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Beyond the Starving Artist: 11 Strategies For a Thriving Creative Career

The term starving artist frequently comes to mind when the average person thinks about creative careers. But that doesn’t have to be your story. 

Here are 11 actionable strategies creatives like you can use to thrive and make your mark:

  1. Start Today: Begin with what you have and where you are. Waiting for the perfect moment is a myth.
  2. Cultivate Relationships: The creative world thrives on connections. Building a network of genuine relationships can open doors you never knew existed.
  3. Be Generous: Sharing your talents can open doors and propel your journey forward in unexpected ways.
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Pivot:  The creative path is rarely linear. Being adaptable and open to change is crucial - especially in response to challenges.
  5. Stay Ready, So You Don’t Have to Get Ready: Keep honing your skills, updating your portfolio, and being ready to showcase your work at a moment's notice. Opportunities often come to those who are prepared. 
  6. Show Up Ready to Add Value: Approach every opportunity with the mindset of what you can contribute, not just what you can gain.
  7. Use Your Resources: Technology offers powerful tools to enhance your work and extend your reach.
  8. Lean Into Your Faith: Whether your faith rests in a higher power, the universe, or in yourself, it's about trusting your process - even when the destination is unclear.
  9. Be Authentic: Your unique voice and perspective are your greatest assets.
  10. Know Your Why: Understanding the purpose behind your work can keep you grounded and focused.
  11. Intentionally Build Your Legacy: Think about the long-term impact of your work. What will you leave behind?

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Here's where it gets exciting: PROPEL Learn opens the door for you to harness these insights and accelerate your creative career.

Our curriculum is tailored to your aspirations. For storytellers, our courses like The Art of Storytelling and Film and Television Modern-Day Griots are designed to refine your storytelling skills.

The Synthesizing Superpowers course focuses on strengthening your soft, relational skills, which are essential for success in any creative field.

Our Pocket to Production course revolutionizes content creation, equipping you with the skills to turn your iPhone into a priceless production tool.

Your journey to making a significant impact in the creative world starts now.

Dive into PROPEL Learn's courses and continue shaping your future today.

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Carl S. Moore

PHD, Consultant