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74 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
#013: Casting Director Erica S. Bream: The Casting Process- Colony, Criminal Minds, Law&Order: LA
Casting Director Erica S. Bream (CSA) has had the opportunity to work on a myriad of projects across all platforms. A few of these titles include TV series such as COLONY, REVOLUTION, WORKAHOLICS, HOUSE OF LIES, CRIMINAL MINDS, and LAW AND ORDER: LA, as well as numerous TV pilots and miniseries, including Hulu’s 11.22.63, and FULL CIRCLE from DirecTV. She has worked on several feature films including STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS and many indie films, such as the John Legend-produced BREAKING THROUGH. Bream is a five-time Artios (Casting Society of America) nominee for her work in theatre, television and short films. Topics Discussed: Auditions Social Media CD POV of Casting Process Work Ethic Making Genuine connections with CDs Memorable Auditions Diversity Want to know more about Erica?? ericasbreamcasting.com IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm2083259/ Twitter: @ericasbreamcast Recommendations: Watch the Documentary “Casting By” Check out Erica’s Blog for amazing insider tips on Casting! http://www.ericasbreamcasting.com/blog
90 minutes | Aug 31, 2017
#012: What you Don't See in The Cutting Room Floor: Film Editor Ann Trulove-- Sofia Coppola, Penelope Spheeris
Ever wonder why that performance you thought was amazing didn’t make the “cut” ? Well, I sat down with Film Editor Ann Trulove who has been editing and seen multiple films and tv episodes in the cutting room! She has worked with directors Penelope Spheeris, Sofia Coppola, John Frankenheimer, Meg Thayer, John Bokenkemp, Brian To and, Liz Goldwyn. Two of her films - The Decline of Western Civilization Part III and Chrystal - have been featured at Sundance, with 'Decline' receiving the 'Freedom Of Expression' award. She is respected for her work and for her rapport with the directors and producers she has worked with. Her vision & dedication is an asset to any project she works on. Topics we speak on: Why Continuity Matter? Staying in Character Always Keeping your performance consistent-- even in the wide shot! POV from the Film editor “Cut like Butter” Why Actors like Billy Bob Thornton, Alan Rickman and Meryl Streep are favorites in the editing room! And why Ben Afflect said, “the person on set’s butt you should be kissing the most is the film editor!” Want to know more about Ann, check her out here: IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0874271/ Subscribe to be up to date on all the latest episodes! www.risetotriumph.com Instagram,Twitter, Facebook: @risetotriumph Follow me:Instagram @KrystalTorres__ Twitter: @krystalatorres
107 minutes | Aug 24, 2017
#011: The Art of Sound: Emmy Award Winning Sound Supervisor VIckie Sampson, Director, Writer, Producer-Return of the Jedi, Sex and the City,Speed, The River
Before I had this conversation with Vickie I just found sound to be…how do I say this eloquently- sound? I never truly understood how sound was used in film. I mean of course I know sound is important but I definitely never looked and appreciated it as its own art form…..at least not until I spoke with Vickie. Victoria Sampson is an award-winning producer/writer/director film and sound editor With over 201 credits of sound work including editing Academy Award winning films SPEED and THE RIVER she has also won 4 Golden Reel Awards and an Emmy Victoria is a member of AMPAS and a graduate of the AFI's acclaimed Directing Workshop for Women. Victoria has written directed produced and edited three award winning short films and a dozen commercials. Her PSA for Women In Film won a Telly and a Gold Aurora Award She is an Emeritus Board member of The Alliance of Women Directors. She also teaches post-production sound at USC UCLA AFI Video Symphony and guest lectures to help filmmakers understand and utilize sound to its best potential. Victoria Sampson recently directed SHELBY’S VACATION a 35 min short film which is currently on the film festival circuit and will be directing a paranormal thriller feature film SMALL WHISPERS written by Wendy Fishman with TDP Films. She is attached to direct a 10.5 million dollar feature film REVOLUTIONIST with Beth Grant, Sally Kirkland, Lou Ferrigno and Erica Hubbard. Her feature script WHO’S ON TOP, a comedy, won Best Screenplay by First Ten Pages contest for Rebel Seed Entertainment. Topics we speak on: Kay Rose, First female Academy Award winner for Sound Editing The Art of sound Looping/ ADR Foley George Lucas, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Sandra Bullock...And much more!! Want to know more about Vickie?? Website: http://victoriasampson.com/ IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0760222/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vickiesampson Twitter: https://twitter.com/directorgal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FilmmakerVickieSampson Subscribe to be up to date on all the latest episodes! www.risetotriumph.com Instagram,Twitter, Facebook: @risetotriumph Follow me:Instagram @KrystalTorres__ Twitter: @krystalatorres www.krystaltorres.com
