Have Fun, Get Paid: How to Make a Living with Your Creativity

Have Fun, Get Paid: How to Make a Living with Your Creativity

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 1430261005

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From performers who bask in the spotlight to those who find inspiration in the midnight glow of a computer monitor, the world has no shortage of creative people. While the day-to-day realities of a ballerina may be quite different from that of a novelist, actor, graphic artist, musician, or software developer, they share many things in common. Chief among these is the desire to make a living with their art.

Maybe you’re working to build a sustainable, full-time creative career. Or perhaps you're happy in the corporate world but would like to turn your love for music, dance, painting, or programming into a steady stream of extra income. Either way, if you’re like most creative souls, you tend to focus on your passion to the exclusion of all else―and you may scorn the details of business and promotion. Yet as Have Fun, Get Paid: How to Make a Living with Your Creativity shows, developing business skills couldn’t be more important for those who want to achieve success and generate steady income from their work.

With decades of professional experience in creative fields such as music, software, writing and speaking, bestselling author Christopher Duncan demystifies the path to getting paid for your artistic talents. With lighthearted stories and down-to-earth advice, he starts with the basics and shows you how to build a solid, dependable career. All that’s required is consistent effort and a bit of commonsense. In Have Fun, Get Paid you will learn how to:

  • Find paying work and get the gigs
  • Market your talent without selling your soul
  • Build an image as a highly sought after professional
  • Manage the business details of your creative career
  • Harness the power of relationships for long term success

With advances in technology and the global reach of the Internet, creative people are empowered today  as never before. Have Fun, Get Paid will show you how to take control of your dreams and bring them to life.

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to map them to our own reality. This is not nearly as difficult as you might think. Regardless of the manner in which you create, you are a part of a larger community of kindred spirits who share a great many things in common. Common Ground As we’ve already considered to a degree, the one thing I think we can all relate to is the desire to express what we feel inside or see in our mind’s eye. (I was going to say the voices in our heads, but as that tends to end badly we’ll just skip it for the

in building a positive and professional self-image that will get your work taken more seriously and make it easier to get a gig is believing in yourself. This isn’t exactly a novel suggestion, but sometimes it’s worth trotting out life’s little truisms for no other reason than the fact that they’re true. It’s very likely that the single greatest obstacle between you and the image you deserve is currently deep down inside of you, doubtless making another martini. There are plenty of great

and several others who all work in a similar style, it’s important to know how to be the one who’s most appealing when it’s time for your customer to make a decision. In the business world, a marketing term that gets kicked around a lot is the unique selling proposition, or USP. It addresses this exact need of distinguishing yourself by conveying what’s special about your offerings. In other words, what can your customers get from you that they can’t get from your competitors? If you can define

come out and there won’t be much you can do to disguise it. Fortunately, it’s a pretty safe bet that this description doesn’t fit you. Professional jerks aren’t terribly interested in reading materials such as this and wouldn’t have made it past the first chapter. You’re here because you want to improve your career and you’d like to enjoy yourself, and the ­company of others, in the process. The admonition to keep an eye on your motivations and how they affect your approach is valid nonetheless.

you have questions about accounting and money management, hire an accountant. Sure, they cost money. However, there are times when it’s crucial to get advice you can count on. In addition to professional services, there’s another set of resources that I highly recommend. Find people in your field who clearly have their act together and buy them lunch. Not only will you get referrals for the professional services you need; you’ll get a lot of practical, down-to-earth advice from people who have

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