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Create for No Reason

Create for No Reason

By Kate Volman
A show about making something for the pure joy of it—not to be rich or famous or successful. You don't need to post it on social media. You don't need a reason. Give yourself permission to explore your creativity. Give yourself permission to play. It's always worth it. We promise.
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For the Love of Poetry w/ Tariq Roberson, PhD EP 53
In this episode, Kate chats with her friend Tariq Roberson. They chatted about Kate's experience in Tariq's poetry workshop, the creative process, and what it takes to become a good writer. Tariq shared some of his favorite artists that inspire him and he even read one of his poems at the end of the episode. 
January 17, 2022
Challenges & Consistency EP 52
In this episode, Kate shares her experience with the 30-day cold shower challenge she started last month. There's something really exciting about incorporating a challenge to help you build a new habit. She also challenges you to turn one piece of content into three to five. If you're already investing time into creating one video, article, or post, think about how much better it will be when you turn it into multiple pieces of content to share online. Are you up for the challenge? 
January 10, 2022
What Will You Create This Year? EP 051
Happy New Year! Like many people, I took some time to reflect on the past year. To think about what I've learned, relearned, and created. I even spent some time creating my dream list which was fun. In this episode, I share a few thoughts and ideas that will hopefully inspire you to create more of what you love in 2022. Enjoy. 
January 03, 2022
Choose Love w/ Dimple Thakrar EP 050
In this episode, Kate chats with Dimple Thakrar about love and relationships. Being in healthy, loving relationships helps us create more freely. We learn more about ourselves, what's important to us, and how we can communicate better. Dimple talks about the importance of getting clear on who you are before getting into a relationship. She also shared a great exercise to help you discover who you want to become. If you want your partner to show up as their authentic self, you must do the same.  For more information about Dimple and her incredible courses, check out:
December 27, 2021
Be Bold w/Lolita E. Walker EP 049
In this episode, Kate introduces you to her friend Lolita E. Walker. She's an incredible coach, author, speaker, poet, and incredible human doing amazing things in the world. She encourages everyone she meets to live boldly and pursue their passions. She shared a wonderful affirmation exercise that you can do today. When you write your powerful affirmation, share it with Kate (@KateVolman) and Lolita (@HeyCoachWalker) on Instagram.   Thanks for listening to the show. If you haven't written a review, please do. Go create something only you can. 
December 20, 2021
An Untitled Poem by Kate Volman EP 048
This episode is different than any other episode so far. Kate shares the conversation that inspired her to share one of her poems and hopes it inspires you to share your work. We talk a lot about the creative process on this podcast. While not everything is meant to be shared, you can learn a lot about yourself and your work when you're willing to share it with the world. Do you agree?  
December 13, 2021
Fluidly Strategic w/ Glenn Lundy EP 047
Kate had a fun conversation with Glenn Lundy, founder of Breakfast With Champions. Glenn shared his journey of creating an incredible community of entrepreneurs, professionals, and interesting people on a mission to achieve their dreams and make the world a better place. In this episode, you'll discover how to take action on your vision, how to build community, what's holding you back, and the importance of having an incredible team.  Glenn believes that if you change the way you start your morning, it will make a massive impact on your life. Get his Morning Five Planner here:  
December 06, 2021
Trust the Creative Process w/ Lincoln Hoppe EP 046
Kate had such a fun time chatting with this week's guest Lincoln Hoppe. They talked about the creative process, what creativity means, and the power of improv to live a more fulfilling life. They also talked about acting, writing, and how different content creation is today vs. years ago. It's an exciting time to take your ideas and turn them into something.  Lincoln Hoppe is an award-winning Film and Television actor based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s appeared in over 80 movies and TV Shows for companies such CBS, NBC, Disney, Dreamworks, MGM, Nickelodeon, and Apple TV+.  Notable appearances include ‘Stargate Origins’, ‘Scorpion’,  ‘Saints & Soldiers: Airborne Creed’ and ‘Witnesses’;  a Top 10 Box Office film in 2021. He shares and teaches his passion for Creativity, Play, and Improvisation through You can follow him across social media platforms @LincolnHoppe or at his website at  Join our Facebook community:
