Monica Davidson has never had a ‘proper’ job - she has been self-employed in the arts since she was a teenager, first as a journalist and later as a writer and filmmaker.
After freelancing for years Monica set up her own production company in the early 1990s, and learnt how to run a creative business the hard way. As her company grew, she started offering informal tutorials to help other creatives and is now a recognised expert in the field.
Monica regularly runs workshops and events about creativity and business, as well as mentoring individual practitioners and consulting to larger arts organisations. She is a regular guest lecturer on creative entrepreneurialism at institutions including AFTRS, NIDA, NAVA and Ausdance.
She is the author of the Australian version of Freelancing for Dummies, and is currently developing a series of books about creative business.
In 2013 Monica was appointed as the first Creative Industries Business Advisor by the NSW Small Business Commissioner, and the following year completed her Masters in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS. Monica was recently named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries. Her company The Creative Plus Business Group was also awarded a Cool Company Award by Anthill Magazine in 2015.
In her down time Monica enjoys movies, spending time with her family, drinking pink champagne, and participating in the gentle art of pub karaoke.