Creative Elements

Creative Elements

Creative Elements talks with today’s top creators. Through narrative interviews, Jay Clouse explores how creators like Tim Urban, James Clear, Tori Dunlap, and Codie Sanchez are building their audiences today. Not what worked 2, 5, or 10 years ago, but specific strategies and tactics that are working for them today. You'll also hear the specific elements of their personality, style, or approach that have helped them succeed – elements like focus, vulnerability, revision, and constraints. By learning how these creators make a living with their art and creativity, you'll gain the tools and confidence to do the same.

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June 21, 2022 60 min

Matt D'Avella is a filmmaker, YouTuber & podcaster that explores what it means to live a good life. Matt directed Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which was acquired by Netflix in 2016. His YouTube channel has nearly 3 million subscribers, and his videos have been viewed more than 175 million times. In this episode, we talk about his experience creating the Minimalism documentary, managing his creative ...

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Tiago Forte is the creator of Building a Second Brain. Tiago has spent more than 10 years researching and personally experimenting with a new way of organizing our digital lives and improving our productivity as creative professionals.

The Building a Second Brain system is the result of thousands of hours spent teaching, speaking, coaching, and writing about Personal Knowledge Management.

In this episode, we talk about Tiago’s intere...

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Steph Smith is a growth marketer, writer, and indie maker. She's the creator of two books, Doing Content Right and Doing Time Right. 

Doing Content Right is a 270-page book published in 2020. The book retails for $100 and has sold nearly 3200 copies on Gumroad.

Steph creates her independent work on the side while leading Trends for the Hustle, which generates millions in ARR and has 15000+ paying subscribers.

In this episode, ...

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Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned podcast interviewer with an approachable style and knack for securing high-profile guests.

His show, The Jordan Harbinger Show was selected as part of Apple’s “Best of 2018.” And today, the Jordan Harbinger Show generates more than 6 million downloads per month.

In this episode, we talk about building strong relationships, effective sales strategies that people actually appreciate, bein...

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June 6, 2022 2 min

Hello my friend! I wanted to share a very short message today…

This past Memorial Day weekend, I married my best friend! Mallory and I had a beautiful, amazing, perfect outdoor wedding here in Ohio surrounded by about 120 of our closest friends and family.

We’ve been engaged since December 2020, so for this to finally all come to fruition in such a beautiful way was absolutely amazing.

We got married on a 12-acre farm at a property bu...

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Daphne Gomez is the creator of Teacher Career Coach. She is a former teacher turned instructional designer, podcaster, and career coach.

Teacher Career Coach receives more than 150,000 monthly views. Daphne has 85K followers on Instagram, more than 85K email subscribers, and a podcast that generates nearly 50K downloads per month!

In this episode, we talk about Daphne’s transition out of the classroom, how she’s leveraged partnership...

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May 24, 2022 49 min

We have a special episode this week! For the first time, I wanted to do a little listener Q&A episode…which I’m calling a Mailbag!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on my social media looking for listener questions. So if you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram yet, be sure to do so! I’m @jayclouse on both.

So today I have 12 listener questions that I’m going to answer for you. This may be a little more free-form and rambly...

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Sam Parr is the co-host of My First Million and the founder of The Hustle. My First Million is one of the top business podcasts on the planet, generating more than 1 million downloads per month.

The Hustle is a business and tech newsletter that had 1.5 million subscribers when it was acquired by Hubspot in February 2021. We don’t know what the terms of the deal are – Sam has said that he’s taking the number to the grave. But Axios r...

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Tiago Forte is the creator of Building a Second Brain. Tiago has spent more than 10 years researching and personally experimenting with a new way of organizing our digital lives and improving our productivity as creative professionals.

The Building a Second Brain system is the result of thousands of hours spent teaching, speaking, coaching, and writing about Personal Knowledge Management.

In this episode, we talk about Tiago’s intere...

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Arvid Kahl is the creator of The Bootstrapped Founder. The Bootstrapped Founder is the home of his Twitter course Find your Following, the books Zero to Sold: How to Start, Run, and Sell a Bootstrapped Business and The Embedded Entrepreneur, which is an audience-driven book teaching you how to build an audience-driven business.

Previously, Arvid was the co-founder of FeedbackPanda, an online teacher productivity SaaS company, with m...

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To continue to celebrate our 100th episode this week, I’m airing a second interview with yours truly this week.

This interview came from the Danny Miranda Podcast, where I appeared as a guest just last week. I thought Danny did an excellent job of interviewing and asking questions that I’m not often asked. Since this episode covers a lot of new ground, especially in comparison to my interview earlier this week, I asked Danny if I co...

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This week marks the 100th episode of Creative Elements! That's 100 unique interviews (and 87 unique elements) in just over two years.

In March of this year, 2022, the show crossed 1,000,000 all-time downloads! And it gets about 40,000 downloads each and every month. It’s been featured in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Castro, and more.

The success this show has had and continues to build is all because of YOU. Y...

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Amanda Natividad is VP of Marketing for audience research startup, SparkToro. She’s also a contributor for Adweek, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and a former journalist. Amanda previously led marketing for Growth Machine, led marketing for Liftopia, built Fitbit’s B2B content program, and led content and communications for NatureBox.

In this episode, we talk about Amanda’s path into marketing, her advice for growing your Twitter fo...

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Over the last month, Jay Acunzo and I have both launched our own membership programs. And while we were in the thick of designing and launching those programs, we thought it would be a good idea to record a podcast about it.

This episode is part of “Jay Talking,” a series of conversations with my friend Jay Acunzo that are less of an interview, and more of a conversation between two creators in the trenches of building their busines...

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Dickie Bush is the creator of Ship 30 for 30, a cohort-based course and community of people developing a writing habit in 30 days.

He is passionate about providing writers and creators with the tools, resources, processes, and mindsets required to find points of leverage and achieve exponential growth—both personally and professionally.

Since our first interview, Dickie has grown his Twitter following from 10,000 to more than 175,000...

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Dickie Bush is a macro investor and the creator of Ship 30 for 30, a community of writers developing a writing habit in 30 days.

He is passionate about providing writers and creators with the tools, resources, processes, and mindsets required to find points of leverage and achieve exponential growth—both personally and professionally.

In this episode we talk about Dickie’s humble newsletter beginnings, his experimentation with Twitte...

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Nathan Barry is a creator, author, speaker, designer, and the founder of ConvertKit. ConvertKit powers the audiences for creators like Gretchen Rubin, Chris Guillebeau, Pat Flynn, Tim Ferriss, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Tim McGraw.

Prior to ConvertKit, Nathan made over $150,000 from self-published books in less than one year. His book Authority is still often referenced within the creator community.

In this episode, we talk about Nathan’s...

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Josh Hall is a YouTuber, course creator, and web design coach specializing in WordPress and Divi. Josh helps people build and scale 6-figure, work-from-home web design businesses.

He's created nine web design courses as well as a membership, Josh's Web Design Club. On his YouTube channel, he posts videos about the business of web design, the tools he uses, the video interviews of his podcast, and live stream Q&A sessions...

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March 15, 2022 58 min

Adam Turla is the guitarist, lead singer, and founding member of Murder By Death, a five-piece band from Louisville, Kentucky. They have a unique sound that's somewhere between folk, rock, and spooky western. Even more unique is their cult-like following that has supported them for the last 20 years. In this episode, we’re talking about how Murder By Death has built such a loyal following. We talk about the early days on tour, ...

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Ann Handley is a writer, digital marketing pioneer, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestsellers Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.

Her company, MarketingProfs, is a marketing training and education company with more than 600,000 subscribe...

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