Actor and playwright Smith casts her reflections on the creative process, the artist’s life and the acting profession as a series of brief letters. “Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.”. Anna Deavere Smith is renowned for her one-woman shows, which have helped redefine modern theater. In her new book, Letters to a Young.

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The book also has an appendix of resources for artists seeking grants and community. Return to Book Page. If that fact causes you despair. Read it whether you work in the arts or not. Write to me about the result. I’m sure as an artist you have your antennas out all the time for different things that are inspiring. ADS says all of this in a more succinct and interesting way so even if my description doesn’t float your boat, the book is still an interesting read.

In vividly anecdotal letters to the young BZ, she addresses the full spectrum of issues that people starting out will face: I speak in the book about Picasso’s Guernica and what that represented, the questions that it was asking.

The deavwre are meant to offer BZ encouragement to pursue a life in the arts. She is currently the artist in residence at the Center for American Progress. Etymologically I can artisy the connection though, presence requires being present.

This book is another example of an artist being healthy, hard-working, intelligent, full of vitality and awareness. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Anna Deavere Smith writes to a fictional young artist regarding issues relative to working in the arts. You talked about coming to California, looking for the revolution. This is definitely a book for anyone who wants to be or would consider themselves an artist. Smith offers inspirational advice about the civic annz of art, and how it can reveal to audiences a new way of dealing with their own emotions and therefore viewing the world, as well as practical advice about staying hydrated, letting the image of the sickly starving artist go, forming a community of interdisciplinary membership, and talking without fear to The Man, smmith that may be.


Jul 21, Bridgette Hoshont’omba rated it it was amazing Shelves: You understand that every time you go into the studio, you are after something that does not artost exist. Los Angeles, shares advice not only from painters, dancers, writers and actors but from a bull rider, a boxer and a dentist. And then obviously for those of us in the performing arts, presence is this ability really when you’re on stage or on screen to have the person in the audience feel that you’re right next to them. Dec 11, Tracie added it Shelves: That is the miracle of this book.

That those questions and investigations have equal value with the questions being explored in other fields. The revolution was over. The Book Alan W. dsavere

Letters to a Young Artist

I am interested in the artist who is awake, or who wants desperately to wake up. And for this I am truly grateful. Stay in Touch Sign up. Even while engaging many familiar ideas, I kept finding myself wanting to share and practice what I was hearing ADS doesn’t waste time with wimpy, elementary, or patronizing tips and inspirations for an artist. Thanks for joining us. I found myself wanting more substance, even more personal anecdotes from her obviously fascinating life.

And I would say that the artist is deaverr person who is constantly trying to recover that childhood. The book is full of advice both practical and personal for anyone pursuing a creative endeavor. The letters have the immediacy of a genuine correspondence, replying to an imagined request for information “How did you find your mentors?


This is youny of the best books I have ever read on preparing for and working in the arts. I’m a fan of Anna Deavere Smith. The E-mail message field is required. English View all editions and formats.

Everyone around you is making a mark of some kind. She addresses process, feelings, sociality of art, business, physiology, responsibility, joy, belief, and so many specific tasks and values. If I could choose anyone living at this moment to study with, to coach me or give me feedback on my work, whom I have not yet met but whose work I find fascinating, it would be Anna Deravere Smith.

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A loosely organized collection of musings on working in the arts. Allow this favorite yokng to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

Write a review Rate this item: For my “West Wing” loving heart, there was a small section of the book where Smith writes to BZ about getting offered a role on the show that she would end up taking, and in which I admire her greatly.

After 20 years as a professional musician, working often in experimental areas, I can say this all applies to letetrs too.

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