A typical lunch at Patreon stars the daily New York Times Crossword. Every day at 12:30, you’ll find teammates crowding around the word puzzle with a “driver” (why yes, it is I) who reads the clues aloud and 8-10 guessers who chime in, mouths full, with the answers they’re proud to know. Thursday’s crossword had a name we all knew well. Taryn: “48 Across, 3 letters: Issa of Comedy…!” A chorus of voices, all at once: “RAE!!!!” If you’re unfamiliar with Issa Rae, shame on you. Just kidding, but really... you should get to know her. With her NYT bestselling book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, award-winning web-series by the same name, and as the creator, writer and star…

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…

Join us during GDC week at The Mix Showcase, featuring No Clip creator Danny O’Dwyer! At every GDC for the last 6 years, The Mix Showcase celebrates the coolest indie games from around the world. Patreon creator Danny O’Dwyer will be hosting the Twitch livestream from the event sharing selected games. Come meet Danny, the Patreon team, and play some brand new indie games — some showing for the first time ever! February 27th, 7 -11 PM 981 Mission Street, a few blocks from the Moscone Convention Center      Interested in attending? Register on the event page. While admissions will be limited to people with confirmation emails sent by The MIX team, we’ll accommodate as many as possible at the…

Meet Meg and Isa, a writer and an illustrator who joined forces to create the fairy tale adventure comic, Namesake. Members: Isabelle Melancon (Quebec, Canada) and Megan Lavey-Heaton (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/namesake   Q+A with NameSake   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Isa: Together, me and Megan make comics, often in the fantasy genre, and often inspired by fairy tale and literature. Our lead series is the fairy tale adventure comic Namesake.   How did you get your start as a creator? Isa: I’ve been interested in doing comics since I was a kid, my parents had a lot of French comics for me and my brothers to read. During college and University, I had a minimal…

Meet Cyrille Aimee, a professional jazz vocalist who, in addition to singing in 3 languages and releasing over 7 records, is making time to create online music videos. Location: Brooklyn, New York Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/cyrilleaimee   Q+A with Cyrille Aimee   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Cyrille Aimee: My main focus of creation is music, and videos to go along with it.   How did you get your start as a creator? CA: I discovered I wanted to make music when I met some gypsies in my village in France at the age of 13. One of them started to teach me the guitar and in exchange I would teach him to read.   What did it take to end…

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…

Meet The Ginger Runner, a dream team of content creators who produce a popular blog, YouTube channel, and podcast all about their life’s passion: running. Members: Ethan Newberry & Kimberley Teshima Newberry (Yes, they're married!) Location: Los Angeles, CA Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/TheGingerRunner   Q+A with Ethan Newberry   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Ethan Newberry: This has been a pretty awesome journey to say the least! What started as a side-project youtube channel where I could spout off my opinions about various pairs of running shoes and running gear has blossomed into a full-on creative outlet for all of my passions. In addition to the unbiased and entertaining reviews of gear, I document and share some of…

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