"Most of us have two lives. The life we live and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance." -Stephen Pressfield, The War of Art
Two thousand interviews in nearly 20 years. That's my journey thus far as a journalist engaged in an ongoing pursuit of meaningful stories from artists of all kinds—musicians, directors, authors, actors, and more. Most of my interviews have centered on a single idea, a single struggle. We all feel it—the distance and tension between our present situation and our future goals. That counteractive force—the fear, the apathy, the lack of resources—that's the Resistance.
I love these conversations about Resistance because I discover in them a reflection of myself. When I encounter someone who has overcome their excuses, I find the motivation to conquer my own. As an artist describes how they set aside their fears, I find the courage to abandon my own. The power of a shared story is that it helps us write a better ending, and my career as a journalist has shifted my own journey toward healthier choices and more meaningful outcomes.
I sat on this podcast idea for a long time, experiencing a Resistance of my own that kept me from making the leap into the act of creation. But after years of waiting, here we are. A brand new seasonal podcast featuring honest conversations with artists discussing their own Resistance. My hope is that we'll all find a way forward—together.
Welcome to The Resistance.
— Matt Conner, Founder