The Creating Pros Podcast

Creating Pros blends creativity with business. Being a professional isn’t about the money you make, the position you hold, your level of expertise, or fame. It’s the motivation and attitude you bring to your work, a desire for always improving, and balancing your creative output with getting the business done.

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2 days ago

This is one we've been trying to get scheduled for almost a year (and been talking about it longer than that). Tom Flemming got his start designing for the World Wrestling Federation (Now the WWE).
Tom has painted covers & trading cards for almost every major publisher in the comic book industry such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and has illustrated for some of the most popular gaming companies in the world such as: World of Warcraft, Magic the Gathering, and White-Wolf Publishing.
We talk about art, the business, Tom's landmark IP lawsuit, and some really fun stories!

Tuesday May 30, 2023

We're seeing a lot of churn in businesses right now, and the publishing industry is being hit hard. What happens if your agent, publisher, artist, or services company goes out of business? The owner can't handle the business for one reason or another? What happens if you work for one of these companies?
It's a hard discussion, but you need to know what your options are, and how to prepare. And if you were affected by any of the recent closures, what are your options?

Tuesday May 23, 2023

The USPTO has found works of generative AI to be public domain, we have a writers strike facing streaming and AI in the writer's room, and the Supreme Court found Andy Warhol didn't meet the "Fair Use" standard, and should have paid licensing fees. What do these three events have in common, and what might it mean for creators?

Episode 29: It’s a trap!

Tuesday May 16, 2023

Tuesday May 16, 2023

There's a trap all of us have fallen into at some point, personally and professionally. And while it's not entirely unavoidable, there are things we can do to understand when we're falling into the trap, and ways to mitigate it. 
This week, we will talk about the Sunk Cost Fallacy. What it is, why we fall into it, and how to manage it.

Tuesday May 09, 2023

When the pandemic struck in 2020, The Internet Archive launched the National Emergency Library program. Which then set into motion a lawsuit by Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House accusing the Internet Archive of "mass copyright infringement."
The finding of the court is in, and this may direct the next phase of copyright law in the digital age, affecting users, publishers, and creators.
This is one for which I have mixed emotions, but I agree with the court. What will happen in the appeals? Will it bankrupt the Internet Archive?

Episode 27: The Power of Myth

Tuesday May 02, 2023

Tuesday May 02, 2023

Myth is the foundation of society, culture, and our belief systems. As creators and storytellers, we depend on and build upon the stories that came before us. As creators and business owners, myth is an important part of creating not only work, but our brands. Find out how you can use the power of myth to build your brand, your reputation, and how you can set off in your own journey!

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being on a panel at Jordancon about the influence of STEM and STEAM programs on science fiction, and how fiction can inspire new technologies. This week, I dive into the benefit of STEAM programs, and the importance of arts and creativity for those in the science and technology fields, and how improving your hard skills can benefit you as a creative.

Wednesday Apr 19, 2023

I do a lot of events - sci-fi and fantasy cons, business and technology conventions, workshops, and more. I get a lot of questions - how do they work, what are the benefits of doing them, and is it really worth it? It can be a lot of time, money, and resources. I'll talk through the top ten reasons I do them, and how you can decide if it's right for you! 

Monday Apr 10, 2023

Do you know the old quote, "Information wants to be free."As creators, and business owners, we're always looking to balance how and where to spend resources - from creating to marketing, and building our brands, there's a lot of tools out there. What does it mean to use these "free" resources? And what has this meant for our fans and customers?Find out what the quote really meant, and how you can navigate the big upcoming changes!

Tuesday Apr 04, 2023

I got a chance to meet sociology professor Tanya Cook and clinical psychologist Kaela Joseph on Hot Off The Press with their release of Fandom Acts of Kindness: A Heroic Guide to Activism, Advocacy, and Doing Chaotic Good, and needed to dive deeper. Their work takes a deep view of the value of community through fandom, and how it can serve to help one person with a life saving transplant, create social movements, or even save thousands of lives in a crisis.


Creating Pros


James P. Nettles

James Nettles is a University of South Carolina graduate and has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author.

In addition, having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology.

He is also the founder for Author Essentials and Author Essentials Workshops, the Business Track Dean for the Speculative Fiction Academy, and a founder of and the technical director for The ConTinual Convention.


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