Here are my go-to favorites for the artist who wants to be a professional. I have always needed wanted LOVED to read so I am always ready whatever is out there on anything to do with art, career, finance, running your own business or life advice I LOVE BOOKS! So anyway her are my Favorite and a mini review of all.
- Craft Inc. Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Cho
- Blog Inc. Joy Cho
- Creative Inc. Meg Mateo Ilasco
- My so called freelance life Michelle Goodman
- The anti 9-5 guide Michelle Goodman
- The Boss of You Lauren Bacon
- The handmade Marketplace Kari Chapin
- I just like to make things Lilla Rogers
I began this journey of wanting to have my own creative biz at birth lol, but of course that dream was dashed and reshaped and reignited over and over in my life.The most recent re-ignition was about four years ago. I was working as a graphic artist making visuals for display at a very corporate place that forcwd ne to work weekends and really late like midnight hours and travel for weeks at a time.it was soooo helpful in so many ways especially in that i realized that kind of job wasn’t the right fit for me….. But anyway Michelle Goodman wrote My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-5 Guide. They really spoke to me. She is a writer and she explains what it takes to get there and the biggest gem i got from these books – see also The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon - is that you need to figure out how to finace your creative enterprise and then set the time aside to do it and let it happen gradually. Basically, try to go part time at your current job that should be in the industry or get a part time job at a corporation in your industry and set up some projects and freelance gigs AS YOU WORK, and talk to everyone you come in contact about it so you can network and get insight. But generally speaking don’t quit your day job just yet hahaha. I know, its kinda a tough fact to come to terms with. Then of course one your rolling in these freelance projects and begin to get re-curing freelance projects now you quit the office thing and set up shop. So I actually did this! Its working for me too I haven’t jumped ship and I dont know if that right for me, but having an extra day for my art in a personal or freelance way has really helped my soul. And soon (ish) I will have my Etsy shop up and that stream of revenue and possibilities will start flowing.
Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Cho wrote Craft Inc,. Blog Inc., and Creative Inc. he Craft Inc. planner is a supplement to Meg Mateo Ilasco’s Craft Inc. These are all incredibly helpful and also pretty up to date social media-wise. But of course technology keeps changing to keep up with these. I enjoy these books thoroughly but what I gained was blog often with a scheduled for posting. Be genuine in your topics and feeling and I thinks the craft planner will be really helpful to me when I finally get to craft shows and trade show events. Its like this overwhelming issue I have with reading and preparing for the dreams I want, There is this missing step in between trying to get from obscurity to recognition and success. I know its little steps to get there, its gradual progression and the can-do attitude is very inspiring from these two intelligent entrepreneurs. I want to get there too!
I Just Like to Make Things By Lilla Rogers is really great. I would love to take her classes online which are over $1000 so this book is the next best thing (lol not really) but there is really good advice on markets and venues that are FANTASTIC for illustrators or artists. I plan on applying to every venue she mentions. Also there is a psychological component where she helps you get in to a routine to make art and figure out what kind of style you have. I plan on someday taking one of her workshops and this year I will enter her competition. She is an extraordinary agent, and her artists do all these incredible jobs and have amazing opportunities. She also has incredibly insight to licensing which is every illustrator dream, your personal work turning in to sales and royalties! So I love working through the exercises in this book and dreaming my dreams are possible.
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin is awesome! Yes, it is a library book (sorry Kari!) It is GOOD. really informative, especially about craft and trade shows. I did a lot of note-taking in here as well, probably because I don’t own the book haha. But writeing down notes really forces you to ABSORB the fantastic information. I really learned a lot about press packages and how to brand myself. I love to think about branding and marketing its very creative and so fun! Also I learned about amazing craft-ers and artists out there and pricing! pricing is so hard for me because its math and that tenses me up because I don’t believe in myself about knowing what I’m doing with numbers. But I am getting there. All these books are written by woman who made it happen for them. Successful, smart and kind enough to share with their fellow artist sisters out there. Let em know in the comments any other books you love out there!! I am literally craving more info on this awesome field.