Why Do I Podcast?

People ask that a lot. I’ve asked myself that a few times.

The honest truth: I thought it would help me sell books. (See…I wrote a novel, but I’ll let you check that out if you want to.)

That was how it started, anyway.

I’ve been podcasting almost 3 years now. And that answer has changed a lot since the start. Here’s the best I can answer.

I Podcast Because…

It’s how I make, and keep in touch with, friends. I just went to a concert, hung out by the bus after with the crew and cast, and sold a book to a woman who plays Aretha Franklin on stage.

So I guess you could say that at this point I podcast because it has introduced me to some great friends, writing and podcasting peers, and people in my community that I would’ve otherwise likely never had the chance to hang out with.

And in the middle of all that…

I’m Trying To Help You!

I was at an art market the other day. Not just any art market, mind you. This one was put on by

Little Space Studio (Grand Rapids)

which is a co-working space in Grand Rapids. Tasty goodies provided by the best death-themed coffee shop in not only Grand Rapids, Michigan, but the entire world, I dare say…

The Mortals Cafe!

Stop by The Mortals’ website. And check out the sweet sweet action on IG!

And while I was at this market, I talked to several vendors/artists and my podcast came up. (I don’t go in pitching it to everyone like I do here.) The younger/less experienced ones kept saying, “I wish I knew where I could find free advice on how to do __________…” which is how my show came up, most of the time.

My show is that show. I talk to people who do cool sh*t, find out how they got into it, what they do with it now, but–most importantly–how the do what they do.

The podcast is part:

  • fun conversation loosely tethered to the ideas of creativity and the creative process
  • how-to/DIY
  • artist highlight/introspective
  • artistic advice
  • entrepreneurial advice
  • sound effect enhanced storytelling and original music

So…

Give CREATIVE OPS a Listen, Why Don’t-cha?

Ep.89 | Mallory Shotwell – Founder and Director of CULTIVATE on local art, community, ”making it”, & marketing Creative Ops

As a former Montessori teacher, Mallory Shotwell's interest in art and business make her a great person to start a group like CULTIVATE, a collection of artists, teachers, and industry folks. With the acquisition of their new space in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they'll be able to highlight contemporary artists and teach community-based art & business classes, while also serving as a "traditional" art gallery for art shows and installations. Get the HOLIDAY GUIDE: http://www.cultivategrandrapids.org/2022-local-artist-holiday-guide Keep an eye on the CULTIVATE Facebook and Instagram pages for events and fun info! Learn all about CULTIVATE at their website: http://www.cultivategrandrapids.org. And check Mallory out at http://www.malloryshotwell.com and on Instagram via @mallory.shotwell
  1. Ep.89 | Mallory Shotwell – Founder and Director of CULTIVATE on local art, community, ”making it”, & marketing
  2. Ep.88 | The End of Creative Ops(?) – w/ commentary by his holiness, Kirk Ross
  3. Ep.87 | Brennen Matthews – Author of ”Miles to Go: An African Family in Search of America Along Route 66”
  4. Ep.86 | Josh Adams is funny as f–k!
  5. Ep.85 | Andrea Shaner – How to Be on TV!
  6. Ep.84 | Brandon Dante Copeland does EVERYTHING!
  7. Ep.83 | Pedro ”The Roadie” Rodriguez is BACK ON THE ROAD!!!
  8. Ep. 82 | Everywhere BUT Bookstores Tour (9/27/22): Pharmhouse Wellness Artists’ Market
  9. Ep.81 | Jacqueline Gray Miller – Writer, Producer, & Creative Chameleon (So Many Things…)
  10. Ep.80 | Jody Sperling & Kenny MacKay – Networking & Marketing

Click here for ALL the episodes.

Click here for more info about my book. I’d really like it if you did…


-CT

Christopher Tallon is the author of the dark, adventurous, time-travel novel Switchers.

Well, I’m that kid in the corner / All f**ked up and I wanna so I’m gonna

Take a piece of the pie, why not, I’m not quittin’ / Think Ima change up my style just to fit in

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