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Bonnie Gillespie
President

Bonnie Gillespie

Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. She casts SAG-AFTRA indie feature films and series such as the Machinima zombie smash hit BITE ME which made the leap from web to TV with Lionsgate in 2012. Her weekly column, The Actors Voice, runs at Actors Access and her podcast “The Work” is available on iTunes. Her books include Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director InterviewsActing Qs: Conversations with Working ActorsSMFA: The Ninja Within, and Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, which has been named one of The Top Ten Best Books on Acting Ever Written, and landed on the Tom Cruise actor resource blog. Bonnie facilitates seminars based on this top-selling book and travels internationally — to demystify the casting process and the business side of pursuing an artistic career — as a guest instructor at colleges, universities, actors’ unions, and private acting studios. Bonnie has been featured on Good Morning AmericaBBC Breakfast, Sunrise Australia, UTV-Ireland, ARD-1 Germany, CBC Radio One, BBC Radio 5, E! Online, and in the Wall Street Journal and the LA Times. To hop on Bonnie’s mailing list and grab your free MP3, please visit BonnieGillespie.com. To work with Bonnie Gillespie on the Self-Management for Actors principles, go here.

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Keith Johnson
Vice President, Director of Production

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson is a true jack-of-all-trades. Getting his start in the entertainment industry a little late in life, he spent his formative years in the US Marines where he traveled the world in the infantry, followed by a stint at the University of Wisconsin where he studied astronautical engineering and Japanese. Keith worked as a lifeguard and security guard, a truck driver, and a truck assembly-line worker. He also got a degree in criminal justice and then became a computer network infrastructure architect. He’s been in Los Angeles since 2001, moving to the city in yet another incarnation of his ever-expanding life. Keith has been pursuing a career in Hollywood as a true hyphenate… actor, writer, casting professional, crew… whatever it takes to move the projects he cares about forward. He also specializes in cramming as many ridiculous Hollywood clichés into one brief bio as possible.

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Ryan Basham
Vice President, Director of Development

Ryan Basham

Ryan Basham is a native of the mountain south where he grew up with the families of Dolly Parton and Johnny and June Carter Cash as neighbors (yes, really). His career began early in high school when he began producing record-breaking cultural festivals in the southeast. His producing career includes several independent films such as The Wraith: Eyes of Judgment (an action feature based on the Australian comic book of the same name), an untitled big-budget documentary for one of America’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and Getting Away (a short shot in the high desert of southern California, currently in post production). His production company, The Basham Company, currently has several series and features in various stages of production and development. Ryan also has several years of experience in entertainment and strategic public relations. [email Ryan]

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Anthony Hansen
Vice President, Director of Technology

Anthony Hansen

Anthony Hansen is an actor with a strong emphasis on voice acting. He grew up in South Florida where, after exploring other degree options (e.g. physics and computer science), he obtained a BFA in Theatre. He then promptly got a job as a web developer, mostly to avoid having to wait tables. While in Florida, Anthony immersed himself in the improv and voiceover communities before moving to California, mostly to avoid another hurricane season. Since moving to Southern California, Anthony has continued to embrace his technological geek side by way of web programming as he continues to develop his career both on-camera and behind the mic. If you asked him how he viewed himself, he’d respond, “49% actor, 49% geek, 2% other.”

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Somebody’s Basement is a web distribution channel founded in 2010 by casting director, author, and producer Bonnie Gillespie; actor, writer, producer Keith Johnson; and producer Ryan Basham. Somebody’s Basement is a grassroots web network that features premiere content developed and collaborated upon by the best of the emerging independent web community. Somebody’s Basement: Where everybody goes to jam.