"QUESTION REALITY" - FUN, UPBEAT, INFORMATIVE. We provide ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY career advice, tips and resource information from a variety of show business professionals. Our goal is to inspire, motivate and educate. Guests Include: EMMY, GRAMMY, TONY Award Winners and Working Professionals. You'll learn about the trials, tribulations and honest REALITY of pursuing a career in show business. Official Website: QuestionRealityRadioShow.com
Kevin Sorbo (Celebrity Actor, Producer, Director, Author) - Website: https://linktr.ee/ksorbs
Beverly Pomerantz (Casting Director: Game Shows, Reality Shows, Movies, Plays) - Website: IMDB.com
Dave Reda (Horror Film Director, Screenwriter) - Website: YouTube.com
Michelle Tomlinson (Film Director, Producer, Actress) - Website: IMDB.com
Thuliso "Liso" Dingwall (Actor, Singer, Model, Composer) - INSTAGRAM: @lisoifyouaintknowso
Rico Mangram (Executive Producer, Talk AND Cooking Show Host, Author) - Website: TheRicoNoSuaveShow.com
Berny Martin (International Fashion Designer) - Website: CatouWear.com
Jill Korn (Scottish Audio Dramatist, Playwright, Actor) - Website: JillKorn.com
Kitty Swink (Audition/Film/TV Coach, Actress, Producer) - Website: IMDB.com
Kelly AND Trinity Johnston - (Screenwriter, Producer, Actor) - Website: YouTube.com
Dawn Noel (Multi-Award-Winning Actress, Producer, Dancer, Stunt Person) - Website: IMDB.com
Pamela Hopkins (Award-Winning Country Singer, Songwriter) - Website: PamelaHopkinsMusic.com
Chrisi Talyn Saje (Actor, Director, Producer) AND Aaron Stall (Actor, Voice Actor) - Website: MadisonOnTheAir.com
"From the BEST of "Question Reality": Miss Freddye - (2-Time Award Winner - Blues, Gospel Music) - Website: MissFreddye.com
Dylan Jett (Australian Teen Pop Star, Actor) - Website: DylanJett.com
Soulful Femme (Multiple Award-Winning Blues, Rock, Soul Duo) - Website: SoulfulFemme.com
Debra Lord Cooke (Actress, Producer, Casting Director, Acting Coach) - Website: DebraLordCooke.com
Rory Dering (Screenwriter, Director) - Royce Johnson (Screenwriter, Actor) - Site: Instagram: @guythefilm
Rashad Khalil Ali - (R&B Music Historian, DJ, Podcast Host) - Website: Facebook.com
From the best of "Question Reality": Marc Hoberman - (Author, Motivational Speaker) - Website: MarcHoberman.com
NY'A - (Platinum, Gold Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter) - Website: Nya-Napoleon.com
From the best of "Question Reality": Geir Ness- (Norway’s First International Celebrity - "Laila" Perfume, Beauty Products and Handbag Designer) - "Laila" perfume is a MUST-HAVE in celebrity SWAG Bags for: (MTV, Grammy, Golden Globe, Tony Awards) - Website: GeirNess.com
From the best of "Question Reality": Holgie Forrester - (Award-Winning Actress, Producer, Playwright) - Website: IMDB.com
LeeMann Bassey AKA "He Is The Artist" - (Singer, Songwriter: Christian, Neo-Soul, Jazz) - Site: Instagram: @SignedLoveTheArtist
From the best of "Question Reality": Miss Freddye - (2-Time Blues, Gospel Award-Winner) - Website: MissFreddye.com
Marc Hoberman - (Author, Motivational Speaker) - Website: MarcHoberman.com
Michael “The Metropolitan Cowboy” Coleman - (Songwriter, Filmmaker, Photographer, Writer, Producer) - Website: SeeYourShadow.com
From the best of "QUESTION REALITY": Justin Patterson (6-Time CMA Nominee Folk, Americana Duo "Ten Penny Gypsy") - Website: TenPennyGypsy.com
Tim Majka (Screenwriter, Producer) AND Brian Gleason (Actor) - Website: IMDB.com
Sir Ari Gold (Multiple Award-Winning Recording Artist) - Website: AriGold.com
Janol "Mecca" Holmes AND Marc Hoberman (The Evolvolution Initiative) - Website: Evolvolution.World
Mark Elias - (Multiple Award-Winning Actor, Producer, Writer) - Website: IMDB.com
Miss Freddye - (2-Time Blues, Gospel Award-Winner) - Website: MissFreddye.com
Holgie Forrester - (Award-Winning Actress, Producer, Playwright) - Website: IMDB.com
Brian T. Shirley - (Director, Comedian, E-Book Narrator, Voice-Over Actor, Writer, Actor) - Website: BrianTShirley.com
KeldaMuzik AKA Diva - (Musical Recording Artist, Film Producer, TV Host, Actress) - Website: KeldaMuzik.com
Greg Schwem - (Corporate Comedian, Travel Show Host, Chicago Tribune Columnist, Best-Selling Author) - Website: GregSchwem.com
Alain Matz - (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor) - Website: Facebook.com/alain.matz
Christina Linhardt (Documentary Filmmaker, Singer, Dancer, Actress) - Website: CircusSanctuary.com
Amy Hanaialii Gilliom (Singer, 6 GRAMMY Nominations) - Website: AmyHawaii.com
Paul Guilfoyle (Award Winning Celebrity Actor) - Website: IMDB.com
Jeff Rector (Producer, Director, Writer, Actor) - Website: JeffRector.com
Tamara McClure (Chief Magazine Editor, Film Festival Director) - Website: NSAEN.com
Heather Christie (Indie Neo-Soul, R&B, Pop Singer, Songwriter) - Website: HeatherCSongs.com
Stefanie Selai (Professional Singer - Session, Demo, Background) - Website: StefanieSelai.com
David Lynch (Film/Music Video Content Creator, Editor) - Website: Visual-Frisson.com
Across The Board (Indie Rock Band) - Website: AcrossTheBoardBand.ca
Brady Novotny (Guitarist - 80's Rock, Jazz Fusion, Flamenco, Classical) - Website: BradyNovotny.com
John Smith Kabashi (Professional International Stuntman, Founder of ISA)
Devin Nash (R&B, Pop Singer/Songwriter) - Website: facebook.com/devinnashmusic
Max Tucci (Radio/TV Personality, Writer) - Website: Twitter.com/maxtucci
Harriet Greenspan (Casting Director, Artio Award Winner) - Website: IMDB.com
Ajarae Coleman (Actress, Creator "Acting Resource Guru") - Website: ActingResourceGuru.com
Tia McGraff (Singer/Songwriter/Author) - Website: TiaMcGraff.com
Aaron Hart (Singer/Songwriter) - Website: Instagram.com/LoveStallionBand
Jessika Fuhrmaneck (Writer/#MeTooMovement Advocate/Actress) - Website: FromPainToPurpose.org
Christopher Maleki (Actor/Producer/Soap Opera Star) - Website: Facebook.com/LastCurtainCall
Alain Matz (Director/Writer), Rustin Knudtson (Line Producer), Briza Covarrubias (Actress) - Website: Facebook.com/MagicHourFilm.com
David T. Dunn (Americana, Country Singer/Songwriter) - Website: DavidTDunnMusic.com
Clayton Morgan (R&B Singer/Songwriter) - Website: ClaytonMorgan.com
Christa Deana (Christian, R&B Singer/Songwriter) - Website: ChristaDeana.com
Heather Whitney (Country Music Singer/Songwriter) - Website: HeatherWhitneyMusic.com
Matt Westin (Country Music Singer/Songwriter) - Website: MattWestin.com
Erin Leah Martin (Reality TV Recap Writer/Producer) - Website: ACast.com
Sylva Kelegian (Actress, Author, Animal Activist) - Website: IMDB.com
Alan Santana (Author, Professional Boxer) - Website: Abology.org
Traci Campbell (Social Media Entrepreneur, Author) - Website: BiboAwards.com
Gary Zuckerbrod (Casting Director), Allen Hooper (Casting Director), Ajarae Coleman (Actress, Author), David H. Lawrence XVII (Actor)
Rahn Anthoni (Christian/Gospel, Hip-Hop Recording Artist) - Website: RahnAnthoni.com
Antoinette McCoy (Christian Film Producer) - Website: NWOMovie.com
Liz Hinlein (Director, Cinematographer) - Website: LizHinlein.com
Catherine Natale and Eden Young (Writer, Executive Producer, Actress) - Website: AllAboutManosTV.com
Peter Papageorgiou (Web Series Podcast Producer) - Website: WebSeriesOnFire.Weebly.com
Selda Sahin, Derek Gregor (Songwriter) - Website: SeldaAndDerek.com
Mason R. Glenn (Professional Matchmaker, Author) - Website: MasonRGlenn.com
Richard Lynch (Grammy Nominated Country Singer, Songwriter) - Website: RichardLynchBand.com
Hicks (Multiple Gold and Platinum Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter) - Website: HicksCountry.com
Alyssa Carter (Casting Director, Producer) - Website: CastAndReels.com
Dale E. Turner (Emmy-Nominated Actor, Producer) - Website: IMDB.com
Tina Batten (Award-Winning Playwright, Filmmaker, Actress) - Website: SisterBatten.com
Lorens Chuno (Vocalist, Pianist, Percussionist, Dancer) - Website: LorensChuno.com
Eric Erickson - (Actor, Writer, Stuntman) - Website: TheAngryViking.com
Slavik IA (VFX Supervisor, Animator, Director, Producer) - Website: SlavMonster.com
Kimberley Zulkowski (Producer, Director, Screenwriter) - Website: MzKimProductions.com
Tasha Henderson (Writer, Producer) and Ebony Gilbert (Writer, Director) - Website: HollywoodFringe.org
VOICE-OVER ACTRESS, COMEDIENNE, WRITER, PRODUCER - Jorjeana Marie - Website: JorjeanaMarie.com
SINGER, SONGWRITER - Valeria Mascias - Website: FutureLoversBand.com
JAZZ VIOLINIST - Nora Francesca Germain - Website: NoraGermain.com
FILM CRITIC, NOVELIST - Betty Jo Tucker - Website: BettyJoTucker.com
CELEBRITY ACTOR - Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors) - Website: CarbonDatingSeries.com
CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCER, PRODUCER - Christy Curtis Buss - Website: TheStudioArtOfDance.com
JAZZ SINGER/SONGWRITER - Cathy Segal-Garcia - Website: CathySegalGarcia.com
COMEDIENNE - Alycia Cooper (Last Comic Standing) - Website: AlyciaCooper.com
FILM, TV, MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR - Brad Hasse (Texting Hat) - Website: BradHasse.com
CELEBRITY ACTOR - Charley Koontz (CSI: Cyber) - Website: IMDB.com
AUTHOR - Clint Adams is the Author of "Evangeline: The Seer of Wall Street," "The Seventh Ritual," "My Watch Doesn't Tell Time," "Don't Be Afraid of Heaven," "Fear Ain't All That" and "Just Say Mikey." "Evangeline: The Seer of Wall Street" marks his first historical fiction novel. This is a story about one of America’s first female entrepreneurs and famed astrologist, Evangeline Adams. Clint Adams weaves in Evangeline's association with various famous people from the early 1900s such as: J.P. Morgan, King Edward VII, Enrico Caruso, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Schwab, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and others and immerses readers in a New York populated with the Wall Street wealthy and the downtrodden, all of whom visited Evangeline's Carnegie Hall office. Mr. Adams has also authored numerous academic publications while at The Washington Post’s Kaplan, Inc., and McGraw-Hill. Clint has been a member of the Authors Guild for over twenty years, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of California, Berkeley, studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, received his master's degree in marketing from San Francisco's Golden Gate University and is a 2010 recipient of Britain’s Millennium Trust Award.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What's the difference between the title of writer, author and novelist? What do you feel are the biggest obstacles being a writer? What should your main focus be as a beginning writer? What are the steps to getting a book published and paving the way to its success? What are some helpful websites for aspiring writers and authors? What jobs can you get to supplement your writing career?
AWARD WINNING CASTING DIRECTOR - Christine Sheaks has been a Casting Director for over 20 years. She began her film career as an associate to John Lyons working on the Coen Bros films, “Barton Fink”, “Hudsucker Proxy” and “Fargo”. Christine’s first feature film as a Casting Director was “A Walk In the Clouds” with Keanu Reeves, followed by “Boogie Nights” for which she won the Casting Society Award. Other casting credits include: “H20,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “The Mod Squad,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Thirteen Ghosts,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Underclassmen” with Nick Cannon.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are a person's chances starting an acting career if you're over 40 years old? What can an actor do to make their audition memorable? What should an actor look for when doing research choosing a Casting Director workshop?
CELEBRITY ACTOR - Carmen Argenziano - One of Carmen Argenziano's best-known roles was the recurring characters "Jacob Carter" and "Selmak" on the mega-hit television series "Stargate SG-1." Other credits include: CSI: NY, House M.D., Criminal Minds, Swordfish, Angels and Demons, The Godfather II, The Young and the Restless. You can view more of Mr. Argenziano's film and televisions credits on IMDB.com.
