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Stoke Your Curiosity

Stoke Your Curiosity

By Michael Shiferaw Zewdie

A podcast about an Ethiopian creative who needs to relearn what he knows and expand his perspectives after he moved to a new country.

It will be a weekly podcast that will touch on how culture clash affects the creative process and delves deep on how people can better themselves in their personal and professional lives by working to understand what they love in a different light.

The episodes will be interspersed with conversations with other creatives regarding life, work and the need to tell stories and make a living despite obstacles and because of them.
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SYC Episode 13 - Share Your Work
SYC Episode 13 - Share Your Work
In today's episode I put my thoughts into why it should be necessary to grow and improve your work by sharing your process with the world. In my research to better my craft I came upon a website named NessLabs and an article written within by the creator Anne Laure talks about sharing your work to create a better feedback loop and improve on your final output. Are you for big reveals, or are you the type of creative that lets your audience glimpse part of your work process? Send me your thoughts and lets keep the conversation going. Nesslabs Music: Strollin by Tigran Viken | Epidemic Sound My Website
16:32
September 06, 2020
SYC Episode 12 - And We Are Back
SYC Episode 12 - And We Are Back
Hello everyone, we are back on Stoke Your Curiosity after a hiatus of 3 months. On this episode I will be talking about my Film Emulation Series photography project and my thoughts on working on this project. You can find the blog page with my photography article in the link below. If you have any thoughts and or comments don't hesitate to get in touch. Blog
19:55
August 16, 2020
SYC Episode 11 - Conversation WIth Meredith Wyman
SYC Episode 11 - Conversation WIth Meredith Wyman
Welcome back to SYC Episode 11 as we have a conversation with Meredith Wyman CEO of Mind Your Intuition and founder of the FlowJam Festival as she talks about her life journey and her work to build her own business and empower women to be better informed and engaged in the business world and the art of moneymaking. Check out her links below and let us know what you think on the show. FlowJam, Mind Your Intuition www.mshiferaw.com
26:15
May 30, 2020
SYC Episode 10 - Conversation with Todd Sullivan
SYC Episode 10 - Conversation with Todd Sullivan
We are back with the latest episode for SYC, featuring a conversation with Todd Sullivan author of the fantasy series THE WINDSHINE CHRONICLES and the VAMPIRE SERIES OF EXTREME HORROR. He tells us a little bit about his process and how he works on publishing his novels and his inspiration among other things. Check out some of his books Hollow Men, There Will Be One, Butchers. Background music: Ground Beats, Onyx Music-Artlist
24:29
May 23, 2020
SYC Episode 9 - Conversation with Martha Tadesse
SYC Episode 9 - Conversation with Martha Tadesse
Stoke Your Curiosity episode 9 features a candid conversation with Humanitarian photographer Martha Tadesse based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She talks about her career and her projects, her process and why she does what she does and life is like for a photographer in her line of work. Below you will find her Website, Instagram and can also order her prints. Martha's Website | Instagram | Prints My profile. 
50:22
May 09, 2020
SYC Episode 8 - Conversation with Kate Emerald
SYC Episode 8 - Conversation with Kate Emerald
Welcome to our latest iteration of Stoke Your Curiosity with a candid conversation with Kate Emerald a Healer—Storyteller—Astrologer. We talk about how she came to the path of what she is doing now and share perspective on life and everyday living. You can check out her profile and links in the list below. Let us know what you think of the program and if you want to be featured on the show send us an email on micael233@yahoo.com and lets get in touch. Kate's Website,  Facebook page, Shadow Lecture & Meditation For info on my profile and works check out www.mshiferaw.com
28:22
May 02, 2020
SYC Episode 7 - Conversation with writer Jamie Apps
SYC Episode 7 - Conversation with writer Jamie Apps
Welcome to Stoke Your Curiosity with episode 7 featuring a conversation with Jamie Apps a writer, Arts Editor and journalist based in Sydney. He talks about his work as an journalist, writer and podcaster and his work covering the entertainment and music scene in Australia. You can check out his zine and podcast in the links below. You can also check out one of his favorite new artists Azure Ryder which is becoming one of my favorites too.  Jamie Apps Website | The Commentary Booth - Podcast  Favorite up and coming artist Azure Ryder
21:05
April 25, 2020
Stoke Your Curiosity Episode 6 - Chasing The Light
Stoke Your Curiosity Episode 6 - Chasing The Light
Check out the 6th episode from Stoke Your Curiosity where I ramble about my passion for photography and my convoluted understanding of where I want to go with it. Check out my perspective on what I would like my photographs to be. In addition to that below, you can find links to my Instagram, Flickr, Vsco and also the people that I am inspired by. IG | Flickr | Vsco Inspirations | Ansel Adams, Fan Ho, Alex Webb, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Abbas Website | www.mshiferaw.com
30:25
April 18, 2020
Stoke Your Curiosity - Episode 5 Workflow for a Swissarmy knife of Creative
Stoke Your Curiosity - Episode 5 Workflow for a Swissarmy knife of Creative
