Our logo is a spiral. We like spirals because they’re about circling back to a core idea over time, something all creative people must do to create whatever it is they’re creating.

“You will circle through some of the issues over and over, each time at a different level. There is no such thing as being done with an artistic life. Frustrations and rewards exist at all levels on the path. Our aim here is to find the trail, establish our footing, and begin the climb.” — Julia Cameron, The Artists' Way

You can read more about our spiral in this note.

Mission & Existence

The Creative Independent is a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people. Our goal is to educate, inspire, and grow the community of people who create or dream of creating. The Creative Independent is ad-free and published by Kickstarter, PBC.

Schedule & Format

Each week we publish interviews, tips, or how-to guides featuring a different type of working artist—including musicians, authors, filmmakers, dancers, designers, visual artists, and others. Conversations explore themes like collaboration, beginnings, process, failure, triumph, fear and anxiety, and bouncing back. Guides explore the practical sides of making new work, and living life as a creative person. Sometimes, we publish other types of things—such as resource collections, essays, podcasts, or drawings. You can see what’s new each week by visiting our Homepage, or you can explore specific topics or content types by browsing our Archive. Each interview also features a few personal recommendations (tools, books, films, etc) from the interviewee—you can explore some of what’s been recommended via our Library.


Brandon Stosuy
Editor in Chief / Co-founder

T. Cole Rachel
Senior Editor

Willa Köerner
Creative Content Director


Yancey Strickler

Elliott Cost
Designer / Web Developer

Laurel Schwulst
Creative Director

Hannah Elliott
Associate Editor


The Creative Independent
58 Kent St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222



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