Hey Bookish People,
Today I’ll be talking about the book Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins. I’m so excited to review this book for you! I feel like my book reviews got off to a rough start with books I wasn’t in love with but I’m happy to tell you that this one is a ‘must read’ for creatives. If you have ever wanted to make a career out of your art or at least money (which i’m assuming you do since you’re reading my blog) then you should read this book.
Goins takes a very practical and methodical view of how artists can achieve the careers they want. He doesn’t promise riches or fame, although he points out that Michelangelo was incredibly rich when he died compared to our perception of him starving for his art, and offers a pathway to being a working artist. His chapter titles might be to the point, “Apprentice under a master,” or “Practice in public,’ but he makes these seemingly giant steps into something manageable. I was weary of the chapter on apprenticeship but he acknowledges quickly how impractical going and studying under a master might be for most and offers alternatives. Most of those alternatives can be done at home.
I think this is an important book to read if you’re an artist who has been told your entire life that being an artist will never make you money. Goins does a great job of turning the history of this sentiment on its head and talks about people who are already out there making money on their art. He starts with mindset and I think that it’s a great jumping off point. This is one book I’ll be adding my shelf and rereading every so often when the road gets hard or I feel stuck.
Have you read Real Artists Don’t Starve? What did you think? Did it spur you into any action? Please leave me a comment because I’d love to hear about it! Also, follow the blog if you want to see my tips on writing and growing your audience on your author Instagram account.