CI082: Command your voice, find freedom with singer Davin Youngs


There is a vulnerability that comes with the voice because it is a natural expression… of who we are. The sound of my voice carries with it the story of my life.

~Davin Youngs

Honestly? I shouldn’t even write show notes for this one. I mean, this episode is about voice. How we use it. How we experience it. Where it comes from. 

How do you summarize it with words?

My friend Davin Youngs does a great job distilling voice down to its essence. He’s a singer, teacher, and sound guide with profound observations about human vocalization that reverberate in the body and in life. He’s made a career helping people overcome deeply-rooted fears that block them from living fully in their voice.

If you’ve guessed that there’s a lot more than music theory being taught in one of his workshops, you’re right.

Read on for more…


How do you feel about your own voice? 

Is it a tool that you feel like you have command over? Is it something that feels vulnerable? Do you enjoy speaking or presenting? Does it make you feel nervous? Do you never really think about your voice? It’s just a thing that comes out of you when you need to use it?

What questions do you have about voice? Would you like to learn about ways that you can become more comfortable or more skillful with using your voice?

Email me your thoughts, questions, fears, desires around voice: Andrea [at] thecreativeimposter.com. 

This can be written out in text or you can record a voice memo on your phone or fancy microphone and send me the recording I can play on the show.


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I will be co-facilitating a workshop on how to use YOUR VOICE. I’d love to see you there — get your ticket.*

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There’s no conversation with Davin about the magic of voice without discussing life, vulnerability, and transformation. It’s no coincidence that voice is produced in the throat, one of the most exposed and sensitive areas of the body, and that finding one’s voice can feel risky. 

But when we allow ourselves the simple pleasure of vocalizing — chanting, humming, singing, or speaking — we invite positive physiological changes to occur.

That’s been Davin’s experience as a singer. He’s also seen it happen in his private practice and as a participant in one of Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesong workshops at Omega Institute in upstate New York. I’ve also seen those physiological changes take place as well in the Bhakti Vinyasa yoga classes I lead at Sat Nam Yoga in Chicago.

Too much woo-woo for you?

Don’t fear the woo! 

Yes, Davin and I are seriously comfortable with energy work. But he’s got years of solid musical study and functional application to support his POV.

So, when he says that our voices are the greatest tool we have for broadcasting our authenticity* to the world, I nod wildly in agreement. And not just because I’m a podcaster. Published reports show voice-based assessments of trustworthiness repeatedly outscoring visual tests in side-by-side evaluations. 

*Authenticity. I know! The word gets thrown around. A lot.

I love that Davin defines authenticity by example, charting his growth from closeted queer kid with the booming baritone (his words) to present-day voice teacher and coach. His view of authenticity holds space for multiple personas rather than constantly searching for a singular, elusive part of himself. 

And whether it’s learning to use your voice or uncovering your authentic selves, Davin’s all about committing to the practice because that’s where the magic happens. 

We become stronger when we’re heard and we become more compassionate when we listen.

My advice to you? Listen in… then burst into spontaneous sound!

Andrea


Resources & Links

FEATURING

Davin Youngs

Connect with Davin on Instagram @davinyoungs.

MENTIONED

Western Michigan University School of Music

Chautauqua Summer Institution

Somatic Voice Workshop

Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesong Workshop at Omega Institute

Sat Nam Yoga Chicago

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CI081: All about your voice (feedback please!)


One of the things that I hear from clients and potential clients and podcasting community members is that a lot of people really don’t like the sound of their own voice.

~Andrea Klunder

Lately I’ve honestly been feeling a little bit apathetic. I’ve had a hard time connecting with things that I love, things that inspire me, things that energize me, things that bring me joy.

And so I am genuinely happy (finally) to be exploring this series with you and I’m curious:

How do you feel about your own voice? 

Is it a tool that you feel like you have command over? Is it something that feels vulnerable?

Do you enjoy speaking or presenting? Does it make you feel nervous? 

Do you never really think about your voice? It’s just a thing that comes out of you when you need to use it?

What questions do you have about voice? 

Would you like to learn about ways that you can become more comfortable or more skillful with using your voice?

Email me your thoughts, questions, fears, desires around voice: Andrea [at] thecreativeimposter.com. 

This can be written out in text or you can record a voice memo on your phone or fancy microphone and send me the recording I can play on the show.

One of the things that I hear from clients and potential clients and podcasting community members is that a lot of people really don’t like the sound of their own voice, or they don’t feel confident using their voice, or they worry that their voice just isn’t compelling enough.

