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Alyshia Ochse

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Jessica Pohly on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Jessica Pohly

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From comedy to drama, Jessica is solidifying a name for herself in the entertainment industry through her authentic, original brand of comedy and ability to transition seamlessly to dramatic characters on screen and is a proud member of the LGBTQ community. Pohly was born and raised in New York City. She began her career touring with the American Shakespeare Center and was also a member of the Atlantic Theater Company. She originated roles in several plays written by Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Rapp.

After writing, producing, and starring in Alternate Sides, a 2012 short film about the trials and tribulations of parking in New York City, Pohly ventured into television with cameos in multiple sitcoms in 2013 and 2014, including “Welcome to the Family,” “Super Fun Night,” and “Modern Family.”

This year Jessica can be seen starring opposite Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Richa Moorjani, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in season 5 of FX’s critically acclaimed drama series “Fargo.” She got her first big break on screen starring as bank robber Pepper opposite Paul Reubens in “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” which debuted on Netflix in 2016. Additional recent credits for Jessica include recurring roles on “Grand Crew” for NBC, Netflix’s “Huge in France,” ‘SMILF” for Showtime and “Goliath” for Amazon. Jessica is currently a member of the Main Company at The Groundlings, the foremost comedy training ground in Los Angeles that has been a springboard for countless careers.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Behzad Dabu on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Behzad Dabu

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Behzad Dabu is an actor, writer, and producer. He grew up in Syracuse, NY and got his BFA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago. With a passion for working with playwrights and new play development, he originated the role of ‘Amit’ in “Samsara” at Victory Gardens Theatre, for which he was nominated for a Jeff Award – Best Actor. He also originated the role of ‘Abe’ in the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated play, “Disgraced” which he performed at American Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum at Center Theatre Group.

On screen, you can see him as ‘Simon Drake’ on How To Get Away With Murder on ABC,  as ‘Amir’ on the Showtime series The Chi, on Disney’s The Lion Guard, and many more. Behzad is the Director of Acting for the HillmanGrad Mentorship Lab, an instructor at The Last Acting Studio, and an adjunct professor in the theatre department at Columbia College Chicago where he leads their Semester in LA program.

Behzad strives to be a strong advocate for social justice and equality, particularly in regards to representation in the arts and media; and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project, which seeks to level the playing field and provide resources in the arts for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Vanessa Kai

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Vanessa Kai is best known for her work on the CW’s hit series “Kung Fu.” She is a native New Yorker and a first generation Chinese American. She began her professional training as a drama student at Fiorello LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

With numerous theater credits, she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Ruby” in the sold-out, extended world premiere of “KPOP,” an Off-Broadway, immersive musical event produced by Ars Nova.

Before “Kung Fu”, Vanessa appeared in a number of other television series and films, including “New Amsterdam”, “Orange Is the New Black”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “The Blacklist”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and “Madam Secretary.” Off-screen, Vanessa is an advocate for Asian representation in the entertainment industry and has spoken out about the need for more diverse storytelling.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Alyshia Ochse

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In this special solo episode kicking off 2024, Alyshia expresses excitement about bringing new episodes this year and announces that the podcast is now available on YouTube for a visual experience. Reflecting on the past year, Alyshia shares insights on goal-setting, encourages actors to know their type, and suggests actionable steps to take control of their careers. Let’s jump start the year with measurable intentions!


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Sarah Carter on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Sarah Carter

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Sarah Carter is a writer, director, actor, filmmaker, and CEO of Cheshire Moon Productions. Her success as an actor inspired a quiet pursuit of the director’s chair beginning with Judd Apatow and Seth Rogan inviting her into the writer’s room to develop her character on their comedy series ‘Undeclared’. Since then, she has shadowed and worked with several top directors, including Spike Lee, Martin Donovan, and Miguel Sapochnik most notably over the course of her 5-year run on Steven Spielberg’s “Falling Skies”. Her debut feature, “In Her Name”, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in June 2022, winning an Audience Award. Along with “A Pity”, a film she starred in and produced with her husband, writer/director/editor Kevin Barth, “In Her Name” continues to collect accolades and recognition from international audiences.

