There are lots of great supports out there for makers, but few offer the diversity and scope of information that podcasts do. The right podcast can take on the role of professor, mentor, advisor and even therapist, and with no corner of the creative landscape left untouched by podcasts, you’re sure to find one that fits your maker mindset. And the best part is, whether you feel the pull of a creative calling or need a little push to get you started, listening to a podcast is a hands-free activity, so you can press play and get on with your work.
Creators don’t always like to spend their energy on the business part of being a maker, but the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. This podcast, a feature of the Clark Hulings Fund for visual artists, aims to help creators become more business savvy without feeling like they must sell their soul to corporate entities in order to achieve financial success. It’s all about abundance mindset, right? Check out the January 23, 2019 episode entitled Make the Gig Economy Work for You, presented by the Gig Economy Guru, Angela Heath to get a good idea of where this podcast will take you.
Highlighting the work and experiences of a network of creators in almost every discipline, Shade is committed to representation in art and gets there through the nimble and engaging curation of host, Lou Mensah, a fine art photographer. This season Shade is focussing on the art created about and within the Civil Rights movement, beginning with photography taken during Black Lives Matter protests and marches. Check out the episode entitled The Overdue Awakening from January 11, 2021.
With a new roster of hosts every season, these blissfully short episodes offer insight, advice, stories and often a cautionary tale or two across all aspects of the creative and business sides of writing. A good pod to listen to when you hit a wall and need a minute or fifteen before diving back into your project. Sixteen seasons offer a lot of options, but the episode from December 6, 2020, entitled, Maintaining Passion for a Story, with special guest Mahtab Narsimhan will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Cohosted by author Sarah McLean and critic Jen Prokop, this romance writing and reading podcast delves into the good, the bad and the kinky happening in the genre. From read-alongs to reviews, Sarah and Jen are funny and relatable and don’t shy away from the less mainstream tropes in romance. There are several seasons’ worth of great episodes, but January 20, 2021’s Curvy Heroines Redux (bravo, ladies!) will give you a really great idea of what to expect—and what not to expect—from a modern romance podcast.
A spinoff of the popular eponymous home, craft and décor blog from sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, A Beautiful Mess encourages listeners to stay home and make stuff, and really, what could be more timely advice right now? For crafters, DIY enthusiasts, artisans and those who love the things that crafters, DIY enthusiasts and artisans create. Not surprisingly, the sisters have a great rapport with only a hint of sibling rivalry. The episode from January 11, 2021 called Hygge and How it Helps Us Live Happier in the Winter! is a great place to start while we’re all searching for ways to be cozy at home.
The Art History Babes call themselves four friends who really dig art, but they also know a lot about it, with all four holding masters degrees from UC Davis and an appreciation for smashing the barriers that make fine art the traditional domain of the well-heeled. Their camaraderie is clear and the ensemble play off of each without becoming too interrupty. To get a good idea of the scope of the conversations, tune in to the cool and creepy episode entitled, Death Portraiture from October 24, 2020.
If there’s no such thing as a bad idea then any idea can become a great story, right? Maybe. That’s the idea of this part comedy/part craft podcast where each of the three writer/artist/hosts bring in the worst idea they have found on the internet that week, and try to turn it into something palatable. Think of it as a series of absurdist writing prompts, and maybe that’s what you need to get your own creative practice swinging again. A recent episode takes a shot at Toronto’s ubiquitous Ikea Monkey, which is not a recent story but always worth revisiting.