GET REEL®: Produce Your Own Life

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
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An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at how to use the hypnotic influence of TV, movies, and the Internet to live more consciously and produce a life of real happiness and success.

GET REEL®: Produce Your Own Life is a book that satisfies your desire to be truly and unbelievably happy, authentic and fulfilled. Get Reel® makes it easier than you ever thought possible and entertains you at the same time. And better yet, you get to watch TV and Movies to bring you to the exciting conclusion of a conscious authentic life.

If you are looking for deep fulfillment that comes from your core, then take this walk with Dr. Nancy Mramor through Get Reel®. You will be amazed to see how many of your beliefs, self-judgments and expectations come from TV, movies, The Internet, and even from billboards and magazines. To Get Reel®, you’ll keep the media messages that support who you truly are, and leave all of the other expectations behind.

Once you start to view media consciously, getting real never stops. I invite you to begin now to Produce Your Own Life.

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6 reviews for GET REEL®: Produce Your Own Life

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debbie Cassini Klein (verified owner)

    Dr. Nancy Mramor defines the world that joins modern media with the field of health.

    Get Reel will take you on an entertaining journey through your favorite movies and TV shows while awakening you to the reality of the ideas presented through media. On this journey, be prepared to learn how personal fulfillment, success and happiness can be increased or decreased by your media intake. But once you wake up, there is no turning back. After beginning to consciously view media, you will also have the skills to view everything in your life more consciously.

    Debbie Cassini Klein
    Multi-Emmy Award–Winning Producer, Television and Radio

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Lee Gannon (verified owner)

    Never again will you be a passive bystander to the prescriptive messages mandated by TV and Internet. This book delivers the conscious key to produce your life as the star you are meant to be as opposed to falling short of the misguided standards of pop culture.

    Mary Lee Gannon
    Executive Coach, Engagement Expert

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lee Gutkind (verified owner)

    Nancy Mramor is an incisive, compelling, intuitive writer, which makes Get Reel so much more than a self help book. It is an enjoyable and enlightening read.

    Lee Gutkind
    Editor, Creative Nonfiction

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barry Silverstein

    This intriguing book suggests ways to cope with media overload and addiction.

    Media expert Nancy Mramor Kajuth writes in Get Reel that “who you are is partially the product of television and other media.” Mramor Kajuth suggests that watching television not only influences how we think and act, it can also become addictive. Some viewers, in fact, may escalate from “loyalty” to certain television shows, to “attachment” (“when you need your fix of a show,” writes the author), to “addiction,” which could involve such conditions as “using TV as a sedative,” “indiscriminate viewing,” and “feeling loss of control while viewing.” Her antidote is something she calls “conscious viewing,” the strategies and tactics for which make up the bulk of the book.

    In each chapter, Mramor Kajuth explores a different aspect of today’s media, providing an overview, examples, and discussion of the impact it has on the typical consumer. Her chapter on reality TV, for example, offers a solid assessment of one of the more prominent (and some would say notorious) television formats. Surprisingly, reports the author, reality TV is not the most popular television genre, but there are so many reality TV shows because, she writes, “they satisfy a need to believe that it’s real.” To some extent, the author questions the veracity of several of these shows, referring as well to the blurring of fact and fiction in documentary-style movies. The section, “RxTV for Finding the Reality in the Reality Shows,” details several specific strategies to help the viewer critically evaluate content in reality shows.

    Get Reel is chock full of sidebars filled with media facts, quotes, and observations, as well as questionnaires and quizzes that offer self-evaluation. These elements nicely break up the text and add an interactive quality to the book. Mramor Kajuth also includes a segment called “SpyTV” in each chapter designed to help make the connection between what is viewed in the media and the reality of one’s own life.

    Mramor Kajuth is a knowledgeable media guide whose writing style is entertaining. The book is visually interesting and easy to read. The cover photograph, a woman holding a movie-style clapboard with benefits of the book chalked on it, is cleverly appropriate. An extensive reference section is included.

