I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want a more creative job. As quilters, we fantasize about spending our days sewing award-winning quilts, designing incredible patterns, andcreating our own line of fabrics. But could we do it full time?
Author Katharine Sise began her career as an actor, with a part-time waitressing gig to pay the bills. But she did not like the acting lifestyle and knew that she did not have the singing/dancing ability for Broadway. One day she decided to stop waitressing and make her own line of jewelery. She now uses her acting talents at QVC and in making videos to promote her very successful line of jewelery. She clearly wrote this book based on her own experience.
The first part of the book requires self-analysis. Where are your talents? What kind of work do you want to do? What would suit your interests and lifestyle? What do you want (and not want) in your career? Once your vision is clear, Sise guides you into preparing for a creative career. I like that she supports a transitional approach in which you stay employed while you acquire the needed skills, but may consider working part time, sharing a job, or approaching your boss about flexible hours.
Part 2 is “Get Where You Want to Go.” This is the nuts-and-bolts of interviewing for a creative career, or setting up your own business. I was glad to see that Sise focuses on being a “thriving artist” and not a “starving artist.” There is lots of practical information in this section — including finding a mentor, dressing for success, and how to write a press release. She also addresses how to deal with fear, which I know is a huge issue for people considering a creative career.
Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of successful creative girls.
This book is well-written, easy to read, and nicely laid out. The author has a great conversational tone that feels very supportive. Her information is practical and — I think — would be extremely helpful to anyone considering a more creative career.
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