About the Starving Artist Guide

Despite the name, I am happy to report that I am not a starving artist. You shouldn’t be one either. Whether you are a musician, graphic artists, painter, sculptor, poet or writer, the life of the artist  is supposed to be about freedom. The creative life doesn’t feel so free when it is saddled with debt.

There may not be debtors’ prisons in this country anymore but debt is still a prison and some never escape. The purpose of this blog is to provide information, advice and inspiration on how to live a life pursuing your creative freedom while doing more than simply surviving. Make a budget, buy a house, even invest in your future. It can be done and I can help. I also hope to provide information, tips and advice on how to inspire yourself and manage your work.

About Me


I have always been creative. As a kid, I loved art and music and making up stories [Don’t believe me? Read this] and I have been doing so ever since. I consider myself to be a writer, artist and musician. I believe it therefore I am all these things. To be them, however, you have to do them. Don’t aspire to be, just be.

As far as formal education, I participated in the Story Workshop fiction writing program at Columbia College Chicago. Informally, I have written short stories, screenplays, published zines, drawn comics, played in bands, made records, played shows and toured a bit over the past few decades. I started publishing the Reglar Wiglar in 1993. I published 21 issues from ’93 until 2005 and resumed again in 2014. I also maintain the website and blog for the zine and run the very sporadic record label RoosterCow Records and its many offshoots.

Like many artists who have sought to create for a living, it has been a long, hard road. I have had many gigs and full- and part-time jobs, to support myself even as I worked on creative projects just has hard and when possible for as many hours. You can read my long work history in Reglar Wiglar issues #22 through #24.

I hope you find a benefit in reading the Starving Artists Guide, if you do, please let me know.

Chris Auman