As an artist, one of the hardest things you can do is to push past your limits and dive right into exploring creativity. Do you find pushing the boundaries of your abilities exciting or nerve-racking? My guest, Andy J. Pizza, is ready to explore this question and a whole lot more. In our conversation, Andy opens up about his creative journey, what it’s like to embrace his ADHD, the challenge of copyright laws, and more. I know artists like you will get a ton of value from Andy’s valuable and unique perspective!
Why in the world would someone start a podcast? I get that question a lot! While every podcaster will have their own unique spin on this question – I wanted to hear from Andy J. Pizza. According to Andy, the reason he started his podcast was to help more creative people like him! Too often, Andy saw podcasts and books written by creatives who looked a certain way and acted a certain way, but no one quite like him. Banking on the fact that there were others out there who wanted a fresh take on the creative journey – Andy launched his podcast, Creative Pep Talk. Make sure to listen to Andy’s podcast; you can find the link in the resources section at the end of this post.
Let your freak flag fly!
Have you ever felt like you were a square peg that was forced to fit into a round hole? That’s what Andy felt all those years as a creative who couldn’t quite fit in. After years of introspection and reflection, Andy finally concluded that he shouldn’t minimize what set him apart from others but that he should embrace it. How do you feel about Andy’s take? Are you ready to take on the challenge and let your freak flag fly high, or are you more comfortable playing it safe? Let’s face it; we need both bold leaders and pragmatic individuals who are ready to put in the work – which one sounds more like you?
Finding the right pace
I am so honored to get amazing questions and comments every day from artists like you – some just want to ask a simple technical question, and others want to dive right in with challenging ones. Over the years, I’ve learned a healthy balance between my work on this podcast and my own artwork. Have you found the right balance in your career? Andy encourages artists like you to jump at every opportunity you can get when you are young and inexperienced. He also urges more seasoned artists to slow down and find the right pace as they become more experienced in their careers. What do you think of Andy’s advice?
Know thy self
What is at the heart of your desire to create? Do you love to push the boundaries of your abilities, or do you simply enjoy the process? Maybe for you, it’s the ability to go at your own pace and follow your own inspiration that draws you to your work as an artist. Whatever your unique offering to the world is – discover it and embrace it! You are the only you that has ever been made – the world needs your voice and your creativity. Don’t be content to sit on the sidelines, learn from Andy’s helpful advice, and leverage your unique abilities to make the world just a little bit brighter.
Outline of This Episode
- [0:45] I introduce my guest, Andy J. Pizza.
- [2:30] Andy shares his background and why he started his podcast.
- [12:30] I share a personal story about my family.
- [15:00] The real story behind ADHD according to Andy.
- [19:20] Andy talks about the impact his father has had on him.
- [22:50] Let your freak flag fly!
- [27:40] Andy and I talk about copyright laws.
- [46:00] Should you take that opportunity or let it pass by?
- [56:00] What to do when the opportunities start to slow down.
- [58:40] A missed opportunity.
- [1:01:30] Why masterminds and coaches ROCK.
- [1:05:45] Understanding how you tick.
- [1:13:30] Closing thoughts from Andy.