The 21st Century Creative

The 21st Century Creative Podcast

Poet and creative coach Mark McGuinness shares insights to help you thrive as a 21st Century Creative. He also interviews leading creators in the arts and creative industries. Every guest sets you a Creative Challenge based on the theme of the interview.

Episode 50! Avoiding the Advice Trap with Michael Bungay Stanier
Today’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Michael Bungay Stanier, a returning guest whose interview way back in Season 1 proved very popular. And his book The Coaching Habit turned out to be even more popular, as it went on to sell three quarters of a million copies. Michael is back with some excellent […] The post Episode 50! Avoiding the Advice Trap with Michael Bungay Stanier appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.       Related StoriesThe 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal LaukThe...

The 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal Lauk
Today’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Krystal Lauk, an illustrator who took an unconventional path by creating illustrations for tech companies, and founded a studio that counts Google, Uber, Facebook and The New York Times among its clients. It’s a fascinating story of discovery and enterprise at what Krystal calls ‘the intersection of […] The post The 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal Lauk appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.       Related StoriesThe Adventure of Writing wit...

The 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal Lauk
Today’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Krystal Lauk, an illustrator who took an unconventional path by creating illustrations for tech companies, and founded a studio that counts Google, Uber, Facebook and The New York Times among its clients. It’s a fascinating story of discovery and enterprise at what Krystal calls ‘the intersection of […] The post The 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal Lauk appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.        Related StoriesThe Adventure of Writing wi...


Writing a World-Changing Book with Cynthia Morris
Today’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Cynthia Morris, a coach for creatives who shares insights on the book-writing process, based on her latest book The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book. So if you are contemplating writing a book – whether it’s your first one or your twenty-first – there is […] The post Writing a World-Changing Book with Cynthia Morris appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.          CommentsIn reply to Diane Reesor. Hi Diane, Thanks for taki...

The Adventure of Writing with Emily Kimelman
Today’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Emily Kimelman, a thriller author who has travelled the world in a boat and criss-crossed the USA in an Airstream trailer while writing and publishing her books, and selling hundreds of thousands of copies in the process. Emily’s adventurous spirit shines through in her writing as well […] The post The Adventure of Writing with Emily Kimelman appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.       Related StoriesThe 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal La...

Naomi Dunford on Marketing for Creatives
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Naomi Dunford, a contrarian marketing guru who has been ‘helping weirdos sell things on the internet’ for many years. So if you’re the kind of creator who loves making your work but hates the very idea of marketing, then I recommend you listen to what […] The post Naomi Dunford on Marketing for Creatives appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.        Related StoriesThe 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal LaukThe Adventure of Writing...


Naomi Dunford on Marketing for Creatives
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Naomi Dunford, a contrarian marketing guru who has been ‘helping weirdos sell things on the internet’ for many years. So if you’re the kind of creator who loves making your work but hates the very idea of marketing, then I recommend you listen to what […] The post Naomi Dunford on Marketing for Creatives appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.       Related StoriesThe 21st Century Illustrator with Krystal LaukThe Adventure of Writing ...

Making Music Sustainable with Steve Lawson
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Steve Lawson, a musician described by Bass Guitar magazine as “Britain’s most innovative bassist, no contest”. Instead of playing in a band as part of the rhythm section, the way bass players are supposed to, Steve is a solo artist, who creates what he describes […] The post Making Music Sustainable with Steve Lawson appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.       Related StoriesThe Adventure of Writing with Emily KimelmanThe 21st Centu...

Joanna Penn on Productivity and Audio for Creatives
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative Podcast is Joanna Penn, an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers and dark fantasy, which she writes as J.F. Penn. She is also known for dispensing information and inspiration for authors and creatives via her popular podcast The Creative Penn, and her […] The post Joanna Penn on Productivity and Audio for Creatives appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.          CommentsIn reply to Gladys Strickland. T...


