When we’re younger, we all have romantic visions for our future.
While you may have wanted to be a rock star, your baby brother may have been more inclined to be the next Michelangelo (the artist, not the Ninja Turtle…)
Yes, when we’re young the future looks so bright, where anything and everything seem possible.
No matter what our ambitions are as youngsters, we are told to shoot for the stars and that nothing is out of reach with enough dedication and hard work.
Somewhere into our teenage years, this script gets flipped.
Well-intentioned people – not limited to teachers, parents, aunts or uncles – tend to shift our focus a bit and convince us to strive towards more traditional career paths where making a decent living is much more likely. After all, it’s a whole lot easier to become the next midtown lawyer than it is to become the next Mark Twain, Jean-Michel Basquiat or Beyonce.
While our guides and mentors growing up didn’t mean any harm telling us these opinions, in fact their intentions were quite the opposite, they were just that: opinions.
My children are still young, but as I tuck away money for their future university tuition, I can already sense an inner conflict brewing between wanting to encourage them to “follow their dreams” versus hoping they seek security and “stability”.
Real Artists Don’t Starve
The notion that the creative person or “artist” (in whatever form that takes – be it writing, drawing, photography, singing, composition, building, sculpting, etc…) will struggle through life and have a hard time making ends meet, let alone thrive, is becoming a thing of the past.
This re-imaging of the term “artist” is being led by Jeff Goins in his new book Real Artists Don’t Starve. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy on Jeff’s latest book, packed with timeless strategies for thriving in the new creative age.
A couple lessons immediately caught my interest. The first is:
The Starving Artist waits to be noticed.
The Thriving Artist cultivates patrons.
This lesson revolves around what Jeff calls the “Rule of the Patron”. This rule states that before you can build a huge following, you have to learn to please one single reader, follower or patron.
The second lesson is:
The Starving Artist works alone.
The Thriving Artist collaborates with others.
In this portion of the book Jeff shares the story of the “Inklings” – the famous group of writers that would collaborate and support each other, included literary legends C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, among others.
Throughout the book, the reader will realize that in the new economy that is becoming more and more apparent every day, creativity will be necessary to thrive. In order for us to move forward and create what we want to create in this new world around us, it will be important for us to re-create how we think about and value the work of the artist.
Thriving in the Creative Economy
In the past, the word “artist” may bring about certain ideas. For example, when you hear someone mention they are getting their college degree in painting or sculpting, it probably won’t surprise you if someone makes a comment about how difficult it will be to find steady employment, if the student doesn’t sheepishly mention it themselves first.
While it may be true that certain fields of study are less “employable” than others, we can no longer look at art with the point of view of it having no tangible value for modern society.
Great artists of this generation will know they were born a creative person, but they become an Artist by sticking to their internal compass.
They will no longer wait for inspiration to fall off of a tree and hit them in the head, but they will actively seek it out by taking what has been created already and improving upon it.
To truly thrive in the next generation of art, artists will have to realize that money is important to acquire in order to continue bringing their art into the world. Making money as an artist does not automatically equate to “selling out.”
If you’re a content creator engaged in writing a novel, ebook or blog, creating graphic designs, building websites, developing products – however you create your “art” or construct your startup: You are a Creative. You are an Artist. And You can, and should be, rewarded for your chosen craft.
To help yourself transition to this new way of viewing art and artists, Real Artists Don’t Starve will bring you through the whole evolution of both art and artists alike to get an inside view of just how artists will be the ones who create the future we all will live in.
Here’s to not starving!
If you’re interested in learning more strategies for thriving in the new creative age (and getting rewarded for it), pre-order your copy of the book today: http://testingthemuse.com/dontstarve
It’s actually not available in stores yet, but thousands of people have already pre-ordered the book. For those who pre-order before the official June 6, 2017 release date, Jeff’s got some awesome free bonuses for you…
Bonus #1: The Real Artists Don’t Starve Online Course ($100)
In this 12-part video course, Jeff teaches how to make a living off your art, elaborating on the principles in the book and sharing his own knowledge and experience.
Bonus #2: All the Expert Interview Transcripts
Learn from the hundreds of experts and Thriving Artists Jeff interviewed during the research of this book.
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