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About Bonnie J. Wallace
Bonnie J. Wallace helps young actors succeed.
Founder of Hometown to Hollywood, she speaks, writes, and does private consultations to help young adult actors, as well as parents of young actors navigate the entertainment industry. Mother of Dove Cameron, Emmy-Award-winning star of Liv and Maddie, Disney Descendants, Hairspray Live, Agents of Shield, Clueless the Musical and more, Bonnie is dedicated to guiding and inspiring others on this journey.
A believer in leaps of faith, Bonnie is a Hollywood mom, a Backstage Expert, and a former nonprofit theater board member.
Bonnie lives in Los Angeles where she produces the Hometown to Hollywood Podcast. Book a consultation or sign up for her blog/podcast at https://www.hometowntohollywood.com
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As the mother of Dove Cameron, star of the Disney Channel hit show Liv and Maddie, and Disney Descendants, I know what it’s like to have a kid who shows definite promise but have no idea how to help them. Here, I share information and stories to help you and your young actor.
My daughter Dove and I moved to Los Angeles from an island in Washington State when she was fourteen, armed only with her head shot, resume of community theater roles, and her dream. What I didn’t know about what we were doing would fill a large book.
Today, Dove is a grounded, successful young woman with her own show on the Disney Channel, and four films to her credit, as well as numerous other TV and music credits.
We have been incredibly fortunate, and this book is my way of sharing what we’ve learned in the hope that more families might save themselves some pain and precious time. Hollywood is filled with tragic stories of people who crashed on the edge of this dream. It doesn’t have to be that way. I can help you navigate this world with your child.
Features candid interviews with industry experts and the parents of other young Hollywood stars, including Olivia Holt, Luke Benward, Cameron Boyce, Ryan McCartan, Jordan Fisher, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Tenzing Trainor, and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.
Visit my website for updated resources and helpful information:
“If you have a child who is interested in getting into ‘the business’ THE HOLLYWOOD PARENTS GUIDE is an absolute MUST READ. Bonnie writes from the heart and the result is not only warm and funny, but full of useful information. Real stories from real parents of real kids working in the industry - tips and advice from casting directors, agents and other industry professionals. It’s like arming yourself with a mini toolbox full of all the tools that you’ll need to help guide you as you venture along this journey with your child. I should make it required reading for the parents of all of my clients! “
Pamela Fisher Vice President Abrams Artists Agency – Head of Youth and Young Adult
“From A to Z The Hollywood Parents Guide answers every question I have received as a Casting Director and more. If your child wants to be a professional actor, the first thing you need to realize is that acting is a business and as in any business, there are rules to help guide you. Bonnie Wallace has given parents a How to Guide that is a must read.”
Nominated for two Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting
"First let me say that The Hollywood Parents Guide is a fantastic book! Finally there is a guide to help parents steer their kids performing career. Thousands of parents have asked me for just such a book. There are a couple on the market already but they are written by agents or acting coaches. What parents have needed is a book written by one of them! And Bonnie has done a superb job writing it. The information is not only current but from the heart. If you have a little tyke that is driving you crazy to be on TV pick this one up!"
Chambers Stevens, Author of the Hollywood 101 Series
5-time winner of the Backstage Readers Choice Award
"An absolute play by play of how to best help your young, budding artist become a healthy, fully-functioning Hollywood success.
Top Hollywood Acting Teachers reveals all this and more, in generous and intimate conversations with 12 of Hollywood’s most successful acting teachers: Zak Barnett, Diane Christiansen, Marnie Cooper, John D’Aquino, Patrick Day, Judy Kain, Anthony Meindl, Eric Morris, Lisa Picotte, Mae Ross, Scott Sedita, and Marcie Smolin.
Perfect for aspiring actors as well as successful working actors who are looking to learn from the best, the real-world insights and secrets shared from these masters will shed light on what it really takes to become a successful actor, whether you are acting on stage or on film, in your hometown, in Hollywood, or anywhere else.
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Bonnie J. Wallace is the founder of Hometown to Hollywood, and helps young actors build safe, successful careers.
She is the author of the bestselling Young Hollywood Actors and acclaimed Hollywood Parents Guide, producer of the Hometown to Hollywood Podcast, and writes a blog for parents of young actors, and young adult actors at hometowntohollywood.com, as well as articles for Backstage.com as a Backstage Expert. She teaches and speaks on the acting business at panels and events internationally.
Bonnie offers one-on-one consultations with parents of young actors as well as young adult actors to help them navigate the entertainment industry safely and successfully.
Mother of Emmy Award winning actress and Columbia Records artist Dove Cameron, star of Disney’s Descendants, Liv and Maddie, Hairspray Live, Agents of Shield, Clueless the Musical, Light in the Piazza, Angry Birds 2, Vengeance, Isaac, and more, Bonnie is dedicated to helping other young actors on this journey. Find out more at hometowntohollywood.com.