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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 4 2016

About

The Art of Failure is an inspirational book filled with 50 original drawings and true stories of 25 extraordinary men and 25 extraordinary women from the past and the present, who overcame failure to be the icons they are today. 

Book Mockup
Book Mockup

The Art of Failure features 50 full page original and uniquely styled portraits by 50 different artists from around the world.

J.K. Rowling - Artwork by Ai Mai
J.K. Rowling - Artwork by Ai Mai

  

 

Vera Wang - Artwork by Zhelly
Vera Wang - Artwork by Zhelly

 

Each story in 'The Art of Failure' is carefully written, fact checked and will be combed through by a professional editor to give a detailed and inspiring account of each persons journey through failure and how they arose out of it.

When we ourselves fail, it helps to be reminded that everyone experiences failure.

To be reminded how J.K. Rowling was almost homeless as she was writing the first Harry Potter book.

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling

To be reminded how James Murphy - the founder of the critically acclaimed band LCD Soundsystem was a 26 year-old 'nobody' who had dropped out of university with no prospects before he started his acclaimed band and record label. 

James Murphy
James Murphy

To be reminded how Vera Wang's dream to be a olympic ice skater was crushed after 7 years of trying, only for her to venture into the fashion industry and become a global sensation.

Vera Wang
Vera Wang

To be reminded how Jack Ma applied for 30 jobs, including jobs for the police and at KFC and was rejected by all of them before founding Alibaba - one of the most valuable companies on earth.

Jack Ma
Jack Ma

Here are some more amazing people whose story of overcoming failure will be included in the book.

 
  • Matt Stone and Trey Parker - Creators of South Park.
  • Opera Winfrey -  Created a TV Empire
  • Chris Gardner - His life story was the basis of the film, The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Brian Cheesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk - Founders of Airbnb 
  • Sarah Blakely - Created Spanx - a billion dollar company.
  • Larry David - Co-creator of Seinfeld.
  • Lucille Ball - First woman to run a major television Studio.
  • Charlie Parker - One of the greatest Jazz saxophonists.
  • Cecilia Payne - British astronomer and astrophysicist 
  • Richard Branson - Founder of the Virgin Group
  • Soichiro Honda - Founder of Honda
  • Gertrude Elion - Female Biochemist and Nobel Laurette
  • Nick Woodman - Founder of GoPro
  • Charlize Theron - Oscar Winning Actress
  • The Beatles - Arguably the greatest band ever 
  • Harvey Milk - Politician and gay rights icon

 

 1. The Book

'The Art of Failure' will be a beautiful hardcover book, 8x10" filled with 50 true stories of people overcoming failure and 50 full colour portraits created by 50 amazing artists from around the globe. The cover will have a beautiful matte finish with a sturdy back bind. The durable thick paper will be 105Ib and of the highest quality. The book will be printed in the United States at one of the most reputable printing companies. 

Each story will be edited by a professional editor to make sure they are error free and well constructed.

2. A3 Prints

Select any one of our 50 portraits to have printed in a large high quality A3 size print. A full gallery of the 50 portraits will be provided once the drawings have been completed.

Jack Ma Print Mockup
Jack Ma Print Mockup

 

James Murphy Print Mockup
James Murphy Print Mockup

  

Failure is an important part of everyones lives and it is how we react to it that can define us. My hope is that people reading this book will realise that failing is perfectly fine and even necessary, it is giving up which is the real crime. It doesn't matter if you are a scientist, singer, actor, writer, entrepreneur, leader or politician. Any successful persons road to success is etched in failure. (And yes, even The Beatles)

I am a part time writer/director filmmaker. I have failed multiple times at many things in my life. I have always found it immensely helpful and inspiring to read how some of my idols experienced failure and how they got themselves out of it. 

I have read so many tales of overcoming failure from so many great men and woman that I wanted to collect them all in a book to share with other people who could do with some inspiration :) 

I have never published a book but I have a lot of experience in writing. I have reached the finals twice in the largest short film festival in the world for films I have written and directed. So I will call upon the skills I have learnt through the filmmaking medium and my academic writing to print a well constructed, high quality and inspiring book.

Me - I also love Skydiving!
Me - I also love Skydiving!

 

 

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Due to the high quality of print and artwork I am after, I will need to reach a $15,000 goal to make it viable to complete.

Risks and challenges

I think overall the risks will be very minimal. The biggest risk will be completing the drawings and story editing on time. As each artist only needs to complete one drawing I don't think this should be a problem. I have already sourced the printing company so once the portraits and the stories have been finalised it should be a very smooth process from there.

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