Ligaya's answer is: More resources for artists!
So....it's been a minute! And Ligaya has finally put away her holiday decorations, re-organized her pantry and caught up on Bridgerton. She realizes she's been remiss on sharing artists' resources, so here are some of her latest finds!
MTF Musicals is hosting a FREE Brunch & Budget workshop on Financial Resilience for Artists and Creatives on Friday, January 29 @ 9:00am PST! Now, I have not had a chance to vet either MTF Musicals or Brunch & Budget....but it's hard to go wrong with a free workshop. Note that it's THIS Friday, so you best register now if you're interested.
Center for Cultural Innovation is offering a handful of helpful workshops, including Tax Tips for Artists this Friday, January 29 @ 2:00pm PST, and Simplifying Your Business in 2021 on Tuesday, February 2 @ 2:00pm PST. These workshops are not free - you can register for a nominal fee - but this org has been serving the artist community for many years, so you can be assured that the information and advice they offer is sound and up-to-date.
For artists who have kids! The Parent Artist Advocacy League for Performing Arts + Media offers emergency grants for COVID relief, as well as childcare grants! This relatively-new organization is a game-changer, folks, as it creates space for those of us raising families while pursuing arts careers - a first!
I've talked about the Actors Fund before, but it's totally worth mentioning that they've got some fantastic classes coming up that are totally FREE! They're offering a Budgeting Nuts & Bolts workshop on February 2 @ 9:00am PST, and then once you've completed that you can attend their Managing Cashflow 6-week workshop series. I have taken their Budgeting Nuts & Bolts workshop before and found it to be very helpful in terms of organizing your mindset around money.
Alright! I have ONE last thing for you, and that is a quick, easy recipe for this gorgeous dish:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Handful of favorite frozen veggies (I use the Costco Asian Stir-Fry Veggies)
Handful of spinach
4 tablespoons water
1 serving of Pulmuone's Teriyaki Stir-Fry Udon (just the noodles)
1 Teriyaki seasoning packet (included in above package)
Mai Mom's Chili Oil (the BEST chili oil you will EVER have, I SWEAR)
Pinch of salt
Heat up 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium heat. Toss in frozen veggies to thaw. After a couple minutes, throw in spinach. Toss veggies together for another couple of minutes, until spinach has melted down. Season veggies with a little salt. Add final tablespoon of oil and water. Turn heat to high. Toss in udon noodles, let sit for 1 minute. Once noodles have loosened up, throw in teriyaki seasoning and toss with noodles and veggies. Add Chili Oil. Stir fry for about 2 minutes. Push veggies & noodles to side, crack egg in the middle and let fry. After egg has set a little bit, mix around to scramble, and toss with veggies and noodles. Serve immediately.
It's delicious! And economical too...I did the (very rough) math and this dish costs only about $3 to make! Ligaya approves. I'm sure Bernie would too.