your creative career
by Anna Sabino
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (Jan. 15 2018)
- Language: English
Anna Sabino writes from a position of experience in this how-to book about taking your creative side project from a hobby to a worthwhile and profitable career. Beginning her career as a market analyst on Wall Street before quitting to pursue her passion as a jewelry designer and starting her business, Lucid New York, Anna describes how she successfully turned her dream into a viable business.
I enjoyed how Anna was able to draw on her own successes and failures along the way, as well as the stories of other creative entrepreneurs in their quest for success and freedom from a conventional career. Throughout the book there are many references to other self-help and art-career books to research for more in depth analysis. I found myself taking notes often to add to my book list.
The information and the inspiration one might receive from a book like this, is pointed at people already in the work force who need a small push to turn their dream into a business. I think its designed as much as pragmatic advice as inspiration to get off the couch and get started. Early in the book, she explores the idea of “Dream Doers” vs “Dream Squeezers” vs “Dream Postponers” to describe three different approaches to designing a dream creative career to fit different personality types. Other chapters which I found personally useful, included information on dealing with rejection, the value of honest feedback, and social media strategy.
This book is not geared towards fine artists looking to exhibit in the gallery world or for those who might take an uncompromising view of their work. If the advice “the answer to the question of how not to be a starving artist is simple: start making things people want.” sounds like the road to mediocrity and compromising of your core value, this book probably isn’t for you. But, for artists or craftspeople who would look at their output as a product to be marketed and sold, and are open to tailoring their creative output to meet market demands, this book will offer a lot of insight into making your dream a reality.
To see a brief summation of each chapter from the author herself, visit https://yourcreativecareer.com/gift/ to watch short video clips of the author distilling the information in her book.
posted April 7 2018 by Peter D Harris