Earn Money Between Gigs – How to Make Money Online in 2024


Starting my own Brand: What I’ve learned since 2010

Hey, it's Cherene Francis here! In today's blog, I will share how to make money online in 2024. I am an actor, producer, and creative in Toronto. I have been earning money online since 2010. Before, it was super cool and well-known, but now it's the norm and industry standard. The last time I was employed was in 2013. I've been on my own, in my own business, gaining so much knowledge and hard-learned lessons from doing things on my own two feet, and I'm going to share everything I can with you. 

Especially if you are creative and a work-from-home mom like me, this will be a game changer because you will have the flexibility to make money on your own terms. It's also a very fulfilling way to do what you want, work with whom you wish to, and do work you love.

Now, all of it isn't sunshine, rainbows and lollipops. There will always be some hard, challenging things you will need to learn. If you continue reading...

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How to Set Acting Career Goals for 2024 - A Guide for Actors, Creatives, Entrepreneurs


Navigating the Unpredictable

Acting can feel like an unpredictable career where you have no control. You're always affected by the industry and the trends; you never know what's next. You're never the final decision-maker. Most actors enter the industry with a wish, a hope, a prayer, or a manifestation. I don't know about anybody, but I can't deal with all the unpredictability. That's why I have a process for goal setting. How can you set goals so that you are constantly in the game, motivated, and not wanting to quit? I will share my goal-setting and visioning process as an actor and a creative entrepreneur. My name is Cherene Francis. Welcome to my blog!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read; you're helping a sister out. First things first, there's a law of averages and statistics. If you go at something long enough, persistent enough, over time, eventually, you will see something. You will bear fruit. And one of the things with acting is you just got to stay in...

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Watch My First Short Film!

STAINED is a psychological thriller about nostalgia. The film reveals an eerie reality about moving and the memories that are left behind.

After a decade of living in the same house, the fun and loving McAllister family move to a new street where they are completely ignored by their new neighbours, leading them to discover an eerie reality and find a resolution to a mysterious haunting. 


The Trailer



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My First Year of Acting - What I Did to Start Acting At Age 30

Are you dreaming of a career in acting? Do you aspire to be on the big screen, captivating audiences with your talent? Starting a career in acting can be an exhilarating and challenging journey. A clear path to success is crucial, whether you're a late bloomer like Cherene Francis, who began acting at age 30, or a young enthusiast anxious to make your mark in the profession.

In this blog post, I'll share twelve valuable tips to help you kickstart your acting career and navigate the competitive world of show business. From crafting a vision and plan to networking and producing your content, these tips will provide practical guidance to get you closer to your acting goals. So, let's dive in and discover the secrets to jumpstarting your acting journey!




Tip #1: Make a Vision and a Plan

Begin your acting career on the right foot with a clear vision and a plan. Take the time to identify the genres you...

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My New Acting Headshots - Branding, Tips, Dos and Dont's!

Headshots for actors and creative professionals are not the same as regular photoshoots. I share my entire process of getting acting headshots in this video and blog.


Read the Full Video Transcription Below

New look. New headshots!

I will share my process before, during, and after getting my new acting headshots. 


My Previous Headshots

(Refer to the YouTube video above for image references).

Before I go into the process, let's talk about my previous headshots. 

I started acting in my 30s. When I jumped back in, I did my headshots two times before I started to see success. The first time around, I went to a very reputable photographer. The style of the photos wasn't the best for my look and skin tone, being nice and chocolatey brown. 

When I first got those headshots and started using them, there was actually a casting director that I saw in person for an audition. When I walked into the room and she pulled out my headshot, she said, "This is hideous!"...

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Becoming an Actor at 30 - How to Start an Acting Career in Your 30s

Becoming an Actor at Age 30 - How I started my acting career in my 30s. What it's like to start your acting career "late." My journey, the positives, negatives, and should you start your acting career in your 30s.

00:00 Introduction
00:55 Why I Started Acting Late at Age 30
02:27 When Did I Decide to Start Acting at Age 30
03:18 How I Started Acting at Age 30
04:32 How My Acting Career is Going Now
06:27 The Downfalls of Starting Your Acting Career Late
08:45 The Positives of Starting Your Acting Career Late
11:03 Should You Start an Acting Career at Age 30

Resources Mentioned

Producing My First Short Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4laruT8ZbtY&t=0s

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Producing My First Short Film

My journey of producing my first short film.

From development to post-production, I share my challenges, the biggest takeaway, and what to look out for when producing your own short film.

Watch on YouTube


Listen to My the Podcast 

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Advancing as a Producer - A Personal Career Update!

First of all,

Thank you for joining me on this journey of dream-catching, entrepreneurship, and more. I love you!

The past two years have been quite the evolutionary transition for me as a leader in the marketplace. 

I have up-leveled so many ways, and I'm so pumped to continue inspiring you to be the best version of yourself.

And guess what...I just finished 6 Months of Advanced Producer Training!

This was like going back to school full-time.

I had teachers, mentors, and meetings with Executives at Canadian Broadcasters.

The pressure was on, and Imposter Syndrome was high, but I got through it successfully.

Now, I'm positioned to start making million-dollar movies. Whoop!

It's still a little surreal, so I'm just approaching this as an innocent child playing in a jungle gym.

I am safe to play as big as I want. 

Thank you to the OBAC (OYA Black Arts Coalition), Black Women in Film Canada, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Government of Canada for this generous...

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Actor Entrepreneur Life - March 2022 VLOG


In this Actor Entrepreneur Vlog, I catch recap my journey from January  2021 to March 2022 which included:

  • Me joining the ACTRA actor's union
  • Levelling up my skills as a producer
  • Changing my coaching services

Resources Mentioned

Grow with Video Marketing Training: https://www.cherenefrancis.com/ 

Podcast: “What’s Your 10-Year Life Plan?” 

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Becoming an Actor, Producer & Creative Entrepreneur

I'm on my 10th anniversary since I started and registered a business in 2010, and now it's 2020, 10 years later, and I'm going to share with you my entire journey and some tips on what I would do differently.

Humble Beginnings

At the time, I worked full retail time as a visual merchandiser, which was all about styling and merchandising products. It was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life because I had a degree in religious studies, and I didn't know what to do with it. I'm a coach by profession right now, and I was always fascinated with the universe, God, and spirit. That's why I studied religion and different cultures, and philosophy was a big part of my studies.

When I graduated, I was like, "What do I do?" My options were to become a pastor, a minister, counsellor, family counsellor, and all of these things I did consider, but all didn't feel right. At the time, my mom struggled with a mental illness, and I supported her that way. My high school sweetheart and I...

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