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Let Creativity...

Let Creativity...

By Alicia K. Hurst

This podcast is about all aspects of creativity.

It's about the process, our relationship to it, how it affects us, why it's needed, why it's not needed, how it affects the world, etc.

I interview people of all ages and walks of life and hone in on their viewpoints about this subject...which I happen to love talking about.
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Asher Young: Founder of Challenge Your Imagination Studio
Asher Young: Founder of Challenge Your Imagination Studio
Edgar Allen Poe telling you to lie in this coffin and wait, A$AP Rocky being submerged underwater in a tank on the floor of Sotheby's, and lights dancing from tree to tree, are just some examples of the experiences Asher Young and his teams manifest.   His design studio, Challenge Your Imagination (found here:) Creative Direction, Design, & Producing | Challenge Your Imagination | New York (cyi.studio), is not only about pushing the boundaries of imagination, but it's also about connection.  That theme is something Asher brings up throughout the interview and what struck me is both how needed it is and how passionate Asher is about giving it to the world.  He speaks about this and so much more in this season 4 finale episode. Thank you Asher and thank you to your team for all of your hard work. Personally, I can't wait to see what you will create next.
48:03
September 18, 2022
Evan Kidd: Panda Bear It
Evan Kidd: Panda Bear It
Welcome to Season 4, episode 9. Today's guest is Evan Kidd, a Director, Filmmaker and Writer.  He speaks about his new film Panda Bear It, how the importance of mental health impacts the movies he makes and the huge amount of work it takes to create a movie. Evan is a thoughtful and kind guest whose love of both creativity and humanity is very apparent. Enjoy! You can find Panda Bear It on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Panda-Bear-Damien-Elliott-Bynum/dp/B08FFJ1SX7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=GQHH2UGS8SWG&keywords=panda+bear+it+movie&qid=1646113867&sprefix=panda+bear+it+movie%2Caps%2C118&sr=8-1   And Evan's twitter page is here: https://mobile.twitter.com/mrevankidd
46:41
March 01, 2022
Neelam Patel: Burning It Down and Dancing In The Rubble
Neelam Patel: Burning It Down and Dancing In The Rubble
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 8. Neelam Patel is a dancer, singer, poet, writer, actor, and entrepreneur.  The title of her new book: Burning it Down and Dancing in the Rubble (found here) says a lot about the beautiful way she thinks and reacts to life.  There is so much wisdom in this woman. She talks about the creative process in relation to acting, dancing, and writing in addition to how her culture influenced her journey with her artistic self. Neelam also creates CUSTOM POETRY (tailoredpoetry.com) - that's right, you can have this published author custom write you a poem for your special occasion. And if you are on Instagram, so is she @dancewithneelam. Enjoy!
45:16
February 15, 2022
Tristan Welch: Creativity - It's What I Live For
Tristan Welch: Creativity - It's What I Live For
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 7. Today's guest is Tristan Welch, and according to his website he is: "... a musician & artist based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. His focus is creating soundscapes via electric guitar, treated with electronics." If you are unfamiliar with this type of music, please listen because Tristan gives you a glimpse into the emotional depths and thoughtfulness that he puts into his electronic, experimental music.  It's not just sound - it is so much more.  Just like Tristan is so much more than he may give himself credit for. You can find his music here: Temporary Preservation | Tristan Welch (bandcamp.com) Enjoy!
53:51
January 10, 2022
Allyson Hernandez: Ballad of Dreams
Allyson Hernandez: Ballad of Dreams
Do you like musicals? Do you like novels?  Well, Allyson Hernandez loves them both so much she combined the two and created Ballad of Dreams.   During this interview, Allyson tells all about how and why she started writing and how the musical she envisioned, became a new type of novel - along with the very real emotions that go along with pivoting and adapting to life.   She also shares how her grandmother played a pivotal role in her inspiration for her creation. There's even a glimpse of how this special novel has affected her family in the greatest way. You can find a Ballad of Dreams everywhere, such as Amazon...it will be out at the beginning of January 2022 - so soon!  Follow Allyson on her Instagram for the latest updates at:  Allyson Hernandez (@allysonhernandez_extra) • and https://www.allysonhernandez.net/ Enjoy!
