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Your Creative Push is the daily podcast that pushes YOU to pursue your creative passion. Every day, Youngman Brown interviews artists, musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and other inspirational creative individuals in an attempt to get them to inspire you to put aside your excuses and START DOING WORK. Each artist opens up to YOU, revealing the things that hold THEM back on a daily basis, and how they FIGHT THROUGH IT. They then give you one final push, in an attempt to motivate you to start doing work as soon as the episode is over. If you have a full-time job or full-time responsibilities and WISH that you had the COURAGE and MOTIVATION to FINALLY do that thing that has been on your mind, this podcast is for you!






253: You don't create artwork, YOU BEGET IT (w/ Chrilz)

Chrilz is a contemporary artist whose work focuses on human nature -- our experiences, our relationships, and our emotions. Everything Chrilz creates is in a Neo-Figurative Expressionist style that uses the human form as its vessel. Through color, line, geometry, and realizm, he is constantly seeking to visually express this severely emotional, dynamic life. Every pieces is both formal and conceptual in a very intentional way, all of which serving the ultimate goal of expression. Full...

Duration: 01:12:40

252: Plant your seed of curiosity (w/ Amanda Giacomini)

Amanda Giacomini has dedicated her life to uplifting people and creating more beauty in the world through yoga and art. From teaching yoga at the White House to presenting at some of the biggest yoga festivals, conferences and Asian Art museums in the world, Amanda infuses the ancient teachings with creativity and joy. Her journey in yoga began in 1994, and she continues to study with many great Indian and Western masters. In 2001, along with her husband, MC YOGI, she founded Yoga Toes...

Duration: 00:30:59

SUFFOCATE your inner critic (Best of YCP: J.T. Ellison)

J.T. is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen critically acclaimed novels, including What Lies Behind, When Shadows Fall, and All the Pretty Girls, and is the coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original and Where All The Dead...

Duration: 00:35:28

251: What you're doing wrong on Instagram and Pinterest (w/ Megan Auman)

Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a a multi-faceted business around her passion for art, commerce, and visual content creation. Megan splits her time between running her eponymous jewelry line and teaching the intersection of art and business on Designing an MBA. A best-selling CreativeLive instructor, her designs have been featured in Elle Decor, Better Homes & Gardens, Cooking Light and on top-rated blogs like Design*Sponge. Full shownotes:...

Duration: 00:56:26

250: Reuse art and reaching out to your heroes (w/ Martin Thomas Smyczek II)

Martin Thomas Smyczek II is a sustainability advocate/entrepreneur, musician, and an all around creator of things who aims to positively change the world. He is a Reuse Artist who uses societies discarded, wasted, and over-consumed trash as his medium in an attempt to inspire others to RETHINK how we live. Full shownotes: In this episode, Martin discusses: -How he became initially inspired to be a reuse artist. -Some of the struggles that he has...

Duration: 00:50:04

249: ROUTINE IS EVERYTHING (w/ Rob DiTeodoro)

Rob DiTeodoro is an artist who manages to find a way to balance his time between his art, his family, and his full-time job. He bears his soul with his vibrant and psychedelic style, and his work ethic sets him apart from someone who is merely trying to make a hobby out of their art. Rob is soon turning his art into his full-time profession. Full shownotes: In this episode, Rob discusses: -A signifying moment of painting a “D.” -The frustration that...

Duration: 00:46:47

248: Your U-Shaped Curve of Creativity (w/ Tracey Fletcher King)

Tracey Fletcher King is an artist, illustrator, printmaker, and teacher from Brisbane, Australia. She has been creating and selling her art for years, but after surviving advanced breast cancer, she decided to stop second-guessing the business side of her work. Tracey has two "main arms" to her creative practice, watercolors & painting and lino prints, both of which can be found on her website. Full shownotes: In this episode, Tracey...

Duration: 00:57:11

247: The best ways to GENERATE IDEAS (w/ Tara Roskell)

Tara Roskell is The Idea Medic, providing first aid for your idea muscle. She lives in a world where ideas are cool and creativity is king. Tara is passionate in the belief that everybody has the ability to be creative. They just need to believe it and learn more about the idea generation process. Her mission is to make idea generation and development more accessible to everyone. Tara has worked in the Creative Industry as a graphic designer for over 20 years, for both national and...

Duration: 00:44:58

246: Grasping, maintaining, and extending a middle strategy (w/ Dan Thompson)

Dan Thompson is a painter and teacher who was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. He earned his M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art, and supplemented his training with several years of private study and studio apprenticeships along the east coast of the United States. He has been awarded two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has twice received the Ethel Lorraine...

