I Am a Professional Artist offers Artists who've chosen the professional path, practical steps in harnessing one s creative abilities to succeed and survive in the Arts and enjoy your artistry at the same time. Including interviews with various professional Artists. The book combines a self-empowering practical guide in surviving and succeeding in the Arts with key business principles and spiritual nourishment. Consider it an Artistic soul s survival guide in business! I AM a Professional Artist follows 2 simple principles: If you want to be a professional Artist, the first thing to realize is that you have to be two people: An Artist, and a Business person. The second principle is based on her own coined phrase: The three Os: Optimism + Organized equals Opportunity. I Am a Professional Artist will certainly change the thinking of any professional artist who may doubt themselves or may feel the hardship of the roller coaster ride.
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"I commend you for your intention to produce a work that empowers the individual. It's not just anyone who will take the time, invest the creative energy, and actually follow through on the plan for such an endeavor. I hope you take pride in what you have already accomplished...live with passion!"
-Anthony J. Robbins, motivational speaker and author
“‘I Am A Professional Artist’ may focus on the Arts, but Gilli Moon's advice and no-nonsense philosophy applies just as well to anyone who wants to live their dream, whatever it may be. Her common-sense approach is packed with tips that pro- vide a blueprint for success. In each chapter, Ms. Moon gives the reader encouragement, as well as practical suggestions that break down into small steps exactly what it takes to make it in the Arts and entertainment. She guides us through mind sets that can turn into obstacles and presents the type of attitudes that can achieve goals. Most enlightening is her perspective that each person can become their own industry and actually profit from their dream. Her attention to detail merges Art with commerce in a way that transforms pipe dreams into reality. Simple to understand and uplifting to read, this book is a must for anyone who wants to live a fulfilling and rewarding life while pursuing their muse.”
-Bernard Baur, Review Editor, Music Connection Magazine. Expert Advice Columnist, Tonos.com, Los Angeles, CA
“No matter what the 'Art', all Artists can identify with and learn from this book. Simply stated, "I AM a Professional Artist" provides the reader with logical and realistic 'truths' to being an Artist; something most Art schools fail to do. Gilli has succeeded in putting to paper, lessons and advice that we, as film distributors, have spent years giving to independent film makers”.
- Bobbi Valentine, President, Zia Film Distribution Santa Fe, NM, www.ziafilm.com
“Whether you are a beginner or a veteran in the Arts world, you will find ‘I Am a Professional Artist’ by Gilli Moon both stimulating and challenging. This practical book offers a wide range of ideas and anecdotal information to enthuse and encourage the singer, songwriter, visual Artist, cinematographer - in fact anyone and everyone who is passionate about their particular Art form. The concept of success is explored where Art and the desire to be creative is not measured by how many paintings are painted, how many songs are recorded, or how many books make it into the best sellers list. Success according to Gilli Moon is all about desire to go beyond the given and to reach a place of personal fulfillment. This is not only a ‘feel good’ book about personal affirmation but also about how to succeed in what is often a cut-throat industry.”
-Monica O'Brien, music publisher, Willow Publishing Ltd, Sydney, Australia. ww.willowpublishing.com.au
"One of the best ways creative people can discover a blue- print for prosperity is to absorb and emulate the strategies of successful artists. Gilli Moon is one of those artists. In her book, she bares her soul and shares the attitudes and actions it takes to make a true impact as a professional artist. Highly recommended!"
-Bob Baker, "Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook" & "Unleash the Artist Within", U.S.A www.bob-baker.com
“Reading 'I AM a Professional Artist' is like a conversation among friends trying to encourage each other to follow their Art - their "heart”. Written in a style that befriends the reader, this book is a must for anyone who wants to create Art or music or whatever and make a living as well. Gilli writes with passion and dedication and a sense of humor. Qualities every Artist needs to stay on the path of self-expression.”
-Toni Koch, music promoter, TK Promotions, Phoenix, AZ
“‘I Am a Professional Artist’ is a HUGE collection of proven ideas that any musician or band can benefit from. The info here is road-tested by Gilli herself and it DOES work. This book is an inspiration for all who want to make a living from their art.”
-David Hooper, Kathode Ray Music, U.S.A Nashville, TN, www.kathoderaymusic.com
“I Am a Professional Artist: the key to survival and success in the world of the arts by Gilli Moon is a small, motivating, interesting and valuable volume for anyone struggling to make it in the world of art. Author Gilli Moon gives down-to- earth, hard-news-type advice with no promises of success unless you are willing to get down and dirty. Along with sage advice, however, Moon prefaces her get-tough, get-working advice with all things encouraging. This book discusses things all artists struggle with, but Moon doesn’t just talk about the struggles, she tells us how to go about facing and overcoming obstacles of the creative soul.”
-Marilyn Dalrymple, Antelope Valley Art News
“Gilli Moon enlightens us on how to become a well-rounded creative person of many talents who can deal with the nitty gritty of promotion and marketing.”
- Vijaya Schartz, Talk show host of Authors' Secrets Radio Phoenix, AZ, www.authorssecretsradio.com
“Gilli’s honesty and commitment to share gives depth to this valuable guidebook. Read this book with an open mind and open heart. It is a pure light for every artist seeking to find their way to success.”
-Marcia Reynolds, Covisioning - author, international speaker Phoenix, AZ, www.OutsmartYourBrain.com
“I Am a Professional Artist” is a must read for anyone wishing to honor their artistic drive and remain sane. What the world and “the industry” take away, Gilli Moon give back, and then some.”
-Elizabeth White, Go Girls Music Houston, TX, www.GoGirlsMusic.com
... "Gilli's book helped me define my goals and what success and dreams and visions mean to me as well as art and business. I love and enjoy making mine and others dreams come true! An encourager of faith and dreams is what I will continue to strive for! "Dream the IMPOSSIBLE!"
- Reader, Nicholis Washburn
..."I found it to be a work of inspiring, practical, fair dinkum advice. The chapter dealing with "Get a Job" prompted an intense discussion between my husband and I resulting in him going for a job he wouldn’t have normally considered... I expect, just writing your book, has been hugely cathartic and enlightening for you. I found it fab!"
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