I’m Ryan McLeod and I’m the creator of the Creative Chit Chat podcast. Last November I made the decision to create a podcast celebrating creative talent in Dundee. I’d never done anything like it before but I knew there was real value in creating something that shared the journeys, thoughts and opinions of creatives working in and around Dundee. There were a few reasons I started the podcast:
I love podcasts. They are a fantastic way of digesting fascinating content while commuting, working or whatever. For me, podcasts are a source of entertainment, insight and inspiration. There are so many great ones out there, especially in America, so I kept asking myself ‘Why don’t we have more in Scotland? And surely there’s room for a design focused podcast in Dundee?’
Having studied here and worked as a designer in Dundee for the past 3 years I’ve come to understand the breadth and depth of the creative community. One of the main things I’ve noticed is that we need to get better at shouting about ourselves. As individuals, self promotion is often the last thing on your to do list.
‘Design’ seems to be the big buzz word in Dundee at the moment with the new V&A design museum being built and the cities recently acquired Unesco City of Design. It’s important to me that people look beyond this and see the hard working creatives driving their own careers in the city.
With all the big investments in redevelopment and the changes in the city, it seemed important to give the hard working creatives in and around the city a chance to shout about what they’re up to .
The idea behind it is to have interesting discussions with creatives in and around Dundee or who have ties to the city. The chats are based around people’s journeys, their working practices and their thoughts and opinions.
Dundee is going through massive change at the moment with a spotlight being placed on design and creativity but beyond the glitz and glamour of the waterfront, in the workshops, studios, co-working spaces and spare bedrooms of the city, there are hard working individuals forging creative careers. These individuals, make up the talented, diverse and driven creative community of Dundee and it’s the stories of these people that I want to capture with the podcast.
We’re all too quick to put a positive spin on everything these days. The podcast is all about having open and honest discussions with creatives to really get under the skin and explore the struggles and difficulties as well as the successes and triumphs. At a crucial time in the creative community in Dundee I feel it’s important to give people a voice and really show case the amazing talent we have living and working here.