Justin (he/him) views grant writing as a creative process: developing ideas, identifying barriers, and presenting solutions. His experience as a grant writer sprung from the necessity to find funding for creating his own work. Being a professional opera singer often tethers him to auditioning for each scrap of income in his reach. Since his first successful grant in 2016, Justin has restructured his career to blend his performing with grant writing. He leverages his knowledge of creation, process, production, and a healthy dose of patience towards helping artists and arts organizations find funding to realize their goals.