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The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Sep 29, 2014

Bill Doran (@Chinbeard) is a replica props and model builder based in Seattle. He has turned his hobbies — playing video games and attending conventions — into his profession by serving a niche community who need high quality props and weapons as an part of their cosplay.

This conversation focuses on how Bill creates his pieces using very hands-on techniques and tools, and how built his online customer base from mostly in-person interactions.

Bill’s work can be seen on his website, Punished Props, and onhis YouTube Channel.00:00


An example of Bill’s YouTube videos, where he brings some how-to direct to your screen.

Show Notes & Links



  • Artistic Effects like washes, glazes, patinas
  • Go to conventions to meet people (aka network). Costumes attract attention and start conversations
  • Be systematic about your schedule. Fill your commissions and book your upcoming time.
  • Get reference numerous images for your projects before starting
  • Do business with real names, not internet aliases


  • Work out every day
  • Use mornings for productivity
  • Check email at lunch
  • Work until the wife gets home (then have dinner and relax)
  • Always take the advice that comes from a seasoned expert (at least try the recommendations)