Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every week, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!
An Important Update
This is very difficult for me, but today I give a brief message for you all as to why I decided to slow down the pace of the podcast in a major way.
367: Your Art and The Beholder's Share (w/ Yana Zorina)
Yana Zorina, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist with a lifelong passion for the arts. In her scientific career, Yana has always been attracted to microscopy as a means to take a closer look at the beautiful structures that compose the mammalian brain.
In her microscopy-inspired artwork, she uses her neuroscientist training to accurately recreate scientific images into 3D-beaded renderings of cellular structures to bring the beauty of scientific research to a wider audience. In viewing beads as analogs of pixels observed on a screen, Yana turns microscopy on its head by transforming ultra-thin optical sections into 3D structures.
Beyond being passionate about the breathtaking beauty of microscopy images, Yana uses them to serve a greater purpose of communicating science to a wider audience and initiating conversations on difficult topics, such as neurological conditions.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/367
In this episode, Yana discusses: -How she got into both art and neuroscience.
-Her realization that she needed to bring art back into her life after many years of pursuing neuroscience and raising a family.
-Finding alone time both in art and science.
-Some of the resistances she faced of turning her art into a business.
-Having to be creative in terms of putting out content on social media when her projects take her several months to complete.
-Letting go of the fear of not being 100% scientifically accurate in her art.
-The Beholder’s Share.
-How art can be a bridge to communicate what is going on within the scientific community to those outside of it.
-Finding connection in the SciArt community.
-How she schedules her day and how she chooses which idea to move forward with.
Yana's Final Push will inspire you to go for your ideas no matter how “out there” they may seem!
Quotes: “I’d rather be dealing with test tubes than with people.”
“I became a wife, a mother, a scientist, and I had the sense that the true me was somehow missing.”
“I’m not ready to give up the pipette.”
“I enjoy the process of making my art. It is meditative and it is meticulous work that allows me to escape from daily life.”
“No matter how crazy you think your idea is, no matter how crazy it may seem at first, just go for it.”
Connect with Yana: Website / Etsy / Instagram / Patreon / Twitter
Join the discussion in the Facebook group!
366: The Pyramid, The Pool & Artists (w/ Martha Beck)
Martha Beck is an American sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker who specializes in helping individuals and groups achieve personal and professional goals.
Her books include Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, Finding Your own North Star, The Joy Diet, and Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening. She has also been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine since its inception in 2001.
Her newest project is a revolutionary writing workshop called Write into Light.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/366
In this episode, Martha discusses: -The Pyramid and the Pool and how the change to the oppressive societal structure will begin at the bottom and absorb the top.
-How the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement are catalysts for global change.
-Looking at your own suffering as a starting point in your art.
-Steering your life from nature rather than culture.
-The way in which you are serving the monster when you “hustle.”
-How we can trust our bodies to direct us towards our truth (not our minds).
-What we can learn from baboons.
-The power of relaxing.
-How finding your path through life is exactly like tracking an animal.
-How to get “The Secret” to actually work.
-How Jurassic Park changed her life.
Quotes: “Art is a power that spreads energy into the mass of the population.”
“Artistic expression is the most powerful mover of society.”
“The economy is the train track that society runs on. But art is the switchman. Art is the one that decides which track the train goes on.”
“The only thing more intelligent than the culture in your life is your nature.”
Links mentioned: The Pyramid and the Pool: Why things are better than they seem
Bewildered – The Productivity Addict
How to Plan Your Week [7 Scheduling Tips for Artists]
Boyd Varty’s Track Your Life Podcast
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Gathering Room
Connect with Martha: Website / Facebook / Vimeo / Twitter / Books
Join the discussion in the Facebook group!
365: Transparency and being true to your art (w/ Carla Grace)
Carla Grace is a self taught artist with a love for wildlife and beautiful, high quality art work. Born in South Africa, Carla has immigrated 5 times and currently lives in Australia. With a childhood that was dominantly based in Africa, she was able to experience wildlife in a way that has become the foundation of her vision: Where wildlife breathes through art.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/365
In this episode, Carla discusses: -How she was drawn to wildlife art.
-Her take on Tiger King and zoos in general.
-How she attempts to make a communication between the animals she paints and the viewer.
-Why she always starts with the eyes.
-How she balances motherhood with creating art.
-Why she doesn’t rely on “fixes” for energy or inspiration.
-Why she decided to create a tutorial on how to paint fur.
-Where she got the idea for her new series, The Uninvited.
-Including written narrative as an addition to each piece of her art.
-How she plans her next painting while working on her current one.
-Her top business tips for artists.
-The importance of being transparent with people.
-How commissions were detrimental to the direction she wanted to go in her art career.
Carla's Final Push will inspire you to take the reins and just do it!
Quotes: “People will give back to you when you give to them.”
“Be transparent because in today’s social world, people can see a fake straight away.”
“If people stop asking you for help, then you’ve got a problem.”
“I was burning out a lot faster because I wasn’t doing something that was true to who I was.”
“Just take a little step every day and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.”
Links mentioned: Carla's Guide to Painting Realistic Fur
Connect with Carla: Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube
On the next episode: Martha Beck : Website / Facebook
Join the discussion in the Facebook group!
364: Be a deliberate amateur artist (w/ Jonny Bloozit)
Jonny Bloozit is a post-apocalyptic landscape cartoonist who believes in the value of being a deliberate amateur so that you don’t lose the joy of making art.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/364
In this episode, Jonny discusses: -How he lost his joy for music.
