The Bold Creatives Collective PodcastExplicit

by TJ Walsh

The BOLD CREATIVES COLLECTIVE is building a community to address issues, challenges, and benefits of creative leadership.

Listen in and join the collective as we discuss topics and share strategies that will help us all become better creative leaders and pursue our creative passions.

Each episode gives you a front row seat to conversations with successful musicians, producers, actors, visual arti ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • Aunt Mary Pat & the Art of Positive Impact featuring Troy Hendrickson

    Aunt Mary Pat & the Art of Positive Impact featuring Troy Hendrickson

    On this episode of the BCC Podcast join TJ as he chats with Troy David Hendrickson, the creative genius behind Aunt Mary Pat! Troy opens up about the transformative power of Aunt Mary Pat and the positive impact she's had on people's lives. Reflecting on the challenges of navigating the ever-evolving world of drag outside of traditional safe spaces, he discusses the profound impact of using comedy to educate and foster understanding. TJ had fun chatting with Troy about the changing landscape of community building, drawing parallels between our pre-internet upbringing and the transformative possibilities of online platforms today. He emphasizes the progress we've made while acknowledging the not-so-pretty aspects that have surfaced in the digital age. Troy and TJ explore the importance of focusing on the positive amidst the negativity, showcasing heartwarming messages from parents whose perspectives were shifted through Aunt Mary Pat's unique blend of comedy and education. The discussion delves into the profound influence artists can have on shaping societal perceptions, and Troy shares the personal connection that fuels the authenticity of Aunt Mary Pat. As the conversation weaves through the delicate balance of shedding light on the shadow side of societal challenges and uplifting audiences with humor, Troy emphasizes the character's roots in his own remarkable mother—a salt-of-the-earth, accepting, and welcoming person. Troy's storytelling takes us on a journey of art imitating life, imitating art—a testament to the power of authenticity and relatability in creative expression. Get ready for an episode that explores the transformative potential of comedy, the influence of supportive figures in our lives, and the nuanced ways art can connect with our deepest emotions. ** Troy Hendrickson (he/him) is a professional drag performer based out of Wilmington, DE. You can catch him hosting shows and events all over the tri-state area. He was named one of Delaware’s most influential people for 2022 as well Philly’s Comedian of the year for 2021 and 2022. He is known for impersonations and comedic performances, such as his viral character Aunt Mary Pat. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to Disney theme parks, spending time with his kids and raising funds to help LGBTQ+ youth. ** Aunt Mary Pat's IG TJ's Coaching IG TJ's Art IG https://www.tjwalshcoaching.com/ Host & Producer: TJ Walsh Engineer: Daisy James

  • Art, Motherhood, & Redemption: A Bold Creative Revival featuring Krista Dedrick-Lai

    Art, Motherhood, & Redemption: A Bold Creative Revival featuring Krista Dedrick-Lai

    On this episode of the Bold Creatives Collective Podcast, I'm excited to bring you a powerful and deeply personal conversation with artist Krista Dedrick-Lai. This discussion was part of my original Bold Creatives Collective Salon Conversation series, conducted in 2021. During the conversation, Krista shares her profound connection with art, which rekindled her creative spirit. She reflects on the period leading up to the birth of her child, where she grappled with self-doubt and felt unable to give herself permission to create just for herself. However, her love for her child became a driving force to rediscover her artistic identity. Krista explains, "I need to be a badass. You know? This kid deserves the best parent that I can be." We also discuss how Krista's journey through motherhood guided her back to her calling. Krista's story, filled with resilience and determination, provides an inspiring example of rediscovering one's creative passion and identity. Krista Dedrick-Lai (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work confronts the every day struggles of motherhood, domesticity, and being human. Through honest painterly application, Krista reveals, questions, and normalizes the taboo brokenness of the every day. *** THE CREATIVE CONVERGENCE SALON!After the past few years, I’m so ready for a connection that exists outside the confines of ones and zeroes and pixels. The ability to remain connected online has been amazing and there is still room for that, but, as someone who longs for a deeper connection with fellow creators, its time for more. So I decided to do something about it, and the Creative Convergence Salon is that something. This unique gathering isn't just about brushes, paints, and canvases; it's about forging connections, sparking inspiration, and creating a vibrant artistic community IRL. The Creative Convergence Salon is an opportunity for you to step into a world where your artistry and desire to connect merge, and where your creative spirit finds its home - because the creative spirit lives in a community, not in a silo. November 17, 2023 5-7 PM (ET) Paradigm Gallery + Studio $40 Space at this intimate inaugural event is limited, so don’t waste time hovering over the button. Click it now and claim your spot! *** Krista's IG Krista's Website TJ's Coaching IG TJ's Art IG https://www.tjwalshcoaching.com/ Host & Producer: TJ Walsh Engineer: Daisy James

