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The Creative Shift with Dan Blank

Dan Blank interviews writers and artists who have taken the leap from merely dabbling with their creative vision, to becoming successful doers whose work has a positive impact on others.
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Now displaying: March, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

In this podcast, I chat with Brooklyn-based artist and designer, Kelli Anderson. We dig into 

  • The value of stubbornness in the creative process
  • How her career path had her quit a safe full-time job for a part-time job that allowed her to do creative side-project with the rest of her time
  • The importance of collaboration in developing your craft and developing an audience
  • The power of communication: when you are 100% clear on what you love and you let people know, it empowers them to help you get it
  • How she gained her social media following of 60,000 followers from sharing innovative projects like a paper record player
  • Why she is so enamored by analog, lo-fi, and mechanical things
  • How she has constructed her life around this: artistic growth is not always about financial growth
  • The importance of keeping a sketchbook

You can find Kelli in the following places:

http://kellianderson.com

https://www.instagram.com/kellianderson/

You can find Dan Blank at:
http://wegrowmedia.com
Be the Gateway: http://a.co/evyrsjw
https://www.instagram.com/DanBlank/
https://twitter.com/danblank 

Mar 14, 2018

Today I'm excited to share my interview with author and publishing expert Jane Friedman. In our discussion, we dig into the nuts and bolts on how to earn a living as a writer.

We frame the conversation around her new book, The Business of Being a Writer, which shatters romantic assumptions around publishing, but then arms you with practical advice on how to develop your career.

We dig into:

  • The dream that writers have and how it matches to reality.
  • The business side of what it is like working with agents and publishers.
  • How agents and publishers earn money (and how much they earn)
  • Why great work simply rise to the top.
  • The effort it takes to market a book and reach readers.
  • The importance to get outside of your comfort zone to ensure your book finds its audience.
  • ...and so much more!

We also explore Jane's own career path. Okay, perhaps my favorite quote from our discussion is how she expressed the challenge of selling a book in the age of distraction:

"It's so easy to not read a book"

Click 'play' above to listen to our conversation, or find the podcast on iTunes.

You can find Janes book here: The Business of Being a Writer

You can find her online in the following places:
https://www.janefriedman.com
https://twitter.com/janefriedman
https://www.facebook.com/jane.friedman

Mar 5, 2018

In my latest podcast, I interview psychologist Ellen Hendriksen, who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves. In our chat, we dig into topics that writers and artists constantly struggle with, including:

  • Impostors Syndrome
  • Permission
  • Comparison to others
  • Seeking validation
  • Sharing your work publicly
  • Collaboration
  • Entrepreneurship

We talk about her new book, How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety, which Susan Cain calls "a groundbreaking roadmap to finally being your true, authentic self."

About Ellen: Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves through her award-winning Savvy Psychologist podcast, which has been downloaded over 5 million times, and in her clinic at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). Her scientifically-based, zero-judgment approach is regularly featured in Psychology Today, Scientific American, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Quiet Revolution, and many other media outlets.

You can find Dan Blank at:
http://wegrowmedia.com
Be the Gateway: http://a.co/evyrsjw
https://www.instagram.com/DanBlank/
https://twitter.com/danblank 

 

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