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The 21st Century Creative

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The 21st Century Creative
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Poet and creative coach Mark McGuinness shares insights to help you thrive as a 21st Century Creative. He also interviews leading creators in the arts and creative industries. Every guest sets you a Creative Challenge based on the theme of the interview.

Latest Episodes

Voicing Your Truth with Monique DeBose

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Monique DeBose, an award-winning singer-songwriter and playwright, who has toured throughout America, Europe, India and Asia. Her third album, The Sovereign One, debuted at No.2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Inspired by her experience of of what it means to be half African-American, half Irish-American, Monique wrote the funny, heartwarming and disruptive one-woman show Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation in America to initiate a different kind of conversation about race relations in America. Monique is also a coach, speaker and workshop leader who helps others to follow her example and live ‘fully expressed, clear and unapologetic’. I first met Monique at a coaching event - a Coaching Intensive in Los Angeles hosted by Rich Litvin, who is Monique’s husband. You may recall Rich was a guest in Season 3 of the show when he gave us a great interview about the price of being a high performer. At the Intensive Monique did a session...

62 MINSEP 2
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Voicing Your Truth with Monique DeBose

Bat-Signal Marketing for Creatives with Ilise Benun

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Ilise Benun, known as the Marketing Mentor. Ilise has spent over 30 years helping ‘the creatively self employed’ to succeed in business, and has written seven books and produced over 300 episodes of her Marketing Mentor podcast. Ilise is an in-demand conference speaker and is the co-founder and host of the Creative Business/Design Entrepreneurship program of HOW Design Live, which is one of the largest annual conferences for creatives anywhere in the world. And as a consultant and coach she has helped countless creatives get better at the business side of their work, and to achieve professional success that matches their creative talent. I first met Ilise when I was a speaker at HOW Design Live back in 2012. After that, she engaged me to speak at HOW in Chicago a few years later. We’ve been in touch ever since, and she has interviewed me for her Marketing Mentor podcast, which is a really great show for creatives. Ilise is someone...

59 MINAUG 26
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Bat-Signal Marketing for Creatives with Ilise Benun

What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as a Creative? with Deborah Henry-Pollard

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Deborah Henry-Pollard, a creative coach based in London who describes her work as 'Using my skills to support creative people who make us see the world in another way'. She is also the author of a great book called What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as an Artist? where she lays out and then expertly demolishes a long list of the excuses we give ourselves for shying away from doing what it takes to achieve our creative ambitions. Organisations Deborah has worked with include English National Opera, Cameron Mackintosh, Siobhan Davies Dance, The Society of West End Theatre, Chester Literature Festival and Studio Voltaire. She is one of the creative business mentors recommended by The Design Trust in London. (You may recall that the Director of the Design Trust, Patricia van den Akker, was a guest in Season 2 of The 21st Century Creative.) I’m pleased to count Deborah as a colleague and friend of mine, someone who is utterly sincere...

69 MINAUG 19
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What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as a Creative? with Deborah Henry-Pollard

The Freelance Way with Robert Vlach

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Robert Vlach, a business consultant who specializes in supporting independent professionals and business owners, and the author of a new book, The Freelance Way. Early in his career, he encountered the highs and lows of the freelance life, and as you’ll hear in the interview, when he figured out some solutions for himself, he made it his mission to help other freelancers with the same challenges. In 2005 he founded Na Volné Noze, one of the largest national freelance communities in Europe and later, in 2012, Europe's first think-tank for freelancers which meets regularly in Prague and other cities. He has been holding freelancing courses for more than a decade, and has consulted on over 300 business cases with individuals, startups, and companies. He has now distilled what he has learned from all this into a book called The Freelance Way, a very thorough and practical guide to freelancing, starting with the basics for begin...

78 MINAUG 12
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The Freelance Way with Robert Vlach

The Essential Elements of a Successful Story with Erik Bork

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Erik Bork - a screenwriter, producer, script consultant and coach who has won two Emmy and two Golden Globe awards for his work on the HBO series Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. For each series he wrote multiple episodes and was on the creative producing team, alongside executive producer Tom Hanks and for Band of Brothers, also with Steven Spielberg. He has sold original screenplays and written TV pilots for NBC and Fox, and written screenplays on assignment for Universal Pictures, HBO, TNT and Playtone. Erik also teaches for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program from the University of California, Los Angeles, and National University’s MFA in Professional Screenwriting, and he has been named one of the top 10 most influential screenwriting bloggers’ for his blog at FlyingWrestler.com The good news for writers is that Erik recently published a book where he shares what he has learned about what separates a successfu...

