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Creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the more it grows. We’re here to debunk the myth that creativity is JUST for artists. It’s not; it’s for everyone. Each episode, through various interviews, discussions and performances, hosts Nathan Michael, Jonny Mendez, Jon Guerra, Valerie Guerra, and Dan Sumpter take you on a deep dive into the process of channeling your creativity to make a better life for yourself and the world around you.

Creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the more it grows. We’re here to debunk the myth that creativity is JUST for artists. It’s not; it’s for everyone. Each episode, through various interviews, discussions and performances, hosts Nathan Michael, Jonny Mendez, Jon Guerra, Valerie Guerra, and Dan Sumpter take you on a deep dive into the process of channeling your creativity to make a better life for yourself and the world around you.
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Creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the more it grows. We’re here to debunk the myth that creativity is JUST for artists. It’s not; it’s for everyone. Each episode, through various interviews, discussions and performances, hosts Nathan Michael, Jonny Mendez, Jon Guerra, Valerie Guerra, and Dan Sumpter take you on a deep dive into the process of channeling your creativity to make a better life for yourself and the world around you.

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Episodes

Italian-born Chef Bruno Abate Wants to Transform the American Prison System

1/11/2019
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When you find a problem in the world that needs to be confronted but it falls outside your area of expertise, what should you do? Start over? Go back to school and get a whole new degree? Born in Naples and raised in Milan, Chef Bruno Abate spent several successful decades in the food business before finding in himself a passion to reform the American prison system. But how? His solution was to utilize his existing skill set to create Recipe for Change, a culinary arts training program...

Duration:00:30:06

Best of 2018

12/28/2018
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It's been a year full of ups and downs, surprising turns and new revelations. Events in the news like soccer players trapped in a cave, the royal wedding, Senate Judiciary hearings and the March for Our Lives proved that everyone must use creativity- from rescue divers to wedding planners to government leaders and high school protest organizers. Creativity and empathy have been in high demand in 2018, and they will be even more in 2019. This week, in what our co-host Jon Guerra calls a dose...

Duration:00:36:46

Special Holiday Episode: Be Yourself at Christmas

12/21/2018
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WARNING: Do not go home for the holidays without first listening to this episode! We're in a season of joy, celebration and twinkly lights, but sometimes there are hard things hidden beneath the all those gingerbread houses and decorations. The Holidays can be a difficult time for people who have lost a loved one, or are navigating tricky relationships with family, or maybe find themselves expected to play a former role they've moved on from. It's a time of stressful travel, financial...

Duration:00:40:17

Interview: Jayson Home - Jay Goltz and Caroline Scheeler

12/3/2018
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As a young person, Jay Goltz tested well in math, so people said he should become an accountant. But after earning an accounting degree Jay decided what he really wanted to do was start a framing business, which went on to become the largest in the nation before before expanding into the home decor scene with Chicago's legendary store Jayson Home, which he co-founded with creative director Caroline Scheeler. Together they have the professional acumen and artistic taste to operate at least 20...

Duration:00:38:42

Group Discussion: The Gift of Feedback

11/16/2018
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Creativity doesn't happen in a vacuum. From the conception of an idea to planning to production to editing and finally delivery, there are a number of voices that speak into the process of creation, and it can be hard to know which ones to listen to. But we all need feedback in order to grow, so how can we move toward a place of seeing and utilizing feedback as a gift instead of something to be feared, resented and frustrated by? On this week's group discussion episode, the hosts dig into...

Duration:00:27:26

Group Discussion: Editing

11/5/2018
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When asked about the difficulties he must have encountered when sculpting a black of marble into his masterpiece David, Michelangelo famously replied, "It was easy. I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David." But it is that easy? How do you get from the nebulous block of marble to the pristine male figure without cutting away too much, or not enough? What's the difference between editing and polishing? How do you know when something is ready to ship? On this week's Creative...

Duration:00:26:45

Interview: Shani Crowe

10/19/2018
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Whether coiffed or disheveled, sleek or tousled, thick or thin, hair tells a story about our personality, our history, our demeanor, even our beliefs. Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist whose work centers on cultural coiffure, adornment and beauty ritual as they relate to the diasporic African, and how these practices function as tools to foster connectivity. She is most known for creating intricate corn-rowed hairstyles, then capturing them as large photographic portraits. Her work...

Duration:00:35:45

Group Discussion: Highs and Lows

10/5/2018
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As we all know, the creative life is just one long unending stream of successes and prosperity and bliss and fame and gain and triumphs. Right? Oh wait, it isn't? So then what? How do we grapple with and manage the highs and lows of creativity?How do we navigate the peaks and valleys of a career dedicated to making new things from nothing? This week the hosts discuss healthy perspectives on successes and losses, how to keep your chin up through thick and thin, and living fully through the...

Duration:00:23:03

Interview: Mike Michalowicz

9/21/2018
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You've heard all the entrepreneurial axioms and tropes before: "Do what you know," "It takes money to make money." Mike Michalowicz has made a career out of turning those ideas on their head and approaching business from revolutionary angles. The award winning author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, Profit First, and Clockwork, Mike launched three multi-million dollar companies before his 35th birthday, has had his books translated into 10 languages, is the former small business columnist...

