Ann Rea - This Artist's American Life with Alex Blumberg

This week I was in Creative Live’s San Francisco recording studios as a student and not an instructor.

 

I enrolled in a storytelling course for podcasters  taught by Alex Blumberg of NPRs “This American Life” and “Planet Money.”

 

I’ve been listening to Alex for a decade and a half on “This American Life.” So when he chose to interview me, it was a bit surreal.

 

This disembodied voice was now embodied six inches away from me, holding a microphone, as we reviewed the most significant events in my life.

 

Examining turning points in my life, while being recorded in front of a worldwide audience, was not something I ever expected to do.

 

It felt like a life-review it’s said that we experience just after we die and just before we vanish back into stardust.

 

It was cathartic, therapeutic, and a complete affirmation of why I am so compelled to help other artists.

 

Down load and listen to this first generation American’s life as an artist.

 

Maybe you can relate?

Michelle Twohig
almost 3 years agoOctober 25, 2014
THAT. Was beautiful. Thank you, Ann, for sharing the feelings behind your journey. Here's to Angela.
Ann
almost 3 years agoOctober 25, 2014
thank you
Mark O'Connor
almost 3 years agoOctober 27, 2014
Straight to the heart, straight from the heart! Thank you Ann for sharing your story and for your amazing gift of encouragement to fellow struggling creatives.
Annrea
almost 3 years agoOctober 27, 2014
You're welcome Mark.
Paul Bostrom
over 2 years agoFebruary 25, 2015
Is that Mark O'Connor the famous violin guy? 

Also, Ann, just heard you on Cory Huff's podcast and your story is awesome and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
Jonathan Marchant
almost 3 years agoOctober 27, 2014
Dear Ann,  I shall be listening to this recording again and again. I can relate on a human level in many ways, formative childhood experiences, self medicating myself to face the day to day pressures of life and thwarted ambitions.  I've never entirely abandoned my quest for a profitable creative life and now, at the age of 50 , taking business advice from sources such as yourself I'm finally finding my own way forwards. Thank you very much for all the inspiration your various postings have given me and I'm positive you'll continue to inspire me.
Annrea
almost 3 years agoOctober 27, 2014
You are very welcome Jonathan. I invite you to enroll in my free Creative Live course...https://www.creativelive.com/courses/fulfill-your-creative-purpose-ann-rea
Philippa
almost 3 years agoOctober 29, 2014
The story behind the story is so powerful. Your revelations have given me a strong reminder about Life, its possible brevity and what really matters to make it meaningful. We often come to this too late! Thank you for airing and sharing Ann.
Annrea
almost 3 years agoOctober 29, 2014
You're very welcome
Elisa
almost 3 years agoNovember 1, 2014
Dear Ann. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story. Will it be okay to see your flower garden painting in watercolor?
Annrea
almost 3 years agoNovember 1, 2014
Thank you Elisa. Here's the watercolor painting...

http://artistswhothrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Opening.png
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoNovember 2, 2014
that was so beautiful! thank you so much!
Elisa
almost 3 years agoNovember 2, 2014
Forgot to put my name but that's me. :)
Dara Daniel
almost 3 years agoNovember 2, 2014
OK I am crying too. I relate to the pain and the struggle since I  too have worked so hard to be successful but, often ridden with insecurities due to lack of support, etc. It has been so hard to get somewhere with my artwork even after all this years of trying. So many ups and downs and still wondering how to make a good living?
Ann
almost 3 years agoNovember 2, 2014
Dear Dara,

I so understand your struggle. But it does not have to be.

I've made art and made money because I run a business. 

