Uplifting Conversations



Uplifting Conversations: 100+ Inspiring Creativity Interviews

with Authors, Artists, Writers, Teachers, Performers, Entrepreneurs, and Others with Creative Careers in the Arts

Since its emergence online in 2000, Chris Dunmire's Creativity Portal has attracted innumberable muses, authors, artists, writers, teachers, coaches, and other creative professionals willing to share their stories, insights, trials, and triumphs with our readers. Some are best-selling authors and creativity leaders; others successful coaches and entreprenuers. All have one things in common: they are brilliant and passionate about what they do. Here are their stories revealed through thought-provoking questions. See also: 20Q Interviews


Spirited Woman Interviews with Nancy Mills (2005)

Nancy Mills is the Creator of the Spirited Woman Approach to Life and a self-inspirational writer for women. This engaging Q & A series features 21 interviews with inspiring women artists, actresses, writers, performers, and entrepreneurs including Marie Javins, Marlow Wyatt, Laurel Touby, Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, Roz Browne, Frances Halpern, and Fannie Flagg.


Creative Careers Interviews (2006)


Series Introduction: Creative Careers in the Arts

Molly Anderson-Childers kicks off this uplifting interview series with reflections on her own experiences of intertwining struggles and successes.


Interview with Sonia Wijts: Art Director for the Center for Adaptive Learning in Concord, California

Sonia Wijts teaches expressive arts classes for adults with learning disabilities — a great example of the many ways creative professionals can help give something back to their communities.


Interview with Quinn McDonald: Paper Artist and Creativity Coach

Quinn McDonald is a paper artist, life and creativity coach, and workshop leader. After years in the corporate world, she broke away from the security of a day job and made a leap of faith.


Interview with Jill Badonsky: Author and Kaizen-Muse Coaching Founder

Jill Badonsky is author of the creativity sourcebook, The Nine Modern-Day Muses and a Bodyguard and founder of the uniquely blended Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ model.


Creative Careers Interviews (2007)


Interview with Joan Lefkowitz: 'The Mother of Invention' at Accessory Brainstorms

Joan Lefkowitz is the founder of Accessory Brainstorms and Accessory Resource Gallery. Remember the Topsy Tail? Lefkowitz helped thrust the item to a $100 million gross.


Interview with Chick-Lit Author Cathy Yardley

Cathy Yardley is a Chick Lit writer and the author of Will Write for Shoes: How To Write a Chick Lit Novel.


Interview with Wire Artist and Equestrienne Angela Hook

Angela Hook is a wire artist, art director, graphic designer, equestrienne, and author of Let the Wire Inspire: Release Your Creative Energy.


Interview with Poet, Librarian, Bee Keeper, and Bird Watcher Pat Conway

Pat Conway is a talented poet, photographer and librarian. She loves the outdoors, is an experienced bee-keeper and has been a bird-watcher for most of her life.


Interview with Author, Publisher, and Musician David Duggins

David Duggins is the CEO of Voidgunner Press, and publisher and editor of the online magazine, Spacesuits and Sixguns.


Interview with Lynda Lehmann
Lynda Lehmann is an abstract expressionist painter and digital photographer who has shown her art in numerous juried and solo shows in the New York area.


Interview with Linda Dessau
Linda Dessau is a music therapist, creativity coach, freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, and author of Ten Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist.


Interview with Dorothy-Clare Jacobs
Dorothy-Clare Jacobs is a creative-thinking occupational therapy assistant in the recreation department of The Milwaukee Catholic Home, a long-term care facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Interview with Annie Lang
Annie Lang is a self-taught award winning designer, author, and artist with how-to instructional books, licensed products and published magazine craft projects across six continents worldwide.


Interview with Kristen Fischer
Kristen Fischer is a freelance writer, author, and creative self-employment expert.


Interview with Kathy Rembisz
Kathy Rembisz is a children's author and an artist for a line of women's accessories, Desert Dog Designs, available at art shows and specialty boutiques throughout the country.


Interview with Anne Marie Bennett
Anne Marie Bennett is a SoulCollage® workshop facilitator, artist, and writer.


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Natalie Goldberg

2011 Creative Careers Interviews
10 Interviews: Peter Clothier, Stephanie Rose Bird, Tim 'Dr. Hope' Anders, Shelley Klammer, Abby Connors, Victoria Hanley, Joseph Dillon Ford, L.A. O'Neil, Natalie Goldberg, and Judy Wood.

Arnold the BodyguardInterviews with The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)
10 Muse interviews: Jill Badonsky, Marge, Lull, Audacity, Spills the Imp, Muse Song, Bea Silly, Albert, Aha-Phrodite, and Arnold (The Bodyguard).

Angi Sullins2010 Creative Careers Interviews
17 Interviews: Angi Sullins, Michele Batz, Roberta Allen, Tina Verduzco, Chuck Sambuchino, Terri Conrad, Jennie Nash, Cynthia Staples, Penny MacPherson, Nadine Sanders, Ashfaq Ishaq, JoAnn Bromley, Debra Ponte, John & Sandy Weber, Diana Rivera, and Carson Jones.

Angela Cartwright2009 Creative Careers Interviews
12 Interviews: with Bruce Deitrick Price, Jill Allison Bryan, Valery Satterwhite, Rita Farin, Jeff Scarterfield, Michael Michalko, Kristi Tencarre, Jerry Wennstrom, Jennie Nash, Angela Cartwright, Susan Brackney, and Carol Parks.

SARK2008 Creative Careers Interviews
13 Interviews: The Christmas Sugar Plum Fairy, Annette Rose, Erin Gray, Lily Raven Queen, Kimberly Richardson, Lilly Fluger, Chris Dunmire, Cynthia Morris, Naomi Rose, Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (SARK), Chris Zydel, Jurgen Wolff, and Deanne Fitzpatrick.

Inspiring Conversations


John Weber

Arizona Rattle Snake Rocks & Crafts

John and Sandy Weber left the workaday world for a simpler life and created a desert souvenir shop and outdoor museum that lets vistitors step into the past.


Symbol of Albert

Kaizen-Muse Founder Jill Badonsky

High sensitivity is common among creative souls, as a deep experience of emotions leads to plenty of energy, material, and motivation to channel them into art and writing.


Art by Lilly Fluger
Artist and Cartoonist Lilly Fluger

Drawing cute playful characters is "healing" in the aspect that drawing is a powerful focusing tool, and you're distracted from your worries or concerns.


Angela Cartwright
Actress and Artist Angela Cartwright

Q: What gifts have come into your life from being an 'unruly artist'? A: It frees me up. Fear can be paralyzing to one's advance in anything they do. So the gift? Having no fear.


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