Themes/ Popular culture: Catch these podcasts about creative worklife

Working creatively brings rewards and challenges. If you’re exploring what kind of creative you want to become, seek knowledge from other people’s experiences. Dalia introduces us to six podcasts that will feed your interest.

The creative industries are growing rapidly – the UK has two million jobs in this sector and it’s set to grow twice as fast by 2024. Yet with more people turning their skills to artistic areas, it can be hard to know how to stand out or be successful among the creative crowd. Podcasting is just one of these endeavours, and the ones selected below specifically aim to help creative entrepreneurs thrive in their careers through insightful interviews that offer advice and inspiration.

Creative Rebels

Credit: Photograph, courtesy of Creative Rebels. We’ve all longed to do our own thing and rebel against the 9 to 5 – Creative Rebels meets the people who are doing this effectively and empowers the next generation of creatives to do the same. Co-hosts David Speed and Adam Brazier (co-founders of Graffiti Life and Parlour Tattoo respectively) meet exciting musicians, bloggers, filmmakers and authors who have gone against the grain to make work they love and have found happiness in the process. 

Listen to ‘Creative Rebels’ episodes on Apple Podcasts

The Ground Up Show

Credit: Award-winning filmmaker Matt D’Avella’s podcast series inspires creatives to make things happen. Through candid conversations with creators about their process, lessons they’ve learned and how to make an impact, the show encourages people to pursue their passions and overcome challenges that many in artistic fields often face.

Listen to ‘The Ground Up Show’ episodes on Spotify

Ctrl Alt Delete

Credit: Illustration, courtesy of Ctrl Alt Delete. How can you tell if you have a great idea? When does passion lead to burnout? What tools do you need to carve your own path? These are just some of the questions that author and broadcaster Emma Gannon sets about answering with the help of her guests. They speak honestly about their career struggles as well as successes and the show is packed with life lessons from different creative voices.

Listen to ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ episodes on acast

The GaryVee Audio Experience

Credit: Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur and digital media CEO with a wealth of knowledge and contacts in media industries, which makes his podcast especially useful if you are keen to learn about how to turn your creative ideas into investments. Vaynerchuk is a big believer in hustling and hard work, so his slightly more vigorous tactics won’t be for everybody. But the show still has lots of useful advice on the pursuit of success in career and life.

Listen to ‘The GaryVee Audio Experience’ episodes on Apple Podcasts


Credit: Photograph, courtesy of Creative Shift. You’ve graduated and it’s time for the next chapter: making a living doing what you love. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and University of the Arts London’s (UAL) very own podcast series explores the big questions and bumps graduates face in pursuit of a creative career. In each episode, we meet a graduate who is doing just that, sharing their unfiltered stories and useful tips.

Listen on ‘Gradual’ episodes on Apple Podcasts

Head to our Into Uni page for spotlights on some of the podcasts featured to date

Being Boss

Credit: Being your own boss and having the freedom to express yourself is every creative’s dream, but it’s far from straightforward. It’s all on you to figure out the processes, strategies and funds to make it work. Thankfully, the bosses on this podcast who are already well on their creative paths help you navigate the habits, mindset, tactics and lifestyle to do it well.

Listen to ‘Being Boss’ episodes on Spotify

Advisory note: Some podcast episodes on the above channels may contain strong language.

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