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021 Angel Parker on that One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Actress Angel Parker was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts when she was only 16yrs old. She then went on to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy, work with the Independent Shakespeare Company, Will & Company, and perform with The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival for over a decade.

Angel has brought to life some of the most dynamic and diverse characters on screen today. She’s well known for her role as the vivacious Tasha Davenport on Disney XD’s live-action comedy series “Lab Rats.” She also starred in Marvel’s drama series, “Runaways,” playing Catherine Wilder, a successful lawyer who is deliberate and calculating in both her words and actions. And she was a scene-stealer in “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” as attorney Shawn Chapman, one of Simpson’s ‘Dream Team’ lawyers. Most recently, Angel completed shooting the feature, “Imaginary Lines”, starring opposite Alyssa Milano.

Angel currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.



“Covid and BLM have really enabled me to sit and take stock of far I’ve come, how far our people have come, and how much progress we still need.” – Angel Parker

“There’s moments in your life that you can feel there’s a higher power, that there’s something that is working itself out that is outside of you.” – Angel Parker

“With creativity, you’re creating something that didn’t exist before, and it usually comes out of pain, or isolation, or sitting with yourself for a while, so there’s a spark of inspiration to follow.” – Alyshia Ochse



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Necar Zadegan on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Today we’re sitting down with television, film, and theatre actress Necar Zadegan. From her break-out performance on the hit TV series 24, to her starring turn on Broadway with Robin Williams in the Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and her roles in Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and currently in NCIS: New Orleans, Necar has built her career playing fierce, powerful, and passionate women who always leave us wanting more.

She shares how her upbringing afforded her exposure to the arts from an early age and how her parent’s encouragment kept her going as she ultimately found herself on stage in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at 16 years old. After a few years in the theatre honing her craft and obtaining a literature degree, she made her way to Los Angeles, and shares how her determination to find collaborative relationships guided her into a career on screen. From her audition for 24, to reading for a play workshop that ultimately lead her to Broadway, she honestly answers a few of the listeners questions, and shares how she goes about trusting her voice, winning the room, and making fans of future collaborators.

Prior to that Necar scoring her star level turn as Delia Hassen on the mega-hit Fox TV series, ’24’ for Season 8, her television credits include “Harry’s Law,””A Gifted Man”,”CSI: Miami,” “The Shield,” “Nip/Tuck,” “The Unit,” “NCIS,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Lost” among others. Necar graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in English Literature.

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“I didn’t enter this business to play different versions of Iranian women. I entered this business to play different characters of all kinds…”

“Whatever you think might be a disadvantage, can also be an advantage.”


Chris Sullivan on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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THIS IS US made America sit up in their seats and pay attention to the man behind the immediate heart throb of Toby, Chris Sullivan.  He first gained attention for his portrayal of Tom Cleary on the Cinemax drama THE KNICK.   He played Benny Hammond in STRANGER THINGS and Taserface in GUARDIAN OF GALAXY VOL. 2.  It may appear that Chris had an easy ride to the dense career track he is on, but he has been putting in the work for over 17 years.  Graduation from Loyal Marymont University left him transformed from a Tennis pro turned actor and climbing the ladder to seek representation.   A self-proclaimed perfectionist and dedicated artist with no backup plan, listen in to see how he landed his agent several years after graduation, how he made $5000 stretch for almost a year living in Los Angeles, how Broadway prepared him for a role of a lifetime on the Cinemax show THE KNICK and how every part since The KNICK can all be traced back to that character.

Chris is currently starring on the hit NBC show THIS IS US and is the lead singer of the band SULLY AND THE BENEVOLENT FOLK.

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“Have faith in something, develop faith in something greater than yourself.  That is the thing that will carry you through all the hard times.”

“Rehearsal for high school play is the same as Broadway rehearsal, doesn’t matter, creativity is the same.” CLICK TO TWEET

“An artistic endeavor, job of any art (good, bad or other) is to elicit some desire of exploration in the audience.” CLICK TO TWEET


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