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It was the best showcase I've ever seen. -- Carol Barbee, EP "Touch," CP "Hawaii Five-0"

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Enjoyed the showcase! I rarely go to these because the talent is generally disappointing. Your showcase was a wonderful exception. The entire event was well produced and directed. You guys obviously put a lot of time and energy into the evening. Thanks! -- Meg Morman, casting director Morman Boling Casting

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I was incredibly impressed with the showcase. -- Miriam Hoffman, casting associate "The Millers"

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Had a blast. The showcase was fantastic! You did a great job. There was definitely a lot of talent in that group. I wish I could cast them in something right now! -- Thomas J. Rasera, producer "Masterchef," "Project Runway," "Dancing With the Stars"

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I can't say enough about how terrific everyone was and how well done the whole evening was. This showcase was by far one of the best I've seen! The scenes were well paced and well directed. The quality of the actors involved was fantastic. I've rarely seen so many good actors at one showcase. I look forward to the next one! -- Stanzi Stokes, casting director "The Terminator"

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You put on a FANTASTIC event: perfect venue, amazing material, good food. Super, super, super talented actors. Thanks for sharing their talents with me. Congrats! -- Anna Christopher, writer "Awkward."

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I am impressed. I knew you were fun and nice and cool when we met in 1999, but I didn't know to expect such a show (and showing, too). Plus, you started at 8:03pm, which is unheard of, right?! I would put a dozen of these folks on television. -- Kevin Kahn, manager K. Kahn Management

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Congrats on the showcase. It was superb and Kelly and I really enjoyed it!! Really good scenes and terrific actors and really well directed! -- Stanzi Stokes, manager Trio Entertainment Group

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Bestest showcase ever! Some pretty great scenes and talent OF COURSE. The energy is great. Everything was very funny. Committed actors. Excellent. The whole show was great. I am going to be meeting with some people. Again, fantastic job! -- Janet Tscha, agent Arlene Thornton and Associates

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You are inspiring. I’ve not met anyone who is more selfless when it comes to helping other people make their dreams come true. If everyone in this business operated like you, a whole lot more shit would get done, but more so, a whole lot more love and understanding would exist. -- Jenn Page, director Luminave Films

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Congratulations on such a successful showcase! I'll be looking forward to hearing from some of the actors; and I'll look forward to the next showcase! -- Michael John, manager Tigertainment Talent

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What an amazing showcase! It was done so well. With great scenes and amazing actors. I saw some great talent in the showcase. I am going to start setting up meeting with actors in the next couple weeks. Please keep me posted on any other events you are involved with. I will be there! -- Melinda Lerner, manager Blair Management

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AWE is not a strong enough word. As a director, I have attended hundreds of showcases in my (gasp) long career. You treated your audience to an incredible lineup of great actors with equally great material. I truly appreciate the great lengths you have gone to for your actors and this presentation. Awesome job on production! You are a class act and give your actors a lot for their money--more than any other showcase I have been to. Please invite me to your next showcase. -- Joel Colman, director The Colman Group

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The showcase was great. -- Kimberly Calvert-Lehman, manager Tash Moseley Management

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Lovely job all together. Loved each scene choice. People felt comfortable and natural with what they were given. Thanks! -- Elizabeth Campbell, casting associate "Greek," "My Name Is Earl"

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Only serious industry people should apply. -- Twinkie Byrd, casting director "Fruitvale Station," "Stomp the Yard"

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Had fun! You put on a fun showcase. Thanks for treating us so well. -- Orion Barnes, agent Rogers Orion Agency

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Great Showcase, amazing talent, and sooooo well organized! Congrats! -- Barry Levy, producer Mighty Pharaoh Films

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Loved the original pieces!! -- Ross Grossman, agent Affinity Artists Agency

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Great talent! Enjoyed it a lot! -- Brian Manning, agent CAA

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Congratulations on your wonderful showcase! I commend you and the actors on a job well done, a warm inviting environment, and a hell of a party! The actors invested so much of themselves, dedicated themselves to the material, and were open to all the folks that were there. No mean feat! You continue to churn out a superior finished product full of joy, laughter, and drama complete with twists and turns that captivate and thrill your audiences! Again, kudos and continued success. -- David Nathan Schwartz, writer Image Farm Productions

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I enjoyed the showcase very much. Lots of talented people there! Very impressed with your producing chops. The evening was very well organized and fun. -- Abbe Kanter, director Tyrants in Therapy

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Great showcase! Loved it, Bonnie! :) -- Nathaniel Kemp, manager Ronald Jordan Management

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Everybody was great! The show was wonderful! Thank you!!! -- Casey B. Logan, agent American Media Artists

