The Type A Creative
By Jenni Brown, Online Entrepreneur, Branding Strategist, Writer and Artist
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What is the Type A Creative? I'm so glad you asked! The Type A Creative is a podcast for driven creatives. For a long time, when I thought of the word “artist” I usually thought of a painter — someone floaty and magical, absorbed in their own world of art. But, I’m not like that. Yes, I’m a writer and designer. But I’ve got a business brain and some monster-sized ambition to match. For years I’ve been running a business and building a career around my creative skills. But now, I’m also working to cultivate a creative practice that's not necessarily for sale, for a client, or to fulfill some ambition. I'm out to have some "creativity for keeps." As driven people, we often have a hard time believing this kind of creativity is "worth it." We sneakily talk ourselves into thinking it has to turn into a business, otherwise, it's indulgent, or simply not worth our time. I'm looking for a bit of inner peace between my driven entrepreneur and my inner artist. My question for myself, and hopefully all of you is, "How do we balance a life where we want BOTH? Both creativity and art, but also big career goals?" In this podcast, I talk to people who are starting new creative projects, have thriving creative projects, and have conversations with a rotating cast of my smart friends — from fellow bosses to creative directors and working writers, filmmakers, and artist. Together we have conversations about what it is to be both Type A and creative.
||CleanS2EP24: TYLER WETHERALL - How to Write a Story of a Lifetime||In this episode we talk about: What Tyler thinks of when she hears the label “Type A” Tyler’s life & who she is How finding out her name was not her legal name impacted her Her experience getting to connect with other children of fugitives...||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2EP23: MICHELLE RIAL - Carving Out a Job as an Artist||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Michelle hears “Type A” How damaging perfectionism makes you feel when you put things that you have created out into the world Michelle’s personal background and her first introduction to...||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2EP22: STEPHANIE MCKENNA - Writing & Designing a Tarot Deck||In this episode we talk about: What does Stephanie think of when she hears “Type A” Stephanie’s day job, creating custom stationery for weddings Her new project of creating a floral Tarot deck, called Fleurot The artists that paved the way...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2EP21: NIKKI BONSOL - Global Perspectives, Courage and Making Music||In this episode we talk about: Nikki’s definition of the label “Type A” How her perfectionism & high standards impact her work The way Nikki is utilizing her skills on all of her different projects & how she is monetizing those skills...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2EP2: NATALIE FRANKE - Leadership, Scale, Community and Creativity||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Natalie hears the label “Type A” How the desire to make waves & color outside of the lines can be such powerful forces to bring about change The Rising Tide Society community &...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2Ep19: CREATIVE CHECK IN with Jackie Dodson and Emily Holmes||In this episode we talk about: Creative State of the Union: we check in with BFFs Emily Holmes and Jackie Dodson to talk about what we are working on creatively, where we are stuck, and the projects we wish we were working on. Creative...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E18: EMILY ANN PETERSON - Being Brave and Creative||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Emily Ann hears the label “Type A” Her background with a business degree & a passion and love for music How she went from selling music to making music Her life-altering and...||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E17: CHRISTINA SCALERA - Legal things you should know about your art||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Christina hears the label “Type A” How her business, The Contract Shop, has surpassed her income with her law firm, Scalera IP Law The way she “outted herself” to her Rising Tide Society...||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E16: HEIDI FIEDLER - Mapping Your Book||In this episode we talk about: Heidi’s background, what she does, & how she has worked on 300 books for children What comes to mind when Heidi hears the label “Type A” The idea that whatever job you are in, you are being paid to be Type A...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E15: AMBER RAE - Worry and Wonder and Art||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Amber hears the label “Type A” How her Type A side impacted the process of writing her book The importance of physical environment and how it impacts Amber’s creativity Why her book almost...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E14: CREATIVE CHECK-IN WITH JACKIE DODSON & EMILY HOLMES||In this episode we talk about: Creative State of the Union: we check in with BFFs Emily Holmes and Jackie Dodson to talk about what we are working on creatively, where we are stuck, and the projects we wish we were working on. Creative...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E13: KATHLYN HART - Get Paid for your Work!||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Kathlyn hears the label “Type A” Her experience launching her first course Kathlyn’s transition from The Bip Leap Show to Be Brave Get Paid The importance of negotiating your paycheck &...