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Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

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G them with 14 rules for artists to thrive including Steal from your influences don't wait for inspiration Collaborate with others working alone is a surefire way to starve Take strategic risks instead of reckless ones Make money in order to makeart it's not selling out Apprentice under a master a lone genius can never reach full potentialThrough inspiring anecdotes of successful creatives both past and present Goins shows that living by these rules is not only doable but it's also a fulfilling way to thriveFrom graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals creatives already know that no one is. This is a pleasant lightweight book encouraging authors to believe that they can and should make money from art Jeff Goins writes well and the content is entertaining and easily read He is a master of the simple formulaic book of this nature and in this one he uses the structure of ten 'Rules' each one describing a characteristic of the Starving Artist and the opposite Characteristic of the Thriving ArtistHe illustrates each of these rules with two stories although some Michelangelo being a good example appear in than one chapter he adds a bit of commentary and sums up the chapter referring back to the two stories The book accordingly is heavy on inspirational storytelling and extremely low on any practicality beyond the generic exhortations he draws from the stories The book is fresh in that no one else has drawn these particular stories together and no one else has structured it this way However the exhortation and advice is commonplace in this type of creativity book Indeed the real disappointment for me is that there is so little of the author himself in the book It reads for what it is a compilation of research That is not something he hides indeed helpfully there are pages of references and sources at the back of the book However aside from a couple of paragraphs there is no mention of the author himself This is not a book about any wisdom Jeff Goins has learned by pursuing his own path you will learn nothing about his uniue story or his thoughts and struggles as artist himself It has nothing that comes from his heart but everything that comes from his library and research notes Accordingly it lacks any passion and authenticity Lacks anything newI cannot say I disliked it Nor was I overwhelmed by it If you have the money and want something to be entertained by and enjoy light reading about creativity at bedtime its worth a go If you are looking for inspiraton and have not read many stories about successful artists you might well find a touch here If you are hoping to take yourself from starving artist to thriving artist you will get from this an understanding that you should and can do so but will be left standing where you started no wiser about how to actually do that in practice Sadly I think the author missed an opportunity to cover a good subject in real depthThat said for would be authors its actually a very good example to look at if you wish to write a book according to the Michael Hyatt type formulaic non fiction template It's launch was accompanied by the same American style hard sell with 'bonus videos and links' offered 'free' and inflated supposed values 50 assigned to joining a free Facebook group for example In that sense he proves his point as he will sell copies and make money from the book However it is not a good example of a book which will stay with you will alter your life or will be something you find yourself pressing into the hands of other readers I believe Goins has the writing ability to achieve the latter and I hope in the future to see him drop this slick formula writing and and dig deeper and write with openness from the heart

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Born an artist Goins' revolutionary rules celebrate the process of becoming an artist a person who utilizes the imagination in fundamental ways He reminds creatives that business and art are not mutually exclusive pursuits In fact success in business and in life flow from a healthy exercise of creativityExpanding upon the groundbreaking work in his previous best seller The Art of Work Goins explores the tension every creative person and organization faces in an effort to blend the inspired life with a practical path to success Being creative isn't a disadvantage for success; rather it is a powerful tool to be harness. I just finished reading this book after reading You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins and as a new writer and aspiring author I just couldn't recommend his writing and message enoughThis book is full of some really impressive stories You'll know most of the characters already but you won't know about the intricacies that Jeff Goins brings to life It's truly an inspiring book the work of an amazing Thriving Artist and someone I honestly look up to

