Today’s guest is Angela Ferrari, an artist, children’s book author/ illustrator based in Portland Maine, who is also the creator and host of the Story Spectacular podcast.
In our conversation Angela shared her story of developing a successful art business, balancing creating for joy vs. creating for clients, and why she decided to expand her creative endeavors into writing and illustrating children’s books, and now her new podcast.
She also shared the creative pursuit she does purely for fun, and why this is an important part of her life, even though she knows she’ll never be really good at it.
We also talked about:
- The challenge of letting go of the identity that you’re known for by your admiring public, when you find yourself in a creative rut.
- Life as evolution, rather than a destination you arrive at.
- “No skill is ever wasted.” Every skill you learn informs every other skill you go on to learn.
- How Angela approaches writing her children’s books, even though she was always horrible at punctuation, spelling, and grammar in school!
- Where her book ideas have come from.
- How she creates her illustrations.
- Why Angela decided to start her podcast, and how she got started — even though she knew nothing about podcasting!
- “Productive crying / productive frustration” and the importance of tackling frustrating projects early in the day.
- And more!
Angela grew up in the mountains of western Maine. Living in a rural setting, she developed a talent for finding creative ways to play and captivate her imagination.
After graduating with a BA in studio art from The University of Maine, Angela moved to Portland. She was accepted into the Assets for Artists program which focused on business finance for creative entrepreneurs. After completing the required training, Angela received matching grant funds for working capital. She then became a successful artist, specializing in acrylic on canvas, painting landscapes that capture the picturesque aspects of Maine.
She has since expanded her artistic endeavors, writing and illustrating three children’s books: Digger’s Daily Routine, An Extraordinary Book, and What Do You See. Most recently Angela has launched Story Spectacular, a children’s story podcast. The show features original stories and classic retellings.
Working with kids and parents, she discovered that often times children weren’t getting enough time for free-play. Her mission is to help foster the imagination by sharing creative stories.
Story Spectacular is a twice-weekly children’s story podcast featuring original stories and classic retellings, that can be taken along anywhere!
Listeners will enjoy creative stories with vivid characters and sound design. Some shows even feature songs, jokes, or fun facts too.
Find Angela online at:
Buy on Amazon (aff): Love Letter (Velvet Bag)
Buy on Amazon (aff): Love Letter (Boxed Edition)
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