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Creative Companion

A thoughtful weekly newsletter written for creators.

Hey, I'm Jay Clouse! Host of Creative Elements and the writer behind Creative Companion.

My weekly newsletter is designed to give you:

  • Specific growth advice
  • Interviews with top creators
  • New tools and how to use them
  • Projects to be inspired by

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Featured Essays

Community & Memberships

Introducing the Creative Companion Club

I'm coming up on five years since I started my creator journey. I started writing Creative Companion in January 2017 (though, by a different name) and I took the leap to self-employment in April of the same year. I had no idea what I was doing. I was freelancing, but

Core Concepts

Creative Independence vs. Financial Independence

For the last eight years or so, I’ve been fixated on financial independence. The idea of having enough financial resources that you can have total freedom over your time is so alluring…it’s hard not to be fixated on financial independence once the idea is introduced to you.

Core Concepts

Why you should build a creative platform

You know how sometimes there’s a word or phrase you just hate but you can’t come up with a better alternative for it? The word “content” is one of those in the context of “creating content.” Is there a less appealing thing to create than content? 🤢 And right

Recent Essays


Quality and Belief

It's been a really great year for my business. Objectively, I know that to be true. But, more often than I'd like, doubt and frustration still creep in. It's mostly due to comparison – looking at other creators I'm modeling after and comparing my success to their success. What are THEY

Audience Building, Courses, Email

Six lessons from Tiago Forte and Building a Second Brain

This week's episode of Creative Elements with Tiago Forte got a LOT of love on Twitter. And not just an anecdotal positive response – the Spotify data shows that this episode may have the highest listener retention ever! If you don't know Tiago, he's the creator of Building a Second Brain.


What is your American Idol story?

I watch more American Idol than you may expect for a man in his 30s. Mallory got me into it when we started dating and just like live sports, there's something special about knowing you're tuning into something live with the rest of the world. It's cozy, OK??? And not

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