by Jen Grisanti
Book Review by Ann Baldwin
Jen Grisanti is a highly respected script consultant, public speaker, author, and writing instructor. She started her career as an assistant to Aaron Spelling. Jen climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210; Melrose Place; and Charmed. In 2004, Jen was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered shows including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400, and Girlfriends. She served as a mentor in the CBS Diversity Program, which seeks out and nurtures young writers and directors. In 2008, she launched her own consultancy firm, Jen Grisanti Consultancy, dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. She is also a Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, taught classes for the Scriptwriters’ Network, The Screenwriting Expo, and The Great American Pitchfest and served on panels for the WGA and Final Draft/The Writer’s Bootcamp. Her books include, Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story (Michael Wiese Productions 2011) and TV Writing Tool Kit: How to Write a Script That Sells. In her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path to Success (Divine Arts 2013), Jen uses the elements of story, her profound insights, and simple steps to guide you to an awareness of your passions and strengths, so you can find your niche in life; by aligning your personal and professional self, you can succeed and live a more fulfilled sense of purpose from the inside out.
Life is a series of transformations and we will all experience turning points in the process; these are often called “all is lost” moments in stories when our world gets turned upside-down and where we’re thrown into a dilemma of being forced to decide a new direction to take next. Whether it’s losing a job, the break-up of a relationship, or being displaced from our home, we can either fall victim to the circumstances or rise heroic to overcome the situation.
Jen shows you how to take these turning points and use them as starting points for new and better journeys. You will learn how to face and conquer your turning points, dilemmas, and obstacles, find the motivation to take action, get clarity on and align your internal and external goals (what you want and why you want it), and identify themes in your life that may be holding you back and no longer serve you, so you can move forward and succeed. She uses examples from her own personal and professional experiences as well as from films such as Up in the Air, The Sessions, Crazy Stupid Love, Hope Springs, and The King’s Speech.
Change Your Story, Change Your Life is like a magnifying glass that gives you a clear focus and a compass that keeps you moving in the right direction. I highly recommend for everyone who wants to take charge, control, and command of their life by being an active verses reactive heroine/hero and all writers and storytellers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the elements of story and the true process of character transformation.
You can connect with Jen Grisanti at http://jengrisanticonsultancy.com and purchase a copy of Change Your Story, Change Your Life at Amazon.
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