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


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…


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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