Darnell Brown on how creatives can avoid burnout, work smarter and enjoy freelancing success artwork
Creative Boom

Darnell Brown on how creatives can avoid burnout, work smarter and enjoy freelancing success

  • S4E75
  • 1:08:16
  • May 9th 2022

Darnell Brown is a growth strategist and educator based in North Carolina. Originally a graphic designer, he now helps businesses to harness their superpowers, hack their time and impact lives through creative courses and consulting. 

It’s a career he carved out for himself after suffering the effects of burnout during his days of crafting logos and building brand identities. It was 2008, at the peak of the global economic crisis when he decided to make the change from full-time employment to freelancing, spotting an opportunity to hire himself when no one else would.

Almost fourteen years later, Darnell has helped hundreds of clients to thrive and continues to apply everything he’s learnt so far – from his days as a kid in the '90s, hustling and making money from his comic book drawings, to his time helping tech startups to raise millions in funding.

We wanted to hear more about Darnell's path to success. And discover all the things he's learnt along the way. Believe me, his passion for business and creativity will spark a spring in your step today.

Season Four of The Creative Boom Podcast is kindly sponsored by Astropad Studio.

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Hosted by Katy Cowan, the founding editor of Creative Boom, a platform she launched in 2009 to celebrate, inspire and support the creative community, particularly the underrepresented.

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Katy Cowan
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A journalist, writer and broadcaster, Katy Cowan is the founding editor of Creative Boom, one of the UK's leading platforms dedicated to the creative industries. She launched her magazine in 2009 with a mission to celebrate and support artists and designers, particularly those who are underrepresented. Today, her site delivers inspiration, insight and advice to seven million creative professionals every year.