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18 Ben Schnetzer on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Ben Schnetzer

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It’s More Important To Be Excited Than It Is To Be Exciting

Ben is currently seen in Y: The Last Man an adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel. He stars as ‘Yorick Brown,’ the only male, aside from his pet Capuchin monkey, to survive after a mysterious apocalyptic event causes all living mammals with a Y chromosome to simultaneously die. The series airs via FX on Hulu.

He was last seen starring on Broadway in The Nap, a Daniel Sullivan-directed production at the Manhattan Theater Club. The play follows ‘Dylan Spokes,’ a young snooker player in a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing.

In 2016, Ben was seen in Andrew Neel’s Goat opposite Nick Jonas. Prior to that, he was seen in Golden Globe® nominated Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus alongside a cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Dominic West.

Additional credits include Sean Hanish’s Saint Judy opposite Michelle Monaghan; Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F Donovan, alongside Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton and Jared Keeso; Miranda de Pencier’s The Grizzlies; José Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe opposite Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan and Daniel Brühl; Bronwen Hughes’ Journey Is the Destination, opposite Maria Bello; Oliver Stone’s Snowden alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant; Duncan Jones’ Warcraft opposite Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga; Lone Scherfig’sThe Riot Club, an adaptation of Laura Wade’s West End play, Posh alongside an ensemble cast that includes Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox, Sam Reid, Matthew Beard, Olly Alexander, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Natalie Dormer and Holliday Granger; and Brian Percival’s The Book Thief, opposite Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse.

On television, Ben was seen on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ten-part MGM series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, opposite Patrick Dempsey and Kristine Froseth. Based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker, the series follows Harry Quebert (Dempsey), a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property.

First making his film debut in the indie drama Ben’s Plan, Ben played the lead role of “Ben Stephens,” a 14-year-old boy living in New York whose mother disappeared three weeks earlier while shopping for Christmas gifts. From there, he went on to appear as a series-regular on ABC’s Happy Town, a mystery thriller around the decade-long kidnappings that occurred in a small town in Minnesota.

Ben studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he appeared in numerous productions including Oedipus, As You Like It, Merrily We Roll Along and Widower’s Houses, among many other stage credits. He first began acting at age eleven when he played the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver.


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“If you don’t feel lost, it probably means you’re in a place where you’ve already been before.”

“It’s more important to be excited than it is to be exciting.”

“Take your work seriously, not yourself seriously.”

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RE-RELEASE: Julie Benz

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DEXTER Was NO ORDINARY FAMILY, But BUFFY Became An ANGEL

NYU graduate Julie Benz has worked, developing a career that has ridden high waves as a series regular on several TV shows…but she still auditions and LOVES it. By the time Julie Benz was 16 years old she had retired from her professional career as a figure skater due to an injury and was dragged by her Mom to her first audition. Julie got cast in the play and loved it. But Julie didn’t feel like she was a “natural” at acting and enrolled at the drama department at NYU, plus took additional acting classes in the city to get more experience. When NYU tried to kick her out for auditioning for a pilot, a tenured teacher put her reputation on the line and said she would quit teaching if Julie was kicked out of the program. Three years later, Julie graduated NYU and ran to Hollywood. Julie isn’t a prude, but she insists there must be a financial transaction to see her in a bikini. This smart and savvy woman stands her ground and respects her craft, yet will bravely put her raw “makeup free” heart and soul into an audition. Listen in to hear how accepting Vampire Girl #1 for Buffy the Vampire Slayer impacted her career and set the foundation of being on a short list for studios. Here she shares her “most favorite things” about acting, auditioning and The Secret gratitude journal.

Julie Benz currently can be seen critically acclaimed show Dexter, Defiance, Hawaii Five-0 and constant reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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“Roles come into your life at certain time when you need them. Not only do I inform the character, but the character helps inform my life. It’s a synergy that happens with characters.”


