The Lightning Rod

The Lightning Rod

By The Creative Folks
What's up ya'll! We're two artists in Atlanta who decided one day to come together to answer questions and talk about the creative industry.

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Personal Branding vs. Start Up Branding
Branding seems simple to the average because it's just colors & logos right? Today Minh & Tammy dive in to give you a closer understanding of branding on a personal freelance level versus branding as a start-up company. Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org    Thanks for tuning in with us today!    Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh    The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
27:37
August 9, 2020
Should I Run That Ad?
Putting up Ads has always been very common business advice towards anyone even those who are just starting up. But Tammy wants to talk more about how to give value to that Ad by giving value to your skills first. So let's dive into that, shall we? Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh  The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
16:20
August 3, 2020
Tips to Starting a Business (Different Advice!)
Starting a business could get really confusing, overwhelming, and even frustrating especially when you don't know what in the world you're doing. Don't worry. We got you! We've been there and now we're here to light your way up with some simple tips in order for you to get going with your business. Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org    Thanks for tuning in with us today!    Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh    The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
14:53
July 27, 2020
Critiquing JK Rowling
Should we separate JK Rowling from her art of creating the world of Harry Potter? A big fan favorite however she's been in the spotlight for controversial statements. Today we discuss. This is solely opinionated and we encourage you to listen with an open mind.   Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org    Thanks for tuning in with us today!    Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh    The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
14:53
July 20, 2020
One of the Best Business Investments We Made
In the business world, connections are too vital to even say. Not just connections towards your audience but connections to your fellow businessmen/businesswomen wherein you can help each other grow in the business world. And so today, Tammy talks about a business group for women that she's very passionate about. Hear the reasons why she's passionate about them and find out what group that is!  Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org    Thanks for tuning in with us today!    Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh    The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
11:37
July 13, 2020
Colorism in the Art World
Colorism is not only a real-world issue, but it's prevalent in the art world as well. Today, Minh covers the topic as we acknowledge that colorism is real and affects artists across the board. Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in with us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
16:56
July 6, 2020
Do I Sound Cringey?
Ever had your own ideas, your own concept, your own passion but then thought to yourself, "Am I cringey for having such ideas?" DON'T! Embrace those thoughts because that's what makes you unique, original, and happy!   Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh  The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
14:58
June 29, 2020
Fan Art
Can you make a profit in doing fan art? Minh says it's definitely...YES! Tune in as we talk about the concept of fan art and original art as well. Which is better?   Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh  The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
14:33
June 22, 2020
Stay In Demand
Tactics, strategies, methods, and steps on how you can stay in-demand for the job market in these times or whatever times we'll be in, we got you covered on that!  Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh  The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
17:51
June 17, 2020
Art School
What are your thoughts on going to Art school? Can you benefit way more in going rather than learning for yourself? Is there a catch or is it more likely to have the same results to where you are now? Hear out our thoughts today as we discuss these and more!   Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh  The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
16:21
June 15, 2020
What is a Logo?
