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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