51 minutes | Aug 8, 2017
#010: Casting Director Yolanda Guillen: Understanding the Casting Process-Theatrical, Commercial, Fox, ABC, Sony
Casting Director Yolanda Guillen, has done it all in the casting world from commercials, to television, to film. She has worked with major networks such as FOX, ABC, and productions companies such as Sony. Additionally in commercials she has cast for major advertisers such as Wal-Mart, Chase, Comcast, T-Mobile and many more! In this Episode Yolanda breaks down the casting process. You don’t want to miss this very insightful conversation! Topics we discussed: Difference between casting for film, television, and commercial What’s the process of casting for actors The audition process A day in a CD’s shoes Studying at UCLA A message all latino actors need to hear! Prepare and continue working on your craft Be ready for the opportunity Perseverance Want to know more about Yolanda Guillen? Website: https://www.guillencasting.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/guillencasting/ IMDB:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1817132/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Follow Her on Instagram: @yoliguillen Upcoming events: SAG-AFTRA workshop in Miami, Florida Date: End of September Check out Yolanda’s FB for further updates Want to know more about this Podcast? website: www.risetotriumph.com Twitter, Instagram, Facebook: @risetotriumph Want to know more about Krystal Torres? Instagram: @krystaltorres__ Twitter: @KrystalATorres
53 minutes | Aug 2, 2017
#009:Film School, Now What? USC Film School, Spiderman Homecoming, Black Panther, Cinematographer
Maybe you just graduated from film school OR just trying to figure how to make your move as a filmmaker to get to the next level-- Terri tells us her story of transferring to #1 film school USC and her experience there. She speaks on how she set herself up for the ultimate success after she graduated. She spoke on getting the ultimate mentors that lead her to working on major Blockbuster films like Spiderman Homecoming and Black Panther. Want to know more about Terri? Check out her website & her work on vimeo! www.outlastfilmcamp.com https://vimeo.com/218658069 Follow Her on Social Media @_laterrianrachell Don't forget to show us some love on our website and social media www.risetotriumph.com Instagram & Twitter: @risetotriumph And follow me at: Instagram: @krystaltorres__ Twitter: @KrystalATorres Website: krystaltorres.com Hope you have a beautiful day!
93 minutes | Jul 27, 2017
#008: Want to Be an Actor, Now What? RADA Drama School, William Esper Studio
So however you got here, one way or another you declared out loud (or maybe not yet) I want to be an actor. And if it was like me, it was exhilarating and then followed with a sudden confusion and the question, “what now?” came up. Yup, what now? There is no right way or wrong way or specific path that everyone can follow, but I chose to speak with Marguerite Genard on her experience. Marguerite did not grow up in a household that encouraged the arts as a career, so when she declared she wanted to be an actor there was a lot of stumbling to figure out what was the best way to go about it. Hear her story about her path and how she was accepted into 2 of the top acting schools in the world; The William Esper Studio and the infamous RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) program in London. Topics we discussed: Training! --Is training important to become an actor? Deciding what technique is right for you? Doing your research on techniques The process of the 2 year Conservatory at William Esper Studio The audition process for the RADA Masters program The RADA Masters Program Want to know more about Marguerite? Follow Her on Instagram & Twitter: @Margeacts
70 minutes | Jul 18, 2017
#007: Getting Your First TV Credits: Hand of God, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland
So you’re an actor work on a few student films, shorts, maybe some indies BUT you are trying to figure out how to get those initial TV co-star credits. Yvonne received her first TV Co-star credit on Amazon’s Hit Show Hand of God and a co-star on Lifetime’s TV Movie Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland! She talks to us about the steps she has taken to get to this point in her career. Topics we discussed: All about brand branding Discovering why branding is important and how it can get you laser focused and propel you forward in your career. Embracing how people view you and using that to your advantage. Getting her Masters Degree in Theater and how it helped her gain confidence in her craft. Bonnie Gillespie Self Management for actors: fivver.com Want to know more about Yvonne? IMDB Website:www.yvonnesenatjones.com Twitter: @YvonneSenat Instagram: @yvonnesenat Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Hormiguita85 Quotes from Yvonne: "Stereotypes and brands are almost like cousins."