67 MINAUG 5
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The Essential Elements of a Successful Story with Erik Bork

Mindful Drumming with Maria Bovin de Labbé

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Maria Bovin de Labbé, a Swedish drummer, artist and teacher, living on a peninsula in the Fjord of Oslo, Norway. She is best known for Mindful Drumming - an approach that is less about fast and furious rhythms and more about mindfulness, playfulness, lightness and melody. It’s hard to describe but unforgettable when you hear Maria play. She has played many different types of music, including hard rock, pop, blues, big band, Balkan-music, classical orchestra music, modern chamber music and improvised music. Her playing incorporates a range of instruments and techniques, from the classic rock drum kit to traditional hand drums from the Middle East. As well as performing solo shows and with the band Sweet Like Time, she teaches drummers, singers and other musicians how to play more mindfully and to develop their own unique style. She also plays short sets to bring a touch of magic to other people's events. I first met Maria vi...

57 MINJUL 29
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Mindful Drumming with Maria Bovin de Labbé

Peleg Top on Fear, Love, Money and Creativity

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Peleg Top, an artist, a writer, a speaker and an inspired guide who coaches creative professionals to succeed and become extraordinary leaders in the process. As you’ll hear in this interview, he started out as a graphic designer, breaking into the very competitive niche of designing in the music industry, and running his own agency, Top Design, for 18 years in Los Angeles. Some of his biggest clients included The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Grammy Awards, Universal Music and Capitol Records. During his career as a creative professional, he designed over 200 album covers, he published four design and branding books as well as the best selling The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing: How to Win Clients and What to Charge Them. Like many young creatives, Peleg was so focused on achieving success that when he finally achieved it, he discovered it didn’t bring him the true fulfilment he was seeking. But unlike most p...

83 MINJUL 22
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Peleg Top on Fear, Love, Money and Creativity

Good Little Wolf and Other Stories with Nadia Shireen

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Nadia Shireen, an award-winning and bestselling children’s author and illustrator. Her books include Good Little Wolf, The Bumblebear, The Cow Who Fell to Earth, and her latest, Billy and the Dragon, is released this summer. Nadia’s books have given a lot of pleasure to my own family, as my wife and I have read them with our children over the years, so I was very pleased that Nadia agreed to come on the podcast and talk about her work. If you love children’s picture books - and who doesn’t? - then you’ll find this a fascinating peek behind the curtain to see how they are made. It was really nice to discover that the magic of a picture book is also there in the creative process, as you can hear how much Nadia enjoys amusing herself during the writing process. Nadia also talked about some of the specific challenges and opportunities of writing for children, and the importance of trusting and respecting their capacity to experience...

58 MINJUL 15
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Good Little Wolf and Other Stories with Nadia Shireen

What Creators Can Learn from Adventurers with Alastair Humphreys

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Alastair Humphreys, a British adventurer and author whose latest book, My Midsummer Morning, recounts his attempt to busk his way across Spain with no money or credit cards, and only an upper beginner’s ability to play the violin. When he left college Alastair saw his friends going off to work in sensible jobs and it looked a bit boring. So he set out on an epic journey to cycle round the entire world, starting from his parents’ house in Yorkshire. He spent four years circumnavigating the globe by bike, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and five continents. Since then, Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert and trekked 1,000 miles across the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world. Further north, he has completed a crossing of Iceland and taken part in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. And he’s wri...

74 MINJUL 8
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What Creators Can Learn from Adventurers with Alastair Humphreys

Brian Clark’s Career Advice for the Unemployable

EToday we kick off Season 4 of The 21st Century Creative, the podcast that helps you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the 21st Century. Our first guest is Brian Clark, a writer and entrepreneur best known as the founder of the hugely influential website Copyblogger.com, which has been described as 'the Bible of content marketing'. Back in 2006, Brian was one of the first people to show how copywriting techniques could be used to attract attention online. He was also a pioneer of content marketing, showing creative people how they could use their skills at writing or making media to build an audience for their work and find customers for their businesses. From Copyblogger Brian launched a string of successful businesses, selling e-learning, membership sites, software, Wordpress themes, web hosting and conferences. Brian’s companies reached 8 figures revenue per year with no advertising and no venture capital funding - he maintained...

