The artist's compass : the complete guide to building a life and a living in the performing arts / Rachel S. Moore, President and CEO of the Music Center.

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      First Touchstone hardcover edition.
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      Summary: "An inspiring, real world guide for artists in the classic bestselling tradition of What Color Is Your Parachute? that shows how to build a successful, stable career in the performing arts, from the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center who has carved her own success through her creative talent and business skill. While performing artists have many educational opportunities to perfect their craft, they are often on their own when it comes to learning the business skills necessary to launch their careers. At the end of the day, show business is, well, a business. In The Artist's Compass, Los Angeles Music Center CEO Rachel Moore shares how to make life as a performer more successful, secure, and sustainable by approaching a career in the arts like an entrepreneur. A former dancer in the American Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet, Moore knows firsthand what it's like to struggle and succeed as an artist. Now in an offstage role as CEO, Moore shares the hard-won lessons she's learned about making one's own success and encourages every performer to develop creative talent alongside marketable skills. With testimonials from artists like Lang Lang, Sigourney Weaver, and Renee Fleming, plus inspiring anecdotes from Moore's own journey in the arts, The Artist's Compass teaches aspiring performers how to think like an entrepreneur to create their own brand and marketing platform to achieve personal and professional success. In an engaging, realistic, and authoritative voice, Moore combines her artistic and corporate experience to address the finer points of building a career in a challenging industry, teaching young performers how to achieve financial independence so that they might have creative independence"-- Provided by publisher.
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      What does success look like to you? : assessing your goals and strengths as an artist -- The business of performing arts : how the industry works and how you can be a part of it -- Promoting brand "you" : projecting your voice and getting yourself heard -- Who can help? : establishing a network of support to guide the way -- Finding work : where to look, what to ask, and how to land the job -- How to be financially smart from the start : taxes, insurance, and other important survival smarts -- When things go wrong : how to prepare, where to go, what to do -- How to make a "life" (not just a living) as a performer : you are more than what you do for a living.
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      Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-186) and index.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 April #2

Moore, a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and current CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center, offers professional advice for artists across a spectrum of disciplines and career levels. She cautions young artists, as early as pre–high school, who may be considering conservatory training to think carefully about narrowing focus too early, in the event of an eventual career change—something of personal significance to Moore, whose career as a performer ended after a dance injury, though she transitioned into arts administration thanks to her liberal-arts education. Moore also offers a wealth of practical advice for working: how to develop a professional support system, create a website, use social media, and network effectively. Throughout the book, Moore includes quotes from renowned artists, including Renée Fleming and Sigourney Weaver, which help make becoming a successful artist seem attainable. At the same time, the text emphasizes that would-be artists of all kinds must develop realistic expectations. This is not only a sound guide for young artists and the parents of young artists, but it also works well as a refresher for more-veteran performers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 February #2

Moore (president & CEO, Los Angeles Music Ctr.; former executive director, American Ballet Theatre) encourages artists to incorporate business savvy into their job search. One idea is to craft a "mission statement," which helps the creative job seeker focus their career goals. Building a website, using social media, becoming your own brand, and networking are discussed as important tools for promotion. Advice on health insurance, taxes, and even managing traffic violations is highlighted. Adopting this framework can be valuable for individuals who need structure when trying to make additional income while auditioning, performing, etc. Teens will benefit from this approach down the line by having laid some groundwork in career planning. The further reading section expands on the topic and features more perspectives. Libraries should offer current resources on this subject, with many artists looking for jobs while (per Moore) the number of opportunities is shrinking. VERDICT This volume, along with William F. Baker & others' The World's Your Stage, provides sound advice and a complete road map to planning an artistic career.—Barbara Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO

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PW Reviews 2016 February #2

Moore, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center, illuminates the business side of the performing arts in this smart guide for young artists entering their chosen fields. She has a cornucopia of useful tips gleaned through firsthand experience as a dancer, turned arts administrator. She asks readers what success looks like to them, and which unique characteristics they bring to the world. She then urges them to consider their own brand and create an effective network. Moore also emphasizes nitty-gritty matters such as marketing, insurance, where to find work, industry players, copyright law, finances, and healthy living. Her writing style is precise and realistic but also passionate, and it will give readers the sense of a much-needed guiding hand. Moore is qualified to become a mentor to a whole new generation of artists, and they will benefit greatly from her advice. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House. (May)

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