Why are we in a position where so many people feel vulnerable and uncomfortable with using one of the most powerful tools that you have for connection, for influence, for sharing experiences, and for making an impact?

Read on for more…

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I will be co-facilitating a workshop on how to use YOUR VOICE.

I’d love to see you there — get your ticket.*

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This year has been a doozy of a year and I don’t use that word lightly.

If you are tired of hearing about medical things and surgeries and whatnot, don’t worry. This episode isn’t about that. But this episode is coming from all of the reorganization that is happening in my mind space that has been triggered by this entire experience. 

One of the things that I have started doing that I have never done before during this recovery is working with a psychotherapist.

Her name is Miriam. She’s fantastic  and finally in session number 7, we started to address the thing that is way down deep. All of the surface level frustrations and problems and issues that I’ve been dealing with and talking about and working through and that fundamental thing that is underneath.

All of this is a fear of running out of time.  

A fear of not making the most of the time that I have. 

What does that mean? Yeah — fear of death. 

I remember reading that every fear you can think of, every fear imaginable under the sun — if you boil it down to the root of that fear, it all comes down to this fear of death. 

And I know for sure in this society that we live in, we try to pretend like it isn’t a thing, or like it’s a thing that happens to other people, or it’s a thing that happens in the wake of a tragedy, but we don’t really address the fact effectively that it is a thing that happens to everyone all the time every day and no one is ever prepared for it.

Recently one of my clients Robyn Conley Downs on her podcast Feel Good Effect had a guest on named Bronnie Ware, best known for writing this book quite some time ago called The Five Regrets of the Dying

I was editing Robyn’s episode, listening to Bronnie speak right after having this therapy session with Miriam where we were talking about the fact that most people at age 40 haven’t yet confronted the fact that you are not guaranteed another 40 years of life.

What does that mean for how you live? For how you structure things? 

One of the things that Bronnie said was that when she was working in palliative care for people who were dying, it didn’t matter whether they were in their 40s or whether they were in their 90’s. Most were surprised to find themselves here at the end of life with not much time left.

And so I was thinking what would it take? No matter what age, no matter how soon or how far away, for me to be able to say, “Wow. What an awesome life. Wow. I really feel that this was all worthwhile. I really am content — happy with the life that I’ve had!”

That I wouldn’t be sitting there feeling like I had missed something. 

I don’t know the answers to this. I don’t know if I’ll ever know, but one thing became really clear and that is that in my work, probably the most important thing is that it all centers around the voice. 

This should not be a huge light bulb moment.

I grew up singing. I remember my first solo being at age 4 when I sang Tomorrow from the musical Annie at the mother-daughter banquet at my church.  

I remember as a child making a fake radio show and recording it on an audio cassette that probably no one heard, but me.

I remember being in theater and being in choir and being in musicals and being in plays.  

I remember going to college to study vocal music performance and music education and then hating it and having a quarter life crisis  at the young age of 18, trying to figure out what the heck I do with my life if I’m not going to be a voice major. 

I remember learning how to do behind the scenes media production including skills for scripting and writing. 

I remember moving to Chicago and starting out in the ticket office at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and then working behind the scenes in production and Tech feeling like I didn’t have a creative voice even though I was around all of these creative people.

I remember getting back into acting and performing and then learning how to use my voice as a yoga and meditation teacher.

And then circling all the way back to media production and using my own voice to make podcasts. 

And now here I am producing editing coaching and consulting for other podcasters and pod-dreamers. 

And now in October of 2019, I will be co-facilitating a panel workshop on how to fall in love with your voice as a podcaster at She Podcasts Live in Atlanta, Georgia.

So yes, no matter what format it takes on, it’s all about the voice. 

And so we are embarking together on a journey — exploring the different aspects of voice, why it is so important to us, how it can be one of the most powerful tools that we have available to us no matter what kind of work we’re doing or art we are creating or connections we are making.

I think that it is the beginning of me really finding my creative purpose in a clear and useful way.

Remember to send me an MP3 file or email to share a little bit about your relationship with your voice and what challenges or questions you have on this topic. Maybe together we’ll find some clarity, some solutions, and have a little fun in the process.

Wishing you  the courage to let your voice shine,

Andrea


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CI080: One thing at a time, or how to change your life without changing everything


I think it is a normal reaction to a major event in your life to want to make all of these changes at once and you know what? I think it is also impossible.

~Andrea Klunder

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning…

Though maybe sometimes more smoothly and freely than others. And in this case, it’s the “wheel of life.” More on that in a moment.

Recently it has come to my attention that I have been trying to change everything all at once.

