Denise Simon's Parenting in the Spotlight: Book Talk and Signing

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome renowned child acting expert Denise Simon to celebrate the publication of her new book, Parenting in the Spotlight, on Monday, August 7th, 2017. The 5:00pm event is free and open to the public. 

Denise Simon is recommended by New York’s top agents, managers, and casting directors for her ability to coach young actors without their looking coached. Denise has a gift for speaking the language of young actors and communicating in a way that instills confidence and builds skill sets. Her classes and industry workshops attract both established and emerging talent. She has coachedhundreds of children and young adults, privately and on set, who appear regularly on Broadway and in TV and lm.

A veteran of the industry as an actress, teacher, director, casting director, and personal talent manager, Denise has expertise in coaching performers in the craft not only through private lessons but also through weekly classes, group workshops, summer productions, industry showcases, and college teleseminars. Denise provides private consulting to guide young actors and their parents through the challenges inherent in show business. She works with high school students on their college auditions and guides them through the performing-arts college admission process. As a certified life coach, Denise works with clients of all ages to help them find balance and satisfaction in their lives. Her life- coaching skills give her insight into clients’ needs. For parents of young performers, this means guiding them to be more effective in their roles as advocates for their children. Denise’s training helps her understand that in the process of pursuing an acting career, children can develop their character and abilities in ways that impact them positively throughout their lives. With her assistance, children learn meaningful life lessons that they take with them to whatever careers they choose later on.

Denise is an expert columnist at, is a member of the New York SAG-AFTRA Young Performers Committee, and has led seminars for Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. She has also worked with corporate firms leading acting and improvisational training for their employees. For ten years Denise was an associate with Fox Albert Management, one of the leading talent management companies in New York, where she worked with clients such as Scarlett Johansson, Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Lacey Chabert, and Judy Reyes. A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA Degree in Acting, Denise studied acting with renowned teachers including Wynn Handman, Burt Reynolds, and Charles Nelson Reilly.

Denise has a long history of working with young actors. She created the youth division at Total Theater Lab in New York City and founded Out of Sync, a teenage comedy improvisational troupe. Denise worked at several youth theater camps including Stagedoor Manor and Long Lake Arts Camp. She cast the award- winning independent lm No Letting Go, directed by Jonathan Bucari. Her directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Working, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Into the Woods. She was the on-set coach for the award-winning television show Teen Kids News and for Fox Television’s The Following.

Parenting in the Spotlight: How to raise a child star without screwing them up, is a positive, inspiring book for parents of children with dreams- children who love to perform, show an aptitude for entertaining, and crave the spotlight and the applause. If parents have a son or daughter like that, they might worry that participating in the entertainment business will harm them. In reality, the opposite is true.

"Parenting in the Spotlight" is the only book that speaks about the positive life lessons children learn to become happy and successful adults while pursuing the performing arts. The book covers everything from how to get started, obtaining representation, legal and union matters and much more PLUS life lessons learned such as resilience from rejection, overcoming fear of public speaking, exposure and social skills. Included in the book is vital how-to information as well as more than 75 life lessons that kids will glean from pursuing their acting dreams plus interviews with over 50 industry professionals and actors who made the transition from child performer to successful adults in and out of the business.

The Drama Book Shop, now celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year, is located at 250 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. To learn more, please visit Space for this book talk is limited. Reservations are recommended. Please email info@denisesimoncoaching. com to reserve your seat now! 


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Monday, August 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

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Parenting in the Spotlight: How to Raise a Child Star Without Screwing Them Up Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945586033
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thomas Noble Books - June 7th, 2017