8 Podcasts for Aspiring Creatives
No one ever said the journey to entrepreneurship was for the faint of heart. It comes with its exhilarating highs inspired by the overwhelming sense of personal freedom, but it also comes with confusing lows defined by creative blocks and prolonged tests of perseverance. Overcoming these times of occasional self-doubt and worry bears a plethora of stresses. You may catch yourself questioning your “entrepreneurial spirit” within and often dismissed by the truth in following it. Whether podcasting is your business or you also tune in to survive your daily commute, we’ve comprised a list of our faves as a friendly reminder that inspiration is everywhere:
INSPIRATION & CREATIVITY PODCASTS
I. The Creative Muscle by Low Res
HOSTS: Nathan Michael, Dan Sumpter, Jonny Mendez, Valerie Strattan Guerra and Jon Guerra
WHY WE STAN: This Chicago-based podcast delves deep into the minds and motivations of those looking to fully embrace their talents and aspirations. The hosts, two of which happen to be married, share their personal experiences and interpretations of developing the creative muscle within. Their group discussions and insightful interviews address the great unknowns and (multiple) learning curves artists face throughout their careers, such as: inspiration, creative blocks, burn-out, relationships, mental health and more.
II. Perspective Podcast: Fuel for Your Mind & Creative Grind by Perspective-Collective
HOST: Scotty Russell
WHY WE STAN: Pizza enthusiast, illustrator and lettering artist, Scotty Russell is no stranger to the creative industry. He unveils the truth about the creative hustle with captivating guests who aren’t afraid to get a little vulnerable. Topics of work-life-balance, imposter syndrome, originality, mental health, and financial freedom ask artists to own their stories and transcend secrets of the trade.
HOST: Mary Mel
WHY WE STAN: The series could not have come at a more appropriate time, as it takes listeners through the various journeys of up-and-coming artists. Guests range from stylists, singers and songwriters, actors, bloggers and tell all about their road to success. Host, Mary Mel has a way of connecting with guests so they spill the beans on the most notable points in their careers and how they persevered to continue living their best life.
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP PODCASTS
I. 99% Invisible by Roman Mars
HOST: Roman Mars
WHY WE STAN: Ready to decode the craziest inventions, designs, concepts and the social constructs born of them? This podcast encourages listeners to tap into the cultural, historical and social aspects of design that are still prominent in today’s technology, infrastructure, cities, architecture, visuals, sounds, objects, styles and traditions. 99% Invisible is perfect for critical thinkers and avid tinkers looking to take a crack the origin of intention.
II. How Success Happens by Entrepreneur Magazine
HOST: Stephen J. Bronner
WHY WE STAN: Highly recommended by our founder, How Success Happens exposes the learning curve that is entrepreneurship. Those who conquered the windy road bare it all as they walk us through their most defining, character-building moments. Success stories like these teach us that to overcome monumental failures and daily pressures is to find strength in weakness and healthy habits. Entrepreneur Weekly is also worth a listen. You’ll thank yourself for tuning in to both and taking notes!
III. Science of Social Media by Buffer
HOSTS: Brian Peters & Hailley Griffis
WHY WE STAN: We’ve yet to enter the age of The Jetsons, but we’re pretty d*@n close in terms of how we connect to others. Buffer’s The Science of Social Media gets technical and breaks down the one million and one advantages of social media marketing to keep your business flourishing in today’s climate. Algorithms, industry insights, research and development, and other social media tools are all explained away with easy-going conversation.
CULTURE & LIFESTYLE PODCASTS
HOSTS: Jenna Mourey & Julien Solomita
WHY WE STAN: In the oh-so-digital world we live in, this playful duo deep dives into the prominence of internet culture with interactive games, storytimes, interviews, debates and intense societal observations. Every episode is a collaborative effort with listeners and the couple’s adorable pups—all three of which make good internet personalities well enough on their own. Altogether, the witty banter and doggy parties make for a great way to decompress on even the mildest of Mondays.
HOSTS: Josh Thomas & Kendall Rae
WHY WE STAN: For those looking to be more inspired and open-minded, this husband and wife team invites you to embrace alternate theories and approaches to everyday life. With this pair, no topic is off limits! They both got their start on YouTube presenting controversial topics, happenings, systems and philosophies most would never dare to explore. Very much on-brand, their podcast dissects topics, such as: aliens, big pharma, holistic healing, criminal justice system, banks and other unexplained mysteries of the world.
So, cheers to our fearless family! Remember your struggles may be hope for another, as is the case for the founders of these podcasts. Resources can be found everywhere in the community, your network, and even deeply imbedded in your talents. Continue to stay motivated and anchored in your inability to be tamed, and you will find the support to soar beyond your wildest dreams. Happy listening!