The End of An Era

The B&E Podcast #165
“The End of An Era”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Folks this is the end of “The B&E Podcast” as you know it.  Don’t worry though, we will be back and better than ever very soon.  On this finale, we reflect on some of the biggest personal lessons we learned doing the podcast.  We’ll see you all again soon under our new name, “WAY OF THE ARTIST”.

POINT #1: “NEW BEGINNINGS”
– Art is all about beginnings.  Sometimes a new start means throwing some old things away.  Embracing that process means stepping into unknown territory, but bringing in the wisdom you learned from your past experience and trusting where you’ll land.

POINT #2: “FINDING PERSPECTIVE”
– In this journey of being creatives and artists, there’s going to be a fair share of highs, lows, and unexpected turns.  Learning to accept this as part of the ride helps us to move through the tough times with less pain and even find profound lessons that will propel you even further than before.

POINT #3: “KEEPING INTEGRITY”
– There are a fair share of temptations along the path of artistry that ask us to do something we’re not truthfully comfortable with; to compromise ourselves or our work in some way.  Knowing that we always retain the power to choose, and to say no has never been more important in our world.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Howe Sound Brewing (Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout) – Today’s Craft Brewery


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

https://www.howesound.com/– Brewery of Choice Today

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

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

The Permission to Unleash Your Creativity

The B&E Podcast #164
“The Permission to Unleash Your Creativity”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Welcome back everyone for yet another provocative installment.  In this one, we reflect on some of our own early experiences of things that didn’t quite go to plan to discover that maybe it was exactly what we needed to learn some big lessons.  We often look outside for the answer to creating great art, but in the end, it all comes back to us.  You’re it!

POINT #1: “WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN”
– More often than not, things don’t quite go to how we planned or intended.  Often those detours or time we see as wasted were exactly what was needed to learn a very profound lesson.  No sense in regretting it, maybe try appreciating it.

POINT #2: “UNDERSTANDING TECHNIQUE”
– In any art form, there’s this thing we have to face called technique.  What does it do?  What is its function?  Why do we learn it?  Usually, it’s something to get out of the way so you can get to doing the thing that is most important.

POINT #3: “ONLY YOU KNOW”
– At the end of all the learning and preparing and technique it still all comes down to you.  Artistry is not something that can necessarily be taught in any conventional sense.  Artistry is about you trusting who you are, your voice and its inherent value, even if you don’t fully understand it.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Persephone Brewing Company (Pale Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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

Why Resisting Change Can Be Our Downfall

The B&E Podcast #163
“Why Resisting Change Can Be Our Downfall”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
This saucy little conversation is all about how we make a genuine discovery in our lives and in our creativity.  By staying open to change, and being adaptable, we can overcome any seeming obstacle by understanding how it is exactly what we need.

POINT #1: “YOU CAN’T PLAN DISCOVERY”
– It’s simply not possible.  You can set out on a course, you can have an intention, you can explore an area, but you can’t contrive discovery.  True discovery only occurs when you delve into the unknown without a sense of what you might find.

POINT #2: “CHANGING FOCUS”
– Change is one of those facts of life.  It’s one of the certainties.  Isn’t it strange then how we resist it so desperately?  When we learn to embrace change we can actually discover a new way or path that is more authentic and true to our sense of purpose.

POINT #3: “GUIDEPOSTS”
– Are the hurdles and obstacles actually helpful guiding tracks?  It may be so.  When we can stop lamenting things not working out how we wanted right away, we may uncover a greater truth to our vision.  We don’t have to give up what we want, just the way we thought it was going to go.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Fernie Brewing (Slow Drift Witbier) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“SpeedWealth: How to Make a Million in Your Own Business in 3 Years Or Less” (Book) – T. Harv Eker

“The E-Myth” (Book) – Michael E. Gerber


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

https://www.ferniebrewing.com – Brewery of Choice Today

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

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

The Illusion of Safety In Creativity

The B&E Podcast #162
“The Illusion of Safety In Creativity”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
This one was so damn good.  Just click on it now.  We break down all kinds of the biggest problems we face when it comes to creating and when it comes to being an artist.  Hint, it has almost nothing to do with technical ability and more to do with our mindset towards it.

POINT #1: “THE TAIL WAGGING THE DOG”
– We have often become trained to come at our work from a technique first approach.  This is riddled with all kinds of problems that severely limit if not completely stifle your potential.

