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Be wary of living most of your life in the moment outside of the present because you will end up dwelling on things in the distant future and waste the only power you really have- the power of now.


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1. Be compassionate towards yourself and limitations. 
2. Try not to overdo it when you feel good.
3. You can always work on ideas even if you execute them right now.
4. Understand you are more creative when you are tired and worn out and not at our best.
5. Be adaptive.
6. Do something that is collectively creative.
7. Recognize even healthy people have issues around creativity in general.
8. Little successes are everything, You did one brush stroke – good. You thought about writing your book – great! You thought of a great idea – wonderful!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but rather, that which is most adaptable to change.” – 1963 speech delivered by Leon C. Megginson

Brené Brown’s research showed 85% of people (surveyed) remembered an event at school so shaming it changed how they thought of themselves and the rest of their lives. And half of them said their shame wounds related to creativity — being dismissed, embarrassed, or belittled in their attempts to “make things”

5 Inspiring Artists with Lupus & Other chronic Illnesses
Your Best Creative Time is Now When You Think
Constructive Criticism VS Criticism
Think & Destroy Podcast

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The importance of business cards is often overlooked now that we rely so heavily on the digital age of communication and connecting. In this episode, I provide 3 reasons business cards are still important as well as providing 5 ways to improve your business card design.


  • “To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” – George Kneller

Why You Need A Professional Portfolio & Website
30 Unconventional Business Cards
Overnight Prints
Vista Print

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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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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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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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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 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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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


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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

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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. 


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