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039: Donny Boaz

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Among his dense filmography of over 100 credits, Donny Boaz is best known for his guest starring role as Buck on The History Channel’s SIX, a series following the lives of Navy SEAL Team Six, alongside Olivia Munn and Walton Goggins. Constantly creating and challenging himself, Donny serves as both actor and producer in the upcoming thriller OSPREY, starring Eric Roberts, which has caught the attention of numerous film festivals, earning a nomination for Best Film at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London this year. Additionally, he starred and produced ALTERNATE REALITIES, a tense sci-fi thriller.

Currently, Donny is in Hallmark’s THE BEACH HOUSE and NCIS: New Orleans. IG: @donnyboaz

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“It takes a real, conscious effort to be present, because we’re always thinking of what’s next, but you can be a better you if you’re right here, right now.”

“The thing is, you don’t want just a job, you want a career. You want to do this for as long as you can.”

“No two people have ever had the same path.”

“I don’t work for the no’s, I work for the yes’s, because that yes is a high. It is a drug of its own choice.”

“You have to believe it yourself first. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. It matters what you think.”

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038: Abby Miller

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Abby recently starred on the Golden Globe nominated USA thriller, THE SINNER as detective in training, Caitlin Sullivan. Before that she was best known for her work in the FX original series, JUSTIFIED where she played the sweet but dim, Ellen May. She can also be seen as Manson follower Mary Brunner on AQUARIUS, as well as guesting on such shows as THE REAL O’NEALS, THE CATCH, LAW AND ORDER SVU, and MAD MEN.

Most recently she recurred as Emily Greenstreet on THE MAGICIANS and can be seen in the second season of IMPOSTERS out this spring. She has appeared in numerous feature films such as the 2010 Sundance Selection ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS and the indie feature CONGRATULATIONS (co-written by Miller). IG: @miller_abs23

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“You find the stuff in between the words.”

“Whatever you are doing in your work flows into your life.”

“This is it. This is the magic. The art of surprise.”

“I definitely choose my career over paying my bills on time.”

“I have become more of unapologetic, defiant actor in that all I need to do is carve out a beautiful character and honor them.”

“My word for the year as an artist is UNAPOLOGETIC.”

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037: Bodhi and Jenna Elfman

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A wonderful, hilarious “Looking Back” episode with the KICKING & SCREAMING PODCAST duo and married couple Jenna and Bodhi Elfman as they describe the audition where they first met and Bodhi’s successful pick-up line. Jenna Elfman then shares her most memorable audition where she took the opportunity to kiss George Clooney even though the scene didn’t call for it. Bodhi reminisces about his unforgettable meeting with the Coen brothers and the audition that will haunt him forever.

Currently, Jenna and Bodhi Elfman have a hilarious R-rated podcast called Kicking and Screaming where they candidly discuss love, marriage, and annoyance. Jenna is working on the upcoming season of FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD.

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“Kicking and Screaming by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman is filmed, R-rated podcast all about love, marriage and annoyance…not in that order.”

“My motto is that I enjoy life. I think there’s kind of a simplicity to that way of thinking.” Jenna Elfman

“I like the way you make me laugh.” Jenna Elfman

“This is the girl I’m going to marry.” Bodhi Elfman

“I knew I wasn’t going to get the movie, so I thought a kiss would be appropriate to kiss George Clooney.” Jenna Elfman

“I will probably never have an opportunity to be in bed with George Clooney, so I wonder if I can weave a kissing moment into this scene.” Jenna Elfman

“Jenna and I met at a callback for a Sprite commercial audition and I knew this is the girl I am going to marry.” Bodhi Elfman

“I gave her the best line I could think, ‘You look exactly like my girlfriend, can I have your headshot?’…” Bodhi Elfman

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BONUS: Warner Loughlin

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Warner Loughlin has been coaching on set and privately for more than 20 years. Known for her warmth and intuitive approach, her technique shatters the myth that an actor’s past emotional traumas must be the fuel or foundation for their work.

In her earlier days in New York, Warner studied theatre with Lee Strasberg, Sonia Moore, and Michael Kahn (head of the drama department at Julliard from 1992-2006). Once in LA, Warner focused on film and TV, working as an actor, director and producer. She opened Warner Loughlin Studios in 1996 and has since worked with and shaped the careers of some of the biggest actors in Hollywood. From Oscar, Emmy and Tony nominees and winners, Warner is a star among the stars.

Warner continuously works with Amy Adams, Ryan Reynolds, Zooey Deschanel, Ashley Williams, Valerie Cruz, George Lopez, Amber Valletta, Blake Lively, and Ginnifer Goodwin…just to name a few.

