Posts By Kati Holland

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. —Maya Angelou Mothers: They are love, wisdom, and power—all wrapped up into one warm, selfless package. Life—with all its joys and adventures—would literally not exist without them. But motherhood is also a full-time job (oftentimes in addition to a day job), and just like any other job, there are challenges, successes, and dreams that come along for the ride. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we’ve spoken with four mothers—Sarah Lacy, Lynette Carolla, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and Lucy Knisley—who’ve not only pushed boundaries as creators, but who’ve also leveraged their experiences as mothers to inspire, fuel, and monetize…

  Patreon is like that dreamy cottage in the middle of the woods. If you're an artist, you know exactly what I mean: We all want to be there, surrounded by trees (or the sea), with lots of tea and coffee, endless snacks, mountains of art supplies (or maybe instruments), music and blankets, and just be able to work without worries on personal projects for as long as we need.—Fran Meneses, Illustrator and Vlogger But life wasn’t always a beach for the UK-based artist. In 2015, self-taught illustrator Fran Meneses (aka Frannerd) was an unemployed, struggling artist in London with no savings, no commissions, and no plans. So she rolled up her sleeves and embarked on Inktober, a yearly challenge…

There’s never been a better time for artists, especially when it comes to making money. No longer are artists at the mercy of big name galleries and dealers in order to sell their work. Instead, today’s social media landscape has made it possible for creators of all kinds to monetize their craft, especially once understanding how to effectively advertise on social media.

Twenty years ago, if you were an author trying to get your book published, you had to shop your manuscript around to the big publishers in hopes of landing a publishing deal. However, with the advent of new technological developments such as the Internet (Have you heard of it?), you have the unprecedented opportunity to self-publish your work anytime, anywhere (and even option the film rights of your novel to 20th Century Fox Studios!). Here’s how.

“How do I talk about my skills without sounding like a showoff?” “What if no one cares what I have to say?” “I’m an artist—does anyone even expect me to have a voice beyond what I create?” Many creators (especially those introverted in nature!) struggle with speaking about their craft. The good news is that even the most soft-spoken artist can overcome this obstacle and learn how to leverage public speaking skills to skyrocket his or her career. In this article, we’ll go over 1) How to talk about your art to buyers and collectors, 2) How to talk about your art at public appearances and events, and 3) How to talk about your art to patrons. 1. How to…

For creators selling art online, packaging is one of the most underrated marketing opportunities. In this article, we’ll explain the importance of branded packaging, reveal key elements of a successful branded packaging/unboxing experience, and go over the benefits and types of various package inserts. We’ll also share insights from creators who’ve leveraged packaging to build their brand.

So you’ve got your own podcast.

You’ve invested in the right equipment, spent hours planning/recording/editing episodes, and even mastered the art of interviewing guests. Finally, you’ve captured the hearts (and ears!) of loyal listeners, who are completely and utterly hooked.

At Patreon, we want to help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income.

That’s one big, exciting undertaking. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tools to use in tandem with Patreon. From community management to merchandise fulfillment, these resources provide the perfect complement to your Patreon page.

Oh, Hollywood. The red carpets, the flashing lights, the star-studded parties… Think the entrainment mecca is reserved for the likes of Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg? Well, artists, think again. Whether it’s a landscape painting in Grey’s Anatomy or a sculpture in Austin Powers, television and film set decorators need artwork. That’s where you come in. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about getting your art on TV and film: Where Hollywood Finds Art Art Rental Companies Like the name suggests, art rental companies operate by renting artwork to clients, who pay weekly fees. According to Jennifer Long, the owner of Film Art LA, a Hollywood-based art rental company, fees generally range from 10% to 15% of…

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