In our culture, artistic genius and poverty seem inevitably linked, but does it have to be that way? Jim Henson didn’t think so. An iconic creator and savvy businessman, Henson is a model for artists everywhere: Without sacrificing his creative vision, Henson built an empire of lovable Muppets that continues to educate and inspire - and a business that was worth $150 million at the time of his death. How did he ever pull it off? And how can other creators follow in his path? In Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career, journalist and educator Elizabeth Hyde Stevens presents 10 principles of Henson’s art and business practices that will inspire artists everywhere. Part manifesto, part history, part cultural criticism, part self-help, Make Art Make Money is a new kind of business audiobook for creative professionals: A guide for creating and succeeding thanks to lessons from the Muppet Master himself.
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Tedious and boring
This is an incredible book!
Out of 82 audible books I have listen to, this is the only one I have felt compelled to review and score.
I listened to this book because I am a sculptor (and the title is inexplicably less than $5), not because I was interested in Jim Henson. The author's clear passion, however, is palpable and persuasive about the monumental genius of Henson. I think over the coming weeks I will have to re-look at his work, which I only have fuzzy memories of and was previously somewhat indifferent to, mainly because I was so young in his heyday.
The author also does a convincing job of laying out Henson as a model for small-time artists to emulate while trying to genuinely grow in their work and live on the proceeds.
In my mind she has laid to rest the conflict of "Selling-out VS Artistic Integrity"; again using Henson and how he navigated this perilous area as a model. This is all somewhat philosophical as this is not a "how-to" book per se.
I found myself exclaiming out-loud in my studio "oh, wow" several times and was compelled enough to finish this rather long book (by my standards) in two days.
If I am required to offer a critique it would be that I found it odd that the author used the same quotes in different parts of the book word-for-word. This was odd for me (besides the repetitive nature) because this book is so clearly and thoroughly researched I was certain she had other interview quotes she could have used.
Minor really when weighed against how informative, entertaining, and compelling this book really is!
I can't believe this was written by a first-time (non-fiction) author! I think Ms. Stevens might be a monumental talent in her own right.
- Matthew Duffy