Create & Inspire Podcast with Aunia Kahn



Create and Inspire is an art focused podcast sharing inspirational tips, tricks, advice, which also interviews successful artists and art focused businesses to help you MANIFEST your DREAMS.


  • 19: How to Identify and Avoid Con Artists

    27/09/2019 Duration: 15min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE Con artists are everywhere and in every industry. One of the greatest atrocities of the world are people who feed on others vulnerabilities and naivety with deception and lies. In this episode, I share a couple personal stories of con artists I have encountered, while also providing you with resources to help you avoid being a victim of a scam. SHOW QUOTES The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away. – Walter Kirn And I think it’s because good cons are all based on the victim’s need, and the successful con artist is the one, I guess, who can exploit that. I remember reading something about this, that one of the great traits of confidence tricksters is the level that they flatter their victim. – Alfred Molina SHOW LINKSKnown Art Scammers Names & Email ListKnown Scammers / Art Related Email ScamsArt Scams: Tips to Protect YourselfHow Stuff Works: How Con

  • 18: 30 Inspirational Tips to Artists from Other Creatives (2 of 3)

    27/09/2019 Duration: 12min

    ABOUT EPISODE In Episode 18 we have our second installation of advice from 30 artists, galleries owners, magazine editors, authors, creative business owners, etc answering this question: “If you could give one bit of advice to an artist just starting out what would that be?” This is part 2 of 3. Find the first installation: Episode 8 (1 of 3)   SHOW QUOTES 1. Put miles on the brush…or pencil. – Suzy Smith 2. Don’t put your focus on sales. Focus instead on finding yourself, finding your medium, finding your motivation and drive. Once you have a portfolio you are proud of, start showing it off. – Archer May Dougherty 3. Not everything you make is a Grandslam. Sometimes you strike out but see each piece leading to the other and so forth. It is a constant practice and learning experience. – Matthew F. Dougherty 4. Contracts are your friends. – Emily J Moore 5. Read dali’s book. 50 secrets of magic craftsmanship, published 1948. Memorize them all!! – Norm Goodwin 6. Curb the ego and work. – Jeremy Cross 7. Don’t b

  • 17: Be A Successful Working Artist: Art School VS Being Self-Taught

    27/09/2019 Duration: 15min

    EPISODE INFO So you want to be a working artist that exhibitions work around the world, actually makes money for your creations and enjoys what they are doing, but you are not sure if you should go to art school or keep on with independent studies. In this episode we talk about both sides, give you some advice and tools to help you better make that decision.   SHOW QUOTES You have to work your ass off, to be taken seriously in the art world. The world is a university and everyone in it is a teacher. When you wake up in the morning, be sure you go to school. – T.D. Jakes  You can do anything you want to. Follow your dreams because if you say you can’t do it, you will spend the rest of your life proving it. – Yog   SHOW LINKS How Much Does Art School Cost Skillshare

  • 16: Marketing Your Artwork/Creations Online

    27/09/2019 Duration: 18min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE  Ah, art marketing! The thing most artists and creatives hate about having a career in the arts.  Marketing is so important, however, it’s sadly missed as a part of the everyday process of being a working artist. Most artists and creatives just want to create pretty things, and hope that their work gets seen and sold, but that never happens without some effort in marketing. For example, if you had 100% of a day, it is said at the very least, 20% of that time should be spent marketing. Yet, some of the most successful artists and business people of the world treat it more as a 50/50 ratio. There are many ways to market your work; from social networking, contests, works in progress shots, going places to meet people and also giving back to your community. Marketing can be creative and fun, but if you don’t like it anyway I spin it, the truth that it’s still a necessary aspect of a successful career in the arts.  SHOW QUOTES The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little ext

  • 15: Good Gallery vs Bad Gallery, 10 Expert Tips to Avoid Being Screwed

    27/09/2019 Duration: 20min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE  It’s very common for artists to want to be shown in galleries, but how can you tell if a gallery is reputable or not? Does it matter? Are there warning signs to avoid as an artist so that you are treated well in this vast world of fine art? Yes, there is and I will give you 10 tips to help you navigate your way to working with galleries that will love and respect not only your work, but you! SHOW QUOTES “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” — Ryan Freitas Tweet This SHOW NOTES 1. Bad mouthing others on social networking and showing a lack of professionalism with their dealings on a public platform. 2. They do not pay their artists on time or at all. This is a huge red flag! 3. Galleries upselling artists work. 4. Galleries that do nothing to promote or support the artists that they work with. 5. When a gallery asks you to lower your prices to sell more work. Don’t do that. 6. Galleries that don’t share sales of your wor

  • 14: Creative Block = Sucks! Let us Help!

