Country Creatives

Country Creatives is a podcast for and about the incredible creative people living throughout our regional areas, who are traversing the many stages of creating a business around what they love and getting paid for it. Whether you are in the early stages of your creative endeavour or already further down your creative path, join Caleb Maxwell (Hebron Films) and Reece Hendy (Nacho Station) as they interview thriving creatives from across the creative sphere about their success stories and helpful failures. Caleb and Reece also throw in nuggets of wisdom from their own creative business journeys to keep you inspired and moving forward. Brought to you by the Emporium Creative Hub.

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5 days ago

In Episode 058 of Country Creatives, Reece and Caleb dive deep into the world of architecture with special guest Aaron Lougoon. With an impressive career in residential architecture, Aaron shares his insights on maintaining a productive client-creative relationship throughout the long and intricate process of designing and building homes. The conversation covers key topics like spotting red flags in client interactions, recognising and responding to signs of potential issues, and dealing with scope creep. Aaron explains how to identify when a project's scope is expanding beyond its original boundaries and provides strategies for communicating effectively about these changes and setting clear next steps. Tune in for valuable advice that can be applied to all creative industries from a seasoned professional in the architecture industry.

Monday Jun 03, 2024

Join Reece and Caleb in the latest episode of Country Creatives as they sit down with Bendigo local and internationally renowned artist, Chris Kennett. Chris, who has been drawing since he could hold a pencil (or so his mum says), has crafted an incredible career as a full-time creative without any formal training. His journey is a testament to the power of putting oneself out there and seizing opportunities.
Over the past 20 years, Chris has created quirky characters and worked on some truly "out of this world" projects, including the beloved Star Wars series of Little Golden Books. His recent work includes the hugely popular first reader series School of Monsters with Sally Rippin, the Nerd Herd series with Nathan Luff, and Cross Bones with Jack Henseleit.
In this episode, Chris shares invaluable tips on protecting your creative time and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing world. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, you'll find Chris's insights on navigating a creative career and understanding the intricacies of publishing both inspiring and practical. Tune in to hear Chris's story and learn how to maintain your creative spark amidst a busy schedule. Don't miss it!

Monday May 20, 2024

In this episode, Caleb has an honest and personal conversation with Kimberley Furness, an award-winning businesswoman, content creator, and founder of OAK Magazine. Kimberley opens up about her journey from starting a digital agency to building a successful print magazine that champions the stories of rural and regional women. They delve into the mission of OAK Magazine, its highlights and hurdles, and the business model behind it. Kimberley also shares her experiences with podcast hosting and tips for sustaining a creative career. Tune in for a relatable and inspiring discussion on creativity and sustaining the business you love.

Monday May 06, 2024

Join Reece Hendy and Caleb Maxwell on the Country Creatives Podcast as they delve into the fundamental importance of the discovery process in creative business. In this insightful episode, they explore what exactly constitutes a discovery process and why it serves as a cornerstone for success in any project.
Without a structured discovery process, the consequences can be dire. Reece and Caleb examine the pitfalls of proceeding without clarity and direction, highlighting the potential for wasted time, resources, and missed opportunities. They emphasise how a lack of process can lead to confusion, miscommunication, and ultimately, unsatisfactory outcomes.
Conversely, adopting a robust discovery process can transform the creative journey. By implementing a systematic approach, individuals can unlock a wealth of benefits. Reece and Caleb paint a vivid picture of the growth that comes with having a well-defined process in place. From enhanced productivity and efficiency to greater client satisfaction and personal fulfillment, the rewards are plentiful.
Tune in to learn how the discovery process can empower you to unleash your creativity and achieve business success.

