WHAT WILL YOU CREATE?

MAKE SOMETHING is an online course for creatives to help you overcome the frustration, procrastination, uncertainty, and fear that has prevented you from doing your best work and sharing it with the world.

WE ALL GET STUCK

But You Don't Have To Stay Stuck. Get Clarity For What To Do Next, Use A Proven System To Get Results, And Take Action.

CREATE A PRODUCT YOU CAN SELL

There's never been a better time than RIGHT NOW to start your creative journey, and it begins with making something, by using the simple system taught in this course.

MAKE SOMETHING

IN THREE SIMPLE STEPS...

  • 1. DISCOVER

    Discover your purpose, your reason for wanting to do something creative, and choose a project that aligns with that purpose

  • 2. DO THE WORK

    Use the Make Progress Every Day system to create your project without fear, doubt, or procrastination

  • 3. SHARE WITH THE WORLD

    Share and sell what you've made with your audience, and change the world with the work you create.

WHAT WILL YOU CREATE?

The Journey Starts Here...

If you're like most creatives who arrive here, reading these words, browsing this site, you've got something in you...

An itch...

A spark...

An idea...

But, you're stuck. You don't have enough time, you don't have the resources, or the connections, or the money.

You see all these other people around you and online who are doing the thing you want to do, and wonder why you can't do it to?

Those questions make you feel uncertain, incapable, held back, frustrated, lazy, or even angry...

I know what it feels like to be stuck. To feel incapable of creating anything, and then to look back, months or years later, with regret and pain that I didn't try. 

The last time it happened I decided I never wanted to feel that way again. 

Since then, I've made it a mission of mine to help other creatives become creators. That starts with making something. Anything.

Proving to yourselves that you already have everything inside of you to make anything you desire to make.

Maybe it's a book. Or an album. Or a business. Or an event. 

The first thing you have to do is realize that you can do it. That it's possible. That there is a way forward, a path that takes you to wherever it is you want to go. 

Forget all the reasons you believe you "can't" do it, and take the first step. 

Along the way, the path gets a little...iffy. 

But you're not going it alone. You have a guide, someone who knows the path well, has traveled it before, and can help you avoid the obstacles, the dead ends, and the pitfalls on your journey.

Someone lighting your way when things get dark and hazy...

Where does this journey lead?

It leads to creating something, something that YOU made, and sharing it with the world...

To a new source of income, fulfillment, success, freedom, independence...

To having the confidence to make anything you want for you and your life...

You stand here at a crossroads - take action and start the journey, or risk looking back a month or a year from now with regret and pain that you didn't take that first step. 

Are you ready to take the first step? To be vulnerable, to start a new journey? Enroll today and get instant access to the course...

What Others Are Saying About The Course:

“Daren has a way of looking at the business side of being a creative that is hard to find. I’ve known him for years and always make sure I sit down with him whenever I’ve got a new project or a hurdle I’m up against.

Putting all of that info and guidance into a course for aspiring creatives (and professionals too, honestly) is going to be a huge head start for a lot of people starting out”

Ryan Innes - ryaninnes.com

“The info in this course helped me with two things that you can't get enough of: clarity and courage. It helped me align my thoughts & turn those ideas into actions and helped me hold on to the courage to believe in my goals.”

Trevor Christensen - trevorchristensen.com

“The principles and mindset in this course helped me crack a project that I’d been working on for over a year. I’d tried a number of times to get my design studio off the ground, but it wasn’t until I took a new approach that I was finally able to get it up and running. I can see how to apply everything I’ve learned going forward, too, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Jeff Wiggins - maridia.co

MAKE SOMETHING

A 30-day course delivered here on Thinkific

  • Go at your own pace

  • Lifetime access to the course and the private Craftsman Creative community for extra help and collaboration

  • Regularly updated FAQ section

  • 30-day money back guarantee

You're Not Just Getting A Course!

To provide as much value as possible, I've included thousands of dollars of value along with the course to help you on your creative journey

  • Downloadable Assets

    $2,500 Value

    When I consult with individuals and companies I charge $250 an hour, and the worksheets, downloads, and other ancillary material are an incredible value to help keep you on track and making progress every day.

  • Community Of Peers

    $1,200 Value

    One of the most valuable things I've encountered in my life learning from others is when I have the opportunity to learn alongside others, share my insights, teach the material, and learn from those that I'm going through the process with. I've upgraded this course to include a community integration, where you can leave comments and engage with others that are going through the course with you. The typical cost for this in other courses is $100-200 per month, but I'm including it here for free because of it's value to the learning process.

  • Free Copy of Craftsman Creative eBook

    $39 Value

    One of the things that set this course apart is the focus on psychology for us creatives. The first modules of this course cover psychology, but for a deeper dive I'm including a free copy of my ebook Craftsman Creative which goes into other aspects of the mindset needed to be a professional creative.

