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Today marks the 13th anniversary of the tragedy of the world Trade Center. This episode we take a short moment to reflect on that day. We will be back to our regularly scheduled program next week.


  • Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. – Og Mandino

Art Heals, It’s Just That Simple

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It’s a good exercise to take a moment out of our crazy lives and acknowledge all of the people, places, situations, and experiences that have helped us along the way. What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you were grateful for today? It’s important to note that most people don’t choose to be thankless or unappreciative. Often an unapologetic drive to be successful, complete a task or live a better life means sometimes “living in the now” or remembering those that have helped us is overlooked. It takes practice to live in the now, and time to stop and be thankful for everything – the good or the bad. Doing so can be a golden key to a better career and further your journey as an artist or creative person.


  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie
  • Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. – Henry Ward Beecher 
  • What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you were grateful for today?

Leonard Bernstein’s Moving Letter of Gratitude to His Mentor
The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy
A Practical Guild to GratitudeLetters to a Young Artist

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Art Therapy is not just something that happens in clinical settings, art therapy can be exercised in the privacy of our own homes. It can help work through trauma, loss and as a tool for stress reduction, however, it can also be utilized to express joy, create a memory and/or memorialize something special. Creativity is cathartic and can be used by everyone, at any time!


  • “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change this world.” – Robin Williams [Dead Poets Society]
  • “Art is to console those who are broken by life.” – Vincent van Gogh
  • Creativity brings hope when we are broken. – Aunia Kahn

The Ten Coolest Art Therapy Interventions
Art Verses Illness

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Mentorships can be an important asset to personal developmental whether it’s career driven or more personal. Working directly with a person that is more experienced or more knowledgeable than you are can open doors, help nurture of new ideas and advancements, keep you from costly mistakes and you could even build a life long friendship.


  • “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato
  • “Remind yourself that a mentor’s time is not free. The actual time they spend with you is worth money, and the years of advice or area of expertise they are helping you with required significant investment on their part” – Inc.
  • “It was my teacher’s genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me. She realized that a child’s  mind is like a shallow brook which ripples and dances merrily over the stony course of its education and reflects here a flower, there a bush, yonder a fleecy cloud; and she attempted to guide my mind on its way, knowing that like a brook it should be fed by mountain streams and hidden springs, until it broadened out into a deep river, capable of reflecting in its placid surface, billowy hills, the luminous shadows of trees and the blue heavens, as well as the sweet face of a little flower. Any teacher can take a child to the classroom, but not every teacher can make him learn. He will not work joyously unless he feels that liberty is his, whether he is busy or at rest; he must feel the flush of victory and the heart-sinking of disappointment before he takes with a will the tasks distasteful to him and resolves to dance his way bravely through a dull routine of textbooks. My teacher is so near to me that I scarcely think of myself apart from her. How much of my delight in all beautiful things is innate, and how much is due to her influence, I can never tell. I feel that her being is inseparable from my own, and that the footsteps of my life are in hers. All the best of me belongs to her–there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.” – Helen Keller


Episode #3: Criticism VS Constructive Criticism
Why Successful People Do Not Want To Mentor You

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Visual Journaling (Art Journaling/Creative Journaling/Art Diary) has been around for years and is an activity that can help us be more creative, aid in working through issues or promote happiness by having a fun and expressing ourselves. Visual journaling is often rooted in art therapy to work through trauma, loss and as a tool for stress reduction, however, it can also be utilized to express joy, create a memory and/or memorialize something special. Creativity is cathartic.


  • “Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” ~Duane Hanson 
  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~G.B. Shaw 

Psychology Today: 10 Visual Journaling 
Strathmore Visual Journals


Journals by: Pam Carriker and by Lou Ann

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When following our dreams and finally achieving them we often find that they are not exactly the way we envisioned them, however that is life! In this episode we take a journey with host Aunia Kahn as she talks achieving a specific dream, the challenges and what we need to do when we feel stuck or in a place of transition within our own dreams.


  • If I can inspire people by showing that following a dream by working hard and being determined is possible, it’s amazing. – Leona Lewis

10 Things That Will Happen When You Start Pursuing Your Dreams

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One of the most coveted experiences by artists is securing a solo exhibition. There is a lot that goes into this aspect of an artists career, but we got you covered! In this episode, we provide useful information and direction to any artist interested in pursuing a solo exhibition of their dreams.


  • Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection. Kim Collins 

C&I Episode 7: Getting You Art Into Art Galleries
C&I Episode 4: Why You Need A Professional Portfolio & Website


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Con artists are everywhere and in every industry. One of the greatest atrocities of the world are people who feed on others vulnerabilities and naivety with deception and lies. In this episode, I share a couple personal stories of con artists I have encountered, while also providing you with resources to help you avoid being a victim of a scam.


