Thank you for a wonderful summer!
To the 70+ creative humans who came together for my workshops, and for the 30 (!) amazing hosts and co-facilitators who made my journey possible, my deepest gratitude and respect. I'm reinvigorated to know that there are so many hands, eyes, hearts, and imaginations out there shaping their worlds into a weird, wonderful, and more sustainable place. I am offering a fall course online, read more about it here:
Creative Career Design workshops for artists, musicians, and creative humans, now on tour throughout the US. Map your project, design your practice, move your career towards radical sustainability.
"I walked away with more clarity than I have felt in years re: where I should be putting my time, energy, and efforts when it comes to my career.
It's f***ing great and you should do it!"
-Tiffany Topol, songwriter, producer, musician, actor extraordinaire
intro to creative career design workshop
Almost every musician or artist I’ve ever met deals with so much frustration, constantly having to re-invent the wheel just so that people might hear or see what they create. Despite all this hard work even the most talented artists I know rarely break even financially.
I have seen so many brilliant people spending valuable time on jobs that they hate, having to put off amazing projects, receiving a tiny fraction of the appreciation their work deserves, and getting completely burned out by having to manage every detail of their careers.
I have dealt with many of these frustrations myself.
That’s why for years now I have focused on helping talented, driven musicians and artists who are feeling overworked and underpaid create sustainable careers doing what they love.
the Intensive workshop
I offer 2-hour intro workshops as well as 1- and 2-day intensives that will introduce you to the foundational elements of the two most powerful career design tools that I've found so far in my journey towards radically sustainable artistic practice:
1) Holistic Life Context: A decision making structure that balances quality of life with career goals.
2) Creative Resource Exchange Mapping: A project-mapping system that uses permaculture techniques to sustainably redesign your project, practice, or career.
You will come out with a clearer idea of where you want to go in your career and a prioritized inventory of the resources you have available to get you there, as well as the beginnings of a sustainability map designed to help you chart out what to do next.
Whether you’re frustrated and don’t know where to go next, or you feel like you’re onto something good but want to optimize it, these tools will help bring clarity and practical systems to move you towards reaching your goals sustainably.
"I'd recommend this workshop for anyone who is unwilling to compromise the well-being of their soul for their career goals. Yes, there is a practical way to analyze decisions about creative endeavors! Chris has got that mapped out and his excitement to share that is quite obvious. I love learning about myself, so I really appreciated the enthusiastic and focused container this workshop provided to dive deep into my core values and true visions."
-Jess Kin, performer, artist, sacred-space creator
"I went into the retreat with a clear sense of my passion and purpose yet no idea how to translate that into making a living for myself. I came out with an overarching vision for my life and tools to build it. I now feel more confident supporting the evolution of my vision in a less confused and overwhelming way. What I learned helped me begin to fill in the gaps between what I know I have to offer the world and how to best provide it and support myself in doing it. Setting boundaries and saying no to people has always been difficult for me and I love being able to quantify what I give and get out of job opportunities. This way when I need to make decisions I don't have to fight my own feelings to make a decision. It's all right there on paper. I feel like I grew my own teammate in my mind and now we can achieve anything together."
-Emily Ritz, musician & interdisciplinary artist