Episode 19 – Cashing in on Creativity with Bruce Outridge

In Episode 19, Mark interviews Bruce Outridge, an artist, speaker, podcaster, television host, cartoonist, columnist, consultant and coach.

The podcast features a fifteen minute interview with Bruce as well as a couple of short clips from his Cashing in on Creativity podcast which has a format that is as fun and unique as Bruce himself.

The interview took place at a Hamilton, Ontario bar called The Ship. So you’ll hear the ambient noise of music and chatter in the background. Mark and Bruce had initially connected while discussing their mutual love of craft beer and so selected this place to meet and record their mutual podcast interviews.

Mark and Bruce posing in front of the craft beer menu at The Ship

Prior to the interview, Mark gives a personal update on the status of his recent completion of the Waterloo half-marathon as well as an update on the views for the videos of his recent Free Friday Frights weekly readings/talks.

In the Terrible Tongue Twister segment, Mark has a go at the following tongue twister . . .

“I’m not the pheasant plucker, I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate,

And I’m only plucking pheasants ’cause the pheasant plucker’s late.

I’m not the pheasant plucker, I’m the pheasant pluckers son,

And I’m only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come.”


(Needless to say, there is bleeping involved)

The Terrible Tongue Twister segment (AKA “Twisting by the Fool”) is sponsored by Findaway Voices, who provide all the tools that an independent author or small publisher needs in order to get into the digital audiobook market.


In their interview, Bruce and Mark discuss:

  • Bruce’s podcast, Cashing in on Creativity and how authors can use it for inspiration and ideas from other creative people and independent artists for their own creative journey
  • The passion that Bruce has for music and why he uses his podcast to feature and spotlight independent musicians
  • Bruce’s natural inclination for being open to opportunity and to saying “yes”
  • The belief, Bruce has, that people need an option, which was derived from his early days of creating art and cartoons
An example of one of Bruce’s cartoons
  • The importance of looking beyond one’s own industry for learning, growth and ideas
  • Bruce’s background as a trucker (he has been a driver for more than 25 years), and how that led to writing for the trucking industry, the trucking specific podcast he produces and the speaking he does for that industry
  • The challenge of wearing multiple hats when it comes to branding and how Bruce manages that using blocks of time
  • Bruce’s favorite piece of advice that creative people should attend to

Mark then plays a couple of short clips from two of Bruce’s recent podcast episodes that he found inspiring.

Bruce and Mark with Hugh Culver, guest CAPS speaker at the April Toronto Chapter meeting

After the interviews and shared clips from Bruce’s podcst, Mark shares a reflection about the networking that led him and Bruce to connecting and talks about that element which Bruce started off the interview discussing (and which is mentioned by Ann Brown in an episode of Bruce’s own podcast) – being open to opportunity and authentic connections with others.

He shares an additional example of connecting with fellow author Julie Strauss, his enjoyment and learnings from reading her novels and blog articles and the benefits to his writing and personal life that came from a few chance encounters that a friendship grew out of.

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Bruce Outridge has been an artist since the age of ten and now operates Bruce Outridge Productions as both the President and the main face of the company. With over 25 years driving transport trucks much of his cartoon work is included in the trucking industry. He runs multiple podcasts, that include one for the trucking industry and one for artists and other creatives on how to get started in business. In 2017 he launched his new television show with Cogeco’s Your TV network showcasing the youth of today in business and careers and the community partners that help them.


The music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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