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Loved the showcase. I've seen some of these actors before, but not doing such good work. Excellent job, everyone! I will be calling some actors in. -- Nan Dutton, casting director "CSI: Miami," "JAG," "Star Trek: Voyager"

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Well, you did it again. Wonderfully organized, quick-paced showcase with well-chosen scenes (not a turkey in the bunch)! Love that there is no heavy drama. Love to laugh and have a good time after a long day at work, not be depressed with a lot of serious scenes. Thank you for thinking of absolutely everything, giving the audience no reason not to come... something to tide us over when we arrive and then a great dinner afterwards that even includes salad for dieters (thank you) and time with the actors, validated parking, etc. Without the dinner, I would be starving because there's no time on a weeknight to stop to eat without being late to the showcase as I am in the office 'til the last minute. The time of the showcase is perfect! Any earlier and I would have to leave the office without getting everything done and then fight rush hour traffic. I just adore actors and you are so wonderful providing this service for them AND US. Looking forward to the next one. -- Pat Cutler, manager Cutler Management

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I just loved it. Very impressed! -- Danna Hyams, producer Hayworth Theatre

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Good work! -- Michelle Zeitlin, manager More Zap Productions and Management

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Great showcase!! -- Dino Ladki, casting director "I Know Who Killed Me"

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Absolutely wonderful. Best put-together showcase I've been to. Thank you. -- Ricky Rollins, manager Schumacher Management

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Fabulous choice of scenes! -- Roz Tillman, manager Roz Tillman Management

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I loved the smooth transitions between the scenes. Very impressive showcase! Wonderful actors and great direction! -- Jody Orellana, manager 7 Sails Management

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Congrats again on your first showcase! I really enjoyed it and if I had been free, I would have come again another night! I can't wait for the next one! The showcase was wonderful, fun, and mercifully short. It was over before I wanted it to be! There was a very positive feeling about the whole thing, from the opening scene through to the networking: the actors were friendly, open, and not pushy. Great work! -- Abby Casey, EP "Boppin' at the Glue Factory"

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Everything was great! -- Steven Buchsbaum, manager Ad Astra Management

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Thanks for inviting me. I'm really glad that I came. You had some really good actors out there. -- Greg Swartz, director "Another Harvest Moon"

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Awesome showcase! You ROCK! Had lots of fun. Very talented group. -- Linda Palmer, producer Runaway Productions

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LOVED the showcase. It was amazing. Congrats on its success!!! Awesome! Congrats to all involved. -- Laura Lock, casting assistant Broad Range Casting

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It's great! -- Ashley Knox, commercial agent, Hervey/Grimes Talent Agency

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I just wanted you to know how great the postcard looks! -- Deborah Mellman, publicist Mindful Media Group

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Very fun showcase. Great material and some good, new actors I've never met or read. Thanks! -- Blyth Nailling, casting associate "Scrubs," "Cougar Town"

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Great length. Not too long, not too short! Great on the email confirmations and easy check-in. -- Ashley Smith, talent manager ROAR

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Thank you for inviting me! I enjoyed the show and thought your presentation was professional compared to some of the showcases I've attended. The packet was organized to see which performers are coming next and the titles of the scenes shaped what the scenes would be about. [Follow up:] I want to extend my gratitude to you for finding [showcase actor] at your last showcase. He signed up with me and has officially been one to lookout for in my roster. He has done a guest role on [show] (and was actually called twice). I have plans for him and have been keeping in touch with his agent. Thanks again. Looking forward to your next showcase and future additions to my roster. -- Oliver Carnay, manager International Artists PR and Talent Management

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All actors can feel free to email me with updates. -- Geralyn Flood, casting director "Good Luck Charlie," "Big Time Rush"

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That was very fun. Definitely one of the best showcases I've been to. -- Tony Carey, producer "The Millers"

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Wow. Just... WOW. A fantastic evening. Excellent actors. Tight run showcase. Rockstar producer! Very successful night! Such GREAT scenes! So hard to choose a favorite! Congrats! -- Debra McCarthy, casting director Broad Range Casting

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Best showcase I've attended by far. Fantastic Job!!!! -- Kelly Heffernan, manager, Trio Entertainment Group

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One word: AWESOME! All the actors were at their best! As a talent manager, I am open to taking on new artists. Therefore, with this showcase it made finding good talent EASY. In fact, I have already been in contact with some the artists I saw at the showcase. Bonnie and her staff produced a first-class event. -- Eric Sanders, manager, iStar Artists Group

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We had a great time. We took notes on the actors we loved and made it a point to spend a few minutes with each one. I don't know what you said to them but Aaron Hendricks and I think you did a great job of getting them to introduce themselves and not be shy. Awesome showcase! Thank you for the invite. Congratulations! Best showcase yet. You should be proud. -- Paris Tanaka, producer Grasshopper Films

