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In need of some artistic inspiration?

Then press play and take a listen to Cristian Aluas’s artist story.

This Romanian-born, Canadian, is my guest in this week’s Help I Am Artist Podcast.

Cristian now lives in New York, where he works as a full-time artist, author, and educator.

A resourceful, multifaceted creative that has found ways to turn his hobbies into a steady income stream. 

After many rejections and losing commissions it was not always easy for Cristian to keep going. But giving up was never an option.


By pivoting and taking smart steps Cristian has found opportunities to not only survive but thrive even in the midst of a global pandemic.


Our conversation is filled with tips, real-life examples, and practical insights on how you can start to earn a living as a working artist.

 Cristian shares his expertise about working as an illustrator and finding the right balance between being creative and running a business.


His online courses and book,  ‘It’s a living - Surviving as a freelancer in the 21st century’ can be found online.


If you have ever wondered how you can earn a living as a freelance illustrator, what steps you must take to win the best commissions, or how you go about getting those precious, paying clients?  


Then this episode is for you.


In this episode you will discover:

  1. How Cristian prepared himself for a life as a working artist?
  2. How his love for illustration helps him supplement his income as a freelancer,
  3. What steps artists must take to make the transition from having a job to becoming a full-time working artist,
  4. Where to find happy, paying clients,
  5. The best attitude and approach to win a lucrative art commission,
  6. Best platforms for finding the right freelancing jobs. (see notes)


BONUS: Cristian is generously offering the listeners of the Help I Am Artist Podcast an excerpt from his book, 'It’s a Living'.


In this easy-to-read book, Cristian shares his journey as an artist. The pages are filled with practical tips and insights on how to not only survive but thrive in the competitive art market.

Head over to www.sonjasmalheer.com/freelancer to download your free copy (Chapters 2&6).


Happy listening.



Find out more about Cristian here:

Personal website  www.CSA1.ca

Course website  www.MasterpieceArtSchool.com 

Instagram  https://instagram.com/masterpieceartschool

Book link NL: https://www.amazon.nl/Its-Living-Surviving-Freelancer-Professionals/dp/108785508X

Book link US:  https://www.amazon.com/ITS-LIVING-Surviving-Freelancer-Professionals-ebook/dp/B07YVBT9WG


Link for freelancers (mentioned in this episode):







If you are wanting to get more clear and confident about your artist website then join me on Thursday, Jan. 14th for my live mini-course. There are still seats available.

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