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The Incubator is the artist-centered program where self-employed creatives design a sustainable, profitable business rooted in their creative expertise.

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What happens when you design a creative business on purpose?

Find out directly from our students!

Avantika

“By the end of the year, I should be able to pull in enough to run the house on just my money.”

“I was feeling very guilty about not being able to bring in what I felt was really just my market rate. I'm not even asking for a lot. I just wanted to be paid for the skills that I had. And even that was not happening.
Now I'm at a place where I can very easily see that by the end of the year, I should be able to pull in enough to run the house on just my money.”

Avantika Hari-Agrawal

Filmmaker and marketing strategist

Sarah Marie Lacy

From $10,400 in 2021 to $24,000 in 2022. And the year isn't over yet.

“In 2021 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.”

Sarah Marie Lacy

Artist and portrait painter

Deirdre Colgan Jones

From needing help with studio rent to fully funded through the end of the year

“My studio rent will be paid right through the end of this year, which is just mind blowing for me. I have gone from this slightly humiliating position of having to ask my husband, can you put money in my business account because I have to pay my studio rent? To that business account actually having funds coming directly from my clients. That's never been the case for me before, so it feels really good. I'm finally growing up, making a living.”

Deirdre Colgan Jones

Artist, mother, and coach

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What happens when you design a creative business on purpose? Find out directly from our students!

Hear these inspiring Incubator Alumni tell their own stories

Get exclusive access to our free private podcast where we share all the behind-the-scenes struggles, doubts, and successes of our amazing alumni, told in their own words.

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Celebrating 6 new creative businesses!🎉🙌

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From riding the rollercoaster to piloting the plane—how one artist brought joy and financial stability back to her business

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Sewist overcomes burnout to stitch together a stronger business model

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Frustrated filmmaker overcomes a crisis of confidence to find rapid success

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

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

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

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

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Portrait painter doubles her commission income with the right marketing tools

Samantha Clark - The Quiet Coach and alum of The Autonomous Creative Incubator

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

Be as proud of your business as you are of your creative work

The Autonomous Creative Incubator Program

Let's explore how we can help you develop your profitable and sustainable creative service business.

Click below to submit a super-quick application — It includes only the necessary information to see whether I can truly be of help on your journey.

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