Money Talks: How Much Does It Cost to Live the Creative Life?

Money Talks: How Much Does It Cost to Live the Creative Life?

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 29, 2015

Design blogs (Apartment Therapy included) often feature photos of beautiful spaces inhabited by beautiful, creative people. But the design of a space is only part of the story. If you're like me, you may often find yourself wondering, as you flip through photos of apartments in New York or San Francisco or Paris — how in the world can these people afford to live here?

Money is still one of our biggest taboos, which is why Matter (via Medium) has started a series of articles featuring creative types speaking honestly about the reality of their monetary situation. How do they make their money? How do they pay the rent? It's all here (including numbers) in a refreshingly practical look at the reality of living — and paying for it — as a creative.

I'm looking forward to a series of interesting people answering all the questions I wish I could ask at parties but can't — how much money do you make? What is your rent? Do you get money from your parents?

This project is very unusual in its focus on the practical aspects of the creative life, and in its honesty about money, something that many of us don't talk about, even with close friends. But maybe this will lead to more conversations about what it takes to devote yourself to creative pursuits full-time — and ways we can make the creative life easier and more accessible for everyone.

You can read the first post in the series, about writer and broadcaster Ben Hammersley, here.

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