  • The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away. – Walter Kirn
  • And I think it’s because good cons are all based on the victim’s need, and the successful con artist is the one, I guess, who can exploit that. I remember reading something about this, that one of the great traits of confidence tricksters is the level that they flatter their victim. – Alfred Molina

Known Art Scammers Names & Email List
Known Scammers / Art Related Email Scams
Art Scams: Tips to Protect Yourself
How Stuff Works: How Con Artists Work
Jim Carrey Commencement Speech


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In Episode 18 we have our second installation of advice from 30 artists, galleries owners, magazine editors, authors, creative business owners, etc answering this question: “If you could give one bit of advice to an artist just starting out what would that be?” This is part 2 of 3. Find the first installation: Episode 8 (1 of 3)



1. Put miles on the brush…or pencil. – Suzy Smith

2. Don’t put your focus on sales. Focus instead on finding yourself, finding your medium, finding your motivation and drive. Once you have a portfolio you are proud of, start showing it off. – Archer May Dougherty

3. Not everything you make is a Grandslam. Sometimes you strike out but see each piece leading to the other and so forth. It is a constant practice and learning experience. – Matthew F. Dougherty

4. Contracts are your friends. – Emily J Moore

5. Read dali’s book. 50 secrets of magic craftsmanship, published 1948. Memorize them all!! – Norm Goodwin

6. Curb the ego and work. – Jeremy Cross

7. Don’t be scared to try something new. – Alecia House

8. Compete with yourself and no one else. Don’t try to be anyone else because you can’t. Do the work you love because often that’s the only reason you’ll be doing it. Be generous with what you learn. Be happy when other artists succeed, more art means more possibilities. Every rejection is a step closer to finding success. Find out what recharges you and remember to do that even when you’re on deadline. Discover what you love about making art and remind yourself regularly. Draw or paint even if you don’t feel like it, inspiration will come. – Steve Cleff

9. As someone who only picked up pencils a year ago – Draw draw draw! Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration. Draw some more. Ask your friends for honest feedback. Draw more and find your own style. Try heaps of different mediums until you find one that suits your style. Don’t give up it takes time to get good at anything. Did I mention draw more?  – Jo Jette

10. Know why you make art–even if you don’t understand it intellectually and you can’t explain it to other people (or even yourself) Know it in your soul, feel it, focus on it and follow it. – Heather Watts

11. It has to be the art you love. Don’t second guess ‘what art is selling these days’. Find a way to combine all your passions (non-art too) into your art. The passion is tangible and is at least half the reason people will respond to your artwork. – Derek Gores

12. Get a non-refundable deposit of half upfront on commissions. – Christina M. Anderson

13. Never give up. – Wanda Ragsdale

14. Many artists find joy in creating whenever they get the free spirited notion or an inspiring idea. But when you are commissioned to create for a buyer or required to produce a specific number of pieces for a showcase/project by a certain date, art can be tedious. You cannot reach your highest heights by only being capable of creating “whenever I’m in the mood” art. You must prepare yourself for “on demand” art as well. – Zeus Luby

15. (a) Experimentation will have breakdowns, but can evoke some awesome breakthroughs. It’s ok to borrow techniques from others, but don’t limit yourself from standing out from the rest. Then people can borrow and learn from you. – Adam Layne

16. (b) Don’t limit your exposure to just posting art on social networking sites. There are many people who still get their foot in the door from face-to-face meetings, emails, snail mails, submitting to art shows and publications, and supporting other artists’ exhibitions who in turn will become your fans right back when you have a show. Creation is only part of the equation. Having a diverse action plan to get all sorts of eyes on your work will open the door for many more opportunities. – Adam Layne

17. Don’t do your work with sales in mind, do what feels right to you for you. A gift of art far outweighs bought art. Question yourself as to WHY you are creating. Art is as personal of an experience as religion ought to be. – Jeremy La Belle

18. Work hard, network and get your work out there to be seen. – Leslie Ditto

19. Don’t give up. Be careful of false promises. And learn from other artists. And you can be easily replaced. – Krystopher Sapp

20. Don’t give up! Your ideas are better than you realize. – RussPhoto Art

21. Adapt or perish. – Erich J. Moffitt

22. Follow you heart and trust your inner voice – Simone Young

23. Don’t be a pushover, stay humble, and don’t lose your integrity. – Luciano Martinez

24. Be fearless, be brave, be ready to have your heart and ego stomped on, but never ever EVER give up. – Julie Zarate

25. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. 100’s and thousands of them. There are hoards of happy accidents just waiting to happen. Just free your mind up to make room for growth always, and keep going. – Elly Ehrnst

