- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062369814
- ISBN-13: 978-0062369819
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real Artists Have Day Jobs: (And Other Awesome Things They Don't Teach You in School) Paperback – April 26, 2016
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While the practical aspects of adulthood can be nerve-racking, the most important task of all is figuring out who you are and where you fit in the world. Author and comedian Sara Benincasa has a lot of hard-earned wisdom and common sense to share.
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“Sara Benincasa is a great wit, a great woman, and a great writer.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
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For the past couple of weeks it was my companion during my commute to and from the "day job." Reading it made me feel like I was sitting at a coffee shop across the table from Sara, as she was telling me these deep, wise, sometimes silly, heartfelt anecdotes and thoughts. Her advice never felt like words from someone who thinks she knows better. They were filled with the humility of someone who recognizes each person's experience is unique, yet the authority of someone who's "been there, done that". They felt like words of wisdom coming from a friend who cares.
As an artist with day jobs, this book left me feeling like I am in great company.
I wish I had the kind of courage that Benincasa shows in her stories. My ego is too fragile for the kind of scrutiny she bring to herself. But some of the greatest authors want nothing more badly than to tell a tale that is true, and personal, and joyful. She does that, and more.
This book won't be for everyone. Not all of the essays will hit home with you. That's OK. Even with this caveat, I believe there is enough there for all of us that it is a worthwhile read.
Sara's book was great and a very good read. I enjoyed having a peak in her life, growing up and making a career. Being I'm in my 40's, some things she wrote had me saying I've already "Been there and done that" however a 20-30 year old me would have been saying "wow! I needed to hear this!"
I enjoy authors who appear completely transparent and honest about their lives, Sara does this.
While this book is aimed more for females, I (a guy) got a lot out of it too.
As a freelance illustrator of 20+ years, I really appreciated the parts about being an artist whether you're making 6 digits or 6 pennies. You're still an artist (and there were some years during my career that I didn't make a lot of money, but still could be an artist).
Great chapters about radical overconfidence, asking for exactly what you want, to stop apologizing, doing things anyway despite what you are bad at.
Making art like a kid. realizing artists have day jobs and are still artists etc.
I definitely need to get rid of stuff, be more confident and go for more things
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