The secret is knowing your worth.
Something that always seemed to be a taboo topic in anything creative was the topic of business/money. I grew up around artist, mostly fine artists and a lot of my influences come from that community. It is all too common to hear about people "selling out"...you know...god forbid you get a job and pay your bills or put yourself in a better position for the future.
For some reason, you can only get paid for your art if people want to collect it/buy it.
But as soon as you collect a paycheck...that is frowned upon.
Now we have to make a living somehow and I can understand to a point about "selling out". But we have to take another look at this. Especially for those of us who work more with businesses, companies, organizations and people outside of our community.
Never in my entire career as an "artist/designer" was I ever taught about the business of design. It was one of those things I had to learn on my own. In college I did not have to take one business class nor was I pushed to take any. It was always about my studio time and humanities etc. God forbid I learn how to earn a living.
So after school I was flying by the seat of my pants. Trying to work on establishing my career. I started getting some work and I had no idea how to price my work. Fine art or design. The hardest part was finding out my worth. Charge too much or too little and you can not get a job, just the same...you do not want to charge too little and try to scrape together a million clients to pay the bills.
Now I started to slowly to put things together and make something of myself through much trial and error.
I found a resource that I wish I had found in college. I stumbled across a youtube channel called "The futur" @thefuturishere
These guys break down the business of design and creative services. Learned some new tricks and tips myself. I cannot thank these guys enough for what they do and the value they are bringing to the taboo topic of money.
Anyone who is in school for creative services, wants to be or is...needs to give some of their videos a look. You wont regret it.
Learning how to make a living should not be kept a secret and TheFutur is paving the way and dropping knowledge bombs the entire way.