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July 27, 2008

Quick Bonnie Gillespie Roadshow Survey

Hi Everyone,

Quick Bonnie Gillespie roadshow survey, if you don't mind.

The third edition of Self-Management for Actors will be out in October and a book tour, speaking tour, seminar series, roadshow of some kind will be on the books. YAY!

Last book tour, we did it ourselves and hit four cities outside of the many events held in Los Angeles. It was a wee tour, but we had a blast and got to meet a ton of people, talk acting, sign and sell books, and all that cool stuff.

This time, I've got a producing partner and a plan for making it a much bigger "thing" than just a book tour. And we're gonna do a bunch of research, formally, before announcing anything official.

Whether this roadshow involves "just me and Anna" or becomes a group endeavor remains to be seen. Whether these events will be "signings in bookstores" or weekend-long courses remains to be seen. Whether we're talking about freebie quickies or fee-required intensives remains to be seen.

Here's ALL I want to know right now (although, I welcome your feedback on format, timeline, cost, number of participants and instructors, etc., if you're feeling moved to share such):

Where should we go?

Yeah, I can check my wholly under-utilized Eventful page to see where a few folks have said, "We'd come out and see Bon," but I'm posting this blog entry at the Spynotebook, my MySpace, and my Twitter (as well as at the official Cricket Feet Mailing List) in order to get a sense of where y'all are.

Where should we tour?

Give me your city or the biggest city nearby to which you would travel in order to have a little visit. And if you want to tell me whether a quickie book signing is your speed or a weekend workshop would rock your world, let me hear that (with the understanding that only one of those types of things would be a freebie, natch). ;) But, again, the REAL focus of this survey is to find out WHERE we should go.


Do tell!

No promises yet--except that every response will be considered and added to the master list as we begin researching feasibility in each location.

If you're a super-duper organized person who wants to be a local "event coordinator," let us hear from you on that too! Like a, "set it up and your tuition is free" kind of producer person, maybe. ??? And if you work at a college or university campus and want to have your drama department or student activities division schedule a visit, I've been hired before as an associate/visiting professor, so there's an option for that as well!

Okay. Enough for now. NOW YOU. Holla! ;)

And we look forward to seeing you--wherever you may be--SOON!


Posted by bonnie at July 27, 2008 5:53 PM


I'm the office admin for the Baltimore Theatre Alliance (http://www.baltimoreperforms.org). We would LOVE to host you for a workshop. Michael Kostroff (of THE WIRE, and Jackie Apodoca's current replacement at BACK STAGE) did his Audition Psych 101 workshop for us twice last summer. So let me hereby volunteer to be a Baltimore event coordinator. We may even be able to double it with a book signing at the shop where I work as another day job.

Oh, and I would TOTALLY love a SMFA cruise!

Posted by: Cole Matson at July 27, 2008 7:17 PM

Awesome!!! Cole, you rock! :)

Thank you for this connection. I remember you trying to hook me up when you were in NY a couple of years ago (I'm remembering this correctly, yes?) and you're just always a super-supporter. Thank you!!


Posted by: bon Author Profile Page at July 27, 2008 7:32 PM

I think Austin would be a good place, since so many movies are being filmed here now. There are plenty of aspiring actors, as well as the drama dept at the largest university in the nation. Plus, it's AUSTIN. It just rocks.

Posted by: Katy at July 27, 2008 8:00 PM

I do loves me some Austin.

Thanks Katy!

Posted by: bon Author Profile Page at July 27, 2008 8:22 PM

As far as the Pacific Northwest, Washington State University, ha! Its out in the middle of nowhere, but you'd probably sell a ton.
Also little known fact...Montana State Univerity has a great film school, offers the only Master's degree in Natural History Filmmaking in the country that is partially funded through the Discovery Channel.
Its waaaaaaaay out in the middle of nowhere, but there are some great spas out there (spa day) for probably a quarter of what you would pay in California. ;)

Posted by: CJC at July 28, 2008 9:09 AM

We would love to have you in Orlando or Miami! A Parf Mom who has learned so much from you over the years and values your insite.

Posted by: FLMom at July 28, 2008 3:53 PM

Excellent! Thank you, James and Cindy! :) I really appreciate the ideas!!!!!


Posted by: Bon at July 28, 2008 3:56 PM

Yes, you are remembering that correctly. And I've let my current Young Actors Academy students know that your new edition is coming out this fall - it's on their recommended reading list. I know gold when I see it!:-)

Posted by: Cole Matson at July 28, 2008 8:20 PM

You should come to Washington, DC as well if you are going to do Baltimore. It's the nation's capitol. Plus, you could hang out with some WUOGers or xmas past.

Posted by: matt at July 31, 2008 12:50 PM

Awesome! Thanks, Matt! :)

And thanks again, Cole. You rule.

Posted by: Bon at July 31, 2008 1:08 PM

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