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Overcome the starving artist within: Duane Jones of Art Pays Me

Clients From Hell Podcast

Release Date: 02/18/2020

Do good, get paid: Michael Fraser of Grantcrafty on community and values-based business show art Do good, get paid: Michael Fraser of Grantcrafty on community and values-based business

Clients From Hell Podcast

We all want to change the world, don't we? We'd like to leave things better than they were without us, but it's so hard to work full-time and still have energy left for "causes." That is, of course, unless you make your causes your job. Michael Fraser of Grantcrafty started as a freelance grantwriter for non-profits and now runs a small business, searching out funding opportunities for great causes and providing copy and marketing solutions for them too. He talks with Kyle about how he became an "entrepreneur" (he's uncomfortable with the term) and how he managed to make a successful business...

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Overcome the starving artist within: Duane Jones of Art Pays Me show art Overcome the starving artist within: Duane Jones of Art Pays Me

Clients From Hell Podcast

You have to suffer for your art. If you truly care about something, you'd do it for free. Great artists aren't recognized in their lifetimes. We've all heard these ideas, and internalized them to some extent. Duane Jones fights back against them with his clothing and lifestyle brand, Art Pays Me, reminding everyone that what you do, and who you are, has value. It takes courage to turn creativity into a business, and he talks with Kyle Carpenter about why the world will be a better place if more people can get paid for their art. It's a great and illuminating talk about how to change...

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Freelancing around the world: Lynette Adams on house-sitting and work!  show art Freelancing around the world: Lynette Adams on house-sitting and work!

Clients From Hell Podcast

The great thing about remote work is you can travel while doing it. Of course, we all know we CAN, but how many of us actually pull up stakes and do it? Lynette Adams is a freelance writer and editor who recently wrote an article for The New York Times on housesitting, and how you can build a life for yourself trotting the globe. SPOILERS: it's a lot like freelancing! She and Kyle talk how to build a reputation as a reliable housesitter, what it teaches about client relations, the unexpected benefit of a negative review and most importantly, what it would take for YOU to get up and move across...

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From full-time to freelance, again! The return of Bryce Bladon! show art From full-time to freelance, again! The return of Bryce Bladon!

Clients From Hell Podcast

Life is full of changes. One moment you can be a freelancer, the next you can be working full-time for one of the most exciting blockchain projects in the world, and then a freelancer again! ...Okay, that's pretty specific. But that's exactly the journey Bryce Bladon has taken over the last few years, and he joins old friend Kyle Carpenter to discuss his return to the freelance fold, the strategies he's used to hit the ground running, and why knowing yourself is the most important thing you can do for your career.  Today's links:  Theme song by ! Want to support the show?...

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How to make movies, freelance style: Wes Anthony of Firehouse Creative show art How to make movies, freelance style: Wes Anthony of Firehouse Creative

Clients From Hell Podcast

Making movies is hard. You need to be a combination director, camera person, sound designer, project manager and so much more. To do it successfully, you need to be disciplined with your time and your efforts.  Wes Anthony of Firehouse Creative has been making film and video projects for a diverse set of clients for years now, and he chatted with host Kyle Carpenter about a recent gig that tested his skills and what it took to make his company a success. Topics include remote work, pricing strategies, client communication and more; this is a treasure trove of an episode with great advice...

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The future of freelance is freelance, but will that future work for freelancers?  show art The future of freelance is freelance, but will that future work for freelancers?

Clients From Hell Podcast

It will, if we start taking the right steps NOW. Adam Roach and Anya Switzer started LANCE, a freelancing solutions network in Canada in order to start pushing back against the race to the bottom clients want for their freelance employees. They share with Kyle their assessment of the problems freelancers face today and will face tomorrow, how they're trying to get in front of them, and what you can do to make sure that your freelance career remains flexible and lucrative.  Today's links:  Theme song by ! Want to support the show? Order a custom infographic from Easel.ly!...

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Freelance Forgiveness: Mike Tanner and the relationships in our heads show art Freelance Forgiveness: Mike Tanner and the relationships in our heads

Clients From Hell Podcast

It's a familiar feeling. You overpromised a client on deliverables and got overwhelmed with work, or family stuff came up, or you hit a wall in the project that you just couldn't overcome. You put it off for a day, then two days, then a week... All of a sudden you're way overdue and you haven't talked to the client in that entire time. Clearly they're furious with you, fuming behind your back. Or are they? Mike Tanner talks with Kyle Carpenter about the ways we create imaginary relationships with our clients, especially since freelancers don't usually get to talk to them one on one on a...

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Work/life balance is bogus: Cami Travis-Groves and the secret to work/life harmony show art Work/life balance is bogus: Cami Travis-Groves and the secret to work/life harmony

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It's the middle of winter, and a massive tree just crashed down on your house. What do you do?  It happened to Cami Travis-Groves, and she knows she did exactly the right thing. She expressed gratitude that nobody was hurt and move on. She brings that attitude to her working life as a designer and as a coach for freelancers, and she shares her tips for how to rise to every occasion and why "work/life balance" is, in her eyes, totally bogus.  As a bonus, listen to host Kyle Carpenter pitch her (unsuccessfully) on why sarcastic positivity can be really helpful for some people! ...

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You need a (virtual) assistant: Melissa Smith of the Association of Virtual Assistants show art You need a (virtual) assistant: Melissa Smith of the Association of Virtual Assistants

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  Do you have an assistant? Should you? Look at what you have to do today; how much of it is what you want your job to be, and how much of it is something you hate to do? What if you had someone who could do that stuff for you, so you could focus on being the designer/programmer/writer you always wanted to be?  Melissa Smith is the founder of the Association of Virtual Assistants and she's of the opinion that everyone growing a business should have an assistant to help them do the things they need to succeed.    Today's links:  Theme song by ! Want...

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Business tips from a pro caricature artist: Julia Kelly show art Business tips from a pro caricature artist: Julia Kelly

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Balancing a passion for art and a talent for business isn't always the easiest, but it can be done. Just look at Julia Kelly, who turned a part-time job doing caricature art into a full-time business that paid her more than accounting work!  In today's episode, she talks with Kyle about the lessons she learned in client management from doing caricature art (hint: understanding your client means paying attention to more than just what they're saying), describes her path forward in a new business.  Today's links:  Theme song by ! Want to support the show? Order a custom...

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You have to suffer for your art. If you truly care about something, you'd do it for free. Great artists aren't recognized in their lifetimes.

We've all heard these ideas, and internalized them to some extent. Duane Jones fights back against them with his clothing and lifestyle brand, Art Pays Me, reminding everyone that what you do, and who you are, has value. It takes courage to turn creativity into a business, and he talks with Kyle Carpenter about why the world will be a better place if more people can get paid for their art.

It's a great and illuminating talk about how to change your mindset towards being the kind of artist who gets paid. Tune in for the REAL difference between art and craft (and believe us - it's the best definition you've ever heard). 

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