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I was so impressed with the showcase. It was so well-done. It was excellent, excellent, excellent! Wonderful talent! Just so well-done. Just awesome! -- Mary-Rachel Foot, casting director Lock and Key Productions

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I thought it was really great. Good material and well-paced. -- Kate Willson, assistant agent Avalon Artists Group

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Excellent. Fast-paced, similar themes. Funny! -- D. Elliot Woods, assistant manager Colorado Management

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I've attended showcases in most every time zone in America and I have to commend you, your actors, and your crew for putting on THE best and most enjoyable one of them all. The quality of the work was excellent all around--so much so that two days after the showcase I found myself passing along headshots of several of your performers to a producer friend who's putting together a pilot. He'd asked me for some specific casting recommendations and it was great to have a bunch of fresh faces in hand whose work I could now speak about intelligently. GREAT job! Impressive! Keep up the good work and I'll see you at the next one! -- Brendan Davis, producer Tangible Entertainment

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Great scenes! -- Dee Wallace, producer Dee Wallace Studios

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Thanks for the free food and drink at the showcase. Really great people and entertaining. Thanx again. -- Cliff Kessler, assistant agent House of Representatives

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Best showcase I've been to in years! Seriously! Great material. Don't change a thing! -- Jay Johnson, manager Management 101

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I just wanted to thank you for sending us the packet of actors from your showcase. There are actually several actors that we find interesting and will be calling in to set up an interview. I hope to make your next showcase, so keep me in mind. -- Stephanie Durrer, manager Kepler Entertainment

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It was great. Loved that it started on time and ran an hour only using comedy scenes. -- Carlyne Grager, talent agent Dramatic Artists Agency

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Cricket Feet Showcase in Burbank: Very well done (awesome job, Bonnie). LOVED the showcase. -- Matt Lessall, casting director, vice-president Casting Society of America

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I saw some people I am very excited about! I am putting out my calls now to them. Weeeeeeeeee! Wonderful presentation. From top to bottom, it was all first-class. Such talent in that room. WOW. BE PROUD! Love you guys! -- Kathy Colorado, manager Colorado Management

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You did a great job! -- Jordan Bachrad, writers assistant "Nikita"

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I was pretty impressed with the content and presentation. I did find it a valuable resource and I did notice talent. -- Jeffrey Allen, producer "Car Warriors"

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Well-paced, short, thought out, comedic, socialized (i.e.: food and drink before and after), and properly cast! -- Jim Snider, EP "Dreamland"

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Thanks for sending over to me the package from your showcase. I am sitting here right now going through the packet and the DVD. What an absolutely incredible presentation! I've never seen so many good headshots in one place. The "Self-Management for Actors" career advice element shows. It's all wonderfully produced. Thanks! -- Steven Nash, manager Arts and Letters Entertainment

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Very well done! Fast, funny. Scenes were unique. Bravo! -- Paul Trusik, manager Trusik Talent Management

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Cast Buzz
This showcase was the most proactive thing I have ever done for my career. I was amazed by the meticulous planning, creative vision, and seamless execution with which it took place. And talk about heavy hitters! Industry turnout was a veritable who's who of the business! -- Camille Bennett, July 2007 Showcase Cast and July 2008 Showcase Cast

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Still overwhelmed over here. Thank you for everything. I have never worked with such a talented group of professionals (who also happen to be the 40 nicest human beings on the planet). I am overjoyed just to have been a part of the Cricket Feet Showcase. -- Tim Astor, November 2007 Showcase Cast and July 2008 Showcase Cast

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I'm just following up with some results you can use to market your next showcase, and because it probably makes you happy. I am the newest member of [management company]! And, I spoke with Tara Sands and she signed with [another management company] yesterday! Thanks for everything. Rock on! You are the real deal, a genuine article. In a town where so many things are said but not delivered upon (or at least falling way short of the mark), you aim high and over-deliver. When you set out the plan for this showcase in our first meeting, I was so jazzed at all the wonderful things that were to come and as we were culminating last night I realized all of it had achieved, and more. From meeting you, your team, detailed directing, meetings held on how to market me, review and improvement of my materials, helping with industry contacts for me to target, being available for almost anything, and oh yeah... putting on the best showcase ever: professional invitations sent to everyone in town, online invitations, spectacular programs, massively attended, great actors, funny material, all pulled off flawlessly, then great food, great drinks, and a post show schmooze fest where people actually stayed to talk. I made several contacts that I think will really help my career, and probably a few I'm not sure of yet even and somehow, I feel this is just the beginning. Thanks again for everything. -- Jon Bradford, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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Best showcase ever! -- Marisa Guterman, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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I can't thank you enough for this experience. I am very lucky to have gotten the chance to work so closely with you. This is one of those experiences that you don't want to end. I think what was truly shocking about it was friendships we all made. Yes, of course, you were going to cast great actors. That's a given. But, to have that many actors get along like we all did with you as the leader really made for a magical time. Thank you again for EVERYTHING. This showcase/amazing time will always have a place in my heart and in my wonderful life moments. -- Robyn Moran, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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You made me work for it, but it's some killer ninja confidence I didn't have before! Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would be co-producing and acting in a pilot, accepting meetings with agents and managers, and rekindling some old but very valuable contacts all amidst auditions!! ALL in one week... and it's only Wednesday!!! You did this to me. And I thank you. -- Allie Smith, April 2016 Showcase Cast