  • Empowering Young Lives: The Role of Books in Building Resilience & Identity featuring Matthew Paul Turner

    Empowering Young Lives: The Role of Books in Building Resilience & Identity featuring Matthew Paul Turner

    On this episode of the BCC Podcast, we sit down with renowned children's book author, Matthew Paul Turner and explore the impact his work has on young readers AND the children within us all. Matthew and I discuss the current challenges children face in diverse environments, addressing issues like stress, overwhelm, and unique obstacles experienced by children of color, those with different abilities, LGBTQ kids, and others. He passionately highlights the essential role of empowering words in building up young minds, instilling confidence, and guiding them through the complexities of life. Matthew shares his personal journey, revealing that while he initially thought he was writing for his own kids, he was also speaking to the inner child within himself that yearned for affirmation and acceptance. He speaks to the emotional depth woven into his books and how they provide healing and inspiration for readers of all ages.Join us for a conversation that explores the transformative power of children's literature, the emotional resonance of storytelling, and the affirmation of worth that we all seek. Matthew Paul Turner (he/him) is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Is God Like? as well as When God Made You and When I Pray for You. When the father of three isn’t writing books, he’s photographing interesting people and places, practicing wood carving, and watching his children play soccer. *** THE CREATIVE CONVERGENCE SALON!After the past few years, I’m so ready for a connection that exists outside the confines of ones and zeroes and pixels. The ability to remain connected online has been amazing and there is still room for that, but, as someone who longs for a deeper connection with fellow creators, its time for more. So I decided to do something about it, and the Creative Convergence Salon is that something. This unique gathering isn't just about brushes, paints, and canvases; it's about forging connections, sparking inspiration, and creating a vibrant artistic community IRL. The Creative Convergence Salon is an opportunity for you to step into a world where your artistry and desire to connect merge, and where your creative spirit finds its home - because the creative spirit lives in a community, not in a silo. November 17, 2023 5-7 PM (ET) Paradigm Gallery + Studio $40 Space at this intimate inaugural event is limited, so don’t waste time hovering over the button. Click it now and claim your spot! *** Matthew's IG TJ's Coaching IG TJ's Art IG https://www.tjwalshcoaching.com/ Host & Producer: TJ Walsh Engineer: Daisy James

  • MonkeyBoys Unveiled: Peeking Behind the Puppetry Curtain featuring Marc Petrosino & Michael Latini

    MonkeyBoys Unveiled: Peeking Behind the Puppetry Curtain featuring Marc Petrosino & Michael Latini

