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13 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
EP 132: Kenny Ortega
My guest on this very special Hometown to Hollywood podcast episode is director, producer, and choreographer Kenny Ortega. Kenny has directed many iconic film, TV and theatre projects, but he is best known for his work directing Newsies, Hocus Pocus, This is It, High School Musical 1,2, and 3, and Descendants 1, 2, and 3, as well as creating choreography for Michael Jackson, Cher, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, and Elton John. He has won three Emmy awards and two Directors Guild of America awards, among many others, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He recently produced and directed Julie and The Phantoms for Netflix. In this very inspiring conversation, Kenny Ortega shares how he began in the industry, how he made the jump from choreography to directing, his approach to directing, what he looks for in an actor, audition advice, casting, advice for both parents of young actors as well as for actors, and so much more. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “I couldn’t be one of those people that sit on the sidelines and go, ‘I wonder what it would have been like had I pursued what I love in this world.’” “I worked as a choreographer for some of the most incredibly gifted, talented, and GOOD human beings… they taught me that I could be successful and also have a heart.” “I look for heart. Promise. Truth. Imagination. Wit.” “I wanted my actors to feel brave, and fearless, and confident, and feel that they could have a voice with me.” “Learn to pick up choreography quickly so that you can then surrender yourself to the work, and what’s behind the movement is YOU… your spirit, your soul, your heart, your personality.” “I’m always seeking for every performer—dancer, singer, actor—that they have that ability to surrender themselves to the work.” “Go online and watch audition tapes, they’re there.” “When you’re walking into an audition—whether it be in the room with a director, or virtually—bring your truth.” “Read The Hollywood Parents Guide by Bonnie Wallace… I’m telling you, there aren’t any other books! It’s an incredible book, and I highly, highly recommend it to any parent who has a child that wants to enter into the business, or that is already in the business.” “Get a good education. Learn everything you can because it ALL comes in handy for an actor.” “Don’t let anybody tell you what you can do. Or can’t do.” “Imagination is everything. And imagination can create reality, but you have to work for it. And you have to study for it. And you have to soldier for it. And pay your dues for it.” “Quit getting angry and get better. Don’t get lost in frustration. Get lost in study and dedication. And perseverance.” “There can’t be a B Plan when you want to be an actor. Because it requires too much. The A Plan requires too much for you to share yourself with a B Plan.” “That child still lives within me… had it not been for that little boy who refused to let go of his dreams, who refused to let anybody stop him from what he pursued… I will be grateful to him for the rest of my life for what he gave to me. This gift that I own today.” Follow Kenny Ortega HERE: Instagram: @kennyortegablog Twitter: @kennyortegablog
15 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
EP 131: Jillian Clare, Actor, Director, Producer
Today my guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Jillian Clare. Jillian has been in the entertainment industry since the young age of 7. Having grown up on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives, Jillian went on to star in the Victorious special Freak the Freak Out, as well as roles in several other indie films and TV series. Besides acting, Jillian has taken her turn behind the camera as well. She recently produced and starred in the indie film Pretty Broken which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival. In the last four years, she has directed two hit teen feature films To The Beat! and To The Beat! Back 2 School making her one of the only female directors to direct both the original and sequel in a films' series. We discuss her experience as a young child actor, her school experience, transitioning from a child actor to a teen actor to an adult actor, the CHSPE, why she got into directing and producing, auditioning advice, her podcast Thanks for Coming In, and much more. Join us! Follow Jillian HERE: Website: https://www.jillianclare.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jillianclare Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillianclare/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialjillianclare Podcast: https://thanksforcominginpodcast.com/
59 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
EP 130: Jody Margolin Hahn, Director
Hi, thanks for joining us! This is Bonnie Wallace, author of The Hollywood Parents Guide, Young Hollywood Actors, and Top Hollywood Acting Teachers, and today my guest on this podcast is television director Jody Margolin Hahn. Jody started her career working with sitcom writers. She has directed over 150 episodes of television, including The Conners for ABC, Call Me Kat and The Cool Kids for FOX, One Day at a Time, Fuller House, Mr. Iglesias, Alexa & Katie, and others for Netflix, Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel. She recently completed her first short film, "Yes/No" and directed the pilot and multiple episodes of the Netflix series, The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia. She’s a member of the Director’s Guild of America. We discuss how she started directing, what it really takes to direct TV, differences between multi-cam and single cam shows, what she looks for in an actor, advice for auditions and self-tapes, advice for parents of young actors as well as for young actors themselves, and MUCH more. Join us! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “I was that kid who put on plays in the backyard. I was the star, and the director, and made my sister play the boy and my neighbor the tree.” “I realized I didn’t want to be in the writer’s room; I wanted to be with the actors, in rehearsal and on stage.” “It starts with the script… I visualize how I’m going to make these scenes work.” “If you know how to tell a story visually, and work with actors, and edit, then you can do single-cam.” “To me, it’s more difficult to do multi-cam because you’re working with 4 cameras all the time and it’s very fast-paced.” “I think it’s easier to go from multi-cam to single-cam than it is to go from single to multi.” “It’s always fun to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.” “I look for actors who aren’t afraid to make choices, who come in prepared, who are collaborative and willing to make adjustments and play. Who are giving to other actors.” “I like actors who are kind and come into a project because they want to be there.” “Be confident. Walk into that room assuming you’ve already got the job.” “You don’t know what they’re looking for. And sometimes THEY don’t know what they’re looking for.” “If you want to direct, then direct. Write something and direct your friends in it.” “More and more people are getting opportunities that have never had opportunities before, and that’s a great thing.” Follow Jody Margolin Hahn HERE: Instagram: @jodyfm Website: https://jodyhahn.com/
43 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
EP 129: Mike Manning, Actor & Producer
My guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Mike Manning. Mike is an award-winning actor and Emmy-winning producer. As an actor, Manning is most known for his roles in Disney's snowboarding movie Cloud 9, and MTV's Teen Wolf. Other TV credits include Hawaii Five-0, Major Crimes, The Bay, Crash & Bernstein, Operation Cupcake, and Days of Our Lives. When not performing, Manning works as a producer, co-founding Chhibber Mann Productions in 2015. He's been involved behind the camera on dozens of films including the Showtime documentary Kidnapped for Christ, Jinn, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, Folk Hero and Funny Guy, M.F.A., and Lost in America, featuring Halle Berry, Rosario Dawson, Jewel, and Tiffany Haddish. We discuss how he started acting professionally, his training, how he broke into producing, the power of storytelling to change the world, the importance of nonprofit work, advice for young actors, and much more. Listen all the way to the end for a brilliant piñata metaphor about acting-! Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for just $5 a month — and get access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “At one time I was taking Meisner, Groundlings, scene study, comedy, and another class.” “So much of this industry is just confidence.” “It wasn’t until I felt like I had earned my seat at the table that I was able to walk into a room and make bold choices.” “One of my favorite sayings is, ‘Talent might give you a head start, but hard work keeps you in the race.’” “There’s something magical about being lost in a character on set that I absolutely love.” “I try to give myself as many tools in my ‘batman toolbelt’ as possible as an actor.” “The best thing about producing is going to the theatre on premiere day and watching the audience watch your film for the first time.” “You need to have something that has nothing to do with acting that will fulfill your soul and keep you sane.” “I’m a firm believer that if someone works hard enough, they will get their shot.” “The parents’ job, and the actor’s job is when that shot comes… to be ready for it.” “Hopefully somebody listening is somebody I’ll work with someday.” Look for Mike in Days of Our Lives, and Spike Lee’s most recent film, Son of the South, out now. Follow Mike Manning HERE: Instagram: @MikeCManning FaceBook: @MikeCManning Personal website: https://www.mikemanning.info/ Chhibber Mann website: http://www.chmannproductions.com/
14 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
EP 128: Sherry Kayne, Talent Manager
Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is talent manager Sherry Kayne, co-founder of Moxie Artists. Sherry's clients are working in TV, Film, commercials and print, Broadway and professional stage productions and National Tours. They include Haley Reinhart, Catherine Mary Stewart, Akira Akbar, Quvenzhané Wallis, JD McCrary, Young Dylan, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, and more. We discuss social media, star quality, what makes for good acting and a good relationship with your agent or manager, the importance of letting young actors have a life, thoughts around education, and MUCH more. Join us! Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for just $5 a month — and get access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “You need to bring yourself to the role in order for it to feel authentic.” “I’m there to guide my clients in the entirely of their career, not just the next audition.” “You need a good headshot… that’s your calling card.” “It’s not the prettiest picture that catches their attention… it’s something in the eyes, some kind of emotion that makes casting want to call them in.” “Watch out for the scammers… someone approaching you in the mall is probably not the right person.” “Please, please, please do not get involved in the Mama Drama.” “It’s very important to network here. So much of this industry is about connections.” “I think you should get involved in short films if you can, so you start to develop a reel.” “It’s more important than ever to have a great self-tape setup. It doesn’t have to cost a lot.” “Trust that your agent or manager are doing everything they can to get you seen.” “Your rep should be passionate about you.” “If you want to be a great theatre actor, go to college.” You should do community theatre. It’s great. That’s the first step to getting over stage fright.” “Patience is very important in this industry.” “Win the room, not the role. If you win the room, they’ll keep calling you back over and over.” Follow Sherry Kayne here: Website: https://moxieartists.com/ Instagram: @sherrykayne
14 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
EP 127: Patrick Fabian, Actor
Today my guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is actor Patrick Fabian. Patrick is truly a career actor, working steadily for almost 30 years, primarily in television. He is best known for his roles in Better Call Saul, Big Love, Veronica Mars, The Last Exorcism, Must Love Dogs, and Star Trek: Voyager. Recent guest stars include Lucifer, Code Black, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Grimm, Scorpion, The Newsroom, Longmire, Castle and Scandal. Patrick also played my daughter Dove’s father in the Disney Channel original movie Cloud Nine. We discuss his training, how he broke into the LA market after college, lessons he’s learned over his 27-year career, advice for young artists, and much more. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for just $5 a month — and get access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “I arrive in California, I see palm trees for the first time, & I thought, ‘I am never going back.’” “Class is to keep your tools sharp.” “Don’t live beyond your means… that means you give yourself the opportunity to choose to do art, as opposed to waiting tables.” “Being a professional actor to me means you have your union card.” “My professors told me, ‘You need to work. If you’re lucky, you’ll get paid for something about 5 years out.” “My job is to go in and show them I know how to act; then my job is to leave and let it go.” “I believe that opportunities will come for you, and you will finally be able to go ahead and book work.” “Nobody wants you to be an actor… you’re the one who has to want to be an actor, and you have to take the responsibility for that.” “I’ve done some jobs that were just terrible… I’ve been terrible in them, they were terribly written, terribly directed… but then I’ve been in some really great things.” “If you show them that you know how to act, you know your craft, & that you are good to work with… you have a real running shot of having a career.” “You’re supposed to have disappointments, you’re supposed to fail. Things are supposed to not work out.” “Being able to handle your disappointments and successes with equal grace would behoove you.” “I love artists. Art is important. If you have chosen to be an artist, you have chosen a noble and a necessary profession.” Follow Patrick Fabian HERE: Website: https://www.patrickfabian.com/ Instagram: @mrpatrickfabian Twitter: @patrickfabian
14 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
EP 126: Steven Vincent, VP Music & Soundtracks at Disney Branded TV