ACTRESS - Eileen Grubba - Eileen is a lifetime member of the world renowned Actor's Studio. Eileen's credits include: Criminal Minds, Benched, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, ER, Monk and The Young and the Restless. Eileen has just completed the film "Wild Oats" with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine. You can view more of Eileen Grubba's film and televisions credits on IMDB.com.
DIRECTOR - Robert Kouba - Robert Kouba began his career in his home country Switzerland. His science-fiction short film "Xenopia" was won awards in film festivals when he was only just 12 years old. He received major filmmaker recognition in 2010 when he directed the science-fiction short film "Translucent Unicorn" for the international campaign Parallel Lines by Philips. Mr. Kouba founded the film production company Vantis Pictures which produces: commercials, music videos, short and feature films. Recently, he has gained worldwide recognition for his science-fiction thriller "The Rift" and his first feature film entitled "Aurora" starring Carmen Argenziano and Eileen Grubba. You can view more of Robert Kouba's film and televisions credits on IMDB.com.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you tell us the differences in acting styles such as: Method, English Mask, Viola Spoilin, Meisner Techniques and how do you know which one is the right one for you? What do you need to know before they move to LA to pursue a career as an actor? What should be your main focus in handling the business side of your career? What does an agent expect from an actor?
GRAMMY/EMMY AWARD WINNING RECORD PRODUCER - Narada Michael Walden is a multi-award winning Grammy and Emmy award-winning Artist and Producer. He has produced hit songs for: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin (including the platinum "Freeway of Love."), George Michael, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, The Temptations and the list continues. Narada has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. His music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the realms of jazz, fusion and world music. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits that first brought these divas to the spotlight. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the "Top Ten Producers" of all time.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in the music industry as an artist and on the corporate level with the record labels? What would be some of the major reasons an artist should go into a professional studio over a home-recording set-up? Is it enough in today's market to have a great-sounding recording? What are the key elements you need in the music industry today that will propel your music career into the upper echelon?
AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITERS - Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor are award-winning New York-based songwriters. They're best known for writing the music for the sexy and dark 2014 indie musical short film, "Grind" which won a number of awards and featured Broadway favorite, Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then), Claire Coffee ("Grimm"), and Pasha Pellosie ("The Carrie Diaries"). The duo has brought their intricately crafted and captivating style of music to life through spectacular and intimately preserved live performances from some of Broadway's most distinguished vocal performers including: Eric Michael Krop, best known for starring in Broadway's Godspell, American Idol alums; Natalie Weiss (Les Miserables, Everyday Rapture), Devyn Rush and boyishly handsome pop singer, Brian Justin Crum (We Will Rock You, Next To Normal). The duo was just named a finalist in the 16th Annual Great American Song Contest for their pop anthem, "The Storm."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you explain how important it is for a new musical artist to self-promote themselves via social media? What are some of your best tips on networking and marketing a duo band? What is the secret to writing great lyrics as well as the instrumentation? What cities are a must to book to build your fan base?
CHILD ACTRESS - Olivia "Livvy" Stubenrauch is best known for her adorable and mischievous voice-over role of "Young Anna" in Disney's animated film "Frozen" which won 2 Oscars, 76 wins other wins and 53 nominations. Olivia is definitely a child actress that you want to keep your eye on in the world of entertainment because she is a rising star!! Not only is she a little beauty, she is so multi-talented, vivacious, intelligent, energetic and so mature and professional for her age. Industry professionals are just buzzing about her talent and she’s just skipping her way down the yellow brick road and will land on the red Oscar carpet for sure in our opinion.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some fears that child actors have about auditions in general? What steps should a parent take to start building their child’s successful acting career? What do you have to do as a parent to discover and build your child’s branding? What’s the best way for parents to help their child network and market their acting skills in the industry?
EMMY AWARD WINNER | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - Multi-Emmy-Award Winning Director, Mary Lou Belli has earned multiple honors for her work in television and theatre. After receiving a BA in theatre from Penn State, Mary Lou acted in musical theatre and daytime dramas in New York. A Los Angeles career producing and directing theatre followed with over 75 play productions and countless episodes on television to her credit. She is the co-author of "The Sitcom Career Book," "Acting for Young Actors" and "Directors Tell The Story." Director Credits Include: Hart of Dixie, The Game, Monk, Girlfriends, Living with Fran, Eve, The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club and the list goes on and on... Mary Lou also lectures at Universities and Film Schools all over the country and continues to teach acting classes privately.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you describe a typical work week for TV sitcom director? What is the hiring process like for a sitcom director? How do you typically prepare to direct a sitcom? What's the secret when directing stereotyped characters to make them as original as possible? What are the best ways an an actor can prepare for a successful acting career?
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | EDITOR | SCREENWRITER - "Captain Kirk" fans obviously know that Robert Meyer Burnett directed William Shatner in the film "Free Enterprise" and is currently directing the film "Star Trek: Axanar" starring some of your favorite Sci-Fi celebrities. Robert Meyer Burnett has also worked on a ton of award-winning film, television and other types of projects in the entertainment industry which include: "X-MEN 1.5" and "X-MEN 2," "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III," "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "Free Willy," "Sleepwalkers," "Super Mario Brothers," "Army of Darkness," "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London," "The Fantasia Anthology," "Snow White," "Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" and "Lord The Rings: The Two Towers," "The Making of Tron" and so many more. In 2002, Burnett founded his own production company, Ludovico Technique and teamed up with MGM and Director Bryan Singer to create a special edition DVD of his Oscar-winning film, "The Usual Suspects" as well as many others.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: In your opinion, are we headed for a Dystopic or Utopian future? What is the best and worst advice you received about pursuing a career in the entertainment industry? As a genre, where is Sci-Fi films heading? Will the more general population start to take it serious eventually?
CASTING DIRECTOR - Ty Harman is a Casting Director who has worked in various positions of the entertainment industry his entire career. Ty started in the business as an actor, but found that he was more interested in working behind-the-scenes. This discovery lead to a position as a Development Executive for Kim Basinger's Mighty Wind Productions. Under the tutelage of the legendary Talent Agent Ed Limato, Ty was offered and accepted the job of Talent Agent at ICM. However, after several years, Ty sought a more creative endeavor and took the position offered to him of Casting Executive for the Fox Network. While there, he helped cast shows for: 90210, MELROSE PLACE, ALLY MCBEAL and The X FILES. Ty has also been a Casting Executive at Universal Television and TNT. As an Independent Casting Director, Ty has worked on the: AMERICAN PIE franchise, HBO's GENERATION KILL and the television series' WAREHOUSE 13, ALPHAS, THE GAME, GIRLFRIENDS and too many pilots to mention.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are a person's chances making as a working actor if they're just starting their career and they're over 40 years old? What is the best advice you can give to a young aspiring actor? Middle-Aged Actor? Senior Actor? What can an actor do that would make their audition memorable? What should an Actor look for before choosing a Casting Director workshop? For those Actors who've never been to a Casting Director workshop before, can you explain the process? What path do you recommend for a young Actor in terms of what type of acting classes they should take? Headshots? Casting Workshops? Same question for older aspiring Actors?
SINGER | SONGWRITER | DANCER | ACTRESS - R&B/Pop Artist Alexa Ferr at the young age of 20 has already been coined by media outlets globally as the "Rugged Popstar!" Alexa is a triple threat! Hot, sexy young Singer/Songwriter, Actress (most recent project was in Disney’s "Camp Rock 2" alongside The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato) and as a Dancer in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary. Some of her recent single songs include: "Fell", which she released under Universal Music Group/Dauman Music and featured Disney star Matthew "Mdot" Finley. Her EP entitled "Lipstick On The Glass" and EP entitled "No Good" were produced with musical production duo "The Invaders." Alexa's latest single "Saved A Boyfriend" is available for download on SoundCloud. Alexa is currently working with a variety of music producers and will release more music this year. When Alexa's not in the recording studio, you can find her performing around Los Angeles in such venues as: The Viper Room, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Tiki Bar and the House of Blues in Hollywood.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What advice can you give a young musical artist on how to supplement their income while pursuing a career? Can you explain how important it is for a musical artist to self-promote themselves via social media? What are some of your best tips on networking and marketing a music career in person or at an event? What advice can you give a young musical artist to balance their personal and professional career pursuits?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Billy Grima is a silky smooth, soulful Singer/Songwriter and his sound has earned him comparisons to contemporary musical artists such as: Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson and even Bruno Mars. Billy has 3 albums to date: "I'm Just Standing," "A Little Piece Of Heaven" and his latest album entitled "Sugar & Cream" which features a tasty blend of pop, rock, soul and Americana.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Do you think a Country singer has to move to Nashville to get their work noticed by the important record labels? If not, why? What is the biggest piece of advice that you would give to an aspiring singer who dreams of moving to Nashville? In your opinion, what is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation?
ACTOR | SCREENWRITER - Andrew Manardo is pursuing a career in the entertainment industry as a PWD or Person With Disabilities. His particular "disability" is that his forearms and hands were effected genetically. However, that doesn't stop the persistent and driven young man from staking his claim as a legitimate, equal opportunity performer in this so-called beauty-obsessed and narcissistic profession. Andrew has spent the last year studying at the Playhouse West repertory acting school and his recent published articles can be read in the Act Now Magazine. Andrew is so thrilled to have just finished his first screenplay and it is currently being shopped around town for production.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How can we encourage Screenwriters to write more realistic parts for physically challenged actors? What career advice can you give physically challenged people who want to pursue a career as an actor, but haven't because they don't feel they have a chance of being cast or hired in the entertainment industry? What Talent Agency or Management company do you know of that has booked manages physically challenged actors?
EMMY and CLIO AWARD WINNING CASTING DIRECTOR | AUTHOR - Stuart Stone is an Emmy and Clio Award-Winning Casting Director. He's been working in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years. Currently, Stuart Stone casts children and adults for union and non-union projects in: Commercials, Film, Television, Print, Reality Television, etc.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some questions an actor should ask a manager before considering accepting them as their representative? What can an actor expect from a legitimate talent manager? What does a talent manager do for an actor? What are some things and actor shouldn't think or expect from a talent manager? How can you guarantee a happy, profitable relationship between you and an actor? What is the criteria for taking on a new client?
CELEBRITY TALENT MANAGER - Ryan Glasgow is the Senior Vice President of Talent at International Talent Management Company Bohemia Group. Ryan is also a former child actor and recording artist turned Hollywood Agent in the 90's. Ryan Glasgow was part of the talent management team that signed celebrities: Zac Effron, James Franco, Corbin Bleu, Chad Michael Murray, Donald Faison, Thomas Dekker, The Sprouse Twins and many, many other celebrity actors.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are most of the things an actor should have done in their career pursuit in show business before they seek out a talent manager? In your opinion, what are 3 of the absolute best and worst things you can do as an actor? What is the biggest challenge most actors face pursuing a career in the entertainment industry? For a new actor moving to Los Angeles, what's the best advice they should be given prior to relocating?
FILM DIRECTOR | DISABILITY ACTIVIST - Dominick Evans is a Film Director and Activist in the disability and LGBT communities. A trans-man with a neuro-muscular disability known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy, he was the first person with a severe physical disability to make it through the award winning BFA Film program at Wright State University. Dominick's latest film project "Inamorata" is a period piece set in the 1960's that explores the relationship of a same-sex female couple and the trials and tribulations they endure. Mr. Evans often explores topics and features characters with voices not otherwise heard in mainstream Hollywood. For his activism work, Dominick was invited to the White House for the first forum on LGBT issues. He also started a regular Twitter chat, known as #FilmDis, which discusses both representation of people with disabilities in media (film/TV predominantly) and depictions of disability in media.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is there a Talent Agency or Talent Management company that specializes in representing or managing physically challenged Actors, Directors, Producers, etc? If an Actor, Producer, Director is physically challenged, what can they do to increase their chances of getting hired for projects? How can we encourage people in the entertainment industry to speak up and improve diversity in media?
VOICE-OVER ACTOR | NOVELIST - Bill Ratner is one of Hollywood's most popular voice-over artists on movie trailers, computer games, commercials, documentaries on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, Smithsonian Channel, the voice of "Flint" in the G.I. Joe TV cartoon, Robot Chicken, Community, and Family Guy, "Ambassador Donnell Udina" in Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3. His spoken word stories air on National Public Radio's Good Food, The Business, and KCRW's Strangers. Mr. Bill Ratner is a 9-Time Winner of The Moth Story Slams and 2-Time "Best of Hollywood Fringe Festival Extension Winner for Solo Performance." Familus Press just published his latest book about the business, "Parenting for the Digital Age" and they did a rave review about it in TIME Magazine.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Why are so many A-List celebrities doing voice-over work now when they used to avoid it like the plague? If you're not financially surviving as a voice-over union actor and accept non-union work, what will happen? Explain the royalty system of union voice-over actors? What are the pros and cons of a union voice-over actor and a non-union voice-over actor?
