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Making A Living
In Indie TV
sponsored by Arrowhead Regional Arts Council

A Special 4-Part Workshop Series for Artists

This special series aims to empower content creators to advance their stories by breaking down the knowledge barriers of how TV careers actually happen. These workshops fill in the missing pieces that artists struggle to discover, or learn on the fly.


  • Sponsored by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, this in-person series is FREE (normally $20 per workshop)

  • All types of artists & experience levels are welcome

  • Each workshop happens twice (except for the fourth one). Please only attend each workshop once. You do not need to attend the same workshop twice.

  • Seats are limited so you must pre-register to attend

How the TV Industry Really Works & How Creatives Are Involved

Thurs, Apr 14, 5-8pm, or

Fri, Apr 15, 12-3pm

Kitchi Gammi Club, Duluth, MN

Instructor: Philip Gilpin, Jr. / CEO, Catalyst Story Institute

A comprehensive guide to the creative, business, and audience cycles of the TV industry. Discover the step-by-step process from creative ideation through business representation (agents & managers) to distribution. Take a look into why the film arts are vastly different from the TV arts, and determine where your preference lies as you explore the links between the many different creative roles. This workshop is the foundation for everything else you'll do in the TV industry.

Bring Your Series Idea to Life

Wed, Apr 20, 12-3pm, or

Thurs, Apr 21, 5-8pm

Kitchi Gammi Club, Duluth, MN

Instructor: Philip Gilpin, Jr. / CEO, Catalyst Story Institute

This special session walks through the creative process of taking an idea from initial inspiration to a presentable pitch. Learn the ways to shape the vast worlds living within your imagination and work on developing your own idea into reality. This is often the most difficult and frustrating part of the creative process because it feels so undefined and impossible to get right.

How to Make a Show on Any Budget

Tues, May 3, 5-8pm, or

Wed, May 4, 12-3pm

Kitchi Gammi Club, Duluth, MN

Instructor: Kimberley Browning / Founder, Hollywood Shorts / Producer, HBO Access

The art of physical production is a talent learned over many decades of experience. But how do you get experience without having any previous experience? How do you shoot a series idea on little to no budget? And how do you transition from indie to network, if the opportunity arises?

Raising Money in the TV Industry

Tues, May 10, 5-8pm

Zeitgeist Teatro, Duluth, MN

Instructor: Ted Reilly, Chicago Media Angels

Where do the creative and business cycles intersect and how to artists successfully make a full-time career in the TV industry? Work through the legal, financial, and career barriers that currently exist and figure out how they can be changed to better benefit today's generations of artists. Explore the path to raising money for your show.

Who can register?
  • All artists welcome! Content creators, writers, directors, actors, producers, editors, cinematographers, visual artists, etc.

  • Must be age 18 or older



($20/event ticket sponsored by ARAC)

More About the Catalyst Institute

Do You Have Stories to Tell?

Storytelling is core to who we are. It's how we learn, it's how we connect, it's how we inspire - and it's how we shape the world into becoming the better place we want it to be. You've come to Catalyst because you have stories to share and are looking for the a path to have them funded, produced, and distributed to the world.

Setting Expectations

When it comes to the business of storytelling & production, your story falls into one of two artistic formats: (1) it's either a series, meaning that it is an open-ended story world designed for the viewer to watch over the course of multiple episodes, or (2) it is a film, meaning that it has a pre-determined beginning, middle, and end designed to be watched in one sitting (typically under 3 hours).

Catalyst focuses only on series, not films.

The Truth About Making a Series

Because your story is in a series format, it is not good enough for you to just be talented and have a good story idea. You need to simultaneously build a network of people who believe in your ability to create an entire series that doesn't exist yet. Creating your show is as much about who YOU are as a person as it is about the story you're telling.

This is why the series side of the business can seem so much more difficult to breakthrough - because it's all about relationships and trust. And that takes time (years) and opportunity.

Types of Content Accepted
  • Narrative/episodic/serialized content of any genre, length, style, and type: comedy, drama, thriller, scripted, unscripted, documentary, limited series, social media, influencer, short form,"half-hour", "hour-long", radio, podcast, reality, talk show, game show, animation, kids, gaming, VR, mobile, etc.

  • Projects can be in any stage of development: pitch, script, in-production, post-production, or completed.

  • Your projects can have any number of episodes. Projects with an average runtime of 15 minutes or less per episode will be considered "short form".

Types of Content Not Accepted

  • Feature films


  • $395/year

  • $35/mth ($420 total for 12 months)

How It Works
  • Register here, then we'll email you to pick your retreat dates

  • Create your profile in our creative database including your project info & career details

  • Schedule a general meeting with our retreat team to discuss your career path & goals

  • Prepare by watching our institute videos including 20+ hours of seminars

  • Book your flight to Duluth

  • Enjoy the retreat!

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