Everyone is familiar with the idea of the starving artist, but have you heard of the thriving artist? Using the life story of Michelangelo Buonarotti as inspiration, you know, that guy who painted the Sistine Chapel, Jeff Goins debunks that starving artist myth and presents a new paradigm in which would-be starving artists become thriving artists.
Although Michelangelo is the primary artist featured in this book, countless other artists, both past and present are included. The author has compiled these fascinating rags to riches stories through research and interviews with artists and entrepreneurs. Each story supports the claim that in order to be a successful artist, one need not starve.
Now that doesn’t mean every creative soul should quit his or her day job just yet. There are a few hurdles you’ll have to vault. The conflicting beliefs of the starving artists and the thriving artist are nicely outlined in 12 chapters. Some of these beliefs might be surprising. Did you know that the thriving artist steals his or her ideas from others? Would you believe that it is essential to cultivate a patron in order to succeed? Are you aware that you should receive monetary recompense and esteem for your creative endeavors?
There were some truly inspirational sections in Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins. When I had finished reading, I felt encouraged and hopeful while at the same time realizing how very far I have yet to go to become one of those thriving artists. Fortunately, just like Michelangelo, I’m as stubborn as a donkey, so perhaps one day I’ll get there.
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