15 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
    • 5.0 • 10 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.

    014: Begin with the End in Mind

    014: Begin with the End in Mind

    Do you know where your creative business is going? Do you know the things you want to achieve and do and create in your business in the coming year? If you do know where you want your business to go, have you taken the time to make those goals concrete and specific? Knowing where we’re going in our creative work has a lot of advantages, and in today’s episode we’re going to talk about why it’s so important for you to have a concrete image for the future of your artistic enterprise. We’re going to look at why it’s so important for you to begin with the end in mind. 

    In this episode you will learn:


    Why beginning with the end in mind matters for your creative business.
    How identifying your dream goals for your business influences the business strategies you choose.
    How goal-setting and strategizing can actually improve your creativity and innovation.
    Why goal-setting leads to positive change, and how to capitalize on those changes.

    In this episode, I reference the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I also reference this article from the Harvard Business Review looking at the connection between constraints and creativity. 

    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.

    • 24 min
    013: Find Your Why

    013: Find Your Why

    Why are you a creative entrepreneur? Why are you an artist? What is the reason driving you to make a living from your art? Being a working artist is a hard life, full of ups and downs and twists and turns. So why do you do it? What is the purpose behind your choice to live the life of a creative? A lot of artists I talk to can’t answer this question right away. They’ve never actually thought about it. Their choice to be an artist was made so long ago and was so instinctive that they can’t articulate any true purpose behind it. But it is worth it to do the internal thought work necessary to determine your own personal purpose for the work that you do. Finding your why as it relates to your art will allow you to weather the ups and downs that inevitably come with the creative life. Finding your why helps you stay focused and motivated over the long-term. Finding your why gives your art purpose.

    In this episode, you will learn: 


    Why finding your purpose matters to you as a creative entrepreneur.
    How you can use your why to nurture your intrinsic motivation.
    What a Values Ladder and a Values Map are, and how to use them to help you identify your purpose.
    Which questions to consider as you do the introspective work of finding your why.

    In this episode, I reference a quote from Josh Spector, writer of the "For the Interested" newsletter.

     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.

    • 39 min
    012: Be Willing to Be Bad at Business

    012: Be Willing to Be Bad at Business

    As artists, we are good at our craft. We’ve spent years honing and perfecting our skills, and our art is an area of our lives over which we have mastery. Sure, we’re always learning and growing, but the refined skills are there. When it comes to our art, we know what we’re doing. But being a creative entrepreneur is about more than just our art; that pesky little “entrepreneur” part is tagged on there. What about the entrepreneurial skills and concepts we need to be good at that part of what we do? They’re a little harder to come by. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can acquire the business skills you need to be a thriving creative entrepreneur, but I’ll give you a quick hint: it starts by being willing to be bad at it. In order to be good at business, you must first be willing to be bad at business.

    In this episode, you will learn: 


    The purpose of practicing at business and why it matters to you as an artist.
    Why you should take action to grow your business even before you feel like you're ready.
    How you can adjust your mindset so that failure is a learning experience, not a disaster. 
    Why you should foster gradual growth in your creative business rather than striving for rapid growth.
    How to establish daily, weekly, and monthly habits that support your identity as a creative entrepreneur.
    Why you need support from others on your journey as a creative entrepreneur, and how to seek out that support. 

    In this episode, I reference this article by Austin Kleon. Kleon is the author of the books Steal Like an Artist and Steal Like an Artist Journal.

     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.

    • 38 min
    011: Mindset, Strategy, and Action

    011: Mindset, Strategy, and Action

    As a creative business owner, you should expect your business to support you. You hear me say all the time that my goal is to help creative entrepreneurs build businesses that fulfill them holistically: personally, creatively, and financially. Those are the three big things that you need from your business. But how do you get them? What can you do to ensure that your business is actually providing you with personal, creative, and financial fulfillment? How do you get what you need from your business? Today, I’m going to answer that question.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    How to shape your mindset into one that supports both you and your creative business.
    What it means to create a strategic business plan and where to start when you are ready to create one.
    How to focus your actions so that they allow your strategy to become your reality. 
    What role the support of others plays in helping you get where you want to go with your work. 

    In this episode, I reference the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck.

     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.

    • 37 min
    010: What You Need From Your Business

    010: What You Need From Your Business

    What do you need from your business? What does it mean to have a creative business that gives you what you need to grow and thrive as an artist? If you’ve listened to this podcast before, you’ve heard me say many times that my #1 goal as a creative entrepreneurship coach is to help you build a creative business that fulfills you holistically: personally, creatively, and financially. What does that mean? Why do I say that all the time? Today we’re going to dig into those questions and talk about what it means to get what you need from your creative business.

    In this episode, you will learn:


    Why it mattes whether or not your business fulfills you personally, creatively, and financially.
    How to define what personal, creative, and financial fulfillment look like for you and your business. 
    How to expand your mental model to believe that it is possible for you to be holistically fulfilled and supported by your creative 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.

    • 33 min
    009: The Gift of the Magi

    009: The Gift of the Magi

    We’re in the midst of the holiday season. Perhaps you have snow on the ground where you live, or maybe it’s the middle of summer for you. My family in Chile are enjoying beautiful summer weather right now. But regardless of where you are or what the weather is outside, and regardless of which holidays you and your family celebrate together, I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful and blessed holiday season. I savored a beautiful Christmas with my family this past weekend, and we’re getting ready for our annual New Year’s Eve movie marathon this coming Saturday. For today’s “in the middle of the holidays” podcast episode, and in the spirit of holiday giving, I have a Christmas story I want to share with you: The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry.

    In this episode, you will learn what O. Henry's charming Christmas story has to teach us about sacrificing for our art. 

    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.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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.

Duane & Leonor ,

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Arraya is so passionate about community. You’ll find these bite-sized podcasts refreshing and inspiring. I can’t wait to hear more.

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