The Lightning Rod

The Lightning Rod

www.thecreativefolks.org
What’s up ya’ll! We’re two artists in Atlanta who decided one day to come together to answer questions and talk about the creative industry. Project powered by: The Creative Folks www.thecreativefolks.org


4 Tips to Jumpstart Your Freelance Career
Oct 19 • 12 min
The pathway of freelancing is obviously not easy, but it’s also not crazy hard either. A lot of the freelance journey is time, place, and good practice. Today Tammy guides you on 4 tips to really start freelancing on the right foot! Submit a Lightning…
Concentrating On One Thing
Oct 12 • 18 min
When you’re just starting out, is it important to stick to one thing? Tammy has some advice for you today using TCF as a business model. Enjoy today’s episode! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org…
Tracing in Art. Ethical or Nah?
Oct 5 • 14 min
The right and wrong ways to trace art. When you trace it should be a learning tool. Tracing is also a common act in a lot of fields like Illustration, Graphic Design, and so forth that helps build the art as we go. Minh gives you advice today on tracing!…
New Segment: Wellness Wednesday
Sep 30 • 17 min
We’re introducing a smaller segment to the show: Wellness Wednesday. Minh tackles wellness tips from experience (not professional advice). At The Creative Folks, we care a LOT about mental health. It’s important to us as creatives who serve creators like…
Support Your Artist Friends, For Free!
Sep 28 • 25 min
While art is something we should all as creatives should invest into, especially if we know our friends are creatives/artists as well. However, it doesn’t always have to be a monetary transaction. The key to today’s episode is keeping your friends at the…
Is Perfectionism Good?
Sep 21 • 12 min
When it comes to getting things done. What is your mentality? Are you the type to make sure every detail is absolutely perfect or do you let things slide? Let’s talk about perfectionism in today’s episode! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about…
Loneliness in Freelancing
Sep 14 • 15 min
The world of freelancing is not a smooth ride, even with pros of having creative freedom. The job of a freelancer is often involving the freelancer in a very lonely environment and there may not be support groups available all the time. Tips from Minh in…
Landing Your First Gig
Sep 7 • 20 min
The first step to anything is not easy, as you may know. Tammy’s advice on landing your first gig so that it sets you up for your future ones! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning…
Cons to Freelancing
Sep 4 • 20 min
Yep! To every pro there’s a con! While we know there’s a huge amount of creative freedom as a freelancer, but what about job and financial security. More advice in today’s episode. Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode:…
Pros to Freelancing
Sep 4 • 21 min
Freelancer Lifestyle has a lot of creative freedom. You set your own pricing, you set your own schedule, and you work the clients you want to work. More pros to freelancing in today’s episode! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode:…
Freelancing & Unpaid Internships
Sep 1 • 10 min
We’re introducing to you Freelancer month, where we really dive into our freelancer experiences. On top of that, everyone has to start somewhere. Our student creators have always battled the world of unpaid internships to begin their journies, but what…
Do Creatives Need Awards?
Aug 31 • 20 min
A flashy award is…well, flashy! It’s great to have it under your belt, but is it a make it or break it point for creatives? Both Minh and Tammy are considered award-winning, tune in to hear how this impacted their creative journey. Submit a Lightning…
Creative Work for Family & Friends
Aug 24 • 21 min
We’ve all had the case where friends are asking for creative favors, family too! Where do we set those boundaries personally as creators. We share with you the rules we set for ourselves, so if you’re looking for advice you know where to start. We’d love…
Personal Logos vs. Start Up Logos
Aug 17 • 27 min
An essential to branding is the logo. The logo is the front-facing image for you as freelancers and startups in general. But! Just how important is it and when do we need to change it for personal brands & startups? Is there even a set timeline? We learn…
Personal Branding vs. Start Up Branding
Aug 9 • 27 min
Branding seems simple to the average because it’s just colors & logos right? Today Minh & Tammy dive in to give you a closer understanding of branding on a personal freelance level versus branding as a start-up company. Submit a Lightning Question or an…
Should I Run That Ad?
Aug 3 • 16 min
Putting up Ads has always been very common business advice towards anyone even those who are just starting up. But Tammy wants to talk more about how to give value to that Ad by giving value to your skills first. So let’s dive into that, shall we? Submit…
Tips to Starting a Business (Different Advice!)