    27/09/2019 Duration: 16min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE So you’re sitting there looking at a blank canvas/paper or the piece you are working on has become so frustrating and not even close to the idea you had in the first place that the local trash can is looking mighty tempting. It’s common to go through creative block, are we offer some advice, along with some website, books and quotes to help inspire you to work through it and get to the other side – where greatness is just a step away! SHOW QUOTES Comfortability KILLS Creativity! Tweet Quote Fall down 7 times, get up 8. – Japanese Proverb Tweet Quote Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch Tweet Quote A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. – Denis Waitley SHOW LINKS My Interview on Entrepreneur on Fire Runner Falls Down 6ooM Dash, Gets up = WINS!The Jealous Curator Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects

  • 13: Interview with Artist Power Couple Julianna & Joe Menna

    27/09/2019 Duration: 25min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODEIn Episode 13 we interviewed artist power couple Julianna and Joe Menna. Julianna is a painter producing highly detail and frighteningly fashionable oil paintings and Joe is best known for his sculpture work in both traditional and digital media and classical drawing abilities. In length we discuss 3D printing and how digital art plays a big role in the past and future of the art world.  We also discuss DC Comics, Dark Horse, and how Julianna recently became sponsored by Grumbacher. They also share their passion for their partnership together, their family, and upcoming projects. UPCOMING EXHIBITION November 2014 Sick Angels Gristle Art Gallery 26 Bushwick Ave Brooklyn, New York 11211 SHOW QUOTES Art is not a sporting event. – Joe Menna Click to Tweet SHOW LINKS Joe Menna Julianna Menna Gristle Arch Enemy Arts DC Comics Dark Horse Grumbacher

  • 12: How to Effectively Value and Price Your Own Art

    27/09/2019 Duration: 16min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE  Pricing artwork can be very hard for artists just starting out and even those that have been at it for some time. More than anything it feels good to sell work, and feel like you are honored for your talent, however, you also have to make sure you are valuing your time, effort, talent, and creativity with a monetary value. In this episode, we help you with ideas on how to approach pricing your work. SHOW QUOTES Pricing is actually a pretty simple and straight forward thing. Customers will not pay literally a penny more than the true value of the product. – Ron Johnson If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. – Henry Ford SHOW LINKS A Simple Formula for Artwork Pricing7 Ways to Price a Painting (Depending on Personality)

  • 11: Interview with Planet of the Apes Special Effects Artist Chet Zar

    27/09/2019 Duration: 34min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE In Episode 11 we interview California based artist Chet Zar who is notable for his dark visual art, make-up effects, and digital animation. He is most widely known for his work with Tool’s music and live videos and he designed and created prosthetic effects for movies such as The Ring, Planet of the Apes, and Darkman, but after being unimpressed with politics in the film industry, Zar took the advice of horror author Clive Barker, and decided to pursue his passion of producing original works and oil-painting which he is widely known for today as well. SHOW QUOTES “Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung SHOW LINKS Chet ZarChet’s Studies & Art for SaleChet in My Hyde Makeup Tool Art Marketing 101

  • 10: Why to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

    27/09/2019 Duration: 13min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE We have all wanted to give up at some point or another in something we are doing. When the going gets tough, it hard to now want to throw in the towel. You ask: “Is this even worth it?” In Episode 10 we share stories of failure from some of the most successful and influential people in the world, provide some insightful quotes and resources to help you navigate the feeling of giving up and bring you back to the notion that “presence” is key! SHOW QUOTES A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. – Elbert Hubbard Tweet This Energy and persistence conquer all things.  – Benjamin Franklin Tweet This Fall seven times and stand up eight – Japanese Proverb  SHOW LINKS 22 Reason to Never Give UpThe Dip by Seth GodinStar TrekLucille BallStephen King Steven Spielberg

