Helping you make your creativity a career. Creativity and entrepreneurship are both integral to seeing that happen. In each episode, we hone our skills to win the day.
Each week, we gather "maturing in Christ for the sake of the world." These messages help us engage with God and one another along the way. Join us.
Cole is a actor, speaker, musician, and creator and the Executive Director of the Creative City Project. In this podcast, he shares the story of IMMERSE and lessons entrepreneurs can learn about building their own creativity and business.
The world seems to be getting louder. Not just louder in sound, but louder visually and mentally as well. Distractions abound. It’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation, concentrate on a single thought, or focus on an assignment or project for more than a few minutes without something or someone interrupting. The buzz or chime of an incoming text message, an alert of someone commenting on an Instagram post, or the ‘ding’ of an email that requires immediate action. Quiet time seems to ...
Curation is something we all do as artists — curating environments and experiences as we present our art. The same is true for life. As we take an active role in life, we start determining the mental, emotional and physical spaces we inhabit. When we do that, it sets us on the path toward greater creative fulfillment.…
We see it in fantasy all the time. Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka — authors who have created fantastic worlds and transport us into them. But what if we could also use our art to paint a picture of a different reality here and now? This week we talk about how to transform the world with our art.…
"Lamentations is not just a personal cry of repentance. It’s a cry for a people who have veered off the rails because they felt entitled to God’s favor, or simply left Him behind when they hit a wall." - Ryan Adams
Remember that feeling of being a kid… thinking one day you would be an ‘adult.’ But it never comes. Life is just one continuous journey. There’s never a clear switch. The same is true for us as artists. This week, we talk about some things that might help us take a breath and relax.By Cole NeSmith
"Repenting our sin, releases us a bit from the tight grip we have on the lie that we hold our own worth in what we do, our own success in how we act, and our own redemption in our successes. Each time we realize a small part of that is a lie, we look to God instead of our own self." - Jenna Wimmer
When we notice our audience, it will inform us of a lot. This week, we explore 4 things to notice that will help us make art that connects with people more powerfully.By Cole NeSmith
"To Lament is to be totally honest, fully human, and deeply faithful. " - Shavier Martinez
Last week, we talked about taking creative risks. This week, we explore just some of the rewards that come from that kind of life. Sure, we might make money or be able to curate our own schedules a bit more. But there’s so much richness that comes from a creative life.By Cole NeSmith
"The Christian journey is one in which we learn to integrate joy and suffering." - Ryan Adams
The creative life is a risky one. These 4 ideas will help us get more comfortable with risk-taking. They also might help take our creativity to the next level!By Cole NeSmith
"Life is hard, but we’ve got Jesus and one another to strengthen us as we press on." - Ryan Adams
People aren’t looking for us to be perfect. They are looking for us to be honest. When it comes to connecting with an audience, honesty is a really powerful bridge. This week, we explore how to develop a deeper level of honesty. In the end, it frees us to be better artists and more open humans.By Cole NeSmith
"Faith is trust in Who God is and active participation in His story, especially when the going gets tough." - Ryan Adams
At some point, most creative people end up doing some client work. It can be a really wonderful process. In this episode we talk about a few things to be on the lookout for and some practical ways to make the client process amazing!By Cole NeSmith
"People with the gift of Mercy put the bleeding heart of Jesus on display, and remind us why we do what we do in the Kingdom." - Ryan Adams
"The gift of hospitality celebrates in others the fundamental worthiness of being human; people with the gift of giving show us that everything we have belongs to God and can be used for His Kingdom." -Ryan Adams
We’ve all been experiencing a lot. This week, we talk about how we embrace all those (sometimes conflicting) emotions and look forward. How de we get started again?By Cole NeSmith
Being an artist is an emotional journey as much as it is a creative one. As we experience pain, that can be a powerful tool in creating meaningful work. But there’s another half to pain… healing. In this episode we talk about the wholeness that comes from learning how to heal.By Cole NeSmith
"The gift of hospitality celebrates in others the fundamental worthiness of being human; people with the gift of giving show us that everything we have belongs to God and can be used for His Kingdom." - Ryan Adams
Making things and releasing them takes courage. Attempting to bring your creative dreams to life puts you as some risk. When we’re prepared mentally and emotionally, it makes it more likely that we’ll take courage and press through. This week, we talk about how to develop that kind of creative courage.…
"The spiritual gifts are meant to help God bring the world back to its “original goodness”. Healing, Miracles, and Deliverance engage the work to be done beyond the physical realm." - Ryan Adams
