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The Creative's Checkup | God and Gigs

by Allen C. Paul, Musician / Podcaster / Creative Coach

I show faith-focused creatives how to defeat doubt and confidently build the thriving, fulfilling career God designed you to have. If you want consistent inspiration and powerful strategies to help you grow as a Christian creative, sign up below!

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⏰ NOT Worth the Wait + Social Media That's Actually Social [The Creative's Checkup]

As we start the countdown to summer, we creatives tend to get frustrated because even though we're busy, our projects and goals can get stuck in limbo. In this edition you'll get easy strategies to build momentum and reasons to get excited for the summer ahead! VITAL SIGNS 🩺 WHEN IT'S NOT WORTH THE WAIT TL/DR? Here's the takeaway Procrastination can be the thing that robs you of momentum in the most important areas of your creative process, so intentionally fight it by breaking down your...

5 days ago • 4 min read
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VITAL SIGNS 🩺 : LEARNING FROM OTHERS AND MAKING IMPACT My friend, sometimes when I write to you, I have to look long and hard for something that would inspire or help you. But all I have to do is look around in our God and Gigs community, and I instantly realize there's always someone I can be inspired by. This week, that person is accountant and author Sam Mabry, who I affectionately call God and Gigs' financial angel. There's a reason she has tons of appearances in our membership and our...

12 days ago • 5 min read

As we continue keeping our eyes on the prize...even as the world continues to spin seemingly out of control...let's start this Creative Checkup with this foundational quote from John F. Kennedy. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. VITAL SIGNS 🩺 : Love is the ultimate fear antidote I was talking to a church staff member, or maybe it was another musician – the memory is hazy – after a long day of...

19 days ago • 5 min read

I asked and you answered. I asked if you were "go or no" on the new Creative Checkup format, and everyone who responded said it's a GO! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! So to remind you, here's the new setup for this weekly newsletter of faith-focused, creative entrepreneurial content. VITAL SIGNS 🩺 A teaching / devotional / message to help inspire and feed your creative soul and reconnect you with your spiritual foundation. LAB WORK 🔬The raw data on career, tactics, strategies, and the...

26 days ago • 5 min read

God and Gigs Recommended Event I know there's a TON of things going on in both your world and mine, Reader, but I don't want this to slip past us. The Podfest Expo A.I. and Creator Tools Masterclass is underway. Whether you consider yourself a content creator, artist, entrepreneur, or just someone who doesn't want to get left behind in the A.I. shuffle, this 3-day virtual workshop may hold the key to your next game-changing tool of choice (and yes, there's more than just Chat GPT) My own...

27 days ago • 1 min read

I'm not even going to try and act like this is a normal Wednesday. As you may have seen from last weekend's content, I've been dealing with the emotional weight of a crazy situation here locally... ...and today, as I'm writing, my wife and I adjusting to being empty nesters as our youngest daughter moved out to join her husband, who serves in the military, in their new home on base. Me, wife Lia, daughter Naomi, daughter in law Vanessa, son Marcus at Naomi's "moving out' dinner So yeah, I'm a...

about 1 month ago • 6 min read

Reader, I'm honestly not looking forward to today's livestream. But I think you'll understand when I share why. Over the past week, my local musician community has dealt with some tragic and unsettling moments. And it is impossible for me to lead with authenticity and not give them space to share, process and heal. That said, you may be dealing with some hard battles yourself, but you haven't felt there was a safe space to talk about mental health, addiction, or trauma. I'm not a counselor....

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

I often tell my students not to be misled by the name 'artificial intelligence' - there is nothing artificial about it. AI is made by humans, intended to behave by humans, and, ultimately, to impact humans' lives and human society. Fei-Fei Li Special announcement below - so if you don't read, you should still scroll!!! If you can go an entire day without hearing those two letters - A and I - back to back...you've probably turned off your phone and spent the day on a beach somewhere. Because...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." - Douglas Adams Anybody else feel like they struggle to find the time to do the thing you do BEST? It's amazing how we know that our greatest skill / talent / zone of genius is in our creative gifting...and yet that is often the thing that gets the least attention and the smallest part of our day. Whether it's practicing, spending time in writing, composing, thinking of new ideas, or just finding ways to be inspired......

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

“The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.” - Basil C. Hume It's the one thing that sets us apart as Christian creatives... ...the fact that the One that gave us our talents, our gifts and our passions... ...is also the One who gave His life for us and rose again to bring us back into His Father's presence. You might be working hard in a church environment as a...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read
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