Beware Of This Pyramid Deal

This post is worth the read.

Someone wrote me back today after I sent out an email promoting The Empower Network. If you don’t know, The Empower Network sells courses on making money online, and also offers the opportunity to sell those courses.

Some people do very well learning from and selling their courses.

So I recommend people do that, and offer help to people who buy them through me.
(buying from anywhere else means you do NOT get my personal help)

So, this guy wrote me this email:

“The massive earnings for this type of system (empower network, etc.) are “extraordinary” and it says that at the bottom of the website you link to. It doesn’t work for 98% of people.

I’m all for residual income and affiliate marketing, but pushing a system that ultimately work for a few people is not something EVERY actor needs to do or CAN do.
I like a lot of your advice Bones, but pushing these pyramid-type systems is not for me.
It leaves a weird taste in my mouth when I’m trying to swallow the other valuable information you talk about.” 

And I answered him:

Thanks for writing; I appreciate the guts it took to say that instead of just hiding and making assumptions. It means you like what I’m doing and teaching, just not what you think is a pyramid thing.

I don’t blame you- if I were you, I might feel the same thing. I just have a little more info on it than you do. But let me tell you first:

You’re right;
those incomes are extraordinary.

and 98% of people won’t make any money

…Just like in acting.
Actually, your “chances” as an actor are even worse.
But in the acting business, some people UNDERSTAND that it’s up to them.
But many don’t, right? They say things like “Hollywood won’t let me…”
or some other bullshit.
In this affiliate program (and EVERY other business that has EVER been),
only a small percentage ever do what’s required to be successful.
So, if you like my advice, here it is:Take your OWN responsibility for your own results.
My acting career is CRAPPY in my opinion, but I’ve earned more than 98% of actors
in their lifetimes.
By doing BARELY the minimum…. you know what I mean.
Again- I think I have been a TERRIBLE business owner of my acting business,
but have still earned $400,000. Just commercials; no film, 4 tv spots.
Can you imagine if I told people they can be actors and make $400,000
WITHOUT doing film or TV?
People would call me a “scammer”, and whatever the hell else, right?
I have this conversation with myself often, and I sometimes think I shouldn’t bother giving people an opportunity like Empower, but the truth is that the courses they sell taught me a LOT, and the affiliate program has been great for me too.
I don’t expect the business “to work”, I bought the courses, and am an AFFILIATE for them.If I want to make money, the business doesn’t “work”- I do stuff to make it work.
I don’t know if you understand the difference there, but if you have bought any
of my courses (and read them), you would.You sound like you do, but let me tell you how I know beyond a doubt.
Affiliate marketing:
Just sell other people’s stuff, and get paid!
That’s one of the things I teach people.
Sounds “too good to be true”, but it is true!
You’d think that people would just LINE UP to learn something like that,
wouldn’t you?You’d be SHOCKED if I told you how many people buy my book and NEVER read it.Or take my classes, and then STOP showing up to learn.And since I have my own affiliate program (I pay people to sell NoMoreWaiters), I can tell you that very few sales are from affiliates.
And it’s mostly the SAME affiliates…Wanna see?
“not set” and “Bonesrod” are me… that means that of the 34 sales in this period,
only 4 sales were from affiliates-and one of those had made sales before.But what I really want you to notice is the “hop count”,
which says how many people visited the site through someone’s link.
2, 4, 6,1, etc… that’s the usual.But here’s the SCARY PART- the top says there are “536 items found”.See that?It means that there were 536 affiliates who sent clicks, and of those, only 3 made sales.

3 people out of 536.

But does affiliate marketing work? YUP.

Just ask MRoldan– she only sent 30 clicks- and made 2 sales.

Don’t you think most people would do AT LEAST that?

Well, they don’t.
People just give up on stuff- all the time.I do it too- DEFINITELY 😀
But I’m not blaming anyone for it.
Did you know that 67% of people with Gym memberships NEVER go?
(As in not even once… like, they pay, but NEVER enter!)

But do gyms “work”? Of course!

I get people who say “Bones’ stuff doesn’t work”, and I’m like
“Really? What did you DOOOOO?”
The answer is ALWAYS- 100% of the time- SILENCE.
Sooooo, I already have a business in selling information,
and it does pretty well.
I’ve been without a day job for 15 years now!
Then I started teaching people to do the same, explaining this idea of an “Online vending machine
Some listen, and they build their own.
Others get confused and want a “ready-made” opportunity.
I have a few of those too; I just bought another one last month.
In my opinion, Empower is the one where people will LEARN the most,
and have the chance to earn- and ME to help them- which is the REAL
So, I started “pushing” it recently.
ANYWAY… It’s NOT POSSIBLE for Empower to be a scam- they sell courses,
and give you the chance to sell them too.When people buy them, the buyer gets the courses, and you get a commission.
There’s nothing else to it.
  • If you don’t sell them, then that’s on YOU.
  • If you don’t book any acting work, that’s on YOU.
  • If you sell books in the street, and no one buys them, that’s on YOU.
It’s the same all around, but many people don’t understand that.
You can literally just put your website in front of enough people and some will buy.internetmarketer18-color
The vast majority will not bother to do that, (as I showed you above) and that’s when most people will quit.