PRODUCER | ACTRESS - As an actress, Pat Patterson just filmed the season opening of the NBC hit drama "The Blacklist" starring James Spader. Pat is also an Award-Winning Producer. In 1992, along with two Broadway veterans, she formed Fleetwood Stage, an Equity Regional Theatre in Westchester County, New York. Fleetwood Stage had an 11 season run producing 4 main stage productions per year, along with children’s theatre andShakespeare in the Park. She's now turned her skills and passion for the art of producing to Pâté Productions, Ltd. As a member of the Board of T. Schreiber Studios, she recently helped in the creation of the studio’s first year long conservatory; a comprehensive professional training program designed to prepare dedicated actors for thriving careers in theater, film and television. She has also served on the Board of The Blank Theatre, "Hollywood's Resident Theatre."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What kinds of film projects doPâté Productions, Ltd produce? Do you accept script submissions? If so, what's the best way screenwriters can submit their projects for consideration? Your films are released onDVD/VOD, RedBox, Amazon and Netflix. Can you explain this process? What do you need to do to get distribution?
MODEL | ACTRESS - Jessica Lindsey Gilbert is an International Model and Actress. Jessica's modeling career highlights include: Home Depot, David's Bridal, Noscacharon. Jessica's recent film project include: "Prospectors," "Spoken", "Winter's End," "Notice of Default" and her latest project "Jake's Journey."
ACTOR - Lauran de Winter is an actor originally from The Netherlands. He has studied at: The Actors Studio, The Actors Centre and The Actors Pulse leading to his appearance in a variety of television shows and film projects. Most recently, his television roles included: "The Chosen Ones" and "Complications" also in the films: "Spoken" and "Prospectors." Lauran is so excited about his film roles in 2016 entitled: "Jake's Journey" and "Golden Medicine."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: On-The-Set Etiquette. As an actor, what are some do's and don’ts when you're on the set? Besides working on the art of being an actor via classes, etc., what do actors need to also be aware of on the business side such as investing, saving, etc.? What do you feel are 3 characteristic traits needed to reach your goal as a continuous working actor?
ACTRESS | PRODUCER | WRITER - Eileen Grubba is a lifetime member of the world renowned Actor's Studio and trains with: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain and famed acting coach Allan Miller, who also coached Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, to name a few. Eileen has performed in Theatre, Independent films and Television. Eileen's credits include: Criminal Minds, Benched, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, ER, Monk, The Young and the Restless and so many more. Recently, Eileen just booked a role on the new NBC drama "Game of Silence" as the character Alice Ann. Eileen was so thrilled to work on the film "Wild Oats" with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine as well as shooting a few episodes of "The Red Road" for The Sundance Channel.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you tell us the differences in acting styles such as: Method, English Mask, Viola Spoilin, Meisner Techniques and how do you know which one is the right one for you? At what point in your career should you start your search for representation? How do you know when you’re ready? What should a new actor expect from an agent if they're asked to be a client?
WRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER - Cevin Soling, President of Spectacle Films, is involved in the entertainment industry as: Writer, Director, Producer and Artist. Soling directed and produced, "The War On Kids," winner of the Best Educational Documentary award at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. The film demonstrates how American public schools have become modeled after prisons in response to fear and a burgeoning intolerance of youth. It is currently airing on the Documentary Channel. It has received accolades from: The New York Times, Variety and The Huffington Post. In addition, the film was featured on national television along with an interview on The Dr. Nancy Show on MSNBC and Soling was the featured guest on The Colbert Report. Soling was Executive Producer of the independent feature "Relax, It's Just Sex" starring Jennifer Tilly and Lori Petty, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was seen on HBO and Showtime. Cevin Soling also has a ton of other projects that have been produced, are in production and development.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is crowdfunding the best way to raise money for a film? If not, is there a better way? Who should use Crowd Funding campaigns? What's the hardest thing about being a documentary producer, director? What things should you absolutely avoid doing if you’re pursuing a career as an documentary producer?
VOICE OVER ACTOR | EDITOR - Have you seen the hit television show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and possibly remember that episode with the video game everyone got addicted to called "Kwazy Cupcakes?" Well, they actually MADE the game and Trevor Jones is the whacky voice on the game! In case that doesn't ring a bell, chances are you've definitely heard his voice on national TV spots for HUGE movies such as: Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cars 2, Captain America, SpiderMan 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Wreck It Ralph and many, many others. He's also the voice of a Muppet's campaign featuring 50 spots currently airing on Disney Jr. His additional work includes commercials for: Coke, SAP, Sylvan Learning Centers, Rogaine and Pepsi.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is a scratch voice over? Who do you recommend for the best VO training? Can you ever make millions of dollars being a voiceover actor? Is it true that most of the jobs that VO actors get are by word-of-mouth? If so, how do you get into the fold or clique, so to speak? Can you tell us about any websites that offer work for VO actors?
ACTRESS | SINGER | WRITER - Shanaya Fastje is an actress, singer and writer. A victim of bullying, Shanaya decided to write a book entitled "Bully in the Mirror" to give children, parents and educators the tools to deal effectively with bullying. Thanks to her ongoing tour to schools and community centers, Shanaya has created a movement that has brought anti-bullying efforts to the forefront. Her efforts have led her to speak out about bullying on the television shows: "Good Day LA" "KCBS News" and CBS's "The Jeff Probst Show." Recently, Shanaya started recording an album with two songs under consideration for films and television shows. She is writing her first novel, a science fiction story and will be starring in her own Web Series called "M.D. Squared," about the current teen problems.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can you do as a student to report bullying without the reprecussions of the attacker knowing it was you and risk the repeat rage? What can kids do to protect themselves? How will your book help others who are being bullied? Do you provide technicques to prevent bullying before it begins? What are some things you can do to avoid being bullied?
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - Drawing from a rich pool of established talent in both the film and music industry, American music icon Willie Nelson put together a creative team to form independent film production company Luck Films who includes: Willie Nelson, Kerry Wallum, Norman Macera, Scott McCauley and David Von Roehm. Luck Films produces 3 to 5 feature films a year and has also branched out into producing musical specials, documentary films for television and subscription internet streaming.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is crowdfunding the best way to raise money for a film? Who should use Crowd Funding campaigns? What are some things should you absolutely avoid if you're pursuing a career as a Producer?
CELEBRITY MARTIAL ARTS MASTER | ACTOR | PRODUCER - Shuny Bee moved to the USA from Nepal twenty years ago to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Today, he is a highly sought after Martial Artist/Fight Fight/Stunt Coordinator/Actor with a 7th Degree Black belt in Taekwondo. Mr. Bee is also an International referee in Olympic Taekwondo, a national coach for Taekwondo and has a Jeet Kune Do Masters Degree. He has trained with the direct students of Bruce Lee, which include: Ted Wong, Dan Inosanto and Leo Fong. Shuny Bee is very well known, loved and respected in the film, television and commercial industry of Bollywood as a Martial Artist and Actor. Recently, Mr Bee produced and starred the movie entitled "Gorkha Protector" which was filmed in Nepal and premiered in Los Angeles. The goal of the movie is the help eliminate human trafficking. Because the film has received enormous amounts of positive feedback, Mr. Bee has begun working on "Gorkha Protector 2." Currently, Shuny Bee is working on another film by Leo Fong, called "Runaway Killer."
INTERVIEW TOPICS INCLUDE: Why should Actors add Martial Arts to their skill set? If you're on a low budget for your skills training, how do you decide which classes to take? When do you know you've had enough training that will get you through an audition and where you would feel comfortable enough to put the skill on your resume? How can we encourage more females to add martial arts training to their resume?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Pete Kennedy is an award winning singer-songwriter from Ireland, now based in Nashville, Tennessee. He was recently on the hit show "Nashville" which airs on ABC. Since his debut in 2010, Pete has won International music awards, toured extensively across the US and Europe and built an established, dedicated fan base. His career gained momentum in 2010 with the release of his debut single "This Time." The song was brought to the attention of CMA Nashville's president Lee Williams. Mr. Williams was putting together a series of live shows in Nashville for the city's annual CMA Music Festival and invited Pete to be a part of his International Artist Showcase. The success of his Nashville debut and subsequent album release increased Pete's profile and acclaim. He gained International recognition when he was nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the BCMA Awards in 2012, winning the album category for "The Nashville Session Vol.1" at a ceremony in London later that year. Since that time, Pete has continued to receive nominations from BCMA. Pete is currently touring in Ireland promoting his "I Am The One" tour and will be releasing a new album this year.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can a singer, songwriter, musician do to separate themselves from the competition? How important is it for a Country music artist to be based in Nashville? What advice can you give to Foreign singer/songwriters who want to come to America to pursue a career in music? In your opinion, what's the overall feeling among natives of Nashville of Foreigner's coming there to pursue a career in Country music?
COMEDIAN | ACTOR | PRODUCER - As a comedian, Jay Cramer has opened up for celebrity comics: Adam Sandler, Martin Lawrence, Drew Carey, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Amy Schumer, Whitney Cummings. As an Actor, Jay has appeared on: Desperate Housewives, NCIS: Los Angeles and was submitted for an Emmy for Grey's Anatomy.
Katy Sullivan set a record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she set the American record in the 100 meters which still holds today. As an Actress, she's appeared on: My Name Is Earl, Last Man Standing, Legit and NCIS: New Orleans.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is there a Talent Agency or Management company that specializes in booking or managing physically challenged actors? If an actor is physically challenged, what can they do to increase their chances of getting cast in projects? How can we encourage people in the entertainment industry to speak up and improve diversity in media?
FILM CRITIC | EDITOR | AUTHOR - Betty Jo Tucker serves as Editor, Lead Film Critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews, writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon, is the award-winning author of "Confessions of a Movie Addict and Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick" and hosts a weekly radio show, "Movie Addict Headquarters," on BlogTalkRadio. Using the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, Betty Jo and her husband Larry co-wrote "It Had To Be Us," an award-winning romantic memoir now in the early stages of film adaptation.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Is there really such a thing as objective film criticism? Why aren't there more female movie reviewers? How do you collect information while you're watching a film? Do you take notes? If so, doesn't that affect your experience of the film? If not, how do you recollect factual details when you sit down to write your review?
NOVELIST | TRAVEL WRITER- Dennis D. Feeheley is the author of the top selling travel book "Travelin' Man: Across the Sahara and Beyond" which is the story of his 3,000 mile journey as a teenager hitchhiking 1,000 miles across the Sahara Desert, being one of the few Americans to travel unrestricted behind the "Iron Curtain" during the Cold War; as well his other exciting adventures to 50 other countries. Dennis is an in-demand public speaker with speaking engagements, seminars, radio and television appearances in the US and abroad. Prior to being a Novelist, Travel Writer and Public Speaker, Mr. Feeheley graduated from Oxford University, worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent and was the Founder and CEO of Primex International Trade Corp.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How would you describe the daily process of a Travel Writer? What education or skills are needed to be a travel writer? What is a common misconception people have about Travel Writers? Why is important for young people, especially college students, to see the world? What education and/or experience do you recommend before starting to write a Travel book? What are some of your top tips or travel advice for travelers who are looking to travel alone?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - Ally Iseman (Producer, Co-Creator), Christine Moore (Producer, Co-Creator) and Puppett (Director) are the power team behind the controversial, thought-provoking and sure-to-be award winning short film entitled "Wedlocked" that is currently in development. This is a dark comedy short that deals with marriage equality through the lens of divorce inequality. Inspired by true stories, it follows the character "Sydney" as she is forced to make the decision between remaining in a state of a "loveless marriage" or to move away from her son and a great job to another state that recognizes "marriage equality" in order to fulfill residency requirements for a divorce. The guests will also provide a lot of must have career tips and advice about how to pursue your dream job in show business as an: Actor, Producer, Director.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can I do as an actor to be more memorable to a Producer, Director, Agent? What steps can I take to begin building a successful career as an: Actor, Director, Producer? Why do I have to focus so much on the business side of being an Actor?
TALENT MANAGER - Michael Nicklin is the Founder of Los Angeles based, Vortexian Talent Management. Vortexian is a boutique talent management company providing strategic career management and development to entertainment artists at varying stages of their careers. Mr. Nicklin, a former Actor,Talent Agent and Talent Agency owner who brings decades of experience from both inside and outside the industry for the best development of an artist's brand, business and well-being.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What type of clients do you currently represent? Do you represent Union and Non-Union Actors? What are the daily duties of a Talent Manager? What are the daily duties of an Agent? Explain why you can't be an Agent, Talent Manager and Actor at the same time?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | SCREENWRITER - Jennifer B. White is a Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Novelist and a former Tagline Writer for Universal Pictures. Her latest feature film project is a supernatural-themed film entitled "Mary Loss of Soul" which also marks her directorial debut. The stars include: Jose Zuniga (Twilight), Kaylee Bryant and Nick Mancuso (Under Siege). "Mary Loss of Soul" will premiere in theaters March 2015 from Shoreline Entertainment and OakIvy Productions.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are the duties of a Tagline Writer? As a Screenwriter and a Director, which should take precedence when creating a movie script? We hear all kinds of crazy stories about personality struggles on the set, what's the tug-of-war like between the Producer, Director, Actor while shooting a film? How can disputes best be handled to create the most harmonious set possible?
