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Take a Shot at Happiness

How To Write, Direct & Produce The Life You Want

A Little About Maria

Happiness Explorer Maria Baltazzi helps you become happier and live more consciously. Maria’s experience as an Emmy-winning TV producer, wellbeing teacher, world traveler, and travel designer specializing in transformative adventures gives her a unique lens into conscious living. Sharing eight Happiness Essentials, Maria helps you discover your path to happiness in a fun, creative way that combines journaling and phone photography. With an MFA in film and a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living, Maria’s adventurous and giving spirit that include epic treks and charity walks on all seven continents, makes her an inspiration for living your best life.

About the Book

On a steamy jungle island in the middle of the South China Sea, the most popular television show is about to come to its shocking conclusion. A small television stage lit by tiki torches illuminates a show host, a jury of seven contestants sitting on tree stumps, and the final two runners-up for a million dollars. It was season one of CBS’ competition show, Survivor, one of the longest-running unscripted series. Maria Baltazzi was one of the original supervising producers.

    Those Survivor contestants were stripped of everything except their wits and each other to survive on a beach while trying to win a life-changing cash prize. Only then could they witness their true selves and the potential of others—good or bad—something that always stuck with Maria. So, taking a page from that experience, Maria realized she could only see her true self if she took the time to strip off the negativity, pay closer attention to her actions, and ask some tough questions about what she wanted. This book is Maria’s insights about being happy learned from her time in the entertainment industry, observing people and events, traveling, and studying wellbeing. Within these pages is a practical guide for a creative path to happiness through taking photographs with your camera phone, journaling about things that matter, and being part of a supportive community.

     You can create a healthier state of being and have fun doing it. Even when your world turns upside down, you can still be the writer, producer, and director of the life you desire. *book companion app coming soon.


“Reading Take a Shot at Happiness was like being back on the island with Maria!  The same heartfelt approach she took as a producer on Survivor can be felt on every page.  It’s presented in a way that lets you choose to read it cover to cover or go specifically to sections that are speaking to you right now.  It was a great reminder of how quickly you can change your state of mind and the powerful impact that intention can have on your life.”
Emmy Award Winning host of Survivor and Executive Producer
“As a TV show creator and producer, I understand the power of storytelling to inspire and transform lives — and so does Maria Baltazzi as a seasoned producer. Her book is a compelling inner journey that offers insights from the production trenches and the films and shows we love. Maria offers practical tools and insights to help you achieve a life of happiness and purpose. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to create positive change in their life from a creative approach.”
Mark Burnett
Executive Producer, Survivor and Former Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group
“I recommend that you take a shot at reading this practical and accessible book on happiness. Maria offers a creative approach that combines journaling and phone photography activities that help you integrate the concepts she writes about.”
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
New York Times Bestselling Author of Happier, Former Harvard Lecturer, and Founder of the Happiness Studies Academy
“I'm not an especially spiritual person, but always believed in "trusting the process." Maria Baltazzi's brilliant roadmap creates a clear, concise process for anyone looking to improve their balance of mind, body, and spirit. As someone in professional transition, I found this book both incredibly instructive and inspiring.”
Kelly Kahl
Former President of CBS Entertainment

After more than two decades of producing award-winning television throughout the world, I am now stepping into a role where I nurture promising show ideas. I look to build partnerships with writers, directors, or producers who have great content, however, lack access. These are projects that inspire, inform, or in some way motivate people to take action.

Mentoring through various programs, workshops, and curated luxury travel retreats around a subject that I have been obsessed with for over a decade, Happiness. My journey started when I wanted to find a better way to deal with the stress of being a television producer.

Luxury travel thoughtfully curated around our Four Compass Points of Travel. Experiences that engage and connect you to the local culture and environment. Wellbeing moments that reframe, renew, and rewire your perspective. Luxury that is sustainable and kind to the earth. Giveback that supports the places we visit.

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Capture the Life You Want

The Take a Shot at Happiness app is designed to help you cultivate happiness, mindfulness, and personal development by encouraging you to capture and reflect upon meaningful moments in your life. Each section offers thought-provoking prompts to center your thoughts, inspire your perspective, and encourage you to capture images that represent your journey to happiness. Tailor your experience by creating your own Essentials, allowing you to focus on the aspects of life that matter most to you. Coming soon to Google Play.

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