My fave podcasts for creatives working from home

As the past two years have whizzed by with lockdowns 1-6 for us in Melbourne, I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts – mostly to block out the rest of the noise at home whilst managing kids! I’ve always been such a fan, but with a mountain of choice out there on literally almost ANY topic I thought it would be fun to share my go-to’s podcasts for creatives!


As a freelance graphic designer and a working from home Mum who runs her own small business 🤘 here are my top fave podcasts for creatives


Soul Traders – Podcast for Creatives

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What’s it all about?

Soul Traders is a weekly podcast for creatives and freelancers who want to build an intentional business in alignment with their life and their values.

My review:

My absolute fave! When I found this gem I couldn’t stop listening – everything resonated with my journey. I love the banter between the hosts Amy Snoekstra and Bo Wong – they compliment each other so well. There are so many nuggets in each episode that have helped me truly reflect and grow.

My favourite episode (if I had to choose!) would have to be this one here with Kitiya Palaskas

Routines & Ruts Podcast

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What’s it all about?

The podcast is perfect for creatives. It’s about the days we find flow, and the days we go completely off track. As an extension of Extraordinary Routines, this podcast delves further into the idea that creativity isn’t just something we do, but how we approach our lives.

My review:

I mean who doesn’t love Madeleine Dore? Her voice is so dreamy. I also have her book called “I didn’t do the thing today” on my bedside talbe and I literally CANNOT wait to get my eyeballs on it. Get stuck into Routines & Ruts.

Have a listen to this episode here on resting when there’s still more to do – all the productivity guilt feels. You can thank me later.

The Deep – Podcast by Zoe Marshall

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What’s it all about?

From terminal parents to sex workers, extremists and drug addicts, The Deep is a place for thought-provoking conversations that help us explore who we are when no one is looking. 

My review:

I literally follow this podcast on the weekly. I binge listened to all of the episodes, and now hang out for the newest one to drop – like a real groupie! This one won’t give you any advice on being a graphic designer, having good routines or how to navigate small businesses but it’s an amazing listen. Every episode is gripping and I absolutely love the way Zoe Marshall navigates so many difficult conversations that we would otherwise find taboo.

Highly recommended! I don’t have a favourite episode – they’re all darn good – listen here

Kat John is REAL, RAW & RELATABLE

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What’s it all about?

Kat John is an Authenticity Coach and Speaker and she’s on a mission to inspire you to save and channel your fks towards the things that matter to your heart and give zero fks (or less), to the things that don’t. 

My review:

As an introverted, over-worrier with imposter syndrome – this poddie is the pep talk I often find myself navigating to when I need it the most. Kat John is also ridiculously hilarious to listen to, as you guessed it, she keeps it real, raw and relatable!

So many episodes full of golden nuggets – take your pick here

Branding Banter

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What’s it all about?

This podcast shines a spotlight on Australian businesses, to identify how a brand helps businesses connect with their consumers. If you love banter and are a creative (or business owner who wants to learn more about branding in a lighthearted listen – this ones up there in my top podcasts for creatives!

My review:

An Aussie duo Frank and Delphie banter about local businesses to help identify how brands connect with their customers. Not just a great learning experience for those who understand the depths of the brand journey, but a great shining light for all businesses to learn the value of a great brand. 

Obviously, the Bluey episode is my favourite! Tune in here

What doesn’t kill us by Dr Marion Piper

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What’s it all about?

This is an inspiring podcast for conversations about creativity, posttraumatic growth and how we make sense of the tough stuff.

My review:

I know this beautiful gal personally, and absolutely love her presence in this world! Marion is a deeply creative, humble and compassionate person – and this podcast is exactly that. I love each and every episode – listen here!

Creative Pep Talk – Andy J Pizza

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What’s it all about?

Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative practice! Each week, host Andy J. Pizza serves up monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses sharing creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics. This would have to be one of the absolute best podcasts for creatives, graphic designers, illustrators, any kind of artist – I mean, check out his podcast artwork!

My review:

Honestly, I love this guy. Andy is quirky to listen to, but genuinely has SO much advice and positive giveaways in every episode.

For creatives specifically – I love listening to this one on how to find your creative voice (and trust it!) – have a listen here

Suz Chadwick – Brand Builder’s Lab Podcast

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What’s it all about?

Suz Chadwick is the founder of The Connection Exchange, a business, brand and speaker coach helping businesses build confidently bold Brands. Suz shares her experience so that it’s all about playing bigger, brand bolder and nailing your core message so that you can attract the clients you want and have more fun in your business!

My review:

Last but not least, with 191 episodes to date! Suz is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to uplifting bold brands to the sky. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Suz on her brand, website (and even this podcast tile). I’ve also been an avid listener to her thoughtful episodes. There’s literally something for every stage you’re at in your business.


Podcasts can help you progress in any which way you like, and I truly believe this matters. It can relate to literally anything we are working towards with our personal growth journey. 

What are your favourite podcasts for creatives?

I’d love to hear them too! Please send me a message here!