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Creative Elements

Creative Elements

It's never been a better time to earn a living with the things that you make. Creative Elements bridges the gap between art and business by talking to high-profile creators about the nitty gritty of building their creative career.

We discuss the specific elements of their personality, style, or approach that have helped them thrive: elements like focus, vulnerability, revision, and constraints.

By learning how these creators made a living with their art, you'll feel more confident earning a living on your own terms too.

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#1: Seth Godin [Empathy] — Seth Godin is one of the most well-known marketers and prolific writers on the planet. He is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world and translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed the work of thousands of people. In this episode, we talk about art, freelancing, building a personal brand, and why he disagrees with the idea of authenticity.
#2: James Clear [Revision] — James Clear is a personal development keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits. His book sold over 1 million copies in its first 12 months and received a ton of critical acclaim. In this episode, we discuss the lessons learned from writing such a successful book, the sacrifices required, and what it truly means to do A+ work.
#3: Danielle Evans [Vulnerability + Authenticity] — Danielle Evans is an art director and designer that uses real life objects to create pause in a fast paced, digital world. She pioneered Food Typography in 2013 and has worked with the LA Times, Disney, Target, TheGuardian, McDonald's, (RED) campaign, Wix, Aria, Kellogg, Frito Lays, Cadillac, Tesco, and PwC just to name a few. In this episode, we talk about earning a living, competition, and changing creative directions.
#4: Ash Ambirge [Enthusiasm] – Ash Ambirge is an internet entrepreneur, creative writer, speaker, and advocate for women being brave and doing disobedient things with their careers and their lives. She is the founder of The Middle Finger Project®, which is both the name of her hallmark lifestyle blog as well the title of her first book. In this episode, we talk about humble beginnings, her Middle Finger moment, setbacks, and the unexpected impact Rihanna had on her life.
#5: Matt Giovanisci [Focus] – Matt Giovanisci is the creator of several online businesses including Swim University, Roasty, Brew Cabin, and Money Lab. He is an experience affiliated marketer who has earned over $400K in one year through his main content business, Swim University. In this episode, the self-proclaimed "pool nerd" talks about web design, affiliate marketing, getting comfortable with money, and producing a rap album.
#6: Grant Baldwin [Clarity] – Grant Baldwin is the creator of The Speaker Lab and author of The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform. But before either of those things existed, Grant was on the road. He’s delivered nearly 1,000 presentations to over 500,000 people across 47 states. He’s been the keynote for events with audiences as large as 13,000 people. In this episode, we talk about getting professional results, his SPEAK framework for getting paid speaking gigs, and why Clarity is at the root of it all.
#7: Val Geisler [Everything is Figureoutable] – Val Geisler is the founder and CEO (that's Chief Email Officer) of Fix My Churn. She focuses on email copywriting for DTC and SaaS companies to help them better retain their customers. In this episode we talk about trading the corporate ladder for a spiral staircase, how her background in theatre and wedding planning prepared her for writing emails, imposter syndrome, and how believing that Everything is Figure-out-able has allowed her to create a successful online business.
#8: Adam Turla of Murder By Death [Gratitude] – Adam Turla is the guitarist, lead singer, and founding member of Murder By Death, a five-piece band from Louisville, Kentucky. They have a unique sound that's somewhere between folk, rock, and spooky western. Even more unique is their cult-like following that has supported them for the last 20 years. In this episode, we’re talking about how Murder By Death has built such a loyal following. We talk about the early days on tour, how they accidentally got lumped in with the Emo movement, why they use Kickstarter, and how Gratitude has allowed them to keep this band going now, 20 years later.
#9: Jason Zook [Discipline + Resilience]Jason Zook is a serial entrepreneur who has made millions through various "weird" methods: wearing t-shirts, auctioning off his last name (twice!), and selling off his future ( He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Caroline. They co-own the business Wandering Aimfully and act as un-boring business coaches who help online business owners like you earn more so you can live more. In this episode we talk about learning the foundational skills of running an online business, owning your weird, fighting fear, and showing up week after week.
