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No other book for actors focuses so succinctly on the business
of self-management. Whether an actor has an agent and manager on his or
her team or is going it alone, "Self-Management for Actors" will
provide a roadmap for surviving and thriving in the entertainment
industry.

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Reviews for SELF-MANAGEMENT FOR ACTORS, 3RD ED.:

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Sep 19, 2014

Great book for actors of all levels in the industry. It changed how I viewed being type cast and has helped me in so many ways, not only to be more efficient with my time and marketing, but to also know things such as the proper way to do a current resume and cover letter, tricks to stand out, and it also taught me the different levels in billing titles (featured vs principal, etc) and why you must know that. Learning the tiers of the business side helps me with focusing and setting goals, and I Great book for actors of all levels in the industry. It changed how I viewed being type cast and has helped me in so many ways, not only to be more efficient with my time and marketing, but to also know things such as the proper way to do a current resume and cover letter, tricks to stand out, and it also taught me the different levels in billing titles (featured vs principal, etc) and why you must know that. Learning the tiers of the business side helps me with focusing and setting goals, and I feel like people who are already booking could learn from this too because it's directed at professionals of all tiers of success. If you are a control freak like me and hate the idea of sitting around playing the numbers game in show biz, trying to get noticed but working against the odds, it's the book for you. I feel in control and productive now, instead of self submitting and crossing my fingers. ...more
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May 23, 2019

It was given to me as a gift. It has very useful information and ideas to help you in your business as an actor.
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Aug 09, 2019

It's hands down the best book I've read for actors looking to get started, as well as those who are already working. šŸ’Ŗ
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šŸŽ¬ Bonnie covers everything you could want to know about the industry, including major and minor markets, tangibles (headshots, resumes, cover letters, etc), branding, business plans, money management, industry relationships and even how to take care of yo damn self (read: self-care for your sensitive actor-brain). It's full of good-to-know tips and It's hands down the best book I've read for actors looking to get started, as well as those who are already working. šŸ’Ŗ
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šŸŽ¬ Bonnie covers everything you could want to know about the industry, including major and minor markets, tangibles (headshots, resumes, cover letters, etc), branding, business plans, money management, industry relationships and even how to take care of yo damn self (read: self-care for your sensitive actor-brain). It's full of good-to-know tips and good-to-ask questions that I would never have thought of, and I especially wish that I had read it before getting my first "real" paid headshots and applying to agencies. I've learned so much that I'm ready to go back and do it all over again! ...more
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Jun 19, 2017

This book was incredible. There really aren't a whole lot of books that discuss the business side of acting. This book tells you everything you need to know. It really gives tangible career advice that you can put into action immediately. It gives you the ability to control your career, and provides a great ninja philosophy. I'm so glad I found this book and this community!
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Mar 07, 2019

Excellent resource for any Actor who is serious about their brand and buisness

Bonnie does an incredible job of breaking down all that you need to know about the business of acting, and makes it so easy to digest. Plus she offers so many valuable tools online. This book is a must read.
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Apr 04, 2020

The Roadmap to a Successful Career

Straightforward, relevant and insightful advice borne of experience about making it as a creative in a tough, uncompromising and chaotic business.
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Jun 07, 2019

While I was incredibly excited to start this book, the feeing subsided after the first half. While this must be helpful to the struggling LA screen actor, it was unfriendly to the NYC actor. The book is dated and the market has changed since publishing.
5

May 19, 2018

A great book to have in your career arsenal. I love the way Bonnie talks to you like a friend who cares about you but also wont take your crap. Thanks Bonnie for this book and i highly recommend this book.
5

Aug 31, 2019

Must Read For Actors!!

I really had to take my time with this book, reading and rereading, savoring every word. There is so much valuable information in here. Im telling you, trust the reviews, this book is POTENT!! Must Read For Actors!!

I really had to take my time with this book, reading and rereading, savoring every word. There is so much valuable information in here. Iā€™m telling you, trust the reviews, this book is POTENT!! ...more
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Mar 27, 2018

I flipped through some chapters that didn't apply to me or lessons I've already learned, but the chapters that did apply were endlessly valuable and changed my career by also changing my perspective.
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Oct 09, 2011

I don't want to be unfair to this book. If I'd read it five years ago, when I first arrived in LA, I think it would have been tremendously useful! If you are relatively new to the business, I would certainly recommend it. Where I am now, there wasn't much in this book that I haven't already come across on my own or learned about from other sources. (Dallas Travers's The Tao of Show Business - read it!)

I do definitely recommend checking out Bonnie's blog; the archives are ludicrously huge and I don't want to be unfair to this book. If I'd read it five years ago, when I first arrived in LA, I think it would have been tremendously useful! If you are relatively new to the business, I would certainly recommend it. Where I am now, there wasn't much in this book that I haven't already come across on my own or learned about from other sources. (Dallas Travers's The Tao of Show Business - read it!)

I do definitely recommend checking out Bonnie's blog; the archives are ludicrously huge and packed to the gills with good career advice on many topics. So I certainly don't regret having bought this book, if only as a small repayment for the help she has offered me in other places! Now to find someone who's just stepped off the bus and pass this volume along to them... ...more
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Dec 28, 2011

Excellent book! For me, I don't see this as a cover-to-cover read, although the first several chapters should probably be read in order. After a certain point, though, I feel the rest of the material is best absorbed on an as-needed basis, and that's how I treated it after reading the first third or so. Because of that, I admittedly didn't finish reading the entire book, but I did go through all the chapters that I felt were relevant to me at this time, and I plan on reviewing the rest when the Excellent book! For me, I don't see this as a cover-to-cover read, although the first several chapters should probably be read in order. After a certain point, though, I feel the rest of the material is best absorbed on an as-needed basis, and that's how I treated it after reading the first third or so. Because of that, I admittedly didn't finish reading the entire book, but I did go through all the chapters that I felt were relevant to me at this time, and I plan on reviewing the rest when the time is right. Overall, this is a great resource, one to which I'll be referring for quite a while. ...more
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Sep 30, 2013

Very helpful book that has taught me so much about the showbusiness in the USA and I keep recommending it to all actors I meet (no matter the country they work and live in). It's one of those books you place bookmarks and post-it notes in and keep coming back to it as you progress in your career, because it always teaches you something. I believe actors at any level of their career can find helpful information, tips and tools in this book.

I can't wait to read the new edition - Very helpful book that has taught me so much about the showbusiness in the USA and I keep recommending it to all actors I meet (no matter the country they work and live in). It's one of those books you place bookmarks and post-it notes in and keep coming back to it as you progress in your career, because it always teaches you something. I believe actors at any level of their career can find helpful information, tips and tools in this book.

I can't wait to read the new edition - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sel... ...more
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Apr 08, 2016

Truly a must-read for any aspiring actor in any market (though it is certainly tailored to the big move to LA). New actors, disenchanted actors, actors that feel a bit "stuck" in their career-- this is a wonderfully written, honest, and approachable collection of advice to get you in charge of your own career. Plus, Bonnie is infinitely kind and authentic, and her "ninja" community is definitely one you want to be a part of.
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May 13, 2011

Bonnie is easily one of the nicest people in the business. She works non-stop, and encourages others to do the same. She really seems to have everyone's best interest at heart, and gives you the tools to push forward in your career with virtually no fear.
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Mar 16, 2012

Great resource for newer actors or people who need to some hints on how to market themselves and manage their own careers as an actor.

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