The Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome

Are you in the creative industry, but often feel like you don’t know what you’re doing? Then this is the show for you. Join seasoned graphic designer Dan Barbour as he talks to other creatives from around the world to find out why we all feel like phonies. Every week we navigate the less pretty side of creative work.


March 24, 2023 116 mins

The legendary Field Nut himself, everybody’s favorite, Dave Clayton sits down from an entire ocean away for a chat about conferences and making friends, the insane whirlwind of working Aaron Draplin’s merch tables, imposter syndrome and, of course, Field Notes. Good, fun talk!

More about Mr. Downtown Clayton over at: @itsdaveclayton

Dave's Book: How do I do that in InDesign?


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Today I’m very excited to sit down and talk with big time, New York City art director and creator, Bárbara Astrini. We talk about her beginnings in São Paulo, Brazil, Myrtle Beach life, working for Nickelodeon (swoon) and what it’s like to win an Emmy. 

Super fun talk!

More about Babs over at: @barbara.astrini

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January 25, 2023 114 mins
If you’ve attended a design community event in North Carolina, chances are you’ve met and gotten great advice from Doc Reed. Doc sits down with me to talk about community, imposter syndrome and fun work stuff. Good times are had and Chris Williams is discussed.   More about Doc over at: @iamreedicus   CREATIVE SUMMER (TICKETS ON SALE SOON)   BUY COOL STUFF 
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January 10, 2023 110 mins

It’s finally Chris Williams Day here at The Imposter Pod. Chris and I sit down for a nice conversation about overloading yourself with work, day jobs and MrBlonde75 on (RIP). Tacos and good times were had. 

*WARNING* we do get into some depression and mental health talk. 

More about Chris over at: @PlasticFlame Plastic Flame Press Gigposters VOL 2



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December 27, 2022 61 mins

Today I’m sitting down with my old buddy, JT Lucchesi. Widespread Panic fans rejoice. We go in-depth about JT’s start, how he got in with Panic, and some of our favorites. Heads up, there’s some salty language in this one.

Find out more about  JT: @HomeTeamJT 


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December 13, 2022 77 mins

This week we’re hanging out IN-PERSON with sign painter Mark Sennert from Stray Voltage Signs.  We talk about working crappy, non-creative/civilian jobs, getting into sign painting and charging for work. Lots of hate for the movie Seabiscuit in this one, so sorry if your a fan. 

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December 6, 2022 72 mins

This week Jer Warren is in the house, and we have a nice conversation about art vs design and how the artist reacts vs the graphic designer. Lots of good stuff on process,  finding his way and getting some really  great jobs working with some really cool bands.  I had a lot of fun with this talk.

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November 29, 2022 66 mins

 # 5: Ben Harris Ben Harris is hanging out with us today and the overarching theme is LAYOFFS.  Ben made it through the Dotcom crash, the 2007 recession and a myriad of not great bosses to land a gig as creative director for the best boss ever, himself. He’s offering us some honest tips on how to cope with the letdown of being laid off and what steps to take next. It’s some really great, honest insight.

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November 22, 2022 53 mins

Taylor Cashdan is in the house today and we’re going DEEP on stress,. Tips on how to avoid it and how to notice it. We also discuss  the two way value of mentorship and IMPOSTER SYNDROME. Good times are had by alll.

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TAYLOR CASHDAN @taylorcashdan


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November 15, 2022 56 mins

Boutique brand designer, Jordis Small of Stellen Design, joins us today for a conversation about burnout, being a full-time, freelance creative director and mother and tips on where to find ins with national brands. Lots of laughs and good times.  Jordis is offering our listeners a free 20 minute call for some quick, personal branding tips.


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November 8, 2022 46 mins

Multi talented artist, songwriter and friend, George Hage, sits down to talk about what he’s been up to, his time spent during the pandemic, working with big name music festivals and lots of hot burnout talk. WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL! For more about George Hage & Jack the Radio please visit:


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October 17, 2022 49 mins
This week, Dan sits down with RDU design legend, Lenny Terenzi. They talk about Lenny's transition from a full-time freelance creative to a 9-5 in-house creative director, the best ways to start your speaking career, how to handle burnout and more.
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