Creators Abroad

Creators Abroad

Are you a creative living abroad? Looking for advice on how to integrate and set up a business? Join Catharina, multilingual nomad, YouTuber and journalist on her journey around the globe, interviewing creatives about the lives they left behind and the dreams they built. Spark your imagination, find opportunities, navigate culture and form new connections. If you are an aspiring or established creative or simply want to hear extraordinary stories about people starting from scratch then this podcast is for you!


September 21, 2021 67 min

Scene 1: Who is affected by the mental health epidemic? [04:24]

Scene 2: Suicide risks amongst content creators [19:26]

Scene 3: What is the danger of over-exposing mental health issues? How to get help… [37:30]

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    Scene 1: Starting Over – Switzerland [04:34]

    Devorah talks about:

  • Anxiety when moving to a new place.
  • Gardening as a way to heal loss.
  • Scene 2: More than just a plant [22:33]

  • What are green certified workspaces and how can you recreate it at home?
  • Do plants / nature improve your visual work?
  • Scene 3: I want a garden [42:20]

     Tips on how to start a garden, keeping it practical, easy and edible.

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    Part 1:  Unlikely Inspiration [3:50]

    Dave saw coffee being roasted for the first time on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. This sparked the beginning of Rounton Coffee Roasters. Dave explains his journey from engineering to coffee roasting.

    Part 2: Chaos [15:19]

    We talk in more detail about business ventures. Using Rounton Coffee as an example, he share advice on how to set up everything from finding the right team to funding and adap...

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    In this episode I mention  Matt D'Avella's philosophy on 'slow growth' and how it has influenced my own approach to content creation and running a creative business. Find out more out about Matt and Slow Growth:

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    Scene 1: The Battle of Audio and Video [03:17]

    As a writing prodigy, having published her first book at 17, 

  • What does Morissa think of text, audio and video?
  • Which of these mediums is most effective for digital marketing?
  • Is language de-evolving with the influx of emojis?
  • Scene 2: The Relationship between SEO & Social Media [13:37]

    We discuss the overlap between SEO and social media. More specifically, Morissa shares:

  • Advice on websi...
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    Scene 1:  The Transition out of Film [03:30]

    After a 35-year career in film as a director, why did Jeff decide to leave the industry?  In particular, we touch on:

  • the drawbacks of working in the film industry,
  • marketing ourselves as creatives, and
  • transitioning from film into something completely different like scuba diving.
  • Scene 2: Travel - Self-discovery and creativity [16:55]

    Travel helps us realise things about ourselves we wouldn&#...

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    Scene 1: The Battle to Fit In [03:00]

    Born in Kenya, Robert moved to the Caribbean island of Antigua and then back to Kenya, where he now embraces the 'crazy life'. We discuss:

  • What does being creative mean?
  • Transforming factual and scientific fields through creative thinking.
  • Scene 2: Creative Rebellions [24:08]

    Robert delves into questions of:

  • Why we try to fit in at work and why does this hold us back?
  • Creativity as a service.
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    Scene 1: App Developer from Russia [02:55]

    Mark moved from Russia to America as a teenager. We find out:

  • How he adapted to life in America
  • What is his field of expertise: music, business or technology?
  • Why is he passionate about helping artists?
  • Scene 2: Why don’t artists earn money? [11:34]

    Mark explains:

  • Why he thinks artists struggle (based on his own experience).
  • Why Alosha is different from streaming services and other sites where art...
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    Friends and family [2:48]

    How do you lessen the sting of isolation  in a foreign country?

    Work [05:05]

    Secure a job before you go? Set up your own business? Or simply wing it?

    Language [07:17]

    What if you can't speak the language? (Check out for more tips! Ep 46 Fluent cultural integration with Fernando Perez)

    Comfort Zone [09:34]

    How do you overcome the fear of leaving your comfort zone? (Check out for inspiration! Ep 43 I've hit...