  • 9: Marketing and Exposure with Google+

    27/09/2019 Duration: 16min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODEGoogle+ plus still seems very new and also many people are unsure if it’s worth their time, since time is precious and already spread throughout many social networking platforms. In Episode 9 we want to provide some information to help you consider if using Google+ is right for you. SHOW QUOTESAs for the data, GlobalWebIndex says that 25 percent of worldwide Internet users are now active on Google+ at least once a month — second behind Facebook (51 percent), but ahead of YouTube and Twitter (both 21 percent). – Marketing Land SHOW LINKS Learn About SEO @ Moz.comHootSuiteMarketing LandGoogleGoogle+Aunia Kahn’s FB Art Page

  • 8: 30 Inspirational Tips to Artists from Other Creatives (1of 3)

    27/09/2019 Duration: 09min

    ABOUT EPISODE In Episode 8 we got advice from 30 artists, galleries owners, magazine editors, authors, creative business owners, etc answering this question: “If you could give one bit of advice to an artist just starting out what would that be?” This is part 1 of 3.    SHOW QUOTES 1: Follow your heart, not your wallet. – Martine Johanna 2: Make a 5 year plan and write down what your goal is. Be conscious of who you are making art for and why. – Tina Imel 3: To educate yourself with the business side of being an artist. – Maria Pabico LaRotonda 4: Don’t worry about what other people might think. (Except this!) – Jack Lind 5: Do not confine your work or technique within the limitations of the medium. Always experiment and search for new discoveries! Sometimes the best things happen when you push materials to do what they are not traditionally designed to do. – Matthew Dutton 6: Don’t let what is popular or selling in the marketplace dictate your style. – Arabella Proffer 7: Respect the arts. Be appreciative t

  • 7: Getting Your Art Exhibited in Galleries

    27/09/2019 Duration: 14min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE In Episode 7 we discuss how to get artwork into galleries as either a represented artist or part of an exhibition. We also talk about how to approach galleries, some things to avoid, juried vs invitational exhibitions, and much more. SHOW QUOTES I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together. ― Lisa Kleypas  

  • 6: Interview with Jim Mckenzie

    27/09/2019 Duration: 20min

    ABOUT THIS EPISODEWe interview Jim Mckenzie who is a New York based director, designer, and animator for TV shows, commercials, and films as well as an established painter, sculptor, musician about upcoming his solo show at Copro Gallery, and his visions as a creator.  SHOW QUOTES I know one thing: that I know nothing – Socrates Tweet This LINKS Jim’s Website Copro Gallery Chet Zar The Making of King Gordo Video  

  • 5: Fear in Association with Creativity

    27/09/2019 Duration: 13min

    ABOUT THE EPISODE In Episode 5 we discuss fears associated with being a creative person. We touch on specific fears, what you can do about them and ways to move past them. SHOW QUOTES I believe so much in the power of performance I don’t want to convince people. I want them to experience it and come away convinced on their own. – Marina Abramovic “The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because of its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.” –  Chuck Palahniuk Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens

  • 4. Why You Need A Professional Portfolio & Websites

    27/09/2019 Duration: 11min

    ABOUT EPISODE In Episode 4 we touch base on what it means to have an online professional portfolio. We talk about hosting, urls, WordPress, SEO, CMS, and how important it is to have a portfolio that best showcases your best more relevant work. SHOW QUOTES The lavish presentation appeals to me, and I’ve got to convince the others. – Freddie Mercury SHOW LINKS Wix, Weebly, WordPress, Squarespace

  • 3. Constructive Criticism VS Criticism

    27/09/2019 Duration: 10min

    ABOUT EPISODE It’s important to understand that not all criticism is bad. Episode 3 takes a look at constructive criticism VS criticism. SHOW QUOTES Do you have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. – Frank A. Clark SHOW LINKSHow to Deal with Criticism Well: 25 Reasons to Embrace It

  • 2: Scarcity and Abundance in the Art World

    27/09/2019 Duration: 07min

    Ira Glass Video on “Good Taste” “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambiti

  • 1: Introduction to Create & Inspire

    27/09/2019 Duration: 11min

    ABOUT EPISODEHost Aunia Kahn tells you the story of her life, and how she has taken her inspirational lectures and turned them into a Podcast to inspire other creative people.. Create and Inspire is a Podcast hosted Aunia Kahn, that shares tips, tricks, and advice to help you MANIFEST your DREAMS.   

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