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Rude, but true.

I’ve had the great pleasure of speaking to many groups of amazing people – from high school students to the coffee-fueled crowd at Creative Mornings to the creative geniuses at PIXAR. I’ve given keynote addresses at conferences like Alt Summit, done Q&A’s, spoken on panels, taught workshops, signed a lot of books, and various combinations of all of the above. I truly could (and have) talked about finding inspiration, getting through blocks, and squashing self-doubt, until the wee hours of the morning.

I love sharing everything I’ve learned, and passing on the aha moments that I’ve experienced in the last few years… but I have to admit, what interests me most are the discussions that happen after I stop talking. The me-too stories I’m told after every single event – some funny, some heartbreaking – are the most amazing gifts I’ve ever been given. Those stories, which have often been kept quiet for years, are what connect us, and remind us that none of us are alone in this great big creative journey called life. After each event I grab the closest notebook, scribble down those me-too stories, and incorporate them into the next talk as absolute proof that we’re all in this together.


To book Danielle for speaking engagements, workshops and book signings, please email:


comments (27)

  1. Neil Elliott /// 06.08.2016 /// 4:39pm

    I have been trying to submit images of my work via your web site without any luck.
    I have given you my web site but can email them if you reply with an address.
    Thank you

  2. the jealous curator /// 06.08.2016 /// 7:36pm

    sure – just email submissions@thejealouscurator.com 🙂

  3. bruna /// 08.05.2016 /// 7:18pm

    hey danielle, look at this :


    best wishes…

  4. the jealous curator /// 08.05.2016 /// 10:22pm

    so great!

  5. Natasha Tarr /// 08.16.2016 /// 10:09am

    Hello! I’ artist . I doing the art. School for every one with still two artist Angelina Merencova and Leta Dobrovolscay . You blog is interesting for us . Thank you.

  6. Barbara /// 11.12.2016 /// 8:03am

    Hi, Danielle…I sent you an email about helping out with events in L.A…sent it as a reply to your “hello” email address. Just want to make sure you don’t miss it. All best!

  7. Danielle Smith /// 11.30.2016 /// 11:43am

    Hi Danielle!

    I’m wondering about the possibility of sponsoring one of your podcasts for stARTup Art Fair’s LA edition this January 29-31.

    Is that a possibility?

  8. the jealous curator /// 11.30.2016 /// 5:28pm

    hi danielle – yes, that sounds great! shoot me an email and we can figure it out : contact@thejealouscurator.com

  9. Susan Lasch Krevitt /// 01.05.2017 /// 12:45pm

    Looking forward to meeting you in L.A.! just learned of your site and have already subscribed to the podcast. thanks for bringing artists and eyes together!

  10. the jealous curator /// 01.05.2017 /// 5:16pm

    thanks susan! see you in LA : )

  11. Julie /// 01.13.2017 /// 2:57am

    Hi Danielle,

    I discovered your creation and love the initial premise behind it, and how you’ve used that toxic moment of comparison and turned it into a thing of joy and abundance. I’ve come across yourself on a couple of blogs/podcasts and love how you have used that process to talk about the self doubt and challenges we all face as creative souls

    I’m excited to let you know that I’m putting together an online retreat where 21 facilitators will run mini workshops. It’s called the Mindfully Alive Retreat: Tame the voices in your head, creatively live in the moment and find peace in frantic world. I want the folks who attend to not only have information but an experience of becoming more aligned with who they are. I would be honoured if you would consider being featured in it.

    I long to see people become who they were created to be which starts with that most important relationship we have with ourselves and then the world around us. As you know the power of being in the moment is so important and yet so many of us miss it, partly because we make it too complicated. That is why I’m putting together workshops from mediation to art journaling, photography to mindfully getting to sleep. I want to use this retreat to provide the experience that folks can change their lives and overcome their stress.

    I believe your expertise would be a perfect fit and I know your story would help inspire this audience.

    I plan to use Zoom to prerecord all the videos to make it easy on your schedule. The interviews will go live on 6 March 2017.

    Would you consider being interviewed?

    If so when is the best date/time to jump on the phone to chat further? I have an online calendar which may be more helpful for you to use at http://juliemerrett.com/MAR

    Thank you in advance,


  12. Gwenda Joyce /// 05.03.2017 /// 2:46pm

    Hi Danielle, I love your site and the concept behind it!