Jul 27 • 14 min
Starting a business could get really confusing, overwhelming, and even frustrating especially when you don’t know what in the world you’re doing. Don’t worry. We got you! We’ve been there and now we’re here to light your way up with some simple tips in…
Critiquing JK Rowling
Jul 20 • 14 min
Should we separate JK Rowling from her art of creating the world of Harry Potter? A big fan favorite however she’s been in the spotlight for controversial statements. Today we discuss. This is solely opinionated and we encourage you to listen with an open…
One of the Best Business Investments We Made
Jul 13 • 11 min
In the business world, connections are too vital to even say. Not just connections towards your audience but connections to your fellow businessmen/businesswomen wherein you can help each other grow in the business world. And so today, Tammy talks about a…
Colorism in the Art World
Jul 6 • 16 min
Colorism is not only a real-world issue, but it’s prevalent in the art world as well. Today, Minh covers the topic as we acknowledge that colorism is real and affects artists across the board. Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode:…
Do I Sound Cringey?
Jun 29 • 14 min
Ever had your own ideas, your own concept, your own passion but then thought to yourself, “Am I cringey for having such ideas?” DON’T! Embrace those thoughts because that’s what makes you unique, original, and happy! Submit a Lightning Question or an…
Fan Art
Jun 22 • 14 min
Can you make a profit in doing fan art? Minh says it’s definitely…YES! Tune in as we talk about the concept of fan art and original art as well. Which is better? Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org…
Stay In Demand
Jun 17 • 17 min
Tactics, strategies, methods, and steps on how you can stay in-demand for the job market in these times or whatever times we’ll be in, we got you covered on that! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org…
Art School
Jun 15 • 16 min
What are your thoughts on going to Art school? Can you benefit way more in going rather than learning for yourself? Is there a catch or is it more likely to have the same results to where you are now? Hear out our thoughts today as we discuss these and…
What is a Logo?
Jun 8 • 10 min
Our brands deserve to be recognized. With the perfect logo, it heightens your chances of being recognized. So let’s talk about that today and learn what difference does a logo really bring to the wholeness of your brand. Submit a Lightning Question or an…
Hustle Culture
Jun 1 • 17 min
Rise, grind, repeat? Well, sure. But don’t forget, you’re still a human being that needs to take breaks, have fun, and just learn more about yourself. You are what’s more important, okay? Stay tuned as we talk about this more on this segment! Submit a…
Social Media During Quarantine
May 25 • 21 min
As business owners, we have to think about our customers all the time, right? Especially in times like these, how should we be able to cater to their needs? And better yet, how can we do that online in the social media space? Submit a Lightning Question…
Zoom and Mental Health
May 20 • 16 min
Zoom fatigue. It’s a thing now. Being locked up inside your home, having meetings done on Zoom can be your only choice. And for many of you who are working from home these days, maybe you’ve experienced this too. So how do you manage this? Find out here…
Talking to Professors about Mental Health
May 18 • 17 min
Bringing up your mental health to anyone isn’t easy, we get it. As students however it’s especially important to be transparent to your professors early as possible so that it doesn’t affect your education. We encourage you to seek professional help and…
Mental Health in the Asian-American Community
May 11 • 18 min
For Mental Health May and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, we always get so excited because our passions really revolve around these two topics and they hit home close for the both of us in many ways. Today we’re going to discuss Mental Health in…
Focusing in on Asian-American Businesses here in Atlanta
May 11 • 13 min
We’re in an interesting time now May 2020. COVID-19 is scattered across the nation, the world, and of course our newsfeed. We’re not here to speak on how to wash your hands or how to stay sanitized, we know you get it already. As a business that’s…
How is Business Going?
