What Stops People From Being Original

 The B&E Podcast #158
“What Stops People From Being Original”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Being original is one of those things that an artist strives for but is one of those things that is hard to pin down.  How do you be original?  How do you create something original?  How do you know?  We explore and try to shed some light on this tricky subject.

POINT #1: “WHAT YOU SAW”
– We often fall into the trap of taking all of our inspiration from works we’ve seen or heard from other artists.  It’s great to be inspired by others we admire but not so great to simply try and create what they did.  When we copy we rob ourselves of our potential to be original.

POINT #2: “YOUR LIFE”
– Learning to follow our own impulses, feelings, and ideas as they come up in our work is the thing that sends us in the direction of originality.  Your art does not fuel art, your life fuels your art.  The mundane, the little details and seeming trivialities of your life are your gold.

POINT #3: “TRUST IS THE KEY”
– Unlocking your art requires trust in your life experience.  Trusting that it has value, that there are things about you and how you express that are inherently original and unique.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Granville Island Brewing (Gose With Peach) – Today’s Craft Brewery

B&EP #157 – “What It Means to Take a Creative Risk”


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.gib.ca – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

What It Means to Take a Creative Risk

The B&E Podcast #157
“What It Means to Take a Creative Risk”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Time after time, these not so serious podcasts really get into the goods.  This one is about that thing people say all the time — take a risk.  We try to demystify what that all means and how it can make you freer, and more authentic as an artist.  Let’s take some risks people!

POINT #1: “WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?”
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At multiple points in our lives, we’ve heard that sentiment to take risks.  So how do you do that?  How do you take a risk?  What IS taking a risk?  Perhaps the better way to look at it is to give yourself permission.  Permission to do what?  Permission to bring you into your work.

POINT #2: “YOU”
– How much are you actually letting you into your work?  How much are you giving your voice, your vision, your experience value?  When you listen to that part of you, you begin to make creative choices and take creative directions that are, guess what, RISKY.

POINT #3: “CAN YOU GET ‘INTUIT?'”
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As artists, we have to work from a place that is sometimes a little mysterious, a little illogical, but no less effective.  Working from a place of feeling unlocks creative treasures and is the foundation upon which everything else is built.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Strathcona Beer Company (Premium Pilsner) – Today’s Craft Brewery


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.theparksidebrewery.com – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

An Open Letter to Critics and Media Writers – Article

How to Make Money With Your Artistic Abilities

The B&E Podcast #156
“How to Make Money With Your Artistic Abilities”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
It’s everyone’s favourite topic — money.  Or maybe not.  No matter what you think and feel about it, it’s a part of our world and it definitely affects us as artists.  Making money has long been a tough situation for the majority of creatives out there and in this episode, we discuss how to make the transition as well as explore exciting new possibilities for artists.

POINT #1: “VISION, INTENTION & POSITION”
A big part of how we make an earning from our art is the place that we hold in people’s minds.  We need to get clear on our truthful vision and intention — where we want to go.  From there we can put ourselves out there in a more impactful way that people remember.

POINT #2: “GET GOOD, PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE”
– The first thing is to come to a certain place with your work.  And that means working at your work, your craft and your art form.  At some point, you have to begin letting others see or hear it.  Begin with people you trust and then branch further out.  Keep creating and keep showing it to people and you’ll get noticed.

POINT #3: “GOLDEN AGE”
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We are at an unprecedented time where we can find an audience with little to no interference or middle man.  There are new businesses and economies just arising to enable artists more creative freedom as well as financial support.  Use emerging technologies to find your audience and build a career.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

The Parkside Brewery (Dawn Pilsner) – Today’s Craft Brewery

Patreon (Web Company)

 


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.theparksidebrewery.com – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

Why Change Is Hard & How to Do It

The B&E Podcast #155
“Why Change Is Hard & How to Do It”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Let’s get not so serious with it and see what happens!  We tackle issues around making changes, making decisions and making love.  Well maybe not exactly that last part, but love has a big part in all of it.  We discover that when it comes down to being great artists and having great lives, love is the way to decide.

POINT #1: “CH-CH-CH CHANGES!”
 Changes are a part of life.  They happen out in the world and they happen on a personal level.  When things get uncomfortable and painful, we can spare ourselves suffering by listening to what it’s telling us.  Usually, it’s to make a change.

