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Book Review: I AM a Professional Artist
The Key To Survival and Success in the World of the Arts
By Suzi Z. Brathwaite
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Title: "I AM a Professional Artist The Key To Survival and Success in the World of the Arts"
Author: Gilli Moon
Publisher: Warrior Girl Music, 2nd edition 2003
Price: $19.95 E-book also available

“I AM A Professional Artist” is a new book written by Gilli Moon, a very well known artist who once again gives her time, knowledge and support as an artist to others. In many ways her books become a start-up book for independent artists, who have just started their careers or have struggled for years and still cannot find a niche and success in their work.

Gilli’s motivational book is based on her life and her growing as a human being, as an artist, and also as a businesswoman who wants to succeed so that she can give back to others. Her book is written simply and with practical, every day ideas, which should be used by each and every one of us.

She talks to you as a good friend, who is honest with you and gives you some hard questions, such as: “What kind of professional artist are you? Do you see yourself as a student of life? Where do you see the road in the future for the professional Artist in your chosen field? What does the word ‘success’ mean to you in theory? Do you think there is a difference between Art and Craft?”

If these are questions you didn’t ask yourself and terms you didn’t know about, now is the time for you to go through all of them so that you will know your desires and goals, where you want to go, and how you will get there. You will go through all these questions with Gilli. Step by step you will learn 'Gilli's 9 Lessons' that are simply explained in her book. If there is more to read and for you to do, she will point it out and suggest where to look for them.

Her book is based on a simple passion: loving what you do and what your art represents, not selling yourself for anything in this world. In the end, you will always be rich, if not richer. Do not measure yourself by how much money you earn and how many people like what you do, give yourself the benefit of a doubt - that you know what you are doing and how you want it to be done.

Because we live in a world where for a living we have to earn money, to be happy, and be able to create our Art, we also have to realize how we will get to the point where we see ourselves in 10 years from now. Becoming a businessperson and an artist is a must today, which has to be learned and taken as it is. Gilli gives you an example of how she started with her own business, Warrier Girl Music , and how the work has to be organized, the way you will be able to earn money, while at the same time work on your art and reach your personal fulfillment.

Gilli is honest with you all the way as she shows you ups and downs. In many ways, I believe she is too sweet and gentle but then again, we are talking about someone’s dreams. For Gilli's success is not about having everything: “To me, success in the Arts is not about having everything. It’s about having what you need. Sometimes that’s just … joy … being comfortable in your skin!” For her, being self-motivated is a success but for someone else, success can be money, a Grammy, so-called token rewards. By helping you find out about yourself, you will find the right path, and how to find the right strategy of business for yourself.

Gilli believes in a simple formula of the Three Os: Optimism + Organized = Opportunity. Her book is based on believing in yourself and she constantly reminds you of positive/optimistic thinking. She says, “To be successful, you must position yourself as already successful. Become who you want to be by living your life the way you see it in the future. Be confident, be optimistic, be organized and await the opportunities.” Gilli believes in the power of a mind, body and soul, to nourish them in all possible ways, and with patience, you will succeed in your own Art.

”I AM a Professional Artist” is ‘emotional soul food’ that many times is needed on our bookshelves, so that we can always come back and get the needed energy from every single word that Gilli Moon is offering us from her own experience as a Professional Artist who found her identity and didn’t lose it. She is growing each year. She is gives what she finds back to artists through many projects such as the Songsalive organization that Gilli founded,, which supports and promotes songwriters around the world and the program, , which empowers artists to achieve self-made success.

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