May 5 • 13 min
As the whole world seems to be stopping, is your business? Ours….tune in to find out what we’re going through during COVID-19! Submit a Lightning Question or an email about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in with us today!…
Apps to keep on your phone as a creative
Apr 29 • 8 min
Your phone is essential to your life as a creator. True or False? If true, today’s episode is all about getting your phone to start working more effectively for you! Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us…
Maintaining Branding Consistency
Apr 27 • 7 min
The very essential part to any small business or company is their branding. However, it’s often over looked and branding can go in many directions. Consistency is a word that’s often preached but is it practiced? Let’s talk about it today. Submit a…
Work-life Balance
Apr 27 • 10 min
How do you set boundaries for yourself between work, friends, family, and creative endeavors? Here are some practical tips on how to have that balance. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for…
Share Less, Do More
Apr 22 • 5 min
When does (too much) sharing become counterproductive in terms of accomplishing more tasks? Are your goals for sharing still in line with your goals of doing more? Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today’s episode:…
Dealing With Hard Clients
Apr 20 • 15 min
Difficult clients are part of the cost of doing business. In this episode, we’ll talk about the types of difficult clients that you’ll encounter in your creative business, and how you can possibly avoid them. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about…
Must-haves for Artists
Apr 17 • 19 min
There are several mediums used in traditional art. Digital art also has pro tools. Regardless of what you want to specialize on, here are some essential tools that can get you going with your art endeavors. Submit a Lightning Question:…
What to look for in a pro designer?
Apr 15 • 7 min
If it wasn’t obvious, not every designer is the same. A pro designer also comes in many different forms from skills to delivery. Here are things to look for when seeking a pro designer. Thanks for tuning in to us today! Your Hosts, Tammy & Minh Huynh —-…
Self-care Tips
Apr 13 • 13 min
When does the thing that you love become an ultimate source of stress in your life. Do you always have to make money from your creative hobbies? Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today’s episode: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning…
How To Deal With Failure
Apr 8 • 14 min
Breath. Assess. Hustle. Repeat. Minh here, and I’d like to share my insights on how to deal with failure in a positive way. Because whether we like it or not, everybody fails every now and then. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today’s…
Efficiently Working From Home
Apr 6 • 7 min
And just like that, COVID19 pandemic has brought the world into a screeching halt. Working from home is the new normal. How can you make sure that important tasks are still done on time when you have all the freedom of taking unlimited breaks at home?…
Why invest in Adobe?
Feb 19 • 12 min
One question we receive a lot is about ADOBE. Is it worth it? Why should I invest to it as a creative? If you’re asking those questions for yourself, we encourage you to listen in to today’s episode. Submit a Lightning Question or email in about today’s…
Imposter Syndrome in Art School
Feb 17 • 15 min
Minh is currently a graduate student at SCAD and we’re here to discuss the affects ART SCHOOL on the mental health of a student. While today’s episode isn’t about SCAD directly, we want you to consider today’s episode if you are deciding on art school or…
Importance of Taking Breaks
Feb 12 • 17 min
It seems like an obvious that taking a break is important, but have we learned to practice that in our own creative journey? Today we talk about taking breaks and how important it is to define that moment where you tell yourself, “Stop, I need a break.”…
Artstagram, is it worth it?
Feb 11 • 15 min
Minh here! Another day, another episode! Today we dive into Artstagram. We still believe this is one of the best platforms for creatives, do you agree? Let us know! Submit a Lightning Question: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Thanks for tuning in to us…
Finding and Defining Style Re-Do!
Feb 10 • 16 min
Minh here! I’m back on Season 2 of The Lightning Rod. Today to continue our anniversary celebrations, we’re revisiting episode 1. There were a lot of things we covered in style and we want to re-share what we’e learned in the industry. Join us on today’s…
What are branding assets?
Feb 7 • 6 min
Not to be confused with collateral, assets these are foundational to brand building. You can easily tell another designer, new employees, or explain your brand better to someone by placing all the assets into a branding guide/style guide that lists the…
Self Designed Logos
Feb 6 • 9 min
Ah, so you need a logo but don’t want to pay the price. What you’ll end up seeing is you may the price later for self-designing your own logo! What’s up about self designed logos, is it worth it to self design? All in today’s episode! Thanks for tuning in…
What Does it Mean to Rebrand?
Jan 24 • 10 min
Like a lot of brands are popping up everywhere, the term rebrand is also tossed so often. What does it mean to truly rebrand? Does it mean I have to keep changing out everything? Let’s talk about it in today’s episode! Submit a Lightning Question:…
What is Branding?
Jan 23 • 7 min
This is the official first episode of season 2, and it’a bit rocky but we hope you hear us out. Branding is a lot more than what meets the eye especially when it seems like everyone wants a brand, to build a brand, or to be a brand nowadays. Here are some…
SEASON 2 - The New Lightning Rod is Here!
