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Letters to a Young Artist | [Anna Deavere Smith]

Letters to a Young Artist

From "the most exciting individual in American theater" (Newsweek), here is Anna Deavere Smith's brass-tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes. In the manner of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, Deavere Smith mentors her young artist over a period of five years, sharing her hard-won wisdom about the challenges and rewards of the artistic life.
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From "the most exciting individual in American theater" (Newsweek), here is Anna Deavere Smith's brass-tacks advice to aspiring artists of all stripes. In the manner of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, Deavere Smith mentors her young artist over a period of five years, sharing her hard-won wisdom about the challenges and rewards of the artistic life.

Drawing on her own life experiences as an actor, teacher, and playwright, Deavere Smith provides a motivating example for how to pursue one's art without compromise, while offering tips on everything from how to stay healthy to building a diverse network of friends and professional alliances. Honest, passionate, and inspiring, this audiobook has life-changing potential.

©2006 Anna Deavere Smith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, Motivational, 2007

"With a pithiness that wards away the preachy, Smith succeeds in conveying the pain, the joy, and the effort that characterize a life on the stage and in the world." (Publishers Weekly)
"Smith is generous, vulnerable, and perceptive. Readers of all disciplines will come away from these pages feeling opened, nurtured, and eager to follow Smith's call to action." (Booklist)

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    colleen Tacoma, WA, United States 11-05-12
    colleen Tacoma, WA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!!"
    Would you listen to Letters to a Young Artist again? Why?

    I HAVE already listed to it again and will continue to keep it as a reminder of the principles I strive to up hold as an artist in this time of amazing change.


    What other book might you compare Letters to a Young Artist to and why?

    Perhaps Dale Carnegie's "How to win friends and influence people" but in a creative sort of way. This book is not only a wonderful guide for the creative individual who's just trying to put a plan into perspective which is a very intense and complicated thing to do with creativity. (the flux of the unknown) It's also a guide to becoming a better human being. Being an artist is about taking responsibility of an amazing gift. It is not an excuse to avoid responsibility in any way shape or form because of the beautiful uninhibited, unpredictable, and out of this world influence that artists are sometimes afraid to loose with scary words such as presence and timeliness as well as many others that Anna Deavere Smith tackles like pro linebacker at the Superbowl. Bravo, Ms. Smith. I work full time as a professional artist and hung on every word with a smile and a wow. Thank you for sharing this creative wisdom.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Deavere Smith – was your favorite?

    Herself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just smile.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great book for any creative venture. Whether creative bookkeeping or building a sculptural mind maze for the long trip through the worm hole to Mars... It's a guide, and a sweet invitation into what great things we can accomplish with principals to keep us intact, giving art and creativity a purpose of greatness as well as an open path.

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