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24: Creativity Heals, It’s Just That Simple!

Time: 12:36 ABOUT THIS EPISODE Art Therapy is not just something that happens in clinical settings, art therapy can be exercised in the privacy of our own homes. It can help work though trauma, loss and as a tool for stress reduction, however it can also be utilized to express joy, create a memory and/or memorialize something special. Creativity is cathartic and can be used by everyone, at any time! SHOW QUOTES “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change this world.” – Robin Williams [Dead Poets Society] “Art is to console those who are broken by life.” – Vincent van Gogh Creativity brings hope when we are broken. – Aunia Kahn SHOW LINKS The Ten Coolest Art Therapy Interventions Art Verses Illness

23: Finding a Good Mentor. What you Need to Know.

Time: 18:20 ABOUT THIS EPISODE  Mentorships can be an important asset to personal developmental whether it’s career driven or more personal. Working directly with a person that is more experienced or more knowledgeable than you are can open doors, help nurture of new ideas and advancements, keep you from costly mistakes and you could even build a life long friendship. SHOW QUOTES “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato “Remind yourself that a mentor’s time is not free. The actual time they spend with you is worth money, and the years of advice or area of expertise they…

22: Kick Your Creativity into High Gear with Visual Journaling

Time:11:20 ABOUT THIS EPISODE Visual Journaling (Art Journaling/Creative Journaling/Art Diary) has been around for years and is an activity that can help us be more creative, aid in working through issues, or promote happiness by having a fun and expressing ourselves. Visual journaling is often rooted in art therapy to work though trauma, loss and as a tool for stress reduction, however it can also be utilized to express joy, create a memory and/or memorialize something special. Creativity is cathartic. SHOW QUOTES “Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” ~Duane Hanson Tweet This “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~G.B. Shaw Tweet This SHOW LINKS Psychology Today: 10 Visual Journaling Prompts Strathmore Visual Journals  

21: The Challenges Of Following Your Dreams. A Personal Story.

ABOUT THIS EPISODE  When following our dreams and finally achieving them we often find that they are not exactly the way we envisioned them, however that is life! In this episode we take a journey with host Aunia Kahn as she talks achieving a specific dream, the challenges and what we need to do when we feel stuck or in a place of transition within our own dreams. SHOW QUOTES If I can inspire people by showing that following a dream by working hard and being determined is possible, it’s amazing. – Leona Lewis Tweet This SHOW LINKS 10 Things That Will Happen When You Start Pursuing Your Dreams

20: How To Secure A Solo Exhibition & Submit A Proposal

ABOUT THIS EPISODE  One of the most coveted experiences by artists is securing a solo exhibition. There is a lot that goes into this aspect of an artists career, but we got you covered! In this episode we provide useful information and direction to any artist interested in pursuing a solo exhibition of their dreams. SHOW QUOTES Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection. Kim Collins Tweet This SHOW LINKS C&I Episode 7: Getting You Art Into Art Galleries C&I Episode 4: Why You Need A Professional Portfolio & Website

19: How Artists Can Identify and Avoid Con Artists

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Con artists are everywhere and in every industry. One of the greatest atrocities of the world are people who feed on others vulnerabilities and naivety with deception and lies. In this episode I share a couple personal stories of con artists I have encountered, while also providing you with resources to help you avoid being a victim of a scam. SHOW QUOTES The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away. – Walter Kirn And I think it’s because good cons are all based on the victim’s need, and the successful con artist is the one, I guess, who can exploit that. I remember reading…

18: 30 Inspirational Tips to Artists from Other Creatives (2 of 3)

ABOUT EPISODE In Episode 18 we have our second installation of advice from 30 artists, galleries owners, magazine editors, authors, creative business owners, etc answering this question: “If you could give one bit of advice to an artist just starting out what would that be?” This is part 2 of 3. Find the first installation: Episode 8 (1 of 3) SHOW QUOTES 1. Put miles on the brush…or pencil. – Suzy Smith 2. Don’t put your focus on sales. Focus instead on finding yourself, finding your medium, finding your motivation and drive. Once you have a portfolio you are proud of, start showing it off. – Archer May Dougherty 3. Not everything you make is a Grandslam. Sometimes you strike out but see each piece leading to the…

16: Marketing Your Artwork/Creations Online

 ABOUT THIS EPISODE  Ah, art marketing! The thing most artists and creatives hate about having a career in the arts.  Marketing is so important, however it’s sadly missed as a part of the every day process of being a working artist. Most artists and creatives just want to create pretty things, and hope that their work gets seen and sold, but that never happens without a some effort in marketing. For example if you had 100% of a day, it is said at the very least, 20% of that time should be spent marketing. Yet, some of the most successful artists and business people of the world treat it more as a 50/50 ratio. There are many ways to market your work; from social networking, contests, works in progress shots, going places…

15: Good Gallery vs Bad Gallery, 10 Expert Tips to Avoid Being Screwed

ABOUT THIS EPISODE It’s very common for artists to want to be shown in galleries, but how can you tell if a gallery is reputable or not? Does it matter? Are there warning signs to avoid as an artist so that you are treated well in this vast world of fine art? Yes, there is and I will give you 10 tips to help you navigate your way to working with galleries that will love and respect not only your work, but you! SHOW QUOTES “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” — Ryan Freitas Tweet This SHOW NOTES 1. Bad mouthing others on social networking and showing a lack of professionalism with their dealings on a public platform. 2….

14: Creative Block = Sucks! Let us Help!

ABOUT THIS EPISODE So you’re sitting there looking at a blank canvas/paper or the piece you are working on has become so frustrating and not even close to the idea you had in the first place that the local trash can is looking mighty tempting. It’s common to go through creative block, are we offer some advice, along with some website, books and quotes to help inspire you to work through it and get to the other side – where greatness is just a step away! SHOW QUOTES Comfortability KILLS Creativity! Tweet Quote Fall down 7 times, get up 8. – Japanese Proverb Tweet Quote Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch Tweet Quote A dream is your creative vision for your…

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