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E12: MELISSA DINWIDDIE - Playing as a Creative||In this episode we talk about: What comes to mind when Melissa hears “Type A” The desire to have several “balls in the air” at one time The stovetop model of life design for passion pluralites How our identity as an artist is impacted by the..||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E11: BOOK CLUB MEETING #1||This episode our first book club episode! In this episode, we’re discussing Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik. BFFs Jackie Dodson and Emily Holmes discuss with host Jenni Heffernan Brown the things we’d loved about...||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E10: CHLOE MEYER - Leaping Into Fine Art||In this episode we talk about: Leaving a corporate job for a fine art education Who to take your new creations to, and how to trust people with your art Getting critiques and how to handle new feedback on your work The...||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E9: LINDSAY JEAN THOMSON - How To Have An Awesome 100 Day Project||Lindsay Jean Thomson||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E8: KATHLEEN SHANNON - Manifesting A Book||Kathleen Shannon||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E7: CREATIVE CHECK-IN WITH JACKIE DODSON & EMILY HOLMES||In this episode we talk about: Creative State of the Union: we check in with BFFs Emily Holmes and Jackie Dodson to talk about what we are working on creatively, where we are stuck, and the projects we wish we were working...||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E6: EZZIE SPENCER - Creating Within Moon Cycles||Ezzie Spencer||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E5: HEATHER BORN ELKINS - Bringing A Big Dream To Market||Heather Born Elkins||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E4: BEN HENRETIG - Telling Epic Stories and Shipping Projects||Ben Heriteg||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E3: JASMIN DARZNIK - Who owns a story?||In the show we talked about: Writing a memoir vs. writing a novel, and how those can be different. What challenges you might come across when trying to find place to imagine vs. holding constraint dear How...||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E2: KATARINA KOVACEVIC - How to launch a Magazine||Katarina Kovacevic||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E1: CATHERINE MADDEN — Data & Doodles||Catherine Madden is a the founder of Relay — which is a design studio based in San Francisco that specializes in helping clients visualize and communicate data. Her approach is super exploratory and involves a LOT of doodling, but it is based...||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E23: Season Wrap Up With Emily Holmes||Can you believe it — we’ve created an entire season! In this final episode of Season One, Jenni Heffernan Brown sits down her BFF Emily Holmes to talk about this first season of the podcast. We get clips from the top 5 episodes, what we’ve...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E23: ELLA SOPHIE — Making Work and Taking Creative Risks||Sitting down to make work can be seriously one of the hardest parts about being an artist. It’s can be even more challenging when faced with a project that feels like a creative risk. In this episode, Ella Sophie is talking to us about how...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E22: KRISTEN ESTEST — How to Run Two Businesses at Once||Kristen Estes is the CEO of Moonwalker Digital, a web design agency that specializes in building online platforms for authors, speakers and online influencers. When she isn’t helping leaders kill it online, she can be found singing for...||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E21: JULIET MEEKS — Becoming Known for Your Artist Style||Juliet is also someone that I have collaborated with over the years at my brand strategy studio, Prim’d Marketing. It’s been great to watch her business move from a branding-centric focus, over to pattern design, with Juliet becoming...||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E20: CAROLINE DONAHUE — Write Your Book Already||Caroline Donahue is a Book + Writing Coach who helps authors stop waiting and start writing. She’s also the host of The Secret Library podcast, where she has interviewed over 70 writers about writing and publishing...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E19: CATHY ZHANG — Chasing Unreasonable Goals Responsibly||When it comes to being an entrepreneur and an artist, being wildly responsible doesn’t seem to be the FIRST thing that comes to mind. Yet, so many of the successful art businesses out there depend on some very sound structures to keep the business...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E18: DANIELLE KRYSA — Fighting Your Inner Critic||We all have inner critics who show up and try to convince us that our ideas aren’t any good, or that we shouldn’t waste our time working stuff that “someone’s probably already done.” Danielle Krysa, author of Your Inner Critic is a...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E17: BECKY SIMPSON — Building Creative Success Step-By-Step||Building a creative practice or an artistic business is something that we know might take a long time. But when we get into the dailyness of writing the book, building the business or creating the audience — it takes SO much longer than we...