A Night in Conversation with
Bonnie J. Wallace and Wendy Wright
Moderated by Master Acting Teacher Zak Barnett
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Topics to be discussed include the following and much more:

  • The relevancy of questions in: Spirituality, Entertainment, Activism
  • Advice on how parents can help prepare young actors for auditions
  • Contextualizing a young actor’s journey
  • Ways to navigate relationships with your reps
  • Strategies to help young actors deal with rejection
  • Parenting a young actor
  • Social media and managing the Digital Footprint
  • The most useful roles parents can play in a young actor’s career
  • Key methods for providing strength and support on and off camera (and staged)
  • The importance of actor training and community.
  • Ways to navigate the entertainment business and its practices.

Beginning and experienced parents will get insight from this discussion. 

Whether your young actor is a professional or just getting started, Zak Barnett Studios presents an evening in conversation with industry experts Bonnie J. Wallace (author, The Hollywood Parents Guide) and Wendy Alane Wright (Career Coach and President of WAW Entertainment, author and industry veteran) to provide comprehensive advice on how parents can help prepare and support young actors as well as discuss strategies for navigating the entertainment industry. The discussion will be moderated by renowned Master Acting Teacher, Zak Barnett at Zak Barnett Studios.


Zak Barnett said:Acting for Young Adults is a marathon and not a sprint. And no one knows this better than industry veterans Bonnie J. Wallace and Wendy Alane Wright. I have long recommended the advice from these experts to the parents within the ZBS community, and now, I am honored to share the stage with them.”

Bonnie J. Wallace, Mother of Dove Cameron, Emmy-nominated star of Liv and Maddie, Disney Descendants, Hairspray Live, Agents of Shield said:I’m a champion for parents of passionate kids and I look forward to sharing insights that are proven to help young actors to be happy and successful.”

Zak Barnett

Zak is one of Hollywood’s most renowned acting coaches, helping thousands of actors and directors (aspiring, working, and celebrity) of all ages to reach artistic success and professional integrity within the industry as the owner, director, and master teacher at Zak Barnett Studios. His studies and work as an actor, writer, and director have resulted in BA and MFA degrees in acting, playwriting and directing, as well as an award-winning theater company, a feature-length independent film, and professional acting work in both film and TV. Currently, Zak has two dozen of his students working as leads on major television shows, major roles in both studio and independent films, as well as hundreds of others working as guest stars, costars, and on and off-Broadway.   

Barnett’s Breakout Young Acting Students include: Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$); Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time); Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale); Kyan Zielinski (The Dangerous Book for Boys); Johnny Ortiz (American CrimeMcFarland, USA); Ser Anzoategui (Vida); Sloane Siegel (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street); Olivia Sanabia (Just Add Magic); Soni Bringas (Fuller House); Victoria Moroles (Teen Wolf), and many more.


“Zak’s ability to connect to his students is unlike anything I’ve seen…he gets them; he connects with them. They are his peers and it’s why they elevate their performance in class. I’ve been lucky enough to audition several of his students, and each and every one of them have been prepared, confident and really strong.” -Sara Isaacson, Casting Director (Law and order: Menendez Brothers, Scream, Fringe, The Mentalist)

Review more testimonials HERE

Wendy Alane Wright:

Wendy is a Hollywood Talent Career Coach and the President of WAW Entertainment in Los Angeles.  Wendy teaches and speaks on the Business of Acting at panels and events across the country. She is author of 7 books, the Founder of the FB group Talent Managers For Actors (60+ Agents, Managers and Casting Directors and 13,000 actors) as well as the host of the popular You Tube show business channel “Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager”  (36,000+ Subscribers) and a Backstage Expert Contributor.

Wright has appeared in numerous magazines, and on radio shows and talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  Coaching Website.   Follow her on Instagram

Wendy’s book 100+page digital e-book Breaking Your Kids Into Show Business; Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager will be sold at the event.

Bonnie J. Wallace:

Bonnie is the author of The Hollywood Parents Guide, and producer of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast. She offers private consultations with parents who want to help their child become a happy professional actor, because every family has unique needs. Mother of Dove Cameron, star of Liv and Maddie, Disney Descendants, Hairspray Live, Agents of Shield and more, 

Bonnie is dedicated to inspiring others on this journey. Bonnie is a Hollywood mom, a small-business owner, and a former nonprofit theater board member. Find out more about Bonnie at:  website. Instagram:  Twitter:  Facebook: 

Bonnie’s book, The Hollywood Parents Guide, will be sold at the event.

Media Enquiries:

Please contact Jillian Dunn at or 323.314.6334



Date/Time: Sunday, April 29th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at

Location: ZBS Studios 332 South La Brea Ave Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Discussion will be followed by Question & Answers from the audience and a reception of light bites and beverages.


$25 Per Parent includes attendance to the event, plus a detailed handout, and a discount on Wendy Wrights 100+page digital e-book Breaking Your Kids Into Show Business; Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager  and Bonnie J. Wallace’s book, The Hollywood Parents Guide.

$50 Per Parent includes attendance to the event, a detailed handout, and a signed copy of Wendy Wrights 100+page digital e-book Breaking Your Kids Into Show Business; Secrets Of A Hollywood Talent Manager  and a signed copy of Bonnie J. Wallace’s book, The Hollywood Parents Guide.

Childcare will be provided along with Healthy Snacks, Pizza Slices and Beverages, plus Theatre Games led by our trusted ZBS mentors for $10 per child ages 3+ (limit 30 Children).


Street parking and neighboring paid parking lots are available.

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