41:35
December 21, 2021
John Badger: Builder of Worlds
John Badger: Builder of Worlds
Welcome to Season 4, Episode 5! John Badger is an Audio Drama Producer and in this episode, he describes what it takes to produce audio dramas and where you can find them.  Hint, it takes a lot of work! Luckily, that work produces fun audio movies that you can listen to at your leisure. You can find his at: ​Mercury Theatre Podcast. As a lover of audio dramas, John also spreads the word about other shows he really enjoys, so don't forget to check them out too. Enjoy!
46:20
December 12, 2021
Katie Barbaro: Author of Fed Up: An Illustrated Guide to Food Freedom
Katie Barbaro: Author of Fed Up: An Illustrated Guide to Food Freedom
Welcome! Katie Barbaro is the special guest this episode. She not only wrote her book she also created the illustrations.  Her book, Fed Up, is about the unhealthy aspect of America's diet culture and she shares her own experiences along with her triumphs in a way that is full of wisdom and humor. In this interview, Katie speaks candidly about her experience with an eating disorder and how she used therapy, comedy, writing and art to transmute the dark aspects of herself into her book - a product that educates and helps others.   You can find her, her book and some freebies here: https://katiebarbaro.com/about-me Enjoy!
39:34
December 04, 2021
Meghana: Founder of Lets Curate Shows Respect to the Creative Process by Giving Space To Artisans
Meghana: Founder of Lets Curate Shows Respect to the Creative Process by Giving Space To Artisans
Welcome! This is Season 4, Episode 3 and our lovely guest today is Meghana. She is the founder of LetsCurate, a place where you can find unique, handmade items from all over the world.  In her own words,  "My mission is to showcase independent creators who bring out the "extra" in the ordinary!" As will be evident to you from this conversation, Meghana loves the artisans she employs and she listens to their needs as artists.  It was so refreshing to hear someone on the business side of things speak about the creative process as Meghana did.  She GETS IT.   Enjoy! You can contact Meghana through her website: https://www.letscurate.com/rts/
28:34
November 08, 2021
Chef Dr. Mike: Helping You Create Delicious Food For A Long LIfe
Chef Dr. Mike: Helping You Create Delicious Food For A Long LIfe
For all my painters out there, you wouldn't start a painting by dipping your brush into dirty water first.  Well, in a similar light, Chef Dr. Mike is here to remind us that what we put into our mouths shouldn't come from contaminated sources.   "As America’s only Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologist, Professor of Culinary Medicine, and Professional Chef; Chef Dr. Mike combines culinary talents with his cutting-edge medical expertise and evidence-based insights" Chef Dr. Mike wants you to know that once you have a good foundation for what type of food to buy, and remember some key points he will share during this interview, you can start using your imagination to create your own dishes that suit your individual palette and overall health. He is a wealth of information so be prepared to learn some history and science in this jam packed episode. Make sure to visit his website: https://chefdrmike.com/, there are culinary courses, video, books and a blog you can access there in addition to Chef Dr. Mike's contact information. Enjoy!
01:01:04
November 02, 2021
Howard Berg - Speed Reading and How it Can Help with Creativity
Howard Berg - Speed Reading and How it Can Help with Creativity
Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 4. The entertaining and very educated, Howard Berg is the guest of honor today.  He is a speed reader extraordinaire. This is more about him taken directly from his website https://berglearning.com/about/ : Howard “Speedy” Berg has been recognized for setting the world record for speed reading. He is listed in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records for reading more than 25,000 words a minute and writing more than 100 words a minute. Howard is a graduate of S.U.N.Y, Binghamton where he majored in Biology and then completed a four year psychology program in one year. His graduate studies at several New York City colleges, focused on the Psychology of Reading. Also, Howard is offering a FREE webinar to all veterans. Go here to sign up and spread the word:  https://event.webinarjam.com/register/69/7rp5qcmp Enjoy!