Steven Vincent, VP Music & Soundtracks at Disney Branded TV Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Steven Vincent, Vice President of Music & Soundtracks at Disney Branded Television. He is the man behind the music you love from not only the Disney Plus and The Disney Channel, but also Disney XD, ABC Family, and more, since 2007. Steven Vincent advises and collaborates with TV series and TV movie producers on script development and creating original music, as well as licensed songs. He works with recording artists, songwriters and composers in conjunction with Disney Publishing, Disney Music Group and Radio Disney as well as external labels, publishers and management. On the talent side, he has supervised the TV music careers of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jonas Bros, Zendaya, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Bridgit Mendler, Bella Thorne, Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens. Vincent has a degree in Music Composition from UCLA, and studied film scoring with Walter Scharf, David Raskin & Fred Karlin while winning scholarships from BMI and ASCAP. He has also worked as a film composer, arranger, producer, conductor and musician. We discuss what he does in his work, what it’s like to work with young talent, how he creates the sound of the Disney shows and movies you love, advice for young talent (both songwriters and actor/singers) and much more. This is a fascinating dive into the world behind the music from so many of your favorite soundtracks— including The Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock, High School Musical, Disney Descendants, and much more. Join us! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “Leave your ego at home. You’re there to serve not just your vision, but the vision of the director, producers, writers, and the studio.” “In some ways, my job is figuring out what each new show or musical should sound like.” “I meet songwriters all the time… there are always new creative voices coming.” “I remember the first thing we did with Bella and Zendaya… Bella was really nervous, and Zendaya would stand on the other side of the glass and cheer her on.” “It’s about setting people up for success. That’s a lot of my job. Trying to nurture people and inspire them & provide them with the tools they need to be as successful as possible.” “They’re very determined, driven people. They just happen to be kids at the time.” “If you want to become a good songwriter, write a lot of songs… try and write one great song a week.” “If you want to work in music, be a musician. Don’t just be a singer.” “If you want to be a songwriter, you want to express something that somebody else is going to care about.” “If you want to be a singer that matters, that’s successful… learn how to use your instrument. The voice is very much an instrument.” Find any opportunity to perform in front of people. All of it counts. All of it helps prepare you.” “I’m all about creative expression… I think it’s really important in being a complete person.” Feeling inspired? Take Steve Vincent’s advice to heart and try writing a song this week! Or singing in front of an audience, even if it’s just your family in the living room. Or writing a poem or learning an instrument. As he says, you can learn a lot of this online, even from YouTube. If you are serious about a career as a singer, take voice lessons so you learn how to safely use your instrument. If you want to be a triple threat, learn some basic dance. And if you need a little help navigating the industry, invest in an online consultation with me. A single session can set you up for success and help you avoid the painful pitfalls that can cost you precious time as well as money.
16 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
EP 125: Dave Thomas Brown & Amelia Bay, Broadway Actor & Hair Artist
My guests today on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast are Dave Thomas Brown and Amelia Bay. Dave is a triple threat whose roles on Broadway have included Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, Josh in Clueless the Musical, David Van Patten in American Psycho, JD in Heathers the Musical, and many more roles in touring and regional theatre. He played Elder Price on the West End in London as well as on Broadway. Amelia is a professional hairdresser and wig maker for both Broadway and TV. Her credits include Law & Order SVU, Monsterland, Marvelous Miss Maisel, Be More Chill, She Loves Me, The Book of Mormon, and Aladdin. Dave and Amelia are business partners and are also engaged. We do a deep dive on the importance of training, audition advice, how to get started on Broadway (whether you are an actor or an artist backstage), surprises, challenges, and advice for people who want this life. It was especially fun to chat with both Dave and Amelia, who bring such complementary insight into how the industry works. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation (see if you can guess which quote is from which one of them!): "I fell in love with theatre because of CATS the Musical.” “I never thought I was going to be a musical theatre actor.” “I took that Shakespearean training and I put it into treating musical theatre like Shakespeare.” “Sometimes those big flashy shows on Broadway don’t deal with the kind of real issues that shows like Heathers” “I wanted to go to a school that specifically had a hair and makeup program, so that’s why I went to University of North Carolina School of the Arts.” “I spent 4 years at a conservatory studying acting. The next 10 years were a continuation of that training.” “I’ve always relied on the kindness of casting directors.” “Casting directors are your lifeline.” “You never know when your name is being tossed around after you leave the room.” “Know your craft, go in confident, perform the material, bring something that’s uniquely you, & you will be remembered.” “The best thing you can do as an auditioner is watch other people audition.” “I auditioned for The Book of Mormon for the 1st time 4 years before I was on that Broadway stage… while I was doing ” “My 1st job was Aladdin… then Jersey Boys… then it snowballed from there.” “I literally walked the NYC streets with my resume, looking up stage doors, trying to figure it out. You just have to put yourself out there.” “I got my dream role, & I played the lead in 600 shows of The Book of Mormon on 2 continents… & I still want more.” “Drop your ego at the door. Be proud of being good at a lot of things.” “Live a creative life. No matter what your profession is.” Follow Dave and Amelia HERE: Dave Thomas Brown Website www.davethomasbrown.com Twitter @davethomasbrown Instagram @davethomasbrown Amelia Bay Instagram: @ameliabay Their shared socials Instagram: @BBandtheRV YouTube: @BBandtheRV The Line Learner App that Dave referenced can be found HERE Dave Thomas Brown fell in love with theatre, singing, and performing because he was exposed to it as a child. Amelia Bay hung out with the theatre kids in high school in her small town and began doing the hair and makeup backstage, eventually running the department before she left high school. So often it's a lucky accident that introduces us to something that can shape our lives: the chance attendance of a live theatre performance, a trip to New York or Los Angeles. In my own life, it was seeing a community theatre production of Mame with a family friend that left me mesmerized and in love with acting... which eventually led to my own children falling in love with singing and acting because they grew up heavily exposed to it. Which led to a lot of amazing things that continue today. If you or your child have a dream of performing professionally, schedule a consultation with me, and start the new year off with some positive action toward that dream. In just 60 or 90 minutes, we can answer questions you didn't even know you should ask, and create an action plan.
