It’s easy to get lost on the creative journey. Creative Pep Talk serves as a weekly check in, to get you back on the path to living your creative potential.
Weekly illustrator Andy J. Pizza delivers a piping hot solo-cast chocked to the brim with fresh stories, creative tips, tricks, and a side of secret dipping sauce of pep to boot!!
Every few weeks, special guests like artist Lisa Congdon, poet Morgan Harper Nichols, designer Aaron Draplin or comedian Abbi Jacobson, stop by to share their creative insights.
Andy J. Pizza is a Columbus, OH based American illustrator working with clients like YouTube, Nickelodeon and LEGO, and for picture books like “A Pizza With Everything On It” (Amazon’s Best Kid’s Books List 2021, Booklist Starred Review).
As a storyteller, Andy is often pep talking teams at creative hubs like Warby Parker and Sesame Street.
376 - How Seeing Your Work Differently Than the World Does is a Super Power with Shantell Martin
How did an artist whose primary medium is drawing, go on to collaborate with a legendary rapper like Kendrick Lamar, choreograph a ballet for the Boston Ballet and even being invited to give a TED talk?
From this conversation, it seems the answer is to defy how people think about what you do. When the world thinks of a drawing, they think of a static image, but for Shantell Martin it’s a dance, it’s a path, it’s a living journey and it’s maybe even a question.
This episode will inspire you to defy your own labels and challenge you to see your work in a way you’ve never perceived before! If you need a fresh perspective that brings new fire to your practice, this ones for you!
375 - This 4 Part Creative Practice Plan Took Me From From Frantic to Focused in 15 Minutes
Do you ever feel like you’re doing a MILLION THINGS but it all AMOUNTS TO NOTHING?
You’re running in a million directions and getting nowhere?
You feel pulled to post and create and make and launch 80 different things and it all seems in conflict with each other?
In this episode I want to share a super simple tool that can help you organize your efforts to get it to compound in the same direction, as well as eliminate stuff that isn’t working.
Listen to this episode if you feel:
- Your work is better than is reflected in your followers or finances
- Stretched in too many directions and your head is spinning
374 - How to Make a Creative Practice Blueprint that Grounds and Guides You
Have you ever been swimming and lost your sense of up while underwater? It’s incredibly panic inducing. This feeling is something I experience in the creative process sometimes too. Nothing makes sense. You have no sense of how to make any choices within a piece of work. It all looks wrong.
If this ever happens to you, or you’re feeling particularly ungrounded in your creative practice today even, this episode will give you a practice for defining guidelines in your work before you enter the creative process. This practice has been incredibly useful for me, and I hope it does the same for you!
373 - How to Escape Your Creative Hero's Shadow & Forge A Deeply Satisfying Path
The best students I ever had really had a clear sense of their influences. In the old days really studying and imitating your masters was seen as an essential part of the creative path.
But what happens when you get stuck in this phase and can’t seem to break out into something that feels more truly yours? What do you do then?
In this episode we are going to explore exactly what to do when your creative hero’s are overshadowing your presence in your own work, and the fun and surprising solution to breaking out of this rut.
372 - This Simple Creative Prompt Sparked Nearly Every Major Breakthrough I Ever Had
If you’re stuck and waiting for something to give in your creative practice, do not wait any longer! Listen to this episode.
Nearly every major creative career breakthrough I’ve ever had came from a moment when I knew exactly what I wanted to do but no one would give me a shot.
In this episode I share the exact practice that led to breakthroughs in editorial illustration work, kids books projects, public speaking and more. If you’re sick of waiting to get discovered, and you’re looking for fresh momentum in your practice. This episode is for you.
371 - The 3 Step Mid-Year Creative Recalibration for Finding Direction Again
If you’re overwhelmed and can’t seem to make progress, it may be time to revisit your creative models. When’s the last time you stopped everything and reconnected with your true north?
One of the most centering tools is taking a fresh look at who you’re currently learning from creatively. In this episode I share the 3 step process I recently used to find progress in my creative path again.
This episode is for you if you’re feeling:
- Imposter Syndrome
- Lost and Unmotivated
- Like this Year has Already Gotten Away From You!
Beyond excellent for everyone
He’s funny and entertaining, yes, but this host is also genius and relatable - the bestest combo when relaying insanely valuable and most importantly, EASILY ACTIONABLE, wisdom for creatives — which is to say, everyone. The pod title is perfect — he’s your biggest cheerleader, the coach on your sideline guiding you to big goals, the dad with the biggest heart (he’s actually a dad IRL but he kinda dads us all) — so if you ever need a li’l pep talk, need to motivate, need to regain hope on your creative path, listen in and laugh and learn, and leave ready to create and succeed with a smile.
Thanks a mil Mr. Pizza!!
Gold Mine For Creatives
When I first started listening, I made a list of episodes that were worth going back to for repeat listens—but I soon realized, there was never an episode that did not meet that criteria. Every single episode on this podcast is worth listening to multiple times.
Each week I listen, I feel like I’m sitting on an absolute gold mine of creative information and inspiration. This podcast is solely what inspired me to pursue a creative career selling my own artwork and I could not be happier doing so.
Andy J. Pizza is truly my hero, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the work he has put into making this podcast a reality.
Just what I need, in a fun & wacky style
Andy sends tons of creative energy out and that helps me prioritize my artwork. This show is definitely one of a kind!