J-Zone on Time Management...

We will get into some Time Management tips for artists regularly in this space, so stay tuned. If you want to share your time management tips, feel free to post in comments or on social media below.

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Victoria Westcott's 5 Rules of Crowdfunding that you can apply to YOUR art projects

I just watched this awesome talk from teacher, entrepreneur, and movie producer Victoria Wescott about crowdfunding that I just HAD to share with you! This video isn't a pitch of any particular crowdfunding site, it simply explains how makers of all sorts can effectively turn to their people to get their projects out there...

What Can We Learn from the Taylor Swift vs Apple Streaming incident?

 I was listening to my favorite talk radio show this morning, and it painted a pretty dim picture for the prospects of the independent musician. Taylor Swift recently fired shots at Apple's plans to offer 3 months of free service (in which recording artists would not get paid), ostensibly in service of recording artists. This lead to the kind of maelstrom of recriminations and editorials that we have come to know and love in the social media age.  Now people are talking about how Swift has positioned herself as the champion of the little guy. The only hope of musicians looking to live an honest life without being raped by the evil tech industry. They paint it a gender-bent retelling of David and Goliath. A battle of biblical proportions between the little guy and the corporate bully of the month!

Or nah?

"You might love sex, but that doesn't mean you would make a good prostitute." or the cost of #DoingWhatYouLove

I was looking through my Facebook messages and found this exchange with one of my clients, a bright young writer named Chance Calloway. It felt so much like an interview when I read it that I decided to share this excerpt with you. It got me thinking about how pimping and prostitution work as metaphors for the ups and downs of business, jobs, and entrepreneurship as they apply to artists. 
I promise it will not be TOO graphic!

#LiesStarvingArtistsTell "I Am a Slave to _____"

When I wrote "You Are Not a Slave" as a Facebook post in the summer of 2014, I was largely encouraging and correcting myself. Then it lead to a lot of responses, some encouraging and some not. Anyways the debate over whether we are slaves to our jobs comes up a lot when among Starving Artists, so I shared it here...

Raise your kid (and yourself) to be a BOSS!

Believe it or not, choosing to be an artist means you're already an entrepreneur!  Let's embrace it...

"My Work Isn't Marketable" and other #LiesStarvingArtistsTell Themselves

Here's a picture one of my customers posted on Facebook of the living room in her new crib. The painting on the wall is Mug Shots (Jesus O' Nazereth), which she bought from me in 2011...

Starving Artists Anonymous Starts Here

I'll start this new blog by reposting from my art blog. I struck a vein with this drawing The Starving Artist Archetype is Dead, which kinda went viral. I had lots of great discussions as a result, culminating in this blog post, originally posted in 2013, and eventually leading to the website you are checking out now.