I am back with the 5th episode of Stoke Your Curiosity podcast and today I will be talking about my workflow across the different creative projects that I don in my day to day life. Below you will find the links of the software/apps that I use. Let me know what you think and would love to also hear your own workflow in whatever projects you are working on. SOFTWARES I USE: DESIGN WORK | Adobe Creative Suite; ILLUSTRATION WORK |  Adobe Illustrator Draw, Infinite Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook, Artflow PHOTOGRAPHY WORK | Moment ( IOS, Android ), Spectre, Halide, Darkroom, Lightroom, Hypocam ( IOS, Android ), FIMO ( IOS, Android ) VIDEO AND PODCASTING WORK | Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, Moment ( IOS, Android ), FIlmic Pro ( IOS, Android ), Adobe Media Encoder WEBDESIGN | Adobe Dreamweaver PLANNING | Notion For more info check out my website | www.mshiferaw.com
34:47
April 11, 2020
Stoke Your Curiosity - Episode 4 Music and Creativity
Stoke Your Curiosity - Episode 4 Music and Creativity
This week's episode is about the impact that music has on your creative work. I will try to do a mini delve into how music can help you be a better creative and be more focused. This week’s nuggets are: Get Songs With BPM | https://getsongbpm.com/ ARTICLE ON MUSIC AND CREATIVITY| https://medium.com/s/how-to-design-creative-workspaces/how-to-use-music-to-boost-your-creativity-558a091df1db TIPS ON MAKING A PLAYLIST | https://playlists.net/useful-stuff/the-ultimate-guide-to-making-great-playlists NOTEtOSELF | https://www.notetoselfblog.com/note_to_self/ PAPER ON BENEFITS OF NOISE TO CREATIVITY | https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/665048?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents
20:34
March 01, 2020
SYC Episode 3 - Learning and Unshackling Your Creative Voice
SYC Episode 3 - Learning and Unshackling Your Creative Voice
On this week's episode, I talk about 5 pointers on what you need to do to discover, reignite and hone in your own creative voice. I will talk about the things that I am using to reframe understand and grow my perspective with. This week’s nuggets are: INSPIRATION | https://www.ted.com/talks/phil_hansen_embrace_the_shake?language=en GRAPHIC DESIGN |http://www.jadepurplebrown.com/ TYPOGRAPHY | https://shantellmartin.art/ INSPIRATION | https://www.pentagram.com/about/paula-scher/#video-do-what-youve-never-done-before GRAPHIC DESIGN | https://medium.com/@minoraxis/7-principles-of-icon-design-e7187539e4a2 Music From Artlist: BacoInstrumentalVersion_by_TheseNuts_Artlist; JellOInstrumentalVersion_by_Egozi_Artlist
33:12
February 10, 2020
SYC Episode 2 - Conversation with Besrat Takele Debebe creator of Etan Comics
SYC Episode 2 - Conversation with Besrat Takele Debebe creator of Etan Comics
Check out the enlightening conversation that I had with Beserat Takele Debebe the creator of Etan Comics a comic book line that is working to bring African stories to the comic book medium. Below you will find the links that he as a creator finds useful to inspire/instruct/shape his thoughts when he is doing his work. How to hire a comic book artist: https://www.hireanillustrator.com/i/blog/1332/hiring-comic-book-artist/?fbclid=IwAR1b3w0yPzLxSbP_bZit2FnKF3iS9A4H1dd7Iruj0dvmo2FFO2QMUH-MWcU How to print your own comic books: https://www.mythopoeia.us/blog/the-biz-how-to-print-your-own-comic-books How to become the best in the world at something: https://forge.medium.com/how-to-become-the-best-in-the-world-at-something-f1b658f93428 JEMBER Issue 1-3 Kickstarter link; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/795984369/jember-1-3-coming-of-age-african-superhero-adventure-story Website: www.etancomics.com _________________________________________________________________ As usual our 5 links of inspiring websites/projects that I have come across are as follows: https://www.meatable.com | Loving Meat and hating industrial farming Balanced Design https://sussexroyal.com/ Ui Design and Experience  https://emotivefeels.com/ Photography Project by Sandance https://www.behance.net/gallery/90885269/Sandance Bubble Jungle http://s.muz.li/ZGVlODcxY2My If you have any suggestions and or resources that you think I should feature here do let me know or send me a link through my website or my social media links.
57:55
February 02, 2020
Stoke Your Curiosity (SYC) - Episode 1
Stoke Your Curiosity (SYC) - Episode 1
Hi, welcome to Stoke Your Curiosity, this is a weekly podcast of creative and introspective conversations and musings from me Michael Shiferaw Zewdie. This is the maiden episode of my journey to be come a better storyteller. In this episode I introduce what I want to do with this podcast and also introduce some of the things that I will be featuring for my podcasts. My weekly resource links are found below: Business Strategy | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0N533oosHs | Start of a New Era | WeeklyVee 001 Website Desing | https://www.roomandboard.com.au/ BY https://racket.net.au/ Graphic Design | https://www.behance.net/gallery/1627235/Dope-Geometry-Collection By Sabri Akın Photography/Graphic Design | https://www.behance.net/gallery/6144291/PHOTO-QUOTE-December By Alander Wong Calligraphy |  http://www.fubiz.net/en/2013/03/07/calligraphy-on-the-human-body-2/ | Calligraphy on the Human Body By Ronit Bigal If you have any comments, suggestions recommendations and collaborations you have in mind don't hesitate to get in touch through my social media links and thanks for listening in. Music: Ground-Beats By Onyx Music from Artlist
22:15
January 26, 2020
Stoke Your Curiosity - Trailer
Stoke Your Curiosity - Trailer
Check out Stoke Your Curiosity, a podcast about the creativity and the creative life and how you can work to expand your perspectives and skills throughout your career. We will talk about, work challenges, creativity, media and storytelling challenges in the digital age.
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January 15, 2020