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1. Exploring visual arts and crafts
2. Career guidance in the arts and
3. 391 ways to explore arts and humanities
4. Career resources for visual arts
5. Taking the Leap: Building a Career
6. The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY
7. Stayin' Alive: Survival Tactics

1. Exploring visual arts and crafts careers: A student guidebook
by Sheila Dubman
 Unknown Binding: 162 Pages (1976)

Asin: B000739GTG
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2. Career guidance in the arts and humanities: Activities, information and resources for grades 7-12 : dance, music, theater and media, visual arts and crafts, ... humanities (Career exploration series)
by Phyllis Ritvo
 Unknown Binding: 188 Pages (1976)

Asin: B0006WFA5C
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3. 391 ways to explore arts and humanities careers: Classroom activities in dance, music, theater and media, visual arts and crafts, writing, humanities (Career exploration series)
by Mary Lewis Hansen
 Unknown Binding: 168 Pages (1976)

Asin: B0006WFA48
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4. Career resources for visual arts and crafts students at Miami-Dade Community College
by Margaret M Pelton
 Unknown Binding: 81 Pages (1978)

Asin: B0006WOXVE
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5. Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist
by Cay Lang
Paperback: 256 Pages (2006-04-13)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.00
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Asin: 0811850935
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description
Cay Lang's Taking the Leap has helped thousands of artists jumpstart their careers and make real the dream of exhibiting and selling their work. An internationally exhibited photographer and teacher, Lang offers the wisdom of experience, combined with enthusiasm and gentle humor, to guide artists through the ins and outs of the art business. Practical and inspiring, this revised and updated edition offers two new chapters -- on using the Internet and the media to best effect -- plus provides step-by-step advice on preparing presentation materials; finding and dealing with galleries (as well as bypassing the traditional gallery system); handling rights, royalties, and taxes; an extensive resource list; and other invaluable information for both beginning artists and those ready to take the next step in their careers. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Reading and Service
Great book, great condition, wonderful price and timely delivery, Great JOB Amazon.com. Keep up the good work.
Sabrina Campbell

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding practical guide
I read this in an afternoon; I just consumed it.I sure wish this had been a textbook while I was in college!Honestly it made me feel I'd lost time, and what was I waiting for?

3-0 out of 5 stars For the beginner
This book was really for the beginner whom wants a career as an artist. This is a great book for a beginner. There was very little new information for me which was disappointing. That said it was motivational, and provided information about taxes for the artist and consignment forms which was in fact information that I knew very little about. It was a quick read so if you have access to a copy then you might as well read it but be forewarned, there was no information on grants which was my motivation for purchasing the book. Sorry Cay!

5-0 out of 5 stars leap
Great book,informative ,honest and the most helpful book I have read as a visual artist. This is the bible

4-0 out of 5 stars valuable resource for emerging artists
This book is ideal for those of us artists who are just breaking into the selling part of our art careers. Lang offers really sound advice, good strategies for developing your professional image, and covers the full spectrum from selling directly to the public through smaller venues through selling through galleries. It's the kind of book you can refer to repeatedly over time, so good value for the money. ... Read more

6. The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real
by Lisa Sonora Beam
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-11-01)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$12.37
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Asin: 1592534597
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Creative Entrepreneur is a visual, results-oriented, step-by-step method of business development for creatives from all walks of life who want to turn their passions into viable business opportunities.

Whether you are and artist, designer, or small business owner, this book will empower you to renew and nurture your vision with the steps required to take an idea and make it real.

The Creative Entrepreneur offers a dynamic left brain/right brain approach to developing a business focus that evaluates underlying internal issues unique to creative types and shows how to practically address them.

You'll gain a combination of powerful business and strategic planning tools and learn how to use them like a pro. Related journal exercises further explore each concept in a visual and engaging way that appeals to how creative types think, learn and process information. Your journal becomes a companion and map for your creative business journey. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I've only just started working with this book but it definitely speaks to me. Though I'm a writer, the visuals inspire me in a way writing isn't these days - it's getting me to think outside the proverbial box.

3-0 out of 5 stars With a description like that...
From the description: results-oriented, step-by-step, development, viable business opportunities, empower, vision, dynamic left brain/right brain approach, developing, business focus, evaluates underlying internal issues, business and strategic planning tools, and creative business journey.

Those aren't words of an artist, they're the regurgitated words of a thoughtless executive.I don't want to buy this book now, I want to throw up.

5-0 out of 5 stars rockin' creativity in business
This rocks! I'm a creative minded soul and Lisa's book completely demystified how to start a business in a smart, well thought-out manner. Using her mandala model, I discovered assets I wasn't even aware of. I clarified a positioning statement that ignites me.And going through the journaling prompts, I'm now conscious of my own constructive and destructive tendencies. Right now I'm creating a strategic plan for my year ahead. I'm thrilled I have this book to guide me as my new business comes to fruition!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Visual Approach to Strategic Planning
This is an unique book where the author presents the visual journaling techniques and prompts to meet the three basic challenges faced by many creative/visual-oriented entrepreneurs: dealing with the emotional & psychological mental blocks, misunderstanding the creative process, and lacking the practical business knowledge.

