Art Pays Me Podcast helps artists use their power to improve their lives and the world by exploring the business strategies of successful creatives. Art Pays Me is hosted by Artist and Designer, Duane Jones, Founder of lifestyle brand Art Pays Me.
This episode is an artist talk hosted by me that was facilitated by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCADU).The talk is by their first virtual Visiting Artist in Residence in Film and Media Studies, Fabienne Colas. Fabienne talks about her journey from Haiti to Canada and creating 9 successful film festivals and being named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women in 2019. Thank you to Melanie Colosimo, NSCADU and the Anna Leonowens Gallery for making this event happen.
Fibre Artist, Author and Blogger, Jen Meza talks about pivoting into her creative pursuits after losing her job during the pandemic. We learn about her woven wall hangings, her love for travel and why she created the Our Best N.S. Adventure Journal, her start in blogging and how she found success on Etsy and Amazon.
Ana and Zac
Designers and Retailers Ana and Zac talk about the history of their new brand Ana + Zac, their design philosophy and the importance of sourcing sustainably. We also talk about supply chain, shifting priorities during the pandemic and I even share some insight into my design and production process.
Visual Designer and Artist, Anthony Grant and I talk about his origin story as an artist and designer and the thinking behind his work that blurs the lines between design and art. We also talk about how our paths crossed and the visibility of Black people in the design industry.
Cartoonist and Filmmaker, Josh Rodgers and I discuss his influences, working on kid friendly cartoons by day, and adult cartoons like Henry vs the Reptilian Overlords from the Cosmos by night. Josh also offers some career advice for animators and why he doesn’t think going to university is necessary.
Dylan Edwards is a Writer, Artist and Animator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We talk about how he got into the animation industry, how it’s been impacted by COVID-19 and why so few people know the Halifax studios that contribute to the industry. We also talk about the value of intellectual property, why it’s good to work on independent side projects and why it’s important to understand business when working as a commercial artist.