16 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
EP 124: Matthew Del Negro: Actor, Author, Podcast Creator
My guest on this Hometown to Hollywood podcast episode is actor, podcast creator and author Matthew Del Negro. Mathew’s success has been well-earned and slow-burning. He began doing small theatre productions in New York before landing a pivotal role in Season 4 of The Sopranos. Since then his career has spanned theatre, film, and TV, and he is best known for his roles in Goliath, Huge in France, Wind River, Scandal, The West Wing, When We Rise, Hot Pursuit, Teen Wolf, and many more. In 2017, after describing his career as "being told 'No' for a living" when speaking to near-graduates of MFA Theater Programs in Los Angeles, Matthew created and launched his podcast, 10,000 Nos, which can be listened to on the Apple Podcasts App, Spotify and at 10000nos.com. On it, Matthew gets up close and personal with successful people from all walks of life about the 10,000 "No"s they've had to endure and the struggles they've had to overcome on their journey to where they are today. We cover some inspiring territory, including how heartbreak led to an epiphany that started his journey as an actor, what he did to break into the business, advice for auditions and perseverance, and some very powerful mindset advice for success in life as well as in acting. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: · “It started with a bold proclamation, and commitment.” · “Take action now, course correct later.” · “If you go in trying to figure out what they want & doing that—even if you get the job—that whole job ends up being miserable, because you never own the character.” · “Whenever I’ve been at my best, it’s when I’ve felt, ‘this is my take on the role, & you may like it or not like it, but this is what I’m going to do.’” · “It’s not so easy when you have nerves, & you’re in the waiting room & others are sitting there and posturing and getting in your head.” · “You need to love the actual work.” · “Nobody from my world became an actor.” · “My dad would always say, ‘failure is opportunity in disguise.’” · “We have to be careful of who we choose to be around, so what we’re getting is lifting us & not crushing us.” · “Find your people. Find the people whose values align with you. The people that GET you.” · “Find the people who are going to empower you, & challenge you, & inspire you, & introduce you to things you might not have seen before.” · “If you are listening to this podcast, you’re doing something right. Bonnie is like a guardian angel.” Follow Matthew Del Negro HERE: Podcast: https://www.10000nos.com Website: https://www.matthewdelnegro.com Instagram: @mattydel Twitter: @matthewdelnegro Get his book, 10,000 NOs HERE Matthew Del Negro spent years in the trenches like so many actors do, learning lessons about how to succeed the hard way. And while none of us escape some time in the trenches-- and there are no shortcuts-- there ARE some ways to soften the learning curve and save some time and money figuring everything out on your own. If you would like some help finding your way through the maze of the entertainment industry, book an online consultation with me. In just one session we can create an action plan for you.
15 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
EP 123: Jerome Butler, Dialect Coach
My guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood Podcast is top dialect coach Jerome Butler. As a dialect coach for actors performing in movies, television, or theater, Jerome’s job is to give actors enough understanding of the accent for their imagination to take over and bring the character to life. And as a Juilliard School graduate with more than 25 years of experience in theater, television, and film, Jerome Butler understands the challenges facing actors. Performers he’s worked with range from Naomi Watts, Thandie Newton, Melanie Liburd, Noomi Rapace, Stephanie Szostak, and Ellen Burstyn to Tom Hardy, Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr., Jonathan Pryce, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Jerome Butler’s credits include For Life, When They See Us, This is Us, Blade Runner 2049 and many more. He has also worked as a Dialect, Speech and Vocal coach at Juilliard, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYU and numerous other actor training programs. He is also the founder of dialectcoahcescorner.com, an innovative resource for accent modification and dialect work. Jerome shared some fantastic direction for actors regarding how to approach speaking with different dialects convincingly, as well as non-actors who want to be able to speak in a different dialect for their own personal or professional reasons. Throughout the episode, she shares some fantastic life wisdom and advice for actors. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “Whatever it is that you say ‘yes’ to on a continuing basis… 5 years later, that is where you’ll be. Positive or negative.” “Your earliest relationship with your language has a deep connection with aspects of your character.” “There’s a stereotypical aspect of just about every dialect because of the truths of where that person is coming from.” “I have a lot of tools… and I really follow what the actor’s learning style is.” “I want actors to have as many different choices as possible.” “DialectCoachesCorner.com provides high quality tools for people to use who don’t have access to a dialect coach.” “There’s nothing wrong with having ‘an accent.’” “Our session is like a workout… but the muscle grows during the rest time.” “The person who gets the job ultimately is a combination of talented, committed, focused, and centered.” “The emotional management that I’ve seen kids do on sets is amazing.” “In English, sounds are in different categories. And we can use those categories to teach us about dialects.” “Follow your desire… because you’re going to get further, faster that way.” Follow Jerome Butler HERE: https://www.jeromebutler.com/ https://www.dialectcoachescorner.com/ Instagram: @dialectcoachescorner Facebook: @dialectcoachescorner Dialects are an entire world of their own, just like the world of professional acting is. And the more you explore these worlds, the more you realize that there is a lot more to understand and master than meets the eye! If you are discovering that you could use some help navigating your own path in the entertainment industry, sign up for an online consultation with me! Just one session can answer questions you didn’t even know to ask, and set you up with a detailed action plan.