Duration:00:41:57

Interview: Unsexy Business - Jack Berdan

9/7/2018
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We all want the flashy gig, the high profile project, the notable client, the award-winning work. But what about the unsexy business that fills most our time and lives? Jack Berdan came from a tribe of highly artistic friends and associates and through a series of twists and turns found himself applying the principles of creativity to jobs and spheres not traditionally thought of as glamorous or creative. Like, say, owning a chain of carwashes. This week Jack sits down with the Creative...

Duration:00:37:09

Interview: Kevin Coval

8/24/2018
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Studs Terkel called Kevin Coval’s voice “our hope for a new world of peace, grace and beauty.” The co-founder of /Louder Than a Bomb,/the country’s largest youth poetry slam, and Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Kevin Coval’s life is an embodiment of the Creative Muscle’s fourth element: You Are What You Give. He is a poet, educator and activist who has empowered thousands of young people to use their voices and talents to organize, engage and express. He is the poet-in-residence...

Duration:00:37:18

Group Discussion: Inspiration

8/10/2018
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“Oh you’re an artist? That must be so inspiring.“ Is it? This week we take a look at one of the most talked about and frequently misunderstood aspects of the creative life: inspiration. What is it? How do we find it? How do we use it? What’s it for? Can you just “turn it on?” The hosts discuss different ways to cultivate inspiration, how to make space for it, and how to turn it into something tangible. As a bonus, we get to hear the hosts’ top “unspirations” and this is the first episode of...

Duration:00:28:27

Interview: John Berardi - Precision Nutrition

7/9/2018
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If you want to learn to play the piano you can't just read books about it. At some point you're going to have to sit down and touch the keys. People do not change by thinking, they change by doing. John Berardi, PhD, CSCS, has devoted his entire career to helping people make positive change. He is the cofounder of Precision Nutrition, an organization that has mentored over 200,000 people worldwide in health and fitness. He joins the Creative Muscle this week to discuss the process for...

Duration:00:43:43

Special Episode: You Are Not Alone

6/23/2018
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Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. Robin Williams. Kurt Cobain. Why have so many creative, prolific, talented artists over the years struggled with depression and mental health? How can artists and creative people confront and manage their inner turmoil in ways that help them grow, thrive, produce meaningful work and flourish? In light of recent events, the hosts sat down this week to discuss ways to move toward a safe place in confronting these struggles, listening to our bodies, facing...

Duration:00:25:20

Interview: LIVE at LOW RES with Stephanie Izard

6/12/2018
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Who is the girl and who is the goat in The Girl and the Goat restaurant? On this week's special LIVE episode of the Creative Muscle, we sit down with chef and entrepreneur Stephanie Izard, the Top Chef, Iron Chef and James Beard award-winning force of nature who has stolen the hearts (and appetites) of Chicago's West Loop with nationally-celebrated restaurants The Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, and Duck Duck Goat. Take a listen to find out what Stephanie has learned about failure, delegation,...

Duration:00:36:56

Interview: James McLaughlin - Intelligentsia

5/25/2018
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James McLaughlin didn't happen upon a job posting on CareerBuilder.com or wait around for a position to open up at the coffee company he admired most. He made the first move, cold-sent an email to Intelligentsia explaining why he wanted to work for them, got hired, and eventually became the CEO. He sat down to talk with the Creative Muscle about finding a company whose mission you believe in, why prioritizing quality over quantity pays off, and how coffee is a seasonal product. Who knew?...

Duration:00:32:40

Group Discussion: Creativity and Relationships

5/11/2018
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Creative people are not forged in a vacuum. All of us have been shaped by important relationships that set us on a course for the creative life or tried to steer us in another direction or maybe even some alchemy of the two. Debuting an exciting new occasional format for the show, the hosts discuss the interplay and influence of relationships on creativity from parents to significant others to friends. We all need relationships in order to thrive and be healthy, and this episode offers some...

Duration:00:29:45

Interview: Jonathan Neman - Sweetgreen

4/27/2018
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Every day, Jonathan Neman and his friends asked themselves the same question: "What are we going to eat?" They felt limited by the options available, so they took things into their own hands and started Sweetgreen, a fast casual phenomenon that has received accolades from The Washington Post, USA Today, Food & Wine, Forbes, Bloomberg, CBS, and more. Jonathan sat down with the Creative Muscle to discuss the restaurant's humble beginnings, how to choose partners, how to not mess up what nature...

Duration:00:36:09

Interview: Amy Karr

4/13/2018
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From high school dropout to two-time Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna to working on the 2016 presidential campaign, award-winning marketing innovator Amy Karr credits much of her success to one thing: enthusiasm. Here she speaks to the Creative Muscle about intuition, burnout, problem-solving, giving and taking energy, and when you should cancel a meeting.

Duration:00:38:22

Interview: Marty Neumeier

3/30/2018
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Most designers go to art school. But should they go to business school instead? On the one year anniversary of the Creative Muscle we interview award-winning author Marty Neumeier, whose books Zag, The Brand Gap, and The Brand Flip have shaped the ethos of companies around the world, including our very own Low Res Studio. Take a listen to hear about the time the president of Apple hated all of Marty's design ideas, why he bought a 400 year-old stone cottage in France, how a person can go...

Duration:00:43:21