Her mission is to exemplify the simple truths that offer hope and freedom amidst the insanity that is our human condition. With equal reverence for innocence and shadow, her work is infused with compassion, forgiveness, and wisdom and is an example of what can come through within the madness of life when the feminine is empowered to lead.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Rosal Colon on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Rosal Colon

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Rosal Colon is a born and raised New Yorker with Puerto Rican roots. She grew up in a theater family with her parents founding Pregones Theater almost 40 years ago in the South Bronx. It was here where Rosal fell in love with theater, the craft of acting and community.

She continued her studies at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she studied acting and went on to acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduating, she landed her first Broadway show at Lincoln Center, “A Free Man of Color.” She continued working in theaters on and off Broadway, most notably the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Between Riverside and Crazy“ by Stephen Adly Guirgis. She recently finished the Broadway run in 2023 which garnered a TONY nomination for Best Play.

Rosal’s first major entry in TV was joining the 4th season of “Orange is The New Black.” She shot 27 consecutive episodes, describing the experience as an absolute dream and a great teacher in the art of TV and film. She continued on with some other guest spots on shows like “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary” and “New Amsterdam” until she booked a recurring role on “Power Book 3: Raising Kanan.” Rosal has appeared in the first three seasons and the third season will be out this summer.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Patrick Adams on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Patrick Adams

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For seven seasons Patrick J. Adams has charmed audiences worldwide, as Mike Ross in USA’s hit drama, “Suits,” a role which garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Adams took on the role of Major John Glenn in the Nat Geo/Disney + original series, “The Right Stuff.”

With Zoe Saldana & Jason Isaacs, Adams starred in the 2014 television miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby” directed by Agnieska Holland. Additional television credits include Michael Mann and David Milch’s acclaimed series “Luck” opposite Dustin Hoffman and Michael Gambon, season two of the hit series “Orphan Black” opposite Tatiana Maslany, “Lost,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “N.C.I.S.,” “Lie To Me” and “Flash Forward.” Additionally, Adams starred in indie films such as, “The Waterhole,” 2009 Slamdance entry “Weather Girl,” “6 Month Rule” directed by Blayne Weaver and “Car Dogs” opposite Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer.

He is a member of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, starring in new works by established and developing playwrights.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Jamie Castro on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Jamie Castro

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Working her way up from an assistant to casting associate to an Emmy-nominated casting director, Jamie Castro has cast numerous film and television projects including “Inventing Anna,” “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19” and more. In today’s episode, we cover reasons why an actor might get recast, who usually writes the character breakdowns, and how actors can politely and professionally start to turn down co-star roles when they feel they’re ready to level up to guest stars. As a coach, Jamie knows what makes a strong audition. Offering examples, she shares what it was like watching stars Kerry Washington and Katie Lowes audition for “Scandal” and what made their performances so memorable.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Ross Lacy & Alyson Horn

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Casting directors Ross Lacy and Alyson Horn are the dynamic duo of 200 South La Brea. Both starting from an acting background, the two have gone on to cast commercials for some of the biggest brands in the business and they are always on the lookout for new talent. Embracing a philosophy of direction not correction, Ross and Alyson share what makes a strong audition, how to best utilize improv for different kinds of commercial copy, and the importance of having a headshot that looks exactly like you.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

02 Julie Schubert on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Julie Schubert

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With over 90 titles to her name, Emmy award-winning casting director Julie Schubert has cast some of the most widely acclaimed films and television series in the business. From “House of Cards” to “The Diplomat,” “Manifest,” “The Punisher,” “Mindhunter,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and many more, Julie is highly sought after for her keen eye and knowledgable insight. Starting out as an associate working for some of the biggest casting directors in the industry, Julie shares what she’s learned over the years about what makes a stellar audition, forming relationships with agents, what actors should try asking for in negotiations, and how to get into the casting business.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

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Los Angeles-based actress, bestselling author, host of That One Audition podcast, entrepreneur, & mother.

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