For anyone who grew up gifted but ditched violin or poetry hi or sculpture after college and has always wondered, What if Now you ll be wondering, Where has AND THEN WE GREW UP been all my adult life As a child, Rachel Friedman played viola so skillfully she made it into the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp, but she left her bow behind amid the pressure cooker of college Now she s a freelance writer in NYC plagued by old questions about what creative success is supposed to look like Where are all those fellow campers now Did they all achieve their childhood dreams In tracking these former child prodigies down, Friedman discovers a vast range of creative engagement, from a screenwriter in Hollywood to a Pilates instructor in Denver Interweaving these interviews with passages from sages like Elizabeth Gilbert and Pema Chodron, she finds an acceptance and appreciation for creativity in all its forms and gives us all the much needed encouragement to make peace with the possible selves of our pasts and rediscover the creativity that was with us all along Also there s several paragraphs meditating on the ending of Harry Potter so yeah, this book was made for me. I really liked the book I have never been a creative type of person so I did not regret doing anything and then try and come back to it later But I think the book has some good life lessons on Potential, Effort and Reward, Failure, Being suited to your calling I am a caregiver , and not being Ordinary I think we all good at something and when we know that do that. If you are looking for a memoir about creativity and childhood dreams long lost and maybe for a reason , you might relate to Rachel Friedman s, And Then We Grew Up Friedman evaluates our potential and how this potential translates to success as adults Interviewing a series of childhood friends that attended the same prestigious art camp, Friedman sees how they define success and who ve they ve become Who held onto their creativity while also making a living from it Who moved on but managed to find happiness and how Although I had mixed feelings about the book, the premise and raw honesty is inspiring You can find my full review on The Uncorked Librarian to the author for sending me a free advanced copy to review. And Then We Grew Up mini biographies of former friends from an exclusive artist s and musician s summer camp for exceptional creatively talented youth are woven together in a research based exploration of growing up Childhood potential versus the grown child s adult qualities and accomplishments are analyzed and compared to author s own findings and thoughts regarding students perceived aura of greatness and how this reflects on their future careers and lives. This book is so insightful and surprisingly encouraging I highly recommend to all former high achieving kids and anyone who identifies as an artist. Good book Hard to put down. A Journey Through The Many Ways To Live An Artistic Life From The Flashy And Famous To The Quiet And Steady Full Of Unexpected Insights About Creativity And Contentment, From The Author Of The Good Girl S Guide To Getting LostRachel 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 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 IdentitiesRachel 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
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- 256 pages
- And Then We Grew Up
- Rachel Friedman
- 04 July 2018 Rachel Friedman