People go on 5 auditions, don’t book anything, and quit acting.

-It might take a while before they realized they’ve quit, but they stop doing anything to get the next audition- that’s quitting.
You already know people like that I’m sure.98% of people in Empower send 15 people to a website over 3 months, don’t make a sale,
and they quit.And then say “Empower didn’t work” or something like that.
There is nothing easier in my opinion than having a website that
sells stuff for you, and putting people in front of it, so that’s one
of the things I teach.
I haven’t had a day job for 15 years because of that ONE idea, and so I teach people to make their own “online vending machines
It’s also what Empower PROVIDES- so that’s why I recommend it to people, and they PAY ME to recommend it too- even better!And they pay OTHER people to recommend it- Even MO’ BETTA!
So, thanks for your question- it gave me an opportunity to write this out, and you’ll probably see this as an email and blog post in a few days…and see our income disclaimer for anything about money.
If you decide to actually LEARN how this works, let me know- I like helping people who are earnest. Some just write to be snarky and criticize, but that wasn’t your tone, so that’s why I wrote back.
Have an awesome Halloween- I’m taking Pike Trick or Treating now!!

People Told Me It Was A Scam; I Guess I Deserved It

I sent this email out to some friends, and I thought I’d post it here too:


I know you haven’t heard from me in a bit, but you were a member
of Empower Network for a little while, and I want to let you know what
happened with me…
I joined like 2 years ago, because I liked the hype of “100% commissions”
and all of that, but I was also turned off by that same hype.
I just figured it was a cool new “deal”, and I was willing to try it out.I told a few people who knew about this kind of stuff, but I didn’t really promote it publicly, y’know?Some people told me it was a scam.
But I just watched the videos, used the blog, and learned from the courses,
which I applied to my own business-
I made new products, did webinars, helped a lot more people,
and sold a lot more on No More Waiters as a result of what I had learned.
In the meantime, on occasion someone “joined” Empower, and I just sent them 
to the main system, and they did whatever they wanted.
I kept learning from the courses in the back office, and I started
using the blog more, to promote my business, using what they teach.
And then more people bought my products, and I’d collect checks.
And every once in a while, someone would buy the Empower blog from me.
and I’d collect a check.
And then sometimes, someone would buy more
Just like I had done.
And then someone bought a lot of stuff
And I started getting deposits from Empower that were just as much
as income from my own business…
 that I had been promoting, creating products for, doing webinars for,
and doing joint ventures and all that stuff.
And then I got a deposit for $787…
So I started paying a lot MORE attention.
And then I realized why people who “get” Empower stayed, versus
people who kind of just thought it was a new “deal”, like I first thought it was.
You see, it turns out that the “system” they were hyping
had a foundation of BLOGGING that works whether you make one post or 100.
And I had used the system to build No More Waiters…
But ended up selling a bunch of Empower Network products too.
And that’s when I realized why IT WORKS.
Because there is a percentage of people reading blogs online
who want to LEARN about making money online…. by blogging.
And Empower sells those products.
there will be a percentage of those people who will want to learn
all the things I learned for No More Waiters.
And if you are an affiliate for that, then YOU get paid.
If you want to see my blog, it’s here-
I didn’t understand how that all worked at first, and I think most people get
confused with the MLM part, and the hype and want it to work like some “miracle”
Except it kinda DOES do that also.
Because since I’ve been making SALES, some of them have also become
Like the ol’ “I bought the product, so I became an business owner” you
hear about in the old MLM meetings.
Except it’s TRUE.
So, I am writing to tell you that instead of “recruiting”, and doing “opportunity meetings” and all of that, to concentrate on MAKING SALES of whatever business you are pursuing.

You only get paid when there’s a SALE.

And getting paid is the way you make money 😀

I hope you’re doing well, and let me know that you read this, even if you 
are going to let this pass you by now.

How To Use “Solopreneurship” to Create Your Dream Life- Part 3

This is the third video in a series designed to teach you all about how to make money without a day job by becoming a “Solopreneur”, an entrepreneur who works for him or herself.

I teach you how to create an ASSET using the internet to create “Online Vending Machines” that can pay you when you are doing other things. They work 24/7, creating income for you as long as you have the pieces in place.

Video 1- Assets and Liabilities (Income vs. a Job)

Video 2- Online Vending Machines (Affiliate Income)

Video 3- Creating Your Machine:


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How To Use “Solopreneurship” to Create Your Dream Life- Part 2

This is the 2nd video in a series designed to educate and inspire you to create your own income and your own life-

Without a day job.

