I’ve come out of the gates flying this week after spending the last few days at Cathy Heller’s incredible 2 day Conference “Dreamtopia.” It was absolutely amazing to be around so many creative people who are all passionate about their craft and to hear from some really awesome speakers who not only gave practical tips and tricks to help being a freelancer, but there was also meditation and mindfulness to help get reconnected with why we do all this creative work to begin with. This week my sole focus is to finish up the projects that are already on my plate so that I can start planning and executing some of the bigger projects that I’ve been waiting to get into. There is no more time to wait… it’s time for action and here are some of the things that have inspired me this week to take that action…
Armors - Who’s Gonna Love Me When I’m Not Young: I discovered these guys on a complete whim and was pleasantly surprised when I heard their first single “Human Touch.” They have an effortless vibe of synth, positivity, and good solid pop songs. It’s a really enjoyable album from the guys from O.C. and remind me a lot of The Colourist. Check out their song Human touch here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqcL2C815mU
RAC - CLOSER EP: I’m always excited to hear the newest thing from RAC. This is one guy who really knows music and how to push himself to the next level with every new project he does. He’s usually known for creating dance pop classics with a clean 80’s vibe, but on this EP he creates something new and experimental. This is music he composed for the Oregon Ballet Theatre and I have to say it is absolutely lovely and brilliant. It is incredible to listen to while being in the creative ideation phase of any project and really helped me open my mind while I worked this week. I would definitely take a listen. You can hear it here… https://youtu.be/C6DyQCZ0_uE
Curt Merlo: I’ve been following Curt for quite a while on Instagram but was super stoked when he appeared in my feed this week to see that he had created the newest cover for Indy Monthly. I love his absolutely clean aesthetic and his beautiful choice of colors. He has a really unique perspective to editorial illustration and I’m definitely a big fan. He uses really bold lines and strong conceptual imaging. I also love his posters which have a cool retro vibe to them. You can check out his work here…www.curtmerlo.com/
Constance Brantley: I also wanted to highlight this Los Angeles artist who I discovered from a painting that she did of Prince, which to this day, is my all time favorite painting of Prince I have ever seen. Her portraits are filled with amazing colorful details and she captures the very souls of a being in her work. Her style of painting is unique and I love to see each new work that she creates. It is really stunning art. She is definitely one to watch. Check out more of her work here… constancebrantley.com/
Shrill: I didn’t think this was a show I was going to watch at first when it first popped up on my recommended shows on Hulu but I really love the work of Aidy Bryant and here she has really captured something authentic, real, funny, and at the heart of what so many people are thinking and feeling. I think she has truly created a unique perspective and given a voice to people that need more representation in the entertainment industry and in the world. It’s really a fantastic show in so many ways and I highly recommend it.
Cathy Heller - Don’t Quit Your Day Job Podcast: Ok, I know I mentioned this at the beginning of the blog but Cathy’s podcast is just the most wonderful thing to land in my earpods. She is truly motivational and I love her style of interview. She not only has amazing guests but really understands the right questions to ask coming from the listener who really wants answers. Sometimes when an interviewee gives some kind of overall advice, Cathy will question what practicle and actual actions can be taken to reach your goals and she always keeps her listener in mind. After attending her conference Dreamtopia, I’m super inspired by her message and the community that she is creating for freelance creatives like myself. Thank you times a million Cathy!!!
That’s all for this week! More inspirations to come every week! Stay tuned!