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responsibleartistbook

This book is written in a ‘point-counterpoint’ style by Kate Zenna and David Wolfe.  Kate’s voice is one of an artist.  David’s voice is one of a CPA and businessman.  We teach this:

There is a mindset about money. And most people, particularly artists, have really bad ideas about money – how to make it, how to save it – and don’t realize the true reason for money and what it is really good for.

We will give you some creative ways to think about money and will supply real-life tactics to make the changes you need to help you become even more creative as an artist. We will teach you how to partner with yourself to become a Responsible Artist in your own right.

Time and money go hand in hand. How you use your time has a direct impact on your ability to earn – and your ability to create. We will teach you how to:

  • Work to the clock
  • Do the opposite of what you see everybody else doing
  • Realize what your time vampires are
  • Create a loose schedule to help you get the dirty administrative work completed so you can do your artistry with a clear mind
  • Never say “But I don’t have time to ______” ever again

Here’s a hard truth: All artists are in business. You have to get jobs and you have to get paid. The more jobs or commissions you have, the more money you make. The more money you make, the more money you have to save.  The more money you save,  the more ability you have to live and work as an artist because you have rainy day money. We will teach you about the business you are really in and how this knowledge will make you even more creative by becoming a marketer and a business person.

Reading and applying the principles in this book will start you on your way to becoming a Responsible Artist.

Book Offerings

The Responsible Artist Book

This book is written in a ‘point-counterpoint’ style by Kate Zenna and David Wolfe. Kate’s voice is that of an artist while David's is of a businessman.

The Responsible Artist eBook

The book is also available in an eBook version via Amazon or Apple.  For Apple, go to iBooks and search on 'Responsible Artist'.  For Amazon, click on the link below to purchase the Kindle version.

The Companion Book

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If after reading The Responsible Artist book you feel like you need a ‘deeper dive’ into the material, then please read The Companion Book.

Companion Book Templates

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This e-product allows you to answer the questions posed in the Companion Book and enter your thoughts directly into an Excel or Word template.

Responsible Artist - Kate Zenna and David Wolfe's Conversations (Video)

Financial Planning Does Not Lead to Bad Mojo

Or as David says – "It leads to good mojo..."  Learn how David looks at life planning as almost a spiritual practice.  With Kate's prodding, he tells the audience the how, what, when, where, and why of financial and life planning.

But I Don't Have Time To...(fill in the blank)

Kate and David have a conversation around the difference between spending time and investing time.  Additionally, there are discussions around goals and time slavery.  David shows you some of his tactics around getting stuff done.

Digging Out

Kate interviews David about how he dug out from his bankruptcy in the mid-1980s while also raising two young children and made it to become a success in business and life.  Hear David’s lessons and apply them to yourself if you are struggling with money issues.

 

What Money is Good For (it's not what you think!)

Kate interviews David about his views on the use and utility of money and what it means for the creative, working artist.  Listen to David’s hard-earned lessons as a single father, business owner, and CPA.  Kate brings her perspective as a working actor.

Asking for Help

Kate and David have a lively conversation about an important quality that all successful artists must possess.  You will hear how they met professionally and how it all centered around Kate asking for help.  Learn how to attract meaningful mentors.

 

Where Do You Think We Should Go From Here?

This conversation is about Sales.  Wait!  Don't leave!  By the end of this ZennaWolfe conversation, you MAY be convinced that everybody is in sales and why it is something to be proud of.  The title of this session is something David learned a decade ago.

Getting Stuff Done

Kate has said many times – "David Wolfe gets more done than any person I have met in my entire life."  Learn from David how he approaches his work day to maximize his efforts, reduce interruptions, and have time for an amazing personal life to boot.

Taxes 101

In this interview Kate asks David (a CPA for 35 years) all the questions about taxes that you – as an artist – want answers to.  Learn how to do you taxes on your own, escrow money for taxes, and how to get educated on the whole taxation system.

Pain of Discipline vs. Pain of Regret

David talks about this well-known quote by Jim Rohn and what it has meant throughout his life since first reading it in 2007.  Kate adds meaningful insights as she discusses how David's discipline has impacted her life as an actor and businesswoman.

Financial & Time Systems

David gets down and dirty by pulling back the curtain and sharing the systems he uses and has devised to track his financial life.  He will convince you that it’s not that hard – particularly if you schedule just one meeting per week with yourself.  As a bonus, he shows you the system he uses to get a ton of stuff done.

