Week 1: Declarations

Declaring What You Want

Nothing ever happened that someone didn’t decide was going to happen. In other words, what the hell do you want?

If you haven’t figured that out yet, now is a good time to start!

Want an album?
Want a novel?
Want to go on a globe-trotting tour across Europe? Name it.

The process is easy.

Name it. Want it. Get it. Bam!

Declaring your desires and intentions is your first step on this climb to success.


Selecting Your Partner

This person will be the one you will lean on and report to and sometimes even work with. Message someone in this group who looks friendly and contact them. Chat it up and if it sounds like a fit, ask them. (Don’t be shy. It’s not like you’re asking them to wear your letterman.) OR maybe you have the perfect person in mind but they are not yet a part of this fantabulous bootcamp-y thing. Invite them! Get them to do it with you. Even if you have to smash them over the head with a cave-club and hair-drag them to the Promag-den! Do it! It’s for their own good.

Try to pick a partner who is like your missing half. They are organized, you’re a mess. They are focused, you’re a scatterbrain. They are punctual, you’re ‘in traffic’.

Well, hopefully not. But if you know someone who’s great at graphic design, while you’re a wiz at the formation of letters into cohesive thought, maybe you could work together. Being creative can also mean being resourceful. Have fun!

And don’t kill each other in the process.


Telling Friends & Family

This next 14 weeks is going to be grueling. You are going to be spending a lot of time learning and creating and setting up and planning and executing. You are going to need all the support and understanding you can get.

You will need to let your friends and family know what you are doing and why. It’s important that they are behind you, as you will be spending more time on this and they will need to know you aren’t having a torrid affair or supporting a developing crank addiction.

So talk to them. Get their understanding and answer any questions they may have. Set agreements with them. Remember, you are not allowed to stop being a father, daughter, best friend or unofficial love-muffin. You must make and keep your agreements to them too. They are supporting you in their capacity, so you must support them as well. No allowed becoming a selfish heathen.



  1. Like us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, tips and encouragement along the way!
  2. Decide what you want out of this bootcamp. Be realistic. Remember,this is 14 weeks. Want to expand your fan base? Want to finally get your social media going? Really dying to finally have a product to sell? Name it. What do you want? Oh yeah, and post it on the event page.
  3. Select your partner and announce it to the page.
  4. Sit down with your family and/or write out an email and send it out to your friendsand family. Let them know what you are doing and why. Post on the event page that you have done this.
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    C.R. Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.

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