Photo by Yann Yap

Hi, I'm Alison Garwood-Jones, your host, and this is Yann Yap, our man with the camera, and together we're the creators of Willful, a  new web series that tracks how creative entrepreneurs work, thrive and survive.

In this web series, we interview one artist a week, then post five three-minute snack films from that interview on YouTube every day. As freelancers — Alison is a writer and illustrator; Yann is a videographer — we're always looking for useful stuff to jump start our day, whether it's an inspiring story, advice on process, how to pivot or transfer your skills as jobs change, and tips on the economics of being (and staying) creative. We're guessing you geek out on that stuff too!  

In each episode, you will meet women and men who are:

• Gutsy and joyfully oblivious to "You can't do that" and "Who do you think you are?" (it's a Canadian thing)

• Determined to make things, then put it out into the world.

• Innovators and disruptors whose focus and positivity has elevated them above the snark of flabby, anonymous commenters.  

BTW: we chose the name "Willful" for this series because there's a current of willfulness running through every creative person we've ever met — a certain scrappiness and determination. "Willful" is something you have to be if you want to make a real difference in the world.

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To be a part of "Willful"

If you are creative and have a "Willful" story worth sharing on camera, contact us at willfulproject@gmail.com, or on Twitter @WillfulProject.