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In an earnest attempt to prevent FOMO from our upcoming event (which you can still RSVP for), we asked the Portland Indie Game Squad (or PIGSquad) to share some of their biggest Patreon learnings with us. Here is some advice on how a non-profit is using Patreon for hosting live community events. Q+A with Will Lewis from PIGSquad In your own words, what's PIGSquad? The Portland Indie Game Squad (or PIGSquad) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developer communities in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and online. We do this through meetup events, workshops, game jams, and networking activities for art and technology creatives to make lots of Portland gamedev connection possible! How did you…

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With over 1 in 3 Americans now having listened to a podcast, it’s getting easier and more attractive to start and grow your own show. The rise of podcasts is, in many ways, similar to the rise of blogs. Blogs grew more and more popular as a way for people to create their own newspapers, magazines, and periodicals, and now podcasts are continuing to grow in popularity as a way for anyone to make their own radio show. And just as it’s easy to write a blog, but hard to make it popular, it’s relatively easy to get started podcasting, but not so easy to promote it effectively once you do. Since so many podcasters use Patreon to grow their audience and…

You’ve reached that proud point in your career that you’ve been striving for - your fanbase is growing. Exponentially. You’re watching your follower numbers tick upward every day - five figures, six figures, seven figures... You’re probably half-celebrating, and half-suppressing a panic attack. You may be thinking, “How the heck am I going to stay in touch with all these people?” Fostering relationships with your fans is priceless But as your fanbase grows,  it becomes increasingly difficult to stay in touch with all of your fans. Even just your super engaged fans are numbering a lot higher now. Peter Hollens touts the importance of responding to every single comment and DM to grow your tribe - but what about when those…

You’ve worked your butt off to build a large, engaged following of fans. You’ve been replying to comments, getting to know your fans on a personal level, and have built up a great sense of tribe with them. Now that you have an amazing community, let's start promoting the "-unity" and help your fans get to know each other! Why is it important, you ask? Interaction between your fans promotes an even more solid community around your art Your fans each have a common interest - your work! And because of that, they're bound to have more in common, too. When you start the conversation, your fans will run with it, and create new friendships amongst themselves. This is a…

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.

Freelancers: it's your time to shine, and it's only getting brighter. According to Fast Company, over 40% of the American workforce, or 60 million people, will be a part of the freelance economy by 2020. How do you hop on this wave? While creativity is vital, it’ll only get you so far. Understanding business and marketing concepts like branding is what will truly propel you closer to realizing your dreams of developing a successful brand on the web. Great branding transcends merely focusing on the type of product or service you offer the world and enters the territory of emotion and romanticism. In other words, branding is about making a genuine connection with fans and followers. Successful creative entrepreneurs get…

In the early years of my writing career, I spent many hours daydreaming about working for myself. In those days I worked full-time, reluctantly. The rigid shape of a 9 to 5 felt claustrophobic and creatively limiting. What if my most productive hours were before 8 am or after 10 pm, I wondered? What if I thrived working on multiple projects with multiple clients? What if I needed to stand on my head for 10 minutes to kickstart my productivity? What if I didn’t want to make small talk in the elevator? After a handful of full-time gigs I started to understand that job satisfaction is as much about how you work as it is about what you do. I’d…

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…

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