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Jameela Jamil on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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In what might be one of our favorite audition stories in “That One Audition” history, actress Jameela Jamil takes us step by step through every honest and hilarious moment leading to her bookig the role of Tahani on NBC’s hit comedy “The Good Place.” From her first ever audition with renowned casting director Allison Jones, to improvising on the fly during her network test, Jameela says that when you live for the funny story, you ultimately can’t lose — no matter the outcome of the audition. Some of her additional credits include “Poker Face,” “Marry Me,” “She-Hulk Attorney at Law,” and “DC League of Super-Pets.” In today’s episode, Jameela shares techniques for staying present in an audition, lessons learned from her co-stars including Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, and the importance of finding reps who support you in the kinds of characters you want to play. Whether it be leading roles, villans, or comedic supporting characters, there truly are no small parts.

These are the unforgettable stories that landed Jameela Jamil right here.


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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
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  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

BONUS: Kendra Castleberry

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For today’s episode, we’re chatting with Casting Director, Kendra Castleberry. She walks us through a full-circle tour of a casting director’s journey — from Intern to assistant, and associate to top Casting Director, her career is not unlike that of an actor. Negotiating ambition with reality, and dreams with security, she’s managed to find her niche in an industry that captured her attention from the very beginning.

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Kendra always loved TV and dreamed of a day when she would be a part of making it. Years later, she transplanted to Los Angeles, and discovered her passion for casting. Past television projects include: “Grimm”, “Zoo”, “Castle”, “Warriors” (pilot), “Star-Crossed” (pilot), “Matadors” (pilot), “Happy Town,” “The O.C.,” “Wildfire,” “October Road” and the series regular recasting of “Life on Mars.” She is currently partnered with Billy Murphy, and recently completed work on “Limetown” (starring Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci and Marlee Matlin) for Facebook Watch and “Take Two” (starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian) for ABC.Her extensive resume includes shows like CASTLE, GRIMM, THE O.C., and Facebook’s upcoming crime series LIMETOWN (starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci).

 

 

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“When you forget what it takes to get a job, you lose part of what it is to be an actor. Part of being an actor is the fight to get the job.”

076: Adam Shapiro

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Today we chat with Adam Shapiro about what it is to be enough, being re-cast in the feature adaptation of a passion project, to the insightful advice Director Jason Winer gave just before testing for a pilot, to starting your own theatre company.

From his work on The Affair, Sense8, Grace & Frankie, The Mindy Project, and Snowfall, to his roles in Now You See Me, The House Bunny, and Steve Jobs, as well as on Broadway in Waitress—you’ve likely seen today’s guest before…

Adam is currently filming the upcoming season of Showtime’s The Affair, and recently filmed the lead role in a new TBS half-hour comedy pilot and roles in the upcoming indie films It Happened In LA (Sundance 2017), Feed, The Female Brain, and Social Animals. He’s been seen as Avie Tevanian in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, arcs the Netflix series from the Wachowskis: Sense8, ABC’s Cristela, Audience Network’s Kingdom, and the NBC comedy Trial & Error, as well as guest starring roles on Grace & Frankie (Netflix), Snowfall (FX) and The Mindy Project(FOX). Recent television credits include: Bones, CSI: Cyber, The Mysteries of Laura, Betrayal, 1600 Penn, Scandal, Mistresses, and Grey’s Anatomy. More Film Credits: Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, The Answer, Sister, Nobody Walks in LA, Ctl Alt Delete, I Am Not A Hipster, Short Term 12, Now You See Me, A Single Man, The House Bunny, The Den.

Adam is also a co-founder of IAMA Theatre Company, and has recently starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated Waitress. Adam was most recently nominated for Ovation Awards for IAMA’s LA premiere of The Recommendation by Jon Caren (Winner Best Production 2014) and for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for Hey, Morgan! a world premiere comedy by Matthew Fogel and Isaac Laskin, Directed by Matt Shakman at the Black Dahlia Theatre. More stage credits include: Rent, You are Here, The Accidental Blonde, the world premieres of Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette and Assistance (IAMA Theatre Company), and “David” in Paul Grellong’s west coast premiere of Manuscript (The Elephant).

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“As an actor, if you don’t understand the business, everytime you don’t get a role, everytime you don’t get a job you think you’re going to get, you take it personally. If you don’t understand how actors get cast, why actors get cast, how casts are filled out, then you’re constantly going to take things personally and you can only take things so personally for so long before you say I’m done…”

“You’re constantly changing, and so is your art.”