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Thank you for making us all ROCKSTARS! You are so generous and giving. I can't thank you enough for this opportunity! -- Kristin Wiegand, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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I'm so glad to have been a part of this showcase, but especially to have met such great new friends! -- Alice Ensor, April 2007 Showcase Cast and July 2007 Showcase Cast

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After a pilot season of working my ass off and not getting one appointment is, I guess, when actors begin to wonder--not doubt, but wonder--and to hear a CD say such encouraging things about me makes me remember: "Oh yeah, I don't suck. People just don't know me!" As I sat in a meeting with The Actors' Network last night, I had to tell everyone I knew about the experience. I was honest and told them what to expect: that they would have someone producing it and running it who seems like she took every principle that people teach at the Network to be a working actor, and put it to use. Thank you so much. -- Kurt Ela, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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This has been an amazing experience and I am so in gratitude for being able to participate in this extravaganza. I can't wait to start saying, "Yeah, my career really took off after doing the Cricket Feet Showcase!" Congratulations, future Cricket Feet Showcase Rockstars. What a great showcase and a great group! Awesome. -- Emily Button, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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It's 1am closing night and I'm almost coming down from the performance buzz. I am lucky to have been part of this maiden voyage. Whatever comes of it, it will remain a great memory of a shared experience with a group of talented, funny people. For that and so much more, I thank you. [Follow up:] I thought you'd like to know... I found an agent through the showcase. Yep. True story! -- Annie Wood, April 2007 Showcase Cast and November 2007 Showcase Director

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Thanks so much for this experience! It has truly been wonderful and I've met so many nice peeps. You are amazing at what you do and I look forward to working with you again. -- Shawn Lockie, July 2007 Showcase Cast and April 2008 Showcase Cast

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So honored to have been a part of the third serving of the yummy Cricket Feet Showcase! -- Kimberly Crandall, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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I loved everything about this entire chapter in my life. Truly a pleasure, truly a great and positive group of people and without a doubt, I know for a fact I'll be working with many of them again. I've already benefited so much from the entire experience, but if I reap 10% tangible results, I'll be happy. Worst-case scenario, I gained a family of 40+ (which is rare, if not impossible in LA), and I've also gained the knowledge that I can excel in a peer group and shine on my own two feet. Thank you a thousand times over and a thousand times again. -- Alex Collins, April 2007 Showcase Cast, November 2007 Showcase Cast, and April 2009 Showcase Cast

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Just got an email from my agent. I have an audition on Monday for [film] because of being seen at the showcase!!!!!!!!! No breakdown. Just a "come on in"...! Woohooo!!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. -- Anoush NeVart, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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This showcase is just the kick in the pants that I needed to get my career back on track. Best networking opportunity I've had in years! [Follow up:] Good news! I'm signing with [agency]! Hooray! Thanks to Bonnie and the gang. It worked! It worked! Thanks again for everything. What a great experience! -- Vanessa Claire Stewart, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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You have set the standard for what showcases should be in Hollywood. It is the best networking event I have attended since my arrival in Los Angeles. As these showcases continue, I'm sure they are only going to get better, and it is my belief that they will one day create a massive shift in how things are done in the industry. You are super positive and organized, and It is my feeling that a lot of that enthusiasm comes from your commitment to help others. -- Matt Haslett, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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I am thrilled by the response from the showcase -- Constance Hsu, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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I was lucky enough to be a part of the first Cricket Feet Showcase, and I can't recommend it highly enough. It was totally worth it. What a fantastic experience! There's a reason people are calling it "the best showcase ever." And it was fun! Good show. Good people. Good times. You have created the ultimate showcase. Yay! PS--I just got a call from [an agent] who was at the show last night. I'm SO happy! Thank you for letting me be a part of this showcase. -- Jodi Shilling, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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Thank you a million times over. -- Milissa Skoro, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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You really are quite astounding with your bounding positive energy. I will and am recommending your showcase to all my friends. And will come back and do another one fo' sho'. Met some really great people and it taught me a little more about coming out of my social shell. Little by little, I get less and less shy and learn how to bloody speak to people that I don't know well. [Casting director] called me in to audition for [show] tomorrow. And my meeting was very good with [manager]. He's great. Waiting to interview with a few more. Just wanted to say thanks, and report the positive action from the showcase. -- Ethan Flower, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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Wow!! Dude, totally got a call from [agency] today. They're bringing me in to read on Tuesday afternoon. That was quick, huh? Thanks a ton for everything. This has easily been the most enjoyable experience I've had in my short time here. I can't remember the last time I was involved with such a large group of people who, for lack of a better term, were all awesome. That's a pretty rare find, y'know? Would it be going too far to say I love you all? Yeah? Okay. -- Josh Callahan, April 2007 Showcase Cast [For a significantly longer testimonial from Josh Callahan, written just for aspiring showcasers, click here.]