26. Don’t let the cost of materials get in the way- learn to use found and recycled materials, garage sale items, Goodwill items, and hand-me-downs- this will make it easier to make mistakes without fear – Bradley Cahill

27. Set a goal of 20-30 pieces to complete within 6 months, exploring style, subject matter, media, and other challenges. You’ll come out of it with a direction to follow! – Kelly McKernan Cavanah

28. Young artists shouldn’t copy established artists just to get social feed validation and get into galleries. They should develop their own unique voice with their own unique library of icons and symbols. Just because it exists and is on the internet doesn’t mean it’s there for the taking. Less entitled, more humbled… Brandt Peters

29. Study: know your art history, a bit of philosophy of art, learn what true art means so you won’t fall into the “fast food” art scheme, and will have better resources to judge your own work. Know yourself, so your chances of doing something that truly belongs to you will increase. Prepare to work hard, but that should not be a problem to the ones who have a powerful drive. Persevere. Never think you are “good” enough, chances are that you are not. at the same time, give yourself chances to make mistakes and evolve. Pay attention to what more experienced and schooled artists have to say and learn from them, stop thinking that knowledge equals elitism and snobbery. Be humble and never stop exploring. – Patricia Ariel

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So you want to be a working artist that exhibitions work around the world, actually makes money for your creations and enjoys what they are doing, but you are not sure if you should go to art school or keep on with independent studies. In this episode we talk about both sides, give you some advice and tools to help you better make that decision.


You have to work your ass off, to be taken seriously in the art world.

The world is a university and everyone in it is a teacher. When you wake up in the morning, be sure you go to school. – T.D. Jakes 

You can do anything you want to. Follow your dreams because if you say you can’t do it, you will spend the rest of your life proving it. – Yog



How Much Does Art School Cost

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Ah, art marketing! The thing most artists and creatives hate about having a career in the arts.  Marketing is so important, however, it’s sadly missed as a part of the everyday process of being a working artist. Most artists and creatives just want to create pretty things, and hope that their work gets seen and sold, but that never happens without some effort in marketing. For example, if you had 100% of a day, it is said at the very least, 20% of that time should be spent marketing. Yet, some of the most successful artists and business people of the world treat it more as a 50/50 ratio. There are many ways to market your work; from social networking, contests, works in progress shots, going places to meet people and also giving back to your community. Marketing can be creative and fun, but if you don’t like it anyway I spin it, the truth that it’s still a necessary aspect of a successful career in the arts. 


  • The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson T
  • Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge


Instant “NOOOOOO” Button
Mail Chimp
Social Media Templates
Google Images
Chet Zar & Aunia Kahn Talk Art Marketing
Social Kit

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It’s very common for artists to want to be shown in galleries, but how can you tell if a gallery is reputable or not? Does it matter? Are there warning signs to avoid as an artist so that you are treated well in this vast world of fine art? Yes, there is and I will give you 10 tips to help you navigate your way to working with galleries that will love and respect not only your work, but you!


  • “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” — Ryan Freitas Tweet This


1. Bad mouthing others on social networking and showing a lack of professionalism with their dealings on a public platform.

2. They do not pay their artists on time or at all. This is a huge red flag!

3. Galleries upselling artists work.

4. Galleries that do nothing to promote or support the artists that they work with.

5. When a gallery asks you to lower your prices to sell more work. Don’t do that.

6. Galleries that don’t share sales of your work with you in a timely fashion, and if you have to nag them to get updates and payments.

7. Galleries that want to want to micromanage your career, especially how and what you create. There is a big difference between a gallery being helpful or being a dictator.

8. They refuse to negotiate and are more apt to dictate.

9. You can’t get ahold of the gallery and the communication seems broken. Communication is key to any partnership.

10. If a gallery does not treat your work well, run away fast! Your work is your passion, your life and your world and should be treated us such and with respect.

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So you’re sitting there looking at a blank canvas/paper or the piece you are working on has become so frustrating and not even close to the idea you had in the first place that the local trash can is looking mighty tempting. It’s common to go through creative block, are we offer some advice, along with some website, books and quotes to help inspire you to work through it and get to the other side – where greatness is just a step away!


