46 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 • 52 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.

    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 TonyTost (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
    Emile Mosseri (Minari, Kajillionaire) on the creative journey to becoming a composer

    Emile Mosseri (Minari, Kajillionaire) on the creative journey to becoming a composer

    Oscar-nominated composer Emile Mosseri speaks about the devastating beauty of Minari, his journey to becoming a composer, and the tension of working toward someone else's creative vision versus his own.

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    • 29 min
    Duncan Sheik on grappling with artistic identity in the face of success

    Duncan Sheik on grappling with artistic identity in the face of success

    From his multi-Tony Award musical Spring Awakening to penning hit singles like "Barely Breathing", Duncan Sheik has experienced considerable success on multiple fronts as a songwriter. However, he says nothing is more important than making art that is, first and foremost, interesting to him. The marketplace will make its demands, but that all-too-often comes at a cost to the artist. On this episode of The Resistance, Duncan Sheik speaks about grappling with his identity as an artist in the face of it all.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 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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