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The Complete Creative delves deep into what it means to live a creative life by interviewing top creatives and learning their secrets.

The Complete Creativ‪e‬ Russell Nohelty

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

The Complete Creative delves deep into what it means to live a creative life by interviewing top creatives and learning their secrets.

    How to Author Like a Boss with author Ella Barnard

    How to Author Like a Boss with author Ella Barnard

    This is my 200th show! 
    It's also my last show for the decided future. I promised myself I would hit 200 shows and keep this show going for a year, and I have. 
    I hope you have enjoyed this show, and now let's go out with a bang. I'm so excited to welcome Ella Barnard onto the show for our 200th episode! 
    Woot! 
    Ella and I have been friends for a long time and I've been on her show multiple times. She's amazing. A successful author who helps other author be successful, and in this episode she basically lays out the step-by-step formula for jumpstarting your author career. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How to choose your genre
    What makes a great cover and blurb
    How to get out books faster than you ever thought possible
    How to make a living as an author
    ...and much more. 
    I couldn't have asked for a better episode to be my last one. If you want to check out Ella's work, head over to http://authorlikeaboss.com/.
    If you want to see what's next for me, you can check out my work at www.russellnohelty.com. 
    See you on the bestseller list. 
    Russell 
     

    • 52 min
    The Anatomy of a Darkened Heart with author Christie Stratos

    The Anatomy of a Darkened Heart with author Christie Stratos

    This week on the show we have author Christie Stratos. We did a deep, deep dive on one of her books, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, which was just a phenomenal work that I loved so much. Here's her bio, straight from her website. 
    Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of the psychological suspense novels Anatomy of a Darkened Heart and Brotherhood of Secrets, the first two books in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Also a poet and short story writer, Christie has been published in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. Christie has been featured on the radio, in magazines, and on podcasts, and she has given presentations for writing organizations and at writing conferences.
    She owns her own editing company, Proof Positive, where she works one-on-one with authors as well as with small presses as a freelance editor, and she has enjoyed working with a rising press as an acquisitions editor.
    Christie hosts the well-received podcast Writers Showcase on the Authors on the Air Radio Network. She has interviewed New York Times bestsellers, publishers, and major award-winning authors, including #1 New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub, Hugo Award winner Robert J. Sawyer, BBC correspondent Humphrey Hawksley, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan.
    I was introduced to Christie from friend of the pod Jennifer Gordon, and reading Anatomy of a Darkened Heart made me realize I just really love Victorian Gothic horror suspense. It's not something I would have ever known about myself until reading both Jennifer and Christie's book, but I really, really do. Christie's work is nuanced and complex, diving into historical traditions while explaining them so even somebody without a history of reading the genre can understand. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How to keep a book from lagging
    How to plot an intimate book without a lot of action while still keeping engagement
    How to make the reader feel a character and root for them
    ...and much more. 
    If you liked this episode, check out Christie's work at: https://christiestratos.com/
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to build a fanbase with Fanbase Press editor-in-chief Barbra Dillon

    How to build a fanbase with Fanbase Press editor-in-chief Barbra Dillon

    This week on the show we have my dear friend Barbra Dillon, editor-in-chief of Fanbase Press and my dear friend. Fanbase Press gave Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, my first book, its first review, and I have been honored to call her and Bryant friends for years. 
    Fanbase Press celebrates fandoms and creates new ones! As an award-winning comic book publisher and geek culture website, Fanbase Press produces new and distinctive works, as well as daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts, that span the pop culture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make geekdom so exceptional.
    Here is a little about the company, which is both a member of the press AND a comics company.The company was founded in 2010 (originally under the name Fanboy Comics) by Barbra and Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes and rebranded to Fanbase Press in May 2016.Fanbase Press' graphic novels, including the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Quince, the 2020 IPPY Award-winning Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition hardcover, the 2019 IPPY Award-winning A Geek's Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space, the 2014 Bram Stoker Award-nominated Fearworms: Selected Poems, The Sequels, The Margins, The Gamma Gals, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The Arcs, and Penguins vs. Possums, are available online at www.fanbasepress.com.
    Barbra is seriously one of the most lovely humans of all time, and she's also a fount of knowledge about a whole range of topics, including, most recently, how to run a company and have a full-time job while pregnant with twins. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    how to have some semblance of work life balance while building an empire.
    how to introspect in order to move forward
    how to rebrand and evolve an established business
    ...and much more.
    Make sure to check out Fanbase Press's work at http://fanbasepress.com
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 47 min
    How to create a sweet nightmare with artist Saturn Santiago

    How to create a sweet nightmare with artist Saturn Santiago

    This week on the show I have artist and founder of PhantasMeow, Saturn Santiago. Here's here bio. 
    PhantasMeow, the new name of pastel goth, was conceived when Saturn Santiago blended pink, blue, and decay onto the canvas for the first time back in 2016. This riveting take on the occult, fantasy, and taxidermy-conceptual art became a place for her imagination to grow; and like most dead things left alone in the dark, her artwork was stripped to the emotional bones. What rose from the grave was the CATton Candy Nightmare Series, a chilling set that blends her favorite colors into scenes that terrify and captivates the senses.Saturn started practicing with all mediums in 1997; born from a family of varied artists, she was always pushed to grow her talent. Saturn’s early career consists of School of The Arts Programs, where in 2004 she was inducted into the National Art Honors Society. More recently, she has become an art instructor and is the cover artist for Horror Author J.L. Gipson’s, The Effect Trilogy.
    J.L. Gipson actually introduced us and we had a blast talking about pastel goth, building an art business, and general creative things. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How to run a successful art campaign on Kickstarter
    How to tell a story with your art
    Why duality in art is so important
    ...and much more. 
    If you want to check out PhantasMeow's awesome work, you can go to: https://www.phantasmeow.com/
    This is also the last week on my Kickstarter, which ends on October 1st. You can check it out at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russellnohelty/ichabod-jones-volume-1-2-a-lovecraftian-dark-fantasy-comic
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 46 min
    How to make movies at the Speed of Life with filmmaker Liz Manashil

