Real Artists Don't Starve

Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

9 Reviews
KC Procter
Jeff Goins
 +13 reviews
  • KC Procter
    KC Proctercreator, dad life rules podcast

    Practical advice for creatives of every shade who are tired of starving.


    This might make you mad.

    I've heard for years that you have to starve for your art. Real Artists Don't Starve was equal parts empowering and aggravating to learn how big of a myth this is. In the book, Jeff lays out practical steps to combat this deeply seeded myth while sharing real world examples of contemporary and historical creatives.

  • Pros: 

    Challenges traditional mindsets about not being able to make a living in creative work


    RADS is encouraging, inspiring and practical. It not only shows real-life examples of regular people who make good livings doing creative work, but a simple, proven roadmap for the reader to do the same. Love it!

  • Pros: 

    Opens your eyes to what is possible for you based on what others have done.


    You might gain some weight.

    That quote from "Real Artists Don't Starve" is very revealing. Are you stubborn enough?

    You can read hundreds of biographies, do hundreds of interviews and distill that information into common principles and strategies others have followed to be successful as an artist in their chosen fields of endeavor OR you can get your copy of "Real Artists Don't Starve" today and benefit from this work already done for you by Jeff Goins. This might just inspire you to take that first or next step in living your dream and not starving while doing so.

    To me having someone else do all the research and providing his findings is worth the small investment needed to purchase this book. I think it would be a worthwhile investment for you too.

    "You can do extraordinary things when you are patiently persistent." Reading and learning what others have done to be successful is one of those patiently persistent things you need to do to increase your chances of your success. This book will help you achieve that goal.

    You will learn some things you didn't know, be reminded of some things you already knew and many misconceptions you thought you knew will be clarified. In the process you might just be inspired to say if they can do it I can too and take action to live YOUR dream.

  • Pros: 

    Completely dispells the myth that artists can't make a living doing what the love and being creative.


    There are no cons.

    I love this book! If you're a creative in any way, you'll want to read it too. Well put together. Plenty of real life stories to encourage you and back up the premise. Great insight.

  • Robin Fry
    Robin FryWriter, Presenter/Speaker, Ambivert

    For the first time--a book that shows how creatives can truly succeed! No gimmicks or fluff--just honest, proven, practical insight.


    1) This book was long overdue. 2) It's not for everyone. 3) There are no guarantees how this will work for you. You must decide--see below.

    For years, creatives such as myself have been told that artists starve for their art, and that's the way it has to be. Not true, says author Jeff Goins--he not only debunks this myth through real world, real time examples throughout history and today, but he does so through sharing his own experiences and examples of success. He provides a proven blueprint that not only works, but makes sense.

    "Real Artists Don't Starve" is for anyone who dares to read it, but it's not for everyone. It is, however, for people--especially creatives--who want to experience success and pursue their art, but don't know how it can be done. It challenges and even questions the status quo mantras we've all been fed at some point in our lives. Practical advice like this has historically come at considerable cost, but now is available to anyone who can understand that while there are no guarantees, the time is now to change, grow, learn, and practice in order to achieve success and various life goals. So, yes, reading this book will challenge you at the very core of your being...and it could make you angry for having believed the status quo fallacies for so long. You will have your eyes opened, and you may also refer to it many times as you go along. After all, Jeff has written books like this for many years--"You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One)", "The Art of Work", and "Wrecked", to name a few. But this one has a practical blueprint that, while it may seem new to those who learn about it for the first time, has been around longer than most of us have realized. So, if you want in on something that may turn your life upside down in the best way possible, get a copy of "Real Artists Don't Starve"...and then read it as many times as you need to.

  • Pamela Fernuik Hodges
    Pamela Fernuik HodgesArtist, Writer, Cat Whisperer

    This book is a must read for all creatives who don't want to starve. It challenges a scarcity mindset and will encourage artists to be bold.


    There are no cons for this book.

    My parents encouraged me to be a teacher and not an artist when I graduated from high school. They said I would starve. After my first year in Education in college, with a 57% in my education class and a 96% in my art class, I dropped out of college, moved 8 hours away and went to an art school for four years. I didn't starve. And I like green apples.

  • Nadia Arfani
    Nadia ArfaniBlogger, entrepreneur

    This book is full of inspiration, timeless resources and stories that will change your perception of artists, and push you make your art!


    Including the author own experience. 😉

    I would love to read about the author own experience through the book's principles.

  • Daniel Adams
    Daniel AdamsDrum Group facilitator, Music Therapist

    Gave me courage to do what I love for a living


    I can't go back to loafing, my conscience won't rest

    Loved the interviews in this book. And loved learning about other artists in all sorts of niches

  • MikeLoomis
    MikeLoomisBrand, Book, and Biz Coach

    Jeff presents an entirely new paradigm, and presents it interestingly


    I would prefer a kiwi on the cover...

    Valuable read!