#10: Amy Landino [Routine] – Amy Landino is the creator of the award-winning series AmyTV and author of the best-selling book Vlog Like a Boss; How to Kill It Online With Video Blogging. With nearly 400K YouTube subscribers and over 23 million views, Amy has empowered people from over 100 countries all over the world to go after the life they want. In this episode we talk about leveraging YouTube, building an audience, creating a persona, and how Routine has been at the center of her entire content journey.
#11: Vanessa Van Edwards [Pivot]Vanessa Van Edwards is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is also the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Her book has been translated into 15 different languages and more than 30 million people watch her on YouTube.In this episode we talk about how she recovered from awkwardness, earns a living online, her challenges in doing so, and why her ability to Pivot has served her well.
#12: Michael Sacca [Constraints] – Michael Sacca is the VP of Product at Dribbble and cohost of He started his career 15 years ago as a Product Designer, eventually founding a cutting-edge product agency that built applications for Scholastic, GE, Nike, Siemens, Kobe Bryant and more. In this episode we talk about building an agency, launching software products, working a 9-5 job, creative outlets, and the role that Constraints play in all of our decisions.
#13: Cat Coquillette [Adapting] – Cat Coquillette (CatCoq) is a location-independent artist and designer. Her work is most known for its bright pops of color, vibrant typography, and a blend of hand-painted brushwork and clean vector illustration. You can find her illustrations on art prints, home decor items, tech accessories, apparel, and more. She partners with a variety of brands like Target, Urban Oufitters, Modcloth, and more to transform her paintings into best-selling products.
#14: Jonathan Mendonsa [Financial Literacy] – Jonathan Mendonsa is the co-founder of the ChooseFI podcast. Jonathan started his career as a pharmacist with $168,000 in student loans. He aggressively paid off the loans in 4.5 years and using the tenets of Financial Independence to cut his life expenses significantly, and left his corporate job to focus on full-time entrepreneurship 9 months after starting the podcast. In this episode, we talk about becoming debt free, how to drastically cut your living expenses, saving for retirement, investing, and why Financial Literacy can be the key to freedom.
#15: Natalie Franke [Community] – Natalie Franke is the Head of Community at HoneyBook and co-founder of the Rising Tide. Since the Rising Tide and HoneyBook joined forces in 2015, the community that Natalie built has grown to more than 75K small business owners who meet monthly around the world. In this episode we talk about the unexpected start to Natalie’s photography business, the loneliness creative entrepreneurs feel, the complicated reality of competition, and why community is such an important part of our lives.
#16: Puno [Learning] – Puno is a web designer and digital entrepreneur. She is the Founder of ilovecreatives, a platform connecting and edu-taining creatives living that slashie life. She also co-created, an Instagram marketing tool where you can strategically find, grow, and track your community. You can find her vlogging on YouTube and doing photoshoots with her cat. In this episode we talk about freelancing, time management, building a business to support your lifestyle, and creating exceptional courses.
#17: Jude Brewer [Adapting] – Jude Brewer is an American author, producer, and podcast host. Jude's writing has appeared in both the US and the UK through various lit journals, anthologies, and short films. He is the host and creator of Storybound, a podcast produced by Lit Hub Radio and The Podglomerate, a joint venture inspired from Jude’s original literary "radio theatre" podcast Storytellers Telling Stories. In this episode we talk about building a career as a writer, traditional vs. self publishing, his struggle to keep a regular job, Portland’s literary scene, and why Adapting his stories for different mediums has helped his career take off.
#18: MICK [Brand] – MICK is a Brooklyn-based DJ, style influencer, tech investor, speaker, music curator, and brand consultant. Inc Magazine referred to MICK as a “combination of Gary Vaynerchuk and Questlove.” MICK has spun private events for some of the world’s most prominent celebrities and brands including HBO, NBC, Fast Company, Hillary Clinton, Instagram, Jay Z, LeBron James, Michelle Obama, and Prince. In this episode we talk about the early days of being a DJ, running a college radio station, building relationships, and why his brand has helped him build his multi-hyphenate career.
