Stop freaking out about money, a conversation with Naomi Dunford

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Sometimes it seems like artists fear success even more than failure. There are so many issues around actually earning a living from art that it can paralyze us before we even begin. It's not just the myth of the starving artist— the fear that your friends will think you sold out is just as real as the fear of being homeless and alone. Why is it that money freaks artists out so much? What can you do to move past that and learn to be okay with earning a reasonable income from the hard work you put into your career? How can you stop treating money like a magic talisman and realize that it's just a tool to get things done, like any other tool you use in the studio?

In a recent post on, Do We Need To Talk About Money?, Naomi Dunford asked her readers about their money drama and the response was amazing. As a result, she collaborated with one her former clients to create a Money Class that explored where money drama comes from and how to get rid of it. As I read the comments on her original post, I figured this would be a perfect topic to have her discuss on the show.

If you've ever thought that marketing and business are boring, complicated, or scary then you probably haven't read Naomi is smart, entertaining and brilliantly talented at helping entrepreneurs and microbusiness owners take their business well past expectations. She doesn't doesn't bullshit, she doesn't hold back, and she genuinely cares about the people that she works with.

Learn More about Naomi Dunford

  1. Visit
  2. Follow Naomi on twitter
  3. Free marketing courses from
  4. Ittybiz recommended resources

Further Resources:

  1. Naomi's Money Class
  2. Ittybiz: Do We Need To Talk About Money? (read the comments here too)
  3. Ittybiz: Moral Of The Story: Topless Edition (With Photos!)
  4. Ittybiz: Moral of the Story: Reveal Yourself Edition
  5. Copyblogger: Content Marketing Gets Real: An Interview With Naomi Dunford

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I'm best known as an artist and designer. Relaxing makes me tense, so I tend to put in a lot of hours on diverse projects.

On the way to a successful art career I've been a poet and writer, a tech geek, a print and web designer, illustrator, industrial designer, musician, teacher, actor, set designer and even a paid guru once.

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