CELEBRITY THREADING PRACTITIONER - Ruby Nuno is the Owner and Founder of Prime Brows. Prime Brows was named one of LA's Best Eyebrow Threading Salons by CBS in Los Angeles. Known as an ancient Eastern beauty treatment, eyebrow threading has become a trendy phenomenon in the Western world. As a popular alternative to waxing, threading uses a cotton string, or thread, to twist and remove hair from the root, resulting in baby-bottom smooth skin for up to six weeks. This beauty treatment is quick, virtually painless and ideal for people with sensitive skin. In addition to eyebrow threading, Prime Brows offers affordable threading classes, which makes Ruby's brand very distinct as it is only taught on site by a few people. Prime Brows also offers facials and waxing. Ruby has worked in the makeup and skincare industry for 15 years and is an expert in the ancient art of Threading. NOTE: This is a profession to have if you want to be able to supplement your income and have a flexible schedule if you're pursuing a career as an: actor, singer, dancer, model, musician artist, etc.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Do you recommend being a Threading Practitioner to people who are pursuing professions such as: Actors, Musicians, Artists... to supplement their income? What other jobs can you branch off to from the initial position as a Threading Practitioner? What type of education do you need to become a Threading Practitioner? How much money can you make in a year part-time? What are the differences between getting your eyebrows plucked, waxed or threaded?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Miqael Persson AKA "Hicks" Hicks is an Independent Country Music Association Award Winner, a Nashville Universe Award nominee and the British Country Music Association's European Country Act of the Year. He is also an Award-Winning Songwriter from the south of Sweden, with multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. His rock-edged songs have been recorded by artists like: Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, W.E.T. (Featuring Jeff Scott Soto), Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock and Grammy winner, Barbados. He has written with Nashville heavy-hitters like: Anthony Smith, Dallas Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Sharon Vaughn. His recent song ";Hayride," written by Hicks and Lasse Andersson, became Hicks' first official US radio single release on MTS Records. It reached #77 Music Row chart and #3 on New Music Weekly.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Can you tell us a bit about your journey from being a Swedish Country singer to being a Country music singer in the USA? In your opinion, what is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation? What are some things to be aware of before you sign with a record label? Do you think a Country singer has to move to Nashville to get their work noticed by the important record labels? If not, why?
PRODUCER | SCREENWRITER | ACTOR - Carl Petersen has a B.F.A in theatre and studied contemporary and Shakespearean theatre in London, England. Carl's written and produced eight short films and is currently writing two feature films. As an actor, he's appeared in television, film, commercials, web series, shorts and on stage and is a proud Upright Citizen's Brigade alumni.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Being a member of various improv groups such as: Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, Groundlings, Second City, what are the advantages as an actor to take these classes? What are some tips to memorization of heavy dialogue? What do agents and talent managers look for when deciding whether to represent you as an actor? On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is this career? How do you handle the stress?
ACTRESS | PRODUCER | WRITER - Eileen Grubba is a lifetime member of the world renowned Actor's Studio and trains with Martin Landau, Barbara Bain and famed acting coach Allan Miller, who also coached Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep, to name a few. Eileen has performed in Theatre, Independent films and Television. Eileen's credits include: Criminal Minds, Benched, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, ER, Monk, The Young and the Restless and so many more. Eileen has just completed the film, Wild Oats, with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine, and shot a few episodes of The Red Road for The Sundance Channel.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some things a person should know before they move to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actor? What education and/or experience do you recommend before you go on auditions? At what point in your career should you start your search for representation? What should a new actor expect from an agent? What does an agent expect from an actor client? It's not enough to just take acting classes; you must know about the business side such as: managing your money, marketing yourself via social media, networking at events, etc., from your perspective, why this is so important?
STAR TREK EXPERT | AUTHOR - Larry ";Dr. Trek" Nemecek is considered by most a "Star Trek" expert. He is also an: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Archivist, Host, Producer and Actor. Larry has a background in news and theatre, but it is ";Trekland" where he's worked for over 20 years. He wrote the classic ";Next Generation Companion" and the new ";Stellar Cartography" map and book set; worked on the storied ";Star Trek: The Experience" in Las Vegas and world tours, long edited "Communicator Magazine," writes in "Star Trek Mag Today" and played "Dr. McCoy" in two episodes of Geekie Award-winning ";Star Trek Continues" online. His ";Trekland" blog of vidchats and ";Trekland On Speaker" re-mastered interview CD's, bridge "Star Trek" (old and new) as does his documentary project, the 1982 meltdown-turned-miracle ";Con of Wrath." A convention guest worldwide, Larry now helps back other projects too, like the new ";Enterprise in Space" student science/sci-fi homage space orbiter.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: In 1994 both you pitched and sold a script ("Reflections") for the yet to air ";Star Trek Voyager" which ended up later being updated and renamed "Prophecy" and used in the last season of ";Voyager." For all our writers listening, can you please tell us about your pitch and sell process of that script? What sets "Star Trek" apart from other sci-fi and fantasy series out there? For the longest time it was accepted that "Star Trek" never did well -- ratings-wise. But recently, it's surfaced that ratings weren't the real reason. What do you think the most likely reason was at that time? Was it political?
CHILD ACTRESS - Olivia "Livvy" Stubenrauch is best known for her adorable and mischievous voiceover role as "Young Anna" in Disney's animated feature film "Frozen" which Won 2 Oscars, Won 54 Other Awards and had 42 Nominations. Livvy began modeling at age of 5 and caught the acting bug at age 6. She's had a very successful first pilot season landing the roles of: "Jenna" in the viral video; "Get The Guy: Kids Talk Dating Problems" "Little Girl" and "The Labyrinth." This interview provides excellent career advice for both parents and children who are considering a career for their child professionally in show business.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you think are some concerns that child actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? What are some pet peeves about auditions or the casting process from a child's perspective? What do you think a child actor should be doing to start building a successful career? What do you have to do as a parent to discover and build your child's branding? What's the way for parents to help their child actor network and market their skills?
CASTING DIRECTORS - Successful actors have agents, managers and publicists to help guide their careers. Until now, no classes, workshops or programs have provided that guidance to actors who are just launching their careers. College To Career Acting was formed by two successful casting directors, Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem who have 35 years of collective experience in theatre, film and television. Their focus is to fill the void of the two areas and time periods of an young actor's career that is being under served: From High School To College - From College To Show Business.
Their objective of College To Career Acting is to get young actors to start thinking about crafting their careers - to help them get into the college of their choice, stay pro-active during college and then help with the transition into the entertainment business.
As casting directors and coaches, with personal knowledge from both sides of the acting process, CTCA will help you identify and create a personalized game plan geared to get you from where you are to where you want to be, from College To Career.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do your classes on college to career acting cover and why should students take your classes over going to just plain old casting director workshops, acting classes, etc? What are some of the mandatory things an actor needs to know that they don't get from their acting classes at college? On your website you state that successful actors have agents, managers and publicists to help guide their careers. How did they achieve their success without having the guidance and knowledge that you both now offer?
COUNTRY, POP, FOLK, ROCK DUO - "Connecting Stars" is a South African Country/Pop/Folk/Rock Duo featuring Cheryl and Martin Engel. They have been performing together over 10 years. Hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies form the backbone of the "Connecting Stars" experience. You will hear guitar and piano intertwined with strains of the glockenspiel, ukulele, harmonica and mandolin. Cheryl Engel draws on both painful and joyful life experience to craft poetry that forms the lyrical basis of their memorable songs. Martin and Cheryl's years of musical experience and intuitive interaction make for unforgettable live performances.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the reasons one should and shouldn't pursue a career as a musician/vocalist? If you are at the point where you just aren't making money no matter how hard you try, owe a lot of debt, sleeping on your friends couches, floors, etc., what can you do to change your situation? When you're performing, what can you do you keep an audience engaged and excited?
STAR TREK CONTINUES | PRODUCER | SCREENWRITER | ACTOR - What happens when you throw a rag-tag team of entertainment professionals, who also happen to be HUGE Star Trek fans, together? One of the most acclaimed fan-produced Star Trek (TOS) web series ever created entitled "Star Trek Continues" starring Vic Mignogna, Michele Specht and a whole cast of super talented actors and crew. This fan production is aimed at completing the final two years of the original 5-year mission. Vic plans to continue to raise the bar in the quality of the stories and overall production of this new fan-based series and it will feature some of the original actors on Star Trek as well as various celebrity guest stars.
VIC MIGNOGNA - Vic has been in countless professional stage and film productions, but perhaps is best known as a prolific voice actor for over two hundred animated series and video games including: Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragonball Z, Pokemon and many more. As a young boy, Vic fell in love with Star Trek and is realizing his boyhood dream to play the role of Captain Kirk..
MICHELE SPECHT - In addition to her role as the Enterprise's first ship's counselor, Dr. Elise McKennah, Michele is known to Sci-Fi fans as bounty hunter Red in Fallout: Nuka Break, and as Betty the Manipulation Core in the Portal-based Aperture R&D. Although she started her career with classical training - earning degrees in both Theater and Classical Music - she began her Los Angeles career in sketch comedy. While currently making a living in TV and film appearances, voice acting, and commercials, she first spent 10 years creating and performing original characters, sketches, musicals, and short films all over LA and beyond - including the HBO Comedy Workspace and multiple comedy festivals.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: I've heard that your sets are the most accurate of several replicas out there. How did you manage to recreate the sets with such precision? For an independent series production, you guys have a really short turnaround time from production to release -- how do you post produce your episodes so quickly? Where is STC filmed? Do you send out a casting notice for new characters?
CELEBRITY REALITY STAR - Kelly Hyland is arguably the favorite celebrity mom on the hit reality television show "Dance Moms" which airs on the LifeTime Channel. Kelly is mother to Brooke Hyland, Paige Hyland who also starred on the show as well as mother to Josh Hyland who was on the show for one episode. "Dance Moms" is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company. The show follows the early careers of children in dance and show business, as well as the participation of their mothers. The show highlights the trials and tribulations of the children's careers, but also the personal drama of the mothers; who are often in fights with each other and their teacher, Abby Lee Miller because of the high anxiety and pressure that takes it toll as they each struggle to make sure their daughter and student is the very best in the dance world.
CELEBRITY AWARD-WINNING HOST - Scott Nevins is an award-winning host, TV & Radio Personality, Celebrity Interviewer, Lifestyle Expert and Comedian. Currently, Scott can be seen starring in Bravo's popular new series, ";The People's Couch." This show enters the living rooms of households and films real people, including some "Bravolebrities" watching and commenting on popular shows and news from the past week. Scott formally appeared on the hit show, "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest…" He has hosted hundreds of live events, has performed his acclaimed solo shows to sold-out audiences across the country, and has worked on stage with some of the biggest stars, including opening for: Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft (Liza Minelli's Sister) and more. Scott has won an Out There Award, and was most recently honored as the recipient of the 2014 Silver ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation for his appearance in a PSA for Desert AIDS Project; has been nominated for an HX Award, Glammy Award and MAC Award. He was also chosen by New York Magazine in their ";Best of New York" issue, and has been featured on the cover of Instinct Magazine in recent years.
ACTRESS | WRITER | PRODUCER | AUTHOR - Mara Purl played the character Darla Cook on soap opera Days of Our Lives. This led to her to create her own soap opera for radio called "Milford-Haven USA" which became the first American radio serial broadcast by the BBC with an audience of millions. Mara Purl was a journalist for: Associated Press, Financial Times of London and Rolling Stone Magazine among others. She is co-author of the book "Act Right" with television icon Erin Gray. Marla Purl is a best-selling author with 23 literary awards to her credit. Marla Purl is the sister of multi-talented actress, Linda Purl.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some pros and cons of being a soap opera actor? It seems like once an actor gets cast on a soap opera, if they're not written off, they can stay on the show for 30 years or longer. What's the continued interest in playing a role for that long? What's the appeal in general being on a soap opera rather than pursuing jobs in film, theatre, sitcoms night-time drama?
"STAR WARS" R2-D2 CREATOR | ROBOTIC SFX ENGINEER - Anthony Dyson is the robotic designer behind the beloved, iconic character "R2-D2" in "Star Wars." The versatile Emmy nominated film SFX supervisor is also the creative genius at the helm of many of the biggest SCI-FI movies to date such as: Superman 2, Moon Raker, Dragon Slayer, and of course, The Empire Strikes Back. When it comes to robot technicians, Tony is quite unique.
Not only is he responsible for building one of the most famous robots ever, R2-D2, he has also designed and built robots for some of the largest electronic companies in the world, including: Sony, Philips and Toshiba. You can find examples of Tony's creations on permanent display in one of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution. R2-D2 was one of the very first robots to be honored in the Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame. Anthony Dyson was also nominated for an Emmy for a Sony television commercial.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: JJ Abrams is using physical models, sets and props for Episode VII, and model shots have seen something of a revival in recent years with films like "Moon" and the recent tenth season of "Red Dwarf" -- where do you stand on the CG versus model debate? What were some of your R2-D2 design decisions that you're most proud of and which, if any, do you feel could have been better?