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Best selling 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 marketplaceFor centuries the myth of the starving artist has dominated our culture seeping into the minds of creative people and stifling their pursuits But the truth is that the world's most successful artists did not starve In fact they capitalized on the power of their creative strength In Real Artists Don't Starve Jeff Goins debunks the myth of the starving artist by unveiling the ideas that created it and replacin. For anyone who is just discovering they have a creative passion to explore this might be inspiring and informative For those who have any experience in being a creative it's a long and drawn out explaination of some principles that range from common sense to potentially eye opening I think it would have been much better as a shorter 'steal like an artist' type handbook The anecdotes were interesting but they weren't distilled down to their main points The whole thing felt too long for what it is it felt thinly spread I found myself skipping through page after page to get the jist because it felt like there was a lot of filler Genuinely wanted to like it three stars for effort and acknowledgement that maybe I a professional musician and artist manager am not the target market I couldn't get through it read the first few chapters to completion and grew tired of the writing style causing me to flip through the rest Advice to author is to work on saying what you want to say in less words and take the good that's sprinkled throughout this book and concentrate it down to be great Overall I walked away feeling this was an attempt at something the author didn't know because it wasn't said with clear succinct words instead with filler and motivational speechPS interesting marketing campaign kudos on that Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress revealing how an artistic temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in the marketplaceFor centuries the myth of the starving artist has dominated our culture seeping into the minds of creative people and stifling their pursuits But the truth is that the world's most successful artists did not starve In fact they capitalized on the power of their creative strength In Real Artists Don't Starve Jeff Goins debunks the myth of the starving artist by unveiling the ideas that created it and Let God Guide You Daily replacin. For anyone who is just discovering they have a creative passion to explore this might be inspiring and informative For those who have any experience in being a creative it's a long and drawn out explaination of some principles that The Art of the Hustle range from common sense to potentially eye opening I think it would have been much better as a shorter 'steal like an artist' type handbook The anecdotes were interesting but they weren't distilled down to their main points The whole thing felt too long for what it is it felt thinly spread I found myself skipping through page after page to get the jist because it felt like there was a lot of filler Genuinely wanted to like it three stars for effort and acknowledgement that maybe I a professional musician and artist manager am not the target market I couldn't get through it Adolfo Kaminsky read the first few chapters to completion and grew tired of the writing style causing me to flip through the Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ rest Advice to author is to work on saying what you want to say in less words and take the good that's sprinkled throughout this book and concentrate it down to be great Overall I walked away feeling this was an attempt at something the author didn't know because it wasn't said with clear succinct words instead with filler and motivational speechPS interesting marketing campaign kudos on that


9 thoughts on “Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

  1. says:

    Jeff is a very likable guy His writing though is pedestrian He's neither a writer nor an artist He is an author by virtue of having been published Jeff is actually a most effective marketer of which the book is a prime example Real Artists reads like an extremely elongated sales page letter His stories from history are tendentious and the details are only selectively accurate Statistically real artists have mostly lived in a state of economic want A few stories to the contrary do not change the facts of history The book was tortuous to read It strongly reinforces the aphorism that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people


  2. says:

    Real Artists Don't Starve is a feel good book of anecdotes and research about artists of all stripes who have come to a point where they can make a living It is not so much about the practical aspects such as how to do it within specific industries or avenues to pursue as it is anecdotal and inspirationalIf you have read than a few booksblogs about being an artist and making a living particularly those of a inspirational bent you won't really find anything new hereDespite that the way that the stories are told is nicely done I enjoyed it and found it a light and uick read and will probably read it again at some point It's one of those books that's better suited to someone who needs encouragement rather than practical instructions


  3. says:

    For anyone who is just discovering they have a creative passion to explore this might be inspiring and informative For those who have any experience in being a creative it's a long and drawn out explaination of some principles that range from common sense to potentially eye opening I think it would have been much better as a shorter 'steal like an artist' type handbook The anecdotes were interesting but they weren't distilled down to their main points The whole thing felt too long for what it is it felt thinly spread I found myself skipping through page after page to get the jist because it felt like there was a lot of filler Genuinely wanted to like it three stars for effort and acknowledgement that maybe I a professional musician and artist manager am not the target market I couldn't get through it read the first few chapters to completion and grew tired of the writing style causing me to flip through the rest Advice to author is to work on saying what you want to say in less words and take the good that's sprinkled throughout this book and concentrate it down to be great Overall I walked away feeling this was an attempt at something the author didn't know because it wasn't said with clear succinct words instead with filler and motivational speechPS interesting marketing campaign kudos on that


  4. says:

