Well hello there! Thanks for dropping by.
Welcome to Creative Plus Business.
I started this organisation because I’ve never had a so-called ‘proper’ job – I’ve been a self-employed writer and filmmaker all my professional life, working as a freelance journalist for my local paper while still at high school, and getting my first paid gig as a camera assistant on a late night comedy show in my first year of uni.
In the early 1990s my creative career started to take off. I directed a couple of long-form film projects, my writing was being published – I was actually making some money, which was supposed to be impossible. I was making a living from my craft as a freelancer, but there was still so much I didn’t know. I had some real professional wins, but also a lot of losses, including being exploited, underpaid, and generally shafted a couple of times.
I had a funny feeling there was a better way to run my business and make money, and so I started to learn. I started my production company Twoshotmedia in 1994, and I was immediately desperate for more information about the practicalities of creative business.
I looked everywhere for a creative business course, and couldn’t find one – so I started my own. I figured I could share my small amount of knowledge with other people, hire a few guest speakers who knew more than me, and work out together how we could help each other. That first attempt was a heart-in-mouth half-day workshop run out of a grubby hall with bad coffee and great guests – and it was a smash. Creative people needed the info, and so a business was born.
That workshop in 1996 eventually grew into a three-day training jam called Freelance Success, which became the central foundation for Creative Plus Business. My education programs have encompassed everything from business basics, money, tax, legal issues and marketing for creative people. The company has also grown to include mentoring programs, online learning, publishing and more. My favourite things are getting paid to talk, swan about in a frock, and share my opinions. I have been known to speak at the opening of an envelope (especially if there’s bubbles).
In 2008 I was asked by Wiley to write the Australian version of the book Freelancing for Dummies, and I’m currently working on a series of creative business books for the Australian market. In 2013 I was named the NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor, and in 2014 I completed my Masters Degree at AFTRS I was also named as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for my work in the creative industries, which was a real thrill.
In 2016 I was also honoured with an Edna Award by the Women’s Electoral Lobby for my loud feminist voice and continued support for women in Australian screen industry. In 2018 I was a finalists in the City of Sydney Business Awards for Outstanding Business Leader.
In addition to all this (phew!) I’ve also raised three gorgeous children to adulthood, married a handsome Irishman, made a feature film called Handbag, drunk an enormous amount of champagne and indulged my affection for the gentle art of pub karaoke as often as possible.
I am enormously privileged to have helped creative people with their businesses all over Australia, from the dusty streets of the Pilbara desert to the big bad city of Sydney – and now across the globe from the hustle of London to the bustle of New York City. I’ve worked with literally thousands of creative people since staring out over twenty-five years ago. I hope to continue for a long, long time.
Want more? You can see my grown-up list of work and achievements via my Linked In profile.
You can also watch my videos, and listen to my radio and podcast appearances, if you fancy a bit more Mon!