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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.