The health crisis that I’ve experienced this year with surgery and recovery has set me on a trajectory where I am fully aware of all of the things in my life that I’m not 100% happy with — all of the things in my life that I wish were better and all of the things in my life that I have felt like I could always do some day in the future.

And I’m realizing that, well, I’ve heard it said many many times and I know it’s true: The future is not guaranteed. We are not promised tomorrow.

Read on for more…

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And so I want to make changes to my home environment and I want to improve my financial situation and I want to make changes to the way that I approach my career and work and I want to make changes to my romantic relationship with my partner and I want to make changes to the ways that I do or do not spend time with my family and I want to make changes to the amount of time that I spend with my friends and I want to give back more and I want to make changes to my podcasts and I want to travel more and I want to take better care of myself and become more consistent again with my yoga and meditation practice.

All of these things at once.

And I think it is a normal reaction to a major event in your life to want to make all of these changes at once and you know what? I think it is also impossible.

So recently I was reminded of this tool that I originally learned about from Katy Flatau. who has been on The Creative Impostor before talking about life & career coaching in episode 050.

This tool that I learned about from Katie is something that gets used in the coaching and personal development space and I honestly don’t even know where it came from. If YOU do, I’d love for you to clue me in send me an email Andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com or share it on Instagram and tag me @AndreaKlunder.

The Wheel of Life is a chart in the shape of a wheel… or a circle or a flower or anything else you can think of that could potentially be round.

It’s segmented into different sections or pieces or petals and each section has a category and that category is ONE aspect of your life which holds some kind of value and meaning for you. The wheel rolls best when all of those areas of your life are in sync with each other that you have a general level of satisfaction in all the areas. But if one of them is out of sync, meaning if you have a higher level of dissatisfaction with that area, it can cause the wheel to get a little wonky and not quite roll as smoothly.

And I think that obviously it is unusual that we are generally happy with everything in our lives. Right?

And so the way that you can use the Wheel of Life is to label those different sections with categories. The categories can vary depending on what’s important to you and how you want to prioritize them. In fact, the number of categories that you can have varies.

Typically I’ve seen it with eight different categories (and I find this insufficient.) They could include money and finances or career and work or volunteering and giving back or family or social or creativity or romance — there’s no right or wrong way to pick your categories. It’s just a matter of choosing them and figuring out how they all fit together to make one cohesive happy life package.

Then you look at each category and rank on a scale of 0 to 10, zero being at the center of the wheel and 10 being all the way to the outer rim, how satisfied you are with that area of your life.

Then you focus in on one — possibly two, but generally one area of the life that has the lowest satisfaction level and look at: How can I focus on improving my overall happiness and satisfaction with this area of my life?

This can be hard because sometimes it feels like you are now neglecting those other areas of your life.

And that is not the intention. The intention is just simply to shine a spotlight put some focus and put a little extra energy behind that which is bothering you and then when that starts to improve, hopefully, it starts to lift the overall satisfaction level in other areas of the wheel as, well rather than lifting that category up to the detriment of the other areas.

And sure you might have to allocate a little less time energy or resources to some of those other areas in order to shift it into this area because we are, after all, limited what resources are available to us. It is a fact of life. Although I suppose some people could argue that with me as well.

But then you start to focus on: What are the things that I can do? What are the things that I can control to improve my level of satisfaction with this specific area?

So it’s an interesting concept and it’s something that I wanted to revisit because of this desire for me to try to change everything all at once which is leaving me feeling ineffective exhausted overwhelmed and not really making any progress on what it is that I want to be improving.

We’re exploring this idea of The Wheel of Life on what I’m calling Mission Mondays in The Creative Impostor Group on Facebook.

It’s a place designed for social support for creative individuals — so I think you qualify! Please join us and every Monday there will be a post from our community manager, Terri called Mission Monday.

This post will have a Wheel of Life image above and I would love love love love love for you to share ONE area of your wheel that you are focused on for the week that you have a mission in that area.

And at least one thing you’re going to do that week is to improve your overall satisfaction in that one area.

By you focusing and sharing that focus with me, it’s going to help me focus. And I will be ever so grateful. Let’s do this together!


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CI079: Admitting I’m scared


Every time I lose my voice to laryngitis, I have a fear that it won’t come back.

~Andrea Klunder

What are you scared of?

Having a major health crisis changes the lens on how you perceive things. Long-time fears can resurface with a vengeance and new ones you never considered before can materialize.

I was inspired to do this episode and post by Sarah Buino of the Conversations with a Wounded Healer podcast (which my team edits), who was inspired by the WNYC Studios podcast 10 Things That Scare Me.