    The aim of this book is to dispel the myth that real artists have to suffer for their art to starve and emerge ennobled by the experience with some damn fine pure art that will serve as a beautiful headstone to put on their early grave Goins paints a compelling picture that through the ages the most successful artists from Michelangelo to Elvis haven't starved obviously by definition they were successful and he identifies 12 principles the starving artist doesn't employ that the thriving artist doesThe 12 points which he lists in the introduction are1 The starving artist believes you must be born an artist The thriving artist knows you must become one2 The starving artist strives to be original The thriving artist steals from his influences3 The starving artist believes he has enough talent The thriving artist apprentices under a master4 The starving artist is stubborn about everything The thriving artist is stubborn about the right things5 The starving artist waits to be noticed The thriving artist cultivates patrons6 The starving artist believes he can be creative anywhere The thriving artist goes where creative work is already happening7 The starving artist always works alone The thriving artist collaborates with others8 The starving artist does his work in private The thriving artist practices in public9 The starving artist works for free The thriving artist always works for something10 The starving artist sells out too soon The thriving artist owns his own work11 The starving artist masters one craft The thriving artist masters many12 The starving artist despises the need for money The thriving artist makes money to make artEach point then becomes a chapter that Goins fills with anecdotes to prove his case with Michelangelo as the archetype of the thriving artist My only criticism of the book is you could say Goins is guilty of cherry picking examples to suit his argument none of us are Michelangelo after all but that would be missing the point which is that good art and commerce co exist and always have The principles and examples he develops are good and after finishing the book today I can say it maps out a course worth following for any creative type who wants to do good work as I hope to do well into a ripe old age


  5. says:

    This is a pleasant lightweight book encouraging authors to believe that they can and should make money from art Jeff Goins writes well and the content is entertaining and easily read He is a master of the simple formulaic book of this nature and in this one he uses the structure of ten 'Rules' each one describing a characteristic of the Starving Artist and the opposite Characteristic of the Thriving ArtistHe illustrates each of these rules with two stories although some Michelangelo being a good example appear in than one chapter he adds a bit of commentary and sums up the chapter referring back to the two stories The book accordingly is heavy on inspirational storytelling and extremely low on any practicality beyond the generic exhortations he draws from the stories The book is fresh in that no one else has drawn these particular stories together and no one else has structured it this way However the exhortation and advice is commonplace in this type of creativity book Indeed the real disappointment for me is that there is so little of the author himself in the book It reads for what it is a compilation of research That is not something he hides indeed helpfully there are pages of references and sources at the back of the book However aside from a couple of paragraphs there is no mention of the author himself This is not a book about any wisdom Jeff Goins has learned by pursuing his own path you will learn nothing about his uniue story or his thoughts and struggles as artist himself It has nothing that comes from his heart but everything that comes from his library and research notes Accordingly it lacks any passion and authenticity Lacks anything newI cannot say I disliked it Nor was I overwhelmed by it If you have the money and want something to be entertained by and enjoy light reading about creativity at bedtime its worth a go If you are looking for inspiraton and have not read many stories about successful artists you might well find a touch here If you are hoping to take yourself from starving artist to thriving artist you will get from this an understanding that you should and can do so but will be left standing where you started no wiser about how to actually do that in practice Sadly I think the author missed an opportunity to cover a good subject in real depthThat said for would be authors its actually a very good example to look at if you wish to write a book according to the Michael Hyatt type formulaic non fiction template It's launch was accompanied by the same American style hard sell with 'bonus videos and links' offered 'free' and inflated supposed values 50 assigned to joining a free Facebook group for example In that sense he proves his point as he will sell copies and make money from the book However it is not a good example of a book which will stay with you will alter your life or will be something you find yourself pressing into the hands of other readers I believe Goins has the writing ability to achieve the latter and I hope in the future to see him drop this slick formula writing and and dig deeper and write with openness from the heart


  6. says:

