Being an Effective Artist Within Your Means

The B&E Podcast #138
“Being an Effective Artist Within Your Means”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions when it comes to our art and the industry that caters to it.  We must weigh between choices of practicality and reality – time, place and matter – and our drive towards artistic integrity.  There are great values in both, and knowing what they are can help you pick a direction to move forward.

POINT #1: “TO BE OR NOT TO BE… FOR NOW”
– When certain elements are time contingent it can be tempting to double down and force something through.  There can be a value in just getting it done, but sometimes taking a step back to check in with where your values lie will wisely suggest striking at another time.

POINT #2: “PRACTICAL SHMACKTICAL”
– Being practical can lead us into making hasty decisions that ultimately don’t serve our art and overlook why we’re doing it all in the first place.  Let practicality inform, not dictate.

POINT #3: “WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?”
– Making decisions at a certain point can feel like splitting hairs.  When you find yourself in that situation as yourself the question, “who do I want to be”?  This powerful tool can help you cut through the little details and find clarity.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Yellow Dog Brewing (Retriever Golden Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery

TED Talk – “How to Make Hard Choices” – Ruth Chang (video below)


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

The Mess & The Math of Being An Artist

The B&E Podcast #137
“The Mess & The Math of Being An Artist”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
This is where artistry meets industry folks.  The mess and the math of it all.  We talk about finding balance in so many ways.  Whether that’s in the creative part itself to keeping an authentic voice while being aware of external demands.  Ultimately we learn about how to be freer as artists.

POINT #1: “WHAT YOU DO AND WHAT YOU DON’T”
– A lot of what makes up for the small nuances in artistic work are the things we show and the things we withhold.  It’s not always about giving too much direction and it’s not about leaving things completely up in the air.  Often this push and pull are where we find the real artistry.

POINT #2: “FINDING THE SWEET SPOT”
– There’s a beautiful space where we create something that is meaningful to us, full of our authentic voice, and yet remains accessible to a large audience to hear your message.  Going too far one way or the other can breed some interesting results and be valuable, but pose their own risks.

POINT #3: “BACK TO OUR ROOTS”
– Coming back to where it all began and what brought us to doing what we do in the first place can be the gut-check we need when or if we become lost or disillusioned with a situation we’re in.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Steel & Oak Brewing (Shiny Things IPA) – Today’s Craft Brewery

David Mamet (Author)

Kevin Smith (Actor/Director/Writer)

“Paddle Your Own Canoe” (Book) – Nick Offerman


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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

How to Stay On Track When You Feel Like Giving Up

The B&E Podcast #136
“How to Stay On Track When You Feel Like Giving Up”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Artists have a lot of ups and downs and challenges in their lives and careers.  Sometimes these challenges really rock us to our core and we question our decisions and why we’re doing what we’re doing.  How do we overcome this?  What can we learn from these situations?  All this and more…..

POINT #1: “WISDOM IN THE MESS”
– Very often, in situations where we’re really confused or feeling defeated, is often the catalyst we need to discover greater meaning and a deeper connection to our art and our work.  Sometimes we need to take a few steps back to get a running start.

POINT #2: “LETTING GO OR GIVING UP”
– There is an important distinction to be made between these two concepts.  Giving up is a decision made out of fear, letting go is an empowered conscious decision.  Learning how you have the power to make choices makes it easier to carve a way forward when you’re feeling discouraged.

POINT #3: “INCREMENTS”
– Great things take time to build.  Learning patience and to make small steps forward add up to massive impact in the long run.  You won’t always see it right away, but by focusing on what’s right in front of us and creating achievable goals we can avoid a lot of the dismay and frustration that can come with building a career.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Parallel 49 Brewing Company (Apricotopus Apricot Sour Saison) – Today’s Craft Brewery

Dan Millman (Author)


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

http://www.parallel49brewing.com – Brewery of Choice Today

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

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

Heightening a Sense of Joy in Your Creative Work

The B&E Podcast #135
“Heightening a Sense of Joy in Your Creative Work”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
This one is a quick hit of awesomeness.  We talk about the difference between objective and subjective, the profound value of our experiences, and finding deeper enjoyment in our work.  This one’s a lot of fun.

POINT #1: “FORGET THE CLIFF NOTES”
– We often want the quick, easy, point to point way of doing things.  This can have value but we also lose out on the knowledge that comes through experiencing something in its entirety.  The details, the nuance, and emotion are all essential in forming real wisdom.

