51 episodes

Starving Artist No More is a source of hope, ideas, and possibility for creative entrepreneurs who want more from their businesses than constant hustle and a mindset of scarcity. You can build a creative business that meets your needs, and I'm excited to help you get there.

Starving Artist No More Jennifer Jill Araya

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Starving Artist No More is a source of hope, ideas, and possibility for creative entrepreneurs who want more from their businesses than constant hustle and a mindset of scarcity. You can build a creative business that meets your needs, and I'm excited to help you get there.

    050: Acknowledge the Hard Stuff

    050: Acknowledge the Hard Stuff

    The life of a creative entrepreneur is a difficult one. From a culture that doesn’t value our artistic work, instead telling us we should starve, to the difficulty of dealing with business administration tasks that many of us were never formally educated to handle, the reality of being an artist business owner is not an easy one. You’ve picked a hard road, my friend. And one frequent reaction to this difficulty that I see in my colleagues and in my coaching clients is what I like to call the ostrich response: sticking your head in the sand and ignoring the hard things. If you ignore the things you don’t like, they’ll disappear, right? Oh if only it were that easy! Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. It just allows it to fester. It’s not easy, but there is value in acknowledging the hard stuff. In today’s episode, we’re going to look at those hard things together.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    How acknowledging the difficulties of our creative entrepreneurship life gives us power.
    Why we instinctively want to ignore problems in our work.
    How to overcome that instinct to have a more helpful stance.
    What practical steps to take when you’re feeling stuck by a problem in your business.
    How we can pay attention to our difficult emotions and learn from them in the process.

    In this episode, I announced the Thriving Narrators Retreat DEI Scholarship. You can learn more about this scholarship on my website, https://www.starvingartistnomore.com/thrivingnarratorsretreat.

    I also talked about the Thriving Narrators Retreat itself, which is August 22-25, 2024 in Cincinnati, OH. Again, you can learn more about this exciting growth opportunity for audiobook narrators on my website, https://www.starvingartistnomore.com/thrivingnarratorsretreat.

    In this episode, I refer to one past episode, 038: The Price of Success is Failure. I also reference this TED talk by Lori Gottlieb. 

    A full transcript of this episode can be found here. Full transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

    • 25 min
    049: Where Your Priorities Lie

    049: Where Your Priorities Lie

    I know you’ve been there. Your task list is overflowing, and you’re overwhelmed. You’ve got more to do than you can possibly complete in the time available. Perhaps you’re in a feast period in your creative career, meaning your project calendar is jampacked full of fabulous projects that you’re excited to work on. Which is great, except that it means all of your time is spent heads-down creating, with no time left over for the necessary administrative tasks that come with running a business. Or maybe life has gone sideways on you, and you’re dealing with time-consuming complications in your personal life, resulting in a tight squeeze on the time available for your business work, whether that’s creative tasks or administrative to-dos. Regardless of the reason, you’ve found yourself in a place where decisions need to be made. You can’t do everything. So what do you choose to do, and what do you choose to leave undone? How do you prioritize? How did you decide what really matters to you, and how do you make sure your actions reflect those values? Today, we’re going to look at some of those hard questions. We’re going to talk about where your priorities lie.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    What my recent experience during a particularly hectic time has taught me about how to prioritize within my creative business.
    Why I intentionally chose to take some time off from this podcast and how I used that time to focus on other areas of my creative work.
    How you can use the Six Components of a Thriving Creative Business to guide your priority decisions when time gets tight.
    Why focusing on these six areas within your business is even more important when life and work gets overwhelming

    In this episode, I announced the Thriving Narrators Retreat, which is August 22-25, 2024 in Cincinnati, OH. You can learn more about this exciting growth opportunity for audiobook narrators on my website, https://www.starvingartistnomore.com/thrivingnarratorsretreat.

    I also mentioned the Thriving Artists Academy. You can learn more about this dynamic and supportive community on my  website, www.starvingartistnomore.com/thrivingartistsacademy.

    In this episode, I refer to several past episodes of this podcast:


    007: Working in your Creative & Financial Sweet Spot
    008: Developing Asynchronous Income
    016: The Six Components of a Thriving Creative Business
    044: Consistency Is Hard

    I also mention the Spoon Theory of chronic illness, and I share the Merriam-Webster definition of "priority."

    A full transcript of this episode can be found here. Full transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

    • 35 min
    048: The Elves & the Shoemaker

    048: The Elves & the Shoemaker

    As this episode is originally being released, it’s the day after Christmas 2023. Last year, for the podcast episode between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I narrated a Christmas story for you, and truthfully, that episode is one of my favorite podcast episodes of the entire first season! I’d like to make that holiday storytelling habit a tradition here on the Starving Artist No More podcast. So today, I have another Christmas story to share with you: The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

    A full transcript of this episode can be found here. Full transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

    • 11 min
    047: Be a Detective

    047: Be a Detective

    It’s Tuesday of the last workweek of 2023, and it’s a time when lots of us are thinking about what we’ve done over the past twelve months and what we’re looking forward to in the coming twelve months. Those kinds of looks backward and dreams forward can be really exciting! But it can also be really difficult to think back on the year gone by. If I’m being honest, I’d have to admit that while “yearly review time” can be exciting and motivating, it’s also a time when it’s really easy to get discouraged and to judge yourself for what did or didn’t happen in the past year. When those self-critical thoughts start creeping in and taking over your inner-monologue, what can you do? My recommendation: be a detective.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    Why curiosity is a powerful mindset to cultivate, and what exactly a mindset of curiosity is.
    What factors to consider as you review your work: from the big to the small, from the year-end reviews to the individual project reviews.
    How being a detective about the careers of your creative colleagues can actually help you in your own.
    What it means to “hunt for a star” and how that mindset can help you in your creative business.
    How curiosity can help your creative business thrive.

