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For years I’ve been trying to think of better ways to help creatives make a living as a creative. That is actually my greatest passion outside of my daughter, helping creatives be creative, and make money doing it.

I myself have been a freelance creative for 13 years now. I’ve been a body piercer, graphic designer, production assistant, promoter, organizer, fundraiser, DJ, public speaker, photographer, camera man, and more. I’ve thrown my own art shows, parties and lectures. I helped conceptualize a product and then successfully fund a kickstarter campaign to produce it. I used to even host a podcast. Everything I’ve listed here, I’ve made at least $1 doing. Over the last year I accomplished a personal goal that I had long held for myself. Make 100% of my income from doing only creative work that I wanted to do. As I have learned to make money in so many creative ways, it has driven me to want to teach other creatives even more how to do it.

For the last couple years I’ve been taking notes, and trying to outline a workshop to teach creatives how to make a living. I’ve talked to a number of my friends about a working creative career, and I’ve even given a few of them advice and guidance that has really paid off. Helping people with this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. What I have learned with each instance of helping a friend, or giving some advice that made a difference, is there is not a workshop that fits all. How each of those individuals had to approach what they were trying to do was different. the advice that I had given each of them was different. If I really want to teach people how to flourish in their creative careers, I have to know about them, I have to know specifically what they want to do.

So about a month ago I had a plan. One thing I always wanted the workshop to be was free for artists. Now the way I think I need to do this so that it actually works is a one on one model, that’s going to be a lot of time investment. I can’t realistically do that for free, especially during my busy seasons. But this is something I care about, and don’t want to not commit to doing, so it has to be economically sustainable for me to do through slow and busy seasons. But, I still want it to be free for artist! So, my plan a month ago, start a Patreon. For every $100 pledged monthly, I will take on a new creative client to meet with me and get career advice.

What this career advice would consist of. Once a month I would meet with the creative, when I say creative I’m using broad net. I’m talking about DJs, musicians, artists, clothing designers, graphic designers, videographers, metal workers, glass blowers, writers, podcasters, filmmakers, and many more. I feel confident in my ability to help people in all of these fields. So, I would meet with this individual once a month and we were start the meeting with a short questionnaire. Then we talk about the questionnaire for as long as it takes until they feel good about it. Then we fill out the questionnaire again. The goal of this is to change perspective on creative work, and to walk away with tangible goals to work on and come back with ready to build on the following month. Everyone I’m working with will also have my number and email to hit me up anytime with questions.

There are a couple reasons that I have decided to start this patreon now, as opposed to a month ago when I thought of it. First, I don’t like asking for money when I don’t believe that whoever is giving it to me is getting their money’s worth. While I 100% believe this would be worth the investment in the arts, and could help a bunch of people, the value return is still abstract. Abstract value is a tougher sell. The second reason, for at least the next 3-4 weeks the industry that the majority of my income is from just disappeared completely, so I’m fucking broke. I’ve seen lots of people posting asking for artists patreon’s and I’ve even had a couple friends tell me directly they would contribute if I started one, so hear I am, asking for your help, so I can help others.

I still have some other ideas for work, and with two months of the rent hiatus I think I can make it through until my industry returns, but it won’t be the same. This is something I wanted to do before this crisis, it will be something I believe I can help a lot of creatives with during the crisis, and it is something I will be doing after the crisis, because we will get through this. Helping other creatives succeed is my passion, because creatives are people that never let their dreams die, and they go after them. Helping people achieve their dreams is about the most worthwhile thing I can think to do. Help me help dreams.
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