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How to make money and not ruin your creativity

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Money ruins your creativity

I don’t know about you, but every time I am commissioned for an artwork, I start feeling blocked and caged in.

I noticed this first when I started to create more for the love of creating, instead of focusing on the money I might get for the artwork. I began drawing and painting images from my dreams and random subject matter that I’m interested in. In this process, I not only had way more fun creating, but I also felt more free to experiment, which in turn produced amazing images.

Studies have shown that money ruins our ability to be creative.

Since I came to this realisation, I started looking for solutions on how to make money and not ruin your creativity.

How to make money and not ruin your creativity

Sit still for a moment

Ever read the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle? In this book, he talks about how important it is for us to live in the present moment. Our minds are mostly off worrying about things far off in the future or thinking about things that happened in the past. By focusing on only the present moment, you are able to quiet your mind from noise. It is in these moments, where you live in the Now, where genius ideas are born.

I also find that just sitting still for about 20 minutes/ meditating before painting or writing makes a very big difference. I find that ideas flow more freely after doing so. In these 20 minutes, aim to focus on your breathing, listen to the birds chirping somewhere far off, focus on the feeling of the carpet against your feet as you sit on the floor.

Ok we don’t all have birds chirping in the window sill like Snow White, but you can listen to the sound of the washing machine too. The point is to draw you back to the present moment.

Create more of the work that YOU like

How to make money and not ruin your creativity

I’ll always remember one of my art lecturers telling me: “the more creative you are, the more creative you become”.

Set time aside to create more of the work that YOU like to create. Don’t focus on subject matter that will sell or not. Keep painting/ drawing/ writing, etc, just for the joy of creating. In this process you might just end up finding a new style or technique which you might have never even thought of using before.

You can then go back to your commissions with a fresh outlook and maybe even apply some of the new tricks you learnt.

Create a passive income stream

Another solution which I applied to sustain my creativity was to create a passive income stream so that I don’t have to worry about making money while I’m painting at all.

How to make money and not ruin your creativity
How to make money and not ruin your creativity

I then decided to join SFM, which is an online platform that gives you step by step guidance on starting your own online business and creating passive income.

Best of all, you don’t even need your own product line to do so. This then will also allow you to travel to wherever you want and to paint wherever you want in the world, since you online need a laptop and wifi connection to keep your business running.

If you are interested in the SFM program, click on the link below to register for free online workshops.

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