    In this episode, I mention the Thriving Artists Academy. You can learn more about this  dynamic and supportive community on my  website, www.starvingartistnomore.com/thrivingartistsacademy.

    In this episode, I reference Merriam-Webster's definition for "curious," as well as to several past episodes of this podcast:


    021: Your Unique Pace
    024: Overriding Imposter Syndrome
    045: Your Personal Definition of Success
    046: Year-End Planning

    I also read the first stanza of "As You Go Through Life," a brief poem by 19th century American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. You can learn more about Wilcox here, and you can read the full poem here.

    A full transcript of this episode can be found here. Full transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

    • 23 min
    046: Year-End Planning

    046: Year-End Planning

    As this episode is being originally released, it’s less than two weeks before Christmas 2023. In another four days, my husband, Arturo, will be off from work in his corporate job for the rest of the year. Yay for holiday vacations! And all over the world right now, people are making plans for the holidays and thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. Because being less than two weeks from Christmas means we’re also less than three weeks from the new year. What are you going to do in your creative work next year? What New Years resolutions do you have around your artistic business? What are you going to do to make your coming year one of creative joy and excitement? Let’s discuss.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    Why knowing your personal definition of success is a vital part of crafting a plan for your business in 2024.
    What three questions to ask yourself as you review 2023 so that you can move in a positive direction of change for 2024.
    Why paying attention to how you receive personal, creative, and financial fulfillment from your creative work will help you plan an effective strategy for the coming year.
    How to use SMART goals to craft goals that you will actually achieve.
    What one exercise you can use to figure out the business strategy that is right for you.
    How your community of creative friends, colleagues, and mentors can help you achieve your goals.

    In this episode, I mention the Thriving Artists Academy. You can learn more about this  dynamic and supportive community on my  website, www.starvingartistnomore.com/thrivingartistsacademy.

    In this episode, I also refer to several past episodes of this podcast:


    006: Pay Yourself First
    019: SMART Creativity
    040: Small Steps
    045: Your Personal Definition of Success

    A full transcript of this episode can be found here. Full transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

    • 34 min
    045: Your Personal Definition of Success

    045: Your Personal Definition of Success

    When you picture someone who is a successful artist or creative, what image does that bring to your mind? Perhaps someone who has won lots of competitions or awards in your creative industry. Perhaps someone who is very prolific in their artistry, so you see their work all over the place. Perhaps it’s someone who takes on really high profile projects, performing with the best ensembles or working with well-known clients or having their work profiled in The New York Times or People Magazine. Exactly what those external success markers look like varies a bit from one creative industry to another, but they are all exactly that: external indicators of what our culture has deemed success.

    On the other hand, what if you envision yourself as successful? What image does that bring to mind?

    So many artists I work with come to me with the idea that I’ll help them achieve some of those external indicators of success, but that’s not actually where fulfillment lies for any artist. You can have all of those external success markers, and even more, and not be fulfilled by your creative work. And like I always say, I am all about helping you build a creative business that meets your needs, that fulfills you holistically. Not a business that meets someone else’s needs, or that meets the needs of a generic description of success, but your needs. Success is a very personal thing. It is not a blanket descriptor or a general state of being. Success is a state of being that is particular to each individual. In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to discuss your personal definition of success.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    Why I don’t often use the word “success.”
    How to think about our culture’s idea of success, versus what success means for us as individuals.
    What questions to ask as you do the internal thought work necessary to decide what success means for you.
    How to figure out a strategy that will make that individual dream of success your reality.
    What role action plays in helping you achieve success.
    Why celebrating milestones is vital to your experience of success.

    In this episode, I mention the upcoming free Dream Big workshop I am hosting on December 5, 2023. You can learn more about this free goal-setting workshop for creative entrepreneurs on the events page of my website, www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com/events.

    In this episode, I mention the dictionary definition of "success," courtesy of Merriam-Webster. I also quote from the book From Individual to Empire by Laura Bull, which I highly recommend (and which we're going to study in 2024 in my new Thriving Artists Academy Book Club), and I mention Shawn Achor's TED talk on happiness. I also refer to one past episode of this podcast: 010: What You Need From Your Business. 

    A full transcript of this episode can be found here. Full transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

#ShesSoJersey ,

“Putting It Together”

For the longest time I have struggled to link the creative me with the business me. It isn’t that one is MORE important than the other. But that these two things are inextricably linked and support each other. The purely biz approach by most coaches left me confused and resistant. They didn’t show me how my creative life and business must be supported by my choices even on a project level basis. And a big thank you to Jennifer for making it ok to be bad at business until I learn to be good at it. Giving ourselves permission to fail and grow, and the grace to accept that each trial, misstep, and new learned skill in business is just as important as the grace we extended to ourselves as we learned our art.

Brelove ,

Listen and Learn

I have learned so much by listening to this show. Jennifer gives good practical advice for any entrepreneur. Jennifer shares personal examples of what she has learned over the years. I think that is my favorite part of her show!

IndieMusicLover ,

Jennifer is a Marvel!

I look forward to tuning in every week and every episode is an opportunity to reset, reframe, and revisit my business strategy and mindset. Jennifer is so warm, wise, affirming, and inspiring and listening to her podcast every week feels like checking in with a dear friend and trusted mentor. I walk away from every episode feeling inspired, energized, and excited to continue building a more fulfilling and sustainable business. The scarcity mindset is such a difficult obstacle to overcome as a performer and creative entrepreneur and Jennifer’s guidance has helped me reprogram my thinking and approach to the work in huge ways. She has something really special here.

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