Are you a creative entrepreneur struggling to find your way forward and ready to give up? Do you dream of becoming an artist, but you’re afraid of what people will say? If so, this conversation is for you. Miriam Schulman is an artist, teacher, podcaster, business coach, and author of Artpreneur: The Step-By-Step Guide to Making a Sustainable Living From Your Creativity. In our conversation, we explore many of the principles in her book, from choosing to believe you are an artist to selling happy endings. She also shares the five Ps of running a successful creative business, leading from your values, embracing your inner weirdo, why polarization is essential, and how myths and beliefs of creativity can guide us throughout our lives.
What do you love more than anything in the world? Do you share that love with everyone you know or worry that you’ll be judged and not taken seriously? If you’ve been at your craft for longer than a day, you’ve bumped up against the wall of expectations. You want your audience, family, and even the world to perceive you in the best light possible, so you censor yourself. Then one day, you wake up hating that there is so much inside that you want to say but don’t know how to, so you stay stuck in the debilitating loop of people-pleasing. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I want to encourage you to love what you love, share it with the world, and never stop being the delightful weirdo you are.
Today, I’ve got creative R&D on my mind. At first, I thought I’d be clever and change the R&D from “Research & Development” to “Routine & Discipline.” I was going to talk about the importance of a daily routine and why discipline is both needed for maintaining performance and a byproduct of what you do. But as I gathered my thoughts, I realized research and development are equally important in our creative lives. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m talking about why we need to broaden our boundaries of research, slow down and spend more time experimenting and exploring sub-sections of our crafts, and align those efforts with our established creative processes.
Getting Work To Work is a weekly podcast for creative entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, and change-makers who are on a mission of chasing big ideas, telling epic stories, and leaving living legacies. Each week, you’ll get two brand new episodes: a topical monologue on Wednesday and an encouraging and insightful interview with a fellow creative professional on Friday.
Whether you’re just starting out or have been at this creative and curious life for some time, I hope you’ll not only learn something new in this podcast, but also find yourself challenged and inspired to break through the barriers that hold you back from getting your work to work.