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The Breakthrough Creative
The Breakthrough Creative
John McDavitt

The Breakthrough Creative with host John McDavitt is for the Creative Entrepreneur as we look behind the scenes at the ‘business of... more

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100. Greg Nicolett: Film & TV Composer

My guest today for our 100th episode is film & TV Composer, Greg Nicolett. Greg shares about his career, finding... more

30 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
99. The Costs of Starting Your Creative Business

Anytime you decide to do something worthwhile it comes at a cost - energy, resources, pain. AND, if you stick... more

05 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
98. Learn Public Speaking Skills and Become Unstoppable

If you learn the Skill of Public Speaking you will be able to represent yourself to individual clients (super important),... more

21 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
97. The extraordinary benefits of FLEXIBILTY in Business (recorded by the ocean)

Flexibility is an underrated and under appreciated resource. Why you should intentionally work to have flexibility in your professional life.... more

17 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
96. Thoughts on Licensing Art, Working in a Studio Environment and Stories from the Working World

It's been a little while... I wanted to check in on the episode to share my thoughts on licensing, social... more

11 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
95. FLASHBACK: Kate Sartorious, Cake and Sugar Artist

I interviewed Cake and Sugar Artist, Kate Sartorious, about her career in March of 2020 and wanted to share it... more

09 May 2022 · 47 minutes
94. Licensed Star Wars Artist, Dawn Murphy

Dawn Murphy is a freelance artist currently residing in the Chicagoland area. She specializes in portraiture and costume illustration with... more

04 May 2022 · 50 minutes
93. Are you a professional or a hobbyist? (you need to know)

It’s cool if you want to be an artist. It’s cool if that’s your hobby. But you need to be... more

14 Mar 2022 · 6 minutes
SEVEN Great Reasons to Work for a Company Before You Start Your Own Business (and join the new Facebook group)

Please join 'THE BREAKTHROUGH CREATIVE' FACEBOOK GROUP. I'm looking forward to meeting you there. Episode 92: There are lots of... more

04 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
91. Apprentice to Pro: Tattoos with Mikey Wheeler

Mikey Wheeler is a professional tattooist who shares his journey from sandwich maker to apprentice to pro! Mikey also goes... more

16 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
90. Finding Your Style with Kunal Kundu: Crumpled Paper Artist

How does one find their creative style? How does one achieve their first published book? Kunal Kundu has done both!... more

31 Jan 2022 · 53 minutes
89. Why you should become an ARTIST & DESIGNER, SCOPE CREEP & SOFT SKILLS

I share my thoughts on... (1:22) The Benefits of Becoming an ARTIST & DESIGNER (15:55) Managing SCOPE CREEP (22:12) SOFT... more

07 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
88. BEST OF 2021: How to Price Your Work, Managing Your Workload & Finding Your Niche - A Q&A Coaching Episode

This is The Breakthrough Creative's most dowloaded episode of 2021. Worth another listen - Ep 44 (2021) In my first Q&A... more

30 Dec 2021 · 57 minutes
87. How Airbrushing Changed My Life (and how it can change yours, too)

Hey Breakthrough Creative Friends! This episode is about how my experience with airbrushing led to so many different opportunities in... more

20 Dec 2021 · 35 minutes
86. Carlos Huante: The Creature Design process on MIB, Prometheus & IT

Carlos Huante, master creature concept designer, is back! You have seen his amazing creature designs in some of the biggest... more

07 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
85. THREE MUST-DO Practices with NEW CLIENTS

There are 3 MUST-DO practices you need to know and do with each new client to nurture your business relationship.... more

29 Nov 2021 · 18 minutes
84. Latitude, Attitude & Gratitude

Hi dear listener... This episode is about how our ups and downs, our attitudes and our gratitude along the way... more

25 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
83. I Explain my Disappearance (Covid) and Share My Haunted House Story

I explain my recent disappearance (Covid) and share my Haunted House Story (Art work and Income involved). Missed you all.

10 Nov 2021 · 17 minutes
82. Paul Katte, co-founder Make-Up Effects Group (The Matrix, I, Frankenstein and Childhood's End)

Paul Katte is the co-founder of MEG, Make-Up Effects Group, in Sydney, Australia. Paul and his partner, Nick, have created... more

18 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
81. Ray Villafane: Halloween Pumpkin Carver and Master Sculptor

Ray Villafane is a master sculptor and pumpkin carver. He shares his journey the mindset it takes to become a... more

11 Oct 2021 · 54 minutes
80. Michael Spooner: Animation World Design for Hotel Transylvania 2

Michael Spooner is an Animation World Designer. You can hear more about Michael's career in the previous episode (#79). In... more

04 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
79. Michael Spooner: Animation Video Development Designer

This interview first aired in February of 2019. Michael Spooner is an Animation Visual Development Designer for the film and... more

27 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
78. Creative Chats with Mike Brennan - Storyteller, Podcaster and Visual Artist

Mike Brennan is a storyteller who uses spoken work and visual art to bring life to his audience and to... more

20 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
77. What Do I Do about my Art Education?

What should you do about your art education? There are so many ways to get from here to there but... more

13 Sep 2021 · 39 minutes
76. Relentless Creative, Catherine Borzym: Jewelry, Graphic Designer, Creative/Marketing Director

Catherine Borzym has been making and selling her art and craft since middle school (that's right... middle school). Catherine's journey... more

06 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
75. How to make REJECTION work for you!

