Review: The Resilient Artist

I get a lot of material sent to me for review from publishers and retailers, so it’s always lovely when I get to review something by people I know. Although we’ve never met in person, I’ve followed Rachael and Helen online for many years, and we have all seen each other’s lives grow, change and flourish in so many different ways. As experienced musicians and teachers, their new book, The Resilient Artist, brings together their many experiences in a way which offers hope and reassurance to other creatives.

The Resilient Artist is an ebook designed to equip artists (not just musicians) with the kinds of skills which make them and their businesses resilient. As Rachael and Helen say:

“Life is full of difficult twists and turns; recession, divorce, death, illness, failed businesses and of course, the unforeseen pandemic. All of these situations are tough for anyone working in business, however the unpredictable nature of the creative industries can make this a lot tougher.”

The book offers readers a mechanism by which they can reflect on their creative journey, both now, in the past, and in the future. There are useful prompts and reflections to encourage readers to reflect, to ask questions of both themselves as individuals, and their businesses. It’s a book written not just from experience, but from the heart. The authors are not afraid to share their own emotional journeys, many of which will resonate.

An extract from The Resilient Artist by Rachael Forsyth and Helen Sanderson-White

The ebook is just 42 pages long, but the authors have packed the pages full of tips, advice, and in my view, most importantly, honesty. The Resilient Artist is ideal for anyone looking to get back into the groove of creating. Maybe your creativity needs a boost? Maybe you’re not sure where your creative journey is heading? Maybe you lack direction, or find yourselves stuck in a wilderness period? All these scenarios are covered and explored.

In summary, as the authors say:

“This book is designed to give you some hope that your setback is only a season and not a life sentence! Better times will come and eventually you will feel stronger from what you have learnt through this experience. There are plenty of ideas to get the creative juices going, and stories of how we overcame obstacles and found a new way to make things work. It’s always possible to recover from the pressure and regain a rhythm of working and performing.”

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, this book offers hope. It offers you a means to reinvigorate your own creative work and to regain your focus once more. This isn’t a book only for musicians, but for anyone who creates. Maybe you’re a writer or artist? The advice is universal.

Written from the heart and from personal experience, I’m not aware of any other book which seeks to cover these topics. It’s great value, an easy read, and full of practical advice. Essential reading for creatives, whatever stage of the journey you’re on.

The Resilient Artist by Rachael Forsyth and Helen Sanderson-White is published independently and available from Amazon, priced £4.99.

I was sent a review copy of this book free of charge; however, this review is my honest opinion as a teacher. You can find my Reviews Policy here.

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