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Creative Entrepreneurship 2020

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 March 7, 2020
 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Event artwork by Shayna Plett, student of Red River College’s Graphic Design program.


$30 members / $15 rural members / $50 non members (membership included!)
Light lunch will be served*Please register by Friday, February 28 if you have specific dietary restrictions.

Creative Entrepreneurship is for emerging artists of all disciplines — whether self-taught or recently graduated. You’ve got the skills. Time for the life experience! Learn from local artists and creators who’ve been through it all.

#CEDay2020 A full-day of mini-workshops on work/life balance, overcoming imposter syndrome, making the most of online tools, and marketing yourself as a creative entrepreneur.


Please note: This workshop is geared towards emerging artists and there are limited spots available.



Mentors Panel w/ S.M. Beiko, Sharon Bajer, Nyco Rudolph and Helga Jakobson, moderated by Jan Skene
Established artists from various disciplines will discuss how they manage expectations and maintain positive mental health while working as independent creatives. Being your own boss has its ups and downs. Let’s talk about it.

This panel is made up of mentors from the 2019-20 Individual Mentorship program.  See this year’s mentorship pairings. For more information about our various mentorship programs, click here.


Heart-Based Entrepreneurship w/ Reno Winston
How can we do business in ways that feel awake, alive, aligned, and authentic? This workshop will explore new ways of looking at sales, marketing, and promotions that come from the head AND the heart. Learn how to use storytelling to talk about your business and make decisions from an intuitive place. This isn’t your typical workshop; arrive open-minded, open-hearted, curious, and ready to get a little deep.


(Art)Work/Life Synergy w/ Alex Sannie
The truth is that art needs time, commitment, money, and energy to grow. Unfortunately, personal lives require and consume those exact same resources, often leaving nothing for your art to develop. This workshop will examine ways to bridge the gap between your personal life and artistic process. Find out how to use your art as a resource (financial, social, recreational, etc) to improve the quality of your personal life, and vice-versa!


How to Leverage Today’s Online Media to Make Money as a Creative w/ Cori Jaye Elston
Nowadays, it is not just your main creative medium that can make you money. Learn how to leverage today’s online world to share your individual skillset with the community – resulting in great payouts that can fund your creative projects or lifestyle! From Patreon, to Skillshare, to Etsy or Upwork – learn about a handful of programs that you can use to generate revenue for your creative entrepreneurship path, no matter what artistic discipline you work in. In this workshop, you will learn how to get paid off your creative process skills – no longer just the end result! Share your skills and process – help others in your discipline – get paid.


Helga Jakobson is an artist living on Treaty One Territory. In 2017, she received an MFA from AKV St. Joost (The Netherlands) in conjunction with courses in the Transdisciplinary New Media program at the Paris College of Art (France). She has participated in residencies across Canada and Europe. She has given lectures in France, the United Kingdom, Colombia and Canada and was most recently selected for the Emerging Excellence Award by the Manitoba Arts Council in 2019 and by V2_for their Graduation Edition (in recognition of being one of the five most promising graduates of 2017 across Europe working in New Media). She is currently working and researching with the SWARM Collective on bee eco-cultures in the age of chthulucene, as well as exploring, amplifying and reflecting on the barely visible, tangible or audible.


Samantha Mary (S.M.) Beiko is a Winnipeg-based comic artist and fantasy author, and currently works as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and social media content writer.  Her young adult fantasy titles include The Lake and the Library, Scion of the Fox (winner of the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award), Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark. She is the co-editor of the comic anthology Gothic Tales of Haunted Love, and its follow up, Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures. She is the artist and writer for the creator-owned webcomic, Krampus is My Boyfriend!, and is currently at work on her next young adult fantasy series.


Sharon Bajer is an actress, director and playwright. Most recent directing credits include Strike the musical at Rainbow Stage, Secret/e at Intrepid Theatre in Victoria and The Best Brothers at Western Canada Theatre Company. Sharon is an apprentice with Intimacy Directors International. She has also appeared in many film and television productions including Escaping a Madhouse; the Nellie Bly Story, Love at Daisy Hills, Nobody and Forever Christmas. Her play The Gingerbread Girl will be premiering at Prairie Theatre Exchange in April.


Nyco Rudolph is an illustrator from Winnipeg, MB. Raised on a steady diet of comic books, film noir and absurdist humour, Rudolph incorporates traditional mediums like brush & ink with digital technology, to illustrate in a signature style that pays homage to these various influences. His next project is “Bears Invade”, an original graphic novel coming soon from Renegade Arts Entertainment.


Jan Skene has worked as a self-employed professional actor/singer and performer manager/arts consultant for the past 30 years.  Her acting credits extend to most of Winnipeg’s live theatres and numerous television, film, and radio productions. Her contract work as a consultant has resulted in a deep network of connections in Manitoba’s cultural community, and expertise in the business of being a self-employed actor. Currently, she is Manager of Youth Mentorship Programs at Creative Manitoba and manages Skene Stunts Inc. (which she co-founded with her husband Rick). In a volunteer capacity, Jan is President and National Councillor for ACTRA Manitoba.


Reno Winston is a Life & Business Coach, Facilitator, and Creative Consultant. He helps stressed and burnt-out (people/professionals) entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs and professionals live, work and communicate with more ease and flow. His background is in public relations, marketing, management, sales, leadership, and facilitation. His diverse and well-rounded background has afforded him the skills and experience required to support people in creating success and results in life and business, in a way that feels aligned, and honours both the head and the heart.


Cori Jaye Elston is a visual artist, teacher, and mental health advocate from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her artistic practice consists of vibrant surrealist, pop-art paintings that she utilizes to spread positive messages to the community. Cori Jaye has been featured on CBC Radio, Global Television and many podcasts speaking about her career as an artist and the importance of following your dreams. She leverages her background in Marketing, Graphic Design and Digital Media to promote her practice, using social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Patreon as catalysts. In addition, Cori Jaye conducts social media literacy workshops to help share knowledge about the ever-growing online community.


Alex Sannie is an accomplished and award-winning music producer, performer and presenter with 20 years of experience creating music. He’s most well known as the producer and member of the hip hop group “The Lytics”. Performing all over the world; The Lytics have played major music festivals and countless concerts including a show during the Vancouver Olympics. As the producer of The Lytics, his music has been featured in major Hollywood films, television shows and ad campaigns. Along with the other members of the group; Alex has worked in the studio or shared the stage with industry heavyweights like Nas, Jurassic 5, Sam Kuti, Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Red, Shad, Kevin Hearn (of The Bare naked ladies) and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. Alex loves opportunities to connect with other artists and learn from them while still offering his unique point of view in discussions.



9:30am: Registration

10:00am: Mentors Panel

10:45am: Coffee Break

11am:  Heart-Based Entrepreneurship w/ Reno Winston

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Breakout sessions (two options)

      • How to Leverage Today’s Online Media to Make Money as a Creative w/ Cori Jaye Elston
      • (Art)Work/Life Synergy w/ Alex Sannie

3:00pm: Coffee Break

3:15pm: Networking/Wrap-up


 March 7, 2020
 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 0S6

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