POINT #2: “LETTING GO”
– Letting go is maybe one of the strongest things we will ever learn to do.  Part of what makes us indecisive and resistant to change is because we’re hanging onto something, often something that doesn’t serve us.  When we let go of our ideas and judgments around what letting something go might mean we can embrace a more truthful voice and a path that is calling to us.

POINT #3: “IS IT LOVE?”
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We’re either making our decisions out of love or out of fear.  Quite simply, what are you basing your decisions on?


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Yellow Dog Brewing Co. (“Sit and Stay India Session Belgian Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery

Alan Watts – Author/Philosopher

“Strengths Finder 2.0” (Book) – Tom Rath

“Metal Gear” (Videogame Series) – Hideo Kojima


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.yellowdogbrew.com – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

How to Develop Your Talents As An Artist

The B&E Podcast #154
“How to Develop Your Talents As An Artist”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Developing our skills and craft as artists are fundamental to our success and our own sense of gratification.  In this one, we talk about the effectiveness of practice, going back to the basics and learning to enjoy the process of it all.

POINT #1: “PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE”
 Like anything, if you want to get good at it, you have to practice.  There are loads of creative ways you can come up with as well as research to improve “soft” and “hard” skills.  The only thing you need after that is the follow through.

POINT #2: “MAKING IT MATTER”
– If it’s so easy as just practicing, then why don’t we just do it?  Often it’s because we’re too focused on how far we have to go, or simply where we are not.  What we need is a flip in perception.  How can we find the reward in what we’re doing right now?  How can we enjoy the mundane practices?  By letting go of expectations we can discover the joy of mastery.

POINT #3: “IT ALL COMES TOGETHER”
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When time and effort meet, amazing things happen.  By trusting what you’re doing in practice, you will find extraordinary expression when you put your work out there.  There’s a little science and a little something mysterious all going on.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Steamworks Brewing Co. (Kolsch Lagered Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“The Little Book of Talent” (Book) – Daniel Coyle


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.steamworks.com – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

Let the Criticism Come

The B&E Podcast #153
“Let the Criticism Come”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
We kick off a big talk on criticism once again, how we handle it as artists, where it comes from, how to know where it’s coming from and so on.  What we uncover is that there is no need to fear criticism in any form it comes from to find liberation.

POINT #1: “UNDERSTAND BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE”
 If you’re active as a critic of an artistic medium it’s important that you know what it entails, not just technically but personally and deeply.  Whether that means you have to do it yourself and put your own work out there, intimately knowing what you criticize will make you more valuable to the process.  Ask yourself, how would I like to receive criticism?

POINT #2: “TEAR IT ALL DOWN”
– Some people don’t really provide constructive feedback.  It’s not particularly hard to tell when that happens — usually full of jarring trash talk and cruel personal opinion without explanation of possible improvement.  When you encounter this kind of talk, sweep it off.

POINT #3: “GREAT CRITICISM”
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It can be an art unto itself.  It can help an artist see where they acted or expressed inauthentically or where the message got lost in the technique.  It can be a spirit of cooperation to push communication further and bolder and even be a source of inspiration.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Green Leaf Brewing Co. (Weizenhower Wheat) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“I Needed Color” (Short Documentary) – David Bushell – (link below)


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.greenleafbrew.com – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

Give Yourself a Chance to Be Incredible

The B&E Podcast #152
“Give Yourself a Chance to be Incredible”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
We love these not so serious talks.  We always get into something.  On this one, we put a lot of focus on filmmaking to discover some universal truths about artistry.  As artists, we have many tools at our disposal, many methods, and many means, but this is not what makes us artists.  By learning to wield these means in direction and service to a vision we can go beyond.

POINT #1: “NEW TECHNIQUES”
 Inspiration can often be found in new methods and techniques, but that doesn’t make them stand on their own.  They must still be crafted, shaped, used where they fit.  Sometimes it means foregoing it all together — the choice is yours.

POINT #2: “WHAT’S IT ALL FOR?”
– Behind a lot of the practical logics in craft and industry, there was some artistic reason.  When that reason gets lost and only the practicality remains you’re left with an empty shell and the artistry is lost.

POINT #3: “DARE & FALL”
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To be an artist means to be bold and daring and to fall and risk.  Only then are you truly able to know what is inside of you.  Playing it safe is not the ground of artistry — find your opportunities and put your voice out there.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Category 12 Brewing (Simplicity Blond) – Today’s Craft Brewery


VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.category12beer.com – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School