039: Playing in the Creative Sandbox with Creativity Coach Melissa Dinwiddie

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Did you know creativity helps you in all areas of your life? Joining me in conversation is creativity coach and author Melissa Dinwiddie.


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Why it’s important not just to *get creating*, but also to share your work — *before* you feel ready.
  • How creative play actually restores energy to the part of your brain that controls your willpower
  • Strategies for letting go of “perfectionist paralysis”

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About Melissa Dinwiddie

A full-time freelance artist and calligrapher for 15 years, Melissa Dinwiddie is now chief instigator and lead facilitator of Creative Sandbox Solutions™, a creative consultancy that helps organizations build thriving creative cultures so they can improve productivity, retain great talent, enhance recruitment, boost profit, increase sales, and deliver exceptional service—all through the power of play!

She is also the founder of the Creative Sandbox Community, an online community and lab for women’s leadership through creative expression. Melissa hosts in-person creativity retreats, and is the host of the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast, and author of The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and Siberian cat, Nika, where she performs improv and plays ukulele in her not-so-copious spare time.

Instagram: @a_creative_life
Facebook: Living A Creative Life
Linkedin: melissadinwiddie

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies


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Listener shout out of the week!

“Soaking up the podcast Miriam! Love your delightful/authentic approach- don’t change a thing. Appreciate the variety of guests & their practical advice. Especially look for your episodes o the business of art. Keep up the great work!”

~Caron Loveless, hereugostudio.com


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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