Letters to a Young Artist

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Anchor Books, 2006 - Business & Economics - 227 pages
21 Reviews
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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Review: Letters to a Young Artist

User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

The young artist in the title is a fictional student. The "letters" give general encouragement and some interesting tidbits about what life as an artist is like, but the book left me wishing the author had written a memoir instead. Read full review

Review: Letters to a Young Artist

User Review  - Steph - Goodreads

This is an easy to read series of letters from Anna Deavere Smith to 'BZ', an aspiring painter still in highschool, full of advice about pursuing the life of an artist. The letters didn't speak to me ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

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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