Hi friends! Lori here. As you may know if you read my blog post from this Monday—How to Keep Going When You’re Not Good at Something New—I recently helped launch a new podcast called Next Creator Up.
Hosted by Ehren Prudhel, my partner in life and many things, this podcast means a lot to me personally, and of course, to Ehren as well.
First, a little about what this podcast is and who it’s for, and then I’ll elaborate on why we decided to co-produce this together.
What Next Creator Up Is All About
Next Creator Up is a weekly show that features established and emerging creators in various creative fields—music, screenwriting, and blogging, to name a few.
The goal is to learn about their work and process and uncover the tools, lessons, and insights that have helped them overcome their internal and external blocks.
- Life responsibilities
- Time limitations
- Competing desires
We hope that each episode will provide both inspiration and motivation to help you get out of your own way and create what you want to create.
Who This Podcast Is For
Next Creator Up is for you if:
- You’ve fantasized about creating something of your own—a book, a blog, a podcast, an album, a cooking vlog, or a jewelry line, for example
- You’re currently working on your own project, but need a little help staying on track
- You enjoy hearing from creative people who are doing inspiring things
- You need help sparking your imagination and triggering new ideas
Why This Podcast Means So Much to Us
Ehren and I are both creative souls who know what it’s like to get in your own way. We also know the unique frustration that comes from wanting to do something, but feeling either powerless or clueless as to how to make it happen.
We live in LA and have fantasized about filmmaking for years—and even have a completed screenplay we’d like to produce together—but we’ve struggled because we have limited time, resources, energy, and knowledge.
We’re both juggling a lot professionally and personally, and have a new baby—our first—coming into the world this Monday.
We’ve doubted our talents, our efforts, and our potential, and we’ve felt overwhelmed by everything competing for our attention.
We are two artists who’ve long lived without the palettes we’ve most craved, but we’re now on a mission to change that.
We’re on a mission to do what we can, with the time we have, to create what we want to create and be the people we want to be.
We know we can’t do everything all at once. We know we’ll continue to have setbacks. We know we’ll have to make choices and compromises, and adapt our plans as we move forward and make decisions that best support our growing family.
But in spite of that, we are going to create. We are going to create podcast episodes. We are going to create blog posts. We are going to create new offerings together to share through Tiny Buddha. And we’ll continue to learn about filmmaking and producing, with the goal of one day seeing our screenplay come to life.
As we do all these things, we’re going to need continued motivation, inspiration, and encouragement—which we’ve both gotten in spades from the dozen interviews Ehren has already completed for season one of Next Creator Up.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what kind of interest we’d get from the Tiny Buddha community.
I haven’t focused much on creativity over the years, mostly because I assumed you, the readers, were more interested in personal development topics—posts related to self-love, healing, relationships, anxiety, depression, and the issues that threaten our peace of mind.
But I believe creativity is a vehicle to improve everything else in our lives.
When we create something bigger than ourselves, it helps us:
- Get out of our own heads
- Connect and collaborate with other people
- Feel proud of the difference we’re making in the world
- Feel seen, heard, and valued
- Heal pains from the past
- Recycle that pain into something useful for others
- Grow and learn about ourselves and what we need to feel fulfilled and at peace
- Shift from mindless consuming (which usually just exacerbates the emptiness inside us) to active creating (which fills that void with a sense of pride, passion, and purpose)
I hope this podcast can help you create something that will provide you with all these benefits, and more.
You can find the first episode, with folk singer/songwriter Kelley McRae, here. In this episode, Kelley talks about her music, her creative process, and the healing power of sharing our stories through songs.
And now, I ask a favor of you. Since this is a new podcast, we could use all the support we could get. If you enjoy the first episode, would you please rate and review on iTunes? You don’t need to write anything lengthy—just a sentence would do the trick!
And if you have any recommendations for the show—perhaps a guest suggestion for Season 2—we welcome that!
Feel free to contact me at email(AT)tinybuddha(DOT)com, and I’ll write back ASAP… assuming I don’t go into early labor, in which case I will read your email from my iPhone and then fight to get it back from Ehren as he reminds to shut off from work every now and then.
Thank you for being part of the community, thank you for tuning in, and thank you for your support!