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For beginners or polished pros. Actors need representation: they need managers to help guide them through the process of becoming working actors. Or do they? Self-Management for Actors guides actors through the process of taking control of the business side of their careers. There is no secret method, no password entry system to the Working Actor's Club. What does exist is For beginners or polished pros. Actors need representation: they need managers to help guide them through the process of becoming working actors. Or do they? Self-Management for Actors guides actors through the process of taking control of the business side of their careers. There is no secret method, no password entry system to the Working Actor's Club. What does exist is a simple, self-management concept that allows any actor to handle the business of an acting career without losing the ability to be a creative artist. Balance is key, and the tips in Self-Management for Actors will put every actor on the way to having the best manager they deserve: themselves!


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For beginners or polished pros. Actors need representation: they need managers to help guide them through the process of becoming working actors. Or do they? Self-Management for Actors guides actors through the process of taking control of the business side of their careers. There is no secret method, no password entry system to the Working Actor's Club. What does exist is For beginners or polished pros. Actors need representation: they need managers to help guide them through the process of becoming working actors. Or do they? Self-Management for Actors guides actors through the process of taking control of the business side of their careers. There is no secret method, no password entry system to the Working Actor's Club. What does exist is a simple, self-management concept that allows any actor to handle the business of an acting career without losing the ability to be a creative artist. Balance is key, and the tips in Self-Management for Actors will put every actor on the way to having the best manager they deserve: themselves!

30 review for Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Vannieuwenhoven

    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! 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!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edgar

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

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate Lingoni

    It's hands down the best book I've read for actors looking to get started, as well as those who are already working. 💪 ------------------------------ 🎬 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 g It's hands down the best book I've read for actors looking to get started, as well as those who are already working. 💪 ------------------------------ 🎬 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!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark Dispenza

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aidan Johnson

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shantal

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Anthony

    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. I’m telling you, trust the reviews, this book is POTENT!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tim Barney

    A must-read for actors everywhere.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    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. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Панде Најдовски

    it's good it's good

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Fairbairn

    Great book. Every actor should read this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Levin

    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 pac 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...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lenka

    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.indiego 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...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    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. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    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. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Very helpful!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Krystelle

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    All actors should read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie Wegmann

  23. 5 out of 5

    Armin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Romie Lyday

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kahla Brown

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janice Rumschlag

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Tharan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lieberman

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