If you follow my Stories at Instagram, you saw me sharing updates every few hours this weekend as I did one of my very favorite rituals: PROFIT CLARITY. (Here’s the link directly to the bookmarked Stories.)

The basis of this exercise — in which we list off every penny that comes into our business for the whole year — comes from rockstar coach Marie Forleo. But of course like with most things I learn from brilliant people out there, I added to the experience to make it even more awesome for me.

I not only list off every copy of Self-Management for Actors that sold (whether through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Samuel French, Drama Book Shop, or the trunk of my cute car) but also calculate how much money I make per hour NOW for a project that took six weeks in 2013.

(Yes, each edition of SMFA — including the first edition in 2003 — takes me six weeks to write. It’s a crazy six weeks… and clearly I get paid for that insanity of a schedule for many years later.)

Here’s what that does for me: It allows me to know where to shift my energy when I need to attract more money, quickly.

(Members of Get in Gear for the Next Tier, yes, this is your Day 28 work and you know from my sharing my story in the dojo how it has truly revolutionized my business each year… especially when one quarter of our household income disappeared without warning one day! I knew exactly where to shift my focus to not only replace it but increase what those same hours could bring in.)

Those of you who watched along with me on Sunday as the data revealed something beautiful — that I may very well reach my goal/intention/expectation for the year’s profit (in fact, I got within $6K of it… and it was an ambitious goal so I’m STOKED about that near-miss… Keith’s prediction was $70K lower than mine and, man, is he happy to have been soooooo off) — also saw that I blew through the goal of having increased my passive income percentage from 12% to 14% over each of the past four years to 20%. Um… we soooooo blew through that 20% goal. Hello, 48% of our income is now passive?!? WHAT?!? That’s amazing!

UPDATE: To date, our best percentage passive has been 68%! Whoa!!

All of this allows me to be hands-on with stuff that really matters to me while knowing I’ve created things that make money without my involvement anymore. Oh, and yes, members, this is all stuff I did by following the passive income strategy I outlined for you in The SMFA Vault. You should revisit that content if this sounds good to you!

Why am I sharing all this with you?

First off, I’m transparent in my process. Duh. There’s that. 😉

Next, because I’ve been sharing this process as I’ve done it every year since 2013, I’ve seen hundreds of you TRY THIS profit clarity and passive income strategy upgrade (many of you through my direct guidance in JFDI) and quite a few of you have shared your results.

For example: “Oh, man! I earn more off an audiobook than I do slinging drinks at the bar!” This realization allowed one ninja to stop picking up extra bartending shifts and instead do more marketing for her voiceover career. BAM! Smarter investment of time for the money and way more fun while doing it.

I’m all about making smarter choices with our time! And I love helping creatives do this with some of my non-passive time spent with y’all. 😉

Here’s the tip I want to share for everyone whether you’re ready to engage in some profit clarity with me or not: When you have created things you’re proud of, you can begin to feel as though money is in the bank (because it is, vibrationally) due to this work you’ve already put in.

I energize the “money is on its way to me” thing REGULARLY by saying, “Right. This. Moment. Right this very moment, someone is picking up my book for the first time. Or landing on one of my articles or YouTube videos or podcast episodes via Google. Or hearing about me from a friend. Right this moment, someone is starting the journey that may lead to DECADES of our jamming together and strategizing a massive leap from tier to tier to tier. Oh my, I cannot WAIT to meet this very special person!”

And then I energize the same feelings by having those thoughts about ANOTHER person when I next need it.

Yesterday, someone we’ve never met, never heard of, never seen in our online world (doesn’t follow me on socials that I can tell; isn’t even getting BonBlasts yet) just plopped down a few hundy to join Get in Gear for the Next Tier.


She just started her 100-day journey to a whole new relationship with herself and this creative business of ours… and we have NO idea how long she’s been lurking (if ever; she may have just landed on us yesterday — we’ll find out as we get to know her in the dojo of course). And this isn’t the first time this has happened.

UPDATE: I just did a coaching hour with a new client who found me via one of my on-demand woo webinars (talk about passive, now that they’re in replay mode). They bought a package! BAM! Thousands, just like that.

I share the story of new buyers just showing up because you can do the same — whether it’s money-related or not — just by knowing you’ve created good work, it’s out there, and RIGHT THIS MOMENT someone you don’t even know yet is stumbling across your demo reel, footage of you that you lovingly put together just for fun, your website, your social media, your headshot and resume from a long-ago forgotten submission, your online profile, your IMDb page, a heartfelt social media post you made, even a comment on someone else’s content… right this moment, someone is BEGINNING their journey with you and you don’t even know this person yet.

