Create Out Loud With Jennifer Louden

Have you been saying "no" to that inner-voice begging you to be creative? Are you a working creative who has been feeling especially burned out? It's time to say yes. It's time to Create Out Loud. Hosted by bestselling creative entrepreneur Jennifer Louden, Create Out Loud is a weekly show featuring conversations with creative people about the nitty-gritty of everyday creative life: like how to establish rituals and routines, how to navigate envy, and even how to MAKE MONEY. Yes, even the awkward stuff. So tune in with us every week because it's time for YOU to Create Out Loud! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jennifer-louden/support

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Episodes

Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

In addition to being an actress, improviser, and best-selling author, Sam Bennett is a highly respected creative coach whose business, The Organized Artist, has inspired thousands to channel their creative urges into RESULTS.   Sam is the author of ‘Get it Done’ From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 minutes a day, a wonderful book for creatives on how to be more CREATIVE, CONSISTENT, SUSTAINABLE and SANE.  The beauty of Sam's work is that she's her number one customer - as a wildly creative but easily-unmoored creative herself, Sam created this philosophy to help herself, and by extension, she's helped so many.  On today's show, Sam and Jen discuss: Why you might be a terrible judge of your own work How not to get stuck just because you’ve made a decision Performing isn’t just for actors and how acting allows Sam to use 100% of herself How ‘the prison of desire’ can stop you from growing and experiencing new things How to push through the "groan zone" that accompanies every creative project How and why creative productivity can boost our self-esteem The difference between our lives and our "lifestyle." The secret ingredient to knowing whether or not a creative project is "worth it."   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Mar 22, 2022

Has your work ever been greeted by a firestorm of furiously polarized tweets, both in fierce support and rampant opposition to what you have to say? In addition to being scathingly funny, bitingly honest, and sharply observant, author, essayist, and humorist Heather Havrilesky's work has always been provocative. And her latest memoir, Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage does not disappoint.   By writing honestly (and hilariously) about motherhood, marriage, and the contemporary female experience, Heather has amassed passionate supporters (Jen among them), in addition to nasty critics. But at the end of the day, shouldn't that be our chief aim as artists? In this episode, Jen and Heather unpack HOW creatives can truly get to the root of honesty in our work, so we too can inspire our audience.   How Heather handles negativity and misreading of her work Sometimes the beauty of writing is learning how you feel on the page Writing honestly to accept what you’re made of Readers can see through everything so you’re better off being honest How the editorial process of her latest memoir helped her grow closer to her husband Why Jen was afraid to ask Heather to be on the podcast How self-acceptance feeds your creativity The form and structure of Foreverland, and how it shifted from a collection of essays to a narrative experience How Heather has navigated her career and why she feels like she’s just starting to take her writing more seriously, 25+ years in Taking an experimental approach to writing and learning as she goes Writing about and for women with more and more madness and freedom over time Can you stand behind your work?  Comparing yourself to people you admire and professional envy   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will: help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Mar 15, 2022

One of the questions I’m asked often is, ‘how do I stick with a project?’ followed closely by, ‘how do I know when a project is done?’ We want to see our creative endeavors through to completion, but it’s not always easy to do or be done. This is particularly true if a project has hit the skids or we’ve lost our way in the mushy middle or it’s a big damn  project that takes a honking long time.    Seeing your creative endeavors through to a conclusion (notice I did not write THE conclusion), is about asking the right questions…   What do I want out of this?  What financial impact will this project have on me?  If I died doing this, would I be satisfied?  What is finished for me?   These types of questions can help us ground ourselves before we dive in, and not fall into extremes of isolation, apathy, or frustration.   Sit down, buckle up, and grab a journal, because this solo episode is brimming with tips to help you create out loud and know when you have. We also cover...   Why my book Why Bother? took 10 years to write Knowing what you’re looking for in doing a project  Why creative work sometimes gets harder the more experienced you are How to stay motivated throughout your project and avoid common demotivating factors The subtle dangers of easy access to learning  The power of embracing frustration and confusion How to know when you’re finished with a project when you want to keep working on it How to define what finished looks like -- what is “good enough” for you?   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will: help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Mar 08, 2022

Sue Monk Kidd is one of the world's most beloved writers, occupying a rare intersection of critical and commercial success writers dream of.    Perhaps most recognized for her #1 New York Times Bestsellers, The Secret Life of Bees, which went on to become the basis for a blockbuster movie, and The Invention of Wings, her earlier works, When the Heart Waits, an autobiographical account of a spiritual awakening, and Dance of the Dissident Daughter, a memoir that explores feminist theology, were groundbreaking for millions of seekers too.   And yet, she's still willing to acknowledge how hard it is to start a new project. Sue says that every time she sits down to start a new project, she feels like a beginner. Fortunately, she listens to her soul and her craft, and together, they get here there.   Jen and Sue also discuss:   How Sue consistently taps into what women are feeling and experiencing Recurring themes throughout her body of work How writing memoir helped her find courage and freed her to write fiction How she pivoted in her spiritual life but maintained her creative beacons Writing as an act of courage that serves your soul Why Sue believes our salvation is in our imagination The importance of writing what you deeply care about  Creativity as playing with what you love  The two questions to ask yourself when starting a novel Using imagery and collages as part of the writing process  Why Sue still feels like a beginner  How she dealt with the staggering success of The Secret Life of Bees How perfectionism stymies writing Method and mystery, beginning the writing process, and writing rituals Doing research for historical fiction What Sue would say to her younger self Reflecting on her spiritual path The importance of the simplicity of being Creating as a spiritual act, writing as prayer Transitioning between projects The tension and energy that goes into writing a book Get a copy of Sue's books here:   The Secret Life of Bees AmazonBookshop   The Invention of Wings AmazonBookshop   When the Heart Waits AmazonBookshop   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Mar 01, 2022