58:17
October 31, 2021
Haden Starbuck - Creativity Coach at the Creatrix Compass
Haden Starbuck - Creativity Coach at the Creatrix Compass
Welcome to the last episode of Season 3. Our guest is Haden Starbuck and she is a much needed in this world, Creativity Coach.   In this interview she speaks about how she realized finding fun is one of the most important things for her and where being a creative fits into that.  She also goes over the many services she offers, plenty of freebies and a group as well. This is from her website: "Creatrix Compass offers Life and Creativity Coaching and Classes for the Creativity timid and the Creativity curious. We would love for you to come Play with us. Below you will find various ways to do just that." https://www.creatrixcompass.com/ Enjoy!
41:45
August 29, 2021
Costanza Roeder: Hearts Need Art Organization
Costanza Roeder: Hearts Need Art Organization
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 9 featuring Costanza Roeder. Constanza speaks about how her positive experience on a children's oncology unit helped motivate her to start this organization for adults with cancer.  Yes, ADULTS.   Costanza's organization, Hearts Need Art (you can find here: https://heartsneedart.org/) provides expressive arts to patients, caregivers and healthcare workers. You can find freebies on her website that are supportive and can help prevent burnout as well as ways to support her organization and the artists providing the services. We also discuss how creativity in the education system could better serve students, how improvements in assessing the impact of arts on health are being made and much more. Enjoy!
49:18
August 15, 2021
Eric B - The Life X Of Eric - Creative Moves for Successful Careers
Eric B - The Life X Of Eric - Creative Moves for Successful Careers
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8! Eric B has a podcast called: The Life X Of Eric, and it's about "giving you actionable tips each episode you can execute dailyl to improve your life, mindset, and acquire your goals..." I was so grateful to have Eric as a guest because many people in creative fields share that they have difficulty making a  living from what they do. Eric gives examples of how he used creative thinking to make his resume look good, negotiate with interviews, and look at life from such a great attitude, no matter what it throws at you.  His tips can be beneficial for anyone at any age. He's funny too! Enjoy! You can find Eric at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thelifextimesoferic/id1091136790
34:05
July 10, 2021
Gaby Deimeke: A Bad Ass Woman Highlighting Bad Ass Women
Gaby Deimeke: A Bad Ass Woman Highlighting Bad Ass Women
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 7! Meet Gaby Deimeke.  She is a portrait and lifestyle photographer who loves capturing the personalities of the people she photographs and she is always trying new things, such as gifs and video.  Gaby talks about how she went from photography student to photography business owner, despite the warning from some of her photography professors that making a profit from it wasn't possible. Gaby has a great spirit and is super encouraging to all who have a passion and may be unsure of how to develop it.  Also, last but not least, Gaby is on a mission to capture BAD ASS WOMEN.  She has a completed exhibit in New York, and is working from Austin Texas.  She is looking for referrals, so if you know of any woman that deserves the title please go to Gaby's website and scroll to the bottom and contact her. To find Gaby and her beautiful works of art, go to: https://www.gabydeimekephoto.com/meetgaby   Her instagram is here:  https://www.instagram.com/gdeimz/ And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabydeimekephotography
40:45
June 29, 2021
Jenn Ashton - Finding Freedom through Creating
Jenn Ashton - Finding Freedom through Creating
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 6! Jenn Ashton, author and artist is the kind and talented guest today.  Her work has been published starting at the young age of 14! Today she talks about how she kept up with writing through her life and tried out different jobs along the way, and eventually turned into a full time writer and artist.  The art part wasn't something she had planned on, but she enjoys it fully and that can be seen in her various creations, found here: http://jenniferashton.ca/WP/ She also continues writing and has a book out that has been short listed for the Indigenous Voices Award! It is called, People Like Frank: and other stories from the edge of normal.  It is a collection of short stories about "protagonists whose perspectives are informed by their unique circumstances. Some are struggling with physical challenges while others seek to overcome psychological barriers," and it couldn't be timelier. Please find it here: https://www.amazon.com/People-Like-Frank-Stories-Normal/dp/1777010160 You can also find Jenn on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/raveonstudio/ Enjoy!