You may have targeted them or someone else. You may have hoped someone like this would stumble upon your brilliance. And what you have to begin to trust, to energize, to KNOW is that right this moment someone is falling in love with you, is almost ready to book you, is checking into what you’re all about because there IS a future together that will transform all your goals into reality.

This visualization is powerful and it’s an important part of the work when it comes to leveling UP to your next tier dreams.

And, ah! There it is again! Right this moment, someone is learning about the world of Bonnie Gillespie for the first time! Here comes money we don’t even know about… it’s on its way to us.

This is always true. For all of us.

Isn’t that lovely?

Jam with me below about where you KNOW your money, your next booking, your love is coming from… because you’ve planted the seeds and then gotten out of your own damn way to receive.

So delicious!

Wanna be sure your tools *and* your mindset are in peak form? Let us get you in gear with some FREE training right now!

Woo HOO!

Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. Wanna work with Bon? Start here. Thanks!

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  1. Sean Frost April 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    My next money is coming from an agent who found my pitch buried after coming back from som personal issues, from people findin other such emails of mine that sound like good ideas, from scripts I’ve put out myself or with others that are coming to mind for people; my next booking is coming from my demo reel on amazon, from my YouTube page where I put about ninety audition videos, from conversations where I come to mind for somebody who didn’t have a role for me but who found my look striking so that they remember me now that they have or know about something appropriate for me; as to love, we’ll see.

  2. Stephani Lindsey April 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I’m in the midst of the not working a traditional job and freaking out about the slow start of self employed variety income streams! Promoting my Twitch stream, editing demo reels and starting to tier jump to the paid (instead of copy/credit/meals) gigs are my current focuses for income. The next thing to start planting seeds for is recording audio books.

  3. Millie Jean Warren April 3, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Haha, I went back to my Day 28 for GIGFTNT ~ just to remind myself of everything:

    PARTIES GALORE (my biz): $100/hr for booked events, $34 – 71/hr for public pay-per-face events.
    INDUSTRIAL: $39/hr
    THEATRICAL: $16 – $20/hr depending upon venue. Not including tips. Tips for the year: $169.
    TOUR GUIDE: $13-14/hr, not including tips. Tips for the year: $565.
    STANDARDIZED PATIENT WORK: $15-25/hr depending upon venue

    My face painting business Parties Galore is DEFINITELY where it’s at! And guiding students through breast and pelvic exams. I always knew I wanted to use my body for science. SCIENCE! 😀

    Actually ~ something I’m doing to bring money in right now. I’m running a giveaway on my business’ Facebook page. I’m working a two-day Kids Expo this weekend and received 60 complimentary free admission tickets for my customers. So I’m running a giveaway on my social media. Not only am I mailing the goodies to the giveaway winners, but I’m also including a hand-written note congratulating them, encouraging them to visit my booth at the expo, in addition to a flier offering 10% off when they book my face painting services for a party/event! 🙂

    This giveaway is increasing awareness of my business. Good will due to giving away free admission tickets. And future buyers thanks to the hand-written note and flier. 🙂

    Money is on its way to me. ~

  4. Erica Pitts April 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    You are awesome!!! I’m getting my next from booking a supporting role in a film.

  5. Erin Zapcic April 4, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Way to focus on the future, Sean and Erica! Stephani, that laser focus is awesome. Trust that the money will come!

    Millie, this outline is so inspiring! LOVE how clear you’ve gotten with your income, and the giveaway idea is super ninja!

  6. Jennifer Bates April 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I needed to read this. I was one of the people who just purchased your book and have started my journey as a performer at 36 years young. It is my soul’s desire and I have somehow made it back to it after abandoning it for what others might consider to be the “conventional or safe” path/career. Thank you for stoking the fire that I know is inside me and encouraging me to trust in what I already know to be true.

    1. Bonnie Gillespie April 5, 2018 at 11:21 am

      How wonderful, Jennifer! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re back on track with your true love and I’m excited for our future together!

  7. Natalie Scott October 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Haha oh man was that me? I was internet invisible when I started GIG last year, but I’m back now thanks to you! This is such an eye opening reminder that we have nooooooo clue what’s next. We have some idea, sure, but aliens could hop down onto the planet tomorrow and everything I’ve ever planned would go right out the window. It’s so helpful to my anxious mind to realize that clinging to the current plan or scrounging around to pull together the next plan is not helping anything, so I can stop spending energy on it. I loved the passive income module in the vault too, such fantastic ideas. Geez I need to remember to just come back here every time I start to spin out. Thanks a bunch for guiding me back here <3

    1. Bonnie Gillespie October 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Attagirl. It’s a bit like Abraham-Hicks for me. Listen every day? I forget it’s helping. MISS a few days? I get sooooooo out of sorts and OMG why is it so hard to remember all it takes to ease me back?


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