The Art of Lost and Found is a podcast that explores creative recovery and transformation. The core idea is simple: Every one of us is creative, even if we don’t know how to access it. It's in our nature. The key is re-learning how to access and use it as your own superpower. Join Creative Amplifier, Brooke Estin on a creative journey to explore stories and uncover insights, resources and tools to help you align your most creative, purposeful life.
The guest on today’s show is Hanna Ruddies, an incredible healer, guide, coach and facilitator. Hanna spends her days guiding women through Feminine Embodiment, Ancestral Clearing, Female Sexuality & Womb Wisdom.
When Hanna was younger, she had endless bladder infections, was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), experienced sever pain with sex and masterbation, and had all but given up on healing. But instead of giving up on her healing, she decided to explore a different kind of healing journey and booked a spontaneous trip to Thailand for an intensive shamanism and tantra retreat that changed just about every aspect of her life. She discovered the connections between her illnesses and her deep traumas that went all the way back through her family lineage. The deeper she went, the more she discovered.
Hanna says the Tantric, Taoist and Shamanic path opened her heart, body, soul and re-connected her with the divine feminine, which opened up new relationship dimensions across all elements of her life.
Originally from Germany, and currently living in Portugal, Hanna now spends her time helping women reconnect with their bodies by learning to see the beauty, grace, power and purpose in all of life’s challenges, joys and changes.
A special sidenote for this episode: We get pretty woo woo and unconventional around the topics of spirituality, mysticism, healing and alternative medicine. If that isn’t your vibe, this probably isn’t the episode for you. But if hearing things like “the Divine Feminine” or “Womb Space” is your jam, then let’s get into it.
Our guest today is Molly Elizabeth, a professional artist, imagination doula and founder of The Darling Revolution. She helps creatives come home to themselves so they can imagine & birth a better world.
As a Creative Professional, Molly has daily studio practice where she makes mesmerizing abstract expressionist art. She primarily works with acrylic paints, blacklight reflective pigments, collage or any other materials she can get her hands on. She also hosts a creativity focused podcast, also called The Darling Revolution, which dives into creativity, emotional literacy and finding your voice.
She believes that often, we are conditioned to stay quiet, stay small, not make too much of a fuss, and stop trusting our desires and imagination. If we can have a safe space to come home to these parts of ourselves, we can find the inner power source that we need to revolutionize our world.
But Molly wasn’t always the colorful, provocative, out-spoken creative doula she is today. Molly grew up within a very conservative evangelical family and community, where she married young, had kids and eventually rose all the way to becoming a worship leader within her evangelical church community.
Then, she experienced a deep loss that shook her faith in everything she had known. She began to question her faith and the deeper she got, the more disconnected she became from what she had known.
On the podcast today, she shares her story, how had to lose everything in order to discover her truest self and how she uses her creative practices and communities to maintain the connection with herself and those around her.
Value and power of creativity
Finding yourself in the midst of loss
Grief for the loss of a loved one and how it led her to question her faith
Losing her faith in the Evangelical notion of God
Learning to forgive, rebuild trust and create a new version of community
and so much more!
CONNECT WITH MOLLY:
Molly Elizabeth on Instagram
Molly's The Darling Revolution Podcast
Molly's original artwork
Molly's artwork merchandise
Our guest today is Nuno Queimado, a professional actor and acting teacher. But his journey to get there was far from linear.
Nuno made the difficult decision to pursue a degree in psychotherapy, rather than the more traditional and personally appealing path of becoming an engineer.
As part of his training to become a psychotherapist, he of course had to undergo psychotherapy himself. Through the experience of having his own therapist and learning to process his deeper emotions, feelings and experiences, he uncovered a life changing desire: he wanted to be an artist, and specifically, he wanted to do musicals.
He shifted courses quite dramatically and moved to London where he joined a theater group and learned musical theater. Despite being several years behind his peers, he went all in and eventually made it, and in 2018 he landed the Alternate Lead role of Hamilton in the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Broadway musical, Hamilton, which (up until the pandemic) he has been performing in London's West End.
On today’s episode, Nuno shares about how growing up in Portugal and learning to be a social chameleon left him feeling lost and disconnected from his own experience. He shares his story of coming out o the closet as a gay man and how his work now centers around the power of creative expression to spread love, joy, empathy and connection.
