Many aspiring creatives can’t afford to go to traditional art school or simply don’t have the time. However, now more than ever, people are proving these roadblocks are just myths by pursuing their creative passions in unconventional ways.
Wendy van Wilgenburg is a trained cultural and visual anthropologist, as well as founder and director of the Craft in Focus Festival. Get her take on the importance of life-long learning and hand craftsmanship
The nature of work is changing and more than ever before, people are turning to side hustles to earn extra income to explore their true passions.
If you’re looking for extra cash to pad your grocery budget or want to add a significant slice to your income pie, look no further than an online side hustle. Teachers on Skillshare use their spare time, starting at just one weekend a month, to share their passions and get paid for it.
Now, more than ever, professionals are turning to digital side projects and fresh marketing opportunities to unlock career development. Business consultant Luna Vega grew her network, landed new clients, and expanded her business thanks to her digital side project: teaching on Skillshare.
Sophia Chang is a Queens born entrepreneur, illustrator and designer. She works across multiple mediums, embracing her creativity through forms like printmaking, graphic design, web design, illustration, marketing, event hosting and art curation.
We caught up with Sophia to find out how she continues to stay inspired and hone her craft.
Whether you are just starting out in photography or have a few years of experience under your belt, building your career around your passion is more possible than ever. Henry Marsh transitioned from a 9-to-5 job to a full-time career as a photographer after teaching on Skillshare and you can too.
Have you always dreamed of going freelance and working from home? Rich Armstrong, one of our top teachers, works from home and travels the world thanks to his success on Skillshare.
Keren Duchan, like many other creatives, has always pursued her passion for art in her free time. This all changed when she began teaching on Skillshare, allowing her to earn money from her art for the first time and grow her online brand.
Ohn Mar Win is a Skillshare teacher and full-time freelance food illustrator who began her journey as a student three years ago.
Marie Asselin turned her passion for food into a full-time freelance career and has earned $3300 teaching her cooking skills on Skillshare.
Peggy Dean has always been an artist, and modern calligraphy has helped her to earn a living as a creative for over a decade.
Like many full time creatives, Ana Victoria Calderon was living off of the combined income of a few separate sources when she got started teaching online – sales of art prints from her Etsy store, licensing artwork to companies like Hallmark and Papyrus, and teaching in person workshops. “I knew that I wanted to start teaching online, but YouTube was difficult. People had a lot of questions but there was no way I could answer this stuff in the comments section.”
While living in London and working as a web designer, Hayden Aube was mostly thinking about one thing –– how to work on Illustration full-time. “The whole time I was working as a web designer, in the back of my head I knew it wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to get back to illustration and back to drawing. That’s why I got into design in the first place.”
As a mother and freelance illustration artist, Amarilys Henderson wanted a consistent source of side income that would give her creative freedom in her freelance career. “Before teaching on Skillshare, I stressed a lot more about smaller jobs adding up to the amount I needed to hit every month.”
“I’ve been making art my whole life,” artist and teacher Ria Sharon recalls, “but after college, I didn’t realize all the options that were available to me as an artist. When I took my first job at an ad agency, that really set the course of my career. “ As a full-time content strategist and a single mother of two, it was easy for Ria to push her first passion aside.
Before pursuing a career in surface design, Elizabeth Olwen was working full-time as a graphic designer. While it was great training, Elizabeth “really felt like something was missing, my work wasn’t very fulfilling. I had this burning in my belly like I wasn’t living up to my potential."
Each month, we sit down with one of our top teachers on the platform to learn more about their Skillshare experience. This month, we were excited to connect with illustrator and former art director at Sub Pop Records, Jesse LeDoux, who is making a huge splash this Fall on Skillshare.
We caught up with some of Skillshare's very best teachers and asked them about their motivation for teaching. Read on for their thoughtful and inspiring responses.