Be the Kind of Artist that No One Can Take Advantage of

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by Joey Phoenix The first year I started taking photography seriously I was eager for any and every opportunity that came up. I scoured Craigslist looking for gigs, joined Thumbtack, and commented on my friend’s threads asking for photographers trying to drum up business. I shot a wedding for under $300, delivered work I didn’t [….]

North Shore Women to Watch

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An evening of Women’s Networking presented by Peabody Essex Museum at Hotel Salem in Salem Mass. Story by Alyse Diamantides. Photos by Creative Collective

Surviving as An Artist During Festival Season Part 1: For Newbies

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by Joey Phoenix Festival season usually runs from May to October, plus the sprinkling of winter markets in late November and December, and most artists, makers, and creators are starting to consider which ones they want to participate in throughout the year.* For new artists, the idea of starting to participate in these kinds of [….]

Leave the Cabin: Make Art, Make Connections

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By Joey Phoenix No one becomes an artist because they want to think about the business side of making art. They become artists to make art, but unfortunately, that isn’t enough. Making art and doing nothing else is how artists become starving artists. Which just isn’t as appealing as literature makes it out to be. [….]

You Are Worthy of Your Time: Holding Space for Creativity in a World of Busy

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By Joey Phoenix Life is full of things which demand our attention. We have to pay bills, file taxes, run errands, wash our clothes, feed ourselves. We also need to work enough so that we can pay rent and buy food, be social enough that we don’t become hermits, and make enough art so that [….]

If I’m Not Making Art, Am I Still an Artist?

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By Joey Phoenix We all feel like imposters at some point in our journeys. It’s entirely reasonable to question everything, as crippling self-doubt is unequivocally married to the creative process. The important thing is learning how to move through it. I upended my life a few months ago. I had recently finished a number of ongoing photography [….]