Whether you're an art student facing the prospect of graduation or an adult pursuing a creative field later in life, the barriers are similar. During my 13 years at The MacDowell Colony, I worked with successful and emerging artists from around the world and learned a lot about the challenges of being a working artist today. Some critical questions: Will you be able to make a living from your art? If not, what is the perfect day job for you? How do you handle the acute fear that frequently bubbles up when creating and showing new work? How do you learn to use technology to the benefit of your art practice without letting it use you? How do you find the residencies and grants that are the best fit for you? How do you connect with a like-minded community of creative peers? How do you market yourself without selling out? How do you create your best work given these practical and psychological barriers? These are just a few of the topics we discussed during my talks at the Cleveland Institute of Art and at the Monadnock Writer's Guild. I also explore these subjects in my Complete Creative series on Gwarlingo and in individual and group coaching sessions. If you're interested in working with me, email michelle (at) gwarlingo (dot) com.