The Artist’s Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck


Today’s book is: The Artist’s Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life (Broadleaf Books, 2024), by Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez, which is the ultimate guide for creatives. Whether you are a dabbler, a career creative, or a long-time self-proclaimed "tortured artist," The Artist’s Joy is here to help. As a professional oboist, teacher, and creative coach, Dr. Estevez knows the world of creatives and what they truly need to cultivate a life-giving practice. The Artist's Joy offers not only tools for the journey but a deeper understanding of the ways creativity works in our lives. It includes self-coaching questions, a group discussion guide, and a companion playlist with tracks for musical meditation and creative engagement. The Artist’s Joy can help you get unstuck, recover your creativity, and cultivate a practice that is joyful and sustainable.

Content Warning: from minute ten to minute fifteen, Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez discusses ED and addiction.

Our guest is: Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez, who has performed with top orchestras in the US and abroad, including the Met Opera and PhillyPops, and is currently the English hornist/Second Oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of New York. She has served on faculties of numerous universities and schools of music, most recently as Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Delaware. She has helped thousands of artists overcome creative block through her online creative recovery clusters, and has served as an executive coach for arts leaders, from major museum directors to deans of conservatories and art schools. Her podcast is Artists for Joy, and she is the author of The Artist’s Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, the producer of the Academic Life podcast.

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Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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