Real Artists Don’t Starve

True or False:

  • You can’t be a real artist and make money.
  • Most other professions are more reliable and stable than any kind of art.
  • A lower percentage of artists make a stable, livable income than other
  • For art to be pure, the artist should not do it for the money.
  • The only way for an artist to “make it” they must “sell out.”

If you answered TRUE to ANY of those statements, you need some de-programming.

In this week’s episode Jeff Goins will help set you straight.

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Spiritual Foundations

Our word for this episode comes from Ephesians [4:29], “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

We all know what happens if your computer gets a corrupted hard drive. It’s been infected and is no longer capable of properly performing the task it was assigned.

The same is true for the words you speak. If they are infected with negative and hurtful attitudes they are no longer capable of performing the task they were given from God.

What is that task?

Your words were designed to edify, uplift, and encourage those around you…and yourself.


Tip of the Week

Our tip of the week, not surprisingly, is connected to our guest Jeff Goins and his new book, “Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age.”

One of the things I love most about this book is that it debunks the myth of the starving artist.

As a side note, be sure to listen to the interview before you buy the book because he has a link that will hook you up with a couple hundred dollar’s-worth of free bonuses!

Feature Presentation: “Real Artists Don’t Starve: An Interview with Jeff Goins

In this episode, bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is, in fact, a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • Starvation is a choice ([5:06])
  • Be like Mike…Michelangelo that is ([6:56])
  • The myth of the starving artist ([10:18])
  • How to become a thriving artist ([10:55])
  • The New Renaissance ([12:04])
  • The legacy of Henri Murger ([12:15])
  • Why Santa Claus is so powerful ([14:08])
  • Stop feeding the beast ([16:03])
  • The edge of acceptable ([19:04])
  • Are you an artist? ([19:38])
  • Mindset, Market, and Money ([21:06])
  • What story are you telling yourself? ([23:13])
  • The Two-Story Exercise ([25:33])
  • Connect your art with an audience ([26:30])
  • Believe it until you become it ([27:25])
  • Eat your vegetables ([29:12])
  • Debunking the idea of luck ([30:33])
  • Ernest Hemingway’s version of luck ([32:20])
  • Strategy vs Hustle ([33:48])
  • Steal your way to success ([35:23])
  • Standing on the shoulders of giants ([40:20])
  • Practice in public ([41:08])
  • Share something today ([45:31])
  • George Lucas, Pixar, and profits ([48:10])
  • Your responsibility as an artist ([54:45])

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