We all have inner critics who show up and try to convince us that our ideas aren’t any good, or that we shouldn’t waste our time working stuff that “someone’s probably already done.” Danielle Krysa, author of Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk is on the show talking about the real stuff that no one talks about when making work: the hard days when nothing good gets made, how to own your success without bragging, and giving yourself permission to just be an artist already.  

On this show, we talk about  

  • Polished vulnerability vs real life vulnerability 
  • No one talks about getting into the studio and having a totally shit day and nothing good happened 
  • Promoting our own work and being self-deprecating instead of being proud of ourselves 
  • OWNING our success without bragging 
  • Taking up more space 
  • Having permission as an artist, and what makes a “real artist” / why is it so hard to call ourselves and “artist”  
  • What titles we give ourselves and why they’re so incredibly hard to own 
  • When to show off your art, and when you keep it for yourself 
  • Owning your curiosity and having a great time on the page/canvas 


About Danielle Krysa 

Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009). Danielle has curated shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. In 2014 she published two books, both with Chronicle Books, titled “Creative Block” and “Collage”. Her third book, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” was released in October 2016 (currently writing a new book due out Fall 2018!) Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com. 

The Jealous Curator has been featured by Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Brain Pickings, Communication Arts  Magazine, Glamour Paris, and more. 

Find Danielle Online: 

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk

College: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Mash Up and Transform

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas, Ideas & Advice from 50 Successful Artists 

 The Jealous Curator on Instagram  

 The Jealous Curator:

 Art for Your Ears Podcast 

 Danielle’s Art Site


Also in this Episode: 

 The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian