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The podcast for the oddballs and misfits of the world trying to turn their creative passions into legitimate careers. Here, we discuss everything about creative professions; both the artistic side AND the business side. You'll learn how to produce your very best work on a consistent basis, how to grow your social media following, how to create passive income streams, and how to streamline you're dream business. Also join us for our DD ("Deep Dive") episodes where our guests go far more in-de ...
 
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Like every other creative business owner, 2020 has been rough, wreaking particular havoc on my ability to be creative. Between new stresses and constant distractions, I've struggled. But a few weeks ago I had an epiphany, one that opened the floodgates and allowed me the ability to move forward in projects that have previously been stalled. If you'…
 
Let's talk shipping! Depending on the kind of work you do, there are a million different things to keep in mind when sending it off to a buyer. In this episode I cover some of the more technical aspects as well as additional items to include for expanded marketing of your work. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Pa…
 
There's nothing wrong with hard work, wanting to better yourself or having specific, career goals and working toward them every day. There is something wrong with glorifying our lack of self-care in order to prove we're worthy of the very goals we're striving for. In this episode, I'm talking Hustle Culture, how to recognize it in ourselves and how…
 
Photo books aren't just for photographers! Whether you're a painter, a dancer, a sculpture or any other kind of artists, photo books are a great way to showcase your work and tell your unique story. In this episode I break down 10 tips for curating and self-publishing your first photo book. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZt…
 
Not every day is going to be a creative day. Sometimes you just can't write, can't paint, can't shoot. On those days, it's best to work on something else. In this episode I list 6 options to keep your business from staying at a complete standstill on the days you simply cannot find the mental capacity to create. Join the Creative Chaos community at…
 
In an ideal world, we'd be paid on time, every time. But more often than not, we'll have to deal with clients who either try to add more to our plate without paying or will try to bounce on the final payment altogether. Here are a few ways to make sure neither of those things happen. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Becom…
 
In this episode I cover 6 different places each of us should be exploring to expand our creative influences. Because the larger and more diverse pool we have to pull from, the more interesting, unique and meaningful our creations. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio…
 
Finding focus is all about finding clarity. It's about narrowing down exactly what you need to pay attention to and cutting out all other distractions. How do you cut out the noise and decide what is worthy of your time and energy? In this episode we discuss exactly how to do just that. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Be…
 
*I have limited space to describe each episode and am using most of it for links this time so I'll just say this episode is about figuring out the best possible way to use your art for good.* No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear, by Toni Morrison: https://bit.ly/3e3XmEm Educational Justice, by Sharif El-Mekki: https://bit.ly/3d1xZSh Join the Cr…
 
I wanted to quit Facebook a long time ago, but like many artists I figured it was nearly impossible to run a successful business without it. Then 2 years ago I finally walked away. In this episode I talk about why I left, how I left, the resulting effect on my income and what my business looks like now. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://…
 
Marketing our art is a little more complicated than creating something, posting a photo of it on Instagram and then sitting back and waiting for the buyers to roll in. In this episode I cover 5 of the most common marketing mistakes and how to fix them. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FU…
 
I love big goals that turn into long-term projects. It’s kind of what my entire business is based on. Sometimes though, I get so carried away and so wrapped up in a goal that I don’t see when it’s time to give it up. In this episode I talk about 3 ways to spot if the goal you’ve been chasing is one better left behind. Join the Creative Chaos commun…
 
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is often clouded with so much complexity it’s easier to either pay someone else to do it or ignore it altogether. In this episode, I’m clearing out the confusion. I talk about choosing the right keyphrases, how to optimize your pages and additional tips to improve your page rank. Join the Creative Chaos community at…
 
To say the last few weeks have been a intense is a bit of an understatement, and there are many artists out there just barely keeping it together. If that sounds like you, than this episode is right up your alley! I’ve gathered 3 key coping techniques used by some of the best creative minds around. Hope it helps! Join the Creative Chaos community a…
 
As a follow-up to last week’s episode, Part 2 of the Teaching Online series goes a little more in-depth into class structure and technical tips. Don’t worry, you likely already own every piece of technical equipment you need to get started right away. I also include some bonus tips from personal experience. Teaching Resources: https://bit.ly/2XdrvL…
 
If lately you’ve found yourself stuck inside while watching your business drop off a proverbial ledge, putting your expertise into online classes may be a viable option to keep up some sort of income. In this episode I go over essential class preparation and the pros and cons of various online teaching platforms. Teaching Resources: https://bit.ly/…
 
Deciding the right price point for your work is an incredibly complicated and subjective task. Where to even begin? Sometimes it’s easier to start with what not to do. In this episode I cover 5 of the most common pricing mistakes I’ve both seen and personally made over the years. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a …
 
Let’s be honest: working from your living room isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Between the television and the kitchen and the neighbors and the kids, there are about a million things working against you. In this episode, I cover 8 ways to tune it all out and get the most out of your work days at home. Join the Creative Chaos community at ht…
 
With everything going on in the world, most of us are over-stressed and over-worked and the last thing we need is more pressure to step up our side-hustle. So instead of an episode dedicated to making every second of quarantine time as productive as possible, here are 10 ways to do the complete opposite. Join the Creative Chaos community at https:/…
 
A good workspace is more important than we often realize: it increases creativity, focus and output, all while giving us a sense of responsibility and ownership of our work. In this episode I’m sharing 8 tips to turn your workspace into the functional, productive sanctuary you deserve it to be. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2B…
 
While I definitely wouldn’t describe maternity leave as a vacation, it’s still a planned leave of absence from my business. In this episode I discuss some of the systems I’ve set in place that allow me to step away for some much needed personal time without worrying about my business collapsing in my absence. Join the Creative Chaos community at ht…
 
I’ve always had a complicated relationship with social media, but this year has been different. I put some new rules into place and they’ve worked wonders! In this episode I’m sharing the changes I’ve made and how each of them have helped me have a happier and healthier creative relationship with social media. Join the Creative Chaos community at h…
 
Self-sabotage occurs when we participate in behaviors or thoughts that keep us from moving forward in life. In this episode I discuss 10 of the most common self-sabotage behaviors, even using examples from my own life. Settle in and grab some tea, because this one is gonna get real! Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become…
 
In the final installment of the Artist Income Series, I’m explaining how to lay out your dream year into a workable promotional calendar, including how to schedule product launches, creative projects and holiday promotions. Whatever you’re planning for next year, here are the steps to set it up! 2020 Promotional Calendar & Workbook: https://bit.ly/…
 
In Part 2 of the Artist Income Series, I’m giving away my step-by-step method for planning your dream year in business (new projects, revenue goals, it’s all here!). Be sure to download the free Workbook and 2020 Promotional Calendar below! 2020 Promotional Calendar & Workbook: https://bit.ly/2X1JrXG View the Email Marketing Spreadsheet: https://bi…
 
Welcome to the Artist Income Series! In Part 1 I’m breaking down all the potential ways artists can make money into 14 categories, then exploring the individual aspects of each. Find a quite spot, grab a pen and notepad and settle in, because this one covers A LOT of information. View the Email Marketing Spreadsheet: https://bit.ly/2r7kw9f List of …
 
If you’ve ever worked on a long term project before, you know the feeling: is it done, or is there still more I can do? In this episode I share 6 steps to help you decide if you’ve got more work to do or if your project is officially complete and it’s finally time to move on to your next big thing. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.l…
 
It was my birthday last week (35! Woohoo!) and that meant thinking back on some of the hardest lessons I’ve learned over the years. In this episode, I discuss the 5 shifts in my thinking that have drastically changed my life and business far more than I ever could’ve imagined. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty…
 
No matter how beautiful your work or how great your marketing plan, your website has the ability to make or break your business. In this episode, I cover 7 of the most common mistakes artists make when designing their website. I discuss why they happen, how they hurt your business and how to fix them. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bi…
 
Do you want to begin a new creative venture but feel like you’re just too old? Like you’ve missed your big chance and if you start now, you’ll be miles behind everyone else? In this episode, I talk all about that exact same feeling, and why you’re probably not at as much of a disadvantage as you think you are. Join the Creative Chaos community at h…
 
I love long term projects; they’re what my entire business is based on. But while these projects often start off with a bang, that excitement can fade, and eventually turn into a massive burden. In this episode, I cover 8 tips for rediscovering that original excitement and maintaining forward creative progress. Join the Creative Chaos community at …
 
Sales used to be my least favorite part of my business, but I sucked it up and did what the pros said to do. And it worked. I made money. But something was still off. In this episode, I’m sharing the exact sales template every marketing guru brags about, why it works, why I stopped using it, and what I do now. Join the Creative Chaos community at h…
 
Let’s just admit it: price is a touchy subject. We all want to charge the most we can for what we offer, but how do we get started? How do you know when to charge more? In this episode, I’ve put together a list of five steps to help with setting your initial prices and raising them when the time comes. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://b…
 
I’ve been saving this episode for something significant and episode 50 feels pretty significant to me! So here it is, the advice I wish I would’ve received the first day I got that beat up (but still very new to me) camera in my hands. This one is for all those newbie photographers out there! Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXW…
 
“But when are you going to get a real job?” You’ve probably heard something like this more than once in your career (I know I have), and boy is it frustrating. But what can you do? In this episode I cover 5 ways for creatives to be taken more seriously among the more traditional-minded people they love. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://…
 
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