And Then We Grew Up

And Then We Grew Up

On Creativity, Potential, And The Imperfect Art Of Adulthood

Book - 2020
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Rachel Friedman was a serious violist as a kid. She quit music in college but never stopped fantasizing about what her life might be like if she had never put down her bow. Years later, a freelance writer in New York, she again finds herself struggling with her fantasy of an artist's life versus its much more complicated reality. In search of answers, she decides to track down her childhood friends from Interlochen, a prestigious arts camp she attended, full of aspiring actors, artists, dancers, and musicians, to find out how their early creative ambitions have translated into adult careers, relationships, and identities. Rachel's conversations with these men and women spark nuanced revelations about creativity and being an artist: that it doesn't have to be all or nothing, that success isn't always linear, that sometimes it's okay to quit. And Then We Grew Up is for anyone who has given up a childhood dream and wondered "what-if?", for those who have aspired to do what they love and had doubts along the way, and for all whose careers fall somewhere between emerging and established. Warm, whip-smart, and insightful, it offers inspiration for finding creative fulfillment wherever we end up in life.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9780143132127
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 21 cm

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JessicaGma May 06, 2020

The concept is very interesting only because I hadn't quite heard of this Interlochen Centre, but it sounds like the Banff Centre here in Canada. I feel the author could have come up with her final thoughts without the journey, but then the book wouldn't exist....? It needed a little more added to it as it was a light read, but it did present and interesting premise.

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amberwench
Feb 24, 2020

Feeling disappointed about something not working out is not the same as feeling disappointed in yourself. Experiencing failure is not the same as feeling like a failure. That, I realized, was the psychic line I had walked across somewhere along the way, and I needed to cross back over to the other side.

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