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Passionate About Their Work
151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity

by Leslie C. Halpern

     Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity, by Leslie C. Halpern, is the book for those who love what they do should read. Why? Because I found it was a motivating read. It pumped me up.

When I first got the book, I looked at the chapter headings and knew right away that it would be an interesting read. The chapters that caught my eyes were Overcoming Obstacles, Taking Risks, Embracing Change, Finding the Humor and Best Advice. And yes, I was given information on how to do all of those things. But let me start with the author. Halpern introduces you to each chapter with insight of her own such as, “Should the risks be emotional, spiritual, physical, financial or a mixture of all four?” Hmm, is what I began to think. Good question. Another intro she gave was, “In keeping with the “sensitive artist” stereotype, most people admit to being their own worst critics”. Again my thought was, this is so very true.

Now let me get on to the book. One of the best inspirations given was from the actor Paul Reiser, “Don’t accept no for an answer”. This was to help an artist, writer, film director or whomever in all genres when knowing how to deal with obstacles in your life. Another good piece of advice was “Negativity is infectious, and you have to get rid of it”, from Brandon Walter, screenwriter, producer and director. Lastly, “There are no limits to how far you can push yourself when you have to,” says author Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.. Both these artists were talking about overcoming obstacles.

What can one get from this book? A ton of inspiration and a ton of advice. I know I did. Not only did I feel better after reading the book, I knew that I still had work to do to stay in the mode of being passionate about my work as a writer. One thing for sure, the old saying, it’s never too late to learn something new, still holds.

Now I could go on and on about the inspiration and advice inside this book, but you must read it for yourself. And believe me when I tell you, there is something in it for everyone: whether you are a writer, film producer, screenwriter or artist with paint. It all boils down to finding out if you are really, truly passionate about your work. Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity, by Leslie C. Halpern, is a must read.

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BearManor Media©

August 13, 2010
1-59393-548-X / 978-1593935481
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Sylvia McClain
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