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Episode Info: Aunia Kahn is figurative artist, photographer, creative entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. She has created a hybrid art form combining many disciplines. She designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creations, melding elements of classical and contemporary art. Aunia also runs/hosts the Create & Inspire Blog & Podcast where she helps and inspires creatives to follow their dreams! Full shownotes: In this episode, Aunia discusses: -How and why she started the "Create and Inspire" blog and podcast. -How John Lee Dumas of "Entrepreneur on Fire" inspired her to start a podcast (just like Youngman Brown with "Your Creative Push"). -How most artists don't realize that their art can be a business and many of the mistakes they make when trying to sell their work. -Her first creative moments with a Kodak Fisher Price camera as a child. -How even though we are the most photographed era in time, we are going to be left with no actual photos. -Her journey through various forms of art, and how she wanted to be a painter, and a surgeon, and a veterinarian, amongst many other things. -How health issues inhibited her from being able to sing, and how that led to her beginnings as an artist. -How art was therapeutic to her and gave her the feeling of having a purpose. -The story of what made her start to share her work and the unlikely person who encouraged her to do so. -Her advice for people who might be afraid to share their work because they are embarrassed or shy about the content or subject matter that they create. -The importance of just messing around and experimenting, not worrying if it is good or bad, and just learning from it. -How you shouldn't base your progress on the amount of Facebook likes that you get. -The value in aiming to affect one person as opposed to appealing to a broad audience. -Details about her gallery Aunia's Final Push will inspire you to keep getting up and never giving up. QuotesRead more »

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