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Each week Heather Parady talks with professional creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs to find out what it takes to make a living doing what you love and going the unconventional path.

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Each week Heather Parady talks with professional creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs to find out what it takes to make a living doing what you love and going the unconventional path.

    Hobbyist Creative to Professional | Michael Mueller

    Hobbyist Creative to Professional | Michael Mueller

    “Be true to your craft. Work on your craft. Put it out and the money will come.”
    A lot of people TALK about what they are going to create, very few follow through. What is the difference between dreaming of something and actually making it happen? Today we are talking with director, producer, and owner of  M3 Creative Michael Mueller about what it takes to go from hobbyist to pro in the creative space.
     
    TOPICS:
    Making yourself valuable in your industry  Networking & finding the right people for your team Staying hopeful in the grind of day to day stuff Difference between high performance and those who quit Cultivating the right energy and attracting the right people How to pick what creative idea to pursue  
    Connect with Michael: https://www.m3creative.net/
    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-creative-af-podcast/id1515796443
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EscobarWorldwide
     
    WHO IS MICHAEL?
    Michael “Mad Mike” Mueller- husband, father, and entrepreneur - has established himself as a trendsetter in the media industry. Originally from Bay View, a highly unique and creative area in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Southside, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the summer of 2000 and in 2002 ventured into managing several indie recording artists. This path led him to teach himself the skills he is most known for today, video production, photography, graphic design, and web development.
     
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    • 37 min
    Dangerous Choices in Performance | Joseph Pearlman

    Dangerous Choices in Performance | Joseph Pearlman

    “You cannot please and create at the same time.”
    Want to make bigger and bolder choices, but feel massive resistance when thinking about “putting yourself out there”? You know deep down that committed decisions and a more powerful resolve will cultivate a more dynamic energy in your work, but you are unsure how to get there.
    Today we are joined by one of LA’s top acting coaches, Joseph Pearlman, who teaches us why the “secret sauce” is committing to your unique personality and making dangerous choices.
    Connect with Joseph: https://www.josephpearlman.com/
     
    TOPICS:
    What is the difference between a choice and a dangerous choice? Honoring your personality and making things “your flavor” Dealing with criticism and standing up for yourself  
    WHO IS JOSEPH?
    Joseph Pearlman is a celebrity acting coach and owner of Pearlman Acting Academy (PAA). Voted “Best Acting Studio & Coach” in L.A., Joseph helps actors launch their careers faster, guarantee audition wins, win series leads before they go to casting, and reach award level performances on set. PAA offers the most advanced next-level scene study and on-camera audition technique training in the industry for celebrity actors to beginners. From Hollywood via Zoom to anywhere in the world. 
    Joseph collaborates with Amazon Studios weekly to help bring their film and TV performances to award-level. Joseph also coaches presenters for all the major award ceremonies, including the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, and Independent Spirit Awards.
    Some of Joseph's clients include: Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel, HBO, AMC, TED Talks, Iliza Shlesinger (NETFLIX, comedian), Sian Clifford (Emmy nominated for Fleabag), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones), Julian Sands, Alex MacNicoll (Transparent), Skylar Grey (5-time Grammy nominee), Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock), and many others.
     
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    • 32 min
    Make Your Art No Matter What | Beth Pickens

    Make Your Art No Matter What | Beth Pickens

    “Being willing to ask for things means you will get more.”
    Beth went to school to be a therapist but decided to go the unconventional path and create her own job title. She is passionate about fanning the flame within artists to “safeguard” their creative practice, grow their businesses...and make their art (no matter what)
    Connect with Beth: https://www.bethpickens.com/
    TOPICS:
    How do we know when we are ready to go “all in'' with our art? Safeguarding your creative practice (finding the time, etc) Going for the ask and building your creative business  
    WHO IS BETH?
    Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She is the author of Make Your Art No Matter What (Chronicle Books, 2021.) Her previous book is Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press, 2018).  Her pamphlets—Making Art During Fascism and On Artists and Hopelessness—were designed and distributed by the Feminist Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. Her popular podcast, Mind Your Practice, is widely available as is her subscription-based Homework Club. 
    Pickens earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. Since 2010, she’s provided career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for artists and arts organizations throughout the U.S. She team-teaches an entrepreneurship course at the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater and teaches workshops at universities, companies, and art spaces throughout the U.S.
     
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    • 27 min
    James Victore | Feck Perfuction

    James Victore | Feck Perfuction

    "Creativity is dangerous, baby."
    James is a creative with an opinion...a strong one. He wants you too, to share your opinion and “trust” your weirdness. He says that not only makes great art, but it serves your clients, your audience, and heck...the world too. Today we are going to rethink work and play...and Feck Perfuction.
    Connect with James: https://www.jamesvictore.com/
    TOPICS:
    Trusting your weirdness (that's what the market wants) How to UNBLOCK yourself from expressing your opinions Is there ever a time where perfection has a place in our work? WHO IS JAMES?
    Highly regarded for his provocative style, James Victore is a graphic designer, art educator, and dynamic high in-demand speaker on creativity. He lectures and teaches regularly around the globe, inspiring people to illuminate their individual gifts in order to achieve personal greatness.
    Described as “part Darth Vader, part Yoda,” James is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and it’s place in the world. As well as founding his own design studio in 1990, James taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 
    Victore’s posters have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and are in the permanent collections of the Palais du Louvre in Paris, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Design Museum in Zurich, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
     
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    • 34 min
    Dangerous Pause (Fidget Friday)

    Dangerous Pause (Fidget Friday)

    Wanna make bolder choices in your work? But constantly looking over your shoulder to see what the next guy is doing? Wondering what the "right" thing to do is? Let's talk about it.
     
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    • 7 min
    Cultivating an Environment to be Creative (Vlad Roskin)

    Cultivating an Environment to be Creative (Vlad Roskin)

    "We need people who have the courage to be unconventional."
    Our guest this week, Vlad Roskin, Spent ten years as an architect but felt unfulfilled. He decided to dig in deep, figure out how he wanted to serve the world, and landed on photography. Today we talk about taking time to understand who you really are, what lessons has he pulled from architecture that he uses in photography, and how we need to cultivate the right environments in order to be creative. Connect with Vlad: https://www.vladicroskin.com/ on IG @vladsgallery/
     
    TOPICS:
    How our environments influence us and the importance of ritual Cultivating curiosity in your environment Being present to really capture something  
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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162 Ratings

162 Ratings

Jason T, Johnson ,

Heather is a THOUGHT LEADER

No seriously...She literally ...leads with her thoughts! :-)
I love it. Heather says and talks about all the things I think. I feel like she is speaking directly to my soul.
I stepped up and got myself where I am today.... and Heather’s thought provoking episodes are helping me go forward to my next stop.... on this road trip of life!

THANK YOU!!!... Heather... for doing YOU.
(Don’t stop!)
Keep ....OWNIng YOUR SPACE! ;-)

MK Flav ,

Heather is amazing

Heather is so captivating and so inspiring this is my favorite podcast. Thank you so much for sharing with us you are amazing

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Conversations that make you think

Such a great show !

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