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Expectations.
Expectations.
Expectations.
Expectations.
Expectations.
Expectations.

(Including your own)

Make great work & make great money

For artists, writers, & creative entrepreneurs who want to build a secure, yet bountifully creative future.

At Autonomous Creative, you've found what you're looking for.

Get the practical insights and next steps you need to achieve wildly impractical dreams.

Sound like a stretch? I've got you.

Join our free monthly strategy and coaching session.

Get your questions answered

Join me for the FREE Simplify to Amplify monthly strategy session for creative pros and entrepreneurs.

Bring your burning questions about money, business, and creative life that you just can’t get answered anywhere else.

Let’s work together to chart a path to stop working so damn hard and start getting the results you deserve.

Don't listen to the haters.

You've got what it takes.

Don't listen to the haters.

You've got what it takes.

You're going to see your life being transformed.

I look back and I realize that my God, I was working so differently six months ago. There are things I do and tools I have that make every day really, really much better.

What you will find out, like I did, is that you can read about this as much as you like. But not before you're actually in a workshop, doing the assignments each week, having this community around you, having Jessica to lead all of this—that's where you're going to see your life being transformed.

So if you're on the fence, I would say don't think about it, just join. And you can thank me three months from now if you take my advice.

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André Hedetoft
Film director

No more waiting.

It’s time for your life to live up to your dream.

No more waiting.

It’s time for your life to live up to your dream.

Straight-talking business strategy adapted specifically for creative minds

Build time and money freedom without creative compromise:

Stop trying to twist yourself out of shape to fit what other people think you should do with your career and business. You can gain stability and resilience without abandoning what makes your work great.

(And just imagine how sweet it’ll feel when you make your uncle quit asking, “When are you going to get a real job?”)

From $10,400 last year to $24,000 this year.
And the year isn't over yet.

Last year I booked somewhere around $10,400 in portraits. This year I'm in the $24,000 range. And it's only the end of August, so who knows what the end of the year will bring.

I have a plan for my business now and that sense of... control isn't the right word, because control feels really tight, but a command of this information that I can use to make better choices, use to make better decisions, use to create strategies.

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Sarah Marie Lacy
Artist and portrait painter

Compassionate support to achieve a balanced and productive creative life

When your brain can’t seem to quit generating tantalizing new ideas, but you aren’t making headway on any of them, the answer isn’t to get stern with yourself.

Instead, build flexible and responsive processes that dovetail with exactly how your brain works to make steady progress on the big, scary, (awesome) hard stuff.

And finally, joyously, finish.

The CFW has flipped my creative life 180°

Before, I was afraid to commit to my life as an artist fully, and would only work under extremely high pressure. This system led to results, but also to multiple mini burnouts every year.

Now, my artistic life has changed 100% in comparison. I am no longer afraid. Instead, I wake up looking forward to start my creative day.

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Lisa Frühbeis
Cartoonist and graphic recorder

I'm Jessica Abel

And I know what it's like. 
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I'm Jessica Abel

And I know what it's like. 

Artist. Writer. Developer. Musician. Founder. Coach. Designer. Consultant. Speaker. Artisan. Journalist. Academic. Curator.

What do all of these people have in common?

Their imagination and creativity—their original knowledge work—are the ultimate source of everything in their professional life.

Creative, original work is as inspiring as it is challenging, on many levels.

From finishing those exciting, overwhelming projects (that have no external deadlines),

To getting paid anywhere near in line with how amazing your work is,

To creating and holding boundaries so that rest and recovery is built into every day.


I wholeheartedly believe that creative people are fully capable of bringing the successful lives they envision for themselves to fruition.


That doesn’t mean that it’s easy! (The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone!)

I’ve been a creative professional for 30+ years (as a cartoonist, author, teacher, and coach). I know all too well the challenges of building a thriving creative life.

At Autonomous Creative, we help midcareer creative pros build inspiring, financially & emotionally sustainable creative careers.

   Rooted in their values and their creative expertise.

   Built around the demands of their disciplines.

There is no One True Path creative people “should” follow. On the contrary, every successful creative we see out in the world has built a totally bespoke life and career.

Our mission is for each person we work with to reach their own unique definition of success.

So. If you set out each Monday saying, “This is the week everything changes,” but then find yourself sucked into the whirlwind of work and other commitments, and then crash-land on Friday going, What the hell just happened!?

We need to talk.

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