Secret Sauce

A podcast about secret ingredients in art, work and life.

Hello Creative Friends,

To me, Art-Making is so much more than making a THING. Art-Making can be a micro-model for the grandest artwork we'll ever make... our lives.

This episode is about one of the specific tools we use to create our life... STORY. Stories are tremendously artistic. We can tell a 100 different stories about one experience, and the stories we pick will paint the experience in very unique and powerful ways. We can literally change our histories, by telling the stories in better ways. If this isn't the baddest art-form I don't know what is. 

I share a very recent story (something I rarely do), about a time I struggled to choose the better story around a challenging time.  

Choosing the story we tell about an experience is (for me), the same as choosing the color crayon we draw with. The story makes the experience, rather than the other way around. 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Hello Creative Friends,

This episode digs deeper into one of the goals of Secret Sauce: To talk about the intersection of artist and art. When I first began having relative success working as an independent illustrator, I noticed something: As my work expanded, it began tugging on ME. I couldn't sleep. I had anxiety. I was perpetually overwhelmed. Overtime it became clear, as my work grew the container from which the work came from had to grow... and that was me.

But try as as I might, I couldn't find anything online about how to deal with this set of personal challenges as they related to artistry and work. Most of the resources I found were about things like: "How to create a spreadsheet of your work," or "How to Price Art," etc, etc.

In this episode I talk about the often unspoken phenomenon of You as the Secret Sauce. You are deeply connected to your work, and as things change with your work, you'll feel it in your body, mind and soul. I tell a few stories of how I navigated this time, and what I think would have helped me to know then. 

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

 
 

 

Hello Creative Friends,

How do we make great art, when what we have to work with is meager? How do we create amazing new things, when resources are thin? This episode was inspired by the wise words of John Coltrane: "You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." Maybe shoestring music is exactly the kind of art the world needs right now. Maybe we don't need to have power to make powerful things. 

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Hello Creative Friends,

 

Anyone here question their purpose during times of crisis? When the world is on fire, does what we make matter? In this episode I use a handful of stories to make a case for Artists during crisis. Not only do we need them... but they are imperative to moving forward.  

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

 

Hello Creative Friends,

In this episode I glom together some stories about viewing life, business and art through a lens of enchantment. In uncertain times, who the heck has time for fairy dust? This is my first stab at making a case that all of us should make time.

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

 

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

 

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

 

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

 

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Hello Creative Friends,

What times we're in, huh? The "more" seems to keep getting... MORE. In this episode I make a case for making things together as the best chance of solving some of most looming creative problems.... and making things with people that we wildly disagree with.

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli. Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Episode 13: Just Ask Jason

Hello Creative Friends,

This episode I finally roped in my husband Jason. I'm excited to have him on, because inevitably when people ask me for advice about combining art with business, I share with them things Jason has told me. In this episode we talk about Jason's "Secret Sauce...." aka the soft skills that are so important to navigating the relationships that are integral to making anything in the world. This is a true right brain/left brain convo, as we dive into the ways his perspective can be useful for all makers. 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli. Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Hello Creative Friends,

This episode is about what we're making when we're seemingly "not making." It's about how we're all profoundly creative and artistic just standing in a room in silence. What gets made in the pause between making? If you're painting, what happens in the space between strokes? I believe the answer is so much more than we can possibly understand. How can that inform making wild new art going forward?  How can that inform making a wild new world? 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli. Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

 
 

 

Hello Creative Friends,

This episode is a (slightly) later follow up to Episode 8: You Have One Job. I don't really know how to to describe this episode in a paragraph, so I'm not going to. It's a long episode. I honestly wonder how I just talked for 90 minutes straight. I supposed my husband wouldn't be surprised. ;) You'll have to dive in, and hopefully come out unscathed.

On that note, we have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon

 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli. Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Hello Creative Friends,

This episode is about the creative power of energy. A philosophical foundation of my work and business is that energy is profoundly artistic. We are making things all the time, even simply standing in a room! I wanted to share a story about a teacher that first taught me how energy is even... a thing. It's certainly hard to talk about with words. I hope that the story in this episode can get a part of the truths around the experience... at least as I see it.

This is a tremendously transformative time we are in. What we are making and putting out there is traveling farther, and impacting stronger than every before. I think an awareness of energy's existence as a creative tool, is incredibly helpful before we begin the very important work that lies ahead. 

I love you. Thank you for being here,

Becca

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli. Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

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