3 Exceptional Podcasts Just For Artists
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD
Why do I have overly fond feelings for my tiny, lavender laundry room?
It’s where I learned to save my own butt, financially — with a podcast.
Remember late 2007?
It was tulip-mania but with mortgages here in the U.S.
Personally, I remember being pressured by temporarily deranged brokers to cash out the equity in my home and feed it like kindling into the inflated stock market.
Thank god my friend John (a former trader) sat me down for a financial intervention. “No tulips for you,” he said.
John asked me to just listen to a then lesser-known Sunday podcast called the Financial Sense Newshour.
They were outlining the danger of the mortgage-based speculative bubble and warning listeners about the possibility of a market (or dollar) crash.
At the time, I would rather have gotten my gums scraped than pay attention to a financial podcast.
I couldn’t tell you who Warren Buffet was, never mind wrap my head around a”derivative swap.”
But I promised John I’d listen to Financial Sense on laundry day; if only to act like I was on the job with this whole investment thingy.
Many Sundays and tons of towels later, I really found I was into it.
Many books and podcasts later I took radical action.
I withdrew my money out of the market a bit before the 2008 crash.
I got completely scorched but not immolated.
For me, laundry + podcasts = equaled not having to sell my house.
What Will Podcasts Do For Your Life and Your Art Practice?
One art podcast I listen to has transformed my attitude toward my creativity, as much as the Financial Sense Newshour transformed my attitude toward my money.
(See Savvy Painter below.)
If you have a podcast for artists that you love not listed here, please put a link to it in the comments.
3 Awesome Artists’ Podcasts
1. The Jealous Curator: Art For Your Ears with collage artist Danielle Krysa
Kryssa is brave, humble and casual. Her discussions with guests are quirky, funny and open-ended. Episodes are usually an interview with a single artist and don’t stick to any particular topic.
The host’s warmth, humor and self-deprecating delivery make for easy listening while working in your studio.
The tagline for her show is: “Turning Jealousy Into Get-Your-Ass-Back-In-To-Your-Studio, Inspiration.” Her blog is inspiring too. One of the only blogs I subscribe to anymore.
Got issues with imposter syndrome or your inner critic?
Check out the best episode I think Kyrssa has done thus far called: Pushing Through The Messiness, where Kryssa and her author friend Lisa Conglon ( Art Inc.) interview one another.
2. SavvyPainter Podcast with painter Antrese Wood
The Savvy Painter is an equally inspiring show but a bit more meaty and consistently high caliber.
Wood packs each episode with a single purpose. She drills down to the core of a specific issue every time with her painter guests.
I’m not a painter. I’m an assemblage artist but I still love this podcast.
Antrese is a warm, honest, intelligent authority on art and the business of art. Her enthusiasm and accessible style educates and invigorates listeners.
Wood’s show notes for each interview, (which often include videos) are an inimitable resource in and of themselves.
The Savvy Painter is more than a podcast, it’s a community.
If you feel isolated (and what creative doesn’t?) tune in and join the party. You won’t regret it.
Here is a fun episode to jump in with: Interview with Daily Paintworks Founder, Carol Marine.
Or, this one: Luck Has Nothing To Do With It: The perseverance and stubbornness required to thrive as an artist.