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 creative business owners on how to combine their passions with business savvy in order to have sustainable and successful careers. We are working to banish the starving artist stereotype and instead empower and shine light on talented creative people contributing in diverse ways to society, and being paid for the endless value they give to the world.  By providing 1-1 business & mindset coaching, DIY courses and a supportive online community, RWC is a one of a kind place for creatives folks to come together to better themselves and work on their dream lifestyle!

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Founder & Chief Creative

Sonya Highfield is passionate about living a successful creative life and helping other talented Creatives 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 commercial and fine art photography business since 2012. In 2015 she was called to fill a gap in helping Creatives become business savvy and receive a holistic approach to building creative, profitable businesses they love!

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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Speaking topics include: The Art of Freelancing, Money Mindset for Creatives, The Business of Commercial & Fine Art Photography, Crafting a Mindset for Success, Pricing Workshop for Art & Creative Services 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 and creative entrepreneurs navigate the creative economy since founding Real World Creatives in 2015.  

Sonya has spoken at art & entrepreneurial events, conferences and retreats, as well as hosting her own events and lectures. She's also delighted to be interviewed for blogs, podcasts or contribute articles on art, entrepreneurship and leading a successful creative life! 

To hire Sonya or find out more please contact us.

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Photo by Alison Heckard