  • Comfortability KILLS Creativity! Tweet Quote
  • Fall down 7 times, get up 8. – Japanese Proverb Tweet Quote
  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch Tweet Quote
  • A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. – Denis Waitley


My Interview on Entrepreneur on Fire
Runner Falls Down 6ooM Dash, Gets up = WINS!
The Jealous Curator
Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists
The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

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In Episode 13 we interviewed artist power couple Julianna and Joe Menna. Julianna is a painter producing highly detail and frighteningly fashionable oil paintings and Joe is best known for his sculpture work in both traditional and digital media and classical drawing abilities. In length we discuss 3D printing and how digital art plays a big role in the past and future of the art world.  We also discuss DC Comics, Dark Horse, and how Julianna recently became sponsored by Grumbacher. They also share their passion for their partnership together, their family, and upcoming projects.

November 2014
Sick Angels
Gristle Art Gallery
26 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11211



Joe Menna
Julianna Menna
Arch Enemy Arts
DC Comics
Dark Horse

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Pricing artwork can be very hard for artists just starting out and even those that have been at it for some time. More than anything it feels good to sell work, and feel like you are honored for your talent, however, you also have to make sure you are valuing your time, effort, talent, and creativity with a monetary value. In this episode, we help you with ideas on how to approach pricing your work.


  • Pricing is actually a pretty simple and straight forward thing. Customers will not pay literally a penny more than the true value of the product. – Ron Johnson
  • If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. – Henry Ford


A Simple Formula for Artwork Pricing
7 Ways to Price a Painting (Depending on Personality)

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In Episode 11 we interview California based artist Chet Zar who is notable for his dark visual art, make-up effects, and digital animation. He is most widely known for his work with Tool’s music and live videos and he designed and created prosthetic effects for movies such as The Ring, Planet of the Apes, and Darkman, but after being unimpressed with politics in the film industry, Zar took the advice of horror author Clive Barker, and decided to pursue his passion of producing original works and oil-painting which he is widely known for today as well.


  • “Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung


Chet Zar
Chet’s Studies & Art for Sale
Chet in My Hyde Makeup
Art Marketing 101

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We have all wanted to give up at some point or another in something we are doing. When the going gets tough, it hard to now want to throw in the towel. You ask: “Is this even worth it?” In Episode 10 we share stories of failure from some of the most successful and influential people in the world, provide some insightful quotes and resources to help you navigate the feeling of giving up and bring you back to the notion that “presence” is key!


  • A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. – Elbert Hubbard Tweet This
  • Energy and persistence conquer all things.  – Benjamin Franklin Tweet This
  • Fall seven times and stand up eight – Japanese Proverb 


22 Reason to Never Give Up
The Dip by Seth Godin
Star Trek
Lucille Ball
Stephen King
Steven Spielberg

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Google+ plus still seems very new and also many people are unsure if it’s worth their time, since time is precious and already spread throughout many social networking platforms. In Episode 9 we want to provide some information to help you consider if using Google+ is right for you.

As for the data, GlobalWebIndex says that 25 percent of worldwide Internet users are now active on Google+ at least once a month — second behind Facebook (51 percent), but ahead of YouTube and Twitter (both 21 percent). – Marketing Land

Learn About SEO @
Marketing Land
Aunia Kahn’s FB Art Page

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In Episode 8 we got advice from 30 artists, galleries owners, magazine editors, authors, creative business owners, etc answering this question: “If you could give one bit of advice to an artist just starting out what would that be?” This is part 1 of 3. 



1: Follow your heart, not your wallet. – Martine Johanna

2: Make a 5 year plan and write down what your goal is. Be conscious of who you are making art for and why. – Tina Imel

3: To educate yourself with the business side of being an artist. – Maria Pabico LaRotonda

4: Don’t worry about what other people might think. (Except this!) – Jack Lind

5: Do not confine your work or technique within the limitations of the medium. Always experiment and search for new discoveries! Sometimes the best things happen when you push materials to do what they are not traditionally designed to do. – Matthew Dutton

6: Don’t let what is popular or selling in the marketplace dictate your style. – Arabella Proffer

7: Respect the arts. Be appreciative to your supporters. – Patrick Thai  (FB)

8: Never be afraid to try new things, sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone opens a whole new portal to ideas and techniques you might not ever have discovered otherwise. – Danny Bryant

9: It’s not easy… Prepare for it to take over your whole life. – Luna Milly

10: Make sure your skin is thick like a rhino’s. Learn to say “thank you” when someone tells you that your work stinks. Realize that people don’t listen. When you find a collector (or, when a collector finds you), thank them often, and value THEIR opinion. – Flannery Grace Good

11: Get a marketing degree.  Draw/create everyday even if it’s just a doodle. – Karen Preston

12: Be business minded. People are probably not going to just find you because your art is so amazing (even if it is) need to market your work. If you want to make a living as an artist treat it as a business. – Lea Barozzi

13: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. There are always “duds” made in the process to something great! – Janae Corrado

