Life as a creative
Life as a creative is not all rainbows and unicorns. Is that the phrase? Well, I’m sticking to it. Anyways, whether you are a writer, artist, painter, or whatever you are going to have obstacles in your creative journey. It is just a natural thing, but don’t stress over these obstacles. This is going to be a short blog series that I am going to be writing for the next few weeks. Each week I am going to highlight a certain obstacle a creative endures and how I personally try to overcome said obstacle.
First up, money. Everyone likes money. As a creative it helps keep the lights on for you, well if you’re a freelancer and you don’t have a 9-5 job or anything else. I am not a freelancer, yet. How do I overcome this obstacle? I am in the works to transition into a position where this obstacle will no longer exist to a degree.
How I am overcoming this obstacle
Firstly, I am overcoming this obstacle by creating a subscription like service on our digital comic and entertainment platform that is like Patreon. The subscription service will be paid out to contributors which are creators on the platform. I am a creator therefore I will be contributing to the platform. In short, I will receive my share for contributing.
Secondly, stop working for free. In other words, set up a service if you are knowledgeable in a certain field. I am guilty of not charging for certain things, but that is going to be changing. Like the Joker says, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” I am no crowdfunding guru, but I understand how to succeed at running and promoting a campaign. So, this is something I am adding as a service among other things such as consultation and comic creation as a whole.
How YOU can overcome the money obstacle
How you can overcome the money obstacle is done as I said above. Create a service that you are well versed in. Or charge for your work by using Patreon or an alternative. Create a contract so you will have it in ink as to how much and when you should get paid.
In conclusion, don’t work for free and make sure you make it clear with people (potential clients) what you offer and how much. Now get out there and jump that obstacle!