Traditional Crafts in the 21st Century with Nick Hand
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative Podcast is Nick Hand, founder of The Department of Small Works and The Letterpress Collective, where he does amazing work with antique letterpress printing technology. He talks about the relationship between old and new technology, traditional crafts and the modern world, in an interview that draws on […] The post Traditional Crafts in the 21st Century with Nick Hand appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.          CommentsIn reply to Anne-Mare...

Marcus du Sautoy on AI and the Future of Creativity
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is the eminent Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, who takes us on a voyage through the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence (AI) and creativity, drawing on insights from his latest book The Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint and Think (Amazon US […] The post Marcus du Sautoy on AI and the Future of Creativity appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach.          CommentsAnd now, you can judge those things very n...

John T. Unger: 21st Century Artist
Today we kick off Season 5 of The 21st Century Creative, the podcast that helps you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the 21st Century. Our first guest is John T. Unger, an artist who makes art on a big scale, and who takes full advantage of the opportunities […] The post John T. Unger: 21st Century Artist appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Voicing Your Truth with Monique DeBose
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Monique DeBose, an award-winning singer-songwriter and playwright, who has toured throughout America, Europe, India and Asia. Her third album, The Sovereign One, debuted at No.2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Inspired by her experience of of what it means to be half African-American, half Irish-American, Monique […] The post Voicing Your Truth with Monique DeBose appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Bat-Signal Marketing for Creatives with Ilise Benun
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Ilise Benun, known as the Marketing Mentor. Ilise has spent over 30 years helping ‘the creatively self employed’ to succeed in business, and has written seven books and produced over 300 episodes of her Marketing Mentor podcast. Ilise is an in-demand conference speaker and is the […] The post Bat-Signal Marketing for Creatives with Ilise Benun appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as a Creative? with Deborah Henry-Pollard
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Deborah Henry-Pollard, a creative coach based in London who describes her work as ‘Using my skills to support creative people who make us see the world in another way’. She is also the author of a great book called What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as […] The post What’s Your Excuse for Not Succeeding as a Creative? with Deborah Henry-Pollard appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


The Freelance Way with Robert Vlach
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Robert Vlach, a business consultant who specializes in supporting independent professionals and business owners, and the author of a new book, The Freelance Way. Early in his career, he encountered the highs and lows of the freelance life, and as you’ll hear in the interview, […] The post The Freelance Way with Robert Vlach appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

The Essential Elements of a Successful Story with Erik Bork
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Erik Bork – a screenwriter, producer, script consultant and coach who has won two Emmy and two Golden Globe awards for his work on the HBO series Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. For each series he wrote multiple episodes and was […] The post The Essential Elements of a Successful Story with Erik Bork appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Mindful Drumming with Maria Bovin de Labbé
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Maria Bovin de Labbé, a Swedish drummer, artist and teacher, living on a peninsula in the Fjord of Oslo, Norway. She is best known for Mindful Drumming – an approach that is less about fast and furious rhythms and more about mindfulness, playfulness, lightness and […] The post Mindful Drumming with Maria Bovin de Labbé appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Peleg Top on Fear, Love, Money and Creativity
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Peleg Top, an artist, a writer, a speaker and an inspired guide who coaches creative professionals to succeed and become extraordinary leaders in the process. As you’ll hear in this interview, he started out as a graphic designer, breaking into the very competitive niche of […] The post Peleg Top on Fear, Love, Money and Creativity appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Good Little Wolf and Other Stories with Nadia Shireen
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Nadia Shireen, an award-winning and bestselling children’s author and illustrator. Her books include Good Little Wolf, The Bumblebear, The Cow Who Fell to Earth, and her latest, Billy and the Dragon, is released this summer. Nadia’s books have given a lot of pleasure to my own […] The post Good Little Wolf and Other Stories with Nadia Shireen appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

