Monica Davidson has never had a so-called ‘proper’ job – she has been a self-employed writer and filmmaker all her professional life, working as a freelance journalist for her local paper while still at high school, and getting her first paid gig as a camera assistant on a late night comedy show while still in her first year of university.
In the early 1990s Monica’s creative career was beginning to take off. She was starting to direct more long-form film projects, and her writing was being published – she was actually making some money, and it occurred to her that she might be able to live off her craft for the rest of her life. She also started her production company Twoshotmedia in 1994, and desperately needed a business course to help her learn more about the practicalities of creative business. At the time, there were none, so she decided to start her own.
Her first attempt at sharing knowledge was a half-day workshop run out of a dingy hall with bad coffee and excellent guest speakers. Since that time, that workshop has grown into a three-day training jam and the central foundation for Creative Plus Business. Monica’s education programs encompass everything from business basics, money, tax, legal issues and marketing for creative people. The business has also grown to include mentoring programs, online learning and more. Monica also offers guest lectures, keynotes for conferences, and has been known to speak at the opening of an envelope.
In 2008 Monica was asked to write the Australian version of the book Freelancing for Dummies, and is currently working on a series of creative business books for the Australian market. In 2013 Monica was named the NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, and in 2014 Monica completed her Masters Degree at AFTRS and was named one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries. In 2015 Monica was thrilled to get an Honorable Mention in the X-Factor Category by Anthill Magazine. Creative Plus Business was named one of the 100 Coolest Companies in Australia, and were finalists in Service Star category in the inaugural Flying Solo Awards.
In 2016 Creative Plus Business joined the City of Sydney Creative Spaces project in Darlinghurst, and Monica continues to mentor, write, teach and talk. She was recently honoured with an Edna Award by the Women’s Electoral Lobby for her continued support for women in the Australian film industry.
Monica has also raised three gorgeous children, married a handsome Irishman, made a feature film called Handbag, drunk an enormous amount of wine and indulged her affection for the gentle art of pub karaoke.
Monica Davidson has had the great privilege of helping creative people with their businesses all over Australia, from the dusty streets of Bourke to the big bad city of Sydney, and has worked with literally thousands of creative people since she started in 1996. She hopes to keep doing it for a long, long time. And for more information about Monica, please check out her Linked In profile.
Want to know more? In 2009, Monica featured on an FBi Radio show called Out of The Box, where a guest shares their record collection and talks about the music they love, the life they lead and how the two interact. Have a listen here:
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