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What an incredible experience! Thank you for everything: all the love and support and your boundless energy from day one! I'm so thrilled that I got to be a part of this amazing group. I truly enjoyed every single one of these people and have come away with some good friendships! Something I wasn't expecting. -- Amy Crofoot, April 2007 Showcase Cast and November 2007 Showcase Cast

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Thank you again for everything. You were amazing to work with and I am blown away with your commitment, dedication, and love for the arts. The little time we spent over the past eight weeks or so has created a whole new chapter for my career and I can't wait to get to the climax. Your showcase was so well produced, everything in place, and everything accounted for. All we had to to is bring the 'A' game, show up to a packed industry-filled house, and mingle. Also, being in a room with so many influential industry type and talking to them demystified who these people are. Everyone that I talked to was nice and very accessible. I met some really great people who share common interests and established some new connections. I gained a new level of confidence with my approach to marketing myself because of it. It was awesome! Can't wait to work with you again. -- Allen Yates, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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I loved this whole showcase and everything about it, need I say more? -- Julie Meyer, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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This experience has been a huge leg-up in my career and I’m forever grateful for it! Thanks, Bonnie! -- Katie Swain, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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If we could believe in ourselves half as much as Bonnie believes in us, we would all have careers that were enormous. -- Anna Campbell, November 2007 Showcase Cast, July 2008 Showcase Writer

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I have a meeting with [management company] on Tuesday! Apparently, I was one of two people that [manager] was really interested in seeing based on the postcard alone. Anyway, she sounds really cool. How great would that be? UPGRADE!! -- Stephen Pollak, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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Most fun ever to be had on stage. Again, thanks for all the work you did (and are doing) for the showcase. I learned a LOT and I made a lot of good friends, so it was a wonderful experience for me. -- Elle Newlands, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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The showcase that you have put together and the level of talent that you compiled makes me humble just to be part of this. You are going to need a bigger theatre if this showcase is any indication of things to come. Awesome fun! -- Matthew J. Cates, July 2007 Showcase Cast and November 2007 Showcase Cast

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I wish I had a tiny Bonnie Gillespie to carry in my pocket and take out whenever I need a Self-Management for Actors in the park session. -- Tristen MacDonald, April 2009 Showcase Cast

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It feels so prestigious to be an alumnus of the Cricket Feet Showcase. -- Michael Proctor, April 2007 Showcase Cast and November 2007 Showcase Cast

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Thank you again for creating this wonderful opportunity and for sharing your wisdom and enthusiasm! I got a new theatrical agent right after the showcase (which was my short-term goal). This has been great! -- Pamela Heffler, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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It was a totally awesome experience. I'd definitely recommend it to any actor who wants to have fun while making some great connections and contacts in the industry. I thank you very much for that! -- Volt Francisco, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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I truly, truly appreciate the work you have done with this. I already have had several people grilling me for details about when you are casting for the next one. I know in the improv circles I run in this showcase is getting the "must do" type of hype. Thank you again!!!! -- Cory Rouse, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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Thanks for an amazing showcase. I had a blast! I met so many great people throughout this experience, and you really put such an unbelievable showcase together! I mean, I knew all along you'd bring in some great peeps, but it definitely exceeded my expectations! I have a meeting on Monday with [agent] from [agency] for possible commercial rep, so I'm excited about that! [Follow up:] I wanted to let ya know that I signed with [agency] (commercially) as a direct result of the stellar showcase!!! I was specifically seeking commercial rep, so I'm super excited to be with [agency], as they seem like a successful, hard-working agency! -- Leah Fitzpatrick, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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The "angel" that you are... thanks again for sharing the knowledge. It has been quite the experience! -- Ernest Monroe, November 2007 Showcase Cast

