Hey guys! I am excited today to give you a little insight into one of my most cherished personal routines: listening to podcasts. I spend the majority of my day alone, whether at home on the computer or sewing, or in a car, and podcasts are the only way I manage to stay motivated and inspired. That’s why I’m excited to share with you today 5 of my absolute favorite podcasts for creative entrepreneurs!
I listen to podcasts like other people listen to music. Hearing other people speak, whether in interview or story form, makes me feel less alone, and often helps me to feel like I am actually at work, engaging my brain, instead of just hanging around the house sewing. I listen to all sorts of podcasts, such as This American Life, Serial, and several other life+culture type shows. But my favorites are podcasts for creative entrepreneurs. I find the interviews about other people’s journey’s inspiring and informational, and whether or not you have the same type of business or agree with the story being presented, you can’t help but reflect upon your own goals and business to take away what works for you.
I strongly recommend incorporating podcasts into your daily routine when you can. I rarely even listen to the radio anymore, as I look forward to syncing up my latest podcast on my drives (even 10 minutes!) to get a little nugget of information where I can. I listen through the podcast app on my iPhone (which is free!) but almost all of the podcasts I mention below have several ways you can listen to them. Without further ado, let’s see the list!
5 Favorite Podcasts for Creative Entrepreneurs
1. Boss Girl Creative by Taylor Bradford
I am especially partial to this podcast because Taylor’s 30-60 minute episodes are the first ones that got me hooked on podcasts! I started listening to hers in early 2016, and found that I binge listened to so many while I was sewing that I was aching to find more to fill that need. Taylor focuses mainly on online businesses and bloggers, and she provides very detailed step by step instructions on google analytics, pitching brands, apps and scheduling tools, ways to protect your business from the FTC, and other need-to-know, relevant information for online entrepreneurs. She recently started a nitty-gritty blogger series where she interviewed Yours Truly (!) so I can’t say I’m impartial to her but honestly, each of these episodes is so useful and in-depth that no matter what your business you will learn a ton. To listen to my episode, click here!
2. Being Boss by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
I found Being Boss about 5 months ago and was hooked on these playful, creative women from OKC almost right away. You can tell that Kathleen and Emily love to work with each other, and I appreciate that their personal businesses and the people they interview are mostly not online/social media businesses. They have had quite a few really interesting interviews (loved the episodes with Jessie Artigue and Andy J. Pizza) and even have mini 20 minute or less episodes to answer listener questions or discuss a small burning topic that might be relevant to you. I love that they laugh and have a good time, but still bring interesting creative info my way!
3. Creative Pep Talk by Andy J.Pizza
Speaking of this guy Andy J. Pizza, I had never heard of him (he is a professional illustrator) before his episode on Being Boss, which led me to his personal podcast. I gotta tell you, something about the way this guy thinks just speaks to me. Very often as a creative, I find that I cannot express in words the emotions or the confusion/passion/frustration I have about something. But Andy gets me, and gets all of us. And is somehow able to put into words the difficulties and insecurities of being a ‘creative’ and then helps talk you through it and bring you out of your dark place. Sometimes he can go a bit deep so you have to be in the mood for it, but when I need a Pep Talk, this is where I go!
4. Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
This podcast started as an accompaniment to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic, which basically changed my life. Another fabulous pick me up resource, her book addresses creative ruts, confidence, and pushing through the creative struggle to inevitably create something beautiful. And her podcast, in conversation form, picks up where the book left off. There are 2 seasons of episodes to date and I don’t think there will be another season, but good information is evergreen, so I strongly suggest giving a listen!
5. Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han
This is another fantastic podcast to here other creatives discuss how they manage the strive for perfection, work life balance, passive income, and staying focused on their goals. It’s important as a creative entrepreneur to listen to as many other people’s stories as possible, in order to understand how many different paths there are to different end goals. Often times we get caught in the comparison game and since there is no exact formula for being creative, its a nasty mental space. Let this be the podcast be the light!
Hope you enjoyed this listen of my favorite podcasts for creative entrepreneurs and I strongly hope you listen to AT LEAST ONE. Give them a shot and you will definitely be hooked. Can’t wait to hear your feedback on what your favorite episodes and podcasts are!