Wearing multiple professional ‘hats’ is the way that most creatives survive in self-employment. It’s the ‘slashie’ phenomenon – actor / model / writer / director / designer… the more ‘hats’ you can wear, the more ways you have of making money, and the more likely you are to survive. It … [Read more...]
Creative Plus Business blog
Our doyenne Monica has been self-employed in the arts for almost three decades (yikes!), and has a literal lifetime of personal experiences in juggling creativity, business, family life and friends. She's very well versed in the triflings and trivia of creative self-employment, and writes about everything from her own tips and tricks (the MMM), the boring everyday (cleaning up her office to attract more work), her lively adventures (making a documentary in the USA) and those things that make the creative life so unique (her obsession with having two doorbells). Read on for more!
The business plan is dead. Long live the business plan! A few years ago I wrote an article about the death of the business plan – the traditional business plan, that is. That long, weighty document usually designed to convince a bank manager that your business is legit, is a waste of time in my … [Read more...]
I spend a great deal of time with creative people, helping them to build their businesses and overcome the challenges of combining creativity and commerce. I truly do love what I do, but I do not always love the clients themselves. Don’t get me wrong, 99% of my clients are adorable, and my job is … [Read more...]
My daughter is a talented writer. She’s been writing obsessively since she was small, and at the age of 14 some of her satirical writing was published by the State Library of Victoria. She was so pleased, and rightly so (I almost burst with pride). When her first article went live, my daughter went … [Read more...]
We all do it. I did it last week. I’ll probably do it again before the week is over. On Monday I didn’t send an email I was supposed to send, even though it could have led to interesting opportunities in the future. Last week I was supposed to commit a day to developing a new project for my … [Read more...]
Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua "I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past" I fell in love with this Māori whakataukī or ‘proverb’ when I first heard it at a conference. It refers to time as a kind of endless river, where the past, present and future are all … [Read more...]