We’re all here to learn how to be the creators we truly are. Or, more accurately, to remember who we already are. This happens by sharing ourselves — all parts. Even the parts we want to keep hidden. Especially them. The ones we judge most harshly — the icky, scary, ugly ones.
And once we do, the stuff that held us back from our brilliance — our light — becomes the very stuff that is our source of creativity and inspiration.
So that’s where our journey begins.
A lot of what’s going to help us is to understand the practical applications of many of the concepts I discuss in this book. In order to do so, I use a lot of examples from the work I do with actors.
Why do you think? Look around. We’re everywhere. Our culture is driven by anyone who can become famous for any reason, using their popularity to sell products. A lot of times, it’s actors. Other times it’s an athlete who takes on celebrity status or a YouTube star who brands himself. But the truth is, we all act. Some of us just get paid a lot of money to do it. Acting — perhaps more than any other art form and any other profession — can be understood as a metaphor to make points about who we are — and aren’t — as people.
It seems we’re living in a time where we relate to each other not through who we are but through the roles we play — which include what we accomplish, how much money we make, how we look on Facebook, how famous or beautiful we are, how many hits we get on YouTube and how clever we tweet. Our culture is so oriented toward the roles people play and how we appear to others that when someone shatters those illusions — either negatively or positively — we’re often left having to deconstruct the myths we believed about them in the first place.
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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer/director/producer/teacher and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop – where the “right brain rules” – in Los Angeles and New York. He is endlessly inspired by his students’ fearless creativity and is tireless in discovering new ways to help us all get out of our own way a little bit more each day. He just finished writing/directing his first feature film, Birds of A Feather.
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