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Today on The Art of Lost and Found, our guest speaker is Cassey Shapiro. She is an Filipino-Australian living the dream in Amsterdam. We met many years ago when I was working with Impact Hub and came to the city often. Several years later when I moved to Amsterdam, Cassey quickly became one of my besties. Her smile, sense of humor and dedication to having a good time endeared me to her forever.
After having worked in Advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, she went on to work at several advertising agencies in London, where she gained even more experience working with clients like Emirates, Sky, L'Oreal, and Suzuki before making her way to Amsterdam, where she completed her MBA. Cass spent several years rising up the ranks at WeWork Amsterdam yet she left just before the big epic crash that company and landed another level up at Reaktor, a European tech consultancy and agency, where she still works today.
The heart of her creative reinvention story came in the wake of a great loss that encompassed both her personal and professional life. She had to break down her entire identity since everything she had relied on to help her create it was based on external factors: a relationship, a job and a comfortable living situation.
Cass’ creative journey and reinvention was something I witnessed in real time and couldn’t help but be inspired by her journey.
For detailed show notes, check out: https://www.brookeestin.com/episode-9-cassandra-shapiro
Nicolette Ghariadeh is a Feminine Embodiment & Intimacy Coach and serves as a powerful guide for women on their healing journeys.
What started out as an exploration of her own healing journey quickly evolved into full on creative transformation. After spending 7 years working in the adult entertainment industry as a stripper, she became increasingly aware of the parts of herself she was learning to heal and made bold decisions to shift her entire life to align with the true self she was uncovering.
Now, Nicolette is working full time as a women’s coach offering private 1:1 coaching and is currently working on developing a guided group program that covers feminine healing topics such as self-love, sensuality, relationships & intimacy and feminine expression.
Today on The Art of Lost and Found, our guest speaker is Sophie Lloyd. Sophie Lloyd is a professionally trained Dancer, Yoga Teacher, Poet, and Creative Writer who I had the good fortune of meeting at a deeply intimate and nourishing women's retreat in Portugal.
In our conversation, Sophie shares her engaging backstory as a creative professional, narrating how creativity has always been a part of her life. We learn how she found her way forward, channeling her creative energy into writing and eventually becoming a published writer.
Sophie trained in dance all her life and went on to become a professional dancer when most people go to university. Investing so much in her dance career helped her evolve as an artist and taught her to stay focused. Coming from a family of professionals working in the creative space, Sophie was familiar with the uncertainty that came with the profession.
Today, she opens up about her journey as a dancer, yoga teacher, and creative writer. Sophie shares her experience getting deeper into her body through her yoga practice to make it a part of her life. We also discuss the challenges faced by creative professionals amid the #COVID19 lockdown worldwide and how to overcome them.
As someone who enjoys making people smile through her writing, Sophie resorts to humor to help transform her thinking in the most tiring of times. "This whole, this structure of life that we're living in, it's all a bit silly, isn't it? Don't take it too seriously."
[01:19] Who is Sophie Lloyd?
[3:03] Is creativity always expressive?
[5:08] When Sophie started dancing.
[06:14] Were Sophie’s parents supportive?
[07:54] Why being driven by external validation is a trap and why loving the process is so important.
[11:05] How COVID pushed us to have an unhealthy relationship with creativity.
[12:46] Inviting creativity through wellbeing practices.
[15:36] The restrictive cultural LIES we are told about creativity.
[17:16] Finding creative expression.
[20:48] Navigating impostor syndrome
[22:43] What happens when your creativity is suppressed.
[24:00] The gifts you get when you find creative expression.
[26:16] What COVID-19 made us reevaluate.
[28:37] Working without a structure.
[31:20] Having a dialogue with characters who make up who you are.
[33:32] How the pandemic proved that our old systems do not work.
[35:16] One thing Sophie would tell you and her younger self.
[36:33] Connecting with Sophie (and a beautiful reading!)
CONNECT WITH Sophie:
Sophie Lloyd on Instagram
Sophie Lloyd's Friday Poem
Today's episode features Corey Johnson. Corey is an internationally recognized brand strategist and brand identity designer and the co-founder of Viral Impact Studios, which he created with Prince EA (the spoken word artist and global phenomenon of an influencer with millions of followers). In addition to his brand and consulting work, he also is a recording artist under the stage name Corey Iris. His music sounds like a cross between The Weekend and Drake, but with his own personal flavor that makes it uniquely his own.
