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049: Sammi Rotibi

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Sammi Rotibi is an accomplished and seasoned actor with over 40 credits to his name, working in both television and film. He is best known for his work on Antoine Fuqua’s Tears of the Sun, following the story of a Special-Ops commander in the Nigerian jungle and his journey to save lives of 70 refugees, and Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed Django Unchained in his role as Rodney. He is also known for his performances in Lord of War, acting alongside Nicolas Cage, LUV, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Blue: The American Dream, and Once Upon a Time in Venice, his second film with Bruce Willis. He has starred and guest starred in numerous television shows, including The Secret Circle, The Blacklist, Matador, CSI: NY, NCIS: Miami, and MacGyver. You can find him in the second season of National Geographic’s highly anticipated Mars as Robert Foucault, a drama that explores Earth’s first mission to colonize Mars in 2033. He is currently working on a sci-fi thriller adaptation of the YA novelist Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds Triology.

These are the tenacious, inspiring, and funny stories about beepers, the moment when a puppy helped him nail a big audition, and how the stars sometimes aligning have all lead Sammi to where he is today.

 

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“I don’t go into an audition to get the job, I go in to make fans and give my interpretation.”

“So why not go into an audition room, and go enjoy the process of it, because even if you don’t get it, it builds character.”

“I think if you trust yourself and you do the work you’ll be successful.”

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048: Logan Browning

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Logan Browning has a film and television career spanning over fifteen years, and she is just getting started. She is best known for her breakout role in the Netflix Original “Dear White People,” in her role as Samantha White. Her performance garnered her a Black Reel Awards nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She is known for her portrayal as Jelena Howard in BET’s “Hit the Floor,” an addictively fun drama following the L.A Devil Girls dance team. You may recognize her from her time as a series regular on Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns,” her role as Sasha in “Bratz,” and her portrayal of Zora in “Powers.” Logan has guest starred in numerous popular television shows, including “Summerland,” “The Secret Circle,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” and “Pair of Kings.”

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“My inner confidence comes from my enlightenment that I know that I have the power to choose how I address the world and how I want the world to see me.”

“I didn’t fall into acting but I went with this momentum that my life was going in.”

“What ultimately ended up really getting me the role of Sam on Dear White People was me telling my real story to producers.”

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BONUS: Hillary Tuck and Joe Towne

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Joe Towne and Hillary Tuck are the partners and creators behind The Actors Mindset, a unique audition technique program that creates a safe and nurturing environment while challenging the actor to work beyond their comfort zone. The program is designed to implement performance routines, to encourage mindfulness, and to take a whole mind and body approach to getting the best out of your performance opportunities. Joe Towne is an award winning writer, director and actor best known for his performances in “Significant Mother”, “Friends in Therapy”, and “Fringe”. You can see him in Rebel Wilson’s newest film “Isn’t It Romantic” next February. He has a long history of coaching businesses, performers, and professional athletes, and he is currently coaching actors at Warner Loughlin’s studio in Hollywood.

Hillary Tuck has been a working actor since the age of 14, and she is best known for her roles in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”, “Grimm”, “Family Guy”, and “House”. Hillary has been an acting teacher and an on-set coach at Warner Loughlin Studios since 2014, where she has coached various actors on shows like ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and Fox’s “The Exorcist.” She was recently the keynote speaker at Eagle U, a leadership conference in Houston, Texas. Joe and Hillary were recently asked by the Elite 11 to speak to the top 24 high school quarterbacks in the country, which you’ll be able to catch on the NFL network next month. The next session of The Actor’s Mindset is Monday, August 6th, running through October 1st in Los Angeles.

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THE PROGRAM:

We work to identify what is OUTDATED, STALE and working AGAINST your self.
We then offer insight on how to reintegrate new EFFECTIVE habits to train instead.
Our program is designed to help bring AWARENESS, PERSPECTIVE and TOOLS to your own personal mindset to help you MAXIMIZE (get your best out of) your performance opportunities. Additionally, help you establish and implement PERFORMANCE ROUTINES that help you address issues such as nerves and confidence and MAXIMIZE (get the best out of) your performance opportunities.

DATES FOR THE NEXT SERIES:
The start date for the next session of The Actor’s Mindset is Monday, August 6th.
It will run through October 1st (no class for Labor Day Weekend) In the Hollywood area

For more information, contact: theactorsmindset@gmail.com

 

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“True confidence comes from the way that we talk to ourselves.”

“We can orient our life around growth.”

