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ISBN-13: 978-0972301961 ISBN-10: 0972301968 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Cricket Feet Publishing; 4 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972301968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972301961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This straightforward guide offers advice about marketing yourself as well as managing your acting career." -- Tom Cruise's Resources, Training & Tools

"... right on target!" -- Dave Williams, ACTORSandCREW, The Only Ten Acting Resources You Will Ever Need

About the Author

Bonnie Gillespie has been named in the Back Stage "Best of Los Angeles" Issue for her casting and writing. Her weekly column, The Actors Voice, is at ActorsAccess and her podcast, The Work, is on iTunes. Her books include "Casting Qs," "Acting Qs," and "Self-Management for Actors," which was named one of The Top Ten Best Books on Acting Ever Written. Bonnie facilitates seminars based on her books and has demystified the casting process and the business side of pursuing an artistic career as a guest instructor at colleges, universities, and private acting studios all over the world.

More About the Author

Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs.

She casts SAG-AFTRA indie feature films and series such as the Machinima zombie smash hit BITE ME which made the leap from web to TV with Lionsgate in 2012. Her weekly column, The Actors Voice, runs at Actors Access and her podcast "The Work" is available on iTunes.

Her books include Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews, Acting Qs: Conversations with Working Actors, SMFA: The Ninja Within, and Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, which has been named one of The Top Ten Best Books on Acting Ever Written, and landed on the Tom Cruise actor resource blog.

Bonnie facilitates seminars based on this top-selling book and travels internationally -- to demystify the casting process and the business side of pursuing an artistic career -- as a guest instructor at colleges, universities, actors' unions, and private acting studios.

Bonnie has been featured on Good Morning America, BBC Breakfast, Sunrise Australia, UTV-Ireland, ARD-1 Germany, CBC Radio One, BBC Radio 5, E! Online, and in the Wall Street Journal and the LA Times. To hop on Bonnie's mailing list and grab your free MP3, please visit BonnieGillespie.com.

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I highly recommend this book, it's a must for actors and makes a great gift for the actors in your life.
guthrie
The tools she gives you in this book will make you feel excited, empowered and ready to tackle this career head-on.
Ariel Meislin
I have read previous editions of this book, and they have all been great, but this one is by far my favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on July 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
No matter where your live or how old you are, if you’re considering your acting life seriously, you need this book NOW.
Every page is a gem.
Oscar
P.S : As I was about to post my review, I saw someone had given only 1 star to this most wonderful book. The only info we get from it is that this person hasn’t read this new edition. Which gives me the opportunity to say two things :

1. I read the previous edition as well. I loved it. But I was in awe as I read the 4th edition (like a novel… I just couldn’t put the damn thing down), to see how much Bonnie Gillespie had literally rewritten a new book from scratch. Her writing is superb, alive, funny, enticing and yet, as she says, she killed her babies which requires a lot of courage. By doing so, she applied the very principles she gives : « clear the clutter! », « move on! ». This girl definitely practices what she preaches. Very inspiring. Which leads me to my second point.

2. Bonnie Gillespie is a spiritual person. Highly spiritual. Whether she knows it or not. Her book is filled with sharing our toys, being open source, having the proper mindset, never taking it personally, enjoying the journey and loving, loving, loving : others, our craft, the audition process, where we’re at right now, L.A or wherever we live, our agent, our manager or the very fact of having none of them. Like any masterpiece, and I have no doubt this book will become THE reference for actors around the globe, Bonnie’s book goes way further than getting down to (show) business. It’s a journey in itself. You’re another person after you’ve read it. A better person.

So, read it NOW to make sure you never end up reviewing a book you haven’t read. Otherwise, like this 1 star reviewer, you’ll become a 1 star actor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ochoa on May 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
I want to encourage all actors of any level to pick up and read Casting Director Bonnie Gillespie's book Self-Management for Actors.
I picked it up yesterday and I cannot put it down. It opens my eyes to the things I didn't know or think about and reaffirms what I did know. Most importantly it assures me that I chose the right career despite the ups and downs of the industry. This gives you the information that acting classes don't -the BUSINESS of acting. In all of my podcast listening and researching of acting info online, I keep running into this book. It's for good reason everyone is talking about it. Pick it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine S on September 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have read previous editions of this book, and they have all been great, but this one is by far my favorite. It is updated with the latest information and trends in the business, as well as updated technologies.

As an actor, I have spent thousands of dollars on books, classes and seminars in almost every aspect of this business. And while I have learned a lot, and they have all had varying degrees of impact on my career, I can say that Bonnie and her teachings have not only been the most helpful, they have made me feel more positive and in control of my career than anything else ever has. And in a business where the product you are selling is "you" and there is no one way to achieve success, feeling like you are on a path and feeling good about yourself and your game plan is HUGE.

The thing I love most about this book, is that it doesn't claim to be "the answer". There are no rules. There are not 20 steps you need to follow that will land you a part as a series regular on a major network. If somebody claims that have THE ANSWERS, run away. Quickly. You have to forge your own way, and find out what works for you personally and for the specific story you are trying to tell as an actor. And for that, this book is amazing. It has not only helped me become really specific in my marketing tools, but it has saved me hundreds of hours by helping to realize all the time I was wasting on certain activities that were not working for me, but that I kept doing because the acting community has collectively decided "that is what actors should do".

I know it sounds corny to say, but this book has not only helped me with my acting career, but it has helped me become more connected to myself and my intuition. I think the most important word in the title is SELF.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A Budwig on October 11, 2014
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This book is nothing less than a master class in the business of acting. Definitely not a "10-steps to success" volume you'll breeze through and just put on the shelf, this is one you'll return to over and over as you first start building your career and the tools to build it with, and then again at each stage thereafter. Honestly, there is just too much information, expertise, and insight in this wonderful book to absorb quickly. What's especially valuable about SMFA is that it doesn't pull punches about the realities of the business - how difficult and how time, money, and work intensive it is to pursue a professional acting career. There's no smoke blowing or coddling here, just ALL of the facts and tools and inspiration to carry you over the long haul...written in Bonnie's fantastically conversational and personal voice that you'll hear cheering you on as you do the work she teaches you how to do. This book gives you all the "business" tools you need to build the career you want...if you're willing to do the work and you want it bad enough.

But the really amazing, unheard of, benefit of SMFA is what comes after you read it...entry into one of the most supportive, welcoming and generous communities I've ever encountered, and that's because of the example that Bonnie, herself, set with her book and continues to set with her countless online contributions. She tells the truth, guides, inspires, teaches. SMFA is quite possibly one of the best investments you can make in your career.
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