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Creatives Suck At Money: Why?

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Why do creatives suck at money? I know not all creatives suck at money, but in the 25 years I've been doing voiceover, and even before that when I was pursuing theater and on camera work, I was noticing that that there seems to be a correlation between how creative you are and how crappy you are at managing your finances.


Some of it I think is conscious, some of it I think is unconscious. Conscious as in, some people identify themselves, have a strong sense of identity when it comes to their relationship with money.

What's weird is in the arts, if you like money, you're not cool, you're some kind of fascist, I don't know. It's kind of weird. I also think some of it is cultural, as in how you were raised at home and what the culture of your school life, maybe your place of worship, the friends that you hang out with, even the movies or TV shows that you watch, have an effect on your relationship with money.

Here's a little secret.

You can be an artist and still be good with money, too. You can have your artist little beret cocked to the side over here, and then you can have your, I don't know what the other one would be, a fedora, I don't know, some other kind of hat that reflects that you're good with money.

You can have both of those hats on, you should have both of those hats on if you wanna have any chance of being successful in the arts these days, you need to have both of those hats on. So it's not a sin to like money, it's not a sin to be good with your finances.

But here's the other thing...

Don't relieve yourself of the responsibility of being good with money because you are an artist. You know, oh no, no, no, no, I don't work with accounting software, it messes with my, you know, Anahatra chakra or, you know, whatever.

Takeaways About Money

  • You can have a healthy relationship with money, both internally and externally

  • There's no reason why you have to have the word 'starving' in front of the word 'artist'

  • How you work with money and how you make your money work for you as one who is self -employed is different from someone who works for someone or something else

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Tom Dheere

He's the VO Strategist, a voice over business & marketing coach and demo producer since 2011. Tom Dheere is also a voice actor with over 25 years of experience who has narrated just about every type of voiceover you can think of. When not voicing or talking about voicing, Tom produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.


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