A crazy side project is exactly what your creative business needs.

A crazy side project is exactly what your creative business needs.

A lot of creatives come to me asking how they can make money.

How they can make their business sustainable.

And I look at their brands and see... products, packages, selling.

I ask myself, What would make me buy from this person? The answer? Nothing.

If you want people to buy from you, you need them to discover you.

For example, I find people from social media, but I don't really care about the screaming messages where they announce it's the LAST DAY to buy...

A few conventions I will never understand.

A few conventions I will never understand.

Can we get real and awkward for a second?

OK, so... when you're a rebel, you're bound to bump into things you really don't like. And it's bound to be most things other people like. Society is so constructed that most people agree on something, but then the outliers hate it. Then comes the awkward moment where you have to tell your "normal friends" they're all crazy. </kiddingsortof>

But if you have ever been looked down on with that look of incredulity when you were just voicing your opinion, I get you. We've gotten that look a lot, haven't we? Whatever, the people who look down on other people won't get you here...

Helpless, but never hopeless. Rebels give the world what it needs.

Helpless, but never hopeless. Rebels give the world what it needs.

There are things that will always threaten humanity as we know it...

Wars.

Pandemics.

Climate change.

Prejudice.

Trump...

And while those things may make us feel helpless, we will never be hopeless because there are people out there who are balancing these things, who spread good and hope and positive change. I call these people rebels. Rebels like me and you.

10 Ways for Modern Creatives to Disconnect from All the Bullsh*t

10 Ways for Modern Creatives to Disconnect from All the Bullsh*t

It's official. Technology has taken over the world. We are hooked 24/7.

If you're not tapping away on your laptop - like I'm doing right now - your face is glued to your phone or your smart watch, or you're glaring at a huge screen. Whether that's your home computer or your TV, it doesn't matter. You probably need to see the eye doctor because your eyes are scratchy and leaking, and you don't want to admit it.

What is worse, your mind has become a reflection of what you consume, and what you consume is mindless listicles and how-to advice. No original thought! 

Why do you think coloring is trendy? I mean, why would adults choose to revert back to childhood? And why is everyone obsessed with print books and magazines all of a sudden? Why do modern creatives suddenly need to go on retreats in Nature?

These 5 rebels exchanged their services for things cooler than money.

These 5 rebels exchanged their services for things cooler than money.

Live and be happy without money?! This is surely the talk of a crazy woman...

Actually, if there was ever a time to invent your own rules and do anything you want with your life, it's TODAY. You can live a life that's free from convention.

Do you want such a life? There are so many examples of this actually working.

Below are some genius projects that involve rebels offering their services in exchange for things much cooler than money. From poets to photographers to startup advisors, anyone can live an alternative life and have an alternative business nowadays, including YOU.

 

Dear Inspiration, why won't you stay?

Dear Inspiration, why won't you stay?

When you're a creative person, you spend most of your time thinking or talking about inspiration. You ask for it to come, try to trick it into coming, and when it does come, you use it up only to be left dry again. Then you obsess over why it's so slippery and whether it's possible to build a life in which you can actually learn to summon it 24/7.

Sound familiar?

I know you squeaked agreement just now. All creatives ask: How do I get my inspiration back? How do I get inspired? How do I keep inspiration from leaving?

10 Books Every Creative Rebel Should Have in Their Library

10 Books Every Creative Rebel Should Have in Their Library

I've been having a bit of a problem with impulse buying...

You see, it took me a while to teach myself not to go into shops when I'm saving up for something more important than bags and hats. However, when it comes to BOOKS, Amazon is just one click away. What's worse, buying is one click away!

As a result, I have developed quite the library. Boring books, famous books, underrated books, rebellious books, and so on. Today we'll focus on books for rebels, by rebels. Whether you're already a rebel and you want to read something worthy of your attention or you're looking to find authors that deserve their hype, look no more.

Tiny ways to make a big difference, today.

Tiny ways to make a big difference, today.

There are people out there in the world who can't afford to go to their dream school and people who can't chase their dreams because they lack the funds. A simple $25 can change the course of a human life for the better. Wouldn't you love to be responsible for that? Wouldn't you love to inspire more people to do it and truly make a difference?

All it would take is one tiny good action today. And tomorrow. And the day after. Soon there will be so much momentum in these actions that they'll overflow in a beautiful charitable rainbow that is making the world brighter and better for everyone in it.

It takes one person to start. Everyone else will follow.

Where I Learn to Edit Video & Share the Lessons of My First Pancake

Where I Learn to Edit Video & Share the Lessons of My First Pancake

Remember when I told you about the 30 Days of Sucking challenge?

Well, I am reviving it because I have started vlogging. The show is going to be called The Rebel Reset and will use some creative exercises to awaken your inner rebel. 

I am not a filmmaker and I haven't edited video before, so the first episode is going to SUCK for sure. You can see for yourself below, but please be gentle. My tiny creative critic (I haven't fed it in a while) does pop up occasionally and is not gentle on my ego. 

Q: Why didn't you just shoot the whole thing all over again?!

Creative Research: The Rebel Way to Do Research on the Internet

Creative Research: The Rebel Way to Do Research on the Internet

Creative Research is flexible: you don't guide it, it guides you.

Creative Research needs you to know what you're looking for, but also needs you to trust that it will take you there in roundabout ways.

Creative Research is in cahoots with the Internet, and they have a wager on how long it will take you to relinquish control. (I joined the wager recently.)

Creative Research has you start from a super generic search, which can't possibly turn up any interesting ideas, and then takes you through a whirlpool of misplaced links, names, and titles which you have to first notice and then follow up on. 

Creative Research will always give you...