280: Inner Demons: The Real Ghosts Haunting Our Creative Process

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with host artist Miriam Schulman

Step into the shadows of creative uncertainty and unearth the chilling tales of artistic fears in our spine-tingling Halloween edition! Dive deep into the twisted intricacies of creativity and the haunting struggles that can accompany it. Let’s investigate the raw vulnerability behind the artistic process and shed light on the fears and doubts plaguing even the most seasoned artists, marketers, and entrepreneurs. Together, we will determine how to overcome spooky obstacles, reclaim your artistic prowess, and foster resilience in the face of creative nightmares.

“The real specter was the creative anxiety lurking in the shadows. It wasn’t just about having the time, it wasn’t about the distractions, it was about the chilling touch of fear and uncertainty.”- Miriam Schulman

In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Acknowledging and facing your fears, such as fear of failure, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and the comparison trap, will empower you to confront the inner demons of creative anxiety.
  • Imperfections are natural, and your past achievements serve as a reminder of your capabilities.
  • Actionable strategies for pushing through creative blocks.

“The real magic lay in facing my fears and chasing the ghosts away, and reclaiming my artist’s throne.”- Miriam Schulman

“If you have a skeleton in your closet, an anxiety in your closet, a fear in your closet, one of the best ways to vanquish that fear is to make fun of it.”- Miriam Schulman

Links Mentioned

🖌️ Art Supply List: Get the EXACT art supplies I use to create mixed media canvases.

📖 Artpreneur, by Miriam Schulman: The go-to handbook for artists aspiring to turn their passion into a sustainable and profitable career. This book offers inspiring stories and practical advice that empower artists to embrace a confident mindset and follow a clear path to creative and financial freedom.

🎨 Artist Incubator Coaching: Transform your art business by implementing the 5-part passion-to-profit framework so that you can finally earn a sustainable income from your art.

🖼️ Commissioned Portrait of Bunny & Dog: Visit my Instagram to check out the commissioned portrait referenced in this episode.

🎙️ Episode 276: How I Get So Much Done (Even with ADHD)

🎙️ Episode 254: 3 Common Internet Scams that Target Artists



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!

Icon with green headphones with red heart behind on the rightOn Art and Motherhood ☆☆☆☆☆
Encore: Integrate Motherhood with Art is just what I needed to hear today as I cleaned up from a busy morning with a baby and toddler wondering if I’d get to my art today. The encouragement to keep going and the affirmation that motherhood and being an artist absolutely do mix was like a calming deep breath for me. Thanks for sharing your experience Miriam!

~Erica, @darlinartstudio


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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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