The Lightning Rod

Ep. 01 | Finding & Defining Style - The Lightning Rod

An episode of 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. Our goal? To spark your next creative project.

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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
What's happening with The Lightning Rod
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
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