Ben Lawson on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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This conversation with Ben Lawson is true look inside a working actors highs and lows; how long it can take for a casting director to find that perfect project for you, his first experience on the set of a huge movie, and what it feels like to lose your confidence and then gain it back in spades. Sometimes it might take 6 months in New York City to shift your focus, to unblock the fear around auditioning and booking and trust in your own artistry. This conversation is about the journey in an actors career, not about the destination.

Ben Lawson is an Australian film and television actor best known for his portrayal Damien Rennett in ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” Netflix’s hit series “13 Reasons Why,” as Coach Rick, and “The Deep End.” He has guest starred and featured in various shows, including “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” “Grim,” “Billions,” “Modern Family,” iZombie,” “Love Child,” and “Secrets & Lies.” He began his 26 year career in the popular Australian soap opera “Neighbours.”

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“The waiting is the hardest part.”

“Something has to shift, so I’m going to shift myself. I got on a plane and went to another city, the only other city in America where you really can properly pursue a career in acting.”

009: Gillian Vigman

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Gillian Vigman deems herself a late bloomer to the acting game, but she has always been an entertainer. She hailed from Second City in Chicago, but didn’t give Los Angeles a try till she was 30 years old. A comedic genius with a self-depricating heart of gold, this woman knows how to make the uncomfortable job of auditioning into a humorous experience for everyone involved. Life has come full circle for Gillian from being taught by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back in Chicago to now sharing the screen with them. Gillian held down multiple jobs for years to support her craft and find her “special something” that made her stand out from the crowd. Comedy. Life with Gillian is a constant chuckle, even as she journeys down the tragic moments of her career, she does so with such wit and amusement. You don’t want to miss a moment of what might come out of this woman’s mouth. Her story defies the Hollywood idealism of age and success. Her amusing approach to auditions has left an impactful imprint on my heart and to the Hollywood casting gods. Gillian has worked in over 70 television and film projects and countless commercial campaigns. She is most recognizable as “Jack’s wife” in many Jack in the Box commercials and Bradley Cooper’s wife in all the Hangover movies, but also for notable for her membership in the recurring cast of comedians on the sketch series MADtv. Gillian appeared in the critcially acclaimed show Son’s & Daughters, Californication, New Girl, Suburgatory, Parks and Recreation, Dr. Ken, Life in Pieces, and Scrubs.

Gillian currently can be seen in THE HOUSE with Amy Poehler and Will Ferrel, in HBO’s show DIVORCE and new CW show LIFE SENTENCE.

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005: Julie Benz

005: Julie Benz 1500 1000 Alyshia Ochse

NYU graduate Julie Benz has worked, developing a career that has ridden high waves as a series regular on several TV shows…but she still auditions and LOVES it. By the time Julie Benz was 16 years old she had retired from her professional career as a figure skater due to an injury and was dragged by her Mom to her first audition. Julie got cast in the play and loved it. But Julie didn’t feel like she was a “natural” at acting and enrolled at the drama department at NYU, plus took additional acting classes in the city to get more experience. When NYU tried to kick her out for auditioning for a pilot, a tenured teacher put her reputation on the line and said she would quit teaching if Julie was kicked out of the program. Three years later, Julie graduated NYU and ran to Hollywood. Julie isn’t a prude, but she insists there must be a financial transaction to see her in a bikini. This smart and savvy woman stands her ground and respects her craft, yet will bravely put her raw “makeup free” heart and soul into an audition. Listen in to hear how accepting Vampire Girl #1 for Buffy the Vampire Slayer impacted her career and set the foundation of being on a short list for studios. Here she shares her “most favorite things” about acting, auditioning and The Secret gratitude journal.

Julie Benz currently can be seen critically acclaimed show Dexter, Defiance, Hawaii Five-0 and constant reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Listen in to the unforgettable stories that Julie Benz HERE.

 

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“Roles come into your life at certain time when you need them. Not only do I inform the character, but the character helps inform my life. It’s a synergy that happens with characters.”

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

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