The Creative Independent

More than ever, creative people find their attention pulled in many directions by digital and networked technologies. Staying up-to-date and responsive to so many forms of online communication often feels mandatory in order to keep working. But, it can be both exhausting and dispiriting to build a creative practice while “extremely online.” With this compilation of essays produced in collaboration with Are.na, the platform for connecting ideas, we asked artists to share their approaches to using the internet more mindfully and creatively.

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A zine published by The Creative Independent, compiling quotes, excerpts, and recommendations from working artists, all gathered from our archive. Hope Hall’s mindset for dealing with stress, Mike Rugnetta on getting over the anxiety of sharing your work, Eve Ewing on challenging your own ideas of failure, Christopher Shinn on pushing through anxiety-induced procrastination, notes on staying [mentally] healthy from Thor Harris, plus thoughts from working artists— including Jlin, Aubrey Plaza, Sheila Heti, Tabita Rezaire, Ottessa Moshfegh, Mykki Blanco, Addie Wagenknecht, Alison Goldfrapp, and many more—on rejection, working with fear, and channeling anxiety into creative work.

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A zine published by The Creative Independent, compiling quotes, excerpts, and recommendations from working artists, all gathered from our archive. Topics covered include making money through your art, financial planning, day jobs, and starting a creative business. Yumna Al-Arashi’s real talk on earning money through your art, Philip Glass on getting paid for what you make, and Ally-Jane Grossan on how to approach financial planning.

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