podcast episodes

Should artists work for free?

Should artists work for free?

Laura and Nikki talk about whether or not artists should work for free. As artists, we tend to be generous and want to see our work out in the world, but others don’t always see our art as work – and we often don’t value our own work as much as we should. How can we reframe this view? In this episode, we talk about the impact of working for free and give examples of times we think artists might benefit from working for free versus when we likely won’t.

Do you consider yourself an artist?

Do you consider yourself an artist?

When someone asks you what you do, how do you respond? Do you feel imposter syndrome if you tell them you’re an artist? Or do you describe yourself as something else?  Nikki and Laura share their own stories on how they answer this question.

Create Your Purpose with Quinn Tempest

Create Your Purpose with Quinn Tempest

Quinn is the founder of Create Your Purpose®, a community of global entrepreneurs dedicated to building impactful businesses (and lives) with intention. She helps female founders create more purpose + profit in their business without burning out. Her professional expertise is in branding and holistic digital marketing strategy and she is a frequent speaker at events and organizations around the country.

During this interview, we’ll take you through Quinn’s non-linear Startist journey from marketing in the entertainment industry to the powerhouse business coach that she is today. As artists, it’s helpful to use her story as a great example of what’s possible when you stop the hustle of doing all the things, begin examining your “why”, and get really intentional with your life and your purpose. We’ll do a helpful visualization exercise together, and Quinn will even share some great tips for standing out on Instagram. 

Should I Use My Own Name or a Business Name?

Should I Use My Own Name or a Business Name?

Nikki and Laura tackle a question that comes up for many artists and other creative entrepreneurs when they start their business – whether you should use your own name or a business name for your brand. In this episode, they discuss pros and cons of each option and share their own answers to the question.

13 Lessons Learned from Six Months of Podcasting

13 Lessons Learned from Six Months of Podcasting

Nikki and Laura are thrilled to share with you 13 lessons they have learned from 6 months of podcasting! From a casual brunch last fall to 28 episodes of podcasting and counting, they have learned a lot about the mindset, the planning, producing, editing and launching of a weekly podcast and are excited to share with you what they have learned.

Artists’ Rituals & Routines

Artists’ Rituals & Routines

Why should we have rituals or routines? How can they benefit us? Are there rituals and routines that can be destructive or hold us back? In this episode, Nikki and Laura discuss how positive rituals and routines can help reduce anxiety and stress, help you sleep better and be more productive. They go into their ideal morning and evening routines and share the less-than-ideal routines they currently do by default. They also talk about their rituals for getting into the creative mindset and share some rituals and routines of famous artists.

How do you make time to create?

How do you make time to create?

Do you ever feel like you don’t have time to make your creative work? Between other jobs we might have, the business side of an art career, family obligations and just regular daily life… we pretty much all feel like we never have enough time to do the most important thing in our creative business, which is actually making the art. So how do we find that time? In this episode, Laura and Nikki talk about distractions we caneliminate and how can we refocus our priorities to make more time for creating?

Teaching Live Art Workshops

Teaching Live Art Workshops

Today, Laura and Nikki talk about teaching live art workshops either in person or online. Teaching is a great way to diversify your income as an artist and between the two of them, Nikki and Laura have experience teaching in a wide variety of situations. In this episode, they share a ton of great tips and considerations to keep in mind when planning your live workshops.

Are You Doing It For The Likes?

Are You Doing It For The Likes?

In this episode, Laura and Nikki talk about whether or not you create, write or make art for the likes. It’s virtually impossible to get away from thinking about how your work is going to appear on Instagram, so when you make your work, are you making it for the Instagram public, for your potential customers or for yourself?

7 Books That Will Change Your Art Business

7 Books That Will Change Your Art Business

If you’re a regular listener to the podcast, you already know that Laura and Nikki buy books faster than they can read them. In trying to come up with 5-8 books to recommend on this episode, we realized we had way too many and decided to split them up into categories to share over time. In this week’s episode, we’re sharing 7 books we’ve read that have helped us in our art businesses and why we love them. We think you’ll love them too.

Kristin Williams of Ephemera Paducah

Kristin Williams of Ephemera Paducah

Kristin Williams has spent a lifetime playing with yarn, glitter, clay, rubber stamps, paper, paints and glue. Collage with ephemera and acrylic paints is Kristin’s current fascination and the basis for her artwork. A Knoxville, Tennessee native she moved to Paducah, Kentucky in 1996, where she fell in love and put down roots. Her business, Ephemera Paducah, is a culmination of years of dreaming about a creative venture and venue after spending decades in business consulting and economic development. Stocked with all the art supplies and chocolate you could ever want, her studio hosts workshops that attract instructors and students from all over the country.

The Process of Submitting Your Art

The Process of Submitting Your Art

With all of the many different markets you can submit your artwork to – from art directors at companies that could possibly license your work, to publications, magazines, podcasts, competitions, galleries, shops, festivals, and even art agents…. the question is, where the hell do you start?

The focus in this episode is on licensing your art and the discussion is around which market(s) do you submit to first? And how do you find the right person to submit to? What do you send to them, and when do you follow up? Listen to find out!

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