words of praise for The first ten years
THE FIRST TEN YEARS reached #17 in Kindle Theater books on the first day of release:
From the back cover
Following her story from failed auditions to major stage success and all the day jobs in between, Romano uses her ten years of field research as a New York City actress to understand what it takes to make it in any creative career.
"You have something more to give” is the guiding mantra grounding Romano as she writes a timeless manifesto for creatives. The First Ten Years isn’t selling a six-point plan for success to the reader. It’s selling the reader to the reader. The isolated inner life of creatives (and all who feel the call to give something more) reflects through Romano’s theatrical ups and downs as she uses her missteps and achievements to curate an answer to the age old question, “Will I make it?”
The Day Job Complex, Following Your Sadness and Why No One Likes a Perfectionist are just a few sections that address the nuanced and delicate inner battles that creatives (from actors to entrepreneurs) fight when facing a blank canvas. Pulling those silent soap operas into the open exposes creative turmoil for what it is: an unnecessary block to our greatest work.
Blending anecdotes, creative philosophy and practical tips, each chapter ends with a set of questions and guided reflection designed to push the reader to uncover his or her own creative philosophy -- the philosophy that will ultimately serve as a loyal guide toward the reader’s own creative longevity and fortitude.
Whether you're heading out into the professional world for the first time, at a mid-career crossroads or wondering if it's too late to start your masterpiece, The First Ten Years is the creative call to arms for anyone with that internal voice whispering, “You have something more to give.”