At Autonomous Creative, our passion is helping creative people take full control of their lives, and make their own decisions about what’s best for them and where to devote their energy.

Listen to our Autonomous Creative Incubator alumni tell their stories:

Frustrated filmmaker overcomes a crisis of confidence to find rapid success

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Listen to Avantika’s story in her own words: As an accomplished filmmaker, Avantika Hari Agrawal has always been full of ideas. She enjoyed the creativity,...

Finding the Venn diagram of the work that pays well and the work you want to do

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Listen to Stephanie's story in her own words: After studying illustration in school, Stephanie Shafer stumbled into working as an art director. Although the job...

From Burnt Out Artist to Joyful Creative Coach: The Power of the “Perfect Fit” Business Model

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Listen to Eleanor's story in her own words: Eleanor Chaney is an artist and educator who has worked as an illustrator, exhibited her prints in...

Announcing 12 new sustainable creative businesses: Time to celebrate! 🎉

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I’m so incredibly proud to introduce you to the inaugural cohort of the Autonomous Creative Incubator! We’ve all been working so hard for this day...

Are you on the hamster wheel of being overworked and underpaid? How one neurodivergent artist created a path to success

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Listen to Deirdre's story in her own words: When people talk about being “stuck” professionally because of constant overwhelm in their life, Deirdre Colgan Jones...

Portrait painter doubles her commission income with the right marketing tools

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Listen to Sarah's story in her own words: For several years, Sarah Marie Lacy had run a successful art school, but when the pandemic hit,...

From toxic academia to business as a support system: The power of guardrails to balance client work and studio time

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Listen to Samantha's story in her own words: Samantha Clark is an award-winning visual artist and writer with an active exhibition schedule, who has also...

Read about what they've accomplished with The Creative Focus Workshop:

Say goodbye to creative burnout: “If it doesn’t fit, it won’t happen.”

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When you're on the brink of burnout, and you see other people publishing, launching, getting distribution deals, it's understandable if you think, "Those people clearly...

“It’s kind of poised to leap now, and that’s really scary and exciting…”

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Liz Schiller is a writer, and not only that, she's writing a musical, one of the more complex and demanding dramatic forms to master. But...

“It’s like a fortune cookie” — When you surprise yourself with what you’re capable of

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On March 14, Mx. Tiffany Leigh performs an excerpt from her unpublished memoir Camp Football at the live storytelling event Take Two, in Brooklyn. (In...

How to build a sustainable work process that produces results WITHOUT burnout

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Jennifer Shiman had the dream career for so many creatives. She created a popular series of animations (30-Second Bunnies Theatre: where animated bunnies reenact famous...

Focused action: The time to act is now

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Focus unlocks confidence which leads to action. Focused action. The other day I wrote an email to one of the alumni...

There is no gatekeeper. There is no gate.

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A few weeks ago, I assigned my art students a fun project, a “forgery” of an artist they admire and want to learn from. One...

Focus + accountability = massively improved creative productivity…now that’s math anyone can love

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Coni Rojas-Molina grew up drawing and identifying as an artist, but then discovered a love of mathematics. Which is great, but committing her focus to...

From nothing to on the air in 3 months: Community = accountability

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So, how do you start a podcast? Jamie Berger was initially one of the most skeptical, but ultimately one of the most engaged participants in...

“I know exactly what to do in the time I want to spend on making art.”

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: When I know somebody is waiting to get my work and there is a deadline, I always deliver on...

The power of conscious decision: “Yes, I will actually do it.”

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I’ve written before about Idea Debt, and if you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you know I think it’s probably the concept that...

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