Have you seen those beautiful, colorful bottles of Method Soap at Target? They're most likely the work of today's guest, Lisa Congdon, who is one of the world's most recognizable graphic designers, a fine artist, and an illustrator who creates for clients such as Amazon, Comme des Garcons, Crate & Barrel, REI, and MoMA.    She’s also the author of ten books, including Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, the host of The Lisa Congdon Sessions podcast, and she teaches on the faculty of Northwest College of Art.    But you might be surprised to learn Lisa didn't discover her true passion for design until her 30s, and at that point, she assumed it was too late to make it her career. Little did she know she had an entire journey of discovery ahead of her, and so much of that had to do with finding her voice.    0:42 - Why we tell ourselves we’re too old to be creative 1:40 - How imposter syndrome intensified when her career blew up 6:30 - Learning to stand in your creative power 7:00 - How Lisa manages to handle the various aspects of her career and life that bring her joy 12:18 - How to surround yourself with a great creative team 17:15 - Gauging whether or not to say yes to a creative opportunity 21:15 - Listening to your gut 22:43 - Knowing how much to charge for creative services 28:43 - The complicated nature of social media 33:33 - The elements of artistic voice 39:27 - Remembering that we hit multiple impasses in our creative work and that’s not a problem   44:48 - Working with the pressure to produce 48:15 - Developing grit in your creative life through physical challenges    Get a copy of Lisa’s books here:   Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist Amazon Bookshop   Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic Amazon Bookshop   Visit Lisa’s shop and world: https://lisacongdon.com/   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will: help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Feb 22, 2022

Pamela Slim is a dynamic beloved thought leader and has been in the trenches with creative businesses for decades. Her breakout book Escape From Cubicle Nation hit the scene in 2009, and since then she’s launched many creative projects, including founding a beloved brick-and-mortar small business incubator, The Main Street Learning Lab at K’é, and two more books, Body of Work, and her latest The Widest Net.  Get Pam's free workbook: https://pamelaslim.com/the-widest-net/ If you want to connect with customers but the idea of building an empire makes you queasy, you will adore this episode. We cover so many practical ways to build a values-based creative business including: How Pamela has allowed herself to keep learning, growing, and changing by following the work itself, even though her first book Escape From Cubicle Nation was quite sticky How she sees herself as an author practitioner The branding and audience building price creatives have to play when making pivots How justice, inclusivity, and equity are baked into everything she does and shape her creative choices The complex dynamic of her identity and really understanding the appropriate role to play in community building and issues of human rights and justice Her willingness to take on complexity and hard topics in her work How her latest book The Widest Net uses community building as a framework for finding an audience or customers for a business The creative process as putting pieces of a puzzle together Struggling through the creative process when writing The Widest Net and how she overcame writer’s block Why she wanted to bring The Widest Net framework out into the world as an alternative to all the empire-building, crush it, smash it, look at me, hustle, influencer stuff, which can be harmful and play into white supremacy culture and the patriarchy The harm people experience when searching for a singular life purpose and how she uses the metaphor of finding roots as an alternative The guidance in being drawn toward things that evoke a strong emotional reaction, paying attention to clues for where you might want to contribute through your creative energy The power in focusing on how and who you’re going to serve How introverts can build relationships while staying true to their natural wiring A deep dive into what it means to build a business ecosystem and how Ways to get support in building your business ecosystem How her book launch strategy has changed from book to book The heartbreak of evolving your business, changing relationships, and the emotional skills required to navigate it all Why Pamela is learning about crypto and NFTs while recognizing the disturbing components     Get a copy of Pamela’s book here: Escape From Cubicle Nation Amazon Bookshop   Body of Work Amazon Bookshop   The Widest Net Amazon Bookshop Or get a free copy here: https://pamelaslim.com/the-widest-net/   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Feb 15, 2022

