And I would make the check payable to . . .? ME!

It ain’t easy being self-employed.

As a writer or painter or anyone trying to create something from nothing, it’s hard to churn stuff out without a boss giving you guidelines, deadlines . . . and a paycheck.

One of the first practical lessons they give you as self-employed artist is to give yourself guidelines and deadlines (write a scene a week, or write between the hours of 9 – 10 AM every weekday) . . . so why not give yourself a paycheck, too?

Yep, I’m telling you to pay yourself, because you’d probably never tell yourself that.

Give yourself an hourly wage, weekly wage, or a wage-per-page . . . and at the end of each week, literally give yourself that money.

And blow it on yourself like you’re a playa in Vegas, yo.

You can spend it each week, or save it up.  But eventually spend it on something you wouldn’t normally buy, but something that makes you feel great:  a pedicure, a steak, a trip to St. Croix.

You don’t have to pay yourself a lot of money, just something.

Besides, if you don’t feel like you’re worth a few bucks, how can you expect anyone else to think you’re worth more than a few bucks?

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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.