POINT #2: “TECHNIQUE”
– Your art is never about the technique.  The more we begin to understand this and accept this truth the better our work will become and the freer we will feel as creators.  What you do is not about the technique and it never will be.

POINT #3: “FALLING”
– The biggest reason we cling onto technique, both in ourselves and in society, is because it gives us a sense of safety.  This sense, however, is an illusion.  When we rely solely on our technical skills to see us through to artistry we lose its most critical component.  Much like love, we have to fall and begin to trust that the fall is precisely what is necessary.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Russell Brewing Company (Punch Bowl North West IPA) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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

Connecting Your Art With the Audience

The B&E Podcast #161
“Connecting Your Art With the Audience”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
On this “Not So Serious” podcast, we use the art of cinematography as a jump off point which becomes a terrific catalyst for us to explore the bigger themes of creating.  We explore the play of control and chaos, the payoffs of maintaining your integrity, and why you are your greatest asset.

POINT #1: “CINEMATOGRAPHY & STORY”
– This beautiful art plays such a huge role in how effectively the story is being told.  Great cinematography not only gives you the best view but works to make you feel something and build an emotional connection to the story.  By making creative decisions to serve the whole as opposed to simply trying to “look cool”, your work goes to another level.

POINT #2: “WHAT’S YOUR FUEL?”
– Where are you working from?  Are you honouring your own ideas?  Are you honouring the things that really compel you when you’re creating?  Do you have your own emotional connection to the subject matter you’re dealing with?  By tapping into our own humanity and its muckiness, we open the opportunity for the audience to connect more deeply.

POINT #3: “GEMS FROM NOWHERE”
– When you’re in sync with your own experience, when you’re trusting yourself and letting your connection to your material come out, all kinds of beautiful things you didn’t expect or couldn’t have even thought of make their way out.  All kinds of colours and nuance begin weaving into what you’re creating and you might not even realize it until much later.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Parallel 49 Brewing (“Gypsy Tears” Northwest Red Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

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

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

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

The Creative Benefits of Appreciating Other’s Work

The B&E Podcast #160
“The Creative Benefits of Appreciating Other’s Work”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
We’ve talked at length before about criticism and its pitfalls, but what about the opposite?  What happens when we show appreciation for other people’s works?  Learning to find and give value to the artists we come in contact with can do extraordinary things, even if we’re not really a fan.

POINT #1: “BLACK & WHITE”
– No work is ever just shit nor is it perfect.  Usually, we tend to be more critical than praising.  Until we can learn to find appreciation in others and their work, whether we subjectively like it or not, we can never offer genuine criticism either.

POINT #2: “YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE”
– If you find or realize that you are more critical of others than appreciative, chances are it’s a reflection on you as well.  When we build a critical creative world around us we become fearful to create ourselves.  Learning to genuinely appreciate others helps us build a trusting environment for ourselves and others.

POINT #3: “OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN”
– When a work rubs us the wrong way or upsets us, often it provides a window into ourselves.  By asking some questions as to why this is so we may discover some hidden beliefs and unexamined ideologies we have been needlessly carrying.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Fernie Brewing Company (“What the Huck” Huckleberry Wheat Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery

“mother!” (film)  – Darren Aronofsky


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

https://www.ferniebrewing.com/– Brewery of Choice Today

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

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

Rooting Out Guilt In the Creative Process

The B&E Podcast #159
“Rooting Out Guilt In the Creative Process”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
Oh yeah, baby!  This is a good one full of practical and philosophical wanderings.  We uncover some insidious effects of guilt on our creativity as well as find some simple and profound steps to push through resistance.

POINT #1: “WHAT’S GOING ON?”
– Sometimes when you don’t know what to do, or where to begin, or don’t even feel like doing anything.  That’s fine.  Whoever said you had to feel great?  Start with where you are.  Say, “fuck it” and see what comes out.  Let it go and let it move through you.

POINT #2: “OH THAT GUILT”
– We play a lot of mind games with ourselves when it comes to “being busy” or what we “should be doing”.  We use guilt as a way of making us feel better about what where we think we fall short or aren’t doing enough.  Stop it.  It’s a silly game.

POINT #3: “FIND YOUR WINS”
– It doesn’t matter how big or small, how profound or mundane, find wins for yourself every single day.  Find three wins every single day that will make you feel as though you won the day.  Try it.


MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Main Street Brewing (Old Knight Pale Ale) – Today’s Craft Brewery


VALUABLE LINKS:

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

http://mainstreetbeer.ca/ – Brewery of Choice Today

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

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