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ShakkaPanda along with his co-host Ben Burnes discuss content creation as well as interview streamers, content creators and game industry professionals. Take a look behind the green screen as we talk video games, gaming culture, live-streaming and content creation!


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ShakkaPanda along with his co-host Ben Burnes discuss content creation as well as interview streamers, content creators and game industry professionals. Take a look behind the green screen as we talk video games, gaming culture, live-streaming and content creation!






S04 E02 - Is "At Least" Ever Enough?

Sometimes we unknowingly use language with ourselves and in our own head that can sabotage our confidence and slow down our progress towards our goals. Let's talk about shifting our thinking and the words we use with ourselves! Show Notes: Ben's 2 Hour Album Challenge:


S04 E1 - Creative Conversation

Everyone should code! Ben and Shakka start this season off with an interesting, and meandering, creative conversation! Enjoy! :)


S03 E20 - Community Events

This week we discuss running community events and how valuable and fun they can be! It's a powerful way to deepen your relationship with your community and the connection between your community members. It's all about making real connections! Let's discuss. Show Notes: Ben's 2 Hour Track Challenge:


S03 E19 - Managing Busy Work

How do we manage all the busy work involved in content creation? Let's discuss! So much of our time, easily over half, is spent doing the un-sexy busywork stuff. How do we support ourselves so we can push through these less exciting parts? Let's discuss!


S03 E18 - Politics In Content Creation

Let's talk about politics in content creation! It's a tricky subject and often one that creators wholesale avoid entirely. Discussing politics is commonly a ban-able offence in streams and communities, but staying silent can sometimes be suffocating, how do we navigate this? Let's discuss!


S03 E17 - Winging It!

This week Shakka & Ben discuss the reality that no matter how much we learn, we're always still kinda just winging it! Content creation is often like blazing a trail through a thick forest, just figuring it out as you go. There's nothing wrong with not knowing how to do a thing, that's no reason to stop, just wing it! Show Notes: Ayre soundtrack: Ayre game on Steam:...


S03 E16 - You've Changed

As we grow and evolve, sometimes we loose folks along the way, sometimes we're accused of "changing", often we have, how do we navigate these complexities that are inevitable as we grow as creators? Let's discuss! Show Notes: Ayre soundtrack: Ayre game on Steam:


S03 E15 - Having Grit

This time we discuss one of the biggest pillars of success for any creative, having GRIT! Often, the what makes the difference between success and failure is how hard you hold on, your will to continue and not give up! GRIT! Let's discuss.


S03 E14 - Spheres of Intimacy

This week we discuss best practices for healthy and appropriate relationships with different people in your work. The wise way to deal with conflict or friction while live on stream with your viewers is VERY different than what's healthy with close relationships, but sometimes we get these mixed up and burn bridges that should have been mended. Let's discuss!


S03 E13.5 - Why I Left Mixer

This week's ep is a bonus episode, recorded and rush released, to discuss why I left Mixer for Twitch. It's been a long time coming and there's a lot to talk about. Let's discuss.


S03 E13 - Scarcity is a Myth

This time we discuss the mistake we often make in assuming there's "not enough", there is. We often find ourselves thinking that if someone else gets something like views, follows, subscribes, purchases or downloads that there will somehow not be enough for you, that for you to "get yours", someone else has to loose out, this is just not true in the modern connected economy of the internet! Let's discuss!


S03 E12 - The War of Art

This time we talk about the excellent book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Pressfield discusses many of the shared struggles that creatives work through to reach the level he calls "pro". This book is full of incredible insights and challenging ideas, we really enjoyed discussing it's impact on us and highly recommend you check it out! The War of Art:


S03 E11 - The Value of Free

This week we discuss how powerful it can be to offer your art for free! Being generous with your art is often the pathway to growing your art's reach and your creative business! Let's discuss!


S03 E10 - Regaining Momentum

This time Shakka & Ben discuss some hard won tips for recovering after life inevitably gets in the way. There will always be times where unpredictable things happen and derail our work, this is part of life, but how we recover from these times is more important than avoiding them. Let's discuss!


S03 E09 - Following Trends

This week we discuss the power and danger of following trends. It's an incredible tool for your creative content to get seen by more new folks but at the same time it can be quiet the roller coaster to attach yourself to. Let's talk about some best practices when leveraging trends for your content!


S03 E08 - The Four Agreements

Our first book episode! This week we discuss the often referred to book "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz! We're always talking about this book and are super excited to do a deep dive into The Four Agreements this week! Let's discuss!


S03 E07 - Knowing Your Limits

This week we discuss our own limits, how to find them & knowing when to push past them or heed their warning. Sometimes we limit ourselves unnecessarily, however sometimes our system is screaming for our attention & is simply looking out for our well being. Learning what limits are there to support us & which ones we can push beyond is a huge lesson for any artist! Let's discuss!


S03 E06 - Audience Attention

This time Ben & Shakka chat about how to interact with & respect your audience's attention! How do we make good choices as we entertain our audience? What are the things we do that helps keep our audience's attention & what causes us to loose that same attention! Let's discuss!


S03 E05 - It's Harder Than You Think

This time Shakka & Ben discuss the tendency to underestimate how hard professional creative work can be. Sometimes it's wise to stop and take a look at the reality of how gnarly this lifestyle can really be, this can help manage our expectations and prepare us for the challenges ahead as a creative professional. Let's chat about it!


S03 E04 - Creative Diversity

This week Ben & Shakka discuss the value of changing up your creative outlets from time to time! Sometimes we struggle with our creative work, call it artist's block, burnout, whatever... Sometimes we just need to change our perspective & try something new, then we often find ourselves refreshed and ready to return to our previous work! Try something different creatively. Do you paint? Try podcasting! Do you stream? Try folding Origami! Mix it up and you may just find that spark you've been...