The Practical Creative

Never work for free: best-selling author Jeff Goins on why being a starving artist is a choice, the importance of thinking like a professional, and what it means to be ‘original’.

September 2, 2018

Jeff is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the best-selling author of five books, and his award-winning blog is visited by millions of people every year. In this conversation, we talk about his book “Real Artists Don’t Starve” where Jeff lays out principles for that any creative can use to move from being a ‘starving’ artist to become a ‘thriving’ artist.

We cover a lot in this episode, including:

- how being a ‘starving’ artist is actually a choice, and one that you can change

- the importance of thinking like a professional

- what it means to be ‘original’ and why it’s actually easier than you might think

- and why it’s important to never work for free

In this conversation we talk about some of the broader principles in Jeff’s book, as well as some of the personal shifts Jeff made in order to become the thriving writer that he is today.

If you’re interested in practical strategies and guidelines to help you thrive as an artist or creative, then there’s something here for you!