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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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ISBN-10: 1400032385

ISBN-13: 9781400032389

Edition: 2006

Authors: Anna Deavere Smith

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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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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Basics
Presence
Being In It, and Out of It, at the Same Time
Confidence
Self-Esteem
Discipline
The Man
Exchanges
Procrastination
Trust
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword
For Rent
Relationships
Struggling Artists
Agents, Gallery Owners, Managers, Lawyers, Publicists, Accountants, Bookkeepers, and So Forth
Dealing with the Man (or Your Power)
Support
Jealousy
Mentors
Reaching Out
Find Your Twin
Work
The West Wing
The West Wing II
The West Wing III
The West Wing IV
The West Wing V
Auditioning, Selling Your Wares
Audition
Your Name/Your Fame
Teacher
Teacher II
Presence II
Matters of the mind
Questions
More Than One Idea
Art and Reality
Matters of the heart
Fear
Sense Memory
Soul
Empathy
Stage Fright
Keeping the faith
Chains
Suicide and Keeping the Faith
Stamina, Diamonds, and "Try"
Alienation
Failure
Faith
Art and society
The Place for Art
Taking Care of Yourself
Fame and Authenticity
Fool
The death of cool
Urgency
The Death of Cool
You'll End Up Like Dostoevsky
The World Is Your Lab
The Ultimate Presence
Resources for Young Artists
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits