Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career

Katharine Sise, Perseus/Running, $15.95 paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-76243-869-3
When Sise was in her early 20s, she realized she needed a second job to support her acting career. Instead of temping or waitressing, she stayed true to her creative nature and chose jewelry design, and in a few years she was able to support herself without sacrificing her dreams or temperament to an office job. In fresh, funny, and cheerful prose, she helps her readers figure out what they want to do and build a roadmap for getting there. She breaks down the practicalities of a fulfilling and financially self-sufficient life, including finding a mentor, deciding when to leave a day job, developing weapons for overcoming fear, learning the legalities, as well as résumé polishing, interviewing, negotiating, and publicizing yourself. Emphasizing self-evaluation and the use of helpful worksheets, Sise presents solid practical advice and encouragement through interviews with famous "creative girls." Her comprehensive stock of information and playful tone—she urges readers to "Know Your Strength, Know Your Kryptonite"—round out a wonderful survival guide for women looking to make the leap to a satisfying, self-directed career. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/19/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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