"Success In The Arts: What
It Takes To Make It In Creative Fields"
Sponsored by the Kingston ArtsCouncil
- a presentation by A. Michael Shumate
author of the
book by the same title and Professor of Graphic Design at St. Lawrence
<Read more about his book)
Saturday, March 3
2 - 3:30 pm
94 Stuart Street
Advance tickets $10,
At the door $12
ALL PROCEEDS TO THE KINGSTON ARTS COUNCIL
This discussion is vital for anyone in or considering
entering into any of the arts: music, dance, acting,
filmmaking, writing or visual art (including graphic
design and illustration. The principles covered will
apply equally to all creative careers.
Here are some of the issues that will be covered:
• What qualities contribute most to success in the arts?
• How do you know if you have enough talent?
• What else do you need besides talent?
• What are some myths about creativity?
• What is real creativity and how do you cultivate it?
• How do you deal with criticism?
• How do you "get the breaks" in your field?
• What if you don't make it?
• What is the future of the arts?
Tickets are available:
Wallacks Art and Drafting Supplies, 271 Princess Street
Tara Natural Foods, 81 Princess Street
Frameworks, 198 Princess Street and
745 Bayridge Drive
Kingston Arts Council office:
1-5 pm, Tues-Fri, Wellington Street Theatre (Johnson St. entrance)
"Success In The Arts: What It Takes To Make
It In Creative Fields,"
"Success In The Arts: What It
Takes To Make It In Creative Fields," was
published on February 1 by Kingston's Michael Shumate. "I
was hoping to hit the bestseller list on Amazon.
didn't happen. But
it wasn't a failure, either."
The book's Amazon.ca
overall ranking was 2,086. In Amazon's system, #1
would be the top selling
book and #5,926,473 would be the bottom selling book.
Yes, they really do have 5,926,473 books
for sale. Being book number 2,086 doesn't sound
too good until you divide that score by 5,926,473
and find that Shumate's book was well under the
top 1% (0.0351% to be precise).
Further scores within certain defined "Subject
Rankings," were quite encouraging. Under "Arts &
Photography > Art > General," Shumate's
book was #72. Under "Entertainment > Music >
General" it was #30. #14 under "Literature & Fiction > Drama > General," #10
Entertainment > Performing Arts > Theater > General," and
in both categories of "Arts &
Photography > Art > Instruction & Reference > Business
of Art" and "Entertainment > Music >
Business" it came in at #2.
Success in the Arts" is written for anyone either
in or heading for a career in any of the arts:
writing, acting, film, dance, music or visual art
(including illustration or graphic design). Michael
Shumate is a professor of graphic design at St. Lawrence
College. His background in the wider
world of the arts comes from his family background. "My
father was a career musician, my mother
was an artist. I married a music teacher and together
we've had eight children, each one going into
one of the arts. Three are musicians, including one
who plays French horn for the Phoenix
Symphony, two others are studying film at university,
one is a writer, one more a photographer and
another is a fine woodworker."
The principles Michael covers in "Success in
the Arts" apply equally to all of the arts. "It
know the rules of the game that you are unlikely
to learn in school. Who would want to go onto a
competitive playing field without knowing all of
Shumate formed his own publishing company, Elfstone
press Inc., to produce this book. “
Self-publishing is becoming a real force in the world
of publishing.” Most people don’t realize
that many of the really famous books started out
as self-published books. “What Color Is Your
Parachute?” “The One Minute Manager” and “Who
Moved My Cheese?” are three examples just
from the area of business books.
"It’s a great deal of work and a huge
When asked about his book’s opening day performance
Michael commented, "Many people
collaborated to help this happen and I really am
pleased with the results."
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