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THIS is how we do it!

On April 21st, I got an email from one of my very favorite people on the planet — Kim Estes — that started out like this: “Hey Doll! I’ve done it again… I entered the…

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Don’t Change ALL the Things

Do you remember that game Mastermind? It’s a strip of wood or plastic with different-colored pegs, obscured from view and lined up in a certain order by one player. The other player tries to line…

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Commercial vs. Theatrical Types

We were in the SMFA Retreat this weekend and one of the awesome actors in attendance asked, “Should I lean into my theatrical brand or this commercial look my agents want me to have?” Okay,…

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Hollywood Power Plays

I got an email this week in which these words appeared: “I love acting so much, I’d PAY to do it!” Ugh. And it’s not the first time I’ve been on the receiving end of…

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Getting Stuff Done

One of the more fascinating things about creatives is how we choose this life of ours with no rules, no bosses, no timeclock to punch, no deadlines… and then we crave structure. Ah, yes. We’re…

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Fixing Money Anxiety

I know. You’re already thinking, “Yeah, right, Gillespie. Like YOU’RE gonna fix my money anxiety. Pff. Okay.” Go with me a sec, wouldja? See… after a convo with Ramit Sethi (yes, that Ramit Sethi), I…

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Don’t Go It Alone

I was watching a talk presented by the badass Mel Robbins. She’s new to me since a ninja shared this quick interview at our Self-Management for Actors Facebook group a couple o’ months ago. Aside…

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