12 episodes

How to Be Creative is a podcast about what it means to be creative across different disciplines, industries, life circumstances, and career structures. You’ll learn tips for fitting creativity into your daily life, and hear from a bunch of different people about how being creative has helped them reach goals, open doors, and live a more rewarding--or at least more interesting--life. I’m your host, Kat O’Leary, and I’m excited to introduce you to some of my favorite creatives, as well as the tools that help me get my most crucial work done.

How to Be Creative Kat O'Leary

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

How to Be Creative is a podcast about what it means to be creative across different disciplines, industries, life circumstances, and career structures. You’ll learn tips for fitting creativity into your daily life, and hear from a bunch of different people about how being creative has helped them reach goals, open doors, and live a more rewarding--or at least more interesting--life. I’m your host, Kat O’Leary, and I’m excited to introduce you to some of my favorite creatives, as well as the tools that help me get my most crucial work done.

    Episode 11: Coming Home with Billy Peters

    Episode 11: Coming Home with Billy Peters

    This week I'm talking to writer, veteran, and tech professional Billy Peters about World War III, the concept of coming home when home doesn't fully exist, and what it means to be a writer with military experience who doesn't want to be a war writer.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 10: Creating Your Own Future with Ivy Jelisavac

    Episode 10: Creating Your Own Future with Ivy Jelisavac

    This week, I'm talking with director Ivy Jelisavac about intrinsic motivation, creating structure to get things done, and building community online. For the past two years, Ivy's been my creative accountability partner, and I'm tremendously inspired by her grit, talent, and commitment to creating a better world--and film industry.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 9: Running a Creative Small Business with Jennifer Wiese

    Episode 9: Running a Creative Small Business with Jennifer Wiese

    Today I'm chatting with Jennifer Wiese, founder of Workroom Social, about running a creative small business, authenticity, and the value of hobbies.

    Discussed on this episode:
    Jen's upcoming Intro to Garment Sewing Intensive!Workroom Social websiteWorkroom Social on YouTubeWorkroom Social on InstagramWorkroom Social on FacebookWorkroom Social on TwitterWorkroom Social on PinterestClaryville JeansSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: 11 LivesIn Praise of MediocrityStanford d.schoolKat's social presence: Instagram | TwitterHTBC InstagramFind a full episode transcript at https://howtobecreative.org/?p=267

    • 44 min
    Episode 8: Taking an Intentional Break to Get Out of a Rut

    Episode 8: Taking an Intentional Break to Get Out of a Rut

    In this solo episode, I talk about taking a break to recover after being in a creative rut.

    Discussed on this episode:
    Rachel Syme on TwitterGoodreadsReal Talk Radio with Nicole AntoinetteKat’s social presence: Instagram | TwitterHTBC Instagram

    • 19 min
    Episode 7: Creative Tranquility with Kimberly Wilson

    Episode 7: Creative Tranquility with Kimberly Wilson

    Today I'm chatting with psychotherapist and entrepreneur Kimberly Wilson about her journey as a multipassionate entrepreneur, getting things done while preserving your energy, and making space in your life for regular creative play.

    Kimberly Wilson is a psychotherapist in private practice, serves as president of Pigs & Pugs Project, and designs eco-fashion line TranquiliT.
    In 1999 she founded Tranquil Space —named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure—and sold it to YogaWorks in 2017. She's penned a few lifestyle books catered to tranquility seekers and hosted a podcast since 2005.
    Here's what we discussed on this episode:
    Kimberly's websiteKimberly on InstagramTranquiliT | InstagramPigs & Pugs Project | InstagramTranquility du Jour Live (Sunday, January 5!)The E-Myth12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women12 Secrets of Highly Successful WomenSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: 11 LivesKat's social presence: Instagram | TwitterHTBC Instagram

    • 44 min
    Episode 6: Discovering New Creative Pursuits with Shama Hussain

    Episode 6: Discovering New Creative Pursuits with Shama Hussain

    Today I'm chatting with illustrator Shama Hussain about inspiration, her creative process, and discovering new creative pursuits as an adult.

    Shama Hussain is a social media strategist and artist living in Manhattan. She currently works at IBM and has previously worked on social media for NBC, UN Women, New York Magazine, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and the Obama White House. Outside of her day job, she is a self-taught illustrator and likes to create art that shares a story and a message.  Shama is a native New Yorker and has lived around the world.

    Links from this episode:
    Sketched by Shama on InstagramInternational Rescue CommitteeChris Saunders Bob Marley sketch"God will give you..." sketchTailor Made ShopSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: 11 LivesKat's social presence: Instagram | TwitterHTBC Instagram

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Phil Ogden ,

Rich, textured dialogue about creativity through humanity

I had modest expectations about this podcast and the usual bullet-point, paint by numbers, digestible nuggets I can take from podcasts. To my joyous surprise, Kat O’Leary champions a much deeper discussion about creativity by wanting to know more about the guest and their journey. I absorbed a lot from her Ep5 discussion regarding mental health which lead wonderfully into how her guest was creative through those things. I would recommend this cast highly as I learned something new about creativity while at the same time being validated in it. Check it.

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