Copy of Ep. 15 : Producer + Communications Director, Maggie Mattuchio Flynn

Copy of Ep. 15 : Producer + Communications Director, Maggie Mattuchio Flynn

Erika is a yogi mama full of heart who found herself with quick yet overwhelming success after a wine night with a girlfriend lead to her quitting her full time job to answer the demands she was getting for her art.

As a creative entrepreneur she’s had to ask herself everything from ‘is this cultural appropriation’ to ‘how can I make this product better’ to asking the hardest question of them all - ‘is this really what I want?’

If you are running your own creative business, this episode is definitely for you!

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Ep. 14 : Watercolorist, Kara Voorhees Reynolds

The Unplugged Creative Podcast with Arielle Zadok Episode 14 Watercolorist Kara Voorhees Reynolds

Kara is a watercolorist who I found through falling in love with a piece of her work. Her story starts out a bit differently than you would expect given her current path… she was a writer!

Kara shared with me her dream of being a writer and how she eventually walked away and organically found her way to watercoloring. I love this episode because I don’t think we talk about transitions enough. We’re taught to just keep fighting for what we want but sometimes the right thing to do is walk away.

“I look at my story and it’s like if you drew steps in profile it’s all going down, falling down the stairs, and then I pick a different set of stairs”. - Kara

Listen to the end of the episode to catch and share Erika’s #UnpluggedCreativeChallenge with the community!

 
 
 

Where to find Kara:

Check out Kara’s Website // Connect with her on Facebook // Follow her on Instagram

The work…

A note from Kara…

January 1st, 2015, I made a new year's resolution to resume an old habit of drawing. It was something I had not done in over a decade. I had always enjoyed creating images with pencils and pastels, but had let the hobby die. I began with graphite pencils and moved onto India ink pens, watercolor markers and finally, found myself in watercolor paints. My process also includes mixed media, using India ink and sometimes, gold and silver leaf. I find a great deal of inspiration from tattoo artists, both American and international.

There is an intense beauty in outlines and shading within them. The style of neo-traditional is my favorite. I have no training in art and the past four years have been an undertaking of self-education, trial and error and generally starting from scratch. It has been a magnificent journey. I have made many wonderful relationships with other artists and patrons of the local art scene. I create two kinds of pieces, either depictions of nature, landscapes, animals and plants or portraits of what I like to call my ‘weird, half ladies,' women with ‘creature features,' goat horns, exposed bone and sinew, tattoosand other extraneous and ethereal qualities. 

I am always working on new material, jellyfish, nebulae, unicorns and anything that comes to my mind. You can see more of my work on Instagram. If you would like to reach out to me about a commission or just to say hello, I am at artbykaravoorhees@gmail.com. - Kara Voorhees Reynolds


PROVIDING TRANSCRIPTS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

When I initially set out to do this podcast, I knew it was important to make it accessible to everyone whether they had excellent hearing or not. I believe accessibility is important and that those who speak sign language simply speak a different language than we do. Truth be told, getting transcripts done and then editing them and preparing them for the show notes is just too much for me to take on on top of producing and editing this podcast. At least right now.

So I want to ask for your help.

If you’d like to contribute to making this podcast accessible to all, you can become a member through Patreon. The approximate cost for transcriptions (no editing, just transcribing) each month is around $150 for two episodes. With different membership levels I know we can collectively make this happen and bring these conversations to more than those of us who were blessed with good hearing.

If you’d like to contribute, check out the Patreon Page here.

Thank you!

Ep. 13 : Comedian + Storyteller, Beowulf Jones

The Unplugged Creative Podcast with Arielle Zadok Episode 13 Comedian + Storyteller, Beowulf

In this episode Beowulf opens up about a very hard year that started with loss, peaked with a relapse, and rounded out with more loss. He gives us an inside look at what feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom looks like, and how multiple forms of therapy, volunteer work and doing what he loved brought him back out to where he is today.