November 29, 2021
Go All In On Your Creativity w/ Nate Forrest EP 045
In this episode, Kate chats with Nate Forrest. He helps small and home-based business entrepreneurs create lead and sales funnels that get results. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing poker, at church, or on the social audio app, Clubhouse hosting The Social Media Show. He shared a great exercise at the end for listeners to help them find and connect with their audience.  Join our Facebook Community:
November 22, 2021
Sharing Your Ideas in Newsletters w/ Dennis Shiao EP 044
In this episode, Kate was solo as she interviewed Dennis Shiao. They met at Content Marketing world earlier this year. Dennis spoke about newsletters and Kate was inspired to bring him on the show to share some of his best tips. Newsletters may sound boring at first, but they're an incredible way to share your ideas and content. Plus, it's another way to explore your creativity by giving it your own creative flare. I hope this episode inspires you to start one of your own.  Share your newsletter sign up in our Facebook community: 
November 15, 2021
Intention and Reinvention EP 043
Reinvention with intention. In this episode, Kate and Shawn talk about what it takes to reinvent yourself. Some of us have lost a job and were forced to reinvent. Others decide to finally pursue that dream in their heart they've been ignoring for years. We make choices every day on how we show up, how we spend our time, and what kind of work we're committed to doing. Shawn says he wants to be the kind of person that looks for new adventures. What kind of person do you choose to be? Once you decide, the next step is to actually be that kind of person. Do the activities that kind of person would do. Reinvent yourself because you want to. Reinvent because it's exciting. Reinvent because you can. Today. Right now. How will you reinvent yourself? We would love to hear your comments and feedback. Join our Facebook community here:
November 08, 2021
Being Human on TikTok w/ Brooke J. Lacey EP 042
Shawn and Kate hang out with TikTok sensation and futurist Brooke J Lacy. They nerd out about NFTs, Crypto, and the creative process. Brooke shares her story about how being vulnerable on TikTok one day gave her an opportunity to connect to hundreds of thousands of other people working on their mental wellness and anxiety during COVID. Her story is a perfect example of how doing one thing just because you love it, can turn into something that changes the course of your life. Brooke has been a woman in tech for 24 years, she's faced doubt and criticism and moved through with empathy. She simplifies complex topics like technology and mental health so that everyone can relate to her. She has a unique ability to understand challenging topics like cryptocurrency and cyber security and simplify them for the masses so that they are properly educated and feel confident with the tech challenges they are facing. Connect with Brooke on TikTok Join our Create for No Reason Facebook Group Follow Kate on Instagram Follow Shawn on Instagram
October 25, 2021
Why We Need Creative Friends EP 041
Kate and Shawn went live on the Facebook! They talked about people we need to surround ourselves with to do our best work. Who are your best creative friends? Who are your soul friends? These are the people who push you to be the best version of yourself. They're the people you turn to for advice, support, and a kick in the pants. If, you know, a kick in the pants is what you need.  Check out Stephen Cope's book, Soul Friends, for more information and join our Create for No Reason Facebook Group to become part of the conversation.
October 14, 2021
Collaboration, Community & Creativity in Podcasting w/ Adam Schaeuble EP 040
Discover how a former gym owner turned into a full-time podcaster. During this episode, Kate & Shawn talk to Adam Schaeuble, a podcaster and coach with over 600 episodes recorded since 2016. He helps podcasters learn how to love their show like a hobby and build it like a business. They talked about Adam's journey into podcasting and what he's learned after starting three shows. Adam shares his thoughts on community building and collaboration to help build a successful podcast and have fun doing it. If you have a podcast or are interesting in creating one for fun or business, you'll love this episode.  If you enjoy the conversation, please write us a review. We appreciate all your support.  Join our Facebook community here: 
October 11, 2021
Who Do You Aspire to Be? w/ Real Estate Artist Frank McKinney EP 039
Kate and Shawn chat with Frank McKinney: author, artist, philanthropist, and real estate maverick. Frank is a consistent creative who has written multiple books, designed multiple homes, and changed the lives of multiple people. Frank shares who the people are he’s modeled his life after. He talks about his new book, Aspire, and why inspiration and motivation aren’t enough; we need to focus on who we aspire to be.