    Another book on how to be successful and not to die from hungerReal Artists Don’t Starve Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative AgeIn the new gig economy we are all artist Starting with deciding to be an artist or entrepreneur After that choice the trick is not to starve Jeff Goins gives you blue print how to make sure that does not happen They are all open doorsYou will not starve if you realise that art is an ongoing process of deliberate practiceYou will not starve if you borrow and steal from other to become betterYou will not starve if you strive for mastery including learning from one as an apprenticeYou will not starve if you do not act like a prima donnaYou will not starve if you market yourselfYou will not starve if you cultivate networks and relationshipsYou will not starve if you go where the work isYou will not starve if you collaborate with othersYou will not starve if you do not work for freeYou will not starve if you are careful about your business modelYou will not starve if you are multidimensionalYou will not starve if you make moneyThe book has some interesting perspectives which as an artist or entrepreneur you will recognise Apologies for the long list of bullet points and the ten rules at the endCreativityIt is difficult to be creative in certain settings particularly schoolsCreative kids have no patience with ridiculous rules They don’t see any purpose in itBefore you can create great art you first have to create yourselfCreativity is likely in places where new ideas reuire less effort to be perceivedA wandering mind can be an asset if you learn how to use itCreativity needs collaborationThe most creative minds in the world are not especially creative; they’re just better at rearrangementCaution is goodIn the end the cautious entrepreneurs ended up being the successful onesMasteryWe are far too impatient too eager to show the world what we have to offer too unwilling to take the time to learn the fundamentals of a craftThe way you establish your authority in a certain field is by mastering the techniues of those who are already authorities What eventually emerges over time is your own styleBefore we become masters we must first become apprenticesApprenticeship reuires three important traits patience perseverance and humilityYou are never done becoming yourselfWorkOpportunity may come and go but it in the end hard work is all that we can measureGrit mattersYou can do extraordinary things when you are patiently persistentLocationThe most important factor in the success of your career is where you decide to liveGo where the magic isNetworksAll my great opportunities have come from friends You really only need one or two good friends because it’s really about having someone who’s going to advocate for you That’s the formula for successCreative work spreads through a network Not through the efforts of a lone geniusGenius happens in groupsFind your fellow misfitsI am a Tolkien fanDiana Glyer’s theory is that 92 percent of The Lord of the Rings was written on Wednesday nights because J R R Tolkien knew on Thursdays he’d have to face his friend C S Lewis and account for his workC S Lewis did influence Tolkien in some powerful ways and he wasn’t the only one “There was a group of them” Diana Glyer said “nineteen men and they got together once or twice a week for about seventeen yearsThe lesson“And it’s that expectation” Professor Glyer said “there’s a ferocious aspect to it But there’s also the compassionate expectation that says ‘You have this great idea You told me about this project You said you were going to drive this How’s that going for you’ And knowing that other people are out there I think makes all the difference”SellingIt is s the duty of all artists “to find an adeuate expression to convey their art to as many souls as possible” Or to put it succinctly art needs an audience Promotion is an essential part of the jobCharging brings dignity to the work Money is part of the process of becoming an artist if for no other reason than it affirms you are a professional but the decision to be taken seriously is yours aloneAlways work for somethingYou must believe your work is worth charging for Don’t make a habit of working for free Without money you don’t get to make art Try to always work for something even if that something is the chance to do work that paysualityEven the most generous of audiences will not tolerate an amateurThe chief goal of every artist is to make the work greatAnd last but not leastDon’t sell out too soon Remember George Luca Ownership buys freedomApplying the rules of businessA long time ago Brian O’Kane and I wrote “Applying the rules of business” We had 10 of themYou gotta know who you’re selling toYou’re not aloneYou can only charge what the customer thinks it’s worthYou gotta get the salesYou gotta sell within capacityYou gotta get a marginYou gotta have money to make moneyYou gotta make a profit to stay in businessYou gotta have something to sellYou gotta be true to yourselfCombine them with “Real Artists Don’t Starve” and you might have the blue print for success


  7. says:

    As a writer just getting serious about the 'not starving' part of my art I found this book and Jeff's work in general to be inspiring From the encouragement to get involved in the art community around me to thinking outside the box on ways to generate interest around my art his work has been incredibly inspiring It's led me not only to join several local writ groups and create workshops for local libraries and schools but it's also been a big part of my founding a regional self help marketing and promotion group for authors called Promoting Yorkshire AuthorsI'm still near the beginning of my journey but Jeff has provided me with some very thought provoking tools and insights to help me on my way


  8. says:

    I just finished reading this book after reading You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins and as a new writer and aspiring author I just couldn't recommend his writing and message enoughThis book is full of some really impressive stories You'll know most of the characters already but you won't know about the intricacies that Jeff Goins brings to life It's truly an inspiring book the work of an amazing Thriving Artist and someone I honestly look up to


  9. says:

    This book has some great advice but some of the advice is much harder to follow than to read Be in no doubt that there will be a lot of hard work involved and you're still going to need some luck The book's value is in getting you to think about an artistic career realistically and free from the myths


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