We had the good fortune of connecting with Dante Laughlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dante, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The work-life balance in my life has changed due to my perspective changing over the years. I really don’t “work” per se. I do what I like to do and what I need to do to continue doing it. The maintenance of my privilege to continue doing what I love to do is my only “Work”. Like who actually wants to register all their receipts into the computer? Practically no one, but it’s essential for me to do to continue running my own business. That’s the work. The rest of what I do is just a challenge to my ability to create and learn, both of which I love to do already. My work-life balance is essentially an equation of finding enough value in the way I’m living to make it worth working for. That way I’m continuously fueled to keep going.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
For Struggling Creatives is a creative consulting company cultivated out of the common struggles and answers to each creative experience. We help Creatives maintain and grow in three key areas to develop better experiences. We focus on health, knowledge, and resources. We’re the only company offering mobile creative spaces with tools to help disenfranchised Creatives build content & projects anywhere they feel inspired to do so. We also are currently building a directory of independent Creatives that local communities can tap into so that their dollar stays circulating within their community to build sustainability amongst their peers. Project development & management are our most popular services. We help Creatives build mental sustainability through the curation of routines, accountability schedules, breathing exercises, and reference to people or print that can further their knowledge pertaining to a question we’ve discovered during our creative sessions. The ongoing efforts we make to eliminate the stigma of the “Struggling Creative” brings us our most prideful moments. It’s when we see our methods materialize into real results for Creatives. We’ve seen our notes manifest into whole buildings for clients! It’s a pretty crazy feeling to know you’re working with people of this caliber every day. It’s even more exciting to know it before they know it themselves.

The business of For Struggling Creatives is something that is always challenging to me and my team because we’re always battling to create the best value while still creating financially feasible prices for struggling Creatives. This is a problem we like because it gives us a chance to stand out. Instead of charging consultation fees, we made them free for a low fee weekly Supporter plan in which Creatives also get discounts on mobile studio rentals. We’re in the headspace to build the value first and the profit will follow. We must do our part to help Creatives because, in turn, Creatives will do their part to help us. It’s human nature. Reciprocity. We actually just experienced this when last week our mobile studio was vandalized by a street graffiti artist. This act of hate destroyed the artwork presently on the exterior of the studio and is currently costing us upwards of $1000 to replace. As soon as our community saw this attack on For Struggling Creatives so many people have reached out to support financially, emotionally, and physically. That type of reaction only comes when you actually are doing right by the community we serve. It’s a good signal that we are doing what we are supposed to do.

If there’s anything that can teach as a lesson to others is your community is your strength. That’s been our biggest lesson. When we run into a roadblock we turn to our community because we all need help. It’s reinforced our purpose as well because, for the Creatives who feel they have no community, we’re the ones they turn to.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It would be a mixture of Newark and New York. There are just so many spaces you can go to really have a great time. If we’re hitting Newark we have to stop by Burger Wallah to pick up some of the best finger food in the city. The creative community is always in & out of that place so we’d be bound to run into someone cool and have some good company while putting away a few signature wallah sauce burgers. There are dope spots for spending the day whether it’s downtown, Military park, or the Newark Art Museum. Mary Mike Music House is always a place for the art culture to come and let their hair down so that would be a nice nightcap. New York brings inspiration like no other. With spots like The New Museum, MOMA, Zerospace, and the Art Tech house there’s plenty of stimulating experiences to give anybody something to remember.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
#UCYPHE, #UCYPHE, #UCYPHE. That’s my family. That’s the reason I can tap into my creativity the way I do now to build solutions out of problems. It’s the reason I have so much faith that I can take on just about anything with my people by my side. There’s nothing like it and it really changed my life. It’s love. There are so many contributors to what people see as Dante Laughlin that it’s hard to name them all. From my brother Cal that has always inspired me through his style and perspective to my brothers from another mother Josh & Nafi Davis. Jose Vargas another essential reason why the Creative Space, a huge answer for creatives was even able to be created. My mother & father continue to stand beside me faithfully. Dean Nelson another inspiration of mine because of his work ethic and unique ability to push out art that is always signature to him. It’s a lot more people on this list but in all, I thank my family because family is the people who make who I am.

Website: forstrugglingcreatives.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forstrugglingcreatives/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dante-laughlin-10374849

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForUsCreatives

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