14: There will always be a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. Learn to rise above it. – Kyle K J Johnson

15: If you want to get into galleries, do the research. Find out if the gallery you want to be shown at is a fit, and then approach the gallery via email, not facebook! Don’t get too dejected if they turn you down. They may not want your work now, but maybe they will later on! – Carisa Swenson

16: Don’t overlook the business of being an artist. Websites, social media, accepting credit cards, responding to email. all these things pull you away from the studio but they are vital. – John De Jesus

17: Be professional in everything you do. – Erich J. Moffitt

18: Experiment, don’t be afraid to ruin it, some of the best discoveries come from taking it beyond what you know and are comfortable with. – Nina Pak

19: Never stop exploring. Work through the blocks because great things are waiting on the other side. – Maria Memmolo Cooper

20: Stick with it, one’s skills are rarely at the same level as their ambition- it takes a lot of time and patience to develop those skills. – Bradley Cahill

21: Be professional. Don’t complain. Learn how to spell. – Ulla Anobile

22: Pay attention to the details when it comes to marketing. Oh… and never stop learning from others!- Jackie Phillips Weatherly

23: I think the number one thing I have told budding artists, is to make sure to never use your influences as the main ingredients, but more like spices when developing your style. – Josh Geiser

24: Do not overbook yourself on commissions and remember that they are coming to you with an idea did they already have in their head and let them know what your idea looks like before you even begin on that commission because it’s going to be completely different and in a complete different style! – Kimberly Ann Art

25: I would say never let any critique stop you from your work. Everyone is unique in their own way. – Douglas Craig

26: You will be rejected more than an old dollar bill in a soda machine. – Karen Preston

27: Focus on creating and practicing and being true to yourself. Style will come – your personal style will be elusive if you look for it or try to force it. – Audrey Smith

28: I think the worst thing to do starting out is copying a highly stylistic artist. Being inspired is fine, but keep in mind what you put out there is what you’re building as a foundation to your career. It’s easy to get stuck, or rest on laurels… you’re best off following your vision and voice the best you can, struggling and finding different avenues to fit it into. As things go on you’ll have much more freedom and build your style/career organically if you dedicate all of yourself. If it takes a waitering job to pay the bills, do whatever it takes to launch what you believe in. Thinking *what’s a style that will make me money* will be one of the biggest regrets of your life. – Matt Dangler

29: To quote Arianna Huffington, “Work as though the entire universe is rigged in your favor.” – Marianne Erickson

30: Patience. – Kolja Steinrötter

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In Episode 7 we discuss how to get artwork into galleries as either a represented artist or part of an exhibition. We also talk about how to approach galleries, some things to avoid, juried vs invitational exhibitions, and much more.


  • I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together. ― Lisa Kleypas


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We interview Jim Mckenzie who is a New York based director, designer, and animator for TV shows, commercials, and films as well as an established painter, sculptor, musician about upcoming his solo show at Copro Gallery, and his visions as a creator. 


I know one thing: that I know nothing – Socrates Tweet This

Jim’s Website
Copro Gallery
Chet Zar
The Making of King Gordo Video


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In Episode 5 we discuss fears associated with being a creative person. We touch on specific fears, what you can do about them and ways to move past them.


  • I believe so much in the power of performance I don’t want to convince people. I want them to experience it and come away convinced on their own. – Marina Abramovic
  • “The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because of its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.” –  Chuck Palahniuk
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? – Marianne Williamson

Phobia List
How to Believe in Yourself in the Face of Overwhelming Self-Doubt – Tiny Buddha

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am CST

In Episode 4 we touch base on what it means to have an online professional portfolio. We talk about hosting, urls, WordPress, SEO, CMS, and how important it is to have a portfolio that best showcases your best more relevant work.


  • The lavish presentation appeals to me, and I’ve got to convince the others. – Freddie Mercury


Direct download: CreateandInspire_Episode4_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am CST

It’s important to understand that not all criticism is bad. Episode 3 takes a look at constructive criticism VS criticism.


  • Do you have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill
  • Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. – Frank A. Clark

How to Deal with Criticism Well: 25 Reasons to Embrace It

Direct download: CreateandInspire_Episode3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am CST

Ira Glass Video on “Good Taste

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Direct download: CreateandInspire_Episode2.mp3
Category:Art -- posted at: 10:32am CST

Host Aunia Kahn tells you the story of her life, and how she has taken her inspirational lectures and turned them into a Podcast to inspire other creative people..

Create and Inspire is a Podcast hosted Aunia Kahn, that shares tips, tricks, and advice to help you MANIFEST your DREAMS. 


Direct download: CreateandInspire_Episode1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am CST