56 minutes | Jul 18, 2017
#006: Balancing LIFE and being an ACTOR: East Los High, Collateral Damage, World Trade Center
Jossara Jinaro speaks to us about sustaining a career of longevity and balancing life with a family and doing the continuous hustle and grind of an actor. Jossara is a multi-talented actress/ dancer/ producer and can be seen in major films such as Collateral Damage, World Trade Center, and has also recurred on Hulu’s original Series East Los High! Topics discussed: Longevity Mommy life --balancing baby and actor life Dance- has that been a helpful skill in her career Difference between theater and tv Early stages of her career How to take care of yourself as an actor Want to know more about Jossara? IMDB Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/JossaraJinaroFanPage Twitter:@JossaraJinaro Instagram: @JossaraJinaro Watch all of Jossara’s work from TV to Commercials on her youtube channel: Clip of Jossara in Costa Rica jumping off a cliff: (If you listened to the end of the conversation you’ll get this! lol): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwLgfHqTwhU
39 minutes | Jul 17, 2017
#005:Discovering your Essence, Owning the Audition Room, NBC Short Film Fest: Best Actor
David was so generous with his time, and spoke to us while filming on the set of Soldado, The sequel to Benicio Del Toro’s Film Sicaro. We spoke about understanding an individual’s essence and taking control of the audition room. David won a Talent deal for best actor at the NBC short film fest. David speaks to us about what he was doing as an actor for his career leading up winning that talent deal and how that has helped open doors and get him noticed in bigger rooms for better opportunities. David’s credits include End of Watch, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Blindspot and many more! You wouldn’t know by speaking to him how much he has accomplished in such a short amount of time because he is so humble. It’s refreshing hearing his take on the industry and how focused he is on the work. You’ll being seeing so much more of this guy, he’s just getting started! Topics discussed: Understanding one's’ essence Winning Best Actor award at the NBC short film showcase taking control in the audition room Taking care of yourself on set Thinking as a collaborator Being fulfilled in who and where you are now Stay focused, continue to work on your craft Want to know more about David? IMDB: imdb.me/davidcastaneda Twitter: @DavidCastanedaJ Instagram: junior556 Quotes from David: "your job is to cause a stir in the most healthiest way..." ''you can steal something and make it your own, but never imitate..'' ''the recognition will come from doing the work, eventually, no one is going to be an over night success so keep taking classes keep auditioning and you'll get your break..you'll get your break.''