The first three chapters of this book focus on the self-analysis, discovery of skills and talents, and mental/psychological blocks. The last two chapters provide the strategic tools for managing and growing your business. The author show how a visual journal can be used as a living document that is subject to change over time, and also is adaptable to ever changing personal needs and business climate.

The first chapter, the shortest one in the whole book, shows how various journaling techniques can be used for brainstorming, problem solving and gaining insights. Additionally, it lists the benefits of a visual journal, and also briefly mentions what supplies (simple) are needed to create one.

Chapter two starts with the creation of a flower with four intersecting ovals that can be viewed as the creative entrepreneur's mandala. This enables one to see a"big picture" of the essentials needed for the realization of one's business vision. Chapter three, the largest of all, views the blocks not as personal barriers but opportunities for growth. It explains the characteristics of each side of the brain (left & right), and how they can work together rather than compete. It also shows that it is necessary to understand the four modes of functioning so that they can be controlled and managed more effectively. Both the constructive and destructive aspects are identified for each of the mode, and the remedies are provided for each of the destructive ones.

The fourth chapter shows how one can think strategically like a CEO using the managerial planning tools provided in the book. The basics of promotion and marketing (branding, packaging, advertising and media selection) are presented in the last chapter which utilizes the strategic approach rather than the tactical one. At the end of this book is a DIY project: a mini journal that allows one to document the strategic plans, to keep track of one's progress, and to recycle the existing paper cards and ephemera instead of buying expensive business planning books.

I have submitted several pages from my own journal for the inclusion in this book; however, I did not get the whole manuscript when I did some of the exercises. Consequently, I did not get a chance to develop the strategic plans for bringing my business ideas to fruition before I got this book. Pretty soon, I will have to go back to my visual journal pages for refinement and reassessment. But I can rely on this book to help me develop my own strategic plan with its visual journaling techniques and prompts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply AMAZING
I just came back from the Gorgeous Genius Workshop in Mexico and am utterly inspired:) The book along with Lisa's guidance gave me the tools that I need to succeed and the inspiration for a great year! This book is for everyone who is an artist and needs some business tools and for just looking for inspiration! ... Read more

7. Stayin' Alive: Survival Tactics for the Visual Artist
by Robin Hopper
Paperback: 128 Pages (2003-03-15)
list price: US$21.99 -- used & new: US$13.96
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Asin: 0873495713
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Internationally recognized artist and author Robin Hopper details survival strategies for developing a personal lifestyle as a creative artist. The text is a combinination of pragmatism, practicality, and philosopy, liberally spiced with humor and anecdotes from Hopper's 45 years of personal experience. The book also incorporates personal life stories of 19 full-time studio artists. Between them, these artists have more than 500 years of studio experience in the art of staying alive.

Also includes, from four specialists in the field, information on legal and financial matters, how to approach magazine publishers, and tips for photographing work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Super resource
As with all of Mr. Hopper's other books it is complete.
He is articulate and detailed providing the reader and user tools to navigate their world in both business and art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Decisions ... Decisions ...
I didn't start out thinking that pottery was ever going to be "my thing".After serving in the military then working in "the real world" for a few years afterward, I had every intention of an Ivory Tower life.I was going to university and never leaving!I went to school with the goals of earning my BA/MA/PhD, then spending the rest of my life doing research and lecturing.Just six years later, I left due to the escalation of disabilities I acquired in service.

And then one day, I was put into Occupational Therapy and discovered my Zen -- playing with mud.As scary as the idea was, it kept creeping into my mind more and more often as each new month passed by: I had started contemplating whether or not I could make a go of it as a potter.

I hadn't had any formal training in pottery or ceramics, so I starting devouring articles and videos, borrowing books, and subscribing to pottery email discussion lists ... and this one book title kept on being thrown around any time the topic of making an actual "living" from pottery arose: Stayin' Alive.

This book really helped answer some constantly recurring questions I had concerning...
*What in the world am I getting myself into?
*Should this just stay a sublimely mind-clearing hobby or will I be able to handle the business side of things too?
*How much [time/effort/money] will I really have to invest to make a decent go of this?
*Am I too old to start on this particular ground floor?
*I know I'm CAPABLE of throwing on a wheel, but will the rest of the business be too demanding for my disabilities?
... and so forth.

I now know exactly why so very many potters heartily recommend this book.There is a variety of insight to be gained from various authors, and Hopper includes some very pragmatic information about the business end of things.It really helped settle a lot of questions for me.I'm still pacing myself, taking things slowly, but now I have a much clearer idea of where I want to take my mud habit and how to make that happen.

And yes, there really is a lot of information in this book that could be applied to any visual art, not just pottery.I highly recommend this book to anyone exploring their options for making a living in the arts / crafts.The clarity I gained in regard to my own work was worth far more than the price of this book. ... Read more

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