What Creators Can Learn from Adventurers with Alastair Humphreys
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative is Alastair Humphreys, a British adventurer and author whose latest book, My Midsummer Morning, recounts his attempt to busk his way across Spain with no money or credit cards, and only an upper beginner’s ability to play the violin. When he left college Alastair saw his friends […] The post What Creators Can Learn from Adventurers with Alastair Humphreys appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Brian Clark’s Career Advice for the Unemployable
Today we kick off Season 4 of The 21st Century Creative, the podcast that helps you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the 21st Century. Our first guest is Brian Clark, a writer and entrepreneur best known as the founder of the hugely influential website Copyblogger.com, which has been […] The post Brian Clark’s Career Advice for the Unemployable appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Storytelling: a Matter of Life and Death with CJ Lyons
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is CJ Lyons, a New York Times and USA Today thriller author who has sold more than 2.5 million books. She has won numerous awards, including the International Thriller Writers’ prestigious Thriller Award, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. Once […] The post Storytelling: a Matter of Life and Death with CJ Lyons appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Brutally Honest Advice for Your Creative Business with Emily Cohen
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is Emily Cohen, a consultant who provides strategic advice to principals of creative firms, and author of the book Brutally Honest. I first met Emily back in 2012 when we were both speaking at the HOW Design LIVE conference in Boston. I loved Emily’s no-nonsense attitude […] The post Brutally Honest Advice for Your Creative Business with Emily Cohen appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


How to Find the Heart to Start with David Kadavy
If you’ve ever looked at a blank screen or canvas or an empty rehearsal room or auditorium and felt paralysed with fear and self-doubt, then this week’s interview with David Kadavy is for you. It’s also for you if you find yourself looking at the achievements of your creative heroes and top performers in your […] The post How to Find the Heart to Start with David Kadavy appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

SheEO: Women Transforming Entrepreneurship with Vicki Saunders
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is Vicki Saunders, an entrepreneur, mentor, author and a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a means of positive transformation in the world. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She is […] The post SheEO: Women Transforming Entrepreneurship with Vicki Saunders appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

The Price of Being a High Performer with Rich Litvin
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is Rich Litvin, a coach who specialises in taking high achievers to the greatest levels of success. Rich’s coaching clients include Olympic athletes, Presidential candidates, Hollywood film directors, Special Forces operatives and serial entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of 4PC—a community of leaders, entrepreneurs and […] The post The Price of Being a High Performer with Rich Litvin appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


The Art of Not Falling Apart with Christina Patterson
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is Christina Patterson — writer, broadcaster and consultant, author of The Art of Not Falling Apart. I first came across Christina’s work at the turn of the millennium, when she was Director of the Poetry Society, one of the most venerable institutions in the poetry life […] The post The Art of Not Falling Apart with Christina Patterson appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Don’t Just Sell Something: Do Something! with David Hieatt
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is David Hieatt, entrepreneur, author, speaker and founder of The Do Lectures. In 1995 David and his wife Claire Hieatt founded Howies – a company making clothes for people engaged in outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, skateboarding and hiking. Howies was a disruptive company, making […] The post Don’t Just Sell Something: Do Something! with David Hieatt appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

