How To Be A Successful Artist 

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The Upgrade has returned with a new format, new segments, and a ton of new hacks. Joining us in this episode are author Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Eileen and the new My Year of Rest and Relaxation, along with author and actress Keiko Agena (best known for her role as Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls), who’s most recently authored the book, No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists.

Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and NPR One.

This episode’s segments include:

Bad Hacks

Alice and Melissa talk about terrible hacks, such as this espresso machine/phone case.

Taste of Your Own Medicine: Keiko Agena

Melissa asks Keiko some of the questions she poses to readers in her book—questions like “What milestones in your life have you glossed over because they were expected?” And “What is a song that you wish someone had written for you?”

Ripped From the Archives

In which our own staff writer Nick Douglas tells us why killing your old ideas might be the secret to creative success.

The Interview: Ottessa Moshfegh

We talk to Ottessa about her writing process, why she’s done writing short stories (for now), and the country she’ll never go back to.

Upgrade of the Week

Keiko Agena is back with Melissa and producer Levi Sharpe to discuss this week’s upgrade—that one tiny change that’s making a big difference. This week our upgrades include: making your own fancy lamp; starting a food journal; and the wonders of Oatly brand oat milk (not a sponsor of the podcast—yet).


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