Wow, I love your work.
(Let's get you paid for it)
If you’re here, I’m gonna guess that you're a creative: A writer, artist, knowledge worker, or creative entrepreneur whose career—whose whole future—depends on producing new work and new ideas for your clients and customers.
Not only that, I’d bet money that you’ve been at it for years.
You work your ass off, and let’s face it, you’re fricking amazing.
And yet, that work, what you’re best at, what you want to be spending all your time on?
It’s not even close to paying the bills.
So, you’re forced to do something else to make enough money to close the gap—maybe a lot of something elses—and dream of escape.
Or, you ARE doing the work you love, but getting paid (and treated) like an intern, and burning the candle at both ends just to survive.
Or, you can barely make time for the work you’re most excited about, because it feels like it needs to justify its existence, and basically EVERYTHING seems to jump the line.
If that’s you, welcome. You’re in the right place.
At Autonomous Creative, you’ll find coaching and free resources — from our blog, to our podcast, to our live monthly creative business roundtable — for midcareer creative professionals who need business fundamentals that are tailored for creative minds.
Get the support you need to quit waiting for the world to recognize your greatness.
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.
This is where you take active control of your career, and become as proud of your business as you are of your creative work.
Because let’s face it: You’re too good at what you do to be this worried about the future.
Make great work & make great money
Sound like a stretch? I've got you.
Seem…like a rather high bar?
Hey, I get it.
I’m a former indie cartoonist who started out by mailing photocopied and hand-bound comics to whomever would send me $2 CASH MONEY.
Let's just say I was not exactly raking in empire-building revenue.
I became a graphic novelist, author, illustrator, editor, and teacher. Often all at the same time.
I published dozens of books, graphic novels, comic books, stories, and illustrations with indie houses, commercial publishers, magazines, newspapers, and as a self-publisher. I’ve taught comics, narrative, illustration, and professional practice at the university level for 25 years.
All great stuff! I’m happy about and proud of what I’ve done.
But doing everything “right,” and still struggling to make ends meet?
It’s enough to send you spiraling.
By my mid-30s, my comics career—from the outside—looked pretty good. And every time I would create a new book, I’d think, This one's got legs. This project could totally blow up.
So I’d dive in, and work my butt off, sometimes for years.
And then, when the book was published, I received good reviews and some sales, but no “hockey-stick moment.” No viral success. In some cases, the results were shockingly bad. And I’d just think, How is that possible?
I came (late) to the realization that there are systems that I was buying into—accepted paths to building a career as an author—that may (sometimes) lead to outward success and accolades.
But following those rules has almost no bearing on making a living as an author.
I like to think of myself as competent. Yet the total lack of connection between the massive effort I was investing and the minimal return was driving me crazy.
I needed to stop burning myself out, to stop becoming increasingly bitter about my work and my career.
I needed to support my family.
So I pivoted, hard, to starting a business.
But not just any business:
What I do is not only designed around how I work best. It not only comfortably pays my bills, it does so by leveraging everything I love and that I learned in my creative work.
This pivot point for me and my career is exactly the pivot point I am driven to create for others.
I want you to have an independent, creative, sustainable business.
I want you to have control of your future.
I want you to stop feeling victimized by your creative life (and stop feeling guilty for feeling that way when so many others would love to do what you do).
I believe that every professional creative needs to equip themself with powerful, effective strategy so that they can build businesses that meet their needs.
Strategy is the key that unlocks powerful decisions that will allow artists to live and work as they choose.
We (the big We—the world) need you to be successful because we need you to have the capacity to do your great work and bring it to the world for the rest of us to experience!
That’s why I do what I do here at Autonomous Creative. Not only as a resource for you, but as a tool for radical change in creative industries.
I’ve built this for the past-me who just couldn’t believe that all my hard work wasn’t enough, and started, finally, to ask the right questions.
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Bring your burning questions about money, business, and creative life that you just can’t get answered anywhere else.