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Surf Coast Creatives

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Telling the stories of doers, thinkers and creatives on the Surf Coast in Australia. Hear interviews with Artists, Designers, Photographers, Illustrators, Craftsmen, Speakers, Leaders, Adventurers and more. Each episode is packed full of insight and a good dose of practical hints and tips for business & life. Tune in today with your hosts Ben Hucker & Jess Mellington. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Telling the stories of doers, thinkers and creatives on the Surf Coast in Australia. Hear interviews with Artists, Designers, Photographers, Illustrators, Craftsmen, Speakers, Leaders, Adventurers and more. Each episode is packed full of insight and a good dose of practical hints and tips for business & life. Tune in today with your hosts Ben Hucker & Jess Mellington. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Australia

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Telling the stories of doers, thinkers and creatives on the Surf Coast in Australia. Hear interviews with Artists, Designers, Photographers, Illustrators, Craftsmen, Speakers, Leaders, Adventurers and more. Each episode is packed full of insight and a good dose of practical hints and tips for business & life. Tune in today with your hosts Ben Hucker & Jess Mellington. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English

Contact:

0403757226


Episodes

#50: Final episode! Why we're tapping out, highlights and thank you - Ben & Jess from Surf Coast Creatives

9/5/2021
All good things to come to an end hey? Sad to say we're finishing the podcast component of the Surf Coast Creatives. We'll continue celebrating the work of creatives on the Surf Cost in Australia but find out why we don't have the time or resources to commit to the pod right now . HINT: Big couple of months coming up for Ben & Jess! Join us for a chat as we talk stats for the pod, our personal highlights and what it takes to make a great podcast. Find out why we aren't disappearing...

Duration:00:38:02

#49: The Country Boy Lighting Up the Coast - Ash Hughes from ashhughesphotos.com

8/29/2021
Been itching to get this guy on the podcast for a chat. He's a landscape photographer based in Torquay and goes by the name, Ash Hughes. Ash hails from Ballarat but moved to the coast a few years ago with his wife. He's now a dad to two kids and works full-time as an accountant. On top of that, he's an in-demand wedding photographer with x32 weddings booked already for the season ahead. And he only started shooting weddings last year! But it's Ash's timeless imagery of the coast that...

Duration:00:53:25

#48: A Visual Storyteller Who Had Her First Exhibition at Age 16 - Ferne Millen from fernemillen.com

8/16/2021
Our guest today is Geelong-born Artist and Photographer, Ferne Millen. Ferne has a passion for telling stories using visual arts and portrait photography as her medium. And she's been doing it for 21 years! Ferne talks about studying at the VCA and then progressing into a career in Melbourne and eventually settling in her home studio in Jan Juc. Ferne’s latest exhibition “Journey on Wadawurrung Country” is being taken outdoors, at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (running 28 Aug -...

Duration:00:43:14

#47: Turning Old Into New And Building Sustainability Into Your Business - Jodie Hayes from Scout For Vintage

7/26/2021
Our guest today is a talented local Designer, Jodie Hayes. Jodie runs local Torquay denim store, Scout for Vintage. If you’re a fashion lover and want to create a sustainable brand, then you’ll love this episode. Jodie runs her business in the heart of Torquay. She aims to sell vintage garments and gives each garment a second life beyond landfill. Jodie has a creative soul and has had a go at running multiple businesses at a young age. Tune in for an in-depth chat with Jodie about what...

Duration:00:41:28

#46: Why You Don't Have to Starve as a Creative - Andrew Hellmich from PhotoBizX

7/18/2021
Our guest today is one of my favourite podcast hosts Andrew Hellmich. Andrew is the host of a photography business podcast called PhotoBizX. If you’re wanting to build your photography business with a consistent flow of clients then this is the episode for you. Andrew is an entrepreneur, photographer, and author living on the Central Coast in NSW. He talks about the importance of work-life balance. Andrew and his wife have been running their photography business for more than 14 years and...

