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The author gives more to people who liked his approach
on 19 March 2014
‘Show Your Work’ written by Austin Kleon in some way is a sequel of his earlier work ‘Steal Like an Artist’ where author gave numerous simple though useful advices how to unleash own creativity by borrowing ideas from the people around you.
In this sequel it appears that the author wanted to give more to people who liked his approach still offering format that proved successful – quotes from people you heard of, small chapters with black and white photos intertwined with some great tips the author is selflessly giving.
Kleon begins his book with his 10 very simple tips that are at the heart of his work – “You don’t have to be a genius”, “Think process, not product”, “Share something small every day”, “Open up your cabinet of curiosities”, “Tell good stories”, “Teach what you know”, “Don’t turn into human spam”, “Learn to take a punch”, “Sell out” and “Stick around”. And when you look at this list you see these are not some great wisdom, but the more you think of them you’ll see that this are great advices that we often ignore.
The author emphasizes how important is for each creative person to dive into own artistic personality and make those necessary changes in order to be better able to present to those people you see and want them to be your audience. It is important to note that this is not a classic self-help, which provides the steps you need to follow but more about the tips that every creative person will translate in what we do best and what we don’t do therefore paying attention to become more successful.
‘Show Your Work’ is book extremely easy to read, a reader can open it on any page, read few paragraphs and leave it at any time, because each part is the whole for itself. Given the above mentioned, Austin Kleon book can be recommended to anyone who wants to awaken the artist in him/herself or get the answer in which areas we are making errors in our approach; that is what often happens to artists engrossed in their world wondering what's wrong with the audience not seeing many opportunities provided.
The author calls on the sharing of ideas and works, and particularly with this book he deserved a good voice to be shared about it.