His story is filled with laughter, heartache, triumph and just plain being human. We even cover the downfalls of 1099 vs. W2 for all of you freelancers out there! I love getting to interview funny people but even more so when they are my friends. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as we enjoyed having it!

Listen to the end of the episode to catch and share Beowulf’s #UnpluggedCreativeChallenge with the community!

 
 
 

Where to find Beowulf:

Find Beowulf on Facebook // Follow him on Instagram // Tweet at him

Sign up for Beowulf’s Storytelling Workshop in Los Angeles Here

The work…

About Beowulf…

Beowulf is from Canada and likes cats.


PROVIDING TRANSCRIPTS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

When I initially set out to do this podcast, I knew it was important to make it accessible to everyone whether they had excellent hearing or not. I believe accessibility is important and that those who speak sign language simply speak a different language than we do. Truth be told, getting transcripts done and then editing them and preparing them for the show notes is just too much for me to take on on top of producing and editing this podcast. At least right now.

So I want to ask for your help.

If you’d like to contribute to making this podcast accessible to all, you can become a member through Patreon. The approximate cost for transcriptions (no editing, just transcribing) each month is around $150 for two episodes. With different membership levels I know we can collectively make this happen and bring these conversations to more than those of us who were blessed with good hearing.

If you’d like to contribute, check out the Patreon Page here.

Thank you!

Ep. 12 : Graphic Designer + Live Events Professional, Adriana Boring

The Unplugged Creative Podcast with Arielle Zadok Episode 11 Graphic Designer Adriana Boring

Adriana has been shattering her own glass ceiling in the male dominated Live Events industry since she first got out of college. 

As a young twenty something year old woman who refused to leave her femininity at the door, she’s had to learn how to work with and manage men ten to thirty years her senior who didn’t necessarily respect her or speak to her appropriately. 

She also shares with us a very personal story giving us an intimate look of getting into, living through and eventually exiting a toxic emotionally abusive relationship with her then biggest client.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233

Listen to the end of the episode to catch and share Adriana’s #UnpluggedCreativeChallenge with the community!

 
 
 

Where to find Adriana:

Check out Adriana’s Website // Peep her Portfolio // Follow her on Instagram // Tweet at her // Get lost on her Pinterest

The work…

A note from Adriana…

A self-taught designer and PowerPoint extraordinaire, I first used my eye for design aesthetic as Editor-In-Chief of my high school yearbook. I continued in that direction as a design assistant, two years running, at Herff Jones’ annual Yearbook Tech regional meeting in San Diego, California.


While I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, I used my final year at Arizona State to complete a minor in Special Event Management. After graduating in six short semesters, I began my career as a freelance graphics operator in large corporate and entertainment events.


This opened up a world of professional experience and personal growth and I used these years to develop and streamline my skills in graphic design, graphics operation, technical direction, production coordination and creative direction. I am very driven and am always looking to grow within the expansive, ever-changing creative industry.


PROVIDING TRANSCRIPTS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

When I initially set out to do this podcast, I knew it was important to make it accessible to everyone whether they had excellent hearing or not. I believe accessibility is important and that those who speak sign language simply speak a different language than we do. Truth be told, getting transcripts done and then editing them and preparing them for the show notes is just too much for me to take on on top of producing and editing this podcast. At least right now.

So I want to ask for your help.

If you’d like to contribute to making this podcast accessible to all, you can become a member through Patreon. The approximate cost for transcriptions (no editing, just transcribing) each month is around $150 for two episodes. With different membership levels I know we can collectively make this happen and bring these conversations to more than those of us who were blessed with good hearing.

If you’d like to contribute, check out the Patreon Page here.

Thank you!

Ep. 11 : Actor + Writer + Director + Producer, Karole Foreman

Ep. 11 : Actor + Writer + Director + Producer, Karole Foreman

Growing up Karole learned quickly how to disarm those around her with her humor thanks to a military Dad moving every two years. She found refuge from systemic racism through exploring her school library and finding inspiration through Sammy Davis Jr. When she found her community through theatre, she was finally able to fully step into herself and into her gifts.