72 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
#004: 400K Followers-How to Build an Authentic Platform on Social Media
Katherine Castro is an actress, model, activist and keeps it so real with us as she talks about the importance of branding, and being authentic to who you are through social media !! Katherine is a business woman that understands what it takes to take on Hollywood. She is very candid about how she is making her mark in this industry and using it to build her acting career. Katherine currently has close to 400k followers on Instagram and over 50k follower on twitter! Topics Discuss: Being authentic through social media Importance of Branding Making your mark on Hollywood Your authentic self Having a publicist And More! Want to know more about Katherine? IMDB Website: www.katherinecastro.com Instagram: @officialkatherinecastro Twitter: @@katcastroo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OfficialKatherineCastro
69 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
#003:Activate your Acting CAREER, "Being Mary Jane", "Keeping up with the Joneses"
Jona is an all around business woman, not only can you see this woman in Gifted, Keeping up with the Joneses, and recurring on Being Mary Jane. Additionally to Jona’s successful acting career she is also the CEO of her company Career Activate which emcompasses a variety of intensives, home study courses and coaching programs to provide specific strategies to activate your acting career. What I love about Jona is that she walks her talk, she has used these specific strategies to achieve success and shares it with her community of actors. She is the definition of a Go-Giver. Jona is the real deal! I had to speak with her for myself because she just sounded way too good to be true. Topics Discussed: ABC’s to mastering the business Personal journey for Agent and Managers Masterminds Retreats Taking Care of yourself for auditions Activating your acting career Career Activate Testimony And much more… Want more info on Jona? IMDB Website: www.jonaxiao.com Twitter & Instagram: @JonaXiao Want to know more about Career Activate?? Check out a FREE online course to see if this program might be right for you! Website: https://www.careeractivate.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CareerACTivate Twitter: @CareerACTivate Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/career-activate-north-hollywood
70 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
#002: Recurring on "This Is Us" and Creator of Netflix Series
Jeremy Luke starred in big block busters hits such as Don Jon, Jersey Boys, and Sully, had a series regular on the Mini-series Mob City, and most recently booked a recurring role on the biggest show on tv ‘This is Us’. Oh and if that wasn’t enough you can find his show ‘Small Shots’ currently streaming on Netflix!! It’s about two guys trying to make it in Hollywood! So Jeremy is definitely no stranger to the Hollywood scene and breaks it all down to us in this very candid conversation!! It’s so good, I promise. Topics Discussed: Catching the ‘Big Break’ Auditions Embracing the typecast Standing out in the crowd Desperate times bring out the most creativity Pitching his web series to Fox Light DIgital Execs Making genuine connections Sharing the love and much more! Want to know more about Jeremy?? Go on Netflix and watch Small Shots NOW-- it’s hilarious!! And then share it, spread the word. IMDB Instagram: @jeremyluke10305 Twitter: @JeremyLukeTurbo Recommendations: Tony Robbins- Books, Podcast Zig Ziggler
95 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
#001: ABC Diversity Showcase Auditioning & Getting Accepted
This is the time of year where thousands of actors submit and hope for the opportunity to be one of the few actors selected to be a part of the highly sought out ABC Diversity showcase! I spoke with Eddie Liu on his experience from the audition process all the way to actually performing at the ABC showcase! Eddie Liu’s TV credits include HBO's Silicon Valley, Comedy Central’s Time Traveling Bong and Broad City, and CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles. We also spoke about the journey that took him to getting to where his is now in his acting career. Eddie is currently filming a lead role in an independent feature in the Philippines! Other Topics discussed: Acting school @ the William Esper 2 year Conservatory Acting teachers The audition process Moving from NYC to LA Finding community through Theater 68 Getting representation AND all about the audition process of the very sought out ABC Diversity Showcase all the way to actually performing at the showcase! Want to know more about Eddie Liu?!? IMDB Follow him on Twitter & Instagram: @eddieliuwho
3 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
#000: Rise To Triumph Podcast Introduction
Hello and welcome to The Rise to Triumph Podcast my name is Krystal Torres. This First episode is the introduction of what to expect from this podcast. I have 3 goals for the podcast: To Bridge the Gap between the Artist and the business side of the TV and Film Industry. To discuss the careers and success strategies of interviewed guests. To empower listeners with tools, techniques, and strategies to accelerate your career. You will be receiving a well-rounded experience of great content from different types of tv and film industry professionals by listening to this podcast. AND Most importantly I want this podcast to be fun. I want you to be inspired and to learn from people that are succeeding in the entertainment industry. I created this podcast because after being in LA for 4 years, I hit a plateau. I sought out to find those individuals in the entertainment industry that are excelling. Specifically to understand and unpack their tools and tactics for success. My listeners and I will have an opportunity to learn and implement the success strategies discussed in each conversation. If you have any questions, comments, requests, or would like to support the show, please visit the website at www.risetotriumph.com for more information. Subscribe to our email list to be up to date on newly released episodes. Enjoy.
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