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© 2010, John T Unger
When I was growing up I wanted to be an artist, or maybe a superhero. And everyone was quick to tell me "people just don't do that in real life, that's all just stories and nonsense."
But my heroes were heroes, so I figured that's what I oughta do too. I think most of the time, what really makes a hero is having the balls to stand up and do it anyway, no matter what people tell you is possible. Of course, it helps to study how the artists and heroes before you managed to pull it off, and ultimately, that's what this show is about.
My goal with Art Heroes Radio is to help artists and entrepreneurs become heroes on their own terms.
About Art Heroes Radio
Art Heroes Radio features conversations every Thursday evening with established and upcoming artists, creative professionals and experts in related fields. Go behind the scenes with guests like Austin Kleon, Hugh MacLeod, and others to see how a successful creative career feels, how they got where they are, and how they stay on track even when success turns out differently than they imagined.
The focus of the show is advice for artists and creative entrepreneurs presented in a conversational format. Learn what works (and what doesn't) from artists and creatives who have pioneered new ways to build an arts career. The stories and ideas presented add up to an ongoing guide put together by and for people living and working in the arts. From business and marketing ideas, to discussions on how to cope with fame, fans or family, the show will cover all aspects of the artists' life. Learn how to grow, manage and maintain your arts career from those who've done it the hard way.
Art Heroes Review is a weekly digital magazine which presents the information from each episode of Art Heroes Radio in the most useful and usable format possible. The name Art Heroes Review was carefully chosen to reflect the fact that it is both a serial publication on a regular schedule, as well as a review of the best information contained in each show.
About Art Heroes Host, John T. Unger
I'm best known as an artist and designer, but relaxing makes me tense, so I tend to put in a lot of hours on diverse projects.
I've been making art professionally since about 1995, and have made a full-time living as an artist since 2000. On the way to a successful art career I've been a poet and writer, a tech geek, a print and web designer, illustrator, industrial designer, musician, teacher, actor, set designer and even a paid guru once.
I started Art Heroes to share what I know with other artists and help them achieve success in their lives and work. I've spent years doing one-on-one coaching with other artists… it finally occurred to me that by sharing these conversations, they could reach more people.
As an early pioneer of selling art online, I've consulted with companies including Six Apart, PayPal, 1000 Markets and others to help build better tools for artists and small businesses to succeed on the web.
I like to joke that I'm the world's most well-educated self-taught artist — I've learned pretty much everything I know by doing it. I work in a lot of different styles using a wide variety of materials. I find that each new medium informs all which have come before.
It's all the same thing in the end— I wake up most days thinking about how I want to change, fix or improve some aspect of the world. And after a couple cups of coffee I get started on it. My specialty is impossibility remediation: if it can't be done, I'm on it.
Learn More about John T. Unger
- Visit Johntunger.com to view or purchase my artwork
- Follow me on Twitter or Facebook
- Background stories (interviews and press)
- My Artist Statement + Bio
- My Curriculum Vitae
- my Bibliography
- Art and photos on Flickr
- My writing site: I Got No Zen
- TypePad Hacks
You can Google me to see what people have to say, but here are a handful of endorsements and articles I'm particularly proud of.
- Brian Clark: How to Sell Niche Products With Your Blog
- Seth Godin: The two best ways to make money with your blog
- Chris Guillebeau: “It’s Only Life Or Death”: Disaster And Opportunity Interview With John Unger
- Mark McGuiness: An Interview with John T. Unger – Artist and Impossibility Remediation Specialist
- Clint Watson, FineArtStuioOnline.com: "We've watched and learned over the months from sculptor John T. Unger, creator of Artisanal Firebowls. He's been a great source of inspiration and information for artists who want to make a living with their art and forge their way into this brave new world of marketing and selling art online. In fact, we have relied on John's experiences to illustrate the effectiveness of the marketing ideas we teach in this space, including quoting him here and here. John was also featured a few months back in an interview on the Lateral Action blog: an interview we linked to, tweeted and recommend all artists take the time to read… In short, John has always been a friend to the art community...sharing his artwork, his ideas and his stories. We've all learned a lot from him. We've all benefited from the help he has generously provided."
- Matt Trifiro, CEO of 1000 markets: "I have come to know John Unger well over the last year. John is one of the hardest-working, most selfless artists I have met. Whenever we speak on the phone, he inevitably will turn the conversation to how he is helping other artists to be successful at their business."