Author Austin Kleon proposes a radical solution to our creative problem: get famous. From celebrities to artists, Kleon shows how moving into the spotlight can make you a better writer, artist, woodworker, or designer—even if you don’t change at all. Here are his tips for becoming known in a world that prizes anonymity over all else: Be confident in your artistic work. Don’t feel defensive when someone calls you out about what they dislike.
Can you believe we have just 34 percent of the world’s population? Can you imagine how much art and culture would be created if people of all backgrounds were given equal opportunities to express themselves? In this groundbreaking new book, Kleon will show you how to take that critical next step on your creative journey.
In his New York Times bestseller, he shows readers how to unleash the creative potential in each moment by “stealing” from the community of other artists. Now he guides you on a path from creativity to fame—a journey as unpredictable, messy, and inspiring as living a life of your design.
In an urgent, wide-ranging exploration of the infinite possibilities of artistic collaboration and engagement, Austin Kleon explores how artists use their work to build alliances, get noticed in an increasingly competitive world, and create communities that offer new ways of thinking. Kleon doesn’t just talk about how “artists need one another”—he shows us how to make that happen.
About Show Your Work Book
In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.
Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, and productive.
In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.