Episode 1: Meet the Killers How We Left the 9 to 5 to Start Our Own Creative Jobs

podcast Sep 13, 2019

In this episode, you’ll meet your hosts, Nat and Michelle FitzGerald, and learn how they went from being tired middle school teachers to running their own makerspace, art and music festivals and more. Now these two are killin’ it and living that creative life on their own terms. 


Through this episode, Nat and Michelle share the difference between doing creative work for yourself versus doing it for a living, how they got to be Killer Creators, what they were doing before, and secrets for staying creative, productive, and motivated.

  • [3:30] Michelle and Nat share what sort of creative work they are currently doing, including multiple festivals and a community makerspace. 
  • [15:00] Nat and Michelle share on the difference between doing creative work for yourself versus for a living and how you can do both.
  • [20:00] Find out what we define as the real starving artist and how we felt this way before. 
  • [24:00] What changed everything and pushed us into this creative journey.
  • [29:00] You can hear our dog/bird in the background. His name is George. 
  • [29:30] Nat shares his secret to staying creative.
  • [34:00] Michelle explains how more structure gives you more freedom?
  • [36:00] Warning, you might die from binging Netflix if you don’t create boundaries.
  • [37:30] Learn what keeps us motivated as creatives.
  • [42:00] The moments we really felt like we were killing it involve strangers and breakfast. 
  • [45:00] We had a lot of side hustles to make this work at first, and it was all worth it. One of those gigs was dog walker. 


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Links mentioned in this episode: 

Killer Creators


Rebel Art Fest


Bloodline Fest

House FitzGerald

Riverlights Music Festival

A Year of Vinyl


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