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E16: PAIGE BUCK — Type A Systems to Hack Your Life||This week is all about my favorite things — SYSTEMS. Especially as Type A people, we can all feel like we have too many pots boiling, and we’re behind and letting life happen to us. Today on the show I have one of my favorite business friends...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E15: AMY KURETSKY — Health & Hustle For Type As||Burn out and adrenal fatigue are super real, for both Type As and non-Type As. We’ve talked about Type A Creative Burn Out in earlier episodes, but today we are taking on the clinical side of being super driven with acupuncturist and...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E14: CAITLIN HORTON — Creativity & ROI||This week on The Type A Creative Podcast I have Caitlin Horton of Horton Brand Strategy. Caitlin is a through and through strategist who rarely does things without an ROI in mind. But Caitlin is also a very successful author, who has...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E13: SONIA RUYTS & KIMBERLY RICH — Writing A Book While Running A Business||This week on The Type A Creative we have Sonia Ruyts and Kimberly Rich chatting about what it’s like to write a book while running a business. Both Sonia and Kim are coaches that work with creatives, they both host their own podcasts, and they both...||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E12: JAY SHERER - Who is Art For?||In this episode Jay Sherer and Jenni talk about the point of art — who is it for, and how do we know when we’re doing a good job? Jay’s view toward art is almost philosophical, and he brings a sociological, political and spiritual lens to why we..||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E11: KATHLEEN SHANNON — Being Creative & Managing Creatives||One of the things about being a creative in business is that as your business grows, so does your relationship to the work. Growing a team can mean that you might not be opening the files as open often as you once were. Today on the show I have...||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E10: KATHLYN HART — How to Evolve as a Type A Creative||As people we grow and change, but as a Type A - stepping out into the unknown and taking a risk can be really scary, especially if we don’t understand how to organize it, define it and structure it. On this episode, we’re talking to motivational...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E9: JACKIE DODSON & ERICA MIDKIFF — Creativity While Momming||When most of us think of a creative practice, it’s tempting to imagine sitting in a beautiful room, painting the hours away, or lost in writing. But if you’re a mom you know that’s basically a joke. On this episode, Erica, Jackie and I discuss...||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E8: ERICA KELLY & SOPHIA MAVRIDES - Type A Creative + Burn Out with||Raise your hand if you’ve had burn out. Oh, that’s right ALL OF US Type A Creatives. We have had all piled our plates too high and created some serious burn out in our lives. Today on the show I have my friends Erica Kelly and Sophia Mavrides...||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E7: MISTY BRADLEY - Perfectionism: + Creativity||UGH, perfectionism can be the death of our creative projects. A lot of us Type A Creatives have a good dose of perfectionism that keeps us from creating good work or showing up in the world as our whole selves. Today I’m chatting with...||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E6: KATRINA MCHUGH — Creativity + Constraint||Katrina McHugh||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E5: AUTUMN THOMAS & JASON BROWN — Pitching Yourself as an Artist||Pitching your work as a creative is one of the hardest parts. Today on the show I have stunt actors and performers, Jason Brown and Autumn Thomas, talking about what it is to be an artist that is making their living through their performance...||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E4: ELLE LUNA - Creativity + Money||Elle Luna||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E3: BECCA PIASTRELLI & MEGAN FLATT So What is Type A Really?||Becca Piastrelli, Megan Flatt||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E2: LAUREN ANDREWS — Part Time vs Full Time Art||Lauren Andrews is a former web designer and New Orleans based painter whose body of work focuses on watercolor, the woman's form and her love of New Orleans. Several months ago, Jenni and Lauren sat down to talk about whether or not Lauren should...||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E1: Yay! We Made a Podcast! with Jenni Brown and Caitlin Horton||Yay! The first episode of The Type A Creative is finally live! In this episode, host Jenni Brown sits down with her good friend and fellow podcaster, Caitlin Horton to talk about what she expects, hopes and wishes The Type A Creative to be like.||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun, informative, and creative (duh)
I've really liked the first few episodes and am looking forward to the next. It's an interesting niche topic, the intersection of left and right brains, including discussions around creative side projects and whether they're "for sale or for keeps."
The host Jenni has a bright personality and an impressive lineup of guests (especially for a first season) from all forms of creativity and business.
Like listening to your best and smartest friends talk about how to save your life. Very useful for those of us flittering back and forth between left- and right-brain mindsets.
This podcast has depth!
I really enjoy Jenni's conversations with guests - feels so different from those regular interview shows. Jenni has a lot of wisdom to share and her guests are fascinating. Listen to this show!