Eric Maisel is America’s foremost creativity coach and the author of more than 40 books including Making Your Creative Mark, Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, and Mastering Creative Anxiety. Coming soon: Secrets of a Creativity Coach. Dr. Maisel presents two live one-hour teleclasses every month with the Academy for Optimal Living. You can visit Dr. Maisel at or contact him at

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Coaching the Artist Within: Practice Empathy

Learn to uphold empathy and sincerely relate with every person you meet.

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You Can Be the Exception

With so many artists producing work and so few buyers, standing out is vital. Learn some tips and tricks on ways to prove the exception from Eric Maisel.

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Tap into the 'Creative Tourism' Market

In order to turn tourists into customers, artists must be savvy, proactive, and alert to the vast possibility for income that tourists afford.

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Substance abuse in the creative community

Creatives utilizing alcohol as a mend for their artistic struggles is nothing new.

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Art in 15 minutes a day

Using spare minutes to create or cultivate ideas for creation can be invaluable for busy artists.

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Are you repeating yourself?

Repetition can mean something differently for every artist. What matters is what it means to you.

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How Do You Define Your Life's Purpose?

Passionate artists tend to define themselves by their work. Find out ways to create meaning in your life outside of the art world.

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Asking for Money: Part 3

Don’t send an email and take silence to mean that your email was unwelcome, rejected … people are busy and certain requests take time to process.

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Asking for Money: Part 2

In Part 1 of “Asking for Money” we looked at three tips for doing so. Here are three more. Read on…

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Asking for Money: Part 1

You need money for art supplies, building your website, your marketing efforts, and, well, just to live! One challenge is figuring out where to look for the money you need.

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