#19: Miles Beckler [Preeminence] – Miles Beckler is an internet marketer. In 2009, he and his wife Melanie started a website about mindfulness and meditation, and that site now receives over 8M visitors per year. In 2016, he decided to begin teaching what he’d learned for free on YouTube. And now, more than 600 videos later, Miles’s YouTube channel has nearly 150K subscribers. In this episode we talk about his path to online marketing, his 90 day content challenge, his ATM method for earning money online, and why giving away his knowledge for free actually earns him more than if he put it behind a paywall.
#20: Morgan Nield [Experimentation] – Morgan Nield helps Etsy sellers go from part-time hustle to full-time income. Morgan built her Etsy shop, Little Highbury, into a 6-figure business in under a year, and had fulfilled more than 23,000 orders before shutting the business down to focus on digital products. In this episode we talk about her Etsy journey, her decision to shut that store down, the digital marketing system she helps her clients build, how to use Pinterest, and how she leverages a Facebook Group.
#21: Matt D'Avella [Experimentation] – Matt D'Avella is a filmmaker, YouTuber & podcaster that explores what it means to live a good life. Matt directed Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which was acquired by Netflix in 2016. His YouTube channel has nearly 3 million subscribers, and his videos have been viewed more than 175 million times. In this episode we talk about his experience creating the Minimalism documentary, managing his creative energy, crafting a good story, and how Experimentation has helped him find success on YouTube.
#22: Pat Flynn [Relationships] and Matt Gartland [Vision] – Pat Flynn and Matt Gartland are the partners behind Smart Passive Income (SPI). Smart Passive Income is a media company elevating entrepreneurs to within reach of their dreams. The Smart Passive Income podcast is one of the top Business podcasts with more than 60 million downloads. In this episode we talk about Pat’s journey starting SPI, Matt’s parallel journey building Winning Edits, their successful and failed projects, and ultimately why they decided an acquisition made sense.
#23: Kwame Christian [Strategy] – Kwame Christian is one of the foremost experts in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. He’s the Director of the American Negotiation Institute, the host of the Negotiate Anything podcast, and the author of Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life. In this episode we talk about Kwame’s brief look into politics, how to lead negotiations, thinking long term, taking risks, how he manages his time, and why Strategy has been at the heart of all of his decisions.
#24: Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista [Service] – Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche is an author, speaker, and founder of the Live Richer Academy. Since 2014, The Budgetnista’s LIVE RICHER Challenge movement has helped over 1 million women from 100+ countries save more than $100 million, and pay off over $75 million in debt, purchase homes and transform the way they think about their finances. In this episode, we talk about Tiffany’s financial education, the scam that left her with $35K in credit card debt, how she paid off that debt, the way she thinks about home buying, savings, and how her focus on service helped her build a multi-million dollar business.
#25: Eric Jorgenson [Curation]Eric Jorgenson is the author of The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness (also called Navalmanack). The Almanack is a collection of insight from Naval Ravikant that Eric curated from from Twitter, Podcasts, and Essays over the past decade. In this episode we talk about Eric’s process of creating the book, how he created his own constraints, how he managed to make progress while doing this as a side project, and why he believes Curation opens the door for more books like this.
#26: Ryan Robinson [Planning] – Ryan Robinson is a full-time blogger, podcaster and content marketing consultant. His blog teaches people how to start a blog and grow a profitable side business. Ryan's site attracts more than 500,000 visitors per month and earns more than $450,000 in affiliate income per year. In this episode we talk about starting his blog, his process for creating headlines and outlines, ranking for search, and how great Planning allows him to consistently publish and compete for search traffic.
#27: Ran Segall [Consistency] – Ran Segall is the creator of Flux Academy. Previous to Flux, Ran was a freelance designer with nearly 20 years of experience. Flux Academy started in 2015 as a YouTube channel called Flux. That channel has 200K subscribers and more than 9M views. In this episode we talk about Ran’s experience freelancing, what he learned working in a design agency, why he created the Webflow Masterclass, how he pre-sold it to his audience, and why Consistency has allowed him to build an audience and a business larger than himself.
