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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I woke up this morning feeling a profound sense of gratitude. For my health, children, family, friends, fulfilling work… and for you. For all the forms of love in my life.

It’s a beautiful privilege to get to share my experience and knowledge with you.

The poet Kahlil Gibran said, “Work is love made visible.” My work is my love poured into books, the podcast, consultation sessions, workshops…

Everything I do is meant to educate and inspire you. I believe that the more you understand, the better choices you can make. For YOU. Because your life is unique, and there are many different ways to get where you want to go. Kind of like the many different ways to get from Hollywood to LAX! Which is the better route? It depends…

I’m excited to be sharing some new things with you this year… keep an eye on your inbox for my first FLASH SALE next week (!!), exciting podcast guests, and for my ONLINE COURSES launching this spring…

If you haven’t yet got a copy of Young Hollywood Actors or The Hollywood Parents Guide, maybe you should treat yourself or someone you love with one (or both!). It’s an easy way to give yourself an edge on the competition while reading some fascinating behind the scenes stories. Both are available on Amazon.

Thank you for letting me contribute to you. My life is richer and more joyful knowing that I can make a difference. And I hope yours is richer and more joyful as a result of my work.

Wishing you love in every form, on this Valentine’s Day and every day,

Bonnie

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How Do You Manage Mistakes?

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Post Mother’s Day Musings for Moms of Performers Everywhere

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Social Media Use and Your Kids– Part 2 of 2

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Social Media Use and Your Kids– Part 1 of 2

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On Set Advice for Parents of Young Actors

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Zen and the Art of Stage Parenting

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Help! I Need to Change Agents/Managers!

The first question to ask when you want to change your child’s agent or manager is WHY do you want to make this change? There are probably a hundred different reasons someone might want to change representation, but they tend to fall into a few basic categories: • Not getting enough...

“Do I Have to Spend a Lot of Money For an Agent or Manager?”

Legitimate agents and managers don’t charge upfront fees. If someone who wants you to sign up for a bunch of classes that cost a fortune approaches you or your kid, then they aren’t a proper talent agency or management company—they are some other kind of business. Most of you know by...

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I think that managing ourselves as parents is one of the true secrets to helping our kids succeed as young actors. Our inner self-talk guides our actions, and our kids register it subconsciously. When we are aware of the gap between our encouraging words and our inner doubts, we feel...

How to Help your Child Manage Rejection

One of the toughest parts of this business for any actor, at any age, is the feeling of rejection that can come when they don’t get the part. This feeling can be overwhelming for kids in particular. But there are some ways you can help your child approach rejection that will serve...

Who Gets the Money When a Child Actor Works?

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The Calculus of Age, Casting, and Workplace Laws

California has the most protective rules in place of any state for minors in the entertainment industry, but we still have a long way to go. One of the foundational safeguards for the protection of minors working on a union set is the strict number of hours that kids are allowed to...

Living With Uncertainty: Not Just for Actors

One of the recurring lessons of being an actor—or the parent of one—is that we exist in a state of uncertainty. The terror of this is one of the chief reasons that many parents shudder at the thought of their kids pursuing a career as a professional actor. Uncertainty can feel...

Faith and Resilience in Hollywood

Even with all the pieces in place—a supportive family, financial stability, genuine talent, a solid resume, and a great team—this business is difficult and there are no guarantees that your child will succeed. Having these things helps of course. And your child could succeed without...

Hollywood is a Small Town

I lived most of my life in a genuinely small town—an island, in fact. Moving to LA, I assumed that running repeatedly into the same people and having a sense of community was something I would lose. I could not have been more wrong. Los Angeles covers a truly vast expanse of real...

The Dark Side of Success, and Child Actors

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Surviving the Hollywood Dream: Part 2 of 2

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Getting on a Disney Show: Part 2 of 2

Most, if not all, of the young actors we know today as Disney stars were never aiming for Disney. They were putting themselves out in the world because they loved to perform. Their agents sent them out for every project that looked appropriate, and if they were fortunate, they were...

Getting on a Disney Show: Part 1 of 2

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Set Etiquette and the Set Experience: Part 4 of 5

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Set Etiquette and the Set Experience: Part 3 of 5

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Set Etiquette and the Set Experience: Part 2 of 5

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Set Etiquette and the Set Experience: Part 1 of 5

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Building a Team for Your Child Actor

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Screen Tests: So Close to Success You Can Taste It

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Background/ Extras Work: Myths and Truths

Let me start this post with the admission that my daughter Dove never once went out for a background (or “extras”) role. So my experience with this subject comes from seeing extras on sets, both film and TV—talking to them, sometimes to their parents, and seeing with my own eyes the...

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