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BONUS: Randall Slavin

BONUS: Randall Slavin 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

We All Want Something Beautiful

Randall Slavin was born in Hollywood, CA. While working a dead-end job in a gas station, Slavin wandered into a local photography studio & struck up a friendship with the owner. He took the young Slavin under his wing & taught him a few photography basics, then promptly fired him a few months later. Faced with nowhere else to turn, he put one foot in front of the other & never looked back. Slavin had his photography debut in the prestigious New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone & many others. Slavin had his first exhibit in Paris in 2008 & a solo show at Annenberg Space For Photography in 2011. He received the 2011 Hollywood Style Award for “Photographer of the Year” and is releasing his first book of his photography, WE ALL WANT SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

Slavin has captured most of the iconic faces of Hollywood from Charlize Theron to Dennis Hopper, Zoe Saldana, Terrance Howard, Ethan Hawke, Eva Longoria, Emma Roberts and so many more.

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“I spent a lot of money failing and learning and that took years and years before I ever did anything that I look back now and like.”

“In the last year, I’ve really tried to go in a different direction and shoot things that are more interesting to my soul as opposed to just my eyes.”

 


096: Travis Van Winkle

096: Travis Van Winkle 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

An Ascending Loop of Frustration and Mastery

Travis Van Winkle was born in California, however his mom and dad’s Air Force responsibilities would have him living in Michigan and Georgia, before he eventually made his way to Hollywood at the age of twenty.

He would kick off his career and seamlessly transition between both television and film, with leading roles in features including Paramount’s Friday the 13th, Transformers, Fox’s Meet the Spartans, and the Universal comedy Accepted. In 2014, he began a starring run on TNT’s high-concept drama, The Last Ship, which lasted 5 seasons, and most recently alongside Alan Cumming in the CBS summer drama Instinct. Some of his memorable television recurring and guest appearances include; CW’s Hart of Dixie, ABC’S Happy Endings, 90210, Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, Veronica Mars, The O.C., and his personal favorite That’s So Raven.

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“We all have this unlimited potential and we’re the only ones that block it.”

“It’s a really beautiful journey, becoming an actor. It’s always asking me to get to know, not only myself more, but to get to know humanity more.”

“Life is an ascending loop of frustration and mastery.”

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  • WRITER: Andrew Christofer
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE/GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • OUTREACH: Maya Butler
  • PRODUCTION SERVICES: Paige Patterson & Elle Powell

 


095: Peter Facinelli

095: Peter Facinelli 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Do Your Best Work, The Subjectivity of Art

No stranger to Hollywood, Peter Facinelli’s craft as a leading man has undoubtedly created a strong foothold that has transcended from the spotlight as actor, to behind the camera as a notable director, writer, and producer.

With a myriad of credits under his belt, Facinelli is likely most recognized for his starring role as Doctor Carlisle Cullen in the blockbuster TWILIGHT franchise, based on Stephenie Meyer’s #1 New York Times bestselling literary series. Next up for Facinelli is the STX film COUNTDOWN starring opposite Elizabeth Lail, P.J. Byrne, and Jordan Calloway, as well as RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL (September 13th, 2019 release) starring opposite Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, and Leslie Bibb,

Facinelli recently completed his second directorial feature HOUR OF LEAD, which he also wrote starring Anne Heche, Thomas Jane, and Jason Patric. He made his debut as a director last year with the indie sensation “Breaking and Exiting,” starring Jordan Hinson and Milo Gibson.

Additional recent credits include the 1920’s mobster pic GANGSTER LAND, the thriller ASHER, opposite Famke Janssen, Ron Perlman and Richard Dreyfuss, Damian Harris’ indie feature THE WILDE WEDDING opposite John Malkovich and Glenn Close, as well as the Chris Silverton thriller HEARTTHROB starring Lone Skye and Keir Gilchrist.

Other past film credits include the cult classic “Can’t Hardly Wait,” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, FREEZER, with Dylan McDermott; Penny Marshall’s RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS, with Drew Barrymore; THE SCORPION KING, opposite Dwayne Johnson; the dramedy FINDING AMANDA, with Matthew Broderick; TEMPTED, with Burt Reynolds and Saffron Burroughs; a starring role in Walter Hills’ sci-fi thriller SUPERNOVA, with James Spader and Angela Bassett; THE BIG KAHUNA, opposite Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito; DANCER, TEXAS, POP.81; FOXFIRE, alongside Angelina Jolie..

Despite success on the silver screen, Facinelli has also made his mark in television with such credits as the CBS Drama S.W.A.T. as Michael Plank, and Dr. Fitch Cooper on the full seven season run of Showtime’s hit dramedy NURSE JACKIE. Among its numerous accolades, the series earned Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award nominations, as well as being named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Shows of 2009.