46:58
June 18, 2021
Elliot Evans: From Focusing on Getting Ahead to Enjoying Right Now and Spreading His Wisdom as a Life Coach
Elliot Evans: From Focusing on Getting Ahead to Enjoying Right Now and Spreading His Wisdom as a Life Coach
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5! Elliot Evans is the honored guest today, and he is currently a Life Coach.   Elliot has had a life long passion and love of music, however he studied finance.   What made that happen?  How did that work out for him?  What wisdom does he have to pass on for creatives who struggle with feeling like their craft won't give them a lifestyle they want? He tells all in this conversation, and let me tell you he has tried all as well... Enjoy! You can contact Elliott at Elliotthecoach@gmail.com  
59:16
June 15, 2021
David Feinberg: Experimental Light Project
David Feinberg: Experimental Light Project
Welcome to Season 3, episode 4, our guest today is DAVID FEINBERG. David is a lot...a comedian, a podcast host, a video artist and a creative enthusiast, and a teacher of non-violent communication.  Before we started the podcast, he was thoughtful enough to ask what my pronouns are.  I think that speaks volumes about David's character and from my point of view, there is a pureness about him that makes his passion for his art intense...which is ironic because as you will hear, David uses filters and liquids to make abstract designs on and through video projection. Such a fun conversation, and David speaks eloquently about what video art is and how he does it. Enjoy! You can find David Feinberg : on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/feinbergliquidlightshow on Intagram - https://www.instagram.com/feinbergexplightproject/
01:00:35
June 13, 2021
Rachel Kling: My Walk On The Aikido Path- A Healing Journey of Self Discovery
Rachel Kling: My Walk On The Aikido Path- A Healing Journey of Self Discovery
Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3! Today's guest is Rachel Kling, author of the book: My Walk on the Aikido Path - A Healing Journey of Self Discovery. "Rachel Kling is a lifelong writer, an Aikido practitioner of 20 years, and began her career as a psychotherapist when she graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a clinical psychology degree in 2016. She has a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She received her blackbelt in aikido in 2011, and has a daily practice of misogi, a form of spiritual purification. Her practice of misogi jo, helps her to connect with nature and her own spirituality, open her heart, clear her mind, and live in the world in an empowered way." We discuss surviving and coping with mental illness and trauma, how natural interests in writing and dancing led Rachel to where she is today and how her creativity as a writer is helping spread the word of how Aikido can help clear one's mind and become more compassionate towards oneself and others. Don't miss this testimony to human strength and resiliency! Also, please go to: http://rachelklingauthor.com/ to check out her book My Walk on the Aikido Path - A Healing Journey of Self Discovery. Enjoy!
49:01
May 31, 2021
Yiqing Zhao - Taking Leaps of Faith: How She Transitioned From Medical School To Acting, Writing and Coaching
Yiqing Zhao - Taking Leaps of Faith: How She Transitioned From Medical School To Acting, Writing and Coaching
Welcome to season 3 Episode 2! Yiqing Zhao is an actor, writer, and creative life coach. She helps business people unlock creativity and help artists become their own bosses. On this episode, she speaks about how she transitioned from a medical career path to acting, writing and being a creative life coach. She speaks practically about taking leaps of faith in life as well as acknowledging that miracles DO happen.   Yiqing gives tips on how not to be emotionally drained as an actor when acting and also when trying to earn a living. She discusses this and a lot more because SHE is so much more. To find her go here: https://linktr.ee/yiqingzhao Enjoy!
