Stop Trying to Be Everything to Everyone

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readFeb 17, 2024

People pleasing is a zero-sum game.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Bonnie Gillespie is a multi-talented individual known for her work as a casting director, author, and coach in the entertainment industry. With experience in casting for film, television, and theater, Gillespie established herself as a respected figure, offering valued insights and guidance to aspiring actors and industry professionals.

She founded “The Actors Voice,” a popular online platform providing resources and support for actors navigating the complexities of the entertainment business. Additionally, Gillespie is an accomplished author, having penned several books including “Self-Management for Actors,” which has become a go-to resource for thespians seeking to take control of their careers.

Through her various endeavors, Bonnie Gillespie has made significant contributions to entertainment and continues to empower individuals to chase their dreams within the industry. Her quote –

“When you try to be everything to everyone, you accomplish being nothing to anyone.”



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·