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Rejecting Assumptions About Aging with Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer, Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman has done it all and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. In her new book, Face: One Square Inch of Skin, she addresses irrational fear cycles, like the aging of one’s face leading to missed friendships or job opportunities, and instead introduces a healthy way of deconstructing and understanding these fears. Justine first gained popularity for her role as Mallory Keaton on 80s sitcom Family Ties and has since been involved in a number of other movies and TV shows. Her first book, Fame: The Hijacking of Reality, won acclaim for her honest evaluation of celebrity culture in today’s world. To order her latest book, follow the link below.


Filmmaker and author Justine Bateman has an impressive, decades-long resume in film and TV that includes a Golden Globe nomination and two Emmy nominations. Bateman wrote and produced her directorial film short debut, FIVE MINUTES, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and was chosen by seven more festivals, including the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It was one of the winners of the 2019 Amazon Prime Video Direct Festival Stars Program and was chosen by both Short of the Week and Vimeo’s Staff Picks. VIOLET, Bateman’s directorial feature film debut of her own script, stars Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin Theroux. It premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. Her best-selling first book, FAME, a non-fiction about society’s need for its presence, was published in 2018 by Akashic Books. Her second book, FACE, was released April, 2021 by Akashic. Justine holds a UCLA degree in Computer Science and Digital Media Management.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What Justine’s writing next
  • How to stop rationalizing
  • Formats for writing nonfiction
  • Why to keep a folder for your ideas
  • The importance of being faithful to your work


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. It’s refreshing to hear someone from that world sound so normal and grounded, although that might of course be because she is normal and grounded. 🙂
    I wonder if she has thought of writing a fiction novel based on her knowledge. It sounds like she has a lot of experiential evidence that could be fodder for a great novel. I can think of a lot of ideas based on what she was talking about. Maybe she could write the next ‘Sunset Boulevard’ or ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ as a novel or film script; both great films. They could benefit from a modern take; and Justine could be the writer…
    Personally I would hate to be famous which is why I love the idea of being a writer. I love the idea of going to a supermarket and not being recognised, which is not a problem for me yet, although “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon…” (name that film). And I don’t mind ageing, but I think one of the worst things that could happen to someone who was once famous, especially actors, is hearing “Didn’t you used to be…?”
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Didn’t you used to be that guy who was always lurking in the French Quarter?


  2. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Hah! You spotted me. I was looking for that guy who used to write Postapoc Dystopian with a friend of mine, called Zach.

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