Letters to a Young Artist
Straight-Up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts--For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind
By Anna Deavere Smith
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400032389, 227pp.
Publication Date: January 24, 2006
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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.
“Will serve as inspiration to artists of every age.” –Laurence Fishburne
“A practical manual for any artist as well as a powerful reminder of how we can and should live through our art.” –Martin Sheen
“Imagine being pen pals with one of the world’s greatest artistic geniuses. That is the miracle of this book.” –Kerry Washington
“Brilliant. . . . A treasure for anyone contemplating a career in the arts–and, frankly, for anyone already in the midst of one.” –Dawn Raffel
“A motivating example for all of us.” –Mary Ellen Mark
“Her advice is as relevant to a youngster just beginning to explore artistic options as it is to adults already accomplished in their art.” –Esmeralda Santiago