Read on for more…

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If you’ve been following me this year, you know that I had a mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction of my left breast using abdominal tissue in March 2019 and then this month, a revision to those scars. This was in response to a diagnosis of stage 0 DCIS (pre-cancer) and there is nothing like the “c-word” to bring up FEAR.

When I heard Sarah’s short episode during editing, it hit me in a deep place and then I checked out 10 Things That Scare Me and it’s so simple and brilliant. 

Naming the things that scare. It’s powerful.

Here’s my list (which is very different than what it would have been last year.)

1)    Big cats (tigers, lions, pumas, jaguars, panthers, etc)

2)    Ruining the planet

3)    Cancer

4)    Health insurance (or losing health insurance or inadequate coverage)

5)    That my body will never feel right again post-surgery

6)    Hurting someone deeply without meaning to, without realizing it, or without even remembering what I did (or didn’t do)

7)    Putting things off until never… working and working and working and realizing at the end of my life that none of it matters and that I put off the important things because I was too busy working

8)   Running out of money

9)   Getting old, becoming feeble, being dependent on others, and beging completely alone

10)  Losing my voice (and/or my hearing) — The episode I reference in relation to this one is from Invisibilia: The Prayer.

To hear more stories about the above list, for sure listen to the full episode.


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CI078: Self-Care Impostor


It’s amazing to me how very hard we are on ourselves whenever healing is involved. Whether one has had a hysterectomy, a fibroid removed, given birth, or “just” had a broken bone set, we expect expediency… capitalism demands it… And consumerism has co-opted self-care to mean things like manicures, cupcake breaks, and long weekends.

~Lisa Widder

I AM A SELF-CARE IMPOSTOR!!!

Before I was a podcaster, I was a yoga teacher, and then a Thai Bodywork practitioner, and then a meditation teacher.

I owned a yoga studio for 5 years,

I led a yoga teacher training.

I lead musical mantra sessions, I blend essential oils, I practice tarot.

In fact MANY episodes of The Creative Impostor are about self-care — whether it’s me spouting off ideas and droplets of wisdom and practices or my guests sharing insights into different ways they take care of their creative selves and/or their clients…

I confess I feel like I was wrong about self-care.

I had never REALLY put it to the test.

Read on for more…

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The intersection of art, philosophy, spirituality, and personal growth  (all my favorite things!  

Isabelle has invited me to TAKE OVER her group the week of July 1st!!!! 

’ll be sharing some specific insight into my own creative process and this will be leading up to a live storytelling event I’m part of in Chicago July 10th, called Pour One Out.

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I mean sure, I had my appendix out several years ago,  I went to India and changed my diet and yoga practice after consulting with an Ayurvedic doctor, I dug myself out what was probably pretty mild depression after closing my yoga business, but I did not know the parameters or import of self-care til now.

And here I am. 13 weeks post surgery. 23 weeks post stage 0 pre-cancer in my breast and I am SO TIRED OF TALKING ABOUT THIS and thinking about this but I am IN IT. Deep. 

Recovery does not happen in a 4-6 week window.

It is a long slow painful slog through the murk of my psyche, the breakdown and piecing back together of my body and well — who knows what else lies ahead b/c I can’t yet see the way out.

I want to share this email from a friend, colleague and community member… Lisa says,

“It’s amazing to me how very hard we are on ourselves whenever healing is involved. Whether one has had a hysterectomy, a fibroid removed, given birth, or “just” had a broken bone set, we expect expediency. I think capitalism demands it, has always demanded it. And consumerism has co-opted self-care to mean things like manicures, cupcake breaks, and long weekends. All of those are important (I love cupcake breaks!) but the heavy lifting is the stuff that you’re doing – the therapy, the massages, the PT. And, oh boy, does that stuff take time before the cumulative effects become apparent!” 

If you follow me on Instagram or you’re in The Creative Impostor FB group you may know some of what I’ve been going through — like just the surface.

I’m doing physical therapy 4x per week for my arm and shoulder which I can’t extend above my head and hurts constantly since surgery. I’m seeing a massage therapist weekly for the same — and overall energetic rebalancing. I’ve received Reiki from friends. I just started working with a psychotherapist using this cool technique I stumbled upon called brainspotting.  And it’s all good and helpful but this self-care thing is becoming like a full-time job and I don’t always have the faith that I will ultimately be as good as I was before (let alone better.)

I find myself thinking of what has been lost, what has been taken away.

Like sure I have the new boob made out of my belly fat and in everyday settings you probably wouldn’t even notice anything different through my clothes. But it FEELS different (in fact I can’t really feel it at all – so it’ like this thing just stuck on my body that sometimes feels like it doesn’t belong.)