-What brought him back to drawing.
-His opinion that you don’t have to be a professional to be an artist.
-How society equates successful art to money.
-Why you shouldn’t put too much emotion in gaining followers.
-Why you should try getting up early in the morning to do your art (and some tips on how to do it).
-What he does when he lacks motivation.
-Identifying himself by what he does for fun rather than what he does for money.
-How he honed in on his style of “post-apocalyptic landscape cartooning.”
-The beauty that exists in things that are deteriorating or falling apart.
-Being analytical about his learning process.
-Watercoloring his ink drawings.
-The value of critique groups.
-The importance of learning the rules of art.
Jonny’s Final Push will encourage you to never let anyone else steal your joy for making art!
Quotes: “I went back to drawing again and it was like seeing an old friend.”
“Being a deliberate amateur is also a noble path, so don’t let anybody make you feel bad for doing that.”
“You never really look at something the way you look at it when you have to draw it.”
“If the breadth of what I was trying to do was too broad, I wouldn’t get enough depth.”
“Your own style is going to come out whether you like it or not. Just concentrate on the fundamentals and the style will take care of itself.”
Links mentioned: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney
Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis
Perspective! for Comic Book Artists by David Chelsea
Connect with Jonny: Website
On the next episode: Carla Grace : Website / Instagram
Fear Stretching (Best of YCP: Stephen)
Stephen is a singer/songwriter who has just released his first album, “Sincerely.” In his own words: “My album is a story of triumph, of letting go of all the uncertainty in my head and learning to walk the path of my own heart. “Sincerely” is about realizing how much better this world would be if we all loved ourselves, if we weren’t afraid of being vulnerable and honest. It doesn’t matter who’s president or what technology we invent or what extremists we destroy, the only thing I know is this: There will never be peace if we do not all love ourselves.”
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/bestof15
In this episode, Stephen discusses: -A bit about his background and how he came to find himself in Los Angeles.
-How he was the first student of the music school at the University of Miami who also played a Division 1 sport.
-The promise he made to himself at a young age that he would only pursue the things he was passionate about.
-How it’s not like doing work, when you are spending time working on things that you love. It’s like you get to play.
-The journey that his song “Bullet Train” took him on and the fact that he almost didn’t release it.
-How he only started singing three years before the release of this, his first album.
-How you need to think with the heart more than the head, because the head will give you countless excuses why you shouldn’t do something for the sake of self-preservation.
-A game he plays with his friend called “Fear Stretching.”
-How we are so scared of offending people or not being accepted that we live in a shell, and the more we practice stretching out our fears, the more quickly we can advance to better versions of ourselves.
-The fact that rejection is often times empowering because you can just be yourself without having to worry about other people’s approval.
-The tremendous role that his management team at Th3rd Brain has played on his career so far.
-The message of his album Sincerely — a call to action to make a difference as well as the self-discovery that happened in his life.
-How we distract ourselves with things like The Kardashians because we are afraid of what we are going to find if we look in the mirror too long.
-His music videos for “Crossfire” and “Start a Fire.”
-How he has many resistances, but the main one is self-doubt.
Stephen’s Final Push will inspire you to DANCE AROUND WITH THE TAMBOURINE! Quotes: “Something that has really done a lot of good for me is a promise I made to myself when I was really young that I would really only try to do the things that I really wanted to do.”
“Talent is just intense passion discovered at an early age.”
“When you put a lot of time into something that you really love, it’s not work. It’s like you’re having fun. You’re playing with it.”
“I think it was a massive amount of insecurity. I never imagined myself being a singer. I never even sang in the shower.”
“If I would ever sing along to a song, I would put on a joking singing voice, because I was scared that people would laugh at my singing voice, like my true expression.”
“You’ve just gotta put yourself out there. It’s less a confidence and moreso a carelessness.”
“The worst that can happen is not nearly as bad as you think.”
“It’s the “no’s” that help us grow because we realize that the consequence of being rejected is nothing. In fact, the consequence of being rejected a lot of the times is empowerment because you feel more free. You feel like you don’t need other people’s approval to be yourself.”
“The things that we’re supposed to do that are going to help us the most are the things that we resist doing the most.
Links mentioned: “Sincerely” on iTunes / Soundcloud
“Crossfire” by Stephen Official Music Video
“Bullet Train” by
This is truly a gem of a podcast. Informative, inspirational, and gets to the meat of the topic at hand. My major issue with podcasts (and why I rarely listen to them) is hosts have this tendency to chit chat about off topics issues and go off on these long random tangents. It’s fine once and a while, but if I find myself having to fast forward or listen at x1.5 the speed then it takes away from the experience. This podcast allows you to listen in on truly engaging conversations. A huge thank you to Youngman Brown for being this to life!
Great show that is well produced, clear and inspiring! Thank you.
Love this podcast!
My friend Ruby has been nudging me to listen to YCP for over a year, and a few weeks ago I finally listened to the first episode. I love the podcast! I've always had trouble listening to podcasts because I'm primarily a visual learner, but this is the perfect podcast to listen to as you don't have to be fully-present every second to gain something from it. There are so many jewels packed into each episode! I have been listening to the show as I make art and it's the perfect companion. Thank you YB for creating a show that inspires me as a practicing artist--it's always great to hear about the process/experinece/lives of other artists...an important part of a thriving practice!