13 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
EP 122: Sydney James Harcourt, Actor
My guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is triple threat Sydney James Harcourt. Sydney has performed on some of the world’s finest concert stages including Radio City Music Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has appeared on and off Broadway starring in productions like HAMILTON (the original Broadway company and 1st replacement for Aaron Burr), Disney's THE LION KING (where he played Simba), Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT, and was most recently seen as Joe Scott in the critically acclaimed original American cast of Bob Dylan’s GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at the Public Theater. You've seen him in films and on TV series – including Blue Bloods, NCIS, Elementary, Younger, The Good Wife, Law and Order, and Disney's Enchanted. He's toured across North America from coast to coast, and played sold out stadiums from Australia, to Indonesia, to Puerto Rico. This is a genuinely inspiring conversation, especially useful for anyone who is interested in a career on Broadway or doing musical theatre, but it’s deeply relevant to anyone who wants to make a career in the arts. We discuss training, the value of a university education for actors, audition advice, how to stay focused on your dream when the going gets tough, and so much more. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for just $5 a month — and get access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “It’s too easy, especially in this business, to feel like you’re only as good as your last project.” “I wouldn’t sing in front of anyone. I was terribly, terribly, terribly shy.” “I went to Interlochen Arts Academy… it was a life-changing, Hogwarts experience.” “I avoided Phys Ed by taking General Dance.” “I gave myself a year… and started going to every open call.” “I think that training and education is everything.” “I’ve always tried to listen to my instincts, listen to my intuition.” “Lucy Liu was a business major. You can study other things and still be doing your art.” “You have to have the stomach for that level of uncertainty.” “What has surprised me the most is there is always a new opportunity that comes up just when you think you’re ready to give up.” “It is not important what your peers are achieving in comparison to what you’re achieving.” “The only things you can control are: how prepared you are for the moment; and if you’ve done your best or not.” “We learn so much more from our failures than we do from things that just go ‘easy-peasy.’” “You want to be a good human and you want to leave people wanting to work with you.” “You’ve just got to always try and give your best energy, and work your hardest. Everything else is a distraction.” “I have a firm belief that the universe protects me from experiences that I’m not supposed to have.” “I book the things I’m supposed to book, and everything else was never meant for me.” “If you were born to do this, then never, ever, ever give up on that dream.” Follow Sydney James Harcourt HERE: Website: https://www.sydneyharcourt.com Instagram: @sydneyharcourt YouTube Channel: Sydney James Harcourt Interlochen Arts Academy: https://academy.interlochen.org Feeling inspired after listening to this conversation? Ready to up your game and get serious about an acting career for yourself or your kid? Schedule a consultation with me, and make this the year you move forward on that dream.
13 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
EP 121: Howard Meltzer, Casting Director
Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is casting director Howard Meltzer. Howard has cast for Broadway, Off-Broadway, CBS, Disney Channel, Fox, NBC, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Peacock, Sony Pictures Television Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Brothers Television. He has been nominated for 22 Artios Awards for excellence in casting, winning the honor three times. He has served as the Vice President of the Casting Society of America and is currently a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. We cover a fantastic range in this conversation, from the differences in casting a pilot or movie vs. casting co-stars and guest stars; how far casting will look for the right actor for a role; how COVID has affected the casting process; whether and when it’s important for n actor to be in LA and how to decide when it might be time to come to LA; how an actor should approach a CD they don’t yet know; the role of parents in the casting process for younger actors, and much, much more. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for just $5 a month at https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ — and get access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “Everyone should be thoughtful about what they’re putting on social media.” “If you’re auditioning for projects for kids networks, make sure your social media and what you’re posting doesn’t appear too mature.” “Disney & Nickelodeon are very, very focused on how the actors and actresses are going to connect with the viewer.” “I’ve worked on shows where I don’t get a script until Thursday for something that shoots on Monday.” “If someone’s going to fly in, there’s a whole schedule of COVID testing before they get on a plane, and then quarantining before we shoot.” “There’s no way any successful casting director could be lazy. We have to look all over.” “Understand and trust the words and the text.” “Find something honest & organic & grounded, even if it’s the wackiest, broadest comedy.” “I expect you to be prepared and open to direction.” “Watch not only the series regulars on a show, but also look at what the guest cast is like. There’s usually a formula.” “Please watch your tapes back. Please.” “I love getting actor postcards.” “Most casting directors who work with kids and young adults are friendly.” “It’s so incredibly rare that someone truly is an overnight success.” Follow Howard Meltzer HERE: Website: https://castingbyhowardmeltzer.com/ Instagram: howiemeltzer310 Twitter: @howiemeltzer Howard’s years of work as a casting director for stage, film, and TV are reflected in the depth of wisdom he shared in this episode. Imagine what some one-on-one attention from an industry expert could do to help you succeed in as an actor (or, help your kid succeed). Book a consultation with me and save yourself years of spinning your wheels. I look forward to speaking with you!
