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Adobe Youth Voices

Adobe Youth Voices: Interview with Media Mentors

Igniting creative confidence in youth and empowering their voices to create with purpose.

Through the support of a local media mentor and an online community of educators from almost one hundred countries, Chicago Public Schools educators have the ability to learn from others, share their knowledge and post student projects for feedback.

Amalie Drury

Tips and Tricks: Get Paid

Once you turn in your story, they'll likely move on to the next project and won't be thinking about the money you're owed. So be proactive about requesting, filling out and returning payment forms like contracts, W-9s and invoices.

How to get an Agent

Breaking into acting can be difficult, so why not go right to the source to find out how?

A young woman asks an actor how to get into the business, sending the author in search of answers.

Shannon Stratton

The Little Things

Small gestures of gratitude make a difference in the arts.

Learning to say no might be one little thing we can all do for ourselves, and each other.

Patrick Gough

Auditioning is the Job

By the time an actor gets on-set, the hard work is over.

On a set? Getting paid? That’s all gravy. Auditioning is the job, and the work is a perk.

John Preus

Granted: John Preus

On winning the 2014 MAKER Grant

Honesty comes in different flavors: brutal, gentle, tactful, diplomatic, revelatory. Pick your flavor, but don't be an asshole.

Dancing in the Street

Legal Considerations when Performing Outside the Box

With the required licenses a performer can worry less about getting caught in the act.

Tom Camacho

The Three Types of Grants

Finding the Best Option for your Non-Profit

In a general sense, there are three overall types of grants: foundation, corporate and government.

Sheryl Kosovski

Pricing Worksheet

Sheryl Kosovski takes us through the paces to determine our rates

Almost all creative entrepreneurs under-charge their clients ... no one has looked at what it really costs to do the work.

Marie Casimir

Fiscal Sponsorship for Chicago Performers

A conversation with Links Hall's Associate Director Marie Casimir

Fiscal sponsorship “allows individual artists and collectives to access fundraising opportunities, financial services, training and mentoring expertise."

Joel Styzens. Photo: Paul Elledge

Singletrack: Instrumentalist Joel Styzens

Soundtracking "Bicycle Notes," an animated digital short

Animator Fernanda Torres of Bogota, Colombia, approached me about composing a soundtrack for her digital short after hearing my instrumental album. We collaborated back and forth via the Internet for about one year.

Barry Cooper II

A "Passing" Fancy

The IRS is scrutinizing pass-through businesses (like artists). Use these tips to avoid audits

According to IRS statistics, small business formation and tax filings increased by 15% percent between 2007 and 2011. As a result the IRS's largest increase of audits were of flow-through entities in fiscal year 2012.

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