How Kate Beaton Does Money

Before becoming a full-time cartoonist, Beaton worked as a maid, as an administrative assistant at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and on a mining site at Fort McMurray.

Takeaways From the NerdCon: Stories Money Panel

If Hank Green had said “you need to learn what to do to get the most clicks,” we would have all felt a little grossed out. But he didn’t say that. He said we needed to become experts in our own platforms, which feels right.

When Working For Yourself Is About Getting a Company to Hire You

Becoming part of a larger entity is one of the smartest things you can do for yourself, if you are interested in having a creative career.

The Future of Music Coalition Responds to the “Creative Apocalypse” Story

The Future of Music Coalition provided data to The New York Times for the Creative Apocalypse piece, and they think the NYT got the interpretation wrong.

I’m Not Sure What a “Creative Apocalypse” Is, But Here’s How People in Creative Careers Make Money

A lot of people can make a little money by sharing and selling their creative work online. A smaller number of people can make a living as a creative artist.

Talking to Seth Boyer About Burgerwave Music and Living on $12,000

The end goal is to live long enough to watch capitalism be dismantled so I can continue to make art and take care of the regrettable physical necessities like eating and shelter.

The Business of Creative Careers: Paul and Storm, Musicians and Impresarios

“We were doing it because we loved singing, and we had sung a capella in college, and we found each other and enjoyed doing it together, so we just kept doing it. The job part snuck up on us.”

The Business of Creative Careers: Kris Straub, Cartoonist

Kris Straub is the cartoonist behind “Chainsawsuit,” and is also known for “Broodhollow” and “Candle Cove” as well as his podcast “Morning Rush with Kris and Mikey.” I once beat him at a game of “Cards Against Humanity.” His comic art is both sensitive and extremely on-point; you might have seen his “All Lives Matter” comic, which—you know what, just click the link, it’s hard to describe a comic in paragraph form. 

The Business of Creative Careers: John Roderick, Musician

“I don’t know anyone who had a real detailed plan for making it a profession. Everyone I knew had a fantasy about being rich enough to quit our jobs, but there wasn’t any methodical way to accomplish it except to make the best recording you could and hope it revolutionized the music scene!”

How ‘Oh Joy Sex Toy’ Does Money