16 episodes

What does it mean to be creative in a world that seems obsessed with conformity? Through interviews with creatives from every field, the Language of Creativity Podcast aims to discover the connection between art and living as seen through the eyes of the artist.

Come take a journey with us as we explore the inner lives of musicians, photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers, educators, stunt performers, chefs, engineers, cinematographers, architects, choreographers, and the people who stand beside them in their quest toward greatness. Hear in their own words, what it is that propels them forward in their creative lives. It is through the very language of these artists that we will learn from the pitfalls and discover the fulfillment that comes from living out creativity in daily life. From their stories we hope to uncover the secrets that can help us navigate our own lives as we seek to engage the world through creativity and divergent thinking. If we look deep inside, we are all creatives at heart.

The Language of Creativity Podcast Steven Leavitt

    • Arts
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What does it mean to be creative in a world that seems obsessed with conformity? Through interviews with creatives from every field, the Language of Creativity Podcast aims to discover the connection between art and living as seen through the eyes of the artist.

Come take a journey with us as we explore the inner lives of musicians, photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers, educators, stunt performers, chefs, engineers, cinematographers, architects, choreographers, and the people who stand beside them in their quest toward greatness. Hear in their own words, what it is that propels them forward in their creative lives. It is through the very language of these artists that we will learn from the pitfalls and discover the fulfillment that comes from living out creativity in daily life. From their stories we hope to uncover the secrets that can help us navigate our own lives as we seek to engage the world through creativity and divergent thinking. If we look deep inside, we are all creatives at heart.

    What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? – Terese Anthony (Career Counselor) Ep.13

    What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? – Terese Anthony (Career Counselor) Ep.13

    What does it mean to find meaningful work? How do we decide what path our lives will take without letting life dictate our path to us? Today we talk about something most adults will spend most of their lives doing: work.
     
    Terese Anthony is a college career counselor who also happens to be a world-traveled modern-day renaissance woman. From bullfighting in Costa Rica to bartending to getting chased by sharks in Hawaii (spoiler alert!) to an PhD program with an aim at working for the United Nations. Acknowledging her love for helping people, Therese went back to school while raising two children that led her to her current path. But is this the her final stop? She is also a hobbyist photographer with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
     
    As Terese and Steven discuss their lives’ work so far, we get to hear stories of the best laid plans of mice, lemons out of lemonade, leaps of faith, doing what you love, being on a tiny bus with a flat tire surrounded by a pride of lions, what motivated her to leave her humdrum marketing gig to gain something more than the money. 
     
    We geek out about personality types, and learn how each of us can use the RIASEC test to find our strengths, core values and competencies to make sure we’re fulfilling our best selves in work and in life. As fellow ENFPs, creatives, and entrepreneurs with a drive to succeed, Steve and Terese grapple with how to utilize their strengths, overcome life’s practicalities and challenges, and achieve balance with life and work’s desires and needs. 
     
    PS. Steve guessed his Holland Code wrong in the episode, he is actually AIS (Artistic Investigative Social), the same as Terese’s top three (SAI)!
     
    To reach out to Therese, contact myhappyworklife@gmail.com
     
    Steven Leavitt (host) – https://stevenleavitt.com/
    I Create Sound – https://icreatesound.com/
     
    Terese Anthony: myhappyworklife@gmail.com
     
    Additional music: 
    Nothing Wrong (by Lobate Scarp) https://www.lobatescarp.com/
    After Quarantine (by The Oceanographers) https://www.theoceanographers.com/
    guitar improvisation (by Josh Dobrowner)
     
    Onet Online: https://www.onetonline.org/
    Costa Rican bullfighting: https://theculturetrip.com/central-america/costa-rica/articles/a-brief-introduction-to-costa-ricas-tico-style-bullfighting/
    Pepperdine: https://www.pepperdine.edu/ 
    Hawaii Pacific University: https://www.hpu.edu/
    United Nations: https://unjobs.org/
    Giriama People: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giriama_people
    Youth At Risk: https://nyunlockingfutures.org
    Myers Briggs: https://www.16personalities.com/enfp-personality
    Career Development and Advisement: https://www.careerkey.org/
    Holland Code/RIASEC Test: https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/RIASEC
    About the RIASEC test: https://www.123test.com/holland-codes-career-tests/
    Daniel Pink: https://www.danpink.com/
    A Whole New Mind: https://www.danpink.com/whole-new-mind/
     
