Have you been saying "no" to that inner-voice begging you to be creative? Are you a working creative who has been feeling especially burned out? It's time to say yes. It's time to Create Out Loud.
Hosted by bestselling creative entrepreneur Jennifer Louden, Create Out Loud is a weekly show featuring conversations with creative people about the nitty-gritty of everyday creative life: like how to establish rituals and routines, how to navigate envy, and even how to MAKE MONEY. Yes, even the awkward stuff.
So tune in with us every week because it's time for YOU to Create Out Loud!
From the outside, Grace Harry looked like she was living a dream life. A top executive at Def Jam records and hobnobbing with some of the world's most powerful voices in arts and culture, Grace was a powerhouse of creative collaboration and making music happen.
But she wasn't happy. Deep down, she wasn't listening to her desires.
Grace reinvented her life, leaving behind much of what made her well-known and paid the bills, and she makes her living as a "Joy Strategist." It may sound "woo-woo," but after talking to Grace, you will see how creating intention around what brings us joy is essential.
In this episode, we also discuss:
How connecting to our childhood can give us a barometer for our creative future
How to connect to our inner desires and inner dialogue
Why we need to “feel it to heal it”
How our spiritual life connects to our creative life.
How to transform victim power into creative power
How to transform people-pleasing
Elizabeth Hargrave is one of the world's most respected table top game designers, and the birth of her bestselling, award-winning board game "Wingspan" came out of a simple desire: she was tired of playing games that wasn't about trolls, castles, and zombies. So guess what? She created her own, and it's about ornithology. Yep, birds.
There is so much to learn about this act of defiance. If we yearn for something, chances are, MANY people do to. Elizabeth has since published three games all related to nature, and she's built a beautiful community around those with a shared passion.
Among others things, we also discussed:
- What it takes to design a board game
- Why creating board games is inherently vulnerable (and what we can learn from that)
- Why all notes are valuable if we search for "the note under the note"
- How we can use our creative passions to champion social justice
- How to be a minority within your creative space, and how to champion other minority voices
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Have you ever been told to "everything happens for a reason" or "things will get better in time" when something truly awful has happened to you?
Singer/songwriter and author of How to Lose Everything Christa Couture can relate. Christa has an advanced degree in loss: the loss of her leg to cancer as a child, the lost of two children in their infancy, the loss of a marriage, and temporarily, her voice to thyroid cancer. How she could possibly be creative after such life-shattering tragedy? That's what we explore in this grace-filled conversation.
We also discussed:
- How to take the leap into our work when we're feeling blocked.
- How Christa turned her amputation into art
- Christa's philosophies on "person-first" language around disability
- Her brief stint in film school
- How she channels her indigenous roots into her creative and spiritual life
Christa's book HOW TO LOSE EVERYTHING can be found anywhere books are sold:
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Do you feel like it's too late for your creative desires? For Angeline Boulley, her first major creative success came in her mid-50s, with her debut novel The Firekeeper's Daughter. In addition to debuting at #1 on the New York Times, being optioned by the Obama's for a Netflix TV adaptation, and being chosen for Reese Witherspoon's book club, the novel is celebrated for its honest and multi-layered portrayal of modern indigenous life.
How did Angeline become such a literary lightning rod, especially at an age where many may given up? She trusted herself. She trusted her artistic voice, the long journey it took, and never let "time anxiety" get the best of her. Instead, she trusted herself to create the art that would be born when it was ready.
If you're feeling stuck, or like it's too late, or you are too old, or are anyway wondering "why bother?" this is the conversation for you!
Morgan Harper Nichols is many things - writer, musician, and celebrated print illustrator, but she has a beautiful, twisty road to get there. After struggling as a touring musician and freelancer for many years, Morgan channeled her frustrations into poetry and illustration, creating beautifully ornate online print graphics. Morgan quickly ammased a huge digital following for her heart which was CLEARLY resonating with many people. Even though it wasn't her "immediate plan" for her creative life, she embraced it, and is now one of Instagram's most popular illustrated creators.
Morgan's work resonates deeply with adolescent girls - so why was her immidiate, knee jerk reaction to push away from that audience? Learn more in this episode!
What would it take for you to turn down an interview to run JJ Abrams production company? Ask Meg LeFavue, the Oscar-nominated writer of Inside Out, who had to DO this after committing to her creative calling to become a writer. Meg LeFauve and her frequent writing partner and podcast co-host Lorien McKenna BOTH get extremely candid about the challenges and essential importance of committing to your artistic path and declaring it. The power of saying: "I'm a writer" can't be overstated if you decide to take that leap.
In addition to the importance of declaring, we discuss questions around creative time management, balancing multiple creative projects, when and how to send out drafts of your work, how to take notes, and why failure is an essential part of the creative process. We hope you enjoy!
Anne-Laure Le Cunff is an entrepreneur, and an ex-Googler turned neuroscience student who is leading the conversation around creative anxiety, mental wellness in our modern age, the delicate balance between productivity and creativity, and how we can use technology to make the world better. In today's amazing conversation, we talk releasing ourselves from the pressure or time anxiety, how to align our creative desires with our professional goals, and yes, even how to make money as a creative.
If anyone understands "creative Rock Bottom," it's Award-winning singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer. After a top-charting, well-received debut album, Rissi entered a vicious court battle with her label, leading her to bankruptcy. After the heartbreak of seeing her own music video playing in the record store at the mall across from the retail store where she was working, Rissi knew it was time to take matters into her own hands. Rissi committed to creating out loud on her OWN terms.
Now Rissi is one of country music's most important voices, not only with her music, but her activism in the community. Her partnership with Apple Music lifts BIPOC voices in the music community through her radio show "Color Me Country." I hope Rissi will inspire you to choose yourself lie she did me.
Anne Lamott is one of our most celebrated creative and spiritual leaders, and for good reason. With 9 bestselling fiction and non-fiction books, including Bird By Bird which many celebrated creatives consider the best book about writing ever written, Anne's one of the wisest teachers about the creative life and definitely one of the funniest.
In this episode, Anne offers you prayer, honesty, and ideas on how to change the channel from the critic to the creator. She shares that creative expression is one of the most generous acts we can offer to both ourselves and the people around us. It's not just valuable, it's essential.
I hope this conversation inspires you to create out loud!
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We'll see you next TUESDAY w/ award-winning singer-songwriter and host of Color Me Country Rissi Palmer.
Do you have an inner-voice begging you to tap into your creativity, yearning to create, and for years, you've been telling it no? Or maybe creativity IS a part of your life and livelihood, and you still get scared, you still get stuck. Whoever you are, it's time for YOU to Create Out Loud.
Welcome to Create Out Loud: Conversations w/ Creative People, hosted by bestselling author and creativity mentor Jennifer Louden. Every week, Jen will be chatting with some of the world's most interesting, thoughtful, quirky, and successful creatives about their process. We'll talk about elements like craft and routine, but we'll EVEN get into the awkward nitty-gritty questions, like how to make money.
Every week, we'll be featuring award-winning novelists like Anne Lamott, to Oscar-nominated screenwriters like Meg LeFauve, to musicians like award-winning country singer Rissi Palmer, but the unifying thread tying ALL of our guests is the vow that they've made to Create Out Loud!
Our first episode drops on April 13th featuring award-winning novelist Anne Lamott, so make sure you're subscribed.