Ivan Shaw

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Born in Taiwan, raised in Upland, California, Ivan Shaw began acting while studying Math and Economics at UCLA. Shortly after graduating, he moved to New York for a contract role on All My Children. During that time, he worked in various Off Broadway productions before landing the primetime NBC series The Book of Daniel. Following the series, he began writing and directing while appearing in shows like Better Things, New Girl, Hulu’s Casual, and HBO’s Insecure. His film credits include Amazon’s Nocturne, Netflix’s Life Happens, and Get Him to the Greek. He went on to produce a feature film called The Time Being that would premiere at Toronto Film Festival. He can be currently seen on Fox’s The Cleaning Lady, AMC’s That Dirty Black Bag, and Apple TV’s Dear Edward, created by Jason Katims.




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WEDNESDAY WISDOM with Nicola Salter

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Any Exit Out of Anxiety

Yes, we made it through 2020. Barely. And this Wednesday is the last #WednesdayWisdom of the so-called dumpster fire year. I wanted to end with soothing and practical wisdom from one of my great healers Nicola Salter. Anxiety is a jumbled mess of saying that your body is looking for “any exit” to not feel the cortisol dump that is happening. So here are some recommendations to immediately give the healthy exit for anxiety – whether you are trying to avoid a family catastrophe this holiday season or stepping back into the audition room.

Nicola Salter is an international Mentor, Quantum Field Practitioner, Heart Math Coach, Educator, Author.

To manage your anxiety (during this holiday season) and build more coherence prior to and during an audition, I recommend you practice some breath-work called Heart Focused Breathing. This is a quick and easy technique to reset your emotions, and rewire your brain. It is used widely to calm anxiety on the spot and help you become centered.

  • Simply inhale through your nose and exhale out through your mouth for a count of 4-6.
  • Focus on the center of your chest and imagine your breath flowing in and out of your heart
  • Activate a feeling of gratitude for someone, or a place , or animal in your life that fills you up with thankfulness, or a time that you can feel proud of
  • Anchor this gratitude into your heart

Practice this for at least 3-4 minutes and notice how your mood changes and how you calm down.

You can also add the use of lavender essential oil, simply by adding a couple of drops to your temples and the back of your neck. When you smell Lavender it releases serotonin and dopamine from the brain to calm you down.

You can find a video and more details of these calming techniques in How to Calm and Decode Your Emotions, Your Self Care Toolkit to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Overwhelm.




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074: Katie O’Brien & Katy Colloton

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Today we’re chatting with TWO extraordinary women who took the advice we’ve all heard, “Create your own content,” to the extreme and landed themselves with Series Regular, Writing, and Producing roles on their own comedy show on TV Land. These ladies began performing together in sketch groups in Chicago, where they created their own short-form webseries that ultimately lead them to Los Angeles, where they sold their show TEACHERS to TV Land. 50 episodes later, and they’re here to share what they’ve learned about acting, producing, auditioning, and being a boss!

Katie O’Brien hails from Omaha, Nebraska, but is now an actress and comedienne living and working in Los Angeles. Katie has appeared in Nora Ephron’s, Love, Lost and What I Wore, Key and Peele, and is currently one of the creators, writers, executive producers and stars in TV Land’s hit, underground comedy, Teachers. Katie has also appeared on the Today Show, Comedy Central’s @ Midnight and Kocktails with Khloe.

Katy Colloton is one of the creators, executive producers, writers and actors on the TV Land show Teachers.  This year she has developed TV for NBC Universal and a feature with Bluegrass Films and Scott Stuber.  Katy received her B.A. in theater and psychology from Vanderbilt University.  Before moving to LA, Katy performed comedy in Chicago at Second City, iO, and The Annoyance Theater.


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“There was so much we learned. It taught me to trust my instincts…I don’t really believe people buy a show, I think they buy your voice…Trust your instincts. They’re buying what you love.”

“So much of this experience for me was that everybody knows more than I do. Because I’ve never done this before. But then I realized, no, nobody knows what they’re doing. Everybody is faking it till they make it.”

“The only thing you have to offer, that’s different than everyone else, is You. I formed a million sketch groups to get attention and be seen. Do a webseries to get noticed, yes. But create something that you want to create, who cares if everyone says no one’s going to watch that.”


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