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Jenna Elfman on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

056: Jenna Elfman

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This is the perfect episode for anyone trying to find a shift in their career, or in their artistry, for the actors who are wanting to make brave decisions in their life and in their approach of character. Our guest today is the incomparable Jenna Elfman, an effervescent performer and person. This is an inspiring listen about how she navigated life after DHARMA & GREG, the fumbles, the touchstones, and the vulnerabilities in learning a new character on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

Jenna Elfman is a film and television actress who started her career as a dancer and appeared in music videos by various artists, including Depeche Mode and Anthrax. She is best known for her role as Dharma in “Dharma & Greg,” the hit series that led her to earn three Emmy Awards nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Elfman is also known for her work in the ABC comedy series “Imaginary Mary,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “1600 Penn,” “Damages,” and an appearance on “Shameless.” She’s also had guest appearances in “Two and a Half Men,” Royal Pain,” “My Name is Earl,” and “The Mindy Project.” In film she’s best known for “Keeping the Faith,” which she starred in with Ben Stiller and directed by Edward Norton, “Can’t Hardly Wait,” Ron Howard’s “Edtv,” with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and “Big Stone Gap,” with Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Currently she’s starring in the hit AMC series “Fear the Walking Dead.”

 

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“I approached the comedy through character, not just aimed straight for comedy.”

“I’m a performer. I’m an artist. I like becoming other people. I like playing characters. I’m not Famous Person on a Famous Journey.”

“I need to challenge myself, and grow as an artist, and it just…something shifted in the matrix, literally.”

“You are never going to fail if you stay true to your own goals and purposes.”

“Be the most rebellious version of yourself, which is to not listen to what anybody else thinks you should be doing, or thinks they know who you are, because the only person who truly knows who you are, and knows what your goals, and your purpose in this world is YOU. And you have to stay true in that.”

Trevor Long on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

055: Trevor Long

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Ever wondered how you are going to land a career changing role without a manager or agent? This episode is all about the craft and keeping your head down and doing good work. Good work is the best branding for an actor and creates angels in the industry (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jason Bateman). Trevor Long has had some remarkable angels shed light on his 20 year artistry and he lays it all out here.

Trevor Long is a film, stage and television actor with twenty years of experience to his name. He is best known for his stand out, recurring role as Cade Langmore, in Netflix’s highly acclaimed series “Ozark,” acting alongside Laura Linney and Jason Bateman. He is also known for his work in “Low Winter Sun,” the AMC series following the murder of a police officer by a fellow detective in Detroit. Long starred in Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” as Steve Caprio, along with Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins. He stars in and co-produces the upcoming horror thriller “Seeds,” directed by Owen Long. The film follows Long’s troubled character Marcus after he retreats to the New England Coast. Long has guest starred in numerous television shows throughout his career, including “Blacklist,” “Unforgettable,” and “Blindspot.” He is a longtime member of acclaimed NY LAByrinth Theater Company.

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“I was going to do whatever it takes. I spent three years in a conservatory. Spent a lot of money, did a lot of training. I knew that this was not like, oh, what’s plan B?”

“I left the room feeling very exhilarated, because Hoffman took the time to really work with me, and pushed me and knew that I had the talent, but he was trying to push me through my little tricks.”

“It may take you ten to fifteen years before you start working…and he was pretty much right.”

“I don’t doubt the way I approach the work. I don’t second guess it like I did all those years, trying to figure it out, and please the teacher.”

“I think actors really want to be validated and seen for who they are, and when we don’t get that in life we try to put it into our art, our craft.”

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Becki Newton on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse 1

054: Becki Newton

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Live at the MNActing Studio, That One Audition hears the real deal from Becki Newton about her Ugly Betty audition, how she started in the business and what luck and circumstance has made her a household name. We talk about motherhood, family, and how her world split open all at once, and how she found the kind of balance she wanted in her career. These are the laugh out loud, divine timing, confident, brave and open stories that led Becki Newton to where she is today.

