Devoting your time to creative work is your right
Figuring out how to do that without blowing up everything else in your life is your responsibility
I’m Jessica Abel. I lead the Creative Focus Workshop (and the soon-to-be announced Autonomous Creative Collective!) where we teach ambitious creative freelancers and business owners (and those who want to get there!) to leverage the incredible power of creativity to design a better life:
A life where you get to do the work that’s most inspiring to you..
and you also get to stop working, recharge, and become a full participant in your life, rather than feeling constant anxiety that any unassigned moment requires you to jam in more work.
…And then waking up and wondering where your last five years went.
As a cartoonist, author, teacher, and coach, I’ve been a full-time working creative professional for over 20 years. I’ve published nine books (both graphic novels and prose), taught art school for 20+ years, been an illustrator, an editor…it’s been a ride.
But the shiny résumé hides the scruffy behind-the-scenes reality of cobbling together a creative (and human!) life. I know what the tradeoffs are, and I know how to navigate the traps that keep your wheels spinning.
And I know you have it in you, too.