Success in the Arts: What It Takes to Make It in Creative Fields

Success in the Arts: What It Takes to Make It in Creative Fields

by A. Michael Shumate

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A Gift for All Aspiring Artists: Writers, Musicians, Filmmakers, Visual Artists, Dancers, Actors. These principles apply equally to all creative careers. Answers such questions as: What factors contribute most to success in the arts? Do you have enough talent? What do you need besides talent? What are the myths about creativity? What is real creativity and how do you cultivate it? How do you get through tough times? How do you deal with criticism? How do you “get the breaks” in your field? What foundation principles don’t change? How do you hang on to the important things in life? How do you keep from “selling your soul?” What if you don’t make it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995058453
Publisher: Elfstone Press
Publication date: 08/11/2017
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

A. Michael Shumate is a career graphic designer and illustrator whose work has been used all over the world. He was a Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at St. Lawrence College for twenty-five years. Son of an artist and a musician, husband to a music teacher, and father to more musicians, filmmakers, a writer, a fine woodworker and a photographer, the principles that Michael teaches in "Success in the Arts" apply equally to all of the arts.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Personal Experience

1. Who Is the Grand Poobah?

2. Fame at an Early Age

3. Trial By Ordeal

4. The Issue of Talent

5. To Catch A Monkey

• Eat an Elephant

6. Challenging Decisions

Section 2: Talent

7. Everybody has some talents

• The Magic of Talent

• Inclination, Aptitude and Skill

• Talent and Tangent Skills

• Craft 8. Discover Your Talents

• Intelligence • Personal Strengths

• Dyslexia • Nurture or Nature?

9. Models of Talent

• The Soil Model

• The Seed Model

• Why Worry About It?

10. What is Creativity?

• What Creativity Isn’t

• What Creativity Is

• Brainstorming

• Thinking Outside the Box

• Using Your Back Burner •

Section 3: Smarts

11. Using Your Smarts

• Learning Tricks

• The Cycle

• Seek a Mentor

• Cultivate Challenging Peers

12. Conventions, Rules and Principles

• Conventions • Rules • Principles

• Popular Art or Purist?

13. Getting the Breaks

• Luck or Leverage?

Get Out There

• Underestimating Your Profession

• Work Your Plan

• The Art of Sacrifice

• Marketing Yourself

• Attitude Equals Altitude

• Aim for the Top

• Networking

14. Don’t Pop Your Own Bubble

• Ease Off Before You Pop

• Influence, Homage and Plagiarism

• Finding Your Own Voice

• Never Stop Learning

• Take Care of Important Things

15. Prima Donna or Professional

• The Balancing Act

• Walk the Fine Line

Section 4: Heart

16. Paying Your Dues

• Einstein, Mozart and da Vinci

• Stretching Yourself

• Get Going

• Tough times

• Face your bullies

17. You Gotta Have Heart

• Facing Criticism

• Personal Taste

• Valid Criticism

• Consider Your sources

• You Still Have to Be Yourself

18. Getting and Giving

• Life As Art

• Teaching to Give Back and Learn

• No One Wants to be a Wannabe

• Don’t give up

19. What If I Don’t Make It?

• Suppose I don’t Meet My Goals?

• The Journey and the Destination

20. Final Words

About the Author


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