57:03
May 24, 2021
Redwood: Singer-Songwriter Who Thinks Deeply and Writes From Her Heart
Redwood: Singer-Songwriter Who Thinks Deeply and Writes From Her Heart
Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! I'm excited to introduce Redwood to you!   She is a talented singer and songwriter who shares her process with both writing songs and performing. We also speak about what the school system, Margaret Atwood, Redwood's musical family and much more. Follow Redwood here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redwoodsongsuk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redwoodsongs/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/redwoodsongs TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@redwoodsongs?lang=en
48:41
May 18, 2021
Rocko Paolo - Entertainer Who Channels Creativity In Various Forms
Rocko Paolo - Entertainer Who Channels Creativity In Various Forms
Welcome to the last episode of Season 2! Rocko Paolo is a singer, songwriter, rapper, screenwriter, novelist, actor and a comedian, he does it all!  He knows how to live life.   This conversation covers creative burnout, the spiritual side of creating, serendipitous moments, taking tragedy and letting music connect and heal strangers, talking to a Sumerian God, the magic of collaborating with others and more! I can't make this up.  Rocko is such a unique person and I respect how he has stayed true to himself throughout his career, during this episode and I'm sure for the rest of his life.  He is a shining example of how to let your soul and spirit lead you. Enjoy!
58:35
May 11, 2021
D.B. Marshall - Love's Pursuit: A Journey To Wellness
D.B. Marshall - Love's Pursuit: A Journey To Wellness
Welcome to Season 2, episode 9.   D.B. Marshall, the author of international best-seller, Love's Pursuit: A Journey to Wellness, is the special guest. He shares how being "po'" helped him use the resources he had in a creative manner for the first half of his life, and then how pain and sorrow were the catalysts to using his creativity to share the wisdom he gained through life's struggles. Mr. Marshall is a formidable human being in that he learns from everything and doesn't let life's pitfalls stop him, in fact he uses them to grow and love even more.  Truly remarkable. The link to his book is here: https://lovespursuitatl.net/ Enjoy!
01:00:49
May 08, 2021
Justin Connor: The Golden Age - A Movie Of Healing, Higher Power And Satire
Justin Connor: The Golden Age - A Movie Of Healing, Higher Power And Satire
Welcome to Season 2, episode 8! Justin Connor speaks about why he made this movie and starred in it and directed in it and sang in it and...well you get the point.  He did ALL the things! From what Justin says during our conversation, it may just be the most thorough form of therapy you can do on your own.  He put everything he had into telling a story that was about his life and the life of many musicians as well.   Movie making, spirituality, mental health, pop music - it's all covered during this fascinating conversation. Enjoy! To find Justin Connor's work click below: USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08M98K6NJ U.K.: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08M9Y1MB6 Worldwide: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tgafilm Soundtrack: https://Lnk.to/tgafilm
55:38
April 26, 2021
Finlay Stanley: Storyteller, Videographer and Photographer Who Also Highlights Football (Soccer) Players
Finlay Stanley: Storyteller, Videographer and Photographer Who Also Highlights Football (Soccer) Players
Welcome to Season 2, episode 7! Finlay Stanley is a photographer, videographer and the creator of  Finlay Stanley Media, (YouTube site here) provides social media content to help your profession stand out, or in his own words:  "Whether you're the owner of a small business, a musician, or an actor/actress, we will provide the content you need to find your way to success." His Etsy shop is where you can find his photographs: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FinlayStanleyMedia, and if that weren't enough, he also tells the stories of football players (soccer if you're in America) on his YouTube channel, which shows off both his videography and storytelling skills, and that is found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5egKa6Q2uyRsMN24FmV3VA.  I love this idea, and really enjoy his channel. Finlay shares what he learned on his journey to expressing  his passions in various creative ways that not only helped keep him sane during this pandemic, but also earned him a profit.  He also explains what he feels is missing from the education system that would help foster creative thinking and expression. Super talented bloke, and if you want to find him on Instagram, here are those links: AFC Finners: Https://www.instagram.com/afc_finners/ Finlay Stanley Media: Https://www.instagram.com/finlaystanleymedia/ Enjoy!
