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BRAVING CREATIVITYCongratulations on your silver book award!


When big change turns your life upside down, do you have the courage to create something new? Change has the disruptive power to catalyze major transformation, but it does not guarantee that you will have the courage walk the unknown path ahead. This book tells the stories of women artists who have confronted their fear at critical moments, and emerged at new beginnings, not just to tell the tale but to thrive beyond their previous imaginations.

Braving Creativity shows you how to make the most of change using the creative skills you already have.

All artists and creative women face the unknown after an unexpected upheaval when the stakes are as high as the loss of an identity or the end of a marriage. This book offers a framework, touchstones, and inspiration with stories from fifteen independent artists – playwrights, visual artists, theater artists, choreographers and filmmakers – who make choices to brave creativity after big life change!

If you enjoy books that champion artists with powerful personal stories and best practices that inspire your courage to create the life and work you love, you’ll love this book!

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Author Bio

Naomi Vladeck is a certified life coach devoted to advancing the work of independent artists and creatives through her company Creativity Matters Coaching. Naomi has been working with and around independent artists for thirty years as a planner, performer, nonprofit founder, and coach. The experience of her husband’s alcoholism and death led to her writing debut: Braving Creativity, Artists Who Turn the Scary, Messy, Thrilling Path of Change into Courageous Transformation. Naomi has a gift for turning crisis and confusion into courage and clarity so that artists can become the creators of their lives. When not traveling to ice hockey games with her son, Naomi is dreaming up ways to inspire artists to embrace change and find the courage to create the life and work they love. For more information, go to

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