Part of the Maximum Fun network, Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert is a podcast that helps aspiring artists and creators overcome their fear, solve problems, and find joy in their creative space. Topics include recognizing your talents and beginning the creative journey, finding pleasure in creativity, overcoming creative obstacles, managing stress, handling criticism, guilt, and self-doubt, monetizing your work, and more. While there have not been any new episodes since 2016, the timeless inspiration and advice is just as relevant to artists just starting out today, and the 20+ episodes in the archives are well worth the listen.
The Host: Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, as well as many other notable and award-winning stories, novels, and publications. The Magic Lessons podcast supports her 2015 book, BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR, a book about finding joy in the creative journey, a tenet that Gilbert has always lived by.
The Guests: Gilbert regularly invites guests to share their experiences and inspire aspiring artists. Guests have included authors Cheryl Strayed, Ann Patchett, Rayya Elias, as well as fellow podcasters Brene Brown and John Hodgeman, and many others.
Why You Have To Listen: In addition to offering her own advice and that of her guests, Gilbert also invites listeners to write in with their specific questions or struggles. She calls the listener on the show and addresses the questions with actionable and practical advice, as well as encouraging words of inspiration and ways to overcome their challenges. It’s like a personal consultation! And even if you’re not a struggling poet or an advertising exec trying to make your mark in Manhattan, a lot of the advice can be applied to anyone trying to break the creative block and find joy in the process of creating.