Duration: 00:43:51

245: Do everything with EXCELLENCE (w/ Joby Harris)

Joby Harris has worked for the past 20 years as a designer & artist in the film, television, music, print, theme park & aerospace industries. He now works for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Visual Strategist. All in all, he tends to operate more like a kitchen than a drive-thru. He aims to create work that triggers peoples imaginations so what they imagine does most of the creating. His work has traveled to Comicon, the TED Conference, the Super Bowl & to space. Full shownotes:...

Duration: 00:58:55

244: Your Exponential Creative Investment

Full shownotes: What can we, as creative people, learn from millionaires? In this episode, Youngman Brown cherry picks five of the best investment tips given by millionaires and financial gurus, and applies them to the creative process and your creative journey. All of these tips are simple mindset shifts that will drastically affect the way that you see the time, pain, and daily effort that you put into your creative passion, and how it will...

Duration: 00:36:00

243: Leave the GATEKEEPERS in your wake (w/ Drew Brophy)

Drew Brophy has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He says of his profession, “It’s my job to make things look cool.” A life-long surfer and world traveler, Drew’s career exploded in the late 1990’s when he began painting his edgy artwork onto surfboards. Drew’s love of surfing has led him down a path of studying weather, its effect on waves, and how the sun influences earth. This has all led to a deep interest in physics and how it all interconnects. He has studied physics...

Duration: 01:13:42

242: Add up your STOLEN MOMENTS (w/ Matthew Quick)

Matthew Quick is a painter from Australia who has been named in Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s top 50 artists. In the last 5 years he has either won, or been selected as a finalist for, more than 70 major national art awards, including the Sulman Art Prize, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, and the Mosman Art Prize, just to name a few. He’s painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman,...

Duration: 00:43:38

241: Find your gift and then give it away! (w/ Andy J. Pizza)

Andy J. Miller is an American full time freelance illustrator with a background in graphic design, currently living and working in Columbus, OH. Andy was born in Indiana, went to middle school in Western New York, to high school in Indiana, and to the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom. He teaches a self promotion for illustrators class to senior level students at the Columbus College of Art & Design. He is most known for his side projects and books; The Indie Rock Coloring...

Duration: 01:07:17

240: FIVE MINUTES is better than NO MINUTES (w/ Jane Samuels)

Jane Samuels is an artist and psychogeographer from the United Kingdom. She has developed a love for the arts, politics, teaching, and animal and human rights campaigning. Currently working as a professional artist from Hare Court Studio and an SpLD tutor in Manchester’s Universities, Samuels continues to develop work grounded in Psychogeography, which challenges the boundaries of legality, public vs. private space, and our relationship with the land. Her work is housed in several private...

Duration: 00:43:25

Change how you view the world (Best of YCP: Kelli Klymenko)

Kelli Klymenko embraces all aspects of art. He is an artist, storyteller, photographer, teacher, yogi, husband, father, science aficionado and free thinker - experiencing life in one of the most inspiring and picturesque places on earth: Sedona, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and children. Full shownotes: In this episode, Kelli discusses: -How when he was younger, he drew on any surface area he could find. -How he has dabbled in...

Duration: 00:35:30

239: SUCCESS LOVES SPEED (w/ Maria Brophy)

Maria Brophy has been an art agent to her husband Drew Brophy since 2001, and a business consultant to creative entrepreneurs since 2009. In her former life, Maria worked in the corporate world for two agonizing decades before she escaped the 9 to 5 grind. Since then, she’s deliberately designed her life as a non-stop adventure, traveling extensively with her husband and two kids while surfing and backpacking some of the most magical places in the world. Her new book, Art, Money & Success...

Duration: 00:56:41

238: What does your PERFECT AVERAGE DAY look like? (w/ Matthew Miller)

Matthew Miller is an active lifestyle artist who paints because it puts him into a flow state and makes him feel truly alive. Most of his artwork celebrates the human body in action, and the mental states that go along with it. In addition to art, he also gets his fix of flow state through challenging physical activities. As a retired rugby player, ironman triathlete, and fitness coach (his day job), it is his goal to create art that celebrates an active lifestyle. Full shownotes:...

Duration: 00:59:55

237: Create what EXCITES YOU the most! (w/ Zaria Forman)

Zaria Forman's large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Zaria's drawings convey the urgency of climate change by connecting people to the beauty of remote landscapes. Her works have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. Her drawings have also been used in the set design for the Netflix TV series...

Duration: 00:35:44

236: How to get past your fear of a BLANK CANVAS (w/ David Zinn)

David is a freelance illustrator and street artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan, specializing in small-scale, improvised and (mostly) light-hearted chalk art. Most of these drawings (most notably "Sluggo") have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but some have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan and construction debris in the Sonoran Desert. Full shownotes: In this episode, David discusses: -How he prefers...

Duration: 00:55:13

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