About Denise Simon
Denise Simon is a New York-based acting coach, career consultant and life coach who has been in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years as an actor, teacher, director, personal talent manager and casting director.
Denise developed and managed the careers of Scarlett Johansson, Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five”), and Judy Reyes (NBC’s “Scrubs”) among others . She has taught hundreds of children and young adults appearing regularly on TV, film, and Broadway including Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp from the Netflix tv series, Stranger Things.
Denise cast the award-winning independent film No Letting Go. 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.
Denise is the author of “Parenting in the Spotlight: How to Raise a Child Star Without Screwing Them Up” and is an expert columnist at Backstage.com ,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.
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.
Rave reviews for Denise's book!
Great for kids and their families...
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.
Denise truly cares about well-being of children!
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 "must read" for any parent with kids interested in acting.
When my daughter was first starting out in this business five years ago, I searched and searched for a book like this one to help answer my questions and offer guidance and advice. Sure, I have met and am very thankful for the amazing and inspirational teachers and friends along the way, but I had wanted to find a book that I could underline and refer back to whenever I had a question. This book is exactly what I have been looking for to keep in my bag. Thank you Denise for sharing your professional experience, insight and advice with us in your book!
Be powerful for your child and read this book!
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!
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