‘WORKING ARTIST’ LIVE EVENT

NEW ORLEANS, OCTOBER 26TH – 27TH

Join me in New Orleans on October 26th and 27th for a two-day exploration of what it means to be a working artist. How can we do our real work and make a living at the same time?

I wanted to let you know that I’m hosting a two-day event in New Orleans in October. The full story of what it is and how it has come to be will follow in the coming weeks but for now, I wanted to give you the dates and a heads up that I have a special earlybird rate for those of you who already know you want to come without needing to see the detailed ins and outs.

“Join me in New Orleans October 26th-27th”

Here’s the potted version:

I indulged myself in a ‘poetic pause’ in my work over the past six weeks or so. I’ve been tending to my regular consulting clients but outside of that, I intentionally took some time to listen to where my curiosity and my work want to go next. For many reasons I had the clear sense of being at the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.

When I first set out to do my real work I wondered if it would actually be possible to make money from what I was doing. I worried that if I left my web design business behind I might never replace that income. I spent a long time standing in the space between the business world and the artistic paradigm.

Initially I found it necessary to block out the voices of the business paradigm that I carried around in my head. The voices that would ask, “But how are you going to make money?” “Who is going to pay for that?” “Who is your target market with this?”

Those voices were so loud and well developed in me I had to shut them off entirely as often as I could. In time, my work developed, I began to put it out into the world, and I started to find confidence in taking an artistic approach. I worried less and less about the question “What will generate a profit?” and more and more about the question “What’s worth doing even if it fails?”

It took time before I was able to monetise my real work, and then even after I began to make money from it I was still buoyed by income from other sources. But somewhere along the line, without me consciously realising what was happening, all the other sources of income fell away until one day I realised that my business and I were being supported solely by my real work.

And now I find myself returning to the idea of money from a different perspective. I’m interested in defining exactly the role it plays in the artistic paradigm.

Throughout my recent ‘poetic pause’ I couldn’t get away from the term Working Artist. I didn’t grow up with any models of what a working artist looks like and I feel that, in many ways, the journey I’ve been on for the past seven or eight years has been about figuring out how to become just that.

Join me around the table in New Orleans while I share everything I know about what it means to be a working artist

At this October’s two-day event in New Orleans I’m going to be exploring everything I know about what it means to be a working artist. How can we do our real work and make a living at the same time?

We’ll spend two days diving into this question and more. As ever at my events, the group will be small enough that we’ll have time to get to know who is in the room and explore the specifics of your work and the challenges you are facing. This won’t just be about coming and listening to some interesting ideas; I’ll be supporting you to apply what we’re talking about to your own work and business. We’ll talk about how you sustain yourself so that you can sustain your work.

As I was turning thirty I thought I had figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I thought running my own web design and marketing agency was it for me, and my goal was to make that business as successful as possible. I’m now not far off forty and spending the past few years figuring out some more of my shit and watching my peers jostle for position I realised my focus has changed drastically. Now, what I want more than anything is to live a creative life. I still have a business, obviously, but the purpose of my business efforts is to get my work out there and support me financially so that I can have the ability to follow the spark of aliveness in my work.

What better place to follow the spark of aliveness in your work than New Orleans? I haven’t been before but I know enough about it to know it’s one of the most alive places on earth. I haven’t done an event in the US since 2019 and I’m very excited to take a deep dive into what it means to be a working artist in the rich surrounds of New Orleans.

I’d love to have you join me on October 26th – 27th in New Orleans. Book your place at the Earlybird rate here.


Join me for the Working Artist Live Event on October 26th and 27th 2022

The two-day event takes place in the Warehouse/Arts District, New Orleans. Book now for the Earlybird rate. Lunch, snacks and beverages throughout both days are included, as is dinner on the evening of the 26th.

Earlybird Tickets: $1995 $1875 (or four monthly payments of $475)

(Feel free to email me on hello@meganmacedo.com if you have any questions)

“I don’t think the marketing world really has a name for what Megan does. Maybe it will in a few years.– Perry Marshall, author of 80/20 Sales & Marketing

Working with Megan at Tell Your Story in NY was a life-changing experience. I was excited to be doing this, and honestly, more than a little nervous. Going up to NY on the airplane I kept thinking "Why did I want to do this? What if my story is just not that interesting?" I was very relieved that my turn in the Hot Seat would be on Day 2, so I could spend the first day observing and learning.

As soon as we began, Megan instantly put the entire group at ease. She created a safe space for story telling, sharing, and questioning, and out of that safe space, we all began weaving common narratives of desire for community, connection and sharing our gifts with the world. One of things I found most fascinating was that while the details of the stories changed from one person to another, the common themes were so often exactly the same.

Megan's trademarked format of 14 Elements in 4 Acts is quite remarkable in helping people to organize their thoughts and discover the "meat" of their own stories. Again and again I watched her work her magic with other participants on that first day. By the time my turn came on Day 2, I felt comfortable, safe and ready to explore my own story. I had a good sense of what my story was about, but I don't think I could have found a way to make sense of it the way Megan is able to do. She is a true master of getting to the heart of what matters in each person's life.

If you have the opportunity to work with Megan, take it. You won't regret a minute of it - from the pre-call to the follow-up call. I'm still learning and I look forward to exploring this format for future writings and blog posts.

Robbin Marcus Alexander Technique of Decatur GA/Marcus Music Studio Georgia, USA

Join me for the Working Artist Live Event on October 26th and 27th 2022

The two-day event takes place in the Warehouse/Arts District, New Orleans. Book now for the Earlybird rate. Lunch, snacks and beverages throughout both days are included, as is dinner on the evening of the 26th.

Earlybird Tickets: $1995 $1875 (or four monthly payments of $475)


Photography by Shaun Heaney and Megan Macedo