The times will go up and down. How can you endure the down times as an artist? This week, we talk about some attributes that help us stay top of the list when someone is looking to hire or commission an artist.By Cole NeSmith
"The gift of exhortation helps us all to grow in health through encouragement and empowerment." - Ryan Adams
This week, Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek made some comments that got a lot of artists fired up. In this week’s episode, we take a look at Ek’s assertion that musicians can’t get by on releasing music every 3 or 4 years. And we ask, “what does it mean to engage an audience?”By Cole NeSmith
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. - Ephesians. 4:11…
Melissa's son Cannon was 20 months old when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, at the time she was 38 weeks pregnant with twin boys. Melissa took me for a drive in her minivan — her quiet place — and told me the story of getting through this challenging time, healing her son, and how it led to the start of the non-profit organization that now fu…
We all have creative dreams. But how do we make those creative dreams a reality? This week, we answer just that. By aligning our external reality with what we say we want, we get a ton of traction and things start to change.By Cole NeSmith
"Wisdom, discernment, and knowledge are the navigational gifts intended to keep us grounded to what God is doing in the moment." Kaye-Alese Green
Don’t get distracted. Once we focus in on the direction we want to go creatively, we can being cutting out the things that distract us. In this episode we talk about two important questions to ask. We also talk about practical ways to let go of something that isn’t serving us.By Cole NeSmith
"Intercessors intuitively understand the needs of those around them and address those needs in service and prayer." - Ryan Adams
It’s easy to get caught up in all the inputs around us. But bringing your creative dreams to life is all about giving yourself space to dream. In this episode, we talk about 4 ways to create that space so you can thrive.By Cole NeSmith
"Pastors remind us our faith is not an ideology to be held, but a story to be lived." - Ryan Adams
As artists, there are tons of people we can connect with to help bring our creative dreams to life. Sometimes that can feel like a black hole. But we believe you don’t have to fight so hard to build those relationships. In this interview with author, James Carbary, he give practical advice from his book, “Content-Based Networking.”…
"Teachers immerse us in God’s Story so that we can interpret our lives in light of His truth and love." - Ryan Adams
We’ve heard it said, “quality over quantity.” Not so with our creative dreams. Quality is actually birthed from quantity. In this episode we talk about how regular rhythms can help us create our best work.By Cole NeSmith
"Evangelism is teaching the Gospel with the hope of transformation." - Steve Whimmer
We might be tempted to swing, like a pendulum, from one extreme to the other. We can have intense times of working and then prolonged seasons of not. In this episode, we talk about practicals ways to strike a balance and develop great habits toward consistency.By Cole NeSmith
"Prophets speak what God is saying, in order to build culture. They receive solutions from the Lord to overcome obstacles to accomplish the impossible." - Sam Blommel
Artists throughout time have challenged the way things were. We have the opportunity to speak into culture and evoke change. This week, we explore a few artists who have transformed the world with their art. And we ask 4 questions to help us do the same.By Cole NeSmith
"Apostles are spiritual entrepreneurs who enter into spaces where the Kingdom of God is yet to be revealed." - Ryan Adams
Lots of helpful content from Eric’s story. At 13, he decided he wanted to become a full time musician. We learn from Eric’s story as he builds the Brooklyn Knights and ascends to become the Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Through hundreds of creative collaborations and lots of hard work, Eric build a creative career that he’s …
"God has equipped each of us specifically to demonstrate His love to the world around us." - Ryan Adams
Art has always played an important role in transforming culture, in sparking change in society. In this episode, we talk about 4 things we can implement into our practice to create art that transforms the world in a meaningful way.By Cole NeSmith
God starts by saving his own people; we need Him to do the same today. The Spirit leads us to repent for our idolatry and pride.
Fear is real. But it’s also completely imaginary. What we do with our fear will affect our ability to live out our creative passions. In this episode, we talk about some helpful realities of fear. Then Cole shares 3 things we can do when we’re afraid.By Cole NeSmith
"A lifestyle of worship binds us closer to God and to one another as we grow together."
Sometimes, we have this picture of the life of an artist being drugs, sex, rock n roll. Or a writer, living a peaceful life in a cabin in the woods. Of course, both of these things can be true, but there’s another side of building a creative career — hard work. In this week’s episode, we look at what gardening can teach us about cultivating a thriv…
"We are called to live radically generous in order to look more like Jesus."
Commissioned projects can be a great source of revenue for artists. Toni Sikes has spent life helping artists find work and navigate the process. In this conversation, we talk about how to get work and get it done!By Cole NeSmith
"Prayer Is The Key That Unlocks Heaven’s Power To Be Released On Earth" - Nichole Ponder