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The Wondergroove Podcast - How to Succeed in Show Business and in Life
16 minutes | Dec 6, 2016
#25 – 5 Treacherous Entertainment Business Pitfalls You Should Avoid
Episode #25 - 5 Treacherous Entertainment Business Pitfalls You Should Avoid Our journey through the jungle of the entertainment industry is littered with pitfalls, snares, and traps. These traps can slow you down. They can stop you. They can even end your career. Sometimes we don't even see them coming. Do you want your career to last? Do you want to avoid the dangers, and stay on the path to success? Listen to this episode of The Wondergroove Podcast, and I'll tell you about 5 Treacherous Entertainment Business Pitfalls you should avoid. Let's stay on the right path, together! Our website: www.wondergroove.com
10 minutes | Nov 29, 2016
#24 – Agents and Managers…Who Needs ‘Em?!
Episode #24 - Agents and managers. Do they help your career? Can they hurt it? Do you have one, and you're not sure if you should? Want one, but don't know who to sign with? Do you want to fly solo, but feel like you should have one? You're not alone. Agents and managers can be a sticky part of the entertainment business. It can be difficult to know when it's the right time to get one. It can also be difficult to decide whether you should have one at all. If you do sign with an agent or manager, who should you choose? What terms should you look for? Allow me to shed a little light on the agent/manager thing. You may not need one as badly as you think. Visit us at www.wondergroove.com
14 minutes | Nov 22, 2016
#23 – Why You Shouldn’t Always Take a Mentor’s Advice
Episode #23 - Advice How do you know when to take a mentor's advice? We all have mentors. You may be a student, and your professors guide your path. You may be a working professional, and you have mentors whom you look up to. You may also admire and respect your colleagues. One thing is certain. They will all have plenty of advice for you regarding your career and how you should navigate it. How do you know when to listen to this advice? How do you know when it's rubbish? There are many ways to skin a cat (especially in the entertainment business). Check out this episode of The Wondergroove Podcast and I'll tell you how to navigate the sea of advice one encounters during a career. Visit us at www.wondergroove.com
9 minutes | Nov 15, 2016
Why You Should Follow Your Gut, and Not Your Head
Tipisode #11 - Life sometimes forces us to make tough decisions in our careers. When this happens, the temptation can be to overthink things. Our conscious, analytical brains take over and try to do the decision making. Enter the "gut" feeling. The subtle intuition that speaks to us from another place. Where does the "gut" feeling come from? Why doesn't our "gut" always agree with our head? Why should we listen to our "gut"? Believe it or not, there are scientific reasons why you should pay attention to those "gut" feelings. So before you talk yourself out of acting on that deep inclination you can't seem to shake, listen to this special tipisode of The Wondergroove Podcast. Find out why your "gut" often knows better than your head. Enjoy! Our website: www.wondergroove.com
79 minutes | Nov 8, 2016
#11 – Monique Madrid, Second City Comedian & Podcaster: Don’t feel bad about wanting big things for yourself.
Episode #11 - Monique Madrid is a truly talented L.A. based comedian, actress, writer, and podcaster. I met Monique during her time with the world famous comedy troupe, The Second City. Among her many film, TV and writing projects, Monique produces and hosts her own stand up show called 2 Girls 1 Pup. As part of the brand, she also hosts her own podcast of the same name. Monique is a truly unique talent, and provided great inspiration during our conversation. This has got to be the most motivational conversation I've had so far on The Wondergroove Podcast. Monique shared so much wisdom and knowledge from her life. She's one of those people who has a natural ability to motivate and inspire others. Here are some of the highlights from our fantastic conversation: The value of creating your own brand. How she set up a very unlikely interview with LeVar Burton. The importance of a routine for self starters. Her recent interview with California congressman Adam Schiff. Recognizing that a deep desire is there for a reason. Not feeling bad about wanting big things for yourself, and much more. I hope you learn as much as I did from Monique Madrid. Enjoy! Monique's Website - http://www.moniquemadrid.com/ 2 Girls 1 Pup - http://www.2girls1pupshow.com/ Our website - www.wondergroove.com
15 minutes | Nov 1, 2016
If You’re Not Doing These 7 Things, Then You’re Selling Your Showbiz Career Short By a Mile