01:04:48
April 19, 2021
Daniel Hess: To Tony Productions - Honoring The Past While Channeling Current Creative Sparks
Daniel Hess: To Tony Productions - Honoring The Past While Channeling Current Creative Sparks
Daniel Hess is a film maker and has filmed over 5000 weddings!   However he has moved on to other projects and just scripted a feature film, is mentoring others and has published a book of poetry called: Just A Boy Blaming Himself. In this episode, Daniel speaks about how the loss of his childhood friend motivated him to create To Tony Productions, and how experiences with tough relationships fueled the publication of his poetry.  He also speaks about struggling with depression, the collaboration process and how when you put yourself out there you open yourself up to ALL types of feedback, and how you can navigate that in a healthy manner. Daniel, like a lot of guests on this show, is a wise soul and is quite humble.  He demonstrates how one can maneuver through life's darkness in a way that is both kind and authentic.  And that takes a lot of strength.  Thank you Daniel, I see you. You can find Daniel at: https://totonyproductions.com/ And his book of poetry, Just A Boy Blaming Himself can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Blaming-Himself-Daniel-Hess-ebook/dp/B08SMQKXHJ Also, if you or someone you  know is struggling with depression or another mental illness, and need more support, here is a link to a hotline that could be beneficial: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
01:02:31
April 12, 2021
Tyran Saffold Jr. - Spoken Word Artist Who Has Learned How to Use His Sword
Tyran Saffold Jr. - Spoken Word Artist Who Has Learned How to Use His Sword
Tyran Saffold Jr. is a Spoken Word artist who shares how he went from doubting his gift to performing on stage.  He even was generous enough to perform during this episode, and it is POWERFUL.   Please stick around to hear his journey, wisdom and also all about the magazine he has started called: The Ink.  He even created a section in the magazine where he interviews poets from the past. Such a great idea! You can find Tyran Saffold and his magazine on instagram at these two sites: @gods_ink_spokenword and @theinkmagazine There is also a website for the magazine: https://theinkmagazine.carrd.co/ Enjoy!
48:37
April 05, 2021
Claudia Goetzelmann: Capturing and Mirroring Love While Helping People Live Fully Through Small and Big Deaths
Claudia Goetzelmann: Capturing and Mirroring Love While Helping People Live Fully Through Small and Big Deaths
Welcome to episode 4, Claudia Goetzelmann is the special guest. Claudia is a fashion, advertising and beauty photographer & art director and more!   She also is trained as an end of life doula, and has a spiritual coaching business called Permission to Bloom, where she aims to "help women step into their full potential to live a purposeful life in the Here and Now." You can find Claudia Goetzelmann's photography here:  https://www.claudiagoetzelmann.com/ Her Spiritual Coaching Services at Permission To Bloom here: https://www.permissiontobloomcoaching.com/ And all of her links here: https://linktr.ee/ClaudiaGoetzelmann
52:14
March 29, 2021
Joshua Marquez: Feeling The Wound As A Filipino-American Composer
Joshua Marquez: Feeling The Wound As A Filipino-American Composer
Joshua Marquez is a talented Filipino-American composer, sound artist and guitarist who has received death threats. Why has he received death threats? The answer is something I'm still processing, although Mr. Marquez explains it thoroughly and transparently in this episode. Unfortunately this is not the first guest who has spoken about their experience with racism.  The amazing thing is, like previous guests, Joshua uses his art to bring awareness to this issue, and for cathartic purposes.  He uses creativity,  in one of it's most powerful and highest forms - as medicine for himself and as a sword of truth for the rest of us who may still be ignorant of the sheer depth of hatred there is in this world. And, almost miraculously, the way he expresses the complex emotions he has, is pure beauty.  That in itself is a major feat to accomplish.  The strength it takes to channel all of those powerful feelings and then translate it into a piece of music that adds to the world - I just can't say enough about. In addition to diving into the depths of the underworld of composing, Joshua also explains his creative process, shares bits of wisdom his mentors gave to him and breaks down composing in a way that makes people feel like they too can start composing at any age. His album, Violent Yellow can be found here: https://joshuamarquez.bandcamp.com/album/violent-yellow You can find all of Joshua Marquez's links here: https://linktr.ee/joshuamarquezmusic And if you want to get involved in helping Asian Americans fight racism: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/get-involved
