MAKING Your Life as an Artist

A guide to building a balanced, sustainable artistic life.

Don't starve. Make art.

Help spread the word and build the movement.

We want 100,000 artists to read this book. (76,615 downloads so far. Nice work, everybody.)
We want you to share the free ebook everywhere. It's free, people. Pass it around. Don't hold back.

(Seriously. There's no catch, no money-making scheme hiding behind the free-ness. It's free because I want tons of artists to read it. And I want us to change the art world and our culture. So please pass the damn thing around.)

Email us your thoughts, feedback, praise, ideas.
Post it on Facebook.
Follow @theartistsu on Twitter.
Tweet about it, hashtag #unstarvingartist.
Email artist friends.
Post it on your blog (and tell us so we can send people there).
If you teach, send it your students.

We will be doing free talks and book events around the country this year. Join our email list and join the movement. Or invite us to your community!


Thank you.

Thank you for being an artist. Thank you for making your work.

Thank you for choosing a life which can be hard, and hard to explain.

Why is it so hard? Why are so many talented artists exhausted and broke? MAKING Your Life as an Artist, a new book by me, Andrew Simonet, looks at the challenges artists face:

Why artists are poor and why we shouldn’t be.
The crucial role artists play in culture, and why it’s often under-valued.
Tools and principles artists have used to thrive.
Why artists already have the skills needed to make balanced, sustainable lives.

Grounded in my 20-year career as a choreographer, I look at why artists’ lives are so punishing, and what we can do to change. Since 2006, my program, Artists U, has built a grassroots, artist-run platform for building balanced, sustainable artist lives. Like all Artists U programming, the ebook of MAKING Your Life as an Artist is free and available to all.