I gave the analogy of having a vending machine, to make it more easily understood:

In lesson 1, I taught a few things:

  • Jobs SUCK.
  • Money for Time
  • Create ASSETS to FREE your TIME
  • Affiliate Income is an ASSET
  • Sell OTHER people’s stuff and GET PAID
    24/7 365- just OWN and SET UP the system

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I’m Giving Away 100 Packages of $324, and I’m Terrified.

I’m pretty terrified of this idea.
But I’ve been listening to Neale Donald Walsch and he says that I have to help other people have more success.
I want you to have MORE success with my stuff.
I want you to make money without a day job, and I know that the FIRST time
you do can change your LIFE.$20 CHANGED MY LIFE.
But I also know that just giving you the information doesn’t necessarily
help, because it’s hard to do everything by yourself in a vacuum.
So- I’m offering a FREEE 3-SESSION BLOGGING MASTERMIND (Normally $297 right HERE) and copies of No More Waiters to those who qualify-
That’s $324 of stuff.
I’m giving away for free.

And 100 winners is my goal.
So, I’m basically giving away $32,400.That’s why I’m scared…. am I about to RUIN my business by giving it all away?
Or will the Universe reward me by helping others?
Starting tomorrow, I’m going to send out the first video lesson, and at the end
of the series, if you follow my directions, you will get a HUGE education
in making money, copies of the book and videos, and possibly
earn yourself MONEY by the end of the week.

I have never tried anything like this,

and I hope it excites you because I’m a little scared
that I am about to RUIN my entire business with this giveaway!
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(Take a deep breath, Bones!)

(Blog) How To FINALLY Get An Acting Agent!

***Note: This is an excerpt from Lisa Gold’s Amazing Course “How To Get And Keep An Agent“, and I have printed some of the first lesson here, because it’s WORTH sharing!***

Imagine this for a minute:

You’ve been performing, rehearsing, and working hard on marketing yourself with the help of a business coach, looking for an agent either for commercials, TV and Film, or stage.

Then… an agent calls you.

They liked your marketing tools.
They liked what was on your resume.
You are a possible fit for their talent pool and they are calling you in.

So let’s make sure you’re prepared because this is a real opportunity.

“Where PREPARATION meets opportunity
– that’s called a Big Break!”-Lisa Gold

None of that other airy fairy stuff you’ve heard.

Sometimes you’re prepared and there’s no opportunity…sometimes there’s an opportunity, and you’re not prepared.

This is your job as an actor…to make sure you have BOTH.

So the first thing that I recommend you get ready with NOW is your performance material to show your stuff. What stuff?

Your ACTING chops, of course.

New York and Los Angeles are different in what agents like to see and hear but I always suggest you have two contrasting, one-minute monologues in your arsenal of repertoire.

One minute or less is best.

Why, you ask? Because this is the “YouTube Generation” and how do YOU operate when somebody sends you a video?

We have short attention spans these days. You’ll click on it and about 30-40 seconds in, you’re going to make a decision whether or not you want to watch the rest of the three minute video-


Now, imagine being an agent watching monologues all day long, or several in a row and how many times they wish they could be “clicking off”. So keep it short and sweet.

If you’re not a fit or they don’t like your work, then there’s not time for that icky “wish they would stop” vibe. And if they’re LOVING you and it ends too soon, you’ll leave them wanting more.

Yes, that’s the ticket! ONE Minute or less.


Do you need to do a comedic and
dramatic monologue as a contrast?
No, no, no, no, no.

Did you get that?


Very few people are excellent at both.
Go with your strength.

You CAN find two contrasting monologues within an arena (archetype of character) that you would most likely be playing. And what you’d most likely be playing is WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.

I know, I know- you have “range”, and you’ve be trained to become “anybody”, but that’s not what an Agent wants to see- they want to see how they can SELL you.

What agents are really looking for when watching you do a monologue or a scene is something interesting. You needn’t make them laugh out loud or have tears in their eyes, you only need to hold their attention.

This translates later to holding the audience’s attention that bought the ticket to see you perform.

THAT’s what an agent is looking for.

And by the way, you must KNOW these monologues backwards and forwards. Absolutely down pat.
No exceptions.
This way, if you are nervous or a bit frightened, you have your memory to rely on. Don’t try out a new monologue in an agent’s office. Save it for class.

You also need to have your cold reading skills in excellent shape.

Having the ability to connect with either a reader or the agent directly is key. You can mess up the words as long as you are communicating the essence of the text and the meaning of the scene.

They want to “feel” you ARE this character, and not “acting” like the character.


Be PREPARED with great audition material.
Keep it short and sweet and have your skills sharp.
Connect and be interesting.

Get Lisa’s Special Ecourse “How To Get And Keep An Agent”, along with her free report: “10 Inside Acting Secrets”
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I absolutely recommend ALL of Lisa Gold’s Videos and Courses for actors at all stages of success.

The really successful professionals NEVER STOP LEARNING.