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The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts Paperback – November 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581158726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581158724
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artspire.org is an online community that supports the needs of artists and arts enthusiasts across the country and around the world. It is a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, which has been providing essential services to artists in all disciplines since 1971. With forty years of institutional experience in arts education, Co-publisher NYFA brings an authority and legitimacy unmatched by any single author.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Heather Larkin on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hello. My name is Heather Larkin. I'm an independent animator and illustrator working in Washington DC. I'm trying to figure out how to make more of a living doing the kind of work that I love.

I bought this book a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. The authors really seemed to respect the drive and understand struggle of being an artist.

There are a lot of concrete and useful ideas in the book for creating contracts, making invoices, pricing, finding funding, writing grants, etc.

The book doesn't present a one-track "this is how to be an artist" or anything like that. I found that what I've already been doing one my own is pretty standard, and that feels validating. The authors make an important connection between the creative challenges of being an artist and the creative challenges of managing a business. That idea, coupled with the other practical suggestions in the book, has been been a great motivation to me.

I highly recommend this book to any artist (of any discipline!) who wants to do more of what they love.

-Heather

One tiny little detail: Why is it printed on such thick stock? It's mostly text, but all the pages are glossy. It makes it feel really heavy, hard to hold in one hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chi on April 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from the library thinking it was packed full of information on how to earn money in your career. Only one section seemed to be dedicated to that.

Most of the book tells you about taxes, grants, finance your money (which is all great information and recommend it)... but when that's not what you're looking for, then it's not quite helpful. (And besides, anyone should know that by keeping good records of your money, it becomes easier to see if you're making a profit or not... and if not... if you have good records, then you should be able to figure out what's not profitable).

I was hoping more information like where to go and what to do for networking (resources... books, websites to help you, etc...) ... how to build up your network... keeping in touch with people (without bothering them)...maybe some examples and/or interviews with other artists would've been nice (how they became successful and what they did...).

If the title suited the book better, I would've given a higher rating.
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the most useful book i have come across. It discusses the business of art nd how to make a living. excellent tips and information.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By boyblue on April 15, 2012
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this was an ok book not really for musicians information is not really very clear they give you info but they dont finish giving up all to you maybe they want you get get book#2!!
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