Five Podcasts Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Be Listening To

Written by

Dawn Broadbent


Here at Mantra we are constantly seeking inspiration that will kick our butt into gear for the new week ahead and focus our mind whilst we work. Whether that be scrolling through the latest design projects on Behance, browsing the shelf for inspiring design books, listening to interviews that delve into the lives of influential artists, or finding a gripping new podcast. This week we are keen to share with you the latter - some of our favourite podcasts that keep us focused and feeling motivated throughout the working week.

1. The Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett

The Diary of a CEO has to be top of our list. Hosted by Steven Bartlett, a broke-university-dropout-come-multi-millionaire-entrepreneur, and founder of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies, Social Chain, The Diary of a CEO gives a raw, unfiltered insight into what the life of an entrepreneur is really like. Using only the scribbled notes from his diary as prompts for discussion, Steve's podcast reveals the deep, dark thoughts that most entrepreneurs shy away from sharing. The result is an intense, in-depth podcast that offers listeners a fly-on-the-wall experience to the life of one of the country's most influential entrepreneurs.

2. The Nose Knows by Jon Contino

Jon Contino is without a doubt one of the most influential staples in the design and branding community. As founder and creative director of Jon Contino Studio, he has produced award-winning work for household names including Nike, MillerCoors, American Eagle, Coca-Cola, 20th Century Fox, and Sports Illustrated. The Nose Knows is Contino’s latest creative venture, featuring Brent the Intern. Jon answers questions submitted by listeners about design and the life of a creative person. He discusses personal stories about his honest experiences building a creative business over the years, shares behind the scenes hijinks and hilarity, and goes on random tangents about old pop culture and air grievances with just about everything.

3. Lower Your Expectations by Marcus Butler

Far from discussing topical debates within the design industry, you are probably wondering why British YouTube vlogger, Marcus Butler’s podcast, Lower Your Expectations is on our list. With the aid of his full time producer, Matt Bentley-Viney, LYE takes a deep dive into ‘the weird and wonderful corners of the digital world’ tackling some of the internet’s biggest taboos with guest celebrities, creators and industry leaders. You'll find that LYE is well worth a listen for two reasons; firstly, the comical pair discuss fascinating contemporary trends within the realm of social media with a refreshing, brutal honesty. And secondly, LYE also features a whole host of successful personalities such as Joe Wicks, Greg James, and Oliver Proudlock who discuss their personal journey to finding success, and the importance of capturing attention in increasingly competitive, saturated markets.

4. Meet the Creatives by Rob Johnston

Rob Johnston is an independent graphic designer and photographer based in New York City. His podcast seeks to bridge the gap between entry-level creatives and top talent from companies like Facebook, Google, Adobe, Nike, Airbnb, Twitter, Huge, Pentagram and more. Meet the Creatives features some of the top names in the design industry such as Paula Scher, Debbie Millman, Malika Favre, Seth Godin, Michael Beirut, and Jon Contino. An inspiring listen for anyone interested in the work and lives of these industry leaders and discovering what it takes to be successful in the business.

5. Creative Lives by Lecture in Progress

Lecture in Progress is an online platform that inspires and informs the next generation of artists and innovators by demystifying the practical day-to-day workings of the creative world. One of the regular features is Creative Lives, a podcast series profiling interesting creative careers - from how they identified an interest in the industry, to their formal education and landing their first job. It offers an invaluable insight into the daily grind of some of the most talented, emerging artists.

So make this week a productive one by taking a listen to a few of our suggestions (if not all!) and let us know what you think. In turn, we'd love to know if there's any you think we ought to be listening to. Comment below!

Written by

Dawn Broadbent