    If there is a downside to the book, Get Reel does seem to skew toward the broad assumption that most media is addictive, and that for the majority of consumers, there is a need to put the remote aside and connect with one’s “Real Conscious Life.” Not every one may agree. Still, given today’s reality that we consume media in ever-increasing quantities across multiple screens, it is clear that television, movies, and other forms of media entertainment are influential if not controlling. Get Reel is a very real attempt to return that control to the consumer.

    Barry Silverstein
    Clarion Review

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    BlueInk review (verified owner)

    TV or not TV? That doesn’t have to be the question, says media expert Nancy Mramor Kajuth in this balanced look at how we can consume media without letting media consume us. We can heed the warnings about overdoing our screen time, says Kajuth, and still use, enjoy and learn from the medium that is so much a part of our lives today. With Get Reel: Produce Your Own Life, Kajuth teaches us how to become more conscious viewers and make healthier viewing choices.

    Full of television trivia, humor and quotations, Get Reel is part pop culture and part cognitive psychology. Kajuth, author of Spiritual Fitness and Top Ten Tips for Lasting Happiness, knows both subjects from her work as a psychologist and her frequent appearances on television talk shows. While her style sometimes seems glib, such as when she writes, “you need a reality check instead of a reality show,” Kajuth’s chummy tone lets her apply the somewhat dry principles of cognitive behavioral therapy to the real-life habits of media consumers in an entertaining way.

    In chapters organized by genre – game shows, reality shows, dramas, news, etc. – she explains how we can systematically neutralize the negative impacts of television shows and advertisements by observing and challenging the messages they send.

    To help us on our way to becoming wise consumers, Kajuth offers quick thought exercises throughout the book, alongside television references galore. Some of these are dated (The Fresh Prince, Ace Ventura), and few target the youngest generation of media consumers (Kanye West may be the most current celebrity mentioned), but others are spot-on hilarious, such as Kajuth’s imaginary interview with NBC Today host Matt Lauer, complete with stage directions for his gestures and facial expressions.

    Use Kajuth’s own advice to get the most out of her book: Pay attention, decide what to accept or reject and, above all, enjoy the experience.

    BlueInk Review

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirkus Review (verified owner)

    Kajuth (Spiritual Fitness, 2005) provides analysis and exercises to more consciously “learn from the vast menu of fascinating viewing choices while filtering out messages that hook you into a false decision about life.” She suggests shifting from an unconscious “TV Trance” to a “SpyTV” mentality, investigating and thus becoming more aware of associations being drawn from viewing experiences, then assessing “RxTV” measures to accept, release, or replace those associations. Chapters cover bringing such mindfulness to media coverage of politics (watch without a predetermined point of view), depictions of relationships (question the common pairing of love with longing), and “reality” (watch out even for food shows, which may spur hunger and/or over-competitiveness). Kajuth urges extra care in assessing media with violent themes, and in a sci-fi-focused section, she offers a “Profound or Profane?” quiz to pinpoint one’s true beliefs. The final chapter, “The New Adventures of the Old You,” encourages the transfer of “conscious viewing skills to conscious living skills” and offers a variety of suggestions (exercise, read, reduce overall stress, etc.) and quizzes to map out your “Real Conscious life.” While Kajuth is certainly not the first to point out the dangers of our media-frenzied world, what’s nifty about her book is its alignment with the mindfulness movement and the idea that “your TV viewing habits are metaphors for how you live your life.” Her exercises serve as important reminders to slow down, calm down, examine and focus—in media viewing and in life. She’s upbeat and relatable, acknowledging her own viewing habits and believing that positive role models and ideas can be gleaned from more mindful viewing. The narrative can be a bit challenging to plow through, however, given the array of not-always-revelatory mentions of TV shows and several rather stress-inducing redirects to find “more up-to-date information” on her website. Overall, however, this intriguing self-help guide is highly relevant for modern times.

    Helpful “trance-breaking techniques” for a better life in front of and away from the screen.

    Kirkus Review

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