Real World Creatives Mission

We Are Artists Who Eat!


The mission of Real World Creatives is to educate and ignite the current & future generations of visual artists on how to best use their creative skills in combination with business savvy to have sustainable and successful careers. We are working to banish the starving artist stereotype and instead empower and shine light on talented, working artists contributing in diverse ways to society, and being paid for the endless value they give to the world.  By providing business coaching, group courses and a supportive community, RWC is THE place for artists to come together to better themselves and their art careers. 

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Founder & Chief Creative

Sonya Highfield is passionate about living a successful creative life and helping other talented artists do the same. She graduated with a BA in Art and Visual Technology and minor in Art Management from George Mason University in 2011. Since then she has worked with multiple commercial and fine art organizations, and has been running her freelance and fine art photography business since 2012. 

When she's not working on her businesses you can find Sonya planning her next vacation, doing yoga in her living room, wine tasting, returning library books late, and hanging with her family and friends in Boston.

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Photo by Golden Fox Studios

Photo by Golden Fox Studios

Speaking topics include: The Art of Freelancing, The Business of Commercial & Fine Art Photography, Money Mindset and more! Custom requests happily accepted. 

Sonya is a creative entrepreneur with a passion and skill for helping others see how they can pursue their best life through art and business empowerment.

Her experience as a commercial and fine art photographer caused her to dive into the entrepreneurial world, and she's been helping other artists navigate the creative economy since founding Real World Creatives in 2015.  

Sonya is available to speak at art & entrepreneurial events as well as workshops, panels, podcasts, university programs, and webinars. She's also delighted to be interviewed for blogs or contribute articles on all things related to art, business and leading a successful creative life! 

To hire Sonya or find out more please contact us.