14 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
EP 120: Sheila Russo, Talent Manager
Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Los Angeles talent manager Sheila Russo of SR Talent Management. Her clients are currently series regulars & recurring on Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon, and Nickelodeon as well as starring in National Commercials for AllState, Farmers, Cheerios, Apple, Audi, Mercedes and many more. We discuss what makes a great talent manager, the differences between managers and agents, how to get the attention of a potential manager, advice for parents of young actors, the best times to come out to Los Angeles, and much more. Join us! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “We work hands-on with the casting directors, and so do agents.” “I look for clients that are genuine.” “Be flexible. Be willing to try something different.” “If a casting director asks you to make a change, it’s often just to see if you can do it.” “The hours on set are very restricted under six years.” “I think the best thing to do for your kid is to put them in plays.” “Put your kid in Improv.” “If I make a connection with a kid, then it doesn’t matter if they don’t have a resume.” “Don’t send me a 13 year old in fake eyelashes and a really short skirt.” “Keep your size info updated, and get new photos when necessary.” “Don’t have over-the-top expectations.” “Do plays. Get into a Shakespeare class. Read.” Follow Sheila Russo HERE: Website: http://www.srtalentmgmt.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SRTalentMGMT Did you learn something useful in this episode? Imagine what you could learn in 60 or 90 minutes of one-on-one with an industry expert! If you’re ready for some hands-on help with your career (or just getting a career launched!) book a consultation session with me, and save yourself thousands of dollars and years of time. I look forward to speaking with you.
13 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
EP 119: Aufiero/ Horn Casting
Hi, thanks for joining us today! This is Bonnie Wallace, author of Young Hollywood Actors and the upcoming Top Hollywood Acting Teachers, and today my guests on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast are award-winning casting directors Amber Horn and Danielle Aufiero, of Aufiero/Horn Casting. Danielle Aufiero and Amber Horn immediately made a splash in the entertainment industry when they opened the doors to Aufiero / Horn Casting over ten years ago. Their longstanding relationships with studios, production companies, and filmmakers have allowed them to cast for a variety of projects. With over 75 feature films, television pilots and series collectively; the pair have earned multiple award nominations and recently won a 2020 Artios Award for their casting work on Disney Channel’s Andi Mack. Other notable projects Aufiero / Horn have cast include On My Block (Netflix), The 100 (The CW), The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix), Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform), 13 Reasons Why (S4, Netflix), and Awkward (MTV), among many others. A number of their buzzy films have been a hit on the festival circuit, taking home top honors at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). Powerhouse companies such as Amazon, Netflix, ABC, Disney+, Disney Channel, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, MTV, The CW, and Freeform have entrusted the expertise and the outside of the box mentality that Amber and Danielle have to offer when it comes to casting their projects and bringing the characters to life. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of almost 120 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “The most important thing in comedy is making it feel real.” “Be sincere. If you believe your performance, we’ll believe it.” “Be truth seekers.” “We look under every single rock—worldwide—you never know where you’re going to find the perfect diamond in the rough.” “We’re not looking for what you think we’re looking for. We’re looking for what YOU think is the character.” “We love to see something that we’ve never thought of before for a character.” “Your eyes need to be the brightest thing on the page in a headshot.” “When you come in, we’re looking for you to bring your authentic self to that situation.” "If you’re constantly working—whether that’s in classes, or improv, or putting together a project with a friend—then the wheels are oiled, and you’re ready.” “Consider an audition your ‘coverage.’ Your job is to connect to the person you’re talking to, and make it about them.” “If you’re not evoking emotion from the person in your scene, how are you going to evoke emotion from the audience watching?” You have about 30 seconds before I decide if I want to keep watching you or not.” “When we get a bad report card, we don’t ask that actor back.” “A lot of people are wiling to mentor you. So reach out.” “If you’re having fun, then we’re having fun watching you. Even if it’s a sad scene.” “If you’re enjoying the work, it’s going to show, and it’s going to be contagious.” Follow Amber Horn and Danielle Aufiero HERE: Instagram: Amber Horn: @amberhorn Danielle Aufiero: @anamelikedanicalifornia
13 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
EP 118: Kira Kosarin, Actress & Singer
My guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is actress and singer Kira Kosarin. Kira is best known for her role as Phoebe Thunderman in in The Thundermans, as well as roles in Light as a Feather, Good Trouble, All About the Washingtons, Knight Squad, School of Rock, Henry Danger, One Crazy Cruise, and more. Her EP Songbird was released in July of 2020. Look for her in the upcoming movie, Supercool. We discuss her experience as a young actress and singer arriving in LA at the age of thirteen, growing up in the public eye, juggling both music and acting, audition advice, the importance of training, what she believe is important for success, and much more. Join us! Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “We decided to come here for 6 weeks to see what would happen… and I never went home!” “Once you’re on set, you’re expected to know what you’re doing.” “Gather souls in your life who are kind & empathetic & working toward the same goals as you.” “When you feel those feelings of adrenaline and nerves, just make the conscious decision to interpret that as excitement.” “I auditioned for 2 ½ years before I booked The Thundermans.” “Every audition, your goal is to go in, do something you’re proud of, and try to make a fan in the room.” “Each individual audition is its own victory.” “If the casting director gives you a redirect, take that as a huge compliment.” “Comparison is just a recipe for disaster, self-hatred, & discouragement… it’s just not helpful.” “I think true self-care is important for success, and I don’t mean bubble baths & candles… but getting sleep, drinking water, working out, eating well.” “Having hobbies outside of the business is really important.” “Work really hard, and rest really hard.” “Be prepared to have a survival job that you like.” “Approach everything in this business the way you’d approach a school project you want to get an ‘A’ on.” Follow Kira HERE: Website: https://www.kirakosarin.com/ Twitter: @kirakosarin Instagram: @kirakosarin Facebook: @kirakosarin (All verified) And stream her new single, Songbird! Kira Kosarin on Spotify Kira Kosarin on Apple Music
12 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
EP 117: Studio Teacher Cheryl Diamond