We all face rejection and - certainly - as artists running our own business we are going to face it... more

30 Aug 2021 · 24 minutes
74. Making Murals with Donald Walker

Donald Walker is a master muralist. His journey has included airbrushing t-shirts, owning and operating a sign shop (from painting... more

23 Aug 2021 · 2 hours, 5 minutes
73. Can an Artist REALLY MAKE MONEY?

I spoke with a potential guest for the show last week (an amazing artist) who questioned whether an artist could... more

16 Aug 2021 · 23 minutes
72. John shares about his Art Career in Toy Design, Airbrushing and Illustration with Craig Burgess

A few months ago, Craig Burgess (ep 60), interviewed me for his show - The Get Doing Things Podcast. In this... more

09 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
71. What Artists need to know about Marketing with Andrew Deutsch

What is Marketing - Is it Branding? Storytelling? Selling? Marketing expert, Andrew Deutsch of Fangledtech.com, is my guest on this... more

02 Aug 2021 · 42 minutes
70. How Efficiency will make your Business & your Life Better!

Efficiency in your creative business gives you an amazing opportunity to experience a really GOOD LIFE! It is a game... more

26 Jul 2021 · 25 minutes
69. PART II: Creating Comics with Dan Berry: Cartoonist, Educator and Podcaster

Last week I interviewed Dan Berry in Part I. Today we continue our conversation in Part II.   In this... more

19 Jul 2021 · 49 minutes
68. PART I: Creating Comics with Dan Berry: Cartoonist, Educator and Podcaster

I had a great time chatting with my guest, Dan Berry, in this episode.   In Part I, we learn... more

12 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
67. 3 Practices that will give you Creative and Professional FREEDOM!!

05 Jul 2021 · 18 minutes
66. How to Start a Successful Creative Agency with Andy Strote, Copywriter

Andy Strote is a Copywriter who founded two creative agencies and has written a book, How to Start a Successful... more

28 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
65. 3 REASONS WHY I made $11,000 airbrushing t shirts in one month (A Sequel)

In Episode 35 I shared 'How I Mad e$11,000 Airbrushing T-Shirts in One Month'. It was one of my most... more

21 Jun 2021 · 24 minutes
64. The Importance of Finding and Working with Good People - Chris Liechti

It is so important to find and work with good people. My friend and business associate, Chris Liechti, has been... more

14 Jun 2021 · 39 minutes
63. How to Get Noticed & the Possible Effects of COVID on the Marketplace - A Q&A Coaching Episode

In this Q&A Coaching episode, I answer questions from my guest, illustrator, Joe Johnson. We talk about getting noticed by... more

07 Jun 2021 · 41 minutes
62. 4 ELEMENTS Your Creative Story NEEDS!

We all have those stories we love to watch, read or tell over and over again. There are 4 particular... more

31 May 2021 · 18 minutes
61. Permission to Pursue Success!

Artists crossing into professional territory often struggle with seeing themselves as professionals. Maybe it is because of the stigmas attached... more

24 May 2021 · 58 minutes
60. Full Stack Creator with Craig Burgess: Creative Director

Craig Burgess is a graphic designer and visualizer who has spent his career developing the skills to become a FULL... more

17 May 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
59. Studio Building with Ross Creative Works: Marketing, Advertising and Photography

Catherine and Jeffrey Ross are partners in Ross Creative Works. Catherine oversees the marketing and advertising. Jeffrey handles the commercial... more

10 May 2021 · 1 hour,
58. Plein Air Knife Painting and Fearlessly Creating Public Art: Maggie Capettini

I met Maggie Capettini several years ago after both of us were selected for a public art event. I was... more

03 May 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes

I break down the 5 Pricing Structures I use in my business: 1. Hourly 2. Project Based 3. Value Based... more

26 Apr 2021 · 21 minutes
56. Wayne Kumingo, Part 2: Video Editor for Television & Film

PART 2! In part 2, Wayne shares about revenue streams, day rates, managing revisions, his approach to editing and the... more

19 Apr 2021 · 46 minutes
55. Wayne Kumingo, Part I: Video Editor for Television & Film

Wayne Kumingo has edited many styles and genres of television, film, and video projects over his 25+ year career including... more

12 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
54. Breaking into the Animation Biz with David Tuber

David Tuber works in the animation film and television industry. His credits include Robot Chicken, Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole,... more

05 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
53. The MURAL Episode

The MURAL Episode is a detailed breakdown of the creative and business process of a mural I was commissioned to... more

29 Mar 2021 · 46 minutes
52. Singer, Songwriter and Vocal Coach, Vanessa E

Vanessa E is a Singer, Songwriter and online Vocal Coach at 'You Can Sing 2'. (She is also like a... more

22 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
51. Are You Being TOO Hard on Yourself? (OR Not Hard Enough?)

Your expectations of your art and career need to be disciplined and realistic! Otherwise you can end up stuck, wasting... more

15 Mar 2021 · 28 minutes
The Breakthrough Creative
60. Full Stack Creator with Craig Burgess: Creative Director
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Craig Burgess is a graphic designer and visualizer who has spent his career developing the skills to become a FULL STACK CREATIVE,... more