The business side of creativity is something many artists struggle with. Of course, there’s the philosophical side of whether or not it’s about the money or the art. But that’s a different discussion. On this episode, we’re concerned with how to go about the business side of being a creative without driving yourself crazy or making yourself feel dumb. To address the issue in a common sense, low-pressure way Dane invited Paco de Leon on the show. She’s, first of all, an artist – a musician who has also been gifted with a kind of business savvy that enables her to bring the sometimes complicated processes and details of financial management into a verbiage and language that creatives can understand. You will enjoy hearing how Paco addresses these issues, in this episode.
As a creative, do you sometimes feel unintelligent when it comes to financial stuff?
If you do, you can breathe easy because you’re not alone. In fact, today’s guest is a creative herself who helps artists of all kinds get a handle on the financial details of their work – and she says that many creatives feel those same kinds of insecurity. She says that it doesn’t mean you are dumb. In fact, most creatives are highly intelligent. All it means is that most of what you hear from financial experts and advisors isn’t communicated in terms you are familiar with or “get.” That’s OK – Paco and her team are here to help. You’ll find her ability to translate the financial mumbo jumbo into terms you can understand to be an uncommon skill – and one that will make the money side of things much easier for you.
The ridiculous advantage of being an unorthodox creative.
Today’s guest, Paco de Leon is what Dane calls an “unorthodox creative.” She’s clearly an artist, a creative – but she’s able to bring a host of other talents and skills to her creative work that amplifies and make it more effective. In her case, one of the skills she brings to the table is a solid grasp of business and finance that most creatives find difficult to understand. It’s the merging of her creativity with that understanding that makes her such a helpful person to know. She’s got the ability to make creativity and business sync up and can help you do the same as it relates to the great work you’re trying to put into the world. Take the time to listen to what Paco has to say. You’ll be helped and encouraged.
Do you struggle to know if you should make money from your art?
Many creatives do. As a musician, Paco de Leon understands the tension. You love your craft and do it for the pure joy and love of it. Sometimes it seems that any thought of monetary gain from your art could sully it in ways you don’t want. But you also wonder, is there a way to do both that doesn’t make you feel like you’re compromising? Paco has wrestled with that very real tension herself and is eager to help you think through the real issues, mental roadblocks, and limiting beliefs you may have surrounding money as it relates to your art. Are you ready for the challenge? Listen to this episode.
It IS possible to create your art and live a life free of the concern about money.
But it will take some work on your part. Many artists freeze up right about there. The very thought of thinking through their beliefs and approach to money is daunting. And the fact that it has to do with balance sheets and profit and loss statements makes it worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today’s guest, Paco de Leon has made it her business to understand BOTH the art and the finances of making art. In other words, she gets the business side of creativity. That makes her a tremendous resource for you. You can be assured, she’s able to remove the fear from dealing with your finances. Listen to this episode and you’ll understand how she can help.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:48] Dane’s introduction to today’s topic and guest: Paco de Leon.
- [2:29] Why do creatives feel unintelligent when it comes to finances?
- [4:45] How a musician got into finance in the first place.
- [11:40] The ridiculous advantage of the unorthodox creative.
- [13:54] How you can discern if you’re ready to get financial help.
- [18:00] How you can make use of Paco’s resources.
- [22:10] Paco’s #1 piece of advice that can make a difference in your finances.
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