DIRECTOR | SCREENWRITER | PRODUCER | PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Linda Palmer has been making films for over fifteen years. She is the founder of Runaway Productions, a commercial and feature film production company in Los Angeles. Linda's latest film, a heartbreaking, provocative, gripping story entitled "Our Father" stars Michael Gross (Star of Family Ties) and Michael Worth. This fall, Linda is set to direct and produce, "Last Call At Murray's" written by Brian Beatty and Betsy Morris. Linda was was brought on board for a documentary entitled "Food Heals" by Allison Biggar where she will be taking the film into post-production and distribution in 2015. Linda is in development on another script she wrote and is set to direct, the coming of age feature, "Turnover" which she is co-producing with Eileen Grubba, Colleen Keane and Florence Regina.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: KickStarter and IndieGoGo are the two main crowd-funding websites that filmmakers use to raise funds for their film projects. What are the pros and cons of each? Some filmmakers ask for their whole film budget and some break it up into various campaigns for example: pre-production, production, post-production. What are the pros and cons for each particular way? What does a production designer do? What type of education do you need? What's the best way to get your first job as a production designer?
ACTRESS | SINGER | DANCER - Genevieve Mariko Wilson co-stars with Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) in the highly acclaimed short film entitled "Turning Japanese" which has so far won 16 film festival awards, including: Best Picture at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in Cannes. Genevieve began her career at 12 years old studying ballet with her father who was an English Ballet Choreographer. Genevieve performed with the Shiki Musical Theatre Company in their nationwide opening Broadway production of "The Lion King" in Japan, as Velma in "Chicago" among others. Genevieve has performed more than 4,000 shows with Universal Studios in Japan.
SCREENWRITER | DIRECTOR - Paul Bickel's first short film was entitled "Marigold: Portrait of a Hooker" followed by "Hollow" which was shown at over 40 film festivals around the world and has won 3 awards. Paul's latest film, "Turning Japanese" starring Brian Austin Green, Zibby Allen and Genevieve Mariko Wilson has won 16 awards, including Best Picture at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase in Cannes. Paul has recently directed a few commercial spots for Fox Sports that aired during the Super Bowl pre-game show, and a Beats by Dre spot that has been nominated for a Promax BDA Award.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of your pet peeves about actors at auditions or after you cast them? What can I do as an actor that would make me memorable to you and you would want to work with me again? What steps do I take to begin building a successful directing career?
ACTRESS | SINGER | SONGWRITER - Robin Spangler is an award-winning Actress, Singer, Songwriter. Robyn has worked in over 50 feature films which include: The Color Of Money, 3 Men And A Baby, Good Morning Vietnam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beaches, Dead Poets Society, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally and so many more. Currently, Robyn can be seen the Warner Bros. feature film The Fortune Theory, the web series, The Prodigal Daughter and on the new pilot, Hungry, produced by Russell Simmons All Def Digital Network. Robyn is also known as one of the darlings of cabaret, performing at international venues and extensively across the US.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What advice do you have for people who want to follow their dream of being a actress/singer? What do you think the secret is to maintaining your focus when your pursuing a career as a actress/singer? When does a actress/singer know when they're ready to seek out an agent or manager for representation?
CHILD ACTOR - Kyle Red Silvestein is co-starring with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in Warner Brothers latest comedy feature film, ";Blended" coming out Memorial Day weekend of 2014. Kyle portrays the character of Tyler Reynolds, Drew Barrymore's son. Kyle began his career at age two, when he landed a job with Baby Style Magazine. Kyle has appeared in more than twenty commercials: Apple Computer, Eggo Waffles, McDonald's, Volkswagen and numerous others. Kyle is best known for his portrayal of Ethan Dawson in Grey's Anatomy. Kyle's many other credits include: Happy Endings, Cold Case and his breakthrough role as Jona on the mega hit television show, House.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some concerns child actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? What are some pet peeves about auditions or the casting process in general from a child's perspective? What do you think a child actor should start doing to build a successful career? What can I do to protect my children psychologically, emotionally, physically and especially on a business level?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Marshall Dane is known for his infectious blend of country and rock. His music is Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping of hope, love and salvation. Marshall's new album, "One Of These Days" is driven by a swirling blast of fabulous melodies that gives you a real country rush. The album was nominated at the CMAO Awards in several categories including: "Album Of The Year" and "Male Artist" for the title track ";One Of These Days." Another song off of the same album entitled ";Alcohol Abuse" is blowing up the airwaves and has tongues wagging and toes tapping, it's a real feel-good song.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some things you need to know if you decide to pursue a career in the country music business? What is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation? How does one approach writing a country love song versus a pop love song?
EXECUTIVE CAREER & LIFE COACH - theperformancegroup.us is the Owner/Founder of The Performance Group. Mr. Landi has excelled at careers that combined both science and personal growth for over twenty-five years. The Performance Group uses the "SPARTAN" Paradigm, their signature system for personal development; distilled into seven key elements: "S" - SIGNIFICANCE - brings about our greatest contribution in life: it is when we are living out our true self and we are experiencing prosperity and are significantly helping others. "P" - PASSION - is the fire that drives action. It's risky, adventurous, and at times – unpredictable. When passion is free from ego, it can be unleashed completely to make its mark in the world. "A" - AUTHENTICITY - is putting your true self forward consistently, opening the door to rewarding and high performing relationships. "R" - RELEVANCE - is when our passionate and authentic self has found a place to be nurtured and to thrive. It often is accompanied by compensation and reward. "T" - TRUST - is the life-blood of high performing relationships, built through transparency and mutual respect. "A" - ASSESSMENT - is where the science in personal transformation happens. Its where we mix in objective, quantifiable data to measure performance for progress. As the truth ";sets us free", so then will the numbers give us a reliable benchmark to quantify results. "N" - NO REGRETS - is our mindset at The Performance Group. It's about moving away from regret and moving toward fulfillment by creating and completing these high value experiences and expeditions.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: At what point in my life should I consider hiring a life or executive career coach? How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values? How does one find the most compatible life or career coach for their needs?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER - Amy Rose is an award winning singer, songwriter and producer from Ontario, Canada. She is the 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association's "Country Entertainer of the Year," as well as winning an Independent Country Music Association Award and a Nashville Universe Award. Her first three single releases in the US have all earned Top 10 status on the LA-based New Music Weekly Magazine country chart, with one single reaching #1. Her new single, "Country Crazy" has just been released and is blowing up the radio airwaves with glowing reviews. Amy Rose will be a performing at the CMA (Country Music Awards) in Nashville on June 5 - June 8.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What important career advice do you specifically have for aspiring female Country singer/songwriters? What is the secret to writing a great country song, the lyrics as well as the instrumentation? Do you think a Country singer/songwriter has to move to Nashville to get their work noticed by the important record labels?
HORROR FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER | ACTRESS - Denise Gossett has been in the entertainment business over twenty years. Fourteen years ago, Denise started the film festival "ShriekFest" and it has had incredible success. Recently, she was voted number 5 out of 13 "Most Influential Women In Horror History." "ShreikFest's" media credits include: 2013 Movie Maker Magazine - "Coolest Horror/SciFi Film Festivals in the World," LA Weekly - "LA's Most Successful & Entertaining Horror Film Festival," 2011 Movie Maker Magazine - "Top 13 Film Festivals To Die For" and 2010 Movie Maker Magazine - "Top 25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee." As an actress, Denise has had many lead roles in feature films including the Mel Gibson movie, "Get the Gringo" and "The Last Ride" with Dennis Hopper. Denise's television credits include: "The Office," "The New Adventures of Old ChristineChristine," "Samantha Who?," "Veronica Mars," recurring role on "Zoey 101," "Drake & Josh" and so many more.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: The concept of the "Final Girl" (the girl who is usually the last living character in a horror film, especially a slasher film) has become so prevalent that it is considered a staple in the genre. Why do audiences empathize more with a strong surviving female character more then a male counterpart? How have the roles of women changed in horror over the past 20 years? Do you see a horror films veering away from the current Horror/Love Stories such as movies like "Twilight" anytime soon?
CELEBRITY RED CARPET HOST | AUTHOR - Sheila O has been called "Queen Of The Red Carpet" by many people, but most recently, it was put into print in an article for the "Shine On Hollywood" Magazine. Sheila has interviewed many film and television celebrities as well as major Grammy Award-Winners which include: George Clinton, The Supremes, Thelma Houston, Mike Epps, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Paul Jackson Jr., Cuba Gooding Sr., Evelyn Champagne King and the list goes on and on. Sheila O is the most requested red carpet interviewer for award shows such as the: BET Awards, Black Music Awards, Stevie Wonders House of Toys, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Touching Lives Award TV Show, etc. Sheila is the sole owner of She-La-La Productions, The Sheila "O" Show, She-La-La Domestic Distribution and "O" Records.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are the do's and don'ts when pursuing a career as an entertainment host? What's an interview question that should be banned from all red carpet events? What's the most important thing you should remember when interviewing a celebrity? What 3 characteristic traits you feel it takes to make it as a celebrity host?
BROADWAY ACTRESS | COMEDIENNE - J.Elaine Marcos is a professional actress, comedienne, singer and dancer. Recently, she was in the Broadway revival of "Annie" as Lily St. Regis. She has performed in eight Broadway shows with her favorite roles being: Connie Wong in the revival of "A Chorus Line" and Cynthia (the ping pong lady) in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." J.Elaine's favorite appearance was in the film "Morning Glory" opposite Rachel McAdams and she will star in two upcoming films: "Before I Disappear" by Oscar winner Shawn Christensen and "St. Vincent de Van Nuys" by Theodore Melfi. Her TV credits include: Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, Rescue Me, Royal Pains and I Just Want My Pants Back. J. Elaine also performs stand-up comedy around town and is in a musical improv group called "The Benettones."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How do you survive as a working actor in New York? Where's the best place to live? Get a part-time job? What do you feel are 3 characteristic traits needed to be a successful working actor on the stage in New York?
TONY AWARD WINNER | ACTRESS | SINGER - Daisy Eagan began her career at the age of two, playing a Bag of Wool in a preschool production of "Baa Baa Black Sheep." Eventually, she became the youngest female ever to win a TONY AWARD for her performance as Mary Lennox in ";The Secret Garden."
Recently, Daisy performed in NYC on the first national tour of "Love, Loss, And What I Wore" and as Snooki in "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera!" ";Les Miserables" (Broadway), James Joyce's "The Dead" (Original Broadway production) and a whole bunch of other plays and musicals. Some film and TV credits include: "The Mentalist," ";Without a Trace," ";Ghost Whisperer," ";Numb3rs," ";The Unit," ";Losing Isaiah," ";Ripe," and ";Tony n' Tina's Wedding" among others. Daisy co-created, co-wrote and starred in ";Krystal Park", a soap opera set in a trailer park, pieces of which can be found on YouTube. Her two one-woman shows, "Still Daisy After All These Years" and "Daisy Eagan: Fuck Off. I Love You" have played to packed houses in New York City and Los Angeles.
Currently, Daisy is expecting more sold-out performances for her upcoming self-written one woman show entitled "One For My Baby" that premieres in San Francisco at Society Cabaret: Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, Los Angeles at Rockwell Table & Stage: Monday, April 21st, New York at 54 Below: Sunday, May 4th with more dates to follow. You can help support Daisy's tour by donating whatever you can give on her IndieGoGo page.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What can I do to protect my children psychologically, emotionally, physically and on a business level while they are pursuing a career in show business? Does a website exist that provides casting notices for just theatre actors?
ACTRESS | SINGER | DANCER - Joan Ryan is currently receiving both critical and audience praise in hit indie film ";Hot Guys With Guns." She has been called ";a mesmerizing performer who moves smoothly from larger-than-life drama to small, captivating emotional moments," by the Los Angeles Times. Rex Reed, of the NY Observer, said ";she can explore the nuances of a piercing ballad with the investigative talent of a forensic expert, then ignite a show stopping Broadway melody with the combustion of a freight locomotive on the Philadelphia Railroad." Her stage credits include: the original LA cast of the musical ";Ruthless!," the West Coast premiere of ";Anyone Can Whistle," ";Footloose," ";Triumph of Love," ";Little Shop of Horrors" among others. Joan is known for her recurring role as Tina Pallodrino, the crazy music and arts teacher on the long-running series, ";Saved By the Bell," and has appeared on-screen in numerous television shows and movies including two years as Kathleen Houghton, everyone's favorite psychiatrist on ";The Young and the Restless."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What advice do you have for people who want to follow their dream of being a actress/singer? What has been your biggest challenge as a actress/singer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
COMPOSER | LYRICIST - Curtis Rhodes began playing the piano by ear when he was five years old. After years of participating in choirs, bands and theatre ventures, he began seriously writing music while studying acting at the Professional Actors Conservatory. Ironically, his first foray into composition was incidental music for JM Barrie's play "The Admirable Crichton," which is the source material for "A Proper Place." Since then, he has written other works for the stage, including specialty numbers for various productions and the 1930's screwball musical "A Holiday in Hollywood" in which he wrote libretto, score and lyrics. He has also written many piano solos, choral works and pieces for chamber ensembles, most notably, ";The Amherst Cycle," a song-cycle using the poetry of Emily Dickenson. Based in Los Angeles, he has worked as an actor and/or music director with: Grove Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theatrefest, West Coast Ensemble, Western Stage, Cabrillo Music Theatre and Open at the Top. He has also been a member of the Academy Rep Company, part of the Academy of New Musical Theatre (ANMT), dedicated to work-shopping and developing new musicals.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the secret is to maintaining your focus when your pursuing a career as a composer? What is the difference between the job of a musical director and a composer? What are some jobs in the music industry for composers/writers? How is music chosen for television and film?
