Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Review of "Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered" by Austin Kleon

That guy who wrote about stealing ideas like an artist has another book about connecting with people through what you do. "Show Your Work" by Austin Kleon is a short and easy book to get through, and I kind of think of it like a sticky note all of us probably need to go back and read even if this stuff sounds like common sense. 

And most of it probably is common sense coupled with some modern tips. 

That said, some pages gave me a lot to think about. To connect with people requires both that you showcase (honestly) your stuff and then go out and support other people. That second part often trips me up. I'm just as shy in the digital world, I promise. 

And sometimes life with a family is so busy that I can't even get my work done, let alone uploaded and then start working to support other people. That just has more to do with the particular season of my life as a mother of small kids with an illness than it does with anything else, but it's a hurdle I have to be aware of if I intend to make it over it. 

And that's what this little book is about, just awareness of what you need to do to make a name for yourself. 

This book isn't just for artists or writers or photographers. I'm looking into getting a copy for a friend of mine who runs her own business because this advice applies to anyone who needs to be conscious of getting client attention or noticed for their work. 

Show your stuff. Show what you do that you love, show the intricate details from behind the scenes, show other people's stuff who need support (WITH APPROPRIATE CREDIT) and show your story. And use books like this as sticky notes to remind you about doing that. 

This is worth a read for literally anyone trying to make a living doing what they are passionate about. 

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