The day has finally come to swing open the doors to the CYOP Artist Residency! If you're a regular subscriber to the Creative Digest you’ve already heard the news, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into why I launched this sort of program.

I believe that creating anything, whether it’s a painting or a podcast or a beautifully designed space, is an act of vulnerability. If you’re putting something into the world where it didn’t exist before, you’re taking a huge leap of faith. You’ve got to trust in yourself, you’ve got to trust in the market (if you’re attempting to earn money for your creative thing) and you’ve got to be willing to have it not work out.

That’s a lot for all of us to take on alone.

But that’s just it — we don’t have to do it alone. We can collaborate on our creative pursuits! We can build space and time to bounce ideas off one another. We can partner up in a mutually beneficial way so that, together, we can grow.

That’s what this residency is about. The program will allow for an artist to work collaboratively with me on the Creating Your Own Path podcast to share their story, create beautiful portfolio pieces and gain experience while also providing me an opportunity to showcase, pay (!!!) and support different emerging artists each year.

To learn more about the program and the application process, click that button below!