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THIS ABOVE ALL: How to Live an Artistic Life

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Is there something holding you back from what you know you can do? From who you know you can be?

Are you always starting but never finishing? Your novel? Your music? Your painting, poetry, sculpture, or play? 

Do you struggle to maintain passion and balance in your work, your exercise routine, or your relationships?

Don’t hang your head if you answered “yes” to any of those questions. Chin up and crack open…


In this galvanizing, pull-no-punches examination of the obstacles and rewards to living an artistic life, award-winning actor, director, playwright, and author Jason Cannon shows readers how to harness their creativity, rediscover their courage, and break free of the forces holding them back.

Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, even if just the thought of getting up on a stage makes you break out in a cold sweat, THIS ABOVE ALL will inspire you to unleash your inner artist and live true.

If you liked THE WAR OF ART or THE ARTIST’S WAY, then you’ll love THIS ABOVE ALL.



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Gina S.

1 year ago

A true Gem!

I recently had the pleasure of reading "This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life" by Jason Cannon and I have to say, it completely blew me away. From the very first page, I was hooked by Canon's engaging and thought-provoking writing style.

The book is a true gem for anyone seeking to live a more artistic and fulfilling life. Cannon expertly guides the reader through the challenges and triumphs of the artistic journey, offering wisdom and practical advice on how to navigate the ups and downs of the creative process.

One of the things I appreciated most about "This Above All" was Jason’s ability to relate to the reader on a personal level. He writes with such honesty and vulnerability that it feels like you are having a conversation with a friend. His words are not only inspiring, but also relatable and accessible.

Overall, I cannot recommend "This Above All" enough. It is a must-read for anyone looking to tap into their creative potential and live a more artistic life. Thank you, Jason Cannon, for such a beautifully written and inspiring book.

Joanie A.

1 year ago

An awesome gift from my husband

I just finished reading ‘This Above All How to Live an Artistic’ Life by Jason Cannon.
This is definitely a must read for anyone but particularly those who love art and theatre. Jason Cannon writes in a way that is so easy to read. He makes his thoughts and experiences a real page turner as if it was a mystery novel. His chapters are short and make you want to hurry up to the next chapter. I am not a professional artist but I do dabble in community theatre. I loved reading about his teaching apprentices, the stick story was particularly interesting and funny. His experiences as a director are very revealing to anyone who goes to the theatre. Jason tells you about himself and his family and as you read it is as if you know him and his family very well. Jason’s book is a fast read and well worth the reasonable price.

Bob La S.

1 year ago

One of the best books on living a truthful and honest life I have ever read.

I am an older person who has had the great privilege of a second career in theatre. Though this book states that it is "How to Live an Artistic Life", it applies to all walks whether you are an actor, accountant, bus driver, or just plain person. If you take nothing else away from this book but the chapter, "A Note on Anger", it is well worth the price and the time to read. I think this book should be required reading in every highschool in America.