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Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers Paperback – November 17, 2012
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I love the arts and loved parts of the lifestyle, but it was no longer working for me.
Perhaps I could have shaved a couple years of anxiety by reading this book and realizing both the skill set that my time in the industry gave me, and that there were ways I could love and be involved in it without relying on it for my income.
Great solid easy read with no-nonsense advice.
There are a lot of things said that I could relate to, but the reason I gave it four stars instead of five was that I was hoping for more applicable advice. I enjoy the real life stories, and would have liked to have read more of them.
I suspect that MOST performers fall into this category.
So, when I first started reading this book, I asked "Who the hell is this book for?"; not really understanding how someone would come to start looking for it.
However, as I got further into the book, I found some great, practical advice for the performer who might not understand that their past experience didn't need to be a negative, but instead how to use their past experience and skills as an asset for an employer.
I've found my skills to be extremely helpful as I build my own businesses, or do short-term gigs for others.
Whereas my book is about being your own boss and finding your own side business to sustain yourself as you continue to pursue your performing career, Pressler's book takes a normally complicated issue for "artsy types" and leads them down a path of self-discovery, pride, and practical how-to GET A JOB.
Considering how many people stop pursuing a performing career (the GREAT MAJORITY), this book could be a real help to many, many people.
No matter where you are in your career, this book will give you a great outlook on yourself and your skills; I definitely recommend this book to any performer.