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My sons have been working in the industry for a little over 2 years now. How I wish this book has been written when they first asked me to get them started acting! With that said, the book is written so well. I read it cover to cover in the span of 3 days. I was inspired by Denise's wisdom and encouragement. The anecdotes from parents and child actors (and former child actors) was very motivating to me. I read Denise's Backstage articles regularly. This is not a rehash of those articles. My sons have been coached by Denise and just love her. She definitely has a way with kids, to bring out their best and make them shine! I'm thrilled I purchased this book and highly recommend it for industry parents!
Simply stated, this book is a must read for anyone that has a child actor or performer. Denise Simon’s book is overflowing with truly sage advice and guidance gleaned from her years of experience in the industry as an actor, acting coach, manager, and life coach. In addition to her own experiences, Denise also shares tons of advice and perspective from parents of kids in the spotlight to industry professionals providing unique, real world examples of the multi-faceted entertainment industry. My two kids have been seeing Denise as their acting coach on a regular basis for close to 4 years for stage,TV and film coaching as well as career guidance. Denise has been without question their guiding light in their respective careers in the industry as professional actors/performers, and for me, she has been my compass. This book is great for kids and their families entering this industry as neophytes or as seasoned performers. I truly wish “Parenting In The Spotlight” had been available to me when we started this journey as Denise’s years of life lessons, industry advice and guidance is neatly wrapped up in one amazing and comprehensive book.
This book tells it like it is. A lot of people would love to imagine their children on a commercial or the big screen. Denise Simon explains what it takes to get there. It's not an easy journey. Her book is an incredibly useful guide. She writes with both encouragement and caution. No parent should push his/her child to pursue a career in acting; the drive has to come from within. She writes candidly about the characteristics of successful kids and explains what is required of their parents. My daughter and I are relatively new to the journey, and I have found this book to be very helpful for myriad reasons including understanding the roles of managers and agents, how pilot season works, obtaining a work permit and having realistic expectations about time commitments.
AWESOME! I can not express in words enough how helpful this book is to us. It is an excellent read and a must have for anyone considering this career path! Denise shows her expertise on every page as she touches on all concerns and questions a parent might have. The chapters are short and packed with vital information needed in order to make good, healthy choices for your children. I have referred back to many chapters several times and always feel blessed to have such a helpful guide at hand. As a matter of fact, Chapter 16 was really helpful to us this year as our daughter ventured through the college audition process! I would highly recommend this book to all parents and children interested in pursuing a career in the spotlight!! Thank you Denise for taking the time to write such an amazing book!
This book is exactly what I have been looking for since my daughter began her journey in the industry 4 years ago! It is a must read for all parents who have children just starting out, and for those who have been acting for years. Chapter after chapter I learned something new and invaluable. I have even found myself re-reading chapters as my daughter continues to navigate the industry as new questions and concerns arise. Denise keeps it real in this book! I am so thankful for Denise for writing this book, and for being a mentor to my daughter who’s #1 passion is to act! This book is one of a kind!
I first met Denise Simon when I brought my young son to her for advice in getting started in on-camera acting, and I can attest to her wisdom, kindness, extensive knowledge of the industry, and her expert skills as a consultant, acting coach and teacher, as well as a writer. I can't recommend this book highly enough! On top of her extensive experience in the industry, Denise truly cares about the well-being of children. I especially appreciate Denise's focus on the benefits of acting, as in my favorite chapter, "Twelve Surprising Life Lessons from Acting." This book is a must-read for parents who want their child to have a positive experience in the performing arts. Thank you Denise!
A lot of really great information and tips to parents all over with children dreaming to make it big! Our daughter has taken Denise Simon's week long summer intensive and weekend workshops and has learned so much. But this book is helpful to the parent navigating the presumed scary and ominous world of show business. A must read for any parent whose talented child shows promise of a career in the industry. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us Denise!
Guidance, advice and reassurance! Denise has done It! For a mom of a budding 8 year old actor, this book is a treasure. It's THE answer to all of my how to, where to and when to questions regarding a complicated and challenging world of show business. At some parts of the book I even teared up because I felt that someone actually knows what I'm going through. Thank you Denise for unveiling the shroud of mystery off of the child actor's world!!!
I wish this book had come out when I was a kid and wanted to take my acting to the next level! The role of parents for a young actor or actress is so vital for their success and happiness. Denise covers many issues parents struggle with in this industry, like how to balance being supportive without being overbearing and what obstacles and benefits to be aware of that come with any given age group. She also tackles the technical stuff to know, such as how to format your child's resume, how to prepare for an audition, and how to spot scams when you see them. Very informative and useful!
Parenting in the Spotlight is a must have for parents of young actors and actresses. Denise provides parents with advice about show-business, what is expected of families and children as they start acting professionally. Most importantly, Parenting in the Spotlight offers advice about understanding, encouraging and managing your child's expectations during auditions and throughout their acting engagements. Balancing childhood and acting can be challenging, this book offers great tips to help your child have fun, keep things in perspective and make the most of their opportunities either as actors or if they ultimately pursue a different career.