Features

Jeans Team, Torstraßen Festival - Pyragraph

Burning Questions with Melissa Perales of Torstraßen Festival Melissa shares how she and her team launched Torstraßen Festival in Berlin

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While neck-deep in planning 24 Hours of Art I reached out to Melissa Perales to hear how she helped organize the Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. More

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Fin Records logo by Tommy Metcalf - Pyragraph

Seattle’s Fin Records: An Empire on Hiatus

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Shenandoah Davis talks with Fin’s founder Christian Fulghum on starting up what became Seattle’s Best Local Label, and its recent suspension of operations. More

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Procrasti-Nation by Edie Everette - Pyragraph

Procrasti-Nation: I Am An Artist #23

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Edie Everette gives a tour of Procrasti-Nation, with helpful tips to maximize your wasted time AND your guilt. More

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Hannah Kauffmann Banks - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Hannah Kauffmann Banks of Tricklock Company Hannah and I talk about the Reptilian Lounge, theater grants, and how the heck Tricklock made it to Poland

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With ABQ’s 24 Hours of Art festival imminent, I asked Hannah to catch me up on what Tricklock Company has been up to—both here and in Poland. More

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Self-portrait by Christina Kennedy - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Christina Kennedy How she uses Instagram to complement her professional photo work

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Christina shares how she uses Instagram as a creative outlet and how it differs from her work as a professional photographer. Gorgeous photos ahead. More

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Shannon Curtis - Pyragraph

What’s Your Deal, Shannon Curtis?

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This—building a series of house concert tours—isn’t how I thought my music career would look, and it’s not “the way” I was taught to promote a music career. More

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What’s Your Deal, Reighnbeau?

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Visual and sound artist Bryce Hample, a.k.a. Reighnbeau, is obsessed with organic sounds manipulated through electronic production, R & B, and jeggings. More

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Sewer cover copyright - Pyragraph

Dear Rich: Copyright Rules for e-Newsletters and Iron Work

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Rich Stim explains basic copyright law for a designer who created a newsletter for a client, and an artist creating greeting cards using iron work designs. More

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Skye Devore and crew at Tractor Brewing - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Skye Devore, Owner of Tractor Brewing How Tractor connects the dots between beer, community and culture

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I talked with Skye about craft beers and the ways a good pub can cultivate arts and community. Then I had breakfast. More

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Lauren O'Connell

What’s Your Deal, Lauren O’Connell?

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I first learned about Lauren O’Connell through her collaboration with another YouTube ninja: Pomplamoose’s Nataly Dawn. More

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Tuesday's Tips - Pyragraph

Burning Questions with Jill Brown, Landscape Architect How Jill uses social media marketing to keep biz blooming

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Jill Brown describes how she found better work-life balance with self-employment, plus a healthy dose of social media marketing. More

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The pretentious drip - Pyragraph

The Terrifying History of the Pretentious Drip! I Am An Artist #22

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Edie Everette chronicles the evolution of the precious paint drip. More

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Sam Miller plays in the lake - Pyragraph

Burning Questions for Sam Miller Unpacking the making of his latest album You Need To Hear It

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The last time I saw Sam Miller, we were on a long, long walk across town having a bitch-fest like two ladies knitting at the gin table. More

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Pool Party - Pyragraph

What’s Your Deal, Pool Party?

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Pool Party is a surf rock band from a land without surfing. We play music about natural disasters we don’t encounter. More

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Jill Howe, producer of Story Sessions in Chicago - Pyragraph

The Rise of the Personal Narrative Show, Part 2: Are we going to keep going with this or what?

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In the ’70s and ’80s, a core of innovators brought stand-up comedy from the fringe to the mainstream. Is personal narrative performance next? More

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Resources

Rich Stim

Dear Rich: How Do I Get Paid for Book Illustration?

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If a book deal is in the works, and you feel you are entitled to a cut of the earnings, you should seek to become a party to the publishing contract. More


Rich Stim

Music Licensing 101

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How do you get your music into the hands of music supervisors, those gatekeepers who decide whose music is heard during an episode of “Justified”? More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: My Documentary. Her Idea. Who Owns It?

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“Good ideas are common — what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” More


Contracts and Agreements 101

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The more that you are actively working in your field — whether that means writing for magazines, playing music at clubs, hosting gallery events or building furniture for a hotel — the more you’ll find yourself needing to execute contracts with other businesses and people. More


Blogs

Billy McCall

11 Life Lessons I Learned From Tetris

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I play a couple games of Tetris almost every day. I do some sort of writing almost every day. It occurred to me that there are some similarities here. More

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Josh Stuyvesant

The Time I Smoked With Laurence Sisson

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I got the impression that Laurence had hosted many others before me, as if it were a weekly pleasure of his to provide wisdom to the starry-eyed wannabes. More

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You’re a Horrible Writer These tips can make you a tolerable one, sometimes

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I can tell you quality is still king in any format. But you knew that didn’t you? Well your writing doesn’t say so. More

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Guest Blogger

She Walks in Poland, On Theater Tour

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Guest blogger Hannah Kauffmann Banks on touring in Poland with Tricklock, traveling with a lot of stuff and sweating on audience members. More

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Danielle Vincent

Brand Voice: You Are What You Say

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Many people say that I’m lucky to have a natural voice for marketing—but they don’t realize that I actually have gone to great lengths to define this. More

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Sage Harrington

You Don’t Know Jack Shit about Auditioning What I learned when I auditioned for 'American Idol'

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I approached the “American Idol” audition as practice at managing audition anxiety. I don’t think I did that great a job. More

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Alexandra Gjurasic

GJURASIC FACTOR: The Stay At Home Artist

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Much like the Duggar family molds their children based on religious conviction, I’ve raised my child upon art expression. Art is our family’s religion. More

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Josh Stuyvesant

The Insanity of Organizing an Arts Festival: A Primer

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Festival planning involves more moving parts than an orgy on a merry-go-round. Here’s how to build a team and keep all those parts lubed. More

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Jed Alexander

How Barron Storey’s Monkey Changed the Way I Make Pictures

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One day in class Barron brought in this enormous illustration he did for National Geographic. Then he did a shocking thing. He peeled off a monkey. More

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Anya Shevelyuk

Highlights from the Aerial Expo: The Circus Arts Come to Des Moines

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“Intro to Inversion Balancing” was by far my largest workshop yet with students ranging from ages 12-55. More

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Tonya Kay

The Joy of Being a Vegan Actor in a Vegan Film

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The directors wanted to keep the investing sources private and small, if need be, so as not to risk watering down the activist message. More

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Building an Arts Business Using Your Own Talents of Being You

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I’m quickly building a successful business in the arts, and all I’m doing is stopping censorship of myself. More

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Alexandra Gjurasic

GJURASIC FACTOR: The Great Studio Space Debate

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Should your studio space be where you live, or away from home? I’ve constructed a list of pros and cons to help your choice along. More

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Three Ways a Media Interview Can Go Wrong

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The next time a reporter calls you, keep in mind that the glorious feature in your mind’s eye might not turn out exactly as you expect. More

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Tonya Kay

Producing Burlesque for Film With bonus Fire Tits safety tips!

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I edited the film myself, offering just a bit more in each clip while giving nothing away, building up to a brief moment of reveal: my Fire Tits danger art. More

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