54 episodes

Welcome to the gangSTAR* Creative podcast where we’re on a mission to annihilate the status quo of the “starving artist.” Here we share real strategies, tactics, and stories from your host, Devona Stimpson, and many other successful creatives and artists. You’ll learn from all types of creatives - from painters and entertainers, to makeup artists and YouTubers. Your most asked questions will be answered, such as “How do I make money doing what I love?” “How do I get clients or book gigs?” or “How do I build a successful career in my creative field?” If you’re a creative who has the desire to thrive in BOTH their business and life, this podcast is for you! Hit subscribe and start listening! New episode every Monday!

gangSTAR* Creative Podcast Devona Stimpson

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    • 5.0 • 86 Ratings

Welcome to the gangSTAR* Creative podcast where we’re on a mission to annihilate the status quo of the “starving artist.” Here we share real strategies, tactics, and stories from your host, Devona Stimpson, and many other successful creatives and artists. You’ll learn from all types of creatives - from painters and entertainers, to makeup artists and YouTubers. Your most asked questions will be answered, such as “How do I make money doing what I love?” “How do I get clients or book gigs?” or “How do I build a successful career in my creative field?” If you’re a creative who has the desire to thrive in BOTH their business and life, this podcast is for you! Hit subscribe and start listening! New episode every Monday!

    53: Chalk & Brush: The Ins And Outs Of Building A Mural Painting Business - Hiring A Team, Pricing, contracts, Getting Clients & More

    53: Chalk & Brush: The Ins And Outs Of Building A Mural Painting Business - Hiring A Team, Pricing, contracts, Getting Clients & More

    Born in Holguin, Cuba, in the late 80’s, Cinthia grew up watching her late father - classically trained Cuban painter and sculptor Daniel Santos - work. Her love of art began at a young age, and grew as a means to send her father photos and letters after his move to Mexico when she was 5. Moving to Miami at the age of 10, Cinthia’s love of art shifted focus to illustration after being exposed to unlimited cartoons and comics upon arriving.
    While acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Manufacturing, Cinthia’s illustration and design skills quickly turned into internships and job offers, leading to a 4 year career in apparel and textile design. Still in love with visual art, Cinthia was approached by a restaurant designer while painting a mural outside of her employer’s studio in Wynwood in 2013; this was the start of Chalk & Brush!
    What was initially lettering a chalkboard for a neighborhood bagel shop turned into countless local businesses reaching out to Cinthia for her artistic talents. Her then-boyfriend (now husband) Ben, joined along as projects started getting larger, and eventually left his career as a pediatric ER nurse to focus on the business full time. They invested in professional training to grow their skills and kept up with design trends using Cinthia’s fashion knowledge. As demand grew, Cyn and Ben shifted the focus of their company to murals, and their sign painting skills quickly gained them a reputation for painting the cleanest and most photogenic pieces in town.
    After eloping in 2017 (and famously sending proposals from their honeymoon), with demands for Chalk & Brush’s work steadily on the rise, they decided to grow their business by assembling a team! Cinthia now focuses on creative direction and design, Ben has assistance with project management, and they both oversee and manage a 6 person paint team. They both pop in and out of projects whenever their skill sets are needed, or when they feel like getting their hands dirty!
    They have painted countless murals for brands, public arts projects, businesses, and are known for the popularity of their work across social media platforms. Their team helps free up time for them to stay current on trends, keep pricing competitive, and give each client the attention they deserve! Their work has been featured by national brands and truly shines through in countless of their community’s most beloved small businesses.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Cyn & Ben got into the mural business The things you should have in your contracts to save you time, headache, and money How to hire employees for your creative business How to go about pricing murals What their process looks like when someone hires them to paint a mural And so much more! Social Media & Links: @chalkandbrush
    @cynno
    chalkandbrush.com
    TikTok: @chalkandcynno
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com

    • 56 min
    52: Laurence White's First Solo Show and Exciting Updates On His Art Career

    52: Laurence White's First Solo Show and Exciting Updates On His Art Career

    Let's welcome Laurence back for his second time on the show!
    Inspired by successful Entrepreneurs, Artists and Entertainers, Laurence paints vibrant portraits of some of the most influential people who have helped shape the world we see today.
    Having always been fascinated by understanding what it takes to achieve success  and the individual motivations behind it, Laurence paints figures who have inspired others and his own success.
    His work focuses on capturing the entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, dedication and persistence required to achieve whatever it is you want from life.
    Laurence is a self taught artist who continues to produce unique paintings with a positive message.
    He currently has a solo show/residency running at South Place Hotel in London until April 29th!
    In this episode, we discuss... Thoughts on whether artists should get their own studio Story behind how he got to collab with Rolls Royce How he partnered with Hobbycraft Different ways he's been building and connecting with his audience Everything about his new residency at South Place Hotel in London And so much more! Social Media & Links: @laurence_m_white
    @laurencemwhite (TikTok/Twitter/Clubhouse)
    Www.laurencemwhite.com
    Discord: https://discord.gg/8yYWhxMq
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com

    • 51 min
    51: Learn The Ins And Outs Of What Goes Into A 6 Figure Painting Commission

