All posts tagged: creatives

11 Things That Stop You Being a Top 1% Creative

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Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

If you dislike the idea of ‘cheating’ your way to the top, look away now. Building a rewarding career from your artistic skill takes a special combination of dedication, experience, hard work and talent. Even more so if you want to be considered among the very best. But as an apprentice gains from the wisdom of her mentor, having access to the right knowledge can help anyone get there more quickly. Read More

How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Adding Value / Freelancing / Remarkability

Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities? I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general. His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example: On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use. Read More

If You’re Worried About How to Make a Living from Your Creative Skills…

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Business / Motivation / Taking Action

A subscriber of mine told me that one of her biggest worries right now is that she won't be able to make a living as an illustrator. She is scared that she will not make it. Despite reading lots of blogs on the subject and listening to podcasts, she simply does not feel she has the courage to put herself out there and start working for herself until she feels absolutely prepared. Read More

Are UnPaid Creative Projects Worth Doing? Here’s How They Can Be

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Business / Finance / Freelancing / Money / Promotion

It’s an experience many creatives have suffered, particularly early in their careers - taking on a project that promises exposure rather than financial reward. Often poorly defined and almost never accompanied by a written agreement, the nature of these projects allows the client to tweak, twist, turn, and change the scope of the project at their whim. Eager to please, you work late, you work early, and you rush what needs to be done, increasing the chance […]

7 Simple Acts of Daily Self-Discipline that Will Make You a Better Artist / Ninja

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Creativity / Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

You’ve probably heard it rattled into your brain several times over the last few weeks, even days: if you want to get anywhere in life, take action. And when we’re talking about the projects and businesses we work on, yes, taking action trumps all the planning and learning, fidgeting and worrying you will ever do. Art will not materialise, life will not get organised, connections will not be made, if you are not taking conscious […]

Do You Map Your Client Universe? How ‘Customer Relationship Management’ Can Fix a Lost Creative Career

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Administration / Business / Networking / Productivity / Taking Action

For an independent creative, bringing in regular work is important. Obviously. Not only do consistent projects equal consistent income, but life is a lot calmer and more rewarding when your time is filled with projects and not panic. Business literature will advise any freelancer, regardless of industry, that time should be set-aside each week for ‘business development’: aka the hunt for new projects. The truth is, most of us take projects when we can and […]

QuickFire: Common Questions Asked by Working Creatives, Answered in Short

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Brand You / Business / Freelancing / General

My awesome Red Lemon Club subscribers have been sending me career pains, struggles and gripes in large numbers over the past four years. There are many things we as creatives struggle with, are confused by and just plain don’t understand. I thought it would be useful (and fun) to throw together a post that quickly answered some of the common issues and questions many of you have, in what I call a Quickfire Post. That’s right, […]

12 Ways to Amp Up Your Creative Career by Doing Less

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Creativity / Idea Generation / Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

There is no doubt that as a wider society, we are putting more emphasis on more than ever before. We want to achieve more and take on more things, have more, live more and see more. The diminishing of real threats and outside pressures that existed for many of those in previous generations have meant our priorities on what is important in life have shifted. It is now easier than ever to compare yourself against others, […]

11 Things Most Other People Never Do that You Can Do to Win Amazing Clients

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Adding Value / Promotion / Referrals / Remarkability / Selling

Do you do what everyone else does? With so many products and services flying around out there, you’d do well to stand out to attract the fans and buyers who need you. People are responding to this with various forms of self promotion and getting the word out there. The trouble is, most people are either simply not doing enough, or they resort to being grotesque (any pop ‘stars’ come to mind?), or they’re doing […]