Since my last blog post, things have evolved dramatically in this coronavirus situation. I has impacted me and the business. So I thought that I would give you an update and talk about what will happen in the next few weeks.
As you might have already seen on Twitter, the UK has been restricting gatherings and movement for the past few weeks. And we went on lockdown this week.
As a result, the theatre where I worked on a casual basis has closed. It will probably stay closed for a couple of months at best. I was supposed to start a new job in a different company this week, but the offer was cancelled. And my freelance activities have slowed to a stop, as I am currently unable to do workshop or face-to-face coaching.
So, I have currently no income other than the sales of my book (which is not much).
In the past week, I’ve applied to a lot of benefits, and I am working very hard to find another job. My current career path in the theatre industry being completely blocked, I’m falling back on my scientific background. I’ve been following several online courses to refresh/acquire new skills. I will continue doing so until I can find a remote job.
The Part-Time-Artist’s Future
Needless to say, this has made me extremely busy. Between following courses, working on assignments, understanding how the UK’s benefit system works and applying to everything that would give me some income, I have much less time for this business.
Which means that, for the time being, I going to have to limit my time spent on The Part-Time Artist.
Here are the changes that will affect the website in the next few weeks:
1. My Upcoming Book: Happy, Not Tortured
I wished I didn’t have to do this, but I don’t have a choice: I am postponing the official release of the book until May 9th.
The book itself is entirely finished and edited, but I need more time for formatting and illustrating. I also want to make sure that I have enough time for all the promotional activities I had planned for the release. Pushing it back is the best solution for me, even though I know it is not ideal.
If you have already pre-ordered the book, you will receive an email letting you know about the new date. I believe that Amazon will give you the option to cancel your pre-order, if you wish to do so. I do apologise for this delay!
2. The Podcast
I have also decided to postpone Season 2 of The Part-Time Artist Podcast until further notice.
Unfortunately, I don’t have time to work on the podcast at the moment, and I thought it best to postpone it until I am free to concentrate on it. And, while I can do interviews using online tools, I would also like to do live interviews and events, which is impossible at the moment.
3. The Blog
I have a few articles written, and I intend on continuing to write, but it will be more sparse. I love writing blog articles, but I can’t realistically take too much time to write them at the moment.
I am however happy to welcome more guest bloggers!
As I can’t do IRL workshops at the moment, I have considered doing some online workshops. However, as it is very time consuming, I am not sure if I will be able to do them.
I have decided to put a hold on this for now, and re-assess in a couple of weeks. I have recently posted a poll on Twitter, and there was a lot of interest for my workshop about building an audience as an artist. So I’ll be thinking about it, and if I decide to do it I will announce it here.
But Not Everything Is Doom and Gloom!
I have decided to lower the price of my first book, The Part-Time Artist! The ebook is now at £3.99 ($4.99) and the paperback is at £5.99 ($6.99).
I hope this helps some of you, if you are looking for things to read during a lockdown, or if you are using this time to re-organise your career.
Let Me Know How You Are Doing!
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you and your family are safe. Take care of yourself during this crazy time!
Céline is an author and podcaster passionate about helping fellow artists reach their potential and live a happy, balanced life.