While the demand for her time and expertise is high, Warner will always have a place in her heart (and schedule) for beginning actors.

Warner studied Contemporary Literature and Shakespeare at Oxford University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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“The perfection of acting lies in the imperfection of it all. Just like life.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“When I used substitution as my technique, it threw me into a depression for a few days and I realized I had to come up with a different way to form emotions in the brain for acting.”

“Ego is the great killer of creativity.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I started applying psychology and imagery worlds to my characters and this technique birthed.”

“Actions speak louder than words, behavior patterns speak louder than the lines written.”

“I’m there to help the director’s vision come forth. I am a translator for the director to the actor and vise versa.”

“There is a scientific reason why smells evoke emotions.”

“As an on set coach, I am a translator. I can speak director ‘talk’ and I can speak actor ‘talk’.”

“I am there to be there to help an actor get to the emotion organically.”

“The best acting is when you are fearless.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Content breeds confidence.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Actors are a special type of bred who are vulnerable. And we all fear that we won’t do a good job.”

“There are ways to achieve fearlessness in your craft.”

“This is a 60 year career not a 6 year career. Enjoy the journey.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“The path you choose is the journey you take.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I want actors to be abel to work in a healthy way and in a powerful way without torturing themselves.”

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036: Neil Jackson

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Neil Jackson fearlessly walks through memory lane of being told no various times, to writing his own musical that caught the attention of a profound theater producer that allowed him to study the craft of acting. This man has had some lucky breaks but they all came from the hand work and relentless preparation of owning his craft and creating his own content. Ten years ago Neil’s interview for a prestigious acting school was cut short due to lack of professional training. Ten years later, with several highly notable roles under his belt, he shares his most prized moment of receiving an offer for the 2nd season of Westworld after driving Uber. This man is tenacious and doesn’t take NO for an answer. The NO’s led to the creation of hunger and passion for performing.

Currently, Neil can be seen in the second season of HBO’s WESTWORLD and Robert Zemeckis’ THE WOMEN OF MARWEN.

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“Set your level of compromise on every single job.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“It’s just great to be hungry for something. If you are hungry for something then you have a passion for it.”

“I call them my DREAM FUNDers job: doing a job that doesn’t necessarily push me towards the way I want my creative career to go but at least I’m doing a job that “funds” me to continue pushing towards my that dream.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Getting laughs in theater was instant validation for a nervous kid who thought he hadn’t had validation.”

“I didn’t shift my sports mentality to acting to a little later in my career. I didn’t realize the marriage between the two of the output versus what you gain from it.”

“I just need to be told no and then I overachieve.”

“Paper dragons: everything seems scary from a distance. It seems like a huge scary dragon. As long as you keep walking towards it, eventually you get close enough to see its made out of paper…and you just push it over.”

“For me, one of my Paper Dragons was…Am I going to work in this industry.”

“Oliver Stone wanted a guy that could head of Alexander’s infantry and I walked into the audition with a black eye and three stitches.”

“As long as someone is passionate about you and get you, you are in good hands with your representation.”

“A year and a half ago, I was flat broke and driving Uber…that 6 weeks gave me a perspective redirect on my ego.”

“There is no shame in owning any situation.”

“Owning my situation and conquering my ego…was so empowering that it no longer operated out of fear.”

“The fact that I wasn’t working at the level that I would like to be isn’t a reason to be scared or be embarrassed, its just a nature and par for the course.”

“It is a job. And you are working at your job continually and there are drought periods and there are dream funder jobs.”

“My approach isn’t wrong because it can’t be wrong because there isn’t one formula for making it.”

“I like moving forward with passion and humility.”

“My barometer for success or failure is about the level the of creativity that I work on in every project.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I had pulled myself in so many directions trying to figure out what they wanted that I had forgotten this sense of self and my own creative truth and authenticity.”

“We live by comparisons in this industry.”

“Your job is to be charming because if you turn up on set and people like you, you will continue to work.”

 

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035: Toni Trucks

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Toni Trucks started early in this business of acting, dancing and singing with a goal in mind…to be on Broadway.  But how she achieved that goal came with a tenacious spirit and openness of saying yes to opportunities placing her in front of the decision makers.  This interview will inspire you to say YES to all opportunities and teach you how to manifest your dream job.  Toni gives practical insight on how to handle disappointment in the predictably unpredictable industry.  The Organized Actor Book has taught Toni how to effectively take control of her business and stretch each year as an artist.  Toni has been working as an actress the majority of her life and shares intimate details of some of her most successful auditions to how she handles heartbreak and ego.
Toni Trucks is currently a series regular on the hit CBS show SEAL TEAM.  She is best known for her work in the Showtime series BARBERSHOP, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 2, FRANKLIN & BASH, and MUSIC & LYRICS.