POP SINGER | DANCER | ACTOR | MODEL - Sean Van Der Wilt was the last artist signed to Lou Pearlman, the boy band impresario who discovered the bands "NSYNC" and "The Backstreet Boys." Sean has been dubbed ";the most underrated triple threat of the decade" by VIBE Magazine. Sean was a dancer for "Michael Jackson," "Whitney Houston," "Beyonce" "Usher" and so many more celebrity performers." He has starred in movies like "Burlesque" and most recently, made television appearances on: NBC's "Parks and Recreation," "The Voice" and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Sean is set on the path to stardom in the pop world with the release of his single "SWC" featuring Mark Cole, which includes the controversial music video and his soon to be released second single "Doctor."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What was it like working with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Usher? What tips can you give people on how to manage their time if they're pursuing a career in the entertainment industry that entails using multiple talents? When you're at the point of hiring a team to support your career goals, what do you look for in each person?
CELEBRITY BOOKING COACH | MULTI-AWARD WINNING ACTRESS | AUTHOR - Amy Lyndon is one of Hollywood's top celebrity booking coaches. Amy believes it's not just about coaching students how to act, but also teaching them how to be business people and get booked. She has over forty films to her credit, has starred in over thirty TV shows, has appeared on stage, both doing stand-up comedy and theater. Amy was also a Personal Manager for nine years and has been an International Booking Coach for close to twenty years. She created The Lyndon Technique and wrote the book "A 15 Guideline Map to Booking." Some of her success stories include: Adam Brody (The O.C.), Denise Vasi (Single Ladies), Nadine Velazqez (Major Crimes) and Daytime Emmy Winner, Christel Khalil (The Young and The Restless). Amy has also worked with Taylor Armstrong from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some tips that guarantee booking an acting job? What characteristic traits do think it takes to become an award-winning actor? What are some great business habits to get yourself on the right financial track? How do you get actors to realize that they are entrepreneurs and need to focus on the business aspect of their career as well as the acting portion?
MODEL | ACTOR | POP SINGER | SONGWRITER - Nik Miles is a American-Swedish pop singer, songwriter, actor, model and a former member of the incredibly talented pop group 4U, formed by vocal producer/writer Mary Brown, who has worked with Destiny's Child and Danity Kane. Nik taught himself to play five instruments, but considers his strongest to be the piano. He has been creating and performing music as well as acting on various TV shows, film and Theatre in New York. Recently, Nick released two singles, "I Lost A Friend" and "Beautiful People."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some differences in the music industry between USA and Sweden? What's it like pursuing a musical career in Sweden? What did you love most about being a musical artist? What do you like least about being a musical artist?
GAME SHOW CASTING DIRECTOR - Beverly Pomerantz has been a Game Show Casting Director for over 20 years. Some of her credits include: "Wild Animal Games, Ryan Seacrest (Host), "Family Feud," Ray Combs and Richard Dawson (Hosts); "Classic Concentration, Alex Trebek (Host); "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" Jeff Foxworthy (Host), "Don't Forget the Lyrics," Wayne Brady (Host); "Lingo," Bill Engvall (Host); "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host," D.L Hughley & Michael Ian Black (Hosts).
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the duties and responsibilities of being a Game Show Casting Director? I know each show is different and that requires different types of personalities, but are there core things that you look for in people when you're casting for a game show? What is the best way to guarantee that you will be chosen as a contestant? Why are the contracts that you have to sign to be on game shows as thick as phone books?
ACTRESS | SINGER - Irina Maleeva was born in Bulgaria. Her mother was a famous European stage actress who was directed in numerous plays by Constantin Stanislavski and her father was a General, now known in history as a hero who led the anti-Nazi movement in his country. Irina established herself as a child actor in Bulgaria and as a teen actor in Italy. At age 15, she was discovered by famous Italian film director, Federico Fellini and starred in three of his films. Irina also worked with Orson Welles and has starred in more than thirty European and American films. Her co-stars have included: James Mason, Valentina Cortese, Terence Stamp, Anthony Franciosa and Charles Grodin, Deborah Harry and Pat Benatar. Irina has also played recurring and guest starring roles on such TV hits as: "Days Of Our Lives," "Gilmore Girls," "The Bold And The Beautiful," "Pensacola," "Just Shoot Me," "Angel," "Heroes" and "Six Feet Under." Irina has a one woman show called ";Illusions" which is a live theatrical portrait of her extraordinary life. Interspersed between the songs in the show, she performs songs from her new CD ";Illusions" in which she recounts with humor and emotion, stories of her life that began in Bulgaria.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How were you discovered by Federico Fellini? What was it like working with Orson Welles? What did you mother think about being directed by Constantin Stanislavski?
COUNTRY POP BAND - "Western Avenue" is one of the hottest Canadian Country Pop bands to hit the circuit. The members include: Matt Williams, Nikki English and Keith Robertson. Their singles have been steadily climbing the music billboards and charts since 2007. The 2013 Ontario Country Music Association nominated them for an award as (Best Duo or Group) trio. Their first single, ";Highway Headin' Out of Town" was picked up by Canadian country radio in the summer of 2012. The release of their new single, ";Wherever You Are" from their February 2013 self-titled debut EP, is poised to take "Western Avenue" to new heights by introducing them to a worldwide audience of country music fans.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What characteristic traits do you feel it takes to be a successful country music artist? What are your methods to get sponsors or advertisers?
DANCER | CHOREOGRAPHER | ACTRESS - Sheri Godfrey is the CEO and Creative Director of "The Diamond Betty's" which is one of Hollywood's most beautiful and talented bunch of pin-up female entertainment groups. Sheri has always had a fascination with the timeless allure, culture, style and music associated around the classic pin-up girls of the 1940's and 1950's. This passion led her to create this mesmerizing female dance group which pays tribute to the women from those era's; from Betty Grable to the infamous Bettie Page. The Diamond Betty's remind us to continue to be proud of our beauty and strength and that being sexy is empowering. They perform for private and corporate events, birthdays, holiday parties, film and television, concerts and clubs. They specialize in everything pin-up as well as tap dancing, burlesque and stylized jazz.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are you most favorite and least favorite things about a dance career? What characteristic traits do you feel it takes to be a successful dancer? Can you give us some tips on how to maintain your stamina night after night as a professional dancer? As the CEO and creative Director, what are some of your duties and responsibilities?
PRODUCER | RADIO HOST | WRITER - Simon Applebaum has been covering the world of television for more than three decades. Simon used to hold the position as Senior Editor at: Cable World, MultiChannel News and CableVision Magazine. Currently, he is the Producer and Host of the hit radio show entitled "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" on Blog Talk Radio which attracts more than 40 million listeners worldwide. This radio show is all about television and airs "live" Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 PM Eastern Time and Noon Pacific Time. Simon Applebaum also writes "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" columns for: MediaBizBloggers.com and ShellyPalmer.com and the most exciting news is that a video version of "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" is under development.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What characteristic traits do you feel it takes to be a successful editor? What are the daily duties of an Internet radio producer in order to prepare for a show? What advice would you give other talk show hosts who want to have the upper echelon of talent in the entertainment industry that you have on your show? With the various ways to watch programs: Web Series, YouTube, Netflix, etc., what is the current and future state of television? What are the trends to watch out for such as: Smart TVs, Ultra HD, Multicast Channels, Video-On-Demand?
PRODUCER | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Laila Petrone was born in London and is of Italian and Dominican decent. She is the daughter of actress Iris Peynado. Laila began acting at the age of five and some of her notable performances have been in: Luigi Magno's historical masterpiece ";State Buoni, Se Potete," the role of Pina for Spike Lee's ";Miracle at St' Anna" and A damsel in distress for the popular Italian music video ";Guantanamera" by Banda Bassotti. Currently, Laila Petrone is working professionally as an assistant director and producer as well as working on her own Short Film which she will be directing this winter.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you consider the best, and the worst parts of the job as an Assistant Director? What's your process in deciding if you want to work on a particular project? What are some things to consider before accepting or declining a job as an Assistant Director? What would you consider to be the most important skills to have or learn in order to be a 1st, 2nd Assistant Director and Production Assistant?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - Armando Saldanamora and Nicole Wright are the dynamic duo behind a breakout hit web series "Progress" which is being called one of the most exciting projects to hit the Internet since "The Guild" starring Felicia Day. The web series "Progress" takes place in a parallel timeline in Victorian England which has an Internet, Sherlock Holmes is a hacker and Jack the Ripper posts his crimes on WikiLeaks. It's a A "Sherlockian" cyber-thriller with a game of riddles in which you the viewer can get clues to decipher the identity of the killer.
Armando Saldanamora is a screenwriter and a story developer who has worked on projects for: DreamWorks, Fox, The SyFy Channel and many others. He specializes in mathematical theories to find the perfect structure for a story. He has teamed up with Producer, Nicole Wright, to open a Digital Content production company that specializes in high production value web series projects.
Nicole Wright is an accomplished Producer who has put together quite a sizable variety of short and feature films. Her productions include: comedy, drama, documentaries, bilingual operettas and unscripted TV serials.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the best pitch to get sponsors for a web series? What do you feel is the basic foundation to a successful web series? What's the most you can hope for professionally creating a web series? What are the pros and cons of creating a web series rather than a short film? If you created a short film, say 20-30 minutes long, could you use that same short film and break it down into a web series? How can you monetize a web series? What are some of the basic steps in making a web series? In making a web series, what advice would you give to someone to same them from a potential disaster or unforeseen pitfalls?
COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST - Doug Briney was voted the 2013 Award Winner Of The Independent Country Music Association. Recently, his songs have spent eight months on the Roots Music Report chart; he's had International airplay and a ton of "Live" performances. He's now climbing the musical ladder in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, Doug signed with Tate Music Group; home to country legends such as: Lee Greenwood and Neal McCoy. In November 2013, Tate will release Doug Briney's latest CD entitled "Super Country Cowboy" which is a brilliant and heartfelt collection of compositions from some of today's best country songwriters.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is a career as a Country music artist? What advice would you give to young kids who want to pursue a career as a Country music artist? What is the hardest part about being a Country music artist? What characteristic traits does a person have to have to become successful in the Country music business today? What do you feel are the pros and cons of the life of Country music musician?
ACTRESS - Mara Marini is best known for her recurring role as "Brandi Maxxxx" on the hit NBC comedy series, "Parks and Recreation." She will soon be starring on Disney's "Kickin' It" and shooting a politically-incorrect feature comedy this Fall. Mara has also appeared in a number of Indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called "Inside Dating" on Break.com
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What has it been like working on the set of Parks & Recreation? What has been the biggest lesson you've learned as an actress and being in the entertainment industry? What are the challenges of working as an actress today in Hollywood?
SENIOR MINISTER | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR - Dr. R. Scott Colglazier is Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles which is a progressive, arts-oriented church. He is also the author of the popular blog entitled: "Take A Breath". He is the author of several books, including his most recent work "A Dictionary of Faith." His work as a religious leader has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and The CBS Morning Show, as well as in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The New York Times.
Dr. Joseph Nadeau is the Artistic Director and Conductor of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Joe holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and a Master's and Doctoral degree in choral conducting. He regularly serves as guest speaker, presenter, clinician, and conductor for regional, state, and national conferences and music festivals. Joe has commissioned over one hundred new works and arrangements, produced eight commercial CD's, two DVD's and performed with Heartland Men's Chorus for over five thousand elementary, middle school, and high school students in special outreach concerts. He has taught at every educational level from pre-K through college. As an active member of GALA Choruses for over twenty years, Joe believes in the power of the LGBT choral movement to make this world a better place for everyone. He is also the Artistic Director of gmcla.org
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What kind of programs do you provide for low income members of your local community such as: help with housing, health care, education, free food, free clothes? How easy or difficult is it to raise funds to support First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and GMCLA? What inspires and excites you about your faith-based profession?
COUNTRY SINGER | SONGWRITER | GUITARIST - Jiggley Jones is an Americana, Alternative Country singer, songwriter from Pennsylvania. His debut EP entitled "No Spring Chicken" is currently at #4 on the Roots Music Report chart and the two singles, ";Baby Blue" and ";Ain't That Alright" have received international airplay. The video for ";Baby Blue" has received more than 100,000 YouTube views, while the video for ";Ain't That Alright" has been seen more than 20,000 times in just a couple of days. Both videos have topped the OnlyLyrics.com video chart. ";Ain't That Alright" is also charting on the International Broadcasters Association chart at #80. Jiggley's music has been included on MTV network shows like the Dennis Rodman show and he has performed at CMA Fest, CBGB's and the legendary Bitter End in New York City.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: When do you know you are ready to get out of the garage and start playing in front of people? What's the best way to get gigs as a new band? What is the greatest strength and weakness of a band? When do you know when you should start looking for a band manager?
