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Check It... or Maybe Not.

While working on a major project (say, the new edition of Self-Management for Actors and its accompanying app), I limit myself to one check of email and social networking sites or apps per hour (longer stretches at times). What would count as an "e-diet" for you? Clock it. Set a timer and see how long you go between e-checks of any kind. Let Rescue Time help you sort it out. Then police yourself. You'll be amazed how much more productive you can be!

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Don't Blame Hollywood!

Folks love to blame Hollywood for lack of creativity. Just watch the mash-up of the trailers for No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits (vid button, above) for proof of how idea-starved we appear to the world. But anyone with a Facebook account has now seen dozens of variations on the Shit ___ Say model, after the first few iterations went viral. Hey, it's easy to spot brilliance (or something that's clicking with an audience) and want to hop on that trend. The ninja move is improving upon a concept, as you make it your own.

Oh, and I'd like to use this space to shout a special thanks to Amber Plaster for contributing to The Actors Voice: POV, with a great piece on how IMDb StarMeter doesn't matter. Check it out: HERE.

Bon and SMFA Worldwide
If you'd like to experience the Self-Management for Actors Seminar in LA or on tour, please refine your mailing list options here. Master Class has moved online with the our Ninja Maintenance Program and it's ridiculously awesome. Weekly mentorship phone calls and daily online support, plus a scholarship program coming soon!

Get A-Listed
Our next cycle of the online 12-week Self-Management for Actors program will open up early bird registration later this month. Pop in your email address at Get A-Listed to be sure you hear all about it. Actors worldwide are loving this online course!

Felteeee from Tara Jayn

My friend (and webseries producing partner) Tara Jayn makes super-cute items out of felt. Bento box purse? Chocolate box of magnets? This Pop Tart iPhone case? Crazy cute! Visit her store here.

Same Trailer by Chari Pere
Bite Me in LA Times
The Face Is Familiar on Netflix