Our brands deserve to be recognized. With the perfect logo, it heightens your chances of being recognized. So let's talk about that today and learn what difference does a logo really bring to the wholeness of your brand.    Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your hosts,  Tammy & Minh Huynh   The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
10:17
June 8, 2020
Hustle Culture
Rise, grind, repeat? Well, sure. But don't forget, you're still a human being that needs to take breaks, have fun, and just learn more about yourself. You are what's more important, okay? Stay tuned as we talk about this more on this segment!    Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org   Thanks for tuning in with us today!   Your Hosts,  Tammy & Minh Huynh   The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
17:08
June 1, 2020
Social Media During Quarantine
As business owners, we have to think about our customers all the time, right? Especially in times like these, how should we be able to cater to their needs? And better yet, how can we do that online in the social media space?  Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Thanks for tuning in with us today! Your hosts,  Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
21:00
May 25, 2020
Zoom and Mental Health
Zoom fatigue. It's a thing now. Being locked up inside your home, having meetings done on Zoom can be your only choice. And for many of you who are working from home these days, maybe you've experienced this too. So how do you manage this? Find out here in this episode!  Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Thanks for tuning in with us today!  Your hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
16:12
May 20, 2020
Talking to Professors about Mental Health
Bringing up your mental health to anyone isn't easy, we get it. As students however it's especially important to be transparent to your professors early as possible so that it doesn't affect your education. We encourage you to seek professional help and if you're not ready for it yet, then bring it up to those around you who are comfortable for you.   Minh dives into today's episode with advice on bringing it up to your professors. Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in with us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
17:50
May 18, 2020
Mental Health in the Asian-American Community
For Mental Health May and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, we always get so excited because our passions really revolve around these two topics and they hit home close for the both of us in many ways. Today we're going to discuss Mental Health in the Asian-American communities.  While we do NOT represent all Asian-Americans, their opinions, and their communities, but we tuned in to the responses from our experiences, immediate circles, peers, teammates, and our local communities in general and we want to bring that to light this month.  Article(s) mentioned in today's episode: tinyurl.com/y8rdt883 | ADAA.ORG tinyurl.com/y75p4pl9 | APA.ORG We'd love to hear your comments, email us: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in with us today! Your hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
18:32
May 11, 2020
Focusing in on Asian-American Businesses here in Atlanta
We're in an interesting time now May 2020.  COVID-19 is scattered across the nation, the world, and of course our newsfeed. We're not here to speak on how to wash your hands or how to stay sanitized, we know you get it already. As a business that's Asian-American owned, we want to speak on a variety of touch points between COVID-19, the Asian-American community, Mental Health May, and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.  Asian-American businesses in Atlanta (needless to say across the country) are battling a variety of things and we want to bring that awareness to you, our listeners.  Article(s) mentioned in today's episode:  tinyurl.com/y7fcxglp | Atlanta Journal Constitution We'd love to hear your comments, email us: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Thanks for tuning in with us today! Your hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
13:38
May 11, 2020
How is Business Going?
As the whole world seems to be stopping, is your business? Ours....tune in to find out what we're going through during COVID-19! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in with us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
13:25
May 5, 2020
Apps to keep on your phone as a creative
Your phone is essential to your life as a creator. True or False? If true, today's episode is all about getting your phone to start working more effectively for you!  Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
08:34
April 29, 2020
Work-life Balance
How do you set boundaries for yourself between work, friends, family, and creative endeavors? Here are some practical tips on how to have that balance. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
10:59
April 27, 2020
Maintaining Branding Consistency
The very essential part to any small business or company is their branding. However, it's often over looked and branding can go in many directions. Consistency is a word that's often preached but is it practiced? Let's talk about it today.  Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
07:08
April 27, 2020
Share Less, Do More
When does (too much) sharing become counterproductive in terms of accomplishing more tasks? Are your goals for sharing still in line with your goals of doing more? Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
05:15
April 22, 2020
Dealing With Hard Clients
Difficult clients are part of the cost of doing business. In this episode, we'll talk about the types of difficult clients that you'll encounter in your creative business, and how you can possibly avoid them. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
15:34
April 20, 2020
Must-haves for Artists
There are several mediums used in traditional art. Digital art also has pro tools. Regardless of what you want to specialize on, here are some essential tools that can get you going with your art endeavors. Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
19:50
April 17, 2020
What to look for in a pro designer?