That's why I'm teaching other artists what I've learned, see here: http://www.makingartmakingmoney.com/

Ann
Wayne Upchurch
almost 3 years agoNovember 14, 2014
Your personality, spirited attitude, vulnerability, authenticity . . not to mention Valuable Experience... have launched deep surges of inspiration rippling out from your story, here. I was watching CL that day, and am Delighted to find the full edited interview, here; I admit, too, that hearing this story I know well, now, once again brought up tears of recognition. Thank you for these remarkably few choices that brought you here, and even more for the way you choose to be living authentically and passionately, in connection, in community, and in advocacy of what matters to you, without apology. Yes!
(oh, and wasn't Alex the Best? I learned a lot from his class, too!)
I continue to advocate your mission and your upcoming CL course among my community of transformational cohorts.
Play On, Ann!
Ann
almost 3 years agoNovember 14, 2014
Thank you Wayne :)
Yoni
over 2 years agoNovember 26, 2014
Wow, that was inspiring Ann and a great interview Alex. Thank you for sharing your story.
Ann
over 2 years agoNovember 26, 2014
Your welcome.
Lisa R
over 2 years agoDecember 6, 2014
Yes. This. Exactly. Onward!
MJ
over 2 years agoDecember 9, 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience. Very inspiring.
Ann
over 2 years agoDecember 9, 2014
You're welcome.
Chuck
over 2 years agoDecember 23, 2014
Just listened. Teared up at the time you did. It's been a long road for me, too, and I'm taking my first steps from being a zombie. Thanks so much, Ann
Annrea
over 2 years agoDecember 30, 2014
You're welcome Chuck. One step at at time. You'll get there.
DinaD
over 2 years agoJanuary 6, 2015
Dear Ann ~ Thank you.  Your story is inspiring; we have lots of similarities.  In addition, I teared up listening as you did speaking.. I am determined as you were.. and I am now refreshed. Thank you again for sharing your heartfelt story.
Ann
over 2 years agoJanuary 6, 2015
You're welcome Dina.
Victoria J Sterkel
over 2 years agoJanuary 16, 2015
So touched by your story, thank you for sharing Ann.  To all the Angelas!!!  May we all get there, do what we love and follow our bliss.  Thoughts create, and if your not failing your not trying are my current mantras!!  Had a few rejections lately from galleries.  I'm finding so many artists using sex appeal, either in what they create, or how they market it.  Refreshing to hear your "real" story and your work is vibrant and alive!!!  I'm incredibly inspired by your appreciation page, do you have a copy right on this :)  I'm so grateful for artists that share and inspire.  Thank you Ann!!!  Victoria
Annrea
over 2 years agoJanuary 18, 2015
You're welcome Vitoria.

And yes indeed. I value and I protect my intellectual property.http://annrea.com/pages/copyright-2005-2015-ann-rea-all-rights-reserved
Warren Lynn
over 2 years agoMarch 30, 2015
Great Story! It's great to hear that you are doing well with art. I was born in Ohio and eventually settled here in California still working full time and doing art on the side until next year when I plan to go full time artist. You are the second person this week I heard was from Dayton. Have fun with art! Thanks for the inspiration!
Annrea
over 2 years agoMarch 30, 2015
Thank you Warren. I'm actually from Cleveland and I went to art school there, not Dayton :)
Jade Michele
over 2 years agoApril 5, 2015
Ann Rhea is a beautiful soul. She has so much compassion and energy for life. Her advice are jewels of wisdom. I can relate to her story. But without going through all if that, She would not have become the person she is today. So Inspiring. Thank you. :)
Annrea
over 2 years agoApril 5, 2015
thank you Jade.
Mercedes Lindenoak
over 2 years agoMay 14, 2015
Thanks so much for sharing this Ann and for sharing your vulnerability.
Eva Jo Wu
about 2 years agoMay 21, 2015
Inspiring.  Thank you!
Sherry Friis
about 2 years agoJuly 29, 2015
You are such a sweetheart and a genuine soul.  Thank you for this broadcast and your sharing!  I was stuck today because I am trying to find work before I embark on the most wonderful adventure!  I am 62 and after a life with abusives I am finally broken free, and am entering an atlier academy to do what I was made for...classical art!  Instead of searching for work I am going to use this month before the immersion program to do as you discussed with Cory to make my business plan and marketing plan.  You have inspired me and comforted me.  That alcohol abuse thing is a multi-generational plague.  Be of Good Cheer, you day is here!  Hugs and prayers for your continued success!
Ann
about 2 years agoJuly 29, 2015
Thank you Sherry :) 