    51: Learn The Ins And Outs Of What Goes Into A 6 Figure Painting Commission

    Nicole Mueller is a San Francisco, CA based visual artist. Her work includes large-scale paintings, murals, and installations that mimic the effects of stained glass. Driven by process, her abstract works are highly saturated, built with layers of collage-like shapes. Her work explores the complexity of color, states of flux, dichotomies within painting, the transitional nature of being, and the threshold between interior and exterior, the tangible and intangible.
    Mueller earned her BFA in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in California, New York, and Maryland. She has been an artist-in-residence at ArtPoint (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco), the Vermont Studio Center, and Proyecto 'ace in Argentina.
    She has completed public projects in collaboration with the City of Alameda, California Arts Council and Downtown Alameda Business Association, ArtSpan and the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, as well as commercial businesses throughout San Francisco. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award for emerging artists in California.
    Mueller is also co-host of Beyond the Studio, a podcast that interviews working contemporary artists about their career paths and aims to increase transparency in the art world by hosting candid conversations about their business practices, time management, financial planning, and how they're navigating the unique challenges of making a living, creatively. The podcast received an Alternative Exposure grant in 2017 from Southern Exposure in San Francisco, with support from Facebook's Artist-in-Residence Program and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Beyond the Studio is a cultural partner of Art World Conference, and a fiscally sponsored project of Independent Arts & Media.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Nicole became an artist Methods she uses for pricing her different kinds of works How she gets projects booked with big budgets How to break down the costs that go into a big budget of a project All the steps that went into creating the biggest commissioned painting of her career And so much more! Social Media & Links: www.nicolemariemueller.com
    www.beyondthe.studio
    @nicolemariemueller (Instagram)
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com
     

    • 1 hr 24 min
    50: From Art Teacher To Full Time Artist With Alvin Codner

    50: From Art Teacher To Full Time Artist With Alvin Codner

    Alvin Codner has always wanted to change the world at a young age. He has worked in the nonprofit sector, public sector, and school districts throughout the past 10 years, Alvin Codner has a history of excellence and holds the public interest very close to his heart.  Some of his gangSTAR* achievements include Peoples Choice Award at the National Arts Program, feature on FOX News for Community Arts, Arts Coordinator for The Grace Assets (One of Multi-Millionaire Derrick Grace's Business), and Teacher of the Year Nomination. This is Alvin Codner's last year as a Middle School Art Teacher transitioning to be a full-time artist. He has his BFA and his main niche is Acyclic and Oil Paintings.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Alvin got into the arts Working on projects within the community and for non-profits What his pricing looked like when he started doing art vs what it looks like now What his plans are for the direction of his new artwork Tips for artists who want to transition into full time And so much more! Social Media & Links: www.alvincodner.com

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTw-ohGYSVzozkdrPCmrNtw

    @mrdatslife (Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube,)
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com

    • 56 min
    49: The Journey To Building An Art Agency, Creating A Network Of Artists, And Working With Commercial Clients With Anthony Rose

    49: The Journey To Building An Art Agency, Creating A Network Of Artists, And Working With Commercial Clients With Anthony Rose

    Anthony Rose is an artist and experiential art curator working with the world’s most expressive artists and commercial art collectors at United By Design. He is the founder and executive director of United By Design (UXD), an art agency that elevates physical and digital spaces with murals, sculptures, and installations for brands and businesses like Chevron, Gensler, and the Houston Astros.
    Anthony is co-founder of Satellites Art Project, an initiative documenting the connective beauty of art and technology during moments of physical isolation and distance. Anthony is also an active contributor to nonprofits around the nation like Good Measure, TEDxSanAntonio, and the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.
    You can follow Anthony on Twitter, get professional on LinkedIn, connect on Clubhouse or view some recent interactions on Instagram. Of course, if you’d like to work together or invite him to speak, feel free to contact Anthony via email.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Anthony got into doing artwork His experience painting murals before transitioning into graphic design How he made the transition from freelancing to building his art agency His thoughts on how to price your services How to build connections with commercial clients What his biggest mistake in business was And so much more! Social Media & Links: https://www.uxdmurals.com/,
    https://twitter.com/AJROSEART,
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyjamesrose/,
    https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@ajr,
    https://www.instagram.com/aj_from_uxd
    https://www.instagram.com/satellites.project/
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    48: What It Takes To Get Into The Footwear Design Industry And How To Balance Working A Full-time Job While Pursuing Your Creative Passions With David Filar

    48: What It Takes To Get Into The Footwear Design Industry And How To Balance Working A Full-time Job While Pursuing Your Creative Passions With David Filar

    David Filar is a footwear designer by trade, but an all around creative. He has the amazing opportunity to work with and manage a design and development team in the footwear industry for his full time job.
    He's also an artist and painter, new creator of NFT's, podcast host, volunteer on the Worcester Arts Council, and an art teacher. He believes in being a better person every single day and that we should all create to inspire others.
    On a more specific level, he's super proud of being able to work with Matthew Williams and Nike on a product through Vibram which allowed him to go to Milan to speak on a stage with him and travel to China collaborate as well.

    In this episode, we discuss... How David got into the footwear design industry What it takes to build a career in the footwear industry Tips for getting the job you really want What it's like to travel to China and other countries for work How David balances all his creative passions Creative burnout and how to deal with it And so much more! Social Media & Links: Instagram: @david.filar
    Twitter: @davidfilar
    davidfilar.com
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

artbychrisrob ,

Dope and informative

I love listening to a good art focused podcast while I’m creating/drawing and i ran across this podcast and i love it. The host keeps the convos light and interesting, she asks great questions, the guests are talented, knowledgeable and inspirational.. i always leave each podcast with a piece of info that can help me on my artistic journey. I highly recommend this podcast.

Roxi_G ,

Life-Giving for Creatives

As an emerging artist who grew up with 0 role models of successful full-time creatives, it means so much to be exposed to the thriving creatives in this podcast. I truly feel like this is a valid career now thanks to the messages in this show. THANK YOU to Devona and all of the inspiring guests.

Ashe7696 ,

I listen all the time

This podcast is exactly what creatives need. Devona knows her stuff. I love how vulnerable she is with us by explaining her experiences and the business side of art. These are things as artists we need to hear. Thank you for creating this podcast and sharing your experiences ❤️

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