Episodes
Ever post some of your best work on social media only to be met with crickets, all while a random picture of your shoes gets more likes than anything you've posted in months? It's not a coincidence. In this episode, I talk about some big changes to the social media algorithms, why it's leaving artists more frustrated than ever and what we can do in response.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 04/12/21
Narrow down your niche, they say. Be specific, they say. Well what if we don't want to be? If you have a million different passions, a million different mediums you love working in, different causes you care about, worry not: this is the episode for you. We're talking all about building an artistic career without defining a specific niche.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 04/05/21
I'm back! And welcome to a new series I'm calling "Mindset Rehab" where we examine a damaging mindset within the creative community and talk about ways to dismantle it. This week, let's discuss what exactly is so wrong about "Fake It Till You Make It."  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 03/29/21
The more we can automate in our business the better, right? Well...sometimes. In this episode I break down a few ways to automate your business tasks while also sharing a few mistakes I've made along the way.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 10/20/20
Like every other creative business owner, 2020 has been rough, wreaking particular havoc on my ability to be creative. Between new stresses and constant distractions, I've struggled.  But a few weeks ago I had an epiphany, one that opened the floodgates and allowed me the ability to move forward in projects that have previously been stalled. If you're in a similar situation, hopefully this will help! Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron:...
Published 10/05/20
Let's talk shipping! Depending on the kind of work you do, there are a million different things to keep in mind when sending it off to a buyer. In this episode I cover some of the more technical aspects as well as additional items to include for expanded marketing of your work.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 09/21/20
There's nothing wrong with hard work, wanting to better yourself or having specific, career goals and working toward them every day. There is something wrong with glorifying our lack of self-care in order to prove we're worthy of the very goals we're striving for. In this episode, I'm talking Hustle Culture, how to recognize it in ourselves and how to detach from it.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 09/07/20
Photo books aren't just for photographers! Whether you're a painter, a dancer, a sculpture or any other kind of artists, photo books are a great way to showcase your work and tell your unique story. In this episode I break down 10 tips for curating and self-publishing your first photo book.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 08/24/20
Not every day is going to be a creative day. Sometimes you just can't write, can't paint, can't shoot. On those days, it's best to work on something else. In this episode I list 6 options to keep your business from staying at a complete standstill on the days you simply cannot find the mental capacity to create.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio List of Artist Grants: https://bit.ly/32cJwIW 
Published 08/17/20
Sometimes you just need to make a quick buck, and a flash sale is a great way to do just that. In this episode I dish out a few tips to make it run as smoothly as possible.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 08/10/20
In an ideal world, we'd be paid on time, every time. But more often than not, we'll have to deal with clients who either try to add more to our plate without paying or will try to bounce on the final payment altogether. Here are a few ways to make sure neither of those things happen.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 07/27/20
It can be intimidating putting all of your work into a single, cohesive portfolio, but I try to tackle it today. In this episode, I break down the process in (what I hope are) 5 easy steps.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 07/06/20
In this episode I cover 6 different places each of us should be exploring to expand our creative influences. Because the larger and more diverse pool we have to pull from, the more interesting, unique and meaningful our creations.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 06/29/20
Finding focus is all about finding clarity. It's about narrowing down exactly what you need to pay attention to and cutting out all other distractions. How do you cut out the noise and decide what is worthy of your time and energy? In this episode we discuss exactly how to do just that. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 06/22/20
*I have limited space to describe each episode and am using most of it for links this time so I'll just say this episode is about figuring out the best possible way to use your art for good.* No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear, by Toni Morrison: https://bit.ly/3e3XmEm  Educational Justice, by Sharif El-Mekki: https://bit.ly/3d1xZSh  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 06/15/20
I wanted to quit Facebook a long time ago, but like many artists I figured it was nearly impossible to run a successful business without it. Then 2 years ago I finally walked away. In this episode I talk about why I left, how I left, the resulting effect on my income and what my business looks like now. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 06/01/20
Marketing our art is a little more complicated than creating something, posting a photo of it on Instagram and then sitting back and waiting for the buyers to roll in. In this episode I cover 5 of the most common marketing mistakes and how to fix them.  Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 05/11/20
I love big goals that turn into long-term projects. It’s kind of what my entire business is based on. Sometimes though, I get so carried away and so wrapped up in a goal that I don’t see when it’s time to give it up. In this episode I talk about 3 ways to spot if the goal you’ve been chasing is one better left behind. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 05/04/20
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is often clouded with so much complexity it’s easier to either pay someone else to do it or ignore it altogether. In this episode, I’m clearing out the confusion. I talk about choosing the right keyphrases, how to optimize your pages and additional tips to improve your page rank. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 04/27/20
Published 04/27/20
To say the last few weeks have been a intense is a bit of an understatement, and there are many artists out there just barely keeping it together. If that sounds like you, than this episode is right up your alley! I’ve gathered 3 key coping techniques used by some of the best creative minds around. Hope it helps! Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 04/20/20
As a follow-up to last week’s episode, Part 2 of the Teaching Online series goes a little more in-depth into class structure and technical tips. Don’t worry, you likely already own every piece of technical equipment you need to get started right away. I also include some bonus tips from personal experience.   Teaching Resources: https://bit.ly/2XdrvLX Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 04/13/20
If lately you’ve found yourself stuck inside while watching your business drop off a proverbial ledge, putting your expertise into online classes may be a viable option to keep up some sort of income. In this episode I go over essential class preparation and the pros and cons of various online teaching platforms. Teaching Resources: https://bit.ly/2XdrvLX Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio
Published 04/06/20
Deciding the right price point for your work is an incredibly complicated and subjective task. Where to even begin? Sometimes it’s easier to start with what not to do. In this episode I cover 5 of the most common pricing mistakes I’ve both seen and personally made over the years. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty   Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio 
Published 03/30/20
Let’s be honest: working from your living room isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Between the television and the kitchen and the neighbors and the kids, there are about a million things working against you. In this episode, I cover 8 ways to tune it all out and get the most out of your work days at home. Join the Creative Chaos community at https://bit.ly/2BXWZty   Become a Patron: https://bit.ly/2D3FUio 
Published 03/23/20