Tipisode #10 - We often make our pursuit of success more difficult than it needs to be. A successful showbiz career comes from applying effective principles consistently over a long period of time. Not taking stabs in the dark to find out what works. Are you wondering how the best in the business make it to the top? I guarantee you every single one of them does all 7 of these things. Guarantee. If you want to be one of those highly successful people in the entertainment business, shouldn't you be applying all 7 of these things to your own career? Listen to this "tipisode" of the Wondergroove Podcast (audio player below), and find out whether or not you need to tighten up your plan of attack. Success won't come to find you. You have to go get it. If you're not doing these 7 things, then you're selling your showbiz career short by a mile. Build your own website at: www.wix.com www.weebly.com www.squarespace.com Visit us at www.wondergroove.com
78 minutes | Oct 25, 2016
#10 – William Thomas Evans, Broadway and TV Actor: “No” is not a bad thing…
Episode #10 - William Thomas Evans and I connected for a truly insightful conversation on the inner workings of showbiz. As an original cast member of three Broadway shows (Camelot, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Tale of Two Cities), Bill knows all about the NYC scene and what it takes to make it. After two seasons on the Amazon original television series, Alpha House, he went on the road with the most recent national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and is now appearing in BAZ - Star Crossed Love on the Las Vegas strip. Bill has a very relaxed and matter-of-fact view of show business. I would say he exudes the qualities of what many would refer to as "a natural". We can learn a lot from that attitude. We often make show business more complicated than it needs to be. Bill has a way of simply stating, "This is how it works. Know that, and act accordingly." I'm a big fan of that approach. Bill's long acting career is the proof in the pudding. We uncovered countless pearls of wisdom during our conversation. Here are a few of them: The ins and outs of a life in New York City. The Fair Wage Onstage Movement. The importance of knowing your type. Working your way into the New York audition scene. How he booked his role on Alpha House. Why "No" isn't a bad thing. Keeping your eye on the coming trends in the industry. The disconnect between academia and the professional world, and much more. Enjoy and learn as much as you can from my conversation with William Thomas Evans! Alpha House - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3012160/ BAZ - Star Crossed Love - http://www.palazzo.com/entertainment/baz.html
15 minutes | Oct 18, 2016
5 Compelling Secrets to Take Your Showbiz Career to the Next Level
Tipisode #9 - Showbiz Success Secrets We all want to achieve our goals. We all want our dreams to come true. For many of us, that simply won't happen. Did you know that you have a choice in the matter? There are things that successful people know, that unsuccessful people do not. Applying those things can be the difference between the showbiz career of your dreams, and a career that is disappointing, mediocre, and short. On this special tipisode of The Wondergroove Podcast (audio player below), allow me to share with you 5 Compelling Secrets to Take Your Showbiz Career to the Next Level.
79 minutes | Oct 11, 2016
#9 – Greg Komorowski from Food Network Canada’s Chef in Your Ear: Know Your Worth…
Episode #9 - From improv comedian to Food Network host, Greg Komorowski's career is diverse to say the least. He recently wrapped season 1 of Chef in Your Ear for Food Network Canada, and is currently appearing in Second City Chicago's #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment. Greg took some time out of his busy performance schedule to chat with me about his show business adventures. I was fortunate to work with Greg years ago, so I can attest to his intelligence and abilities. We uncovered many gems of wisdom during our conversation, but I'll list some of the highlights. The random chance encounter that landed him the job as the host of Chef in Your Ear. Where he thinks the future of the entertainment industry is headed. The importance of knowing your own worth. The way improv can positively change ones life and interactions with people. How moving to a new city can be an opportunity to reinvent ones self and ones career. Virtual reality, and the role it will play in entertainment in the future, and much more! Greg has a confidence and likability that is hard to miss. It's no wonder his career is flourishing. I know you'll learn a lot from our conversation. I certainly did. Enjoy! Greg's Website: www.gregkomorowski.com Chef in Your Ear: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/chef-in-your-ear/ #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment: http://www.secondcity.com/shows/chicago/dateme-an-okcupid-experiment/ Our website: www.wondergroove.com
14 minutes | Oct 4, 2016
The Entertainment Industry is Changing Fast…Are You Ready for It?
