Resources for Strange Days

There’s a LOT happening in the world right now. As I write this, I hope you are safe and well, and that those you love are also safe and well.

As I write this, I’m observing day 6 of a 14-day self-quarantine, and the California statewide #SaferAtHome initiative is now on Day 2. The entertainment industry has ground to halt, which affects not only me, but so many people I care about.

This post aggregates whatever resources I’ve come across that may be helpful as you navigate our “new normal.”

  • If you are a freelancer affected by COVID-19 related work stoppage, the Covid 19 Freelance Artist Resource is a crowdsourced page organized by topic.
  • If you’re looking for ways to live your best quarantined life,” I love this post from Morning Brew (you may need to subscribe for access – but it’s free).
  • The Hustle also has a great guide to “conscious consumerism” – how you can stay safe but also support small businesses and your neighbors during this time of self-isolation and social distancing. (Another one that may ask you to subscribe for access – but also free.)
  • Tim Ferriss recently shared this one, if you find yourself in need of financial help during this time: Type in your zip code and it will list what’s available in your area.
  • SAG-AFTRA members: the SAG Foundation has a disaster relief fund you can apply for if your work has been affected by COVID-19. More info/application here. (And if you are in a position to donate, please do so.)

Additional resources as of 4/16/20. Please note, applications for various grants and loans have been filling up quite quickly, so by the time you see them may already be closed. It still can’t hurt to check.

  • Inc has published a list of grants available to small business owners, here.
  • Entrepreneur magazine also published a list of financial resources by state, here.

A few fun things:

  • We may not be able to travel, but we can read about places we’d like to visit. I loved this list of favorite books by state they are set in, from Huff Post. How many of these books have you read?
  • Yale’s popular course on happiness, “The Science of Well Being” is now being offered free on Coursera.
  • Our beaches are closed (sadly), but you can still watch the sunset from Venice. Hotel Erwin live streams magic hour daily, here.

How are you holding up? Do you have a resource to share? Get in touch and let me know.

Be well, be safe and be good to each other out there.


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