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[An agent] called me yesterday and wants me to come in and do some more scenes for him in his office. So, yay! I may just get a new agent after all! Thanks for all your hard work and for casting me in this great experience!!!!! [Follow up:] I just signed across the board with [an agency]! Yay! This all started with the April showcase, so I want to thank you for letting me be a part of that. It was tons of fun, I made great new friends, and now--finally--a new agent! -- Renee Scott, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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I'm proud and honored to have been part of such an amazing event where everyone stepped up and made it happen. Rare these days, and all the more significant as such. -- Karla Droege, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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I just shot a national commercial! This job was the direct result of doing a wedding scene in the November '08 showcase; I wore the wedding dress I got for the showcase to the audition--the audition I got through the agent that also came to the November '08 showcase and signed me soon after. WHOOOT WHOOOT!!!!! -- Cristina Cimellaro, April 2008 Showcase Cast, November 2008 Showcase Cast, and April 2009 Showcase Cast

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Thanks so much. I already received a call from [an agent] and [another agent who had a conflict on her roster] put in a good word for me. Fingers and toes are crossed. Whether representation comes through or not, this has been an excellent experience. Thank you so much for thinking of our needs even before WE'VE thought of them! It consistently amazes but never surprises me how on top of EVERYTHING you are. I look forward to working with you again soon! -- Zach Hanks, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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Just wanted to say how much I thought the November Showcase totally kicked a**!!! What a great group. Congratulations! Again! -- Melanie Merkosky, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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You have produced a GREAT show!! It's been such a great experience all around. I really appreciate all the guidance you have given me!! Thank you SO much for inviting me into your "labor of LOVE!" -- Tricia Manzardo, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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Thanks for everything you did to put this showcase together. I had a great time, met some cool people, and learned some good marketing tips. It's always great to see a bunch of people come together, put aside their egos for the greater good, and make something special. I especially appreciate how you made a showcase so specifically tailored for LA. While the acting was the main focus, you made sure that all of the marketing was thought out and developed to make the entire event very industry friendly; the stuff us actors usually have trouble doing. -- Ben Hanfling, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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You are so inspiring. Thank you for your guidance and overall influence. -- Topher Brattain, July 2007 Showcase Cast

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Just wanted to say THANKS!! I had a bunch of meetings after the showcase and I decided to go with [manager]. I just really vibed with her. We haven't decided yet which of the four agencies to go with. So thank you thank you thank you!! -- Tara Sands, April 2007 Showcase Cast

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I want to thank you for producing such a great showcase. In addition to the contacts I made with directors, producers, managers, and agents who attended the showcase--some of whom I will be meeting with--having my pictures, resumé, and demo reel reviewed and critiqued by someone determined to make sure every cast member is presenting themselves appropriately--and in as polished a manner as possible--was hugely beneficial. Thank you for bringing us a fantastic director and pulling together such a diverse, funny cast. It was a great way to jump-start the next stage of my career. It helped me focus on my strengths and next steps. -- Rachel Scheer, July 2007 Showcase Cast
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Additional Badass Buzz
We completely enjoyed the showcase. It was so well produced (and the place was packed). Everything was very classy. The actors were really good, the scenes were funny, and the direction was marvelous! A great, wonderful show! Love the sexiness and physical comedy! Thanks for including me as a sponsor; I'm proud to be a part of whatever you do. -- Judy Kerr, author Acting Is Everything

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WOW... WHAT A SHOWCASE!!! CONGRATULATIONS! Attendees for this showcase are in for a truly fun, entertaining evening filled with wonderful moments from some extremely talented people. Powerful, positive vibes surround this well put together event that is destined for good things to come. Thank you so much for having me. It was a blast to watch! So so good! I truly enjoyed so many of the showcase scenes. I had such a great time as I always do whenever I'm in your company. -- Kevin Alan Roberts

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BRILLIANT job. EXTRAORDINARY. I was absolutely blown away by the clever ideas you showed for making the evening fun, and the professionalism with which you executed everything. By far the coolest, most respectful showcase I've ever been to. By "respectful" I mean of both your actors (showcasing them smartly, elegantly, and without that hint of desperation that often taints showcases) and your invited industry (giving them a fun, profoundly well thought out evening, tons of info and talent in a brief amount of time). So very top drawer and professional. Pre-show music--PERFECT! Loved the choice of tunes, loved the higher volume. Set up the night with energy and excitement. The programs--oh, my dear, you could market these, they're so f'ing SMART. Best programs EVER. Such a great idea to give room for notes, to give cross-referencing so we could keep track of actors. GREAT idea to have "fun facts" rather than resumé info. I absolutely LOVED the programs. Fresh and professional. Directing--very very well directed show. Brisk, flowing. GREAT scene changing in the blackouts, GREAT between-scene music. SO easy and fun to watch. The curtain call was beautiful and fun. I was so impressed with how you guys took the time to make these aspects so tight and smart. Just made the whole evening so polished. The scenes--great pacing. Nothing was too long. Each was very crisp and easy to watch. Well directed. This was a high class operation, Bonnie. I'm profoundly impressed at what you have created. You have much to be proud of, and you deserve FAT respect and appreciation for what you have given to your lucky actors, and to your lucky audience. Thank you very much for sharing it with me. Love, love, and just a wee bit more love. -- Jonna Tamases

