21 episodes

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.

How We Get By Matt Schaefer

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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.

    LEADERSHIP 🤔🧐🤥

    LEADERSHIP 🤔🧐🤥

    What makes a great leader and why have we all suffered so long under the myopic, cis white male patriarchy that dominates the American workplace?  This week I share some thoughts from the HWGB community, and talk a bit about what I think makes for great leadership, and what, well, doesn't.  Let's dive in!
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/howwegetby)

    • 21 min
    PROCRASTINATION 🙅🏼

    PROCRASTINATION 🙅🏼

    This episode is near and dear my procrastinatin' heart! As creative humans it's easy to get hard on ourselves when we aren't coming up with our most creative xyz each time we sit down to work.  Sometimes though it's more important to take that walk, watch tv, go on a hike, call a friend....whatever it is that will distract you.  The idea is that your mind is hard at work in the background creating connections and insightful, novel, innovative ideas.  Adam Grant's research also comes up in this episode--spoiler alert, he's a proponent for procrastination!  Hell yah. Let's get busy NOT doing the thing we're supposed to be doing!
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/howwegetby)

    • 24 min
    CRINGE 😬

    CRINGE 😬

    I spend this episode exploring ideas around the self conscious emotion of embarassment and how that manifests physically for a lot of us as "cringe".  I pull some examples from a quick community poll, and also use Brene Brown's research on emotional vocabulary to create context for some of the examples. yikes. Let's do this!  Also- check out the PDF  if you want to be EXTRA prepared. 
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    • 26 min
    Something New

    Something New

    Hey everyone!
    Labor Day is here already and I honestly can’t believe how quickly time has been flying lately. I hope you all have had a brilliant summer so far. 
    I took a break! hahah I know I know, what a novel idea. I didn't even announce it!  WHO DOES THAT?!?
    Turns out it's hard recording a podcast in your studio in the middle of a Los Angeles summer when the only way to cool down is to run the window AC unit. The 20 year old WINDOW AC UNIT---you know, the one that sounds like a Diesel engine barreling down the freeway? 
    The bonus though was that the time away helped me look back with some pride around what I produced - it helped me get honest about the parts that were starting feel heavy, and it allowed me the space to just get clear.   I realized that some of my intention for starting this podcast was to speak my story out loud, to reinforce it to myself, and to move forward in my life within the context of that story.  In season 1, I was still nervous about letting myself be the focus and sharing some true, honest parts of myself.  I want to allow for some space here.
    In this episode I talk it through - from the uncertainty of “what will this podcast be/how will it come out” to some parts of my life that I don’t talk about often. I get into what I've been up to professionally, why Chani Nicholas has become a source of inspiration for me, why Brene Brown’s approach to leadership is informing my way forward in a new role, and why reading A Course In Miracles has been an important way for me to reframe my religious upbringing. 
    Thank you all for you support, patience, and interest. The thing I've realized the most though, is I am infinitely grateful for the community of listeners, the connections and comments I've gotten from listeners, and the clarity that comes from sharing hard truths.  
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/howwegetby)

    • 23 min
    Sam Barbera from Beginners on making music her business

    Sam Barbera from Beginners on making music her business

    This week I’m speaking with friend, songwriter/producer and performer Sam Barbera from the band Beginners.
    This one is for all you music lovers out there, and for anyone aspiring to make a career with music. There are some hot tips embedded in her story - from how she runs her music career as a business to the best ways to create longevity and sustainability in a tough industry. For anyone wanting a birds eye view of what kind of timeline and tenacity it takes to get these kinds of projects off the ground, this podcast will feel like a masterclass.

    Beginners Website 
    LA Exes Temporary Goodbye Music Video 
    Who Knows Music Video 
    Raya and The Last Dragon Teaser Trailer (Start a Riot) 
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/howwegetby)

    • 57 min
    A Queer Music Podcast

    A Queer Music Podcast

    This week I’m joined by Casper - founder of the queer music podcast Homoground, and the virtual co-working space Focus/Time. They’re also a new-ish employee at AIR media (Association of Independent Artists in Radio). I discovered Casper on Instagram through a sponsored ad they placed promoting homoground, and learning about a podcast dedicated explicitly to queer musicians made my heart happy. We discuss what it takes to fundraise for a creative project, the idea of kicking perfectionism out the door as soon as possible to get your project started and build some momentum, some of the best ways to sustain a project over time, and we also learn a bit about Casper’s more recent choice to align their neutral pronouns with their identity as non-binary. I’m particularly excited to have this chat merging my lifelong passion of music with a more recent passion of podcasting. I hope you get as much out of this episode as I did!
    What stood out to me most after speaking with casper was their ability to always look for the opportunity in the set back. Living a meaningful life takes courage to stand by your values, to put the work in to see your vision through, and to be willing to honor the creative voice inside you that sometimes is hard to hear. Sometimes its a simple as just showing up again and again asking the question “how can I be of service to my creative voice today”. When it’s hard to hear that voice maybe it’s knowing when to step away, create some stillness, and attune yourself to what’s happening internally. Casper found themself drawn to music at an early age, and over the years has built a life to support that passion. What a privilege it is to wake up and ask the creator inside “how can I be of service to you today” — I hope that’s how I can start all my days - co-creating a life I am inspired to live.
    Homoground podcast 
    Airmedia New Voices Fellowship 
    Focus/Time Instagram 
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/howwegetby)

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

smartparty ,

Matt Delivers

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.

profjackie ,

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.

BQ4EVA ,

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!

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