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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


Your Art vs. Your Ego

This week I settled back into the saddle with five new interviews for Creative Elements. Five! So I spent a lot of time researching my guests by watching YouTube videos, listening to podcasts, reading articles... And one of those guests is Thomas Frank, YouTuber and Notion extraordinaire. Thomas has 2.

Core Concepts, Marketing

Become a trusted source

Over the last couple of years, I've done quite a bit of podcast guesting. And on a lot of those shows, the hosts very graciously did their best to introduce me to their audience. That meant they did some independent research and pulled together an introduction. Most of the time,

The teacher becomes the student

There are two types of creators: a.) educators and b.) entertainers. The best educators are also entertaining – and yes, some entertainers who can teach you things. But, fundamentally, I believe there are people who help you learn and transform or happily pass the time. For a lot of business-minded creators,

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