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“Alliteration is key.”

“Toni Trucks, TT, everyone always told me you’re either a wrestler or a striper.”

“I started working right away because I was very tenacious.”

“I would do one new thing a year, that was always my goal.”

“That’s the exciting thing about theater, every gets in there and you’re having this experience as a family.”

“I was really in the habit of learning things very quickly.”

“I had not seen the movie Barbershop before my audition.”

“I call Pat McCorkle every year on the anniversary of the Barbershop audition and thank her.”

“I wrote myself a letter that I was suppose to open if I didn’t get the part.”

“It was hard because in the moment you feel so big but it is appropriate to make yourself feel a little small.”

“It was like who was going to win the lottery.”

“If its meant for you, it will be there for you.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Even though I was a lead on a TV show, I couldn’t break myself out of the mindset of hustle.”

“As a performer we are predictably unpredictable.”

“Prepare for the worst because you know you can always handle the best.”

“When I didn’t have lines in Twilight, it re-invigorated my appetite for lines. It reminded me of what I wanted.”

“Mirror work; manifesting the things that you want.”

“I can’t tell you how and I can’t tell you when, but everything is going to be okay.”

“Your work saves you.”

“Trusting what is yours will come to you.”

“You are an actor, you are the sum of your experiences.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“If you love your job and your craft more than you are uncomfortable, press on!” | CLICK TO TWEET

 

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034: Brooke Lyons

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Brooke Lyons was born to dance, but a serious medical condition ended her career and shifted her desire for performance into acting. A self-confessed auditioning novice  for the first 10 years of her career, Brooke gives insight on what not to do in your auditions from her less than perfect experiences.  Brooke walks through some of her most life changing auditions (good and bad) and what she has learned to garner her a series regular on the new hit CW show Life Sentence.

Brooke Lyons is currently starring as “Elizabeth Abbott” on The CW’s Life Sentence. She’s also known for her roles on The Affair, iZombie and 2 Broke Girls.  Brooke says, “My career has not been one of major turning points.  It’s been more of a cumulative effect.  Small victories leading to great progress.”

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“I hadn’t realized the degree to which a creative outlet was a lifeline to me.”

“When I went inside myself I knew that I missed performing.”

“Acting is like dancing with your voice.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Acting is the interactive relationship between performer and audience and how fluid and alive that is..how electric that is.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I did not feel comfortable auditioning for a decade.”

“I’ve learned the most from my less successful moments.”

“The lesson is…take your time, take your space, stand your ground, be a human. You are not a machine or a puppet.”

“Stand your ground, take up space, plant your feet fully on the ground before you speak in your audition.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I would say my career has not been one of major turning points, its been more cumulative effect. Small victories leading to progress.”

“The minute I inhabit my character of PEACH, I was so relaxed because I wasn’t myself.”

“You have to honor your feelings in order to process them.”

“I threaten to quite once a year.”

“Listen more than you talk.”

“I love danger, I love people that are outside the box, I like the alternative option where you don’t know what is going to happen.”

 

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033: Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Looking Back episode with the ever lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead as she divulges the eccentric ways of Oliver Stone in an audition to making her mark in the independent film cinema.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as genre fare like Final Destination 3 and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.

 

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“I felt very prepared for whatever was going to be thrown my way in the room.”

“The fact that you can say something to a woman and don’t know her emotional state, you shouldn’t be able to get away with it.”

“I was prepared for the moment of Oliver Stone to be eccentric and I knew that his comment was more of a reflection of him and not about me.”

“I didn’t feel like I was getting to explore a further depth of me as an actress. I told my agents I wanted to explore the indie film.”

“I was never really considered for those real acting jobs. I was doing whatever I could to just be considered.”

“I was told time and time again that I was too nice to play the edgy roles.”

“The director showed my tape to his wife. His wife told him if he didn’t hire me for the part that she was going to divorce him.”

“Big turning point for me was learning that there is more time to collaborate and discover who the character is beyond the audition.”

“Quentin likes discovery new actors.”

 

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032: Jonathan Kite

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Jonathan Kite is best known as “Oleg,” the hilarious, lovable, sex-crazed Ukrainian cook, opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs on the current CBS comedy hit, 2 BROKE GIRLS. Kite credits Wilt Chamberlin and Ukrainian porn star Vlad, the Impaler as major influences when creating his character. Jonathan Kite was born and raised just outside of Chicago in Skokie, IL. He studied drama in high school and at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. He performed many times on stage in Illinois before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in voice over, film, television and zoological criminology.

