Real Artists Don’t Starve Offers Great Advice for Creative People

Book Review, Business Books, Grown Up Books
Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins. A book about being a creative entrepreneur and thriving. Making a living with your art. | Books for artists. Books for writers. | Business books for creative people. |

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

Age Range: Adult (but OK for teens) | Hardcover: 240 pages | Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 6, 2017)


About the Book

The Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

Bestselling author Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is, in fact, a competitive advantage.

For centuries, the myth of the starving artist has dominated our culture, seeping into the minds of creative people and stifling their pursuits. But the truth is that the world’s most successful artists did not starve.

In fact, they capitalized on the power of their creative strength. In Real Artists Don’t Starve, Jeff Goins debunks the myth of the starving artist by unveiling the ideas that created it and replacing them with timeless strategies for thriving, including:

  • steal from your influences (don’t wait for inspiration),
  • collaborate with others (working alone is a surefire way to starve),
  • take strategic risks (instead of reckless ones),
  • make money in order to make more art (it’s not selling out), and
  • apprentice under a master (a “lone genius” can never reach full potential).

Through inspiring anecdotes of successful creatives both past and present, Goins shows that living by these rules is not only doable but it’s also a fulfilling way to thrive.

From graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals, creatives already know that no one is born an artist. Goins’ revolutionary rules celebrate the process of becoming an artist, a person who utilizes the imagination in fundamental ways. He reminds creatives that business and art are not mutually exclusive pursuits. In fact, success in business and in life flow from a healthy exercise of creativity.

Expanding upon the groundbreaking work in his previous bestseller The Art of Work, Goins explores the tension every creative person and organization faces in an effort to blend the inspired life with a practical path to success. Being creative isn’t a disadvantage for success; rather, it is a powerful tool to be harnessed.


My Thoughts on Real Artists Don’t Starve

I read The Art of Work by this same author back when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I lent it to all my friends. Since I enjoyed that book so much, I was pretty excited to read Jeff Goins’s next book, especially when I saw what it was about.

I love books about creative entrepreneurship. Big Magic is my all-time favorite book in this category, but Real Artists Don’t Starve offered a different perspective. It gives valuable insights into how successful artists work and how they leveraged their creativity to reach their potential.

I loved the sections about money. Goins preaches that in order to make art, you need to make money, otherwise, how will you afford to continue making your art? Apparently, you don’t have to starve for your art. Who knew?

The whole book was about shedding the cloak of the starving artist and embracing success—both financial and artistic. It’s a fantastic read if you’re a creative or if you’re looking for a way to add a creative endeavor to your life.


Cover Love: The clean, simple cover is perfect for this book. It’s a clean, straightforward approach to life as an artist, and the white background and the apple give tell that story.

Content: clean

Source: I received a copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program.


Get the Book

Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins. A book about being a creative entrepreneur and thriving. Making a living with your art. | Books for artists. Books for writers. | Business books for creative people. |

Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads


Other Books Mentioned in This Post

The Art of Work  Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert | 10 Truths I Learned by Reading Big Magic | Art and Inspiration book about tapping into creativity and ideas. | Best nonfiction books to read about creativity |

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


Love My Bookish Photos?
Follow me on Instagram for more bookish photos and mini-reviews.

Previous Story
Next Story

1 Comment

  • Reply
    stephanie robinson
    August 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read. I always like to read fresh perspectives. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Leave a Reply

    %d bloggers like this: