Hey Killers—Nat here with an update.
Things have been a little quiet over here in Killer Land—some of you may have even noticed and been wondering why.
The answer might get a little heavy, but it's worth sharing with you all.
Three weeks ago, my Uncle passed away unexpectedly during a hip surgery. It was sudden and shocking, and caused my family to slow down a bit to appreciate eachother a little more in the fragility of life.
Then this past Monday night, Michelle was awoken by a dull, persistent pain in her right arm. She wondered if she might be having a heart attack, but there weren't any other symptoms, so after some googling we decided it was safe to wait until morning.
She felt fine, so she left early with a friend for a conference in Chicago. Once they arrived in the city though, the pain came back—accompanied by clammy skin and chest tightness. I woke up to a text that she had checked into the emergency room to get checked out.
CHAV fills us is on the gaps in their journey from Nat's improv-club comember and commercial model to black queer icon, and we fill them in on what's been going on in South Bend since they left.
CHAV is a multi-media conceptual artist living in Brooklyn, and they are absolutely blowing up right now. Their work has included photography, art installations, poetry, videography, dance, and music. They are a co-founder of FagMass Collective and recently launched Flat Pop Records, a pop label that showcases the work of marginalized artists, especially women, nonbinary, LGBTQ, and people of color.
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Jump on Instagram for a minute, and you’ll likely cross a photo of someone living their best life. They travel whenever they want, live without a care in the world, and work new projects whenever inspiration strikes. And you might think, “Man, I just wish I had that much freedom.” You might think they have that freedom because they happened to win the lottery or have a great inheritance, and very rarely that is true. But for most people who are living their best life and making it look flawless, they have a secret that you can steal. Want to know what that secret is? They are planners. What?! They’re not just carelessly spontaneous? No, quite the opposite. Most people who are able to live with such true freedom have planned it intentionally.
I know I just dropped a pretty big truth bomb on you, and you might be disappointed. You wanted a trick that takes no actual effort. Around here I like to say that you have to plan to be spontaneous....
Last week, we gave you a challenge: spend one intentional hour on a creative project that you've been putting off.
And that challenge was just as much for me as it was for all of you, so I thought I'd pop in with an update.
My goal was to spend one hour recording parts for the NTVTY record that I've been putting off for over four years. Seems pretty easy, right?
Full disclosure: I didn't do it until today, when I realized that the deadline was rapidly approaching.
I had completely intended to do it on Monday, which is Michelle and my day off. But I didn't make an intentional plan to make it happen. I did however restring my acoustic guitar on Sunday night to make it easier on myself, so I should get credit there, right?
But when Monday came around, I let myself get distracted by other things. I spent a couple hours trying to rewire the stereo in my van to work with the rear speakers. Then, I watched some TV and played video games. By the time I remembered that I...
Jonathan Randall Grant talks with us about the way our creative journeys have coincided over the last decade and how he turned his art from play to profession.
Jonathan Randall Grant is a muralist, liturgical artist, fashion consultant, and advocate living in Chicago. He is the manager of communications for Episcopal Charities in Chicago, artist in residence at the American Church in Paris, and serves on a consulting team that seeks to make room for creatives and LGBTQ+ individuals in the Church.
This episode is brought to you by the Killer Creators Program, where we help transform unfulfilled folks into killer creators by finding and unlocking their truest potential and learning all the practical tips around time and money management that make living as a full time creative easy to do. You can join our email list to get weekly motivation, the latest blog posts and podcast episodes, and to be the first to know when the doors to our course open again.
Five years ago, things with SPACESHIPS had slowed down for a few months. Our drummer was working 70 hour weeks and our bassist was preparing to get married.
And then there was me, with nothing extra going on and all these musical ideas that I couldn't share with anyone.
So I wrote a solo album.
But five years later, it still hasn't been released. I've played those songs live a number of times. Sometimes I've even played through the entire album. I've even come up with a name (NTVTY) and made some social media pages! But only one song has been recorded—and it's not even finished.
If you're reading this, I'm sure that story sounds all too familiar. Creatives are infamous for their tendency to start a thousand projects before they've even finished one. We have all of these dreams and aspirations, but following through with those projects is another story.
But why? What's holding us back? Let me try to answer that by looking at the excuses I've told...
Jillian Speece and Nathaniel Hoff of The Bergamot share what life is like as two full musicians on the road. Hear how they got started in their music careers and how they got to where they are today. These two are about to release their next full length album, Mayflies, on September 19, 2019.
The Bergamot is a nomadic husband/wife music duo that has been playing full time since 2009. Their dreamy blend of folk and 70s rock has led them to widespread acclaim, including playing SXSW, appearing in the video game Rock Band, and even winning an Emmy. They recently finished a 50-state tour and have a documentary about that tour coming soon.
This episode is brought to you by the Killer Creators Program, where we help transform unfulfilled folks into killer creators by finding and unlocking their truest potential and learning all the practical tips around time and money management that make living as a full time creative easy to do. You can join our email...
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.
Maybe you say that you are not an artist, that you couldn't even draw a stick figure if you wanted to. Well, I believe that's not true. Creativity is part of the human experience, and making art is one of the best ways to express that creativity. And you can learn to do anything with enough practice. Now we can make a broad definition of what art is. You might be more into the culinary arts, music, or performing arts, but that's still art. And there are many reasons why you should be making more of it. Today we'll just look at six of the best reasons why you should be making more art.
Yesterday morning, Michelle's grandma stopped by for breakfast before leaving town. We made jalepeño and herb omelets, a pot of fresh ground French press, and ate Concord grapes straight from the vine growing over our pergola.
As we were tidying up dishes, she said to us, "Oh, this was just so special."
I responded, "This is actually pretty normal for us most mornings."
Just about every morning, we wake up and make a big, delicious breakfast. If the weather allows, we eat it on the back patio, right under the previously mentioned grapevine. We take our time with it, talking at our leisure before getting on to our work for the day.
It's a simple luxury, but it means a lot.
When we were teaching, our mornings were completely shot. We felt lucky if we had time to stop at McDonald's for a McMuffin before school. Big, leisurely breakfasts were a Saturday-only treat, and one that we relished.
One day at such a breakfast, Michelle and I were talking about our dreams and...
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