Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa
Fantastic. Many of the essays are very, very personal – sometimes painfully so – but that only makes the advice they contain more powerful.
Her writing is both clear and funny, making this book both a quick read and a fun one.
Three things I learned:
- Jeremy Renner got his start as a make-up artist (!)
- It's ok to ask for help when something happens in your life (your career, your marriage, etc) that you don't know how to deal with
- Writing fan mail isn't cool, but that's ok: if you like something someone else has created, let them know!