Creatives talk money.
I’m starting a podcast. It’s going to be about different local creatives—writers, artists, musicians, tattoo artists, craftspeople, performers, etc.—and how they navigate the relationship between money and their creative practice.
This project emerged out of an interview series I’ve been thinking about doing as research for my financial wellness workshop. Instead of rushing to launch something I think creatives need, I am looking for ways to spend more time hearing from the people I want to serve.
While writing is my medium of choice, I am also trying to work out how I can best support my creative peers in sharing their money stories. How we speak adds to the texture and relatability of the stories we tell and I don’t want to lose that in the editing process.
I am also conscious that—as a white woman who will be interviewing numerous Black creatives—I could unintentionally edit out the nuanced language and ways of speaking that bring depth and history to my interviewees’ stories.
I really don’t want that to happen. One of my primary drivers behind this project is to share stories from creatives whom the capitalist system in which we live is stacked against.
So, I’m going to turn the interviews into a podcast from the get-go.
Another reason I want to make my interview series a podcast is because I want these conversations to extend beyond my creative community. I am fortunate to have access to a creative hub in Detroit—and more specifically Room Project—and also understand that this isn’t the case for everyone.
My hope is that my podcast is able to offer encouragement and connection to creative folk who are living elsewhere too.
Essentially, these are conversations that I wish I had access to when I was in the early years of my creative practice. And they’re conversations I want to stay closely connected to as my creative practice matures in the coming years.
This feels like essential work. I am also brand new to podcasting so any tips or connections you have to offer would be greatly appreciated.
There’s a nook space at Room Project that I’m sure I can turn into a temporary podcast studio. Now all I have to do is find the money to get some recording equipment and I’ll begin immediately.
While I figure out how to make that happen, I would love to know: how does money affect your creative practice?