Really bizarre side note, go listen to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts Flash Forward with Rose Evelth. It’s called BODIES: Switcheroo — it’s about a potential future in which we have the ability to swap bodies with someone else (I know intense) and one of the things they touch on is how recipients of organ transplants often have a bizarre relationship to the newly transplanted organ.

Anyway it made me think of how I feel about the new breast EVEN THOUGH it came from my own body. It’s like my brain knows that’s not a breast and so it shouldn’t be there.

Also…

I find myself wanting to sleep ALL THE TIME. And then not feeling well rested when I do, but definitely falling behind in my work b/c of it (clients — close your ears!) This leads to me pushing myself to stay up until 2 or 3am to meet deadlines, because I was too foggy headed during the day or because I was in 3 back-to-back therapy appointments and then exhausted afterward. 

And I KNOW That consistent sleep is like the #1 most important thing I should be prioritizing. 

But like… I also have to work. Don’t I?!

And then back to this thing I began exploring in therapy of feeling like things are being taken away… I also just had a major double whammy disappointment professionally.

This year I applied to a program being offered by Google Podcasts and PRX (public radio exchange) — it was our second time applying for funding and mentorship — along with students from my high school mentoring program and podcast Power Your Story — we have a big vision for where we’d like to take that show as a resource for young people in the disability community and we can’t do it within our current budget and format constraints. INCREDIBLY we made it to the finals — From over 2000 applications, they selected 24 teams to interview (including us) and then they selected 6 slots.

Believe me when I tell you that this is THE ONLY THING I have cared about in my career since the surgery (current clients close your ears again)…. And we just found out we didn’t get it.

And then a week later my whole existing Power Your Story program which was supposed to pick up again in July just got shut down. Completely. For frustrating reasons (lack of admin support, data entry problems, issues with recruiting and logistics, my own failure to push things through, budget constraints…I don’t even really know.) And I don’t know whether we’ll be back in the fall. Or maybe it’s just done.

I felt the wind knocked out of me and then kicked when I was down. 

I know some will say and have said that this is a blessing in disguise because I need the time and space to heal — to take care of me.

And I am practicing letting go — shifting my focus from what is gone to what will come because where there is a vacuum...

But alas…

I feel frustrated by my body’s apparent resistance to resetting itself and moving on.

I want to trust my intuition more, to take care of my body better, to listen to the messages I’m getting but they’re so fuzzy.

I want to be patient – (do I?) but I also just want my life back!

And I certainly don’t want my creative work, my career, my business to fall apart in the meantime.

Not long ago I received this awesome voice message from another friend, colleague and community member, Jennie, which I’ve included in the episode.

I’m sharing that (and Lisa’s email) with you because

  1. whether you realize it or not, you are part of such an awesome community in The Creative Impostor with really smart, creative, giving people
  2. I need to hear these things over and over and over — that I’m not alone in this, that other people get it, and there’s a way through
  3. Because feedback on teh work I’m doing, on the show, on our guests is SO IMPORTANT! Sometimes when I get busy with client work, I let my own shows and content slide to the back burner and it’s easy to feel like it really doesn’t matter whether I pick them back up again — or even when I am creating, I’m not totally sure where this is all landing. But messages like Jennie’s helps me to know I’m on the right track and keep me going.


Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Send me an email and let me know what you have created from your own trauma or health journey. So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. You can write it or record a voice memo on your phone and attach it to the email.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.

My favorite hashtags #thecreativeimpostor #creativewomen

Email or Voice
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.

CI077: Get your story out there with Nilsa Reyna, actor, writer, director


“Be patient with yourself. It may take longer than you think.”

Nilsa Reyna

A stroke in your mid-30s. A maze of medical appointments with no answers. 6 years of searching for a diagnosis. Brain surgery. Anxiety. And recovery.

Actor, writer, director Nilsa Reyna is creating performances centered around her own health journey with the hope that it helps other people connect with their own stories.

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

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I met Nilsa many years ago when she was running a theater company, working a full-time day job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and acting. One evening at our monthly creativity salon, she shared an early draft of a an autobiographical one-woman show she was creating based on her story of experiencing a stroke in her mid-30s, with seemingly no risk factors present.

And despite tests, scans, appointments, and research, no one seemed to know why it had happened, or more importantly, how to prevent it from happening again.

Listen to the episode to get the full story of how Nilsa decided to be her own advocate and keep searching for answers as to what was happening inside her brain.