59:26
March 22, 2021
Nina Meehan: Helping Parents Be Creative With Their Kids, Which Lifts Up Everyone
Nina Meehan: Helping Parents Be Creative With Their Kids, Which Lifts Up Everyone
Nina is CEO of Bay Area Children's Theatre which has won awards as well as toured nationally and internationally. She also is a person who understands the ins and outs of creativity, just look at her answers to the 4 questions I ask every guest: 1) What is creativity? "Creativity is the magical combination of a spark of an idea and the discipline to go on the journey, including the struggles to allow that spark to become a beautiful flame." 2) What do you love about creativity? "I love that creativity allows for discovery and failure simultaneously.  I love that creativity has no limits or bounds.  I love that creativity can make an entire world appear and disappear in the length of a breath.  But mostly, I love that creativity can be the ultimate conduit to connection." 3) What do you hate about creativity? "It's hard.  There's no way that a creative process can ever happen without at least a few hours, a few days or a few months of staring at a wall, completely convinced that everything you are doing is terrible and that it will never work out." 4) Where is your creativity? "My creativity lives in the shine of my daughter's eyes when she laughs at a story we are creating together.  It's in nature.  It's on the pages where I write.  It's on the stages where I direct.  It's everywhere I look, as long as I remember to open my eyes." Her passion is creativity, stories and story-telling for children and adults alike and that definitely is apparent throughout this episode. She talks about the power of dyslexia, and how it shaped her mind and also gives 5 excellent tips on how to bring creativity into parenting, so keep an ear out for them.   You can find Nina Meehan at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nmeehan/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativparenting/ For her blog: https://ninameehan.com/blog A page with all of her links: https://linktr.ee/ninameehan Also, here is a link to the amazing book she mentioned, Beautiful Oops: https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Oops-Barney-Saltzberg/dp/076115728X
56:19
March 15, 2021
Ava - A Competitive Pole Dancer Who Delivers a Strong Message
Ava - A Competitive Pole Dancer Who Delivers a Strong Message
Welcome to season 2! Please look at this link before listening to the episode, we discuss the video and it is gorgeous:  https://www.instagram.com/tv/CIuMScpByAK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Ava speaks about how she was introduced to competitive pole dancing and dispels any myths people may have about who it is for and what type of people can do it.  Ava also uses the artform in a powerful manner as shown by her video. Enjoy!
51:58
March 08, 2021
Danielle Hurst: Painting and Sculpting Words While Raising a 7 Year Old And Living At Work
Danielle Hurst: Painting and Sculpting Words While Raising a 7 Year Old And Living At Work
This is the 10th and final episode of Season 1. The guest is my sister, Danielle Hurst.   During our conversation, Danielle shares her unique experience of teaching herself how to write in addition to how she found writing again after a decade of being closed off from her creative self. Other topics are also discussed such as raising a child and helping him develop a healthy creative self and what it looks like to actually have your creative expression supported. Enjoy!
38:56
February 28, 2021
Fen Alankus - Dancing With Fear and Honoring the "O.G." by Connecting to Her Creative Self
Fen Alankus - Dancing With Fear and Honoring the "O.G." by Connecting to Her Creative Self
Fen Alankus opens up about how it was and is to live life as a sensitive, queer and empathic person who believes in magic.  She shares how her creative voice was always there trying to help out but how it's not always so simple to just listen and follow it. This episode also includes viewpoints on how different types of schooling can make a creative person hide or thrive.  Oh, and last but not least.  Fen has a podcast called, Follow The Woo.  She interviews people about their experiences with the unseen side of life.  Check it out here: Intro Follow the Woo Podcast - Follow the Woo
49:22
February 22, 2021
Ori Cruz - How Art Therapy Can Be The Game Changer People Need
Ori Cruz - How Art Therapy Can Be The Game Changer People Need
For our 8th episode, we welcome Ori Cruz.  He has been an Art Therapist for over 25 years and currently works with male sex offenders.  Ori describes how he became an Art Therapist and how he has seen the healing art therapy provides for all types of people, including himself. Ori Cruz is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Art Therapy Association, and was featured as member of the month in June.