Becki Newton is an television, film and voice actor best known for her exacting and hilarious role as Amanda Tanen in Ugly Betty, the hit ABC comedy following a New York fashion magazine and a young woman’s journey to self acceptance and success. She is also known for her recurring role as Quinn in How I Met Your Mother, acting opposite of Neil Patrick Harris. Newton starred in Fox’s The Goodwin Games, a comedy following the lives of three estranged siblings and the circumstances that brought them back together after their father’s death. She’s also starred in Love Bites as Annie Matopoulos, an anthology series about relationships, surrogacy, and modern romance. She guest starred in Weird Loners, American Dad!, American Dreams, and Charmed. Most recently Newton joined HBO’s Divorce as series regular Jackie, starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Shannon, and Thomas Haden Church.

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“If you got an appointment, that’s an opportunity.”

“I really believe luck and circumstance have to coincide to have a really big opportunity.”

“The confidence is that no matter what information I’m given about myself, I have to be the one to decide. You can’t tell me anything about me, I have to tell you.”

“My struggle after Ugly Betty ended was how do I act like myself and still feel interesting?”

“It’s so important to live honestly and with great respect, and to also have faith that the people around you know that about you.”

“The gratitude for the situation, didn’t matter what the outcome was going to be, I just couldn’t believe I was there.”

“You have to go through all of it to be able look back and understand it.”

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aRisa Barom Garcia on That One Audition Podcast

BONUS: Risa Bramon Garcia

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Risa Bramon Garcia has a career spanning over 35 years, working as a writer, director, producer, and casting director. She’s worked in theatre, television, and film and has directed two feature films, 200 cigarettes, and The Con Artist. Garcia’s directed for HBO, Lifetime, The Twilight Zone, and Comedy Central. Theartically she’s directed numerous shows in Los Angeles and New York and has been an integral member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre for 30 years. She began her casting career with her partner Billy Hopkins with the incredibly success feature film Desperately Seeking Susan, and since then her casting career includes more than 65 feature films, including The Doors, The Joy Luck Club, Speed, JFK, Wall Street, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Twister, and True Romance. In television she’s cast beloved shows such as Roseanne, Masters of Sex, The Cape, and A Gifted Man. Risa is a teacher and coach at The BGB Studio (BramonGarciaBraun) with her partner Steve Braun in Los Angeles, California.

 

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“Be vulnerable, but fight like hell out of that vulnerability.”

“I was frustrated with actors in the room, and I thought, I have to be able to help them through this, and that’s what inspired my teaching.”

“You are populating the landscape of the film with actors, with humanity, and you’re doing it from your knowledge and your instincts and your experience and your talent.”

“Your job as an actor is to affect people on some emotional level.”

“I don’t want to have the opinion, but I want to collaborate. I want my point of view to matter. You hired me for a reason.”

“Live the life of an actor so that an audition doesn’t define you, or wreck you.”

“There is no right and I just wish actors would really know that.”

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Brittany Hall Interview on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

053: Brittany Hall

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Brittany S. Hall is an actress best known for her work in HBO’s Ballers in her portrayal of Amber, starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and John David Washington. She has been featured in many television and film projects, including Satisfaction, Being Mary Jane, Survivor’s Remorse, Quarry, and Drumline: A New Beat. She will join Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, and Ricky Whittle in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Nappily Ever After,” a Netflix original romantic comedy. Brittany Hall takes us through her experience with reality television, alter egos, her time as an urban model, a music video girl, into a talented, powerful actress.

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Brittany Hall Interview on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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“That’s the beauty in our art, that we get that opportunity to be infinite in many ways.”
“I love that I see my growth. I feel my growth. It’s like I’m able to appreciate my growth so much because I was so dark before that I can recognize the light.”
“I’m always interested in what I can be capable of. It’s not for anyone else, it’s for me. I want to know what I can do.”
“Let it come. Don’t force it because you’re going to be hit with resistance. Breathe.”
“I’m unafraid to shine.”

“I use my body to manipulate my mind into what I want to be feeling.”

