Goodbye “Starving Artist,” Hello Artist/Entrepreneur

Once the tryptophan wears off, have a look at an article I wrote for today’s New York Times, “Transforming Art Into a More Lucrative Career Choice.” It features a few examples of business-minded artists who are abandoning the “starving artist” stereotype and instead building remunerative careers based on their artistic talents. In some cases they are starting young; Alexander Niles, the young man in the photo, is only 14.

If there are any artists in your midst as you gather with family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, please encourage them to explore ways to put their art in first position rather than putting it aside while they search for a money gig.  Creative thought is about the only thing that can’t be outsourced, which puts artists in prime position to flourish in these difficult times.

Thought leaders like Dan Pink (“A Whole New Mind“) and Patricia Martin (“RenGen“) have been writing and speaking about this for a while now.  If you haven’t read their books,  it’s about time.

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3 Responses to “Goodbye “Starving Artist,” Hello Artist/Entrepreneur”

  1. sandhya Says:

    I’m glad to see you blogging here. I was a regular reader of “Shifting Careers” and it, in fact, inspired me to go freelance earlier this year. I’ll look forward to your future posts and will be sure to share this one with artist friends. Thanks!

  2. Holly Says:

    Thank you for writing on this topic – providing hope to creative people who are wondering what their place will be in this new economy. You inspired me. I’m going to forward to artist friends.

  3. Barbara Saunders Says:

    I’m proud to say that my 13-year-old niece already thinks like an entrepreneur! She called me a while ago to say that she had written a screenplay that she thinks would be ideal for a particular TV show and wanted my advice on how to pitch.

    You wrote, “Creative thought is about the only thing that can’t be outsourced, which puts artists in prime position to flourish in these difficult times.” I am coming to this perspective about my own slash in the tech world. There are architects/engineers/scientists and then there are the storytellers — writers/artists/designers. Most everything else (other than finance) is about coordination or managing the above mentioned talent.

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