October 04, 2021
Alpacas, BBQ, and Word of Mouth Marketing with Jay Baer EP 038
In this episode, we catch up with the consummate creative Jay Baer. We talk about his latest book, Talk Triggers, and what it means to be mentionable today. How can we be creative and stand out? We also talk about hokey, tequila, alpacas, how to cheat at bbq competitions, and why Seth Godin is a perfect dinner party guest.  Join our Facebook Community. 
September 13, 2021
Should We Lower Our Expectations? EP 037
Kate and Shawn talk about their own creative processes and what it feels like when things get harder. They talk about how expectations can gum up the works. It might be fun and games when we start making something. That's the whole point: create something for no reason. Sometimes though, we take our creative endeavors to the next level. We dipped our foot in the pool and decide it's time for a swim. It gets harder. We create expectations. We get frustrated. We consume more than we create. We procrastinate. That's when we get stuck. But it can still be play. Don't forget that. We more we create, the happier we are. 
August 30, 2021
You're Capable of Doing Hard Things with Mark Drager EP 036
We're all capable of doing hard things. We simply need to commit to doing the work. Kate met Mark Drager on Clubhouse and loved what he was building. During one of their conversations, she told him about Create For No Reason. He laughed and said he sometimes wonders if what he used to create just for fun isn't exactly fun anymore. Kate thought it would be a fun conversation to explore on the show. Mark talked about Tonka trucks, getting messy, and what it takes to be a creative entrepreneur. Listen to the full episode for fun and inspiring ideas to help you do more hard things.  Mark Drager is the host of the We Do Hard Things podcast and founder of the Clubhouse club under the same name.  As a professional conversationalist, Mark sits down with the most extraordinary people to have real, inspiring conversations. He is the husband to his highschool sweetheart Jacqueline, father of four, and lives outside Toronto, Canada. Join our Facebook community here:
August 23, 2021
When Self-Help Is A Distraction EP 035
Shawn and Kate are life-long learners and explorers. They want to learn everything they can while they can. They’re good at parties. They ask lots of questions. They love listening to stories and figuring out new ways of doing things. They read a lot too, especially Kate—she’s gonna devour 50+ books this year. Shawn’s covering thousands of miles this summer to explore Central America and the Rocky Mountains. Are they reading and traveling as part of a creative practice or are they keeping themselves busy pretending to work by learning? Do a lot of us do the same thing? Do we hide from our creative work, by reading and watching videos about creative work?
August 09, 2021
Is This A Thing? How To Use Social Media To Test Your Ideas EP 034
Kate and Shawn talk about social media and long-form content (including the novel Joey Robert Parks wrote on Instagram). What works these days? What doesn’t work? If we’re artists, do we care? Or maybe an even more important question: How can we use social media to figure out if our ideas are a worthwhile or useful? Standup comedians test bits with different audiences to figure out “is this a thing?” How can we do the same?
August 02, 2021
Ship it! EP 033
Shawn's in Idaho hiking up beautiful mountains. Kate's heading to Oregon to visit her friend Kyle. Kyle always challenges Kate to ship her work. So in this episode, we talk about creating and getting your work out into the world. Being brave enough to share your ideas even when they aren't perfect. Because we know it'll never be perfect. Shipping helps the creative process because we get feedback. It also helps us get more comfortable sharing. Like how Shawn published his first book of poetry this year, I Believe in a God Who Rollerskates. What creative project will you commit to shipping this month? Join our Facebook community and tell us what project(s) you're working on. Or better yet, ship your work by posting something you've created. Join here:
July 19, 2021
Be A Naughty Puppet EP 032
In this episode, Shawn and Kate talk about what it takes to create good work. When you're in the creation process, is your work "real"? Shawn thinks it may just be a naughty puppet (listen to the episode). We know what great work looks and feels like, but it can only be accomplished by practice. It's hard to be consistent when we're creating mediocre work, but it's so worth it.    Join our Facebook community:
July 12, 2021
Receiving Creative Frequencies EP 031
Shawn’s in the Jungle. Kate teases him about his Eat Pray Love journey. We talk about gathering the ingredients to create something only you can create. We also explore whether or not we're good at giving and/or receiving information. Are you open to receive what the universe has in store for you? Are you prepared to create something magical simply because you're willing to listen to the signs around you? We would love your thoughts on this episode.  Join our Facebook community here:
July 05, 2021