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Great show. You have truly mastered the art of the showcase. In fact, you have it down to a very enjoyable science. I was glad to be there and to be a small part of it all. -- Mark Atteberry, Be a Working Actor Studios

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Awesome! Great actors. Brilliant choice of scenes. Well-written. Great refreshments and food. Great job! -- Mikul Robins

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Excellent showcase! There were some pretty funny scenes indeed! And a spectacular turnout! Congratulations! I really enjoyed it! It looked like a TON of fun! -- Jen Kersey

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Thanks for letting me be a part of the showcase. It was great! We'll have to do it again soon. -- Bren Hill

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Great, well-run, professional, entertaining showcase. Nice length, quick clean scene changes, good info packet. Congrats to all involved. -- Stephanie Sheh

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You made this a fun event to come to view talent at! So organized as usual. Well done! -- April Hong

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Great showcase. Thanks again. -- Sabah El-Amin, Tisch Arts West

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I am blown away by how professional and perfectly run the show is, how wonderful the scenes are, and how awesome it is to be a an audience member discovering fantastic new actors!!! The women were so strong tonight. I knew that this would be a great event, but being there really brought it all home for me. You are a rockstar. -- Anna Vocino

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Loved the fast pace! Enjoyed everything. Thank you so much. -- Vicki Leclerc

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Great work, you guys! We were thrilled to attend and experience your talents in person. Nice callbacks in the curtain call. Great job with the booklet. Very professional, guys. -- Kristina Hughes and Brian Vermiere, Holdon Log

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We had SUCH a great time and there were SO MANY good actors. Way to go! A great showcase executed perfectly. Thanks again. -- Jonathan Walker Spencer

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What an outstanding showcase. Great talent and extremely funny. At times, I laughed so hard I cried. Excellent work. -- Bill Lee Brown

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WOW, AMAZING, FANTABULOUS, HOTTER THAN GEORGIA ASPHALT! That was put together so well, great comedic timing, great scenes, and talented actors. I'm so glad I saw this showcase and I can't wait to see the next one. You are such awesome people! Rock on! -- Mary Carlisle

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What an awesome showcase!!! Congrats to you, the fantastic actors, and everyone who helped put together such a great show. -- Shay Holland

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Congrats again on a great night. First rate, high class all the way around. We thought your group was great--on stage and off. -- Blair Hickey, CastingAbout.com

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Great showcase. Congrats!! -- Assaf Cohen

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Awesome! I loved the pace and the variety of actors. I'm so glad I came! Congratulations! -- Crista Flanagan

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I just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you! It was so much fun to meet such a charismatic bunch! It was really inspiring to be there and the scenes were super funny, the actors were absolutely fantastic, and even the music was great! Everything was tied so nicely together and it had the speed of a rollercoaster. I'm very proud of you all! -- Claartje van Swaaij

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THANK YOU for letting me join the lucky audience who got to see what a showcase can be... when it's created by the right person. The production was sharp, seamless... the writing was top-notch, and the acting effortless. Casting of course (with scenes that matched actors' strengths) was key. LOVED it. -- Viji Seshadri

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Congrats! Great showcase! One of the best I've ever seen! -- Mike Lawson

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Kick ass. Nice!!!! What a wonderful time Deven Green and I had at the Cricket Feet Showcase. First and foremost, LOVED the packets that we got. Not only did we enjoy getting seated early, but the packets enthralled us!!! (And we're both producing separate projects for the web right now.) I am quite blown away with how the whole evening was put together. Classy, professional, and caring from start to finish. The pre-show elbow-rubbing was great, the show was brisk and witty, and the post-show chatting and meeting was some of the best schmoozing I've ever been a part of! The programs were meticulous (loved the "fast facts" about the actors. So much more helpful and conversation-inducing than just having their credits. I learned so much about 'em!). The actors were very well-coached in post-show meet-n-greet techniques (obviously your touch, Bon) and the vibe was pure positivity. In fact, all of the actors you had were truly wonderful people to get to know. And we couldn't hear more good things about you!! They love you!!! (As do we!) Truly you are not only one who practices what they preach, but know what they're doing when they preach. I am consistently and pleasantly amazed when I see whatever it is you have your hand in (from showcases to karaoke nights to in-person hang-outs to your column to your online vids to... well, everything). It is just nice to know a solid, positive professional and you are truly a shining light in a sometimes bleak industry. Kudos you! With much admiration for what you pulled off. -- Joel Bryant