#28: Bryce Conway [Iteration] – Bryce Conway is the Founder of and Author of Takeoff: How to Travel the World for Next to Nothing and How to Fix Your Credit: Do it Once. Do it Right. Get on with Your Life. Bryce’s work has been featured in multiple national media outlets including Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and ABC Nightline News. In this episode, Bryce talks about how he accidentally started GetFreeFlights, the rebrand to 10xTravel, the shift in his business model that made a huge impact, and why his willingness to iterate on the business led to his success.
#29: Khe Hy [Consistency] – Khe Hy is the creator of RadReads, a weekly newsletter covering how to live an intentional life. He's also the creator of, a set of courses to supercharge your productivity through the tool, Notion. Previous to RadReads, Khe spent 15 years on Wall Street, working his way to Managing Director at BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world. In this episode we talk about shedding his golden handcuffs, the angel investment he made in himself, getting media attention, and why consistency has helped him find a new kind of success.
#30: Anne-Laure Le Cunff [Mindfulness] – Anne-Laure Le Cunff is an entrepreneur, an ex-Googler, and a neuroscience student. She’s the creator of Ness Labs and a Masters of Science in Applied Neuroscience candidate at King's College. She writes a lot about "mindful productivity," and every week she sends a newsletter called Maker Mind with practical content at the intersection of neuroscience and entrepreneurship. In this episode we talk about how Anne-Laure quickly grew her Twitter audience, Ness Labs, and how Mindfulness has allowed her to be prolific in her writing while getting a graduate degree in applied neuroscience.
#31: Sahil Lavingia [Honesty] –Sahil Lavingia is the founder and CEO of Gumroad. Gumroad is an online platform that facilitates the sale of products by creators directly to consumers. Sahil left his job at Pinterest to start the company in 2011. Today, Gumroad serves nearly 75,000 creators earning more than $12M every month. In this episode, we talk about the beginning of Gumroad, how the creator landscape has changed in the last decade, trends in audience building, and how Honesty is key for creators.
#32: Dan Andrews [Legitness] – Dan Andrews is the creator and host of the Tropical MBA podcast, a show for location independent entrepreneurs. The show has been downloaded millions of times since 2009. Dan is also the author of Before The Exit and co-founder of Dynamite Jobs. In this episode we talk about Dan’s journey building the TMBA universe, being ahead of business trends, building community, business partners, and why the Legitness of Dan’s message has attracted that audience and built that community.
#33: Brian Clark [Empathy] – Brian Clark is founder of the pioneering content marketing website Copyblogger, the personal growth newsletter Further, and Unemployable, a resource that provides smart strategies for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Both the Guardian and Advertising Age have recognized Copyblogger as one of the most powerful and influential blogs in the world. In this episode we talk about what content marketing looks like today, curation, creating software, how to prepare for a sale of your business, and why empathy has been the key to creating so much value for himself and others.
#34: 5 things for creatives to be thankful for – It’s a weird year for Thanksgiving. It’s a hard year to feel very thankful. There's a lot to be angry about in 2020. There's a lot to be sad about and there's a lot to be hurt about. But today, and this week, let's instead fill that space with gratitude. It won't make the bads and the sads go away forever, but it'll be a nice little break. And you deserve that break! This is a solo episode – our first solo episode of Creative Elements! And I want to share with you 5 things that I am thankful for as a creator in 2020.
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With so many shows talking to artists about their creative process, Creative Elements breaks the mold. The Podglomerate is excited to partner with Creative Elements to tell the stories of creators who have built real businesses around their art and creativity.
Jeff Umbro, CEO of The Podglomerate
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With so many shows talking to artists about their creative process, Creative Elements breaks the mold. The Podglomerate is excited to partner with Creative Elements to tell the stories of creators who have built real businesses around their art and creativity.
Jeff Umbro, CEO of The Podglomerate
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