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Why is Running a Creative Business So Damn Hard?

Why is running a creative business to damn hard? The creative industry is constantly evolving and it can be challenging to know when your business should evolve with i...

How Do You Know When It's Time to Innovate Within Your Creative Business?

How do you know when it's time to switch things up in a creative business? The industry is ever-changing and we are all currently in a period of transition. So what do...

How Do You Create a Stand-Out Portfolio?

How do you create a stand out portfolio? Is there one trick that will make you rise above the other applicants? How do you make sure you're the one called back for an ...

What Level of Communication Should You Expect from Freelancers? (w/ Jeremy Thibodeau)

When it comes to working with freelancers, it can be tough to clearly define how quickly they should respond and how often they should send updates. Is an appropriate ...

How Do You Tell a Client They're Wrong?

How do you tell a client that they're wrong? No one ever wants to, but the sign of a healthy client relationship is being able to talk through any issues that might ar...

How Do You Get Back to Work After the Holidays?

What Were Your 2023 Goals and What's Coming in 2024?

It's that time of year where we reflect on the past 12 months, the goals we made in January, how we did on those goals, and what the next year will look like. On this ...

How Do You Start a Personal Project?

How do you make time for personal creative projects and how do you decide which one to pursue? On this week's episode of The CMD-Z Show, we discuss our processes when ...

How Do You Have a Creative Career with a Disability? (w/ Jeffery Lawson)

We have a very special episode of The CMD-Z Show this week with a topic that doesn't recieve enough discussion. We sat down to chat with Jeffery Lawson about having a ...

How Do You Negotiate Pricing?

A subject no one likes to bring up to their clients... pricing and budgets. How do you start the conversation and how do you negotiate once it's been brought up? How d...

Do Studio Owners Work on Creative Projects?

This week we're answering what has been our most-asked question as of late... Do studio owners ever work on creative projects? From time management to finding new crea...

Why is it So Hard to Find a Job in the Creative Industry Right Now?

On this week's episode of The CMD-Z Show, we are going back to our roots and answering the question, "Why is it so difficult to find jobs in the creative industry righ...

What Would You Undo? (w/ CJ Casciotta)

On this week's episode of The CMD-Z Show, we sat down with CJ Casciotta to discuss his new book, "The Forgotten Art of Being Ordinary: A Human Manifesto in the Age of ...

What Would You Undo? (w/ Kevin Rapp)

Aaaaand welcome back to The CMD-Z Show! On this week's epsiode Shelby and I sit down with Founder and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Rapp to talk about some of his "undo...

What Would You Undo? - With Mack Garrison

Another week, another new episode of The CMD-Z Show. And we're thrilled to share our first guest of this new season. Let's welcome Mack Garrison to the studio!Mack is ...

What Would You Undo? - Matt Vojacek and Shelby Hagerdon

Get ready for SEASON FOUR of The CMD-Z Show! We have a new format and we're kicking it off by asking our co-host, Matt Vojacek, what he wishes he could do "undo" about...

How Do You Pitch to Get Work?

Pitching can be hard and timeconsuming for both sides when starting a project. With a lot of unspoken and unwritten rules, we dive deeper into the world of pitching an...

Special Episode! Make Create Club Questions

Get ready for a special episode of The CMD-Z Show! We invited members of the Make Create Club to ask questions LIVE in the “studio.” ;) We cover everything from develo...

Does Art Require Meaning?

“Art for art’s sake…” or so the old French slogan goes. A topic that’s been debated for centuries, Shelby and I ask the question, “Does art require meaning?” Philosphi...

How Can Creatives Change the World Around Us?

As creatives, we’ve all heard the phrase, “We’re not curing cancer.” We’re told that what we do doesn’t really make a difference in the grand scheme of things. But how...

How Do You Find the Right Stories for Clients?

Finding just the right story to encapsulate a client's brand and mission can be a challenge. From understanding your central themes to knowing the story's purpose to d...

What Do You Do When Business Slows Down?

Some seasons are slower that others… And sometimes seasons are impacted by recession and plague. Whatever is happening to make business slow down, you have to be prepa...

What is it like to be the First Employee at a Company? (w/ Colin van't Veld)

When you’re just starting out and you finally hire your first employee, it can be daunting. But what does that look like for the person you’re actually hiring? This we...

How Do You Establish Your Worth as a Creative?

In the current age (at the time of this episode's posting) of the writers strike and understanding how we can define the value of the creative services we provide, She...

How Do You Foster a Creative Community?

Getting creatives together in one space where they can learn and grow together has always been a challenge, especially once you’re working outside the realm of academi...

How Do Creatives Effectively Self-Promote While Remaining True to Their Brand?

The term “self-promotion” can really make a creative cringe. It’s uncomfortable to just put yourself out there, whether that be on social media, through phone calls an...

How Do You Find Your Personal Style? (w/ Melissa Lee Johnson)

Finding and developing a personal art style is a process every artist goes through. While that process may look a little different for everyone, artists all face the s...

How Do You Manage the Financial Side of a Creative Project?

Which came first? The money or the artist? We’ve worked on projects with a wide range of budgets, but it can still be challenging to know when it’s time to get scrappy...

How Do You Change Career Paths? (w/ Nils Root)

You've been on the same track for a long time and it's time for a change. But how? How can you alter the path you’ve been on this whole time? That’s what we asked Nils...

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