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Julia Cameron
Born March 4, 1948 (1948-03-04) (age 62)
Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American Flag of the United States.svg
Education Georgetown University,
Fordham
Occupation Teacher,
Author,
Filmmaker,
Playwright,
Journalist
Known for The Artist's Way
Spouse(s) Martin Scorsese,
Mark Bryan
Children Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
Website
The Artist's Way
For the British photographer, see Julia Margaret Cameron.

Julia Cameron (born March 4, 1948[1] in Illinois) is an American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist. She is perhaps most famous for her book The Artist's Way (1992). She also has written many other non-fiction works, short stories, and essays as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays.

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Biography

Julia Cameron was born and raised in a Chicago suburb, and grew up Catholic. She started college at Georgetown University, then transferred to Fordham. She started her journalism career at the Washington Post, then moved on to Rolling Stone.[2]

She met Martin Scorsese when interviewing him for Rolling Stone. They married in 1975 and divorced in 1977; Cameron was Scorsese's second wife. They have one daughter, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, born in 1976. Cameron and Scorsese collaborated on three films. Cameron's film, God's Will, is based on the Cameron-Scorsese marriage and divorce, portraying a divorced, self-centered show business couple who die unexpectedly and end up fighting in heaven over what will happen to their daughter.[3]

A review of Cameron's memoir Floor Sample states that Cameron "reveals the dark side of her privileged life: her descent into alcoholic blackouts and drug-induced paranoia as well as descriptions of her bouts with psychosis."[4] In 1978, reaching a point in her life when writing and drinking could no longer coexist,[5] Cameron stopped the drugs and alcohol, and began teaching creative unblocking, which propelled her to fame after she published the book based on her teachings, The Artist's Way.[4] She states creativity is an authentic spiritual path.[2]

Cameron has taught filmmamking, creative unblocking, and writing. She has taught at The Smithsonian, Esalen, the Omega Institute, and the New York Open Center.[2] At Northwestern University, she was writer in residence for film.[2] In 2008 she taught a class at the New York Open Center, "The Right to Write," named and modeled after one of her bestselling books, which reveals the importance of writing.

Cameron has lived in Los Angeles,[6] Chicago,[6] Taos,[6] and Washington D.C.,[1] but now lives in New York City.[2]

Bibliography

Nonfiction

  • The Artist's Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living (Tarcher, 2009)
  • Prayers to the Great Creator: Prayers and Declarations for a Meaningful Life (Tarcher, 2008)
  • The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size (Tarcher, 2007; ISBN 1585425710 )
  • Floor Sample (Tarcher, 2006; ISBN 1-58542-494-3), a memoir
  • How to Avoid Making Art (2006; ISBN 1-58542-438-2), illustrated by Elizabeth Cameron
  • The Sound of Paper (Tarcher, 2004; Hardcover ISBN 1-58542-288-6)
  • Supplies: A Troubleshooting Guide for Creative Difficulties (Tarcher, 2003; Rev&Updtd edition ISBN 1-58542-212-6)
  • Walking in this World (Tarcher, 2003; Reprint edition ISBN 1-58542-261-4)
  • The Artist's Way, 10th Annv edition (Tarcher, 2002; ISBN 1-58542-146-4)
  • Inspirations: Meditations from The Artist's Way (Tarcher, 2001;ISBN 1-58542-102-2)
  • God is Dog Spelled Backwards (Tarcher, 2000; ISBN 158542062X)
  • God is No Laughing Matter (Tarcher, 2000; ISBN 1585420654}
  • Supplies: A Pilot's Manual for Creative Flight (2000)
  • The Artist's Date Book (Tarcher, 1999; ISBN 0874776538 ), illustrated by Elizabeth Cameron Evans
  • Money Drunk Money Sober (Ballantine Wellspring, 1999; ISBN 0345432657)
  • The Writing Life (Sounds True, 1999; ISBN 1564557251)
  • Transitions (Tarcher, 1999; ISBN 0-87477-995-2)
  • The Artist's Way at Work (Pan, 1998; ISBN 0330373196)
  • Blessings (Tarcher, 1998; ISBN 0-87477-906-5)
  • The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (Tarcher, 1998; ISBN 1-58542-009-3)
  • Heart Steps (Tarcher, 1997; ISBN 0-87477-899-9)
  • The Vein of Gold (1997; ISBN 0-87477-836-0)
  • The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal (Tarcher, 1995; ISBN 0-87477-886-7)
  • The Money Drunk (1993)
  • The Artist's Way (1992)

