Are You In the Thrash?_The Creator’s Journey #54

“Asking questions in advance is the most important thing I can do. We may settle on one approach, but I’m prepared with Plan B if Plan A doesn’t work.” ~Kate Baldwin

This show is a departure from my regular format where I talk with one guest about his or her mindset around the process of creating impactful work. In this episode, I’ll be talking with five different creative leaders about their thoughts on one topic — the issue of how to get back on track creatively when you’ve been de-railed from your plans or process, for whatever reason.

Whether you’re in the middle of your own creative process, consulting with a client, or facilitating a discussion in an intimate Mastermind group, the issue of how to create and ship your work is, from my experience, an ongoing concern. And one of the primary concerns is how to get back on track once you’re derailed.

My guests for this episode are:

• Julia Gillmore is a copywriter based in Nelson, British Columbia, but she also helps clients direct their business strategy through her consulting work and the Masterminds that she leads for heart-centered entrepreneurs and mompreneurs. You can find out more about her at juliagillmor.com/

• Dom Rella is the founding partner and creative director at Engine Brandmakers in Durham, North Carolina. He was gracious to be one of my first guests on The Creator’s Journey when I was originally filming the conversations. You can see a short excerpt from that chat at charlesgupton.com under the ‘Motion’ tab. Dom also graciously designed the distinctive identity branding for the podcast that helps make it stand out. For that, I am grateful beyond words. You can find Dom through his company’s website:  http://enginegogo.com/

• Daniel Trimpey is the founder of Page Progressive, a Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina-based web development and design company that serves local as well as national clients. You can learn more about his company at www.pageprogressive.com. I’ve had the great privilege of working with him on photographs for a few of his client’s web projects. A few of the many things I appreciate about Daniel is his attention to details, incredible response time out of care for his clients, and his ability to ask thoughtful questions and guide clients into making decisions that serve them to the best of his ability.

• Kate Baldwin is a Seattle-based photographer and filmmaker specializing in food, lifestyle and commercial work for editorial, packaging and advertising projects. I first met Kate when we were both serving as board members for the American Society of Media Photographers, and everyone, to a person talked about her uncanny ability to bring warmth, intelligence and depth to every project. During some of the breaks at board meetings, we had a few conversations about the creative process and the perseverance needed in the face of the many obstacles creative professionals face on a daily basis. If you wanna connect with Kate and see more of her work you can find her at, www.KateBaldwinPhotography.com

• Javier Leiva is an award-winning producer, director, and writer who has worked in marketing and television for more than 15 years and has created content for some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently, he’s an Associate Creative Director at Centerline Digital in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, Javier is the creator and host of Pretend Radio, a documentary-style podcast about people pretending to be someone they’re not, which premieres this summer. You can subscribe to learn more about it at www.pretendradio.org.

I’d love to have your feedback on this episode since it is a change of pace. If you have any suggestions, thoughts for future episodes, or possible guests to recommend, please email me at Charles@CharlesGupton.com.

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