This Is Just What I Do with Bobby Del Rio EP 030
In this episode, Kate and Shawn chat with Bobby Del Rio. He's a repped Hollywood actor, writer, and director. Most recently, Bobby wrote and directed the feature film The Market. Bobby has become one of the top film moderators on Clubhouse, curating many influential rooms in Hollywood. Bobby creates what he likes. He's committed to the practice and believes the right people will find his work. Bobby is definitely confident in his own skin and isn't afraid to share his options and go after what he wants. It's just what he does. It serves him well. We hope this episode inspires you to step into your unique genius and create for you.  Join our Facebook community:
June 28, 2021
Inside or Outside Influence? EP 029
In this episode, Kate and Shawn explore mindset vs. environment. Can you get out of a creative rut or even do your best work simply by changing your thoughts or environment?  Join our Facebook community:
June 21, 2021
Everything Takes Practice with Jeff McMahon EP 028
In this episode, Kate and Shawn talk to Jeff McMahon. He's had an incredible music career. In his role as keyboardist and vocalist, he has shared the success of hits and landmarks with the celebrated country superstar Tim McGraw. While juggling a successful touring and recording career, he also worked hard to raise awareness and support cutting-edge research for brain tumor patients through the Tug McGraw Foundation. Jeff believes that creativity lives in each of us as long as we're willing to put in the work and practice our craft. He's a really wonderful human and we're so glad  we're able to introduce you to him.  If you liked this episode, please leave us a review. And if you're not yet part of our Facebook community, join us here:
June 14, 2021
Who Are You Meant To Become? EP 027
This is an episode about living with ourselves and becoming ourselves and stealing from other people to help make it happen. We talk about being happy exactly where you are while pursuing your dreams, where you find inspiration, and what you're willing to do to become the person you're meant to be.  Join our Facebook group here:
June 08, 2021
Notice What Only You Can Notice EP 026
When was the last time you flipped through a book and read from a random page only to discover the words were exactly what you needed? What does being mindful mean to you? How often do you sit in silence and let yourself notice what's happening? This is a fun episode where Shawn and Kate explore music and noticing things others may not see. Who do you get inspiration from when creating your work? Can you discover something different about a song you've listened to hundreds of times? We hope this episode inspires you to create.  Join the conversation in our Facebook community:   
May 31, 2021
There Is No Finish Line EP 025
Are you going through life as the tortoise or the hare? Sometimes we're so focused on achieving our dreams that we forget to take time to enjoy the journey along the way. To remember that there is no finish line. Fiercely pursuing our dreams of tomorrow doesn't mean we can't be genuinely grateful for exactly where we are today. Join our Facebook Community here:   
May 25, 2021
So What? EP 024
In this episode, Kate and Shawn explore a fun exercise to help you break through your fears and go after your dreams. So what? It's a phrase we can use to help us discover that the worst-case scenario isn't really that bad. This activity takes us through a process to remove anxiety and give us the confidence to start doing the work we know we're meant to do. We would love to know if you give it a try.  Join our Facebook community here: 
May 17, 2021
Recognizing Our Creative Habits EP 023
In this episode, Shawn and Kate talk about recognizing our creative habits. Shawn recently read James Clear's book Atomic Habits. In it, James shares a great analogy to help us understand more about the impact our habits have when we're willing to trust the process and continue doing the work. Pushing through your creative practice when you aren't seeing results can be difficult, but when we believe in our work and know we may be just one step away from impact, it's easier to keep going. We would love to know your thoughts.  Join our creative community on Facebook here:
May 10, 2021
Can Creativity Live On LinkedIn? EP 022
In this episode, we chat with Joel Lalgee. He teaches recruiters how to post content other than boring. His content generates 2 million views a month! Like Kate and Shawn, Joel believes creativity can be found everywhere. Consistency matters. It's what helps you discover your creative genius and what to create that attracts your tribe. You can find Joel on LinkedIn here:
May 05, 2021
Practice Makes Process EP 21
In this episode, Kate and Shawn talk about process, practice, and the power of your dreams. It may seem random at first, but it all comes together. There's nothing we can do about the past, let it go. Decide what's next. Believe in your dreams. Fall in love with the process. Shawn hates this term. He prefers the word practice. Either way, it's what makes you stronger to create the thing only you can create.
