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
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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This book is about attitude, determination, and understanding both the risks and the rewards inherent in attempting to make any sort of life in the arts. Deavere Smith is a wonderfully straightforward ... Read full review

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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

Contents

relationships
41
Teacher
45
Struggling Artists
57
Agents Gallery Owners Managers
63
Dealing with the Man or Your Power
70
Mentors
77
Find Your Twin
83
The West Wing III
89
Stage Fright
146
Chains 55
155
Stamina Diamonds and Try 6
161
Failure 67
167
Faith 73
173
The Place for Art
177
Fame and Authenticity 84
184
The Death of Cool 90
190

Your NameYour Fame
95
Presence 07
107
More Than One Idea 20
120
Fear
133
Soul
140
The World Is Your Lab 99
199
RESOURCES FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
207
ACKNOWLEDGNMENTS
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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