Welcome to the Back to School Edition of Hometown to Hollywood! Today my guest on this podcast is Cheryl Diamond. Cheryl is a certified Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker in the state of California and teaches young actors on set. She’s also the President of the Union Local 884, which represents studio teachers. Educating young actors can be a challenge, because their commitments to work and auditions often compete with regular school hours. Certified Studio Teachers in California are in charge of not only educating young actors on set, but also ensuring their safety and wellbeing. In this episode, Cheryl shares some of the benefits and challenges of learning on set, how studio teachers coordinate with a young actor’s school, the relationship of work permits and grades, some of the laws protecting minor actors, safeguards that are in place to keep kids safe on set, her thoughts on the CHSPE, and much more. This conversation is a must-listen for parents of young actors as well as any actor under 18. And it’s an important listen for anyone who expects to work with young actors on set—which is almost anyone in the entertainment industry, as child actors work in nearly every TV show and movie! Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “Studio teachers have to be credentialed in both elementary and secondary.” “I’ve worked on a number of Disney shows and loved them all, but my heart goes to Jessie.” “My students become my kids.” “When they come to set and they’re prepared with their lines and their character, & they still have academic work… I’m always amazed at how they do that.” “We can focus on academics with one-to-one, personalized attention.” “The key is communication.” “I try to make learning as much fun as possible.” “I can’t think of one young actor I’ve worked with for a period of time who I didn’t adore.” “The CHSPE is a double-edged sword.” “It’s our job to educate, and also to advocate for their safety, health and welfare.” “There are a lot of child labor laws that we have to make sure production is following.” “Kids must maintain a C-average in order to get their work permit.” “Even if you’re on a nonunion project, you can request a union studio teacher.” “I love working with kids. And I love helping them succeed.” “Be sure that this is the life your child really wants.” Resources: The Studio Teachers http://www.thestudioteachers.com/ Studio Teacher Certification Database https://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/dlselr/studtch.html The Looking Ahead Program https://www.lookingaheadprogram.org/ Blue Book https://www.concordtheatricals.com/s/6953/blue-book-employment-of-minors-in-the-entertainment-industry Cheryl Diamond is a wealth of knowledge for parents of young actors. Her 30+ years as a studio teacher as well as her leadership as president of the union that covers studio teachers is an incomparable source of wisdom. I’m so grateful that she took the time to share with us on this podcast. Talking with an expert can reveal many things that we didn’t know we didn’t know. Cheryl’s interview is a great reminder of this. If you suspect there may be things you still don’t know about building a safe, successful acting career—for yourself or for your child—reach out and schedule a consultation with me over Zoom. Investing in a single conversation can save you years of time, and many thousands of dollars. I look forward to speaking with you.
13 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
EP 116: Jordan Fisher, Multi-Talented Artist
Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is actor, singer, dancer, and all-around creative talent, Jordan Fisher. Jordan’s resume is very long for someone who’s still just in his mid-twenties, but he is best known for Moana, Grease Live, RENT Live, Liv and Maddie, To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You, Until Dawn, Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Jordan was crowned the Season 25 winner of "Dancing with the Stars" alongside dance partner Lindsay Arnold, and played the role of Evan Hanson in Dear Evan Hanson on Broadway, as well as the roles of John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in the Broadway production of Hamilton. His voiceover credits include Sea Hawk in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. He plays six instruments: piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, French horn and drums. Our conversation is wide-ranging and inspiring, covering how Jordan’s journey began and going into audition advice, staying sane through challenging times, and much more. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “I had no clue that walking into drama club in 5th grade would lead to producing films.” “My ultimate goal is dictation of time.” “My biggest piece of advice for anybody that’s trying to get into the industry is to recognize why. Figure out your why.” “I still train.” “Auditioning is a part of the work. The reward is the actual job itself.” “The work is being in class, the work is watching film and television, the work is having people to read scenes with.” “Documentaries have been one of the most important… I’m going to call it a Rosetta Stone for me.” “We are professional observers. You have to watch other actors do their thing.” “Auditioning is its own art form.” “If you use your platform and it is led with love, and with truth, you’re doing what you’re supposed to do.” “There will be naysayers. At the same time there will be people who believe in you.” “There’s room and space for you here. There’s more and more opportunity for actors every year.” FOLLOW JORDAN HERE: Website: jordanfisherofficial.com Instagram: @jordanfisher Twitter: @jordanfisher FaceBook: @jordanfisherofficial
14 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
EP 115: Audrey Whitby & Victoria Moroles, Actresses and Founders of Acting with Actors
My guests on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast are the founders of coaching business Acting with Actors, actresses Victoria Moroles and Audrey Whitby. Audrey is known best for her work on The Thundermans, The Standoff, Liv and Maddie, Betch, So Random!, Awesomeness TV, Townies, Guilty Party, and In the Vault. Victoria is best known for her work on Teen Wolf, Liv and Maddie, Down a Dark Hall, Here and Now, Cloud 9, and Snow Falls. With a combined 100+ episodes of children's and network television under their belts, chances are they know the casting director or show-runner on most projects, especially if it's under the Nick or Disney umbrella. Multi-cams and sitcoms are Audrey’s specialty, and Victoria has starred in multiple teen-dramas and features. Both have experience teaching, coaching, and working with kids. We cover a lot of ground, including how they each got their start in the industry, audition advice, how they approach coaching actors, advice for young people who want a career as an actor, ways to deal with rejection, and even a little advice for actors dealing with the COVID shutdown. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “I think where I really thrived and learned the most was through studios and private coaches.” "You take what works best for you from each teacher, and make your own way of doing it.” “We’ve taken all the techniques we’ve learned over the past decade and created a really safe space to do self-tapes.” “I speak kid actor.” “With training you learn from watching, with coaching you learn from doing.” "Confidence is always going to be the basis of somebody who is successful.” “Nobody is your direct competition.” “It’s not my job to get the part. It’s my job to do my best.” “You never, ever know where a self-tape is going to end up.” “If you look at it as an opportunity to show people how great you are as opposed to an opportunity to get the role, that’s when you start to flourish.” “You have to be prepared to let down some guards, not care about what people think of you… that’s been a huge lesson for me.” “Keep going, and be patient with yourself, and have fun.” “As actors, every singe thing we do is something we can learn from.” Contact Victoria and Audrey HERE for coaching: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call or text: 818-254-9650 Follow Victoria and Audrey HERE: Instagram: @victoriamoroles @audreywhitby Twitter: @victoriamoroles @audreywhitby FaceBook: @victoriamoroles Audrey and Victoria’s advice—to take what you learn from different people and then make it your own—applies to your journey in the industry as well. The more you understand about how this industry really works—and just as importantly, does NOT work—the better your odds of success. If you’re ready to build an acting career safely and successfully—for yourself or for your kid—invest in a one-on-one consultation with me. I can save you years of frustration and help you create a detailed action plan.
