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How Much Is a Theatre MFA Worth?

What the crisis at Harvard’s ART Institute says about the precarious state of theatre training in higher education.

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10 College Courses to Read Along With This Semester (From Your Couch)

This time of year, I always get the back-to-school blues. Not, mind you, because I have to go back to school, but because other people get to, and I have to keep on being an employed adult…

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YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.

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This Designer Built A Secret Studio That Hangs Beneath An Underpass

Fernando Abellanas transformed the underside of a concrete bridge in Valencia into a hidden workspace.

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How I Handle Rejection as an Artist

Today was a hard day. I have been applying to shows and public art projects, contacting blog curators, galleries, and pitching press releases for the past four weeks in an effort to break through and find an audience. My inbox held not just one, but three rejection notifications to applications I submitted. Gut punch…

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Advice for Those Who Want to Help the Artists in Their Lives

How to support the creative artist in your life…

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11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers. It’s one of those ineffable things that’™s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it…

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The Danger of Making a Backup Plan

Knowing you have a safety net makes you less likely to make the leap.

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How to be Supportive of an Artist

What are the best ways to be supportive of an artist’s endeavors?

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Nestle In to Your Artist Community

As a student of art history, I love reading about communities of artists that evolved organically over the centuries…

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The Dangers of Being Too Hard On Yourself

You can easily recognize when one of your friends is being too hard on themselves. But it’s a bit harder to self-diagnose…

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Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Successful?

Why the pervasive myth of the malcontent genius is harmful to our own creative development.

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50 Shades of YAY: Ways To Celebrate Success

You’ve worked hard, you gave it your all, and you’ve succeeded. It’s time to party! You want ways to celebrate? We’ve got ways to celebrate.

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The BFA’s Dance With Inequality

Most arts majors come from money. Most artists didn’t major in the arts. What does that say about the sector?

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Motherhood vs. Art: There Is No Wrong Choice

We gathered in a boardroom. There were almost no women on the English faculty back then so three men were on my dissertation committee: a professor from philosophy, one from comparative lit, and La…

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Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice

I can’t promise this will prolong your life. But it will improve it.

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Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

It’s a paradox: Shouldn’™t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction?

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Van Gogh on Heartbreak and Unrequited Love as a Vitalizing Force for Creative Work

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love.”

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Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders

Susan Cain on quiet leadership, the “creativity gap,” stigmas attached to out-of-the-box thinkers, and more…

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The artist’s guide to starting a business

The basics of business registration and protecting your work.

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Trademark and Copyright 101 for Entrepreneurs & Creatives

Trademark and copyright laws are getting more complex every year. That’s why our in-house attorney is offering up her best practices for entrepreneurs.

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How Your Art Makes People Feel

People don’t buy what you do or why you do it. They buy how it makes them feel…

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What Do You Want as an Artist?

Want to build an art business? What are you willing to put up with to get there?

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Artists Evolve: The Dangers of Creatively Typecasting Yourself

Reinventing yourself isn’t just a stunt, it’s required to survive.

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6 tips for taking creative criticism

Turbo-charge your creative projects with Fred Deakin’s advice on seeking outside perspective.

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Why So Many Artists Are Highly Sensitive People

Psychologists have found that the creative personality contains layers of depth, complexity and contradictions.

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You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely.

Every choice, from the leather couch you buy to the business you start, will cost you.

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Introverts Do It Better: Why They Make Great Entrepreneurs

History tells us that introverts make some of the best entrepreneurs for many different reasons. Check out these reasons why introverts succeed in business.

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How to Deal with Inspiration

You’re going to have to deal with it sooner or later.

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Unique Gifts For Everyone On Your List (Including Bloggers and Writers!)

This year we are introducing our very first gift guide! To come up with the list I took submissions for consideration from members of my Facebook Group, I scoured the sites of my podcast guests and guest editors, and I pulled in some personal favorites as well as some of my current wish list items.

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Watch What Happens When You Ask Non-Creative Professionals to Work for Free

Toronto advertising agency Zulu Alpha Kilo created this video to demonstrate how absurd it is for people to ask for the advertising industry to do spec work in hopes of getting more business.

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Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Kids

These tips for encouraging creativity in kids surround family strategies for fostering kid-lead play and a panel talking about raising creative kids.

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How our obsession with positivity is making us miserable

The joys of self-betterment are vastly overrated

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Why No One Likes Your Art: 26 Reasons

You work hard at creating pieces of art, design, writing, music, song and dance. But do people truly like what you do? If you want to do well, earn and survive in this industry, it’s quite importan…

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Dear John: So Your Kid Wants To Go To Art School

Parents are rightly concerned about their children’s future, but with preparation, an art student can excel in life.

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How Etsy Lies to Craft Business Owners

These 5 misconceptions and lies about every craft business are taught as truths by many businesses around the world, including Etsy. Educate yourself!

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Picking Up Art Later in Life Could Help the Brain

You’re never too old to follow your dreams, or so the saying goes.

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Has Richard Prince Killed Copyright Protection For Artists?

The short answer is “No.” The longer answer is that most artists are not going to have their art taken by someone like Richard Prince who has commercial stature…

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The End of the Starving Artist

Is it romantic, noble or even necessary to be a starving artist?

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You’re Probably Doing It Wrong | Artsy Shark

Getting and storing great digital images of artwork can be a challenge for any artist. Guest blogger Andy Derrick sets the record straight.

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Succeeding as an artist is easier than ever, but…

Are you spinning your wheels trying to “make it” as an artist, find gallery representation, choose the best platforms to share and sell your art, and generally feel exhausted/incompetent/overwhelme…

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The Undeniable Benefits of Being Weird

The weird shall inherit the Earth…

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10 things about being an artist that art teachers don’t tell you

What art students need to know is: can I make a living from being creative? The answer is more complex than you might think…

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When bad behaviour does a good turn

Lying, cheating and arrogance might be morally repugnant, but a little dose of nastiness can be a creative thing…

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We Need The Liberal Arts More Than Ever In Today’s Digital World

A liberal arts education is the best preparation for many careers, especially in the U.S., given today’s global technology-driven economy…

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What an 8-year Old Artist Taught Me

Guest author, Crista Cloutier, shares what she learned from a chance encounter with an 8-year old artist:   I was on my bicycle whizzing down a hill under a dry wash when something caught my e…

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How to talk to your kids about art

You don’t have to know a lot about art to have a worthwhile conversation…

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How to Balance Art & Life | Artsy Shark

How do you make it all work – family, work schedule, creative time – without going crazy? Consider these strategies to create balance…

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It Takes Guts To Be An Artist

It takes guts to create art. At its core, to be an artist is to be vulnerable- to feel deeply and allow others into those feelings. It is about exposing and bringing to light those things found dee…

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How to make it as an artist in 2015

From finding your audience to learning what directors really want: industry experts reveal how to hit new heights with your art this year.

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Are Your Critics Right? How To Judge Your Own Work

You hear it all the time from artists: “Oh, I ignore the critics.” But is that the right decision? Sometimes, it’s a good idea to listen to the critics.

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Why Reading On Paper, Scientifically, Makes Us Happier People.

Technology isn’t always so great…

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Some researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness…

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How Reading Transforms Us

Art doesn’t try to dictate what you think. It helps you change yourself…

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