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The Hungry

By Dave Conrey

The Hungry serves up practical and actionable creative business news, information, and insights twice weekly. Join thousands of other artists, designers, and creative professionals looking to demystify marketing, strategy, selling techniques, and the technology necessary to run a thriving business.

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This is me working outside of my comfort zone

This week did not turn out like I planned, not even a little. Due to a cataclysmic tech meltdown, this week’s post will be a little lean because of cataclysmic computer failure and the residual effects on my productivity. The most challenging part is that I don’t have all my research bookmarks since I chose to not sync up my browsers across devices—lesson learned. “ Fall down 7 times. Get up 8. - Japanese proverb Also, I’m working without my editor (Grammarly) until I get this tech fiasco...

2 days ago • 3 min read

In partnership with Printify Call me Bobby Digital because this physical world cannot contain me anymore. In this edition, we're talking about: Can we put our entire creative lives in one box? How I read between the lines of an article to find opportunities An artist capturing black culture from new perspectives What would you do if you found your spouse was your biggest hater? But first... Question of the Day "How do I market my work and make a sustainable living by attracting loyal fans who...

9 days ago • 5 min read

We're trying something new today by kicking off the edition with a question from the field, this one from a Thread friend. "Am I better off focusing [selling art] locally rather than online or online over local?" - Dustin G. The almost non-answer is that it should be both because even in a busy metropolis like Los Angeles or New York, you may not find enough venues to sell the work locally to make a good living. That said, selling in person is much more rewarding because you get to talk to...

16 days ago • 5 min read

Look at this! Our first guest post ever! Did you know you could do that? You do now! This edition of The Hungry is brought to you by Beehiiv. (Wait, what?) How Important Is Time Management Really? It's essential! Just because I'm complete trash at keeping to some schedule regimen doesn't mean you have to be. The biggest issue is finding a system that works for you, and as creatives, those systems can often be too complex and rigid, but artist Adele Gilani has what she believes is a sound time...

23 days ago • 5 min read

This week was a wet and wild ride between torrential rain, flooding, and leaks in the roof. I'm still here with good stuff, though, and I'm looking for recommendations on all-weather boots. This edition of The Hungry is in partnership with Blick Art Materials. Splitting the responsibilities This week was the launch of Choose Your Words, our live course about writing and publishing for people who are afraid to write and publish. The event went pretty well, despite some technical glitches and a...

30 days ago • 3 min read

The Color of the Day Is Pink I published a blog post with that exact title nearly 11 years ago, on May 20th, 2013, which I wrote from a coffee house down the street from the corporate publishing job I was laid off from that morning. In February of that year, I published another article titled "I am unemployable," where I shared how I was no longer satisfied with corporate employment and was planning to leave that job by the end of the year. Perhaps I manifested my dismissal, which might have...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

In 2013, I was laid off from my art director job when the company I worked for sold off our division to another company too far away for me to travel. For me, it was bittersweet because I was ready to leave that job by the end of the year, but I would sorely miss some of the friends I made. Looking back though, I recognize that it was the best thing that ever happened to me because although I may not be making the same money I was back then, I have complete freedom to chase any creative...

about 2 months ago • 10 min read

I cannot tell the future any better than anyone else, but I gave it my best shot. One thing I know for sure is that The Hungry will be THE newsletter for creative business news, and nobody can stop us! In case you missed it, The Hungry is moving back to once per week, and all the deep dives will be shared here... like this one: The Future Looks Bright...Maybe One person's brilliant outlook on the world might be another person's dystopia, but that didn't stop me from making my predictions...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read
a blurry image of a building in the background

I've grown fond of people sharing their annual predictions and reviewing them the following year to see how they panned out. I almost always cheer for them to be correct, but there's also a little schadenfreude involved because as much as I like wins, there's a bit of wicked joy when they get things wrong. And because I want it to give others that potential joy, either for the wins or the bombs, I'll share my predictions for creative business in 2024, and this time next year, we'll review and...

2 months ago • 6 min read
screen shot of a business insider article about substack protecting free speech for Nazis

Ok, so that part where I said there wouldn't be another Hungry post for the rest of 2023? Yeah, that was a mistake, and I blame it entirely on bad timing because after I sent out the post on Friday, a story was shared with me that would have completely changed my view of some things I shared in the message. Let's talk about it. On Friday, Business Insider shared a reaction post to another article written by The Atlantic earlier in the month about Substack's tolerance of extreme right-wing and...

2 months ago • 4 min read
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