Does the whole starving artist mentality still ring true within the creative community? If so, how can artists and creatives (yes, the two are different) identify their limiting mindsets and learn to thrive while pursuing a career they love?
In this episode we sit down with Jackie Lam, a freelance writer and advocate for creatives and artists. We talk about her relationship with money and the perceived conflicts artists feel around selling out and the starving artist mentality. We also dig into how artists can shift their mindset and perception, and increase their chances of make a living doing what they love.
Jackie Lam is an L.A.-based money writer who is passionate about helping creatives with their finances and to cultivate community among entrepreneurs. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies and FinTech startups, and her work has appeared in Forbes, Business Insider, GOOD, and Mental Floss.
She blogs at heyfreelancer.com and is a city organizer for the Freelancer’s Union Spark events and Freelance Friday, a monthly global co-working meetup.
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What You Hear in This Episode:
- Jackie’s conflicted relationship with money and how she’s overcome it
- Why Jackie feels the starving artist mentality is still so prevalent
- The main differences between an artist and creative, and how they’re perceived financially
- What artists and creatives need to do to shift their mindset when it comes to making more money
- What “selling out” really means, not just for the art and creative community
- Why a creative pow-wow is so important
- What creatives, artists and entrepreneurs have in common
- How artists and creatives can shift their perception to believing their work has “real” value
- Hey Freelancer
- I Hate Money
- Amanda Clayman
- Stefanie O’Connell
- The Weird Divide Between Artists and Creatives
- How I Made My First “Real” Money from Art: Four L.A. Artists Share Their Stories
- Meow Wolf
- Who Invented the Internet?
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