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004 Tyler Labine on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Tyler Labine

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Career Pivoting: As We Grow, Our Art Grows

Tyler Labine currently stars on the NBC series New Amsterdam as Dr. Iggy Frome, an attending child psychiatrist who likes to think outside the box but is continually beaten down by the hospital system. The show is a huge hit for NBC and is currently filming its third season. Tyler can also be seen on the new season of the BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, starring opposite Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett as Sherlock Hobbs, the overly enthusiastic small-town sheriff.

Previously, Tyler starred as Kevin Pacalioglu on the Hulu/Lionsgate TV breakout comedy series Deadbeat for three seasons. Prior to Deadbeat, Tyler was a series regular on NBC’s Animal Practice, CBS’ Mad Love, FX’s Sons of Tucson, ABC’s Invasion and The CW’s Reaper. Tyler is also the voice of Hunk on the DreamWorks Animation series Voltron for Netflix.

On the big screen, Tyler has starred alongside Alan Tudyk in the cult classic horror-comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. His additional credits include The Boss, Little Evil, Rise of The Planet of The Apes, A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy and Flyboys. He can also be seen in the independent films Little Star, opposite Analeigh Tipton, Someone Marry Barry and Killing Winston Jones.

Most recently, Tyler can be seen in Sony Pictures feature film Escape Room, produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur, starring opposite Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Wall and Taylor Russell. The film opened in theaters last year.


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“It’s always a good idea to have a secret.”

“I still think that there’s such value in learning, for years, to just roll with it.”

“For the artist, there is no satisfaction…”

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S2 001: Maz Jobrani

S2 001: Maz Jobrani 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

The Entrepreneurial Actor/Comedian: What Separates You From Everyone Else?

Maz Jobrani was born in Iran, and relocated to Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay area after his family was forced to flee during the revolution.  He went on to receive a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley, and chose to further his education by enrolling in UCLA’s PH.D. program, when he decided to change course to pursue his calling in “showbiz.”

Most recently Jobrani was seen opposite Rita Wilson in the indie feature “A Simple Wedding,” (from the producers of My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding), and portrayed the loveable “Fawz” on the CBS comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS as a series regular.  He has additionally frequented on television’s most popular shows such as GREY’S ANATOMY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE DETOUR, LAST MAN STANDING, and SHAMELESS.

His original standup special IMMIGRANT, was filmed at the prestigious Kennedy Center and is currently streaming on NETFLIX.  He’s also released 3 additional solo specials on SHOWTIME including: BROWN AND FRIENDLY, I COME IN PEACE, and I’M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV. No stranger to the comedy circuit, Jobrani was a founding member of THE AXIS OF EVIL comedy tour, which aired on Comedy Central.  He is a regular panelist on NPR’s WAIT WAIT DONT TELL ME and has given 2 TED Talks. His LA Times Best Selling Book, I’M NOT A TERRORIST BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV, was published by Simon & Schuster.  He’s also given two TED Talks:

Jobrani currently hosts his own podcast Back to School with Maz Jobrani and is currently on tour with his Peaceful Warrior Tour (tickets and tour dates available at MazJobrani.com).


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“You live once and you gotta live for you.”

“More specific you get the more others can relate.”

“Write as much as you can. Get up as much as you can and write about things that are specific to you”

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Claire Coffee On That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

091: Claire Coffee

091: Claire Coffee 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Patience, Persistence, and Asking for What You Need

Live from NYC with Claire Coffee. From her first big job in LA on The West Wing, to her series regular role on NBC’s hit show Grimm, Claire has seen first-hand what it takes to take a career from recurring co-star to one of the leads of a major series. She shares how living as an actor in New York is different than in LA, how important improv was to expanding her work and community, and how she’s learned to speak up for herself and set boundaries on set. She walks us through life after a series regular role, and how she’s learned how to keep creating, even when things didn’t go how she expected.

Born in Marin County in Northern California, Claire Coffee graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a degree in Theater. She began performing on stage at age 5 in The Mountain Play Theater Company’s production of “The King and I” in Mill Valley, CA. Not long after moving to Los Angeles, she was cast in The West Wing. Since then she has appeared on NCIS, General Hospital, Royal Pains, and is most known for her role as Adalinde Schade on NBC’s hit show GRIMM. In addition to her extensive television and film credits, she has also trained at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Improv Olympic. Recently, she has been cast in the anticipated new show LINCOLN, set to premier next year.

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“I don’t want to go through the motions and put something out there when you don’t know how many eyes are gonna watch that tape.”

“Enjoy the space. Do the thing, don’t just fill your day with errands and spinning and Deadline. Do the stuff you’ve been putting off.”

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BONUS: Kendra Castleberry

BONUS: Kendra Castleberry 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

For today’s episode, we’re chatting with Casting Director, Kendra Castleberry. She walks us through a full-circle tour of a casting director’s journey — from Intern to assistant, and associate to top Casting Director, her career is not unlike that of an actor. Negotiating ambition with reality, and dreams with security, she’s managed to find her niche in an industry that captured her attention from the very beginning.

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Kendra always loved TV and dreamed of a day when she would be a part of making it. Years later, she transplanted to Los Angeles, and discovered her passion for casting. Past television projects include: “Grimm”, “Zoo”, “Castle”, “Warriors” (pilot), “Star-Crossed” (pilot), “Matadors” (pilot), “Happy Town,” “The O.C.,” “Wildfire,” “October Road” and the series regular recasting of “Life on Mars.” She is currently partnered with Billy Murphy, and recently completed work on “Limetown” (starring Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci and Marlee Matlin) for Facebook Watch and “Take Two” (starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian) for ABC.Her extensive resume includes shows like CASTLE, GRIMM, THE O.C., and Facebook’s upcoming crime series LIMETOWN (starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci).

 

 

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“When you forget what it takes to get a job, you lose part of what it is to be an actor. Part of being an actor is the fight to get the job.”

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