The Healthy Creative with Joanna Penn
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, under the name JF Penn. Meanwhile as Joanna Penn, she is an expert on writing, publishing and marketing books, giving advice to authors via her non-fiction books, her e-learning courses and her popular podcast The […] The post The Healthy Creative with Joanna Penn appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Tyler Hobbs: an Artist Who Paints with Code
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Tyler Hobbs, a artist who creates stunning images by writing a computer program to generate each new artwork. A few months ago I was talking to a friend who suggested I check out the artwork of Tyler Hobbs, as an example of generative art. It […] The post Tyler Hobbs: an Artist Who Paints with Code appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Steven Pressfield on The Artist’s Journey
Today we kick off Season 3 of The 21st Century Creative, the podcast that helps you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the 21st Century. A new feature of the show this season is full transcripts of every interview. Lots of you have requested these, so I’m pleased to […] The post Steven Pressfield on The Artist’s Journey appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Your Free Copy of My New Book: 21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives
Today I have a gift for you – my new book, 21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives. You can pick it up for free from Amazon or other bookstores. So what’s the book about? It’s a compilation of the most powerful insights that have emerged from my coaching conversations with creative professionals over the past […] The post Your Free Copy of My New Book: <em>21 Insights for 21st Century Creatives</em> appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Creating a Business You Are Proud of with Patricia van den Akker
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Patricia van den Akker, the Director of The Design Trust, an organisation based in London with a mission to help designers and makers ‘create a business they are proud of’. Patricia is also the author of Dream Plan Do, an annual planner journal to help […] The post Creating a Business You Are Proud of with Patricia van den Akker appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Making Better Choices When it Matters with Sara Milne Rowe
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Sara Milne Rowe, one of the leading performance coaches in the UK and the founder of the company Coaching Impact, and the author of The SHED Method: Making Better Choices When It Matters. She works with senior leaders and teams in the creative and media […] The post Making Better Choices When it Matters with Sara Milne Rowe appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Josh Szeps on 21st Century Media: TV, Radio, Podcasting and Beyond
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Josh Szeps, a TV and radio host, political commentator and comedian, and creator of the podcast #WeThePeople LIVE. Josh hails from Australia and has spent the last few years living and working in the United States. He was one of the founding hosts of HuffPost […] The post Josh Szeps on 21st Century Media: TV, Radio, Podcasting and Beyond appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


DIY Professional Development for Creatives with Gabriela Pereira
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Gabriela Pereira, a writer and teacher who is on a mission ‘to empower writers to take an entrepreneurial approach to their education and professional growth’. Having earned her own MFA – which for those of us outside the US, is a Master of Fine Arts […] The post DIY Professional Development for Creatives with Gabriela Pereira appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

The Business of Sharing Joy with Daniel Boettcher
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Daniel Boettcher, the founder of The Intrepid Wendell, a bespoke jewellery salon in Washington, DC. If you visit Daniel’s website you’ll see he greets his visitors with the words ‘We love to share your joy’ – this is the guiding principle of Daniel’s business and […] The post The Business of Sharing Joy with Daniel Boettcher appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

The Entrepreneur Ethos with Jarie Bolander
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Jarie Bolander, a serial entrepreneur, living in San Francisco who has started and run several businesses in the tech, medical and PR sectors. His latest book is The Entrepreneur Ethos: How to Build a More Ethical, Inclusive, and Resilient Entrepreneur Community. Jarie is inventor or […] The post The Entrepreneur Ethos with Jarie Bolander appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Poetry as Discovery with Mimi Khalvati
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Mimi Khalvati, one of the foremost poets currently writing in the UK. Mimi was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on the Isle of Wight in England. She is the author of eight collections of poetry published by Carcanet and the editor of several […] The post Poetry as Discovery with Mimi Khalvati appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Todd Henry: Leading Creatives Is Like Herding Tigers
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Todd Henry, a speaker, advisor to creative companies, and the author of a string of best-selling books for creatives, including The Accidental Creative, Die Empty and Louder than Words. I joked with Todd that he is also the grandaddy of creative podcasters – he has […] The post Todd Henry: Leading Creatives Is Like Herding Tigers appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Javier Weyler: A Journey into Sound
This week’s guest on The 21st Century Creative podcast is Javier Weyler, musician, composer and music designer. Born in Argentina and raised in Venezuela, he achieved national fame with the band Claroscuro before moving to the UK in 2000. Javier will need no introduction for fans of Stereophonics – he was the band’s drummer for […] The post Javier Weyler: A Journey into Sound appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Tina Roth Eisenberg’s Labours of Love – Kicking off Season 2 of The 21st Century Creative Podcast
Welcome to the start of Season 2 of The 21st Century Creative, the podcast that helps you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the 21st Century. It’s taken several months, many hours of work, and in the case of one interview, several thousand air miles, to put the new […] The post Tina Roth Eisenberg’s Labours of Love – Kicking off Season 2 of The 21st Century Creative Podcast appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Creating a Job that Doesn’t Exist with Aileen Bennett
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Aileen Bennett, Roving Creative Director and Idea Thinker Upper. In today’s interview, we tackle a question that many creative people struggle with – what do you do when you look at the jobs on offer, and none of them seem the right fit? Not even […] The post Creating a Job that Doesn’t Exist with Aileen Bennett appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Freeing the Natural Voice with Kristin Linklater
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Kristin Linklater, the world-renowned teacher of voice work for actors and speakers, and the author of Freeing the Natural Voice and Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice. I recorded this interview at Kristin’s Linklater Voice Centre, in her native Orkney, at the end of a week-long course on […] The post Freeing the Natural Voice with Kristin Linklater appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


