LETTERS TO A YOUNG ARTIST ANNA DEAVERE SMITH PDF

Start your review of Letters to a Young Artist Write a review Shelves: non-fiction , lives-lived A loosely organized collection of musings on working in the arts. The tone struck me as being very much born from a woman who has "made it" and gained so much respect and success in her career. So there are plenty of gems. But there are just as many asides about lunch with the rich and famous and references to the most impressive highlights on her resume.

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Start your review of Letters to a Young Artist Write a review Shelves: non-fiction , lives-lived A loosely organized collection of musings on working in the arts. The tone struck me as being very much born from a woman who has "made it" and gained so much respect and success in her career. So there are plenty of gems. But there are just as many asides about lunch with the rich and famous and references to the most impressive highlights on her resume.

For a book purported to be so focused on putting art into the hands of a young artist, it made the art world seem completely unattainable. A loosely organized collection of musings on working in the arts. Beyond the great and occasionally poignant insights on confidence, self-esteem, and creation, most of the concrete advice I absorbed was 1. I found myself wanting more substance, even more personal anecdotes from her obviously fascinating life.

It ended up feeling like a mix between a watered down memoir and a self-help book. One of the gems: "Art should take what is complex and render it simply. It takes a lot of skill, human understanding, stamina, courage, energy, and heart to do that. I am interested in the artist who is awake, or who wants desperately to wake up.

Smith has written it in the form of a series of letters to an imaginary young artist named BZ, who ostensibly won her mentorship in an auction. The letters are meant to offer BZ encouragement to pursue a life in the arts. Smith offers inspirational advice about the civic applications 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, This was a challenging, motivating book.

Smith offers inspirational advice about the civic applications 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, whomever that may be. 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.

Smith writes as a teacher and an established, famous artist, but she also writes about not nailing auditions and not getting awards and not knowing how long any given job will last her. The book also has an appendix of resources for artists seeking grants and community. Smith got her start in my favorite city, San Francisco, so her romantic writing about the sunrise over the Golden Gate and Marin got right under my skin. I liked this book A LOT.

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During her college career, she started to identify as black. For the role, Smith transformed herself into a "Cajun voodoo woman. She later told Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Both featured Smith as the sole performer of multiple and diverse characters, based on interviews she had conducted with numerous residents and commentators in the two cities where riots took place. She interviewed more than people as part of her creation of Fires in the Mirror, which dealt with the Crown Heights riot.

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