A Podcast for Creatives
By Michelle Hickey and Steve King
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An audio experience for creatives and thinkers in all fields, including design, social media, music, writing and digital communication.
||Clean022: Who are your superfans?||Do you know who your superfans are? These are the people who are 100 percent, no doubt about it, in love with your brand. While we know they’re out there, sometimes it’s easy to overlook just how much your brand means to them. Your work is making...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: Brand vs. Branding||So, you’ve been hearing about the power of branding. Maybe you read a blog recently that mentioned “brand”. Or, perhaps your boss or client is asking you to invest in brand identity and create a digital brand presence. The...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: PFC 20 Questions||It’s the very first “Ask Us Anything” episode! We often receive lots of great questions and comments from listeners, but those questions don’t always require a full podcast to answer. So we decided, in recognition of our 20th episode, we would..||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: Creative block, or something else?||We’re all incredibly grateful to be working in a creative industry, but it can be tricky to stay enthusiastic and inspired all the time. Is there a worse feeling as a creative than staring at a blank document and not knowing what the project needs?...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: A change is gonna come||Do you avoid change or run to it? The one constant thing in life is change, but that doesn't mean we get used to it or fully embrace it, though. Whether you look forward to a change or dread it, the fact is change triggers powerful effects, both...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: Conversations with Creatives: Generations, cultural trends and engaging consumers with Kim Lear||The behaviors and patterns of people play a more significant role in our creative work than we may even realize. In this episode, Michelle and Steve are joined by Kim Lear (founder of Inlay Insights), an expert in generational studies and the future...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Discovering the power of nostalgia||There is no greater emotional bond than shared experiences, and thanks to the internet, we are able to revisit some of our fondest and sweetest memories, on demand. Whether it be through a YouTube video or a song, we can be transported back to simpler..||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: Finding support in your creative community||At the heart of any community is support and creatives are no different. Episode 15 redefines what community is and how online and social have changed everything about it. In this episode, Michelle and Steve share what their own communities have meant..||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: Are we recording this? Volume 2||Love sharing this episode with you! Episode 14 is raw and deeply personal. We all go through challenging times in life, and those difficult moments don’t go away when you have to go to work. Handling grief, and, as a result, stress at work – and...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: Staying true to yourself||You’re an optimist. She’s irrationally driven. He’s laid back. As humans we are drawn to authenticity. We value the ones who are different. But, in the professional ranks, sometimes we feel like we need to hide who we are in order to...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: Conversations with Creatives - Building an Instagram brand with @sieandexplaur||We’re super excited to share this interview with Laura Tropiano and Sierra Kiarsis, the creative brains behind the brand, Sie and Explaur. Laura (Michelle’s sister!) and Sierra decided to combine their mutual photo taking obsession and turn it...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: Resources and Confessions||Internet and social tools, influencers, experts, mentors, YouTube tutorials… We have an unending stream of professional and creative resources at our fingertips, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which ones will help us the...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Staying motivated||Sustaining motivation can be tough, even under the best circumstances. A variety of factors can knock your drive off-course. While you can’t necessarily control what happens around you, you can control how you respond to it. In this episode,...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Following your creative dreams||Do you like what you’re doing? It’s not necessarily a question you can give a simple “yes” or “no” to. In this episode, Michelle and Steve discuss why it’s so important to follow your creative dreams, whether professionally or as a...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: What your methodology says about you||An exploration of creative process, working habits and collaborations||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: Are we recording this?||When it comes to making new friends, it’s natural to try and find things in common. As you get to know them, you use small talk to touch on a variety of subjects, and that reveals what you have in common with them. Episode 7 is a way to help you...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: Keeping it Real||What Alfred Hitchcock and Mr. Rogers have taught us about creating exceptional content||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: The Disruption of Communication||We’re living in an era of constant disruption. Since the beginning of this century, we’ve seen disruption hitting all industries and it’s forcing brands to seriously look at how they’re functioning. Mobile disruption is touching every facet...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: The Power of Emotion||Storytelling is the vehicle that drives our art. Without it, creative work is meaningless. In this episode, Michelle and Steve discuss the impact that emotion has played in work that they have created and experienced. They pinpoint the psychology...||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: In Defense of Social Media||Many people have started the year by making resolutions that involve cutting back on or eliminating social media from their lives. In this episode, Michelle and Steve analyze this concept and discuss the pros and cons of limiting social media use. ...||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Inspiration vs Stealing||“I can’t do that. Someone else already did it.” Just stop. Working in a creative field, we’re constantly looking for and coming across things that inspire us. It’s important to remember that there are no original ideas. You can very often...||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: Criticism in Creativity||Criticism is inevitable for creatives in any field because art is subjective. As creators, we have the choice: share our thoughts and expressions with the world— or do and say nothing. In this episode, Michelle and Steve discuss some of the...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
As a fellow creative, I love this podcast! I'm excited to see how it continues to grow and which topics will come up next. Listening to Michelle and Steve's discussion about things that hit home for any creative is really entertaining and helpful. I listened while editing photos for a freelance client today and subscribed right away. Keep it up, guys! Great work.
The Thoughtful Creatives
This podcast hits on two of my favorite things: 1) it’s a podcast and I love podcasts so it has that going for it and 2) it’s an authentic and interesting conversation about creativity. These hosts really have thoughtful conversations each week to get me thinking and they are different enough to provide multiple perspectives. A great podcast gets the listener to a place where they are thinking, intrigued to stay the course to the end, and leaving with something to relate to. This pod accomplishes all three.
Perfect for Creatives!
Michelle and Steve are LIT! Their insights and comments make you think. I usually listen to the podcast while working on my calligraphy business. I highly recommend it to all the creatives out there!!☺️💕💕