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    Scene 1: Firefighter in North Shields [03:44]

    "You don't only need to have one life..." Zoë discusses: 

  • Drastic career changes - from firefighter to starting her own creative business
  • Starting a new life in a different part of the same country
  • Culture and distance
  • Scene 2: Chocolate Creations on Insta [16:25]

    Zoë explains how she:

  • Set up an artisan chocolate business on Instagram
  • Her brand style, being distinctive on IG
  • What you...
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    Scene 1: From Cantabria to the University of Surrey [04:15]

    Fernando moved to the UK during the financial crisis in Spain, going from couch potato to Spanish Professor at the University of Surrey. He explains how he built a successful career at a university in England.

    Scene 2: Shall I go, or shall I stay? Expat Dilemmas [15:30]

    Having bought a house, developing online courses for the university, he and his wife made an unexpected dec...

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    Scene 1: The Inventor [04:15]

    Devin specialises in patent law for small businesses as he is both an entrepreneur and lawyer. He explains exactly what kind of service patent lawyers offer.

    Scene 2: The Thief [15:30]

    Devin delves into common IP questions:

  • What are the different kinds of protection you need?
  • Why should we familiarise ourselves with the ins and outs of trademarks and copyrights?
  • How can you ensure maximum protection for your...
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    Scene 1: Broken Dreams [03:27]

    Romina explains why her American Dream initially crumbled and how she escaped a toxic marriage and alcoholism.

    Scene 2: Picking up the pieces through HOPE [19:05]

    By applying a positive mindset and HOPE - Help One Person Everyday - she started her own Marketing and PR agency Six 7 Radius and podcast. She shares:

  • Advice to find support when you're in trouble.
  • Steps to keep your head above water.
  • Regain n...
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    June 3, 2021 2 min

    A short taster of up-coming episodes. What can you expect? Discussions on navigating culture,  finding opportunities, forming connections, sparking your imagination (and occasionally moving and immigration logistics.)

    Guests featured in the trailer:

    Robert Belle, James Whittaker, Nadedja, Romina Muhametaj, Nick Smith of The Steam Machine Brew Co., Bene Katabua, Fernando Perez and Mark Hartman.

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    A Day in the Life of a Yoga Instructor

    Inspired by time spent working in America, where he was introduced to yoga, Mike went to India to do his yoga training. When he returned home to the North East of England, he wanted to set up a yoga business like no other. 

    Mike discusses:

  • His professional background.
  • Day-to-day reality of being a yoga instructor (pre and post-Covid-19).
  • Why is yoga essential to society?
  • Why is mindset crucial to ma...
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    Scene 1: I'm sorry [04:51]

    We discuss Megan's decision to break away from her Christian upbringing, the consequences of her decision and how it freed her to explore life's nuances beyond black and white, right and wrong.

    Scene 2: I'm not sorry [18:38]

    Quitting a traditional 9-5 job, allowed Megan to also explore what she really wanted to do in life. We discuss why we:

  • Feel the need to apologise for who we are.
  • Allow othe...
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    Scene 1: The Wedding Videographer [03:27]

    While being intensely creative, Daniel is also practical. Having studied film and being faced with the realities of life, he chose a safe career path and became an wedding and corporate events videographer. We discuss why many creatives follow this path and then become stuck.

    Scene 2: The Creative Break-up [15:21]

    Coninciding with a break-up after a 7-year relationship, Daniel stopped working ...

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    Scene 1: The Pole Photographer [03:04]

    Why is having a niche crucial to turn your creative business into an invaluable asset? Rachel talks about going from aimless photographer hardly getting by in London to discovering her niche in pole photography. 

    Scene 2: Removing Stigma Through Beauty [15:21]

    While pole dance has become a sport, there is no denying its origins in strip clubs. Rachel and I discuss: 

  • What is pole dancing in a moder...
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    Scene 1: Recovering Banker [04:37]

    Catherine talks about how she recovered from her life as a corporate banker, including a major career shift towards leadership coaching. Yet, having worked for years within a large organisation, how do you maintain influence as a solopreneur?

    Scene 2: Rural Broadband Activist [18:10]

    We discuss how Catherine identified  a real issue in the world : The Rural Broadband Gap. She talks in particular abou...

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    A Day in the Life of a Male Care Worker 

    Ray explains how he went from being uninspired and lost as a 20-something going from one job to another. When he applied to become a care worker, he discovered a new purpose in life. Breaking the stigma and progressing quickly, what motivates him most now is being able to train an ace generation of care workers as the Training Officer at the homecare provider Supportive.

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