Learn How to Monetize Your Creative Interests with an Ascend Specialty Track

Study under field expert creatives and gain the skills, tools, and connections you need to make money doing what you love!

Choose the Ascend Specialty Track That's Right for You

  • Learn what it takes to be a part-time or full-time professional writer (regardless of genre!) through instruction and resources
  • Work under, and receive personalized feedback from, a professional writing mentor and publishing coach
  • Learn from real-world writing experts, agents, publishers, and award-winning authors
  • Learn the nuances of how to identify and write for your audience, the financial side of writing and how to make a living, methods of publication and more!
  • Develop skills, tools, and a business plan for your writing career while also polishing aspects of craft
  • Apply what you learn by creating a business plan in the form of a written proposal, which will prepare you for either self or traditional publishing
  • Substantially improve your videography skills through practical, hands-on instruction about storytelling, production, and editing.
  • Receive customized feedback and instruction from a video professional
  • Collaborate with like-minded videographers
  • Apply what you learn by completing an internship and a robust set of hands-on videography projects, including professional videos for YouTube and Social Media, event recap videos, and/or documentaries. 
  • Complete a guaranteed internship with Unbound’s media team or with another organization of your choice
  • Learn to make money from your art medium, whatever that may be
  • Learn how to seek out resources, develop an achievable plan to improve your craft, and consistently level-up your skills
  • Develop a strong theology of art
  • Learn how to be a healthy artist: develop emotional resilience, avoid burnout, and create sustainable habits
  • Receive customized coaching and feedback from an art professional
  • Collaborate with like-minded artists
  • Apply what you learn through a hands-on project or internship

Film Track with Abraham Chen

ABRAHAM CHEN has lived in the world of videography for over 10 years. He has traveled around the world working on projects from wedding films to YouTube videos to testimonial documentaries. He is an Unbound alumni and sees project-based education in action everyday as a videographer. He finds joy crafting creative ways to convey truth in stories that challenge and inspire.

Abraham is a proud native of New York City now transplanted to Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife Abigail. He is currently the senior videographer at 44i while also heading Resilient Art Productions.  When he is not running a camera or editing, Abe is having fun catching up with friends around the world, analyzing films, sketching, or diving into anything sci-fi.

Art & Design Track with Sarah Shaw

SARAH SHAW is a graphic designer, fine artist, and entrepreneur with a passion for making ideas beautiful. Per her high school art teacher’s advice, “You can teach yourself art, but you won’t be able to teach yourself business,” she chose to pursue a business degree instead of a traditional art path, while developing her creative skillsets on the side. In 2019 she graduated with her B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Thomas Edison State University, and in 2022 she completed her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Her professional experience spans from individual design contract work and salaried positions as a graphic designer and marketer to working as a full-time therapist. 

In 2023, she decided to launch her own graphic design company, Inklivity. Her clients have ranged from authors, business lawyers, and holdings companies to non-profits and speakers. When she is not busy working, she enjoys exploring her home city, Richmond, VA, meeting up with friends and family, and binging podcasts.

To hear more of Sarah’s story, check out our interview with her.

To view her company website, Inklivity, click here.

Writing Track

MORE INFORMATION coming June 2024.

Learn the skills and gain the tools you need to become a successful creative