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How To Spend Your Stimulus Funding

How To Spend Your Stimulus Funding

I love helping creatives make transformational decisions that give them the best shot at pursuing the life and career they desire.  In a matter of days, many of you will likely be receiving the latest round of stimulus funding from…
Understanding The Rule Of 72

Understanding The Rule Of 72

The rule of 72 is an awesome little formula and a constant reminder that my actions today will have a tremendous impact on the future version of me when it comes to investing and saving. ⁣⁣While I can’t (necessarily) control…
My Top Tips Of 2020

My Top Tips Of 2020

I publish a newsletter called 5 Tips For The Unrelenting 20-Something every Tuesday. This page is a compilation of all of the links I shared in 2020. Each newsletter is packed with quick, easily digestible tips that enable you to…
The Road That Lies Ahead

The Road That Lies Ahead

In what will likely go down as the longest year of my life, I am so ready for 2020 to be over! We’re going to look back at the pandemic as a very short moment in the course of our…
Ten Steps to a Personal Strategy Statement

Ten Steps to a Personal Strategy Statement

Yesterday, I wrote about the steps I was compelled to take in my career to develop a better work/life balance for myself. The post contained big picture thoughts on how to make change in your life and career. Today’s post…
Career Strategy for Artists

Career Strategy for Artists

In 2010, I had the dream.  My wife and I owned a house and had recently welcomed our first child into the world. In addition, my work life was great. I had a tenure track position teaching bassoon at Bowling…
Thoughts on how to serve your community.

Thoughts on how to serve your community.

As artists, we often feel a calling to serve the community in which we live. Showing up to serve can be, and is some of, the most fulfilling and rewarding work we can do. This can be incredibly difficult as…
How to set a budget as an artist.

How to set a budget as an artist.

Earlier this week, I wrote about the frustrations of setting a personal budget. Here is a step by step process for budgeting as an artist. Rules of Engagement:  Knowledge is power — Understanding where you spend your money from month…
The Frustration of Personal Budgeting.

The Frustration of Personal Budgeting.

It can be incredibly frustrating to hear someone give you advice on your finances. Although well intentioned, the solution often floated is that you simply need to live within your means in order to find financial stability. Of course this…
5 Books for artists seeking stability

5 Books for artists seeking stability

In general, I tend to be more action oriented than planning oriented, which explains the post I wrote yesterday. Instead of contemplating the change I’d like to see in my life or career, I often find myself identifying actionable steps…
Finding Stability as a 20-Something Artist

Finding Stability as a 20-Something Artist

Here’s a question that came from one of my readers: As an artist 6 years into my career, I am making things work both financially and artistically, but I continue to be interested in finding artistic work that allows me…
Artistic Micro-Movements

Artistic Micro-Movements

Last January, I wrote this post in response the inauguration of #45. The premise behind the post was simple: What small things can you do today to make a difference in the world? In January and February, our collective efforts…
Everyone Should Major In Music!

Everyone Should Major In Music!

For decades, we have been told not to major in music. We’ve been told that there aren’t any jobs, and the jobs that do exist have job satisfaction rates in the gutter. When are institutions of higher learning going to…
Six ways to tackle your college loans

Six ways to tackle your college loans

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” -Warren Buffett Yesterday, I wrote this post about things to consider when taking out College loans. As Warren Buffett mentions in the quote above, I still believe that taking out…
College Loans and Majoring in the Arts

College Loans and Majoring in the Arts

This morning, I read this CNBC article, which discussed the fact that student loans have gone up over 150% in the last decade. The article states that “The average outstanding college loan balance is now $34,144, up 62 percent over…
The Portfolio Career

The Portfolio Career

Portfolio Career Defined A person engaged in a portfolio career doesn’t work for a single company, but rather gathers a “portfolio” of jobs around a common theme or skill set, and balances that portfolio much like an investor manages a…
5 Steps To Help Solidify Your Career Path

5 Steps To Help Solidify Your Career Path

An education rooted in specialization, a career rooted in context. If you’re like me, your journey through school and even the first few years out of college trained you to think narrowly and deeply about the type of work you’d…
Thoughts on the National Endowment for the Arts

Thoughts on the National Endowment for the Arts

On January 20th, I wrote this post in response to the inauguration of our 45th President. Now six months in to his presidency, I feel compelled to share thoughts on what we—the electorate—should expect from our politicians. These writings represent my…
#45

#45

I read about #39 in history books. Though I have distinct memories from the 80’s, #40 came and went in the fog of my preteen years. #41 taught me the power of patriotism, yellow ribbons, and pride in my country.…
5 Things Artists Can Do, Post-Election

5 Things Artists Can Do, Post-Election

  The arts live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their nature and their shapes and their uses survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and societies, even the…
Skip E-ship Class, Read This—Introduction

Skip E-ship Class, Read This—Introduction

Today, I’m launching a series of “how to” posts designed to help you create and develop new ideas.  These posts will save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary entrepreneurship coursework, help you work across disciplines to bring your great ideas…
3 Career Fears To Tackle In 5 Years

3 Career Fears To Tackle In 5 Years

Before declaring my major in college I remember losing what felt like weeks of sleep trying to decide if the path to become a music educator was right for me.  Choosing the wrong path or worse, choosing the right path and ultimately not…
4 things to consider as you find a place to call home

4 things to consider as you find a place to call home

This blog post is beautiful.  Stripped down and vulnerable, Amy effectively places her personal values in front of where she lives.   What role does “place” play in launching your career?  This post looks at the notion of “place” as it relates to career planning…
Back to the Future for Orchestra Musicians?

Back to the Future for Orchestra Musicians?

Now that we’re well into the summer months, I thought I’d take a moment to see what people are writing about in the orchestra world.  Here’s an excerpt from an article I found: The situation of the symphony musician in…
The Classical Music Fiscal Cliff—Part I

The Classical Music Fiscal Cliff—Part I

Our country is quickly approaching another fiscal cliff.  Yikes.  When I hear those words, I always imagine a movie from the 1930’s, the hero—dangling by mere fingertips—tries to avoid her imminent demise, all while the villain laughs mercilessly as the…
The Portfolio Career

The Portfolio Career

The following is a definition from the website bnet.com: A “portfolio career” is a “career based on a series of varied shorter-term jobs either concurrently or consecutively as opposed to one based on a progression up the ranks of a…
Work-Life Balance?

Work-Life Balance?

If you know me, you know that I love my life. I have an incredible family and a fantastic job(s). Other than a little debt (ok, a lot of debt) from my college years, I really can’t complain. And yet…