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SMFA: The Ninja Within Paperback – May 1, 2013
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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.
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How To Use This Book
Like you need instructions, right? Look, this book is a result of more than a decade of work with actors all over the world and the refrain, "I wish I could just have a 'Bonnie in my pocket' to help me out, when I get stuck in Actor Mind Taffy. When the Monkey Mind takes over. When the road to Bitterville is too easy a path to walk."
So, here it is. "Bonnie in your pocket." SMFA: The Ninja Within.
Anyone who has read my other books, my weekly columns, my personal blog posts; who has attended any of my classes — online or in person — whether in Los Angeles or in cities to which I travel; or who has worked with me for private coaching over the years has heard at least a few of these statements. Because it WORKS, this is stuff I've been saying forever.
And it's all in one place, here. It's bite-sized. It's the kind of wisdom you can tap into, quickly, right before your next audition, meeting, or production powwow. It's a go-to guide for getting to your next tier, without all the girth of Self-Management for Actors. I mean, c'mon, that's a pretty thick book. This one? It fits in your pocket.
Presented in the same basic layout as Self-Management for Actors, this book's contents are grouped so you can get to something that's in the zone at which you're vibing at any given time, or you may just choose to flip to a random page and treat this as a dose of your sensei's wisdom on whatever it is that you're facing. Perhaps the page you land on is exactly what you needed at that moment. Ninja!
Why ninja? Well, the SMFA principles include emphasis on a concept called "lurk, then lead." The more you study the world you hope to master — before you enter it — the better chance you have of succeeding. So many actors charge ahead, untrained, having done no research, and with no sense of honor about their relationship with the big picture that is THIS BUSINESS. By standing apart from those folks, you help create the Hollywood you want to be a part of, for the long haul.
We're making this industry a better place, daily. Stay mindful of your place as a leader in this journey. Get down with the pursuit. Celebrate your love for what we get to do every day, here. Stay ninja.
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Eternal thanks Bonnie, these powerful bits of wisdom will help me keep my sanity during this huge time of creation. As an acting coach as well as an actress I am telling all my actors this is the go to book to have in your pocket.
SMFA: The Ninja Within is another gem which is literally (and adorably) pocket sized. This book is chock full of inspiration, some good kicks in the patootie, and is 100% professionally geared. It is incredibly helpful with bite sized pieces of staying focused and on track. (And did I mention cute little ninja drawings throughout? Yes, please.) After reading all the way through, I see it as perfect to flip through once a day, read that page, and add those words as an extra focus to your day. Pretty sure just that alone will assist a tier jump in no time. Don't know exactly what a "tier jump" is? Do you know your bullseye? Do you want to treat acting as a business and a career for the rest of your life? Get this book. Get her other books. Take her classes. You will thank me later. And her.