2023 IP Podcast - Episode 260 - Creativity Loves Constraints - rectangle listen here

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Creativity thrives within the boundaries of constraints. It flourishes and reaches new heights when there are limitations in place. Have you ever noticed that having unlimited time, resources, or ideas can sometimes lead to a creative slump, leaving your mind scattered and unable to produce anything we like? 

In this episode, I delve into the power of constraints. How do they actually help us? What benefits do they bring? How can we intentionally impose constraints upon ourselves? 

“When you know what the limits are, you can explore different possibilities without the fear of failure.” – Miriam Schulman

In this podcast, you will discover…

Constraints imposed on your work increase your creativity by: 

  • focusing the mind 
  • facilitating originality 
  • encouraging risk-taking 
  • increasing resourcefulness 

“Make that commitment to yourself. Doing what you say you’ll do will increase your self-trust, which will ultimately increase your confidence.” – Miriam Schulman

As artists, we often find ourselves working under various forms of constraints, whether it’s limited time, resources, project requirements, or others’ ideas. However, we can also proactively practice self-imposed constraints to train our creativity and discover something new. I challenge you to experiment with some of the suggestions shared in this episode. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you can create, discovering something you didn’t even know you were capable of. 



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.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, 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. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. 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!

Every Episode Inspiring to Creatives!
The inspiration Place is a fabulous podcast! I am a student of Miriam’s Art Incubator program, and this is the perfect complement to keep me motivated! Unlike some, Miriam gives you all new information not just a regurgitation of what was in her or book or course. I bounce back-and-forth between the new episodes and the earlier ones, and I found at least one fantastic gem in each one. It gives me that extra nudge that I need to keep working towards my goal. I’m always taking notes, looking up her guests, and applying what I learn to my own art! Love it! Keep it up!

~ Tkstanderfer

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2 thoughts on “260: Creativity Loves Constraints”

  1. Thank you for this wonderful podcast! Very helpful to get me going. I bought your book last week. Seems I don’t stick to reading a book once I start, but your book, I haven’t put it down. I signed up for your boot camp, looking forward to the boot camp. Thank you very much!


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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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