Connect with Nilsa

www.nilsareyna.com

Instagram: @nilsareyna

Twitter: @nilsareyna

Learn more about Moyamoya

One of the rarest forms of occlusive cerebrovascular disorders encountered in neurosurgery is moyamoya disease. Fragile blood vessels proliferate around a blocked artery in an attempt to bypass an occlusion. Their appearance on a cerebral angiogram resembles a “puff of smoke” or “moyamoya,” a term coined by a Japanese team who first described the disease.

Stanford Moyamoya Center: http://med.stanford.edu/neurosurgery/divisions/moyamoya.html


Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Send me an email and let me know what you have created from your own trauma or health journey. So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. You can write it or record a voice memo on your phone and attach it to the email.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.

My favorite hashtags #thecreativeimpostor #creativewomen

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

CI076: Shift your paradigm with Aya-Nikole Cook from Haji Healing Salon


“I just decided when I got the diagnosis that there must be some things that I don’t know about me so what can I do that will help me engage in a deeper self-study?”

Aya-Nikole Cook

What happens when you are an artist following your passion, building a name for yourself in your field, and doing work you love… and then suddenly a major health crisis comes out of the blue?

That’s what happened to Aya-Nikole Cook.

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

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Aya-Nikole Cook is the founder and curator at Haji Healing Salon in Chicago. Yoga, acupuncture, Reiki, bodywork, herbal remedies… located in the south side of Chicago Chatham neighborhood, Haji is a sanctuary where “thriving is our resistance.”

I KNEW I needed to talk with Aya when I heard the origin story of Haji while editing a business interview for a client’s podcast. She had been working in the fashion industry until being diagnosed with fibroid tumors and undergoing surgery and subsequent recovery. That was the turning point when she decided to, not only engage in deeper self-study, but shift her creative talents toward facilitating healing space for her community.

Listen to the episode to get the full story, and whether you yourself have gone through or are going through recovery of your own, hear some words of wisdom for engaging in your own paradigm shift of taking better care of YOU.

Connect with Aya-Nikole

Haji Healing Salon

Celebrate Haji Healing Salon’s one-year anniversary month!

A Haji-Style REVIVAL

Spring yoga supper club event that offers folks a 3-Hour, multi-layered experience of restorative yoga with reiki and live vibraphone music + a vegan meal and dialogue about the intersections of culture, Faith and healing.

Friday, may 17
630-930pm at Haji Healing Salon
Tickets are $55.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/hajirevival


We offer low-cost alternative healing practices in community, every Tuesday 4-8pm and Sunday 12-6pm.

Services include acupuncture ($25), Bodywork + reiki ($35), plus various other services each week. Reservations are made at hajihealingsalon.com


Instagram: @hajihealingsalon

Twitter: @hajihealing

Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Send me an email and let me know what changes you have made in your life, work, and creative process as the result of a health or healing crisis. So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. You can write it or record a voice memo on your phone and attach it to the email.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.

My favorite hashtags #thecreativeimpostor #creativewomen #

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

CI075: Intuitive Forecast & Meditation with Tina Conroy, The Intuitive Woman Podcast


This episode is a special treat for you (and for me!) I asked my friend and colleague Tina Conroy from The Intuitive Woman podcast to do a personal reading for me that I could share with YOU!

This is a forecast for the entire year of 2019 calling upon spirit guides, oracle cards, clairvoyance and intuition.

You may be thinking: well what does YOUR 2019 forecast have to do with ME?

Or you may be thinking: spirit guides and oracle cards? Big eye roll!

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

Join me for Voice Training at Podfest

March 7-9, 2019, Orlando, FL

Tina is too! Tina’s mini-talk is during the Pecha Kucha Thursday and my Voice Training session is Friday at 5:25pm!

Get the conference details at https://podfestexpo.com/

Dreaming of Podcasting?

CURRENT PODCASTERS! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are wanting to connect with other podcasters in a constructive, supportive way
  • you are happily podcasting along but feel like there’s something you’re missing
  • you want to grow your show in meaningful ways to make more of an impact

I’m developing an exclusive community circle of podcasters featuring monthly master classes, office hours with me, special guests and more! Founding members will have the opportunity to shape the program custom for you.

Launching April 2019.

PODCASTERS TO BE! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are planning to launch your podcast in 2019
  • you want to shortcut your learning curve and get it out sooner than later
  • you value having your show sound and look professional from the beginning so you can grow from a solid foundation

Let’s launch your show together as part of an intimate group in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod — the hands on attention of my private 1×1 launch service for a fraction of the cost!

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Tina breaks the woo woo down for you in this episode with practical ways to understand energy, spirit, and how to incorporate these tools into your daily routine. There’s also a lovely guided meditation at the end!