If it wasn't obvious, not every designer is the same. A pro designer also comes in many different forms from skills to delivery. Here are things to look for when seeking a pro designer.  Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh --- www.thecreativefolks.org/contentlibrary It's a free online content library for you to feed your hustle. The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
07:06
April 15, 2020
Self-care Tips
When does the thing that you love become an ultimate source of stress in your life. Do you always have to make money from your creative hobbies? Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
13:02
April 13, 2020
How To Deal With Failure
Breath. Assess. Hustle. Repeat. Minh here, and I'd like to share my insights on how to deal with failure in a positive way. Because whether we like it or not, everybody fails every now and then. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
14:43
April 8, 2020
Efficiently Working From Home
And just like that, COVID19 pandemic has brought the world into a screeching halt. Working from home is the new normal. How can you make sure that important tasks are still done on time when you have all the freedom of taking unlimited breaks at home? Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
07:53
April 6, 2020
Why invest in Adobe?
One question we receive a lot is about ADOBE. Is it worth it? Why should I invest to it as a creative? If you're asking those questions for yourself, we encourage you to listen in to today's episode.  Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today's episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh --- www.thecreativefolks.org/contentlibrary It's a free online content subscription for you to feed your hustle. The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
12:10
February 19, 2020
Imposter Syndrome in Art School
Minh is currently a graduate student at SCAD and we're here to discuss the affects ART SCHOOL on the mental health of a student. While today's episode isn't about SCAD directly, we want you to consider today's episode if you are deciding on art school or the art space in general. The art world and space is competitive, the same goes for any art school. There are many cases of imposter syndrome which directly leads into other toxic situations that will affect a student's mental health.  Let's talk about it today! Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
15:57
February 17, 2020
Importance of Taking Breaks
It seems like an obvious that taking a break is important, but have we learned to practice that in our own creative journey? Today we talk about taking breaks and how important it is to define that moment where you tell yourself, "Stop, I need a break."  Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
17:18
February 12, 2020
Artstagram, is it worth it?
Minh here! Another day, another episode! Today we dive into Artstagram. We still believe this is one of the best platforms for creatives, do you agree?  Let us know! Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
15:56
February 11, 2020
Finding and Defining Style Re-Do!
Minh here! I'm back on Season 2 of The Lightning Rod. Today to continue our anniversary celebrations, we're revisiting episode 1. There were a lot of things we covered in style and we want to re-share what we'e learned in the industry. Join us on today's episode! Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
16:04
February 10, 2020
What are branding assets?
Not to be confused with collateral, assets these are foundational to brand building. You can easily tell another designer, new employees, or explain your brand better to someone by placing all the assets into a branding guide/style guide that lists the specifics about using brand assets. All in today's episode! Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh --- www.thecreativefolks.org/contentlibrary It's a free online content subscription for you to feed your hustle. The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
06:24
February 7, 2020
Self Designed Logos
Ah, so you need a logo but don't want to pay the price. What you'll end up seeing is you may the price later for self-designing your own logo! What's up about self designed logos, is it worth it to self design? All in today's episode!  Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh --- www.thecreativefolks.org/contentlibrary It's a free online content subscription for you to feed your hustle. The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks
09:48
February 6, 2020
What Does it Mean to Rebrand?
Like a lot of brands are popping up everywhere, the term rebrand is also tossed so often. What does it mean to truly rebrand? Does it mean I have to keep changing out everything? Let's talk about it in today's episode!  Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
10:13
January 24, 2020
What is Branding?
This is the official first episode of season 2, and it'a bit rocky but we hope you hear us out. Branding is a lot more than what meets the eye especially when it seems like everyone wants a brand, to build a brand, or to be a brand nowadays. Here are some things we learned as Marketers & Branders. Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh
07:57
January 23, 2020
SEASON 2 - The New Lightning Rod is Here!