Duration:01:20:27

#45: A Creative Dynamo Born on the Coast - Eliza Francombe from Be Franc. & FrancHome

7/12/2021
Our guest today is the founder of not one but two awesome brands, Be Franc. Creative, a boutique branding and content agency, and homewares specialist, FrancHome. Her name is Eliza Francombe. If you’re into your DIY experiences then you’ll love listening to Eliza’s story. She is a soon-to-be mum of two kids and runs her studio out of the Ashmore Arts precinct in Torquay. Eliza has recently added in-person workshops to her bow, helping attendees create unique pieces for their homes. She...

Duration:00:57:03

#44: Head Curator of Australia's Rich Surfing History - Craig Baird from Australian National Surfing Museum

7/4/2021
Our guest today is the curator of the world’s biggest Surf Museum, Craig “Gonzo” Baird. If you’re into the history of surfing in Australia then this is the episode for you. Craig tells us some wild tales of surfing before it became a sport. He also explains how he has managed to avoid producing a resume his entire life. He relies on gut intuition and following his passion to get by. Learn how Craig got a job airbrushing t-shirts for Rip Curl which started a 26-year career. He’s now the...

Duration:00:58:04

#43: Doing a 180 After Personal Tragedy - Jenna Hutchison from Love Ludie

4/28/2021
We chat with Torquay local Jenna Hutchison about the transition from business owner to a full-time artist in episode #43 of the podcast. In her first two years painting, Jenna sold two commissions. She had a lot to learn. Take two during 2020 and she sold eighty-seven commissions in short thrift. Jenna shares how momentum built as an artist in 2020 has led her on the path to successful collaborations with other creatives. But there’s so more much packed in too. From learning how to make...

Duration:00:50:40

#42: How to Make it Big as an Artist & Finding the Off Switch - Geoffrey & Rowena from Martinich&Carran

4/19/2021
Join us for our chat with professional artists Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich. They talk about artistic risk, the intricate balance of life and art, and the necessary hustle when it comes to the business side of art. Make no bones, for Geoffrey and Rowena, art is a 24/7 thing. Despite their success to date, Geoffrey & Rowena both agree there is always that sense of hesitancy that never goes away as a creative—something that Geoffrey describes as “never-ending stage fright.” There is so...

Duration:01:04:52

#41: The Worst Year of Your Life Then Somebody Introduces You to Oprah - Claire Summers from Gratitude Glass Jars

4/6/2021
Join your host Ben Hucker with Torquay guest, Claire Summers. Ben speaks to Claire about a cascade of traumatic life events that hit her in 2017. Oprah entered Claire’s life not long after. Claire is the founder of Gratitude Glass Jars which became a viral sensation in 2017 after the ‘Big O’ came across her product. But an unhealthy relationship, the loss of a dearly wanted baby, nursing her father through terminal cancer, a near-death experience with IVF treatment, and being sexually...

Duration:01:09:00

#40: A 30-Year Dream To Work For a Top Surfing Mag and Now He Owns It? Ray Bisschop from Surfing Life

3/30/2021
Our guest for this episode of the podcast is the editor and owner of Surfing Life Magazine, Ray Bisschop. Ray has been described as a “visual marketing genius” by some of his peers. He’s also a designer, photographer, loving husband and devoted Dad who started surfing about 35 years ago. In fact, surfing lit the spark for an interest in all things creative. These two elements combined have led Ray on a three-decade journey to become owner and publisher of Surfing Life magazine, But he had...

Duration:01:15:09

#39: An Illustrator's Journey From the Northern Beaches of Spain to the Surf Coast - Fabiana Aguilar from fabiaguilar.com

3/24/2021
Our guest for this episode of the podcast is a hugely talented illustrator by the name of Fabiana Aguilar. Fabi is currently in the process of making the move from Melbourne to the Surf Coast. Born on the Northern beaches of Spain and raised between Senegal, Canada and Spain, Fabi got used to moving from country to country from a young age. As an adult, she has spent long periods of time in France, Ireland, Italy, the Caribbean and for the last 3 years, Australia. Fabi comes from a...

