Arts, Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Conversation
Hosted by Daedalus Howell
The Culture Dept. podcast features interviews with artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who share their insights on building a sustainable, contemporary creative life.
Josh Elledge is also the founder of upendPR.com – a groundbreaking service designed to inspire and provide a road map for people like you to attract the your perfect audience without a pricey PR firm.
In 2011 years ago, Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Dan Ariely of Duke University penned The Dark Side of Creativity: Original Thinkers Can Be More Dishonest, a report that proposed “that a creative personality and a creative mindset promote individuals’ ability to justify their behavior, which, in turn, leads to unethical behavior." Five years later, I ask, "How can we use this as a superpower?
Feeling washed up? Creative energy in the tubes? Most creatives will occasionally experience feelings like these. Fortunately, neuroscience has found a cure. Behold, the power of the shower.
Another lifetime ago, author Crissi Langwell was a single mom, struggling to get through to the next paycheck and struggling to figure out who she was – let alone where she was going. Half a dozen books and several epiphanies later, she's here to share some insights from her latest publication, Reclaim Your Creative Soul: The Secrets to Organizing Your Full-time Life to Make Room for Your Craft.
Holding down a day job is a time-honored tradition for creative people. The list of successful creatives who worked behind coffee counters and the steering wheels of taxicabs reads like a Who’s Who of What’s What. But what kind should you get?
Get some real life advice about being a working writer from award-winning poet and novelist Kim Addonizio's new memoir,Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, is a collection of essays that chronicles the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age.
Kathleen Shannon is a designer, a coach and with her sister, Tara Street, she founded Braid Creative & Consulting, which provides branding and business visioning to creative entrepreneurs. She also hosts the Being Boss podcast with Emily Thompson.
All the world's a story and all the media and writers merely plagiarists. Scratch that. All the world's entrepreneurs have a story and they should learn how to tell it. Here to remind us about the power of storytelling and how we can harness its power as creative entrepreneurs is producer, entrepreneur., storyteller, and possible Jedi, Lyn Graft.
If you plan on making art your business then you need a business plan. Fortunately, Richard Andrews, who lectures on arts entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley, had generously loaned the Culture Dept. his expertise.
So, I've seen an uptick of the so-called Exposure Buck phenomenon lately – you don't know what those are? If you're an artist or do any kind of creative work, you've heard the phrase – we can't pay you but it will be great exposure . Hence the bullshit currency known as exposure bucks...
You might say there's no such thing as luck but I know a professor at Cornell who thinks differently. Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management. His latest book is Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy from Princeton University Press. What does luck have to do with your creative career? More than you know...
In her recent essay on Elle.com, author Alana Massey describes, as the headline reads, What Happened When I Finally Made Money. It's fascinating and frank, and it's where we start our conversation about what happens when you start to make it and your friends and colleagues haven't yet. We explore notions of professional envy, fear of no longer belonging, and owning your success (and, yes, there's an upside too!).
Veteran art writer Daniel Grant has the answers to the questions you haven't even asked yet. They're in the fifth edition of The Business of Being an Artist, an in-depth guide to developing and building a career as a professional in the arts.
In 1994, journalist and entrepreneur Justin Hall launched Links.net, a.k.a. Justin's Links from the Underground. But he shared far more than mere links – he pioneered personal storytelling on the then-nascent web such that The New York Times Magazine referred to him as "the founding father of personal blogging." In the decades since, Hall has continued to soul-search, both online and off, and candidly explores the ethical dilemmas of being a creative person when personal boundaries seem as ethereal as a borrowed wifi connection.
Artist Ann Rea "abandoned art for over a decade, only to develop chronic anxiety, a fixation with the future, and depression..." she writes at AnnRea.com. In this straight-up, pull-no-punches conversation, Rea reminds that time is fleeting and if you're serious about being an artist it's time to seize your moment, irrespective of fear of failure – or success. Rea is the founder of Artists Who THRIVE, which helps artists secure creative freedom through business savvy.
Artist Sharon Louden, editor of the bestselling Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, says it's high time to shed the "starving artist" cliche and embrace more productive identities – not just for ourselves but for our fans as well.
The Introvert Entrepreneur author and business founder Beth Buelow explains how to overcome imposter syndrome, manage one's energy, and generally succeed as an artist in business without all that pesky extroversion.
Meet Culture Dept. Host Daedalus Howell
I'm a human Venn diagram whose interests and professional pursuits cross an array of media – novels, films, conceptual art – unified by a commitment to narrative and a passion for working with creative people. From meme to myth, pixels to pulp, in-house and for hire, I create original storytelling experiences for fans and the lifestyle brands they love. Visit me at DaedalusHowell.com to learn more about me and my work.