Welcome back and happy 2020! Tune in to hear about our new format for the podcast. You spoke, we heard. We understand that interviews may not be for everyone. For those of you who still love the interviews, they can still be heard. When new interviews come out, we'll load them to our content library: www.thecreativefolks.org/contentlibrary It's a free online content subscription for you to feed your hustle.  Our new format is all about being fast + accessible with the content. You can now learn new things with our shorter episodes that will come out more frequently.  Thanks for tuning in to us today! The Lightning Rod is powered by The Creative Folks Your Hosts,  Tammy & Minh Huynh
04:37
January 22, 2020
Ep. 25 | Being Young & Creative ft. Inari Briana
Today's conversation is led by Tammy featuring Inari Briana. Inari is an Atlanta based photographer who has a lot of advice for the modern day creative. Today we talk about our hustle and grind as young creators, the mental impact of comparing ourselves to others around us, and our ALMA MATER: Georgia State University, home to creators and innovators.  Let's Talk! The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Inari on IG: @inaribriana https://www.inaribriana.com http://thisishave.com/ - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ Minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org
50:26
December 20, 2019
Ep. 24 | Power of Networks ft. Aries Purnell
Today's conversation is led by Tammy but co-hosted by TCF's Brand Director, Sheena! We welcomed Aries, Founder of Purnell Film & Media to the podcast to talk about his creative work and the importance of networking. Aries since the age of 14 has built a great network of people around him and those people have built him up to where he is today! In today's episode, not only will we talk about networking BUT we're also going to tap into mental health.  Let's Talk! The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Aries on IG: @iamaries https://www.purnellfilms.com/ - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ Minh: @banh_minh_ Sheena (today's cohost): @ipatelthetruth Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org
59:36
October 25, 2019
Ep. 23 | Marion Silverman on Branding
Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Marian Silverman is a financial educator with a passion for sharing her knowledge about financial literacy to high school and college level students through her workshops and demonstrations. She is currently working on accumulating her knowledge into a manuscript to publish and is currently in the works of building her brand. The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org 
59:28
October 4, 2019
Ep. 22 | How to Define Success with Nikon Papi aka Wildy Civil
Today's conversation is led by Tammy but co-hosted by TCF's Brand Director, Sheena! We're interviewing Wildy (pronounced: WILL-DEE) Civil, more known as Nikon Papi. Nikon is a well known photographer in Atlanta who covers all styles. With today's episode, he shares about his beginnings, his inspirations, that one post that went viral, and his way of defining success in his career. Let's talk! The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Nikon Papi on IG: @nikonpapi https://www.civilcreations.com/ Post referenced in the episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaXdgjvF27_/ - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ Minh: @banh_minh_ Sheena (today's cohost): @ipatelthetruth Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org
46:34
September 27, 2019
Ep. 21 | $2,000 Later, a New Mural on the Atlanta Beltline
Today's episode is hosted by Minh! Cherry Virginia Chandra is a foreign exchange student from Indonesia currently residing in Atlanta. She is a graduate student studying at SCAD Atlanta.Cherry has a passionate love for the environment that she expresses in her vivid and captivating murals depicting whales. Today's episode covers Cherry's recent mural work for the Atlanta Beltline, a mural that's almost 3 times her size! The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Cherry on IG: @mikhaelacherry Post referenced in the episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0b3vUJnIxl/ - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org
30:49
September 22, 2019
Ep. 20 | Meet Alex Seidenberg and His World of Photography - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Tammy! We're diving into Alex's life on how he moved from Florida up to Atlanta and he'll drop some gems about doing concert photos! Alex is a landscape and concert photographer, but don't let it fool you! Alex is currently in school for a masters for a totally different field, but it's definitely a field he's passionate about.  - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Alex on IG: @poseidenberg - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:15:19
September 13, 2019
Ep. 19 | Let's Talk About Rise & Grind Culture - The Lightning Rod
You probably saw this coming but we're back, together, with an episode about rise and grind culture. We talk about what it is, how have we seen it interpreted in the world, and our overall thoughts on it. Do you have a "rise and grind" mentality? How do you implement it in your daily life?  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org 
28:48
September 6, 2019
