Sydney Wright performing at the Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project in Denver, CO., in partnership with Day Dreamer App’s “Dreamers & Doers” program. Photo courtesy of Nohemi Rodriguez.

Dreamers & Doers: a new way to hire creatives

Kelsey Peterson
Aug 5, 2019 · 3 min read

When we launched the Day Dreamer app in August of 2018, we knew creative individuals needed a better way to connect with each other… but especially locally. Before launching the app to both Apple App + Google Play stores, we had 600 creative people invited to our 4-month beta, secured an extremely tight feedback loop to each creative person, and knew we were on the precipice to helping the creative communities in Austin, TX (and everywhere) be more successful.

We launched. We listened. We saw. But especially, we evolved.

During this time, we were part of 40+ events in the Austin-metro area in 2018 alone, which brought us closer and closer to each creative medium we served: music, photography, videography, fashion & beauty, visual arts, design, theater & dance, and many more.

In being able to talk to each person in the creative communities that exist around us, we learned how risky it can be to hire (and be hired) for creative projects. We’re a team of creative people ourselves — we’ve hired and have been hired ourselves. We’ve had to negotiate, re-negotiate, follow-up, and follow-up again and again (and again)— all to ensure we are paid and earning what’s fair for the art we create.

Join our program here: https://forms.gle/C1yRAqzfmFtejVgq7

This is why we started our Dreamers & Doers pilot program.

Businesses began to reach out to us to see if we can help them source their creative talent. Day Dreamer app users were connecting on the app but also hiring photographers, videographers, or individuals in other creative mediums. But with a lack of education on what to pay, how to negotiate the terms of the hiring, and communicating to not only be understood but to also not be misunderstood in the process.

Whether you’re looking for a performing artist or a musician or a photographer or someone to help you build content for your website + social media, we want to take the guesswork out of hiring. We are here to handle the communication and help you stay within your project’s budget.

Are you a business hosting events? Are you looking for new, fresh, and local talent?

Are you a musician or performing artist who needs better content for your online presence, so you can get hired more, too?

We’ve got you.

At the core of everything we do, we want our creative communities to succeed. Whatever it is you create, we want to keep you creating.

Join the Austin-area program today: https://forms.gle/kvW2erUedzQi7ouk9

Get in touch with us at hello@daydreamerapp.com or fill out the form to provide more details on how you hire or want to be hired.

Day Dreamer App

Day Dreamer is an application that helps creatives connect & get hired in their local area. Across a variety of artistic mediums, our communities thrive when we create together.

Kelsey Peterson

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Co-founder of DayDreamer. Culture + HR at Square Root. Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and lover of scones with the perfect cup of tea.

Day Dreamer App

Day Dreamer is an application that helps creatives connect & get hired in their local area. Across a variety of artistic mediums, our communities thrive when we create together.

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