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When you follow your heart, you sometimes get lost, says Susan M. Brackney. “The road less traveled...may have made all the difference to Robert Frost, but that particular path can make its wanderers feel very alone,” Brackney explains. “Struggling artists, musicians, actors, writers...may feel like black sheep, failures or unwelcome guests.” In this curious guide to the bohemian life, Brackney offers hope and advice to all us black sheep. She tackles the big issues of the small creator: how to get by on a miniature budget, how to remain committed to your dreams while sleepwalking through a just-for-the-paycheck job, and how to deal with naysayers who advise you to sell your trombone and buy an M.B.A. This is a practical guide shot through with inspiration.
Brackney, an artist who knows both day jobs and depression, writes with the energy and compassion of a good friend. “I hope that...The Lost Soul Companion will foster a sense of community for struggling artists of all kinds,” she writes. “I want us to be better equipped to deal with life’s disappointments and more motivated, productive, and better prepared for success as well.” It’s like a SARK book made just for dreamers. Filled with encouragement, tips, recipes, and cool drawings, Brackney’s funky little handbook gives both comfort and clearheaded advice. Check out her suggestions for a “Bad Day Box” -- silly and yet so sensible! The Lost Soul Companion offers sustenance for the starving artist in us all. (Jesse Gale)