Duration:00:55:09

#38: Dealing With Dark Dawn Days & Taking the Podcast to Scotland - Mike Guest from Dawn Days

3/16/2021
Our guest on this episode of the podcast is freelance photographer and cinematographer, Mike Guest. He’s our first international guest and joins us all the way from Edinburgh in Scotland! Mike includes Patagonia among his list of clientele and is also the co-founder of the Dawn Days movement which went viral in 2020 after coronavirus hit. Lookup #dawndays to see more of Mike and other peoples work from all over the United Kingdom and beyond. We cover a lot today including the important...

Duration:01:05:05

#37: A Traveller at Heart Now Making Multimillions From Seasonal Gift Boxes - Kate Buchan from Retreat Yourself

3/9/2021
We caught up for a chat with the savvy founder of a hugely successful business in Torquay called Retreat Yourself Box for this episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Her name is Kate Buchan (nee Williams) who got married at the beginning of 2020 to her loving partner Andrew. Kate had a little bubba too at the end of 2020 so she now juggles life as a busy entrepreneur, Mum to Charlie, loving wife, friend, and the rest! Find out how she juggles it all while running a business with a...

Duration:00:58:36

#36: Swimming With Sharks & 2020 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Winner - Ren McGann from RenMcGann.com

2/23/2021
Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with the coveted 2020 Nikon Surf Photo of the year winner Ren McGann. Ren talks about the discipline of fine art ocean photography and provides his perspective on some of the challenges facing modern-day photographers. Ren also talks about his unique editing style and why he sees it as a deeply personal matter. For him, it is better to be true to himself than produce the same cookie-cutter shots prevalent on social media In this episode you...

Duration:00:53:23

#35: Former Art Teacher Now Turning Over $3m in Skincare Products - Kayla Houlihan from Tribe Skincare

2/15/2021
Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with guest Kayla Houlihan, the founder of Tribe Skincare for Ep.10 Season 3 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. We talk about the journey of a former art teacher now running a multi-million-dollar natural skincare business. Kayla gives the background and tips to help her fellow creatives manifest their entrepreneurship goals. Kayla admits at first that their products were exclusively for their skin clinic, but after featuring it online, the...

Duration:00:43:39

#34: How Important is Your Health When it Comes to Doing Your Best Work? - Ryan Rowell from TORQ F1T

2/9/2021
Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with guest Ryan Rowell, the co-founder of TORQ F1T. We talk about Ryan's journey from motocross champ to the owner of an elite gym in Torquay. In addition, we assess how important a healthy lifestyle is when it comes to doing your best work as a creative. Ryan shares his experience building a gym in a garage with his partner Erin, transitioning the brand, and managing clients. Ryan took what he and Erin learnt from opening their first gym in...

Duration:01:05:48

#33: Getting Told You Can't Make A Living From Your Passion - Romy Roache from Romy Photographer

1/29/2021
Join your hosts Ben Hucker and Jess Mellington with guest Romy Roache as they chat about the discipline and mindset of an artist running a photography business. Romy explains a specific method of taking pictures and how she defines creativity in this episode. For Romy, images are what they are – natural. As for advice, she believes aspiring artists should work with themselves and from the heart without comparing other people's works. Find out more from what she has to say as you stay tuned...

Duration:00:31:32

#32: How to Overcome Your Fears Without Holding Your Breath - Ant Williams from Modus Leadership

1/21/2021
Welcome to the Surf Coast Creatives podcast Anthony or 'Ant' Williams. Before moving to Torquay, Ant was a Sports psychologist for a motoGP team based in the South of France. He worked with boxers, mountaineers, kickboxing fighters, athletes competing in five-day adventure races without sleep, rally car drivers and big wave tow-in surfers. He wanted to experience a dangerous sport for himself though. He searched high and low to find his niche and eventually discovered free-diving at 30...

Duration:01:00:34

#31: The Queen of Whole Foods & Self-Publishing - Harriet Birrell from Natural Harry

1/14/2021
Really excited to sit down for a chat today with the founder of Natural Harry in Barwon Heads, Harriet Birrel. Harriet, or 'Harry,' is the creative dynamo behind 3 best-selling books called Natural Harry, Whole and Home. Her first 2 books were self-published and her final book has been picked up by a publisher along with her 2nd title, Whole by Natural Harry. Learn about Harry's life as a full-time creative and her inspiration for living a humble life on the coast. Harry opens up about...

Duration:01:08:52