and I’m thrilled to have him back to talk about the intersection of art and commerce, with stops at creative courage (specifically, the courage to fail in and with a crowd), why you should always aim to please yourself first with your creative work (even if you want to sell it), the effects of ignoring our creative call, and just what happens behind the scenes of the performing arts—especially on the money side.
    If you missed Domenic's first episode, give it a listen!
    Read this week's article, which is a longer look at the potential perils of combining art and commerce. Check out my piece on lapsed creatives, too!
    Episode breakdown:
    00:00 Introduction
    1:04 Creating art in various forms, sometimes successful.
    08:29 Billy Joel forgets lyrics, crowd sings instead.
    11:23 Sudden insight into creative life force experience.
    16:42 Passion leads to happiness and less spending.
    24:28 Robots creating art due to cheaper labor.
    31:19 Promo highlights importance of arts education.
    37:08 Artists deserve better pay and more transparency.
    40:05 National touring artist fees are usually non-negotiable.
    43:22 Wilco: Warner pushed Americana band, Tweedy went ambient.
    50:27 Scarcity and marketing.
    53:56 Existence and purpose: the struggle is worthwhile.
    59:26 Don't judge yourself by professional standards.
     
    Check out the full show notes at fycuriosity.com, and connect with me and fellow creatives on Substack.
    Please leave a review for this episode and in it, tell us about your experience with art and commerce.
    If you enjoyed our conversation, I hope you’ll share it with a friend.
    Want more? Here are some handy playlists with all my previous interviews with guests in music and visual arts.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    CPT #79: Other People's Opinions

    CPT #79: Other People's Opinions

    One of the hardest things to do when we've created something is to leave room for other people to see it through their own lens. I share some thoughts on why it's a good idea to step back, and how to know which opinions are worth listening to, in this short episode.
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    Read this week's article, which is on Failure and Regret.
     
     

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Raquel Drosos ,

Real, relatable stories

Follow Your Curiosity gives you an honest, in-depth look at the creative journeys of people from all walks of life. The guests are open about their struggles and insecurities as well as the joy that comes along with creation, and Nancy is an engaging host. Highly recommended!!

Everybody's buddy! ,

Inspiring!

Loved this episode so much. What an inspiring story! I will definitely watch the documentary. Looking forward to seeing the orchestra in action. I related to Caroline’s panic about performing live and I’m impressed that she was able to quickly pivot into another aspect of music that she enjoyed.

Iwokeuptoolate ,

Creativity, life, and everything in between

Such a strong, encouraging podcast no matter which episode you listen to. Nancy is a genuine, thoughtful, and professional host who interviews her guests with such ease that the episodes always sound like friendly conversations instead of question-and-answer sessions. She features a wide range of people with varying lives, upbringings, and careers; each story is inspirational and provides so many helpful tips as well as motivation to just get out there and create!

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