88 MINJUL 1
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Brian Clark’s Career Advice for the Unemployable

Latest Episodes

Voicing Your Truth with Monique DeBose

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Monique DeBose, an award-winning singer-songwriter and playwright, who has toured throughout America, Europe, India and Asia. Her third album, The Sovereign One, debuted at No.2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Inspired by her experience of of what it means to be half African-American, half Irish-American, Monique wrote the funny, heartwarming and disruptive one-woman show Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation in America to initiate a different kind of conversation about race relations in America. Monique is also a coach, speaker and workshop leader who helps others to follow her example and live ‘fully expressed, clear and unapologetic’. I first met Monique at a coaching event - a Coaching Intensive in Los Angeles hosted by Rich Litvin, who is Monique’s husband. You may recall Rich was a guest in Season 3 of the show when he gave us a great interview about the price of being a high performer. At the Intensive Monique did a session...

62 MINSEP 2
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Voicing Your Truth with Monique DeBose

Bat-Signal Marketing for Creatives with Ilise Benun

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Ilise Benun, known as the Marketing Mentor. Ilise has spent over 30 years helping ‘the creatively self employed’ to succeed in business, and has written seven books and produced over 300 episodes of her Marketing Mentor podcast. Ilise is an in-demand conference speaker and is the co-founder and host of the Creative Business/Design Entrepreneurship program of HOW Design Live, which is one of the largest annual conferences for creatives anywhere in the world. And as a consultant and coach she has helped countless creatives get better at the business side of their work, and to achieve professional success that matches their creative talent. I first met Ilise when I was a speaker at HOW Design Live back in 2012. After that, she engaged me to speak at HOW in Chicago a few years later. We’ve been in touch ever since, and she has interviewed me for her Marketing Mentor podcast, which is a really great show for creatives. Ilise is someone...

59 MINAUG 26
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Bat-Signal Marketing for Creatives with Ilise Benun

What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as a Creative? with Deborah Henry-Pollard

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Deborah Henry-Pollard, a creative coach based in London who describes her work as 'Using my skills to support creative people who make us see the world in another way'. She is also the author of a great book called What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as an Artist? where she lays out and then expertly demolishes a long list of the excuses we give ourselves for shying away from doing what it takes to achieve our creative ambitions. Organisations Deborah has worked with include English National Opera, Cameron Mackintosh, Siobhan Davies Dance, The Society of West End Theatre, Chester Literature Festival and Studio Voltaire. She is one of the creative business mentors recommended by The Design Trust in London. (You may recall that the Director of the Design Trust, Patricia van den Akker, was a guest in Season 2 of The 21st Century Creative.) I’m pleased to count Deborah as a colleague and friend of mine, someone who is utterly sincere...

69 MINAUG 19
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What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as a Creative? with Deborah Henry-Pollard

The Freelance Way with Robert Vlach

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Robert Vlach, a business consultant who specializes in supporting independent professionals and business owners, and the author of a new book, The Freelance Way. Early in his career, he encountered the highs and lows of the freelance life, and as you’ll hear in the interview, when he figured out some solutions for himself, he made it his mission to help other freelancers with the same challenges. In 2005 he founded Na Volné Noze, one of the largest national freelance communities in Europe and later, in 2012, Europe's first think-tank for freelancers which meets regularly in Prague and other cities. He has been holding freelancing courses for more than a decade, and has consulted on over 300 business cases with individuals, startups, and companies. He has now distilled what he has learned from all this into a book called The Freelance Way, a very thorough and practical guide to freelancing, starting with the basics for begin...

78 MINAUG 12
Comments
The Freelance Way with Robert Vlach

The Essential Elements of a Successful Story with Erik Bork

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Erik Bork - a screenwriter, producer, script consultant and coach who has won two Emmy and two Golden Globe awards for his work on the HBO series Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. For each series he wrote multiple episodes and was on the creative producing team, alongside executive producer Tom Hanks and for Band of Brothers, also with Steven Spielberg. He has sold original screenplays and written TV pilots for NBC and Fox, and written screenplays on assignment for Universal Pictures, HBO, TNT and Playtone. Erik also teaches for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program from the University of California, Los Angeles, and National University’s MFA in Professional Screenwriting, and he has been named one of the top 10 most influential screenwriting bloggers’ for his blog at FlyingWrestler.com The good news for writers is that Erik recently published a book where he shares what he has learned about what separates a successfu...

