This week’s excerpt from The Actors Voice actually isn’t an excerpt from The Actors Voice at all, but instead a quick vid I shot for SMFA Online about Evel Knievel and what we can learn about branding, from him.


Who else is a good example of brand, out there? Who else shows us that it’s not about the stuff that doesn’t work (except for what those “failures” teach us), when folks think about what we’ve put into the world? Can this help you shake off a bad audition, a rough meeting, a less-than-stellar review? You betcha.

Let’s talk about it! 😀

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  1. Karen Jean Olds June 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm


    “Speaking My Language AND A Dose Of Home!! Bonnie Gillespie (one of my all-time favorite Pro-Actor Columnists and Los Angeles Based Casting Director) sites BUTTE, AMERICA’S Own Evel Knievel as a look-see for Actors! Genius! Thank you Bonnie! Butte strikes again!”

    Awesome equation AND – He’s my hometown hero 🙂


  2. Bonnie Gillespie June 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You are so awesome, KjO! 🙂 I’m glad this one spoke to you (for several reasons, obviously). Let’s try to always keep in mind that it’s the brand they remember, not the crashes or the aborted takeoffs. 🙂 YAY!

  3. Lisa Marie Fraser June 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Loved this, Bonn!…Thanks!!


    1. Bonnie Gillespie June 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Thank YOU for checking it out. So glad you enjoyed it! Yay!

  4. Michael G Welch June 13, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Spectacular leaps. Love it! As a kid I remember wanting to be like Evel Knievel. I think the choice to be an actor was a little safer. You have to make bold choices and sometimes you are going to crash and burn but when you land that jump. God it feels good. That’ the brand I want. Waving to the crowd after a spectacular leap.
    Thanks for the inspiring words Bonn.

  5. Bonnie Gillespie June 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Absolutely. 🙂 When I thought about how very similar the road of the creative (the actor, the writer, the director, whatever) is to that of someone who does death-defying leaps, it just made perfect sense. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this little vid. I’ll try to keep the inspiration flowing! SO many reminders out there. 😀

    Keep leaping!

  6. Jason Priluck June 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    How did I not know about your blog until just now?!?!?! Enjoyed this latest story! Now I gotta go back and read the rest!

  7. Bonnie Gillespie June 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Yay! Welcome, Jason. 🙂 Excited to share the goods with you. XO It’s been a while!


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