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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aRisa Barom Garcia on That One Audition Podcast

BONUS: Risa Bramon Garcia

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Risa Bramon Garcia has a career spanning over 35 years, working as a writer, director, producer, and casting director. She’s worked in theatre, television, and film and has directed two feature films, 200 cigarettes, and The Con Artist. Garcia’s directed for HBO, Lifetime, The Twilight Zone, and Comedy Central. Theartically she’s directed numerous shows in Los Angeles and New York and has been an integral member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre for 30 years. She began her casting career with her partner Billy Hopkins with the incredibly success feature film Desperately Seeking Susan, and since then her casting career includes more than 65 feature films, including The Doors, The Joy Luck Club, Speed, JFK, Wall Street, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Twister, and True Romance. In television she’s cast beloved shows such as Roseanne, Masters of Sex, The Cape, and A Gifted Man. Risa is a teacher and coach at The BGB Studio (BramonGarciaBraun) with her partner Steve Braun in Los Angeles, California.

 

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“Be vulnerable, but fight like hell out of that vulnerability.”

“I was frustrated with actors in the room, and I thought, I have to be able to help them through this, and that’s what inspired my teaching.”

“You are populating the landscape of the film with actors, with humanity, and you’re doing it from your knowledge and your instincts and your experience and your talent.”

“Your job as an actor is to affect people on some emotional level.”

“I don’t want to have the opinion, but I want to collaborate. I want my point of view to matter. You hired me for a reason.”

“Live the life of an actor so that an audition doesn’t define you, or wreck you.”

“There is no right and I just wish actors would really know that.”

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BONUS: Jennifer Cooper

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BONUS EPISODE with Casting Director Jennifer Cooper. A true peak into one of the biggest television casting directors. Currently casting over five major network television series. Casting over 500 episodic shows, Jen knows a two or thing about a good audition or a bad audition. Acting is what got her in the game, casting is what won her heart over. Jen casts for talent and truly spends the time building a partnership with the actor, producer and director.

This is the unforgettable journey into Jennifer Cooper’s rise in shaping and pushing the boundaries on the revolutionary medium of Television.

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“Three weeks after interning at a casting office, I knew I didn’t want to be an actress.”

“I was always more passionate about giving direction or being a part of the process.”

“I realize now what it takes to be an actress, you have to wake up and be dying to do this or you have to do something else.”

“Giovanni Ribisi left the casting office and I fell to the floor and said that it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.”

“Just being in the casting sessions with the producers, directors and Mali Finn and the actors, the creative process, I was immediately in love.”

“The thing with acting is you’re always one step away from winning the lottery.”

“But most people it is this slow and steady climb to building a body of work; it can take 20, 30, 40 years to get there.”

“Audition process gives you a opportunity to work through it and be readjusted and find the path out before you are put in front of the people that make the decisions.”

“Ultimately, my job is to work with the actor as a partner to put their best foot forward.”

“Casting directors are people, remember they are on your team, they want to

“Every minute that I didn’t find the right person, I have to keep looking. Every single person that walks into the room, I am crossing my fingers that THIS is the person.”

“With casting directors, you are trying to earn the relationship not get the job. Build a family of people that support your work.”

“Number one bad audition comes from trying to ‘stand out’ versus being in the character or story.”

“Actors do the most insane things when they are focused on being remembered or booking a job.”

“If I put out a one line co-star, I usually get 2000 submissions.”

“There is some element of climbing in this business. Showing up on the first day doesn’t mean that you are ready to be a series regular.”

“If I put out a guest star, I will usually get 1000 submission and I pick about 12 people to come in and read.”

“If you spend your energy developing who you are then make that so incredibly unique to you and what you bring, then all of a sudden they (networks) come knocking on your door.”

“There is no path. There is no answer. Moments that you take a chance, if that doesn’t work, you try something else.”

“How ever you envisioned this (acting) happening to you, it is never the case.”

“If you are talented, if you work hard and you focus on the right things eventually it will happen. You just have to wait, be patient.”

“The casting process has so little to do with the actor. Usually if you are in the room, you are good.”

“That’s also the real fun in the job for me is to begin to push the boundaries to what we are seeing on TV or who they typically cast. That’s where casting is fun.”

“If you are having a shaky day, I don’t send that tape. They never see anything but your best work.”

“The proof is always in your work. And your work is constantly evolving. You need to know what you are capable of if you want them to believe you.”

“Best way into casting is to intern. Jump in and see if you even like it.”

“I’m a huge advocate of lying your way into the business.”

“There is nothing that is going to get you the job more than talent. Talent always rises to the top.”

“What gets you into the business is a moving, sliding scale. What keeps you in the business is talent.”

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