Tipisode #8 - The entertainment industry is changing faster than ever before. Traditional mediums are being forced to adapt or die. The Broadway musical and the Hollywood film, as traditional mediums, are having to adapt their content to appeal to younger audiences that consume entertainment in entirely new ways. The faster technology improves, the faster our industry will have to adapt. This does, can, and will have a major impact on your career in the business. Are you ready for it? How can I be Ready? What can you do to be sure you're ready? Give this tipisode a listen, and I'll share my strategy on how to ride the ever-changing tide of the entertainment business. Our website: www.wondergroove.com Lisa Marie's website: www.singlisamarie.com Snippet of Joanna Jones in #bazstarcrossedlove : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o33T-jc5_PE BAZ - Star Crossed Love - http://www.venetian.com/entertainment/shows/baz.html
89 minutes | Sep 26, 2016
#8 – Corey Rittmaster – Second City Comedian and TV and Film Actor: Balance is the key…
Episode #8 - If you watch TV at all, chances are good Corey Rittmaster appears on your living room screen regularly. Corey started his career as a comedian and improv/sketch comedy artist (veteran of Chicago's Second City). In addition to his stage comedy work, he crosses over into film and television often. Corey's commercial resume alone is gigantic, and I was grateful he took some time to chat with me about the ins and outs of the commercial audition scene, among many other things. I met Corey years ago and had the pleasure of watching him perform with Chicago's famed improv troupe The Second City. Not surprisingly, Corey has a keen sense of comic timing. It's no wonder he's managed to work as much as he has in show business. Corey had many valuable insights into a life in the biz. We also took a little time to discuss one of his current projects. He co-produces a stage show and podcast with his equally talented wife and another veteran of The Second City, Monique Madrid, who made a fun cameo at one point during our conversation. Some of the highlights of our conversation include: the importance of developing relationships with casting directors, Corey's time in the Chicago improv scene, picking the "right time to go full time" as an entertainer, the proper head space for great improv and comedy, why he chose to move to L.A., the pros and cons of being married to a fellow performer, how to achieve balance in life as an entertainer, and much more. Enjoy! Corey's Website: coreyrittmaster.weebly.com 2 Girls 1 Pup Pupcast - www.2girls1pupshow.com Corey on Twitter - @CoreyRittmaster Our Website: www.wondergroove.com
6 minutes | Sep 19, 2016
Take Responsibility for Your Past to Build a Better Future – Tipisode #7
Tipisode #7 - Take responsibility for your past Are you dissatisfied with your current life or career situation? In the complicated landscape of a human life, it can be tempting to focus on the things that seem unfair. We can easily fall into the trap of blaming our current situation on outside factors. By giving power to the things that aren't within our control, we take the power away from ourselves. Are you in a rut? Do you want to improve your career situation? Are you envious of the achievements of others, and constantly comparing yourself to them? You need to listen to this podcast tipisode. It'll take you 5 minutes, and will benefit you greatly. Let me share with you the mantra that has helped me change the way I view my life and my accomplishments... www.wondergroove.com
90 minutes | Sep 13, 2016
#7 – Lisa Marie from BAZ – Star Crossed Love: Be Kind…
Episode #7 - I spent a wonderful afternoon chatting with Lisa Marie, an exciting young singer/entertainer who has very quickly become a regular installment in main stage entertainment on the Las Vegas strip. She just completed a 3 year run as the lead singer in Pin Up, a long standing show in residency at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino and has now joined the cast of the newest show to set up shop on the Las Vegas strip, BAZ - Star Crossed Love. This exciting new project is based around the work of the famous Australian director and creative, Baz Luhrmann, and is getting rave reviews. Lisa is an incredibly genuine and kind hearted person, not to mention a superb vocalist and stage presence. I've had the pleasure of working with Lisa a few times, and I can attest to her abilities first hand. She had a lot of valuable wisdom to share on a life in the business. Some of the highlights of our conversation include: why she chose Las Vegas over New York City, how she manages vocal health during a long run of a show, the value of being kind in show business, her approach to social media and the role it plays in her career, and much more. Enjoy my conversation with Lisa Marie! Lisa's website - www.singlisamarie.com BAZ - Star Crossed Love - http://www.fortherecordlive.com/baz http://www.venetian.com/entertainment/shows/baz.html#schedule Lisa's New Wine Endeavor - www.sortthisoutcellars.com Our website - www.wondergroove.com
11 minutes | Sep 6, 2016
Are You an Asset or a Liability? – Tipisode #6
Tipisode #6 - Asset or liability? How can one evaluate how well they are doing in their career? What do you use to decide whether your chosen course of action is working? How can we tell if we are laying the groundwork for a career with longevity, or just spinning our wheels? Unfortunately, your peers, co-workers, clients and employers won't always give you a straight answer on this. It's human nature not to be entirely honest on these sorts of things. After all, who wants to tell a co-worker or client that they are miserable to work with? The simplest formula I have found is to honestly and consistently ask myself, "Am I being an asset, or a liability?" It is a simple but profound question, and may very well be the difference between a mediocre career that ends prematurely, and a career that flourishes with longevity and purpose for a lifetime. Our website: www.wondergroove.com
113 minutes | Aug 30, 2016