047: Rebecca Field

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Rebecca Field is an actress and director best known for her roles as Lacey on Lifetime’s “The Client List,” starring alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, Janet on the ABC drama “October Road,” and her portrayal as Jane Gould in “Criminal Minds.” She had a recurring role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Kittens in a Cage.” Field has guest starred on numerous television shows, including TNT’s “Hawthorne,” “NCIS: LA,” “Castle,” “Mike & Molly,” “Drop Dead Diva,” and “Monk.” Most recently, she guest starred in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks,” and “Movie Nights.” Be sure to watch Rebecca in the upcoming Gus Van Sant film “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, and “A Star Is Born,” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

In this conversation we hear how she protects herself as an actor and champions for herself, how she found her agency and her confidence, and how hypnotherapy and a vision board helped land her first series regular on ABC show “October Road”.

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“Go big or go home. Either get there and do it big or don’t bother doing it at all.”

“I do think there is a fine line between being like overly obsessive and hounding agents every five seconds, or just being an advocate for yourself and for your own career and staying on top of things.”

“When it’s your coverage and your turn, also, go for it. Take your moment, and do the great things you know you’re capable of.”

 

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046: Jon Huertas

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Jon Huertas over 60 credits to his name, starring in both television and film. He is known for his talents as an actor as well as an executive producer and recording artist. Jon is best known for his role among the core four in ABC’s hit show Castle as Javier Esposito, starring alongside Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion. He also starred in HBO’s Generation Kill as Sgt. Antonio Espera. He portrayed Joe Negroni is Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and can most recently be seen in the incredibly popular NBC family drama This Is Us as Miguel Rivas, playing alongside Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown.

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“Even auditioning is being a professional actor. Studying acting out here is being a professional actor.”

“I don’t get rejected. I just don’t get the job because the job isn’t mine. “

“I would do this for free. I think we have agents and managers and lawyers so that we don’t destroy ourselves, because I would do this for free.”

 

045: Allen Maldonado

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Allen Maldonado is a true triple threat: actor, writer, entrepreneur. He is an accomplished actor, best known for his work in Straight Outta Compton, Black-ish, You’re The Worst, and The Equalizer. Additionally, Maldonado wrote on STARZ’s Survivor’s Remorse, an award winning show following the journeys of Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn, beginning in their rough Boston neighborhood to the challenges of success, fame, and money. He co-stars on ABC’s Black-ish and is currently starring alongside Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish in The Last O.G. The series follows an ex-con, played by Morgan, after being released from prison on good behavior, and struggling to find his place in his old neighborhood post gentrification. In 2017 Maldonado launched his first digital app Everybody Digital, a new platform designed to showcase short films and their filmmakers.

Outside of his acting career, Maldonado is a successful entrepreneur. He runs a record company-Get It Done Records; a production company-Only Son Productions; and a T-shirt line-Vineyards Phinest, where a portion of the proceeds go to his foundation. As a staunch advocate for higher education, community service, and encouraging youth to pursue the arts, Maldonado is the founder of Demo Nerds, a foundation that provides free acting classes, tools, and services for at-risk youth and foster children in the inner cities of Los Angeles. Additionally, the organization frequently collaborates with other city programs such as “The Boys & Girls Club,””The Dream Center,” and the “New Village Girls Academy”.

INSTAGRAM: @maldonadoiseverywhere

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ALLEN MALDONADO INTERVIEW

 

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“Acting is what I do, not who I am.”

“You are what your most dominant thoughts are.”

“Most actors think they’re getting into a career, and you’re not. What you’re getting into is starting a small business.”

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044: Kristoffer Polaha

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Kristoffer Polaha is an actor who has build a diverse body of work to his name over the seventeen years he’s been in film and television. He is best known for his performance as a series regular in Backstrom, a television show following the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Crimes Unit as Peter Niedermayer. He starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer as Henry Butler, following their family in New York City, navigating stolen identities and lies. Polaha joined Shiri Appleby and Britt Roberston in Life Unexpected, a sweet show about two people discovering they suddenly have a 15 year old daughter to support. He is also known for Miss Guided, Where Hope Grows, North Shore, and Rocky Mountain Christmas. Most recently, Polaha has guest starred in Ballers and is currently portraying Sam Barber in Condor, following the life of a CIA analyst Joe Turner.

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“My faith is sort of the back bone of my entire career.”

“This is a quote out of the Bible. It says, “I will use stories to speak my message and explain things that have been hidden since the creation of the world.” I mean it’s kind of epic. It’s kind of mind blowingly epic.”

“I think what’s important as an artist is to define your voice. Whose story are you telling? What story are you telling?”

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043: Eve

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You can put EVE on an arena stage, a movie set, a sitcom soundstage, a talk show panel, even in a rap battle with a bunch of dudes. This fearless female will waste no time showing you she can’t be contained. From the Philly streets to Dr. Dre’s “castle” in Calabasas to the world’s stage, this guest shares with us how you can be a truth teller and a storyteller without sacrificing your authenticity or your instincts. She also lets us in on how she wound up taking the entertainment industry by storm despite her biggest fear: public speaking. Eve dishes on everything, starting from the first audition with Dr. Dre to being dropped and her journey to writing music and not being put in a box. This interview gives all the insight to becoming the entertainment industry’s “It” woman.

