Dare to Begin: Stop Dreaming & Start Creating

By Jess Novak

Artists are often fooled into believing many false and damaging narratives. They’re told their hobby doesn’t matter or isn’t worth the time and money it will require. They’re made to believe they don’t have talent or aren’t “good enough.” They’re ruled by fear rather than the excitement that fueled them as a child chasing their dream.

This book dismantles those false beliefs and gives readers actual tools to make their hopes of a creative life start happening. Made for all ages and levels, this book gives the advice we’re often left desiring after we take lessons or courses. It tackles the real questions of how to overcome fear, jealousy, and our own self-doubt. 

Written from first-hand experience, this book also talks about issues from real examples using the author’s own life. Nothing is made up, glamourized, or talked about hypothetically. This book was created from actual experiences, so readers don’t have to feel alone or ashamed. The author, too, came from a place of fear and insecurity, but overcame it to achieve a successful creative life. You can too.

The book shares examples throughout chapters and ends with personal tips and actual tasks, so readers don’t just read information, they use it immediately to grow through questions and activities they complete after every chapter. 

Free yourself from the things that hold you back. Get ready to learn, create, feel, and expand as you journey through this book.

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About the Author

Jess Novak is a musician, author, and artist who currently lives in Syracuse, New York. With a degree from James Madison University in Communication and Music Industry and a master’s degree from Syracuse University in Music Journalism, Novak’s experiences have ranged from all sides of the entertainment industry. Whether on a microphone, covering a show, or managing the business, this multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter has become well-versed in how to create a successful creative life. 

Novak has worked as a music editor, booking agent, manager, and musician since 2010 and has released eleven original albums to date. She performs as a solo artist, with a duo, and with a band and has toured from Burlington, Vermont to San Diego, California. She has also written two books, one fiction (The House Musician) and one non-fiction (Dare to Begin), with a third on the way. Her passion lies in helping other discover what they love and bring it to the forefront of their lives, and she has helped do this in a variety of ways. From her book, Dare to Begin, which helps people follow their passion, to her all-female events including showcases and F.I.R.E. (females inspire, rock, empower) Festival, her mission is far beyond herself. 

From music, to journalism, to teaching at the college level, Novak has tackled a wide variety of challenges, lending her a unique and textured perspective. To learn more, visit www.jessrocknovak.com.

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