Even though it’s an old chestnut, I’m a huge advocate of working on your business rather than in your business. Having said that, I can talk about this stuff all day long but for some people it just doesn’t resonate. The idea of choosing to shun paid work in exchange for creative business navel … [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!
I invented the ‘Unicorns and Workhorses’ analogy years ago, as shorthand for helping people understand the creative business experience. It’s an idea my clients and workshop participants love, so I thought I’d share it with you. I believe that every creative person who wants to make money from … [Read more...]
2014 marks twenty-five years since I first attended the Sydney Film Festival. Since 1989 I have attempted to see at least one film each year, with only a few years of not being able to attend at all. My before-husband and I used to call it Christmas in June. My now-husband loves it just as much. … [Read more...]
I was very sad to find out yesterday that my dear friend and mentor David Hannay passed away. He had been sick with cancer for a long while so it wasn’t unexpected, but still a blow. I first met Hannay (he was always known by his last name) in 1995. I was in my early twenties and just coming out … [Read more...]
“Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalise their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved.” (Wikipedia) I’ve been … [Read more...]
Around twenty years ago I wrote a business plan for my fledgling production company to try and encourage a bank to give me a loan. I used a template that was provided to me by the bank, and struggled my way through a lot of questions that I didn’t really understand. In the end I created a … [Read more...]