“There are those who will keep dreaming and others who will start living their dreams. Those who aspire to live by design will dream, plan, and execute, and those living by default settle for temporary comfort and keep dreaming their dreams without a plan to live them.”
I received a digital ARC of Anna Sabino’s Your Creative Career from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a nonfiction one focused on designing your own life and making a living off of your creative pursuits. Unlike most nonfiction books about creativity, Sabino’s delves into the business end of the creative sphere.
I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed Sabino’s take on “designing your life.” She discusses this a lot throughout Your Creative Career, insisting that it’s better to live your life by design than to settle for the illusion of being comfortable. That’s a concept that really struck me, and it’s one that I need to start practicing in my own life. Too many of us fall into our careers and settle, even though we’re capable of taking the reigns and controlling our own futures.
And what’s nice about Sabino’s take on this is that it’s a practical one. It doesn’t tell you to just drop everything and follow your dreams – it promotes planning how to get there. Seeing things as a matter of when, not if.
Another aspect of this book that I appreciated was that it focused so strongly on the business end of being a creative entrepreneur. Artists tend to dive headfirst into passion projects without really looking at the market or thinking about publicity. And that isn’t necessarily a smart approach if you’re looking to turn your passions into money.
My only real critique of this book is that it spreads the same ideas commonly seen in most business literature. It’s interesting to see it meshed with art, but otherwise it didn’t feel groundbreaking or authentic.
I gave Your Creative Career a 3 out of 5 star rating on Goodreads. It’s smartly written and inspirational, though it reiterates points that have been drilled into us before. I still recommend picking it up if you’re interested in turning your creativity into a side gig or a full-time career.