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At Left Brain, Turn Right

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15 Weeks and 25 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Brando, Einstein, and Shakespeare:

The most successful and creative people in the world don't possess anything different than you. They have no magic formula or special secret. They've simply prevented the left hemisphere of their brain - the "logical," analytical side - from sabotaging their life. Whether you're a ballerina or ban
Paperback, 1st, 256 pages
Published 2012 by Meta Creative
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Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
As most of my friends can tell you, self-help books are not my usual reading fare. In fact, by and large, I consider them a rip off. They are often platitudes wrapped in various mumbo-jumbo and try to claim they are the only answer, etc. I just don't understand taking generalized advice from a complete stranger that doesn't know anything about your situation and state of mind.

This book caught my eye when I was looking through the First Reads give-away on Goodreads, a social network for book love
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I won this book on a giveaway. I thought it was excellent. I really think any person graduating high school or college should read this so they don't fall prey to losing their creative self once they enter the "real world". I think this is a book that should be picked up and read once a year as a reminder to not forget who you are on the inside. This book would make a great gift and I plan to hand out several copies! The homework assignments were a big help to improving inner stren ...more
Mugren Ohaly
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This is nowhere near what I thought it would be. Extremely disappointed. It's all a bunch of common sense that we just fail to put into practice. And, what's with all the 'acting' examples?
It's basically an artsy-fartsy "The Secret".
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free from the Good Reads First Reads program.

How do you write a quick review on a book that is designed to take 15 weeks to complete? I decided to read straight through the book and look at the text and activities through an adult education lens. The book does a great job of reinforcing concepts with weekly activities. The concepts and activities also build on each other as you work toward the goal of freeing up your creative forces by reducing the influence of your left
Peg Fitzpatrick
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is for My Book Club on August 6th with Anthony Meindl. Love reading about creativity.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
excellent ideas and inspiration to turn off the negative ego, and self limiting thoughts and feelings. The boom made me feel good about being me and boosted my confidence where needed.

I stopped reading all of the highlighted quotes and didn't feel like I missed out on anything. I didn't read one chapter and do homework per week. I just ploughed through the book and did abbreviated versions of the homework or will go back and do them later.
Blue Eyed Vixen
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive a first-reads copy of this book...15 Weeks and 25 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Brando, Einstein, and Shakespeare!!! Watch out world....I'll be back later to let you know if it worked for me.

A good reminder of common sense practices that any reader could apply to reduce those creative walls that we build. The activities can also be helpful.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Uplifting read.
Fred Gorrell
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a good self-help book. I don't often read in this genre. It came up in a list of books about brain research somewhere; the description was intriguing as it spoke to using brain research to enhance creative thought. Somehow my brain connected something I'd just seen about Daniel Kahneman's work with something about fMRI work, and I formed the impression that this would be a book that described techniques one could use to push thinking processes into the right hemisphere on a thought-by-th ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book came to me at the right time. As an actor, I was just coming from a year of constantly working to survival job madness with what I thought was no creative outlet.

Then I won a Twitter contest with Anthony Meindl and Backstage. I received this book.

It was not what I expected. I assumed it was a book on acting. Oh, friends, it is so much more than that. Tony breaks it down and barely discusses the acting terms you and I learned in class. Why? Because he gets right to the essential c
Melissa Gans
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Don't get sucked in like I did by all the glowing reviews! I'm so sorry that I spent money on this book. It's going into the trash. The advice is not that different from suggestions made in the Artist's Way series (go without distractions, visualization, meditate, etc.) I wouldn't have minded the similarity if the writing was on par with those books. Instead, there are several typos, poorly constructed sentences, lots of fragments, Arbitrary Capitalization (see what I mean? I'm showing, not tell ...more
My expectations were high for At Left Brain, Turn Right. I was hoping it would offer some unique insight for me as a working artist. However, it didn't really.

The book is not without its merits, I'm sure. For, say, someone just starting out as an actor, or other artists.

But speaking as someone who's been a professional artist in three different decades, and watched the landscape of being a working professional change with the times, I have to say this book didn't offer any innovative ideas. In
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening!

I loved this book Anthony Meindl's words are pure magic and his experiences tied the knot of a beautiful bow. If you ever need a pick me up drop the ice cream and pick up this book. It is very inspiring and clever very funny and relatable. He wants you to be the best you and to feel it and I can feel a better life coming toward me after just reading the last page. An attitude fixer for sure. Really does make u want to find the bright side and keep looking for it sure enough you'll fi
Scott Bagley
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I'd have rated this one higher, but the suggestions in this book are things that I am in the practice of doing already. Good suggestions, sure, but I was hoping for something new. My bad, I should have looked at the table of contents first.

I think it is a good thing that it is laid out in a way to practice these things. Books like this should not be rushed through cover to cover, but are designed so that you can take you time with them and make habits of the suggestions. A good idea, one, I thin
Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Maybe this is to my own fault, but I wasn't expecting this novel to be a "enrich your life in fifteen weeks."
Who really has that much time to dedicate to one book. And its not like its intricately written and really the answer to my life.
I try to always push my way through books that I win through giveaways because I want to give honest feedback, and honestly.... I just couldn't finish it...
Someone who likes reading about how to enrich their lives may think differently though.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful, beautiful book it really meets you where you are and assists you along the way; in acting and in life.
Highly recommend for all artists and those who view art in a spiritual way.
Wayne Allen
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a decent read
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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 ...more
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