Film Courage: Is it better to avoid making money as an artist? Should someone not set out to do their art and also try to make money at it right away?
Erica Wernick, Personal Coach, Author and Speaker: I believe that both can happen and so I go into it believing this dream will provide for me because I have this desire of course. It’s going to financially support me as well, it might take time to get to where you want to be but I have this whole chapter, I know I keep name dropping my book, but I do have this whole chapter about this idea of being a starving artist because I think that those two words you rarely hear them without each other and I believe that you don’t have to be a starving artist and I also believe that there’s nothing wrong with desiring financial success or with wanting to make money from your art. To me it’s about I believe that I can create art that is going to financially support me and really having that belief from the beginning.
Film Courage: Most artists don’t make money, especially right up front. Wouldn’t it be easier to accept that?
Erica: Most artists, accepting that…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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BIO: Twelve years ago, Erica Wernick (personal coach, author, speaker) had a dream of working in Hollywood, but she didn’t know a soul and had zero connections. Despite all this, Erica was able to break in and booked her first TV show just two weeks after moving to LA. Over the past decade, Erica has lived her dream, designing graphics for television and film. You can see her work on hit shows like Glee, The Office, Superstore, and most recently Top Chef. After fulfilling her own dream, Erica felt called to help other Hollywood creatives with their dreams, and started a coaching business. Since then, Erica has developed a reputation as Hollywood’s Leading Success Coach, and between herself and her clients, they’ve booked work on over 60 television shows and films on every major network, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more.
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