Jan 22 • 4 min
Welcome back and happy 2020! Tune in to hear about our new format for the podcast. You spoke, we heard. We understand that interviews may not be for everyone. For those of you who still love the interviews, they can still be heard. When new interviews…
Ep. 25 | Being Young & Creative ft. Inari Briana
Dec 20, 2019 • 50 min
Today’s conversation is led by Tammy featuring Inari Briana. Inari is an Atlanta based photographer who has a lot of advice for the modern day creative. Today we talk about our hustle and grind as young creators, the mental impact of comparing ourselves…
Ep. 24 | Power of Networks ft. Aries Purnell
Oct 25, 2019 • 59 min
Today’s conversation is led by Tammy but co-hosted by TCF’s Brand Director, Sheena! We welcomed Aries, Founder of Purnell Film & Media to the podcast to talk about his creative work and the importance of networking. Aries since the age of 14 has built a…
Ep. 23 | Marion Silverman on Branding
Oct 4, 2019 • 59 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Marian Silverman is a financial educator with a passion for sharing her knowledge about financial literacy to high school and college level students through her workshops and demonstrations. She is currently…
Ep. 22 | How to Define Success with Nikon Papi aka Wildy Civil
Sep 27, 2019 • 46 min
Today’s conversation is led by Tammy but co-hosted by TCF’s Brand Director, Sheena! We’re interviewing Wildy (pronounced: WILL-DEE) Civil, more known as Nikon Papi. Nikon is a well known photographer in Atlanta who covers all styles. With today’s episode,…
Ep. 21 | $2,000 Later, a New Mural on the Atlanta Beltline
Sep 22, 2019 • 30 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh! Cherry Virginia Chandra is a foreign exchange student from Indonesia currently residing in Atlanta. She is a graduate student studying at SCAD Atlanta.Cherry has a passionate love for the environment that she expresses…
Ep. 20 | Meet Alex Seidenberg and His World of Photography - The Lightning Rod
Sep 13, 2019 • 75 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Tammy! We’re diving into Alex’s life on how he moved from Florida up to Atlanta and he’ll drop some gems about doing concert photos! Alex is a landscape and concert photographer, but don’t let it fool you! Alex is currently in…
Ep. 19 | Let’s Talk About Rise & Grind Culture - The Lightning Rod
Sep 6, 2019 • 28 min
You probably saw this coming but we’re back, together, with an episode about rise and grind culture. We talk about what it is, how have we seen it interpreted in the world, and our overall thoughts on it. Do you have a “rise and grind” mentality? How do…
Ep. 18 | Meet Marion Silverman & Learning Financial Literacy - The Lightning Rod
Aug 30, 2019 • 39 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Marian Silverman is a financial educator with a passion for sharing her knowledge about financial literacy to high school and college level students through her workshops and demonstrations. She is currently…
Ep. 17 | Start Up to Start Up, Let’s Talk Business ft. The Cork Bros Studio - The Lightning Rod
Aug 16, 2019 • 78 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Tammy Huynh! We invited The Cork Bros, Andrew McCorkle & Mike Corkrum, to come drop some knowledge about business. Tammy shares some business struggles to get their opinions and they came through with really valuable advice.…
Ep. 16 | Why Art Teachers Hate Anime - The Lightning Rod
Aug 9, 2019 • 27 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! They’ll discuss about looking at anime with a critical creative eye. How anime portrays different races and how it doesn’t provide the basis of human anatomy are just a few critiques Minh has about anime. Let us…
Ep. 15 | Art School vs. Self Taught - The Lightning Rod
Aug 2, 2019 • 34 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! Minh’s experience stems from a self taught artist into an art student at SCAD. They will talk about the pros and cons of being self taught and the learning curve it took to become an art student! The Lightning Rod…
Ep. 14 | The New Little Mermaid: Where Do We Stand? - The Lightning Rod
Jul 26, 2019 • 27 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! You’ve heard the tea these past few weeks about the announcement of Halle Bailey casted as The Little Mermaid. The internet was going nuts, as usual, and there were definitely sides to this debate. However, should…
Ep. 13 | Art Habits to Break - The Lightning Rod
Jul 19, 2019 • 30 min
