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Finally! There is a How-To Guide for Us Starving Artists
Just want to recommend this book to some fellow artists here who are, like me, barely making any money. This book seems like something every start-up artists should read:
Book Title: Art That Pays: The Emerging Artist's Guide to Making a Living
"if your daughter or son is an artist, if you are an artist, I urge you to read this book." -- Judith Luther Wilder, Center for Cultural Innovation
"you’re always seeking. It’s all a work in progress. This book will help a lot." -- Art That Pays, August 2003, John Ritter, Actor
Where To Seek Job Opportunities and Funding Sources For Your Work,
If you're an artist, you intuit it. Art is there within you. This book is for those who on some level know what they truly are -- either you are trying to learn how to do this artistic life better, or you are trying to decide whether or not to do it at all. How can you take this vague idea of being an artist and make it a reality? Get clear and make a plan. How will this book help? By pointing you in some directions, showing you where to get information you may need. By giving you the experience of others who have gone before you who may have done something you can benefit from, and who have been gracious enough to pass it on. By helping you to see what kind of a plan you need. By helping you make a plan. Bottom line, as an artist you have an even greater need to make long-term plans than other folks. Income will likely come at irregular intervals. You'll have to save money whenever you can, get good credit, maintain a fuel-efficient vehicle, and find the way to do your art. Yet we all must budget for rent, food, telephone, transportation, clothing, health insurance, gas and electric - the stuff of day-to-day living. Inside this book are practical suggestions and ideas to help you cope with artist's life including: Housing, Telephone, Home Office, Car, Health Insurance, Finances, The Internet, Legal Assistance, Grants, MFA Programs, Theatre Companies and Artist Retreats, Working Overseas, Putting Together Your Artist Portfolio. Art That Pays will give you ideas and practical, concrete suggestions. If you are an artist and you have decided to pursue it, this thing you are embarked upon is noble. We hope to give you some encouragement because you can never have too much support. And we hope, perhaps, to make you smile at least once or twice, if not in amusement, at least in recognition of the absurdity, joy and wonder that is this life we have.
About the Author
Adele Slaughter has written for various publications including "USAToday.com", "Ms. Magazine" and "Written By". In 2003 she was awarded a national journalism prize for her coverage of multiple sclerosis. In 1903 the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars named her a Distinguished Teacher. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University. Slaughter's first book of poems, "What The Body Remembers", was published by Story Line Press in 1994. Jeff Kober has appeared extensively on stage, in films and on television. Most recently he was seen in "Defying Gravity" at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California. Kober worked with John Ritter and Jenny Sullivan for several years helping to develop Jenny Sullivan's autobiographical play, "J for J". His film credits include "A Man Apart with Vin Diesel", "Enough", Directed by Michael Apted, "Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast" and "The First Power". Kober was a regular on the series "China Beach", and has guest starred on many TV shows, most recently "ER" and "The Guardian". Kober was a student of the late Ed Kaye-Martin and is currently studing acting with Candace Silvers.