Abdication

Listen in as Kate interviews David about the notion of abdication to accountants, managers, bookkeepers, and more – all to an artist’s detriment.  David discusses his belief that abdication is a devaluation of self and that it causes problems in your financial life in both good times and bad.

Parenting and Money

Kate and David have a lively conversation around a parent’s role in teaching their children about the meaning and use of money.  David shares some of the lessons he received as a child and how he passed these lessons on to his children.  He also shares a few interesting parental twists he inflicted on his kids.

Funding Your Liabilities

Kate interviews David and confesses that this notion of setting money aside for vacations, house repairs, medical expenses, emergencies, insurance, and taxes is the sexiest part of the entire Responsible Artist franchise.  David talks about how he does it and how easy the entire process is.

How to Save

Listen in as Kate interviews David about his philosophy and tactics around saving.  Your entire financial life can change by accepting and implementing some of his ideas about the setting aside of money.  Bonus: You will be pleased to know that you will never, ever need a budget again.

Money and Personal Relationships

Bring your hard hat as Kate and David jump into the dynamics of money and the people that you love.  Learn what to do when you want to be Responsible and your significant other wants to be...Irresponsible.  Tricky stuff.  David gives his philosophy and some tactics on navigating this difficult dynamic.

Never Make Your Customers Do The Heavy Lifting

Oh...the number of times Kate has heard David say this.  Listen in as David discusses his very novel notion of customers and how you can use it in every area of your life.  The 'heavy lifting' secret will influence you in many ways as you more forward making a living by doing what you love to do.

Goals - Your Artistic Authenticity Compass

Bor-ring...Not so fast there.  Not the way Kate Zenna and David Wolfe talk about this.  You may change your mind after listening to this rousing conversation.  There is a spiritual nature to this discussion around personal, professional, and family goals.  If you are all about authenticity as an artist then you will LOVE this talk.

Okay, I Have My Goals Written Down - Now What?

Everybody knows we are supposed to have goals – but what do you do with them after you have written them down, usually on New Year’s Day?  Kate and David have a rousing back-and-forth discussion on this all-too-familiar scenario.  Learn how to work on your goals daily.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Another mantra of Mr. Wolfe's...Listen to this compelling conversation between Kate and David as he describes the dynamic between givers and receivers of services.  This applies to artists of all stripes and colors as you relate with the public, customers, agents, and even your children...Bonus:  Psychographics!  Come join us to learn more.

Persuasion, Influence, and Art

The studies of Professor Robert Cialdini have had a major impact on David’s business life.  In this two-part conversation, David discusses the six principles of Cialdini’s work, what they mean to you as an artist, and how respectful and ethical deployment of them can have a major impact on your career and pocketbook.  This recording comes in two parts due to the length.

The Business You Are Really In

As an artist you may not think you are in business – or want to be.  Ewwwww…But if you are selling your art or getting paid for the services you provide in the artistic arena, then we have to break it to you: You Might Be in Business.  Kate and David explore the idea of harmony between business and art.  Note:  This recording comes into two parts due to the in-depth discussion required.

Responsible Artist - Kate Zenna and David Wolfe's Conversations (Audio)

Asking for Help

Kate and David have a lively conversation around this important quality that all artists must have.  You will hear how they met professionally and how it all centered around Kate asking for help.  Learn about how to attract meaningful mentors.

 

One Size Does Not Fit All

Another mantra of Mr. Wolfe's...Listen to this compelling conversation between Kate and David as he describes the dynamic between givers and receivers of services.  This applies to artists of all stripes and colors as you interact with the public, customers, agents, and even your children...

Digging Out

Kate interviews David about how he dug out from his bankruptcy in the mid 1980s while also raising two children to become a success in business and life.  Hear David's lessons and apply them to yourself if you are struggling with money issues.

 

What Money is Good For...

(...it's not what you think.) Kate interviews David about his views on the use and utility of money and what it means for the creative, working artist.  Listen to David's hard-earned lessons as a single-father, business owner, and CPA.  Kate adds her real-life perspective as a working actor.

Financial Planning Does Not Lead to Bad Mojo

Or as David says - "It leads to good mojo..."  Learn how David looks at life planning as almost a spiritual practice.  With Kate's prodding he tells the audience the how, what, when, where, and why of financial and life planning.