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The Artist's Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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“Moore's advice is steeped in her professional experience as an arts administrator and enlivened by her experience as a professional ballet dancer. With a genuine passion and desire to help other artists, she outlines her keys to success for a sustainable career. . . . A hopeful and optimistic treatise that will surely be required reading for performing arts students.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Rachel Moore is an inspiration as an artist and as a CEO. Her book is not just for performing artists, it’s also essential reading for any young person looking for career advice and for anyone regardless of age on starting out on a new career path.” (Julia C. Levy, executive director of Roundabout Theatre Company)
“This is a truthful, pragmatic (and painful) approach to building a “life” as an artist in today’s world. Her style is concise and informative for anyone in the early stages of a career. I wish I had known all of this at 25 since it took me until 50 to figure out most of these things!" (Francesca Zambello, artistic and general director, The Glimmerglass Festival)
“[P]recise and realistic but also passionate, and it will give readers the sense of a much-needed guiding hand. Moore is qualified to become a mentor to a whole new generation of artists, and they will benefit greatly from her advice.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A wonderful resource -- in fact, I wish it had been around when I was dancing. Moore offers so much practical advice for navigating a career in the performing arts, and I love that she also champions academic education.” (Amy Brandt, editor, Pointe magazine)
"Sound advice and a complete road map to planning an artistic career." (Library Journal)
“Rachel Moore has given artists – aspiring and those establishing themselves – a valuable gift in her book The Artist’s Compass. This is an insightful book filled with critical philosophical considerations about being an artist as well as work/life balance challenges and very basic but critical “how-to” information likes taxes, contracts, personal finances, and branding oneself.” (Dr. James Gandre, President, Manhattan School of Music)
“Artists today must be as creative about their business as they are about their practice. Drawing on her experience as both an artist and an administrator, Rachel Moore has provided young artists with a no-nonsense handbook to success in today's entrepreneurial landscape." (Deborah Borda, President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)
“Rachel S. Moore, the president and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center and former CEO of the American Ballet Theatre, is a great example of a woman who used the skills that we gain as dancers to become a leader.” (Misty Copeland, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and author of Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina)
About the Author
Rachel S. Moore was named President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles in 2015. A former member of American Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet, Moore was named Executive Director of ABT in April 2004 and CEO in 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as Director of Boston Ballet’s Center for Dance Education, Executive Director of Project STEP, and Managing Director of Ballet Theatre of Boston. She has also held senior positions with Americans for the Arts and the National Cultural Alliance, both in Washington, DC. As a teenager, she spent summers in New York City and trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre School, before becoming a professional ballet dancer. She currently lives in Pasadena, California with her husband, two Labradors, and four cats of suspect provenance. The Artist’s Compass is her first book.
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