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Tom Pelphrey on That One audition with Alyshia Ochse

S2 002: Tom Pelphrey

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When You’re in the Presence of a Master

Tom was born and raised in New Jersey. He grew up in the town of Howell, where he attended the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Howell High school. Upon graduation, he attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (obtaining BFA in acting), where he also had the opportunity to study Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London, England. Tom’s first professional job was on the long running CBS daytime show Guiding Light. During the two and a half years he was on the show, he was nominated for four consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards, winning twice (in 2006 and 2008). Having worked in theater, television, and independent film, he eventually became a series regular on the hit Cinemax show Banshee, playing former neo-Nazi Kurt Bunker. Tom is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of the Apothecary Theatre Company—a NYC-based non-profit that develops and produces world premieres of new plays by up-and-coming playwrights. He made his Broadway debut in 2012 as Judy Garland’s last husband, Mickey Deans, in the critically acclaimed End of the Rainbow, directed by Tony Award Winner Terry Johnson. He can currently be seen in Season 3 of Netflix’s hit original series Ozark, as well as in David Fincher’s Mank, which is being released later this year.

Considering that this interview was done via Zoom (a TOA first), as a means of moving forward in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is befitting that this episode of That One Audition retells the stories of adaptation and triumph that landed Tom Pelphrey right here.


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“Engage with things that open your heart.”

“What is the core of the person? What is the basic thing about them from which all the other things are coming? I feel like if you can identify that, and then identify it in yourself, and then find it viscerally, then you can start to play creatively.”

“You do your best work and you keep your head down and trust that if you just keep doing your best work things will work out.”

“These are the people who are the best at what they do and I know for sure that I become a better actor when I’m working with good actors…I will leave this job a better actor than the actor I came in.”

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093: Chris Chalk

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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.”

Jackie Seiden on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

070: Jackie Seiden

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Today’s guest is a vibrant force of passion and hard work and, for those of you interested in how the world of Broadway works and how it differs from TV and Film, she is a genuine triple threat—From eight shows a week in New York to recurring roles on TV, she’s spent 20 years in this business, putting in the work and thoroughly enjoying every step of the journey.

Jackie Seiden is an actor/singer/writer born in Highland Park, IL. She graduated early Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor in Science and a Music Theatre Certificate. After graduating, Jackie moved to New York City and was cast in her dream show, “Hairspray” on Broadway. She was also in the original company of “Good Vibrations” on Broadway, and originated Mary Delgado on the 1st National Tour of “Jersey Boys” along with many other off Broadway productions, tours, regional shows, and worked with greats like Twyla Tharp and Bob Dylan.

After performing as Pinky Tuscadero in Garry Marshall’s production of Happy Days, she moved out to Los Angeles permanently where she met her husband Jason Winer (Director/Producer). Since moving to LA Jackie has worked on many films and television shows (“Jersey Boys” with Clint Eastwood, “New Year’s Eve” with Garry Marshall, ” Jack and Jill,” with Adam Sandler “Christmas Switch,” “The Catch,” “Modern Family,” “Life in Pieces,” etc., and performed all over as a part of the For The Record Live company.

 

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“I really believe everyone has talent. It’s just whether or not you have the skin and the tools to deal with the rejection.”

“You don’t know when the next job is coming, you have to trust it’s gonna come. If I told you you’re getting a series regular in twelve months, then the next ten months wouldn’t feel so rough. You just gotta know it’s coming.”

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052: Leslie Becker

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Leslie Becker is a Broadway actress, Billboard Artist and Best-selling author of The Organized Actor®–a workbook and planner for the serious actor. Now in its 7th Edition, her teachings have touched more than 300,000 actors over the last 24 years through her books, online courses and private coaching. As an actress, her Broadway and National Tour credits include WICKED, BONNIE & CLYDE, CINDERELLA, ANYTHING GOES, AMAZING GRACE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SHOW BOAT and more. Regionally she has starred in more than 50 productions including HELLO, DOLLY, RAGTIME, A CHORUS LINE, BILLY ELLIOTT, SWEENEY TODD and more. In the music world, her song “Slow Burn” hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart in 2016 and her full EP will be out in the Fall. Also a theater writer, her musical A PROPER PLACE had its World Premiere last year, and her current project FETCHING WATER was recently optioned and shooting for an off-Broadway run. She is an artist who refuses to be put in a box and always approaches her work with integrity, bravery, artistry and love.

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“I don’t believe in failure. I think failure is something that is when you quit, that’s what failure is.”

“I like to help people become strong individuals so the highs and lows of this business are balanced by a strong belief in yourself. “

“I always think that anyone who is a creative needs to lead their day with creativity, so do your creative thing first.”

“Decide what you want, believe that it’s possible, and go out and do it.”

“Artists are the bravest people on the planet.”

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011: Carlos PenaVega

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Carlos PenaVega is known for his singing and acting on the hit Nickelodeon show BIG TIME RUSH but now his fans get to experience him on a daily basis through his hit show Lex Loves Los on YouTube. With a growing desire to make his own content, Carlos began documenting behind the scenes footage while traveling the world to sold out concerts. This skill came in handy and made him think outside the box for developing his brand. Carlos shares the long road to booking the job that changed his life, to the survival skills of staying afloat in this business to single handedly changing the course of his life when he moved to Hawaii.

Carlos is currently plays Diego on the new CW show Life Sentence and is producing to two new shows with his wife Alexa PenaVega for IM Global.

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