A Practical Guide for Living a Happy Creative Life
Creative people in our time suffer a lot. In fact, the first thing we think of when we say the word artist—the first culturally ingrained thing that pops into our head—is “starving artist” or “struggling artist.” And that association harms us. We also pit our personal experience of artistic “success” against the multi-millionaire, star-status of the very few, as if our daily, working artist efforts don’t matter unless we achieve those outrageous heights. So no wonder we’re not happy.
And we have to banish all of that in order to really work our creative gifts. The good news—the really terrific news—is that we can learn to be a healthy, happy artist. Being a happy, working creative person is not a gift that falls upon us from heaven. It is not about being “discovered.” It’s about doing our work. It’s about showing up day after day and year after year to create something that no one else has ever created, and no one else could.
In order to do that, we must learn the skills that create balance in our artistic lives: day job, time, money, relationships, motivation, work ethics, inspiration—all of the practical stuff that we need to support ourselves for a lifetime of creating. That’s what this book is about—practical shortcuts to building a life we truly love.
We need solid supports that will help us do our art, day by day, while we’re fielding everything else that an adult life requires of us. Doing everything we need to do all at once takes skill. It takes practice. It takes learning the tools of how to hold more than one thing at a time in our hands. We need a real plan to make that work.
How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass offers just that. It teaches us how to apply the skills we need to build a creative life—one that’s meaningful and happy, and one that lets us live well while we’re making art.
When we build our creative life skills, we prepare ourselves for a lifetime of giving the gifts we were always meant to give.