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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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Passport Credits

I spend a lot of time working with creatives on their brands. Wait wait wait! Before you zone out and your eyes glaze over and you think, “Ugh, not again on this BRANDING thing!” bear…

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Audition Landmines

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed lately everyone’s just feeling a little *extra* from time to time. Sure, it’s the final week of Mercury retroGRACE, it’s disasters in the world — natural…

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