Fast forward a decade or two and Karole found herself in a situation that no creative ever wants to face - betrayal by the very same team that is supposed to be co-creating with you. This episode is jam packed with heartbreak and revival, sadness and strength. A true testament to Karole’s character.

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Ep. 10 : Writer + Director, Dwayne Colbert

Ep. 10 : Writer + Director, Dwayne Colbert

This week I got to chat with one of my favorite improv teachers, Dwayne Colbert.

He’s a well known face around Second City between his classes, performances and shows but once upon a time there was no way Dwayne would get up and perform in front of people. It’s hard for those of us who know him as a performer to imagine, but he came into comedy as writer.

We talk about his journey from writer to performer to Director, and what it’s been like to write and Direct comedic shows that deal with the things we don’t like to talk about - racism, police brutality and shade.

This conversation will make you laugh, bring awareness to a very real topic and inspire you to keep on doing your thing!

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Ep. 9: Photographer, Bryan Edward

Ep. 9: Photographer, Bryan Edward

Bryan wasted no time after picking up his first camera and realizing there was no turning back. He almost immediately quit his job to pursue photography full time which you can imagine had it’s own set of challenges.

In our conversation we explore festival life, the importance of supportive partners, getting caught up in the drug culture of festivals and so much more.

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Ep. 8: Painter + Illustrator + Silkscreen Artist, Erika Wynn

Ep. 8: Painter + Illustrator + Silkscreen Artist, Erika Wynn

Erika is a yogi mama full of heart who found herself with quick yet overwhelming success after a wine night with a girlfriend lead to her quitting her full time job to answer the demands she was getting for her art.

As a creative entrepreneur she’s had to ask herself everything from ‘is this cultural appropriation’ to ‘how can I make this product better’ to asking the hardest question of them all - ‘is this really what I want?’

If you are running your own creative business, this episode is definitely for you!

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Ep. 7: Production Designer, Brandon Agan

Ep. 7: Production Designer, Brandon Agan

I met Brandon a year ago today working on Kevin Smith’s ‘Killroy Was Here’ and I couldn’t be happier that a year later we’re back together again!

Brandon has been in show business since he was kid making decisions that you and I would still struggle with today! Since that time his path has lead him to careers as an actor, a young creative in an advertising agency and a freelancer in film production. He’s had “success” at his fingertips and knows what it’s like to still not feel fulfilled.

I loved this conversation for so many reasons but one of my favorite was getting to know one of the colleagues I adore working with in a much deeper way. Enjoy!

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Ep. 6: Transformational Artist + Environmental Activist, Julie Angerosa

Ep. 6: Transformational Artist + Environmental Activist, Julie Angerosa

Julie is no stranger to transformations of all kinds from big, challenging life changes to how she creates her art from objects that already exist in the world. 

In this conversation we talk about her decision to leave a stable teaching career (and how long she lived unhappily before she did it), and leaving behind her friends and family for a new life in a new city with her husband. Through it all Julie has always been able to come back to one thing; seeking the opportunity in the challenge. 

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Ep. 5: Musician, Billy Mays III

Ep. 5: Musician, Billy Mays III

Billy is every bit a creative… he’s an artist, musician, facilitator and entrepreneur. He’s also the namesake and only son of well-known pitchman Billy Mays (yeah, the Oxyclean guy).

Billy has been a dear friend of mine for over a decade and I’ve seen him face multiple tragedies and how he’s turned his grieving into not only art, but healing for himself and for others.

I’m delighted to bring you this conversation where we talk about grief and how multiple tragedies changed the course of his creativity.

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Introducing The Unplugged Creative with Arielle Zadok

Introducing The Unplugged Creative with Arielle Zadok

If you're anything like me then you're probably over hearing about success stories of creative people, getting advice from all the personal development gurus and especially over hearing about all the healthy habits successful people are implementing in their perfectly Instagrammable lives. I'll bet you're ready for something real. So was I.

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