3 Crucial Money Tips for Creatives (Budgeting Minus the Depriving)

“The thought of starting my own business from my passions, then running out of money, absolutely scares me.”

Today’s Tribe Thursdays is inspired a letter I received from a reader a few months back. She writes:

Hi Arriane,

Thank you so much for all your inspiring e-mails. This is my first time to send you one back.

See, I have so many big plans for myself. I want to travel more, I have passions that I want to turn into a business so I can make a living doing what I love. However, I find myself always worrying about money and expenses. I actually have very little savings right now, because I always shop, and I don’t have very good spending habits.

I keep trying to have a mindset that money is just money, and it’ll come back around — but the thought of starting my own business from my passions, then running out of money, absolutely scares me​.

– Noelle

Okay, just swap your name for Noelle’s and pretend I’m answering YOUR letter, because I’m pretty sure this dilemma has crossed your mind at some point. If it has, then this post is for you.

Ep. #14: Why It’s Okay to Have More than One Passion, Unabashed Ambition, and to Make Money from Your Art (with Reese Lansangan)

Today’s guest is Reese Lansangan, a 26 year old singer-songwriter, visual artist, graphic designer, fashion designer, and published author; all rolled into one convenient sushi.

In this conversation, we we delved into tricky issues like feelings of jealousy and the habit of comparison in the age of social media, we talked about shame and shaming when you’re putting your work out there, we talked about the stereotypes of being an artist vs. being a sellout.

We also talked about ambition, and why that’s an asset, and not something to be ashamed of. Lots of really tricky stuff, but we discussed it in a very light-hearted way.

You’re a creative person with lots of ideas, but struggle with getting organized. This is also for you if you feel like you’re not the “entrepreneurial type” – let’s unpack and disprove that.