ROCK & METAL SINGER | SONGWRITER | GUITARIST - Xander Demos is signed to Rock N Growl Records for digital distribution and Dynasty Records for physical distribution. His debut album "Guitarcadia" was named one of the Best of 2012 by Hair Metal Mansion. In addition to fronting his own solo band, XDB (Xander Demos Band) Xander plays guitar for metal legend James Rivera of Helstar, Malice. Xander also plays with James in the east coast version of Sabbath Judas Sabbath, an internationally recognized tribute act. Xander is endorsed with top manufacturers such as: Suhr and McNaught Guitars who make the Xander Demos Signature model guitar (XD727.) He also has endorsements with Calfornia-based Rock N Roll Gangstar Clothing, as well as Intex Cables, Fractal Audio Systems, JH Audio in-ear monitors, Matrix Amps and many others. Xander has performed on albums by Liberty N Justice, Ged Rylands' Rage of Angels. Modern Superstar and others. He will appear in the upcoming metal documentary ";Hair I Go Again."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What's the best way to deal with the naysayers or negative critics who think being in a band as a chosen career is an unwise choice? What's the difference between a Rock and Metal musician? How do you get paying gigs in this genre of music if you're just starting out as a band?
PRODUCER | ACTOR - Hallie Jordan is a producer and actress with an extensive background in theatre. Hallie has a self-developed BA degree titled "The Ontology of a Performer" from Johnston College at the University of Redlands. She has studied abroad in Paris at the Sorbonne as well as in Arezzo, Italy, Salzburg, Austria and Nepal. Hallie has an alumni status at the comedy studies conservatory from The Second City, Chicago. Currently, she is starring in and producing several films. Hallie is part of an all-female inprov team called ";Ladies Like Tea" and has started a website called Womentertain.com that features stories about successful women in the entertainment industry.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is an acting career? What advice would you give to young kids who want to act? What is the hardest part about acting? What characteristic traits does a person have to have to be a great actor?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | ACTOR - Leonardo Foti was born in Italy, but made Los Angeles his home five years ago. He is recognized as an international, unconventional and fearless artist who moves effortlessly between acting, film-making, musical theater, improvisation and writing. Leo directed his first film last year called ";Tipping Point" which was a major success at Cannes Film Festival. Leo is founder of Seven Waves Entertainment, a new film company Leo created in collaboration with his mentor, Marco Gomez. Currently, Leo is developing a project called "Extravaganza" which is a behind-the-scenes look at an LA cabaret club. It's a live show about a reality show within an episodic show! The buzz is that it's expected to be a break-out hit.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: In your opinion, as a new filmmaker, how can one earn a living and sustain their career? How do you get a distribution company interested in your film? What is the best way to approach a representative of a distribution company at the screening of your film? What do you consider money that is well spent and what isn't on a film?
FILMMAKER - Mark Bessenger is the co-founder of a film production company called Blakk Flamingo Pictures. Some of his most notable films are: "Bite Marks," "Candy," "The Last Straight Man," "Rhapsody" and "Quiver" due to be released in 2014. Mark has been featured in "Fangoria" and various other horror magazines.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How do you make sure you have all of the shots you need if you only have one day to shoot? How will I know when I should even attempt to do a feature? I'm so worn out from asking people for money to fund my films. How do I not grow jaded? What's up with the film festivals?
CHILD ACTORS - Bianca Buck and Tayler Buck are sisters blazing a trail towards the red carpet. They have only recently relocated to California, but have already been signed with a top agency and have a manager. These two talented child actor and models have appeared hit shows such as: "Private Practice," "CSI: NY," Comedy Central's "Key & Peele Show," "Tasty Time with ZeFronk" (Disney Channel) and various projects for BET. They have both done lots of national commercials for clients such as: Claritin, Kmart and Ameritrade. Bianca Buck's modeling career began at the age of three for Disney, H&M, Target and various magazines. Bianca also does voice-over work for Video games and Disney. Tayler Buck started acting at age of four doing commercial work for clients such as: Nike, Nissan and State Farm. Tayler's modeling career consists of clients such as: The GAP and Speedo. Currently, she is a recurring actress on a popular webisode on Black Box TV called "Kidnapped."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you think are some concerns that child actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? What are some of your pet peeves about auditions or the casting process? What do you think a child actor should start doing to build a successful career? How does a child actor know how to find and build their branding?
SINGER | ACTRESS | DANCER - Stefanie Selai is from a small southern town of Savannah Georgia where she grew up in the dressing rooms of her parents who were a part of the reputable City Lights Theatre Company. She was bitten by the acting bug after playing the role of Molly in a community theatre production of ";Annie" and continued to be an active participant in her hometown's theatre scene throughout childhood. At the age of 10, Stefanie spent the whole year doing radio jingles, public appearances and commercials. Upon graduating, she attended Savannah College of Art and Design. During her time at SCAD, Stefanie collaborated with London playwright, Tony Troy, on a musical entitled ";The Flute Player's Song" and she can be heard as the principal character ";Mary" for the American recording. Stefanie also attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, transferred to Los Angeles and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Theatre. Currently, Stefanie is pursuing a professional career as a Singer, Actress, Dancer. She is a member of a local acapella group called WestBeat.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the worst and best advice you've received while pursuing your career as a singer, actress, dancer? What are some jobs that you've had that helped you supplement your income?
DIRECTOR | SCREENWRITER | ACTOR - "After driving a cab in his hometown of New York City for eight years in his twenties, Eric Schaeffer exploded on the film scene with his debut film "My Life’s In Turnaround" which garnered rave reviews. His next film was a hit romantic comedy for Tristar called "If Lucy Fell" (Writer, Director, Producer, Actor) which starred: Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Stiller, Elle Macpherson and it is followed by a string of hit other films. Eric ‘s current film entitled "Boy Meets Girl" is a transgender romantic comedy starring transgender lead, Michelle Hendley and Michael Welch from "Twilight." It has generated much pre-production buzz from top sites like TMZ's sister site, TooFab.com. It's expected to be available for release in 2014.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What three characteristic traits does it take to be a successful producer? What is the worst and best advice you've received while pursuing your career? What are the basic steps to get a film made on a budget? How do you feel about using a crowd funding website such as Kickstarter or IndieGoGo?
SCREENWRITER | NOVELIST | ACTOR - Frank Ferruccio has enjoyed a prolific and extensive career within many sectors of the entertainment industry. He is a film archivist, screenwriter, actor and novelist. He has written two books on the the blonde bombshell screen siren, Jane Mansfield. His most recent biography entitled "Diamonds to Dust: The Life and Death of Jayne Mansfield" has been made into a film starring Hailey Heisick as Jayne Mansfield and will be released in 2014. Jayne Mansfield was the mother of Mariska Hargitay, star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Frank worked at Lagunatic Filmworks and had the great opportunity to work with rock musician "Joan Jett" of "Joan Jett & The Blackhearts" utilizing his skills to assist in the development and production of the albums "Naked" and "Sinner." Frank is the owner of Frank Ferruccio Enterprises which works within the motion picture industry to provide significant services to clients which include: film archiving, film preservation, entertainment management and freelance consulting with regard to client projects. Frank is also an actor and has appeared on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," TV Land's "TV Land: Myths and Legends," "Blue Bloods," as well as many programs for the BBC, such as "Living Famously" and "Arena Blondes."
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What was it like working for Joan Jett of "Joan Jett & The Blackhearts?" What was it like meeting Mariska Hargitay? What were some of the responsibilities you had while working with Joan Jett?
PRODUCER | WRITER | ACTRESS - Some of Catherine Natale's career highlight's include working as an actress in "Burlesque" starring Cher and Christina Aguilera and the sitcom "Hope and Faith" opposite Kelly Ripa. Catherine Natale can be seen in the in the upcoming movie "Wheels" which is a gritty comedy about two handicapped vets. Recently, Catherine opened her own productions company called Maxpetals Productions and developed a web series called "Redneck Weddings" in which the stories are taken from her own experiences working in a wedding chapel.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: You said that your Kickstarter film funding campaign was a total flop and now you know what you would have done things differently. What do you feel you did incorrectly and what advice do you have for our audience on what you now think makes a successful Crowd Funding Campaign?
MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCERS - Benjamin Viele and Alexander Rodriguez are the co-owners of a multi-media production company called Sa Sa Productions. Ben and Alex are a couple of fun, feisty, very professional guys who love to bring together all of the elements necessary to produce top quality, very buzzed about events around town. By ";redefining the defined," Sa Sa Productions strives to provide a unique voice and style to each of their professional endeavors – changing the conception of the industry's standards. If you want your next event or personal social campaign to be the talk of the town, call Ben and Alex at Sa Sa Productions.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the pros and cons of owning and operating a multi-media production company? Is this a profitable business? What are some things you can do to keep a business such as yours relevant and thriving? What are the main focus areas of a multi-media business and what do you need to devote of yourself to each one? What would be some reasons to open a multi-media production company? What are the perks? What is the deep, dark side of the business? Is this an expensive start-up venture? What is the most you could ever expect to achieve having this type of business? What characteristic traits do you feel a person needs for this line of work?
INDIE SINGER | SONGWRITER - Brittany McDonald is making an impressive debut with her hot single "Notice Me." With over 100,000 views on YouTube, over 36,000 followers on Twitter & Facebook, it's no surprise that her music has been featured on Golden Globe and Emmy winning shows such as: "Modern Family" and "Guiding Light." Her song "Another Wanna Be" was featured on 8 million Sony MP3 players worldwide. With notable mentions from Arianna Huffington, who personally gave Brittany her own blog on the Huffington Post, and taste makers like Perez Hilton, it's evident that Brittany McDonald's music is speaking volumes.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is the WORST piece of advice you've been given while pursuing your music career? How do you balance a music career with other obligations such as your mate, children, social life? How do you handle mistakes during a performance? When you're performing, how do you keep an audience engaged and excited?
COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER | SONGWRITER - Amy Rose is a 2013 Country Music Association of Ontario and 2013 Independent Country Music Association Award Nominee. Amy grew up in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where she began her singing career at the age of five. Her first public performance was in a singing contest at a local fair, followed by a series of singing competitions and has mastered the art of yodeling. Amy's first album entitled "One Special Girl" was released independently when she was only thirteen years old. Her 2nd album "The Last of the True Believers" was released in 2001 receiving lots of airplay and earning her the reputation as one of Canada's best young female artists. Amy continues to successfully inspire live audiences and Nashville has begun to whisper in this northern girl's ear. Her latest song entitled "Party Like A Redneck" has garnered rave reviews and will be one of the tracks on her 3rd album entitled "The Beginning" dropping October 2013. Another notable track on the album is called ";I Just Want You To Know" which is a pop-country cover of a song which was originally supposed to be recorded by the Backstreet Boys.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What is your biggest piece of advice to aspiring singers who dream of moving to Nashville? Do you really have to move to Nashville to get noticed by the important record labels? What are some things you need to know if you decide to pursue a career in the country music business? What can you do to separate yourself from the competition?
WEBSITE: AmyRoseMusic.com | iTunes
ACTOR - This week our focus is on career advice from the perspective of the beginning actor. Our guest today is Jamian J. Blackmon. Jamian is a talented new actor whom I recently discovered from his YouTube video. In watching his demo reel, I felt he had a great amount of natural talent. I think that with his continued training, there is no doubt he could go on to become a superb actor known to us all. Jamian began his acting career pursuit in 2005. His first job was as a background actor on "Bring It On 4: In it to Win it." In 2008, he was cast in his first lead role in the film "Up In The Attic." In 2010, he was cast in "The Yard," directed by Nathan Zen-Sapien that was featured in the 2011 Garden State Film Festival. In 2011, he was cast in "Booley" directed by Christain Grillo which was signed to a distribution deal in the UK. In 2012, Jamian was cast in the film "Deer Crossing," that was distributed throughout the country being sold at different Red Box and Blockbuster locations. Jamian made the big move to California at the end of 2012 and landed a role in entitled "Color Blind," which is currently still in production. Jamian continues to attend acting and casting director classes. He is so honored to have been taught by celebrity acting coach, Tracey Moore.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: As a fairly new actor in Hollywood, what do you find to be your greatest challenge? What do you find harder to do out here, career-wise, than on the East coast? What types of jobs do you recommend to supplement your income? What are some things a person should know before they move to Hollywood? What three characteristic traits do you feel are mandatory to become a successful actor? What are some tips on how to handle your nerves before an audition?
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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION - Kelly Gonzales is the Executive Director of The Mulligan Project. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities in Central Vietnam by providing special education, physical therapy and healthcare services to an under served and overlooked generation of vulnerable children.
On April 11, 2012, The Mulligan Project joyfully celebrated the opening ceremony of The Dien Ban Day Center. This is a school for children with disabilities. It is a full-service special education facility that not only provides sorely needed programs to children but also benefits their families. The Dien Ban Day Center is the first of its kind in the region and addresses a critical gap. Most of the children at the Center have either never been in school or were rejected after failing their first year. The Mulligan Project offers children with disabilities a tailored program where they can maximize their mental and physical potential. Please consider helping these poor children today by giving a one-time, small donation or sponsoring a child for $60.00 a month. Please visit their website for more information on how you can help.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What would be some clues that you may be a good fit for a career in a non-profit organization? What characteristic traits do you definitely need to possess to work successfully in a non-profit organization? What can one do to follow their dream career of working in a non-profit, but at the same time, working on being financially secure for retirement?
