74 episodes

Hosted by photographer, author, and former comedian David duChemin, A Beautiful Anarchy is a deeply human, honest, and insightful mostly-weekly kick in the pants for anyone who longs to create anything with soul and too often finds themselves mud-wrestling with the muse to do so. A Beautiful Anarchy is a candid ongoing exploration of what it means to be an everyday creator, whether you're a writer, photographer, sculptor, or a puppeteer who works exclusively with vintage macrame owls. The struggles and rewards of bringing something new into the world are universal, and you’re not alone. Let's talk about it.

A Beautiful Anarchy David duChemin

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    • 4.9 • 266 Ratings

Hosted by photographer, author, and former comedian David duChemin, A Beautiful Anarchy is a deeply human, honest, and insightful mostly-weekly kick in the pants for anyone who longs to create anything with soul and too often finds themselves mud-wrestling with the muse to do so. A Beautiful Anarchy is a candid ongoing exploration of what it means to be an everyday creator, whether you're a writer, photographer, sculptor, or a puppeteer who works exclusively with vintage macrame owls. The struggles and rewards of bringing something new into the world are universal, and you’re not alone. Let's talk about it.

    Episode 73: What's Your "Hell, Yes!"?

    Episode 73: What's Your "Hell, Yes!"?

    The creative life is full of decisions. Do we? Don't we? And how? Some people over-think their choices, some go with their gut. I go with a simple paradigm that brings things into perspective and focus: if something isn't a "hell, yes!" then it's usually a no. How can this way of thinking help you make more meaningful decisions? Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-073

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 13 min
    Episode 72: On Vision and Craft

    Episode 72: On Vision and Craft

    There is a relationship between the skills—or craft—that we hone, and our ability to dream about what is possible and reach beyond it. Creativity is not the realm of technique alone, nor only in the inner life of the imagination, but in the way they work together and call each other forward. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-072

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 16 min
    Episode 71: 5127

    Episode 71: 5127

    Creativity is less the stuff of brilliant ideas and more the reality that those ideas take work to realize, to take a project from (in the words of Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull) suck to un-suck. Unless you're James Dyson, in which case you're trying to do the opposite. It took Dyson 5,127 iterations to get his cyclone vacuum cleaner to work and there's a lesson in there for all of us. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-071

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 16 min
    Episode 70: You're Doing It Wrong

    Episode 70: You're Doing It Wrong

    For something so rooted in uncertainty, innovation and the discovery of new things, isn't it strange that creative work seems so often to be subject to voices telling us we're doing it wrong? Could it be that hearing, "you're doing it wrong" is a good sign we're on to something? I think there's a better question than "am I doing this right or wrong?" Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-070

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 11 min
    Episode 69: The Ability to Produce

    Episode 69: The Ability to Produce

    If the last episode of A Beautiful Anarchy was about the pressure to produce, this one is the (loving) kick in the pants you might need to stop worrying about it and start doing what it takes to widen the margins. I've got 3 ideas about reducing the pressure of time, expectations, and scarcity of ideas; let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-069

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 15 min
    Episode 68: The Pressure to Produce

    Episode 68: The Pressure to Produce

    Paralyzed by the pressure to produce and keep cranking out the work? You're not alone. Creators often feel like they're only as good as their recent work which means you got to keep producing recent work. But people don't respond to your work because you make it frequently. They don't need more from you, they need more of you. Let's talk about it.

    Click here for a full transcript of this episode: https://www.abeautifulanarchy.com/podcast/episode-068

    A Beautiful Anarchy is posted 3 out of every 4 weeks. On those 4th weeks you can get your fix by subscribing to On The Make, my monthly missive about the creative life sent straight to your Inbox. Click the link below to subscribe and we’ll send you the next issue we publish, as well as a PDF of my short book, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back: http://eepurl.com/gCkNYn

    You can find me elsewhere at:

    My blog: https://davidduchemin.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionisbetter

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidduchemin

    Thanks so much for being part of this. It would mean the world to me if you'd tell others where to find this podcast, leave a rating or review, or drop me a line at talkback@aBeautifulAnarchy.com.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

VJWild ,

Amazing podcast!

Hands down one of the best podcasts out there for creatives or anybody who wants to improve their mindset.

kfglassman ,

Perfect (no…Excellent)

Excellent bite-sized nuggets of wisdom and reassurance and the occasional smack upside the head. Discovered only recently, but back-tracking to the beginning to be a part of the journey. Thanks, David.

zxoqy ,

Thank you so much

I can’t tell you how helpful this is in my own creative process. Just what I needed. Thank you so much.

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