Does worrying what others think stop you from taking risks?
And if you’re feeling stuck, what’s the best way to get moving again?
Anthony Meindl author of At Left Brain Turn Right: An Uncommon Path to Shutting Up Your Inner Critic, Giving Fear the Finger and Having an Amazing Life is here to talk about failure, success and how to give fear the finger.
In this interview:
- The mindsets that keep us stuck
- What others expect from of us
- Do “successful” people have their sh-t together?
- Comparing yourself to others
- Your inner critic
- Dealing with uncertainty
- How to deal with failure
- How to redefine success
- How to get out of the rut
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor whose first feature screenplay, THE WONDER GIRLS, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007. Previous winners of this prestigious award include the Academy Award winning, MARIA FULL OF GRACE and THE WOODSMAN starring Kevin Bacon. THE WONDER GIRLS was also a semifinalist in the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and was listed in the top 10% of all screenplays entered in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in 2007. The film is slated for production in January, 2012 in Berlin.
Meindl’s other filmmaking credits include recently producing and directing a number of short films. He wrote and directed the award-winning 35-mm short film, READY? OK! which was a Finalist in the Planet Out Short Film Awards in conjunction with the Sundance and Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals. The film was also a finalist for the “Best of the Fest” for the Indianapolis Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and has played at a dozen International film festivals including Provincetown and the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival. The film was sold to MTV’s LOGO Network as part of their “Click List: Best in Short Film Series” and is now on DVD as part of the series FIRST OUT 3.
Last year, Meindl wrote/directed/produced a TV pilot with actors at his acting studio. It was nominated as “BEST PILOT” at the 2010 Banff World Television Festival. The idea has since been expanded into a feature film, called BIRDS OF A FEATHER (with Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis, Bruce Vilanch, Trevor Donovan and Lindsay Hollister) and is currently in post-production.
In just one season of producing and directing plays (2003/2004), his first three productions – SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS (Best Comedic Direction Nomination by LA Weekly), DOGS BARKING (Best Direction Nomination by LA Weekly), and THE DEAD-EYE BOY (based upon the play by JUNEBUG scribe Angus MacLachlan and named one of the Top 10 Productions in Los Angeles Theatre in 2003) – all earned unanimous critical praise, playing to sold-out audiences across Los Angeles. The casts of the three plays – who trained under Mr. Meindl’s program – were also nominated as Best Dramatic Ensemble and Best Comedic Ensemble by the LA Weekly. Mr. Meindl closed the theatre company in 2005 to focus on his innumerable TV/Film projects.
Mr. Meindl founded and is the artistic director of one of the most popular acting schools in Hollywood and is the 2011 BACKSTAGE WEST Magazine’s “Best Los Angeles Acting Studio” Award winner in Scene Study and Cold Reading technique.