April 12, 2021
Sacral Creativity with Sara Spring EP 20
This week we chat with intuitive-healer and candle-maker Sara Spring. We talk creativity, energy, chakras, blockage, and boredom. If all the universe is in a constant state of vibration, does it make sense that creativity—inspiration—is affected by it somehow? Is it a frequency in us and around us? And if it is, how can we take advantage of that? How can we tap into that? The answer, according to Sara, is a lot simpler than you think and it only takes an hour or two to make it happen. Kate also figures out what people are talking about when they talk about Mercury in retrograde. Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!
February 09, 2021
Building a Creative Ecosystem with Quantal Langford EP 19
Quantal is a creative polymath. He's an artist, podcaster, brand designer, storyteller, and wrestling coach. And get this: he feels like he's just now figuring out his footing. Constant discovery is a big part of what pushes him forward. These days he's focused on developing a creative ecosystem. Community is important. Listening to others is important. Quantal is the host of The Creative Brew, a show dedicated to talking about creative endeavors and living a purposeful live—be it basketball, comics, comedy, or gratitude. Make sure you listen long enough to hear his story about a marshmallow who eats the fingers and toes of children who misbehave. It's brilliant and hilarious. He uses it to keep his grandkids on their toes. 
February 02, 2021
Drafting a Creative Manifesto EP 018
What do you believe about creativity? Kate and Shawn talk about what creativity means and what they would include in a Creative Manifesto. Things like all people are born creative, you don’t have to be a writer or musician or artist to benefit from creativity, and creativity brings us joy. What do you believe about creativity? Join us in the Facebook Create for No Reason Group to join the conversation.
January 25, 2021
Poetic Therapy with Flose LaPierre EP 017
In this episode, we talk to Flose LaPierre. She's a writer, storyteller, and creator of Write to Heal. Flose turned to poetry while dealing with trauma in her life. She also found comfort in writing. She believes that beautiful poetry reveals itself through the process of writing. Give yourself permission to turn to the page and write, even if you don't think you're any good. She recently stepped into her power and started hosting writing workshops to help others heal. She's a brilliant writer, an awesome friend, and a beautiful human. Enjoy.   
January 18, 2021
On Being an Artist with Tommy Kern EP 016
This week we chat with one of Shawn's longtime friends: the artist currently known as Tommy Kern. In addition to being a sought-after sculptor and furniture maker, Tommy is a brilliant photographer. We talk about what it means to be an artist and why it's so important to have a creative practice. How can we quiet our inner perfectionist? What do we do when we're intimidated by others' work? How can we develop our own voice and perspective and honor our own truth? We end this episode with a simple phone photography challenge. You should try it. We did. It felt really really good.  Go visit the Create for No Reason group on Facebook to follow along. We've got a good community started there. We'd love to know more about you.
January 11, 2021
How To Handle Your Creative Mess EP 015
We all know creativity can change your live. Millions of people have rediscovered their childhood passions in the middle of miserable careers or after significant life changes. It's healing. It feeds us emotionally and spiritually. But it's not always easy. Art is messy. Starting something new is messy. That's part of the process. It doesn't mean you're heading in the wrong direction. I means you're working on something that's worth your time. You're developing a creative practice. Let's talk about how to handle our creative mess.
January 04, 2021
The Joy of Creating with Jennifer Liss EP 014
In this episode we talk to Jennifer Liss, the founder of the Creative Commute community and podcast. She's interested in seeing more people get creative because of the joy it brings into their lives and the lives of the people they interact with. Creative joy is funny that way. It spreads. It has a ripple effect. When we make something--anything, we become a little kinder and confident and encouraging. That's a win-win-win in our book.
December 28, 2020
Consistency Breeds Creativity with Alyson Seligman EP 013
We talk to Alyson Seligman. She’s been a lifestyle blogger for more than 10 years. That’s a lifetime for authors online. Many people have started and stopped blogs, podcasts, and businesses in only a few months. Not Alyson. She stuck with it. She’s now an influencer with a fierce following. She’s found that consistency builds community, and community is what inspires her to continue to create.