#6 – Becca Kötte from Rock of Ages: Just Keep Saying Yes…
Episode #6 - Becca Kötte (Las Vegas cast of the hit musical Rock of Ages) took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with me about life, love, family, pain, and how that all plays into a showbiz career that's been full of surprises. She is an absolute powerhouse singer, and plays the lead role of Sherrie in the Las Vegas production of Rock of Ages, a job that has kept her busy for the last few years. Becca shows an enthusiasm and charm that is truly infectious. During our conversation, she shared some valuable, and sometimes funny showbiz stories from her life. I enjoyed hearing her own unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry. I learned a lot, and I know you will too. Some highlights of our conversation: the importance of continuing to say yes, pacing yourself with a vocally challenging show like Rock of Ages, the importance of good mentors early in ones career, developing a thick skin in show business, being ready for the unexpected, her head-space and mental approach to her role in Rock of Ages, whether or not vocal ability can be taught, and much more. Enjoy my conversation with Becca Kötte! Follow Becca on social media: facebook.com/beccakotte facebook.com/beccakottemusic instagram.com/becca.kotte twitter.com/beccakotte Our website: www.wondergroove.com
3 minutes | Aug 22, 2016
Special Announcement - Greetings, Wondergroovers! You've all responded so well to the podcast. I'm very excited to release season 2 of the show. Producing a podcast takes time. Lining up interviews, coordinating schedules, and finishing post production is time consuming. This is a special announcement to update all of you. Season 2 is on it's way. We're just taking one more week to get enough episodes squared away so that we can launch season 2 and run it every week without interruptions. Thank you to all of our subscribers. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to bringing you more great interviews with top performers in the entertainment industry, as well as another round of great "tipisodes" packed with valuable tips on how to conquer showbiz! See you next week!
8 minutes | Aug 16, 2016
Season 1 Roundup – Rapid highlights of some of my favorite pearls of wisdom from this season…
Season 1 Roundup - As we gear up for our second season of The Wondergroove Podcast (starting next week), I thought it would be good to take stock of some of the things we've learned over the life of the podcast so far. Every one of our guests shared many valuable insights. In this special roundup episode, I thought it would be good to run through my favorite pearl of wisdom from each guest. Our guests so far this season: Kristi Holden (Phantom of the Opera), Sandy Jobin-Bevans (Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle, Nickelodeon's Life with Boys), Matt Marcy (Masters of Illusion on the CW), Kylee Evans (Good Witch on Hallmark Channel), and Kermet Apio (Stand Up Comedian and winner of the Great American Comedy Festival). We'll see you next week with a brand new episode of The Wondergroove Podcast. Enjoy!
16 minutes | Aug 8, 2016
How to Make the Strongest First Impression – Tipisode #5
Tipisode #5 - The entertainment industry is an extremely social business. More than any other business, in showbiz, the lines are blurred between social interaction, business interaction, and friendship. Since your business relationships are the foundation for a career with longevity, it's vital to consider the first impression we make on new people when we meet them. Meeting a new person in the industry = potential for a mutually beneficial business relationship, so you must make the strongest first impression you can. Strongest First Impression You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make a strong one, and you may have just added another ally to your personal showbiz tribe. Without a tribe, you'll get nowhere fast. This week, let's discuss the ways you can make the strongest first impression possible when meeting someone new in the business. Enjoy! www.wondergroove.com
88 minutes | Aug 1, 2016
#5 – Kermet Apio, Stand Up Comedian and Winner of the Great American Comedy Festival: Don’t take it personally. Remember to enjoy it!
Episode #5 - Stand up comedian Kermet Apio is a native of Honolulu who has crafted a custom career in comedy that spans over 25 years. He's done everything a stand up comedian can do in showbiz, including winning the Great American Comedy Festival. I caught one of Kermet's sets at Brad Garret's Comedy Club in Las Vegas, and he impressed me with the ease and polish of his work...not to mention he's hilarious. Kermet is an incredibly gracious and friendly guy, and he took some time out of his schedule to join me for an in depth conversation on what it takes to make it in the business. We covered a wide range of topics, and Kermet had so much wisdom to share it's difficult to sum it up, but here are some of the highlights of our conversation: the gift of breaking the 4th wall in comedy, not taking audience reaction personally, remembering to enjoy what you do, the value of sometimes being selective in the work that you accept, what makes stand up comedians tick, finding your own voice, and much more. Enjoy! Kermet's Website: www.ikerm.com Our website: www.wondergroove.com
9 minutes | Jul 25, 2016
The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Succeed in Show Business – Tipisode #4
Tipisode #4 - I have found that the ultimate key to success can be revealed in one simple principle. That principle can be summed up in a well known quote that is attributed to the world famous writer, director, comedian and filmmaker, Woody Allen. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." While it seems kind of obvious, it's also very profound. The vast majority of people inhibit their own success by not following through. Actually finishing the job sets you apart from the vast majority of the competition, since most of the competition will talk themselves out of it before they ever finish. www.wondergroove.com
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