I love graphic design. I love working within the craft industry- blogging, writing, developing, creating, teaching. And I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do all of the above for many years. But as life goes, sometimes we hit a wall. Hitting my wall brings up the questions, Where is all of this going? Am I satisfied? Am I making a difference? What is my purpose in any of this? And, of course, How can I make better money with my creativity?
Lately I’ve been watching and learning from various programs on CreativeLive, a very unique, interactive platform for speakers and participants in a wide range of creative workshops including craft, photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training. All high-quality courses streamed live to the Internet for free.I caught a few hours of the workshop, Make Money Making Art with Ann Rea, and was quite motivated by her message of Selling Art Without Selling Out.I discovered that Ann had an upcoming 30-day workshop, Fulfilling Your Creative Purpose. I read the workshop description and could hardly believe how perfect this program could be for me. I applied to be an audience member/participant which requires commuting to San Francisco for in-studio filming, and lots of homework. I, along with four other Bay Area creatives, was chosen to participate.
By becoming a participant, each of us will be opening up and revealing personal and difficult experiences in our lives- as we have each chosen to share our journey in order to represent so many others around the world who will follow the program along with us. Our group has already had just a bit of a head start in working together with Ann, and already I’ve been so greatly impacted. The full 30-day program begins LIVE on CreativeLive on December 2 and runs every weekday (with a brief break) until January 23. Register here for the 30-60 minute daily lessons, activities, and challenges. You can watch the full workshop for FREE as it airs, so be sure to block out the time. You can even interact with others from around the globe through the accompanying chat rooms.
Naturally, I’m nervous, as taking part in this workshop brings risks such as stepping way outside my comfort zone and sharing who and what I am, completely unedited, in front of a world-wide audience. But I know this is my time to find meaning and discover truths, and it’s with the hope that you will join me in this journey so we can each fulfill our creative purpose. It’s not going to be easy, I’m pretty sure there will be tears. But I already know, it’s going to be worth it.