WEBSITE: The MulliganProject.org
INDIE BAND - "Val And Her Lovers" are a Los Angeles based band whose unique blend of Indie Pop-Rock, Dance and Soul has been compared to the likes of Florence & the Machine, Alabama Shakes and Tegan & Sara. The band consists of Val Macias (songwriter/vocalist), Patrick Simon (keyboardist), Steve Crane (guitarist), Henry Muehlhausen (bassist) and Matt Lesser (drummer). Recently, they released their first CD entitled ";Goodbye LA" which was mixed & mastered by the multi-talented Bryan Morton. Their next CD is scheduled for release in the Winter of 2013.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What Are Some Unique Guerrilla Music Marketing Suggestions? What's a Record Label Deal All About? How Do I Plan A Radio Promotion Campaign? What Are The Top 10 Reasons Demos Are Rejected By A Label? How Do I Get A Solid Fan Base?
REALITY TELEVISION CASTING DIRECTOR - James Karhu is reality television casting director known for discovering talent for television's most fascinating shows, including: ABC's ";Secret Millionaire" and the Emmy Nominated game show ";Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" An avid skateboarder and surfer, he began his television career travelling across the country in a green RV for the PBS and Fuel TV series ";Roadtrip Nation." Throughout that process, he spent 30 days interviewing leaders in the action sports industry, and discovered his true passion for people and their unique stories. His work can be seen on: ABC, NBC, Bravo, MTV, CMT, GSN, The HUB, OWN and online at Yahoo.com. To receive exclusive James Karhu Casting opportunities, sign up for our newsletter: JamesKarhu.com/newsletter.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Why have reality television shows become so popular? Is this a recommended path for exposure in the entertainment industry as an actor? What makes a great reality television star? Do you get paid a lot of money to be on reality television or anything at all? When you audition for people, what are looking for really? How about things that you don't want to see?
CASTING DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | WRITER - Stacey Tenenbaum is a casting director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. She has spent her career working in both casting and development. She began casting at 17 years old and then attended film school, followed by the MFA Producers Program at UCLA. She's worked with some of the top casting directors and producers in the entertainment industry on dozens of series and pilots. Some of her casting department credits include: "Frasier," "According to Jim," "Reno 911," "Parenthood," "Covert Affairs" and "Perfect Couples." Feature film credits include: "Marley & Me" and "Wanderlust." As a freelance casting executive at Nickelodeon, she covered their large slate of projects which included: "Marvin Marvin," "See Dad Run," "Hollywood Heights," "iCarly," "Victorious," "Big Time Rush" and "How to Rock." Stacey has just completed the independent feature "The Wilderness" and some recent casting credits include: "Egg Baby," "Tomorrow Maybe," "Possum Death Spree" and "Patrol," "Funny or Die" and "Prayer Hour" starring Jason Priestley, Megan Hilty, Gary Busey and Maureen McCormick.
Recently, she launched a production and casting company called Gib A Kick Productions in which she is focused on casting, consulting and developing film, television, and Internet projects. Stacey is also available for remote script consulting and private actor audition coaching over Skype.
WEBSITES: IMDB.com Facebook Twitter
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER | ACTOR - Leo Foti is the founder of a premiere Hollywood film production company, Seven Waves Entertainment. With several projects underway, including the recent release of the short film ";Tipping Point," Seven Waves Entertainment is earning recognition in International film festivals for its unconventional and fearless storytelling. ";Tipping Point" was the first film directed by Leo Foti and recently premiered at Universal Studios Launch Party for Seven Waves Entertainment. One of his upcoming projects is entitled ";Extravaganza." It is a TV and Live Stage show. Leo is currently accepting script submissions for future projects.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some unique ways to get funding for your indie films? What three characteristic traits are mandatory to survive in the entertainment industry? What are the secrets to working as a team on a production and keeping everyone happy and enthusiastic about the project? What are some unique ways to get funding for your indie films?
COUNTRY MUSIC PRODUCER | SONGWRITER | SINGER - Tom MacClear has written for or played with such music legends as: Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox and the band Concrete Blonde. He has written screenplays and has produced music for such television shows as "Californication" and "Caveman." His latest hit single called "Sweet Summer Days" sung by the multi-talented vocalist Rachel Quinn, is now available on all music websites.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: When you're touring, what is the best way to deal with stress? Do you have any advice on how to conquer stage fright? Do I have to move to Nashville to get my work noticed by the important record labels?
TOM MACLEAR WEBSITE: MacLear.net
CASTING DIRECTOR | This week our guest is Caroline Liem. Caroline is a casting director, audition coach and teacher based in Los Angeles. She has worked with some of the top directors and producers on over 50 feature films, television shows and pilots throughout her 15 years in casting. Her credits include: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Anomaly, Assassin's Creed III, X2,The Perfect Sleep, Devour, Blade Trinity, When Do We Eat?, Boogeyman, Auto Focus, Silent Witness, Life With Bonnie, Two Guys and a Girl, Popular and VIP. At Disney Studios, she enjoyed working in both their feature and television casting departments overseeing such projects as: Gone In Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor, 102 Dalmatians, Gangs of New York, Annie, and Geppetto. Her highly acclaimed film/TV audition and text analysis classes have been taught throughout the U.S. both privately and at universities. She has cast indie films, studio features and television pilot/series for Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, WB, and Fox. You can see her latest casting on Nickelodeon's "Parental Discretion" with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: If an actor moves here from another state, what is the category delegation of money for his/her acting tools? What are some of the signs to look for to avoid getting scammed? What should an actor be doing to make the most of their day in their pursuit of a successful acting career? How can actors improve their chances of being seen by a casting director without an agent? How can actors get in front of you for an audition?
EMMY AWARD WINNER | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest is Mary Lou Belli. Mary Lou is an Emmy Award winner producer, writer and director. Her directing credits include: ";Monk," "Reed Between the Lines," "Second Generation Wayans," "The Game," ";The Wizards of Waverly Place," ";Sister, Sister," ";Girlfriends" and "One on One." The last two shows earned her BET nominations for directing. She is the co-author of three books: ";The Sitcom Career Book," "Acting for Young Actors" and most recently,";Directors Tell the Story." She also teaches part time at USC.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Do you have an advantage if you go to film school as a path to being a director? What does it takes to be a successful director? From a directors viewpoint, what makes a great actor? What would an actor have to do to make you remember them fondly? What are directors biggest pet peeves?
MUSIC COMPOSER | SINGER - This week our guest is Adonis Tsilimparis. After graduating from College, Adonis played in several pop and rock bands around New York City as a lead guitarist and singer. In the mid 1990's he became a staff writer for several years at a commercial jingle house called "Fearless Music" where he wrote and performed countless commercial ads. Many of his compositions could still be heard in advertisements for: Burger King, AT&T, Sprite and Pepsi. He decided to expand his career and began to compose music for other film and TV Projects such as: ‘Guiding Light,' ‘All My Children,' ‘CSI:NY,' ‘NCIS' and a numerous amount of reality shows on the E Network and A&E Network. He also writes music for cable shows and indie films.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are key tasks for Music composer? What are the top three skills that you need to be a successful Music composer? What is your process for writing a score to a feature film? How do you get your first job?
BRITISH PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | WRITER - This week our guest's are Matthew Hick and Chris Lumb. They have been writing and directing partners since 2007. They started out performing at a monthly comedy night. They soon realized they shared a love of the "Monty Python" style of films and began writing sketches and short films together. Recently, they wrote, produced, directed and acted in a follow-up short film to their feature last year called "Tuck Bushman and the Legend of Piddledown Dale" with "Tuck Bushman and the Demon Bitch Bags" and it has received rave reviews and won several awards. Their films are available to view on YouTube.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the ways you can get funding for your film projects? As Foreign filmmakers, how do you get Hollywood to notice your films?
WEBSITES: lumbfilm.co.uk and comedycheckout.com
TEENAGE ACTRESS - This week our guest is Lana Giacose. Lana is definitely a teen actress heading towards the red carpet path to an Oscar. Lana has booked jobs in film and television. Lana made her film debut in the upcoming comedy "She Is Not My Sister" opposite Kel Mitchell and Tristan Mays. She can also be seen in "Trust Me" opposite Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Clark Gregg, the writer and director. Lana was reunited with Rockwell and Macy, as well as Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Jason Isaacs in the feature entitled "A Single Shot." Lana will attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this January in support of another film she is in called "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" starring Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some fears teen actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? How does a teen actor know how to find and build their brand? What are some of your pet peeves about auditions or the casting process? What do you think a teen actor should start doing to build a successful career?
CELEBRITY CASTING DIRECTOR | PRODUCER - This week our guest is Valerie McCaffrey. Valerie has held the titles of Casting Executive at Universal Studios and Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line | Fine Line Films. She has cast over 80 films and has overseen several hundreds in her studio career. Some films she cast include: "Babe" earning James Cromwell an Oscar Nomination. She also cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema's "American History X" earning Edward Norton an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and the critically acclaimed film "Hard Candy" which put Ellen Page in her first American film. Recently, Valerie produced a film called "Lost And Found In Armenia" with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan; an award-winning cancer documentary ";Tumor, It's in the System" in which she co-directed and co-produced; as well as producing an award-winning film directed entitled "Neo Ned" starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. She continues to cast scores of films and is also producing many films. Her current film is "Pure Life" starring Vera Farmiga and Elle Fanning which is in the process of shooting in Los Angeles. Valerie has an upcoming film called "TAD"about Abraham Lincoln's younger son who had a learning disability.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What are some of the common misconceptions actors have about casting directors or auditions in general? How can an actor get an audition with a top casting director if they don't have agent representation? When a casting director asks ";what have you been up to lately" and I haven't booked anything in awhile, what do you say?
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR - This week our guest is Rob Williams. Rob is the co-founder of Guest House Films, an LA-based film company that is a leader in the niche of gay independent cinema. But, Guest House Films is not just a film production company, but also a distributor. Some of Rob's films include: "The Men Next Door," starring Bernjamin Lutz, "Make the Yuletide Gay," "Long-Term Relationship," "Back Soon," "3-Day Weekend" and all of his "Brief's Series" including "Black Briefs" which is the first compilation of dark-themed gay short films and it debuted at #1 on the website TLAGay.com Bestseller list! Rob was recently honored with an invitation to come to India's Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, where he was presented with a career retrospective of his work. You can find all of Rob Williams' movies on: Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon.
CELEBRITY CASTING DIRECTOR | ACTING COACH - This week our guest is Amy Jo Berman. She was the former Vice President of Casting at HBO for 14 years and has overseen the casting of over 150 films, mini-series, and series. She is associated with the production of of more than 150 Emmy and Golden Globe winning projects. Recently, she founded "Audition Polish" which is a membership-based audition coaching program. Using her 18 plus years of technical audition experience in the casting room, Amy has helped thousands of actors with her tele-classes, private coaching, workshops and seminars nail their auditions on the first take. Amy loves staying in touch with actors on social media. Watch her video acting tips on YouTube, join her Tips On Acting via Facebook and get her VIP event updates by signing up directly from her website: amyjoberman.com/vip
LIFE COACH | ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY - This week our guest is Life Coach, William Constantine. Dubbed ";a living luminary" by his clients, fans, and peers, Mr. Constantine is a growing force in the personal development and self-help movements. Because of William, scores of people across the globe have learned how to create what they desire in their lives; more happiness, love, health, and wealth. He is an empowering new thought leader helping people transform their lives by realizing that everything they could ever want, they already have; to get out of their own way; to release fears, doubts, and anxieties; to break free of the human conditioning, thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve them; and to surrender to the Infinite Intelligence within them.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How does one find the most compatible life coach for their needs? How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values? What is keeping people from living their best life?
INDIE ROCK BAND - This week our guest is Virago. They are an International Award-Winning, original, high-energy, female indie-rock duet band consisting Amy Schindler and Maire Tashjian. They're similar to the "Indigo Girls." Their new album, "Love Over Fear" is a follow-up to their debut album, "Here Be Dragons." The new 10-track album showcases a fabulous collection of eclectic, stunning tracks ranging from rock and reggae to blues.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: What do you think the secret is to keeping a band together for a long period of time? How do you produce a CD of songs on a budget without sacrificing quality? What's the best recording software?
VIRAGO WEBSITE: viragomusic.com
AWARD-WINNING INTEGRATED MEDIA PROFESSIONAL - This week our guest is Jill Demby Guest. Jill is an Award-Winning Integrated Media Professional. She has interviewed entertainment icons including: George Lucas, Martin Sheen, Yoko Ono, George Carlin, film directors, producers, writers, cryptologists, astronauts of the International Space Station and many others. As a writer, producer, blogger, studio executive consultant and celebrity interviewer, she has extensive expertise in video biographies and behind the scenes documentaries for television and DVD releases for major studios. In addition, she has written and produced trailers, national TV campaigns and promotions for: Warner Brothers, Disney, CBS, NBC, ABC and Lifetime. For her work in public television, she was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS INCLUDE: How do you get a job as: Audio Book Producer, Post Production Supervisor, Editor, Celebrity Interviewer?
JILL DEMBY GUEST WEBSITE: jilldembyguest.com