51 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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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!

    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

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    @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
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    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
    47: Laurence White Shares The Best Ways To Market Yourself As An Artist On Social Media And Truly Connect With Your Collectors & Fans

    47: Laurence White Shares The Best Ways To Market Yourself As An Artist On Social Media And Truly Connect With Your Collectors & Fans

    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.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Laurence got into painting How his previous career helped catapult his art business How to leverage your network to grow your fan and collector base How to use social media to market yourself How to price your artwork Best ways to connect with your audience And so much more! Social Media & Links: @laurence_m_white
    @laurencemwhite (TikTok/Twitter/Clubhouse)
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    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com
     

    • 56 min
    46: How Ade Sanusi Went From Working At Universal Music And Complex Media, To Creating A Successful Platform For Creatives Called Art Meets Culture

    46: How Ade Sanusi Went From Working At Universal Music And Complex Media, To Creating A Successful Platform For Creatives Called Art Meets Culture

    At the start of 2014, Ade Sanusi created a pioneering platform that celebrated the next generation of creative talents called Art Meets Culture. The platform is a one-of-a-kind experience, designed to celebrate, promote, and develop artists and musicians.
    Tapping into the importance of social media in the artist community, this unique event allowed music and art enthusiasts to come together and share their experiences, with a specifically tailored social media campaign for each show.
    With over 22 events curated since 2014, we have now expanded the brand into an art-driven communications platform. The goal is to continue to develop the platform that champions artists and be the absolute best at what they do.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Ade got to work at Universal Music and Complex Media Why he created Art Meets Culture What all goes into creating and promoting big events What his first event was like compared to his most recent events Some of the biggest mistakes he made in business And so much more! Social Media & Links: Instagram: @artmeetsculture
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    artbydevona.com

    • 1 hr
    45: How The Co-Founder & CEO Of Punkpost, Lex Monson, Created A Solution For People To Connect With One Another In A Deeper, More Meaningful Way

    45: How The Co-Founder & CEO Of Punkpost, Lex Monson, Created A Solution For People To Connect With One Another In A Deeper, More Meaningful Way

    Lex Monson is the Co-founder and CEO of Punkpost, where beautifully handwritten cards are mailed by artists for you. Each card is uniquely handwritten to bring maximum delight to both the sender and the recipient. Lex founded the company with her husband back in 2015 when the two decided that it should be easier to deliver happy and encouraging moments, even when you're short on time or resources. Punkpost gives people an accessible way to connect with one another in a deeper, more meaningful way. Before Lex founded Punkpost, she was the managing community editor at Brit + Co. Prior to that, she worked as a senior editor at Yelp.

    In this episode, we discuss... How Lex and her husband came up with the idea for Punkpost The journey from where Punkpost started and where it is today Best ways to go about pitching your idea Who her team is made up of and what their roles are Best ways to manage a virtual team What they have planned for the future of Punkpost And so much more! Social Media & Links: Instagram: @punkpostco
    www.punkpost.com
    @devonastimpson
    devonastimpson.com
    artbydevona.com
     

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 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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