Thursday, October 30, 2014

Austin Kleon, artist, writer, speaker

Austin at work.

Austin Kleon is a thief, a writer, and an artist. His home is in Austin, Texas but he lives on the internet. That is where he finds his inspiration, his ideas, and spreads his good word about creativity. 
His sketches are beautiful, lots of possibilities here.

His book, “Steal like an artist,” is based on 10 principles that every freelancer should embrace. The one this post focuses on is from chapter 5, “Side projects and hobbies are important.”
He writes, “One thing I’ve learned in my brief career: It’s the side projects that really take off. By side projects I mean the stuff that you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play. That’s actually the good stuff. That’s when the magic happens.”

Remove everything until all that is left is the idea.
Kleon enjoys having more than one project going at a time, as well as a hobby. He writes, “It’s so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that’s just for you. You don’t try to make money or get famous off it, you just do it because it makes you happy. A hobby is something that gives but doesn’t take. While my art is for the world to see, music is only for me and my friends. We get together every Sunday and make noise for a couple of hours. No pressure, no plans. It’s regenerative. It’s like church.”
Kleon has a lot of projects going at the same time to cross pollinate ideas.

Here's how he describes the life of a project, attributed to Maureen McHugh.

Kleon’s book is a good read. You can find it, and many other interesting tidbits, at his website, 

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