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Tucker interviews creative folks from various disciplines (like visual artists, improv actors & animators) about balancing personal and professional creativity on the long road between idea and done.

Tucker interviews creative folks from various disciplines (like visual artists, improv actors & animators) about balancing personal and professional creativity on the long road between idea and done.
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Tucker interviews creative folks from various disciplines (like visual artists, improv actors & animators) about balancing personal and professional creativity on the long road between idea and done.




155 - Steve Vrooman Interviews Tucker

Hello and welcome to The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast, where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All with the intention you’ll get what you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished. I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with me for another podcast called Every Speaker Has A Story. It’s a podcast made,...

154 - Guestcasts

A guest cast was a concept I was playing with where other people would do an insight and inspiration episode. I wasn’t sure if they were going to be a regular thing or perhaps a Patreon subscriber bonus. I asked a few people to do some as an experiment and you are going to hear two of them today.

153 - Teaching and connecting through colouring with Crystal Salamon

“In the beginning, when I started taking the art class, my art instructor was using me as the example of 'What Not To Do'”


152 - The end is beginning


151 - Healing your relationship with creativity with Melissa Dinwiddie

In today’s chat Melissa talks about her 15 year break from making art and how she came back to art because she was procrastinating while working at becoming a writer.


149 - Passion and Perseverance with Troy Kokol

Troy Kokol is a songwriter but as you’ll learn he does more than just write songs. Recording demos and working as a producer for other artists and more. Works well with our episode about Streams of Income.


148 - Streams of income

More – The fact is I’d have to do all everything. My question was more or less "what should I do first?”

147 - Yoga and Art with Jerusha Francisco

The conversation starts with Jerusha's entrepreneurial leanings and goes on to her rediscovering her love of painting. How singing fits into her life and her philosophy on how she deals with what other people think of her. And the difference between a listening ear, coaching, and advice

146 - Selling what you want. Selling what customers want.

You can sell anything you want. The secret is to sell what other people want. I’m not going to get into the difference between selling what people want and what people need I’ll cover that in another episode one day.

140 -Encouragement vs Appreciation

this week is another semantic exploration. This time about encouragement and appreciation.


139 - Creative cooking & Creative teams with chef Chris Barton

Chris Barton is a Chef who’s restaurant creates a new menu each week. Chris recognizes the drain creating a new menu each week would be on him if he had to do it all alone. We talk about how important his team members are to both the creating of the dishes but also the success of the restaurant itself. We talk about the challenges of being in charge charge of this shared creativity and not wanting to say ‘no’ too often.


138 - What you can control

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, The wisdom to know the difference.

137 - Purposefully choosing a career with Andrew Ford

We talked to animator Andrew Ford a couple years ago and the theme of that episode was Reach your goal and keep learning. Andrew’s goal was to work at Disney and now that he’s done it you can hear how his philosophy hasn’t changed. Even after getting to Disney he still want to just get better.

136 - Clutter

Clutter is fine when you are using it all. A messy desk means you are there often and using things. But what about those boxes of old magazines for that collage you are going to make one day or that carton of video tapes for the family film you are going to produce. Not only are they taking up your physical space they are also taking up your mental space.

135 - Getting there is only half the journey with Jackie Koehler

Jackie was a guest on the show a couple years ago as she had just finished up as lead animator on the film Book of Life. Her goal through everything she’s done was to one day work at Disney. Well, she made it and now we talk about if she feels like she’s ‘Made it’.

134 - Space gets filled

Space gets filled. So does time. What you fill it with is up to you.

133 - Owning your own job and Making your own art with David Andrew Wiebe again

David is very busy as a musician, entrepreneur and writer but we talk about how he handles that workload and some things he does to help keep overwhelm at bay.

132 - Breathing In. Breathing Out.

I heard a quote earlier this week and I can’t find it anywhere online so I don’t know who said it or in what context but I’m gonna talk about it anyway because it got me thinking. The quote was something along the lines of you can’t both breath in or out. Basically meaning you can’t do only one. You can’t only breath in. Your lungs can only hold so much. The oxygen is all absorbed and gets stale. Your lungs ache and eventually you breath out


131 - Work for a living but create to be alive with Amy Pon

In today’s chat we learn about Amy’s path through business school, culinary school, art school and how she came to work with me at the large unnamed communications company here in Canada.


130 - The expectation of our talents.

I don’t think we can know where our best talents lie. I’m only just starting to get my head around this so bear with me things may change over time. This whole theory relates to how we perceive our talents and how others perceive them. What got me to thinking about it is my 8yo daughter was mentioning that she wasn’t good at math. She says it makes her head hurt sometimes to think about it. But when we talked to her teacher she said it was one of my daughter's strong subjects.