Creativity psychologist Kim Hermanson almost died in her 20s. After a brutal near-death, head-on collision, Kim was laid-out in the ICU when a nurse whispered for her to "imagine herself floating on a cloud," and she immediately felt the pain and trauma of the horrific ordeal leave her body. This completely shifted Kim's understanding of the power of our brains and completely shifted her path. Since that experience, Kim has become a highly respected thought leader in the world of creativity psychology. Primarily, Kim's research and coaching are centered on METAPHOR, and how considering our work within that paradigm can completely open up our understanding of what we make, and more importantly, why we make it. Kim's work is interesting, provocative, and challenging, but I encourage you to open your mind and your heart, because it may fundamentally shift the way you see your creative life!  2:33 - Accessing another way, shifting into a different way of being 4:20 - How a near death experience pushed Kim towards a creative path 8:23 - Finding metaphor by following what shows up 10:20 - How fascination led Kim to confidently follow her yearnings, even when it was hard 12:38 - Feeling our way through the world with metaphor as a deeper way of knowing 17:10 - How spirituality and a connection to the divine factors into our creative endeavors 19:00 - How science, in a way, backs up what spirituality reveals about creativity 20:45 - The depth, richness, and wisdom of the images and metaphors that speak to us throughout our lives 23:00 - Using metaphor to get unstuck by feeling into it 25:31 - We can only think what we already know, which can be limiting 27:35 - Hallucinogenic drugs and alternative ways of knowing  28:30 - Working with form and structure in the creative 32:10 - How to work with non ordinary intelligence through metaphor 33:00 - The remembrance that you are not stuck because there is a whole other space available to us 33:55 - Practical ways to work through creative blocks by accessing metaphor  42:40 - Using metaphor to tune back into a sense of self and a sense of wholeness 45:00 - The deep agency of creative work 47:00 - Embracing your full self, including your nerdiness    Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that  will help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s),  and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Tuesday Feb 08, 2022

Whether it's on the page, on the canvas, or on the screen, the essence of creativity has always been storytelling. And if anyone understands the power of Storytelling, it's Devi Lockwood, who traveled the world on her bike, documenting the stories of everyday people whose lives have been affected by the increasingly problematic issue of climate change. That journey became a bestselling book: 1001 Voices on Climate Change. Learn how Devi fused her passions for social justice and creativity, "stumbled" upon her project, and learned to embrace the unknown in her quest for fulfillment. Jen and Devi also discuss:   3:30 - How Devi's torn ASL transformed into her "unexpectedly beautiful" passion for cycling.   8:58 - Why our approach to climate change activism is completely wrong.   14:42 - How to mobilize your creativity for social change.   19:22 - How Devi "hitched rides" on 7 boats through Asia and Oceiana to write her book   22:44 - How Devi bounced back from 40 book proposal rejections.    30:16 - How Devi discovered the structure for the book.   33:04 - How YOU can get published in the New York Times?   38:23 - Using the "3 Second Rule" to assess strangers.   Purchase Devi's Book!: https://www.amazon.com/001-Voices-Climate-Change-Displacement/dp/1982146710   Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world.

Thursday Feb 03, 2022

Hey Create Out Loud fan! A little peak behind the curtain - we're doing some maintenance with our podcast feed, so we're doing a little test announcement to make sure we're keeping the train on the tracks! As all of you know as creatives, change is a good thing, but sometimes requires a little bit of re-orienting when we pivot. No action required on your end. In the meantime, thanks for being a Create Out Loud fan, and stay tuned for this Tuesday's amazing episode with climate change activist and bestselling author Devi Lockwood!

Tuesday Feb 01, 2022

How many Opera singers/wellness experts/radio broadcaster/racial reconciliation thought leaders do you know? You'll meet one today: the remarkable Celeste Headlee. Celeste is a 3-time bestselling author, including of her most recent book Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism — And How To Do It, who specializes in studying, articulating, and teaching about the complicated nuance of human conversation. Whether that's professionally, creatively, or even culturally, I promise that Celeste will fundamentally shift the way we view human communication. She will blow your mind. 1:40 - Why Celeste has had conversations about race thrust upon her all her life 2:49 - Celeste's signature themes throughout her diverse career 4:29 - How she gets people back in touch with their base humanity 5:42 - How she balances different “modes” of work: self-help, reporting, speaking, singing, etc. 8:34 - The importance of staying present, and how music has TRAINED Celeste to be super present 11:50 - The actual definition of conversation 13:14 - What are we missing in the essence of conversation? What are our ethical obligations in conversation? 17:30 - If conversations make us feel good, why do we avoid them? 23:17 - Why accepting racial biases is the quickest way to grow out of them 25:20 - How can we begin to overcome our biases? 27:14 - How American gospel music demonstrates our unconscious biases 28:30 - Why it’s important not to shame people while they’re learning about race 35:06 - What to do when you make a mistake when it comes to race 41:44 - How Celeste’s Ted Talk opened doors in her career. (Don’t miss what she has to say about her speaker’s fees!) 44:45 - How making more money allowed her to express more of herself 46:23 - What Celeste’s book Do Nothing taught me about productivity culture and the Industrial Revolution 47:50 - The ridiculousness of “time is money” 49:00 - The shadow of being passionate about your work Get a copy of Celeste’s books here: Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism — And How To Do It Amazon Bookshop Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving Amazon Bookshop Visit jenniferlouden.com/podcastkit to get instant access to a collection of audios that will: help you with some of the most common struggles we creatives have to manage including fear of choosing, falling into compare and despair, managing the inner critic (s), and feeling too exposed and vulnerable when you put yourself or your work into the world. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jennifer-louden/support

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