Facinelli additionally portrayed villain “Maxwell Lord” in the first season of the hit CBS show SUPERGIRL, and starred opposite Anna Friel in NBC’s drama AMERICAN ODYSSEY in 2015. He also appeared in
GLEE, DAMAGES, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER, for which he shared the cast’s 2005 nomination for the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama; as well as a starring role in FASTLANE in 2003.

In 2010 Facinelli started the production company A7sle Films. Its first feature, LOOSIES, was a
fast-paced dramatic comedy that Facinelli wrote and starred in about a clever and romantic pickpocket in
the New York City subways. It co-starred Michael Madsen, Jaimie Alexander, Vincent Gallo, and Joe
Pantoliano. The company later partnered with FilmDistrict to produce the true story horror picture THE
LAST WORD, based on a documentary of the same name about Johnny Frank Garrett, which premiered
at the Austin Film Festival in 2016, and was directed by acclaimed indie director Simon Rumley. The company has additionally produced projects across film, TV, and digital platforms with Electus, 5×5, Boom Comics, College Humor, YouTube, ISH, and ARC Productions.

A man of many trades, Facinelli augmented his writing repertoire in 2015 when he co-wrote After the Red Rain, a YA novel with New York Times best-selling author Barry Lyga, which was distributed by Little Brown Company. It is a dystopian novel set in a future world of environmental collapse and mass poverty, where a mysterious boy named Rose discovers that he possesses inhuman powers that can irrevocably change the lives of everyone on the planet.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Facinelli splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

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“Agents don’t get jobs, they get you opportunities.”

“Agents don’t get jobs, they get you opportunities.”


094: Jaime Ray Newman

094: Jaime Ray Newman 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Collaborating Community in Creativity

When you listen to today’s academy award winning guest, you’ll likely wonder how she manages to balance executive producing award-winning films, appearing as a series regular and recurring role on multiple TV shows, and raising a one-year-old. The answer, as Jaime Ray Newman shares today, is surprisingly simple. With the help of her creative community and collaborator-husband Guy Nativ, she’s managed to build a body of work that captures humanity with breathtaking honesty. From the Academy Award winning short, SKIN, to her upcoming role in the series, LITTE FIRES EVERYWHERE with Reese Witherspoon, she shares her journey and how she’s gone from creating her own theatre company at 16 in Michigan, to building a life in Los Angeles telling dynamics stories with prolific artists.

As an actress, Newman has been working steadily for almost 20 years. She was a series regular on multiple TV series, including The Punisher for Marvel/ Netflix, Midnight, Texas for NBC, Bates Motel for A&E, Eastwick (based on The Witches of Eastwick) for ABC, Eureka for SYFY, and most recently Midnight, Texas for NBC. Newman will next be seen in the feature film Valley of the Godsdirected by Lech Majewski, starring opposite Josh Hartnett and John Malkovich, and Midnight Climax directed by Joseph Sorrentino.

As a producer, Newman and her husband, filmmaker Guy Nattiv, run New Native Pictures. Their short film SKIN won the 2019 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short, along with many festivals around the world. It was acquired by FOX Searchlight.

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“They key is to have help. You can’t do the things you want to do if you don’t have help.”

“For every job I have gotten I auditioned for 100-200 others.”

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093: Chris Chalk

093: Chris Chalk 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Find Your WHY

Today we’re sitting down with actor Chris Chalk as he shares how he’s made a career working on Broadway, on TV, and in Film—with some of the industry’s most notable names and memorable projects—like Denzel Washington in FENCES on Broadway, in 12 Years a Slave, on Fox’s Gotham, The Newsroom, and the Netflix mini-series When they See Us. From auditioning across from Denzel, to curating a team of supportive reps who have his back and helped him fight for his goals in this business, he has lots to share about setting an intention in his work and staying excited about the process of telling stories on stage and screen.

In addition to his lengthy list of credits, you can also see him in the upcoming and anticipated HBO series Perry Mason.

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“What is the intention of your life? What is the intention of every relationship? If you just make it a habit everywhere, it will just exist everywhere.”

092: Annabeth Gish

092: Annabeth Gish 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

What is FOR You Will FIND You

Today’s guest made her screen debut at the age of 13—after attending an open call, she was selected out of 800 young girls to play across from John Voight in DESERT BLOOM. Since then, Annabeth Gish has continued to build a career with roles across from some of Hollywood’s most iconic names. She shares what it’s like sharing the screen with icons like Julia Roberts, Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, and Lawrence Fishburn—and what she’s learned from working with so many artists at the top of their game.

From building a career to cultivating a rich personal and family life, she’s candid about how she’s sought out balance in all things, and how she’s managed to continued working year after year. She shares how she approaches her work and how she continues to expand her craft—all while leaving room to TRUST and be surprised!