In addition to his role on the series, Kite voices many of the color impaired characters on the Adult Swim throwback, “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series.” When asked to list them, Kite simply said “just call me EVERY WHITE.” Before “2 Broke Girls,” Kite was seen in a number of notable supporting roles including the pilot of FOX’s hit “Raising Hope”.

Aside from a busy acting career, Kite is an expert impressionist boasting over 100 celebrity impressions that include: Vince Vaughn, Tom Hanks, Seth Rogen, Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey Jr., and John Lithgow. In 2013, he began touring, and has performed and headlined at some of the top comedy clubs nationwide. He recently filmed his first stand up comedy special entitled “Back to School Special” at his high school alma mater Niles North, where it all began.

 

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“My impressions spurred out of the writers strike because sketch shows became prevalent.”

“When I saw guys like Jim Carrey, John Lithegow, Michael Keaton…There was something very odd about them, they are not putting it on and I found myself in them.”

“For impressions you have to do a voice that is universally recognizable.”

“Auditioning is a finding a new ingredient for the recipe.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“You need people that believe in you and that’s sort of it.”

“If what I say I can do lines up with what they (agents) think I can do, then you are good.”

“Part of being a good actor is knowing your strengths and weaknesses and showcasing the stuff that is working and working on the stuff that isn’t working.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Never lie about what you can do…unless you can learn something fast.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“When I am doing impressions, I study the person. I never look in the mirror or listen to my own voice. I study them.”

“Going to University was like the Hunger Games. At the two year marker they do cuts. We started with 20 students and our graduating class ended with 9 students. ”

“The cutting process in University is tough love. It’s a wake up call that you are always competing.”

“In this business you have to show up all the time. You can’t have a day off.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“You have to show up all the time because that’s what this business is. You can’t take a day off, especially with auditioning.”

“You have to treat acting like an athlete. You are constantly competing and training.

“This is a business first and if you get to act you are lucky.”

“I always want to leave people with them wanting to work with me in the future.”

“I never had a pilot season before 2 Broke Girls.”

“The audition was literally ten 90 year old women and ME.”

“Part of this job is just saying YES.”

“YOU have to do the work.”

“I like to create the weight of my characters emotionally through clothes.”

 

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031: Lucy Hale

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Lucy Hale gives insight to how her shy, homeschooled, hopeful, naive yet intuitive belief she would “make it” lead her to Hollywood to chase a dream we all have. This Southern girl has the charm and the class that has made her a rising, accoladed star for the past 15 years. She gives a candid look at “growing up” in the business and how she deals with self-doubt moments. She gives way to figuring out what really makes her happy and if she will return to making music. Listen in to see how this beautiful face relies on her professionalism, grace and gratefulness to stay the most sought after actress. I love Lucy will have a whole new meaning after listening to this episode. Lucy is a delight and shares how Instagram has changed the business and created a marketing platform to let fans influence the plot lines of current shows.

Lucy was made a household name and received several awards playing Aria on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. Currently, Lucy is starring in the highly anticipated CW show LIFE SENTENCE and Blumhouse film, TRUTH OR DARE.

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“I want people around me to reflect who I am as a person because they are speaking on my behalf.”

“I was the kid who would rush home to play with her karaoke machine.”

“I was embarrassed about my interests and hobbies and my love of music when I was little.”

“I had this intuitive feeling that this would all work out.”

“If anything I definitely get my work ethic from my Mom.”

“It’s got to be so weird as a parent of an artist; there has to be a fine line between being supportive as a parent and being realistic.”

“I’ve always lived by-Your gut is the way to go.”

“Bionic woman was one of the first auditions where I was able to really transform myself.”

“People want to hire people that have had experience, but how do you get experience if people won’t hire you.”

“For awhile I was hesitant about acting because I didn’t know if I could do it or was good enough.”

“I wouldn’t have figured out what makes me happy or not happy if I hadn’t gone through certain situations.”

“I noticed that touring and performing live was doing something very strange to how I felt about myself.”

“Acting is never you. It’s what you are bringing to the show or the character. You always have a veil to hide behind.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Music is something will always be there. Something that is just for me.”

“Privilege was such a special show and ahead of its time.”

“I like to prove what I can do and I like to prove that you want me there.”

“Actors are mostly people pleasers.”

“I can’t imagine having self-doubt and not loving what you do. That is a recipe for disaster.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I love the hustle of acting.”

“Our Instagrams are our highlight reels. We are showing our best version of ourselves.”

“It’s so important to surround yourself with people who want you to excel and do your best.” | CLICK TO TWEET

 

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