59:20
February 16, 2021
Matthew Temple - A Journey of Only Creative Jobs and the Debut of The Lover's Journal
Matthew Temple - A Journey of Only Creative Jobs and the Debut of The Lover's Journal
Matthew Temple is a writer, director, film maker, podcaster, has been in a band...he knows how to knit!   You name a creative activity he most likely has some experience with it.  In this episode, he tells us about the creative process involved in these jobs and he shares a wonderful new project he and his life partner have produced called: The Lovers Journal - a great workbook for couples. Enjoy! Please find the Lovers Journal Information along with Matthew's contact information and his movie (Hardball: The Girls of Summer) links below: http://theloversjournal.com/ http://matthewctemple.com/  https://web.facebook.com/Matthewctemple/ http://hardballfilm.com/ 
48:28
January 30, 2021
Dr. Krishna Bhatta: Using Imagination in a Meditative Space and The Step by Step Process in the Relaxx App
Dr. Krishna Bhatta: Using Imagination in a Meditative Space and The Step by Step Process in the Relaxx App
Dr. Krishna Bhatta shares how he grew up meditating and why, as a doctor, he sees how the meditative space can help reduce anxiety and burnout in addition to helping people connect to their inner flame.  He also explains how when you are in a meditative trance you can use imagination to help you be successful in your future. To experience the app for yourself go here: https://relaxx.org/ Please check out his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/relaxxapp
47:34
January 29, 2021
Brenden Kumarasamy - the Creator of Master Talk - Eradicating The Fear Of Public Speaking
Brenden Kumarasamy - the Creator of Master Talk - Eradicating The Fear Of Public Speaking
Brenden is a wealth of information and speaks about his journey from being born into an environment that was focused on being productive and getting a good job to creating his own company that teaches public speaking to all ages.  Brenden dreams of the day where nobody is scared of public speaking, and he eloquently speaks about how the creative process is involved with following your dreams. To find Brenden, visit: https://www.mastertalk.ca/speaking-topics Or go to Youtube and find a plethora of information on how to speak publicly:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBYFP4mZLQovr7W6Si6sueA
45:17
January 25, 2021
Sistah Lois (pronounced Loyce) - Creativity is Spiritual
Sistah Lois (pronounced Loyce) - Creativity is Spiritual
Sistah Lois is a force of creativity, she not only talks about it she shows it by singing and performing for this amazing episode.  She covers how accessing creativity helped her heal through trauma, endure racism and connect to her ancestors. You can find her on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SistahOmniLoveDiva/featured https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1d9u-IxdQs https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZcjKFaDJwL9AkPIudxvNw/videos
56:24
January 19, 2021
Jamell Sanchez - Utilizing Creativity in Various Ways in Addition to Overcoming Bullying
Jamell Sanchez - Utilizing Creativity in Various Ways in Addition to Overcoming Bullying
Jamell Sanchez is the young wise man for this episode. He shares how he utilizes creativity and imagination in his exercise routines, his school work, and in his new podcast: Postgame W/Jamell.   Jamell also shares sage advice on how to overcome bullying. For more information on how to stop bullying please visit: http://www.Stopbullying.gov
38:05
January 11, 2021
Daniel Lastinger: How Music Therapy Helps People and Being Creatively Inspired by Giving Gifts
Daniel Lastinger: How Music Therapy Helps People and Being Creatively Inspired by Giving Gifts
For today's episode, Daniel Lastinger, MT is the guest of honor and he speaks about how Music Therapy can help all ages, from new-borns to people who have landed themselves in prison. Enjoy :)
39:30
January 04, 2021
Curtis Panasuk - Teaching Others How to Solve Problems Using Their Creativity
Curtis Panasuk - Teaching Others How to Solve Problems Using Their Creativity
Curtis speaks about how he used creative problem solving in his own life, growing up and then discusses how and why creative problem solving is so needed today. Check out his website for powerful resources: https://creativity-workshops.com/
01:10:19
December 28, 2020
Introduction to Let Creativity Podcast
Introduction to Let Creativity Podcast
A brief hello from your host about what the podcast is about and why it started.
01:28
December 28, 2020