By Michelle FitzGerald
We just passed the 6 year anniversary of starting to work for ourselves, and let me tell you, it has been a journey. When we were both working salaried jobs, finances were a breeze. We just went to work, and we got paid the same amount each month. It was stable, dependable and super easy to budget around.
But then, Nat was laid off. And not long after, I resigned from my job to join him in working from home. And that is when I realized that finances were about to get a lot harder to figure out. If you’ve been in the freelancing game for awhile, or the starting your own creative business game, you know that some months the cash just flows like a rushing river and things seem to go so smoothly, and there are other months, where, for a myriad of reasons, it’s barely a trickle.
It’s hard to plan your life and budget around an income stream so irregular. And not for a lack of trying; we had been to the Dave Ramsey classes, read the...
Oh boy. These past couple of months have been a doozy.
We got the podcast up and running in September, then had a family emergency and health scare in October that made us slow way down, then discovered in November that changing banks for all the business and personal accounts takes a lot more effort than we would have thought.
And on top of that, we’ve been doing our normal full time work of running a makerspace and making sure our freelance work keeps pace, which both keep us busier than normal through holidays.
Oh, then we got put out of commission with a New Year’s flu.
So, I’ll admit, we’ve pulled back from other activities for a bit, and that is not at all bad. In fact, Nat and I have come to realize that taking time to slow down and rest periodically is actually a vital part of living a full life.
Now, if you’re an introvert, like I am, you won’t take much convincing of this, but if you...
In just over a month, we close the door on the 2010s and walk into a new decade. And while this is an admittedly arbitrary dividing line, these markers can be helpful to track the big-picture trajectory of our lives.
Ten years ago, Michelle and I were planning our wedding. I had just moved home after a brief stint in Chicago trying to make it as a full-time musician and had gotten a job as a substitute teacher. She was working as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit and going through a program to get her teaching license. She had done art all through college, but had set it aside for a bit until she finished her program.
Ten years later, she’s running a makerspace to help other artists. I’m planning music festivals, hosting shows, and fresh my band’s third release—second on vinyl—all while I write freelance for a living.
It wasn’t an easy journey. The past decade has been filled with frustrations, artless seasons, career detours,...
Are you ready to make your creativity work for you? Here are 5 ways you can start monetizing your creative skills this weekend. You gotta start somewhere.
1. Set up a Patreon account to get fans and friends to pledge money toward your creative work on a monthly or project basis. You’ll find lots of podcasters, YouTubers, and illustrators on here. This is great if your work is not a physical good or something the community as a whole gets to enjoy. Go explore how other creatives are using the platform and see if that's a good fit for you.
2. Use Square to make a free store page and sell your physical work online. You know those Square card readers that you see at vendor booths and small coffee shops? Well, they offer a free platform to show and sell your work and only take a small processing fee off each sale. This is the easiest route to start to sell physical or digital goods without having to create a custom website, domain, etc.
3. Sell your art without the hassle...
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Hey Killers—Nat here with an update.
Things have been a little quiet over here in Killer Land—some of you may have even noticed and been wondering why.
The answer might get a little heavy, but it's worth sharing with you all.
Three weeks ago, my Uncle passed away unexpectedly during a hip surgery. It was sudden and shocking, and caused my family to slow down a bit to appreciate eachother a little more in the fragility of life.
Then this past Monday night, Michelle was awoken by a dull, persistent pain in her right arm. She wondered if she might be having a heart attack, but there weren't any other symptoms, so after some googling we decided it was safe to wait until morning.
She felt fine, so she left early with a friend for a conference in Chicago. Once they arrived in the city though, the pain came back—accompanied by clammy skin and chest tightness. I woke up to a text that she had checked into the emergency room to get checked out.
CHAV fills us is on the gaps in their journey from Nat's improv-club comember and commercial model to black queer icon, and we fill them in on what's been going on in South Bend since they left.
CHAV is a multi-media conceptual artist living in Brooklyn, and they are absolutely blowing up right now. Their work has included photography, art installations, poetry, videography, dance, and music. They are a co-founder of FagMass Collective and recently launched Flat Pop Records, a pop label that showcases the work of marginalized artists, especially women, nonbinary, LGBTQ, and people of color.
This episode is brought to you by the Killer Creators Program, where we help transform unfulfilled folks into killer creators by finding and unlocking their truest potential and learning all the practical tips around time and money management that make living as a full time creative easy to do. You can join our email list to get weekly motivation, the latest blog posts...
Jump on Instagram for a minute, and you’ll likely cross a photo of someone living their best life. They travel whenever they want, live without a care in the world, and work new projects whenever inspiration strikes. And you might think, “Man, I just wish I had that much freedom.” You might think they have that freedom because they happened to win the lottery or have a great inheritance, and very rarely that is true. But for most people who are living their best life and making it look flawless, they have a secret that you can steal. Want to know what that secret is? They are planners. What?! They’re not just carelessly spontaneous? No, quite the opposite. Most people who are able to live with such true freedom have planned it intentionally.
I know I just dropped a pretty big truth bomb on you, and you might be disappointed. You wanted a trick that takes no actual effort. Around here I like to say that you have to plan to be spontaneous....
Last week, we gave you a challenge: spend one intentional hour on a creative project that you've been putting off.
And that challenge was just as much for me as it was for all of you, so I thought I'd pop in with an update.
My goal was to spend one hour recording parts for the NTVTY record that I've been putting off for over four years. Seems pretty easy, right?
Full disclosure: I didn't do it until today, when I realized that the deadline was rapidly approaching.
I had completely intended to do it on Monday, which is Michelle and my day off. But I didn't make an intentional plan to make it happen. I did however restring my acoustic guitar on Sunday night to make it easier on myself, so I should get credit there, right?
But when Monday came around, I let myself get distracted by other things. I spent a couple hours trying to rewire the stereo in my van to work with the rear speakers. Then, I watched some TV and played video games. By the time I remembered that I...
Jonathan Randall Grant talks with us about the way our creative journeys have coincided over the last decade and how he turned his art from play to profession.
Jonathan Randall Grant is a muralist, liturgical artist, fashion consultant, and advocate living in Chicago. He is the manager of communications for Episcopal Charities in Chicago, artist in residence at the American Church in Paris, and serves on a consulting team that seeks to make room for creatives and LGBTQ+ individuals in the Church.
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