It doesn't take an astute eye to see that Hollywood success isn't reserved for only the most talented. God-given ability and years of training and practice certainly help an aspiring actor, but the biggest difference between successful and unsuccessful actors may be the degree to which each understands the acting business.
Too often, wannabe actors skip over the nuts and bolts of this tricky industry. They spend year after year treading water without making a splash, wondering how to do more than simply stay afloat.
In the gray industry that is film and television, there exists no guru who can give the definitive recipe for creating a professional from a wannabe, but there are some teachers out there who offer ingredients that can be mixed and matched to create an edible, if not palatable, recipe for success.
One such teacher is Bonnie Gillespie. With decades of experience as an actor, casting director, and writer, she has accumulated her share of expertise in the professional acting world. Ms. Gillespie openly shares her experiences through her Actors Access column, The Actors Voice, her podcast, The Work, and her wildly successful book, Self-Management for Actors, soon to print its fourth edition.
The third edition of Self-Management for Actors, published in 2008, has a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.com. Many reviewers have deemed it the definitive guide to the business side of acting.
In the five years since the third edition was published, the acting landscape has changed tremendously, and it's time for a new printing of Self-Management for Actors. Not only has the acting landscape changed over the last several years, but the publishing landscape has changed as well. Ms. Gillespie is running an IndieGoGo campaign through October 18, 2013, to raise money to publish the newly updated fourth edition of Self-Management for Actors.
Contributors to the campaign have the opportunity to receive the new book before anybody else, and Ms. Gillespie is offering some other cool perks as a thank you for helping her cover publishing costs. But really, it should be actors thanking Ms. Gillespie for putting such great effort into releasing a new edition of her outstanding book.
"I get really jazzed up about how much power actors have these days," reflects Ms. Gillespie. "In an industry that often likes to keep actors feeling small, it's an amazing time to be multi-passionate. It's exciting to get to write about all the ways actors can steer their careers like never before!"
Self-Management for Actors, Fourth Edition, will be a solid anchor for any actor's library. Reserving a copy before October 18, 2013, via IndieGoGo will give any level of actor a boost in furthering his or her career.