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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer/director/producer, creativity expert, inspirational speaker, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, Vancouver, and Sydney. AMAW was honored by Backstage four years in a row and named the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read). Meindl is a guest teacher at David Lynch's Masters in Film Program, was a panelist at the GATE Story Conference founded by Jim Carey and Eckhart Tolle, and a guest speaker at the Association of Transformational Leaders (ATL) conference alongside Neal Donald Walsch (Conversations with God) and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For The Soul). Meindl is known for teaching the new generation of Hollywood stars led by Golden Globe Nominee Shailene Woodley (Divergent). He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and Backstage. He is the author of the Amazon.com best-selling creativity book At Left Brain Turn Right, and his new book Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups is available now. His first feature film, Birds Of A Feather, can be seen on iTunes, VUDU, Playstation, and Xbox, and his second feature film, The Wonder Girls, is in pre-production.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Meta Creative (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615534864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615534862
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I kept trying to read it but it was just stories that had nothing to do with creating. It felt like the author was just tying to prove how creative of a writer he is. I skimmed the first three chapters then skipped around a bit, but I just could not sink in. No idea what's up with the positive reviews.

(Update: only read the last chapter because it is actually filled with useful information and is actually quite inspiring unlike the rest of the book.)
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I really wanted a fun book to jump-start my creativity along the lines of the Artist's Way books and this was not it. I was underwhelmed by the content, which was a collection of other people's quotes followed by the author's anecdotes relayed in a promotional tone followed by recycled homework assignments. Did any of his actor friends actually read this book before they recommended it? I doubt it.
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I bought this book prompted by all the glowing positive reviews and I was really disappointed.

It is a poor excuse for a book written like a motivational seminar speech. The sentences are often broken, which makes it *really* difficult to read coherently. The content is a collection of poorly pieced together anecdotes that don't really make a lot of sense.

Do not make the mistake I made. If you are tempted to buy this book - order a preview (I think the Kindle allows you to do so) and read that before pressing the buy button.
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It has become apparent these reviews are from family member and/or friends. This book is not even close to what the reviews read. Maybe for models or actors/actresses that have a hard time getting caught up with modern drama shows or have a dying need to be accepted in this genre of people this book would be helpful. (My opinions)
I found it very dry and difficult reading through these life changing events that the writer had experienced.
I purchased it, because of all of the reviews claiming how great this book is. This could not be more wrong.
The only thing I like about this book is the art on the cover. haha. Save your money.
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This book can be a helpful and useful inspiration and tool to see the need to reroute our overdone mental processes characteristic of the left brain so they're then channeled into the creative right brain. However, as a long term acting student I would caution those who even benefit from this that it doesn't then translate into success in creative scene work. Much of my background has been in Meisner oriented classes where exercises in the well known repetition exercises and improvisations as fun or even challenging as they've often been just don't result in what I've felt was really spontaneous, even truthful scene work. Admittedly, much of this came from having to deal with stage fright, which I would concede was apparently so embedded in my psyche(the left brain's judgemental function getting about as raucous as it did!)so that in itself was but nowadays rarely is an issue and it wasn't mitigated by all the exercises in the world I did, including meditation. So "at the end of the day" I feel this book has its place but acting students would be wise to temper their enthusiasm with the realizations I myself had(and I say this I having observed the same kind limitations with a fair number of other acting students as well).
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It's amazing how a book can change your views so drastically. Your views on yourself, the world, philosophy, science, etc. will change once you read this book. I recommend it to anyone who has the ability to be creative -- everyone.

The book is divided into 15 weeks where each week there is an exercise to help fuel your creativity. Meindl keeps his subjects very simple to understand. You do not have to be an experienced thespian to understand this book. This book applies to anyone and everyone no matter what level you are as an actor. On every page, he provokes you and your mind to figure out why we are so hard on ourselves and shut off our creativity.

You do not have to be an actor read this book. If you have any creative bug that is itching, then this book is for you. Meindl's book is not like any other acting book you'll find. This book is really an extension of his philosophy and how he approaches his work. If you are still skeptical, you can find his lessons on YouTube and you can get a sense of what it's like. He is an inspiring and motivating person, and this book is just that.
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An INCREDIBLE read. My husband Ben purchased this when he started taking acting classes at Anthony's NYC studio, and he couldn't put it down. it's not just a book for artists. In my mind, we're all here to create, and Tony helps remove the obstacles in our way that are keeping us from living a fuller, more complete life. It's a truly inspiring book, and one that we'll continue to read over and over throughout our lives.
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Anthony Meindl is one of those rare human beings who knows how to connect. His book is filled with inspiring ways for all of us to connect; with ourselves, with each other, and with that creative Spirit inside of us that longs to be let loose. His authentic, laugh out loud voice keeps reminding us to be Real. He cuts through all of our excuses and shows us that it is ok to take that leap of faith into genuine Being. Anyone who is looking for inspiration and practical ways to get on with their life is going to benefit from reading At Left Brain Turn Right. And anyone looking to pursue a career in acting needs to read this book.
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