As a writer and performer, my years running a theatre tour taught me a LOT about the importance of keeping tabs on the money: Could we put gas in the van? How much could I pay the artists each show? Could we pay to get merch made? These practical considerations mean a lot when you're trying to keep a creative project afloat -- whether you work in a crew or solo.
This one-hour class + handouts + exercises is created to give you a basic, crucial grounding in the practical aspects of being "in business" as a creative, artist, cultural worker, etc.
This course has a video workshop, and related exercises for you. While the lecture is only an hour, I recommend putting aside either one big chunk of time (like and hour and a half to listen and work on the exercises), or put aside four 20-minute chunks of time - but put them in your calendar now! In the curriculum page, below the media, the slides from the presentation deck are linked if you want to review them in your own pace.
The video lecture covers:
1) What is a small business - as an artist, am I one?
2) Making the Money: reality of freelance
debrief / exercise
3) Four steps to legitimize your freelance and track the money
4) Managing the pieces: contracts, automation, planning
...and of course, there's homework and more readings to help you recall, apply, and extend the work.
Thats just a fact. Your job now is to get started learning how to be awesome, informed, and on it. In this course you'll learn and create more possibility and focus in the business aspects of your creative work!
Here's to your success - start with the video, here!
I figured out how to pay to print this [excellent, might i say] 300+ page anthology, which is a nontrivial task.
I made a few videos, like this one about creating a hair pompadour:
I want you to get to be weird and do your thing, too -- go get started!