Today’s episode is hosted by Minh Huynh! We’re going to talk about art habits you need to break; some include avoiding social media, marketing, and branding. Let us know what kind of art habits you have that you can’t break out of?…
Ep. 12 | Interviewing Our Founder - Re-Meet TCF
Jun 14, 2019 • 72 min
We’re just a bit past 10 full episodes of The Lightning Rod, so we figured why not interview our internal staff so you can learn more about us as a company. The Creative Folks was founded by Tammy Huynh and she works along side with the TCF staff to…
Ep. 11 | Explore the World of Agency-Level Photography with Freddy at Imagine Media
Jun 7, 2019 • 70 min
Today’s conversation is about working as a “corporate photographer” in Atlanta. While a lot of photographers typically consider freelance as their route, we wanted to be able to cover the other side too. Freddy worked for Imagine Media, a marketing agency…
Ep. 10 | Taking a Mental Break and Better Your Time Management with Mike Glatzer
May 31, 2019 • 72 min
Mike is not your typical wedding photographer. He’s actually a Product Development Engineer here in Atlanta! We found out in today’s episode that his full time job as an engineer takes just as much creativity as it does any other creative job. Today’s…
Ep. 09 | Minh Shares Their Experience Part Two
May 24, 2019 • 59 min
NOTE: Today’s episode can/may contain triggering words, phrases, and/or scenarios. In this episode, Minh continues to share their past mental breakdown experience, which resulted to them giving up art for quite some time. May is Mental Health Awareness…
Ep. 08 | Minh Shares Their Mental Breakdown Experience
May 17, 2019 • 52 min
NOTE: Today’s episode can/may contain triggering words, phrases, and/or scenarios. In this episode, Minh will share their past mental breakdown experience, which resulted to them giving up art for quite some time. We understand that mental breakdowns…
Ep. 07 | Understanding Therapy and Practicing Self-Care
May 10, 2019 • 66 min
Today’s conversation with our first guest, Tameika Cheek, a local Atlanta therapist. In honor of Mental Health Month, we recognize that many people, creatives being a big part of this number, go through a lot of emotional and mental break downs. The…
What’s happening with The Lightning Rod
May 3, 2019 • 1 min
The Lightning Rod is a project powered by The Creative Folks. - Questions, comments, sponsors can contact us directly: letstalk@thecreativefolks.org Fun clickables and mentions: Tammy’s IG // Tammy’s Portfolio Minh’s IG // Minh’s Portfolio Let’s hustle.…
Ep. 06 | What to Expect with Critiques - The Lightning Rod
Mar 29, 2019 • 72 min
We’re all about touchy subjects. Today’s conversation is about constructive criticism and taking on critique to your work. We talk about the differences, what are good ways to constructively critique, how to control your emotions when you’re receiving…
Ep. 05 | The World of Freelance - The Lightning Rod
Mar 22, 2019 • 68 min
Today’s conversation is all about the freelance career! Our hosts Minh and Tammy dive in to help you understand more about the freelance lifestyle and career pathway. From pricing to when it’s the right time to do free work, and they’ll even throw a…
Ep. 04 | Can my work be stolen? - The Lightning Rod
Mar 15, 2019 • 39 min
In today’s conversation, we’re hitting the topic of stolen work. As creatives, this is something we face, since we’re constantly posting in a public space. Though Minh and Tammy are not legal experts, they want to shed light on this topic and talk about…
Ep. 03 | Social Media for Artists - The Lightning Rod
Mar 8, 2019 • 43 min
Today’s episode we cover SOCIAL MEDIA! We dive a bit deeper about social media and how useful it can be as a tool for artists and creatives. We talk about feed, aesthetics, followers, and content curation. Share with us your social media profiles and let…
Ep. 02 | Art Portfolios and Why We Need One - The Lightning Rod
Feb 15, 2019 • 70 min
In this conversation, we talk about that one thing every artist probably already has, is in the process of making, or will be getting soon. Art portfolios have definitely transformed over the years, but is still relevant in today’s time. Without one, are…
Ep. 01 | Finding & Defining Style - The Lightning Rod
Feb 6, 2019 • 44 min
Welcome to our very first episode! In this conversation, we cover a topic that can be difficult for other artists to identify: style! Both Minh and Tammy believe that style is ever changing but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be consistent. This is an…