    Looking forward to your book signing at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, where I’m based. Don’t you think the jealous curator and the art ambassador need to meet?

    See ya soon!

  13. the jealous curator /// 05.04.2017 /// 6:22am

    ha! yes indeed they do : )

  14. Susan Paladino /// 01.06.2018 /// 6:08pm

    Look forward to listening. Good way to start 2018.

  15. Melissa McCobb Hubbell /// 02.27.2018 /// 11:00pm

    Hi Danielle- you mentioned on your recent podcast that you are considering invitations to speak on your upcoming book tour. I am in NW Connecticut and associated with NW Arts Counsel in Torrington Ct, as well as Five Points Gallery, also in Torrington. I am not a current member but have been associated with Whiting Mills Artists Studios in Winsted, CT. Would you be interested in visiting this area on your Book Tour? If NW CT is too far off the beaten path for you, I also have several connections in Fairfield County, CT (about an hour or so from NYC. If you are visiting northeastern US, we would love to have you. I’d be happy to follow up with a gallery, art guild or bookstore in Litchfield or Fairfield County to get you out this way. Please let me know if this would fit in your itinerary and an approximate date and I’ll see what I can do! Best, Melissa McCobb Hubbell (you can email me directly at mmh@melissamccobbhubbell if you’d like.)

  16. the jealous curator /// 02.28.2018 /// 6:09am

    hi melissa! that’s so great, and yes, my plan is to be on the east coast in october (new york and boston for sure, but if i’m already out that way, i’d love to go a bit further!) i’ll email you ; ) thanks!

  17. Gabriele /// 02.16.2019 /// 7:39am

    Hi Danielle: if you’re ever in the San Diego area I would love you to speak at the Fallbrook School of the Arts http://fallbrookschoolofthearts.org
    I work and teach there and some of our students are working artists who would love to hear your story and encouragement.

  18. the jealous curator /// 02.16.2019 /// 9:19am

    Oh, I’d love to! Next time I’m heading to California, I’ll let you know 🙂

  19. Taylor /// 03.07.2019 /// 9:37am

    Hi Danielle,
    My friends and I were looking forward to your event at Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and were sad to hear it was cancelled. Will you be in Minneapolis anytime soon?

  20. the jealous curator /// 03.07.2019 /// 11:50pm

    Hi Taylor – yes, I was disappointed too, but I’m having quite a hard time after losing my dad so suddenly a couple of months ago (trying to take some time to be gentle with myself). I will be coming again, just working on confirming a date now 🙂

  21. Taylor /// 03.10.2019 /// 10:06am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for the honest response and know we’ll be excited whenever you come! (It’s pretty snowy right now so you may have dodged a bullet) Thank you!

  22. Theresa Maktaak /// 05.04.2019 /// 9:20am

    Daniellle ,
    Wow- the power of are words- you are so right!!! You were a perfect way to end the School District 67 Wellness Day!! Thank you for sharing with us

  23. the jealous curator /// 05.04.2019 /// 10:55am

    oh, thank YOU! that was fun : )

  24. Martha Wakefield /// 05.30.2019 /// 4:04pm

    Hi Danielle, You recently did a 30 day online creative workshop online. Can you send me the link to the site assuming it is still available for latecomers?

    Thank you,
    Martha Wakefield

  25. the jealous curator /// 05.30.2019 /// 4:38pm

    hi martha! sure – use this link (and then i get a little bonus!) https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/get-unstuck-31-days-of-overcoming-your-creative-block?sscid=51k3_o5mhu

  26. Twist Gallery /// 02.03.2022 /// 1:52pm

    Good afternoon,

    We are an art gallery located in downtown Toronto and we aim to feature local talent by creating unique concepts for exhibitions! Our current exhibition is called crossing boundaries and it features 7 local artists who have a passion for travelling and reflect this passion in their work. I was wondering how it would work to be promoted on your website?

    Thank you,

  27. margaret benedict /// 04.30.2023 /// 1:34pm

    I have a piece of your art from 2016. I am downsizing and wondered if I could give it to someone. I would attach a photo if I knew how!

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