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Living the Dream: Putting your creativity to work (and getting paid) (Voices That Matter) Paperback – November 25, 2012
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"Living the Dream is a dead-serious business book, but reads like a lively, warm conversation with a wise, engaging mentor." - Sam Harrison, author of IdeaSpotting, IdeaSelling and Zing!
"This book will give direction to your creative work, open your eyes to some of the blind spots, and help you take your Creative/Artist hat off for a while in order to think like an entrepreneur." - David duChemin, photographer and best-selling author of Within the Frame, VisionMongers, Vision & Voice, Photographically Speaking, and The Print And The Process.
"This book is a terrific eye opener for any creative dreaming of starting, or struggling with, their own enterprise. This is the stuff I wish I'd known when I started my own design firm." - Patrick Coyne, editor/designer, Communication Arts
From the Author
Whether you're considering starting a small business; doing freelance photography, design, video, or illustration; or you're in the early stages of running an independent venture, then I wrote this business book for you: the creative entrepreneur.
I realize you may not see yourself as an entrepreneur yet, but you are. The marketplace needs and wants your creative talent, and if you're eager to strike out on your own, to attract clients, and to make a work life for yourself that relies on your creativity, then you and I are a good fit.
My hope with this book is to help you identify an attainable dream and put the right pieces in place to help you on your way.
Got a question? Don't be shy! Reach out to me on Twitter or through my website.
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Top Customer Reviews
A lot of the information I've read numerous times before. It's just packaged and worded differently. It used a very broad brush when giving you "how to" information. I personally would have liked a few more concrete steps to take. I didn't really find any. Usually in books like this I come away with one or two nuggets of information I can use. In this case, I didn't come away with anything.
If you're a creative you'd might want to look at books by Maria Piscopo, "The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography" as well as "ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography". A book that really planted some great ideas was "Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition" by Jay Abraham and one of my favourites: "Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling" by Michael Port.