Who am I: a quest for artistic identity

When considering how to express oneself in any creative domain, it is natural to seek the opinion of others. Artists need mentors, and external validation may provide encouragement in competitive…

Perfectionism is not a virtue

I often grieve the many ideas I’ve had that have never come to fruition. I recall the blissful moments when inspiration has tapped me on the shoulder and I’ve responded…

Priceless time: how do you spend it?

Time. You never seem to have enough of it yet there’s so much you’d like to be doing with it. We each get the same number of hours in a…

Creating with clarity and simplicity

In the ever changing realm of creativity, the desire to be considered avante-garde may motivate artists to push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Much to do with art is…

AMEB is offering free online Theory of Music courses

The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) are providing free online Theory of Music courses in an effort to support music education through the COVID-19 outbreak. The three courses available are…

All your eggs in one basket: is a portfolio career recession-proof?

The lead up to Easter feels very different this year. In such uncertain economic times one tends to reflect on their career choice in order to keep up with the…

What’s your creative type?

Creativity, like talent, may seem like a trait reserved for a select few. Simply put, creativity is inventiveness as a function of one’s imagination. Everyone has ideas and everyone has…

Rejection, reviews, and resilience: realities of #performerlife

Performing is a tough business. Not only must one have the skills to tell a convincing story but they must compete for the right to tell it in the first…

Freedom from FOMO

You may or may not be familiar with this acronym. Not only has the ‘fear of missing out’ infiltrated popular culture in recent years, but it has interfered with people’s…

15 things performers can claim as tax deductions

A knowledgeable accountant is a worthwhile investment when it comes to preparing your tax returns as a freelance creative. However, it is worth being informed about what you are entitled…

11 tips to fund your art through grants

Among the variety of ways that we can fund our work, grants are amongst the most prominent in Australia. Devising and writing a grant is an art form in itself,…

Chill out with our digital magazine

I’m so excited to announce that the second issue of our quarterly digital magazine is now available to view online. Our inaugural issue is still live so you can enjoy…

21 sites for paid arts opportunities

A working artist rarely relies on a single job. Most creative people have a portfolio career and juggle multiple clients and income streams. There are glamorous moments but most days…

3 Simple Steps to a Successful Performance

You’ve got a gig! You’ve set the ground work by practising for hours on end. You know your material and you know that this performance is extremely important, but while…

Prompt! I can’t remember my lines

Revising your parts for a show can be daunting. Be it music, choreography, or script lines, you are capable of more than you give yourself credit for. When I think…

Threshold

“Which form of proverb do you prefer: Better late than never, or better never than late?” – Lewis Carroll “There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to…

My Creative, Messy Mind

One thing I know about myself is that I like order. I’m a bit of a neat-freak externally, however, the mental noise and ideas that manifest in my mind are…

Auditions: why bother?

Daunting. Nervous. Memory-lapse. Self-conscious. Warm-ups. Stretches. Lalalalalalalalala… There are many words that one could associate with the audition process. For non-performers, an audition can be likened to a job interview.…

Work Smarter: Live Better

Isn’t it Ironic? Alanis Morissette could have used the following statement as a lyric in her hit song: Snail mail has become faster to deal with than email!!! Don’t ya…

Tabula Rasa #2017

When I’m about to embark on something new, I inevitably want to make it matter. Year after year, I’ve treated the first of January with mixed emotions: joy, sorrow, anxiety,…