Eve Jeffers Cooper is a GRAMMY Award-winning musician and actress. She serves as host of THE TALK, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of five female hosts, alongside Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.

As a musician, Eve is best known for her music hits “What Y’all Want,” “Gangsta Lovin,” “Who’s that Girl,” “Satisfaction,” “Tambourine” and “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” featuring Gwen Stefani, which won the inaugural GRAMMY Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002. In 2016 she reunited with Stefani for the “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” tour and hosted the “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens.” Eve has released four multi-million selling albums and 32 singles, and throughout her career she has collaborated with many prominent artists, including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jill Scott, DMX, Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Juicy J, The Roots and Missy Elliott.

Among Eve’s film credits are “xXx” with Vin Diesel, “Barbershop,” “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut” with Ice Cube, “The Cookout” with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, “The Woodsman” and “Flashbacks.” On television she is best known for starring in her own self-titled UPN sitcom, “Eve,” and she also had a recurring role on “Glee” and appeared on four episodes of the Oxygen series “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.” IG: @therealeve

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“I’m grateful for being dropped by Dr. Dre because I learned how to survive the industry.”

“Music videos tell a story. Back in the 2000s music videos told a story and I played the character.”

“I feel most comfortable on stage. It’s a meditation for me.”

“I read scripts melodically. When you have a great script it flows like music.”

“I wanted people to know me more than my music and The Talk has been a wonderful platform to do just that.”

“Energetically trying something new that is not inside the box or in your comfort zone helps you grow as a person and an artist, there is always a lesson to be learned.”

“Fear has always been in my life, its a constant, if I feel it…I run towards.”

“Music is my true love. It’s the diary of my life.”

“I just want to contribute, that is my goal in life. I just want to make sure I’m not wasting my platforming.”

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Ashley Williams

042: Ashley Williams

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Ashley Williams is an American film, television, theater actress, who most recently added the title of Producer to her long list of credits. She has had an expansive career with more than a dozen different television pilots and over 150 TV episodes under her belt. Perhaps best known for her roles on The Jim Gaffigan Show and Good Morning Miami, Williams was also a fan favorite on the hit show How I Met Your Mother. Although Williams is currently taking on the biggest role of her life, motherhood, she has also recently taken on the challenge of producing her own films, two of which have already been sold to the Hallmark Channel.

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“My screen test was my first kiss, and by the way I had braces.”

“We had a deal in my house where whenever somebody booked a job, they had to take everybody out to dinner.”

“I wanted to be able to make my nut. That’s always been my goal as an actor. All I need to do is break even, that’s the entire goal.”

“I’m definitely a pound the pavement kind of actor”

“Every audition is an opportunity to try something”

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BONUS: Erin Cardillo and Rich Keith

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Erin Cardillo and Rich Keith have been developing TV together since 2011, but it was winning the 2013 New York Television Festival that solidified their partnership. Shortly thereafter, they partnered with Alloy Entertainment to develop Significant Mother for CW Seed, a half hour comedy that was picked up to series by the network and premiered on The CW in 2015. Also in 2015, Cardillo & Keith sold an original pilot script to The CW called, The I Do Crew, with Little Engine Productions and Warner Brothers. In 2016, Cardillo & Keith served as Co-Executive Producers for Fuller House season 2 on Netflix and sold another original pilot to The CW called Life Sentence, with Doozer Productions and Warner Brothers. Life Sentence premiered on The CW in 2018.

In this episode, we learn how two entirely different career paths landed Erin and Rich exactly where they needed to be, from first meeting in an acting class in Los Angeles, to winning the prestigious New York Television Festival for their pilot, and all the little moments in between. Listen to find out how they wrote the script that became their calling card to agents and how they earned themselves a development deal with the top networks in the industry. This is an incredibly insightful interview for every actor and writer who wants to find their own voice.

Recently, Cardillo and Keith have began their own production company called In Good Company. Look out for Cardillo’s upcoming romantic comedy, Isn’t It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, Priyanka Chopra and Liam Hemsworth.

IG: @theerincardillo, @richkeith

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“I think that’s a big thing for writers out there who might be listening to this podcast is, you know, it starts with producing material and producing as much material as you can, that you can get into as many hands as possible, but then there is a little bit of serendipity and trust and all of those things involved to actually get stuff on the air.”

“You are perceived in a certain way whether you like it or not.”

“Everybody has a story to tell, its a contract you’ll never sign.”

“The things that you like the least about yourself are the the things you should own up to first with strangers and it will make people connect with you quicker.”

“You get better each time you write.  So as you get better you start second guessing yourself more, you start looking for more structure.”

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