The most common question creative people get asked is, "Where do you get your ideas?" That's what Originality is all about: exploring the wheres, hows, and whys of creative genius with K Tempest Bradford, Aleen Simms, and a diverse assortment of guests from a variety of fields.



Latest Episodes

#36: Make Believe About Dragons

August 9th, 2022 · 50 minutes

Whitney "Strix" Beltrán joins Tempest and Aleen to talk about her unintuitive journey to becoming a narrative director in the video games industry. Sometimes we take the road we've always intended to go down; sometimes we're led on a path we never could have imagined.

#35: 35: Lean Into Your Creative Genius

June 23rd, 2022 · 54 minutes

It's easy to get bogged down in the notion that you've waited too long to start a new creative pursuit, but Tempest and Aleen are here to tell you that it is never too late to try something new.

#34: The Revival of Originality

May 6th, 2022 · 48 minutes

Why, after two years without a new episode, is Originality back? That's what Tempest and Aleen are here to tell you about this month! One of the most important things we can do as creators is learning from our experiences and tweaking our processes, so we're sharing what we learned from the first iteration of Originality and what we're doing diffe…

#33: I Feel My Body Rejecting This

April 11th, 2022 · 52 minutes

It can be really hard to put yourself out there when you don't feel like you know everything on a topic. This month, Tempest, Aleen, and guest Quinn Rose talk about strategies for overcoming that feeling so you can get started.

#32: Comparison is a Killer

February 13th, 2020 · 51 minutes

2020 is here! What did you achieve in the 2010s? Tempest and Aleen talk about why they dislike this question, and interrogate what "achievement" really means. They go on to discuss how they're reframing what an accomplishment looks and feels like, and their creative goals for 2020.

#31: Being Transparent About Hating the Process

October 24th, 2019 · 65 minutes

This week, Rosemary Orchard joins Aleen and Tempest to talk about the writing process. They discuss productivity topics like getting over barriers to creativity, not holding yourself to impossible standards, and establishing a writing ritual that works for you. Also, perhaps a writer’s most important question: do you trust strangers to watch your …

#30: The XOXO Episode

October 10th, 2019 · 58 minutes

Conferences are essential places to meet new people and expand your creative community, so in this episode Tempest and Aleen talk about their recent experiences at XOXO and why creating intentional community spaces at conferences like it matters. They also dive into the focus of many talks at the festival: getting attacked online, and how people w…

#29: Pantser, Plotter, Architect, Spy

September 26th, 2019 · 55 minutes

It's time to talk about the F word: failure. Aleen and Tempest tackle mistakes and how to frame those experiences to be productive instead of destructive. They also discuss seeking constructive criticism from trusted sources, embracing the "happy little accidents" Bob Ross taught us about, and why Angry Birds 2 is an example of all the wrong ways …

#28: 50% Art Stuff, 50% Life Stuff

September 4th, 2019 · 84 minutes

You might want to grab your friends for this one, because Tempest and Aleen are talking about building small communities. Tempest talks to Alethea Kontis, Monica Valentinelli, Stina Leicht, and Shveta Thakrar about their own collective and how they lean each other for support and motivation. Along the way they discuss when and how to create a spac…

#27: Once You Know the Rules You Can Break the Rules

August 7th, 2019 · 55 minutes

Where is the line between inspiration and appropriation? In this episode, Aleen and Tempest talk about learning by copying—and what questions to ask yourself to ensure that your final product isn't still a copy. They also dive into the nuances of drawing from different cultures, how to interrogate what really interests you about that culture, and …