The Art of Managing Your Career

The Art of Managing Your Career is a resource guide for self-employed artists and cultural workers in live performing arts; writing and publishing; visual arts and craft; film, television and broadcasting; digital media; music and sound recording, and heritage.

The Art of Managing Your Career was updated in 2009 to include fresh and original examples, brand-new links to useful websites, and up-to-date information on finance and technology. It also includes province-specific examples and procedures along with the information found in the original version.

Here is an overview of the 5 chapters:

Chapter 1: The Culture Biz (PDF)
Includes topics such as:

  • How do I establish my career goals?
  • What is a business plan?
  • How do I shape my career goals and business plan into a career strategy?

Chapter 2: The Art of Self-Promotion (PDF)
Includes topics such as:

  • What constitute an effective promotional package?
  • How can I economically promote my work?

Chapter 3: The A to Z of Project Management (PDF)
Includes topics such as:

  • How can I get organized?
  • How do I write a successful proposal?
  • Where else can I find financial support?
  • How do I develop an action plan?

Chapter 4: Money – Keeping Track (PDF)
Includes topics such as:

  • How do I prepare and administer a budget?
  • How does self-employment differ financially from employment?
  • How do I handle income tax?

Chapter 5: You and the Law (PDF)
Includes topics such as:

  • How do I establish and enforce contracts?
  • How do I protect my copyright?
  • How do I resolve a legal dispute?