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Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the Madness of the Creative Industry Paperback – 16 Apr 2015
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About the Author
Ben Tallon is an internationally renowned Illustrator, artist and art director in film, music and TV. He works with clients including WWE, Channel 4, The Guardian, Russell Brand, Unicef, Manchester United and The Wall Street Journal.
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Other than being hugely informative (and providing me with more than a few laughs), the book has given me heaps of hope and will continue to be a source of inspiration when times are tough.
What I got was something much more than an interesting story, it's a book full of understanding, conversation and support. Ben's had a fantastic journey with up's and down's that let you realise that if you push for it and go for it and love what you do - that will help you so much. His writing is superb - it's almost like he's got a crowd of mates hanging on every word he spills over a few drinks at the pub.
Through Ben's writing you get a true sense of what's involved making a go of freelance illustrating and through his experiences he gives you advice and tips to make it yourself.
The book is well written and so easy to read - I got through it in a few days.
Highly recommend to anyone embarking on a creative career whether self employed or not
Despite it being a book about an illustrator, the first thing that struck me is that this is not a book full of pictures that show off Ben's work, it is an actual written book about his freelance career. I was hooked as soon as I opened it and was finished after about 10 hours of tips to contact people and how to buy the cheapest sandwiches in the supermarket before all the old dears get hold of them. His story left me hyper buzzed about the possibilities of working for myself and a feeling of empowerment that, no matter what happens, if you work hard you'll eventually get what you want.
I highly recommend this book for all those people who are in or looking to start out in the crazy world of the creative industries. Even if you just want an insight into what it takes, get this book and enjoy it. Plus, you'll be helping an artist, which is awesome.
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