48 episodes

There's a force at work that keeps you from being you. We feel it, too. It's the reason we avoid making the call, the reason we put off the diet. It's why we've done nothing about that entrepreneurial idea, that creative endeavor, that new relationship. In his book The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield defines this universal force as Resistance. Welcome to The Resistance, a new podcast featuring honest interviews with creative persons about this force and the forms it takes.

The Resistance Matt Conner

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 53 Ratings

There's a force at work that keeps you from being you. We feel it, too. It's the reason we avoid making the call, the reason we put off the diet. It's why we've done nothing about that entrepreneurial idea, that creative endeavor, that new relationship. In his book The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield defines this universal force as Resistance. Welcome to The Resistance, a new podcast featuring honest interviews with creative persons about this force and the forms it takes.

    Acclaimed vocalist Liz Vice on facing death and taking risks

    Acclaimed vocalist Liz Vice on facing death and taking risks

    As a teenager, acclaimed vocalist Liz Vice lived with a severe autoimmune disease that could have killed her. On this episode, Liz tells us about the creative fears that still have a hold on her, even as her gospel/R&B fusion has made her an NPR darling and given her a considerable platform.
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    • 40 min
    Broadway star Joshua Henry on listening to the right voices

    Broadway star Joshua Henry on listening to the right voices

    Joshua Henry, fresh off his appearance in the film Tick, Tick...Boom!, is a three-time Tony nominee known for his work in Carousel, The Scottsboro Boys, Hamilton, and Waitress who also recently released his debut album, Grow. The secret to so much success? Henry says he tries to listen to "the voice before the voice" as a daily practice. Check out our latest conversation on The Resistance.
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    • 27 min
    Villagers (Conor O'Brien) tries to avoid the "algorithm blues"

    Villagers (Conor O'Brien) tries to avoid the "algorithm blues"

    Conor O'Brien is trying his best to avoid "the algorithm blues." As the songwriter and central figure in the Mercury Prize nominated band Villagers, Conor knows a thing or two about the wrestling required with and the shadow side of social media. As a recording artist, there's an inherent need to stay in front of listeners—to create content, to stay connected, to fan the flames of fandom. As an actual person, however, it's not the healthiest way to spend one's time. 
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    • 27 min
    Screenwriter Tony Tost on his uncommon path toward a career in the arts

    Screenwriter Tony Tost on his uncommon path toward a career in the arts

    On this episode of The Resistance, screenwriter Tony Tost (Longmire, Damnation, The Terror) describes the (lack of) mental issues with writing in his career and why he believes that to be the case. He also opens up about his uncommon path toward a career in the arts and how that's given him such a different perspective on creativity and fear.
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    • 45 min
    Josh Radnor on creative lessons learned from a career in the arts

    Josh Radnor on creative lessons learned from a career in the arts

    Josh Radnor has found success on the screen and stage and, most recently, as a songwriter, but despite his experience and expansive platform, he still wrestles with the same basic fears, voices, and pressures that plagued him when he was first starting out. We recently spoke with Josh to hear more about his creative drive and the lessons learned in a career in the arts.
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    • 34 min
    Acclaimed author Natashia Deón on self-care in a demanding world

    Acclaimed author Natashia Deón on self-care in a demanding world

    Natashia Deón wears many, many creative hats, including that of acclaimed author (for her celebrated novel, Grace). On this episode of The Resistance, Natashia speaks openly about the power of her faith to fuel her activities and what she’s learned about balance and self-care in the midst of so many demands.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Mystery Fall ,

I Can’t Resist This Podcast!

Even when I have no clue who is being interviewed I end up not only learning about them but about myself as well. This has much to do with Matt Connor’s hosting ability. He knows how to as a great question (notice how many of those being interviewed agree) and even more importantly he can really follow up with and impromptu question that unearths insights that even the guests appreciate. Podcasters could learn loads from Matt’s master class each episode!

cliffritcheyart ,

Dangerously inspiring

A beautiful well crafted real conversation with great artist. So vulnerable and dangerously inspiring... Thank you for good studio quality sound!

Lindsay Sews ,

Real Conversations with Inspiring Artists

Each episode I’ve listened to helps me connect with the artist, but also my own inner thought life. It’s like a self-help podcast for artists. Really thoughtful questions and answers—definitely worth a listen!

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