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The Collective Podcast

By Ash Thorp

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The Collective Podcast brings you bi-weekly episodes of entertaining, informative, honest discussions with creative industry professionals from around the world. Created and hosted by designer/director Ash Thorp, he aims to explore the struggles of work/life balance and to share the experiences of influential creatives from all realms of media, including (but not limited to) designers, illustrators, visual effects artists, writers, painters, and programmers.

Customer Reviews

Ash- do you ever listen to your own podcasts after you record them?

Started listening to the podcast about a month ago starting with the first episode. I am now at episode 109 - how is that possible you ask? Easy I basically fast forwarded most of the episodes-which are filled with useless information that is spouted off by the host, Ash Thorp. He should just let his guests talk but he seems to find this concept foreign. It is the most annoying thing that seems to happen in every episode. Ash loves giving his guest his insights and opinions - instead of listening to theirs. It always seems like he is just waiting for a pause in the conversation so he can speak and take over. When he does interrupt he leads the interview some where completely different that has nothing to do with the guest. The guest always responds confusingly and humors him for a bit - when Ash realizes the guest hasn't talked for a while he then tries to bring the conversation back to the point. But by then the guest gives you one or two interesting points or insights and then the episode ends. The best example of this is episode 97 with Adi Shankar- Adi pretty much dominates the first half of the conversation and keeps cutting off Ash from getting a word in. This most have been driving Ash crazy because then he cuts Adi off mid sentence a couple of times and starts interjecting his "insights/opinions" into the conversation. You can actually hear Adi tune out of the interview. He then just answers most of Ash's questions/statements with Yeah, sure or just says of course. The interview seems to be over but somehow Ash keeps talking about himself and his opinions for another hour!

Every single episode one of these topics or all these topics are brought up. Black Mirror, Chefs Kitchen, Prologue, Jurassic Park, Chipotle, Game of Thrones, Joe Rogan, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan (not sure if he actually likes Nolan - his reviews on Nolan's movies are confusing, sounds like he likes them, but then explains how things didn't work in the movie). He also brings up reading time management books and the same three comic graphic novels. It's always Frank Miller's Dark Knight, Batman Year One, Akira and also mentions Mike Mignola's art. Anime its always Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll. Never any new insight to these topics other than being "special".

I also find it funny for a guy that keeps saying he is open minded and keeps talking about how he tries not to be negative he always brings up how he dislikes Mad Max Fury Road, won't watch Jurrassic World because it will not be better the Jurassic Park, how tired he is of superhero movies ( like Avengers) and loves to poke fun of the Disney, Star Wars reboot.

I gave up after episode 109 I kept waiting for them to get better but they seemed to get worse. I have one question to ask you Ash- do you ever listen to your own podcasts after you record them? - I'm guessing no.

Inspiring and informative

I've been following these before they were posted on iTunes, I have found them very informative as a potential freelance artist and as a graphic designer. Good stuff!


Ash has a tendacy to ramble on over the guests, and that is one of my only complaints. I think it would be great if there would be a time where questions that ash would think useful for students, people wanting to learn, ect. could be asked.

Consistent, new stuff all the time, sometimes spinning the wheels, but good overall.

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