Her list of credits is extraordinary and practically endless—The Haunting of Hill house, Halt and Catch Fire, X-Files, The West Wing, Nixon, The Bridge, and Mystic Pizza—just to name a few!

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“I have always just wanted to be famous for great work. I think as artists we can be vessels of emotion to be of service to each other…..”

“I approach everything cerebrally first. I like to breakdown the script and then I put all that aside and then I come at it from the HEART.”

“Its ok to be weird. You have to be weird to let go of your inhibitions. You have to break out of the brain.”

“We are fragile beings but we also have all this armor on to fight this industry fight…but we are sensitive beings.”

“What is for you will find you.”

“I want to do something interesting and unique. I want to surprise myself.”

BONUS: Neil LaBute

BONUS: Neil LaBute 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

The Best Idea Wins—Process Over Product

Today we’re taking a journey into the minds of one of the most prolific American playwrights of contemporary theater. If you’ve ever read any of his plays, had the privilege to work on any of his scripts, or sit in the audience of one of his shows, then you know the power of Neil Labute and his extraordinary body of work.

His imaginative use of language, his complicated and deeply human characters, and his provocative and sometimes shocking themes are widely celebrated, sometimes criticized, but always ignite a visceral reaction from audiences world-wide. His endless body of work includes plays like Reasons to be Pretty, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), and The Shape of Things.

Neil N. LaBute is an American playwright, film director, and screenwriter. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of Men, which won awards from the Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the New York Film Critics Circle. He has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human nature. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City. LaBute’s plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN, FAT PIG (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), SOME GIRL(S), THIS IS HOW IT GOES, WRECKS, FILTHY TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and THE BREAK OF NOON. In 2011 his play IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP premiered in London’s West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

Currently, Neil Labute’s show The I-land is streaming on Netflix.

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“I’m much bigger on the process than the product.”

“What I didn’t do was entertain the idea of it not happening…the best thing I can give you, the best advice, is to take “if” out of your vocabulary.”

“The key is there is no key.”

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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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090: Beau Garrett

090: Beau Garrett 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Broaden Your Community and Keep the Faith

Beau Garrett is an American actress and model born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Topanga Canyon where she rode horses and was a competitive equestrian. She began her career appearing in GUESS advertisements in the late 1990s after being discovered by an Elite modeling agent at age fourteen. She first appeared on TV in the hit show Entourage in 2004 and made her feature film debut in the horror film Turistas (2006). She later portrayed Captain Raye in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and Gem in Tron: Legacy (2010).

Garrett would later appear as a regular on the television series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) with Forest Whitaker. She played Phoebe in the hit Bravo series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and In 2017 she signed onto the ABC series The Good Doctor.

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“If you have expectation, it’s gonna burn you. The thing you think is gonna be the thing isn’t the thing.”

“There really is no small role…you feel like you’re small all the time, but you’re not. These roles matter.”

BONUS: Guy Nattiv

BONUS: Guy Nattiv 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Guy Nattiv is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker from Israel. His first American short film, SKIN, won the 2019 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short, along with many festivals around the world United States, Best Live Action Short FilmFrance, 2019, Clermont-Ferrand, Audience AwardUnited States, 2018, HollyShorts FF, Best Short Film Grand PrizeFrance, 2019, ECU European Independent FF, Special Jury AwardUnited States, 2018, San Jose IShFF , Best Short Film. It was acquired by FOX Searchlight. The feature version, also entitled SKIN, stars Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga and Danielle Macdonald, and premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival to significant acclaim, where it won the Fipresci Critics Prize. Its European premiere was at the Berlin International Film Festival, and will also be shown in April at Tribeca. It will be distributed globally by A24 and Voltage in summer 2019.

Before coming to the USA, Nattiv was a lauded director in Israel, where his first feature, STRANGERS, was in competition at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals in 2008. His second feature, THE FLOOD, won the Generations prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for six Ophir Awards, where it won Best Actor. MAGIC MEN, his third feature, premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2014, and also won the Ophir Award for Best Actor. A lover of the short form, Nattiv has been crafting award winning shorts for almost two decades. His first short film, THE FLOOD, won the top prize at Berlin in 2002, his next short STRANGERS won the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was short-listed for the Academy Awards® that year. His short film OFF- SIDE played over 80 festivals worldwide, including Tribeca and Locarno.

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“A short film is like a muscle you stretch before the long run. It is essential for me to work in a short becuase you can do whatever you want to do. No limitations, you don’t have to make money, you just test the cinematic language that you want to have.”

“The fact that you chose an actor means that you trust them. An actor is not just a vehicle it is someone with ideas, that understands how things are moving and you want that input.”

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