Monday Apr 22, 2024

This week, Caleb and Reece tackle a crucial topic for creatives: Becoming a 'reliable creative'. If you're tired of the stereotype that creatives are hard to work with and unreliable, this episode is for you. They share actionable advice on creating systems and disciplines to shift this narrative. Learn how to document your process to communicate it effectively to clients, implement a project management system to organize your tasks, and establish a 'Default Diary' to separate creative time from business tasks. They also discuss collaborating with fellow creatives who struggle under pressure and offer insights on changing your perspective on creativity to focus more on what you love. Don't miss this extra concise episode filled with practical tips to elevate your creative game!

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Embark on a profound exploration of creativity with Caleb and Reece in our latest episode, as they discuss creativity's significance in both our lives and professions. Beginning with a high-level examination of what creativity truly entails and why it's crucial, they gradually delve into its intricate role in our daily lives and interactions.
Navigating the challenging terrain of justifying the necessity of creativity, even for those deeply entrenched in creative fields. Caleb and Reece provide you with not only insights but also the language needed to effectively communicate the value of creativity to others. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of how creativity shapes our world and learn how to articulate its significance with clarity and conviction.

Monday Mar 25, 2024

In this insightful episode of Country Creatives Podcast, we delve into the often overlooked terrain of men's emotional landscapes, discovering the transformative power it holds for both personal growth and creative expression.
Our special guest Vern Hardie, a wonderful creative performer and advocate for emotional intelligence, offers invaluable insights into the importance of men connecting with their inner emotional selves. Through candid discussions and personal anecdotes, Vern guides us through the journey of understanding and embracing emotions as a crucial aspect of masculinity.
As we unravel the stigma surrounding male vulnerability, Vern shares practical strategies for men to cultivate emotional awareness and articulate their feelings effectively. From fostering deeper connections in relationships to unlocking newfound avenues of creativity, the benefits of embracing emotional fluency are boundless.
Tune in as we explore the intersections between emotional authenticity and creativity, uncovering how unlocking one's emotional depth can enrich the creative process. Whether you're an artist seeking inspiration or an individual striving for personal growth, this episode offers profound insights into harnessing the power of emotional intelligence.

Episode 051: Is Reece Funny?

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Monday Mar 11, 2024

In this episode of Country Creatives Podcast, Reece continues his solo spotlight while cohost Caleb takes a break. Joining forces with longtime friend and fellow creative Pat Thompson, Reece explores the question that's been on everyone's minds: "Is Reece Funny?"
Together, Reece and Pat share anecdotes, insights, and laughter, delving into the significance of humour in the realm of creative work. As they navigate the twists and turns of their own comedic styles, they dissect the nuances that make humour an essential component of their artistic processes. Along the way, they also create a 'chatterbox' which promises to provide scientific accuracy in determining whether Reece truly possesses the comedic prowess he claims.
Tune in for an entertaining exploration of humour in the creative process, where Reece's comedic journey takes centre stage. Don't miss the laughter and friendship in this lighthearted episode of Country Creatives Podcast.

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Raise a glass with the Country Creatives Podcast as they mark their 50th episode milestone! Hosts Reece and Caleb, joined by their producer Aimee, take a celebratory dive into their podcasting journey so far. From on-camera charisma to behind-the-mic mastery, the trio shares invaluable tips on presentation and collaboration. Uncover the secrets to a successful creative voyage, sprinkled with anecdotes and laughter. Join the party for the snacks, but stay for the wisdom—because this episode is a jubilant mix of reflection, camaraderie, and the joyous spirit of 50 episodes!

Monday Feb 12, 2024

In this special episode, our fearless co-host, Reece Hendy, takes the plunge into solo podcasting for the very first time! Aptly titled 'Reece interviews himself,' this unique instalment allows listeners to delve deeper into the mind of this honest, creative, and wonderful collaborator. With a touch of humour and a sprinkle of insight, Reece fields questions from a few friends who've thrown some curveballs his way, ensuring he's not navigating the podcasting waters without his floaties. Join us for an intimate and entertaining journey as Reece opens up about his experiences, inspirations, and the behind-the-scenes magic that makes him the captivating host we know and love. It's a one-of-a-kind episode that showcases the authentic charm of Reece Hendy like never before!

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