When I was in law school I was part of a group of five friends that would have dinner together almost every Monday night. We would spend the night talking about our plans for the future and where we wanted our careers to go. We had Trivial Pursuit games that would last for weeks on end. We had monstrous debates on ridiculous topics. We played musical instruments. And of course, we ate some amazing food and drank delicious wine.
Three of us are still in the SF Bay Area, but a couple years back two of our little group moved to Orange County. After I spoke at Craftcation, I popped down to their house in Orange County for an OC-version of Monday Night Dinners. Over dinner, we were talking about how each of us is actually doing those big dreams that we talked about over Monday Night Dinners.
- One wanted to be a partner in a restaurant and its wine director and, as of earlier this year, he is.
- One wanted to open his own restaurant, and he did a couple years back to amazing press and reviews (that still continue).
- One wanted to be an associate at a specific law firm and practice alcohol beverage law and she’s worked there for about a year.
- One wanted to open her own small-batch food company and she did a couple years back.
And of course, there was me. I was working as a legal intern for California Lawyers for the Arts at the time. And I spent 30-hours a week for an entire semester listening to creatives explain their legal problems and questions. I was just an intern, so I couldn’t answer their questions. But that didn’t stop me from figuring out how I would answer it if I could. I tracked down the answers in books, blogs, and by talking to any lawyer who would tolerate my questions.
This internship was the moment that I realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life: to put the ease back in legalese for creative businesses.
Working at California Lawyers for the Arts gave me the inkling of an idea that there needed to be a place that empowered creatives about the law. A place creatives could turn to for simple straight-forward answers, and not find a bunch of unnecessary legal jargon. A place that didn’t put the law on some lofty perch, but grounded in the realities that creatives were facing every day.
Since those Monday Night Dinners, what this place looked like has varied wildly. I’ve imagined everything from a workshop space with drop-in lawyer office hours to a simple blog. And two years ago, I stopped talking and dreaming and started hitting publish.
Saturday, April 16th, marks the two-year anniversary of when I stopped dreaming and started taking action.
Because of that, I’m doing two things to celebrate.
I’m hosting a little giveaway
As you might know, for the past several months my chief focus has been to create and launch a legal library for creatives. Earlier this year, I opened the doors to the free membership portion. And a couple months back, some lovely beta testers started poking around the paid version.
On April 26th, the doors opened for anyone to join this community. So to celebrate, I’m giving away 5 one-year memberships to the community. Allowing you to get access to a year to all the content I create and all the tools, templates, and resources in there.
This giveaway is now closed but you can still join us in the artist’s Courtyard!
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I’m doing a 10-part Facebook Live video series
I’m also doing a little Facebook Live video experiment. Each weekday from April 13th through April 26th, I’m doing a Facebook Live video that will help your business go from struggling to thriving.
Each day, I’ll update this post with a short description and the video so you can get access. But if you want to join in live, make sure to like the artist’s J.D. Facebook page.
April 13, 2016: Why you need to know what success is for your business
Struggling to build a thriving creative business? In this video, I chat with Emile Coulson of Daughter’s Granola about the impact Wall Street Journal press had on her business and what she learned. In the Facebook post, you can share your version of success for your business.
April 14, 2016: 2 tools you can use as yardsticks as you work towards success
Now you know what success is, how do you get there? In this video, I share two tools I use to evaluate business opportunities to see if they will get me closer to my version of success. In the Facebook post, you can share the one thing you need to stop doing in your business and the one thing you are going to start doing.
April 15, 2016: 2 tools you can use as yardsticks as you work towards success
So you’ve defined success and have tools to measure if you are getting closer to your goals. But then the imposter complex or the “more research required” beast rears its ugly head. How do you deal with that? I share the story of what I carry around with me to remind me to step outside my comfort zone. In the Facebook post, you can share the 1 thing you are going to do to stretch outside your comfort zone and your completion deadline.
April 18, 2016: 3 mistakes that most viral giveaways are making
Most viral giveaways are making 3 mistakes that put their giveaway on the wrong side of the law. In this video, I explain what viral giveaways are, what mistakes I see, and how to fix these mistakes. In the Facebook post, leave the one legal question you’d like to know the answer to.
April 19, 2016: Removing the fear from contracts
Does handing over a contract induce fear, doubt, or uneasiness in you? In this video, I share two stories to help you gain the courage to hand over that contract and what it needs to include. In the Facebook post, leave one contract fear you have or one that you used to have (and how you overcame it).
April 20, 2016: Contracts won’t prevent every problem
Today’s installment is about how contracts can help you with those problematic clients. In the Facebook post, let me know what policy you are putting in place to help rein in those problem children (err..clients).
April 21, 2016: Using your contract to explain insider information
Today’s installment is about how you can prevent problems by sharing industry standards in your contract. In the Facebook post, let me know what insider information you are going to share in your contract.
April 22, 2016: Is it time to become an LLC?
Today’s installment is about LLCs. Why we have them, when it’s time to make the switch, and the bonus added benefit of them.
April 25, 2016: The importance of a support team
Today’s installment is about the importance of a support team for your creative business. In the Facebook post, let me know the one support team member you are going to bring onto your team.
April 26, 2016: Why I’m on this mission
The final installment is about why I ended up on this mission to put the ease back in legalese. And how you have to jump in and act if you want your dreams to come true.
What content would you love me to cover during our third year? Let me know in the comments.