I have stopped that evil plague. I'm not havin' it!
Kathy Shute
about 2 years agoAugust 4, 2015
Thank you Ann, for your honesty in sharing your personal story and your journey as an artist. I identify with you in so many ways and you are an inspiration! I put my brushes down for 10 years after I had a personal bankruptcy in a custom sign painting business. Like you, I picked up my brushes again and have created 6 paintings so far. You are a much needed light for artists everywhere!
Ann
about 2 years agoAugust 5, 2015
You're very welcome Kathy and thank you.
Diane
almost 2 years agoSeptember 11, 2015
Thank you so much for this inspirational life story! You are one of my favorite artists of all time and am so glad that your journey brought you to the place where you can enrich the lives of so many with your immense talent! You were able to take the trials and pains of your life and create something beautiful out of it! Whenever I go through my pain and disappointments your work rejuvenates me and makes the day to day easier for me! Thank you so very much for your work and what it has done for me! :D
Ann
almost 2 years agoSeptember 11, 2015
You're very welcome Diane. Thank you for sharing.
Brad Powell
over 1 year agoDecember 6, 2015
I just took Alex Blumberg's class at Creative Live, and saw your whole interview process there - really great to hear his final edit. Thanks for your story and your willingness to tell it - very inspiring!!
Annrea
over 1 year agoDecember 6, 2015
You're welcome. It was a process for sure!
Sherri
over 1 year agoFebruary 7, 2016
Thank you for sharing your journey.  I understand your journey.  Your story touches the heart.  It says a lot about where you came from and your determination to succeed.
Catherine Meyers
over 1 year agoMarch 6, 2016
Ann Rea I related to so much of your personal story the alcoholic family and the abuse all all the struggles. Thank you so very much for sharing your open emotional heart and spirit. You have become your own heroine.
Ann
over 1 year agoMarch 8, 2016
Thank you Catherine and you're welcome.
Laura Osburn
over 1 year agoMarch 28, 2016
You are so brave.
Ann
over 1 year agoMarch 28, 2016
Thank you Laura
Felicia
about 1 year agoJuly 22, 2016
Hi Ann,
Your story... especially talking about Angela moved me.  I have survived head and neck cancer and this year... this  healing summer -  something inside broke open. It's not enough to just survive.  I don't want to survive. I want to LIVE.   And living... well that's a whole 'nother thing. 
 A very dear friend once said.. If I don't live now... When?  When will I live? 
God bless Angela for being that inspiration, for inspiring so many people to live.
Now. That's the answer to the question.
Anonymous
about 1 year agoJuly 22, 2016
You're welcome.
Shawn
about 1 year agoAugust 3, 2016
Hi Ann,
Great story, love the emotional connection you got first painting again.  I too took 10 years off after art school, not seeing any potential in selling (they definitely didn't teach us any of those skills sadly). I too ended up not being an architect, first from parent's money for school and then later bills and then later felt too old and too indebted to ever pay back.  I did restart painting and threw myself into that.  I even worked at an art gallery to learn the system inside out, but quit with rising politics. LOL.  Politics seem to be everywhere.  Now just struggling to sell even now regularly.  I will keep going.  Great to share your story.  Sometimes we need to really hit the bottom to go to the top.
Ann
12 months agoAugust 18, 2016
thank you Shawn
Karen
12 months agoAugust 23, 2016
Thank you for sharing your story Ann.  Truly heartfelt.
Ann
12 months agoAugust 23, 2016
You're welcome Karen.
Anonymous
8 months agoDecember 30, 2016
You are so smart and brave to have taken what happened in your life and turn it into a passion, a reason why, that helped you succeed in a career that everyone says isn't viable. I think you're a pioneer for the art world and that you see clearly. Thank you so much for putting this interview out into the world.
Julie Cohn
8 months agoJanuary 4, 2017
Hi Ann,
I really enjoyed the interview, your candidness about life's difficulties and successes. I can relate to much of what you said. I admire your braveness to go for what you want in life and use a great strategy to get closer to others and bring joy to them through your art. I have this same desire. Looking forward to talking soon!
Julie
Ann
8 months agoJanuary 4, 2017
Thank you Julie.
Anonymous
6 months agoFebruary 22, 2017
Thank you for being so open.
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