Your one stop shop for creative ideas and inspiration. Each week on The Spark File podcast, Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien reach into their spark files and share stories, ideas and fascinations to ignite your imagination. Obsessed with creativity, Blackwell and Camien also talk with artists and makers, movers and shakers who have taken the spark of inspiration and fanned it into a flame. Hear from inspiring creatives like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Groff, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Zachary Quinto, Leslie Odom Jr, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Billy Eichner, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Karen Olivo, Sutton Foster, Michael R. Jackson and many more about their passions and their failures, their inspirations and their aspirations. Refill your creative fish pond with new ideas and fresh perspectives. Listen, then take it and make it!
Creativity Sparks: Champions of Breakfast + The Feedback Process
This week, Laura and Susan take a deep dive into the fascinating tale of betrayal, corporate espionage, and family feuds that resulted in the world's most famous breakfast cereals, and how the feedback process can work in service and support of the artist to the benefit of all.
Makers: Sir Richard Eyre: The Opposite of Schadenfreude, Yeats, and a Career in the Arts
This week, Susan and Laura have a bloody delightful time talking with Sir Richard Eyre, whose creative work has spanned all manner of Arts -- directing theatre, film, television and opera, as well as writing books and plays. His insight from decades of experience is both practical and inspirational, and at 75, he is far from finished!
Creativity Sparks: Making Art Out of Art + Reflections On a Moment
This week, Susan and Laura offer up two new sparks of creativity - the many ways we can be sparked to make art out of art, plus, a myriad reflections on the tumultuous past few weeks, and how reflecting might just put us on the path to healing. Tune in, get inspired, and then take it and make it!
Makers: Susan Stroman: Fill Up With the Art of It All
This week, the incomparable Susan Stroman sits down to share it all with Susan and Laura, including lessons learned from the lockdown, insights from her 5x Tony Award Winning career, as well as what it's all for. Spoiler Alert: the answer is love.
Creativity Sparks: The Upper Limit Problem + The Storytelling Secrets of David Sedaris
This week on The Spark File, Susan and Laura explore how an Upper Limit Problem (as defined in The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks) might be keeping you from pursuing or completing your creative goals; AND file under "Insight from The Greats"-- storytelling secrets gleaned from the David Sedaris masterclass.
Makers: Emily Fletcher: From Broadway to Ziva Meditation + Getting Better at Life
This week, Broadway performer turned meditation and mindfulness expert, Emily Fletcher gives us all the details on how learning to meditate makes us better at life. The mastermind behind Ziva Meditation, Emily has our mental support covered -- now including Ziva Kids!
In the doldrums?
Laura Camien and Susan Blackwell will inject you with some creative positivity whether you like it or not. Their humor and generosity are infectious and they have terrific conversations with very interesting people.
A necessary listen
If you are a creative type of any kind you must list to the Spark File. Susan and Laura are the most inspiring and both know exactly how to have inspiring conversations. Whenever I feel depleted of creativity I put on the spark file and immediately feel like I can be creative. I am grateful every day for this podcast.
Listening to The Spark File often feels like getting advice and support from your two fairy godmothers. Susan and Laura find the most interesting and inspiring topics to discuss—as well as fantastic guests from the world of Broadway and far beyond. I always get excited when I see I have a new episode to listen to!