Ten Podcasts For Freelance Creatives
It’s no lie when people say that the freelance life can be hard. When your computer crashes, you don’t have an IT department to call, when invoices aren’t paid, you have to miraculously transform yourself into a debt collector and trust me when I say there is no such thing as an xmas party with a free bar or Alice from HR’s birthday cake sat in the staff kitchen beaconing you in for yet another slice.
It can be lonely working alone, There was a time when I would put on the Kardashian’s, fire up my emails and half heartedly tap away as I watched Khloe and Kourtney live in up in Miami. After a while, I decided the Kardashian / Jenner crew were bad for my productivity, so I would sit in silence and try crack on. I quickly got bored and a little more lonely and that’s when I found myself attending more events / press days / meetings. Mainly so I could see REAL people, this proved to be a lot of fun, but that’s when I discovered if you are out all the time, you aren’t able to create as much content! And then I discovered podcasts. A source of so much amazing free content, which entertains, inspires and motivates me. It’s like having pocket friends who you can turn on to get you thinking, working or just eavesdrop on a fun conversation with.
I’ve done plenty of podcast edits in my time and some of these podcasts I’ve recommended previously, but today, I want to share ten great podcasts which I think are amazing for all my fellow content creators, bloggers, freelance photographers and indie business owners. This ones for you and I hope these help you, as much as they help me! Go subscribe, give them a listen and let me know how you get on! Oh and if you have any podcasts you want to recommend to me, please do. I’m all ears!
Ctrl Alt Delete – Created and hosted by Emma Gannon, she’s had some amazing guests on over the years and her interviews tend to be inspiring and uplifting. Just a side note here, some of my favourite episodes have been with the lesser-known guests, so don’t just listen to the bigger name guests, instead look topics which ‘speak’ to you and creatives in a similar field to your own! It’s a podcast I’m sure you all know already, but if you are a podcast newbie, it’s a great one to start with.
Creative Pep Talk – I love this podcast as he’s so passionate about illustrating and helping fellow creatives. He talks a lot about the hard work which needs to go into everything you do. He’s not about quick wins and instant gratification. When he started his podcast he told himself that he would do at least 100 episodes because that’s how many it takes to figure out what you are doing and really nail it. He takes that same approach to all his work and when I’m getting frustrated, he’s a great person to listen to and remind myself I just need to work harder, learn more and keep going until I get REALLY good!
Blogosphere Magazine ‘Serious Influence’ – From the makers of Blogosphere magazine, this podcast sheds a light on the business side of being an influencer. They’ve had some great discussions with agents, agency owners, marketing experts and industry insiders.
Creative Rebels – Hosted by boys who started out as graffiti artists, so I think this podcast has a slightly different feel to it compared to a lot of the other podcasts I listen to. As creators, they worked with huge brands along the way and thrown themselves into loads of different projects. This podcast was set up to try and answer a lot of the questions they get asked by other creatives in their industry and it’s generally just a really helpful and interesting podcast which is slightly outside of my usual bubble.
How To fail With Elizabeth Day – Is your biggest fear failing? Then give this podcast a listen. It’s all about failing and realising that it’s failing forward. Sometimes we all need a reminder that failing is ok, in fact, it can be the thing that gets you to where you want to go!
Manifestation Babe – If manifestation is your thing and you are taking mindset, brand building and team building super seriously, then Manifestation Babe could be everything you’ve been looking for. As Brits, we tend to avoid the ‘Woo Woo’ (as we call it) so even if you can’t get on board with the idea of manifestation (although it totes works y’all!) it is also filled with really practical business and brand advice.
Raw Milk – Brought to you by the amazing Beth Kirby, she’s only done a few episodes thus far, but they’ve all been really great, I especially loved the one about Pinterest, which included a lot of best practices, hacks and tips. All of which will help you get the most inspiration and exposure out of Pinterest!
Creative Empire – They aired their final show a while ago, but damn, it’s still a brilliant podcast with a huge back catalogue of amazing information and inspiration. Go back, listen, it’s all still SO relevant!
The Janet Murray Show – If there’s anything you need to know about being a content creator or small business owner, it’s very possible Janet Murray has done an episode on it. She gives great advice on repurposing content and organising your time so everything you do has the maximum impact. As well as actually creating those sales and really getting into the nitty gritty. There is ZERO fluff here! Also, I’m a guest speaker at a Janet Murray event later this year! I’m SO excited!
YouTube Power Hour – The podcast which finally gave me that nudge to start my own YouTube channel. It took the fear factor out of it and made me realise that this was something I could do, or at least try. And taught me everything I know about YouTube SEO, the importance of thumbnails and that it’s ok if I don’t have many subscribers, I can still have fun with creating video content!
And there we have it… Ten Podcasts For Freelance Creatives! Let me know if you have any that you love!