Fiction

  • Popcorn: Hollywood Stories (Really Great Books, 2000; ISBN 1-893329-12-7)
  • The Dark Room (Carroll & Graf Pub,1998; ISBN 0-7867-0564-7)

Musicals

  • Avalon
  • Magellan
  • The Medium at Large

Plays

  • Four Roses
  • Public Lives
  • The Animal in the Trees

Poetry

  • This Earth (Sounds True, 1997; ISBN 1564555496)
  • Prayers for the little ones (Renaissance Books, 1999; ISBN 1580630480)
  • Prayers to the nature spirits (Renaissance Books, 1999; ISBN 1580630472
  • The Quiet Animal

Film

  • "God's Will"

References

  1. ^ a b Floor Sample, by Julia Cameron, (Tarcher, 2006; ISBN 1-58542-494-3), a memoir
  2. ^ a b c d e "A Biography of Julia Cameron". http://www.theartistsway.com/?section=1&sub=1. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ Keyser, Les (1998). Twayne's Filmmakers Series: Martin Scorsese. Twayne Publishers: New York. pp. 188. ISBN 0805793216. http://www.adherents.com/people/pc/Julia_Cameron.html. 
  4. ^ a b Booklist. "Review of Floor Samples". http://www.amazon.com/Floor-Sample-Julia-Cameron/dp/1585424943. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  5. ^ "How the artist found her way, INTERVIEW BY JAY MACDONALD, Julia Cameron's path from rock bottom to creative success". http://www.bookpage.com/0605bp/julia_cameron.html. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  6. ^ a b c "Floor Sample: A Creative Memoir. (Brief Article) (Book Review)". Publishers Weekly 253 (8): 144. February 20, 2006. 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The growth of one blesses all. I am commited to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively.

Julia Cameron (born 4 March 1948) is an American writer and artist.

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The Artist's Way (1992)

The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.
What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?
Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.
When I listen to love, I am listening to my true nature.
  • Nothing dies harder than a bad idea. And few ideas are worse than the ones we have about art.
  • Anger is meant to be acted on. It is not meant to be acted out. Anger points the direction. We are meant to use anger as fuel to take the actions we need to move where our anger points us. With a little thought, we can usually translate the message that our anger is sending us.
  • I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.
  • Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.
  • Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough — that we should try again.
  • What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.
  • Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down.
  • Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.
  • Creativity — like human life itself — begins in darkness. We need to acknowledge this. All too often, we think only in terms of light: "And then the lightbulb went on and I got it!" It is true that insights may come to us as flashes. It is true that some of these flashes may be blinding. It is, however, also true that such bright ideas are preceded by a gestation period that is interior, murky, and completely necessary.
  • All too often too often we try to push, pull, outline and control our ideas instead of letting them grow organically. The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.
    Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

The Right to Write (1998)

The Right to Write : An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (Tarcher, 1998; ISBN 1-58542-009-3)
  • For most of us, the seductive and unstated part of "if I had enough time" is the unstated sentence "to hear myself think." In other words, we imagine that if we had time we would quiet our more shallow selves and listen to a deeper flow of inspiration. Again, this is a myth that lets us off the hook— if I wait for enough time to listen, I don't have to listen now, I don't have to take responsibility for what is trying to bubble up today.

Blessings (1998)

Blessings: Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life (Tarcher, 1998; ISBN 0-87477-906-5)
  • Life is a creative endeavor. It is active, not passive. We are the yeast that leavens our lives into rich, fully baked loaves. When we experience our lives as flat and lackluster, it is our consciousness that is at fault. We hold the inner key that turns our lives from thankless to fruitful. That key is "Blessing."
  • Focused on our good, focused on our abundance we naturally attract more of the same. This is spiritual law. Our consciousness is creative. What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?
  • Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.
  • When I listen to love, I am listening to my true nature. When I express love, I am expressing my true nature. All of us love. All of us do it more and more perfectly. The past has brought us both ashes and diamonds. In the present we find the flowers of what we've planted and the seeds of what we are becoming. I plant the seeds of love in my heart. I plant the seeds of love in the hearts of others.
  • The growth of one blesses all. I am commited to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively.
  • I honor my importance and the importance of others. None of us is dispensable, none of us is replacable. In the chorus of life each of us brings a True Note, a perfect pitch that adds to the harmony of the whole. I act creatively and consciously to actively endorse and encourage the expansion of those whose lives I touch. Believing in the goodness of each, I add to the goodness of all. We bless each other even in passing.

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