Episode 7: Interview with Poet & Author Kevin J Fellows

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In this episode, John interviews Kevin about his creativity.

Kevin talks about why he writes and what happens when he lacks creative focus. He discuses taking his creativity full time and his other creative outlets, like playing guitar.

Our interviews highlight people, famous or not so famous, living lives focused on their creativity.

John recommends Get Back, the Beatles documentary by Peter Jackson on Disney+.

Episode 6: Interview With Composer & Musician John M. Davis

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Episode 6: Interview With Composer & Musician John M. Davis
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In this episode, Kevin interviews John about his creativity.

John talks about why he focuses on music, and why having a creative focus is important to him. He also discusses other creative endeavors, such as photography, and doing creative work with his partner.

This is the first in a series of interviews with people living creatively. Our goal is to highlight people (famous or not) living creative lives.

Creativity Resources:
John and Kevin unknowingly shared the same resource. (Something incorrectly attributed to great minds thinking alike.) But the unanimous recommendation is: The Marginalian by Maria Popova. Maria shares posts two to three times a week about creativity, love, poetry, science, philosophy, and really captures the essence of living a creative life.

Episode 5: Creativity as a Process, not an Outcome

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In episode 5, John and Kevin discuss creativity as a process rather than an outcome. Every creative person produces finished work from time to time. For each creative work, however, there is a process of continuous learning and improvement that goes into it. They discuss the importance of a growth mindset and being open to viewing each work as a step along the way of a much longer journey.

The guys also talk about studies done in the 1960s that show we are all born creative and we can recapture that creativity at any point in our lives.

Resources

Much of the material for this episode was drawn from an article by James Clear: Creativity is a Process, Not an Event. Check it out on Jame’s Clear’s site. 

Jame Clear and the hosts also discuss a landmark study done by George Land and Beth Jarman in 1968. Click here for an article and TED Talk on this study.

The Funniest Joke in the World (you’ll know why we sent you here)

Kevin brought Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. If you want to understand what being creative does to our brains and bodies, this is a great resource.

John introduced the book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon.

Kleon’s book discusses many of the same subjects as the hosts do in the podcast but puts a great deal of emphasis on learning from, and emulating, your influences as a way to help find your own voice. In turn, Kleon discusses the value of learning from the influences that inspired your creative heroes.

Episode 4: Finding Your Tribe

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Kevin and John discuss finding community as a creator, or “finding your tribe” as it’s often referred to. Stressing the value of finding people who do creative work similar to the work you do.

Everyone benefits from being able to bounce ideas off other creators, both in your own discipline and in other disciplines. The guys talk about how both online and face-to-face interactions can really help develop your craft, find connections, and generally feel you are part of a community.

Resources

Kevin introduces two books by Natalie Goldberg that were invaluable to him when he was getting started as a writer: Writing Down the Bones, and Wild Mind. He found both books very helpful in getting started and feeling less self-conscious about writing and sharing his work.

John brought up Oblique Strategies by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Oblique Strategies are a set of physical or virtual cards with prompts for creatives to think a little differently when stuck for ideas. 

Available as Physical Cards and as an app for both iOS and Android.