    Understanding The RIASEC
    Realistic: practical, physical, concrete, hands-on, machine, and tool-oriented
    Investigative: analytical, intellectual, scientific, explorative, thinker
    Artistic: creative, original, independent, chaotic, inventive, media, graphics, and text
    Social: cooperative, supporting, helping, healing/nurturing, teaching
    Enterprising: competitive environments, leadership, persuading, status
    Conventional: detail-oriented, organizing, clerical
    Tags: careers, colleges, anthropology, sociology, Denmark, career counseling, type-1 diabetic, United Nations, polymath, parenthood, grad-school, Hawaii, sharks, safari, travel, Costa Rica, Antarctica, photography, marketing, personality types, ENFP, artistic, polymath, travel, drumming, Kenya, Hawaii, idealism, motivation, Epcot Center, Chile, Antarctica, nonprofits, parenthood, happiness, work, time, reflection, maternity leave, career research, core values, worklifebalance, grad school, phd, working backwards, advisor, vibe, in

    • 1 hr 55 min
    BONUS! Discovering The Artist's Way – Monica Berning (Listener)

    BONUS! Discovering The Artist's Way – Monica Berning (Listener)

    A first for us, listener-feedback episode!When I called Monica, she had just lost her job (that she hated). WOO HOO!!! (That part we hadn't hit record for).We talk about my ideas for the bigger picture of the podcast as well as a little about her new foray into the amazing book The Artist's Way.
    Guest: Monica Berning (monica.berning@zohomail.com)Host: Steven Leavitt (icreatesound.com)The online podcast community where we met:https://theliturgists.com/Many many more main episodes to come soon!If you haven't, go check out Episode 1- Naming the Podcastand of course, share, subscribe and review!

    • 48 min
    BONUS! The Playing Room – Caleb (First Grader)

    BONUS! The Playing Room – Caleb (First Grader)

    In this very special Bonus Episode, Steve and his son Caleb talk about a very important topic - PLAYING!

    • 24 min
    Unfiltered – Steven Leavitt (Host)

    Unfiltered – Steven Leavitt (Host)

    Steve just hits publish! In this (very first) solo episode Steve reflects on the inner-work of the past 6 months.
    Keywords: #thefuture #lettinggo #thebeach #clearing #covid #quarantine #movement #struggle #slowingdown #sadness #overwhelm #innerwork #authenticity

    • 11 min
    The Ocean – Justin Miyamoto (The Oceanographers) Ep.12

    The Ocean – Justin Miyamoto (The Oceanographers) Ep.12

    Justin Miyamoto explores concepts like the ocean, space and time-travel to convey the human experience of love, joy and struggle through songwriting as a form of journaling. The Oceanographers’ musical style mirrors the tides of Hawaii as Justin and Steve muse about the similarities between water and the inner world of emotions.
     
    Originally from Southern California, he moved to Hawaii to find like minded creatives and make music and to be closer to family. When he got there, he was surprised to find his own experiences in his new home woven throughout the narrative of lyrics he’d written while in LA, finalizing the album with a beautiful song inspired by his new home.  “It makes me want to create art that has a purpose that really transcends our everyday existence into something better.”
     
    Justin and Steve discuss how personality types influence creativity, balancing lofty metaphors while staying relatable to your audience, and graphic design. How do two people collaborate while 2500 miles apart? How do you know if you are on the right course with a creative project? In this episode of the podcast, you’ll hear two long term friends grapple with personal and creative growth while experiencing the expressive music of Justin and the Oceanographers.
     
    Featured Music:
    Questions - The Oceanographers LP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h39OBIfTkjU
    Submarine - (From The Submarine EP)
    Swept Away - The Oceanographers LP
    Hawaii - (Live)/The Oceanographers LP
    Tribal Song - The Oceanographers LP
    Back In Time - (Live)
     
    Guest: Justin Miyamoto
    Websites: https://www.theoceanographers.com/ https://www.orchestrateddesign.co/
    Submarine - The Oceanographers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSmO6B6t4ZY
    Instagram: @theoceanographers, @justinmiyamoto @orchestrateddesign
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theoceanographersmusic
    New Song! (Co-produced by Steven Leavitt and I Create Sound): "After Quarantine"https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/theoceanographers/after-quarantine-2
    Host: Steven Leavitt
    To connect with Steven about the Artist Advisement Session Justin spoke about, fill out the contact form at https://www.icreatesound.com/ 
    Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/
    Tags: Creativity, Water, Emotion, Hawaii, Ocean, Space, Time-Travel, Myers-Briggs, Personality Types, ENFP, Design, Music Videos, Independent Musician, Hilo, Santa Clarita, California, Southern California, Morality, Ethics, Journaling, Personal Growth, Lyrics, Songwriting, Religion, Nature, Faith, Spirituality, Musician, Oceanography, Love, Grief, Inspiration, Astrology, Water Sign, Water, Emotional Language, Moon, Tides, Sensitivity

