Bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The Starving Artist Is a Myth
We’ve heard it a thousand times: There’s no money in art. It’s too risky. You’ll starve. So, we end up chasing more stable careers. We become lawyers and doctors and bankers instead of poets and filmmakers and painters. We settle. And in the end our best work suffers.
The truth is we do not have to choose between a creative life and a prosperous one. In fact, many of history’s most creative minds—from Michelangelo to Shakespeare to Steve Jobs—succeeded not because they succumbed to the myth of the starving artist but precisely because they didn’t.
Today we live in a New Renaissance, an era of unprecedented opportunity in which you can share your creative work without fear of suffering or starving. Drawing lessons from the likes of Jim Henson, C. S. Lewis, Dr. Dre, and many others, bestselling author and entrepreneur Jeff Goins invites us to drop the myths, worries, and flat-out lies that have been drilled into us our entire lives and instead reveals an empowering truth: Real artists don’t starve. They THRIVE.
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About the Author
Jeff Goins is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and popular blogger with a reputation for challenging the status quo. In three years, Goins built a million-dollar business, published four books, and became an online marketing expert, using his skills in writing and business to help others succeed. He is the author of four books, including The Art of Work, which landed on the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Washington Post. He lives with his family near Nashville, TN.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Myth of the Starving Artist xi
Part 1 Mind-set
1 You Aren't Born an Artist 3
2 Stop Trying to Be Original 21
3 Apprentice Under a Master 37
4 Harness Your Stubbornness 51
Part 2 Market
5 Cultivate Patrons 71
6 Go Join a Scene 87
7 Collaborate with Others 107
8 Practice in Public 121
Part 3 Money
9 Don't Work for Free 137
10 Own Your Work 151
11 Diversify Your Portfolio 169
12 Make Money to Make Art 183
Conclusion: Join the New Renaissance 197
Note from the Author 207
About the Author 231