The Weight of Success
Self-help expert/life coach expert Dr. Angela Lauria appears in director M. Douglas Silverstein’s documentary, ‘The Weight of Success.’

Engaging in activities that make a positive difference in people’s lives is one of the most important aspects of being a life coach. But examining if that process of inspiring other people to improve their existences really works has long followed the life coach profession. The journey of determining whether or not the self-help phenomenon that has taken over the world is a scam is explored in the upcoming documentary, ‘The Weight of Success.’

The film is set to have its world premiere at the Anchorage International Film Festival on Friday, December 7. In honor of the movie’s first public screening, ShockYa is premiering its debut trailer.

‘The Weight of Success’ was written, directed and produced by M. Douglas Silverstein. The documentary features Dr. Angela Lauria, who’s considered controversial in how she built her self-help book empire, as well as Dr. Sam Kute.

The film’s production company, Extrovert Entertainment & Fans on Film LLC, has released the following synopsis for the movie:

‘The Weight of Success’ is a “warts and all” documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Angela Lauria, one of the fastest rising stars in the self-help and life coaching industries. Five years ago she was broke, she started a business to teach aspiring life coaches and self-help authors how to write a book that “makes a difference.” Now she is a multi-millionaire living in a castle and has helped over 500 authors complete their goal to finish writing their books. While her fans and supporters believe she may become the next Oprah Winfrey, her rapid success has cost her friendships, colleagues and strained family relationships.

Is Life Coaching a Scam? Do they help or do they hurt? This documentary aims to inspire the audience to answer for themselves: are Life Coaches modern prophets or are they just concerned with profits? You decide.

ShockYa Premieres 'The Weight of Success' Trailer
ShockYa Premieres 'The Weight of Success' Trailer

ShockYa is premiering the trailer for director M. Douglas Silverstein's documentary, 'The Weight of Success.'

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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