Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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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 vividly anecdotal letters to the young BZ, she addresses the full spectrum of issues that people starting out will face: from questions of confidence, discipline, and self-esteem, to fame, failure, and fear, to staying healthy, presenting yourself effectively, building a diverse social and professional network, and using your art to promote social change. At once inspiring and no-nonsense, Letters to a Young Artist will challenge you, motivate you, and set you on a course to pursue your art without compromise.


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Given her experience, playwright and actress Smith (Fires in the Mirror) is certainly qualified to give advice to aspiring artists: she has won two Obie Awards and received two Tony nominations and a ... Read full review

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Very good advice for creative people. Anna Deavere Smith has pithy observations about life, great stories about her life as an artist, and sets forth a very clear idea of what it means to be an artist and interact with the world. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
4
Presence
11
Being In It and Out of It at the Same Time
22
SelfEsteem
28
The Man
38
Teacher II
45
Procrastination
47
Presence II
51
More Than One Idea
120
Fear
133
Soul
140
Stage Fright
146
Chains
155
Stamina Diamonds and Try
161
Failure
167
Faith
173

For Rent
54
Struggling Artists
57
Agents Gallery Owners Managers
63
Dealing with the Man or Your Power
70
The West Wing
87
Audition
94
I I
110
The Place for Art
177
Taking Care of Yourself
184
Youll End Up Like Dostoevsky
194
The Ultimate Presence
204
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
226
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Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, a teacher, a playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. She has won two Obie Awards, two Tony nominations for her play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has had roles in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain, and Rent, and she has worked in television on The Practice, Presidio Med, and The West Wing. The founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, she teaches at New York University and lives in New York City.


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