In “how we get by” I seek to uncover the meaning behind what drives human creativity. We’ll explore stories that run the gamut of the human experience- from incredible joy and connection to the devastation of heart break and loss - all through the lense of creativity and work. I believe the way we make our money over our lifetime absolutely leaves a lasting, perhaps defining, imprint on our lives. For some of us, our jobs are an outlet where we express our creativity - and for others our jobs enable us to find joy in creative endeavors somewhere else in our lives. No matter which of these applies, each one of us is a "creative type". If you’ve ever struggled with creative shaming, or negative self talk around creative expression this podcast is for you. Many episodes will center on an individual and their job or chosen career path. This will be a starting point for discovery. Other episodes will be me speaking directly to you about things I’m noticing, uncovering or experiencing in my life with people that challenge me, encourage me, frustrate me etc.
what does it mean to be who you are?
I had a fantastic conversation with organization psychologist, classical pianist, and professor Kristijan Civljak about identity, career changes later in life, and realizations around privilege. What he brought up that really struck me was when...
a (wh)orehaus built on steel...
In this episode I speak with a friend and fellow creative Meygahn Hill of (Wh)orehaus Studios. Meyghan explains her military boarding school background as a midwest girl turned NYC model & actress, the incredible life events that lead to discovering...
how a bollywood choreographer is fighting colorism
This week, I'm honored to share the story of Shweta Aggarwal, a British Indian author who is currently writing her memoir “The Black Rose”. As a six year old child living in India away from her parents, she developed a love for Bollywood films. Her...
the challenges of leading a team during Covid
In this episode I chat with Lorri Barone. She has been accessing her creative core throughout this pandemic as she and her team secure life saving personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers in Oregon. We discuss the joys of coming...
when a fashion designer teaches radical self-love, everyone listens
In this episode, fashion designer and non-profit founder Ripley Rader and I discuss the importance of listening to the yes's to understand your unique offerings, how she identified a crisis of confidence among young women at an early age and how she is...
how a counselor uses creativity with her clients
In this episode, professional counselor Tessa Beukema (LCPC) and I discuss the importance of imagination when starting a new and challenging project, the pros and cons of instagram as it relates to self-diagnosing, and how using metaphor in therapy just...
For so many of us, creativity isn’t so much a hobby as a way of life. Independent from the specificities of vocation, we live our life through a generative perspective and seek to synthesize our experiences. It really seems like Matt’s inquisitive nature makes him the obvious choice to bring together an interesting array of contributors. His sensitively wrought narrations advance these conversations seamlessly, allowing us access into their process deftly.
What we need now
These podcasts are so great to listen to while driving or cooking. The conversations cover topics from careers and relationships to mental health and social justice. Matthew has a thoughtful interview style that makes even niche topics relatable and his soothing voice makes it feel like talking to a kind friend.
Solid Gold Stars!!
Loving this new podcast! Matt’s voice, both literally and figuratively, is a breath of fresh air. His ability to skillfully highlight each guest’s creative work with broad, yet refined brush strokes, while facilitating authentic conversations is remarkable...and Matt makes this feel effortless and above all, joyful. In a world with so much noise, it’s a real pleasure to find something so special that reminds us all of the magic of true connection. Can’t wait to hear more!