    How to make movies at the Speed of Life with filmmaker Liz Manashil

    This week on the show I have my new friend Liz Manashil. I was introduced to Liz by previous guest Kris Wile, and I loved our conversation.
    Here's her bio. 
    Liz Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Post-graduation, Liz spent several years as a film critic for the PBS/Hulu series JUST SEEN IT (which she also helped produce and direct). Overlapping this, Liz worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. In 2016, Liz became the sole manager of Sundance's groundbreaking Creative Distribution Initiative until the program's close in 2019. As a filmmaker, her debut feature, BREAD AND BUTTER (starring Christine Weatherup, Bobby Moynihan, MIcah Hauptman, Eric Lange, and Lauren Lapkus), was called “an absolute must-watch for women everywhere” by HelloGiggles. It was released by The Orchard and can be seen on VOD nearly everywhere.
    Her second feature, SPEED OF LIFE (starring Ann Dowd, Allison Tolman, Jeff Perry, and Ray Santiago), was called “Delightful in just about every way,” by noted film critic Tim Cogshell. Liz has started production on her third feature, LADY PARTS.
    She lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Laura Palmer, her partner, Sean Wright, and her son, Colin. She is a Women in Film mentee and currently works as the Senior Manager, Impact Distribution at Picture Motion.
    I was so excited for this interview because I watched Speed of Life before our interview and frigging LOVED it. Since my background is in film and TV, it was amazing to be able to talk with a filmmaker about her process. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    -How to make an amazing indie film for less than $100,000. 
    -How to write a movie script
    -How to use crowdfunding to seed your budget and then go out to find investors
    -How to cast top tier talent for a low budget movie 
    ...and much more. 
    If you want to find more about Liz's work, http://www.lizmanashil.com. 
    This is also the last full week of my Kickstarter, and if you want to support check out, you can do so at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russellnohelty/ichabod-jones-volume-1-2-a-lovecraftian-dark-fantasy-comic
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 58 min
    Celebrating Black mythology and comics with comic creator Greg Anderson-Elysee

    Celebrating Black mythology and comics with comic creator Greg Anderson-Elysee

    Today on the show I have my good friend Greg Anderson-Elysee, creator of Is'nana: The Were-Spider, which is on Kickstarter now. Here's a summary of the book straight from the Kickstarter page: 
    A horror-fantasy, coming of age story, Is'nana the Were-Spider: Showtime (64 page one-shot) is the fourth release of an on-going series of graphic novels and one-shots. Is'nana the Were-Spider has won 7 Glyph Awards (2018 Fan Award, Rising Star Award, & Best Male Character Award; 2019 Best Male Character Award, 2019 Best Writer Award, & Story of the Year Award; 2020 Best Male Character Award).
    Accidentally breaking a barrier between our world and theirs (called THE MOTHER KINGDOM), Is'nana (the son of Anansi the Spider God of Stories) accepts the responsibility for releasing creatures of horror into our reality, villains who want nothing more but to cause chaos and mayhem to achieve their own diabolical or selfish goals. With guidance from his father, Is'nana not only strives to live up to his father's name but to also reach his own potential while he seeks to discover his individuality and place in the world.
    I absolutely love this series. Greg uses a collection of artists to do a one-character, one writer, anthology series. My good friend Walter Ostlie draws a several of the stories, and they are just all so great, and Greg is so great. We started our creator journey at around the same time, and it's amazing to watch how he's grown as a creator while I've grown at a creator. 
    This is why the people you come up with are so important to your career, because you've gone through the ringer together and come out stronger on the other side. I'm so grateful for our friendship, and love watching his success. 
    Listen to this episode if you want to learn: 
    How to work with multiple artists at the same time
    How to make a single character anthology book
    How to collaborate better 
    Why ideas are only the first step
    ...and much more. 
    If you want to check out Is'nana the Were-Spider for yourself, check out his Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/isnanashowtime/isnana-the-were-spider-showtime
    AND I also have a Kickstarter for my book Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, about a mental patient that escapes from an asylum and becomes a monster hunter during the Apocalypse, but doesn't know if he's killing monsters, humans, or its all in his head the whole time. You can check that one out at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russellnohelty/ichabod-jones-volume-1-2-a-lovecraftian-dark-fantasy-comic
    If you love this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Roman417 ,

INSPIRING

What makes a great podcast is not its theme or type of guest, but the host. It takes skill to be an empathatic interviewer to connect with the guest, the audience, and to take the conversation into the realm of emotional and intellectual stimulation while keeping us entertained. Russel Nohelty does all that and that's why this show inspires creativity.

AlysonELA ,

Great content!

I had a chance to book guests with Russell, Andre Filip and Carlos Musquez from ELA Advertising. Russell's content is great and he is a natural interviewer! Really enjoy the show.

Eric Dickmann ,

Great marketing advice for creatives!

As a creative himself, Russell shares his passion for writing as he helps other creatives on their entrepreneurial journey to find and build an audience for their works. With real world experience from multiple business ventures and as an author of best-selling books, Russell provides practical advice on how to grow and market a creative business.

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