178 episodes

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!

The Spark File with Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 160 Ratings

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: Season 4 Finale!

    Creativity Sparks: Season 4 Finale!

    Holy Moly! Season 4 of The Spark File is coming to an end! In this episode, Susan + Laura reminisce on some of our favorite sparks from this season. .
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    And with a bonus spark inspired by Milwaukee Bucks player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who left us with this mini ted talk when asked if he believed this season was a failure because they didn’t win the playoffs. Just because you don’t win, do we count that as a fail?
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    Season 4 of The Spark File is wrapping up, but don’t worry - there are 178 episodes of The Spark File for you to binge! 

    • 29 min
    Creativity Sparks: From Good to Great

    Creativity Sparks: From Good to Great

    Ever wonder what's needed to take your creative project to the next level? Or wonder if maybe good is good enough? How do we know when to invest the additional time and energy it's going to take to go from Good to Great? If you're ready or when you're ready to level up your work, Susan and Laura discuss the difference between Good and Great, and some of the factors it takes to get there. Inspired by the book, Good to Great by Jim Collins, but seen through the lens of creativity.

    • 58 min
    Creativity Sparks: You Have a (true) Story to Tell

    Creativity Sparks: You Have a (true) Story to Tell

    Is there anything better than a well-crafted personal story told with humor, authenticity and heart? Even better if its a TRUE story, right? Well, the folks at The Moth have boiled the art of storytelling down to a science. In this week's episode, Laura and Susan share how sparked they are by The Moth and their book How To Tell a Story. We all have one - tune in to learn how to tell YOUR story!

    • 53 min
    Creativity Sparks: Processing Creative Conclusions and Milestones

    Creativity Sparks: Processing Creative Conclusions and Milestones

    Friends, trust us when we say it is valuable, meaningful, and potentially essential that you take the time to celebrate your creative wins - large and small! Join us this week as Susan and Laura discuss why it's so important that we take the time to acknowledge and reflect on the milestones and the conclusions, the hits and the misses. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Creativity Sparks: The Imperfect Perfectionist

    Creativity Sparks: The Imperfect Perfectionist

    Do you have a creative project that has never seen the light of day because you just don't think it's ready to share yet? Despite years of effort even? Do you have a creative project you've dreamt of making but you haven't even started yet? Because the thought of it not turning out great keeps you from even trying? 
    On this week's episode, Laura and Susan dig into the plight of the perfectionist.  Thanks to researchers and authors like Brene Brown, we might just have a chance to prevail - IF we can embrace our imperfections and (shocker!) maybe even learn to enjoy them!

    • 58 min
    Creativity Sparks: AI + Creativity

    Creativity Sparks: AI + Creativity

    Have you gotten into the AI craze yet? Have you asked Chat GPT to write your next marketing plan or promotional copy? Have you asked it to write lines of dialogue, jokes for a stand up routine or a synopsis for your pitch? Have you asked it to write your resume? This week, Susan and Laura dive into what AI might be great for,  where it's limitations are, and where it's headed. Do creatives have anything to worry about? Tune in to sort it all out.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

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A Creativity Treasure Trove!

This is the podcast that fills the creative’s cup. Whether you’re looking for new ideas, or honing your craft, or trying to take your creative career to a new space or level, the Spark File has the tools, insight, and inspiration you’re craving! Susan & Laura are dynamic hosts & coaches. Rejuvenate yourself and your art with this podcast!

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Great motivational hug

Every time I listen to this podcast, I feel like my motivation just got a big hug and a boost. They walk the perfect line of giving great thought-provoking insights, while not afraid to laugh. Well worth a listen when you need a pick-me-up.

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You. Yes you. YES, YOU! You need this!

Regardless of who you are or what you do, you will find something that you are looking for in this podcast. It is hilarious and thought-provoking and so, so needed during this strange and fast time. If you take a minute to give it a try, you’ll be a total Convert.

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