Top 5 podcast episodes for creative artists:

Obviously there are thousands of podcasts and individual episodes that can deliver incredibly useful guidance and genuine inspiration to you…

…but rather than overwhelm you with a mega-list, I’m choosing to share with you the 5 individual podcast episodes that I would strongly recommend every smart, ambitious creative person listen to.

Each of these episodes has a particular point in common. You see, in my opinion, too many interviews miss the mark because they start with the “I had a dream” part of the story and then zoom right to the “and here’s what my life is like now that I’ve succeeded” part.

But I’m always like – Wait! I want to know about what went on between the dream and the first big break because that’s the part where I might find some how-they-did-it tips that I might be able to apply right now to improve my own situation!”

That’s the part of the story that these particular podcast interviews cover very well. In addition, they also touch on the ways that even award-caliber success does NOT improve every area of one’s life. (Reminding us that success is not an antidote to life, it’s just another level of it.)

Enjoy!

Robert Rodriguez interviewed by Tim Ferris on the Tim Ferris Show podcast.

When I was working as an actress, I suffered from what I call the “Good Girl Syndrome.” I hoped that if I was polite and played by the rules that my talent would speak for me (so I wouldn’t have to speak for myself). Needless to say, that didn’t work very well. I could have used this fabulous example from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez of how to make bold moves to create my own opportunities, how to ask for forgiveness not permission (and sometimes not even forgiveness), and how to have the courage to follow your creative curiosity. This eye-opening and inspiring episode is one of my favorites of all time.

Jon Hamm interviewed by Marc Maron on the WTF podcast.

(The above link takes you to YouTube where you can listen to the episode for free. If you’d like to download the audio, you’ll need to pay a tiny fee to get access to the WTF premium content.)

Before Jon Hamm was celebrated and awarded for his work on Mad Men he was a regular ol’ “nobody” in the eyes of the industry. We think becoming a series regular will Change Everything… but did you know that he starred in a series for three years prior to Mad Men? (I sure didn’t.) In fact, his pre-fame career route looks so similar to that of most actors that it offers reassurance that despite bombing at auditions, being nervous, messing up on sets, auditioning but not booking anything, and being fired from a pilot, there’s still hope!

Viola Davis interviewed by Aisha Tyler on the Girl On Guy podcast.

(The above link takes you to the podcast page where you can listen to the episode for free. If you’d like to download the audio, you’ll need to pay a tiny fee to get access to the Girl On Guy premium content.)

In this candid interview, Viola Davis speaks to the truth that our outer achievements do not heal our inner wounds. She had, by any measure, a harrowing childhood, but even after 2 Tony awards, an Emmy and 2 Oscar nominations she still can feel conflicted, unconfident, and unworthy. (Because she’s human.) She talks about the power of mentors, therapy, and running the hell out of your leg of the relay race and then passing the baton…

Louis CK interviewed by Marc Maron on the WTF podcast.

(The above link takes you to YouTube where you can listen to the episode for free. If you’d like to download the audio, you’ll need to pay a tiny fee to get access to the WTF premium content.)

We think that having fame, wealth, and respect on the level that Louis CK has would mean an end to experiencing rejection, dealing with naysayers, or having to create your own opportunities. Well, think again. This interview details the unconventional creation of Louis CK’s show Horace and Pete. It’s a great reminder that (almost) everything you are doing now is the same stuff you’ll be doing later – just at higher and higher levels of scrutiny and success.

Jamie Foxx interviewed by Tim Ferris on the Tim Ferris Show podcast.

Performer Jamie Foxx is savvy and strategic. When he learns a key lesson – from his grandmother or anyone else – he applies that lesson to his own life. His is one of those remarkable stories of someone who came from disadvantaged circumstances and used their talent, personality, and intelligence to create something outta nothin’. He also reveals a lot about the mechanics of his life as his level of success.

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