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Mar 11, 2014
I got in the mail today the new Austin Kleon’s book ”Show Your Work” and I gained courage and inspiration to share some of what I’m creating, even if it’s not perfect or professional. The goal is to share your process and learn as you go, isn’t it?
Awesome. Get yours here: http://showyrwork.com
Mar 06, 2014
Don’t be Human Spam or a Vampire: Austin Kleon’s Advice for SXSW
Austin Kleon is a local artist and writer who is the first keynote speaker at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive. His book “Steal Like an Artist” spent six months on the New York Times best-seller list, and now he has a new advice guide for artists with this important lesson: show your work. KUT’s Nathan Bernier talked to Kleon in studio.
This was a fun interview. Thanks to Nathan and KUT.
Mar 05, 2014
Show Your Work by austinkleon
You probably won’t find a bookseller that turns up a more fervent grimace at self-help books than me. Most of them are filled with fluff and feel-goodness that defies the reality of creative life or life in general, but Austin Kleon’s newest book offers some very sound advice to anyone with a creative drive on how to navigate their craft, passion, hobby, or art (not with a capital A…don’t get a big head yet). Beyond the subtitle’s boast of getting “discovered,” Kleon gives practical and inspiring advice on how to navigate the world of creating anything and the value of sharing what you do. Among the advice inside, the one that resonates with me the most is “Think Process, Not Product.” It’s a short and obvious chapter on something that many people overlook. Creating anything isn’t necessarily about finishing the next great novel, painting, or hit song, but about the steps it takes to get there and taking a pleasure in the struggle, rather than basking in the glory of adoration. Beyond practical advice on the creative process, Austin also examines the value of the internet as a tool to share… and what is worth sharing… which is something many of us tend to struggle with. (Guilty!) Selfies, cats, dogs, critiques, and complaints? No! Show your work, inspiration and process and you just might find others who share your passions. Turn down that nose, check out Austin’s advice and get back to work so you actually have something to show!
Like a distilled and quick take on Lewis Hyde’s essential The Gift, Kleon cares about the process of creativity, both serious and silly, and the value it contributes to our culture.
Wow, thanks Kevin! The book is out tomorrow everywhere.
Feb 28, 2014
The folks at Bookpeople here in Austin, Texas are slaving away getting the last batch of Show Your Work! preorders ready for me to sign on Monday. Today is the last day to order a signed copy. They ship everywhere! Order yours here.
Feb 27, 2014
So this happened…a week before pub date.
via Mother Jones > @janetpierson:
You have to live your life with a certain blind confidence that if it’s your destiny to succeed at these things, it will happen, if you just continue to follow a straight path, to do you work as conscientiously and as creatively as you can, and to just stay open to all opportunity and experience. There’s a performing motto at Second City…to say yes instead of no. It’s actually an improvisational rule…It’s about supporting the other person. And the corollary to that is if you concentrate on making other people look good, then we all have the potential to look good. If you’re just worried about yourself—How am I doing? How am I doing?—which is kind of a refrain in Hollywood, you know, people are desperately trying to make their careers in isolation, independent of everyone around them.
And I’ve always found that my career happened as a result of a tremendous synergy of all the talented people I’ve worked with, all helping each other, all connecting, and reconnecting in different combinations. So…identify talented people around you and then instead of going into competition with them, or trying to wipe them out, make alliances, make creative friendships that allow you and your friends to grow together, because someday your friend is going to be sitting across a desk from you running a movie studio.
Ramis is quoted in the “Stand Next To The Talent” section of Steal Like An Artist.
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Copies of #showyourwork signed & personalized by @austinkleon are available to order via bookpeople.com through February 28. Get your order in now! We ship all over the world.
Do it! More about the book here.
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