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Creative Industries keynote speakerMonica Davidson head shot

Monica Davidson, CEO of Creative Plus Business and Small Biz Connect’s first Creative Industries Advisor, is coming to Kempsey to be a keynote speaker at the inaugural Creative Industries Forum – The Business of Being Creative.

To be held at the newly opened Slim Dusty Centre on Tuesday 24 May, this full day forum is tailored to assist local creatives in the business-side of their endeavours.

“This event is really important because it brings creative people together and provides a forum for us to talk about ourselves as a collective industry and not just a bunch of individual artisans,” Ms Davidson said.

Ms Davidson is no stranger to the challenges of being an artist and trying to make a living. She is a writer, filmmaker and now a business consultant for people working in the Arts.

“I’ve never had a so-called ‘proper’ job, having started my career as a journalist while still at high school and then moving into film production at university,” Ms Davidson said.

“After years of freelancing I set up my own production company in the early 1990s and while I felt confident about my creative abilities, I realised at that point just how little I knew about the business side of things.”

Ms Davidson said while there was plenty of information available for start-up small businesses, none was tailored specifically for creative people.

“So I went on to establish Creative Plus Business to share what I had learned about running my own creative business through information workshops,” Ms Davidson said.

“Now I’m providing training, business coaching, resources, events and marketing for creative businesses.”

Back in 2013 Monica was appointed as the first Creative Industries Business Advisor by the NSW Small Business Commissioner, a position she held for over two years. In 2014 Monica completed her Masters in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS and was named as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries.

Recently, Creative Plus Business Group was also awarded a Cool Company Award by Anthill Magazine in 2015 and a Service Star Award by the website Flying Solo.

Ms Davidson encouraged local creative business people to attend the Creative Industries Forum – The Business of Being Creative.

“Creativity can be a lonely pursuit and sometimes it’s hard to juggle all the aspects of trying to make money from your craft. The upcoming forum is going to be the perfect antidote,” Ms Davidon said.

To book your place at Creative Industries Forum – The Business of Being Creative, go to: www.etcltd.com.au/creativeindustriesforum or contact ETC Business Advisor Marilyn Breen on 0417 201 794 or Kevin Riddell on 0408 128 496.



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