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052: Leslie Becker

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Leslie Becker is a Broadway actress, Billboard Artist and Best-selling author of The Organized Actor®–a workbook and planner for the serious actor. Now in its 7th Edition, her teachings have touched more than 300,000 actors over the last 24 years through her books, online courses and private coaching. As an actress, her Broadway and National Tour credits include WICKED, BONNIE & CLYDE, CINDERELLA, ANYTHING GOES, AMAZING GRACE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SHOW BOAT and more. Regionally she has starred in more than 50 productions including HELLO, DOLLY, RAGTIME, A CHORUS LINE, BILLY ELLIOTT, SWEENEY TODD and more. In the music world, her song “Slow Burn” hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart in 2016 and her full EP will be out in the Fall. Also a theater writer, her musical A PROPER PLACE had its World Premiere last year, and her current project FETCHING WATER was recently optioned and shooting for an off-Broadway run. She is an artist who refuses to be put in a box and always approaches her work with integrity, bravery, artistry and love.

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“I don’t believe in failure. I think failure is something that is when you quit, that’s what failure is.”

“I like to help people become strong individuals so the highs and lows of this business are balanced by a strong belief in yourself. “

“I always think that anyone who is a creative needs to lead their day with creativity, so do your creative thing first.”

“Decide what you want, believe that it’s possible, and go out and do it.”

“Artists are the bravest people on the planet.”

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051: Isidora Goreshter

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Isidora Goreshter is a talented and nuanced actress best known for her role as Svetlana Fisher in Showtime’s Emmy nominated Shameless. She is also known for her work in The Petal Pushers and Happy Anniversary. She has previously guest starred in 2 Broke Girls and Ben & Kate. Isidora Goreshter teaches a masterclass at Anthony Meindl’s Acting Studio. You can see Isidora in the latest season of Shameless and the upcoming Clara’s Ghost, a Bridey Elliot film that recently debuted at Sundance.

Always keeping it real, Isidora will walk you down a path that’s included extra work, standing in for A-listers, going from student to teacher to student of her very own teaching, bringing a 9 day old human to the set of Shameless, and living that beautiful reality where a no-line audition becomes a series regular role.

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“If I’m not 100 percent me in the role, I can’t be authentic in my acting…Even if it’s a different character, I have to make it myself.”

“I had this light bulb moment…My ego is so obsessed with result that I’m missing the actual point of all of this, which is knowledge, and learning and joy.”

“I guess through teaching it made me relax and just kind of surrender to the moment.”

“As actors we are so much validating ourselves by the measure of our success, and the measure of the success of others, and I was measuring my talent by how successful I was, and that is a slippery slope, man.”

“If you want to be a good actor I think you have to learn who you are first, before you can be anybody else.”

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050: Michelle Monaghan

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50th episode with Alyshia’s role model, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan.

Today’s guest fits the perfect + poignant mold for our 50th episode -With thick-skin, an optimist’s heart and a realist’s mind, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan will tell us how being championed by her parents in a town of 700, mentored by Frances McDormand in the North Country and ending up on Constantine’s cutting room floor gave her the courage, confidence and opportunity to make every mission…possible.

Michelle Monaghan is an Golden Globe nominated actress with nearly 20 years of experience in this industry. Her roles in television and film are as diverse as they are challenging and powerful to watch. She is best known for her work as Harmony Faith Lane in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which she starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. She is known for her recurring role as Julia Meade-Hunt in J. J. Abrams massive hit the Mission: Impossible series, starring Tom Cruise. She is known for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award Nominated Gone Baby Gone in her role as Angie Gennaro, featuring two Boston detectives investigating the kidnapping of a little girl. Michelle is additionally known for her film performances in Source Code, Trucker, North Country, The HeartBreak Kid, and The Bourne Supremacy. She’s starred in the Hulu series The Path as Sarah Lane with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy, and the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated True Detective as Maggie Hart. She’s guest starred in numerous television shows including Boston Public, Young Americans, and American Dad. You can catch her in Mission: Impossible Fallout in theatres today.

 

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“Never let them see you sweat.”

“The most powerful moments are the moments unsaid, and it’s all those moments in between.”

“I’m also a really firm believer in quality versus quantity.”

“You learn the most about yourself in your independent filmmaking style. You learn the most about film, but also about acting.”

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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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