For years, I have found it hard to refer to myself as an artist. I often mentioned my corporate occupation when people would ask what my job was. I felt I could avoid rejection by my peers if I didn’t mention that I was an artist.
Finally, last year, I decided to start to introducing myself as an artist first and the corporate job second. It felt good to say it out loud. And despite my fear of rejection, people were supportive, curious and accepting! The following books below inspired me to keep moving ahead with my art business. This is not a sponsored review.
Show your Work - Austin Kleon
I enjoyed the graphic design and layout of this book. And it inspired me to start introducing myself as an artist and showing my work at a local cafe and brewery.
Right Brain Business Plan - Jennifer Lee
I have to admit, I hate math and writing a business plan sounded boring. When I heard about this book through a friend, I decided to check it out. This book makes business planning fun! Creating a vison board, accordion book and index cards allowed me to be creative and helped me visualize my business goals every day.
Living Color - Natalie Goldberg
The vibrant cover art on this book kept grabbing my attention when I would visit my local book store. Before I knew it, I was accompanying Natalie on her art journey while using her prompts for creating artwork. Though this book didn’t mention business planning or goals, it reminded me of how important the journey is.
I would love to hear about your favorite book and your journey! Please share in the comments below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org