Career Tips

With so many being passed around, how do you make your business cards stand out? How about watercolour, minis, or stamps? Whether done by a professional or DIY, we have some cool business cards you may want to consider. First, here are a few professionally handled ideas: 1. Portfolio Business […]

10+ Awesome Business Card Ideas for Creative Professionals

Rejection is ROUGH. In whatever form it comes. And when you put your work out into the world to be critiqued and judged, and the inevitable rejection eventually rolls in, it can be tough to deal with and even tougher to keep going. So how can you bounce back after […]

How to Bounce Back From Rejection

New online learning opportunities are popping up everyday and creative professionals can find an abundance of relevant subjects offered in a variety of ways from various reputable organizations and institutions. Reasons to love online learning: You can do it from anywhere. You can take a course offered by a Toronto […]

Where to Find (and Reasons to Love) Online Learning Opportunities ...

Saying your going to accomplish something and actually actively pursuing it don’t always go together. Intentions are well and good, but a successful career requires setting professional and artistic goals that you will truly work towards and meet. Here are a few tips to set professional/artistic goals and expectations: Choose […]

How to Set Professional / Artistic Goals and Expectations

Starting an artistic career can be daunting. The lack of clear direction and the abundance nay-sayers pushing you towards a “real” career and your back-up plan can sometimes keep you from taking the necessary steps to properly kick-start your career. Success in the arts requires an unlimited amount of dedication […]

A Career in the Arts: Where to Begin – 4 ...

As my blogging and freelance career grows, I often find myself concentrating far less on my craft and more on various aspects of my business. And by ‘my business,’ I really mean the ‘business of me.’ A fair portion of my time nowadays is spent marketing myself and my blog, […]

Artist vs. Business(wo)man

One of the benefits of being self-employed is that I get to be the creator, the decision maker and the implementer. I choose the path I’m on and I get to experiment my own way. In choosing to be a solopreneur I get to be the control freak that I […]

Who’s on your team?

During my time as editor over at UnNomDeGuerre, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with an amazing team of writers who help cover press releases, interview artists and review films and concerts. Since all of us have day jobs, however, it can be a little tricky to make sure […]

How To Motivate Your Staff – Paid or Otherwise

Do you have a gremlin in your head telling you what you could have done or should have done to move your career forward, if only you were more productive, a better person, smarter, more creative or [any other quality]? We all have an ‘inner critic’ that tells us we’ve […]

Courage, Anyone?

I’m not a gardener. While I love having plants and flowers around me, once I’ve done an initial planting in the spring, I have no interest in tending to the garden while it grows. Weeding is always at the bottom of my to-do list. But now, in late fall, I’m […]

Cultivating Hope

Even if you’re not headed back to school this month, September feels like a fresh start. Are you thinking about a new approach towards your creative career?  Want to start your own business or collaborate with others on a project? Maybe this is the year you will transform your hobby […]

Choose Your Own Path

Self-care. The words sound so… fluffy, don’t they? I tend to think of some peaceful yogi sitting on a cushion preaching about the wonders of ‘letting go’ and setting boundaries. However, over the last few weeks I learned the real meaning of self-care after experiencing something that isn’t discussed much […]

Staying Creative Through Self-Care

As an optimist, I tend to expect success to come quickly on a creative project if I take the right steps. I’ve contacted the right people, and I’ve done the work I need to do. Why aren’t things working out as I expected? The reality is that my optimism may […]

The Secret Ingredient

It’s summertime – yay! Let’s wear our flip flops, put ice cubes in our drinks and dip our toes in the water. The relaxing mode of summer can make us lazy about our big plans and career goals…or, it can help us move our careers forward. Feeling relaxed can help […]

All Set for Summer

I’m going to be straight up here: I had a sh*tty day at work recently. I’ve spoken about my day job on here before (I’m a manager in a chain women’s clothing store), and sometimes I just think to myself I’m just not cut out for this. And to be […]

Useful Management Techniques

Have you ever been told to lighten up? I know I have. I have a tendency to get way too serious about myself. It’s good to take our dreams and goals seriously—but it’s not good to take ourselves seriously. When we take ourselves seriously we worry unnecessarily about our own […]

Joy Riding: Getting Back to the Positive

I love me some gadgets. Especially since I’ve taken to working from home rather than the newsroom, I’ve been searching for the perfect work accessories to take me from A to B to C and back. Not only do they have to be functional, they need to make a great […]

Hottest Work Gadgets of 2012

 I recently participated in a day of conversation and discovery organized by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre in Toronto. Called “Living Creatively,” it was a day for mid-career dancers to explore ways to enhance their artistic careers. As a former dancer, and in my current role as a career coach, […]

Living Creatively

Dressing professionally in the warm days of spring and summer can be really confusing. Bold colour or standard black/grey? How short should your skirts and dresses be? Are shorts and sandals ever appropriate? When dressing to meet clients or collaborators, we want to strike the perfect chord between expressing our […]

Professional Dress Code Tips for Spring/Summer

Have you seen the film “Pina”? It’s a 3-D performance piece/documentary by Wim Wenders about the late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. It’s full of intense movement and intense emotion. Pina was not just a dancer, but a multifaceted artist who worked from instinct rather than formality. When she […]

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