On a personal note, I booked this reading with Tina BEFORE I knew about my DCIS diagnosis and was hoping to be focused on creative work and life’s purpose and, you know, fun stuff! And not that this reading is all doom and gloom, but it definitely ended up being a lot more about health, self-care, rest, and balance.

Tina says that YOU can get so much benefit even from listening to my reading because there are often messages in someone else’s forecast that will ring true for you to — you’ll know when you hear them.

Connect with Tina Conroy

The Intuitive Woman Podcast

Website: http://www.tinaconroy.com

Facebook Group (featuring my favorite Live at 5 on Fridays!): Theintuitivewomangroup

Instagram: @theintuitivewoman

Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Email me. Send me an email and let me know why you listen to the show.So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. Why do you listen to the show? What do you love most about it or what do you get out of it? So that I can make sure that my new content direction is aligned with what you love and what you want and with you.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.
  3. If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, consider doing it together with me and a few friends in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod starting late April 2019.
  4. If you already HAVE a podcast and are ready to grow in a meaningful way and make connections, consider the VIP Circle.

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss #podcastgratitude

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

CI074: Imposter syndrome in a health crisis


What do you do when all of your creative entrepreneurial plans come to a screeching halt due to an unexpected health crisis? (Or any kind of emergency, for that matter!)

Do you have a contingency?

And how does shifting your priorities and relationship to work effect your self-identity? Not to mention the diagnosis itself???

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

Join me for Voice Training at Podfest

March 7-9, 2019, Orlando, FL

Get the conference details at https://podfestexpo.com/

Dreaming of Podcasting?

CURRENT PODCASTERS! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are wanting to connect with other podcasters in a constructive, supportive way
  • you are happily podcasting along but feel like there’s something you’re missing
  • you want to grow your show in meaningful ways to make more of an impact

I’m developing an exclusive community circle of podcasters featuring monthly master classes, office hours with me, special guests and more! Founding members will have the opportunity to shape the program custom for you.

Launching April 2019.

PODCASTERS TO BE! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are planning to launch your podcast in 2019
  • you want to shortcut your learning curve and get it out sooner than later
  • you value having your show sound and look professional from the beginning so you can grow from a solid foundation

Let’s launch your show together as part of an intimate group in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod — the hands on attention of my private 1×1 launch service for a fraction of the cost!

Here are some ways I’d love to connect

  1. Email me. Send me an email and let me know why you listen to the show.So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. Why do you listen to the show? What do you love most about it or what do you get out of it? So that I can make sure that my new content direction is aligned with what you love and what you want and with you.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.
  3. If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, consider doing it together with me and a few friends in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod starting late April 2019.
  4. If you already HAVE a podcast and are ready to grow in a meaningful way and make connections, consider the VIP Circle.

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss #podcastgratitude

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.C

CI073: Where Have I been? Updates & Invitations



I just sort of went into this existential crisis of — What is The Creative Impostor? Why do I need this show?

It has been a while since I have released an episode here for you. My last episode was this past summer with the fabulous Matt Marr. It was a really good one.

And now… I have to tell you something really strange has happened or is happening, which is that I did not plan to take a hiatus with this show.

In fact over on my other podcast, Podcast Envy, all about how to craft a show that matters, I have recently advised podcasters that if they are going to take a hiatus from their show, they should tell their listeners. They should announce it. They should set some expectations so that you’re not just leaving your listeners hanging and I did NOT do that myself.

Truth be told, I have been feeling guilty about it ever since I dispensed that oh so sage advice so I decided to come here just to check in and say hi. I haven’t forgotten you. I haven’t abandoned you. And I’m so so so happy and grateful that you have not abandoned me either and I know this because for some reason even though I have not released a new episode since summer, I have over a thousand downloads of The Creative Impostor per month since then — amazing!!!

Read on for more…

Subscribe to The Creative Impostor (it’s free!)

Get featured on Podcast Envy (my other show!)

You’re invited to be part of a year-end gratitude experiment!

If you feel grateful for podcasts or podcasting, I would love for you to be a part of my upcoming December episode. Send me a short audio clip (3min or less) with a story and/or post on Instagram about how you appreciate making or listening to podcasts using #podcastgratitude. Be sure to tag me @andreaklunder so I see it!

To share the audio clip, message me directly andrea [at] thecreativeimpostor.com by November 25th and I’ll give you instructions.

Dreaming of Podcasting?

