New book by Andrew Simonet, Download version is FREE!

New book by Andrew Simonet, Download version is FREE!

MakingpaperbackMaking Your Life As An Artist

A Guide to Building a Balanced, Sustainable Artistic Life.  Don’t Starve. Make Art.


We want 100,000 artists to read this book. (26,491 downloads so far in two weeks. Nice work, everybody.)
We want you to share the free ebook everywhere. It’s free, people. Pass it around. Don’t hold back.

(Seriously. There’s no catch, no money-making scheme hiding behind the free-ness. It’s free because I want tons of artists to read it. And I want us to change the art world and our culture. So please pass the damn thing around.)

Email us your thoughts, feedback, praise, ideas.
Post it on Facebook.
Follow @theartistsu on Twitter.
Tweet about it, hashtag #unstarvingartist.
Email artist friends.
Post it on your blog (and tell us so we can send people there).
If you teach, send it your students.
If you’re interested, get the press release here.

We will be doing free talks and book events around the country this year. Join our email list and join the movement. Or invite us to your community!

Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and co-director of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Recent projects include CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by you cell phone, Hotel Pool, a dance theater piece performed in and around a hotel swimming pool, and Hippie Elegy, a duet mourning the decline of hippie values set to music by Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. Andrew is in charge of fundraising and development for the company, securing grants from funders such as the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, The Japan Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work has been produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Kyoto Arts Center, The International Contemporary Dance Conference (Bytom, Poland), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Headlong’s work in the Philadelphia arts community includes hosting Dance Theater Camp, a month of workshops and collaboration for professional artists that is entirely artist-run and free for all participants. In 2005, Andrew founded Artists U, a professional development and planning program for individual performing artists in Philadelphia. Andrew created and ran the Dance Program at the Lawrenceville School, a private high school in New Jersey, from 1995 to 2005. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.