COURSE CURRICULUM

From finding the idea to creating and shipping your work in the next 90 days

  • 1

    Welcome & Overview

    • Welcome To MAKE SOMETHING

    • Next steps

    • What You Need Most

    • Craftsman Creative Community & Facebook Group

    • Your Commitment To Yourself

  • 2

    The Craftsman Mindset - Discover Your Needs and Your Vision For The Future

    • Six Human Needs Psychology - Getting Clarity On What's REALLY Going On In Your Life

    • How The Six Human Needs Are Determining Your Life

    • Your Top Two Needs - Your Greatest Source Of Joy AND Pain

    • The Formula For Happiness (and pain...and suffering...)

    • The "Rules" That Dictate Your Emotional State

  • 3

    One Big Goal - Deciding On What You’ll Make During This Course

    • How To Ensure Your Project Meets Your Needs

    • Choosing Your Project For This Course

    • Determine Your Destination

  • 4

    Project Planning - Guarantee Success From The Start

    • Project Planning - A Roadmap With Milestones

    • Realizing Your Outcome At The Start

    • Discovering The Why And The Who

    • Create YOUR Project Roadmap

  • 5

    Before You Start - Visualize Your Plan Of Action

    • Visualize Your Plan Of Action

  • 6

    Start With Massive Action - The Two Week Sprint

    • Schedules Provide Clarity And Freedom

    • Start With Massive Action - The Two Week Sprint

    • From Chunks to Tasks - Scheduling Your Days

    • Start Your Sprint!

    • One Last Thing - Show Your Work

  • 7

    Your Make Progress Every Day (MPED) System

    • Your System To Do The Work And Finish Your Project

    • Your Make Progress Every Day (MPED) System

    • How To Ensure You Make Progress Every Day

  • 8

    Accountability and Checking In - Guarantee Success

    • Going Deeper On Your MPED System

  • 9

    Done Is Better Than Perfect - Finishing Your Project

    • Done Is Better Than Perfect - Finishing Your Project

  • 10

    Time To Ship! Sharing Your Work With The World

    • Sharing Your Work With The World

  • 11

    Craftsman Audience Building

    • Craftsman Audience Building (Beta)

    • Craftsman Audience Building

  • 12

    Craftsman Marketing & Sales

    • Craftsman Marketing & Sales

  • 13

    Shoot, Now What? Next Steps & Continuing The Momentum

    • From Make Something To DO Something

30-day Money Back Guarantee

I built this course to help and serve creatives. I’m invested in your success, so if the course doesn't work, it’s because I failed to give you the tools and the vision you needed to make it work for you.

This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Seriously. I’m that invested in making this work for you that I’ll do as much as I can to help you succeed in making something new and helping you learn this new process and repeating it successfully.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What size project should I choose for this course?

    Something that can be completed in 90 days or less that you have 100% control of, meaning you aren’t dependent on anyone else at any step of creation, distribution, or otherwise. You have the resources to complete it on your own. If that’s hard to determine right now, don’t worry, we cover that in the early lessons in the course.

  • What kind of project should I choose?

    Everything from an EP for a musician or singer-songwriter, to a new website, a short story or short novel, a treatment that could turn into a screenplay, a short film, a photo project, a new product that you could kickstart by the end of the course, even a new side-business that you've always wanted to start! The sky is truly the limit. The best type of project is one that you have 100% control over the outcome, meaning you don't need to raise money from others, or are relying on clients or partners to help move the project forward. However, if you are currently working as a creative and have one or many projects under your belt, feel free to use this course to get some extra momentum toward your next project, even if it does require other people or things out of your control.

  • How is this different than your other content?

    More access, and more about the “how”. Much of my writing and podcasts and other content is theoretical, not practical. This is about taking you step by step through a new process that I guarantee will help you in your creative work, or your money back.

  • Do you have any success stories?

    Many. Check here on the website for testimonials, and if you’re really looking for someone to talk to about the course I can put you in touch with one of the people who have gone through the content.

  • What if I determine it isn’t for me?

    This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Seriously.

  • What kind of content is the course?

    A mix of video and text, downloadable PDF resources, and action steps for you to add to your to-do system of choice.

  • I’m not ready to buy a course. Are there any free resources available?

    Yes, my website is darentsmith.com and has blogs and other content for you to help you on your journey.

Instructor

Daren Smith

Founder of Craftsman Creative Coaching

I get so much fulfillment from helping creatives get more clarity and drive in their creative lives. I built Craftsman Creative to serve you and to reach as many people as possible.

My background is in music and film. I played the saxophone growing up and ended up playing in and even forming different music groups and jazz combos.

I attended Brigham Young University on a saxophone scholarship but ended up studying sound recording technology with an emphasis in film. I did live sound while attending university, and did that for more than 10 years, running sound for local Provo venues and touring with groups like Neon Trees, The Moth & The Flame, and Imagine Dragons.

I got into sound for film while attending BYU and started my own sound company in 2006, which morphed into a production company with a business partner in 2009. I became a producer and writer and worked on numerous film productions, TV shows, documentaries and commercial projects.

In 2017 I left that company to work on my own freelance producing, wrote a book and started coaching, and in 2019 started working on Craftsman Creative.

I'm a student of Robbins Madanes Training to become a certified coach for creatives and individuals.

I look forward to joining you as a guide and companion on the path to your creative future.