14 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
EP 114: Jessica Marie Garcia, Actress
Today my guest on the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is actress Jessica Marie Garcia. Jessica is best known for her roles of Jasmine in the Netflix hit On My Block, Willow in Liv and Maddie, and Becky in The Middle, as well as recurring roles on Diary of a Future President, How to Get Away with Murder, American Princess, Starter Pack, Hacking High School, Huge, and more. She is a member of the all-female ensemble cast of BETCH: A Sketch Show on Hulu, and her feature film Avenge The Crows was released on iTunes, where she plays Peaches starring alongside Danny Trejo and Lou Diamond Phillips. This is Jessica’s second time on the podcast—our last interview was almost exactly four years ago today. Our conversation covers a wide range, and includes how she got started, audition advice, the role of training in her success, challenges she’s had, thoughts on social media, the importance of seeing people who look like you in film and TV, and much, much more. We also laugh a lot! Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “What we do is very, very vulnerable.” “Growing up I didn’t realize how much of my own story wasn’t being told.” “I feel like I came out of the womb reciting a Shakespearean monologue.” “A lot of actors don’t understand that agents and managers work for you.” “The 1st year of living in LA was the hardest year of my life. And I would never take that year back.” “I’m a damn good waiter.” “You have to get 100 ‘NO’s’ before you get a ‘YES.’” “Representation matters. When you don’t see yourself represented, you don’t necessarily think you can do this.” “I just kind of refused to believe that I couldn’t do what I want to do.” “I knew if I waited in line long enough, it would happen for me.” “Nothing worth it is ever easy.” “Everyone has a process… but Stanislavski worked great for me.” “Once I started owning my power & knowing my worth, I feel like the world has opened up many doors for me.” “If you really want to do this, I would encourage you to learn every facet of this industry.” Follow Jessica HERE: Twitter: @JessMarieGarcia Instagram: @jess_m_garcia Jessica’s advice—to learn everything about the industry that you can if you really want to do this—comes from experience. The more you understand about how this industry really works—and just as importantly, does NOT work—the better your odds of success. If you are ready to build an acting career safely and successfully—for yourself or for your kid—invest in a one-on-one consultation with me. I can save you years of frustration and help you create a detailed action plan.
13 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
EP 113: Anthony Meindl on Artists and Social Justice
Today my guest on this special edition of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is Anthony Meindl. Anthony is a master acting coach, and founder of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, which has locations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, London, Atlanta, Toronto, Santa Fe, Chicago, Cape Town, Copenhagen, and Sydney. His philosophy is radically different from the status quo—he does not use scene objective, sense memory, or any of the standard 20th Century approaches that most acting schools take as their foundation—instead, he emphasizes “living truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” In this special edition of the podcast, we focus on the connections between art & social justice, and between actors & culture. We also discuss acting and the industry and one of the very best audition tips I’ve ever heard shows up about 45 minutes into our conversation. It’s an unusual episode for an unusual time: typically these episodes are designed to be as evergreen and timeless as possible, but I felt that a deeper dive into the impact that actors can have on the world was warranted. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. I found it inspiring and stimulating. Listen to the first 10 minutes here for free, or become a Friend of the Podcast for access to the full interview, as well as access to the entire collection of over 100 other inspiring and educational episodes designed to help you succeed in the entertainment industry. It’s easy! In your browser bar, go to https://hometowntohollywood.supportingcast.fm/ and for just $5 a month—about the price of latte– become a member. Your support allows me to continue to do the work that supports you, and the dreams of your child, or even your own dreams. Thank you! This is Anthony’s second time on the podcast—our first conversation was in the summer of 2016, four years ago. We explore some very juicy subjects, including the connection between art and politics, artists and social justice, what acting training can do for people, how art can change the world, and much more. Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation: “To be a storyteller is to reflect back to society what it means to be a human being, having a human experience.” “When you realize that nobody knows, you realize that you have just as much of a chance as knowing as anybody else.” “All art is political.” “The reason people don’t want to engage in a discourse is because it’s uncomfortable.” “We equate, as human beings, that feeling something new or unknown or uncomfortable means we’re in trouble. It evokes the fight or flight response.” “Everything you want is in the uncertainty.” “When we speak from the heart-- even though we will make mistakes—we are leading from the right place.” “Instead of waiting for somebody to choose you, choose yourself.” “My responsibility isn’t to change the world; it’s just to change who I am.” “You want to know the secret of how you get work? Have fun. If you have fun, then we, watching you, will have fun.” “We underestimate the power of connection, & the power of our own voice.” Follow Anthony Meindl HERE: Website: http://www.anthonymeindl.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnthonyMeindl Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonymeindl/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyMeindlsActorWorkshop/ Did you find this episode informative and inspiring? Imagine what you could learn in an hour of one-on-one with an acting career expert? If you could use some help getting started in an acting career, or jump-starting one that has stalled, book a consultation with me. Working with me can save you months and years of frustration, time and money. I look forward to talking with you!
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