Book Review: Show your Work!

One of the foremost social platforms that we have today is Instagram. As a creative this is where you would probably go to first for you work to get noticed. Yes, even as a beginner, you shouldn’t be afraid to show your work. Instagram has a wonderful art community and the people I’ve met there have been friendly. There will be tough critics there but I say you use those comments to further improve your art.
“Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.”
However, in Instagram or any other social media platform for that matter, there are some basic etiquette and strategies that you’ll learn along the way. This is why when I learned about the book, Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon, I couldn’t wait to read it. I read it from cover to cover while I was on vacation in HK early this year.
Austin Kleon is a wonderful writer and he provided some very useful insights about being a creative in this digital world.
“We all love things that other people think are garbage. You have to have the courage to keep loving your garbage, because what makes us unique is the diversity and breadth of our influences, the unique ways in which we mix up the parts of culture others have deemed “high” and the “low.”
When you find things you genuinely enjoy, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about it. Don’t feel guilty about the pleasure you take in the things you enjoy. Celebrate them.”
If you find yourself in a bookstore or browsing an online bookstore, go ahead and check this book out. I highly recommend it.

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

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