- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
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Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business 4th Edition
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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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I was advising an actor who was talking about how hard this whole "moving to LA" thing was feeling. Stress from the family. Doubts introduced by well-meaning friends. Leaving behind a decent job and a network of support. Choosing to follow a dream, thousands of miles away, alone (starting over on building up friendships and connecting with a community).
I said, "Living your dreams is hard. Moving across the country alone is hard. Finding (and keeping) a good survival job is hard. Starting over is hard. The thing is, that's where most people stop the list. And here's what you need to know: NOT living your dreams is hard. Staying in a place just because it's where all of your relatives are located is hard. Rolling around on a plastic pad behind a desk at a passionless job because it pays well and provides security that others in your life seem to value is hard. Staying stuck and wondering what would've been if you HAD chosen to live your dreams is hard. So, PICK YOUR HARD."
That's the whole point: We get to pick our hard.
There's no one course of life that's easier, predictably, before we start out on its path. We can't know what twists and turns any of our life's choices will present to us. Just as we can't take two routes to our vacation destination simultaneously, we can only drive the road we're on, and there are times that road is going to be hard. But just as some folks prefer the "hard" of freeway traffic to surface streets, some artists prefer the "hard" of pursuing their dreams, unapologetically, sometimes alone, but focused and committed, to the "hard" of a regular paycheck, health insurance, a 401K, and "casual Fridays."
When it gets hard--and it will--remind yourself that you get to pick your hard. Bad audition? Stuck on a plot point in a script you're writing? Released from avail after being sure the gig was yours? Dropped by your agent just when things were starting to pick up? Edited out of the final cut of the film you told everyone you'd shot? Told you're too old or too skinny or too ethnic or too anything else for whatever particular role you really want to play? Snubbed in the casting room? Hating your reel after having spent a ton on it? Missing your family back home?
Yep. It's all hard. The only thing harder is not pursuing your dream.