Michael Wiese Productions, $18.95, 169 pages
In his new book, Carl King wants to help you carve out your space in the media landscape. Based on his own experiences, King unlocks the secrets that helped him capture his creativity and succeed. Literally divided by “Part I: You” and “Part II: Them,” King illustrates how to change while refusing to accept your current situation. In the “You” part, King provides building blocks in 14 chapters expanding on the creative career process, your workspace, and controlling your time and energy. Of course, money and finances are addressed as well. In the “Them” part, King explains being a freelancer, workflow and handling clients. With a straightforward approach, King breaks down many concepts, answers questions, and makes them accessible to anyone who is interested in living and achieving the creative life.
Should I work pro bono? What makes strong art? These are just some of the questions he addresses. Marginal text bubbles appear throughout, reinforcing many of King’s ideas or action points. This is an easy-to-read guide for those who want a starting point for their creative ideas and a way to bring out the best of creativity and genius.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Humphrey