Ep. 18 | Meet Marion Silverman & Learning Financial Literacy - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Marian Silverman is a financial educator with a passion for sharing her knowledge about financial literacy to high school and college level students through her workshops and demonstrations. She is currently working on accumulating her knowledge into a manuscript to publish and is currently in the works of building her brand.  - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle. www.thecreativefolks.org 
39:45
August 30, 2019
Ep. 17 | Start Up to Start Up, Let's Talk Business ft. The Cork Bros Studio - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Tammy Huynh! We invited The Cork Bros, Andrew McCorkle & Mike Corkrum, to come drop some knowledge about business. Tammy shares some business struggles to get their opinions and they came through with really valuable advice. If you're looking to start and want to hear about the kinds of things you'll run into as a business, today's episode is just for ya!  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Andrew on IG: @andrew__mccorkle Mike on IG: @sir_corkrum - Find our team on IG! TCF: @thecreativefolks Tammy: @huynher__ minh: @banh_minh_ Let's hustle.   www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:18:25
August 16, 2019
Ep. 16 | Why Art Teachers Hate Anime - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! They'll discuss about looking at anime with a critical creative eye. How anime portrays different races and how it doesn't provide the basis of human anatomy are just a few critiques Minh has about anime. Let us know your thoughts on today's episode by emailing us!  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Social media episode that was mentioned in today's episode.  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
27:58
August 9, 2019
Ep. 15 | Art School vs. Self Taught - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh!  Minh's experience stems from a self taught artist into an art student at SCAD. They will talk about the pros and cons of being self taught and the learning curve it took to become an art student!  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
34:15
August 2, 2019
Ep. 14 | The New Little Mermaid: Where Do We Stand? - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! You've heard the tea these past few weeks about the announcement of Halle Bailey casted as The Little Mermaid. The internet was going nuts, as usual, and there were definitely sides to this debate. However, should it even be a debate? Hear out our thoughts about the casting choice and where we stand in this decision.  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
27:07
July 26, 2019
Ep. 13 | Art Habits to Break - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! We're going to talk about art habits you need to break; some include avoiding social media, marketing, and branding. Let us know what kind of art habits you have that you can't break out of? letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Social media episode that was mentioned in today's episode.  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
30:54
July 19, 2019
Ep. 12 | Interviewing Our Founder - Re-Meet TCF
We're just a bit past 10 full episodes of The Lightning Rod, so we figured why not interview our internal staff so you can learn more about us as a company. The Creative Folks was founded by Tammy Huynh and she works along side with the TCF staff to create content for the creative community.  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:12:31
June 14, 2019
Ep. 11 | Explore the World of Agency-Level Photography with Freddy at Imagine Media
Today's conversation is about working as a "corporate photographer" in Atlanta. While a lot of photographers typically consider freelance as their route, we wanted to be able to cover the other side too. Freddy worked for Imagine Media, a marketing agency in Atlanta, as their lead photographer. He gives us some details on how he landed the job, which we think is just inspiring and out of the box!  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Freddy's IG // Imagine Media IG // Imagine Media Website Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:10:03
June 7, 2019
Ep. 10 | Taking a Mental Break and Better Your Time Management with Mike Glatzer
Mike is not your typical wedding photographer. He's actually a Product Development Engineer here in Atlanta! We found out in today's episode that his full time job as an engineer takes just as much creativity as it does any other creative job. Today's conversation, we touch on the importance of taking a mental break. Mike also talks about better time management and if multi-tasking is a myth?!  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Mike's IG // Mike's Website // Mike's blog on Time Management Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:12:55
May 31, 2019
Ep. 09 | Minh Shares Their Experience Part Two
NOTE: Today's episode can/may contain triggering words, phrases, and/or scenarios.  In this episode, Minh continues to share their past mental breakdown experience, which resulted to them giving up art for quite some time. May is  Mental Health Awareness Month, so we really wanted to dedicated this month's content to this. Please continue to be self-aware of your mental health and take care of it.  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
