Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning / Leslie Odom, Jr.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Before Odom landed the role Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, he put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. Now he asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better? Whether you're graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest, knowing the answers will empower you for the greatness that lies ahead.
    • Content Notes:
      Prologue: Take me to the world -- The mentor -- The big break -- What you own -- Hollywood or the token -- Permission to fail -- The turnaround -- Hamilton Act 1: our town -- Hamilton Act 2: the new American dream -- Permission to prosper -- Epilogue: Seriously.
    • Notes:
      "A Feiwel and Friends book"--Title page verso.
    • ISBN:
      9781250139962
      1250139961
    • Accession Number:
      2017944820
    • Accession Number:
      ocn989969073
      989969073
    • Accession Number:
      fay.579229
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ODOM, L., Jr. Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning. [s. l.]: Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2018. ISBN 9781250139962. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229. Acesso em: 12 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Odom L Jr. Failing up : How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229. Accessed December 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      Odom, L., Jr. (2018). Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Odom, Leslie, Jr. 2018. Failing up : How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229.
    • Harvard:
      Odom, L., Jr. (2018) Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229 (Accessed: 12 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Odom, L, Jr 2018, Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning, Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, viewed 12 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Odom, Leslie, Jr. Failing up : How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Odom, Leslie, Jr. Failing up : How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Odom L Jr. Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning [Internet]. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC; 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.579229

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 March #2

Tony and Grammy Award–winning Odom is best known as the original actor in the role of Aaron Burr in the hip-hop musical sensation Hamilton. In this part memoir, part self-help book, he bestows sage advice for aspiring performers, or anyone struggling to pursue a passion. Failing was an integral part of his journey, Odom argues, and he offers specific examples as he tracks down how failure made him the man he is today. When he misbehaved as a student, he ended up bonding with an important teacher. Through a botched mock-commercial audition, he rediscovered his modesty and verve for acting. With wit and honesty, Odom writes in a relatable, straightforward tone. Although Hamilton fans will learn more tidbits about the show, this will mainly help artists in need of extra inspiration and encouragement, especially people of color, as Odom explains how his racial background influenced the roles he played. More than anything, Odom says that artists mustn't quit until they've truly tried, and he embodies what it means to take risks, learn, and succeed. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

Musical theater superstar Leslie Odom, Jr., who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the acclaimed Broadway production of Hamilton, advises young people as to how they might follow in his footsteps. Platitudes, some spiritual affirmations, and a cheerful tone permeate the narrative. Star-struck readers and theater fans should be inspired by this autobiographical guidebook. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 March #4

Odom Jr., who starred as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, has written a warm and inspiring reflection on his rise to success, delivering advice to readers plotting their own career paths. He begins with a frank discussion of his upbringing in Philadelphia as a "prideful, mouthy kid" struggling to find an outlet. At 16, Odom had already discovered his passion for theater. He describes the euphoria of landing a temporary role in the Broadway production of Rent and urges readers "to think of your Big Break as an inside job instead of something that you'll find externally. The external world will eventually mirror what you begin on the inside of yourself today." Odom goes on to describe his time at Carnegie Mellon University, the ups and downs of auditioning, and meeting his longtime romantic partner. He eloquently expresses the challenges of being a black actor in a world of predominantly white roles, and his reverence for Hamilton and its multicultural approach to history. Odom offers a multilayered perspective on musical theater, representation, and achieving professional dreams, while urging readers to walk confidently along their own paths to self-discovery. All ages. Agent: Mollie Glick, Creative Artists Agency. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.