Posts Tagged ‘artist’

Monetization or Employment Money For Your Work Passion

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 by

So today I attended a local event that revolved around independent journalism and it seemed like it was trying to raise awareness about it. I am no journalist myself, but over the years I have made blog posts which seemed to garner a lot of attention such as exposing certain business opportunities or people with questionable business practices. As a result, I noticed that it helped many people as if it was a piece published in say the local news or paper. So it got me curious about the types of news that get published from other sources that aren’t so mainstream.

The first point that was expressed about the life of an independent journalist was the money. Essentially, it sounded kind of depressing as people were saying as much as they love the work it is unstable and that they implore people to have an actual job. I also heard during the crowd participation that for the most part people work on an honorarium basis and at times people mentioned they have to start valuing their work and expect to be paid for it. However, due to the competitive nature of the field you can’t just do that. Therefore, many simply focus on other things to simply survive as opposed to following their passion.

I was thinking how this sounded eerily similar to the life of an artist. However, I think the main difference is that most artists are probably prepared to be in a starving artist mindset whereas something like journalism would initially sound like an office job with a stable income. At the same time, I would say an artist is more likely to try and find ways to make an income out of their passion even if no one hired them directly. That then got me to read how some independent journalists use various funding and sponsorship sources that even an artist would use with great success. In some ways it was surprising that the concept of it was foreign to them.

I’ve never tried this myself, but I have often heard that a lot of people online who pursue some kind of passion but obviously need money to survive use sites such as Patreon to do so. Essentially, you are changing the mindset of trying to find like an employer but rather sponsors or supporters. I was thinking about this too where isn’t it easier to try and find ways to monetize your passion as oppose to someone who will employ you to do it in these types of cases?

Selling Your Work Versus Selling Your Service

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by

I was talking to a photographer today who appeared to have been working at random jobs in an effort to make a living. Her specialty appeared to be in photography and of course that usually means trying to find clients or your next job all the time. I then mentioned about things like selling stock photos and funny enough she never even thought about it. After mentioning how some photographers make a very good living that way she immediately wanted to investigate into it.

I suppose in many ways that is an over sight for everyone who is self-employed and runs a service based business. If you do offer a great service why not think about the idea of turning your service into a product that you can sell as well? For example, a painter can wait for someone to hire them to paint a project or they can create their own paintings in the meantime as well and sell their work. A good alternative as opposed to only waiting around for people to call you I think.

Kickstarter Online Fund Raiser

Friday, September 4th, 2009 by

I bumped into a site today located at which deals with people trying to raise funds for their projects and endeavors from people around the world. The concept was pretty interesting I thought where you as the pitcher would present your idea and how much money you think you would need to start your venture.

Then, people around the world can donate money within a certain time period. The interesting part is that you only get the money if you actually reach your requested amount of funds. Likewise, the donors would only be charged if it reaches that figure too. Kind of an interesting way to protect both the pitcher and the donor.

It seems like the main stipulation at this point is the site uses’s tool as the payment method and from what I read the funds will be restricted to people with US accounts only. At the same time, you need a personal invitation at this point to post up your own project. Sorry guys, I don’t have one myself to pass along. But, just thought this was interesting for anyone to keep on their radar if you are looking for funds for a project or business idea.