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End of Year Review: What Were Your Goals and Where are You Now?

Matt and Shelby discuss the goals Made By Things had for this year and where we are now. This is a great episode for anyone looking to reflect on their past year and l...

What Does Being a "Creative Director" Mean?

Matt and Shelby discuss the meaning behind being a creative director and how one can effectively lead a creative team.

Rapid Fire Questions - Business and Budgeting

Matt and Shelby answer questions about business and budgeting from young creatives, covering everything from social media, distributing work, buying and renting equipm...

How Can Creatives Start a Business on a Budget?

Matt and Shelby discuss what goes into starting a business from scratch and how to accomplish your goals on a tight budget.

How Can Small Creative Business Owners Create Better Financial Strategies?

Matt and Shelby discuss tax strategies for small creative businesses with accountant and tax advisor Eric Thiergartner.

Does Creative Block Exist and Where Can You Find Inspiration?

Matt and Shelby discuss the existence of creative block, how creatives can break it, and how to find inspiration.

How Do You Handle "Bad" Clients?

Matt and Shelby discuss how to handle "bad" clients.... and if bad clients even truly exist.

How Do Creatives Handle Bad Days? (w/ Jeromy Laux)(Part 2)

Matt and Shelby discuss how to handle the bad (and good) days (or months) with Jeromy Laux from Laux Creative. This is a follow up to when Jeromy appeared on The CMD-Z...

How Can Young and New Creatives Stand Out? (Part Two)

Matt and Shelby discuss how creatives can get into the industry. This is part two of our last discussion.

How Can Young and New Creatives Stand Out?

Matt and Shelby discuss how to stand out as a young or new creative just entering the industry as a freelancer or full-time artist.

How Do You Build a Creative Team? (w/ Lacey Picazo)

Matt and Shelby discuss how to build a creative team and maintain a healthy workplace with Lacey Picazo of ZoCo Design.

Is 10-Year-Old You Proud of You Now?

To celebrate Matt's birthday, Matt and Shelby discuss whether their ten-year-old selves would be proud of themselves now and the importance of self-reflection.

How Can You Build a Creative Community?

Matt and Shelby discuss how to find and build creative communities and discuss their value.

How Do You Come Up with Creative Ideas? (w/ Lisa Quine)

Matt and Shelby discuss how to come up with creative ideas with Lisa Quine!

How Can Creatives Live Their Best Lives (w/ Jay Clouse)

Matt and Shelby discuss how creatives can live their most authentic, fulfilling lives with Jay Clouse from Creator Science.

Why Do Creatives Suck at Sales? (w/ Kelly Sells)

Matt and Shelby discuss how creatives can become better business developers with Kelly Sells.

How Do Creatives Handle Bad Days? (w/ Jeromy Laux)

Matt and Shelby discuss how to handle bad days (or seasons) as a creative leader with Jeromy Laux from Laux Creative!

What is the link between mental health and creativity and what is the balance? (w/ Andrew Embury)

Matt and Shelby discuss how to balance mental health and one's creativity with Andrew Embury from Yellow Lab.

How Do You Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance? (w/ Jeremy Slagle)

Matt and Shelby are joined by Jeremy Slagle from Slagle Design to discuss how one can maintain a healthy work-life balance while in the creative business.

How can you retain your voice in the business of creativity?

Matt and Shelby discuss how to stay true to yourself while working in the business of creativity.

How do you maintain your mental health? (w/ Taylor Cashdan)

Matt asks Taylor about how we can maintain our mental health.

How do you know when it's time to make a big change?

In this episode, Matt asks Dylan how you know when it's time to make a big change?

What tools do you use to make work easier?

In this episode, Dylan asks Matt about some of the tools, software, and subscriptions he uses for his business.

How does background influence creativity? (w/ Charles Hairston)

In this episode, Matt and Dylan ask Charles Hairston how a person's background influences creativity.

How do you price creative projects?

In this episode, Matt asks Dylan how he prices his creative projects.

How do you do contracts?

Deborah Rycus asks Matt and Dylan a series of questions about the nitty-gritty of creative business ownership, starting with... How do you do contracts?

How was your first year of freelance? (w/ Audrey Stemen)

Matt and Dylan ask Audrey about wrapping up her first year of freelance.

Does emotion matter in creative work?

Dylan asks Matt if emotion matters in creative work.

Where do good ideas come from?

Matt asks Dylan about where good ideas come from and how to determine if it IS good.

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