    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Times They Are a Changin – Toni Koch (Artist Promotions) Ep.11

    The Times They Are a Changin – Toni Koch (Artist Promotions) Ep.11

    Toni Koch is an Independent Artist Promoter from Phoenix, Arizona. Toni found her tribe in the late 70s and early 80s movement when folk was overtaken by disco. A songwriter first, Toni began working at record stores like Zia Records and Tower Records and soon began to DJ in local clubs. Then local area promoter Danny Zelisko gave her a shot at doing something new: forming a street-team to promote national artists who were touring through Arizona in exchange for free LPs!
    Very much a part of the counterculture and not very at home in a dress, Toni couldn’t believe that the executives would send cases of Barbara Streisand and only two copies of U2. 1983-84 was some of the very first signs of the Indie music ethos coming to the streets.
    Her work allowed her to experience some of the earliest days of phenoms like Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Tori Amos, and when a fiery young independent Australian artist name Gilli Moon came to America to find a break, Toni was able to get her an opening spot for Simple Minds at the Celebrity Theater.
    Gilli would go on to found Warrior Girl Music and the independent songwriter association SongsAlive! and the two moved to Los Angeles where Toni stayed for 11 years until her recent return home to Phoenix.
    Toni says “My whole life has been about adjusting to the need of changes.” In this episode we dive a little into the spiritual perspective, seeing through the underlying symbolism of life and her belief that ultimately “it’s not about the money.” We also talk about the dominance of Clear Channel radio and all the changes that brought, as well as delving into questions about how an artist can take-in professional feedback while still staying true to themselves.
    Her best advice to young artists is “Whatever anybody else has told you to be, get over it and be who you are.”
    This episode is brought to you by I Create Sound. With just a single call, we can help you sound your very best! Arizona Songwriters members get special pricing on the first 5 sessions by mentioning the offer in this show.
    Featured Art:
    Dark Side (written by Toni Koch and Joy Neumann, performed by Toni Koch)
    Million Dollar Noise (written and performed by Toni Koch)
     
    Guest: Toni Koch
    Website: https://www.creativemusehour.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tkpromotalentgroup/
     
    Host: Steven Leavitt
    Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/
    Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/
     
    Additional music: Nothing Wrong (by Lobate Scarp)
     
    Resources and references mentioned in today’s podcast:
    Danny Zelisko - https://www.dannyzeliskopresents.com/
    Arizona Songwriters Association (Jon Iger) - http://www.azsongwriters.org/
    John and JoAnn Braheny - http://johnbraheny.com/
    Shannon Hurley - http://shannonhurley.com/
    Lovers And Poets - https://loversandpoets.com/
     
    Marcia Reynolds - https://outsmartyourbrain.com/
    “Coach The Person, Not The Problem” (book, formerly titled Reflective Inquiry)
    https://www.amazon.com/Coach-Person-Not-Problem-Transformation-ebook/dp/B01LZB74MD
     
    Colon Darrel Harrison - https://majorlabelmusic.com/
    Toni Koch and Carl Percival - http://creativemusehour.com
     
    Gilli Moon - http://www.gillimoon.com/Gill Moon, “Be” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d313R776GcY
    Songs Alive - https://www.songsalive.org/
    SongNET - http://www.thesongnet.org/
     
    https://concertsinyourhome.org/
    Stephen Bannon (the one you like!) - http://karmicwheelofsound.com/

    Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe!

    Tags: music, indie music, promotion, Don't Call Us Tori, record stores, vinyl, disco, folk, Amy Clarke, Derek Horne, TRL (Total Request Live!), songwriter, performer, artists, mentor, coach, Wayne Dyer, predicting earthquakes, astrology, numerology, reflective inquiry, change, DIY, napster
     

    • 1 hr 18 min

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Arend Anton ,

Always insightful and inspiring

Steven Leavitt’s podcast is very aptly titled. If ever there was something universally understandable, it would be creativity. And yet, creativity remains something that is so frustratingly difficult to pin down.

I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but this series has, for me, become something to look forward to. It understands that there’s no single path to artistic truth, but through its conversations it is always searching for a foothold nonetheless.

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