You have a story to tell—

with the meals you cook and the songs you sing, the celebrations you plan and the lessons you teach, the ideas you share and the things you create, the memories you cherish and the values you pass down.

You shape the world we live in, and it's high time you made your mark.

But going off to chart a new path on your own takes courage, persistence, trust, and, let's face it, a bit of a thick-skin.

Uur society doesn't always recognize the value of culture the way it should, and it even less often supports and encourages the creative, courageous people who are passionate about producing it, interpreting it, and passing it down.

Working in cultural, artisitic, and creative fields, it's easy to feel under-recognized, under-appreciated and misunderstood. We don’t always get permission to show up as our truest ourselves—in our work, in our art, in our communities—even in the dreams we dream for ourselves. We're left to create our own careers, find our own funding, and fight our own battles.

 

It can feel risky, exposed, lonely, and really easy to get stuck or derailed by all the information out there about how to start a business, how to find clients, how to set up your website, etc. etc.

And you also might be contending with discouraging messages coming at you from all directions—your friends, your family, your community, your industry, and worst of all, your own fear, confusion, and self-doubt.

Starting a business takes clarity, focus, and fierce determination;

I'm not surprised you're feeling overwhelmed, at sea, and scared to take the leap. 


Starting a business takes clarity, focus, and fierce determination; I'm not surprised you're feeling overwhelmed, at sea, and scared to take the leap. And going off to chart a new path on your own takes courage, persistence, trust, and, let's face it, a bit of a thick-skin.

It can feel risky, exposed, lonely, and really easy to get stuck or derailed by all the information out there about how to start a business, how to find clients, how to set up your website, etc. etc.

It feels even riskier if you're also contending with discouraging messages coming at you from all directions—your friends, your family, your community, your industry, and worst of all, your own fear, confusion, and self-doubt

Starting a business takes clarity, focus, and fierce determination; I'm not surprised you're feeling overwhelmed, at sea, and scared to take the leap. 

I've been there.

 

 

 

But going off to chart a new path on your own takes courage, persistence, trust, and, let's face it, a bit of a thick-skin.

It can feel risky, exposed, lonely, and really easy to get stuck or derailed by all the information out there about how to start a business, how to find clients, how to set up your website, etc. etc.

And you also might be contending with discouraging messages coming at you from all directions—your friends, your family, your community, your industry, and worst of all, your own fear, confusion, and self-doubt.

Starting a business takes clarity, focus, and fierce determination; I'm not surprised you're feeling overwhelmed, at sea, and scared to take the leap. 

 

You know that a world without culture—

whether high culture or pop culture, heritage or hip hop, fine arts or food trucks,

—is also a world without beauty, meaning, connection, and joy.

 

But our society doesn't always recognize the value of culture the way it should, and it even less often supports and encourages the creative, courageous people who are passionate about producing it, interpreting it, and passing it down.

Working in cultural, artisitic, and creative fields, it's easy to feel under-recognized, under-appreciated and misunderstood.

We don’t always get permission to show up as our truest ourselves—in our work, in our art, in our communities—even in the dreams we dream for ourselves. 

We're left to create our own careers, find our own funding, and fight our own battles.

And going off to chart a new path on your own takes courage, persistence, trust, and, let's face it, a bit of a thick-skin.

It can feel risky, exposed, lonely, and really easy to get stuck or derailed by all the information out there about how to start a business, how to find clients, how to set up your website, etc. etc.

It feels even riskier if you're also contending with discouraging messages coming at you from all directions—your friends, your family, your community, your industry, and worst of all, your own fear, confusion, and self-doubt

Starting a business takes clarity, focus, and fierce determination; I'm not surprised you're feeling overwhelmed, at sea, and scared to take the leap. 

I've been there.

 

 

 

As a fellow creative with many passions and more ideas than I could ever pursue, I know how overwhelming it can be to try to find direction, to stay focused, to wear all the hats, and to go it alone.

Especially when you're creating something out of nothing in a competitive industry with no clear roadmap to success.

Especially when the world we live in doesn't often share your values, celebrate your creativity, support your unconventional choices, believe in your vision, or encourage your dreams.

That's why I do what I do. 

 

Hi! I'm Emily Halpern.

I help talented professionals and visionary creatives like you refine your ideas, craft irresistible brands, powerful messaging, and captivating web content so you can launch your business with clarity and confidence.

As a creative strategist and coach, all of my work is about celebrating and exploring culture as well as supporting the creative individuals and entrepreneurs who create, interpret, and preserve it. 

I help my clients bring their ideas to life and share their work so it resonates with their target audience while staying true to who they are and what they want to be known for. 

 

 

 

What you do isn't just a passion-- it's personal.

It's a part of what makes you you. 

For creatives like you and me, life and work aren't separate.

It's only by being truly, unapologetically ourselves in both., that we can be successful, fulfilled, and share with the world the gifts that are uniquely ours to share. 

That means dreaming big, following inspiration, discovering what matters to us, and showing up fully in our lives as the most authentic version of ourselves—whether that’s in our careers, in our communities, or in our families.

Sure, to dare to dream, to take chances, to be vulnerable, to go against the grain-- all of this can get messy, but the alternative--living small, ignoring your true self, following someone else's path--is far worse.

The greatest risk is to risk nothing at all.