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Bonnie Gillespie and her showcases are unparallelled! -- Lesly Kahn

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Let me say what a great time I had at the showcase. It was just as amazing. Funny, well organized, bursting with energy, and just an overall great time. I loved how everyone came out at the end and did a quick re-enactment of their scenes. Well organized event and easy to network both before and after in a friendly environment conducive to making good contacts. Congratulations Bonnie on a job well done! Just really well done!! -- Mark Irvingsen

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Awesome. Couldn't pick just one, or even two favorite scenes. There were so many really, really great scenes and performances. -- Glen Mac

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So great seeing such excellent, fantastic work. Congratulations! -- Regina Taufen

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That was the best showcase ever! -- Karla Guy

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What a magnificent producer you are! Awesome job. Thanks for the invite. -- Melinda Augustina, Power Hungry Films

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YEAH! GREAT show, congratulations! -- Richard Brestoff, MFA professor UC Irvine

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Nice show. Thank you. I really enjoyed myself at the showcase! It went by SOOO fast. Congratulations to everyone involved. So much fun! The showcase was so entertaining, the actors were brilliant, I laughed a lot, and I had a wonderful time. (Oh this was also the first time I ate afterward and it was so good, I'm mad I didn't eat the other times!) -- Joshua Bevier

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I was very impressed by everything. Especially the pace and production. This team knows what it's doing. -- Phillip Kelly

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Just a quick THANK YOU for having me out to the best and most innovative showcase I've attended in a long time. I truly enjoyed the performances and the terrific format for getting to know you all before and after the program. I'm really glad I was able to attend. You truly are a very talented group. The showcase was terrific. Such a well-put-together event. Great show! Thanks again! -- Jason Rupe

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Thanks for the showcase. Michael told me that he is signing with an agent AND a manager because of it. I'm glad your showcase helped him! He is a great actor and a great person. He deserves it! -- Enci Takacs Box

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The Cricket Feet Showcase did such an incredible job. Everything about that showcase was so Bonnie Gillespie. The quality of the talent and the scripts, the thoughtfulness of the pamphlets (there was room left blank for notes under each sketch), even the fact that it was so hard to get in. This women's perfectionism is truly inspiring, and it's exactly what I hope to achieve myself someday. This is theatre done right. -- Ivett Gabriella

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You put together a great show with a talented group of actors and a wonderful director. You should be very proud of what you put together. Anyone who misses the Cricket Feet Showcase shouldn't consider themselves part of this business we call show. -- Sean Spence

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Top notch! Best showcase I've been to yet! Well done! -- Cody Abercrombie

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You did your homework in putting this event together and it showed. The scene transitions and music were great. Complimentary food and drink before and afterwards and get this--validated parking. Something else you accomplished was to smother the myth that it's impossible to get industry professionals to attend showcases. The house was packed with CDs, agents, managers, and producers, etc. Congratulations to all and I predict that many phones will ring with opportunities as a result of the showcase. Good luck! -- Stephon Fuller, The BUSINESS of the Acting Business

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The event was everything that I thought it would be considering it was Bonnie who is the mastermind behind it. It was very organized and seemed to work like clock-work. Again, knowing Bonnie, I wasn't surprised. The guests arrived on the red carpet, where we checked in and had our name tags on lanyards waiting for us by extremely polite, gorgeous women. Then, the photographer was next, where pictures were taken of guests arriving to the showcase. I honestly think that it made everyone feel special and famous for a moment. And certainly added to the excitement in the air. There was an open bar and hors d'oeuvres before the show. Then, the showcase kicked off and consisted of 39 actors in two or more scenes that lasted roughly 4 minutes each, spanning 90 minutes. And thankfully, there was a lot of talent on that stage (in the writing AND the acting) and it was all comedy. Again, clockwork. The exits and entrances were practically seamless and it was easy to watch and hysterically offensive sometimes. There was a complete reception following the performances with yet still, another open bar and a full buffet of Mexican food. I couldn't have requested better myself. I loaded my plate with food and headed to a corner by an open door of The Colony Theatre (in Burbank) and held up a wall while I ate. I people-watched (one of my all-time favorite activities, if you hadn't guessed) and congratulated the actors on their work. I then found Keith and congratulated him on his performance as well and thanked Bonnie profusely for the invite. It really was lovely and just all around fun. An event that I'd go to gladly many times over. -- Kevin Charnas

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You rule! The showcase is as fab as Bon's hair! -- Cricket Leigh, Tisch Arts West
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