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Getting Your Shit Together


The ArtStars* Guide to Getting Your Shit Together is the go-to ebook for any art student, art school grad or professional artist in or entering the contemporary art world with a goal of cashing in as an artist and making a splash in the public eye.

Beginning from the core basics, this tell-all inspiration ebook covers every aspect of working as an individual artist – career management, publicity and finance. With a focus on recovering from your biggest mistakes, this must-have ebook is built for visual artists who want to thrive, not just survive, in an increasingly visual-based society.

There is no business in BFA

Art schools which grant Bachelor of Fine Art degrees typically don’t train artists for media interviews, how-to price their work, or even ways to profit as self-made entrepreneurs. That’s why there’s an ebook to get you caught up on the homework you never got (and it’s cheaper than a MFA, at only $10, with over 100 pages and 45,000 words).

Reality Check

In the real world, there are many artists who get a lot of press but no sales. There are artists in their 30s and 40s are totally well-known in their industry, but have nothing to show for it, financially. This is totally unfair but totally possible to change. In fact, it’s never too late to change that, no matter what your age is.

Career Advice from the Top

Getting your shit together is about finding your own voice and knowing when to speak up. It’s about managing your career tactfully in a time when you can’t expect other people to do it for you. You can have a gallerist, an agent, a PR team and a studio, but if you’re not in control of your own life, you will not get results. The advice in this ebook comes from interviews with:

• Marina Abramovic
• Yoko Ono
• Genesis P-Orridge
• Olafur Eliasson
• Peaches
• Chilly Gonzales
• … curators, artists, collectors, and more!

What You’ll Get in This Must-have Ebook:

• How-to think beyond the artist statement
• How to put together a press kit and the five necessary elements you need to succeed
• How to get press from newspapers, magazines and blogs
• The do’s and don’ts of an artist’s website
• Where to put in the extra effort
• How-to stay quotable and notable in a media interview
• Selling without selling out
• Taxes, business tips and how-to create an effective sales plan
• How-to gain a unique edge over competitors
• Networking, social business and results-driven strategies
• What to do if you get a bad review – or if they get all the facts wrong

ArtStars* Books is a Berlin-based e-publishing house founded in 2010 by Canadian journalist and author Nadja Sayej. The ongoing book series focuses on how-to books in the areas of getting out of debt, advancing one’s career, handling your own publicity, developing confidence and learning that there’s more to life than just being famous.