The myth of having to starve for your art has plagued artists for centuries. Jeff Goins helps to dispel this myth in his latest book Real Artists Don’t Starve. Not one to throw praise around for just any work, this book is worth all the praise and press I can raise for it. I have read most of Jeff’s books and this is his greatest work to date. lt is roughly 200 pages long and 12 extremely insightful chapters where Jeff challenges the mindset of the starving artist versus the thriving artist. Any creative person longs to be a thriving artist making more than a meager living off of their work. As a pastor (in training), this work is a breath of fresh air helping me to see that the things I am doing are setting me up for a good future.
If you were to take the time to go through my hardback copy of the book you can barely turn a page without a highlight, underline, or some sort of note. I can honestly say I don’t have a favorite quote in the book because the work as a whole deserves to be magnified. He does a great job balancing the book with stories and practical information.
IF you’re looking for a complete how-to manual this may not be the work for you. However, if you’re looking for a book to help inspire you to chase that dream people have called you crazy about, put on your running shoes, because this is the work you are looking for. Jeff inspires, and challenges those who have creative tendencies to step up to the plate and create the work that is laying dormant inside of us and not only that but to not be afraid to charge what we are worth!
I did receive a copy of this work in exchange for a fair and balanced review.
I challenge you to read this work and not walk away inspired.