The Floatation Tank: a Short Cut to Your Superpower? with Nick Dunin
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Nick Dunin, co-founder of Beyond Rest, a company that operates float centres in three Australian cities. Nick is on a mission to help people get in touch with their best selves via floating. He’s also had a very unusual journey as an entrepreneur and he […] The post The Floatation Tank: a Short Cut to Your Superpower? with Nick Dunin appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Kill Email Anxiety and Do More Meaningful Work with Jocelyn K. Glei
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Jocelyn K. Glei, Founding Editor of 99U, author of Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done, and host of the Hurry Slowly podcast. Jocelyn was instrumental in turning 99U into the iconic brand for creatives it is today – […] The post Kill Email Anxiety and Do More Meaningful Work with Jocelyn K. Glei appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Say Less, Ask More and Communicate Better with Michael Bungay Stanier
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Michael Bungay Stanier, Founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps people and organizations all over the world do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for its coaching programs that give busy leaders the […] The post Say Less, Ask More and Communicate Better with Michael Bungay Stanier appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


The Successful Creative Mindset with Joanna Penn
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Joanna Penn, a best-selling, award-nominated thriller writer, as well as a publishing expert and host of The Creative Penn Podcast. Joanna is here to talk about mindset for creatives – specifically, the attitudes and ambitions that distinguish creatives who struggle from those who succeed – […] The post The Successful Creative Mindset with Joanna Penn appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Designing a Global Small Business with Laurie Millotte
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Laurie Millotte, designer and founder of Outshinery.com. On a round-the-world tip, Laurie spent time in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico and other countries. And not only did she manage to keep running her existing design business from her laptop, she designed and created an entirely […] The post Designing a Global Small Business with Laurie Millotte appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

How Virtual Reality Will Shape Our Future with Fabrice Bourrelly
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Fabrice Bourrelly, artist, architect and Virtual Reality designer. As Fabrice talks about his development as a creator, the conversation ranges from the cave paintings of southern France, to raves in 90s Paris, collaboration with Thomas Heatherwick, Google and Epic Games, and how virtual reality will […] The post How Virtual Reality Will Shape Our Future with Fabrice Bourrelly appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....


Steven Pressfield on Truth and Fiction
This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative Podcast is Steven Pressfield, author of the creativity classic The War of Art and a string of other bestselling fiction and nonfiction books. In today’s show Steve talks about his latest novel, The Knowledge, which he describes as “the origin story of The War of Art“, based […] The post Steven Pressfield on Truth and Fiction appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....

Introducing the 21st Century Creative Podcast, with Scott Belsky on Creative Community
Today is the launch of my podcast The 21st Century Creative. It’s designed to help you thrive as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions and opportunities of the brave new world of the 21st century. We’re living at a time of unprecedented opportunity for enterprising, outward-looking creators. And you’ve probably noticed we don’t have […] The post Introducing the 21st Century Creative Podcast, with Scott Belsky on Creative Community appeared first on Mark McGuinness | Creative Coach....