December 21, 2020
Creative Spaces, Sacred Spaces EP 012
Do creative spaces matter? Do you work better when you have a ritual and a place to go? A closet, a kitchen, an office, a coffeeshop? Many creatives designate spaces for work and they find that it helps them focus. When they find themselves in that space, they know what to do. It's time to get to work. Or is all of this an eccentric excuse? You can create something anywhere, right? If you're not a welder or craftsperson who needs machinery or heavy equipment to do what you do, you can do what you do where you are right now. At least, it's possible. 
December 14, 2020
The Pandemic Made Me Do It with Michael Burke EP 011
On this episode, we have the very funny and very talented Michael Burke. He's a writer, performer, and comedian who had other IRL plans before COVID-19 kept him--and the rest of us--at home.  Instead of taking a break, he started writing and producing clips on TikTok and Instagram. We talk about what his process looks like, how to experiment, and what it feels like to have people engage with your material in real-time.  Our favorite quote from Michael: "If you're an artist, don't worry about the palette. Just use what you've got in front of you." Love this so so much.
December 07, 2020
The Creative Buffet EP 010
We have our first guest! Brian Carter is an artist, comedian, and gentlemen chicken farmer who owns a digital media agency in South Carolina. Brian is a constant creative. We talk about ideas, risks, and why it takes a little bit of narcissism to make something new. More importantly, we talk about what it takes to practice being creative and what we find when we do.  The best art comes from being yourself and exploring your ideas.
November 30, 2020
Muses and Inspiration and Xanadu EP 009
Is inspiration a thing? Are muses real? Do they speak and create through us? Have you ever made something and then looked at it and thought it had to have come from a space bigger than you? And if the muses/god/mystery is a real thing, how can we tap into it? What do you do to keep the fire burning? 
November 23, 2020
People Suck EP 008
Are your friends and family helpful when you share your work with them or are they creativity vampires? Do they suck suck suck your idea dry or do they understand what you’re going through? When we’re building a tribe to support us, who should we look for? Who should we avoid? When is it time to share what we’re working on with them?
November 16, 2020
Creators vs Artists EP 007
Kate and Shawn channel their inner Raymond Carver and Victor Frankl. This is what we talk about when we talk about art. Is there a difference between being a creator and an artist? Who decides? Do we care?
November 09, 2020
You Suck EP 006
So you want to make something? You want to get busy? You want to bust out the oils, write that novel, or start doing that TikTok thing for real this time? Good luck. You will prove to be your own worst enemy. You are your biggest critic. You're going to have to fight through it. We believe in you. You're going to do it even when you think you suck.
November 02, 2020
Write Drunk; Edit Sober EP 005
Who cares if Hemingway really said it or not? It’s a valid point. Everyone starts with a sketch. Everyone starts with a first draft. And if you’re like most people in the world, what you start with can smell and sound like like you’ve got a few glasses of something in you. That’s perfect. Do it anyway. Then, at least you’ll have someone to plagiarize: yourself.
October 26, 2020
Getting Emotional EP 004
Emotions can fuel our creativity and they can get in the way. Kate and Shawn talk about their feelings. Where do they come from? Can we change them? Can we use them? Does it matter all that much anyway? 
October 19, 2020
It's Always Worth It EP 003
Wondering if creating something is worth it even if it might be crap? Even if you'll never master it? Even if you won't get paid? Is it worth it to learn how to play chopsticks and Yellow Submarine on the piano and then stop there? Is it worth it to spend five minutes tonight writing as much as you can about the beef stroganoff you had for dinner?  Wonder no more! We have the answer. This is it: it's always worth it. 
October 14, 2020
Don't Let the Robots Win EP 002
This week, we’ll talk about how technology and tools get in the way of making something. They’re excuses. All we really need to write is a legal pad and a pencil. All we really need to paint are some watercolors and a paper bag. Let's talk about what gets in the way. Let's get it out of the way. 
October 08, 2020
We Are All Artists EP 001
It's our first episode! Welcome to Create for No Reason: a show about making something for the pure joy of it. You don't need a reason. Give yourself permission to explore your creativity—not to be rich or famous or successful. Do it for you.  The other stuff is a bonus. What matters the most is that you made something only you can make and you're bold enough to share it with the rest of us. We're all artists, after all. 
October 07, 2020