The Annoying Artist: How to stay cool when relationships don’t click

The best way to avoid creative conflict is to be proactive and prepared

You feel it coming.

The rise in your heartbeat. The clenching of your fist. The tensing of the muscles in your neck.

And all because you aren’t comfortable working with a fellow artist.

How can you keep your cool when creative personalities clash?  

Pawns or Partners: How being selfish hurts your career

Creatives must honestly assess their motives when making connections

It’s true. We all want to know the ‘right people’.

If you talk to a fellow creative and they are being honest, they’ll admit some of their relationships are based on the opportunity the other party represents. While we may not mean to use people selfishly, we usually slide toward making connections that we think will benefit us in the long run. There’s nothing inherently wrong with mutually beneficial relationships where both parties are interested in greater influence and career growth.

There is something wrong, however, in viewing partners as pawns and not as people.

The saying is true – no man is an island.

However, being a creative professional can sometimes make you feel as if you are stranded and alone in the midst of an ocean.

The artist’s lifestyle requires an unique blend of creative energy and entrepreneurship that is not easy to understand. To be successful at it, most artists have to do something that creative people often struggle with- that is, getting support from others.

We as artists usually find that kind of support from different sources. In this week’s poll question, we’re asking for the primary source of your support. Who do you feel you rely on the most for spiritual, emotional and financial support in your field?

Vote, share your thoughts, and compare your responses with other artists.

Coffee and Creatives: A look back at our local hangout

A day of artists sharing and connecting in a relaxed, welcoming environment

In February 2017 we had the opportunity to gather local artists, creative entrepreneurs and freelancers at our Con/Ex event at the Warsaw Coffee Company in Fort Lauderdale. We enjoyed lively discussions, made new friends and shared our perspectives on the creative lifestyle.  Here’s a little recap of our afternoon. For more info on when we’re holding these artist connection events, check the events page





The Creative Connection: Why artists should reach out to others

To stay inspired, artists should intentionally seek out new partnerships

Walk into your local neighborhood coffee shop on a busy morning and look around.

You may know very little, if anything, about the people around you. You might have seen them around town, and they may have a similar taste in coffee, but you’re probably not deeply connected.

Even in a crowd, we can feel very alone.