Real Artists Have Day Jobs: (And Other Awesome Things They Don't Teach You in School)

Real Artists Have Day Jobs: (And Other Awesome Things They Don't Teach You in School)

by Sara Benincasa

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For readers of Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and #Girlboss, a hilarious—yet heartfelt—guide to growing up and taking your place in the world by the popular comedian and author of the highly praised Agorafabulous!

While the practical aspects of new adulthood can be nerve-wracking—dating, job-hunting, money-managing—the most important task of all is figuring out who you are and where you fit in the world. Author and comedian Sara Benincasa, now in her mid-thirties, had an absolutely harrowing early twenties and now, on the other side, she has a LOT of hard-earned wisdom and common sense to share.

Real Artists Have Day Jobs includes 52 witty, provocative essays on how to live like a real adult—especially for those who have chosen a slightly more offbeat path to get there. Chock full of information and advice, Sara’s warm, smart, empathetic, and quirky voice is relatable to everyone from twenty-somethings and recent college grads to anyone a bit older who’s still trying to figure things out. While Sara doesn’t have all of life’s answers, this indispensable book has more than its share!

Essays include:

  • How to Read a Book
  • Real Artists Have Day Jobs
  • The Power of Being a Dork
  • Put Your Clutter in Purgatory
  • Ask for Exactly What You Want
  • Elect Your Own Executive Board

Equal parts entertaining and educational, Real Artists Have Day Jobs is a life-changing book for strivers and misunderstood creatives everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062369826
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 171,732
File size: 721 KB

About the Author

Sara Benincasa is a comedian and author of  Real Artists Have Day Jobs (William Morrow 2016) as well as the books  DC Trip (Adaptive Books 2015), Great (2014), and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom (William Morrow 2012), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. She is currently adapting DC Trip as a film with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine, Nebraska, Election), Van Toffler, and Adaptive Studios. She is currently adapting Agorafabulous! as a TV pilot with executive producers Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara), and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College and Columbia University Teachers College. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: There Are 52 Essays in This Book but Please Read This Part First 1

1 Real Artists Have Day Jobs 4

2 How to Read a Book 9

3 Everything Is Intersectional 15

4 It Gets Better, Mostly 19

5 Do It Anyway 29

6 Put Your Clutter in Purgatory 34

7 When You Don't Know What to Do, Ask a Successful Woman 37

8 You Can Do Magic 45

9 Feel All the Feelings 50

10 There Will Be Shit Days 58

11 Elect Your Own Executive Board 66

12 Take Care of Your Teeth 70

13 Stop Apologizing for Everything 75

14 Radical Overconfidence 78

15 Join the Fancy Club at the Airport 84

16 When You Can't Figure Something Out, Put Yourself in Water 90

17 Take the Compliment 92

18 Go Fuck Yourself (No, Really! Masturbation Is Important) 100

19 Wear a Weird Hat 102

20 Listen 104

21 The Power of Being a Dork 106

22 Everything's Not Alright (and That's Alright) 116

23 Life Is Too Short for Shitty Friends 124

24 Self-Care for Women in Comedy 134

25 Prioritize Sleep 137

26 Sleep Naked 142

27 Ask Questions 144

28 Surprise! You Don't Have to Love Your Family 149

29 Breathe 156

30 Give It Away Now 164

31 Abuse Is Fucking Complicated 167

32 Make Art Like a Little Kid 175

33 Bridge the Gaps in Your Pop Cultural Education 179

34 When People Tell You Who They Are, Believe Them 183

35 Ask for Exactly What You Want 187

36 Don't Buy Into the Marriage Myth 193

37 Tell Your Partner What You Like in Bed 196

38 Gratitude Ss Underrated 200

39 Write Fan Letters 204

40 Acknowledge That Having a Kid Doesn't Make You an Adult 208

41 A Vagina Is Not a Time Machine 211

42 Always Say Hello to Older People, Because They Are Invisible 215

43 Identify a Personal Prejudice and Educate It into Nonexistence 218

44 Let an Animal Adopt You 222

45 Walk Your Way to a Solution 232

46 It's Always Time to Play 236

47 Realize Your Dress Size Doesn't Matter 238

48 The Darkness Is Where the Good Stuff Starts 241

49 Your Normal Is Not Everybody Else's Normal 246

50 This Too Shall Pass 250

51 Always Celebrate Rainbows 251

52 Look in the Mirror and Say "I Love You" 252

Acknowledgments 255

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