Creative Risk Podcast

On Creative Risk we speak with the brave souls in the creative industries who haven’t been afraid to put it all on the line. In each episode we feature a different guest who has faced the uncertainties of creative life with gusto and determination – and come out on top. Hosted by Gabriel Shalom, Creative Director and Head of Content at Picter, the images-first team collaboration tool built for remote work:


Self-described “creative octopus” Zipeng Zhu established his NYC career with an explicit poster campaign that caught the eye of award winning creative director Jessica Walsh. His colorful, bold, often playfully sexual design work has been commissioned by major international brands – but he can’t always talk about it. In this episode we explore how corporate NDAs play a role in both protecting and silencing creativity and Zipeng shares a personal view on silences in his own life as the gay son of traditional Chinese parents.


Jayanta Jenkins is a co-founder of Saturday Morning, a creative shop dedicated to shifting perceptions of racial bias and injustice. Jayanta’s groundbreaking work has spanned roles in agencies like Wieden+Kennedy and TBWA\Chiat\Day, and tech companies like Apple Beats by Dre and Twitter, where he was the global executive creative director. Join us as he shares milestones from his creative career and sheds light on what it takes to build and lead teams with intention.


Meet Tasneem Alsultan, an award-winning investigative photographer who covers stories for the New York Times and National Geographic. Braving shark-infested waters, going undercover, and standing up for herself as a woman in Saudi Arabia are just some of the everyday challenges she faces to get the job done. We learn about her unique upbringing across three countries, and how the irony of being a divorcee wedding photographer plays out in a culture which maintains deep tribal roots.


Nate Nichols, founder and creative director of Palette Group, gives us insights into how he built his career from the ground up. From living in a warehouse, to working a multimillion dollar campaign with Hyundai, to a life-affirming trip to Haiti, Nate shares how staying true to a strong set of values led him to start his own company: a leading creator of honest, culturally relevant video content that challenges all things “trite”.


On the first episode of Creative Risk we speak with Molly Gottschalk, New York based art director and consummate creative risk taker. We learn about her work at the world’s most read arts publication, her early career in the world of celebrity photography as an intern with David LaChapelle, and the fearless attitude she’s developed over the years that has led her to take pivotal, life changing creative risks.

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