Business for the Actor

Monica has never had a proper job – she has been self-employed as a journalist/filmmaker. After freelancing and setting up her own production company, Monica started offering help to other creatives with their businesses, and 20 years later is a renowned expert in the field of creative industries and arts entrepreneurship.

She runs workshops, delivers keynotes and presentations, mentors individual practitioners and consults to larger arts organisations. She is a regular guest lecturer on creative entrepreneurialism at institutions including AFTRS and NIDA, and is the author of the Australian version of Freelancing for Dummies. 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 Business at AFTRS, focusing on the benefits of mentoring for women in film. Monica was recently named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries. In 2016 her award-winning company The Creative Plus Business Group joined the City of Sydney Creative Spaces project. In her down time Monica enjoys movies, family time, pink champagne and the gentle art of pub karaoke.