What's Next?

Creativity in the Age of Entertainment

Non-Fiction - Cultural
292 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2017
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Author Biography

Grammy® Award-winner Jan Karlin is a musician, producer, educator and cultural entrepreneur. She is the founding executive director of the L.A. International New Music Festival, Summer Festival at The Huntington, and Southwest Chamber Music, an ensemble based in southern California. Ms. Karlin has been recognized by the James Irvine Foundation as one of the leading nonprofit executive directors in California. As a violist, she has performed in the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Asia, including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Hanoi Opera House, UNAM Mexico, and REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. Ms. Karlin produced the largest cultural exchange and music festival in history between the U.S. and Vietnam in 2010, supported by the U.S. Department of State. The exchange and festival were covered in the international press, including the LA Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall St. Journal Asia, Vietnam News, and CNN International. Ms. Karlin and her husband, conductor Jeff von der Schmidt, serve as the first American artistic advisors to Vietnam where they have helped found the Hanoi New Music Ensemble. She has also produced and performed on over thirty compact disc recordings, resulting in nine Grammy nominations and two Awards. Ms. Karlin produced three years of radio broadcasts throughout California that featured concerts and interviews with leading composers and international performers. She has lectured in the U.S. and abroad, and taught at Pomona College at Claremont University. Ms. Karlin received her B.A. from Tufts University and M.A. from Boston University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

What's Next? Creativity in the Age of Entertainment is a compelling memoir that takes a deep, critical look at creativity, one of the greatest traits that have driven success across multiple disciplines — education, entertainment, innovation, philanthropy, and many others. In this book, career musician, educator, and cultural entrepreneur, Grammy® Award-winner Jan Karlin shares powerful observations and wisdom developed over a long period of her career, working with great artists, educators, and movers in different areas of entertainment. This book establishes the intersection between inspiration and creativity and helps readers understand how the creative process works. Apart from defining creativity, the author demonstrates how it can be nurtured and uncovers factors that can contribute to an effective integration of creative development in business, arts, education, and other areas.

Jan Karlin is a visionary who shows a great ability to interpret the cultural conundrum and offer a path towards a new Age of Creativity. Her writing itself showcases her creative spirit and she has the gift of grabbing the reader’s attention with her captivating prose, her powerful examples, and the inspiring stories that are spread throughout the book. Here is a book that will help readers understand how to tap into their creative genius and steer their lives towards the outcome they desire. What's Next? Creativity in the Age of Entertainment is a revolutionary book laced with wisdom and powerful insights, one of the best books I have read on creativity and one that is most relevant to our time. The author’s confident voice and insightful utterances will inspire any reader.