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March 25, 2020
What to do as a creative in response to COVID-19

This is truly an unprecedented season in our lives with the COVID-19 crisis. It's the top of everyone's mind and the main topic in most conversations. I've been talking with lots of clients, agency partners, and creatives over the past week and the outlook isn't great at face value. With lots of people losing their […]

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February 26, 2020
Why you need a CRM for your creative business

As your business grows, it's important to consider having a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) to track your leads and sales. I can't tell you how many potential jobs I lost early on in my career just because I forgot to follow up and keep up with people I spoke with. It doesn't matter if you're […]

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January 2, 2020
Starting off the new year right as a creative

The turn of the year is traditionally a great time to reflect on the past twelve months and to look ahead at the next year. For many corners of the creative world, the holidays are a slower time for work and you may have extra time to be thinking about your business. I’ve been wrapping […]

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December 30, 2019
Traveling with gear for photographers and videographers

I’ve traveled here in the US extensively with equipment, and have also done a few trips abroad. I typically hire local crews when I travel for jobs, which means I'm flying solo most of the time... and lugging gear through the airport by myself. I made a lot of mistakes with overpacking and not planning […]

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November 21, 2019
Staying Healthy as a Creative

As a creative, being healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most important, yet easily overlooked goals. People who work in creative roles are subjected to lots of stress, abnormal schedules, anxieties, and unhealthy options. “Health” covers a wide range of wellbeing categories, and while I’m not an expert in these fields, here […]

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August 1, 2019
Taking a vacation as a freelancer or creative business owner

When was the last time you really took a vacation as a freelancer? Did you actually take a break, or did you end up worrying about work the whole time? This past weekend, my wife Melinda and I, took a few days to go to a lake house with her family. It was perfect timing […]

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July 23, 2019
How to Start a Creative Business from Scratch

I can't say that I saw myself not going to work for a studio or corporate America when I graduated from college, but through a few great mentors and friends, I found myself creating something for myself. I was working for a wedding videography company when a friend talked me up to a couple they […]

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May 29, 2019
The Complete Photo and Video Media Backup Workflow

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used. My video production business generates a TON of data each week and keeping track of it used to keep me up at night. We're talking actual nightmares […]

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May 14, 2019
How to start a podcast

Podcasting is a great way to build a community, share your messaging, and build a brand. I've done podcast launch consulting, editing, and recently helped launch and produce The Buzzer Podcast. Podcasting is a great way to connect with people, so you'll want to think through how you're going to build a community and an audience. […]

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May 13, 2019
File Transfers with MASV 3 - Review

Transferring files to clients and remote teams can be one of the most obnoxious parts of running a business that generates a ton of data.  I have stacks of shuttle drives that get mailed to editors or remote teams, and getting them back is always a hassle. This year I switched our company to G […]

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