The Creative Life

Many books about money management should include the disclaimer ‘this information may cause drownsiness and severe boredom’.  They can be dry (and mostly irrelevant for the creative heroine).

For some strange reason, left brainers who write about the financial world tend to complicate things by using stupid formulas, silly terminology and some really rididulous ideas about what to do with your money. Why? My guess is to make themselves feel important and useful (and to make us feel like idiots and incapable of dealing with this stuff on our own).

You are NOT stupid and you CAN do this without the help of a money chaperone. Just because you don’t understand their lame lingo does not mean you do not know anything about money. Some of your best assets as a creative, right brain heroine can be used to your advantage when it comes to making and managing money. When it comes to fnances, thinking outside the box can actually be a good thing (within reason) and i believe the creative heroine has a lot of advantages over others in this area. All we lack is the knowledge how money works so we can make educated (if not impulsive) decisions about wha to do with our money. This Heroine’s Journey helps to demystify money so you can manage it (effectively) yourself.

It is a simple truth that the more you learn (about money), the more you earn. I will show you a simple, straightforward, and creative approach to money management. You don’t have to deal with the details, but you at least need to know a litlle something about how finances work so you can make informed decisions. Many creative people are clueless about financial matters. Yet money is an integral part of the creative life whether you are aware of that fact or not. Having it can create a feeling of abundance, confidence, joy, validation, security, satisfaction, and freedom.

The goal of this heroine’s journey is for you to experience freedom. Freedom from financial ruin. Freedom from debt. Freedom from stress. Freedom from horrible work. To free your mind from money hassles so that you can do what you can do best, create. To go from being financially dependent (on others, your day job, and even your work) to being financially independent through a brand new (healthy) mind set about money, along with proven techniques blended with some unorthodox (to non artists) ideas about how to earn, spend, invest, and save your hard earned greenbacks without the worry or guilt that can sometimes accompany doing things that don’t feel natural or are out of alignment with your beliefs).

This journey is designed to help you make money with your creativity. (Make that a lot of money). And why not? You deserve it. If not you, then who should be reaping the benefits of your ideas, talents and hard work? Someone is going to be paid big bucks, and in my opinion it should be you. Then we will tackle how to manage all that money they lavish on you without letting it slip through your fingers.

Maybe you aren’t aware of the importance of money in your life as an artist. That is a problem right there. No matter how hard you try, I will never be convinced that money is not a major concern in your life. Maybe you are not motivated by money. But is exactly that same thinking that kills so many creative people’s careers. What is wrong with profiting from your creative business just like any other business?

The answer is to take a businesslike approach to running the business side of your creative endeavors. If you don’t for whatever reason, lack of interest, lack of knowledge, or just plain neglect, the dream dies. How can we be creative with unpaid bills, little or no savings, debt and a myriad of other potential pitfalls hanging over our heads? The answer is: We can’t. Living a creative life is a unique challenge that is made more difficult because we must balance our need or money with sacrificing our creative integrity. It is done with dignity all the time, and you can do it, too.

Making money with my creative business is for me the insurance against having to live a boring, normal, uncreative (and thus unfulfilled) life. Somewhere along the line, creative people pick up the story they tell themselves that being disinterested in money is noble. It is NOT easy to make money with your creative business, it is almost impossible when you aren’t even trying. Once i learned a little about the energy that surrounds money and how to harness it, I found it to be fun (yes, fun) to try to improve my financial situation. (And once I woke up my left brain and introduced it to my right brain, the two were managing my money quite nicely, thank you).  Then, once my finances were under control, I was able to focus and improve other areas of my life. This is what I want for you too.

We need to counteract some of the negative things we are always hearing about how hard it is to make money in the creative business. I keep profiles of people who either ‘didn’t get the memo’ or made it anyway by saying, ‘The hell with it, this is what I want to do, money or no money’ and made it. This heroine’s journey is packed with positive stories of other creative people who have persevered and profited!

You don’t even need a lot of money to benefit from this journey. When you have nothing (and know very little about how to have more), it seems impossible to imagine ourselves with wealth and financial health. But don’t write off your chances because you have no formal education in this area, aren’t good with math, lack the ability to focus, and have done some dumb things in the past. Most of all, don’t accept the labels others may have put on you (flake, dreamer, starving artist). No matter how much or how little you make now, we can help you make more, or at least, better manage what you have. No matter where you are, you can either get out of it or improve upon the situation.

We will look at small, simple steps you can take right away that will make an immediate impact on your finances. Managing money can be an enjoyable (doable) experience (surprise) and anyone can do it. People with wealth are not always the sharpest tools in the shed. Financial advisers are not gurus. Most of them don’t have what you have: innovative, creative, right brained thinking. So if you take it one step at a time, it is not complicated, and you can get your mind around it without much effort. Above all, it is not as boring as it sounds. Think of this as you would approach a blank canvas or white paper. You can dream up what you want to see and then start applying the processes you meet in the Heroine’s Journey. Along with your own ideas and insights, to create a masterpiece that you can be proud of. I promise.