I feel I owe you an explanation.
If you’ve been following this newsletter, you’re probably surprised that I started to publish frequently. But there’s no other way.
It’s either all-in or nothing. You can’t half-ass your way to success – creative or otherwise.
I wrote a piece earlier about “creative commitments”. We all should have one.
This is mine.
For a long time, I wanted to turn Substack into my full-time gig. But I didn’t know where to start. So I just kept publishing weekly posts, hoping to amass an audience.
~500 subscribers and 5.5K Medium followers later, I realized that if I want others to take my work seriously, I should start with myself.
It is me who should take it seriously. And I need to walk the talk.
I say that “creative commitments” are important. The easiest way to become a successful content creator is to make a promise (commit) and then keep your promise by showing up regularly.
This newsletter is my way of keeping a promise. It’s my creative commitment.
I promised you guys to share lessons and insights as I become a full-time content creator. There’s still a long way for me to go, but I am much closer than a year ago.
Over the past 12 months, a lot of things happened. I started writing (almost) every day. I built a solid following on Medium. Started a publication. Then another one. I wrote and published 3 eBooks. I found an interesting job.
Now I am quitting that interesting job to pursue writing full-time.
I said “no, thank you” to two job offers. And I left a lot of money on the table to purchase something no money can’t buy.
Creative freedom. The ability to be my unapologetic self. The ability to focus on this.
What is this?
I don’t know yet.
It’s a community. It’s a newsletter. It’s a Medium publication. It’s a Discord server. In a few weeks, it’s going to be a podcast too. (I am currently in the process of preparing the first episodes for you.)
But first and foremost, this is what I’d like to do with my life.
I want to be creative, to share insights with other creatives, to help you guys figure this thing called “creative success” out.
Because in this new world, you don’t have to choose between “creative” and “rich”. You can have both. You can be both financially stable and creative. I truly believe that.
I want to be an example for you that THIS is possible.
That’s why I am so honest with you and share my honest story and insights. This is what the “honest” part in Honest Creative is all about.
All it takes is a few mindset tweaks, a few insights, and a grain of courage. And I am here to share those with you.
So stay tuned.
Share this newsletter with a friend or two who wants to become a podcaster/writer/filmmaker/marketer/creative entrepreneur.
The fact that you’re here makes me incredibly happy.
It gives me a reason to keep going, to keep creating, and to keep giving you everything I’ve got.
Because my main KPI is not that I am a successful creative. Not really.
I know I am successful if someone from this newsletter takes an idea or two and goes on to become successful.
That’s how I know I am doing my job well.