In this episode, Corey shares deeply personal experiences about his childhood and what led them into entrepreneurship and how a near-death experience at a Drake concert helped him to refocus on what matters and his exciting predictions about a more vibrant, diverse, and multifaceted future of the creative space.
For more information, head over to www.brookeestin.com/podcast
Today’s episode is my first solo mini-episode! On today's episode, I go over the pattern that I am starting to see after having done 20+ interviews with all types of creatives. What is starting to emerge is a pattern similar to Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey or Maureen Murdock's The Heroine's Journey, but with some key differences. I refer to it as The Creative's Journey.
During the first half of of the episode, I walk you step-by-step through the framework that is starting to crystalize. Then, for the second half of the podcast, I go into my own personal Creative Journey as I map my own experience onto the framework.
My story begins with a story from age 5 when I first learned about the power of my own imagination and how I've used my imagination to reframe difficult situations that allow me to shift my perspective and rise to the challenge of reinvention after a crisis.
Today’s episode features Johnny Reyes, a globally renowned Music Producer, Recording Artist, DJ and Film Composer.
He began to DJ warehouse parties in the San Francisco rave scene at age 14 yet his story took a dark turn as he found himself deep in the hedonistic party scene where he was battling debilitating addictions, depression and even a suicide attempt. He eventually went to rehab, where he learned how to evolve his creativity without the need for his dangerous and addictive vices.
In addition to offering Addiction Coaching and Recovery Support, he is also the co-founder of I AM Retreats, a healing retreat company focused on amplifying wellness through sound-science and personalized audio production.
On today’s episode we explore the highs and lows of his creative recovery and transformation and the roles his relationships, health and career have played and what wisdom he has picked up along the journey.
Today's episode features Ashley Wilson, a creative entrepreneur, singer and musician based out of San Francisco, CA. Ashley is a marketer who has spent the last decade working in the San Francisco tech start world. In 2016, she founded Olivine Marketing, a boutique product marketing agency. Olivine has since evolved into a collective of product marketers and creatives, as well as a full-scale production company that helps global SaaS companies tell their story better through cinematic videos, product marketing strategy and sales.
Before starting Olivine, Ashley worked as a marketing consultant for developer-focused tech startups, which is how our paths crossed.
As Ashley and I grew closer, she shared more about her creative journey which even included attending a performing arts high school, learning to play the jazz piano and launching her professional singing career.
In this episode we discuss her creative journey and how she manages to balance her tech marketing entrepreneurial life with her growing singing career as a performing artist. For more information and show notes, head over to www.brookestin.com/podcast
Today’s episode features Michael Kass, the founder of Story and Spirit. As a facilitator, coach, speaker, and award-winning storyteller, he's passionate about helping people, organizations and communities discover and harness the power of their stories to create change. Our conversation explores how Michael’s acting career led him to Hollywood and how he eventually found his way to the work of transformational storytelling. Whether giving corporate workshops, performing in an award-winning one man show or facilitating deep dealing work, Michael’s creativity is constantly evolving as new serendipitous opportunities reveal themselves along his journey. For more information, head over to www.brookeestin.com/podcast
Today’s episode features Diem Truong-Nguyen, a US-based artist and consultant. Our conversation covers her story of overcoming the “model minority” pressure of being a first generation Asian-American, how she found her way back to her creativity after a 10 year hiatus and how she learned to cultivate self-love through the timeless art of tattoo. For more information, head over to www.brookeestin.com/podcast
The Art of Lost and Found is a podcast that explores creative recovery and transformation. The core idea is simple: Every one of us is creative, even if we don’t know how to access it. It's in our nature. The key is re-learning how to access and use it as your own superpower.
Being creative is NOT about making art, but rather it’s about rising above traditional ideas, patterns or relationships in order to create something new and meaningful. It's a tool to help you consider alternative perspectives, experiment with new ideas and better deal with uncertainty and challenges across all areas of your life.
Join Creative Amplifier, Brooke Estin on a creative journey to explore stories and uncover insights, resources and tools to help you align your most creative, purposeful life.
If you’re an aspiring or blocked creative, then tune in to hear stories, uncover insights and find resources and tools to help you reconnect with and activate your own creative superpowers.