Knowledge is power! So get some. Below are books I have found helpful as I work to grow...
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Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
(David Bayles, Ted Orland)
You’re not alone in your struggle to create. This well-written rant was given to me by my hippy aunt. It has a way of hopping off the shelf right when I’m getting tired of my own excuses for not making art or talking about projects without actually making them happen.
Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport)
The irony is strong that I’m recommending this book as you read about it on a website, but Cal’s insights and analyzing of extensive research is imperative for most people’s mental health, but especially those of artists feeling drained of their time or inspiration to create. Opt for the audiobook.
ARTS AND NUMBERS (ELAINE GROGAN LUTTRULL)
Why is it acceptable for Artists to be financially illiterate? They jokingly say, “Oh, I’m not good with numbers," then freak out when they have no money, or a project goes way over budget...if they even took time to create a budget.
Arts & Numbers is a simple, easy to digest read that will put you at ease about your day job and where you currently are financially and how to great make headway into a sustainable arts career. If you only choose one book from this list, choose THIS one.
4 Hour Work Week (Timothy Farris)
This book is what got the ball rolling for me. Working my day job, I continually felt there had to be something more. There had to be a more efficient way to go about my career and getting fulfillment and sustainability.
Timothy’s vernacular and reasoning can be a bit much for some people at first, but read it. Implement some of what he’s talking about. Then read parts of the book again —You’ll totally realize where he was coming from.
Talent is Overrated (Geoff Colvin)
I…get very frustrated with people who bemoan not having a particular skill set, as if they didn’t have to learn the skills they are currently using. This book is a fascinating debate into weather or not “talent” really is something natural, or is it a spark that gets us to devote time and attention towards something.
Very much a food for thought book and not personal/business development book like the others on this list. A great read for when yourself are frustrated and fearful of not having what you need to succeed.
Ultimate Speed-Reading (Bell & Wechsler)
I scoffed. I laughed. I couldn’t figure out why the heck “speed reading” was on so many lists of skills to learn in business books. Then I learned it. And scold myself for ever scoffing. Really. Learn to speed read. It allows you to filter through content faster, feel less overwhelmed, and helps you to reengage with a love for learning new skills that so many adults have lost.
THE CRAFT ARTISAN´S LEGAL GUIDE (RICHARD STIM)
Do you get everything in writing when you start a project? Are you looking to copyright or patent something? Craft Artisan’s Legal Guide doesn’t take the place of an attorney, but is a great reference manual to keep around for any questions you may have. It also comes with a CD of base forms, contracts, and other documents.