CURRENT PODCASTERS! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are wanting to connect with other podcasters in a constructive, supportive way
  • you are happily podcasting along but feel like there’s something you’re missing
  • you want to grow your show in meaningful ways to make more of an impact

I’m developing an exclusive community circle of podcasters featuring monthly master classes, office hours with me, special guests and more! Founding members will have the opportunity to shape the program custom for you.

Launching January 2019. Sign up by December 21, 2018.

PODCASTERS TO BE! I’m looking for you IF…

  • you are planning to launch your podcast in 2019
  • you want to shortcut your learning curve and get it out sooner than later
  • you value having your show sound and look professional from the beginning so you can grow from a solid foundation

Let’s launch your show together as part of an intimate group in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod — the hands on attention of my private 1×1 launch service for a fraction of the cost!

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So where HAVE I been and why the hiatus and what can you do if you miss me?

I’m here. I haven’t disappeared.

I’m producing Podcast Envy. If you are interested in the topic of podcasting specifically, there’s some really good stuff happening over on that show and you should definitely subscribe. I’m also over at Power Your Story and while it’s not me, it’s my high school student mentees who are producing that show and we have a ton of new content in the pipeline.

And I’ve been over at Key Change: Creating Opera For All Voices with the Santa Fe Opera. This is an integrated podcasting-opera-storytelling experience all about an initiative through the community outreach and education department at the Santa Fe Opera called Opera For All Voices, which is all about commissioning new works centered around diversity and inclusion and having the conversation about what diversity and inclusion means in the opera world and just in the arts world in the United States in general.

What does American Opera mean?

What does contemporary opera mean?

What does it look like?

What does it sound like?

What kinds of stories are we telling?

Who is telling those stories?

The first season is out now and where are in the depths of editing season 2, which will be coming out this spring. So there’s been a lot of work going on at The Creative Impostor STUDIOS and that is the primary reason for the hiatus on The Creative Impostor PODCAST.

The other reason became clear to me when I went on hiatus unexpectedly was that I am getting bored. 

I mean not with the idea of The Creative Impostor, nor the brand, nor podcasting in general, but just the format. I mean, I’ve been doing it for a few years. I have some great interviews. I love doing interviews. I love doing the solo episodes. But now that I’m doing interviews over on Podcast Envy, it kind of feels like why do I have two shows? And in fact, I’ve been working with a business coach who is Robyn Conley Downs of the Feel Good Effect podcast (one of the podcasts that I edit.)

And Robyn actually said to me in a coaching, “Why do you have two shows? Do you need to have two shows? Maybe you should just focus on one.”

At first I was like, “NO! I can’t I can’t only have one. I can’t let go The Creative Impostor. That’s my baby. That’s my first show. I love that show and I have more listeners on that show!”

But from a business perspective, the show doesn’t really make that much sense anymore because my business has become specifically about supporting other podcasters and organizations and individuals who WANT to podcast.

And so I just sort of went into this existential crisis of what is The Creative Impostor? Why do I have it? Why do I need this show? What is different about it than Podcast Envy?

And I also have been thinking for a long time now that I’ve done a lot of interviews and I feel really comfortable and confident in this format and most podcasts that we listen to our either solo produced shows co-hosted shows or interview shows…

I keep thinking what else is possible with the medium of podcasting.

What else is possible in audio? I mean, yeah, we also have. Narrative fiction podcasts like Gimlet’s Homecoming and narrative nonfiction podcasts like Serial, but there has to be something else — some kind of experimental immersive audio experience.

I don’t know exactly what it is yet, but I want to do something really different.

I want to be more creative to be honest. So that’s where I’m going with this. More is coming. But I don’t know what and I don’t know. 

In the meantime, here are a few ways that I would love to connect with you:

  1. Email me. Send me an email and let me know why you listen to the show. So no like formal survey or anything. Just email me. Why do you listen to the show? What do you love most about it or what do you get out of it? So that I can make sure that my new content direction is aligned with what you love and what you want and with you.
  2. Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, talk about money and more.
  3. If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, consider doing it together with me and a few friends in the Podcast Envy Launch Pod starting January 2019.
  4. If you already HAVE a podcast and are ready to grow in a meaningful way and make connections, consider the VIP Circle.

Happy birthday to me this week Wednesday! I hope to hear from you ASAP for #podcastgratitude.  I’d love to see you for real, for real via Zoom meeting in either the Launch Pod or the VIP Circle in January of 2019.

Connect with Andrea

My favorite hashtags #podcastenvy #podcastboss #podcastgratitude

Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!)
Facebook Group The Creative Impostor
Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative
Instagram: @andreaklunder

Oh HEY! I’m on LinkedIn now… dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you’re a Creative Impostor listener.