67 MINAUG 5
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The Essential Elements of a Successful Story with Erik Bork

Mindful Drumming with Maria Bovin de Labbé

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Maria Bovin de Labbé, a Swedish drummer, artist and teacher, living on a peninsula in the Fjord of Oslo, Norway. She is best known for Mindful Drumming - an approach that is less about fast and furious rhythms and more about mindfulness, playfulness, lightness and melody. It’s hard to describe but unforgettable when you hear Maria play. She has played many different types of music, including hard rock, pop, blues, big band, Balkan-music, classical orchestra music, modern chamber music and improvised music. Her playing incorporates a range of instruments and techniques, from the classic rock drum kit to traditional hand drums from the Middle East. As well as performing solo shows and with the band Sweet Like Time, she teaches drummers, singers and other musicians how to play more mindfully and to develop their own unique style. She also plays short sets to bring a touch of magic to other people's events. I first met Maria vi...

57 MINJUL 29
Comments
Mindful Drumming with Maria Bovin de Labbé

Peleg Top on Fear, Love, Money and Creativity

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Peleg Top, an artist, a writer, a speaker and an inspired guide who coaches creative professionals to succeed and become extraordinary leaders in the process. As you’ll hear in this interview, he started out as a graphic designer, breaking into the very competitive niche of designing in the music industry, and running his own agency, Top Design, for 18 years in Los Angeles. Some of his biggest clients included The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Grammy Awards, Universal Music and Capitol Records. During his career as a creative professional, he designed over 200 album covers, he published four design and branding books as well as the best selling The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing: How to Win Clients and What to Charge Them. Like many young creatives, Peleg was so focused on achieving success that when he finally achieved it, he discovered it didn’t bring him the true fulfilment he was seeking. But unlike most p...

83 MINJUL 22
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Peleg Top on Fear, Love, Money and Creativity

Good Little Wolf and Other Stories with Nadia Shireen

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Nadia Shireen, an award-winning and bestselling children’s author and illustrator. Her books include Good Little Wolf, The Bumblebear, The Cow Who Fell to Earth, and her latest, Billy and the Dragon, is released this summer. Nadia’s books have given a lot of pleasure to my own family, as my wife and I have read them with our children over the years, so I was very pleased that Nadia agreed to come on the podcast and talk about her work. If you love children’s picture books - and who doesn’t? - then you’ll find this a fascinating peek behind the curtain to see how they are made. It was really nice to discover that the magic of a picture book is also there in the creative process, as you can hear how much Nadia enjoys amusing herself during the writing process. Nadia also talked about some of the specific challenges and opportunities of writing for children, and the importance of trusting and respecting their capacity to experience...

58 MINJUL 15
Comments
Good Little Wolf and Other Stories with Nadia Shireen

What Creators Can Learn from Adventurers with Alastair Humphreys

EThis week's guest on The 21st Century Creative is Alastair Humphreys, a British adventurer and author whose latest book, My Midsummer Morning, recounts his attempt to busk his way across Spain with no money or credit cards, and only an upper beginner’s ability to play the violin. When he left college Alastair saw his friends going off to work in sensible jobs and it looked a bit boring. So he set out on an epic journey to cycle round the entire world, starting from his parents’ house in Yorkshire. He spent four years circumnavigating the globe by bike, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and five continents. Since then, Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert and trekked 1,000 miles across the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world. Further north, he has completed a crossing of Iceland and taken part in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. And he’s wri...

74 MINJUL 8
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What Creators Can Learn from Adventurers with Alastair Humphreys

Brian Clark’s Career Advice for the Unemployable

EToday we kick off Season 4 of The 21st Century Creative, the podcast that helps you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the 21st Century. Our first guest is Brian Clark, a writer and entrepreneur best known as the founder of the hugely influential website Copyblogger.com, which has been described as 'the Bible of content marketing'. Back in 2006, Brian was one of the first people to show how copywriting techniques could be used to attract attention online. He was also a pioneer of content marketing, showing creative people how they could use their skills at writing or making media to build an audience for their work and find customers for their businesses. From Copyblogger Brian launched a string of successful businesses, selling e-learning, membership sites, software, Wordpress themes, web hosting and conferences. Brian’s companies reached 8 figures revenue per year with no advertising and no venture capital funding - he maintained...

88 MINJUL 1
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Brian Clark’s Career Advice for the Unemployable