    On this episode, listen to my conversation with the talented duo behind MonkeyBoys Productions, Marc Petrosino and Michael Latini. These Emmy-nominated puppetry masters and co-founders of MonkeyBoys share their incredible journey through the world of puppetry, creativity, and creative business ownership. 🚀 Discover the importance of understanding and fighting for your creative worth, even in the early stages of your career. 🚀 Learn how to strike the balance between taking calculated risks and securing fair compensation for your artistic talents. 🚀 Uncover the power of strategic investments in your own development, as MonkeyBoys reveal their approach to hands-on learning and innovation. 🚀 Explore real-world examples of how embracing opportunities for growth can lead to more significant doors opening in your creative career. Whether you're an emerging artist or an established creator, their insights will empower you to unlock your creative worth and embark on a path to endless possibilities. Marc Petrosino (he/him), is an Emmy-nominated designer, puppeteer, builder, and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions who, as a child, was heavily influenced by Sesame Street & The Muppets, as well as many talented family members and friends. Marc’s hand has made several ‘appearances’ on film in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (TriStar Pictures), and on television, on Saturday Night Live! (NBC), Sesame Street (PBS), Blue’s Room (Nick Jr.), Crank Yankers (Comedy Central), Elmo’s Christmas Countdown (ABC), and with The Muppets on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC). He has also appeared onstage in Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway & First National Tour), Anthony Minghella’s Madama Butterfly (The Metropolitan Opera), three separate Young People’s Concerts at Carnegie Hall, During his career, Marc has also worked as a builder and/or designer on many projects, including Saturday Night Live! (NBC), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), The Today Show (NBC), and more. Michael Latini (he/him), is an Emmy-nominated designer, puppeteer, fabricator, and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions who has always played with and taken apart toys. Around the age of 12, he started performing in school shows, doodling during class, and working with his carpenter father. These passions, along with his love of the amazing practical effects films of the 80s & 90s, led him to the puppetry industry after getting his degree in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from @tyler_artandarchitecture. His puppetry career began as “Bear” in the Bear in the Big Blue House Live, national tour in 2001 and he’s been lucky to work with many shows and productions since then. Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Johnny & the Sprites, Sesame Street, Walking with Dinosaurs LIVE, How to Train Your Dragon LIVE, The Muppets, Helpsters, & Saturday Night Live. Check out MBPDIY Puppet Kits! They are a great way for you to create your own puppet, and learn some fabrication skills along the way. MonkeyBoys' Website TJ's Coaching IG TJ's Art IG https://www.tjwalshcoaching.com/ Host & Producer: TJ Walsh Engineer: Daisy James

  • Creativity & Anxiety: Finding Harmony in the Creative Chaos featuring Dr. Bobbi Ballard

    Creativity & Anxiety: Finding Harmony in the Creative Chaos featuring Dr. Bobbi Ballard

    In this episode, we delve into a topic that's near and dear to many of us in the creative world – anxiety. As creatives, we often find ourselves walking a fine line between passion and anxiety, and Dr. Bobbi Ballard and I explore this delicate balance. We touch upon the heightened sensitivity and intuition that creative individuals possess, likening it to having antennas finely tuned to the world's energy and stimuli. Our conversation explores the dilemma faced by artists and multi-passionate creatives. On one hand, the anxiety that stems from not creating is all too real, but on the other hand, the vulnerability of sharing our creations can be equally daunting. We discuss how being part of a supportive community of like-minded creatives can provide comfort and encouragement, allowing us to step into vulnerability before taking the leap into the public eye. But that's not all – we also dig into a crucial distinction between the normal nervousness that often accompanies creative work and clinical anxiety. Bobbi shares her insights on how to differentiate between the two and offers guidance on seeking help when anxiety begins to impede daily life. Join us as we navigate the fine line between creativity and anxiety, sharing stories, insights, and strategies to help you thrive as a creative individual. Dr. Bobbi Ballard (she/her) is a psychologist and an artist. At various times, she's been a drummer in post-punk bands, cellist, floral designer, painter, knitter, and jewelry maker. Bobbi is currently neck-deep in digital art and repeating designs in Adobe Illustrator. Her doctoral dissertation research studied musical performance anxiety in rock musicians. It was inspired by her own musical performance anxiety, as well as talking to other bands about their experiences with anxiety. Being creative is a part of what keeps Dr. Ballard healthy and thriving. Bobbi's favorite part of her work as a psychologist is connecting with people and helping them suffer less and experience increased creativity, joy and ease. Get Bobbi's FREE download: "Anxious Artist's 1-Minute Mindset Shift" to learn a 3-step process to get unstuck from anxiety that can be implemented in 1 minute. Bobbi's IG TJ's Coaching IG TJ's Art IG https://www.tjwalshcoaching.com/ Host & Producer: TJ Walsh Engineer: Daisy James