Looking for some inspirational reading to boost your art world career during the Summer holidays?
Look no further!
Here are ten great career help books to read on your time off.
‘Steal Like an Artist’ – By Austin Kleon
When asked to talk to students at Broome Community College in upstate New York in the spring of 2011, Austin Kleon wrote a simple list often things he wished he’d heard when he was their age: ‘Steal like an artist; Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things; Write the book you want to read; Use your hands; Side projects are important; Do good work and put it where people can see it; Geography is no longer our master; Be nice (the world is a small town.); Be boring (it’s the only way to get work done.); and, Creativity is subtraction.’ After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his popular blog, where it quickly went viral. Fast forward and today Steal Like an Artist is a classic for creatives everywhere, and with good reason. You’ll tear through this book in a about a day, but the straightforward lessons will stick with you forever.
Art/Work – Revised & Updated: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Darcy Bhandari
In this book, Heather Bhandari, with over fifteen years of experience as a director of the popular Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens, and Jonathan Melber, a former arts/entertainment lawyer and director of an art e-commerce startup, advises a new generation of artists on how to make it in the art world. The most comprehensive guide of its kind, Art/Work gives artists of every level the tools they need to make it in the competitive art world.
How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz
Zealous and witty chief art critic for New York magazine, Jerry Saltz is often approached by artists asking him for career advice, his answer – “There are 33 rules — and they really are all you need to know to make a life for yourself in art. Or 34, if you count “Always be nice, generous, and open with others and take good care of your teeth.” And No. 35: “Fake it till you make it.” Full of fun advice, this book is designed to break through creative blocks, ignite motivation, and conquer bad habits, to help artists of all kinds, from painters to performers.
Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon
In this book the bestselling author, artist, and illustrator Lisa Congdon brings her expertise to help guide you through an journey of artistic self-discovery. Featuring advice from Congdon herself and interviews with a famous artists, illustrators, and creatives.
‘The Creative Habit’ by Twyla Tharp
The Creative Habit is advice on how make a habit of being creative, from revolutionary choreographer Twyla Tharp, and it’s a must read for creatives of every kind.
‘Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All’
by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
If you’re looking for a way to inject more creativity your daily work life, then Creative Confidence is a good read for encouraging all of us to think outside the box. A powerful and inspiring book from the founders of IDEO, the award-winning design firm, on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us, no matter what field you work in.
How to Go to Work: The Honest Advice No One Ever Tells You at the Start of Your Career by Lucy Clayton
How to go to Work is a practical guide to equip you with everything you need to know to choose and achieve the career you want. In this book Lucy Clayton, a founding CEO, and Steve Haines, an education policy advisor, have compiled the most valuable advice you can get on how to jump start your career and shortcut the competition.
More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth
In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own – on your own terms. Throughout her career, author Elaine Welteroth has often been the only black woman in the room. Learn how she broke down barriers—across several different intersections—to succeed in the media and fashion industries and become one of her generation’s change makers.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
In this novel, bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield highlights the forms of resistance faced by artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and others who are trying to break through creative barriers. The War On Art is a succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere.
Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon
In this book, also by professional artist Lisa Congdon, you will learn that you don’t have to starve to be an artist and how to build a career doing what you love.