59:06
May 24, 2019
Ep. 08 | Minh Shares Their Mental Breakdown Experience
NOTE: Today's episode can/may contain triggering words, phrases, and/or scenarios.  In this episode, Minh will share their past mental breakdown experience, which resulted to them giving up art for quite some time. We understand that mental breakdowns range in levels and one mental breakdown cannot be compared to one another.  We encourage you to seek professional help if you experience this level of extremeness.  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
52:39
May 17, 2019
Ep. 07 | Understanding Therapy and Practicing Self-Care
Today's conversation with our first guest, Tameika Cheek, a local Atlanta therapist. In honor of Mental Health Month, we recognize that many people, creatives being a big part of this number, go through a lot of emotional and mental break downs. The creative industry itself is a beast to maintain. We welcomed Tameika in to speak about therapy and the myths around it.  Disclaimer: We will always encourage you to research for better understanding on any topic. On this note, we highly encourage you to speak to a professional when it comes to the decision to undergo or to not go to therapy, because TCF and The Lightning Rod are not licensed professionals in this industry. However, Tameika is a licensed therapist who went under intense training and education to be part of the private practice world. Please visit her website for more information.  The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Tameika's IG // Tameika's Website // Therapist Code IG Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:06:13
May 10, 2019
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The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks.  - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.   www.thecreativefolks.org 
01:24
May 3, 2019
Ep. 06 | What to Expect with Critiques - The Lightning Rod
We're all about touchy subjects. Today's conversation is about constructive criticism and taking on critique to your work. We talk about the differences, what are good ways to constructively critique, how to control your emotions when you're receiving critique, and building that tougher skin. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Article mentioned in today's episode.  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:12:31
March 29, 2019
Ep. 05 | The World of Freelance - The Lightning Rod
Today's conversation is all about the freelance career! Our hosts Minh and Tammy dive in to help you understand more about the freelance lifestyle and career pathway. From pricing to when it's the right time to do free work, and they'll even throw a couple of clients stories.  - Questions, comments, sponsors, interested guests can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:08:39
March 22, 2019
Ep. 04 | Can my work be stolen? - The Lightning Rod
In today's conversation, we're hitting the topic of stolen work. As creatives, this is something we face, since we're constantly posting in a public space. Though Minh and Tammy are not legal experts, they want to shed light on this topic and talk about how can work be stolen and how important it is to protect yourself as a creative.  This podcast project is powered by The Creative Folks.   - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Article mentioned in today's episode.  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
39:57
March 15, 2019
Ep. 03 | Social Media for Artists - The Lightning Rod
Today's episode we cover SOCIAL MEDIA!  We dive a bit deeper about social media and how useful it can be as a tool for artists and creatives. We talk about feed, aesthetics, followers, and content curation. Share with us your social media profiles and let us know what you think about today's episode!  This podcast project is powered by The Creative Folks.   - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
43:20
March 8, 2019
Ep. 02 | Art Portfolios and Why We Need One - The Lightning Rod
In this conversation, we talk about that one thing every artist probably already has, is in the process of making, or will be getting soon. Art portfolios have definitely transformed over the years, but is still relevant in today's time. Without one, are you really putting your work to its full potential to get clients? Thanks for tuning in to episode two!  This podcast project is powered by The Creative Folks.   - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Disclaimer: Links contain affiliate links.  Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio AskLorem -- Our review of AskLorem  Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
1:10:06
February 15, 2019
Ep. 01 | Finding & Defining Style - The Lightning Rod
Welcome to our very first episode! In this conversation, we cover a topic that can be difficult for other artists to identify: style! Both Minh and Tammy believe that style is ever changing but it doesn't mean we shouldn't be consistent.    This is an introduction to our podcast format, we hope to spark your next creative project.  - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly:  letstalk@thecreativefolks.org  Fun clickables and mentions: Tammy's IG // Tammy's Portfolio  Minh's IG // Minh's Portfolio Let's hustle.  www.thecreativefolks.org 
44:14
February 6, 2019