Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Freelance and Isolation - by Deborah Cuneo

Isolation is simply a given for a freelance creative. I really do spend the majority of my waking hours in my studio, by myself. And while my dog and cat are always happy to keep me company, neither one is much of a conversationalist!

My Studio Buddies...guess who's the Alpha!

Whether I'm cleaning up a piece of art, gathering materials or even just need to stand up and walk away from what I'm working on for 15 minutes, I can always make a phone call and get some human interaction. The rest of the time, I'm concentrating and interaction with anything other than what I'm working on, is just not possible. That's when I turn to the internet!

Working on Character Sheets

Since I've been freelancing for quite a few years, I've had the pleasure of listening to tons of  music, pod casts, talks and interviews on many different topics, as I work. As with anything, I've discovered some are good, some not so good and some are standouts to me.  I've also discovered that I've become a bit of a Ted Talk junkie! Below are a few interesting talks (somewhat relevant to our field) that I've listened to over the years and thought I'd share. 

Disclaimer...I just want to point out that my intention by sharing these, is not to force anyone to subscribe to a certain way of thinking. I listen to these talks simply for an interesting human voice in all those hours of creative solitude. For me, whether I agree with everything they've said or not, I find these make me think and in the end, there is always something positive to take away from it. If you choose to listen to them as well, I hope you'll do so in that same vein!

 I'd love to hear your thoughts on these and please feel free to share any talks or podcasts that you've enjoyed. I'm always up for some new things to listen to while I create! (You can put your suggestions in the comment section of this post.)


Blog: Creating Out Loud
Twitter: @debcuneoart 
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  1. I like listening to the podcasts at Also the Will Terry podcasts.

    1. Thanks for sharing that. I've heard a couple from both places and they were great. I'll have to revisit those sites!!

  2. I have recently begun listening to talk radio programs when I drive. Some are interesting, some not so much! But I learn something from each one.

    1. I always welcome the opportunity to learn something new and when I can do that while I work...BONUS!!

  3. I love this post, Deborah :) I LOVE TED talks and podcasts :D I actually did a post on podcasts (have a few I need to add) so you may find it a good resource on a lot of good ones. I'm sure you're aware of Matthew Winner and Nick Patton (All the Wonders), but may not know all the others. And here are a few TED talks that popped to mind:

    J. K. Rowling

    Linda Sue Park

    Mac Barnett

    Jarrett J. Krosoczka


    1. Also, keep in mind that on the "All the Wonders" page, there's a link to Matthew's previous "Let's Get Busy" podcasts. Just fantastic. There are SO many amazing ones, but the first ones that come to mind are Dan Santat's on both sites. On "Let's Get Busy" he discussed BEEKLE. His recent one at All the Wonders, he discussed AFTER THE FALL. Wonderful :)

    2. Wow, these are great,thanks so much for sharing!!I'll be sure to look all these up, as well as more of All the Wonders podcasts. And many thanks for sharing your blog post with me. I'm going to head over there as well!