16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I really liked it
, December 1, 2011
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.
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.