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It's believed that the term "starving artist" was first mentioned in the 1700s.
Back then, creatives were assumed to be destined for a life of struggle and minimal pay.
Even famous artists like Van Gogh had challenges with making money during their lifetime, only for their work to be revered long after they're gone.
Since then, the world of art & creativity has evolved into a place where commerce is a regular practice as the industry was valued at $448 billion in 2022.
To be a career creative in today's world, you have to balance 3 core skills:
I don't know how to teach art, but the entire Creatorbread brand is dedicated to making money & business more approachable for self-employed creatives.
One piece of that mission is the newly-established Creatorbread Creative Grant Program, a movement to remove the financial limitations from pursuing a creative career.
Anyone with a creative idea, project, or business can apply for funding to assist with their journey.
So far, a few of the applications have requested funds for studio time, equipment replacement, education costs, clothing materials, and filming a music video.
I briefly mentioned the Grant Program in the newsletter earlier this month, but this past week we received enough donations to fund the first grant 🎉
I'm going to share the recipients story soon, but it's excited to see the money already making an impact so shortly after launching.
If you'd like to learn more, support, or apply, check out this article.
Friendly money & business reminders for self-employed creatives
✅ Consider electing as an S Corp in 2023
✅ Review your welcome email
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