Do you have a burning creative project you want to produce?
Can you imagine that the integrity of your vision itself is the blueprint?
Are you ready to share with and value the people who will help you do it?
Use your creative vision as your blueprint. Build your next proposal or pitch. Here.
Gather your forces and move forward
Welcome to Leveraging Your Creative Pitch!
In this hands-on, how-to course, you'll learn an approach to budgeting, perspectives and story that values and articulates your work brilliantly.
Usually, artists and creatives resign themselves to the process of asking for money. Not here. We’re going to leverage your vision in a way that connects with the people who stand to benefit the most.
Pitching and proposals are a big part of the freelancer's life. Learning how to use this process to realize your creative vision is essential for translating individual projects into a career.
How we're going to get there is methodical but unconventional. We start with your vision. Then we integrate it through a series of budgeting steps and perspectives.
We make work to matter, to communicate and share, right?
This process values your collaborators', audience's and funders' perspectives in ways that guide you in how to identify who to approach and how to communicate for mutual benefit .
What kind of artist or creative is this course for?
If your creative vision is burning,
Plus you’re ready, you’re game, you’ve got the artistic and creative experience, and you’re aware that the wholeness of your vision is what can make a difference…
You are in the right place!
This course deep dives into the heart of your creative vision to bring up the treasures already there.
Leveraging Your Creative Vision includes and goes beyond grant writing, hunting for funders and free online or in person resources, which I've written about on my blog. This course uses your creative vision to inform each step. It doesn't matter if you're not a great writer. I give you that information for free. What's worth the $120 are the more than 30 lessons and exercises that walk you through the actual process of creating your proposal in a way that supports your vision and your life.
This course is designed to up your game at each step by:
To get you to a position of confidence, clarity and preparation by:
Each lesson leads toward your active pitch. The material is scalable and adaptable to a variety of applications. Over time, you'll master the process to use in ways only you can dream up.
Join this course to Leverage your Creative Vision and pitch with integrity and finesse.
Learn anywhere, anytime
You can watch the videos and screencasts on your laptop, tablet or phone, and do the exercises digitally or on paper to master these building blocks. Learn at your own pace, and re-watch as many times as you like - they never expire! Plus, you'll have 24/7 access, and it's a fraction of the price of learning in the school of hard knocks or paying to learn each element alone.
Get additional help
Do you have questions about the lessons? Just ask in the comments section and you'll get personal feedback.
Harness your energy and vision right here, right now
The course is like getting eight private lessons and an intensive workshop in one, and for a fraction of the cost of either. And it is interactive. You can ask me questions and let me know how you're doing.
Hi! I'm Rebekah West, a working, internationally-traveling artist who has also worn the hats of arts director, grant panelist, and producer. I am passionate about developing artists' relationship with society and always have been. What have I pitched? This spring, my most recent pitches were to the Mayor of a tiny village in France and the French government to extend my artist visa for another three years so I can continue creating here in France. In the past, I have pitched locally (Colorado), nationally and internationally: television, publications, grants, artist residencies, exhibits, film screenings, arts-centered projects, a first failed (important!) and then successful Kickstarter campaign, public-private partnerships, and arts real estate matters - for myself, other artists, arts organizations, media, higher education, and municipal arts efforts. I work inside and outside of "the box" using avenues that already exist and forging new ones. I take risks and look for solutions - always. I have learned from my successes AND my failures, from jealousy and confusion AND from confidence and clarity. I'm not perfect, but I know my sh*. Artistically, I'm composing original music in a 16th century chapel, post-producing a photo-text project based on an antique bed I found hidden in the forest, and starting to edit a tango video. In the past two years, I've had six photography exhibits, given two dozen local concerts, recorded and produced one CD and recorded for a second, and performed a 15-city concert tour in France and the US. Because giving other artists skills to make a real go of it has been a life-long mission, my courses translate my hard-won skills into step-by-step lessons, exercises, and real-life applications for you. I long for our mutual success in giving what is absolutely sacred, the results of our creative fires. And I'm here with you, answering your questions, cheering you on.
Course Studio - Creative Vision
What is Pitching?
Put your vision into words (story/narrative)
Elements of a Budget
What's sexy about a budget?
Learn and integrate: income, expenses & balancing, in-kind contributions, contingency fund, and line-item budgeting
Integrate these elements into your story/narrative
The gap IS the bridge - Unconventional approach
Why multiple perspectives matter
Screencasts in budgeting: collaborators, audiences, potential financial partners
Identify qualities of your potential financial partners so you can find them
Integrate perspectives into your story/narrative
Put yourself in the equation
Learn criteria for getting paid, your role and value
Integrate yourself into your evolving budget and story/narrative
Connecting budget to story
How they work together on your behalf
Integrate your budget into your story/narrative and vice versa
Real numbers, showing proof and managing change
Budget research, quotes and images
Change: Managing an evolving budget and show it in your pitch
Integrate proofs into your budget and story/narrative
Creative vision to creative life
Pitch to build your career
Integrate your creative trajectory into this pitch, budget and story/narrative
Grant writer tools
Hone in on "the ask"
Put the last touches on your pitch budget and story/narrative