POINT #2: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING IT FOR?”
– It’s easy to get caught up in trying to get somewhere in our day and age.  When we get too caught up in that game we lose sight of what we really care about and what we really want to do.  Make goals that allow you to do more of what you want in your life NOW not later.

POINT #3: “ENJOY”
– Why else are you creating art other than you enjoy doing it?  Make that be what your work is about as much as you can.  Don’t get too caught up in what may or may not come of it.  Let go and enjoy.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Yellow Dog Brewing (Take A Walk Wit) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“All Quiet On the Western Front” (Book) – Erich Maria Remarque


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

What Video Games Can Teach Us About Creating An Experience

The B&E Podcast #134
“What Video Games Can Teach Us About Creating An Experience”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
We like us some video games around here on the B&E Podcast, and we like to explore the finer, artistic concepts behind them.  As a modern mass form of media and entertainment as well as art, it has unique challenges and opportunities in its creation.  With video games, it’s all about the experience.

POINT #1: “REVOLUTION IN TECHNOLOGY”
– Video games were born of technology, and their evolution continues to be fueled by it.  As technology progresses new opportunities to create new types of experiences present themselves beyond simply making things prettier.

POINT #2: “HOW FAR WILL IT GO?”
– There are a lot of interesting developments in video games right now, namely in virtual reality.  It poses the potential for powerful new immersive experiences but also could both traumatize as well as desensitize if not respected.

POINT #3: “IT ALL COMES DOWN TO YOU”
– One of the great things about games is that they really are tailored for creating an experience for YOU.  Big things and little things in the design are meticulously crafted for you to have an experience of some kind.  How can you find ways to tailor your work for the audience’s experience?


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. (Raspberry Wheat) – Today’s Craft Brewery

Video Games – “Metal Gear Solid”, “Grand Theft Auto 5”, “Final Fantasy VII”, “Battlefield 1”, “Ico”, “Uncharted”.


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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

Why to Trust Your Sensibilities As An Artist

The B&E Podcast #133
“Why to Trust Your Sensibilities As An Artist”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
You know all about that creative process stuff, so do we.  There’s a lot that can get in the way of creating meaningful work — mostly ourselves.  We talk about perfectionism, doing something we’ve never done before and keeping things simple.  All this and way more.

POINT #1: “TO BOLDLY GO”
Sometimes as artists, we may find ourselves in a creative situation that we have never encountered before.  This is often grounds for our egos to step in and try and handle the situation.  This is the last thing you want to do.  Take a breath and draw upon what experience you have.

POINT #2: “IT’S SIMPLER THAN YOU’RE MAKING IT”
We often overcomplicate our new endeavors and inspirations with ideas of what it should be or what else is out there.  When you connect to yourself, your emotions and what you genuinely want to communicate, everything gets clear.

POINT #3: “SENSIBILITY AND TECHNIQUE”
– As artists, it’s important that we immerse ourselves in technical aspects of our craft but we must always return to what matters most in creation.  This shifts technique into sensibilities which are malleable and optional.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Twin Sails Brewing (Bread Winner Multigrain IPA) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“Reservoir Dogs” (Movie) – Quentin Tarantino


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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

The Illusion of How a Masterpiece is Made

The B&E Podcast #132
“The Illusion of How a Masterpiece is Made”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
C’mon, let’s be honest, we all want to make a masterpiece of some kind.  Who wouldn’t want to?  Why wouldn’t you want to?  We have a lot of ideas of how that is made and many of them are complete fallacies.  So how does one create a masterpiece?  Time to dive in!

POINT #1: “SEEDS OF IDEAS”
– Sometimes a seed is all you need.  We often overlook these simple but often powerful initial inspirations believing we need to have the whole flower for it to be “good” or worthwhile.  Go with the seed.  Nurture, follow, respond, and see what happens.

POINT #2: “YOU BEING AUTHENTIC?”
– Getting connected to our authentic self and voice is crucial if we want to have any hope of ever creating something anyone considers a masterpiece, including ourselves.  Only through such expression of genuine honesty can we have the right materials to take it beyond.

POINT #3: “GOTTA HAVE FAITH”
– Even if you’ve done everything right, there are no guarantees for any particular outcome.  Having faith in your project and what brought you to it in the first place helps you detach from the results, create with greater clarity, joy, and freedom.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Russell Brewing Company (White Rabbit Hoppy Hefeweizen) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“Reservoir Dogs” (Movie) – Quentin Tarantino

Mark Zuckerberg Quote – “Let me tell you a secret: Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started. If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook. Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.”


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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