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Project Planning for Artist Brains

To kick-off Early Registration for The Working Artist, I'm sharing a new mini-online-workshop Project Planning for Artist Brains!

And it's FREE!

The reason I'm offering this to you is that too many creative people, hell, too many people, suffer from overwhelm, lack of confidence, fear. And it can be paralyzing.

Project Planning for Artist Brains

-    Get past the hurdle of those difficult first steps
-    Banish overwhelm
-    Learn a strategy that's both manageable and fun
-    Overcome procrastination
-    Forever see your projects through to completion
-    Increase your output and change your life!

Maybe you're thinking that you're too busy to do this right now? Or that it's too expensive and you can't afford it? Or that you've got a handle on your projects, thankyouverymuch... But do you?

The thing is, if you think you're too busy, then you really do need to make time to watch this video. It's on-demand, so you can set aside time when it best suits you. And it's FREE!

BUT it's only available until August 8th!

Project Planning for Artist Brains

It's super-easy to get started:

1.    Set aside some time (an hour) and space.
2.    Gather several large pieces of paper.
3.    Choose the writing instrument of your choice.
4.    Get a stack of those little yellow stickies
5.    MOST IMPORTANT, bring a project to tackle

What kind of project? Here's some ideas:

-    Art projects
-    Crowd-funding campaigns
-    Organize your goals
-    Create a marketing plan
-    Build a website
-    Start a podcast or blog
-    Tackle social media
-    ... or any other project that gives you reason to pause before you even begin

I'll walk you step by step through the same system I use for all of my projects. And when we're finished, you'll have your own project well in your control.

Trust me, I've taught this system all over the world to students of every age, you're going to love it.

Once you decide to get started, you'll be able to access the video instantly, starting and stopping as you need.


Schedule this workshop ASAP because it will no longer be available after August 8th.


"Like many creatives, I suffered from having too many ideas. It led to overwhelm, confusion and ultimately, paralysis. After taking Project Planning for Artist Brains, a lightbulb went off. Now I use it all of the time. And I get things done!"  Jill Bernstein, www.jillbcreative.com

Men Like Him

He thought his career was over.

Bill Jay had been a professor of the History of Photography. He'd published dozens of books and hundreds of articles. He'd founded two majorly influential photography magazines. He'd travelled, given lectures, and taught around the world. As he supported other photographers, he'd become known as a fine photographer himself with solo exhibitions and books of his work.

And then he was bit by a rattlesnake.

One medical mishandling led to another, and Bill Jay was forced to retire and give up the career he'd built so passionately. He moved to a small seaside town outside San Diego and created a new life for himself, a smaller life.

No longer able to throw himself into his work, to travel, to carry heavy camera equipment, to meet with other photographers or students, Bill resigned himself to his fate.

But once a photographer, always a photographer.

He took to carrying a small digital camera in his pocket, always looking for new images to capture.

His daughter, noting the bearded and wizened faces of the homeless men who roamed the beaches of his new town, joked that this was the perfect place for him, "Look! All those old gits look just like you."

Bill looked at these homeless men, and realized that it was only fate that separated them. He began to meet these men, to talk with them and learn their stories. He took their pictures, shooting them in tight stark close-ups which he printed in hard blacks and whites.

He carried the prints with him and upon meeting one of his subjects again, would give him a copy of the picture. He imagined that, without a home, most of these images ended up in the trash.

But one day, one of the men came looking for Bill, "Come with me." 

He took Bill down an alleyway and into an abandoned warehouse where the homeless men were known to gather and drink. Once inside, Bill found that they'd staged an exhibition. Their pictures were all taped to the wall. They'd titled their show The Wall of Shame. But, in fact, they were proud.

Not prouder than Bill. He said it was the biggest accolade of his career. This small exhibition meant more to him than a one-person show at the Museum of Modern Art. It was the perfect ending to his career.

A friend asked Bill if he could have a set of the prints? He took them to a homeless advocacy group in New York and they used the images to raise money for the cause. A book was published, titled Men Like Me, and suddenly Bill's career wasn't over. It was just different. But he was still using his work to help others, he was still making a difference.

And the success of Men Like Me led to two other book projects.

I've never known an artist to retire. That urge to question, to draw connections, to create, runs deeper than blood. And when we devote ourselves to it, when we share it and use it in service, the world can't help but notice.

The last time I spoke with Bill, he'd sold all of his belongings and moved to Costa Rica. "Crista," he said, "when you moved to France, you inspired me to change my life."

I inspired Bill Jay, the man who'd been my greatest teacher and mentor. Fancy that.

Bill Jay, who took this photo of me (above) the last time I saw him, died in his sleep in a hammock in his tiny Costa Rican hut. He was the Anne Sullivan to my Helen Keller, showing me how to see the world through new eyes and dance to its music. Because that's what teachers do.

I wish there were more Men Like Him.

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"Throughout our lives, we may only meet a few people who touch us on a spiritual level and change our paths. Crista is one of those people." Jane Seaman, Best-Selling Author


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